Workshop Examines Global Energy Trends and Related Foreign Policy Responses
09 May 2017, Tuesday
On 2 May, the Emirates Diplomatic Academy organised a workshop under the title of 'Global and Regional Energy Trends: Implications for the UAE and Foreign Policy Responses'. The lead speaker at the event was Dr Bassam Fattouh, Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies of the United Kingdom. The half-day workshop was attended by twenty energy sector stakeholders from various UAE governmental and semi-governmental institutions, as well as think tanks and academia. The event was structured around two stage-setting presentations delivered by Dr Fattouh, each followed by a brainstorming session. During the first part of the workshop, participants identified major structural trends affecting global oil markets. In the second part, the discussion focused on assessing related implications for GCC oil producing countries, with a particular emphasis on the UAE, as well as related foreign policy response options.
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EDA Reflection sets out 10 diplomats’ Effective Habits
09 May 2017, Tuesday
In this EDA Reflection, Baroness Catherine Ashton, former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, discusses the ten habits of effective diplomats. Issues vary from country to country, but these ten universal lessons from Baroness Ashton, will help you to be an effective diplomat, ranging from seeking knowledge and pursuing collaboration to showing good judgement and being humble. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the EDA or the UAE government but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Signs a Memorandum of Understanding at a Ceremony to Mark 25 Years of UAE-Kazakhstan Diplomatic Relations
03 May 2017, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading institution specialising in international relations, diplomacy, education, executive training and research, formally announced signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, at a ceremony celebrating 25 Years of UAE-Kazakhstan friendship and Diplomatic Relations. Attendees of the ceremony were joined by high-level senior officials and ambassadors, such as His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Ahmed bin Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Excellency Kairat Lama Sharif, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UAE, Her Excellency Fatima Zhakypova, the Rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Al Matrooshi, Director of the Department of West Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Everyone This MoU will promote cooperation between the two institutions through joint educational, training and research activities; and exchange of information and expertise about common interests, as well as faculty, researchers, and students. In addition to the MoU signing, participants had an engaging and thought provoking roundtable where they discussed the cooperation between the UAE and Kazakhstan, and how the relationship created shared, mutual value from an economic, political and cultural perspective. Participants also underscored the importance of the bilateral relationship, and provided insights into the successes and opportunities that the collaboration offers to both countries. His Excellency Kairat Lama Sharif, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UAE, offered comments on behalf of His Excellency Kairat Abdrahmanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, at the event, “The relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates are an example of stable and successful political-economic cooperation, based on the principles of mutual respect, trust and openness. I would also like to note the historical role of the Founding Father of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in strengthening the fraternal relations with whom the President of Kazakhstan established a strong basis for bilateral cooperation.” His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Ahmed bin Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan highlighted, “It is an honour to be here among my brothers and sisters at EDA. It is an important event -- signing this MoU with EDA and the Institute of Diplomacy. When I met with EDA President His Excellency Léon to discuss this celebration, he expressed significant interest in Kazakhstan. We will cooperate with our colleagues, and together with my friend, His Excellency Kairat Lama Sharif, we will put forward all our efforts to support relations between our two countries.”Speaking on the importance of the MoU, His Excellency Bernardino Léon said, “We are confident that this partnership will enhance EDA’s impact, as we look to foster even greater collaboration for our students and create an environment that promotes knowledge sharing and cross-cultural understanding.” Finally, in closing the event, His Excellency Léon stated the role of the two institutions, “It is in our hands to build cultural links between the UAE and Kazakhstan. It will be our responsibility, and it will require our passion. We need to agree on an action plan that will bring concrete steps, and ensure that we are ready to put it into practice. The UAE and Kazakhstan have natural riches, but the countries’ wise leaderships have highlighted the need to continue investing in human capital, and in the need for greater diplomacy and capabilities.” The new collaboration and partnership are strong demonstrations of EDA’s ongoing efforts to support the foreign relations of the UAE, and to raise the profile of the Academy and enhance the learning experience of its students.  
