The Iman Foundation

Iman & ICD Co-host second Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in Berln

Monday, 13 January 2014

The Iman Foundation & The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) co-organised and co-hosted their second annual conference on the subject of "Cultural Diplomacy & Cross Continental Cooperation: Building Bridges for a United Global Community"

Ribal Al-Assad, Chairman of the Iman Foundation, opened the conference with a speech on "Cultural Diplomacy: a Global Antidote to Extremism". It was well received by the audience of distinguished guests and young leaders.

Those present included:

Dr. Ahmet Hadi Adanalı

Advisor of Prime Minister of Turkey for Dialogue among Civilizations

Albert Fortell

Celebrated Austrian Actor

Prof. Dr. Álvaro Escribano Saéz

Vice Rector, Universidad Carlos II de, Madrid

The Hon. Anna Diamantopoulou

Former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities; Former Greek Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs

President Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro

Former President of Cape Verde

Prof. Dr. Aquien Pascal

Vice President, The scientific Council, Université Paris 4 Sorbonne

President Arnold Rüütel

Former President of Estonia

Prof. Dr. Athanasios D. Koustelios

Vice-Rector, University of Thessaly, Greece

H.E Amb. Hüseyin Avni Karslıoğlu

Ambassador of Republic Turkey to Germany

Beate Finckh

Celebrated German Actress

The Hon. Bertie Ahern

President of the ICD Program on the Transatlantic Relations; Former Prime Minister of Ireland

Bill Summers

ICD Advisory Board Member; Celebrated American Musician

Prof. Dr. Bulyzhenkov Igor Edmundovich

Rectorate Councellor, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Csaba Sándor Tabajdi (MEP)

ICD Advisory Board Member; Member of the European Parliament

The Hon. Cyril Svoboda

President, Diplomatic Academy of Prague; Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic; Former Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic

The Hon. Dame Tessa Jowell

Former UK Minister for the Olympics

Prof. Dr. Dragan Domazet

Rector, Belgrade Metropolitan University; Former Minister of Science of the Republic of Serbia

The Hon. Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili

ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Vice Prime-Minister, State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration; Former Foreign Minister

President Dr. Emil Constantinescu

President of the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania; Former Rector, University of Buchares

tProf. Dr. Enver Halilovic

Rector, University of Tuzla

The Hon. Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis

ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus

The Hon. Dr. Erhard Busek

ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria; Former Minister of Education

The Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges

Vice President of the ICD Advisory Board; Former Speaker of the Parliament of Luxemburg; Former Minister of Culture and Religious Affairs

Prof. Dr. Euripides G. Stephanou

Rector, University Of Crete

The Hon. Dr. Francesco Profumo

Former Minister of Education of Italy; Former Chancellor of the Polytechnic University of Turin

The Hon. Francesco Rutelli

Honorary President of the ICD; Former Deputy Prime Minister of Italy; Former Minister of Culture and Tourism; Former Mayor of Rome

The Hon. Gigi Tevzadze

Rector, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, GeorgiaDr. Günter Seufert

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

Prof. Dr. Gwenaele Proutière-Maulion

Vice President, European Affairs and International Relations, Université de Nantes

The Hon. Halldór Ásgrímsson

Vice President of the ICD; Former Prime Minister of Iceland; Former Secretary General for the Nordic Council of Ministers

Amb. Dr. Heinrich Kreft,

Director for international Education and Dialogue among Civilizations, German Foreign Ministry

The Hon. Hrant Bagratyan

Former Prime Minister of Armenia

H. E. Amb. Hüseyin Avni Karslıoğlu

Ambassador of Republic Turkey to Germany

Prof. Dr. Ioannis A. Mylopoulos

Rector, The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Prof. Dr. Ivan Ilchev

Rector, Sofia University, Bulgaria

The Hon. Jadranka Kosor

Former Prime Minister of Croatia

The Hon. Jan Figel

Vice-President of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, Former European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth

