The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2014

Berlin Economic Forum 2014-24: Sustainable Economies, Sustainable Technologies, Sustainable Industries

Berlin; November 8th - 12th, 2014
Held Parallel to the Berlin Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall


In recent years the world has witnessed the emergence of new technologies and industries following the beginning of the digital revolution in the late 20th century. Indeed, over the last two decades we have already seen many developments in what can now be called: „The Sustainable Revolution„, where governments, corporations and civil society have been working relentlessly to achieve a sustainable future for the global community. In addition, a significant change in the meaning of the term „Sustainability„ has brought significant change into the way business will be done in the future.

These new developments have the potential to engage in new emerging economies (such as: green energies & renewable resources and sustainable agriculture and Tourism) whilst promoting a global and equal access to education, gender equality and youth empowerment. In light of these important developments, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in partnership with other leading organizations initiated the Berlin Economic Forum 2014-24 to further promote and support sustainable economies, technologies and industries in the 21st century.

The inaugural event of the Berlin Economic Forum 2014-24 will be exceptional, as the city of Berlin and the World, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This historical event has highlighted the need for global interdependence and has initiated a new era of economic cooperation between all sectors.

Forum Agenda

The Berlin Economic Forum 2014 is the worlds’ leading Sustainable Economies EXPO taking place over five days in Berlin. The Forum will consist of presentations, lectures and seminars held by leading corporations and chief experts within the field, consisting of panel discussions, workshops, interactive sessions and social activities. The Berlin Economic Forum 2014 will present the myriad of opportunities offered by the emerging trends of sustainable economies, technologies and industries.

Conference Speakers & Delegates

The 2014 conference will bring together over 300 world leaders coming from the fields of politics and economics together with senior academics and leading representatives from the private sector travelling to Berlin from all corners of the world. These speakers will include a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here.

Speakers & Delegates for the Summit include:

Hon. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi
Former Director General of the WTO
Hon. Dirk Niebel
Former German Minister for Economic Cooperation
Hon. Yves Leterme
Former Deputy Secretary General, OECD
Rashid Bin Ali Al-Mansoori
CEO, Qatar Stock Exchange
Carlo Mazzi
Chairman, Prada S.p.A.
Rashed Al Baloushi
CEO, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
Dr. Anette Bickmeyer
Vice President, Sustainability Management, EON AG
Eleonora Giada Pessina
Group Sustainability Officer, Pirelli & C. SpA
Prince Luitpold of Bavaria
CEO, König Ludwig GmbH
Amb. Delia Domingo Albert
Former Foreign Minister of the Philippines
Mirjam Ernst
Sustainability Manager at Volksbank AG, Austria
Petra Wadström
CEO, Solvatten AB
Minister Ali Hassan Bahdon
Minister of Communication of Djibouti
Governer Azeema Adam
Governor, Maldives Monetary Authority
Minister Besim Beqaj
Minister of Finance of Kosovo
Lord Jack McConnell
Former First Minister of Scotland
Hon. Bertie Ahern
Former Prime Minister of Ireland
Hon. Mirko Cvetković
Former Prime Minister of Serbia
Christian Leitz
Head, Corporate Responsibility Management, UBS AG
Bernhard Schwager
Head, Sustainability Office, Robert Bosch GmbH
Dr. Gerhard Prätorius
Head of CSR & Sustainability, Volkswagen AG
Nondas Cl. Metaxas
CEO, Cyprus Stock Exchange
Dr. Fadi Khalaf
Secretary General, Arab Federation of Exchanges
Carina Geber-Teir
Chief Communications Officer, OP-Pohjola Group
Dr. Swapan Kumar Bala
CEO, Dhaka Stock Exchange, Bangladesh
Rajeeva Bandaranaike
Chief Executive Officer, Colombo Stock Exchange, Sri Lanka
Moremi Marwa
Chief Executive Officer, Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, Tanzania

Forum Participants »

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

Certificate of Attendance - All conference participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part and the topics discussed.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the conference, please click on the link below and fill out the online application form:

Forum Locations

Based in Berlin, the conference will be hosted at the new the ICD House for Trade Shows.

Participant Papers »

The Conference Committee encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Conference. The Conference Committee would therefore like to welcome the participants of the conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the conference which will be included in the proposal document to be issued following the conference, and furthermore, will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community worldwide.

Sustainable Network »

During the program participants will have a number of opportunities to network with one another: with the speakers, and with ICD Advisory Board Members and partners. Conference participants will become part of the ICD Alumni, a growing international network of people of diverse interests and backgrounds from around the world who share a commitment to intercultural exchange. Members of the ICD Alumni Group will benefit from the following opportunities: Alumni online forum, Advisory Board Networking, ICD support for individual Leadership Initiatives, free access to all ICD research, videos and photos as well as other event documentation. Participants will be able to remain in touch with each other through the ICD Networks.