UAE Cultural Days Opening Ceremony in Singapore

The Diplomatic Council requests the pleasure of DC Gold Member`s company to attend the UAE Cultural Days Opening Ceremony in Singapore on 2nd March 2018 by invitation of

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Omar Abdullah Balfaqeeh, the Ambassador

The Singapore President Mdm Halimah Yacob 

Attendees include The Honourable, Singapore President, Mdm Halimah Yacob, as well as Singapore Ministers, Ambassadors and major UAE brands like Etihad Airways.

The ceremony takes place at the The Plaza National Library in Singapore from 11 am to 12:30 am.

Please indicate to the Diplomatic Council Secretariat General if you like to participate.

‘Belt and Road’ and the PCC’s 19th National Congress

China’s new Era

Executives of major companies met in Shanghai by invitation of DC Chairman International Relations Helmut von Siedmogrodzki to discuss about the economic development in China after the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China with China expert and DC Member Dr. Wolfgang Röhr, former Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai, and Titus von dem Bongart, partner at Ernst & Young.

Host, Helmut von Siedmogrodzki, DC Chairman, took reference to Xi Jingping’s opening speech at the National Congress, where the old and new president of China lectured about his ‘Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era’. What is it about the ‘New Era’ for China? How does the Socialism with Chinese characteristics look like? How important is the Belt-and-Road-Initiative for China’s foreign economic policy? How credible is Xi Jingping’s statement regarding further opening market access and equal treatment of domestic and foreign invested companies?

Dr. Röhr, former Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai and member of the German Foreign Service for 36 years with positions as Head of the Political Department of the Embassy in Beijing, Ambassador at the Foreign Office’s Task Force Germany and member of the Diplomatic Council (DC), stated in his concise analysis: “The Belt and Road Initiative has been changed from an infrastructure project aimed to revive the historic Silk Road Economy to an one sided economic policy instrument of China. China writes the conditions and the addressed partner countries either accept them or stay out of the alliance.” Remarkable also, that the neighbour Japan has not been invited to participate in this initiative. The world’s second largest economy started to export his success model of a socialist country and economy with Chinese characteristics to other developing countries. This is as well a new occurence of China’s government, which has been focussing on its domestic development solely in the past, commented Dr. Röhr.

Titus von dem Bongart, partner at Ernst & Young and working in China for more than 20 years, confirmed the current good economic development in China. Foreign invested companies across China report full order books, reported von dem Bongart, referencing recent surveys of the European and German Chambers of Industry and Commerce. Profits are soaring and also the business sentiment for 2018 shows no change. However, there are first indications that the Communist Party and public offices intend to more drive the economic development and even to get influence in the company’s decision making process regarding the further development of the business. Xi Jinping, in his opening speech iterated to highlight the entitlement of the Communist Party of China to lead and guide the country in all matters and all areas of daily life, economic and political affairs: “The Party exercises overall leadership over all areas of endeavor in every part of the country.”

The audience shared the opinion that China presents itself on the global stage with new and strong self-confidence. China emerged from a developing country to a strong economic and political leader, who is aware of its power and is going to claim global leadership among peers. The new era of China has begun.

The Diplomatic Council Gala Film 2018

The Diplomatic Council Gala 2018 Film shows the highlights of this festive evening.

The Diplomatic Council Gala 2018 was ceremoniously opened by Secretary General Hang Nguyen. The evening was packed with highlights.  For the first time, the Diplomatic Council is delighted to welcome a German Ambassador, namely H.E. Ambassador Dr. Heinrich Kreft, to the Diplomatic Council Board of Presidents. The solemn inauguration of DC Business Consul, Mme Claude Piel, marked another highlight. This year’s DC Global Media Innovator (GMI) was awarded to the Britisch-American company RTAd. The GMI recognises the best media innovation of the year. The Diplomatic Council “Educational Sponsorship” program initiated by Secretary General Hang Nguyen reflects the spirit of the Diplomatic Council that everyone can make a contribution to better the world. The program is driven by the conviction that the weakest and most helpless members of society  – our children – need the highest attention. Members who have been with the Diplomatic Council for more than five years were recognised with a „5 Years Membership Award“. In doing so, the Diplomatic Council acknowledges their commitment and dedication to better the world by employing their knowledge and expertise, investing their resources and funds and engaging in social good. The musical performance was delivered by the international star pianist Albert Frantz and the renowned violinist Emily Greitzer. These two gifted and exceptional artists enchanted the guests and transported the audience to another world. On parting, all guests received two gifts: their souvenir photos professionally taken in front of the photo wall with DC dignitaries and a farewell bag with TwentyFourSeven Cosmetics sponsored by DC Business Ambassador Sascha Zilger.

