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SMi Group Ltd

Global Event Producing Company

The SMi Group is a highly Professional, Independent and Global event producing company that specialises in Business to Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and Training. We create and deliver events within Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors.

Our aim is to provide you with the highest Quality Events in Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors, which are timely, relevant and important to you and your company!

We pride ourselves on being connected to the best and most Knowledgeable Expert speakers in your business sector. We believe in bringing you together with your peers in order to Learn, Engage, Share and Network with the very best. We hold events in over 30 major cities throughout the world including London, Paris, Singapore and have welcomed over 200k participants from 80 countries to our events.

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Defence Exports 2017 - 11/04/2017

Leading Defence Exports Conference moves to Rome this September

SMi's 12th annual Defence Exports Conference will take place on the 27th - 28th September, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza St Peter’s Hotel & Spa in Rome, Italy.

The agenda has been released for SMi’s 12th annual Defence Exports Conference which takes place on the 27th and 28th September 2017. For the first time in the history of the conference series, the event will be hosted in Italy, a nation with vast presence in the arms trade.

Featuring 27 presentations, 4 workshops, and an exclusive panel discussion, Defence Exports 2017 will provide essential briefings on best practices for complying with export controls. Bringing insights from leading international government and senior trade compliance professionals, the agenda has been curated to deliver updates on regulation controls including ITAR, EAR, ECR, Dual-Use and the Wassenaar Arrangement.

In addition, this year's conference will address how critical developments of 2017 have made - and will make - a profound impact on the defence trade, including a new administration in the White House, Brexit and the growing threat of cyber intrusion.

Featured experts and speakers include:

  • Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services
  • Minister Plenipotentiary Francesco Azzarello, Director, National Authority - UAMA (Armament Licensing and Controls) - Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  • Dr Massimo Cipolletti, Head of Unit, Dual Use Items, Commercial Embargoes and Chemical Weapons, Directorate General for International Trade Policy, Italian Ministry of Economic Development
  • Matthew Borman, Acting Assistant Secretary of Export Administration, US Department of Commerce
  • Clair Harrison, Head of Business Awareness, Export Control Joint Unit, UK Department for International Trade
  • Brigadier General Thierry Carlier, Deputy Director, International, Strategic and Technological Affairs Directorate, French Secretariat-General for National Defence and Security, Prime Minister's Services
  • Stephane Chardon, Export Control Coordinator, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission
  • Holger Beutel, Director of Export Monitoring, Information Analysis, WAR Weapons Control, Verification, Outreach, German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control
  • Wendy Gilmour, Director General, Trade Controls Bureau, Department of Foreign Affairs Canada
  • Racheli Chen, Director of Defence Export Controls Agency (DECA), Ministry of Defence Israel
  • Ambassador Philip Griffiths, Head of Secretariat, Wassenaar Arrangement
  • Pierfilippo Rossetti, Head of Trade Compliance, Legal, Corporate Affairs and Compliance, Leonardo
  • Sue Tooze, Deputy Head of Export Control, Group Legal, BAE Systems
  • Bryon Angvall, Director Global Trade Controls, Boeing
  • Suzanne Reifman, Director, Global Trade Management, Northrop Grumman Corporation

The complete roster of speakers and their presentations can be found on

Defence Exports 2017 is proudly sponsored by Hohmann Rechtsanwälte, OCR Services, Pillsbury and Sheppard Mullin.

For those interested to attend, registration is now live at

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