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October 2017

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative *Dinner Hospitality Available

October 7 - November 5

12 delegates will be coming from Latin America and the Caribbean to make professional connections in San Diego through month-long business fellowships with local companies. They will be living as a cohort downtown, working Monday-Thursday with local companies, and spending Fridays in professional development sessions as a group. Host institutions confirmed thus far include Hub Makers Space and Fuse Integration, Hera Labs, San Diego PRIDE, County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services, Edible Alchemy, and OnePitch and BAM Communications.

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Professional Fellows Program (PFP) and Young Southeast Asia Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) *Home Hosting Available

October 13 - November 13

8 delegates will be coming from Eastern Europe and South East Asia to make professional connections in San Diego through month-long business fellowships with local companies. These fellows will be home hosted and work approximately 40 hours per week while in San Diego. Host institutions include PANA, ESET, Founders First Capital Partners, San Diego Workforce Partnership, DoWhop, UCSD Center for Commercialization and Innovation, UCSD Rady School, and RISE San Diego

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Colorado River Project

October 19

25 Visitors will be coming from the U.S. and Mexico to make professional connections in San Diego exploring the following: Visiting the Imperial Valley's Imperial Irrigation District to better understand bi-national management of the Colorado River resources

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Comedy Diplomacy

October 26: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Comedy Palace, 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92123 United States
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Join the San Diego Diplomacy Council in partnership with ithra, The Comedy Palace, and Middle East Institute in a night of comedy at the Comedy Palace. Shakir Sharif, Khalid Khalifa and Yaser Bakr are three Saudi Arabian comedians that will be performing. Shakir Sharif is known for his celebrity interpretations and for being featured on the hit Youtube Show Esh Elly. Khalid Khalifa is known for his podcasts that share the life in Saudi Arabia with the rest of the English-speaking…

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Tech Entrepreneurs in Low-Tech Environments

October 28 - November 5

6 delegates will be coming from Liberia to make professional connections in San Diego and provide examples of how U.S. states and communities provide internet access to resource poor, underserved or rural communities in the United States; illustrate how the United States promotes the study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in resource poor, underserved or rural communities; highlight best practices in using information technology to streamline businesses, deliver services and grow the customer base; and observe how businesses…

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November 2017


November 2 - November 7

5 delegates will be coming from Morocco to make professional connections in San Diego and highlight U.S. efforts to help new entrepreneurs overcome social and financial hurdles through leadership development, job creation, access to capital, marketing, education, and innovations that encourage entrepreneurship; explore and assess best practices for promoting small business development including lending, initiatives to reduce bureaucratic hurdles, and incubators; illustrate mentoring and other models to encourage entrepreneurs who launch small start-up businesses.  

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Diplomacy Gala 2017

November 4: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, KIPJ-134
San Diego, CA 92110 United States
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Please join us at the 2017 Diplomacy Gala, "Global Entrepreneurship + Public Diplomacy: A New Venture." Our annual fundraiser is a unique celebration of the impact of public diplomacy in San Diego. This year we will highlight our professional exchange programs which connect local social and traditional entrepreneurs with their international counterparts to build mutual understanding, share best practices and form lasting business relationships. While trade has long been used as a catalyst for diplomacy, global social entrepreneurship is the next chapter in this narrative. At the 2017 Diplomacy Gala, we…

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Strong Cities: Building Community Resilience to Radicalization and Violent Extremism

November 15 - November 18

20 Visitors will be coming from multiple countries to make professional connections in San Diego exploring the following: Facilitate systematic sharing of knowledge, expertise, and lessons learned on building social cohesion and community resilience to prevent violent extremism across cities on on international basis Analyze and examine emerging trends in addressing the underlying conditions that fuel political grievances, communal conflicts, and economic disparity within communities Explore the role of faith-based and secular organizations, community based efforts, and public-private partnerships in…

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December 2017

Trading Blocs

December 6 - December 10

15 delegates will be coming from African countries to make professional connections in San Diego exploring how to promote best practices for facilitating and increasing intra-African trade and explore opportunities to lower trade and investment barriers for U.S. companies; through engagement with U.S. private sector leaders, provide exposure to the competitiveness factors and conditions that U.S. firms look for in evaluating commercial opportunities in Africa; examine the legal and regulatory systems and processes that allow business to flourish; identify policies that…

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