This innovative summit explores the nexus between technology and social media and how they are changing modern diplomacy.These agents of change are acting as constructive disrupters by modernizing systems and by bringing new voices into old ones.The summit brings together public diplomacy experts, leaders in policy and influencers in global partnerships to discuss best practices and offer engaging insight into the future of diplomacy and global issues.
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ANA C. ROLD
Editor-in-Chief, Diplomatic Courier
Ana C. Rold is the CEO and Publisher of the Diplomatic Courier, a global affairs media network based in Washington, DC. Ms. Rold also teaches Comparative Politics and Political Science at Northeastern University. She has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the annual commemorative publications of the G7, G20, and APEC Summits since 2009. Ms. Rold is also a co-founder of corporate publishing firm, Medauras Global, which specializes on private and public sector special reports, events, books, and publications. Rold is a member of the National Press Club, an Advisory Board Member of the Council of Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) and the Center for Education Diplomacy.
AMB. STUART HOLLIDAY
President and CEO, Meridian International Center
Ambassador Stuart Holliday is the President and CEO of Meridian International Center. Meridian works closely with the U.S. Department of State and other U.S. government agencies, NGOs, international governments, and the private sector. It creates global leadership programs, partnerships, and initiatives that strengthen international cooperation on key issues such as security, energy and the environment, economic development, entrepreneurship, global health and culture. Holliday served as United States Ambassador for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations (2003-2005), after his nomination by the President and confirmation by the Senate. Holliday’s primary duties involved representing the United States on issues in the U.N. Security Council. This included responsibility for U.S. policy on U.N. Peacekeeping, Sanctions, and Counterterrorism programs. Prior to serving at the United Nations, Holliday was Coordinator (Assistant Secretary) of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs.
Vice President, Communications, United Nations Foundation
Aaron Sherinian is the Vice President of Communications and Public Relations for the United Nations Foundation. Aaron has led the Foundation’s public relations efforts, media relationships, strategic outreach, and online presence since 2009, managing an award-winning team of communicators and digital pioneers who believe that innovative communications can help change the world. He has helped build some of the most talked about milestones in digital global engagement around causes and UN issues over the last few years including the Social Good Summit, #GivingTuesday, Rio+Social and the Momentum1000 global social media rally. He is a passionate supporter of efforts to build a new era of global activism and philanthropy among a younger generation that is emerging on the global scene.
Director of New Media, Embassy of Israel; Co-Founder, Digital Diplomacy Coalition
Jed Shein is the Digital Director at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. where he leads the Embassy’s digital engagement with online communities through the website and social media channels. Since joining the Embassy, Jed has focused on strengthening the voice and knowledge of Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship online. Jed works in close cooperation with senior diplomats and officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, and other Israel agencies in planning and executing both local and international digital campaigns. Jed is also a co-founder of the Digital Diplomacy Coalition, a Washington-based grassroots organization bringing together digital strategists and communicators in the diplomatic and international affairs community.
Press Counselor, Embassy of Finland
Sanna Kangasharju (born 1969) is currently working as Press Counselor at the Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C. Besides press and communication issues, she deals also with congressional relations. Before starting at the Embassy in July 2012, she worked for a year as a Communication Liaison Officer at the office of the European Parliament in Washington D.C. Her permanent post is at the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to moving to Brussels, Sanna Kangasharju worked for 10 years at the Prime Minister’s Office in Helsinki, first as Press Officer for EU affairs, and later as Deputy Head of Information in charge of the Government’s EU communications and the Prime Minister’s international press relations. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki.
Digital Diplomacy/Media Editor Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
Haitham Al Mussawi is currently the Digital Diplomacy/Media Editor at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington DC, where he creates and advises on public relations initiatives in the United States for the government of the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Al Mussawi was appointed by His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the UAE to the United States in 2009 to develop outreach strategies in the US. Mr. Al Mussawi has created and implemented several campaigns using various messaging platforms and venues to inform US audiences on the strong and long standing bilateral relationship between the US and UAE. Mr. Al Mussawi designed, updates and manages the UAE embassy website and social media platforms. He also designed and created mobile applications including a web content management software program currently available on iPhone, iPad and Android formats for the embassy covering all aspects of embassy services, news, events, video and photo galleries. The UAE embassy mobile application is the first of its kind created specifically for an embassy in the United States. Mr. Al Mussawi designs, develops, compiles and distributes various outreach material targeting and informing US audiences of all demographics and interests. Since his appointment, Mr. Al Mussawi was instrumental in the significant positive shift in public perception of the UAE in the United States. The UAE embassy is recognized and followed by a consistently growing audience due to Mr. Al Mussawi’s branding and digital marketing initiatives. Several articles have been written on the embassy’s innovative outreach campaigns and efforts. Among Mr. Al Mussawi’s various other duties at the embassy, he regularly briefs and advises His Excellency Ambassador Al Otaiba on public affairs issues. Mr. Al Mussawi regularly contributes to the ambassador’s and other high ranking UAE official’s talking points and other public statements. Prior to joining the UAE embassy, Mr. Al Mussawi was assigned to the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute as Political Affairs course coordinator. In this role, Mr. Al Mussawi designed, coordinated and implemented subject specific courses for Senior Foreign Service and Ambassador level officers. Haitham Al Mussawi attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida where he attained a Commercial Pilot’s License, received qualifications and ratings for heavy lift and corporate aircraft. Mr. Al Mussawi is a United States Marine serving in the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in El Toro, California from 1990 to 1996.
Director, Latin America Division, Voice of America
As Director of VOA’s Latin America Division, Clara Dominguez oversees broadcasts to Haiti and the Spanish speaking countries of the Americas over radio, television and Internet. She is also responsible for determining content for affiliate stations as well as developing the Division’s new initiatives. Prior to joining VOA in 2010, Ms. Dominguez served 5 years as News Director at the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, where she led radio and television news coverage of major events in Latin America and the United States, including presidential elections in both the United States and Latin America. A native of Havana, Cuba, she is fluent in Spanish.
Director of Public-Private Partnerships, U.S. Department of State
Daniella M. Foster is a policy innovator and social entrepreneur. She has worked in government, business and the non-profit sectors. Ms. Foster serves as a Director of Public-Private Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, where she leads the establishment of partnerships which commit skills and capital for social impact projects in over 165 countries. Ms. Foster previously served as the Chief of Staff for the Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, where she managed the work of the office to implement a broad range of policy initiatives designed to strengthen emerging democracies and civil society worldwide. She has spearheaded a variety of Presidential initiatives, including global public-private partnerships that help grow small and medium businesses, connect entrepreneurs from around the world, and develop job skills via mobile technology.
Press and Public Affairs Officer, Embassy of Italy; Author of “Twitter for Diplomats”
Andreas Sandre is a Press and Public Affairs Officer at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC. He was previously in New York, at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations during Italy joined the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member (2007-2008). He is the author of Twitter for Diplomats” (February 2013) and a regular contributor on topics of foreign policy and digital diplomacy to numerous publications, including the Huffington Post, the London School of Economics’ Global Policy Journal, DiploFoundation, and BigThink. He’s currently working on his second book project on digital diplomacy, which focuses on innovation in foreign policy. Find him on Twitter: @andreas212nyc
Chief Executive Officer, Red Touch Media
Founder of Red Touch Media Group, Wayne has been involved in the music and entertainment industry for more than 20 years as a senior executive and consultant. After 10 years of music industry management, working with top 10 artists and NBA players, Wayne joined the Virgin Entertainment Group as Director for Strategic Marketing for North America where he was responsible for strategic marketing including revenue generation, partnership strategy, traffic initiatives and third party strategic relationships. Recognizing the entertainment industry evolution to digital, Wayne joined Mediaport as SVP Corporate and Strategic Development where he pioneered digital content deliveries via mobile devices for brands such as SPT and NBC Universal. In the last 3 years Wayne helped set up a CNN Affiliate news channel in Africa and founded the Red Touch Media Group with operations in Africa, Europe and North America where he acquired Mediaport.
Curator/Social Impact Director, Frequency540
JR Kerr is co-lead of Frequency540’s corporate social innovation practice where he helps curate partnerships between clients and social change organizations to create a positive impact that extends beyond a marketing campaign alone. Working with clients Caterpillar Foundation, Caterpillar, INC, YWCA, Starwood Hotels and the United Way of Dallas, JR helps tell compelling brand stories centered on social impact. Prior to joining Frequency540, JR was the director for programming & curation for Chicago Ideas Week and was also lead curator for the Curation Group. With over 15 years experience in convening networks of influence around social issues and creating compelling stories around these partnerships, JR has worked with influencers and organizations such as Soledad O’Brien, The Gates Foundation, The One Campaign, The White House Public Engagement Office and the Office for Faith Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. JR speaks all over the country on social innovation, cause marketing and culture. Additionally, he serves on the board of Groupon Grassroots, the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation, is an advisor to the Center for Emerging Technologies and is also a hopeless Chicago Cubs fan.
Executive Director, APCO Worldwide and Managing Director of StudioOnline
Evan Kraus is executive director, digital strategy, of APCO Online®, a service group that delivers powerful, results-focused online communication strategies for APCO Worldwide’s clients around the world. Under his leadership, APCO Online has emerged as a recognized leader in helping clients leverage the online channel to shape their reputation and influence issue environments.
Director, Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, Microsoft
Lewis Shepherd is the Director of the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments (MSI). MSI is an international arm of Microsoft overseeing strategic and technical efforts to use advanced technologies to solve significant public-sector challenges, from major enterprise-wide problems of national governments, to state and local efforts in e-government, health care, and education.
Public Affairs Counselor, Embassy of Australia
Helen Seidel has been the Australian Embassy’s Counsellor (Public Affairs) in Washington DC since April 2012. Before being posted to Washington, Ms Seidel was the Director of the Counter-Terrorism Cooperation Section with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra. She also served previously as the Director of DFAT’s Afghanistan International and Special Envoy Section. In addition to having been the Executive Officer to DFAT’s CEO, Ms Seidel has worked in Canberra on the Australia-US Ministerial Meeting, Myanmar and APEC. She has completed postings in Kuala Lumpur and Berlin.
Counselor, Defense and Security Embassy of Iceland
BA in History summa cum laude from Suffolk University, Boston MA. M.St. in Military History from Oxford University. MBA from Reykjavik University.
Member of the Icelandic Foreign Service since 2005. Served as a member of the team negotiating the closure of Keflavik Naval Air Station in 2006 with DoS/DoD. Subsequently served as the Deputy Director of the Iceland Crisis Response Unit and as Middle East and UN Desk Officer at the MFA.
Field experience with UNICEF in Tajikistan (2008-09), was NATO ISAF Deputy Director for Development in early 2009 and joined UNAMA as the Political Officer and acting Head of Office in Khost Province (2009-10). Joined UNAMA Aid Coherence Unit in 2011 as the UNAMA-ISAF Liaison.
Returned to Icelandic foreign service in mid-2011 and took up current duties in Washington DC in March 2012. Designated as Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission commencing August 1st, 2014.
Erlingur is engaged to Ms. Caitlin Hayden, the National Security Council Spokesperson.
Washington Correspondent, The Guardian
Paul Lewis is the Washington Correspondent for the Guardian. He has won eleven major journalism prizes, most recently the Reporter of the Year Award for 2014. He is the co-author of Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police and has presented TV documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and Al-Jazeera. In his previous role as the Guardian’s special projects editor, Paul ran high-profile investigations and led Reading the Riots, the landmark research study into the causes and consequences of the England riots of 2011. More than half of his accolades related to the use of social media and his Twitter feed was crowned ‘Best Twitter Feed’ at the Online Media Awards.
PARTNERS & SPONSORS
7:45 AM—8:00 AM
Ana C. Rold
Editor-in-Chief, Diplomatic Courier
8:00 AM—8:35 AM
Amb. Stuart Holliday
President and CEO, Meridian International Center
8:50 AM—9:35 AM
PANEL I: CURRENT TRENDS IN DIGITAL DIPLOMACY
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
Embassy of Rwanda
Embassy of Finland
Embassy of Israel
Voice of America
9:50 AM—10:35 AM
PANEL II: CONSTRUCTIVE DISRUPTION IN DIPLOMACY
U.S. Department of State
Embassy of Italy
10:50 AM—11:45 AM
PANEL III THE DIGITAL DIPLOMACY COALITION PRESENTS: FUTURE OF DIPLOMACY: DIGITAL’S IMPACT ON AN ANCIENT ART
Embassy of Iceland
Embassy of Australia