Berlin Economic Forum 2016

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

Held Parallel to the Berlin International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB)
(International Conference, Berlin; March 9th - 13th, 2016)


The Berlin Economic Forum Project 2014-2014 ( 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 - 13th, 2016 in Berlin and will focus on innovative nation branding strategies.

Forum Agenda

The Berlin Economic Forum 2016 event will take place in Berlin for four days 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 creative economies, sustainable tourism and responsible foreign investments and will demonstrate how these can be used as primary drivers for sustainable 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 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 at the ICD House of Arts and Culture ».

Forum Speakers & Delegates

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

Speakers & Delegates for the Forum include:

Lahcen Haddad
Minister of Tourism of Morocco
Faisal  EL-Fayez
President of the Jordanian Senate
Joachim Pfeiffer MdB
Member of the German Parliament
Ranko Vilovic
Ambassador of Croatia to Germany
Benjamin Liberoff
Vice Minister of Tourism in Uruguay
Marian Wendt MdB
Member of the German Parliament
Philip S. Marmo
Ambassador of Tanzania to Germany
Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Province
Benito Bengzon
Deputy Minister of Tourism of the Philippines
Jean Marie Maguena
Ambassador of of Gabon to Germany
Edouard Bizimana
Ambassador of Burundi to Germany
Simplice Honoré Guibila
Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Germany
Ruth Masodzi Chikwira
Ambassador of Zimbabwe to Germany
Walter Mzembi
Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe
Karunatilaka Amunugama
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Germany
Jauhar Saleem
Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany
Alberto Antonio Guani Amarilla
Ambassador of Uruguay to Germany
Simplice Honoré Guibila
Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Germany
Erines Otorbaev
Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Germany
Bolor Tsolmon
Ambassador of Mongolia to Germany
Kheswar Jankee
Ambassador of Mauritius to Germany

Forum Participants »

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

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.

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:

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.