"Having now spent one week in Hong Kong in my new capacity as Sweden's Consul General here and in Macao, I can only underline that the two days I spent in London and at SOAS last week was the best possible preparation for me. I would like to stress that the briefings you arranged made it possible for me to discuss issues and learn things that cannot be found in books or newspaper articles. To be able to "pick the brains" of your briefers was certainly a privilege. I particularly appreciated that all the briefers were generous enough to share with me names of useful contacts in Hong Kong that I can use in my professional activities. And some of the briefers have even promised to see me next time they are in Hong Kong! That is what I call establishing a long-term relationship."
Lars Danielsson, Swedish Ambassador to Hong Kong
"Excellent course with broadly the right mix of topics and expert speakers. Stimulating, allowed for open discussion, and overall a great way to prepare for the new job".
Manu Manthri, Economic Adviser, DFID-Malawi
"Well done - the seminar was spot-on. The day was an extremely useful introduction which gave great perspective... I only wish I could have had a longer seminar."
Diplomat from Ireland following China seminar
"Useful tips on dealing with the Japanese in a business context. Political background delivered by a real enthusiast with a very good presentation style."
Partner, Deloitte and Touche on Japan seminar
"The briefing went very well content wise- the experience and variety of the briefers were a good combination. They all offered a different perspective, which gave our staff a rounded view and some food for thought. Clearly, all three speakers are very well versed on their subject and they conveyed their knowledge professionally and with humour."
Aileen Hunter, Compensation and Benefits Consultant at Standard Life following a tailored briefing
"I would like to thank you very much for an excellent briefing which you arranged for me and my husband at SOAS. We were filled with exciting new information and insights of the West Africa region. The two lunches were also excellent and I think we all enjoyed the presence of the Senegalese ambassador."
Swedish Ambassador following a two-day Africa briefing