Dialogue of Civilizations Rhodes Forum announces new speakers for Africa panel

Rhodes Forum announces new speakers for Africa panel

The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), the independent non-partisan Berlin-based think tank, today announces new names joining the exciting line-up of speakers for this year’s Rhodes Forum, the DOC’s flagship public event.

Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, will join the Special Focus on Africa session, titled “Towards a New Partnership for Africa”. Dr Songwe will be joined by Peter Eigen, the founder of pioneering anti-corruption NGO Transparency International and member of Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel, as well as Jean-Yves Ollivier, the businessman and founder of the Brazzaville Foundation.

Now in its third year, the Africa session has become a traditional highlight of the Rhodes Forum. This year’s Africa panel will be moderated by TV presenter Hannane Ferdjani who anchors shows including Inspire Africa on Africanews.

The DOC recently spoke with Dr Eigen about civic engagement and African development as a preview for the Africa panel. “The friends of Africa have to listen to African concepts of development rather than design their own concepts, reflecting the poorly disguised own interests driving their ‘aid and cooperation’,” Dr Eigen said. The full interview can be found here.

The 2019 Rhodes Forum aims to facilitate a better understanding of the deep changes our societies are undergoing 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. It will shed light on initiatives that contribute substantially towards sustainable economic development; propose new concepts for the architecture of international governance in the context of shifts in power within the global economy; and it will examine the restoration of civility and promotion of ethical standards in the digital age.

Confirmed speakers previously announced include James Rubin, the foreign affairs journalist and former US Assistant Secretary of State; best-selling author Bruno Maçães, former Europe Minister of Portugal; Gabriella Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20; and Ehud Olmert, former Prime Minister of Israel.

The 17th edition of the Rhodes Forum – titled “Global (dis)order: Towards dialogue-based worldviews” – takes place on the Greek island of Rhodes on 11-12 October 2019. For more information, please visit www.rhodesforum.org and follow the DOC on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

For all enquiries and accreditation, please contact media@doc-research.org

About the DOC

The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute is an independent non-partisan think tank based in Berlin. The DOC’s mission is to be an independent platform for dialogue that brings together perspectives from the developed and developing worlds in a non-confrontational and constructive spirit. The goals of the DOC are to forge shared worldviews through dialogue and to contribute to a fair, sustainable, and peaceful world. In view of these goals, the DOC believes that globalization should have humanity, culture, and civilization at its heart.

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