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Speakers

Find the list of this year's speakers below for the theme "Digital Diplomacy: Emerging Technologies and International Affairs"

 
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Panel 1. "Technology and Diplomacy in Practice"

Scheduled time: 9:30-10:30

 Speakers

Amb. Asad Alam Siam, Amb. Peter Potman, Diana Mautner-Markhof.

The intersection of technology and diplomacy is a rapidly evolving field that presents both opportunities and challenges for practitioners. From social media to virtual reality, technology has transformed how governments communicate and interact with each other and their citizens.  In this panel, we are joined by distinguished ambassadors and other experts from around the world who will share their experiences and insights on the practical side of diplomacy in the tech age. Our panelists will discuss how they have leveraged technology to advance their countries' interests and navigate complex diplomatic challenges. They will also examine how technological advancements have impacted the art and science of diplomacy and how diplomats can stay ahead of the curve in an ever-changing landscape. Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking discussion on the impact of technology on diplomacy.

 

Panel 2. "Influence of Technology in Environmental Diplomacy"

Scheduled time: 11:00-12:00

 Speakers

Sevim Aktas, H.E. Evangelina Lourdes A. Bernas, Michael Lederer.

The ever-important topic of environmental protection and halting climate change is the focus of this panel. These issues can only be solved globally, so international efforts and coordination are critical to a lasting and sustainable solution. Our panel of experts will assess the current status of negotiations and discuss which strategies, political implications, institutions, and frameworks are required to achieve that goal. 

 
 

Panel 3. "Regulations and Ethics of AI"

Scheduled time: 11:00-12:00

 Speakers

Clemens Mantl, Iva Gumnishka, Reinhard Scholl (online), Julius Spantig,

Iana Kazeeva.

The growing influence of AI in our lives has raised many questions regarding its ethical use and the need for regulations. Our panel of experts will delve into the ethical considerations and examine the current regulatory landscape.

 
 
 

Panel 4. "Digital Trade and Economic Diplomacy"

 

Scheduled time: 12:00-13:00

 Speakers

Gaurav Gandhi, Christian Rau, Florian Frauscher, Igor Sekardi.

By unlocking unprecedented connectivity and efficiency, digital trade is the cornerstone of 21st-century economic diplomacy. In a world driven by technology, this panel on digital trade and economic diplomacy is essential for understanding how digital transactions transcend borders, drive economic growth, and promote global cooperation.

 
 
 

Panel 5. "Cybersecurity: Protection of Critical Infrastructure"

 

Scheduled time: 12:00-13:00

 Speakers

Lara Siebrecht, Clemens Leitner, Marco Ender.

Our panel discussion dives into cybersecurity's pivotal role in safeguarding critical infrastructure. Experts explore challenges, opportunities, and innovative solutions across sectors like energy, transportation, healthcare, and finance. We dissect evolving threats, from cyberattacks to vulnerabilities, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive cybercrime prevention. By addressing cybersecurity holistically, we bolster defenses and mitigate risks in interconnected digital ecosystems. Join us for insights into fortifying infrastructure resilience and navigating the dynamic landscape of cybersecurity. 

 
 
 
 

Panel 6. "Women in Tech Diplomacy"

 
 

Scheduled time: 14:30-15:30

 Speakers

Denitsa Simeonova, Sara Lerota, Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt (online), 

Neha Mehta (online).

This panel centers on promoting diversity, ensuring inclusive decision-making, and leveraging a broad range of perspectives to address the complex and rapidly evolving challenges at the intersection of technology and global diplomacy. That is why we are bringing together trailblazing women who have made significant strides at the intersection of technology and international relations. Explore these accomplished women's unique perspectives, experiences, and contributions as they share their insights on shaping global policy, fostering collaboration, and addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by the rapidly evolving technology landscape. 

 
 
 
 
 

Panel 7. "Tech Diplomacy in Times of Crisis"

 
 
 

Scheduled time: 14:30-15:30

 Speakers

Elke Schraik, Christian Resch.

Our esteemed panelists will explore the role of technology in fostering international cooperation and resolving conflicts. From global health emergencies to cybersecurity threats, our experts will share their perspectives on leveraging technology to promote peace and stability in an increasingly interconnected world.

 
 
 

Panel 8. "AI in Diplomacy and Geopolitics"

 
 
 
 

Scheduled time: 16:00-17:00

 Speakers

Lukas Mandl, Stefan Lindström, Nikola Schmidt, Nina Drakulic.

AI's role in diplomacy and geopolitics is central to informed decision-making, strategic planning, and fostering international cooperation. Its predictive capabilities help nations proactively address geopolitical shifts while shared technological advances contribute to collaborative governance. Understanding the multifaceted implications of AI is essential as countries integrate these technologies into diplomatic frameworks, navigate global complexities, and uphold ethical standards. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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