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09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?

Breakout / Foreign Policy
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International relations are no longer the exclusive realm of diplomats. NGOs, multinationals, and also cultural organisations and artists, are becoming increasingly important. What challenges have to be addressed in order to release the potential of culture in the arena of foreign relations?


Dancer, Choreographer; Associate for Science and Art, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg
Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels
Consultant and Curator in Cultural Policies, Paris
Director-General, DG DEVCO - Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission, Brussels
Freelance Culture Consultant, Vienna; Special Advisor, More Europe, Brussels
Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea, Seoul Chair


Dancer, Choreographer; Associate for Science and Art, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg

1997-2001 Qualification as Professional Dancer, Vienna State Opera, Vienna
2001-2002 Scholarship Recipient, National Certificate in Professional Dance - Classical Ballet, English National Ballet School, London
2002-2013 Ballet Dancer with José Mateo Ballet Theatre (Cambridge, United States), Dance Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus), Ballet Cymru, (Wales, United Kingdom), Ballet Theatre Frankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany), Meininger Ballett (Meiningen, Germany)
2008-2013 Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Extension, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
since 2014 Artistic & scientific collaborations include: Austrian Cultural Forum, Budapest & Beijing; UN SDSN, Carnegie Hall New York; Cinedans Festival, Amsterdam; European Commissions Joint Research Center, Ispra; European Forum Alpbach, House of the European Union, Vienna; Kennedy Center Washington, D.C.
since 2015 Associate for Science and Art, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg


Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels

1988-1993 Founder and CEO of Ars Musica
1986 Master of Arts in History of Art and Archaeology, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
1987 Special Master's Degree Management Sciences FIM, VLEKHO, Brussels
1992 General Manager of the Brussels Philharmonic Society, Brussels
1992 Co-administrator, Artistic Direction; Programming of the National Orchestra of Belgium, Brussels
1996- 2002 Secretary and Treasurer, Brussels Philharmonic Society
since 2002 CEO and Artistic Director, Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels
since 2013 President, the International Music Council, Paris


Consultant and Curator in Cultural Policies, Paris

 N Goné Fall is an independent curator, art critic, and consultant in cultural engineering. She graduated from the École Spéciale d Architecture in Paris, France, and was editorial director of the Paris-based contemporary African art magazine Revue Noire from 1994 to 2001. Fall has edited books on contemporary visual arts and photography in Africa including An Anthology of African Art: The Twentieth Century (D.A.P./Editions Revue Noire, 2002), Photographers from Kinshasa (Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 2002) and Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography: a Century of African photographers (Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 1998). She has curated exhibitions in Africa, Europe, and the US. Fall was one of the curators of the African photography Biennale in Bamako, Mali, in 2001, and a guest curator at the 2002 Dakar Biennale in Senegal. Fall is an associate professor at the Senghor University in Alexandria, Egypt. As a consultant in cultural engineering she is the author of strategic plans, orientation programs, and evaluation reports for Senegalese and international cultural institutions. She is also a founding member of the Dakar-based collective Gaw-Lab, a platform for research and production in the field of new media and visual arts.


Director-General, DG DEVCO - Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission, Brussels

1973-1979 Law Degree. University of Bologna. Law Faculty (Bologna, Italy).
1979 Study Certificate on European Organisations. University of Strasbourg. International Faculty of Comparative Law, Strasbourg, France
1979-1980 Post Graduate - Specialised Higher Studies Diploma (DESS) on « International Administration ». University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris, France).
1979-1980 Diploma from the Centre for Studies on the European Communities. University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris, France
1980-1981 Lawyer. Castagnetti Associates law firm (Bologna, Italy).
1981-1983 « A » Official at the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade, Roma. Directorate Cooperation with developing countries and relations with International Organisation
1983-1987 Administrator. Directorate-General for Agriculture.
1987-1991 Administrator, Directorate-General for Development (ex DG VIII).
1991-1992 Principal Administrator, Member of Cabinet to Vice-President Pandolfi.
1993 Head of Unit Finances in the then DG VIII (later: DEV, DEVCO).
1993-1995 Member of Cabinet then Deputy Head of Cabinet to Commissioner R. VannidArchirafi.
1995-2000 Deputy Head then Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Monti.
2000-2001 Deputy Head of Cabinet to President Romano Prodi.
2001-2004 Head of Cabinet to President Romano Prodi.
2004-2010 Director General of DG Development and Relations with Africa, Caribbean, Pacific States (DEV)
2010- 2014 Director-General of Directorate General Home Affairs (HOME).
 EU Delegation to Turkey
2014-2014 Ambassador, Head of Delegation,
2014-2016 Head of Cabinet Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
since 2016 Director General of Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO)

Mag. Gottfried WAGNER

Freelance Culture Consultant, Vienna; Special Advisor, More Europe, Brussels

1975-1990 Lehrer am BRG III, Wien, und Lektor an der Universität Wien, dem IFF, sowie dem PI des Bundes
1990-1994 Zuständig für Bildungskooperation mit Mittel- und Osteuropa, BMUKK, Wien
1994-2001 Abteilungsleiter und dann Direktor von KulturKontakt Austria, Wien
2001-2009 Direktor der Europäischen Kulturstiftung, Amsterdam
seit 2010 Stabsstelle für Internationales am BMUKK, Wien

Dr. Michael REITERER

Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea, Seoul

 *1954 Innsbruck/Austria
1978 Dr. jur., University of Innsbruck
1979 Diploma in International Relations, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center
1981 Research Assistant, UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva; Certificate International Court of Justice, Research Session, The Hague
1982-1985 Austrian Deputy Trade Commissioner for Western Africa, Abidjan
1985-1989 Austrian Deputy Trade Commissioner for Japan, Tokyo
1985 Diplôme de Hautes Etudes Internationales, IHEID - The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
1990-1992 Counsellor, Economic Affairs, Austrian Permanent Mission to the GATT - General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, Geneva
1992-1997 Deputy Director General, Department for European Integration and Trade Policy, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna
1995-1998 Co-Chair (trade) of the Joint Session of Trade and Environment Experts, OECD, Paris
1996 Panelist of a WTO Dispute Settlement Panel (US/Canada - Split Run Editions)
1997-1998 Minister-Counsellor, Head of the Industrial and Commercial Affairs Section, Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU, EESC Counsellor - European Economic and Social Committee of the EU, Brussels
1998-2002 Counsellor, ASEM - Asia-Europe Meeting, European Commission, Directorate-General for External Relations, Brussels
2002-2007 Minister, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Japan, Tokyo
2005 Adjunct Professor for International Politics, University of Innsbruck (Dozent f. internationale Politik)
2007-2011 Ambassador of the European Union to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, Berne
2012-2016 Principal Advisor, Asia-Pacific Department, European External Action Service (EEAS), Brussels
since 2017 Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea, Seoul

Political Symposium

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15:00 - 16:00OpeningPlenary
16:30 - 18:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
17:00 - 21:00Resilience: A "Situation Room" ExperimentPartner
19:00 - 20:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
20:30 - 21:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


08:00 - 09:00Editors' BreakfastPlenary
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté - Égalité - Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
12:00 - 13:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet's Global FutureBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the "New" Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: The EU's Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
16:00 - 18:00ReceptionSocial
18:00 - 19:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
08:30 - 09:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
09:30 - 10:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
10:30 - 12:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary