Given the current COVID-19 pandemic the GDL 2020 Summit, celebrating GDL's 5th anniversary, has been rescheduled to take place next year. With the topics and goals of the Summit - namely finding innovative approaches to global challenges - being highly relevant, GDL members from around the world will be meeting online in a virtual prE-Summit from May 10 - 31, 2020.
You find the programme, curated by the Summit Working Group, below.
Please note that all times are in CEST. You can use your arrow keys to view the different weekly schedules.
Three fishbowls that correspond to the three themes of the prE-Summit - Partnership for the SDGs, Global Leadership and Security - as well as the GDL Talks that preceed them are made to connect a wider network.
GDL Talks and Fishbowl: 1+1=17? Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals
May 13th, 3.30 - 5.30 pm (CEST)
The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outline a vision for a better world. In order to reach these ambitious goals within the next 10 years, government, civil society, business, academia and other stakeholders need to collaborate. This fishbowl session will be kicked off by two GDL Talks and analyse how partnerships can support the achievement of the SDGs.
GDL Talks and Fishbowl: How do we lead in the 21st century?
May 22nd, 3 - 5 pm (CEST)
Florian Bankoley, a Robert Bosch Business Executive, and Cristina Gallegos, founder and CEO of Skylarx, an international consulting firm focused on social impact and global change, will share their keys to global leadership, given their vast experience in business management, strategy, social impact, and technology. The COIVD-19 pandemic has demonstrated the all-encompassing nature of diplomacy. Therefore, in this interactive session, we will tackle the future of diplomacy by engaging with global leaders who will share unique insights and perspectives from business management and social impact strategies.
GDL Talks and Fishbowl: Security Mission: Global Vision
May 27th, 3.30 - 5.30 pm (CEST)
Security should no longer be thought as military, weapons, terrorism or closed borders. Nowadays, we have security threats that are beyond human reach. These threats no longer have a single solution nor a single country can fully address them. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was unimaginable that nations would have to act in close collaboration and with a common goal to provide food security, access to water, a clean environment and a health system to close the breach of inequality. In a fishbowl setting we aim at understanding new security threats that are global and need new ways of cooperation.
Please reach out to secretariat(at)global-diplomacy-lab.org if you have a special interest in a session.
Florian Bankoley was born in Germany but spent his early years in Togo, West Africa, before returning to Germany at the age of eight. Ever since he has enjoyed immersing himself in different cultures and societies, enriching his perception and understanding of the world.
His studies and later work assignments have taken him to different European countries such as France, the UK and Sweden, and across the oceans to the USA, India, China and Indonesia.
After graduating from the ESCP Europe with a Master’s degree in Management, he joined Robert Bosch where he has held a range of positions. He is now head of IT for the automotive business area of Bosch, the largest domain in the group responsible for half of total revenue. In his spare time he loves to spend time with his family, and if time permits to read and exercise.
A strategist for the social sector and an expert on global change and philanthropy, Cristina Gallegos builds convergence towards people + planet + profit for foundations and businesses, strengthening brands through the power of well-applied purpose. A social entrepreneur, Cristina Gallegos has founded six businesses and has 30 years of experience in the field, 20 of which as an advisor to ultra-high-net-worth families and the non-profits they care about.
She is the CEO of Skylarx, a Triple Bottom Line, Los Angeles-based consulting firm with a presence in Denver, Brussels and Estonia, working to align public, philanthropic, and business efforts to strengthen the global society and the people who make it great. Skylarx works on projects targeting board growth, strategic planning, executive coaching, fundraising strategies, and merging business models with charity models. A lot of Cristina’s work tackles systems overhaul and grand challenges – from digitisation to inequality, the future of work, future of learning, financial sustainability, AI, the environment and democracy.