VIP Travel Services for DC Members

The Diplomatic Council Corporate Member Alice Travel offers a full range of VIP travel services for Diplomatic Council members. This includes VIP services for arrival, departure and transfer at about 800 airports.


DC Business Ambassador Sascha Zilger becomes VP of 10 bil Dollar Swiss Fonds

DC Business Ambassador Sascha Zilger has been appointed Vice President of a 10 bil dollar Swiss fonds named Arcofund.

Each day, developed markets analysts publish hundreds of reports; from sector overviews to individual company profiles. It could take an investor week to read all of the reports released in a day and so many go unread. In order to take an advantage over other market participants Sascha Zilger´s Fonds has developed a platform that accesses hundreds of thousands of most relevant sources in a matter of seconds and analyses about 300’000 financial reports and statements for over 10’000 stocks daily.

Target groups are High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI), means individuals with more than 1 Million US Dollar of investable assets. According to current studies, there are 12 Million HNWI´s worldwide. Altogether they own more than 46,2 Billion investable money. Most HNWIs, namely 3,7 Million, are residents in the Asia-Pacific area and North America.

Protecting our children

The Diplomatic Council Safer Internet for Children Initiative was founded 5 years ago building on the White IT Alliance which is a project launched by the State of Lower Saxony. White IT came into being 8 years ago and is a unique worldwide alliance of over 80 different actors from politics, industry, law enforcement authorities, trade unions, associations, victim protection authorities, science and public administration.

On the occasion of the Diplomatic Council side event at Geneva Peace Week, DC Commissioner for UN Affairs and Chairman of the DC Safer Internet for Children Initiative, Thorsten Nowak, alerted to the danger of the globally increasing sexual abuse against children. The primary objective is to protect the children so a strategy has been developed in order to combat sexual violence against children which consists of legal, preventive and technical actions as well as victim support and therapy for offenders.

Alarming Studies

It is not an easy task. Studies have revealed the following frightening challenges:

  • 1-4% of the male population shows paedophiliac tendencies
  • 50% of the consumption of material showing child abuse is beyond social control
  • Every second child has a sexual incident while growing-up
  • Conclusion: 2,5 million paedophile are active in European companies!

These figures presented at Geneva Peace Week clearly show that child abuse should not only concern politics or society but also companies bear responsibility and cannot ignore these threats. Almost 50% of all child pornographic material is consumed beyond any social control.

A wide range of countermeasures

One of the most effective countermeasure is to strengthen children, teaching them to assess dangerous situations and to say “No”. To this end, White IT has created educational booklets branded with the „Diplomatic Council High Education Value“ seal of which more than 4 million copies have been distributed to kindergartens, schools, child aid associations, the Red Cross, etc. A virtual reality App is available for children and teenagers. Further opportunities to raise awareness are at UN conferences in New York, Geneva and Vienna, at police congresses, EU briefings, medical conferences, children’s sport events.

European Police Congress 2018

At the upcoming Police Congress scheduled for February 2018, the Diplomatic Council will be present to raise awareness for the importance of child protection through prevention.


Millions of people live their lives with strict limitations and are not able to participate in the progress made through modern technology because of their disability. They are handicapped because they sit in a wheelchair, are blind or physically or mentally disabled.

The Diplomatic Council is devoted to making a contribution to improve the living conditions for these people by using modern technology and providing them access to these technologies. The smartphone has increasingly become a central switching point for all areas of life, both private and professional.

To this end, the Diplomatic Council and DC corporate member Imperium Apps have launched a new initiative to provide:

Accessibility through the use of cognitive technologies

DC member Perjan Duro has developed an app for smartphones that enables visually impaired people to regulate their financial transactions. This initiative will be useful for over 30 millions visually impaired people in Europe and more than 43 millions in the USA. It was jointly developed by the DC Global IT forum under the chairship of Thomas J. Graebe and Gabriele Becker.

Born in Albania, Perjan Duro has always dreamed of using technology to improve people’s lives. For the time being, he has identified an area which affects at least 73 million people in Europe and North America: FinTech for visually impaired people. Until now, there is no online banking app that is really barrier free and applicable for the persons concerned. The apps currently available include too many options, too many features whereof only a small part is optimized.

