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Our Faculty

Our Faculty

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies Academic Board is composed of professors, high profile politicians and experienced professionals from the public and private sectors. Our Faculty includes university professors, diplomats, politicians, business executives, civil society leaders, media representatives, mediators/ conflict management experts and other high-profile individuals from prestigious institutions.

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies' Faculty includes:

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brückner

Academic Director - Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)
Dr. Brückner studied Political Science, German Literature, and History at the University of Würzburg and the Freie Universität Berlin. Working at the FU Berlin since 1987, he has specialized in European Integration. Dr. Brückner's PhD is on the role of the European Commission in the policy-making of the European Union. From 1997 until 2003, he also worked as a Jean Monnet Visiting Professor at Szczecin University in Poland, and since 1999, has taught as a Visiting Professor at Stanford University in Berlin and California, ECNU and Fudan University Shanghai, MGIMO Moscow, Sabanci University in Istanbul, the University for Economics in Bratislava, and the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. In 2003 he became an EU Jean Monnet Professor at Stanford.

Prof. Dr. Vasile Puscas

Director of Programs - Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)

Dr. Vasile Puscas, a politician, diplomat, and renowned International Relations scholar, is a Jean Monnet Chair Professor at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. Since 2000, Dr. Puscas has been a director of the Institute of Political Science and International Relations at the University Babes-Bolyai in Cluj, Romania. In 2001, he became a member of the Social Democratic Party and was Deputy in the 2000-2004 and 2004-2008 legislative terms, during which time he was the Chief Negotiator with the EU and Minister Delegate with the Ministry of European Integration.  In December 2008 Dr. Puscas became the Romanian Minister for European Affairs, a position he held until October 2009. (more)

Prof. Dr. Karl P. Donfried

Director of Studies - Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)

Dr. Karl Donfried was educated at Columbia College, Harvard Divinity School, and the Union Theological Seminary in New York, before obtaining his PhD in Theology from the University of Heidelberg. He was first appointed to the faculty of Smith College in 1968 and served as the Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor of Religion and Biblical Literature until 2005. He has also served as a Visiting Professor at Freie Universität and Humboldt Universität in Berlin, Germany; Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel; and Yale University Divinity School in Connecticut, USA.

Prof. Dr. Kishore Chakraborty

Director of Research - Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)

Dr. Chakroborty has over thirty years of experience teaching in undergraduate and graduate business schools in the USA and Germany. He previously taught at Northeastern University, Babson College, Arthur D. Little School of Management, Handels Hochschule Leipzig, and Hult International Business School. Dr. Chakraborty holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) from Brandeis University, and a Doctorate from Harvard University. Alongside his academic career, Dr. Chakraborty has been working as an Independent Management Consultant.

Mark C. Donfried

Executive Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

Mark Donfried is the current director of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, a Berlin based NGO that he founded in 2001. His focus at the moment is fulfilling his role as director of the ICD in pursuit of its mission to extend research, programs and practices in the field of cultural diplomacy. Mark. Donfried also teaches courses in cultural diplomacy for the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies.

The Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges

Vice President of the ICD Advisory Board

The Hon. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges is a Luxembourgish politician... Ms. Hennicot-Schoepges has a deep interest in cultural and civil affairs and is known for her active involvement in numerous foundations, where issues such as Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue and Cultural Itineraries are treated. Ms. Hennicot-Schoepges was the first female President of Luxembourg's Parliament and was later appointed as Luxembourg's Minister of Culture, Higher Education, and Research and Public Works. She was elected as Member of the European Parliament in 2004. During her five-year mandate, she established herself as an active member of environment and research (more)

The Hon. Yasar Yakis

President of the ICD Young Leaders' Forum

Yasar Yakis completed his university studies in 1962 the Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University, and joined the diplomatic service. During his time in the Foreign Ministry, Mr. Yakis served in Antwerp, Belgium; Lagos, Nigeria; Brussels, Belgium; and Damascus, Syria. In 1988, Mr. Yakis became the Turkish Ambassador to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and in 1992 the Deputy Under-Secretary in the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of Economic Affairs. He was then appointed as the Turkish Ambassador to Cairo in 1995 and Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations Office in Vienna in 1998. In 2000 and 2001, Mr. Yakis became the founding member of the Justice and Development Party. From the date of the establishment of the party to the general elections of November 3rd, 2002, he served as Deputy Chairman of the Party, in charge of International Relations. He was elected Member of Parliament in 2002 and was the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2002-2003.

Amb. Karl-Erik Norrman

ICD Advisory Board Member

Amb. Norrman has a distinguished diplomatic career in the Swedish Foreign Ministry, with posts including: Ambassador, Head of the UN Ministry for Development Assistance, Head of Asia Division and Humanitarian Assistance, Trade Negotiator GATT (today WTO), Secretary Ministry of Education and Culture, Researcher at the Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm, and Senior Advisor to the Swedish Red Cross. He currently serves as the Secretary General, European Cultural Parliament.

Dr. Elke Ritt

Head, Creative Europe at the British Council

Dr. Elke Ritt, born in Krefeld, Germany, graduated from Duesseldorf University in 1978 with a degree in English and Mathematics. In 1984, she was admitted to the University of Leicester for a Degree of Master of Arts, and consequently obtained an MA in Victorian Studies. In 1991, she obtained a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Munich. Alongside her studies, Dr. Ritt spent 10 years teaching English and Mathematics at German secondary schools; teaching German, Literature, and Landeskunde in the Department of German at the University of Leicester; and teaching Literature at the Institut für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft at the University of Munich. Dr. Ritt has been Head of the Arts & Creative Industries Department in Germany since 1993, and presently leads the Arts, Literature, British Studies, and Dreams and Teams programs. The Dreams & Teams project is an international program that aims to develop leadership and cross-cultural awareness in young people through sport and international educational links.