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The International Symposia on Cultural Diplomacy 2013

"The Potential for Cultural Diplomacy in Supporting National and International Governance"

(Berlin, Ankara, Istanbul, Bucharest, Rome, Washington, NYC, Brussels, London; May-August 2013)

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. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board please click here

Speakers for the Symposia Includes:

The Berlin Annual African Film & Media Festival 2013

"Africa on Screen: Through the Eyes of Africa"

(Berlin, Germany; August 22nd - 25th, 2013)
  • Ahmed El Mahmoudy
    Founder, ID Labs Art & Technology Solutions
  • Alex Kem
    Organizer, the Kenako Festival, Afrika Medien Zentrum e.V.
  • Adetoun Küppers-Adebisi
    President, AFROTAK Tv cyberNomads
  • Andrea Gisell Kizua
    African Artist
  • Anna Shivute
    Commissioner, the Namibian Film Commission
  • Dr. Asogwa Euphemia Chika
    Lecturer and Head of Department of Mass Communication, Kogi State University, Anyigba
  • Cornelia Hammelmann
    Project Manager, Deutsche Filmförderungsanstal
  • Dagmar Dehmer
    Journalist, Der Tagesspiegel
  • Dayo Balogun
    Film Editor and Postproduction Consultant, H264 Media Limited
  • Emo Rugene
    Actor
  • Hadja Kaba
    Founder, Mama Afrika e.V.
  • Isona Admetila
    Representative, World Cinema Fund
  • Prof. John A. Kantara
    Professor for Journalism – DEKRA Hochschule Berlin, Author, Producer, Journalist
  • Dr. Kalakhi Mohamed
    Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Morocco to Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Kishore Chakraborty
    Director of Research - Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
  • Leon Willems
    Director, Free Press Unlimited
  • Marion Lieser
    Managing Director of OXFAM Germany
  • Matthias Akaazua
    Post Graduate Student of International Business Management (MBA), Girne American University; Certificate Student, Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
  • Michael Tecklenburg
    Head, Africa Division and Coordinator, Deutsche Welle
  • H.E. Amb. Dr. Mohamed Abdelhamid Ibrahim Higazy
    Ambassador of Egypt to Germany

Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Levant

"Levant, Cradle of Cultural Diplomacy: Rediscovering the Mediterranean"

