Contributor Profile

Laura Faulkner OBE

Job TitleUK Commissioner and Project Director

Company NameExpo 2020 Dubai


As the Director of the UK Government’s Business Programme during London 2012, Laura co-created and directed one of the world’s largest global business programmes; The British Business Embassy, that delivered in excess of £14billion of economic benefit for the UK economy and hosted 4,000 global thought leaders and international ministers and Heads of State during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Laura has extensive experience of designing and directing major world business events and business/cultural programmes; notably creating and directing the Grown in Britain Global Business Programme for Milan Expo 2015. Laura created the GREAT Campaign GREAT Weeks series including GREAT Week in the UAE in 2014 and more recently the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong in 2018. 

Laura created and led the UK Government’s e-Exporting programme, helping UK companies to accelerate their exports through online channels, in partnership with the world’s leading e commerce companies including Amazon, eBay and Alibaba. 

Now, as the Department for International Trade’s Events Director, Laura and her teams deliver more than 700 major events annually across the world to develop UK trade and investment. 

Earlier in her career as the Global Operations Director for Invest.UK, Laura led the global network to market the UK as the number one destination in Europe for Foreign Direct Investment. As UK Commissioner for Expo 2020 Dubai, Laura is returning to where she began her career as the UK’s trade and investment lead for the United Arab Emirates including building the significant business and exhibitions programme to support the growth in bilateral trade.

Conference Sessions

  • Creating an exceptional visitor experience through cutting-edge technology and world-class hospitality

    Wednesday10:30 - 11:007 Nov 2018
    Middle East & Africa Inspiration Zone - AF190

    Expo 2020 Dubai promises to be an event unlike any other. As it unites the world over six exceptional months to witness and experience the best in human ingenui...

    • Language: English
  • An exclusive preview of Expo 2020, featuring the UK Pavilion

    Wednesday11:00 - 11:307 Nov 2018
    Middle East & Africa Inspiration Zone - AF190

    With just two years to go, Expo 2020 will share an incredible preview of why this will be the must-visit event. In addition, Laura Faulkner OBE will detail for ...

    • Language: English

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