Mark Donfried

Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)



Mark Donfried gained a BA in Modern European History & French from Columbia University in 2000, during which he wrote his senior thesis on  "Europe's Hajj, The Hajj and Europe in the 20th Century" and spent two semesters studying at l’Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, where he wrote his thesis on “The Diplomacy of Jazz”.

In December of 2001 Mark Donfried founded the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, since its inception it has grown to become one of Europe's largest independent cultural exchange organizations and continues to be committed to its goal to promote global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels.

In 1999, Mark Donfried published “Searching for a Cultural Diplomacy”, exploring the significance of cultural diplomacy in regions other than the United States or “western” countries, that is, regions that have been neglected by scholars so far—Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.