Call for Applications: The Berlin International Economics Congress 2011

Call for Applications


ICD Calendar 2011 (More>):

• Cultural Diplomacy in the Global Economy > (Berlin, 06 – 12 March, 2011)
• The Rise of Africa > (Berlin, 9 – 12 March, 2011)
• Cultural Diplomacy in Africa: A Forum for Young Leaders (Berlin, 9 – 16 March, 2011)
• Nuestra America > (Berlin, 9 – 12 March, 2011)
• Cultural Diplomacy in Latin America: A Forum for Young Leaders (Berlin, 9 – 16 March, 2011)


The Berlin International Economics Congress 2011:
“An International Conference on the Future of Nation Branding, Tourism, and International Investments in a Globalized World”
(International Conference, Berlin, 9th – 12th March, 2011, Held Parallel to the ITB Berlin)

“The Berlin International Economics Congress 2011” is an international conference taking place over 4 days that will explore the future of Nation Branding, Tourism and International Investment in a Globalized World. The program will consist oflectures, seminars, workshops, interactive sessions and panel discussions that will feature leading figures from international economics & politics, academia, marketing, advertising, and civil society. Participants of the program will also have the opportunity to experience Berlin through a series of cultural and social activities.

The year 2011 represents an important opportunity to reflect on the growth and evolving nature of the inherently interlinked concepts of Nation Branding, Tourism and Foreign Investment. The process of globalization, increasing economic integration and interdependence between nation states, has brought with it an increase in the economic potential and importance of international investment and tourism. Many states now rely on Foreign Investment, and especially tourism, as a major sector of their economy. In order to attract this international attention and tap in to the tourism market, states have increasingly employed Nation Branding, hoping to promote a positive image of their state to the international community.

This conference will therefore seek to explore the challenges and opportunities that states face in attracting international investment and developing their tourism sector, by utilizing perspectives and dimensions not only from the field ofeconomics, but also from international politics, culture, civil society and the private sector.

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.

The online application form can be found under:

The speakers during the program will consist of renowned figures from international economics and politics including former Heads of State, current and former Ministers, high-profile representatives from the private and public sectors, renowned stakeholders from civil society, and the world’s leading academics from the fields of economics, political science, and the social sciences. A large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board will also be speaking at the BIEC conference (for further information about the Advisory Board please click here).

Speakers for the conference include:

• Dr. Alfredo Palacio – Former President of Ecuador; ICD Advisory Board Member
• Amb. Ahmada R. Ngemera – Ambassador of Tanzania to Germany
• Amb. Dan Mulhall – Ambassador of Ireland to Germany
• Bruno Stagno Ugarte – Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica
• Celso Luiz Nunes Amorim – Former Foreign Minister of Brazil
• Edmund Bartlett – Minister of Tourism of Jamaica
• Dr. Erhard Busek – Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria, Former Minister for Education & Cultural Affairs; ICD AdvisoryBoard Member
• Filippe Savadogo – Minister of Culture, Tourism and Communication of Burkina Faso
• Dr. Gerhard Prätorius – Head of Coordination CSR and Sustainability, Volkswagen AG; ICD Advisory Board Member (tbc)
• Prof. Grzegorz W. Kolodko – Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Poland; Professor of Economics, Kozminski University, Poland
• H.E Habib Ben Yahia – Secretary General – Arab Maghreb Union; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia; Former Minister of Defence of Tunisia
• Hugo Lavados Montes – Former Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile
• Lord Jack McConnell – Former First Minister of Scotland; ICD Advisory Board Member
• Sir James R. Mancham – Former President of the Republic of Seychelles; ICD Advisory Board Member
• 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
• Sr. Jose Antonio Moreno Ruffinelli – Former Foreign Minister of Paraguay
• John Lynch – Chairman of the Jamaican Tourism Board
• Joy Wheeler – Ambassador of Jamaica to Germany
• Kalonzo Musyoka – Vice President of Kenya
• Kintto Lucas Lopez – Deputy Foreign Minister of Ecuador
• Monie R. Captan – Former Foreign Minister of Liberia; President of Liberian Chamber of Commerce
• Nahas Angula – Prime minister of Namibia
• H.E Norman Garcia Paz – Ambassador of Honduras to Spain; Former Minister of Trade and Industry of Honduras; Former Minister of Tourism of Honduras
• Rodolfo Pastor Fasquelle – Former Minister of Culture of Honduras
• Dr. Solomon Isaac Passy – Former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria; ICD Advisory Board Member
• Dr. Vasile Puşcaş – Former Romanian Minister for European Affairs; ICD Advisory Board Member
• Zeine Ould Zeidane – Former Prime Minister of Mauritania (tbc)

