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GDL prE-Summit, May 10 - 31, 2020

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) if you have a special interest in a session.

Further Events

Falling Walls Lab 2019: Walls in Diplomacy
Ivana Petrov presented a pitch about the importance of inclusive diplomacy
Bled Strategic Forum 2019
(Re)sources of (In)stability: GDL members hosted a Night Owl Session
GDL and the Fulbright Program
David Patrician and Juliana Figale presented "Being global citizens"
Federal Foreign Minister Maas focused on LAC
Members shaping the LAC initiative and the Forum: Future Affairs
Workshop at the World Press Freedom Day 2019
Elizabeth Maloba and Patrick Mpedzisi discussed safety of women journalists
Online Safety of Women Journalists
UNESCO, Bosch Alumni Network and GDL co-create a session at OSCE conference
European Week of Regions and Cities
Egin Ceka discussed freedom, independence and plurality of media in EaP countries
City Diplomacy for Better EU Enlargement
GDL Members pitched their ideas at the European Parliament in Brussels
Paris Peace Forum 2018
The GDL was one of 120 projects within the Space of Solutions at the first-ever Paris Peace Forum
Design Thinking for Public Policy
Uber & Co. vs. Taxis – Test driving Design Thinking in a real-world public policy challenge
Bled Strategic Forum 2018
How do we distinguish a fact from a perception or a myth? How do we bridge the divide?
Raising Awareness of Unconscious Bias
The Global Diplomacy Lab held a workshop at the UN Global Festival of Action
What will be the next wall to fall?
Elizabeth Maloba on how to fight youth unemployment at the Falling Walls Lab in Berlin
Climate Change Multi-stakeholder Diplomacy
The Global Diplomacy Lab at the German Pavilion during the COP23 in Bonn
Jasdeep Randhawa at the Climate Conference
Climate Action & Human Wellbeing at a Crossroad: Historical Transformation or Backlash?
40th Anniversary of the Brandt Commission
GDL Members pitched their visionary ideas to Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel
To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question!
The Global Diplomacy Lab at the Bled Strategic Forum 2017
Managing Diversity in a Time of Turmoil
The Global Diplomacy Lab at the Global Media Forum of Deutsche Welle in Bonn
Falling Walls Conference & Lab 2018
Tarek Alsaleh presented his pitch on how to break the Wall of Localising Aid
Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2018
Julia Kloiber and Nicola Forster represented the GDL at the Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2018
The Hague Digital Diplomacy Camp
An unconference about influence and diplomacy in a diffuse digital world
Love Out Loud GDL@re:publica 2017
Julia Kloiber speaks at re:publica about Collaboration in Civic Tech, Berlin, 8 May 2017
Open Situation Room in Bogota and Medellin
Reintegration Strategies for Internally Displaced Persons in Post-Conflict Colombia, 21 March 2017
Open Situation Room in Mumbai
Bridge over Troubled Waters: Achieving Water Security in India, 22 March 2017
Open Situation Room in Kathmandu
Technology and Community Presence to Prevent Catastrophes, 21 March 2017
Open Situation Room in Montreal
Leveraging Technology and Diplomacy: Creative Solutions to Humanitarian Crisis, 20 March 2017
Open Situation Room in Geneva
Creating Digital Trust and Engagement in Remotely Controlled Environments, 21 March 2017
Humanitarian Diplomacy Lab
A Series of Open Situation Rooms across the Globe with Pitch Night in San Francisco, March 2017
When Paul came over the Sea
Documentary #Pauloverthesea - Journal of an Encounter by GDL Member Jakob Preuss
Cities Combating Urban Poverty
HABITAT III - SODEM in partnership with GDL and FES Turkey, Quito 19 October, 2016
Webinar on Decoding Global Diplomacy
Fifth GDL Webinar Series on 29 September, 6 & 12 October
GDL Member at UN Summer Academy
United Actors Founder Susanne Salz joins UN Summer Academy in August 2016
Financing Global Education Opportunity
GDL member Amel Karboul speaks at UN General Assembly, September 2016
Embassy Lab on Future Diplomacy, Berlin 2016
GDL Side Event: Embassy Lab on Future Diplomacy, Berlin 7 October, 2016
Bled Strategic Forum, Slovenia 2016
GDL Side Event: Night Owl Session at Bled Strategic Forum, Slovenia 5 to 6 September, 2016
Strong GDL Representation at WRLF
World Responsilbe Leaders Forum of the BMW Foundation, 19 to 22 May 2016, Munich
GDL Member at Falling Walls Lab
Susanne Salz speaks at Falling Walls Lab in Berlin, November 2015
From United Nations to United Actors
GDL Side Event in New York, 12 October 2015
Global Perspectives: Journeys across Borders
First GDL Webinar Series on 27 and 29 October 2015

Florian Bankoley
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.

Cristina Gallegos
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.

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