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy, in Collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Welcome Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Delegation
26 April 2017, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading institution specialising in international relations, diplomacy, education, executive training and research, received a delegation from the Republic of Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of its wider mission to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and expertise between countries in the intricate field of 21st century diplomacy. The meeting was arranged in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s (MOFAIC) Technical Assistance Program (UAETAP), and intended to provide the visiting delegation with practical insights into EDA’s progressive development as an organisation, and an understanding of its rich operational experience. The Ugandan delegation comprised senior officials His Excellency James Kintu, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Juliet Kabonesa Ssekitoleko, Head of the North Africa and Middle East Region Department, and Daniel Ssekabembe, Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Accounting Officer at the Uganda Mission in Abu Dhabi. Welcoming the diplomatic guests, His Excellency Bernardino León, President, Emirates Diplomatic Academy, provided an overview of the Academy’s model and mission. The delegation also met with EDA students – the UAE’s future diplomats – in a special session which presented the students with an opportunity for direct, real-world learning experience. In addition, the delegates had productive discussions with faculty from the Academy’s Executive Training and Student Affairs, Research, Education departments on the educational programs and advanced curriculum offered by the Academy to enhance future diplomats’ skills necessary to face the 21st Century Diplomacy challenges. Referring to the diplomatic visit, His Excellency Bernardino León said: “It was an honour for us to welcome distinguished members from the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As an organisation, we are pleased to share our multifaceted experiences in the world of diplomacy. We are also keen to exchange best practices and foster channels of communication with other diplomatic bodies.” His Excellency added: “Our students have benefited from the opportunity to interact with diplomats of this fascinating African country, and to learn from their experiences. For this opportunity, we are grateful to MOFAIC, and its Technical Assistance Program (UAETAP), whose continued support is pivotal to our sustained engagement with professionals and organisations in the international diplomatic community.” His Excellency James Kintu, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: "The visit to the Emirates Diplomatic Academy came within the framework of strengthening the bilateral relations between the UAE and Uganda in the field of international diplomacy. This visit made it possible for us to learn about the UAE's diplomacy, and how it has progressed over time. We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of this visit, especially His Excellency Leon, MOFAIC, and UAETAP." EDA frequently welcomes high-profile experts, scholars, and professionals from around the world as part of its goal to raise the profile of the Academy and enhance the learning experience of students. The visit by senior officials from the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs was an example of the wide range of regions and the diversity of speakers that the Academy connects with.
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EDA Hosts Joachim Bergström for a Lecture on “Foreign Policy of Sweden and Scandinavian Countries in the Middle East”
24 April 2017, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, welcomed Ambassador Joachim Bergström to share insights from his esteemed diplomatic career at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, and from serving as the Ambassador to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Special Envoy to Combat Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism. As part of the EDA course, “Preparing for 21st Century Diplomacy”, Ambassador Bergström discussed the topic of the Foreign Policy of Sweden and Scandinavian countries in the Middle East, while also providing an understanding of the OIC, and the Special Envoy, as well as best practices in Sweden’s work to combat racism and religious conflicts. The engaging lecture created a unique opportunity to learn about important diplomatic efforts, and international work to foster a culture of tolerance, peace and co-existence. Furthermore, the afternoon’s session showcased the Academy as a platform for engagement with the wider community. Students from the Politics and International Relations programs at Middlesex University Dubai visited EDA, and joined the lecture to contribute towards the dialogue, drawing from their own diverse backgrounds and varying interests. Everyone in attendance was able to learn more about EDA and develop a better understanding of the skills necessary to become diplomats. His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, highlighted the impact of the lecture: “EDA is excited to build upon our prominent position in the UAE -- opening dialogues on important issues related to international affairs and diplomacy, and forging lasting partnerships with leaders and institutions. Ambassador Bergström’s lecture provided a great example of the expertise and insights that we seek to elevate. We were pleased to offer this opportunity, while at the same time, developing closer ties with Middlesex University and welcoming their talented students to our Academy”. In the session, Ambassador Bergström said: "At the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the fight against Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, we work to develop our relationships with international organizations, to eradicate the most immediate threat globally, which is Islamophobia and racism. I appreciated this opportunity to join with EDA to raise awareness on these important issues and to collaborate in combating these challenges." Ambassador Bergström holds a PhD in history from the University of Tokyo with a dissertation on transnational public memory of war crimes during World War II. He is also a clinical psychologist and former journalist working for media organisations in Sweden, Japan, and the United States. Since joining the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, he has been posted to Tokyo, Riyadh and Washington, DC. EDA regularly invites high-profile leaders and practitioners to enhance the educational experience of the UAE’s future diplomats, and Ambassador Bergström’s lecture was a great example of how real world lessons can better prepare students to meet the challenges they will face in the future.  
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Unveils Consultation Report to United Nations Secretary-General in New York
20 April 2017, Thursday
Download here: Members of the public can join the Thunderclap campaign at http://thndr.me/FnIQCG and share their insights with EDA at unitednetworks.ae. Emirates Diplomatic Academy Unveils Consultation Report to United Nations Secretary-General in New York Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, unveiled a consultation report titled ‘United Networks: Can Technology Help the UN Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century?’ The document enlists a set of 20 recommendations to the UN Secretary-General on managing the shift to a hyperconnected world without compromising the values upon which the institution was founded. Tom Fletcher, Special Advisor to the President of EDA, authored the report with the support of EDA. During the launch event in New York, people from around the world were invited to advise on how to overcome the challenges the UN faces in the 21st century. Utilising Thunderclap, a "crowdspeaking" platform, the Academy initiated a social media campaign that enables everyone – from global citizens, refugees and beneficiaries of the UN to policymakers who value the organisation’s work – to contribute their ideas. Highlighting the importance of the report and the issues it raises, Tom Fletcher said: “The world is changing at an unprecedented rate, and the UN must adapt and innovate to ensure that it can deliver on its mandate to global populations. There are huge opportunities, but also serious challenges. We are confident that this report and its 20 recommendations can serve as a blueprint to prepare the UN for the demands of the 21st century.” His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, added: “The report represents the culmination of months of hard work by authors from EDA and other partners. Embracing its role as a contributor to global solutions in diplomacy and international affairs, the Academy is pleased to support this significant effort and facilitate a worldwide dialogue on important socio-cultural issues.”
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts HE Majid Al Suwaidi, UAE Consul General of the UAE in New York
17 April 2017, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, hosted HE Al Suwaidi for a lecture as part of the course, “Preparing for 21st Century Diplomacy”. Over the interactive session, HE Al Suwaidi shared lessons and wisdom that he has accrued throughout his long and successful career serving the UAE as a professional diplomat. His experiences, as an expert in international negotiations, and the former advisor of the UAE Mission to the United Nations (UN), offered students an abundance of examples to draw upon, as they aspire to follow in his footsteps. His Excellency was able to provide many real-world examples, and topical, in-depth understanding of his position as the Consul General of the UAE in New York, for which he was appointed in September 2015. In addition, His Excellency shared takeaways from other points in his career, such as the Lead Negotiator on Climate Change. Furthermore, HE Al Suwaidi also pulled from his background working with intergovernmental organizations, for example at the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where he supported the negotiations of the climate change agreement that was adopted at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in 2015. HE Al Suwaidi has been instrumental for other UN focus areas, including the UAE’s pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that created an international mandate for global sustainability issues. Expressing his appreciation for the lecture, His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: “We are honoured to welcome HE Al Suwaidi to our Academy. All of us at EDA greatly benefited from learning the first-hand experience of such a talented and experienced diplomat. His Excellency shared great insights into how students can best prepare, and the skills they need, to be an effective diplomat.” Throughout the lecture, HE Al Suwaidi highlighted challenges diplomats face, and the strategies they can use for success, “As a diplomat you have to always be prepared, as everything you do and say has a political dimension to it. In diplomacy, you work long hours, and even outside of the office, you must be on message. Everything you say should reflect the messages of the UAE.” “To me, the three most important traits of a successful diplomat are: patience, open-mindedness to others’ perspectives, and passion for the work you are doing.” “The world has changed, and we are in a fierce economic race. We need to make the UAE more competitive, and diversify our economy. Attracting investment and business from the USA is important for achieving this goal. Finding ways to show that the USA and UAE aren’t that different is crucial. It’s what encourages a businessman, or a tourist, to look towards the UAE.” EDA regularly invites high-profile leaders and practitioners to enhance the educational experience of the UAE’s future diplomats, and His Excellency’s lecture was a great example of how real world lessons can better prepare students to meet the challenges they will face in the future.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy separately partners with Delma Institute and Georgetown University to organise Simulation Week
15 April 2017, Saturday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE's leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, organised a five-day Simulation Week covering negotiations and conflict situations. The first part of the activities was organized in collaboration with the Delma Institute, and the second part with Georgetown University's "Institute for the Study of Diplomacy". Throughout the week, EDA students improved their understanding of strategic planning for negotiations and practiced solving hypothetical dilemmas, such as the Kashmir conflict and cyber warfare incidents. Preparation for the activities included a thorough analysis of several historical political agreements, including the 1978 Camp David Accord, and the 1989 Taif Agreement in Lebanon. Through a variety of diverse learning approaches, EDA aims to provide a better understanding for the UAE's future diplomats on negotiating processes and ways to develop innovative solutions. The sessions were part of the Academy's focus on promoting critical thinking, encouraging outside-the-box techniques for reaching optimal outcomes through negotiations, and preparing students for 21st century diplomacy. His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, highlighted the impact of Simulation Week: "At EDA, we understand that it is important to give our students the opportunities to apply classroom lessons to practical situations. For that reason, Simulation Week brings together a range of experts from within the UAE and abroad to expose future diplomats to both historical examples of negotiations, and also interesting mock simulation exercises. These sessions endow our students with the tools that will be essential to their careers in diplomacy". Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Training and Student Affairs, said: "We continuously seek to offer practical training programs that better support and prepare future diplomats. Through this program, we have provided an opportunity to interact first-hand with experts, and to learn best practices for negotiation and conflict resolution". Simulation Week is a strong example of how EDA builds knowledge in the field of international relations and diplomacy, to support the UAE's foreign policy objectives. As a result, the Academy has made these exercises an annual part of the curriculum for its students.  
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts SOAS University of London’s Centenary Celebration
02 April 2017, Sunday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, hosted a reception to mark the 100th anniversary of SOAS University of London (SOAS). Reflecting SOAS’s time-honoured tradition of imparting knowledge on important issues concerning the region, the celebration at EDA incorporated an engaging panel discussion themed ‘Diplomacy in a Polarising World’.Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director of SOAS and Member of EDA Advisory Council, hosted a panel that included Mishaal Al Gergawi, Managing Director at the Delma Institute, Tom Fletcher, Special Advisor to the President of EDA, and Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations and Chair of the International Relations Speaker Series at SOAS.The panel discussed the rapidly changing international political landscape that has lately witnessed dramatic developments from Brexit to the election of Donald Trump as the US president. The lively debate produced key learnings on the ramifications of these events, their implications for future diplomats, as well as their impact on the UAE, the Middle East region, and international organisations.Expressing her appreciation for EDA and the event, Baroness Valerie Amos said: “I would like to thank all at EDA who made tonight possible. SOAS has a long history of teaching and research on the Middle East, and we are pleased to have the opportunity, with EDA, to consider the skills and attributes necessary for diplomats in a rapidly changing and polarising world. Diplomats need to have the ability to work in many spheres to contribute to tackling global challenges, and helping to find solutions where they continue to evade us.”Expressing his appreciation for SOAS’s work, His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: “We are honoured to welcome these thought-provoking speakers here today and to host SOAS’s centenary celebration at our Academy. SOAS has a great history of teaching the rest of the world about the Middle East, and we are very pleased to have this opportunity to build upon the positive relationship between our two institutions.” He added: “EDA seeks to forge lasting and impactful connections with prestigious international universities and their educators, and our reception in honour of SOAS and Baroness Valerie Amos CH is a prime example of working towards this goal. I have met many distinguished alumni from SOAS, and it was a privilege to host for this renowned university.”Established by a royal charter in 1916 as the School of Oriental Studies and welcoming its first batch of students in 1917, SOAS specialises in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Near and Middle East. In commemoration of its centenary, SOAS held events in Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, Hong Kong, New York, and Lagos.
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Delegations from Emirates Diplomatic Academy to Visit High-profile Institutions in Belgium, Netherlands, and China
29 March 2017, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, is sending two delegations abroad as part of an educational and cultural exchange. The project aligns with the Academy’s strategy of strengthening ties with partner organisations in Europe and Asia. During the two week-long trips, over 65 students and faculty will visit a selection of high-profile international, government and educational institutions. In addition, they will stop over at several world-renowned cultural sites and offer their foreign counterparts insights into the UAE’s rich cultural heritage. The EDA delegation to Europe will start in Belgium, where the Academy delegates will attend sessions at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as well as meet Gilles de Kerchove, a Belgian senior European Union (EU) official at the EU headquarters, and Margaritis Schinas, the current Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission. The delegates will then proceed to the Netherlands to visit the Dutch Parliament and Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as prestigious international institutions, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. As part of EDA’s drive to build relationships with leading European educational institutions, the students and faculty will visit the College of Europe in Bruges and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael. In parallel, the EDA delegation to China will travel to Beijing and Shanghai, where the future diplomats will attend meetings at key national government agencies including China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National People’s Congress. The students and faculty will also visit Peking University, China Foreign Affairs University, Zayed Center for Arabic Language and Islamic Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), and the Middle East Studies Institute at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). Finally, they will engage in briefings on the Chinese international security framework, and One Road One Belt Initiative (OROB). Bernardino León, President of EDA emphasised the crucial role the delegation programme serves for the academy: “The annual international delegation is an integral component of our academic programme. Travelling abroad and gaining first-hand experience is an important part of the learning process, and it provides future diplomats an opportunity to put their training into practice, while improving understanding of the UAE abroad. The trips represent tremendous opportunities for EDA students to expand their horizons and to build relationships that will benefit not only the Academy but the UAE as a whole.” In 2016, EDA previously sent a delegation to the U.S. on its inaugural international delegation programme.
