The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA 2012

"A Global Dialogue about Cultural Diplomacy, National Security and Global Risks"

(Washington D.C; June 26th - 28th, 2012)

Symposium Speakers

The speakers during the conference will include leading figures and experts from international politics, academia, the diplomatic community, civil society and the private sector, from across the world. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board.

To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board please click here

A Selection of Speakers for the Symposium Includes:
  • H.E. Amb. Aldona Z. Wos
    Former US Ambassador to Estonia
  • Amb. Andras Simonyi
    Director, Center for Transatlantic Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • H.E. Amb. Bockari Kortu Stevens
    Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States
  • Amb. Brenda LaGrange Johnson
    Former US Ambassador to Jamaica
  • Dr. Bridget A. Teboh
    Associate Professor, History Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Lt. General Clarence McKnight
    Former Director; Command, Control, and Communications, US Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • H. E. Amb. Claudia Fritsche
    Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the United States
  • H.E. Amb. Cornelius Alvin Smith
    Ambassador of the Bahamas to the United States
  • Amb. Dr. Cynthia Schneider
    Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University; Former US Ambassador to the Netherlands
  • H. E. Amb. Erlan Idrissov
    Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States
  • H.E. Amb. G. Philip Hughes
    Senior Director, White House Writers Group; Former Ambassador of the United States to Barbados, Dominica, St Lucia, Antigua, St. Vincent, and St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla
  • H. E. Amb. Gilles A. Noghès
    Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to the United States
  • H.E. Amb. Gillian M.S. Bristol
    Ambassador of Grenada to the United States
  • H.E. Amb. Ichiro Fujisaki
    Ambassador of Japan to the United States
  • Jameel M. Khan
    Consultant/Analyst for Huron Consulting Group Inc., Chicago, IL
  • H.E. Amb. James C. Rosapepe
    Former US Ambassador to Romania
  • Admiral James Milton Loy
    Former United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Commandant of the US Coast Guard
  • General James Thomas Hill
    Former U.S. Army General and Former commander of United States Southern Command (tbc)
  • Jeff "Skunk" Baxter
    American World Renowned Musician; Chairs a Congressional Advisory Board on Missile Defense
  • Secretary Jim Nicholson
    Former US Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee
  • H.E. Amb. John F. Maisto
    Former US. Ambassador to the Organization of American States; Former US. Ambassador to Venezuela and Nicaragua
  • Amb. John R. Bolton
    25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Rear Admiral Dr. Joyce M. Johnson
    Vice President Health Sciences, Battelle; Former Director of Health and Safety, U.S. Coast Guard
  • H.E. Amb. Julia Chang Bloch
    President, US-China Education Trust
  • Kristin Lord
    Executive Vice President, Center for a New American Security
  • Mark C. Donfried
    Director & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
  • Under Secretary Martha J. Kanter
    Under Secretary of Education, US Department of Education
  • Amb. M. Osman Siddique
    Former United States Ambassador to the Republic of Fiji, to the Republic of Nauru, to the Kingdom of Tonga and to Tuvalu
  • The Hon. Michael Chertoff
    Chairman, the Chertoff Group; Former Secretary of Homeland Security
  • H.E. Amb. Muktar Djumaliev
    Ambassador of the Kyrgyzstan to the United States and Canada
  • The Hon. Dr. Nazar Al Baharna
    Former Foreign Minister of Bahrain
  • H. E. Amb. Dr. Neil Parsan
    Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the US
  • Amb. Paula Dobrianski
    Former US Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
  • Phyllis F. Oakley
    Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, Population, Refugees, and Migration
  • Reggie Littlejohn
    Founder and President of Women's Rights Without Frontiers
  • H.E. Amb. Roman Kirn
    Ambassador of Slovenia to the USA
  • Samson E. Liolio
    Master's student of Peace and conflicts studies, the European Peace University, Austria
  • Silvia Kofler
    Spokesperson, Head of Press and Public Diplomacy Delegation of the European Union to the United States
  • H.E. Amb. Stuart W. Holliday
    President and CEO of Meridian International Center; Former United States Ambassador for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations
  • Lt. Gen. Tad J. Oelstrom
    Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General; Director of the National Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • H.E. Amb. Tebelelo Mazile Seretse
    Ambassador of Botswana to the United States
  • H.E. Amb. Thomas Patrick Melady
    Former U.S. Ambassador to Burundi, Uganda and the Holy See; Former President Emeritus, Sacred Heart University
  • H.E. Amb. William P. McCormick
    Former United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa
  • Dr. Zekeh S. Gbotokuma
    Founder, Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc; Associate Professor of Philosophy, Morgan State University
  • H.E. Amb. Zygimantas Pavilionis
    Ambassador of Lithuania to the United States