Cross Continental Cooperation Summit 2014-2015

"Unlocking Potential: Uniting the World's Leading Powers to Promote Sustainable Economies, Global Human Rights and World Peace"

(London, Berlin, Bucharest, The Hague, Moscow, Brussels, Pristina; October 2014 - July 2015)

Speakers & Delegates

Speakers and delegates for the summit events include leading politicians, senior diplomats, governmental officials, senior academics, renowned authors, journalists, and celebrated artists.

These speakers will include individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here ».

Speakers & Delegates for the Summit Events include:

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in Bucharest

„25 Years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall in Central and Eastern Europe: Looking Back, Looking Forward”

(Bucharest; November 19th - 21st, 2014)
  • President Lech Walesa
    President of Poland (1990 - 1995)
  • President Zheliu Zhelev
    President of Bulgaria (1990 - 1997)
  • President Petar Stoyanov
    President of Bulgaria (1997 - 2002)
  • President Vytautas Landsbergis
    President of Lithuania (1990 - 1992)
  • President Stanislav Shushkevich
    President of Belarus (1991 - 1994)
  • President Sali Berisha
    President of Albania (1992 - 1997)
  • President Rexhep Meidani
    President of Albania (1997 - 2002)
  • President Rudolf Schuster
    President of Slovakia (1999 - 2004)
  • President Boris Tadić
    President of Serbia (2004 - 2012)
  • President Petru Lucinschi
    President of Moldavia (1996 - 2001)
  • President Viktor Yushchenko
    President of Ukraine (2005-2010)
  • The Hon. Jan Ruml
    Minister of Internal Affairs of the Czech Republic (1992 - 1997)
  • The Hon. Dr. Markus Meckel
    Minister of Foreign affairs of former German Democratic Republic
  • President Hans-Gert Hermann Pöttering
    President of the European Parliament 2007-2009; Chairman, Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • Prof. Dr. Ivo Slaus
    President of World Academy of Art and Science
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Likhotal
    President of Green Cross International
  • Amb. Katalin Bogyay 
    Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Hungary to UNESCO; President of the 36th session of UNESCO General Conference
  • Marc S. Ellenbogen
    President of the Prague Society
  • Mark C. Donfried
    Director General of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Caron
    ENAP - École nationale d'administration publique, Quebec
  • Prof. Dr. Giuli G. Alasania
    Chairman of the University of Georgia
  • Thor Halvorssen
    The Human Rights Foundation/Oslo Freedom Forum
  • Eugen Doga
    Member of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2014

Berlin Economic Forum 2014-24: Sustainable Economies, Sustainable Technologies, Sustainable Industries