(Bucharest; May 23rd - 25th, 2013)
  • Prof. Dr. Adrian Curaj
    General Director of the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding
  • Dr. Adrian Silvan Ionescu
    Director of the „G. Oprescu” Institute of Art History
  • Dr. Adrian Dumitru
    Research Assistant, Metropolitan Library of Bucharest
  • Dr. Akkan Suver
    President of Marmara Group Foundation
  • Dr. Alexandru Todericiu
  • H.E. Prof. Dr. Andrei Marga
    Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute
  • H. E. Crin Antonescu
    President of the Romanian Senate
  • Prof. Dr. Augustin Ioan
    Professor,”Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest
  • Prof. Dr. Bianca Valota
    Professor Emeritus Università degli StudidiMilano
  • Dr. Corina Iosif
    Cercetător Academia Română filiala Cluj
  • Dr. Dan Tudor Ionescu
  • Dan A. Petre
    Director of the Romanian Diplomatic Institute
  • Minister Dr. Daniel Barbu
    Minister of Culture of Romania
  • Prof. Dr. Ecaterina Lung
    Professor, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest
  • The Hon. Dr. Emil Constantinescu,
    President of Romania 1996-2000; President of the Academy of Cultural Diplomacy Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Fotini Pomoni Papaioannou
    National Capodistrian University, Athens
  • Dr. Gabriel Leanca
    Lecturer Faculty of History, Al. Ioan Cuza University, Iasi
  • Dr. Garry Jacobs
    Chairman of the Board and CEO, World Academy of Art and Science
  • Prof. Dr. George Grigore
    Arabic Department Coordinator Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest
  • Dr. Gheorghe Duca
    President of Academy of Sciences of Moldova
  • Dr. Ioana Feodorov
    Institute for Southeastern European Studies of the Romanian Academy
  • Dr. Ionel Haiduc
    President of the Romanian Academy
  • Prof. Dr. Ivo Slaus
    President of the World Academy of Art and Science
  • H. E. Amb. Katalin Bogyay
    President of the General Conference of UNESCO
  • Prof. Dr. Kishore Chakraborty
    Director of Research Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Kopi Kycyku
  • Dr. Lia Brad Chisacof
    Researcher, Institute for the South-East European Studies Romanian Academy
  • Prof. Dr. Liviu Papadima
    Prorector of University of Bucharest
  • The Hon. Dr. Ljubisha Georgievski
    Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia 2006-2008
  • Mădălina Vârtejeanu-Joubert
    Conf. Univ. Professor, INALCO Paris
  • HRH Crown Princess Margareta of Romania
    Crown Princess of Romania
  • Mark Donfried
    Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin
  • Acad. Marius Sala
    Vice-president of the Romanian Academy, Director of the „Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics
  • Martin Hauser
    Director of UNESCO Department, University of Bucharest
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Metzeltin
    Institute of Romance Studies, Vienna University
  • Prof. Dr. Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu
    Professor, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest
  • Prof. Dr. Mihaela Grancea
    Professor, Sibiu University
  • Prof. Dr. Mircea Dumitru
    Rector of Bucharest University
  • Prof. Mohamed Abdelhady Mohamed Ahmed
    Professor, Faculty of Archeology, University of Cairo
  • Acad. Momir Djurovic
    President of the Academy of Science and Art
  • Prof. Naim Afgan
    Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Sarajevo
  • Prof. Dr. Nicolae Şerban Tanaşoca
    Director of the Institute for Southeastern European Studies of the Romanian Academy
  • MK Rabbi Nissim Zeev
    Member of the Israeli Knesset; Co-Chair of the Inter parliamentary for Global Ethics
  • The Hon. Dr. Petar Stoyanov
    President of Bulgaria 1997 - 2002
  • The Hon. Dr. Petru Lucinschi
    President of Moldova 1997-2001
  • Minister Dr. Remus Pricopie
    Minister of National Education of Romania
  • The Hon. Dr. Rexhep Meidani
    President of Albania 1997-2002
  • Prof. Dr. Ruben Safrastyan
    Corresponding Member of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Yerevan
  • Conf. Dr. Ruxandra Ivan
  • Shoshana Bekerman
    Director, Israeli Knesset Caucus for Judaism and Global Ethics
  • H.E. Prof. Dr. Sorin Oprescu
    General Mayor of the Municipality of Bucharest
  • Prof. Dr. Tasin Gemil
    Director of the Institute of Turkish and Central Asian Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
  • Minister Dr. Titus Corlăţean
    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania
  • Traian Radu Negrei
    Manager of Monuments and Heritage Tourism Administration
  • Prof. Dr. Răzvan Theodorescu
    Romanian Academy, General Secretary of the International Association for South-East European Studies
  • Prime Minister Dr. Victor Ponta
    Prime Minister of Romania
  • Prof. Dr. Vlad Nistor
    President of the Bucharest University Senate, Founding Director of the Institute for Diplomatic Studies of the University of Bucharest
  • MK Rabbi Ya'akov Margi
    Member of the Israeli Knesset; Former Minister of Religious Services
  • The Hon. Dr. Zhelyu Zhelev
    President of Bulgaria 1990 – 1997
  • Prof. Dr. Zoe Petre
    Professor Emeritus, University of Bucharest

Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy & Human Rights

"Towards a Global Human Rights Culture: The Need for a Collective Alliance in the Protection & Promotion of Human Rights"