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UAE Diplomats’ Spouses Graduate from Emirates Diplomatic Academy Executive Training Program
28 March 2017, Tuesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, has announced the completion of a program that provided participants with essential skills and knowledge on topics of protocol, etiquette, and professional appearance, in addition to teachings on the history and culture of the UAE. A current diplomat’s spouse also shared her own experiences at the program, which was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The week-long course leveraged EDA’s first-class executive training capabilities to provide diplomats’ families with the tools they will need to meet challenges of diplomatic protocols for a range of responsibilities as spouses, such as the hosting of social events and the sending of correspondences. Diplomats’ spouses must be aware of diplomatic norms, codes of behavior, and social relations, and they must know how to convey a good image of the UAE while holding a strong understanding of the cultures of their host countries. EDA’s Diplomat Spouses Program ensures that all participants are ready to meet these demands. EDA President Bernardino Leon congratulated the participants, “We are proud of our graduates from the Diplomat Spouses Program. EDA’s executive training courses, such as this, continue to enable the UAE to see improvements in diplomatic capabilities, and support foreign policy objectives in both the short and long term.” Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education and Student Affairs further announced, “We are excited to offer this program for the families of diplomats. EDA understands it is important that not only diplomats, but also their spouses, are fully prepared to take on the great responsibility of representing the UAE around the world.” “It was a pleasure to join for this tremendous learning opportunity. The EDA Diplomat Spouses Program provided us with invaluable skills for local and international etiquette and hospitality. It also covered the ceremonial rules for official functions and explained how to behave on these special occasions. I feel prepared to take on a diplomatic role, and I have a firm understanding of multicultural manners.”, said a graduate of this year’s course. EDA’s Diplomat Spouses Program provides diplomatic families with the capabilities to effectively represent the UAE on a world stage. The one-week executive education program is offered to the spouses of all UAE diplomats.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Graduates a Group of new Senior Diplomats from Executive Training Programme
23 March 2017, Thursday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, held a graduation ceremony for a group of new senior Diplomats. Developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, EDA’s New Ambassador Programme provides senior diplomats with the tools and knowledge to effectively represent the UAE on a world stage. The three-month executive education programme develops a range of skills and competencies – including political analysis, diplomatic correspondence, strategic thinking and scenario planning – while exploring various topics related to global affairs, communications with media, and cross-cultural communication skills. Speaking at the graduation ceremony, held at the Academy’s Sheikh Zayed Hall, Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: “We are proud of our new graduates, who are now equipped with the capabilities that will enable them to better serve the UAE’s foreign policy goals. Executive education holds a prominent place in EDA’s mission of supporting the country’s global diplomatic ambitions.” For her part, Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of the Executive Training and Student Affairs Department, added: “Today’s graduation is just the beginning. These new senior diplomats will take the knowledge and skills they have gained, and share them with others through their work in diplomatic missions abroad. Meanwhile, EDA will continue to enhance its programmes to ensure that our world-class professionals receive the international-calibre education they deserve.” EDA has brought world-renowned experts and practitioners in the field of diplomacy to the UAE to inspire budding diplomats to become worthy representatives of their country. The New Ambassador Programme is a prime example of how the Academy meets its mandate of preparing students to strengthen the UAE’s international relations and deliver its foreign policy messages across the globe.