Prof. Dr. Javier Casalí

Vice-president of International Relations and Cooperation, Public University of Navarre

Minister Jean Paul Adam

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Seychelles

Prof. Dr. John Chi-Kin Lee

Vice President, Hong Kong Institute of EducationHon. Jorge Pizarro

President of the Senate of the Republic of Chile

Rear Admiral Dr. Joyce M. Johnson

ICD Advisory Board Member; Rear Admiral (Ret.) U.S. Public Health Service

Master Jun Hong Lu

World Renowned Chinese Spiritual Leader

H. E. Amb. Katalin Bogyay

Permanent Delegate of Hungary to UNESCO; President of the General Conference of UNESCO (2011-13)Dr. Khaldoon Aba Hussain; Chief Executive Officer, Isa Cultural Centre, Bahrain

Liviu Jicman

Vice President of the Romanian Cultural Institute

Lorenzo Fontana (MEP)

Member of the EU Parliament

Prof. Dr. Ľudomír Šlahor

Vice Rector for International Relations, Comenius University, Bratislava

The Hon. Luc van den Brande

ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Minister-President of Flanders-Belgium; Former President, European Committee of the Regions

Marcia Barrett

ICD Advisory Board Member; Lead Singer of Boney M

The Hon. Mari Kiviniemi

Former Prime Minister of Finland

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Aydın

Former Minister of State of Turkey; Former Member of Parliament

Prof. Dr. Michael Lederer

Executive Vice President - International Affairs & Executive Education, Furtwangen University

The Hon. Michèle Alliot-Marie

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of France; Former Minister of Justice; Former Minister of the Interior

Prof. Dr. Mircea Dumitru

Rector, University of Bucharest

The Hon. Mirko Cvetkovic

Former Prime Minister of Serbia

Prof. Dr. Murat Tuncer

President, Hacettepe University, Turkey

The Hon. Nouzha Skalli

ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Moroccan Minister of Social Development, Family, and Solidarity

The Hon. Ögmundur Jónasson

President of the ICD Program for Human Rights; Former Minister of the Interior of Iceland; Former Minister of Justice & Human Rights

Ojars Eriks Kalnins (MP)

Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Parliament of Latvia

Prof. Dr. Patrick Quinn

Provost, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy

Prof. Dr. Paul De Knop

Rector, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Prof. Dr. Pedro Nonell

Director, EENI Global Business School, Spain

President Petru Lucinschi

Former President of Republic of Moldova

Ribal Al Assad

Founder & Chairman, The IMAN Foundation

Prof. Dr. Rolf Tarrach

Rector, University of Luxembourg

Prof. Dr. Romulus Brancoveanu

Dean, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

The Hon. Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin

Former Minister of the Environment of France; Former Minister of Social Affairs

The Hon. Rubén Arosemena Valdés

Former Second Vice President of Panama

Prof. Dr. Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño

President, IE University, Spain

Prof. Dr. S. Sibrand Poppema

President, University of Groningen

The Hon. Simon Crean

Former Australian Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government; Former Minister of Trade

Prof. Dr. Soodursun Jugessur

Chancellor & Chairman, University of Mauritius

The Hon. Staffan Nilsson

ICD Advisory Board Member; Former President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

The Hon. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi

ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Director General of the World Trade Organization; Former Secretary-General of the UNCTAD

The Hon. Tsiaras Konstantinos (MP)

Member of Parliament Karditsa; Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece

President Ugo Mifsud Bonnici

Former President of Malta

Minister Urmas Paet

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga

Former President of Latvia

President Valdis Zatlers

Former President of Latvia

Prof. Dr. Vlad Nistor

President of the Senate of the University of Bucharest

The Hon. Dr. Vladimir Filippov

Rector, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia; Former Minister of Education of Russian

Prof. Dr. Wahid Omar

President / Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

The Hon. Winston Peters

Former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

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