(Berlin; May 27th - June 1st, 2013)
  • Minister Adolphe Rukenkanya
    Minster of Youth, Sports and Culture of Burundi
  • Arthur Gwagwa
    Coordinator, International Liaison Office, Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum
  • Birgitta Wistrand
    Researcher at Center for Gender Research, Uppsala University; Sweden
  • Blanche Foster
    Acting Executive Director, Darfur Rehabilitation Project, Inc.
  • Minister Dr. Cirino Hiteng Ofuho
    Minister of Culture, Youth & Sports of South Sudan
  • Dr. Deborah S Davenport
    Senior Visiting Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University Centre for the Environment
  • Dietmar Köring
    Architecht & Researcher, Institute for Urban Design and Sustainable urban Planning, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Dolkun Isa
    Chairman of the Executive Committee,  World Uyghur Congress
  • Edson Chiota
    CEO, Zimbabwe Association for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of the Offender
  • President Dr. Emil Constantinescu
    Former President of Romania; President of the Academy of Cultural Diplomacy Berlin
  • Emmanuel Nahshon
    Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Germany
  • Francisco Javier Urizar Pérez
    Coordinator of the Defense of Human Dignity, Human Rights Office of the Archbishop of Guatemala
  • Dr. Gregory Stanton
    President, Genocide Watch
  • Gyorgy Tatar
    Chair of the Board of Trustees, Foundation for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities
  • Dr. Inge Gotzmann
    National Manager, Bund Heimat und Umwelt in Deutschland, Bundesverband für Kultur, Natur und Heimat e. V.
  • Dr. James Smith
    Special Representative, Aegis Trust
  • Jana Smiggels Kavková
    Chair, Czech Women´s Lobby
  • Javier El-Hage
    International Legal Director, The Human Rights Foundation
  • Hon. Minister Jean Jacques Nyenimigabo
    Minster of Youth, Sports and Culture of Burundi
  • John Feffer
    Co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus, Institute for Policy Studies
  • President Katalin Bogyay
    President of the General Conference of UNESCO, ICD Advisory Board Member
  • Kelsang Gyalsen
    Special Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Europe
  • The Hon. Kristina Ojuland
    Member of European Parliament; Former Foreign Minister of Estonia, , ICD Advisory Board Member
  • Leena Azzam
    Research Assistant, Law Department, the American University in Cairo (AUC)
  • Ljuljjeta Goranci Brkic
    General Manager, Nansen Dialogue Center Sarajevo
  • Dr. Lulzim Farizi
    State labor Inspectorate, Government of Macedonia
  • Louise Lindfors
    Chariwoman, The Fredrika Bremer Society
  • Marie Brown
    Area Management Coordinator, Foyle Women's Aid
  • Prof. Dr. Marilou McPhedran
    Professor, Institute for International Women's Rights, University of Winnipeg
  • Dr. Mark Barwick,  
    Manager, Human Rights Without Frontiers
  • Mark Donfried
    Director & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
  • Prof. Martin Jänicke
    Founding Director of the Environmental Policy Research Center, Freie Universität; Germany
  • Mary Devery
    Historian and Human Rights campaigner, Board Member TERRE DES FEMMES e.V.
  • Maryam Faghihimani
    Sustainability Adviser, University of Oslo, Core Group member of UNICA Green Academic Footprint (UGAF) and Nordic Sustainable Campus Network (NSCN)
  • Meskerem  Geset Techane
    Deputy Executive Director of Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA)
  • Metin Djelil
    Manager at the Islamic Center-Mosque "Ebu Hanifa", Germany
  • Mona el Roby, 
    Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Future University, Egypt
  • Dr. Mukesh Kapila
    Special Representative, Aegis Trust
  • Mushfiqul Fazal
    Host & Moderator of TV Show "Hello Excellency" on NTV
  • Neama Ebaid
    MA Student of Public Policy and Administration at the American University in Cairo (AUC)
  • The Hon. Ögmundur Jónasson
    Former Minister of the Interior of Iceland, ICD Advisory Board Member
  • Paloma Moré
    Manager, President of the Dulcamara Womens Assotiation
  • Ralf Fücks
    President, Heinrich Boell Foundation
  • Dr. Robert Schuette
    Chairman, Genocide Alert
  • Sabine Leskopf
    Representative, Women Of Multicultural Ethnicity Network
  • Prof. Dr. Shaireen Rasheed
    Professor Philosophy,  LIU Post (Long Island University), NY, USA
  • Sheikh Maytham Al Salman
    Chairman of the Bahrain Interfaith Center
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Heiland
    Professor, Institute for Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Technical University of Berlin
  • Twana Hassan
    PhD researcher (Law), The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Prof. Dr. Yusuf Ziya Irbec
    Member of the Turkish Parliament
  • Zvonimir Paul Separovic
    Former Minister of Justice of Croatia

Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Asia Pacific

"The Application of Cultural Diplomacy in Fostering Relations within the Asia Pacific"

