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rE-Connect Barcamps, June 6 and 7 2021

During the GDL rE-Connect from June 5-9 2021, GDL members used the opportunity to delve into topics they are passionate about. Showing what they have accomplished on a topic, gathering new ideas to move forward or approaching an issue innovatively.

Read more about each of the barcamp sessions below.

Feminist Futures

Members of the cross-network gender alliance led a discussion on how to accelerate gender equality. One of the main points of agreement: we need care and inclusiveness in order to move to a more equitable and sustainable world after COVID-19. For the field of diplomacy this means, that we have to rethink how we train professionals of diplomacy and most importantly, we have to imagine new kinds of leadership.

Foreign Policy for Sustainability

What role should the GDL take on in the field of sustainable foreign policy? Which approach should the GDL’s Sustainability Strategy pursue further or more actively? This barcamp session with Sabrina Schulz shared GDL’s Sustainability Statement and collected input on these questions.


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Society is becoming increasingly digitalised and interconnected, with computers and algorithms mediating much of people’s daily activity in one way or another. GDL members Amy Coughenour Betancourt, Gaurav Sharma and Florian Bankoley explored Data, Digitisation and Democracy in their discussion. They explored opportunities as well as challenges created by the integration of digital technologies into society.


Further Events

GDL @ COP26, Nov 8
The German Pavilion hosts a GDL discussion on international climate diplomacy.
Falling Walls Science Summit, Nov 7 to 9
GDL member Volkan wants to break the walls of old-school trade diplomacy
Bled Strategic Forum, Aug 30 to Sep 2
GDL members Elif and Burak address the "Future of Europe"
rE-Connect amidst the pandemic, June 5 to 9
The GDL community met online to connect, collaborate and co-create.
Multilateralism Deconstructed
Three discussions examining status quo, vulnerabilities and opportunities.
Book Launch, January 29 at 3.30 pm
A compendium of essays has been published on the topic of the demographic dividend.
21st Foreign Policy Conference
GDL and the Boell Foundation cooperate on the occasion of the 21st Foreign Policy Conference.
European Diplomatic Programme
GDL members have trained young diplomats in communication, mediation and leadership
Bled Strategic Forum, August 31, 2020
GDL members host a virtual session on city diplomacy and the future of multilateralism
Gender Alliance Summit, August 26-28
Three days of interactive online sessions bringing together feminist across networks
Online GDL prE-Summit, May 10-30, 2020
A series of virtual formats bridging the waiting time for in person meetings in the GDL community
Envisioning the World of the Future
Three scenarios of global power balance in the post-COVID-19 world in 2030
1+1=17? Partnerships for the SDGs
What constitutes a strong partnership when what you reach for is a better world?
Global Leadership in the 21st Century
"Leadership is a matter of constant preparation and an exercise in day-to-day decisions"
Security Mission: Global Vision
A virtual fishbowl aimed at understanding global security threats requiring new ways of cooperation.
Inspiring Labs - then what?
GDL members, hosts and partners discuss how to move further with past Labs.
Co-creation - GDL in Action
At the prE-Summit GDL members started collaborative projects on three themes.
And now, what’s next?
A preview of the forthcoming regional GDL Labs in 2021.
City Diplomacy and the Future of Diplomacy
What role could city diplomacy play for the future of multilateralism?
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
GDL members shaped the LAC initiative and the Future Affairs Berlin 2019
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
GDL selected for the first Paris Peace Forum
The GDL was one of 120 projects within the Space of Solutions at the 2018 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
Decoding Global Diplomacy
Fifth GDL Digital Series on 29 September, 6 & 12 October
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
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
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

Sabrina Schulz

Sabrina Schulz is the Executive Director of SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) Germany. She is an expert on climate, energy and biodiversity issues, climate diplomacy, and sustainable finance & economy. Sabrina also works as a lecturer, moderator and facilitator. In addition, she is the Chairwoman of the Board of econnext, a holding investing in sustainable and impact-oriented start-ups.

Between 2018 and 2020 Sabrina served as Head of the Berlin office at KfW, Germany’s national promotional and international development bank where she represented the interests of KfW Group in the political arena. Previously, from 2012 to 2018, she was the Director of the Berlin office at E3G‑Third Generation Environmentalism, an international non-profit climate and energy think tank. Before that, Sabrina worked in various policy capacities for think tanks and consultancies in Germany, the UK, the US and Canada. From 2009 to 2011, she was a Policy Advisor on climate and energy to the British High Commission in Canada and led a project on climate security.

Sabrina holds an MA in Public Policy and Management from the University of Potsdam, for which she also studied at the University of Konstanz and the Université catholique de Louvain, as well as an MA in International Politics and a PhD from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth in the United Kingdom.

She is an environmentalist, an internationalist and a yogini and volunteers as a Policy Fellow at 'Das Progressive Zentrum' in Berlin.


Amy Coughenour Betancourt

Amy Coughenour Betancourt is a results-oriented social sector leader with a track record of starting, leading and growing social impact organisations and bold new initiatives to empower vulnerable people and communities around the world. 

Coughenour Betancourt is the Chief Executive Officer of Cadasta Foundation, a non-profit organisation in Washington, DC founded in 2015 that uses innovative technologies and services to advance land and resource rights globally. 

Prior to joining Cadasta in June 2018, Coughenour was the COO at the National Cooperative Business Association, CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) for nearly 7 years, leading a team of over 850 implementing food security, agriculture, and resilience projects in 20 countries. As Deputy Executive Director of the Pan American Development Foundation for 9 years, Coughenour led programmes and business development in over 25 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean working on remittances for development, community-led development, human rights, education, and other areas of human and economic development in the region.

She was the Deputy Director of the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for 4.5 years, where she was editor of several policy publication series, managed operations and business development, and led innovative policy leadership initiatives on the Caribbean. After leaving CSIS, she served for 8 years as a CSIS Adjunct Fellow. 

Coughenour holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a B.A. in German from Central College in Pella, Iowa. She spent a year on a teaching Fulbright scholarship in Germany; lived and worked in Mexico, Austria, Costa Rica and Germany.

She has served on the board of Interaction since 2016 and is on Interaction’s Executive Committee. She is also on the board of Manna Food Center, a community organisation in Maryland focused on combating food insecurity and ensuring access to food for all.

Gaurav Sharma
Gaurav Sharma is currently advisor for Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in India and an affiliate to The Future Society. He previously worked as an independent consultant and policy advisor with institutions such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). He is also a facilitator for the “Youth Climate Leaders” (YCL) in South Asia and the founder of the Indo-Swiss Future Leaders Forum (ISFLF).

Gaurav Sharma is a member of the Executive Committee of the Indo-German Young Leaders Forum (IGYLF) for a Responsible Future and was the DAAD – Young Ambassador of India for the year 2018 - 2019. He was the recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship for year 2015-2016, funded by the Alexander von-Humboldt Foundation, for his year as a Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Asia Division in Berlin. He has also received a Crans Montana Forum Young Leaders award. Gaurav Sharma served as a Programme Manager at India’s top think-tank, the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and at Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi. He was the Political Advisor at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi, from 2012 to 2015. He worked as an IT Engineer for 7 years in his previous incarnation, with Infosys, Merill Lynch, the Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ) and the United Bank of Switzerland (UBS).

Gaurav is one of the members who successfully participated in the Transforming Leadership Lab implemented by the Global Leadership Academy and the Asian Development Bank.


In an article for the GDL Blog Gaurav shares his experience of a two-part Strategic Foresight journey. He previously also discussed the role of the G20 and the positive impacts of Covid-19.


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.

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