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June 12, 2013
8:30 am
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11:30 am

The Digital Diplomacy Forum will be held in the Rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The Ronald Reagan Building is located at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004.

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In the past, diplomacy would occur in quiet settings involving mostly government officials and policy elites. Now exchanges are out in the open, with newly empowered citizens offering their views and hoping for a genuine dialogue. Social media will lead to a shift in the form and strategy of public diplomacy, providing a way to amplify traditional diplomatic efforts, develop tech-based policy solutions, and encourage cyber activism.

The Digital Diplomacy Forum will bring together key stakeholders from the private sector, government, and non-profits to discuss the impact of digital diplomacy. 

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky

Senior Fellow, Harvd University's JFK Belfer Center

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Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky

Senior Fellow, Harvd University's JFK Belfer Center

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Previously, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs from 2010 to 2012 at Thomson Reuters. She also held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy. From 2001-2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs; and in February 2007, she was appointed the President’s Special Envoy on Northern Ireland.

Andrew Gelfuso
Andrew Gelfuso

Vice President, Trade Center Management Associates

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Andrew Gelfuso

Vice President, Trade Center Management Associates

Andrew F. Gelfuso is Vice-President at Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA), a privately held, wholly owned subsidiary of the Boston based Drew Company. TCMA serves as the fullservice, property management company for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. This facility is also designated as the official World Trade Center of Washington, DC, which is part of the global network of the Centers with affiliates in over 90 countries around the world. As Vice-President, Mr. Gelfuso leads the global mission of the Center while focusing on international business development, program promotion, business matchmaking, outreach, trade counseling, strategic partnerships, government, and diplomatic relations.

Under Mr. Gelfuso’s leadership, the Office for Trade Promotion is responsible for driving the Congressional mandate of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and for positioning the Center to be Washington’s focal point for a wide array of international trade, cultural, and educational programming.

Ann Tran
Ann Tran

Forbes 2013 Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers

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Ann Tran

Forbes 2013 Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers

Ann’s swift rise to prominence across social media platforms can be attributed to her entrepreneurial drive that is tempered by her gentle spirit, generosity and down-to-earth charm. She currently helps several high-profile clients create brand awareness and foster brand loyalty, as well as enabling their online presence to reach new heights with her innovative social media campaigns. Most recently, Forbes’ Haydn Shaughnessy named Ann as one of 2013’s Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers.

David Darg
David Darg

Co-Fouunder, Social News PLatform RYOT.org

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David Darg

Co-Fouunder, Social News PLatform RYOT.org

One of Esquire Magazine’s “2012 Americans of the Year,” David spent the last decade as a first responder and frontline contributor for Reuters, the BBC and CNN, covering some of the world’s largest natural disasters and wars. As a filmmaker, David has won numerous awards including a Special Jury Mention at the 2012 Tribeca film festival as Co-Director of Baseball in the Time of Cholera. David grew up in the Middle East and England. After receiving his degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, he moved to Africa to work in the non-profit sector. David loves to surf and play guitar.

Evan Kraus
Evan Kraus

President, Managing Director of Operations and Managing Director, Washington, APCO Worldwide

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Evan Kraus

President, Managing Director of Operations and Managing Director, Washington, APCO Worldwide

Evan Kraus is president, managing director of operations and managing director, Washington, at APCO Worldwide.

Mr. Kraus has served as a senior strategic counselor for many of the world’s largest businesses – helping them optimize their Web presence; tell a better corporate story; “push” their messages out to target audiences; shape online issue debates; identify, attract and mobilize supporters and endorsers; conduct outreach to bloggers and other new media channels; and analyze the online environment to form strategy. 

Mr. Kraus is an expert in the emerging fields of media convergence – the blending of online and offline content into a highly integrated, dynamic and fast-moving news flow – and is a leader in movement marketing. He founded APCO's globally integrated Digital practice. In partnership with the Huffington Post and APCO’s in-house opinion research arm, APCO Insight, he pioneered a new proprietary approach to engaging social influencers called SocialEQ. 

He holds his Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia.

Joshua Foust
Joshua Foust

Washington, DC-based Freelance Journalist

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Joshua Foust

Washington, DC-based Freelance Journalist

Joshua Foust is a writer and analyst with a broad background in counterterrorism and foreign policy. He ended a research fellowship with the American Security Project, a non-partisan think tank founded by John Kerry and Chuck Hagel. Before that fellowship, he was a senior intelligence analyst for the U.S. military, a civilian adviser to the U.S. military in Afghanistan, a political analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Yemen, and the in-house futurist for the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command.

Mary D. Kane
Mary D. Kane

President and CEO, Sister Cities International

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Mary D. Kane

President and CEO, Sister Cities International

Mary D. Kane became President and CEO of Sister Cities International in October 2011. Ms. Kane leads the membership, youth and education, development, and advocacy programs to strengthen the sister city network around the world. Prior to joining Sister Cities International, she was an Executive Director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for identifying and building business partnerships and strategic alliances for the Chamber. Before joining the Chamber, Ms. Kane was the Secretary of State in Maryland and a former Assistant State’s Attorney. She serves on several boards, including Suburban Hospital – a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Mount Saint Mary’s University. Ms. Kane is a graduate of the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. and earned a B.S. in business and finance at Mt. St. Mary’s University.

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