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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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Berlin Economic Forum 2017 »
"Innovative Nation Branding: Sustainable Economies, Tourism & Responsible Foreign Investments"

Held Parallel to the Berlin International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB)
(International Conference, Berlin; March 9th - 12th, 2017)

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The Berlin Economic Forum 2017 event will take place in Berlin and 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 economies, 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 for the success of the Nation Branding activities. (More »)
Speakers & Delegates for the Summit include:
Hon. Jürgen Trittin
Former German Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation & Nuclear Safety
Hon. Edmund Stoiber
Former Minister President of Bavaria
Hon. Dirk Niebel
Former German Minister for Economic Cooperation
Hon. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi
Former Director General of the WTO
SG Taleb Rifai
Secretary General, United Nations' World Tourism Organization
President Amine Gemayel
Former President of Lebanon
Minister Emilio Silvestri
Minister of Tourism of Honduras
The Hon. Minister Fernando Vaz
Minister of Tourism and Crafts of Guinea-Bissau
Hon. Rui Duarte Barros
Former Prime minister of Guinea - Bissau
Hon. Zlatko Lagumdžija
Former Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Hon. Erkki Tuomioja
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland
Hon. Rupert Scholz
Former German Minister for Defence
Hon. Markus Meckel
Former Foreign Minister of the German Democratic Republic
Philipp Lengsfeld (MdB)
Member of the German Parliament
Thomas Gambke (MdB)
Member of the German Parliament
Bernhard Schwager
Head Sustainability Office, Robert Bosch GmbH
Hon. Gert Weisskirchen
Former Senior Member of the German Parliament
Dr. Gerhard Prätorius
Head of CSR & Sustainability, Volkswagen AG
Amb. Ali Ahmad Jalali
Ambassador of Afghanistan to Germany
Amb. Ranko Vilovic
Ambassador of Croatia to Germany
Amb. Ramón Custodio Espinoza
Ambassador of Honduras to Germany
Amb. Jauhar Saleem
Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany
Amb. Alberto Guani
Ambassador of Uruguay to Germany
Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Khan
Managing Director, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC)
MP Zuraida binti Kamaruddin
Member of the Parliament of Malaysia
MP Khawla Ben Aicha
Member of the Parliament of Tunisia
MP Shazia Marri
Member of the Parliament of Pakistan
Chairman Nondas Cl. Metaxas
CEO, Cyprus Stock Exchange
H.E. Hong Sokhour
Chief Executive Officer of Cambodia Securities Exchange
CEO Tiaan Bazuin
Chief Executive Officer, Namibian Stock Exchange
Maria Stylianou Michaelidou
Manager, Limassol Tourism Board
Sheela Sogaard
CEO, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Silvio de Girolamo  
Group Chief Internal Audit & CSR Officer
Jovo Rabrenovic
Director General in the Directorate for Development of Nation Brand, Ministry of Economy of Montenegro
Marija Cvorovic
Head of the Department for Development of Nation Brand, Ministry of Economy of Montenegro
The Hon. Azamat Djamankulov 
Deputy Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism of Kyrgyzstan

Professional Development Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy »
Certificate Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy
(Berlin; February 14th - 22nd, 2017)

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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 »)

Professional Development Program in Cultural Diplomacy »
Weeklong Seminars on Cultural Diplomacy
(Winter Session - Berlin; February 14th - 19th, 2017)

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ICD Academy Sessions are weeklong programs that explore the role of cultural diplomacy in contemporary international relations. Each program features lectures, seminars and workshops lead by experts from the fields of international politics, diplomacy, academia, civil society, and the private sector. During their time in Berlin participants will also have the opportunity to take part in cultural and social activities and to visit institutions such as the German Foreign Office, the German Parliament, the Berlin City Hall, cultural institutions and Berlin-based embassies. (More »)

Young Leaders' Forums »
(Forthcoming Forums for 2017)