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Image Nation CEO Urges EDA Students to Build Careers in Public Diplomacy
16 March 2017, Thursday
At a special event hosted by Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, urged Emirati youth to pursue careers in the dynamic field of public diplomacy. Referring to public diplomacy as a "highly influential field that is pivotal to the UAE's international affairs in the 21st century", Garin threw light on the exciting career path that efficiently engages with global audiences in a way that informs and influences. Mr Garin explained, “When we bring Hollywood professionals to the UAE, they are overwhelmed and impressed by the talent of the young people here. People in the UAE are very knowledgable of the film industry. We don’t lack for talent, we lack for mentors and experience. I’ve never seen a place with a such a concentration of talent, and now is the time to realise that potential.” Speaking at the two-hour interactive session held at the auditorium of the Academy that drew engaging questions from students, Garin set the stage by elaborating on the growing role of public diplomacy, and linked it to the UAE's international communications agenda. He also underlined the media’s special role as a disseminator of a country's key messages to audiences worldwide. Illustrating how the UAE is adopting global best practices in the sphere of international communications, Garin spoke about Image Nation’s work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and showcased content – documentaries and other productions created by the company – that promotes the UAE's international outreach communications programme. He also discussed Imagine Nation's role and collaboration with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of EDA, on securing internships for Emiratis within the Academy. Garin, who drew upon his 40 years of experience in the industry, and his current role managing and forging key international partnerships for a leading UAE film entertainment company, concluded by explaining to the students the preparatory steps they would need to take to successfully launch themselves in the sphere of public diplomacy. As CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Garin heads one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Arabic speaking world. Image Nation produces local and international films, documentaries and television content, and is a pan-Arabic broadcaster following the 2015 launch of Quest Arabiya. Garin previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of Abu Dhabi Media Company for four years before he was appointed CEO of Image Nation in February 2011. Previously, he worked for over a decade at TIME, Fortune and Time-Life Television. He is also the co-founder of Lorimar-Telepictures, a leading independent television company in the US, and served as the CEO of Central European Media Enterprises. In an earlier role, he was also the Global Head to Media & Telecommunications Investment banking for ING.
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Be Bold for Change: Noura Al Kaabi Calls for Women’s Empowerment in MENA Region at Emirates Diplomatic Academy
16 March 2017, Thursday
Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, Chairwoman at Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi, twofour54, and Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, shared a compelling narrative of her personal and career growth experiences as a leading Emirati woman changemaker in her address to the students and faculty of Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution. The talk was hosted as part of the Academy’s celebration of the Untied Nations’ International Women’s Day. Entitled ‘Be Bold for Change’, the insightful and inspiring address called for leading women to help shape a stronger gender inclusive world. Drawing on her distinguished record as one of the most prominent young Emirati leaders in the UAE, Her Excellency Al Kaabi highlighted examples from her own journey to encourage her audience to maximise their potential and use their talent to effect a tangible difference in global women’s empowerment. In her address, Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi said: “Our leadership has long supported women’s empowerment as envisioned by the UAE’s founding father late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. These values continue to be championed by His Highness Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. As was exemplified by the mother of the nation, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, everyone should take this mindset to encourage even more women to fully participate in our society, going forward. Including women’s perspectives and skills as part of the solution to the challenges we face will further ensure the sustained success of our national development.” Her Excellency Al Kaabi’s achievements have been internationally recognised. The first UAE national to be ranked in the Foreign Policy magazine’s ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers List’, she has also been honoured by Forbes Magazine as one of the Middle East’s ‘30 Most Influential Women in Government’. Bernardino Leon, President of Emirates Diplomatic Academy, said: “EDA was honoured to host Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi to our Academy as the latest eminent speaker to address our faculty and students. Her personal and professional journey sets her out as an exemplary role model and an inspiration.” Commenting on the lecture, Omar Al Bitar, Vice President of Emirates Diplomatic Academy, remarked: “We are very grateful for the valuable lessons that Her Excellency Al Kaabi shared from her own impressive career. In terms of women’s empowerment, it's not just a matter of equality in numbers but in terms of capabilities. As Her Excellency Al Kaabi highlighted today, the UAE is the leader in achieving that goal. ” A global event organised by the United Nations to celebrate the political, economic, social and cultural achievements of women, International Women’s Day is marked on 8 March annually. EDA joined in the global celebration of women’s empowerment with Her Excellency Al Kaabi’s address featuring as a key part of the Academy’s support. Reflecting on its mandate to train the UAE’s future diplomats and offer thought leadership on international affairs, Emirates Diplomatic Academy is gaining international reputation as a forum for discussion of pertinent regional and global topics.    
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