Following on from our hugely successful panel debate on the effects of Brexit on business relations between Germany and the UK earlier this year, we are honoured to co-host with the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg the panel debate on the effects of Brexit on business relations between Spain and the UK.
With the triggering of Article 50 at the end of March and its potential impactful effects for business as from the UK’s exit from the EU, this panel will focus on the trading relationships between key markets of Spain and the UK. You will discover what businesses across different sectors should be expecting in the next few years and how the commercial exchanges between the UK and other EU member states will be affected.
Dirk Van Ham, Corporate Relations Director for Benelux, Diageo.
Dirk Van Ham, Belgian native, joined Diageo in 2001, as Field Sales Director for Belgium, later moving to the role of Sales Director, Benelux. from July 2009 to 2012 Dirk was Global Customer Director for Auchan and two of Europe’s largest buying alliances, Coopernic and Agenor. From 2012 until the end of 2016, Dirk was Country Director for the strategic & budget management of Diageo's commercial entities in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Dirk joined the corporate relations world in December 2016 when he became Corporate Relations Director for Northern Europe, Mediterranean and Poland, with the ambition to fight the existing discrimination against spirits. Dirk has a degree in commercial engineering.
Javier Arias, Head of European Affairs, BBVA.
Javier Arias is currently the BBVA's Group Head Representative to the EU. Besides, he also participates in the management committees and policy bodies of relevant European financial associations and fora, such as the EFR, AFME, IBC, ECGI, TABD, ELEC, EPFSF, among other organisations. Javier has more than 35 years of experience in the financial sector. Prior to his current position, he has served as Senior Director of Corporate Development, Director of BBVA's Strategic Alliances, Director of Investment Policy, Risks and Financial Controller of the Private Banking Division of BBVA Spain, Regional Head of International Financial Institutions,Head of the Wholesale Banking and Treasury of GESBANQUE and Head of BBVA Belgium, among other managing positions within the Group BBVA, BBV and Banco Vizcaya. He holds a Master in Business Administration, a Post Graduate degree in International Commerce and a Master's degree in Economics.
Ignasi Guardans, K&L Gates. Member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg.
Mr Guardans joined the law firm K&L Gates as a Partner in its Brussels Office in 2014. He advises clients in EU policy and regulatory matters. He also collaborates with other Partners in the firm around the world in matters involving Spanish law or Spanish clients. In 2996 he started a career in public service, taking him to assume different elected responsibilities, in Spain and at the European Union as Member of the Spanish Parliament, Member of the European Parliament and Director of Public Affairs at the European Broadcasting Union. Mr Guardans also dedicates part of his energies to non-profit consultancy in the field of culture and creative activities.
Ignacio Molina, Senior Analyst. Elcano Royal Institute.
Ignacio Molina is Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute and Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. His research focuses on the effects of the euro debt crisis on the integration process and the prospects of political union, the policy formation and influence of Spain within the EU policy process, the strategic reform of the Spanish external action, or the improvement of executive governance in advanced democracies.