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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

Array Gloria BENEDIKT

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

Qualification as Professional Dancer, Vienna State Opera, Vienna Scholarship Recipient, National Certificate in Professional Dance - Classical Ballet, English National Ballet School, London 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) Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Extension, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 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 2014


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

Founder and CEO of Ars Musica Master of Arts in History of Art and Archaeology, Vrije Universiteit Brussels Special Master's Degree Management Sciences FIM, VLEKHO, Brussels General Manager of the Brussels Philharmonic Society, Brussels Co-administrator, Artistic Direction; Programming of the National Orchestra of Belgium, Brussels- 2002 Secretary and Treasurer, Brussels Philharmonic Society CEO and Artistic Director, Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels
since 2002

Array N'Goné FALL

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.

Array Stefano MANSERVISI

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

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

Mag. Gottfried WAGNER

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

Lehrer am BRG III, Wien, und Lektor an der Universität Wien, dem IFF, sowie dem PI des Bundes Zuständig für Bildungskooperation mit Mittel- und Osteuropa, BMUKK, Wien Abteilungsleiter und dann Direktor von KulturKontakt Austria, Wien Direktor der Europäischen Kulturstiftung, Amsterdam

Dr. Michael REITERER

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

Dr. jur., University of Innsbruck Diploma in International Relations, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center Research Assistant, UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva; Certificate International Court of Justice, Research Session, The Hague Austrian Deputy Trade Commissioner for Western Africa, Abidjan Austrian Deputy Trade Commissioner for Japan, Tokyo Diplôme de Hautes Etudes Internationales, IHEID - The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva Counsellor, Economic Affairs, Austrian Permanent Mission to the GATT - General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, Geneva Deputy Director General, Department for European Integration and Trade Policy, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Vienna Co-Chair (trade) of the Joint Session of Trade and Environment Experts, OECD, Paris Panelist of a WTO Dispute Settlement Panel (US/Canada - Split Run Editions) 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 Counsellor, ASEM - Asia-Europe Meeting, European Commission, Directorate-General for External Relations, Brussels Minister, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Japan, Tokyo Adjunct Professor for International Politics, University of Innsbruck (Dozent f. internationale Politik) Ambassador of the European Union to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, Bern Principal Advisor, Asia-Pacific Department, European External Action Service (EEAS), Brussels

Political Symposium

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13:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
15:00 - 19:00Resilience: A “Situation Room” ExperimentPartner
17:00 - 18:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
18:30 - 19:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


06:00 - 07:00Editors’ BreakfastPlenary
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté – Égalité – Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
10:00 - 11:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
10:30 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet’s Global FutureBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the “New” Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 17: The EU’s Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00ReceptionSocial
16:00 - 17:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
18:00 - 19:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
06:30 - 07:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
07:30 - 08:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
08:30 - 10:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary