DC Global Media Board 2018 established

Once per year the Diplomatic Council Global Media Innovator recognizes the company that has the greatest influence on the advancement of the digital world society. The winner is carefully selected by a top-class Board made up of international and independent media and IT experts.

Now the 2018 board members have been named: Blair Westlake, Principal Media Squareup in Seattle, Ed Hall, Managing Partner Media Expert Partners (EMP) in London, Robin Eckermann, Principal Robin Eckermann & Associates in Canberra, Jo Groebel, Director Deutsches Digital Institut in Berlin, Ian Weightman, Vice President Research and Operations, IHS Inc. (IHS Technology) in Austin/Texas, Moeed Ahmad, Head of Innovation & Incubation Center at Al Jazeera (Qatar), Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (Kuala Lumpur) and Ijeona Nah, Senior Audiovisual Industry Consultant in Nigeria.

The 2017 DC Global Media Innovator was given to the US-based Emblematic Group, a leading creator of immersive virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences. Founded by Nonny de la Peña known as the “Godmother of virtual reality,” Emblematic Group pioneered the medium of virtual reality documentary films.

The first DC Global Media Innovator was awarded to the British corporation V-Nova, a leading provider of video compression solutions.

DC Global Media Innovator

DC Global Media Innovator

GS Global Investments with 5 bil € for infrastructure projects

GS Global Investments, corporate member of the Diplomatic Council, has launched a program promoting infrastructure projects. The overall budget primarily intended to be used for governmental EPC/F project in Africa mainly power plants based on renewable energy sources such as solar, wind parks, power grid construction projects, as well as roads, bridges, ports, tunnels, and rail transit projects.

DC member, GS Global Investments specializes in developing large scale international energy and infrastructure projects. The company collaborate with large multinational energy and infrastructure contractors ranked in fortune 500 list that have an overall budget of 5 billion euros for financing and constructing infrastructure projects in Africa.

At present, GS global investment puts a regional focus on Africa and the Balkans. Cooperation with DC Directorate Africa and the DC Balkan Task Force has already been established to this end. In addition to its headquarters located in Berlin, GS maintains branch offices in Morocco and Croatia.

DC corporate members proposing potential financing projects and/or connections to high level governmental officials should address the General Secretariat of the Diplomatic Council. The same applies to other investors seeking to identify specific projects. Last year, the project volume “routed” by the Diplomatic Council amounted to more than 1 billion euros. Key areas were real estate and infrastructure projects as well as company holdings.

Dr. Michael Fuchs first digitalization expert of the Diplomatic Council

Dr. Michael Fuchs, Diplomatic Council Sonderbeauftragter CIO

Dr. Michael Fuchs is the first digitalization expert certified by the Diplomatic Council Otto Schell Institute for Digital Transformation (DCOS Institute). The former SAP Top-Manager and actual strategy consultant on the SAP-market can therefore be considered a pioneer with regard to the new seal of quality „Trusted Advisor“, which is awarded by the DCOS.

The first „Trusted Advisor“of the DCOS Institute successfully operates in the SAP – and consultancy market since over 25 years. He gained extensive experience in management positions held with SAP operators such as AEG und Ina Schaeffler as well as partners and competitors such as ISD Scheer und Accenture, before joining SAP as Senior Vice President. A member of the Executive Management Board DACH he was responsible for the entire SAP Consulting Business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and at the same time he was also member of the SAP Global Strategy Board. Since 2014 he is CEO of dr. Fuchs Senior Advisors, who offer management consultancy for all SAP matters such as security, architecture, program management and M&A as well as executive search for SAP-management positions. A member of the Global IT Forum of the Diplomatic Council he holds special representative status as CIO since 2013.

The Diplomatic Council Otto Schell Institute for Digital Transformation, collaborating in this matter with the United Nations (UNO), has s a crucial role to play in advising on the impacts of digitalization on politics, economy and society, both scientifically and in a practically relevant way. The Diplomatic Council is a global Think Tank and Business Network with UN-accredited Consultative Status.