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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Forthcoming Weeklong Seminars for 2017 include:
Africa Meets Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders (AME) »
Berlin; March 9th - 14th, 2017
Cultural Diplomacy in Africa: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDA) »
Berlin; March 9th - 14th, 2017

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

List of E-Learning Programs

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) has designed 6 E-Learning Programs, which include the main fields of research and activity in cultural diplomacy. (More »)

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2016 »
"Promoting Global Human Rights through Cultural Diplomacy"

(Berlin; December 14th - 19th, 2016)

The current political and security situation in many regions and countries together with the deteriorations of social norms for the use of violence, emphasizes the growing need for a greater cultural dialogue, understanding and trust in order to avoid further escalation. The 2016 Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy therefore focused, on raising awareness and support for activities that promote global human rights. (More »)
The Conference included Keynote Addresses from the Honorable Members of the ICD:
President Viktor Yushchenko
Former President of Ukraine
President Bujar Nishani
President of Albania
President Atifete Jahjaga
Former President of the Republic of Kosovo

Marek Belka    
Former Prime Minister of Poland

Hon. Pedro Sánchez
Former Secretary General of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Hon. Elmar Brok
Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs
Minister Lilyana Pavlova
Minister of Regional Development and Public Works of Bulgaria
Hon. Jan Figel
EU Commission  Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion
Altabt Gregor Ulrich Henckel Donnersmarck
Emerited Abbot of Heiligenkreuz Abbey
Hon. Ján Čarnogurský
Former Prime Minister of Slovakia
Hon. Lawrence Gonzi
Former Prime Minister of Malta
President Emil Constantinescu
Former President of Romania
Hon. Mirko Cvetkovic
Former Prime Minister of Serbia
Hon. Mihai Razvan Ungureanu
Former Prime Minister of Romania
Hon. Hrant Bagratyan
Former Prime Minister of Armenia
Hon. Janez Jansa
Former Prime Minister of Slovenia
President Valdis Zatlers
Former President of Latvia
Hon. Rui Duarte BARROS
Former Prime minister of Guinea – Bissau

International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Arab World »
"The Political, Economic and Cultural Dimensions"

(Berlin; July 26th - 30th, 2016)

International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Arab World focused on the opportunities for cultural diplomacy in the Arab World in the framework of the current transitions and challenges. In particular, the symposiumwill highlighted the best practices of certain counties in the Arab World of practicing cultural diplomacy to educate and to strengthen relationships between groups within their countries and to strengthen relationships between their countries and the global community. (More »)
Speakers & Delegates for the Symposium included:
Dirk Niebel
Former German Minister of Economic Cooperation & Development
President Emil Constantinescu
President, Academy for Cultural Diplomacy
H.E. Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari
Minister; Qatar’s candidate for the position of Director General of UNESCO; Adviser at the Amiri Diwan
Stephan Mayer (MdB)
Member of the German Parliament
SG Harald Kindermann
Secretary General, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Philipp Lengsfeld (MdB)
Member of the German Parliament
SG Abdelouahid Khouja
Secretary General, House of Councillors of Morocco
Amb. Gunter Mulack  
Executive Director, German Orient Institute in Berlin
Speaker Safet Softić
Speaker of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia & Herzegovina
Samir Barhoum
Chief Editor, the Jordan Times
Faisal J. Abbas
Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English
Idriss Benarafa
Editor-in-Chief, The Moroccan Times
SG Fadi Khalaf
Secretary General, Arab Federation of Exchanges
MP Mirsad Isaković
Chair of the Gender Equality Committee of Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia & Herzegovina
Rashed Al Baloushi
CEO, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

Mohammed Abubaker Al Ghasani
Deputy Chairman of Majlis A'shura Council of Oman

MP Zuraida binti Kamaruddin
Member of the Parliament of Malaysia

MP Dhiaa N. Al-Asadi
Member of the Parliament of Iraq