Founded in 1999, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy´s ultimate goal is to promote global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels. Over the past
decade the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange organizations, hosting programs that facilitate interaction among individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, from across the world.
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy believes that inter- and intracultural relations can be strengthened and maintained through dialogue. This, in turn, leads to a better understanding and greater trust between cultures, prevent misunderstanding, improve communication and cooperation and help to reduce the likelihood of socio-cultural conflicts.
Among Bertie Ahern’s colleagues on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy are Mr Alan Ferguson, 22nd President of the Australian Senate; Minister Dr. Hassan B. Diab, the Minister of Education and High Education of Lebanon; Admiral James Milton Loy, Former United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Dr Said W. Musa, Former Prime Minister of Belize; and Dr. Nazar Al Baharna, Former Foreign Minister of Bahrain.