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. 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
TIME: 1:00 PM PST (SAN DIEGO)
4:00 PM (WASHINGTON DC)
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. He also served as Deputy Director of the same office for two years prior to becoming the Director in 2015. His previous Ministry of Defense assignments include serving as Defense Counsellor at the Estonian Embassy in Washington, D.C. (2010-2013) and as Director of International Cooperation Department in Tallinn (2007-2010). Mr. Prikk holds a Master’s degree from the United States Army War College and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tartu, Estonia. Mr. Prikk is married to Liis, with whom he has two daughters and a son.
LT. GENERAL BEN HODGES
It is our great pleasure to welcome and host Lt. General Ben Hodges May 16th to May 19th 2023 in California. Meetings will be hosted in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Palo Alto. General Hodges will be sharing 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.
A native of Quincy, Florida, Lieutenant General (Retired) Frederick Benjamin "Ben" Hodges graduated from the United States Military Academy in May 1980 and was commissioned in the Infantry. After his first assignment as an Infantry Lieutenant in Germany, he commanded Infantry units at the Company, Battalion and Brigade levels as the 101st Airborne Division and in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He also served in an operational assignment as Director of Operations, Regional Command South, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Hodges has also served in a variety of Joint and Army Staff positions to include Tactic Instructor at the Infantry School; Chief of Plans, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; Army Congressional Liaison Officer; Task Force Senior Observer-Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA: Coalition/Joint – 3 (CJ3) of Multi-National Corps-Iraq in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Chief of Staff, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg; and Director of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell on the Joint Staff, Chief of Legislative Liaison for the United States Army, and Commander, NATO Allied Land Command. His last Military assignment was as Commander, United States Army Europe from 2014 to 2017.Lieutenant General (Retired) Hodges holds the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis.
Democratic systems need to be resilient in order to guarantee stability and security. Moreover, a lively democratic system is also a diverse one, leading to a healthy exchange of different perspectives. How much diversity and resilience is needed to guarantee the ideal functioning of a political system? Can diversity also negatively impact the stability of political systems? Under this year's general theme 'Diversity and Resilience', we will discuss how power shifts on the global stage affect the stability of the world order and at all levels of governance: international, European, national, local.
We would like to invite our international members to our dialog and networking reception "We Are the World, Act Now" following the Political Forum August 27th, 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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