London Diplomacy Ball 2019

Sponsored by LSE IDEAS

The inaugural London Diplomacy Ball on Friday 8th March 2019 was a joint initiative between five student societies (from LSE, UCL and KCL) and LSE IDEAS.

Students are the life blood of any university and LSE IDEAS has, since its foundation, worked closely with a range of students and student societies to improve the overall 'student experience'. Our close collaboration with, and support for, this important student initiative continues this 'great tradition'.

Professor Michael Cox and Professor Christopher Coker, Directors of IDEAS

The uniqueness of the Ball was manifested not only in the unprecedented cross-institutional cooperation to make it happen, the event also brought together students and professors passionate about current affairs, in a special, non-academic setting. The event proudly served a charitable cause: all profits were donated to Amnesty International and the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation.

The London Diplomacy Ball, as well as three spinoff public events, were connected by a topical umbrella theme: 'Navigating International Affairs in an Age of Uncertainty'.

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Horatio Lyons, Grimshaw Club President, said: “We aspired to connect students passionate about the big issues of today. We couldn’t be more grateful to our partners at LSE IDEAS for making the success of this year’s vision possible. Even as the world finds itself ‘navigating international affairs in an age of uncertainty,’ the theme underpinning this year’s speaker events, the future looks bright for our collaboration.”

Sean Chou, Amnesty International Society President, said: “We collaborated with the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation and Amnesty International UK, and guests received gifts including Blue Dragon handicraft and Amnesty campaign materials. We donated the proceeds to our partners, helping to make an impact on the lives of the vulnerable people who experience the real consequences of international affairs on the ground.”

Sharif Kazemi, United Nations Society President, said: “Our vision was to provide an accessible and entertaining social space for students and professionals of international affairs. Over 93% of attendees surveyed strongly felt this had been achieved and were highly supportive of the event becoming a yearly staple. We're excited to develop this vision further at the London Diplomacy Ball 2020.”

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Below you can find details of the three spinoff public events:

Inside IDEAS: what is it like to work at a leading university think tank? Hosted by the LSESU United Nations Society & LSE IDEAS

Listen to the podcast.

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Lisa ten Brinke (Dahrendorf Forum; UN Business and Human Security Initiative), Gidon Gautel (China Foresight Project), Vlad Zigarov (Central and South-East Europe Programme; Cold War Studies Project)

What is the Role of Women in Peace and Security? Hosted by LSESU Amnesty International Society & LSE IDEAS

Listen to the podcast.

Amnesty event 169Bela Kapur (Centre for Women, Peace and Security), Mary Martin (LSE IDEAS), Amiera Sawas (Action Aid UK)

European Parliament Elections Panel 2019 Hosted by the LSESU Grimshaw Club & LSE IDEAS

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Grimshaw event 169Nicola Chelotti (Loughborough University), Mary Honeyball (Labour MEP), Benjamin Martill (Dahrendorf Forum), Georgina Wright (Institute for Government)

We couldn’t be more grateful to our partners at LSE IDEAS for making the success of this year’s vision possible.

Horatio Lyons, Grimshaw Club President