GDL Member Ivana Petrov will have three minutes to convince the high-calibre jury at this year’s Falling Walls finale that there are walls in diplomacy – between different sectors, states and people – and that they should fall. She will present her vision in Berlin on 8 November, and a livestream will be available here.
For many years now, the Falling Walls finale and conference, which take place on 8 and 9 November each year, have provided an opportunity to bring together brilliant thinkers from a multitude of fields. Inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the historic changes that followed it, this year’s Falling Walls will celebrate the symbolic 30 year anniversary of the watershed events of 1989. To mark this occasion, 91 Falling Walls Labs were organised in 65 countries around the world and the 100 most compelling pitches were selected for Berlin, although only one will be presented at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November to 20 of the world’s leading scientists.
This all makes the Falling Walls Lab and Conference a thought-provoking hub that enables thinkers, innovators, decision-makers, scientists and entrepreneurs to reflect on their ideas for the future of our world and to share proposals on how to face contemporary challenges.
Furthermore, this year’s Falling Walls programme on 8 November also includes Falling Walls Venture, which is dedicated to the 20 most promising start ups nominated by universities and research institutions, and Falling Walls Engage, an event to showcase 20 science engagement projects that successfully tear down walls between science and the public.
Ivana is a Freelance Project Manager and an Elected Advisory Council Member of the Global Diplomacy Lab. She is an experienced professional with a proven track record of working in public administration and civil society. She worked for the Government of the Republic of Serbia as Communications Officer to the Head of the Negotiating Team for the Accession of Serbia to the European Union. Prior to that, she was Public Relations and Project Manager at the European Movement in Serbia. She also led the media team of the international conference Belgrade Security Forum.
Through the Fellowship Programme for Young Government Officials from Western Balkans, organised by the European Fund for the Balkans, she served as an exchange officer in the Training for International Diplomats section at the German Federal Foreign Office in 2015.
She is a graduate of the Hertie School of Governance (Executive Master of Public Administration) in Berlin, the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade, and the Diplomatic Academy of Serbia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.