The Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) will be part of the first-ever edition of the Paris Peace Forum, which was established at the initiative of the French President Emmanuel Macron and will take place from 11 to 13 November 2018. The Paris Peace Forum aims to bring together government officials, international organisations and representatives of civil society in order to discuss solutions to the challenges of global governance. This year’s programme includes the topics of peace and security, the environment and digitalisation.
Alongside the ‘classical’ government-driven agenda, new ground is to be broken by providing a collaborative platform. For the Space of Solutions, 120 projects from all over the world were selected to shape the politicians’ dialogue. The Global Diplomacy Lab will be on site with three of its members: Eirliani Abdul Rahman, Mome Saleem and Elsa Marie D’Silva, who will introduce the ideas behind the GDL and share their own experiences of promoting more inclusive diplomacy through their own areas of competence.
Furthermore, they will seek to bring the GDL mind-set closer to the audience by using different themes such as the prevention of urban violence, the links between inclusive planning and the concept of smart cities, and the prevention of mass atrocities. Playing out different outcomes in these scenarios, their aim will be to foster critical thinking, participatory and inclusive brainstorming, and experiential learning among the visitors to the forum.
If this has sparked your interest, you can request an invitation on the website of the Paris Peace Forum and meet us there. We look forward to seeing you!
Eirliani Abdul Rahman is co-founder of YAKIN (Youth, Adult survivors & Kin In Need), an NGO working on child rights and child protection issues, and a member of Twitter’s Safety & Trust Council. She is also Director at the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.
In 2015, she led a successful campaign of the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan entitled #FullStop to #childsexualabuse in India. Eirliani served in the Singapore Foreign Service and was posted to Delhi as Political Counsellor. Prior to that, she was in Berlin as First Secretary (Political). Before becoming a diplomat, she was a development consultant in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she worked with Harvard Business School’s Prof Michael Potter on the Kazakhstan Competitiveness Programme.
Eirliani won the 2015 BMW Foundation Responsible Young Leaders Award and is an Asian Forum on Global Governance Fellow. She writes for the Huffington Post and the India Today Group’s “DailyO” on issues concerning child online safety and child sexual abuse. She was featured in the book Majulah! 50 Years of the Malay/Muslim Community in Singapore. Eirliani edited Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s book Will for Children, a collection of essays on child labour.
An avid rock climber, Eirliani trains in Colorado and Singapore. She speaks English, German, Malay and Russian.
Mome Saleem has a strong background in global governance, peace and security, gender, diplomacy and training for conflict resolution through dialogue.
She has a keen insight into the needs of developing countries and is a well-versed and proficient public speaker in the languages of Urdu, English and Punjabi.
She has conducted training sessions on peacebuilding, transformation, conflict resolution and gender mainstreaming and media content analysis on peace and gender.
Mome Saleem is a Programme Coordinator at Heinrich Böll Foundation Islamabad, Pakistan. Before, she has worked at the think-tank “Sustainable Development Policy Institute” in Islamabad.
Her research interest focused on human security and gender as a cross-cutting theme. Mome has produced research publications on subjects with relevance to Pakistan.
She is coordinator of the Council for Women Parliamentarians.
Elsa Marie D’Silva is the founder and Managing Director of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity), a platform that crowdsources personal experiences of sexual violence and abuse in public spaces. Since Safecity started in December 2012, it has become the largest crowd map on the issue in India, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal.
Elsa Marie is an alumna of the US State Department’s Fortune Program, a fellow with Rotary Peace, Aspen New Voices and Vital Voices, and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. She is listed as one of BBC Hindi’s 100 Women. Moreover, she has won the Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award launched by Dušan Stojanović (European Angel Investor of the Year 2013) and the SheThePeople’s Digital Woman Award in Social Impact.
Prior to Safecity, she spent 20 years in the aviation industry, where she worked with Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines. In her last role in aviation, she was Vice President Network Planning.