Accessibility First

For the reasons mentioned, FinFreund has been developed which represents the first banking App for visually impaired people. Each butting, each view and each functionality has been designed and created for visually impaired people right from the start focusing on “Accessibility First”. The software supports more than 3.100 sources of financing in Germany and Austria und works with almost all bank accounts:

Banking Apps are mainly used for:
– Checking account balance
– Transferring money
– Retrieving information

In oder to provide a scaleable and smart service, the software is equipped with artificial intelligent: IBM Watson with the IBM Bluemix Platform.

Innovative Bank Transfers

The best solution for a bank transfer, which visually impaired people can also handle, is to take a picture of the invoice, process the data and finish the transfer. Indeed, the market already offers such solutions, however, these only work in case all data of the invoice are captured and keyed in. This is difficult for visually impaired persons. FinFreund is able to recognize the complete invoice though its lens and analyze it automatically.

Artificial Intelligence

The App also uses Watson Computer Vision & OpenCV in order to recognize the corners of the document and, if necessary, to give instructions whether the document needs to be moved. Once the complete invoice is captured in the lens, a picture can be taken. It is uploaded, the data being processed and the transfer being prepared. The data can be reviewed before confirming the transaction.

Banking Concierge

Equally helpful is the „Banking Concierge“ – a customer service based on artificial intelligence which accepts requests and questions via voice command and also returns answers the same way.

At present, the FinFreund App is available in the EU and USA using the same security protocols as banks. The bank data are not stored on the servers of the providers. The bank connections are supplied by the same provider who is in charge of the multi-banking functionality of the Deutsche Bank.

DC member Imperium App offers this barrier-free app in its basic version free of charge for Android and IOS.

DC presents at Geneva Peace Week

A delegation of six Diplomatic Council members attended the Geneva Peace Week on the occasion of a Diplomatic Council side event at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva. This year, Geneva Peace Week focused on the theme “prevention of violent conflicts” and pursues the guideline of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who prefers „Diplomacy for Peace“ over the military efforts of the blue helmets.

During this peace conference, the Diplomatic Council also participated in several panels dealing with topics such as „trends in peace mediation and conflict prevention“, „what next in peacebuilding“ and „Sustaining peace in the city“, „business and peace“, „a digital Geneva Convention“ and „Trends on water and peace“. The Diplomatic Council pursues in particular two approaches to achieve peace: diplomacy for peace and economic prosperity as a basis for well-being and peace.

Members of the Diplomatic Council believe that actions built on sustainability and responsibility represent a crucial basis for the welfare of the community and the social peace in a region or country.

At the same time, it is important to be prepared for hybrid conflicts as well as micro conflicts. In many cases, several conflicts are related and overlaid by micro conflicts and we need a peaceful solution with brings together three, four or even five conflict parties. At present, hybrid conflicts can be observed in South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. A typical European example would be Ukraine with a conflict that involves the Ukrainian people, Russia, the EU and further “players” in the background. The significance of the economic environment became evident at Geneva Peace Week when the following statement was made: “Imagine a company investment of 2 billion Euro in a country or region with a 5 billion Euro GDP and it becomes clear: this changes everything!” The conclusion is that the main factors for the conflicts in Africa are a result of the economy. In most parts of the continent, people live in absolute poverty: this provides a breeding ground for terrorists groups. Hybrid conflicts are much harder to solve than normal ones because the “problem solver” may do more harm than good. Hence, managing risks for conflict solving experiences an unprecedented importance.

At its side event, the Diplomatic Council focused on the three following topics that do have global impacts:

The following speakers and topics are presented::

  • DC Business Ambassador Jamal Qaiser, DC Commissioner for UN Affairs: DC Peace Strategy – How to mitigate conflicts if there is no quick solution
  • Thorsten Nowak, Chairman DC Safer Internet for Children: Crime prevention through collaboration between governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • Dr. Klaus-Ulrich Moeller, DC Commissioner for UN Affairs: The DC Code of Trusted Public Communication. How communication prevents crime and hate and contributes to peace.

The Diplomatic Council has come to the following conclusion:

We seem to be preparing for the Third World War. We have to prevent this in any case!

DC Partner Temos Conference “International Healthcare”

The Diplomatic Council cordially invites to the “Healthcare Abroad & Medical Tourism” annual conference 2017 organized by its partner organisation Temos International, a global hospital certifier from December 3 – 5, 2017 in Duesseldorf (Germany).

