Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

Leadership & Board

ICD Secretariat
President Alfredo Palacio » President of the ICD Advisory Board
President Dr. Emil Constantinescu » President of the ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy
President Francesco Rutelli » Honorary President of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
President Franco Frattini » Honorary President of the Organization for Youth Education & Development (OYED)
Mark C. Donfried Director General of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
The Hon. Dr. Solomon Passy » President, The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria (ICD Bulgaria Branch Office)
The Hon Halldór Ásgrímsson » Vice President of the ICD for the Nordic Countries
The Hon. Michčle Alliot-Marie » Vice President of the ICD for the Francophone Countries
The Hon. Jadranka Kosor » Vice President of the ICD for the Balkan Region
The Hon. Anna Diamantopoulou » Secretary General of the Organization for Youth Education & Development (OYED)
The Hon. Mari Kiviniemi » Vice President of the IPAHP for Gender Equality
The Hon. Erna Hennicot Schoepges » Vice President of the ICD Advisory Board
The Hon. Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis » Vice President of the Council for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
The Hon. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi » President, ICD Program on the Global Economy
The Hon. Bertie Ahern » President, ICD Program on the Transatlantic Relationship
The Hon. Masaharu Nakagawa » President, ICD East Asia Program
Rt. Hon Lord (Jack) McConnell of Glenscorrodale » President of the ICD Africa-EU Program
The Hon. Ögmundur Jónasson » President, IPAHP Human Rights Program
Amb. Katalin Bogyay » President, ICD Program on Cultural Diplomacy & The Arts
Riman Vilnius President, ICD International
Rosie Vilnius Head of the ICD Alumni Program
ICD Advisory Board
The ICD Advisory Board provides advice and support to the Secretariat of the ICD; it includes prominent individuals coming from the fields of international politics, academia, the private sector, as well as celebrated artists. All individuals have demonstrated extraordinary contributions to society and have served their countries and their communities in significant ways. The Advisory Board also includes 2 sections, consisting of specific groups of Advisory Board Members as below: ICD Advisory Board includes the following Members:
Senator Alan Ferguson » The 22nd President of the Australian Senate; Former Senator for South Australia
The Hon. Dr. Alfred Sant » Former Prime Minister of Malta
President Alfredo Palacio » Former President of Ecuador
The Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad Jalali » Former Interior Minister of Afghanistan; Distinguished Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, USA
Prof. Dr. Álvaro Escribano Saéz » Vice Rector, Universidad Carlos II de, Madrid
Amb. András Simonyi » Managing Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University; Former Hungarian Ambassador to the United States
The Hon. Angeles González-Sinde » Former Minister of Culture of Spain
The Hon. Anna Diamantopoulou » Former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities; Former Greek Minister for Development, Competitiveness and Shipping
Prof. Dr. Anthony Giddens (Baron Giddens of Southgate) » Former Director of the London School of Economics
Prof. Dr. Aquien Pascal »
Vice President, The scientific Council, Université Paris 4 Sorbonne
President Arnold Rüütel »
Former President of Estonia
Prof. Dr. Athanasios D. Koustelios » Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs, University of Thessaly, Greece
The Hon. Bertie Ahern » Former Prime Minister of Ireland
Bill Summers » Celebrated American Musician
President Cassam Uteem » Former President of the Republic of Mauritius
Minister Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Minister of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia
MP. Dora Bakoyannis Member of the Hellenic Parliament; Former Foreign Minister of Greece
Prof. Dr. John Chi-Kin Lee » Vice President, the Hong Kong Institute of Education
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Clarence McKnight » Former Director - Command, Control, and Communications, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Army
The Hon. Cyril Svoboda » Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic; Former Foreign Minister
David Soul » Celebrated Actor, Director & Singer
The Hon. Dirk Niebel Former German Minister for Economic Cooperation & Development (2009-13)
Prof. Dr. Dragan Domazet » Rector, Belgrade Metropolitan University
The Hon. Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili » Former Vice Prime-Minister, State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration; Former Foreign Minister
Amb. Elena Poptodorova » Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States
President Emil Constantinescu » Former President of Romania; Former President & Rector of the University of Bucharest
Prof. Dr. Enver Halilovic » Rector, University of Tuzla
The Hon. Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis » Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus
Minister Erkki Tuomioja » Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland
The Hon. Erna Hennicot Schoepges » Former President of the Parliament of Luxembourg; Former Minister of Culture & Religious Affairs
The Hon. Dr. Erhard Busek » Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria; Former Minister of Education of Austria
Prof. Dr. Euripides Stephanou » Rector, University of Crete
The Hon. Francesco Rutelli » Former Deputy Prime Minister of Italy; Former Minister of Culture and Tourism; Former Mayor of Rome
The Hon. Franco Frattini » Former Foreign Minister of Italy; Former European Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security
Dr. Gerhard Prätorius » Head of Coordination CSR and Sustainability, Volkswagen AG
The Hon. Gigi Tevzadze » Rector of Ilia State University
Prof. Dr. Gwenaele Proutičre-Maulion » Vice President, European Affairs and International Relations, Université de Nantes
The Hon. Halldór Ásgrímsson » Former Prime Minister of Iceland; Former Secretary General for the Nordic Council of Ministers
