The Digital Diplomacy Coalition and the British Council invite you to join us for a panel discussion and reception:

Thursday, October 9 at 5:30pm

Georgetown University – Downtown Campus
640 Massachusetts Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20001
Reception to follow


Watch the livestream here.

Digital Diplomacy is not just about “communications” and broadcasting messages. It is about countries and non-state actors using digital platforms to achieve strategic policy goals by building relationships and creating communities.

With the creation of these communities, governments are directly engaging the public on critical policy issues, benefiting both diplomats and citizens alike. In a digital world the size of your country matters less than the impact of your digital engagement. This panel will explore what’s working, what’s not, and lessons learned.

Please join us for a panel discussion featuring:

  • Gokhan Yucel — Co-founder & President of
  • Jimmy Leach — Digital Consultant and Senior Associate at Portland Communications, formerly Head of Digital Diplomacy at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
  • Joakim Edvardsson Reimar — Head of Digital Diplomacy for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Petrit Selimi — Deputy Foreign Minister, Government of Kosovo

Moderator:  James Barbour — Minister Counselor, Press and Public Diplomacy at the European Union Delegation in Washington

A reception and book launch of “This is how we do Soft Power: Practical Guidebook in Public and Digital Diplomacy of a Little Republic” will follow.

Event Partners and Sponsors

Sponsored by the British Council, Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Grafik, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Portland.