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 Webinar - Innovation Diplomacy

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Webinar: Innovation Diplomacy

Date: Saturday, 29 May 2021
Time: 10h00 - 11h30 (CAT)

Platform: The Diplomatic Society Teams Meeting

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The Covid-19 pandemic that is affecting the whole world has brought to the fore a number challenges. In Dieter Brockmeyer’s book Pandemia’s Box he discusses issues around the question of our response to the virus and whether or not it was too strong will go on for years to come. ”I doubt we ever will get a clear answer. However, the joint impact of both viruses and response is clear. It was like opening Pandora’s Box. Our lives went to pieces. We lost (in part) our freedom, our jobs, in some cases even our lives. However, any crisis includes opportunity. We needed to think about our lives in new ways. We were in sudden need of innovation in a wide definition.”

As lockdowns were announced and travel and face to face interactions restricted, the way in which diplomacy was carried out also changed.

What does this new diplomacy entail and how will it affect the future of diplomacy.


Opening remarks: Barbara Dieterich, Diplomatic World
Barbara Dietrich is President and Owner of Diplomatic World Magazine, Co-Founder of Diplomatic World Institute, Founder of Foundation for the Defense of Woman, Senator of World Business Angels Forum, chairwoman of Diplomatic World Global Art Forum, chairwoman of Diplomatic World Foundation for Women, Curator of art and cultural events for Living Tomorrow, art advisor with off-market activities, art consultant for selected clients.
The high-level content of Diplomatic World Magazine (of which Ms Barbara Dietrich is the owner, CEO and Editor-in-Chief) is based on a full-time engagement and direct/constant contacts with European and international officials - from Ambassadors and Ministers to European Commissioners, Prime Ministers and national and EU Presidents – of Barbara Dietrich. Diplomatic World has a very wide reach and can claim the status of a key diplomatic-journalistic medium and very influential global think tank and opinion-maker. As President of Diplomatic World Institute, she leads the organisation’s vision for a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive and peaceful life.
Ms Barbara Dietrich is also Curator of Art and Cultural Events for Living Tomorrow. “Next Door Living Tomorrow” is a platform for forward-looking art, in which a range of works by famous artists are incorporated in a symbiotic way into a futuristic environment and vision of life. Barbara Dietrich deals with the newest developments in the fields of science, technology and discovery and understands art not only in an abstract manner, but as a solution for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Opening remarks: Kirtan Bhana, The Diplomatic Society
Kirtan Bhana is the Founder and Managing editor of The Diplomatic Society – Foreign Exchange a project launched 1997, over 2 decades ago as a response and celebration of freedom in South Africa and the demise of Apartheid. It became a platform for the many nations who set up their mission in support of Nelson Mandela and the transition of South Africa into a democracy. Today there are around 140 representative missions in Pretoria, ranked among the highest number in the world. As a qualified print journalist and having worked in Advertising and Marketing and PR the establishment of the Diplomatic Society platforms with a dedicated focus on diplomacy as an independent commercial media has further developed and diversified to offer a bouquet of services and products.

Moderator and respondent: Dieter Brockmeyer, Diplomatic World Institute and author of Pandemia’s Box
He is an international speaker and host, consults to the industry. Among others, he was initiator and chairman of eur§reg and Multichannel Money Streams Congress, MCMS, industry events that brought together media regulators and TV executives from across Europe to talk about the future of TV business.
Dieter provides regular columns for DIPLOMATIC WORLD and THE DIPLOMATIC SOCIETY. He also authored books on the industry and wrote numerous articles in printed international magazines.
From 2014 to 2018 he initiated and headed three seasons of Global Media Innovator (GMI). Today acts as Chief Project Officer (CPO) of DIPLOMATIC WORLD group and Director Innovation and TIME for the DIPLOMATIC WORLD INSTITUTE he co-founded.

Presenter: Prof Andre Thomashausen
The impact of International Law
An Attorney-at-law, Rechtsanwalt am Landgericht Frankfurt (Main) with right of appearance in German Appeal courts and throughout the European Union (since 2000) and a sworn translator for German, English, French and Portuguese admitted to certify official translations in Germany, South Africa and Mozambique. Doctor iuris (summa cum laude), Christian Albrechts University (Kiel, Germany). Professor Emeritus of University of South Africa and Director of IFCOL, the renowned Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law (1984-2016). Head of Department of Public, Constitutional and International Law with over 20.000 student enrolments (2008-2015). Distinguished with the Unisa Exceptional Academic Merit Award 3 times. Member of Academia Europaea ( Consultant to the Government of Angola for the Reform of the Foreign Investment legal framework (1994), for second track peace negotiations with Unita (1999), as project leader for the PROJECTO POTENTCIAMENTO DA MARINHA DE GUERRA ANGOLANA (2006) and author of four leading publications on Angolan Constitutional Law, in Oxford Constitutions Online, in Estudos de Homenagem ao Prof. Doutor Jorge Miranda, and by Oxford University Press in 2015 and 2016. Regular contributor to the SABC, Mozambique & Angolan State Radio, VoA, Deutsche Welle, RFI, SIC-TV, Expresso, O Público, Diário de Noticias (Lisbon), STV Mozambique.

Presenter: Prof Vincent Ligorio
Zoom diplomacy
The current Vice-Rector for the International Relations/Head of the international Department, Tenured Professor, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow Russian Federation, Team Leader European Commission co-financed project: “EU in the World” and Associate Professor at Presidential Academy for National Economy and Public Administration - RANEPA, Moscow. He is responsible for the internationalisation process both of educational programs and scientific research. He is also responsible for developing university’s global expansion and enhancing the innovation process.
Developing international training Programs for the teaching staff. Recruiting and HRM of the International Staff & Foreign Students. Responsible for International Marketing Strategy and a Professor of Neuropolitics

Presenter: Dr Srimal Fernando
Inter-regional relations
Dr. Srimal Fernando received his PhD in the area of International Affairs. He was the recipient of the prestigious O. P Jindal Doctoral Fellowship and South Asian University Scholarship under the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) umbrella. He is also an Advisor/Global Editor of Diplomatic Society for South Africa in partnership with Diplomatic World Institute (Brussels). He has received accolades such as 2018/2019 ‘Best Journalist of the Year’ in South Africa, (GCA) Media Award for 2016 and the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) accolade. He is the author of ‘Politics, Economics and Connectivity: In Search of South Asian Union’ Dr Fernando Advisory role. on Foreign and Security Policy matters focusing on South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region . He is also pursuing a career in politics to steer his island nation. Sri Lanka on a new foreign policy pathway

Presenter: Dr. Halit Unver
Global Networking Communication and Culture
Dr. Halit Ünver was born in Ankara in 1979 and is living in Germany since 1981. He holds a degree in Computer Science and worked for Daimler AG. His doctorate he earned at the University of Ulm. He is lecturer at the FOM University of Applied Science for Economics and Management and consultant to businesses and political organizations. He was Director International Relations for the “Senat der Deutschen Wirtschaft” (Senate of Economy) and is Senior Consultant at the FAW/n (Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing) since 2014. Since the end of 2019 he is board member of the EUTECH Chamber.

 Closing remarks Kirtan Bhana

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