The late Sir David Nicolson MEP, founded the American European Business Association (AEBA) in 1980 in consultation with the late Lord Roy Jenkins OM, PC, then President of the European Commission.
AEBA promotes and facilitates lively and informed debate on key business, economic and political topics. The association’s goal is to use this dialogue, connection and collaboration to improve and increase understanding and cooperation between the business community and governments in Europe and North America.
AEBA does this by bringing together senior international business, political, diplomatic, and academic representatives to engage in productive conversation through the open exchange of views in an atmosphere of trust, which provides unique insight behind today’s headlines. A key factor in the success of these debates is the diversity of the participants’ backgrounds, industries, and their shared interest in debating future developments. Limiting the number of participants at each discussion promotes a more intimate, meaningful and powerful experience for both members and speakers. Meetings are governed by the Chatham House Rule.
A highlight of the annual program is our Autumn Drinks Reception. Previous events have been held at Winfield House, Canada House and the German and US Embassies.
AEBA is a non-partisan association.