The Diplomatic Council Gala 2018 Film, produced by Otmar Hitzelberger, shows the highlights of this festive evening.

Glamorous Diplomatic Council Gala 2018

International dignitaries from diplomacy, business and society got together in the time-honoured halls of the prestigious Frankfurt Grandhotel Hessischer Hof for the glamorous Diplomatic Council Gala 2018. This year’s gala served as the global meeting point not only for the European but also for the valued members travelling from the USA and Asia. The Grandhotel Hessischer Hof  joined the Diplomatic Council a a corporate member four years ago and has ever since hosted the DC gala providing the ideal setting for a fabulous and magnificent celebration.

New Diplomatic Council President

For the first time, the Diplomatic Council is delighted to welcome a German Ambassador, namely H.E. Ambassador Dr. Heinrich Kreft, to the Diplomatic Council Board of Presidents. The newly appointed president delivered a speech on how diplomacy and business interact for the benefit of the community and society. He was much applauded for his belief that the world needs economic diplomacy and praised the Diplomatic Council for doing exactly this.

DC Business Ambassador Sascha Zilger says thank you

On the occasion of his inauguration at the prestigious Vienna reception back in September 2017, DC Business Ambassador Sascha Zilger delivered a comprehensive speech on free and fair trade. At this year’s gala he gave a short and sweet speech thanking the Diplomatic Council and its members for the warm welcome to the organisation. As a thank you, Sascha’s company TwentyFourSeven cosmetics sponsored a farewell bag with exclusive cosmetics for all participants.

Festive Inauguration of DC Business Consul Claude Piel

The solemn inauguration of DC Business Consul, Mme Claude Piel, marked another highlight. In her speech, Claude Piel talked about her experiences as an international journalist. Her work has lead her to many horrible places in the world where she has witnessed poverty, misery, abuse and crimes so she has decided to dedicate her time, her resources and all her energy to promote peace and diplomacy in joint forces with DC Business Ambassador Jamal Qaiser. Moreover, Claude Piel will focus on expanding the Diplomatic Council to her home country France with the support of Founding President Ambassador Buddhi Athauda who now resides in Paris as the official Ambassador to France and UNESCO.

The Diplomatic Council spirit – working towards a better world

The Diplomatic Council “Educational Sponsorship” program initiated by Secretary General Hang Nguyen reflects the spirit of the Diplomatic Council that everyone can make a contribution to better the world. The program is driven by the conviction that the weakest and most helpless members of society  – our children – need the highest attention. DC Business Ambassador Dr. Thomas Durchlaub and Annette Habermann have become the first godparents for a girl and a boy in Sri Lanka and will finance the studies of these two orphans. Members who also wish to support vocational trainings or studies of orphans are welcome to contact the Secretariat General.

DC Global Media Innovator für RTAd

This year’s DC Global Media Innovator (GMI) was awarded to the Britisch-American company RTAd. The GMI recognises the best media innovation of the year. RTAd’s CEO Simon Ingram proudly accepted the award from DC Chairman Dieter Brockmeyer. He further received an art piece especially created for the GMI winner by famous artist Ulrike Bolenz.

Recognition for five years membership 

Members who have been with the Diplomatic Council for more than five years were recognised with a „5 Years Membership Award“. In doing so, the Diplomatic Council acknowledges their commitment and dedication to better the world by employing their knowledge and expertise, investing their resources and funds and engaging in social good.

Musical highlight

The musical performance was delivered by the international star pianist Albert Frantz and the renowned violinist Emily Greitzer. These two gifted and exceptional artists enchanted the guests and transported the audience to another world.

While strolling down the halls of the grand hotel, guests would obtain further details about the first book of the Diplomatic Council (Denken 4.0, translated Thinking 4.0), the upcoming DC delegation trip to Sri Lanka and the DC VIP travel services – all organized and offered by DC members.

“It was an inspiring evening full of stimulating ideas and unique people in a marvellous setting”, one of the participants stated. “I really look forward to the DC Summer Celebration which will take place in June”.

