It is my great honor to serve as your host and welcome you to the Ambassadorial Roundtable and World Diplomatic Forum. This unique, high-paced, dynamic, nonpartisan, diplomatic international affairs forum is dedicated to addressing key global challenges, stimulating dialogue, and fostering cooperation between established and emerging powers. We are committed to generating impactful, sustainable solutions necessary for peace, progress, and innovation by connecting the diplomatic community with businesses executives, investment capital, the military and academia while maintaining contacts at the highest levels of governments, militaries, businesses, and NGOs.
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H.E. RADOVAN JAVORČIK
Ambassador of Slovakia to Washington, D.C.
Dr. Ina von Ber, CEO Ambassadorial Roundtable
Transatlantic Trade, Technology and Investment Partnerships
DATE: November 29, 2023
Radovan Javorčík assumed his duties as the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States of America in January 2021. Prior to his appointment as ambassador, he had a distinguished career in foreign affairs spanning more than 15 years, including appointments at NATO, as Ambassador to Israel, and in the Slovak Cabinet. He served as Director of Department for North America and Wider Middle East and again as Director for Security Policy. He assumed duties as the Slovak Ambassador in in London (2005 - 2009) and in Israel (2011 - 2015) and as Head of the Cabinet of two Deputy Foreign Ministers, he returned to Brussels in 2017 as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic on the North Atlantic Council (NATO).
FALL HOOT AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB
Fall Hoot at the National Press Club! JudyWoodruff & AlHunt headlined the sold out event and, as always, hit it out of the ballpark. In a distinguished network television career that began with her coverage of Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign for NBC News, Judy Woodruff has remained at the pinnacle of broadcast journalism for 40 years. Having served as chief White House correspondent for NBC and PBS, the host of CNN’s Inside Politics, and now co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, Woodruff has had a front row seat to world events, as well as some of the most notable campaigns, elections, and political scandals in American history.
Al Hunt wrote for the Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau for 35 years beginning in 1969, covering congressional and national politics before rising to bureau chief and executive Washington editor. He hosted the Sunday morning talk show, "Political Capital," and was a weekly panelist on CNN’s "Capital Gang" and "Evans, Novak Hunt & Shields. "He became Bloomberg News’ Washington editor and anchor on Bloomberg’s "Political Capital with Al Hunt."
H.E. KRISTJAN PRIKK
Ambassador of Estonia to Washington, D.C.
Dr. Ina von Ber, CEO Ambassadorial Roundtable
Impact of the Estonian Digital Transformation on the United States: Trade, Security, Investment
DATE: June 9, 2023
Kristjan Prikk is the Estonian Ambassador to the United States since May 2021. Before assuming his current duties, Prikk served as the Permanent Secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Defense. Prior to becoming the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Prikk worked as Undersecretary for Defense Policy in the Ministry of Defense from July 2017 to August 2018. From 2015 to 2017 Mr. Prikk was the Director of National Security and the Defense Coordination Unit of the Estonian Government Office.
Thank you to Ambassador Kristjan Prikk and to our invited guests for sharing your expertise, furthering bilateral relations and strengthen future collaboration between the two countries. Read more
(L)Ambassador of Estonia to Washington DC, H.E. Kristjan Prikk, Ina von Ber, CEO Ambassadorial Roundtable, Peter Thermos, CTO & Founder Palindrome Technologies, Timothy Chou, Board Member, Stanford Cloud Computing, David Rhew, Global Chief Medical Officer &VP Healthcare. Microsoft, Adj.Prof. Stanford University, Patrick Flynn, Head Trellix Advanced Programs, Patrick Bradley, Chief Clinical Officer, Kinometrix, Wally Prather, Cyber Threat Intelligence/BD, Sarah Horman, UC San Diego Health, Medical Director Telehealth and Virtual Transition Clinic, Karen Sleiman, Consul and Head of Trade Office, Defense and Security, Consul of Canada, Michael Dershowitz, Sr. Attorney Federal Trade Commission (ret), Tomas Lopes de Fonseca, Head of Marketing, EMEA , AI Digital Solutions, Bayer, Joel Sadler, Co-FounderPatch XR,Head of AI Creator Tools, Adj. Faculty Stanford University.
LT. GENERAL BEN HODGES
AIt was our great pleasure and privilege to host Lt. General Ben Hodges May 15th to May 19th 2023 for his California Dreaming Tour! Meetings were hosted in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Palo Alto. General Hodges sharer valuable insights into the Transatlantic Relationship, his perspective on the Geopolitical Consequences of the Russia and Ukraine War, NATO's Pivotal Role, US Military Power and Global Security Challenges. .
Thank you to all our participants for making this a true California Dreaming Tour: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (ret.), National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster (ret), US Dept. Secretary of Defense Joe Felter (ret), Ambassador Michael McFaul (ret), Ambassador Steve Pifer (ret), Ambassador John Emerson, Professor Francis Fukuyama, Professor James Goldgeier, SDMAC, OCWAC, American Council on Germany, Nixon Library, Christoph Leuze, Stanford School of Business.