Dr. Horst Walther New Principal for Digitalization in the Diplomatic Council

Dr. Horst Walther has joined the Diplomatic Council Otto Schell Institute for Digital Transformation (DCOS Institute) as new principal. Alongside Otto Schell, who lent his name to the institute, he is responsible for the setup of a worldwide network of experts for digitalization. The DCOS Institute for Digital Transformation, collaborating in this matter with the United Nations (UNO), has s a crucial role to play in advising on the impacts of digitalization on politics, economy and society, both scientifically and in a practically relevant way. The Diplomatic Council is a global Think Tank and Business Network with UN-accredited Consultative Status.

DC Commissioner for UN Affairs

Dr. Horst Walther studied chemistry, orientalism, informatics and economics at the University of Hamburg. Since 1975 he works in the sector of information technology. Since 1984 he is a widely sought-after and successful consultant in the public transport sector, automotive industry, banks, chemical industry, television and media, leasing, pharmaceutical industry, maritime transport and insurance. The Diplomatic Council appointed him DC Commissioner for UN Affairs in 2016. In this capacity, he regularly participates in international UN conferences where he represents the interests of civil society.

Digitalization specialists who wish to be admitted in the digitalization experts network of the Diplomatic Council Otto Schell Institute for Digital Transformation have to undergo a three-step certification procedure. As incentive, they receive the quality seal „Trusted Advisor” and are officially recommended by the DCOS Institute for project assignments.

Staff News from the Diplomatic Council

New Double Leadership

All DC Leaders occupy their leadership functions in the Diplomatic Council on an honorary basis. Thus, shouldering responsibilities as a set of two at the top level relieves the burden. In this context, several new appointments as well as other changes were announced during the DC Executive Club,

Gabriele Becker Co-Chair IT

Gabriele Becker is promoted to Co-Chair in the DC IT Forum alongside Thomas J. Graebe. The newly appointed Co-Chief for information technology has, since her joining the Diplomatic Council, already rendered outstanding services as chairwoman of the DC Information Society Award in connection with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prize 2017 of the International Telecommunications Union.

Dr. Klaus-Ulrich Moeller Co-Chair Speaking

DC Commissioner for UN Affairs Dr. Klaus-Ulrich Moeller

DC Commissioner for UN Affairs Dr. Klaus-Ulrich Moeller complements the Speaking Forum alongside Felix Schweikert as Co-Chair. With regard to the Diplomatic Council, Dr. Klaus-Ulrich Moeller already erected a memorial in his own honour as father of the DC Codex for Public Communication and Trust in addition to his UN function.

Helmut von Siedmogrotzki Co-Chair SME

Helmut von Siedmogrotzki was nominated Co-Chair for the Global Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) Forum. He stays equally active in a dual role as Chairman International Relations, in order to ensure the interlocking of small-and-medium.sized entreprises and international business deals in an optimal way. With the launch of DC Missions in Dubai und Shanghai Helmut von Siedmogrotzki already laid important foundations for the Diplomatic Council.

Team for Africa with Bernd Hartmann

With immediate effect, the international Manager Bernd Hartmann assumes the leadership of the Directorate Africa as Head of DC Directorate Africa alongside Elise Flach-Hartmann, native of Cameroon. Both are inherently connected to the African continent in manifold ways. They will closely interact with the DC Partners Diplomatic Society in South Africa and Diplomatic Call in West Africa.

Dr. Horst Walther becomes new prinzipal

Dr. Horst Walther has joined the Diplomatic Council Otto Schell Institute for Digital Transformation (DCOS Institute) as new principal. Alongside Otto Schell, who lent his name to the institute, he is responsible for the setup of a worldwide network of experts for digitalization. Assuming his dual role as DC Commissioner for UN Affairs, he regularly continues to participate in international UN conferences where he represents the interests of civil society.

Dr. Michael Fuchs first Trusted Advisor 

Dr. Michael_Fuchs, Sonderbeauftragter CIO des Diplomatic Council

Dr. Michael Fuchs is the first certified expert for digitalization of the Diplomatic Council Otto Schell Institute for Digital Transformation DCOS Institute. The former SAP Top-Manager and actual strategy consultant on the SAP-market can therefore be considered a pioneer with regard to the new seal of quality „Trusted Advisor“, which is awarded by the DCOS. He continues to serve in the Diplomatic Council as Special Representative CIO

Team for CSR with Dr. Ralf Braune

The extended Program for Corporate Social Responsibilty & Sustainability (CSR&S) of the Diplomatic Council will from now on be conjointly led by Dr. Ralf Braune and Helmut von Siedmogrotzki. Dr. Ralf Braune already holds the positon of Chairman of the Forum for Projectmanagement in the Diplomatic Council.

