Berlin Economic Forum 2017

"Innovative Nation Branding: Sustainable Economies, Tourism & Responsible Foreign Investments"

Held Parallel to the Berlin International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB)
(International Conference, Berlin; March 9th - 12th, 2017)

Introduction

The Berlin Economic Forum Project 2014-2014 (www.beforum.de) is the world’s leading project combining the fields of International Economics and Relations, Nation Branding and Cultural Diplomacy with an interdisciplinary and multinational program. The Project was established in order to further promote sustainable economies worldwide and the inauguration of the project took place in November 2014 with its launch event in Berlin. The next event will take place from March 9th - 12th, 2017 in Berlin and will focus on Sustainable Economies, Tourism & Responsible Foreign Investments.

Forum Agenda

The Berlin Economic Forum 2017 event will take place in Berlin and will be held parallel to the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB). The Forum aims to analyze and discuss global trends of nation branding with a particular focus on sustainable economies, tourism and responsible foreign investments and will demonstrate how these can be used as primary drivers for economic growth. The forum will also emphasize the use of cultural diplomacy practices in these fields and the importance of this for the success of the Nation Branding activities.

The forum also aims to present successful Cultural Diplomacy based Nation Branding Practices in the area of sustainable economies that the field of cultural diplomacy has to offer to the international community.

The Forum will include keynote addresses, panel discussions, plenary sessions, social activities, as well presentations of representatives from different nation states of their national brands. The vision for the Forum is to bring an interdisciplinary mixture of representatives from the public and private sectors in order to initiate and develop programs and projects that will support sustainable economic growth at the national and international levels.

Forum Location »

Based in Berlin, the conference will be hosted in the ICD House of Arts & Culture, the German Parliament and several hotels in Berlin.

Forum Speakers & Delegates

The conference will bring together over 500 delegates coming from the fields of politics and economics together with senior academics travelling to Berlin from all corners of the world to promote sustainable economic growth.

Speakers & Delegates during the conference will include among others leading politicians and economists, senior diplomats, leading governmental officials, senior academics, and representatives from the private sector. These speakers will include individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here.

Speakers & Delegates for the Summit include:

President Emil Constantinescu
President of the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania
Hon. Edmund Stoiber
Former Minister President of Bavaria
Hon. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi
Former Director General of the WTO
Hon. Jürgen Trittin
Former German Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation & Nuclear Safety
Hon. Erkki Tuomioja
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland
Hon. Dirk Niebel
Former German Minister for Economic Cooperation
The Hon. Minister Fernando Vaz
Minister of Tourism and Crafts of Guinea-Bissau
Dirk Glaesser
(Director, Program for Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO)
Minister Ephraim Kamuntu
Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities of Uganda
Hon. Markus Meckel
Former Foreign Minister of the German Democratic Republic
Philipp Lengsfeld (MdB)
Member of the German Parliament
Hon. Rupert Scholz
Former German Minister for Defence
Bernhard Schwager
Head Sustainability Office, Robert Bosch GmbH
Hon. Gert Weisskirchen
Former Senior Member of the German Parliament
Chairman Nondas Cl. Metaxas
CEO, Cyprus Stock Exchange
Amb. Ali Ahmad Jalali
Ambassador of Afghanistan to Germany
CEO Tiaan Bazuin
Chief Executive Officer, Namibian Stock Exchange
Amb. Ramón Custodio Espinoza
Ambassador of Honduras to Germany
Amb. Jauhar Saleem
Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany
Amb. Alberto Guani
Ambassador of Uruguay to Germany
Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Khan
Managing Director, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC)
Jovo Rabrenovic
Director General in the Directorate for Development of Nation Brand, Ministry of Economy of Montenegro
Marija Cvorovic
Head of the Department for Development of Nation Brand, Ministry of Economy of Montenegro
Maria Stylianou Michaelidou
Manager, Limassol Tourism Board

Forum Participants »

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, economists, representatives of the Business sector, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, representatives of the Business sector, young professionals as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the conference, please click on the link below and fill out the online registration form:

Certificate of Attendance - Conference 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 members of the Conference Committee.

Participant Papers »

The Conference Committee encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Conference. The Conference Committee would therefore like to welcome the participants of the conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the conference as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the conference and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community worldwide.