(Berlin; June 7th - 9th, 2013)
  • Dr. Ares Kalandides
    City planner & Managing Director, Inpolis UCE GmbH
  • Prof. Dr. Barbara Lenz
    Head of Institute, Institute of Transport Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR) Spokeswoman, Cluster for Transport, Mobility and Logistics
  • Dr.-Ing. Eckhart Hertzsch
    Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP
  • Cornelia Horsch
    Head, International Design Centre Berlin IDZ
  • Cornelia Yzer
    Berlin Senator for Economics, Technology and Research
  • Elisabeth Schwerdfeger
    M.A. in Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Francisco S. Tatad
    Special Counsel on International Relations, Philippines
  • Dr. Guido Westerwelle
    German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Hans Ulrich Fuhrke
    Principal Advisor, GIZ-SUTIP Sustainable Urban Transport Improvement Project, German Association for Internation Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH)
  • Hazel Han
    Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Jehan Chu
    Director, Vermillion Art Collections, Board of Directors, Ambassadors of Design, Hong Kong
  • Vice President Jejomar C. Binay
    Vice President of the Philippines; Former Mayor of Makati
  • Joerg Suermann
    Founder & Managing Director, DMY (International Design Festival) Berlin
  • Johannes Kleske and Igor Schwarzmann
    Managing Directors, Third Wave GmbH
  • Amb. Karl-Erik Norrman
    Secretary General, European Cultural Parliament; Professor, Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
  • Mark C. Donfried
    Director and Founder, The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
  • Prof. Dr. Mohd. Noor Mat Yazid
    Programme of International Relations, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Prof.Dr. Peter Ruge
    Architect, Peter Ruge Architekten; Professor, Sustainiblw Design, Dessau Institute of Architecture
  • Rainer Becker
    Daimler Mobility Services GmbH
  • Robert Kleinfeld
    Competence centre Future Applications and Media, Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • Minister Dr. Surapond Tovichackchaikul
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
  • Susa Pop
    Director Berlin, Public Art Lab
  • Tac Lion
    Director, AHL Lighting & Media Facades, China
  • Prof. Dr.Tatsuaki Tanaka
    Professor Energy-Efficient Architecture, Ochanomizu University, Japan
  • Tobias Berger
    Curator at “M+” the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brückner
    Jean Monet Professor of European Studies, Stanford University; Academic Director, Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Weinberg
    Head, Hasso Plattner Institut - School of Design Thinking

Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Italy

"Italian Cultural Diplomacy & North-South Relations within the EU"

(Rome; June 12th - 14th, 2013)
  • Prof. Dr. Achille Bonito Oliva
    Art Critic, Professor of History of Contemporary Art, University “La Sapienza”, Rome
  • President Adele Chatfield Taylor
    President and CEO, American Academy in Rome
  • Dr. Alessandro Masi
    Secretary General, Società Dante Alighieri
  • President Amb. Bruno Bottai
    President Società Dante Alighieri
  • Dante Ferretti
    Art Director, Production Designer, Movie Costumes Designer, Winner of 3 Academy and BAFTA Awards
  • Dr. Edouard Planche
    Program Specialist and Cultural Property Expert, UNESCO
  • Minister Emma Bonino
    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy
  • President Amb. Francesco Aloisi de Larderel
    President, Associazione Amici della Dante
  • Prof. Dr. Francesco Profumo
    Former Minister of Education, University and Research
  • President Francesco Rutelli
    Honorary President, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin
  • Minister Gaetano Quagliariello
    Minister for Constitutional Reforms, Italy
  • President Gianni Puglisi
    President, UNESCO National Italian Commission
  • President Giovanna Melandri
    President of MAXXI Museum; Former Minister of Youth Policies and Sports
  • H. E. Amb. Hakki Akil
    Ambassador of Turkey to Italy
  • Prof. Luca Serianni
    Professor of Italian Literature, University “La Sapienza”, Rome
  • Gen. Marcello Mazzuca
    General of the Carabinieri Arma, Specialized Units Division Commander
  • Ms. Marina Schneider
    Senior Officer, UNIDROIT
  • Mr. Mark Donfried
    Director and Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin
  • Massimiliano Fuksas
    World Renowned Architect
  • Minister Massimo Bray
    Minister for Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Italy
  • Dr. Maurizio Fiorilli
    Deputy State Attorney, Italy 
  • President Paolo Baratta
    President Biennale di Venezia
  • Mr. Paolo Peluffo
    Vice President, Società Dante Alighieri, Rome, Former Under-Secretary of State at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • President Pietro Grasso
    President of the Italian Senate
  • President Sabrina Florio
    Secretary General “Priorità Cultura”
  • Dr. Silvia Francescon
    Head of the Rome Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)
  • Prof. Dr. Tullio Scovazzi
    Professor of International Law, University of Milano-Bicocca

Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Afghanistan & Central Asia

"Democracy, Development, and Diplomacy in Afghanistan & Central Asia"

(Berlin; June 21st - 23rd, 2013)
  • Abed Nadjib
    Chargé d' Affaires, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • President Emil Constantinescu
    President, ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania
  • Amb. Karl-Erik Norrman
    Professor, ICD Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies; Secretary General, European Cultural Parliament; Former Swedish Ambassador
  • Marc Frings
    Head of Section South and Central Asia, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
  • Mark C. Donfried
    Director & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
  • Mazar Javid
    Charge d' Affaires, Pakistan Embassy
  • Mohammad Qais Ayobzai
    Director, Legislative Strengthening, for the organization: Counterpart International, Afghanistan
  • Sarmad Hussain
    Cultural Department, German Parliament
  • The Hon. Yasar Yakis
    President, ICD Young Leaders Forum; Former Foreign Minister of Turkey

Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA

"US Cultural Diplomacy: The Use of the Arts in Promoting Dialogue, Fostering Peace, and Initiating Mutual Understanding amongst World Cultures and Civilizations"

(Washington D.C. & New York City; June 24th - 28th, 2013)
  • Amb. Andras Simyoni
    Director, the Center on Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
  • H. E. Amb. Byrganym Aitimova
    Representative of the Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations the Congress of Religious Leaders/Kazakhstan
  • Dr. Claudio Ribeiro,
    Professor, Concordia University, Montreal
  • Dr. Christoph Bartmann
    Executive Director, Regional Director North America, Goethe-Institut New York
  • Amb. Dr. Cynthia P. Scheider
    Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University; Former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands
  • David S. Jackson
    Executive Editor, the Washington Times
  • Deirdre White
    President & CEO, CDC Development
  • Pastor Dele Olowu,
    Chairman of Rccg Europe
  • Pastor E.A. Adeboye
    General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God
  • Rabbi Elie Abadie
    Founding Rabbi of the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, Member Permanent Forum for Global Ethics and the Culture of Peace
  • Emad E. Salem
    Deputy Director for International Programs, Battery Dance Company
  • President Dr. Emil Constantinescu
    President, ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania; Former Rector of University of Bucharest
  • Gordana Bekcic Pjescic
    MA in USA Studies, graduated in Serbian and General Literature
  • H.E. Amb. Hubert John Charles
    Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United States
  • Rear Admiral Dr. Joyce M. Johnson
    Vice President of Health Sciences in the Health and Life Sciences Division of Battelle Memorial Institute; Former Chief Medical Officer and Surgeon General for the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Dr. Ilaria Scaglia
    Professor, Asian and International History, Columbus State University
  • Kingsley Smith
    Director, International Programs, National Public Radio (NPR)
  • Mark C. Donfried
    Director & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
  • Dr. Masoud Kavoossi
    Professor of International Business, School of Business, Howard University
  • H. E. Amb. Mirsada Colakovic
    Permanent Representative of Bosnia-Herzegovina to the United Nations
  • The Hon. Dr. Nazar Al Baharma
    Director - ICD Conflict Zones Mediation Center; Former Minister Of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain
  • Sheikh Ramzy
    Director, Oxford Islamic Information Centre, Member of Un-A At Uk; Director Of Iqra At Iqra Istitute Oxford
  • Grand Mufti Dr. Sheikh Abdel Salam Mraish
    Council Member, Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land
  • Captain Todd Gatlin
    Acting Director, Office of International Affairs for the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Wilfried Eckstein
    Head of the GI in Washington D.C
  • Rabbi Yizthak Dayan
    Chief Rabbi of Geneva, Representative of the Conference of European Rabbis to the United Nations
  • H. E. Amb. Dr. Srdjan Darmanovic
    Ambassador of Montenegro to the USA
  • The Hon. Yasar Yakis
    Former Foreign Minister of Turkey

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU

"Sustainable Economic Growth, Further Integration and Common Identity: Moving towards a European Consensus"

