"Digital Diplomacy: The Effect of Technology on International Relations"
09:15-09:30 — Opening Ceremony
Ms. Catherine McDonald, JDI
Ms. Jacqueline Coté, Director of Public Relations, IHEID
Dr. Stephanie Borg Psaila, Interim Director, DiploFoundation
09:30-11:00 — PANEL: Diplomats in the Digital Era This panel focused on how digital platforms and tools, including social media, messaging apps, and big data, are changing the roles and responsibilities of diplomats. Panelists shared their experiences to answer the question: How has technology changed what it means to be a diplomat today?
Mr. Matthias Lüfkens, Founder of Twiplomacy and Social Media Architect at BCW
Ms. Anneli Vares, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Estonian Mission to the UN and other Organizations in Geneva
Ambassador Mikael Anzén, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sweden to the World Trade Organization
Mr. Alexandre Edelmann, Head of Marketing and Events Division for Présence Suisse
Ms. Pauline Eluère, Associate Strategic Communications Officer for UNHCR
Moderator: Ms. Kirsten Salyer, JDI
11:00-11:30 — Coffee Break
11:30-13:00 — PANEL: The Private Tech Sector's Influence on Diplomacy This panel explored the role of the private technology sector in the diplomatic field. It examined the potential for public-private partnerships, present an overview of existing technologies that could affect diplomatic efforts, and analyze the opportunities and challenges of involving private actors in diplomacy.
H.E. Rosemary McCarney, Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva
Mr. Jean-Yves Art, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at Microsoft
Mr. Oleg Demidov, Cyber Portfolio Researcher with Security and Technology Programme at United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
Ms. Tianyi Victoria Wang, Capstone Researcher, IHEID
Moderator: Mr. Purujith Gautam, JDI
13:00-14:00 — Lunch Break
14:15-16:00 — Workshop Sessions (Choice of one of three)
Social Media Tips for Diplomats, Twiplomacy and BCW