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GDL Virtual Session, 20 January 2017

With Dean Ruprecht Polenz and Diego Osorio (moderator).

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Dean: Ruprecht Polenz

Ruprecht Polenz was a member of the German Parliament from 1994 to 2013 as representant of the City of Muenster. He was the Chairman of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2013. He is currently special envoy of the German Government for the negotiations between Germany and Namibia about the colonial past.  The focal points of his work are foreign and security policy, with regional emphasis on the Middle East, in particular Iran and Turkey and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is following the political effects of Islam both in this region and beyond with particular interest. Good transatlantic relations with the USA are especially important to him. Polenz became senior member of the CDU party on April 10, 2000 under the presidency of Angela Merkel. From April to November 2000, he was the Secretary-General of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Ruprecht Polenz holds a number of voluntary positions: President of the German Association for East European Studies (DGO), German Co-Dean of the Turkish-Europe-Future-Forum (a common Enterprise of the Mercator-Foundation and TÜSIAD), Senior Adviser to the Bosch-Alumni-Program with the USA, member of the board of trustees of Grünhelme e.V. (“Green Helmets”, a humanitarian agency), member of the board of trustees of Münster University of Applied Sciences, member of the advisory council of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Diego Osorio

Diego Osorio is the Head of Resource Mobilisation Partnerships at CCAFS-CGIAR. He is a PhD Candidate at Utrecht University and former Canadian diplomat. He has 23 years of public administration and international experience covering the UN, NATO, World Bank, Canadian diplomacy and private sector ventures.


Diego has worked globally in the fields of political diplomacy, economic cooperation, climate change and adaption policy, as well as institutional/social reconstruction, civil-military coordination and humanitarian assistance. His numerous field missions have taken him across the world, to countries including Afghanistan, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Indonesia (Banda Aceh), Iraq, the Central African Republic, Jordan, Kosovo, Liberia, Pakistan, and Timor Leste.


He previously served as Senior Peacekeeping Officer (2006) and as Senior Advisor on Mediation, Negotiation and Peace Processes (2019) at Global Affairs Canada. He is also an Associate Fellow of both the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the Université de Quebec à Montreal (UQAM) and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. Diego has lectured on humanitarian action, governance design, the humanitarian-development nexus, reconciliation and mediation, post-conflict recovery, political economy, complexity and economic geography, and urban conflict at universities in Canada and abroad. He also works on co-creation and human design methodologies.

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Find out more about his work here. Also read about his engagement here.

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