BNG Fireside Chats: Public Diplomacy Discussion

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Brussels Next Generation (BNG) ‘Fireside Chats’ Series, where BNG provides its network of young professionals with the opportunity to learn from the experience and insights of leaders across a range of industries in Brussels. These Fireside Chats commence with a wide-ranging discussion between our guest and the moderator, before the floor is opened to questions from participants. Take a front-row seat to tap into the wisdom of these leaders, and embrace the opportunity to participate and get direct feedback to your questions.

BNG is excited to kick off this series with a distinguished speaker from the field of business diplomacy, Philippe Maze-Sencier. Whilst many people are familiar with the broad concepts of traditional state-to-state diplomacy, how businesses shape international relations is a crucial and less understood component of this field. Philippe will help us explore the various components that comprise business diplomacy through his varied experiences throughout his career.

We will see how business diplomacy is conducted in current times and better understand what career opportunities exist for young professionals in a field that requires individuals to combine expertise from government relations, strategic communications and public policy. BNG welcomes you (and your questions) to this webinar on 10 February 2021.

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Confirmed Philippe Maze-Sencier

Philippe Maze-Sencier

As Global Chair, Public Affairs, Philippe leads H+K’s global public affairs capabilities to benefit clients, working closely with the firm’s leadership and teams around the world. He has worked for more than 25 years on policy issues and with governments in Africa, Europe, India, the Middle East and North America, helping business leaders anticipate and navigate public policy challenges to protect and enhance their license to operate. Philippe joined H+K from McLarty Associates, a leading global strategic business advisory firm where he served in leadership positions in the firm’s Brussels and DC offices. At McLarty he advised clients on major transatlantic trade matters; international market entry; government approvals of global mergers; government affairs challenges posed by sanctions regimes; and he implemented strategies in each area. Previously Philippe served as Executive Director in the Washington office of APCO Worldwide, where he led APCO’s global government relations practice. Earlier in his tenure at APCO, he served as managing director of the Brussels office; oversaw operations in India, the Middle East and Africa; and ran the Paris office. Prior to joining APCO, Philippe worked for the spirits division of the French luxury group LVMH in France and Germany; for the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva; and at the delegation of the European Commission in Washington, DC. A dual French and American citizen, Philippe holds a master of science in foreign service from Georgetown University and a master of arts in law (Cantab) from Cambridge University. During the course of his studies, he spent one year at the University of Bonn in Germany as a Konrad Adenauer fellow. He is fluent in French, English, and German.


This event is held under the Chatham House Rule.

It aims to provide anonymity to speakers and to encourage openness and the sharing of information. It is now used throughout the world as an aid to free discussion. When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.