Farewell gifts

On parting, all guests received two gifts: their souvenir photos professionally taken in front of the photo wall with DC dignitaries and a farewell bag with TwentyFourSeven Cosmetics sponsored by DC Business Ambassador Sascha Zilger.

Members and guests are welcome to download their pictures free of charge at:

Gala pictures for free download

As in previous years, the pictures of the Gala 2018 photoshooting are available at:

Pictures shown in the public gallery can be downloaded free of charge.

Thanks to euromarcom public relations!

A big thank you goes to euromarcom public relations. Euromarcom has been supporting the Diplomatic Council with competent press and public relations work since its establishment and has sponsored the photoshooting.

InterNations Exchange joins the Diplomatic Council

Das Diplomatic Council (DC) has entered into a worldwide cooperation with the InterNations Global Exchange (INEX) Foundation. InterNations Global Exchange is a global crown foundation with offices in Dubai, Toronto, The Hague, Brussels and Washington D.C. It is operated by a team of directors who each have at least 15 years of international business experience. INEX has an extensive international network in the political, diplomatic and business arena complementary to the Diplomatic Council´s global network. INEX gives Diplomatic Council members access to top level officials worldwide. It is especially strong in banking, transport, trade and government access. INEX is the top-level organization of the global expats network InterNations which is active in 390 cities worldwide.

INEX is represented at the Diplomatic Council by its CEO and Chairman Yohan Byrde as an official Advisor to the DC. He has a vast background in International Business Development, Branded hotels, Education and Psychology and has held many key positions in a broad range of fields ranging from the UN,- Airline Industry, Food Industry, Storage Industry, Commercial and Global Trading, Education and Counseling, Politics and Political strategies, Policies, International Relations, International and Local Economic Community Development, New Business Development, Hospitality, Hotel, Resort, Entertainment & Fashion Consultancy, Change Management. With 28 years of experience in Diplomacy, Politics, Public Policy, Yohan Byrde also serves as Chairman European Union Advisory Commission Canada, and is also the Political Leader of the Progressive Liberal Democratic Party ALDE in the Netherlands whose members also include the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, and EC Commissioner Margrete Vestager.

Yohan Byrde was senior and special envoy advisor at the UNESCO/UN Directorate World Youth Affairs, Policy Development and International Affairs where he was appointed to the global leadership development commission. In 1991 he was appointed Chairman UNICEF North America Youth Services. He was also Executive Director for the commission on economic development and global training and policy development with policy files such as International Affairs Education and Social Policy. Mr. Byrde also served on over 18 boards and committees nationally and internationally and has wide experience in Board Governance, International Business Development, Education, Globalization and consulting, public policy and European Affairs.

His personal mission statement: “sharing of knowledge and experiences is a pleasure especially when it makes a difference in another person’s life or career”. The new Advisor to the Diplomatic Council was recommended for his new role by DC Co-Founder and Chairman of the Presidents Board Ambassador Buddhi Athauda. Both dignitaries are Sri Lankan natives.

DC Business Ambassador Sascha Zilger Speech about Free and Fair Trade

DC Business Ambassador Sascha Zilger gave a  keynote speech at the United Nations 56th Commission for Social Development in New York, which was well received by UN representatives and guests. His topic “free and fair trade”.

DC Business Ambassador Sascha Zilger´s Keynote about free and fair trade at the United Nations in New York:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Representatives  of the United Nations, Members of the Diplomatic Council, dear Guests

Freedom and fairness are among the most precious values the human race owns. Yet all over the world, these values are violated, and this is something that the Diplomatic Council and myself strongly oppose.

Restrictions to freedom happen not only in the event of a fence being built around a country limiting the freedom of travel for the population. Freedom is also lost whenever the free flow of goods and services to and from a country is restricted. The strategy currently followed by many governments is to rather produce in their own regions instead of importing. At the same time, these governments strive for a strong export believing their own merchandise is of superior quality.

This is wrong in my opinion. I argue in favor of a free and fair trade and free means in this context: goods and services shall be delivered and supplied across domestic borders in an easy and unbureaucratic way with no trade barriers.

Already 300 years ago Adam Smith has detailed in his book “The Wealth of Nations” that economic isolation and protectionism causes damages to the countries, in particular to the population. More than 200 years ago, economist David Ricardo has already proven that a free foreign trade is advantageous for all economies.

Basically, the conclusion is simple: for a country it is most profitable to manufacture only goods that it can produce with a higher productivity than in other countries. All other products should be imported. In this way, all countries shall benefit from global trade – as long as it is fair.

