The International Conference on the African Union & Cultural Diplomacy

"Cultural Diplomacy as a Vehicle of Global Governance: The Role of Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power in the Future of the African Union"

(London, February 7th - 10th, 2012)

Conference 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.

Speakers for the Conference Include:
  • Ade Daramy
    Press Officer,The Insolvency Service
  • Alison Evans
    Director, Overseas Development Institute
  • Prof. Christopher Cramer
    Head of Department, Development Studies at SOAS University
  • Dan McDougall
    Africa Correspondent for The Sunday Times
  • Daniel Leader
    Barrister, Leigh Day & Co
  • Dele Ogun
    Lawyer at Akin Law Firm/ Genesis Project
  • Dipo Salimonu
    Journalist & CEO of Ateriba
  • Esther Roniyah Stanford-Xosei
    (Community Advocate and Radio Broadcaster)
  • Ian Paisley (MP)
    Member of the British Parliament
  • Lord Jack McConnell
    Member of the House of Lords
  • Jeffrey Donaldson (MP)
    Member of the British Parliament
  • Jibrin Ibrahim
    Director, Centre for Democracy and Development, Nigeria"
  • Jonathan Cooper
    Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Judy A. Oder
    Lawyer at Interights & Trustee of AbleChild Africa
  • Kevin Bismark Cobham
    (Criminal Defence Lawyer and Socio-Political Commentator)
  • Kirsty Brimelow
    Lawyer, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Kofi Mawuli Klu:
    (Co-Director of PACES, Pan-African Civics Educational Services)
  • Dr. Lulsegged Abebe
    Senior Advisor on the African Union, International Alert
  • Prof. Michael Ben-Gad
    Head of Economics. Department, University of London
  • Prof. Montserrat Guibernau
    Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University London
  • Nikolaus Grubeck
    Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Oba Nsugbe
    Lawyer, Pump Court Chambers
  • Olatoyin Ajao
    (Principal Partner/CEO - Standtall Consulting)
  • Onyekachi Wambu
    Senior Associate, Foreign Policy Centre
  • Peter Hain (MP)
    Member of British Parliament
  • Richard Dowden
    Journalist and Director, Royal African Society
  • Rukia Baruti
    Founder and Managing Director at Africa International Legal Awareness, Vice-President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Africa Users’ Council
  • Rushanara Ali (MP)
    Member of the British Parliament
  • Sherrill Stroschein
    Lecturer in Politics at University College London
  • Steven Powles
    Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Suella Fernandes   
    Chair, Africa Justice Foundation
  • Prof. Teddy Brett
    Prof. at Department of International Development of London School of Economics
  • Teboho Mohapi
    Head of Chancery, Lesotho High Commission to United Kingdom
  • Tom Hockaday
    Managing Director, Isis Innovation Ltd
  • Tunde Okewale
    Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers
  • Yasmin Batliwala
    Chief Executive, Advocates for International Development