Last Call for Applications

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is pleased to announce that applications are currently being accepted for the Berlin International Economics Congress 2011, our forthcoming international conference, as well as to our next Cultural Diplomacy in the Global Economy Young Leaders Forum.

The Berlin International Economics Congress 2011
“An International Conference on the Future of Global Politics, Nation Branding,
Sustainable Tourism and International Investment in a Globalized World”
(Berlin, 9th - 12th March 2011)

Cultural Diplomacy in the Global Economy:
A Forum for Young Leaders
”The Future of Global Politics, Nation Branding, Sustainable Tourism,
and International Investment in a Globalized World”
(Weeklong Seminar, Berlin, 9th – 15th March 2011)

Conference Participants
The conference is open to applications from young professionals, students and scholars, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, journalists, and other interested stakeholders from across the world. All seminar 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. Each certificate will be signed by two members of the ICD's Advisory Board.

Sustainable Network
Conference participants will become part of a growing international network of people from across the world with different fields of interest and levels of experience, who share a commitment to intercultural exchange. Participants will be able to remain in touch with each other through the ICD Online Network.
The online application form can be found under:

The speakers during the program will consist of renowned figures from international economics and politics (including Heads of State and Ministers) and high-profile representatives from the private and public sectors.
A large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board will also be speaking at the BIEC conference. Speakers for the Conference include:
Abel Cruz - Vice Minister of Economy Investing and Competitive Issues of Guatemala
 Alberto Jose Guevara Obregon - Minister of Treasury and Public Credit of Nicaragua, Minister of Finance of Nicaragua
 Dr. Alfredo Palacio - Former President of Ecuador; ICD Advisory Board Member
 Prof. Andy Pike - Professor of Local and Regional Development, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) Newcastle University, UK
 Armands Slokenbergs - Director, Latvian Tourism Development Agency
 Amb. Ahmada R. Ngemera - Ambassador of Tanzania to Germany; Former Minister of Industry, Trade, and Marketing for Tanzania; Former Deputy Secretary General of the East African Community, responsible for Finance and Administration
 Beatriz Merino - Former Prime minister of Peru
 Dr. Cathy Parker - Development Director for the Institute of Place Management and Professor of Marketing and Retail Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, UK
 Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim - Former Foreign Minister of Brazil
Dr. Charles van Marrewijk - Professor of International Economics, Utrecht School of Economics, Utrecht University, Netherlands (Specializations: International Trade, Geographical Economics, Economic Growth & Development)
 Edmund Bartlett - Minister of Tourism of Jamaica
 Dr. Erhard Busek - Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Former Minister for Education & Cultural Affairs; ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Minister for Science and Research; Advisor to ECIKS (Economic Initiative for Kosovo)
 Filippe Savadogo - Minister of Culture, Tourism and Communication of Burkina Faso
 François Loos – French Minister Delegate for Industry; Former French Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade
 Frank Barry - Professor of International Business & Development, School of Business, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
 Dr. Gerhard Prätorius - Head of Coordination CSR and Sustainability, Volkswagen AG; ICD Advisory Board Member
 Prof. Grzegorz W. Kolodko - Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Poland; Professor of Economics, Kozminski University, Poland
 Hans Eichel – Former German Minister of Finance
 Hugo Lavados Montes - Former Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile
 Lord Jack McConnell - Former First Minister of Scotland; Former Treasurer to the Stirling District Council; ICD Advisory Board Member
 Dr. João Ricardo Freire - Brand Consultant for Brandia Central Regional; Editor for Europe, Middle East and Africa for the Place Branding and Public Diplomacy Journal
 Kingsley Makhubela - Director-General of the National Department of Tourism of South Africa
 Dr. Jan Van Der Borg - Professor in the Economics of Tourism at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Ca'Foscari University of Venice, Italy
 Janez Jansa - Former Prime minister of Slovenia; president of the Slovenian Democratic Party; ICD Advisory Board Member
 Jean-Paul Adam - Foreign Minister of the Republic of Seychelles
 Joy Wheeler - Ambassador of Jamaica to Germany; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
 Kalonzo Musyoka - Vice President of Kenya; Former Minister of the Environment of Kenya
 Nahas Angula - Prime Minister of Namibia
 Dr. Nigel Morgan - Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, Cardiff School of Management, UK
H.E Norman Garcia Paz - Ambassador of Honduras to Spain; Former Minister of Trade and Industry of Honduras; Former Minister of Tourism of Honduras
 Dr. Oliver Zoellner – Chair of Media and Marketing Research, Stuttgart Media University, Germany
 Hon. Ousman Jammeh - Former Minister of Energy of Gambia; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Gambia
 Dr. Peter Cornelius - Economic Advisor to AlpInvest Partners; Former Group Chief Economist for Royal Dutch Shell; Former Chief Economist and Director of the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Program
 Rajesh Jeetah - Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology of the Republic of Mauritius
 Raymond Ranjeva - Former Judge on the International Court of Justice; Conciliator at the World Bank International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
 Dr. Sebastian Guerrini - Designer and Doctor of Philosophy in Communications & Image Studies
 Simon Middleton – Founder & Principal, Brand Strategy Guru
 H.E. Victoria Saidu Kamara - Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Sierra Leone
 Wally Olins - One of the World's Most Experienced Practitioners of Corporate Identity and Branding; Visiting Fellow at Said Business School in Oxford; Visiting Professor at Lancaster University
 The Hon. Walter Mzembi - Tourism Minister of Zimbabwe
In February, 2010, the ICD hosted the Berlin International Economics Congress: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roles of Global Politics & Civil Society in International Economics. Videos from our previous edition can be found here: … Congress-7
You can also view a Selection of Nation Branding Video Clips from across the World under: … nal-brands
Visit Europe’s Cultural Capital in the springtime - “Berlin: A Century in a City” here: … -in-a-city

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