(Berlin; November 8th - 12th, 2014)
  • Ahmad A. Alzabin
    Vice Chairman & CEO of ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company
  • Aleksandar Damjanovic
    Chairman of the Committee on Economy of Montenegro
  • Alessandro Pansa
    Former CEO of Finmeccanica
  • Minister Ali Hassan Bahdon
    Minister of Communication of Djibouti
  • Anette Bickmeyer
    Vice President of Sustainability Management at EON AG
  • The Hon. Anna Diamantopoulou
    Former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities; Former Greek Minister for Development
  • Governor Azeema Adam
    Governor of the Maldives Monetary Authority
  • Bernhard Schwager
    Head Sustainability Office,Corporate Communications, Brand Management and Sustainability at Robert Bosch GmbH
  • The Hon. Bertie Ahern
    Former Prime Minister of Ireland
  • Minister Besim Beqaj
    Minister of Finance of Kosovo
  • Carina Geber-Teir
    CCO of OP-Pohjola Group
  • Carlo Mazzi
    Chairman of Prada S.p.A.
  • Christian Leitz
    Head of Corporate Responsibility Management of UBS AG
  • Daniel Winteler
    Managing Director of Miroglio S.p.A.
  • Daniela Lulache
    CEO of SN Nuclearelectrica SA
  • Amb. Delia Domingo Albert
    Former Foreign Minister of the Philippines; Former Ambassador to Germany
  • Dorji Phuntsho
    CEO of the Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan
  • Eleonora Giada Pessina
    Group Sustainability Officer of Pirelli & C. SpA
  • Fadi Khalaf
    Secretary General of the Arab Federation of Exchanges
  • The Hon. George Papaconstantinou
    Former Minister for Finance of Greece
  • Dr. Gerhard Prätorius
    Director of CSR and Sustainability at Volkswagen AG
  • Prof. Giovanni Puglisi
    Rector of the International University of Languages and Media IULM in Italy
  • Lord Jack McConnell Former
    First Minister of Scotland
  • Jřrgen Hallundbćk
    CEO of Welltec
  • Prince Luitpold of Bavaria
    CEO of König Ludwig GmbH
  • Mirjam Ernst
    Sustainability Manager at Volksbank AG, Austria
  • President Mirko Cvetkovic
    Former President of Serbia
  • Mohammed Abdulwahab Nass
    CEO of Bahrain Flour Mills Company
  • Mokhtar Mehiri
    CEO of Intermetal Tunisia
  • Moremi Marwa
    CEO of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
  • Nancy Pedot
    CEO of Comptoir des Cotonniers
  • Nondas Cl. Metaxas
    CEO of Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • MP Ögmundu Jonasson
    Member of the Parliament of Iceland
  • Prof. Patrick Watson
    Chairman of Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Petra Wadström
    CEO of Solvatten AB
  • Dr. Philipp Mißfelder
    Foreign Policy Speaker of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group
  • Radu Toia 
    Vice President of S.I.F. Transilvania S.A.
  • Rashed Al Blooshi
    CEO of Abu Dhabi Securities
  • Rashid Bin Ali Al-Mansoori
    CEO of Qatar Stock Exchange
  • Prof. Richard B. Davies
    Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University
  • Roger Newman
    Senior Vice President of Tech Mahindra
  • Silvio De Girolamo
    Group Chief Internal Audit & CSR Officer of Autogrill
  • The Hon. Staffan Nilsson
    Former President of the European Economic and Social Committee
  • Swapan Kumar Bala
    CEO of the Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd.
  • Taavi Heikkilä
    CEO of SOK Corporation

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2014

"A World without Walls": Opportunities for Peace Building in a Time of Global Insecurity

