01 Feb Diplomatic Hour: In Conversation with the Ambassador of Austria
For the third event in BFPG’s ‘Diplomatic Hour’ series, BFPG will be joined by His Excellency Mr Bernhard Wrabetz, Ambassador of Austria to the United Kingdom, for a conversation on UK-Austrian relations. With the Joint Vision Statement signed by the UK and Austria in November 2023, the event will explore how the UK and Austria are working together and where more cooperation is possible. The conversation will be set against the current domestic context in both nations, both of which are holding major elections in 2024.
This panel will take place in-person from 18.00 – 19.00 on Thursday 22nd February at our offices at 23 Grafton Street, Mayfair.
Please register to secure your place. Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Should spaces run out you are welcome to join the waitlist and we will notify you should a space become available.
His Excellency Mr Bernhard Wrabetz
His Excellency Mr Bernhard Wrabetz has been the Ambassador for Austria to the United Kingdom since August 2023. From 2009 to 2013 he served as the Austrian Ambassador to Portugal and Cape Verde, and from 2013 to 2016 as the Austrian Ambassador to India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Most recently, Mr Wrabetz was based in Vienna (2016 – 2023), holding the titles of Foreign Policy Advisor to the Federal Chancellor, followed by Head of Department for Humanitarian Aid, and then the Deputy Director General for Development Cooperation. Mr Wrabetz has been based in London before, holding a Counsellor position at the Austrian Embassy from 1999 – 2001. In the course of his career Mr Wrabetz has held positions including First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations, New York, and Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). Mr Wrabetz holds a masters degree in History and French from the University of Vienna.
Evie Aspinall is the Director of the British Foreign Policy Group. Her primary research interests are domestic consent for foreign policy, the UK’s role in the world and challenges posed by the UK’s strategic rivals. Evie holds a BA from the University of Cambridge and an MSc from King’s College London. She joined BFPG in 2020 and previously worked at UN Women UK and the Future Leaders Network and was formerly the UK Head Delegate to the Youth7, the G7’s official youth engagement group. She also served as President of Cambridge University Students’ Union. She is a regular commentator in the media on issues pertinent to UK foreign policy.
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