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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
Minister Ephraim Kamuntu
Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities of Uganda
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

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

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

The Addis Abba Summit on Cross Continental Cooperation »
"The Future of the Millennium Development Goals in the African Union"

(Ethiopia, Addis Ababa; January 27th - 31st, 2014 – Held Parallel to the African Union Summit)

To maintain this optimism, The ICD believes in the necessity of establishing a participatory process for the next formulation of the agenda, supported by a more diverse range of actors to ensure a more democratic framework and therefore even more successful outcomes. (More »)
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Opening Speech – The Berlin International Economics Congress 2011
(Berlin, March 7th, 2011)

A Keynote Speech by The Hon. Nahas Angula (Former Prime minister of Namibia) (more)
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How Democracy, Peacebuilding and Human Rights are Developing in Africa
(Berlin, November 6th, 2010)

A Lecture by President Joaquim Chissano (Former President of Mozambique) (more)
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Democratic Participation and Cultural Inclusion in Multi-Ethnic and Multi-Lingual Societies
(Berlin, July 28th, 2009)

A Keynote speech by President. Cassam Uteem, (ICD Advisory Board Member; Former President of the Republic of Mauritius) (more)