2nd International conference on Business Diplomacy

business diplomacy:

in search of New Values, Rules and Practices

UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE (enschede, netherlands)


Dec. 10 



Keynote speaker

Dr. Wilfried Bolewski

Diplomat, lawyer and professor

Former German Ambassador to Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas,

Amd.Bolewski teaches Diplomacy and International Law at American Graduate School in Paris



Round tables


African Economic Diplomacy


Prof. Raymond Saner

(Basle University (SUI) & Lüneburg University (Germany) Co-founder of CSEND

Dr. Doudou Sidibe

(Novancia Business School (Paris) & Universite Paris-Est-Marne- La Vallee)



Business diplomacy in the post-covid era:

in search of new values, rules and practices


Shaun Riordan

Director of the Department of Diplomacy and Cyber Diplomacy at EIIS

Senior visiting fellow at the Clingendael Institute and a former British diplomat.



All accepted full papers and contributions will be published (if the authors agree) with an ISSN on the conference website – which will be publicly accessible for at least five years.  

A selection of extended papers are being invited for review and potential publication on a Journal special issue.

Dr. Huub Ruël


Dr. Iñigo Arbiol

Initiated and organized by:



Programme: December 10th

9.30 am (GMT+1/CET)

Welcome by webinar hosts (Huub Ruël & Iñigo Arbiol)


9.45 am Key note address – Dr. Wilfried Bolewski


10.15 am Q & A / plenary discussion


10.45 am – 5 minutes break for coffee/tea/beverage


10.50 am Introduction of (paper) presentation session 1


Presentation 1:  Naiara Igarabide (11 am – 11. 15 am / Q&A until 11.20 am) (University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain)

Presentation 2: Ander Caballero (11.15 am - 11.30 am / Q&A until 11.35 am) (MPA Harvard Scholar, Boston US)

Presentation 3: Sergio Caballero & Iñigo Arbiol (11.30 am – 11.45 am / Q&A until 11.50 am) (University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain)


Lunch break 12 pm – 12.30 pm


12.30 pm – 13.30 – Round Table: African Economic Diplomacy (1 hr)

With Prof. Raymond Saner and Dr. Doudou Sibide


13.30 short break (5 min) coffee/tea/beverage


13.40 Paper presentation session 2 (1.45 – 2.45 am)


Presentation 1: (1.45 – 2 pm / Q&A until 2.05 pm) Mark Passamard & Stelios Zyglidopoulos (Kedge Business School, Marseille, France)– How business diplomacy helps extractive industry firms to acquire a social license to operate


Presentation 2: (2.05 – 2.20 pm / Q&A until 2.25 pm) Taghi R. Zadeh & Abdollah Ramezanzadeh (University of Amsterdam and University of Tehran) - Identity work at the front: Border markets as the platform of ethnic conflict management


Presentation 3: (2.25-2.40 pm / Q&A until 2.45 pm) Huub Ruël – (University of Twente/Hotelschool The Hague) – Business diplomacy by multinationals: towards a common good based framework


Short break (10 min)


3 pm – 4 pm – Round Table: Business diplomacy in the post-COVID era: in search of new values, rules and practices (1 hr)

With Shaun Riordan


4 pm – Closing of the webinar: key take aways, special issue for the International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy – possibilities for an edited book (via Emerald) – Deusto master programme promotion – follow up events – community building - open inputs and suggestions from attendees welcomed


4.30/4.45 end of the webinar