The forum discusses the future of diplomacy from the perspectives of top ranking diplomats, social media experts, and business leaders. As per the New York Times: traditional forms of diplomacy still dominate, but 21st Century statecraft is not mere corporate rebranding—swapping tweets for broadcasts. It represents a shift in form and in strategy—a way to amplify traditional diplomatic efforts, develop tech-based policy solutions and encourage cyber activism. In the past, conversations would occur in quiet settings involving mostly government officials and policy elites. Now exchanges are out in the open, with newly empowered citizens offering their views and hoping for a genuine dialogue.

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SPEAKERS

ANA C. ROLD

ANA C. ROLD

Editor-in-Chief, The Diplomatic Courier

Bio

Ana C. Rold is the Founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the Diplomatic Courier, a global affairs mag- azine. Mrs. Rold is also one of the founders of a corporate publishing firm, Medauras Global LLC, which provides business leaders with reports on the political and economic situation of countries around the world, specializing on conflict-prone or conflict-afflicted countries.

AMBASSADOR PAULA J. DOBRIANSKY

AMBASSADOR PAULA J. DOBRIANSKY

Senior Fellow, Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center

Bio

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Previously, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs from 2010 to 2012 at Thomson Reuters. She also held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy. From 2001-2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs; and in February 2007, she was appointed the President’s Special Envoy on Northern Ireland.

JOSHUA FOUST

JOSHUA FOUST

Washington, DC-Based Freelance Journalist

Bio

Joshua Foust is a writer and analyst with a broad background in counterterrorism and foreign pol- icy. He ended a research fellowship with the American Security Project, a non-partisan think tank founded by John Kerry and Chuck Hagel. Before that fellowship, he was a senior intelligence analyst for the U.S. military, a civilian adviser to the U.S. military in Afghanistan, a political analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Yemen, and the in-house futurist for the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command.

DAVID DARG

DAVID DARG

Co-Founder, Social News Platform RYOT.org

Bio

David Darg is co-founder of RYOT.org and VP of International Operations at Operation Blessing. One of Esquire Magazine’s “2012 Americans of the Year,” David spent the last decade as a first responder and frontline contributor for Reuters, the BBC and CNN, covering some of the world’s largest natural disasters and wars. As a filmmaker, David has won numerous awards including a Spe- cial Jury Mention at the 2012 Tribeca film festival as Co-Director of Baseball in the Time of Cholera.

MARY KANE

MARY KANE

President and CEO, Sister Cities International

Bio
EVAN KRAUS

EVAN KRAUS

Executive Director, Digital Strategy, APCO Worldwide

Bio

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 cli- ents leverage the online channel to shape their reputation and influence issue environments. Mr. Kraus spearheaded the development of Digital VigilanceTM, APCO’s proprietary, Internet-based on- line monitoring, analysis and response process; and AIMTM, APCO’s proprietary online outreach, communication and mobilization toolkit.

ANN TRAN

ANN TRAN

Forbes’ 2013 Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers

Bio

Ann’s swift rise to prominence across social media platforms can be attributed to her entrepreneurial drive that is tempered by her gentle spirit, generosity and down-to-earth charm. She currently helps several high-profile clients create brand awareness and foster brand loyalty, as well as enabling their online presence to reach new heights with her innovative social media campaigns. Most recently, Forbes’ Haydn Shaughnessy named Ann as one of 2013’s Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers.

AGENDA

WELCOME

Ana C. Rold

Editor-in-Chief, Diplomatic Courier

KEYNOTE REMARKS

Her Excellency Paula J. Dobriansky

Senior Fellow, Harvard University's JFK Belfer Center

MODERATOR

Joshua Foust

Washington, DC-Based Freelance Journalist, Former Senior Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Government

PANELISTS

David Darg

Co-Founder, Social News Platform RYOT.org

Mary Kane

President and CEO, Sister Cities International

Evan Kraus

Executive Director, Digital Strategy, APCO Worldwide

Ann Tran

Forbes’ 2013 Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers

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