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Claire

Smith

Former British diplomat and extreme negotiator, Claire Smith, has played hardball with governments, political institutions and corporate bodies across the globe.

Expert in managing the complexities of global business practices and the Art of Negotiation, Claire now runs her own consultancy business CH Smith Consulting to help re-build government capabilities after conflict and to companies navigate turbulent times.

Claire’s engaging keynotes and workshops draw on her vast experience within the Diplomatic Service and her subsequent career as a leading consultant.

Claire is also a visiting professor and lecturer at several UK universities and is an adviser to the monastic community of Ampleforth Abbey (the UK’s largest monastic community).  Claire speaks near-native German, fluent French and Mandarin.

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With over 25 years’ experience as a diplomat, Claire was one of the first Mandarin speaking women to be posted to Beijing, as China began to open up following the Cultural Revolution.  A well-known and respected diplomat in Asia, Claire was part of the UK government delegation to negotiate the future of Hong Kong and ran the UK government’s programme to bring Chinese professionals (starved of contact with the outside world) to the UK....

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