The Temos Conferences reflect precisely where Temos International is active: quality and patient safety in international patient management in medical facilities worldwide in medical tourism and tourism medicine (emergency). The Conferences emphasize on the exchange of knowledge and experiences among the participants coming from the health insurance and assistance business, from hospitals and clinics worldwide but also from quality management and the hospitality sector.

The annual Temos Conference offers experts, decision makers and interested parties from hospitals and the medical travel market from 30 different countries an ideal platform for exchange, cooperation, and business.

“Dr. Google”

This year the Temos Conference will have a special focus on the challenges and threats of this upcoming new age in medical care. Big Data, machine learning, individualization, nanotechnologies,  3D printing and so on are some of the many buzzwords that indicate the increasing speed of upcoming changes in every feld of life including medicine. Web based services are now entering the feld of medicine and will dramatically increase their share in the market of the future. Also, patient care in hospitals will proft tremendously from the digital revolution. This also means that decisions on treatment procedures rapidly shift from personal expertise of individuals towards collecti- ve knowledge of information systems. This is certainly a threat to classical medicine, but will allow dramatic improvements of medical care in general and on individualized decision making.

Compliance Forum established

The Diplomatic Council (DC) has established a Global Compliance Forum under the leadership of DC Business Ambassador Dr. Thomas Durchlaub, Lawyer and Notary, MBA, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Officer, Certified Compliance Officer, Certified Compliance Auditor, Chief Compliance Officer of the Diplomatic Council.

Within the Global Compliance Forum, the Diplomatic Council cooperates closely with the commissions of the United Nations, which have dedicated their work to this range of topics. First and foremost, we should mention the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in this context, which has been extensively consulted by the Diplomatic Council on comtemporary compliance topics.

Solutions for compliance risks

Compliance risks are manifold and they occur on a day to day basis in the constantly changing business landscape. The Global Compliance Forum has set itself the tasks to comprehinsively process the numerous compliance risks omnipresent in daily economic life for members and other relevant financial actors.

Furthermore, in times of an advancing globalization of the financial markets connected with steadily rising legal requirements, the Global Compliance Forum intends to develop solutions in consultation with the parties involved in order to ensure legaly safe and compliant business practices. This approach is mandatory in order to contribute to an equitable and trasparent market economy which also constitutes an imperative requirement for a long-term national as well as international peace process.

The area of economic crime constitutes the first focus within this challenging task management. Besides the fight against tax evasion and corruption, the aforementionted topic particularly includes the fight against money laundering, which is also being regarded as a means for combating terrorist financing – par-ticularly since the attacks of September 11th 2001 on the World Trade Center.

Due to the current national and european legislation on the fight against money laundering and the increasing number of terrorist attacks throughout the world, recently also in Europe, the competent state supervisory and law enforcement authorities are expected to accelerate anti-money laundering and terrorist financing compliance more vigorously than ever. Undoubtedly, this approach is indispensable.

Importance of compliance

The term „Compliance“ describes the assurance of the fulfillment of statutory provisions and internal corporate directives by the corporate management as well as the timely recognition and minimization of the according risks. Nr. 4.1.3. of the German Corporate Governance Codex states accordingly: „The executive board has to ensure the fulfillment of the statutory provisions and the internal corporate directives as well as to work towards their fulfillment by the group companies (compliance).“ While being „merely“ a non-binding recommendation, this principle naturally does not exempt the enterprises from the fulfillment of their statutory obligations.

This „universal message“ to enterprises to comply with the applicable law is as self-explanatory as its particular requirements are complex at the same time.

The question of risk evalutaion with regard to business decisions as well as to the fulfillment of statutory provisions and internal corporate directives arises in all business sectors. However, depending on the particular sector, the answers to the aforementioned question can substantially differentiate. The following business sectors are typically prone to compliance risks:

• Banking
• Insurance sector
• E-Commerce
• Real estate- and transport business
• Contruction industry
• Pharmaceutical industry
• Recycling and waste management
• Public administration and many more.

Experience shows that even the largest global companies, despite of typically being assumed to be managed in accordance with the applicable law, are any-thing but free from legal violations. This is also illustrated by the recent interna-tional corruption scandal within the Volkswagen group over the feigned fulfill-ment of emission standards regarding diesel engines, arleady having resulted in losses worth billions. As of right now, the long term consequences of such inci-dents can only be speculated about.