Prof. Dr. Hassan B. Diab » Former Minister of Education and High Education of Lebanon
The Hon. Hrant Bagratyan » Former Prime Minister of Armenia
Ian Gillan »  Singer & Song writer with Deep Purple
Minister Dr. Ioannis Kasoulides » Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus
Prof. Dr. Ivan Ilchev » Rector, Sofia Univeristy
The Hon. Dr. Jacques F. Poos » Former Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg; Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Hon. Jadranka Kosor » Former Prime Minister of Croatia
Lieutenant General (Ret.) James B. Peake, M.D. » 6th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Former Surgeon General of the United States Army
Admiral James Milton Loy » Former United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Commandant of the Coast Guard; Chair, Tyler Institute for Leadership, US Coast Guard Academy, USA
President James R. Mancham » Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles
The Hon. Jan Figel » Vice President of the National Council of Slovakia; European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth
Jan Philipp Goertz   Director, Governmental Relations, Lufthansa AG
The Hon. Jan-Erik Enestam » Secretary-General of the Nordic Council; Former Finnish Minister of Defence and the Environment
The Hon. Janez Jansa » Former Prime minister of Slovenia
Minister Jean Paul Adam » Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Seychelles
The Hon. Joris Voorhoeve » Chair Board of Supervisors Oxfam International; Former Dutch Minister of Defence
President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero Former Prime Minister of Spain
Rear Admiral Dr. Joyce M. Johnson » Rear Admiral (Ret.) U.S. Public Health Service
Prof. Dr. Karl P. Donfried » Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor Emeritus of Religion and Biblical Literature, Smith College USA
Amb. Katalin Bogyay » Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Hungary to UNESCO; President of UNESCO's  General Conference (2011 - 2013)
Dr. Khaldoon Aba Hussain » Chief Executive Officer, Isa Cultural Centre, Bahrain
Senator Larry Lee Pressler » Former US Senator from South Dakota
The Hon. László Kovács » Former European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union
Sen. Linda Lanzillotta Vice President of the Italian Senate
The Hon. Luc van den Brande » Former Minister-President of Flanders-Belgium; Former President, European Committee of the Regions
Prof. Dr. Ludomír Šlahor » Vice Rector for International Relations, Comenius University, Bratislava
Marcia Barrett » Celebrated Artist; Lead Singer of Boney M
The Hon. Mari Kiviniemi » Former Prime Minister of Finland
The Hon. Masaharu Nakagawa » Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology of Japan
Prof. Dr. Mehmet Aydın » Former Turkish Minister of State for Religious Institutions, Turkish Population Residing Abroad & Government's Relations with Central Asian Republics
Prof. Dr. Michael Lederer Executive Vice President of International Affairs & Executive Education, Furtwangen University
The Hon. Michčle Alliot-Marie » Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of France
The Hon. Mirko Cvetkovic » Former Prime Minister of Serbia
The Hon. Mirko Tomassoni » Member of the Parliament of San Marino; Former Captain Regent of San Marino
Amb. Mohamed Orabi » Former Foreign Minister of Egypt; Former Ambassador of Egypt to Germany
Dr. Mohammed Omran Executive Chairman, the Egyptian Exchange
Prof. Dr. Murat Tuncer » President of the Hacettepe University, Turkey
The Hon. Nouzha Skalli » Member of the Parliament of Morocco; Former Moroccan Minister of Social Development, Family, and Solidarity
The Hon. Ögmundur Jónasson » Former Minister of the Interior of Iceland; Former Minister of Justice & Human Rights
Prof. Dr. Patrick Quinn » Provost, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy
Amb. Paula Dobriansky » Former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
The Hon. Rashed Al Baloushi Chief Executive, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
The Hon. Rexhep Meidani » Former President of Albania; Former Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana, Albania
The Hon. Rita Süssmuth » Former President of the German Parliament (Bundestag)
The Hon. Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin » Former French Minister of Social Affairs & Sports; Former Minister of the Environment
The Hon. Rubén Arosemena Valdés » Former Vice President of Panama
The Hon. Said W. Musa » Former Prime Minister of Belize
Prof. Dr. Sibrandes Poppema » President of the University of Groningen
The Hon. Simon Crean » Former Australian Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development & Local Government; Former Minister for the Arts
The Hon. Dr. Solomon Isaac Passy » Former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria
Prof. Dr. Soodursun Jugessur Pro Chancellor & Chairman, University of Mauritius & Chairman, Mauritius Research Council
President Stjepan Mesić Former President of Croatia
The Hon. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi » Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); Former Director General of the WTO
The Hon. Theodoros Pangalos » Former Deputy Prime Minister of Greece
Senator Tim Hutchinson » Former United States Senator from Arkansas
President Ugo Mifsud Bonnici » Former President of Malta
The Hon. Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga » Former President of Latvia; President of the Club of Madrid
President Valdis Zatlers » Former President of Latvia
Judge Vesna Medenica » President of the Supreme court of Montenegro
Prof. Dr. Vlad Nistor » President of the Senate, University of Bucharest
Prof. Dr. Vladimir Filippov » Rector of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia; Former Minister of Education of Russia
Prof. Dr. Wahid Omar » President & Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
The Hon. Yasar Yakis » Former Foreign Minister of Turkey
The Hon. Yves Leterme » Deputy Secretary General of the OECD; Former Prime Minister of Belgium
Prof. Dr. Zvonimir Paul Separovic » Former Minister of Justice of Croatia; Former Rector, University of Zagreb, Croatia