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Strong GDL Representation at WRLF

The GDL was strongly represented at this year’s 5th World Responsible Leaders Forum of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt.

At the Open Space facilitated by Impact Hub, the Responsible Leaders were invited to collaborate around solutions and initiatives. Juliane Figale from the GDL Secretariat and GDL member Imran Simmins pitched for the Global Diplomacy Lab and discussed its concept with other participants.
Other GDL members took part in Thematic Sessions (Website of BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt):  

Mome Saleem:
Session 7: The Paris Climate Agreement – Implementing the Breakthrough

Amel Karboul and Ivana Ponjavic:
Session 12: Funding Mechanisms for NGOs in Transformation Countries – Curse or Blessing?

Furthermore, GDL member Eirliani Abdul Rahman spoke at dinner to introduce the work and campaign of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi.

Further Events

European Week of Regions and Cities
Egin Ceka discusses freedom, independence and plurality of media in EaP countries
City Diplomacy for Better EU Enlargement
GDL Members pitch their ideas at the European Parliament in Brussels on 11 October 2018
Paris Peace Forum from 11 to 13 November
The GDL will be 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?
Falling Walls Conference & Lab 2018
Which will be the next walls to fall? Join Tarek Alsaleh at this year's Falling Walls Conference
Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2018
Julia Kloiber and Nicola Forster represented the GDL at the Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2018
Raising Awareness of Unconscious Bias
Global Diplomacy Lab at the UN Global Festival of Action, Bonn, 21 to 23 April 2018
The Hague Digital Diplomacy Camp
An unconference about influence and diplomacy in a diffuse digital world
What will be the next wall to fall?
Elizabeth Maloba on youth unemployment at the Falling Walls Lab in Berlin, 8 Nov 2017
Climate Change Multi-stakeholder Diplomacy
Global Diplomacy Lab at the German Pavilion during the COP23 in Bonn, 16 Nov, 3 p.m.
Jasdeep Randhawa at the climate conference
Climate Action & Human Wellbeing at a Crossroads, Bonn, Sunday 5 November
40th Anniversary of the Brandt Commission
GDL Members pitch their ideas to Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Berlin, 31 August 2017
To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question!
Global Diplomacy Lab at the Bled Strategic Forum, 4 to 5 September 2017, Slovenia
Managing Diversity in a Time of Turmoil
Global Diplomacy Lab at Global Media Forum of Deutsche Welle, Bonn, 18 to 21 June 2017
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
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

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.



Imran Simmins

Imran is a South African diplomat in the process of completing his MA in International Relations and World Order through the University of Leicester online, with a focus on the impact that Technology is having on International Relations. He is currently an official in South Africa's Foreign Ministry, covering issues related to South Africa's position on science and technology in a multilateral organisation such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). Prior to this, he served as First Secretary (Political) at the Embassy of South Africa in Berlin, Germany, from 2014 to 2017.

Since January 2005, he previously served as Desk Officer for the National Office for Coordination of Peace Missions, as well as on the USA Political Bilateral Desk.

He served his first diplomatic posting as First Secreatry (Political) at the South African Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe, from June 2007 to July 2011, where he dealt with a range of issues from serving on the secretariat of the South African Mediation Team to dealing with the land issues in Zimbabwe as it affected South Africa.

Throughout his teenage years he took up various leadership positions as a student activist in organisations that stood up against apartheid and any other forms of injustice. To this day, he holds and maintains these values.

Mome Saleem

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.


Amel Karboul

Amel Karboul is Secretary-General of the Maghreb Economic Forum (MEF) and Commissioner of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity.

Amel is a social activist, entrepreneur, author and politician.

She holds an honours Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, and a Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring from Oxford Brookes University, UK.

She has previously held leadership roles in DaimlerChrysler and senior consultant roles at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Visiting professor at DukeCE.

She served as Minister of Tourism in the Tunisian transitional government until February 2015 and was nominated as one of ten leading young African politicians (Jeune Afrique).

She recently published her latest book “Coffin Corner”, which describes a new leadership culture suited to the complexity and dynamics of the 21st century.


Ivana Ponjavic

Ivana Ponjavic studies Executive Master of Public Administration at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin since September 2016. She has been Communications Officer of the Head of the Negotiating team for accession of Serbia to the European Union since 2013.

From 2007 until 2013, she worked as Public Relations and Project Manager at the European Movement in Serbia. She led the media team of the international conference Belgrade Security Forum from 2010 to 2013.

As a participant of the “Fellowship Programme for Young Government Officials from Western Balkans”, organised by the European Fund for the Balkans, she was an exchange civil servant of the Training for International Diplomats department at the German Federal Foreign Office in 2015.

She is a graduate of the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade and of the Diplomatic Academy at Serbia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Eirliani Abdul Rahman

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.  


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