Fair means to me, that rules and regulations are necessary in order to organize the free world trade. We have to ensure a win-win situation for all parties involved, both in the country of origin and country of arrival. What is mandatory is not a national but and international regulation. This is what a free trade agreement is about – this is why free trade agreements are so important. In the ideal case, we would have one single global free trade agreement covering all 193 UN member states!

And this is exactly what I, in my function as a Diplomatic Council Business Ambassador, am fighting for – a free and fair world trade. There is no other organization more global and better suited to take over this huge task than the United Nations. Taking advance of our consultative status with the United Nations, the Diplomatic Council shall make every effort to achieve a global free trade agreement between this community of states.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we won’t succeed with our plan by tomorrow but it won’t take forever either. This goes out to all the entrepreneurs sitting in this room: entrepreneurship crosses all boundaries overcoming domestic and competitive borders. I know from my own experience. When I introduced a new concept for a new cosmetic line 4 years ago, I faced only rejection. The position of the cosmetic groups was: cosmetics should feel good but it should not be effective – why? Because the customers are supposed to buy the cosmetic again and again and again.

However, our concept was just the other way round: we wanted to create a cosmetic that would be extremely effective. But since the big groups have refused to work with us, we have established our own brand called ONE and are organizing our own production, marketing and distribution.

And we were right in doing so! Our cosmetics line is no available in 28 countries. We were happy to enter the US market with the help of Mrs Abbey Cubey. She is the Head of the Diplomatic Council´s Mission Los Angeles, organized the best market entry into the US one could think of, we became friends and now she is here with us coming all the way from LA Hollywood to our DC Gala here in Frankfurt.

This is by the way a very good example how a cross-border exchange of goods and services also contributes to promoting international understanding and peace.

And this is exactly why I have joined the Diplomatic Council because it fights for diplomacy, even in hard times. This is why I have taken the oath on humanity and reason and on the charter of the United Nations. It is an honour for me to serve as a Business Ambassador on behalf of the Diplomatic Council . Thank you!”

RTAd is the DC Global Media Innovator 2018

The Diplomatic Council (DC) a United Nations accredited global think tank, has named UK based RTAd, part of ionoco Holdings and its Adgile Platform as the recipient of the DC Global Media Innovator (GMI) 2018.

RTAd Limited (Real Time Advertising), is the customer facing company that manages the proprietary advertising-creation platform, Adgile. The Adgile platform was designed by founder Simon Ingram based on ionoco’s core technology and was developed by ionoco’s development team. This prestigious award was announced at the DC All Nations Gala in Frankfurt.

The GMI Board explains: “The Adgile suite of products provides dynamic content creation and programmatic scheduling in a single technically and legally compliant platform and has been used by brands such as Bet Victor, RTL and Littlewoods with recent clients including Sky Adsmart, MediaLaan and RTL. Content created on the Adgile platform has been delivered to fifty broadcasters in the UK, within 2 hours of creation and the system has also been rolled out in Europe with live playout of real time dynamic adverts in France and Belgium. Recently launched, Adgile Play, part of the Adgile Suite, is used for the 24/7 playout of dynamically controlled infomercial channels, allowing the client to change prices and offers on products through an online control panel, in real time. This enables advertising in near or actual real time using data from live sources. It delivers files to broadcasters that are compliant with technical and legal standards, all in in an automated process. Clever!”

Dieter Brockmeyer, Chairman DC Global Media Forum, says: “RTAd again is a great pioneering company making advertising a pleasant experience for customers. After V-Nova and Emblematic Group in previous years this is another strong global Innovator. Again, our board did a marvelous job!”

The Diplomatic Council is a global think tank, business network and charity foundation in special consultative status with the United Nations. The Global Media Innovator recognises 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 eight international and independent media and IT experts.

The Global Media Innovator was launched two years ago, with the award going to the British company V-Nova that has developed a revolutionary technology to transmit huge data volumes through existing data cables – an innovation that provides the basis for many new digital offerings and services around the world. The second Innovator the following year went to Emblematic Group in Santa Monica, a pioneer in Virtual Reality.