(Berlin; November 7th - 10th, 2014 - Held Parallel to the Berlin Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall")
  • Judge Abdulkadir Ilhani
    Deputy Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Turkey
  • HRH Prince Africa Zulu of Onkweni
    Zulu Prince; Chairman of the Prince Africa Zulu Foundation Trust
  • Prof. Dr. Álvaro Escribano
    Vice Rector, University Carlos III of Madrid
  • The Hon. Andreas Khol
    Former President of the Austrian National Council
  • Anggun Cipta Sasmi
    Indonesian and French-Naturalised Singer-Songwriter
  • The Hon. Anna Diamantopoulou
    Former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities; Former Greek Minister for Development
  • Rev. Árni Svanur Daníelsson
    Priest, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland
  • President Arnold Rüütel
    Former President of Estonia
  • Dr. Arthur Hirsch
    Director, Webster University, Vienna Campus
  • Dr. Benjamin Barber
    World Renowned Political Theorist and Author
  • HRH Prince Boris Petrović-Njegoš
    Hereditary Prince of Montenegro; Grand Duke of Zeta and Grahavo
  • The Hon. Cyril Svoboda
    President, Diplomatic Academy in Prague; Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • Prof. Dato' Sri Dr. Zaleha Kamaruddin
    Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • MP Dora Bakoyannis
    Member of the Greek Parliament; Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece; Former Mayor of Athens
  • President Einar Kristinn Guđfinnsson
    Speaker of the Parliament of Iceland
  • H. E. Amb Elena Poptodorova
    Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States
  • President Emil Constantinescu
    Former President of Romania
  • Hon. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis
    Former Foreign Minister of Cyprus
  • Judge Fausto Pocar
    Former President, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
  • President Fejzullah Hasani
    President, Supreme Court of Kosovo
  • Prof. Dr. Finn Kjćrsdam
    Former Rector; Aalborg University in Denmark
  • Judge Göran Lambertz
    Judge, Supreme Court of Sweden
  • The Hon. Halldór Ásgrímsson
    Former Prime Minister of Iceland
  • The Hon. Iveta Radičová
    Former Prime Minister of Slovakia
  • The Hon. Jadranka Kosor
    Former Prime Minister of Croatia
  • MP Jan Figel
    Vice President of the National Council of the Slovak Republic; Former European Commissioner for Education, Training & Culture
  • HSH Prince Jan Lubomirski-Lanckoroński
    President of Kulczyk Lubomirski Property; President, the Princes Lubomirski Foundation
  • Jermaine Jackson
    Celebrated American Singer, Member of The Jackson 5
  • Prof. Dr. John Latham
    Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University
  • President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
    Former Prime Minister of Spain
  • President Josip Leko
    Speaker of the Croatian Parliament
  • Prof. Dr. Karel Luyben
    Rector Magnificus, Delft University of Technology
  • Prof. Dr. Karin Röding
    Vice-Chancellor, Mälardalen University
  • The Hon. Lars Lokke Rasmussen (MP)
    Former Prime Minister of Denmark; Leader of the Opposition (Leader of the Centre-right Liberal Party, Venstre)
  • The Hon. Lawrence Gonzi
    Former Prime Minister of Malta
  • The Hon. Massimo D'Alema
    Former Prime Minister of Italy
  • Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope
    Director, International Bureau of Education, UNESCU
  • Amb. Mustafa Mujezinović
    Former Prime Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to UK
  • Prince Radu of Romania
    Prince of Hohenzollern-Veringen
  • HRH Raja Remigius Kanagarajah of Jaffna
    The Royal Family of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
  • MP Reinhold Lopatka
    Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of Austrian People´s Party
  • President Rexhep Meidani
    Former President of Albania
  • Priest Roman Bogdasarov
    Deputy Chairman of the Department of the Moscow Patriarchate for Church-Society Relations
  • Thuli Madonsela
    South African Advocate & Public Protector of South Africa
  • Prof. Sir Timothy O'Shea
    Principal of the University of Edinburgh
  • Prof. Dr. Tine Pars
    Rector, the University of Greenland
  • President Tui Atua Tupua Tamase Taisi Efi
    Head of State of the Independent State of Samoa
  • Mufti Vahid-ef. Fazlović
    Mufti of Tuzla
  • President Valdis Zatlers
    Former President of Latvia
  • President Vicente Fox
    55th President of Mexico
  • The Hon. Yves Leterme
    Former Prime Minister of Belgium; Secretary-General, International IDEA
  • President Živko Budimir
    President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Forum on Cultural Diplomacy in the Commonwealth 2014

"Celebrating Art and Culture in the Commonwealth as Key Features of Nation Branding"

(London; October 15th - 17th, 2014)
  • Dr. Alfred A. Botchway
    Director, Financial Engineering and Allied Services, Regent University
  • Dr. Andrea Ragusa
    Associate Professor of Contemporary History, University of Siena
  • Ansel Wong
    Trustee, Commonwealth Arts and Cultural Foundation; Managing Editor, Hansib Publications Limited
  • Bala Chandra
    Visiting Fellow and Series Organiser, Institute of Commonwealth Studies School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • H. E. Amb. Claus Grube
    Ambassador of Denmark to the UK
  • Crispin Reed
    Managing Director Europe & UK, Fusion Learning
  • Dele Meiji Fatunla
    Communications Manager, Royal African Society
  • Elliot Grove
    Founder, Raindance Film Festival
  • H. E. Amb. Emil Brix
    Ambassador of Austria to the UK
  • Ian Lucas (MP)
    Member of the British Parliament
  • Lord Jack McConnell
    Member of the House of Lords; Former First Minister of Scotland
  • Dr. Jonathan A.J. Wilson
    Programme Leader, Marketing suite Masters Degrees, Greenwich University
  • Malcolm Allan
    Managing Director, Place Matters
  • Matti Allam
    Euroscreen Project & Communications Officer, Film London
  • Michael Lake
    Director, Royal Commonwealth Society
  • The Hon. Natalie Louise Bennett
    Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
  • Nicholas Watts
    Trustee, Chair of its Projects Committee, Commonwealth Human Ecology Council
  • Rt Hon. Nick Brown (MP)
    Member of British Parliament
  • Prof. Dr. Nigel Morgan
    Professor, Tourism & Events Marketing at the University of Surrey's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • H. E. Amb. Pekka Huhtaniemi
    Ambassador of Finland to the UK
  • Amb. Dr. Peter Turčinović
    Former High Commissioner of Croatia to the UK
  • Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Görner
    Chair of German in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary University of London
  • Rula Al-Abdulrazak
    Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader, School of Business & Law, University of East London
  • Dr. Sheikh Ramzy
    Imam, Director of Iqra Islamic institute
  • H.E. Tedwin Herbert
    Acting High Commissioner of Trinidad & Tobago to the UK
  • Tony Haynes
    Co-Founder, Grand Union Orchestra
  • Baroness Usha Prashar
    Cross Bench Member of the House of Lords
  • William Arthurs
    Editor, CityCity Magazine
  • Dr. William Crawley
    Senior Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study University of London
  • Dr.Yehoeshafaht Ben Israel
    International Staff Member, Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

