Symposia Partners:

A Selection of Symposia Locations:


The German Parliament

The 2012 International Symposia on Cultural Diplomacy

"Human Rights, Sustainable Development, Economic Equality & Global Risks"

(Berlin, Geneva, Washington D.C.; June 1st - July 28th, 2012)

Symposia Speakers

The speakers during the conference will include leading figures and experts from international politics, academia, the diplomatic community, civil society and the private sector, from across the world. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board.

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A Selection of Speakers for the Symposia Includes:

The 2012 International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy & Human Rights

Social & Cultural Inequality: Innovative Strategies to Promote Access to Human Rights and Equalize Globalization

(Berlin, June 1st - 4th, 2012)
  • Catherine Casey
    West Africa Manager, Acumen Fund
  • Judge Daniel Nsereko
    Judge of the International Criminal Court from Uganda, and President of the Appeals Chamber
  • H. E. Amb. Dietrich von Kyaw
    Former German Ambassador to the European Union
  • Dr. Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh
    Head, Africa Department, International Society for Human Rights
  • Floribert Nyamwoga
    Program Director, Development Objective Communities NGO, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Günther Schaefer
    Photographer, Artist and Berlin Ambassador
  • Hassan Shire Sheikh
    Coordinator of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project
  • Pastor Jacques Kamba
    Pastor, DRC
  • John Eichler
    President, JE Strategie GmbH
  • H. E. Amb. Karl-Erik Normann
    Secretary General of the European Cultural Parliament, Former Swedish Ambassador
  • Prof. Katlijn Malfliet
    Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Leuven
  • Dr. Sabine Grund
    Freelance Journalist
  • H. E. Amb. Sarojini, Seeneevassen-Frers
    Ambassador of Mauritius to Germany
  • Sonia Ndikumasabo
    Vice President of the Independent National Commission for Human Rights of Burundi
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brückner
    Jean Monnet Chair Professor, European Studies, Stanford University

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Geneva 2012

"Cultural Diplomacy & Sustainable Development"

(Geneva, June 13-15th, 2012)
  • Dr. Catherine Ferrier
    Coordinator Certificate of Advanced Studies in Corporate Social Responsibility, University of Geneva
  • Cecile Molinier
    Director, UNDP Office in Geneva
  • Clemens Boonekamp
    Director, Agriculture and Commodities Division, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • Deborah Vorhies
    Managing Director, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
  • Doaa Abdel Motaal
    Advisor to the Head of the World Trade Organization
  • Gitanjali Sah
    Manager, International Telecommunication Union
  • Guy Girardet
    Manager, International Telecommunication Union
  • Gérard Biraud
    Former Chairman, Joint Inspection Unit, United Nations
  • Haibing Ma
    China Program Manager &, Chief Representative in China, Worldwatch Institute
  • H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Adoofi
    Ambassador Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations
  • Ignasi Guardans
    Chairman, CUMEDIAE, former Member of the European Parliaments
  • Ivan Ureta
    Professor, Geneva School of Diplomacy
  • H.E. Amb. Joaquim A.M.L. Da Fonseca
    Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to the United Nations office and other international organizations in Geneva
  • Jon-Hans Coetzer
    General Manager, Geneva School of Diplomacy
  • H.E. Amb. Luvuyo Ndimeni
    Deputy Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations
  • Mario Apostolov
    Regional Adviser, UNECE Trade
  • Meg Jones
    Women and Trade Program of the International Trade Centre
  • Dr. Osvaldo Agatiello
    Professor of International Law and Economics, Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Dr. Philipp Krueger
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Geneva Finance Research Institute, University of Geneva
  • Rolf Olsen
    CEO of Leidar
  • Ronald Derks
    Focal Point World Alliance of Cities against Poverty, UNDP
  • The Hon. Rufus Yerxa
    Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  • Siddharth Chatterjee
    Chief Diplomat, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
  • Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi
    Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • H. E. Amb. Therese Baptiste-Cornelis
    Ambassador Permanent Representative of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations Offices at Geneva
  • Thérèse de Saint Phalle
    Deputy-Registrar, International Court of Justice

The 2012 International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy & International Economics

"Political & Economic Inequalities: Bridging the Gap between Civil Society and the Public & Private Sectors"

(Berlin, June 20th - 22nd, 2012)
  • H. E. Amb. Abdul Basit
    Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany
  • The Hon. Charles Clarke
    Former Home Secretary of the United Kingdom
  • Claus Fischer
    Head of B2B Business, Austrian Mint
  • David Havlícek
    Secretary, National Economic Council of the Government of the Czech Republic
  • The Hon. Dr. Emil Constantinescu
    President of the ICD Academy; Former President of Romania
  • The Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges
    Vice President of the ICD Advisory Board; Former Minister of Culture of Luxembourg
  • Prof. Fabrizio Onida
    Professor of Economics, Bocconi University
  • Francesco Papadia
    Director General for Market Operations, European Central Bank
  • Gerard Korteweg
    Senior Adviser in Directorate General Economics, European Central Bank
  • Tor Harald Haukås
    Director of Communication, Helse Midt
  • The Hon. Jan Pronk
    Former Minister for Development Cooperation of the Netherlands
  • Jon McLeod
    Chairman, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Weber Shandwick's Public Affairs Practice
  • Julian Weyer
    Partner, C. F. Møller Architects
  • Katri Riekkinen
    Manager, External Communications, Metso Corporation
  • Martin Pavlíček
    Corporate Communication Director, UNIPETROL
  • Michal Kadera
    Director External Affairs, ŠKODA AUTO a.s.
  • Dr. Philipp Mohl
    DG-Economics, Fiscal Policies Division, European Central Bank
  • The Hon. Ranko Krivokapić
    President of the Parliament of Montenegro
  • The Hon. Said Musa
    Former Prime minister of Belize
  • Thérèse de Saint Phalle
    Deputy-Registrar, International Court of Justice
  • Todd Drake
    Visiting Scholar, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Tom Dolev
    President's Office,The Peres Center for Peace
  • Tor Harald Haukås
    Director of Communication, Helse Midt
  • The Hon. Dr. Vasile Puşcaş
    Former Romanian Minister for European Affairs
  • Wojciech Konstanty
    Director of Investments and Development in Polski Tyton S.A.
  • The Hon. Yasar Yakis
    Former Foreign Minister of Turkey