(Brussels; July 3rd - 5th, 2013)
  • Agnieszka Skuratowicz
    Member of Cabinet of the President of the European Commission
  • Algirdas Saudargas (MEP)
    Member of the European Parliament
  • Prof. Dr. Angela Liberatore
    Professor, Institute for European Studies, Free University of Brussels
  • H. E. Amb. Avet Adonts
    Ambassador of Armenia to the European Union
  • Barbora Ondejcikova
    Student of MSc. in European Politics and Policies at KU Leuven in Belgium; Graduate in MA in Diplomatic Studies, cum laude, at Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta
  • H. E. Amb. Bernard Valero
    Ambassador of France to Belgium
  • Prof. Dr. Bruno Coppieters
    Professor, Political Science Department, Free University of Brussels
  • Minister Didier Reynders
    Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs of Belgium
  • President  Dr. Emil Constantinescu
    President, ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania
  • The Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges
    Vice President, ICD Advisory Board; Former MEP; Former Minister of Culture of Luxembourg; Former Speaker of the Parliament
  • Prof. Dr. Glen Newey
    Professor, Political Theory, Free University of Brussels
  • Irina Bratosin D'Almeida
    Research Associate, Department of Political Sciences, Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences
  • The Hon. Jan Figel
    Vice-President of the National Council of the Slovak Republic; Former European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth
  • Jonas Slaats
    Theologian and Anthropologist; Head of MANAvzw
  • H. E. Amb. Kornelios S. Korneliou
    Ambassador of Cyprus to the European Union
  • Klaus Bondam
    Director, Danish Cultural Institute
  • László Surján (MEP)
    Member of the European Parliament
  • H.E. Amb. Lazar Elenovski
    Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the Kingdom of Belgium; Former Minister of Defense of Macedonia
  • Leyla Abdullayeva
    First Secretary of the Mission of Azerbaijan to European Union
  • Margareta Hanes
    Independent Researcher, Research Project: Evaluating the Concept and Practices of Democratic Governance in Europe
  • Mark C. Donfried
    Director & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
  • H. E. Amb Marlene Bonnici
    Permanent Representative of Malta to the European Union
  • H.E. Amb. Mihnea Motoc
    Ambassador of Romania to the European Union
  • H. E. Amb. Paw Lwin Sein
    Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the European Union
  • Philippe Suinen
    CEO, Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency and Wallonie-Bruxelles International
  • H. E. Amb. Poul Skytte Christoffersen
    Ambassador of Denmark to the European Union
  • H.E. Amb. Rami Mortada
    Ambassador of Lebanon to the European Union
  • Senator Richard Miller (MP)
    Member of the Belgian Senate; Member of the Parliament of the Francophone Community
  • Stefan Gerold
    Head, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Brussels Office
  • Sylvain Berger
    Consular General of France to Brussels
  • Tea Ivanovic
    Researcher, International Studies, Virginia Technical University
  • Prof. Dr. Tom Casier
    Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent
  • H. E. Amb. Vangelis Vitalis
    Ambassador of New Zealand to the European Union
  • Veli Yüksel (MP)
    Member of the Flemish Parliament
  • H. E. Amb. Vesselin Valkanov
    Ambassador of Bulgaria to Belgium and Luxembourg

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the UK

"Cultural Diplomacy throughout the Commonwealth on Nations: International Cooperation across Six Continents"

(London; July 10th - 12th, 2013)
  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Zielinski
    Professor, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • Andrew Copson
    Chief Executive, British Humanist Association
  • Anil Bhanot OBE
    Managing Trustee, Hindu Council UK
  • Balasubramanyam Chandramohan
    Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London in the UK
  • David Soul
    Celebrated Actor, Director, Musician
  • Dorian Branea
    Director, Romanian Cultural Center, London
  • H. E. Amb. Edward M. Turay
    High Commissioner of Sierra Leone to the United Kingdom
  • Henry Bellingham
    Member of the British Parliament
  • Hywel Williams
    Member of the British Parliament
  • Mark C. Donfried
    Director & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
  • Martin Davidson
    CEO and Chair, British Council
  • Natalie Louise Bennett
    Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
  • Dr. Nedal Al Salman
    Human right activist;  Head of Advocacy in Bahrain centre for human rights; Vice President of the Arab media monitoring group
  • Dr. Omer El-Hamdoon
    President of the Muslim Association of Britain
  • Paa Kwesi Inkumsah
    JCI UN Affairs Commissioner for Africa and Middle East (www.jci.cc)
  • Peter Tatchell
    Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation
  • Rob Johnson
    International Teams Administrator, England and Wales Cricket Board
  • Prof. Dr. Robert Picciotto
    Department of Political Economy, Kings College London
  • Prof. Dr. Ruth Kattumuri
    Co-Director, India Observatory & Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics
  • Sangeeta Bahadur
    Minister Cultural, High Commission of India to the United Kingdom & Director, the Nehru Centre
  • Tim Unwin
    Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization
  • Ven Bogoda Seelawimala
    Head of the London Buddhist Vihara
  • Vivian Wineman
    President, the Board of Deputies of British Jews
  • Lord William Richard Inglewood
    Member of the House of Lords
  • H. E. Amb. Williams Nkurunziza
    High Commissioner of Rwanda to the UK