Kosovo Summit on International Law & Human Rights 2015

"The 70 Year Anniversary of the End of WW2 and the Establishment of the UN: An Interdisciplinary Review of the Development of International Law in Protecting Human Rights"

(The Supreme Court, Pristina, Kosovo; June 14th - 17th, 2015)
  • Alessandra Roccasalvo
    Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP, Kosovo
  • Judge Bekim Sejdiu
    Judge, the Constitutional Court of Kosovo
  • Prof. Dr. Blerim Reka
    Professor of Law, SEE University
  • President Enver Hasani
    President of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo
  • The Hon. Enver Peci
    Chairman of Kosovo Judicial Council
  • President Fejzullah Hasani
    President of the Supreme Court of Kosovo
  • Flora Macula
    UN Women Kosovo
  • Minister Hajredin Kuqi
    Minister of Justice, Government of Kosovo
  • Joel Mermet
    Senior Human Rights Expert
  • The Hon. Kadri Veseli
    Chairman of the Parliament of Kosovo
  • MP Margarita Kadriu
    Member of Parliament of Kosovo
  • Mark C. Donfried
    Director General & Founder, ICD
  • Narasimha Rao
    Chief of the UNHCR Mission, Kosovo
  • Ombudsman Sami Kurteshi
    Kosovo Ombudsperson
  • H.E. Amb. Tracey Ann Jacobson
    Ambassador of the USA to Kosovo
  • Judge Valdete Daka
    Judge, the Supreme Court of Kosovo
  • President Vesna Medenica
    President of the Supreme Court of Montenegro

Berlin Economic Forum 2015

"Innovative Nation Branding: Creative Economies, Sustainable Tourism & Responsible Foreign Investments"

(International Conference, Berlin; March 4th - 7th, 2015)
  • Dr. Abdulrahman Alhumedhi
    Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Saudi Arabia to Germany
  • Ajay Prakash 
    President, Institute of Planning & Technology India; Chief Executive, Nomad Travels
  • Anita Mendiratta
    Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting
  • Aurélie Debusschčre
    Photographer & Artist
  • Camille Hoheb
    Founder & Managing Director, Wellness Tourism Worldwide
  • The Hon. Minister Chaudary Muhammad Barjees Tahir
    Federal Minister for Kashmir/Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan
  • Minister Darko Lorencin
    Minister of Tourism of Croatia
  • H. E. Amb. Edouard Bizimana 
    Ambassador of Burundi to Germany
  • Minister Edward Zammit Lewis
    Minister of Tourism of Malta
  • H. E. Amb. Elizabeth Salguero Carrillo
    Ambassador of Bolivia to Germany
  • Frederike Wolter
    Founder, favoroute.com
  • George Chogovadze 
    Head of Administration, Brand Development Department, Georgian National Tourism Administration
  • H. E. Amb. Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson
    Ambassador of Iceland to Germany
  • Inga Hlin Palsdottir
    Director, Tourism & Creative Industries, Promote Iceland
  • Prof. Dr. Ioan-Aurel Pop
    Rector, Babes-Bolyai University
  • Karmen Mentil  
    Alpine Pearls Tourism Consulting
  • H. E. Amb. Karunatilaka Amunugama   
    Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Germany
  • The Hon. Minister Lahcen Haddad
    Minister of Tourism of Morocco
  • Maria Stylianou Michaelidou
    Manager, Limassol Tourism Board, Cyprus
  • The Hon. Minister Navin Dissanayake 
    Minister of Tourism and Sports Sri Lanka
  • Vice Minister Patricia San Pablo
    Vice Minister of Tourism of Bolivia
  • Patrick Saint Hilaire
    Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Haiti to Germany
  • H. E. Amb. Ramón Custodio Espinoza
    Ambassador of Honduras to Germany
  • H. E. Amb. Ranko Vilovic
    Ambassador of Croatia to Germany
  • Rohana Athukorala 
    Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau
  • Samuel Mugisha
    Managing Director, BIC Tours Ltd
  • The Hon. Minister Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin
    Ministry on Tourism and Creative Industries of Haiti
  • Secretary General Taleb Rifai
    Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
  • Prof. Dr. Vasile Puscas
    Jean Monnet Ad Personam Chair, Faculty of European Studies, Babes-Bolyai University; Former Romanian Minister for European Affairs
  • Wilhelm K. Weber
    Partner, SHS Swiss Hospitality Solutions AG

