The Cultural Diplomacy in the Global Economy Conference: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDEC)
"Intercultural Relations, Youth Development Advancement, Environmental Responsibility & Ecotourism: Opportunities for Successful Nation Branding in the 21st Century"

The next CDEC Weeklong Seminar will take place in Berlin, from March 4th - 10th, 2013

Seminar Speakers

We are privileged to include as speakers many world leaders and distinguished experts from the fields of international politics, economics, diplomacy, the private sector, and civil society; these speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. The ICD is grateful for their contributions to this important event. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board please click here.

The following are among the Speakers for the Seminar:
  • Adonis Yiangou
    Deputy Secretary General, Cyprus Green Party
  • Aleksandar Drljevic
    Executive Director of Greens Party of Montenegro
  • Secretary Alfred Camilleri      
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Investment, Government of Malta
  • The Hon. Dr. Alfred Sant
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Prime Minister of Malta
  • The Hon. Dr. Alfredo Palacio
    President of the ICD Advisory Board; Former President of Ecuador
  • The Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad Jalali
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Interior Minister of Afghanistan
  • Prof. Anders Levermann
    Researcher, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Andrea Masullo
    President of the Scientific Committee, Greenaccord
  • The Hon. António Mascarenhas Monteiro
    Former President of the Republic of Cape Verde
  • Prof. Anthony Giddens (Baron Giddens, of Southgate)
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics; Former Director of the London School of Economics (tbc)
  • The Hon. Bendt Bendtsen (MEP)
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Deputy Prime Minister; Former Danish Minister of Economic and Business Affairs (tbc)
  • The Hon. Cassam Uteem
    ICD Advisory Board Member; ICD Advisory Board Member; Former President of Mauritius
  • Chris Castro
    Co-founder / Executive Director, IDEAS For Us
  • Minister Cletus A. Sieh
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Liberia
  • David Whitfield
    Executive Director, Centrro de Desarrollo en Energia Solar
  • Amb. Delia Domingo-Albert
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Foreign Minister of the Philippines (tbc)
  • Edward W. Scott
    American Businessman, Philanthropist, and Former Senior United States Government Official, Co-Founder of enterprise software company BEA Systems
  • The Hon. Eka Tkeshelashvili
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Vice Prime-Minister, State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration; Former Foreign Minister
  • The Hon. Dr. Emil Constantinescu
    President of the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania
  • Emin Aliyev
    Chairman, Baku Stock Exchange (tbc)
  • The Hon. Erna Hennicot Schoepges
    Vice President of the ICD Advisory Board; Former Speaker of the Parliament of Luxembourg; Former Luxembourgian Minister of Culture and Religious Affairs
  • The Hon. Dr. Erhard Busek
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria; Former Minister for Science and Research of Austria
  • Dr. Gerhard Prätorius
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Head of Coordination CSR and Sustainability, Volkswagen AG (tbc)
  • Hans B. Sicat
    President & CEO, the Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc.
  • Hans Dieter Temp
    Director & Founder, Organizaçăo Cidades sem Fome, Brazil
  • Hina Lotia       
    Regional Coordinator, Asia, Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
  • H. E. Amb. Imomudin Sattorov
    Ambassador of Tajikistan to Germany
  • Dr. Inge Kaul
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Professor, Hertie School of Governance; Former Director of UNDP’s Office of Development Studies
  • Director-General Irina Bokova
    Director-General of UNESCO (tbc)
  • Ivan K B Lee
    Director, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Berlin
  • Ivana Gazic
    President of the Zagreb Stock Exchange
  • Deputy Minister Ivo Marinov
    Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism of Bulgaria
  • The Hon. Sir James R. Mancham
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles
  • Jan Philipp Goertz
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Director, Governmental Relations, Lufthansa AG
  • The Hon. Dr. Jan Pronk
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Minister for Development Cooperation of the Netherlands (tbc)
  • The Hon. Jan-Erik Enestam
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Secretary-General of the Nordic Council; Former Finnish Minister of the Environment (tbc)
  • Jose Filipe Torres
    CEO and Head of Strategy at Bloom Counseling
  • Minister Kazenambo Kazenambo
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Minister of Youth and Sports of Namibia (tbc)
  • Krishna Kumar Singh
    Founding Member and Governing Body Member, Ecotourism Society of India
  • Louis D’Amore
    Founder & President, International Institute for Peace through Tourism
  • The Hon. Luc van den Brande
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Minister-President of Flanders-Belgium (tbc)
  • Mandip Singh Soin FRGS
    Honorary President, Ecotourism Society of India
  • Marcia Barrett
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Lead Singer of Boney M
  • Marco Ramadori         
    President, Codacons
  • Dr. Martin Cames
    Head of Energy & Climate Division (Berlin), Oeko-Institut e.V
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Jänicke
    Professor Emeritus, Political Science, Free University of Berlin
  • Mátyás Prommer
    General Secretary, CEEweb for Biodiversity
  • The Hon. Mirko Tomassoni
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Captain Regent of San Marino
  • Dr. Miro Kovač
    Ambassador of Croatia to Germany
  • Amb. Mohamed Orabi
    Former Foreign Minister of Egypt
  • H. E. Mosud Mannan
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Ambassador of Bangladesh to Germany
  • The Hon. Dr. Nazar Al Baharna
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Foreign Minister of Bahrain
  • Nicola Spafford Furey 
    Vice President, The Earthfocus Foundation
  • The Hon. Nouzha Skalli
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Moroccan Minister of Social Development, Family, and Solidarity
  • Minister Remus Pricopie
    Minister of Education of Romania
  • The Hon. Dr. Rita Süssmuth
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former President of the German Parliament (tbc)
  • Amb. W. Robert Pearson
    President, International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX); Former United States Ambassador to Turkey; Former Director of Human Resources in the Foreign Service of the US State Department
  • Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi
    Minister of Culture & Defence of Iraq
  • Minister Sanja Vlahovic
    Minister of Science of Montenegro
  • Scott Hoffman Black   
    Executive Director, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation; Chair, IUCN Butterfly Specialist Group
  • President Staffan Nilsson
    President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Steven Agnew MLA
    Leader, Green Party of Northern Ireland
  • Tames Rietdijk
    CEO, Afghanistan Stock Exchange
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Jung
    Professor, Climate Sciences, Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research
  • Dr. Thomas Laepple
    Researcher, Climate Sciences, Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research
  • Tiaan Bazuin
    CEO, Namibian Stock Exchange (tbc)
  • Tim Ratcliffe
    European Campaigner,
  • The Hon. Dr. Vasile Puşcaş
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Jean Monnet Chair Professor, Babes –Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca; Former Romanian Minister for European Affairs
  • Wolfgang Gründinger
    Spokesperson, Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations
  • The Hon. Yasar Yakis
    President of the ICD Young Leaders Forums; Former Foreign Minister of Turkey
  • The Hon. Yves Leterme
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Deputy Secretary General of the OECD; Former Prime Minister of Belgium (tbc)
  • Prof. Dr. Zoltán Cséfalvay
    Deputy Hungarian Minister of Economy (tbc)