Members of the 2018 GMI board were: Ijeoma Onah, Founder Nigerian International Film Summit (Lagos), Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, COO Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, MDEC (Kuala Lumpur), Moeed Ahmad, Head of Incubation & Innovation Group at Al Jazeera Media Network (Doha). Blair Westlake, Principal MediaSquareup (Seattle), Ian Wightman, VP Research and Operations at IHS Markit Inc. (Austin), Ed Hall, Expert Media Partners (London), Robin Eckermann, Eckermann Associates (Canberra) and Jo Groebel, DDI (Berlin).

Diplomatic Council UN Event “Combating poverty” at UN Headquarters New York

The Diplomatic Council is a Global Think Tank, Business Network and Charitable Foundation in Consultative Status with the United Nations

Diplomatic Council UN Side Event „Combating poverty through Educational Justice, Women Empowerment and Free and Fair Trade“
Feb. 6, 2018, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Room D, United Nations Headquarters New York

The Diplomatic Council sparks inspiration and ignites world-changing collaborations. Our mission is to be a global catalyst for unprecedented human unity, progress, and fulfillment. We raise our voice for humanity, good sense and wisdom. Most importantly, we truly believe that economic diplomacy provides a solid foundation for international understanding. Our membership unites established leaders and elevates the world through entrepreneurship, social impact and policy as Diplomacy helps business and vice versa.

Educational sponsorship to end poverty

Education is the foundation for a better life. It gives people a fair chance to get employment, to escape poverty, to support their families, and to develop their communities.

The Diplomatic Council has launched a program called “Diplomatic Council Educational Sponsorship” encouraging its members to become godparents and finance studies for poor adolescents, mainly orphans, in underdeveloped countries. For this purpose, we first seeks members and friends within our organisation, obtain their commitment and then collaborate with orphanages/organisations to find orphans who have the potential to complete a vocational training or a study.

Educational justice through quality learning

Educational justice is key for providing equal chances in life, in particular for those in developing countries. Many examples show hat education makes a huge difference to poverty and women’s rights.

Often educational justice is equated with educational equality. The assumption is that educational justice is achieved whenever all students are granted the opportunity to learn the same things. Unfortunately this is not the case as it ignores learners’ skills, circumstances and interests. This again leads to content dominating our institutionalized learning in both schools and universities. Instead of giving every learner the content he or she needs in order to succeed, the same content is provided for everyone regardless of prior knowledge and/or interests.

The ideal solution would be that students’ learning goals define the learning and teaching process. The satisfaction of individuals achieving those goals has the potential to make students happier and to keep them motivated. For the purpose of achieving the goal of more individualized learning, Qualityminds has created the e-QualityLearning platform designed to support the learning goals of the student by offering suitable content combined with different learning methods.
Qualityminds Team, Diplomatic Council Corporate Member

Women empowerment

Domestic violence affects many women and children. In very serious cases, these women have to flee with their children to escape their violent husbands and prevent being killed. Not knowing where to turn to, since domestic violence is still a subject often ignored by society, these women and their children become homeless as a consequence. Homelessness again is the beginning of poverty….

The non-profit Luz Maria Foundation raises public awareness on domestic violence of women and children through the distribution of pamphlets and other materials at community events, via social media, and through facilitating programs and seminars. It assist the victims by sponsoring empowerment and self-esteem related programs and directs them to established shelters and other places of protection so they can escape homelessness and poverty.
Dr. Luz Maria Utrera, Diplomatic Council Partner Organisation

Fair and free trade

Freedon and fairness are among the most precious values the human race has and yet they are violated all over the world. Restricitions to freedom takes place in the event of a fence being built around a country limiting the freedom of travel for the population. Freedom is also lost whenever the free flow of good and services is restricted.

Already in the 18th century, Adam Smith has detailed in his book “The Wealth of Nations” that economic isolation and protectionism causes damages to the countries, in particular to the population. More than 200 years ago, economist David Ricardo has already proven that a free foreign trade is advantageous for all economies.

Trade is essential for sustainable economic growth and prosperity. It increases employment and improves the working conditions. The poorest countries in Africa and Asia are struggling with the effects of high under-employment and poverty. Hence, a free and fair trade is vital because a flourishing economy and the well-being of the population leads to more peace and stability and helps reducing crisis and wars.
Sascha Zilger, Diplomatic Council Business Ambassador

Diplomatic Council

DCAPS appoints global leaders

The Diplomatic Council Advisory & Professional Services (DCAPS), a management consulting firm announces that Ashwin Jayaram has been appointed as the Head of Americas, Andreas Neumann as the Head of Europe, and Irene Ho as the Head of Asia effective immediately.