All the significat business sectors have in common that the diversity as well as complexity of the mandatory compliance regulations has significanty increased over the last few decades – last but not least due to the advancing harmoniza-tion on the european and, to a lesser extent, on the international level. Thus, speaking of an overregulation in certain branches does not appear to be out of touch with reality anymore.

More often than not enterprises are subject to compliance obligations regarding various legal areas, such as:

• Human resources management
• Labor criminal law
• Bankruptcy law
• Data protection law.

Bigger enterprises and company groups can additionally experience compliance risks in the following legal areas:
• Exchange and capital market law
• M&A transactions
• IT security
• Environmental protection
• Product development and product recalls
• Antitrust law and many more.

Partikular focus: economic (white colar) crimes

Regardless of the company´s size, special attention has to be paid to compli-ance requirements which, if not followed correctly, may result in criminal penal-ties and harm the economic growth, particularly in the area of:

• The fight against money laundering
• The fight against tax evasion (tax compliance) as well as
• The fight against corruption.

Thus, the Global Compliance Forum commences its work with the examination of these highly sensitive topics. In order to meet the challenge of processing these extensive topics and especially presenting according solution concepts, being elaborated with private financial actors, diplomats and public authorities, the Global Compliance Forum will dedicate an extensive paper to each of the three aforementioned areas of economic crime.

While doing so the Global Compliance Forum also has the responsibility to balance the public and commerical interest in criminal prosecution against the financial actors´ commercial rights including data protection concerns with utmost scrutiny.

Since many financial actors are merely „intermediaries“ with regard to the ac-cording property crimes, the topic „third party compliance“ has also to be taken into consideration. „Third party compliance“ deals with the evaluation and mini-mization of risks which may arise within a company as a consequence of busi-ness practices with external parties.

Significance for the market economy

Regardless of the company´s size, special attention has to be paid to compli-ance requirements which, if not followed correctly, may result in criminal penal-ties and harm the economic growth, particularly in the area of:

• The fight against money laundering
• The fight against tax evasion (tax compliance) as well as
• The fight against corruption.

Thus, the Global Compliance Forum commences its work with the examination of these highly sensitive topics. In order to meet the challenge of processing these extensive topics and especially presenting according solution concepts, being elaborated with private financial actors, diplomats and public authorities, the Global Compliance Forum will dedicate an extensive paper to each of the three aforementioned areas of economic crime.

While doing so the Global Compliance Forum also has the responsibility to balance the public and commerical interest in criminal prosecution against the financial actors´ commercial rights including data protection concerns with utmost scrutiny.

Since many financial actors are merely „intermediaries“ with regard to the ac-cording property crimes, the topic „third party compliance“ has also to be taken into consideration. „Third party compliance“ deals with the evaluation and mini-mization of risks which may arise within a company as a consequence of busi-ness practices with external parties.

Fight agains money laundering

Compliance obligations steadily increase on a national and particularly on an international level. Due to the endeavors of the FATF and the EU parlament, already four Anti-Money Laundering EU Directives have evolved by now. Their implementation into national legislation has created a complex body of rules consisting of a wide variety of monitoring, audit and information duties aimed at private financial actors.

The latter are of particular importance since in those instances a legally obliged private financial actor has to evaluate a suspectful transaction with regard to a possible criminal liability bevor notifying the FIU – despite of the law enforce-ment authorities being actually responsible for this task. As this had been stipu-lated in the Anti-Money Laundering EU Directives, an according procedure has also been implemented in other EU member states.

Fight agains tax evasion

A similar development is also noticable with regard to the fight against tax eva-sion (tax compliance), which is partially inseparable from money laundering from a legal point of view. The increasing number of international transactions and the mobility of taxpayers, resulting from unrestricted European freedom of movement, have increased the risk of tax evasion exceptionally. Given the dif-ferences between the taxation models of the individual EU member states and unintended tax loopholes, many criminally liable transactions remain undiscov-ered and unpunished. Therefore, mere national measures are insufficient for an effective fight against tax evasion on a european and all the more on a global level.