'Till we meet again, stay cool!
Special thanks to the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Washington D.C.,The San Diego Police Department, Orange County, Los Angeles, Palo Alto and San Francisco.
A BOLD EUROPE 2023
August 27th - 31st 2023 Alpbach, Austria
Europe finds itself at a crossroads today. Facing many new challenges and opportunities, it navigates its way through numerous tasks that demand taking decisive action in areas of economic recovery, environmental conservation, social equality, integration, democracy, education, and healthcare.Brexit, migration crisis, security threats, rising nationalism, economic disparities, aging population, climate change, digital transformation, technological disruption, political fragmentation, and geopolitical tensions require collaborative efforts, innovative solutions and demand a bold and forward-looking approach. Reception following the Political Forum August 30th, 2023.
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H.E. Shaikh Abdulla Bin Rashid Bin Al Khalifa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Washington, DC, Dr. Ina von Ber, CEO Ambassadorial Roundtable
HOT TOPICS: We want to know about emerging technologies, innovation, bi-lateral relations between the Kingdom and the US, peace in the Middle East, the floor is open.
US, CHINA AND RUSSIA: ALL BETS ARE OFF CRITICAL INSIGHTS INTO THE POWER TRIANGLE
In a joint briefing presented by the Ambassadorial Roundtable and FPA, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul will offer his assessment of the current US-RUSSIA-CHINA relations in a discussion with Dr.Ina von Ber, CEO Ambassadorial Roundtable and Ian Williams, President of the Foreign Press Association.
FOCUS: AFRICA BUILDING SUSTAINABLE PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN EUROPE AND AFRICA GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA AN INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION PANEL
HIS HOLINESS THE 14th DALAI LAMA:
"YOU CAN CREATE A BETTER WORLD"
The Dalai Lama’s message, centered on caring for others with kindness and compassion, emphasizes that education, scientific inquiry, and global responsibility are essential means to create a more peaceful world.The Ambassadorial Roundtable and USPA are honored to participate and cover the visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to San Diego. Special thanks to the University of California, San Diego for including us. A private reception for members of the Ambassadorial Roundtable to celebrate.
AMBASSADOR MICHAEL MCFAUL: FROM COLD WAR TO HOT PEACE
Please join us for an informative discussion with Ambassador Michael McFaul, former US Ambassador to the Russian Federation, as he shares his views of Putin's Russia, election interference, US-Russia relations and introduces his new book "From Cold War to Hot Peace". A firsthand account of his ambassadorship, McFaul provides a unique perspective on one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships.
WORLD BANK GROUP AND INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND: MAJOR GLOBAL ECONOMIC CHALLENGES AHEAD
The Ambassadorial Roundtable participated for the third year in a row in the International Monetary Fund's Spring Meetings, covering the latest topics and hosted our D.C get together. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) brought together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness. Also featured were seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world's financial system.
FOCUS SWISS ECONOMY:
AMBASSADORIAL ROUNDTABLE HOSTS
SWISS CONSULS IN SAN DIEGO,CA
National Day is a statutory public holiday – since 1891. It is also often referred to simply as the First of August. The date was taken from the Swiss Federal Charter, which was signed “at the beginning of the month of August 1291”. This document marked the alliance between the three Alpine cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden, during which they swore eternal allegiance to one another. As a result, they are generally regarded as the three original cantons of the Swiss Confederation. The Ambassadorial Roundtable will covered the celebrations. Consul General Schneider Dr. Ina von Ber invited members of the Los Angeles Press Club to discuss technological breakthroughs, share economical highlights and investment opportunities in Switzerland.
The Ambassadorial Roundtable hosted Mr. Peter Hafner, act. Consul General of Switzerland, for an informative evening on November 20th at the Del Mar Marriott. There are almost 2,000 foreign-owned companies in Orange County generating over 114,000 jobs and $7 billion in wages, twice that of San Diego County. Of the 387 Swiss-owned companies in Southern California. Consul General Hafner offered information about upcoming changes impacting Swiss citizens residing in Southern California, novel movies and cultural events.
(L to R). Karin & Kevin Bacon, Owners Teuscher La Jolla, Mr. & Mrs. Lorenzo & Patizia Bucci, Owners Pappalecco., L.A Press Club Board of Directors hosted with Amb. Rt. at Swiss Consulate Los Angeles, Swiss Consul General Thomas Schneider, Dr. Ina Von Ber, Mr. Joe Panetta, CEO Biocom, Dr. Ina von Ber, CEO Amb. Roundtable, Swiss Interim Consul General Mr. Peter Hafner, Mr. Luthi Pres. San Diego Swiss Club & guests.
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