The Hague Summit on International Law & Human Rights

An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Role of International Law in Promoting Human Rights

(International Court of Justice, The Hague; February 4th-5th, 2015)
  • MEP Amjad Bashir
    (Member of the European Parliament)
  • MEP Agnes Jongerius
    (Member of the European Parliament)
  • H. E. Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf
    (Judge, International Court of Justice)
  • MEP Ana Gomes
    (Member of the European Parliament)
  • H. E. Amb. Buddhi K. Athauda
    (Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Netherlands)
  • MEP Beatriz Becerra
    (Member of the European Parliament)
  • H. E. Judge Christopher Greenwood
    (Judge, International Court of Justice)
  • H. E. Amb. Darius Jonas Semaška
    (Ambassador of Lithuania to the Netherlands)
  • H.E. Judge Daniel Nsereko
    (Judge, Special Tribunal for Lebanon)
  • Appeals Counsel Dominika Svarc
    (Appeals Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor, International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia)
  • H. E. Judge Fausto Pocar
    (Former President of the ICTY)
  • H. E. Amb. Francesco Azzarello
    (Ambassador of Italy to the Netherlands)
  • MP Gwenaëlle Grovonius
    (Member of the Parliament of Belgium)
  • H. E. Amb. Haim Divon
    (Ambassador of Israel to the Netherlands)
  • H. E. Secretary General Hugo Hans Siblesz
    (Secretary General, Permanent Court of Arbitration)
  • H. E. Amb. Ireny Comaroschi
    (Ambassador of Romania to the Netherlands)
  • H. E. Amb. Igor Popov
    (Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the Netherlands)
  • MP Ingrid de Caluwé
    (Member of the Dutch Parliament)
  • H. E. Amb. Jan Gustaf Hĺkan Emsgĺrd
    (Ambassador of Sweden to the Netherlands)
  • H.E. Judge Joyce Aluoch
    (Judge, International Criminal Court)
  • H. E. Amb. Joseph Cole
    (Ambassador of Republic of Malta to the Netherlands)
  • H. E. Judge Julia Sebutinde
    (Judge, the International Court of Justice)
  • Barrister Karim A. A. Khan QC
    (Barrister, International Criminal Court)
  • MEP Marju Lauristin
    (Member of the European Parliament)
  • MEP Martina Anderson
    (Member of the European Parliament)
  • H. E. Amb. María Teresa Infante Caffi
    (Ambassador of Chile in the Netherlands)
  • MEP Mary Honeyball
    (Member of the European Parliament)
  • MP Ögmundur Jónasson
    (Member of the Parliament of Iceland)
  • H. E. Judge Peter Tomka
    (President of the International Court of Justice)
  • Prof. Dr.  Pauline F.M. van der Meer Mohr
    (President Executive Board, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • General Director Steven van Hoogstraten
    (General Director, Carnegie Foundation)
  • H.E. Judge Sanji Monageng
    (Vice President, International Criminal Court)
  • Prof. Dr. Wouter Vandenhole
    (Chair, the Law and Development Research Group, Faculty of Law, University of Antwerp)
  • Principle Counsel Xavier-Jean Keďta
    (Principle Counsel, Office of Public Counsel for the Defence, International Criminal Court)
  • Prof. Dr. Yvonne Donders
    (Executive Director, Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL), University of Amsterdam)