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA 2012

“Cultural Diplomacy, National Security and Global Risks”

(Washington D.C, June 26th - 28th, 2012)
  • H.E. Amb. Aldona Z. Wos
    Former US Ambassador to Estonia
  • Amb. Andras Simonyi
    Director, Center for Transatlantic Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • H.E. Amb. Bockari Kortu Stevens
    Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States
  • Amb. Brenda LaGrange Johnson
    Former US Ambassador to Jamaica
  • Dr. Bridget A. Teboh
    Associate Professor, History Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Lt. General Clarence McKnight
    Former Director; Command, Control, and Communications, US Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • H. E. Amb. Claudia Fritsche
    Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the United States
  • H.E. Amb. Cornelius Alvin Smith
    Ambassador of the Bahamas to the United States
  • Amb. Dr. Cynthia Schneider
    Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University; Former US Ambassador to the Netherlands
  • H. E. Amb. Erlan Idrissov
    Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States
  • H.E. Amb. G. Philip Hughes
    Senior Director, White House Writers Group; Former Ambassador of the United States to Barbados, Dominica, St Lucia, Antigua, St. Vincent, and St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla
  • H. E. Amb. Gilles A. Noghès
    Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to the United States
  • H.E. Amb. Gillian M.S. Bristol
    Ambassador of Grenada to the United States
  • H.E. Amb. Ichiro Fujisaki
    Ambassador of Japan to the United States
  • Jameel M. Khan
    Consultant/Analyst for Huron Consulting Group Inc., Chicago, IL
  • H.E. Amb. James C. Rosapepe
    Former US Ambassador to Romania
  • Admiral James Milton Loy
    Former United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Commandant of the US Coast Guard
  • General James Thomas Hill
    Former U.S. Army General and Former commander of United States Southern Command (tbc)
  • Jeff "Skunk" Baxter
    American World Renowned Musician; Chairs a Congressional Advisory Board on Missile Defense
  • Secretary Jim Nicholson
    Former US Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee
  • H.E. Amb. John F. Maisto
    Former US. Ambassador to the Organization of American States; Former US. Ambassador to Venezuela and Nicaragua
  • Amb. John R. Bolton
    25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Rear Admiral Dr. Joyce M. Johnson
    Vice President Health Sciences, Battelle; Former Director of Health and Safety, U.S. Coast Guard
  • H.E. Amb. Julia Chang Bloch
    President, US-China Education Trust
  • Kristin Lord
    Executive Vice President, Center for a New American Security
  • Mark C. Donfried
    Director & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
  • Under Secretary Martha J. Kanter
    Under Secretary of Education, US Department of Education
  • Amb. M. Osman Siddique
    Former United States Ambassador to the Republic of Fiji, to the Republic of Nauru, to the Kingdom of Tonga and to Tuvalu
  • The Hon. Michael Chertoff
    Chairman, the Chertoff Group; Former Secretary of Homeland Security
  • H.E. Amb. Muktar Djumaliev
    Ambassador of the Kyrgyzstan to the United States and Canada
  • The Hon. Dr. Nazar Al Baharna
    Former Foreign Minister of Bahrain
  • H. E. Amb. Dr. Neil Parsan
    Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the US
  • Amb. Paula Dobrianski
    Former US Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
  • Phyllis F. Oakley
    Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, Population, Refugees, and Migration
  • Reggie Littlejohn
    Founder and President of Women's Rights Without Frontiers
  • H.E. Amb. Roman Kirn
    Ambassador of Slovenia to the USA
  • Samson E. Liolio
    Master's student of Peace and conflicts studies, the European Peace University, Austria
  • Silvia Kofler
    Spokesperson, Head of Press and Public Diplomacy Delegation of the European Union to the United States
  • H.E. Amb. Stuart W. Holliday
    President and CEO of Meridian International Center; Former United States Ambassador for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations
  • Lt. Gen. Tad J. Oelstrom
    Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General; Director of the National Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • H.E. Amb. Tebelelo Mazile Seretse
    Ambassador of Botswana to the United States
  • H.E. Amb. Thomas Patrick Melady
    Former U.S. Ambassador to Burundi, Uganda and the Holy See; Former President Emeritus, Sacred Heart University
  • H.E. Amb. William P. McCormick
    Former United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa
  • Dr. Zekeh S. Gbotokuma
    Founder, Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc; Associate Professor of Philosophy, Morgan State University
  • H.E. Amb. Zygimantas Pavilionis
    Ambassador of Lithuania to the United States