Heads of Missions Benelux, Madrid und Washingtons D.C.

Juan Ignacio Lorente González assumes responsibility for the expansion of the Diplomatic Council in Spain as Head of Mission Madrid. He presented his various activities in the DC Executive Club. After a grand charity gala in Madrid as kick-off event, regular charity-, diplomacy-, fashion- and sport-events are envisaged.

The new Benelux-Team with Dominique van Hemelreijk (Head of DC Benelux), Bernard Merkx and Steef Korfker as well as Patrick Crehan introduced themselves in the DC Executive Club. A first Benelux symposium is supposed to take place on 1st September in Rotterdam.

Daniel „Dan“ McKee, international businessman, who focusses on advising governments, international organisations and companies on digital transformation, is new Head of DC Mission Washington D.C.

Congratulations to all new DC leaders!

DC Mission Washington D.C.

The Diplomatic Council has established a new DC Mission in Washington DC and named Daniel McKee Head of DC Mission with the objective to strengthen its presence in the USA in a joint effort with the DC Missions in New York, Detroit and Charlotte.

The new „DC Mission D.C.“ is located in the heart of the historical centre Blagden Alley, whose most ancient buildings date back to the year 1870. Blagden Alley emerged in the past years as one of the leading centres for creative industries on the East Coast.

In his capacity as international businessman, Daniel „Dan“ McKee is specialized in advising governments, international organisations and companies on digital transformation. The panoply ranges from counseling to optimizing the business processes required in the digital world up to the practical implementation in websites. Together with his team, he advised, amongst others, UN organisations such as UNHCR, UNICEF and UNOPS, the United States Institute of Peace, NASA, the George Washington University, the IDEA-organisation in Stockholm, the British BBC, the World Bank, the International Youth Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, Google and Lufthansa on digitalization.

The new Head of DC Mission Washington D.C. will visit Germany on 14th August to debate the future of the USA, the world and the Diplomatic Council in an exclusive circle of DC Leaders in the offices of the General Secretariat -:)

Balkan Task Force established

A Balkan Task Force (DC BTF) was established in order to pool the activities of the Diplomatic Council in the Balkans. The goal of the task force is to accelerate sustained economic growth and capital expenditure in Balkan States in accordance with the value system of the United Nations. The Balkans comprise the following States: Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Greece, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia and Moldova as well as the European part of Turkey. The Turkish expression “Balkan” means “mountain range”. Geographically speaking the Balkans comprise the easternmost of the three peninsulas towering the Mediterranean Sea in Southern Europe.

The DC members Evisi Kopliku (Albania), Patrick Crehan (Brussels), Zamira Pode Hirsch (Luxembourg) and Ambassador Dr. Calin Fabian (Romania) form part of the new DC Balkan Task Force. Members from other Balkan States shall be accepted successively. Furthermore, the cooperation between the Diplomatic Council and the Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Ost-West in Romanian Bucharest shall be integrated into the scope of responsibilities of the DC Balkan Task Force.

Strengthening Administration and Investment

Thematically speaking the DC BTF intends to focus on two aspects: Improvement of education and training in the public service, in order to create more understanding and consideration of economic reality, as well as encouraging investments mainly from western investors in the Balkans. In addition, the DC Balkan Task Force intends to constitute a stabilizing force in a partly agitated region. Here, the central idea of the Diplomatic Council takes center stage, namely that a thriving economy creates prosperity for all citizens and for this reason can be considered as the best guarantor for peace. In this regard the sole purpose of economic developments in the Balkans is first and foremost the safeguarding of peace on the Southeast European peninsula.