Apart from a wide variety of Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAA) and multilateral international treaties or manifold Tax Transparency Conven-tions between the European Union and non-member countries, in recent years also a further development of the directive 2011/16/EU on administrative coop-eration in the field of taxation has taken place. The initial directive already pro-vided plenty of compliance obligations in the form of information transfer duties between the member states´ tax authorities, including the automatic exchange of information. The authorities themselves obtain the necessary information on the basis of national compliance obligations of the financial actors beforehand. In the past several years the amount of these obligations was expanded con-siderably by the amending directives 2014/107 EU and 2015/2376 EU. The lat-ter directive in particular can be regarded as an aftermath of the Luxemburg-Leaks affair and has added advance cross-border rulings and advance pricing arrangements to the mandatory informations subject to the automatic exchange of information.

Additionally, the national implementation of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is also worth noting. In this case national financial insti-tutes as well as other obliged financial actors as lawyers and accountants transfer information concerning accounts with an US reference to the national tax authority, which subsequently transfers the data to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and vice versa. Dozens of other states follow a similar procedure. The implementation of the FATCA is another example bearing considerable obstacles in the compliance sector.

After all, a numerous amount of other regulations, directives and national provi-sions stipulate a wide variety of compliance obligations directed at official authorities as well as subjects of private law in order to ensure an effective ex-change of information. Frequently, this can only be achieved by combining the different regulations. Details shall be discussed in separate papers dedicated to the subject.

Fight agains international corruption

Oftentimes, tax evasion and money laundering are closely connected to corrup-tion. On the international level, corruption is liable to prosecution according to several conventions and their national implementation acts. On this occasion, statutory acts as the European Union Anti-Corruption Act (EU-Bestechungsgesetz, EUBestG) and particularly the Act of Combating Interna-tional Bribery (Gesetz zur Bekämpfung internationaler Bestechung, IntBestG) as an implementation act of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions come to mind. The OECD also issues directives and recommentations on the fight against in-ternational corruption , most recently in the anti-corruption recommendations from the year 2009 .

Private enterprises are also subject to high compliance requirements regarding anti-corruption, particularly since corruption crimes can not only be commited by government officials according to sections 331-338 (bribery in public office) of the German Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch, StGB) but also by private actors, e.g. in case of anti-competitive agreements during an invitation to tender or bribery in commercial business transactions according to sections 298-302 StGB.

Such national provisions partly represent implemenatation acts of international anti-corruption requirements and are thus applicable to international circum-stances. As an example, section 298 StGB is also applicable to EU wide invita-tions to tender and even to those in the European Economic Area (EEA), whereas the latter are not even subject to the EU public procurement law per se.

Therefore, the Diplomatic Council Global Compliance Forum´s remit is also to enter into a dialogue with the relevant financial actors on anti-corruption compliance for the purpose of its systematic processing, with a particular focus on a practical orientation.

Sensitivity of the subject

Many times, financial actors are not even conscious of becoming offenders or participants of economic crimes regardless of their economic relevance, let alone any calculated links with organized crime. Supposedly legal tax-saving schemes or „chain-transactions“ often take on criminal dimensions if the parties involved are unaware of the particular thresholds of criminal liability and their compliance obligations.

Bearing this in mind, the Diplomatic Council Global Compliance Forum also intends to act and to highlight the relevant grey areas of the according crimes in the succeeding pa-pers, particularly focusing on the economic crimes´ subjective requirements.
On the other side of the coin, there are the affected parties´ substantial rights to freely exercise their economic activity. These rights are being comprehensively expressed in the European Fundamental Freedoms and must not be neglected.

The right to confidential treatment of finance data in particular is steadily gaining in importance and is more topical than ever, last but not least because of the new European General Data Protection Regulation, which has already entered into force and will be directly applicable from May 25th 2018.

It is therefore absolutely mandatory to reconcile the affected parties´ rights and the public but also private necessity for the fight against economic crime in an adequat way.

We are very much looking forward to this challenge and the lively and fruitful expert exchange with the parties involved.

Experts and executives who are interested in an exchange on the aforementionted topic areas are welcome to contact the responsible DC Chairman for further information:

Dr. Thomas Durchlaub, MBA



Global survey on Advanced Digitalization

Digitalization is impacting business environments and processes around us

If you are an influencer and/or decision maker please spend 10 minutes of your valued time for this survey about the digital future. First results will be presented at the Digital Summit Frankfurt on Dec, 1st, 2017.

