Open Meetings Programme

For a record of past meetings, please refer to the Archive. This gives speakers, topics and when provided by the speaker a link to download the presentation.

Future Programme

The ICEA year ends on July 31st. The open meetings programme resumes in October. Meeting dates for the coming months are shown below. Speakers and topics are added when these are sufficiently confirmed to be announced. Formal notices giving further details are posted and despatched to members and those on mailing list approximately one month before the event.

For the time being we are holding virtual meetings by Zoom, but we hold bookings at our regular venue, the Art Workers Guild, for all of the dates below.

In addition to the confirmed meetings and future dates listed below, in normal times there are also Members’ Events including the Annual General Meeting and Christmas party.

For dates and details please refer to the Members Events page.

Meetings and Dates


Our next online meeting by Zoom is given below

Wednesday June 16th 2021 at 18h30

Sri Lanka – Civil War and Economic Recovery – A View

presented by

Malcolm Summerfield, Independent Consultant and ICEA Member

Malcolm will present a review of events in Sri Lanka over the last 35 years – relating to the Civil War of 25 years (1983 to 2009), its impact on the economy and the elements of economic recovery and reconciliation over the last 10 years (2010 to 2020). This period has presented many challenges for the government and people of Sri Lanka. The aftermath of the civil war is still unfolding – reconciliation and shared economic recovery still present major issues that will test the commitment to a shared economic future for the main ethnic groups. Sri Lanka has a colonial past that has shaped much of its current structure. In addition, the island’s strategic location in the Indian Ocean may yet present new challenges and opportunities. Malcolm will illustrate and discuss key events and related economic and social factors.

Malcolm is a long-standing member of the ICEA Committee with more than 40 years-experience in international development in many countries. Malcolm lived in Sri Lanka as a young boy; and has worked on five major projects on the island.


The meeting is open to both members of ICEA.non-members and Honorary. There is no charge for this event, which will be transmitted live via Zoom

To join the meeting please click on the following link:

Meeting ID: 835 5087 1156 Passcode: 124838

Participants should allow at least five minutes prior to the start of the meeting to join. It would be appreciated if members and guests use a recognisable user name when taking part in our online meetings.

NOTE: the meeting will last for 1¼-1½ hours with an initial presentation by the speaker followed by questions and contributions from the audience.


Fortchcoming meetings

The International Consulting Economists’ Association regrets that it will be unable to host its programme of London meetings for the time being..

Our most recent face to face meeting was in February 2020. Four Zoom meetings took place later in the year, followed by three further meetings this year. These presentations have now been loaded onto this website.

A further Zoom meetings have been arranged as follows:

June 16th Wednesday – Malcolm Summerfield, independent consultant and ICEA Committee Member

The Sri Lankan Economy

Details of this meeting appear above.

The July meeting will be as scheduled below. We hope that it may be possible by then to to return to our usual venue, the Art Workers’ Guild. If not, the meeting will be held on Zoom, and if a face to face meeting is practicable we are actively investigating the possibility of providing a Zoom feed in addition.

July 21st Wednesday – Alex Tilley, Head of Research, Publish What You Fund

How the Aid Transparency Index drives Change

The Aid Transparency Index scores and ranks the world’s major aid and development donors based on the transparency of their operations. Running since 2011 on an annual or biannual basis, the index has built a strong international reputation, particularly among the aid donor community. It has gained normative power and drives changes in donors’ behaviours and policies. The talk will focus on the importance of aid transparency and the way index-type assessment exercises can drive change.

There is no meeting in August and in September we hold our AGM as a “members only” event. Consideration is being given to the practicality of providing a Zoom feed when face to face meetings resume. Please refer back to this webpage for updates on the programme and mode of delivery.

Time and Place

Meetings are held at in the Gradidge Room at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT, (, which is located about halfway down the West Side of the Square click for map.

The Gradidge Room is a small venue and our meetings are more akin to seminars than to lectures.

We meet at 6 for 6:30pm. The meeting itself lasts until about 8 pm, with time split approximately equally between the speaker’s address and the subsequent discussion with questions, comment and observations from the floor.

Drinks are available both before and after the meeting. We aim to be out of the drinks room by 9 pm. There is sometimes an opportunity to take supper with speaker as guest. Those doing so leave earlier.

Meeting Charges

A small charge is made to cover the costs of drinks and other refreshments, which are served before and after the meeting.  Charges (including drinks/refreshments): Members – £5; Non-members – £10; Students – £2.50.

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