The London Art as Cultural Diplomacy Conference 2013

"Contemporary International Dialogue: Art-based Developments and Culture Shared between Nations"

(London; August 21st - 24th, 2013 - Held Parallel to "The Notting Hill Carnival 2013")
  • H. E. Amb. Ahmet Ünal Çeviköz
    Ambassador of Turkey to the United Kingdom
  • Aisha Balarabe Bawa
    Lecturer and Researcher, Department of History Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria
  • Andrzej Klimowski
    Graphic Artist and a Designer
  • H. E. Amb. Asta Skaisgiryté Liauškiené
    Ambassador of Lithuania to the United Kingdom
  • Aysha Khalid-Mahmood
    Doctoral Researcher Arabic Typography and Visual Culture, Nottingham Trent University
  • Prof. Dr. Charles Burnett
    'Professor the History of Arabic/Islamic Influences in Europe', the Warburg Institute, University of London
  • Eric Joyce (MP)
    Member of the British Parliament
  • The Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges
    Former Speaker of the Parliament of Luxemburg; Former Minister of Culture and Religious Affairs
  • Prof. Dr. Helen Gilbert
    Professor of Theatre, Drama Department, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Hywel Williams (MP)
    Member of the British Parliament
  • Jonathan Myreson
    British dramatist and novelist
  • Dr. Josh Abrams
    Principal Lecturer, Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Roehampton
  • Dr. Marina Lambrou
    Principal Lecturer in English Language and Communication, Kingston University
  • Martin Witts
    Owner, Leicester Square Theatre
  • Miriam Halahmy
    Author & Poet
  • Nick Brown (MP)
    Member of the British Parliament; Former Government Chief Whip in the Commons Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
  • Sandra Shevey
    Associate Tutor, British Film Institute
  • Prof. Dr. Shzr Tan
    Professor, Music Department, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Sonja Prinz
    Chairwoman, Global New Generation
  • Prof. Dr. Timon Screech
    Professor, Department of the History of Art & Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies
  • William Arthurs
    Editor, City Magazine  

The Berlin Annual African Film & Media Festival 2013

"Africa on Screen: Through the Eyes of Africa"

(Berlin, Germany; August 22nd - 25th, 2013)
  • Ahmed El Mahmoudy
    Founder, ID Labs Art & Technology Solutions
  • Alex Kem
    Organizer, the Kenako Festival, Afrika Medien Zentrum e.V.
  • Adetoun Küppers-Adebisi
    President, AFROTAK Tv cyberNomads
  • Andrea Gisell Kizua
    African Artist
  • Anna Shivute
    Commissioner, the Namibian Film Commission
  • Dr. Asogwa Euphemia Chika
    Lecturer and Head of Department of Mass Communication, Kogi State University, Anyigba
  • Cornelia Hammelmann
    Project Manager, Deutsche Filmförderungsanstal
  • Dagmar Dehmer
    Journalist, Der Tagesspiegel
  • Dayo Balogun
    Film Editor and Postproduction Consultant, H264 Media Limited
  • Emo Rugene
    Actor
  • Hadja Kaba
    Founder, Mama Afrika e.V.
  • Isona Admetila
    Representative, World Cinema Fund
  • Prof. John A. Kantara
    Professor for Journalism – DEKRA Hochschule Berlin, Author, Producer, Journalist
  • Dr. Kalakhi Mohamed
    Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Morocco to Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Kishore Chakraborty
    Director of Research - Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
  • Leon Willems
    Director, Free Press Unlimited
  • Marion Lieser
    Managing Director of OXFAM Germany
  • Matthias Akaazua
    Post Graduate Student of International Business Management (MBA), Girne American University; Certificate Student, Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
  • Michael Tecklenburg
    Head, Africa Division and Coordinator, Deutsche Welle
  • H.E. Amb. Dr. Mohamed Abdelhamid Ibrahim Higazy
    Ambassador of Egypt to Germany