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The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies is the world's leading center for the study of cultural diplomacy, offering educational opportunities ranging from distance learning courses to master's and PhD programs.
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The Berlin Economic Forum 2014-24 ( is a 10 year global project organized by the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy in partnership with leading institutions. and multinational corporations. The next events will take place from March 6th-11th, 2018 in Berlin. (More »)

Berlin Economic Forum 2018 »
"Sustainable Economies & Responsible Investments"

(International Conference, Berlin; March 9th - 11th, 2018)
Held Parallel to the Berlin Tourism Fair ITB

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The Berlin Economic Forum 2018 will be held parallel to the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB). The Forum aims to analyze and discuss global trends of nation branding with a particular focus on sustainable business, tourism and responsible foreign investments and will demonstrate how these can be used as primary drivers for economic growth. The forum will also emphasize the use of cultural diplomacy practices in these fields and the importance of this use for the success of the Nation Branding activities. (More »)
Speakers for the Forum include (among others) the following ICD Advisory Board Members & Dignitaries:
The Hon. Fredrik Reinfeldt
Former Prime Minister of Sweden
The Hon. Irina Bokova
Former Director-General of UNESCO
The Hon. Tony Abott
Former Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon. Kevin Rudd
Former Prime Minister of Australia
The Hon. Supachai Panitchpakdi
7th Director-General of the WTO; 9th Secretary-General of the UNCTAD
The Hon. Jan Peter Balkenende
Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands
President Frederik Willem de Klerk
Former President of South Africa
President Aleksander Kwaśniewski
Former President of Poland
President Rosen Plevneliev
Former President of Bulgaria
The Hon. Bertie Ahern
Former Prime Minister of Ireland
The Hon. Édith Cresson
Former Prime Minister of France
The Hon. Percival J. Patterson
Former Prime Minister of Jamaica

The Hon. Mirko Cvetkovic
Former Prime Minister of Serbia

The Hon. Jadranka Kosor
Former Prime Minister of Croatia

The Hon. Igor Lukšić
Former Prime Minister of Montenegro
The Hon. Nika Gilauri
Former Prime Minister of Georgia
The Hon. Aleqa Hammond
Former Prime Minister of Greenland
The Hon. Hrant Bagratyan
Former Prime Minister of Armenia
President Valdis Zatlers
Former President of Latvia
The Hon. Iveta Radicova
Former Prime Minister of Slovakia
President Ugo Mifsud Bonnici
Former President of Malta
The Hon. Jan Vincent-Rostowski
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland; Former Finance Minister
SG Béatrice Wertli
Secretary General of the CVP Switzerland Party
The Hon. Mmantsetsa Marope
Director, International Bureau of Education, UNESCO

Prince Luitpold of Bavaria
CEO, König Ludwig GmbH

Mr. Christian Leitz (tbc)
Head, Corporate Responsibility Management, UBS
Dr. Gerhard Prätorius
Head of CSR & Sustainability, Volkswagen AG
Mr. Mohamed Farid Saleh
Executive Chairman, the Egyptian Exchange
The Hon. Fadi Khalaf
Secretary General
Arab Federation of Exchanges
The Hon. Rashed Al Baloushi
Chief Executive, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
Mr. Nondas Cl. Metaxas
Former CEO, Cyprus Stock Exchange
Mr. Ivan Takev
Executive Director of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange
Mr. Milan Božić, CEO
Banja Luka Stock Exchange
Dr. Muhammad Abdul Mazid
Chairman, Chittagong Stock Exchange
Mr. Rajeeva Bandaranaike
Chief Executive Officer, Colombo Stock Exchange, Sri Lanka
Mr. Kam Majedur Rahman
Managing Director of Dhaka Stock Exchange
Mr. Moremi Marwa
Chief Executive Officer, Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, Tanzania
Hon. Staffan Nilsson
Former President of the EU Economic and Social Committee
Mr. Dorji Phuntsho
CEO, Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan

The African Development Forum 2018 »
"Sustainable Economies & Responsible Investments"

(Berlin; March 6th - 9th, 2018)
Held Parallel to the Berlin Tourism Fair ITB

The African Development Forum 2018 will focus on the opportunities for development in Africa in the framework of the current transitions and challenges. The forum will highlight the best practices of countries in Africa of implementing successful sustainable development and aims to formulate new initiatives, which will strengthen African development. (More »)
Speakers for the Conference include:
President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President of Nigeria
President Joyce Banda
Former President of Malawi
The Hon. Thabo Mbeki
Former Prime Minister of South Africa
President John Agyekum Kufuor
Former President of Ghana
The Hon. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (tbc)
Former Chair of the African Union Commission
Hon. Rui Duarte Barros
Former Prime minister of Guinea – Bissau
General Moses Ali
First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda
Sultan Muhammad Saad Abubakar
Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria
Minister Jean Paul Adam
Minister of Health of the Seychelles

The Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2018 »
"Building Cultural Bridges through Art, Film and Music"

(Berlin; February 21st - 23rd, 2018)
Held Parallel to the Berlin Film Festival 2018

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"The Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2018" is an international conference taking place in Berlin from February 21st – 23rd, 2017 to explore the potential for art and music to provide a neutral platform for cultural exchange. (More »)
Speakers for the Conference include:
Marcia Barrett
Lead Singer of Boney M
Jermaine Jackson
Celebrated American Singer
Anggun Cipta Sasmi
Celebrated Indonesian Singer
Prof. Dr. Karl P. Donfried »
Director of Studies - Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)
The Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges »
Vice President of the ICD Advisory Board
The Hon. Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis »
Vice President on the Council for CD Studies
Amb. Delia Domingo Albert
Former Foreign Minister of the Philippines
The Hon. Gert Weisskirchen
Former Senior Member of the German Parliament
Hedva Ser
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Special Envoy for Cultural Diplomacy

Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the UN »
"Promoting Global Collaboration, Unity and Peace through Cultural Diplomacy"

(Washington D.C., February 26th - 27th & NYC, February 28th - March 1st, 2018)
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The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the UN will take place in New York City and Washington D.C. The conference will be hosted in the UN building and at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the cities. (More »)
Speakers for the Conference include:
Sen. George J. Mitchell
Former USA Special Envoy for Middle East Peace
Secretary Chuck Hagel (tbc)
24th United States Secretary of Defense
The Hon. Alberto Gonzales
80th United States Attorney General
The Hon. Miomir Zuzul
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia
The Hon. Bertie Ahern
Former Prime Minister of Ireland
The Hon. Charlotte Beers
Former Under Secretary of State of the United States
Amb. Edward Yakobe Sawerengera
Ambassador of Malawi to the USA
Amb. Karin Olofsdotter
Ambassador of Sweden to the USA

Amb. Pjer Šimunović  
Ambassador of Croatia to the USA

The Barcelona Summit on Cross Continental Cooperation »
"Enhancing Cross & Trans Continental Cooperation"

(Barcelona; March 22th - 25th, 2018)

The Catalan dispute highlighted in the latest regional election, in December 21st, 2017 demonstrated once more the urgent need for ongoing constructive dialogue in order to achieve and maintain lasting cross regional cooperation. (More »)
Speakers for the Summit include (among others) the following Dignitaries:
Sen. Ignacio Cosidó Gutiérrez
Member of the Spanish Senate
The Hon. President Artur Mas i Gavarró
Former President of Catalonia
Sen. Laura Castel i Fort
Member of the Spanish Senate
MP Rita Gertrudis Bosaho Gori
Member of the Spanish Parliament
Antonio Caño Barranco
Director, El País
MP Carlota Merchán Mesón
Member of the Spanish Parliament
The Hon. Peter Rondorf
General Consul of Germany in Barcelona
The Hon. Josep Lluis Rovira i Escubós
Honorary Consul of Estonia in Barcelona; Former President of PIMEC
The Hon. Bruno Ryff
Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Barcelona

Professional Development Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy »
Certificate Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy
(Berlin; May 16th - 25th, 2018)

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The Certificate Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy is comprised of specialized courses designed to provide participants with the fundamental knowledge needed in the field of Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations, with a particular emphasis on the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and as practiced by the private sector and civil society. (More »)

E-Learning Programs in Cultural Diplomacy »
Professional Development Programs in Cultural Diplomacy

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The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) has designed the E-Learning Programs, which include the main fields of research and activity in cultural diplomacy. (More »)
The CCDS offers the following E-Learning Programs:
  • International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy - Specialization on Governments & Parliaments
  • Global Governance & Cultural Diplomacy - Specialization on Global Governance Institutions
  • Cultural Diplomacy for Diplomats - Specialization on Governments
  • Cultural Diplomacy, Sustainable Development & the Global Markets - Specialization on Economic Global Institutions & Corporations
  • Cultural Diplomacy & Conflict Zone Mediation - Specialization on Governments & NGOs

OYED Young Leaders' Forums »
Since 2003

The OYED Young Leaders´ Forums are international networks of like-minded young individuals with an interest in developing, supporting and sustaining intercultural relations. Over the past decade the OYED Young Leaders´ Forum has grown to become one of Europe's largest independent cultural exchanges Forum.
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