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GDL and the Fulbright Program - Being Global Citizens

The German-American Fulbright Commission, based in Berlin, recently hosted 90 German university and technical college students preparing for a summer exchange in the US. One part of their weekend programme included an introduction to the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL).
After a short introduction from GDL’s Senior Project Manager, Juliana Figale, Fulbright alumnus and GDL member David Patrician talked about his experiences as both a Fulbrighter and a GDL member. David came to Germany on a Fulbright Journalist Exchange and has been working in German media for the past ten years.

The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, reason, and compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the likelihood that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship. It gives thousands of young students, scholars, and teachers the chance to study and work in other countries. GDL takes this philosophy one step further, bringing together creative professionals from various fields with the goal of exploring new methods of communication, building mutual trust and implementing an agenda for collective action.

We wish all Fulbrighters a great time in the US and every success as they begin their journey as global citizens.

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Juliana Figale

Juliana Figale is senior project manager at the Global Diplomacy Lab’s secretariat, which she has been co-creating since 2014. In her daily work, she is passionate about drawing up ideas and playing with diverse possibilities of implementation.

She also greatly enjoys collaborating with a worldwide community of talented professionals from various sectors. Intercultural consensus-building particularly fascinates her – something she has gained from her Brazilian-German identity. Prior to the Global Diplomacy Lab, she worked for Training for International Diplomats of the Federal Foreign Office, conceptualizing and implementing the First Regional Meeting for the Americas and the Caribbean.

Juliana completed her PhD coursework at the Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought division of the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Focusing on political philosophy, she writes about an ethics that is actualized in language and body. Juliana is an alumna of the Managing Global Governance Program of the German Development Institute and of the Federal Foreign Office’s Training for International Diplomats program.

Before moving to Berlin in 2011, she completed an MA in Public Policy at the Getulio Vargas Foundation and a BA in Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. As a researcher at FGV, she advised, among others, the Brazilian Presidency and the Brazilian Ministry of Culture. She is co-founder of Saravia Institute, a Brazilian think-tank that works in the field of public policy and governance.
Juliana is keen on discovering her surroundings by bike, on foot and in yoga positions, and she is intrigued by encounters with the uncanny where it appears too close to be witnessed.

 

 

David Patrician

David Patrician is a freelance journalist.

In 2006, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and came to Germany on a journalist exchange. Some of his assignments included being embedded with the German Bundeswehr in Afghanistan, as well as hosting some special reports for WDR, Radio Bremen, Deutsche Welle, Newsweek and Delta Radio (a weekly radio show entirely in German).

Prior to this, he was a radio and news producer for the Voice of America in Washington, DC. David graduated from the University of Maryland with a double degree in government and politics, and did some of his master’s degree at Georgetown University.

In addition, he has also moderated several international conferences, including the Water Act Summit in Paris prior to COP 21.

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Find out more about his work on our blog.

David Patrician

David Patrician is a freelance journalist.

In 2006, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and came to Germany on a journalist exchange. Some of his assignments included being embedded with the German Bundeswehr in Afghanistan, as well as hosting some special reports for WDR, Radio Bremen, Deutsche Welle, Newsweek and Delta Radio (a weekly radio show entirely in German).

Prior to this, he was a radio and news producer for the Voice of America in Washington, DC. David graduated from the University of Maryland with a double degree in government and politics, and did some of his master’s degree at Georgetown University.

In addition, he has also moderated several international conferences, including the Water Act Summit in Paris prior to COP 21.

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Find out more about his work on our blog.

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