Latest News from the Diplomatic Council

DC launches Global Public Diplomacy Forum

Dr. Gerlinde Manz-Christ is named new Chairwoman of the DC Global Public Diplomacy Forum. Dr. Gerlinde Manz-Christ studied law and interpreting for English and Spanish at the University of Innsbruck, completing her research with a Dr.iur. degree. This is followed by studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the Escuela Diplomática of Madrid and the University of Oslo.

After working for many years as an Austrian career diplomat, then as the Head of International Communications and Government Spokesperson for the Principality of Liechtenstein, Dr. Gerlinde Manz-Christ now passionately devotes herself to business and public diplomacy, combining the art of diplomacy with successful business. She advises businesses, governments, and organizations in strategic and diplomatic communication, and Public Diplomacy.

DC starts Global Social Entrepreneurship Forum

At the DC Executive Club, the Diplomatic Council will launch its Global Social Entrepreneurship Forum headed by Chairman Manuel Kreitmeir, social entrepreneur and philanthropist. Social entrepreneurs employ business processes and methods to solve social problems. This may sound like a contradiction at first, but has a long tradition in fact. Henri Dunant is surely considered a social entrepreneur. Together with four other citizens, he founded the a committee, which later became the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Canadian Specialist Hospital Dubai “DC Certified”

Congratulations to Canadian Specialist Hospital Dubai on passing the DC partner´s Temos “Excellence in Medical Tourism” and “Quality in International Patient Care” quality programs and becoming a “DC Preferred Partner” and corporate member of the Diplomatic Council.

The certification is in line with the Diplomatic Councils expanding activities in Dubai. In the first step, a DC Mission in Dubai was established, inviting regularly to DC Dubai Dinner receptions (next: March 8, this time about the financial industry).

DC Chairwoman Annika von Redwitz & DC Secretary General HangNguyen

DC starts DC Diversity Program

One of the objectives of the Diplomatic Council is to contribute the power of diplomacy for peace everywhere on earth. Worldwide cooperation is a key instrument which may help in solving international problems on any level: economical, social, cultural or humanitarian. The respect of human rights without differentiation in races, gender or religion should be cultivated and strengthened.

Activities in the area of diversity and inclusion can help achieving the aims described above. For this purpose, the DC Diversity Program was established under the leadership of Chairwoman Annika von Redwitz.

DC Executive Club prior to the DC Gala

Prior to the evening gala with all its festive programs, DC Executives gather early in the afternoon at the DC Executive Club (gold and silver members). The Executive Club provides a platform for DC leaders to get to know each other, in particular the “long-established” and the “new” members and at the same time learn more about new DC forums, initiatives and programs. The following topics are dealt with:

14:10 The US economy under the Trump Administration
14:30 Turkey’s political development and its economical impacts
14:50 Diversity: chances and challenges for the economy
15:20 Public Diplomacy: winning gently – with diplomacy
15:40 Coffee Break
16:20 Social Entrepreneurship: doing good while doing business
16:40 Introducing the DC Project Management Award
16:50 Introducing the DC Information Society Prize and the nominated projects
17:00 Wrap Up

Albert Frantz & Hang Nguyen

Albert Frantz at DC Gala 2017

At the DC Gala, DC members and guests will have the opportunity to listen to Albert Frantz who began piano studies at the unusual age of 17—years after a childhood. Albert is the first pianist to be awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Vienna in nearly a decade.

Diplomatic Council

The Diplomatic Council (DC) is a United Nations (UN) accredited, global Think Tank founded with the objective to serve as a bridge between diplomacy, economy and society.

A thriving economy bringing prosperity to mankind is one of the best guarantors for peace. As members the Diplomatic Council welcomes not solely representatives of the diplomatic or consular corps but also personalities from industry, politics, society, culture and sports. The DC network encompasses more than 5000 personalities worldwide.

The main aim of the Diplomatic Council is to contribute the combined power of diplomacy and business for peace everywhere on earth. Worldwide cooperation is the only instrument which may help in solving international problems on any level: economical, social, cultural or humanitarian.

The Diplomatic Council is a United Nations registered Civil Society Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and shall follow the principles of the charter of the United Nations Organization. The respect of human rights and fundamental freedom of people without differentiation in races, gender or religion should be cultivated and strengthened. The Diplomatic Council belongs to the “integrated Civil Society Organizations” (iCSO) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) which is responsible for the interaction between civil society organizations like the Diplomatic Council and the United Nations Organization.