Sapient Razorfish wins Diversity Award 2017

Award ceremony at Summer Celebration

Sapient Razorfish – partner of companies for business transformation in the digital era – is among the 100 best employers in Germany, the company with the best Diversity Management. For this reason, the Diversity Award 2017 was bestowed upon Sapient Razorfish. The award ceremony was conducted by the DC company member Great Place to Work Institute in cooperation with the DC Diversity Program at the summer celebration of the Diplomatic Council on 30th June in the Villa Kennedy (Frankfurt)

Radical Client Centricity

Sapient Razorfish helps companies to successfully restructure, reinvent themselves and create networks by radically centering on client needs and using innovative technologies. People´s expectations rise in the wake of new forms of digital experience. Nowadays a company´s business success depends more than ever on a digital, client-centered organization. Sapient Razorfish takes a comprehensive, out of the box view and focuses on customer experience and digital processes which are decisive for the efficiency and performance of a company. Being a pioneer in shaping digital relationships between consumers and brands, Sapient Razorfish works closely together with customers in order to attain remarkably efficient results in today´s world, and helps companies to successfully restructure, reinvent themselves and create networks by radically centering on client needs and using innovative technologies.

Sapient Razorfish is not only the winner of the Diversity Award 2017 but is also a new corporate member of the Diplomatic Council. Welcome!

A Fabulous Summer Celebration

Members and guests of the Diplomatic Council reunited at the prestigious Frankfurt-based Villa Kennedy for a magical Anniversary Celebration. This fifth DC Summer Celebration was outstanding thanks to its special emphasis on art and culture, its international character and its diversity.

DC Founding President Ambassador Buddhi Athauda especially flew in from Washington D.C. for this special occasion. He delivered a fervent speech emphasizing the DC´s core idea: to serve as a bridge between economy and diplomacy in order to enable people all over the world to live a better life.

Art: A Path to Peace

Perfectly matching the five-year anniversary celebration, Henrietta Gallus, Head of Communications documenta 14, was invited: after all, the worldwide most important contemporary art exhibition takes place every five years in Kassel. In her convincing speech she pointed out how art contributes to international understanding between peoples and therefore significantly contributes to peace all over the world.

Stromodrom from worldclass artist Sebastian Fleiter

Everybody marvelled at the worldwide unique Stromodrom, set up by worldclass artist and DC Art Director Sebastian Fleiter, who already earned distinctions from art scenes as different such as Seoul and London: The miniature e-cars raced through the nightly courtyard of the Villa Kennedy, propelled by the sportive game of participants. Many, in particular male guests, transformed themselves into “knights with pedals” on Sebastian Fleiters “Get Connected Bike”.

Fashion Show by Shanty for ASEAN

Matching the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN association, Indonesian designer Shanty presented a ravishing Fashion Show, combining the strikingly best of Asian refinement and European elegance. Stromodrom und Fashion Show exemplarily stand for forms of artistic expression uniting and inspiring people beyond all common and linguistic boundaries.

Lottery Drawing by Vietnam Airlines

The lottery drawing offering as prizes flight tickets in Business class and Premium Economy Class by Vietnam Airlines was highly acclaimed. Apparently the idea of personally visiting South East Asia was a truly attractive prospect-:)

Sapient Razorfish wins Diversity Award

One of the highlights was the ceremonious bestowal of the Diversity Award jointly presented by DC and DC Partner Great Place to Work. Among Germany’s 100 best employers, the company with the best diversity management was recognized. The winner Sapient Razorfish proudly received the prize from the hands of GPTW´s Managing Director Andreas Schubert, Chairman of the DC Corporate Culture Program and Annika von Redwitz, Chairwoman Diversity Program. At the same time, Sapient Razorfish has joined the Diplomatic Council as new member company.

Sociable Atmosphere

The sociable and communicative atmosphere bringing together members and guests was perceptible everywhere. Solemn moments, cultural highlights, the summery barbecue and the distinguished atmosphere of a classical luxury hotel turned out to be the best ingredients for spending a lovely evening and at the same time establishing new contacts and deepening already existing connections.

Memories forever thanks to euromarcom

As a thank you to all all participants, guests received their personal pictures taken during then professional photoshooting which created a good mood right at the entrance: thanks to the euromarcom public relations agency these pictures of the event were exempt from charges. In this way, the beautiful memories of this lovely evening will linger on for a long time after returning home.

E-Car BMW i8 with first E-Universal Power station

The probably coolest BMW – the e-car BMW i8 – was present at the summer celebration of the Diplomatic Council.

The possibly “most environmentally friendly power pack“ formed an almost strange contrast to the classical facade of the Villa Kennedy. Using the E-BMW as example, DC Chairman E-Mobility Steef Korfker presented the worldwide first power station which works for (almost) all electrically driven vehicle types. The station is ready for serial production and use in public places.