Certificate of Attendance
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 (The ICD Advisory Board list can be found (here)).

Participant Papers
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages research and progressive thought into the fields of culture, globalization, and international relations. In this regard, the ICD welcomes participants of the Conference to submit papers onthis subject. The papers can cover any topic within these fields, according to your own particular interests and passions. Participants can submit work that they have completed in the past for other purposes, ongoing research or a paper written specifically for the conference. Groups of students are also allowed to submit collaborative pieces of work.

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.


Cultural Diplomacy in the Global Economy: A Forum for Young Leaders
“The Future of Nation Branding, Tourism, and International Investments in a Globalized World”
(Weeklong Seminar, Berlin, 6th-12th March 2011)

Cultural Diplomacy in the Global Economy: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDEC) is an inter-disciplinary, international network of young people with an interest in the global economy and its relationship to the private sector, international politics, civil society and the environment. The program has been developed in recognition of the importance of combining perspectives from different fields and levels of society in discussing the challenges to the global economy, and on the understanding that “economic bridges” play an important role inpromoting global peace and stability. In addition to looking in greater detail at the history and development of cultural diplomacy, the forthcoming CDEC Weeklong Seminar will focus on the following theme:

“The Future of Nation Branding, Tourism, and International Investments in a Globalized World”

The seminar is open to individuals from across the world, who have an interest in economics, business, tourism, nation branding, cultural studies, international relations, political science, peace studies, diplomacy, and beyond, as well as those interested in exploring the potential for nation branding and economics to serve as a catalyst for cultural diplomacy at both local, national, and international levels.

The online application form can be found under:


The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The goal of the ICD is to promote global peace and stability through strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels. Over the past decade the ICD has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange organizations, whose programs facilitate interaction between individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, from across the world.

Previous Events
Previous events held by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy include “The Future of US Foreign Policy” (Washington DC, January 4th-6th – ). Speakers in this event includedthe Honorable Michael Chertoff – Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security; Senator William Emerson Brock III – 18th United States Secretary of Labor; Admiral James Milton Loy – Former United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Commandant of the Coast Guard; Vivian Schiller – CEO and President of NPR; Governor William Weld – Former Governor of Massachusetts and the Hon. Senator Tim Hutchinson – Former United States Senator from Arkansas.

In November 2010 the ICD hosted “A World without Walls: An InternationalConference on Peacebuilding, Reconciliation and Globalization in an Interdependent World”, which marked the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall ( Speakers in this event included Lord Anthony Giddens (Baron Giddens, of Southgate) – Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics; Former Director of the London School of Economics; Janez Janša – Former Prime Minister of Slovenia; Joaquim Chissano – Former President of Mozambique; Former Chairperson of the African Union; and Lord Jack McConnell – Former First Minister of Scotland.

In May 2010 the ICD hosted The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2010 ( ). Speakers in this event included Bertie Ahern – Former Prime minister of Ireland; Emil Constantinescu – ICD AdvisoryBoard Member – Former President of Romania; Sir Malcolm Rifkind – Former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom; Kjell Magne Bondevik – Former Prime Minister of Norway; and Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former President of Latvia.

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 (

For more information on speakers who have attended previous ICD events, please click here.

For any additional information please address any queries to

With warm regards and gratitude,

Mark Donfried
Director & Founder

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
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