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The ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy

ICD Academic Board

CCDS Faculty

The CCDS Faculty is composed of professors, high profile politicians and experienced professionals from the public and private sectors. Our Faculty includes senior university professors, leading politicians, and high-profile individuals from prestigious institutions.

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies' Faculty includes:

The Hon. Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis

President on the Council for Cultural Diplomacy Studies

Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis is a graduate of Law and Public Law/Political Science of the University of Athens. She obtained a PhD (PhD) in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Helsinki in 1979. Dr. Kozakou-Marcoullis was a member of the Cyprus Question Division (1988-1993), Director of the Permanent Secretary's Office (1993-1996) and Director of the Cyprus Question and EU-Turkey Affairs Division. She has served as Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States, the Nordic/Baltic States, Lebanon and Jordan. Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from August 2011 to February 2013. Dr. Kozakou-Marcoullis has published a large number of articles on a wide range of issues, including the Cyprus Problem, the United Nations, the European Union, Foreign Policy, Cultural Diplomacy and Gender Equality.

Prof. Dr. Emil Constantinescu

President of The ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy

After graduating from the University of Bucharest with a degree in Law, he became a local judge. Following his time in the judicial profession, he returned to the University of Bucharest where he undertook a Doctorate in Geology. Dr. Constantinescu was elected as Vice-President of the University of Bucharest and became its President from1992 until 1996. During his presidential mandate from 1996 to 2000 (as President of Romania), Dr. Constantinescu opened the crucial way for Romania towards joining NATO and the EU. He launched, together with President Bill Clinton in Bucharest, "the Romania-US Strategic Partnership," which allowed Romania to start EU accession negotiations (Helsinki 1999). (more)

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brückner

Academic Director - Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)
Dr. Brückner studied Political Science, German Literature, and History at the University of Würzburg and the Freie Universität Berlin. Working at the FU Berlin since 1987, he has specialized in European Integration. Dr. Brückner's PhD is on the role of the European Commission in the policy-making of the European Union. From 1997 until 2003, he also worked as a Jean Monnet Visiting Professor at Szczecin University in Poland, and since 1999, has taught as a Visiting Professor at Stanford University in Berlin and California, ECNU and Fudan University Shanghai, MGIMO Moscow, Sabanci University in Istanbul, the University for Economics in Bratislava, and the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. In 2003 he became an EU Jean Monnet Professor at Stanford.

Prof. Dr. Karl P. Donfried

Director of Studies - Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)

Dr. Karl Donfried was educated at Columbia College, Harvard Divinity School, and the Union Theological Seminary in New York, before obtaining his PhD in Theology from the University of Heidelberg. He was first appointed to the faculty of Smith College in 1968 and served as the Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor of Religion and Biblical Literature until 2005. He has also served as a Visiting Professor at Freie Universität and Humboldt Universität in Berlin, Germany; Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel; and Yale University Divinity School in Connecticut, USA.

Prof. Dr. Mircea Dumitru

Rector, University of Bucharest

Prof. Dr. Mircea Dumitru studied Philosophy at the University of Bucharest and continued his academic career as Ph.D. student at Tulane University in New Orleans. From 2000 to 2008 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of University of Bucharest. Currently he is the Rector of University of Bucharest but he is also active as a professor at the department of Theoretical Philosophy and Logic at the University Of Bucharest. He was awarded the "Mircea Florian" of the Romanian Academy in 2001 for "Method and incompleteness; Modal logic as higher order logic". In addition he has published several books and studies on modal logic and philosophical logic.

Prof. Dr. Romulus Brâncoveanu

Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

Professor Romulus Brâncoveanu gained his Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and History from the University of Bucharest (1982), where he later acquired a doctorate in Philosophy (1996). Since 2008, he has been professor at the Faculty of Philosophy. Between 1998 and 2008 Brâncoveanu worked as lecturer and associate professor at the Faculty of Philosophy; between 2002 and 2008 he served as Deputy Dean of this institution. Professor Brâncoveanu is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Director of the research Centre for the Study of Rationality and Beliefs, and editor of the peer-reviewed journal Public Reason.

Prof.Dr. Nicolae Paun

Dean, Faculty of European Studies, Babes-Bolyai University

Prof. Dr. Nicolae Paun gained his Bachelor's Degree in History in 1978, at Babes-Bolyai University. Later, in 1991 Prof. Dr. Paun obtained a PhD in History from Babes-Bolyai University. Since 1996, Prof. Dr. Paun has been a University professor for the Faculty of European Studies at Babes-Bolyai University. From 1992 to 1995 he worked as a Chancellor at the Faculty of European Studies, Babes-Bolyai University, coordinating and preparing the Faculty's Teaching Council and also editing Studia Economica Review. From 1995 to 2003 Prof. Dr. Nicolae Paun was Dean of the Faculty of European Studies. In 2000 he began coordinating PhD students in Contemporary History, International Relations and European Studies. From 2007 on he is the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of European Studies, Babes-Bolyai University.