Digital transformation, enabled by instantly available big data and moreover real time availability is affecting the way companies, governance or we as individuals will act in the near future. Similarly, digital transformation also changes how organizations have to think about their processes, how people interact, how they get skilled, also how they learn to work with machines, how we move from fear to opportunities.

Opportunity or threat?

For the Diplomatic Council Otto Schell Institute (DCOS-I) for Digital Transformation it is important to find out how this impacts you and your environment, how you look at digitalization overall and perceive the future. Do you in your current role see it as opportunity or threat?

To register for the survey, please click on the following button:

Furthermore we would like to recognize how politics can support all of us to make the best of digitalization. Therefore we ask known influencers and decision takers to participate in this short survey, which we kept by purpose open, means we want to get your top of mind thoughts opinions, not simple tip marks.

Answers and actionable input

The results of the survey will be translated into several DCOS-I whitepapers and should finally help you to get answers and actionable input, directly supported by us, to your most challenging question about strategies and tactics in this more and more
agile world. Furthermore we intend to mobilize decision makers at all levels (from politicians to the corporate world) to support you to make the most out of the opportunities connected with digitalization.

Thank you in advance for your contribution.


Otto Schell, CEO

The Diplomatic Council Otto Schell Institute for Digital Transformation

Universal charging station for electric cars

DC E-Car Dinner on Nov. 15 in Frankfurt

  • Implementation of a uniform infrastructure for all car models
  • Standardised payment system for all power stations
  • New opportunities for small and medium-sized companies

DC Chairman Global E-Mobility Forum Steef Korfker

At the November 15 e-car summit organised by the DC SME Forum, the DC E-Mobility Forum will present and demonstrate a new generation of intelligent charging station for e-cars produced by Ecotap. The product range includes a home-use charging station, wall chargers for the use in parking garages, a compact stand-alone charging station for two cars and a full-load unit for car convoy.

”At present, only three percent of all cars in Europe are e-cars. However, almost all European countries aim at achieving a zero-emission transportation until 2030”, says Steef Korfker, Chairman of the DC E-Mobility Forum.

Smart Charging

Helmut von Siedmogrodzki, Chairman DC SME Forum, explains: “Smart charging offers small and medium-sized enterprises innovative business models and new sales opportunities. This includes car dealers, shopping centres, restaurants, parking garages and many other places where cars are parked. Every driver of an e-car will feel the need to charge his car at every opportunity”. Steef Korfker adds: “For the SME sector, universal charging stations are a decisive factor since they can be used for all e-cars of all car brands. The Diplomatic Council E-Mobility Forum is presenting exactly this type of product from Ecotap”.

Charging and Paying

The technical standardization of the charging process – mechanically or electric – is as important as the payment process. In his function as Director of the Dutch Organization for Electric Transport (DOET) Steef Korfker has developed standards for this and they are already established in the Ecotap charging stations in the Netherlands and are ready to be expanded to further European countries including Germany. Payment can be settled with an Ecotap pass or with any other payment means that is accepted by Paypal.

”The implementation of such an infrastructure triggers a boom in electrical trades and all related trades”, Helmut von Siedmogrodzki says about the business opportunities for the SME sector and adds: “Implementing and maintaining such an infrastructure will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in Europe”.

Claude Piel designated DC Business Consul

The Diplomatic Council is delighted to announce Mrs. Claude Piel as its designated DC Business Consul for Diplomacy and Peace. In her new function, she will focus on this priority to achieve sustainable peace through diplomacy.

Claude Piel will join forces with all other DC members, diplomats and business leaders to achieve higher expertise for diplomacy and peace to serve the overall goals of the UN. All over the world numerous current and future DC diplomats work on highly sensitive, demanding, and multiple tasks for the well-being of their fellow citizens as well as building good business relations with local and global business leaders. On a regular basis, they are moved to another location and need a proactive and highly experienced support to further build their network of business partners and thus work toward sustainable peace.

Designated DC Business Consul Claude Piel has delivered a white paper on diplomacy and peace proposing ideas and suggestions to achieve a sustainable peace through diplomacy.

Claude Piel, Postgraduate in Politics at Gutenberg University, Germany, and Information and Development, Pantheon-Assas University, France, is a well-known international moderator for diplomacy and peace.

Her festive inauguration as DC Business Consul will take place on the occasion of the Diplomatic Council Gala on Feb, 2, 2018, at the DC member hotel Hessischer Hof in Frankfurt (Germany).