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The Diplomatic Council - a global Think Tank in cooperation with The Diplomatic Society

The Diplomatic Society has established a formal partnership with the Diplomatic Council (DC), a global think tank, business network and charity foundation in consultative status with the United Nations.

Photo: The three in the middle: Diplomatic Council Founding President H.E. Buddhi Athauda, Ambassador of Sri Lanka  H.E. Shi Mingde, Ambassador of China and Member of the Diplomatic Council´s Board of President, and Hang Nguyen, Secretary General, with Chairs and Directors of the Diplomatic Council

The main aim of the Diplomatic Council is to serve as a bridge between diplomacy, economy and society. Members of the Diplomatic Council believe that economic diplomacy provides a solid foundation for international understanding and a more peaceful interaction amongst nations. A thriving economy bringing prosperity to mankind is one of the best guarantors of peace. Based on this recognition, the Diplomatic Council has transformed its goal of promoting international understanding into an economic mandate. The global DC business network is linked to the diplomatic communication level of the different DC member states.



Photo: From left to right: Husband of Adina Binti Kamarudin, Consul General of Malaysia, DC Business Ambassador Jamal Qaiser, Ambassador of Malaysia´s wife, H.E. Dato' Zulkifli Adnan, Ambassador of Malaysia and Member of the Diplomatic Council´s Board of Presidents, Hang Nguyen, Secretary General, Andreas Dripke, CEO to the United Nations, Adina Binti Kamarudin, Consul General of Malaysia

The experts and leaders engaged in the Diplomatic Council play a key role in consulting the ambassadors on how the economic principles can be employed in the global diplomatic network. Vice versa, the ambassadors use their diplomatic competency to ensure that economic activities promote understanding amongst nations and safeguard peace. In this spirit, the Diplomatic Council welcomes personalities from diplomacy, economy and society who enjoy high degrees of acceptance, high levels of expertise and who pursue the same visions and values.

The history and development of the Diplomatic Council

An ambassador or consul general is assigned to a country for a duration of approximately three to four years. Valuable relations established during this period are usually lost after the diplomat is sent to his next destination. In order to prevent this, the Diplomatic Council was founded with the purpose to maintain and expand this unique contact network even after the diplomat has moved to another country. DC diplomats always bring together their best contacts. Hence, a worldwide contact network is created which expands with every move of a DC diplomat.

From left to right: Dieter Brockmeyer, Chairman DC Global Media Forum, Hang Nguyen, Secretary General Diplomatic Council, Eric Achtmann, winner of the DC Global Media Innovator, and DC artist Ulrike BolenzGlobal Think Tank,  Business Network and Charity Foundation

The Diplomatic Council is built on three pillars as defined hereinafter:
•    The Diplomatic Council is a global think tank and enjoys the special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and adheres to the charter of the United Nations. In compliance with the UN principles, the Diplomatic Council is committed to serve the common welfare, to support charitable projects and to participate in scientific studies and projects. Content work such as writing white papers, creating reports, directories and certificates, generating and disseminating valuable information, are carried out in the DC forums, directorates, initiatives and programs.
•    The Diplomatic Council is a global business network providing a platform for diplomats, business leaders and societal personalities to meet and enrich each other.
•    The Diplomatic Council is a charity foundation supporting and promoting social and humanitarian projects.

Quality enjoys high priority

Quality has top priority in every respect. To reward quality, selected DC forums have created quality certificates such as the “DC Preferred Partner Hospitals/Clinics” seal, which is granted to hospitals following an extensive quality check by the assessors of the DC partner organization Temos International, a global hospital certifier. More than 55 medical facilities located all over the world have been awarded the DC Preferred Hospital/Clinic certificate. Further certificates are issued by the DC Global IT Forum and the Initiative DC Safer Internet for Children. DC corporate members are granted the DC Trusted Company logo which identifies them as a reliable and responsible company.

Each application is carefully reviewed

In accordance with the United Nations, the DC is not allowed to select members “by invitation only”. Each person, each company and each organization worldwide shall be granted the opportunity to apply for a Diplomatic Council membership which can be made online through the DC web portal

However,  the Diplomatic Council reserves the right to review each single application and either confirm or decline membership. For this purpose, each application is reviewed by the Ambassadors’ Circle in order to ensure the high level of the network.

Membership categories white, silver and gold

There are different membership categories

•    White (individual membership for persons who just want to join with a business interest).
•    Silver (corporate membership which can also be applied for by an individual who would like to be involved in the work of the DC).
•    Gold (DC Business Ambassador enjoy the same rank as accredited ambassadors), heads of governments, prime ministers, state ministers and ambassadors enjoy an honorary membership, however they have to apply for membership as well. The honorary membership is combined with the expectation that the honorary member is willing to actively engage in the DC for the benefit of all members.

The soul of the Diplomatic Council: its dedicated members

The Diplomatic Council is driven by active members from diplomacy, economy and society who are honoured and committed to help encouraging intercultural relations, enhancing international understanding and promoting a more peaceful relations amongst nations. In a world that demands a smooth interplay of economic competency and diplomatic skills, a think tank and network uniting diplomacy and business is crucial.




January 2018







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