Dr. Elke Ritt

Head, Creative Europe at the British Council

Dr. Elke Ritt, born in Krefeld, Germany, graduated from Duesseldorf University in 1978 with a degree in English and Mathematics. In 1984, she was admitted to the University of Leicester for a Degree of Master of Arts, and consequently obtained an MA in Victorian Studies. In 1991, she obtained a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Munich. Alongside her studies, Dr. Ritt spent 10 years teaching English and Mathematics at German secondary schools; teaching German, Literature, and Landeskunde in the Department of German at the University of Leicester; and teaching Literature at the Institut für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft at the University of Munich. Dr. Ritt has been Head of the Arts & Creative Industries Department in Germany since 1993, and presently leads the Arts, Literature, British Studies, and Dreams and Teams programs. The Dreams & Teams project is an international program that aims to develop leadership and cross-cultural awareness in young people through sport and international educational links.

Prof. Dr. Nazar Al Baharna

Director - ICD Conflict Zones Mediation Center

Dr. Nazar Al Baharna obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Petroleum & Minerals in Saudi Arabia, and subsequently went on to earn a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wales in 1979. In 1987, Dr. Al Baharna became the Dean of Engineering at Bahrain University, and in 1992 was appointed Vice President for Academic Programs and Scientific Research. From October 2006 until March 2011, Dr. Al Baharna served as the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Bahrain. Furthermore, Dr. Al Baharna led the Government of Bahrain's successful Universal Periodic Review (UPR) initiative, a highly successful method of providing the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations. Currently Dr. Al Baharna is a Visiting Research Scholar at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Mark C. Donfried

Executive Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

Mark Donfried is the current director of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, a Berlin based NGO that he founded in 2001. His focus at the moment is fulfilling his role as director of the ICD in pursuit of its mission to extend research, programs and practices in the field of cultural diplomacy. Mark. Donfried also teaches courses in cultural diplomacy for the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies.

The Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges

Vice President of the ICD Advisory Board

The Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges is a Luxembourgish politician... Ms. Hennicot-Schoepges has a deep interest in cultural and civil affairs and is known for her active involvement in numerous foundations, where issues such as Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue and Cultural Itineraries are treated. Ms. Hennicot-Schoepges was the first female President of Luxembourg's Parliament and was later appointed as Luxembourg's Minister of Culture, Higher Education, and Research and Public Works. She was elected as Member of the European Parliament in 2004. During her five-year mandate, she established herself as an active member of environment and research (more)

Prof. Dr. Kishore Chakraborty

Director of Research - Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)

Dr. Chakroborty has over thirty years of experience teaching in undergraduate and graduate business schools in the USA and Germany. He previously taught at Northeastern University, Babson College, Arthur D. Little School of Management, Handels Hochschule Leipzig, and Hult International Business School. Dr. Chakraborty holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) from Brandeis University, and a Doctorate from Harvard University. Alongside his academic career, Dr. Chakraborty has been working as an Independent Management Consultant.

Amb. Karl-Erik Norrman

ICD Advisory Board Member

Amb. Norrman has a distinguished diplomatic career in the Swedish Foreign Ministry, with posts including: Ambassador, Head of the UN Ministry for Development Assistance, Head of Asia Division and Humanitarian Assistance, Trade Negotiator GATT (today WTO), Secretary Ministry of Education and Culture, Researcher at the Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm, and Senior Advisor to the Swedish Red Cross. He currently serves as the Secretary General, European Cultural Parliament.

The Hon. Eka Tkeshelashvili

Member – The Council for Cultural Diplomacy Studies

Eka Tkeshelashvili was appointed to her first government post as Deputy Minister of Justice of Georgia on February 1, 2004. Afterwards she was appointed as Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs on September 1, 2005 and then became a Chairperson of the Tbilisi Court of Appeal from May 1, 2006 to August 1, 2007. Ms. Tkeshelashvili served as Minister of Justice of Georgia from August 1, 2007 to February 1, 2008, and as Prosecutor General of Georgia from February to May 2008. On May 5, 2008 she was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, this she held until December 5, 2008. In December 2008, she was appointed to head the National Security Council and from 2010 to 2012, she was Vice Prime Minister for Reintegration.