International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Commonwealth 2015

"The 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of the UN: Developing Initiatives to Promote Cultural Understanding, Global Human Rights & World Peace within the Commonwealth"

(London; July 22nd - 24th, 2015)

Symposium Timetable

Wednesday, July 22st, 2015
11:30 Registrations  
12:30 Welcome Addresses
Mark Donfried (Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
Robin Marsh (Secretary General, Universal Peace Foundation)
Dr. Sheikh Ramzy (Director, Oxford Islamic Information Centre)
13:00 Keynote Speech
Sir James Mancham (Founding President, Seychelles; Member ICD Advisory Board)
14:00 “Knowing 'What Works' and How it Works - Why Research and Evaluation is Crucial for the Future of Cultural Diplomacy”
(Keynote Address)
Deborah Bull (Director, Culture at King's College, London)
14:30 “The Role of Cultural Diplomacy in Global Good Governance”
(Keynote Address)
MP Stephen Gethins (Member of the British Parliament) 
15:30 “The Isle is Full of Noises”
(Keynote Address)
Tony Haynes (Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Grand Union Orchestra)
16:00 “History, Identity and Sense of Belonging”
(Keynote Address)
Gosia McKane (Director, Merseyside Polonia)
17:00  “Arts & Business, Business and Arts”
(Keynote Address)
Sarah Meltzer (Artists’ Promoter)
17:30 Participant Papers
19:00 Networking Reception
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
9:30 Keynote Address
Lord Jack McConnell (Member of the House of Lords; Former First Minister of Scotland)
10:30 The Use of Soft Power to Enhance Global Relations
(Keynote Address)
The Rt. Hon. Lord Swraj Paul (Member of the House of Lords)
11:00 The Spirit of a Global Community.”
(Keynote Address)
Lord Frank Judd (Member of the British Parliament)
11:30  Keynote Address
MP Jim Fitzpatrick
(Member of the British Parliament) 
12:00 Culture the Lowest Common Denominator and Highest Value of Humanity: Reflections on Walks through Fourteen Countries”
(Keynote Address)
Rt Hon Lord Michael Bates (Member of the House of Lords; Former Minister of State, Home Office, United Kingdom)
12:30 Soft Power, a Personal perspective
(Keynote Address)
Baroness Judith Jolly (Member of the House of Lords)
13:00 Gallipoli: Road to Peace out of ‘Gentlemen’s War’
(Keynote Address)
H. E. Amb. Abdurrahman Bilgiç (Ambassador of Turkey to the United Kingdom)
13:30 Lunch Break
14:30 Keynote Address
Sir Simon Hughes (Member of the British Parliament; Former Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties of the United Kingdom; Former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
15:00 “The Role of Diaspora Communities in the Commonwealth”
(Keynote Address)
MP Keith Vaz (Member of the British Parliament)
15:30 “Cultural Diplomacy in the Face of an EU Referendum”
(Keynote Address)
MP Bill Wiggin (Member of the British Parliament)
16:00 “The Price of Bridge Building in a Multi-Cultural World”
(Keynote Address)
Rt. Hon. Lord Robin Eames (Former Anglican Primate of All Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh)
17:00 Keynote Address
Lord Christopher Holmes of Richmond MBE (Member of the House of Lords)
18:00  “Culture and Diplomacy”
(Keynote Address)
Sian Hansen (Executive Director, Legatum Institute)
18:30 Keynote Address
Dan Golan (Director, Cultural Department, Embassy of Israel to the United Kingdom)
Friday, July 24th, 2015
9:30 Keynote Address
Natalie Louise Bennett (Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales)
10:00 Space, Place, Identity - Notes from a Novelist on Anti-Human Architecture”
(Keynote Address)
Jayne Joso (British Novelist, Playwright, Writer, Artist)
11:00 Keynote Address
H.E. Amb. Diego Gómez Pickering (Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom)
11:30 “Culture as a Diplomatic Tool for Small Nations”
(Keynote Address)
Baroness Jenny Randerson (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Wales Office; Member of the House of Lords; Former Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language)
12:30 “World Music: Cultural Ringers and the Rest of Us”
Keynote Address
Prof. Dr. Keith Howard (Professor of Music, SOAS, University of London)
13:00 “Sustainable Growth and Inclusion: Commonwealth of Nations”
(Keynote Address)
Dr. Ruth Kattumuri (Co-Director of India Observatory and Asia Research Centre)
14:00 Concluding Remarks

Sir James Mancham (Founding President, Seychelles; Member ICD Advisory Board)
Dr. Yehoeshahfaht Ben Israel (Director, Experience Africa Program, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
Robin Marsh (Secretary General, Universal Peace Foundation)
Dr. Sheikh Ramzy (Director, Oxford Islamic Information Centre)