First ever meeting

Celtic Nations gather to leverage the value of diaspora

Speakers: Russell Dalgleish and Christine Esson (pic: Terry Murden)


Businesses will be encouraged to take advantage of international connections via the first ever ‘Celtic nations’ networking event.

Scottish Business Network will offer a unique opportunity to learn from several world class international organisations at The Value of Diaspora taking place in London.

The network has partnered with seven international diaspora groups for the event, including The Irelands Funds, London Irish Business Society, NI Connections, Global Welsh, Global Scot, KEA New Zealand and Irish International Business.

The Value of Diaspora, which will be hosted by Aberdeen Standard Investments at its offices in London’s Temple District, is billed as an opportunity to discover how some of the world’s biggest businesses have contributed to their communities and grown their businesses by leveraging the power of international citizens.

More than 250 million people globally are thought to be living outside of their birth country and with an ever increasing focus on connectivity, communication, and community, a large proportion of these people are seeking new ways to stay connected to their home nation.

As technology advances and makes it easier for expats to live and work away from their country of origin, many businesses are also shifting their focus to incorporate greater aspects of diversity and become more closely integrated with other nations.

The unique event will delve deep into the global diaspora phenomenon with a number of informative panel sessions hosted by key representatives from five diaspora partner groups. These include Walter May, founder of Global Welsh, Catherina Casey, board member at The Ireland Funds, Tara McQuillan, board member at LIBS, Kate MacInnes, manager of International Networks at GlobalScot, Anne Beggs, head of Northern Ireland Connections, and Peter Gillingwater, UK chairman and global board Member for KEA New Zealand; a growing network dedicated to connecting New Zealand businesses with NZ expats around the world.

Michelle ThomsonAlong with spokespeople from the five partner networks, The Value of Diaspora will also feature presentations by keynote speaker Kingsley Aikin of The Networking Institute, Michelle Thomson (pictured) of Momentous Change, and Scottish Business Co-Founders Christine Esson and Russell Dalgleish.

Scottish Trade Minister Ivan McKee says: “Scotland has many international links, including our wide diaspora. Working with our diaspora to support Scotland’s businesses to increase trade and investment is a key part of A Trading Nation, our recently published plan to grow Scotland’s exports, and we look forward to working with Scottish Business Network and others to develop these links”.

Sir Jerry Mateparae, high commissioner of New Zealand to the UK, says: “I am a strong advocate for the fantastic work that KEA New Zealand does.  KEA’s work reflects what we know to be true about our nation of nearly five million people; that it’s not what you know but who you know that really counts.

“I am very proud to see KEA New Zealand partner with Scottish Business Network to deliver this exciting event in London, which we hope will highlight the power of connectivity.”


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