Since early 2018, Richie Santosdiaz has been travelling the world and meeting key figures in international trade on behalf of Open to Export. He’s been asking them about their advice for UK exporters and the support that is out there for them all over the world. You can watch and read some of his interviews below.

About Richie Santosdiaz

Richie Santosdiaz is an economic development expert, specifically around the realm of internationalization. He spent the last 5 years until early this year with PA Consulting as their subject matter expert, where he worked with various governments like the British, Canadian and Mayor of London, as well as various multinationals and wider export and foreign direct investment (FDI) ecosystem. He is now an independent economic development consultant and using the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as his current base of operations.

He is also comments mainly in the realm of economic development, having written various thought leadership content for various outlets including ones in Forbes.comEntrepreneur, as well as leading national outlets like The National (UAE) and The Korea Times, and also various niche trade outlets in tech, agriculture and food – to name a few.

For more info visit his website and following him on social media @Richie Santosdiaz

Tradeshow case study – Arab Health with Sapna Chadha

Richie interviews Sapna Chadha, a life sciences and healthcare expert and a recent participant at Arab Health 2019.

The Strength of the UK’s Healthcare Exports

Richie interviews Jenny Hancock, Place and Community Director from the Howard de Walden Management Ltd in London.

Exporting defence & security – with the Department for International Trade’s Defence & Security Organisation

Richie sits down with Adam Thomas, Senior Press Officer and Spokesperson from DIT DSO to talk about the opportunities the sector has and why the UK is a leader in the sector.)

Case Study: ATG Access (security, safety and fire protection)

Richie interviews Gavin Hepburn and Lucy Foster from ATG Access.

How to export and send the right message with your brand and marketing overseas

During Intersec 2019 in Dubai, with special thanks to Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Richie Santosdiaz interviewed PR and international marketing expert Tara Farley.

Interview with an Indian food importer

Richie talks to Amit Lohani, from Delhi, India, the founder of Max Foods Inc, an Indian-based importer of major FMCG brands from across the world. He is also a founding director of the Forum of Indian Food Importers (FIFI).

Entering the Indian Market

Richie interviews Amo Kalar, Deputy Director for Trade & Innovation at the Department for International Trade UK’s Indian office at the British High Commission in New Delhi.

Case Study: Premier Exports London

Watch Richie’s latest interview while out in Dubai in which he talks to Raj Samani, Export Director of Premier Exports London Ltd.

Case Study: Seamark

Watch Richie’s interview with Nahid from Seamark in which she reflects on her work in the seafood industry, how international her work is, being a woman in a senior-level role in seafood exports in a male-dominated industry, and how her business is preparing for Brexit.

The Importance of Export Finance for Exporters

Watch Richie’s interview with David Moleshead, Senior Counsellor, who heads up UKEF’s new Dubai office overseas. Hear more about UKEF and what they do through David, as well some practical ways UKEF has helped using exporters in the Middle East as an example.

The Business of Exporting Sport

An example and overview of the UK’s potential to export sports – watch Richie’s interview with London-HQed CSM Sport & Entertainment’s Regional Director in the Middle East, Ben Faber:

How to enter the Spanish market – Doing Business in Spain

Watch Richie’s interview with Conor McGurk – Director of International Trade Iberia in the British Embassy in Madrid:

How can exporters succeed in the Middle East? – interview with the British Centres for Business

Watch Richie’s interview with Joe Hepworth, CEO of the British Centres for Business, on how British exporters can succeed in the Middle East:

Utilising British business networks abroad – Case Study part 1 / 2: The British Business Group: Abu Dhabi

Watch Richie’s interview with Nick Cochrane-Dyet, chairman from the British Business Group Abu Dhabi:

How to utilise British business networks abroad – Case Study part 2 / 2: Dubai and building a business professional network with The British Business Group

Watch Richie’s interview with John Martin St. Valery, chairman from the British Business Group Dubai and Northern Emirates:

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