International Events

World Business Angel Investors Week 2022 

to be celebrated in 132 countries in June 20th -26th

WBAF Chairman Mr. Baybars Altuntas

20th - 26th June 2022 - The World Business Angel Investors Week 2022 welcomes more than 200,000 entrepreneurs, startups, SMEs, investors, innovators, policymakers and thought leaders from around the world - all online. An affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum issues commemorative stamps to memorialize significant events and themes of widespread global appeal and the significance of the Week. You can follow the Week's events, all free of charge, from here:

King Willem Alexander, Princess Margriet, Prince Pieter-Christiaan And Prime Minister At Invictus Games The Hague

The Hague, 16th - 22th April 2022 - His Majesty the King, Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, His Highness Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Prime Minister Rutte will attend the Invictus Games. The international sports event for physically and mentally wounded soldiers will take place from 16 to 22 April in the Zuiderpark in The Hague.

The Invictus Games were created by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, to encourage recovery through sport, support rehabilitation and generate wider understanding and respect for wounded soldiers and veterans.


Calls For Enterpreneurs With Innovative Solutions To Meet The Challenges Of The Digitalisation Of The Cultural Sector

Malaga, 20-21 June 2022 - Culture & Museums International Tech Forum announces its first "Call for Start-ups" with the aim of boosting digital entrepreneurship in the cultural sector, giving national and international visibility to companies with innovative solutions for the cultural sector, creating a community at international level that promotes and consolidates the growth of cultural management based on technological innovation and improving the competitiveness of cultural companies through innovation strategies.

Open Call of the Days of Contemporary Art (DOCA) International Festival 2022 

We invite artists to take part in the 10th Days of Contemporary Art (DOCA) international festival

The festival's topic is 'WHAT IS YOUR NAME', This is the phrase exchanged at the beginning of a conversation. It signals the beginning of our contact, and stands as a sign that we are ready for conversation. Behind this phrase is the desire to know another. 

The DOCA festival as a place and event creates a system of relationships and projects a new landscape of subjectivity. DOCA is a meeting place that produces a unique community, a paradoxical space formed and embodied simultaneously by all yet owned by none. 

 That is a field where the New Subjectivity emerges on the edge of fractures and cracks. 

Brussels Art Walk, supported by BRAFA

Thursday, February 17th until Sunday, February 20th, 2022 

From Thursday, February 17th until Sunday, February 20th, 2022, in Brussels, collectors and art lovers will be able to meet up and discover the most beautiful pieces exhibited by 36 galleries who are represented at Brafa. 

This initiative, called the Brussels Art Walk, supported by BRAFA, was proposed by several Brussels dealers who will welcome their Belgian and foreign colleagues to exhibit in their galleries.

8 Parisian galleries and 1 London gallery will feature amongst these 36 participants. The Brussels Art Walk, supported by BRAFA, will mainly take place in the Sablon, in the lower part of the city, as well as in the galleries on both sides of the Avenue Louise 

TEFAF Announces June Dates for Maastricht 2022 Fair

Saturday, June 25 - Thursday, June 30, 2022 at the MECC in Maastricht 

The 35th anniversary edition of TEFAF Maastricht will take place Saturday, June 25 - Thursday, June 30, 2022 at the MECC in Maastricht.

"This was a complex situation which required the input and flexibility of many different individuals and organizations to enable us to reschedule TEFAF Maastricht. 

We are proud to join several other leading art fairs in June for a key moment in the art world calendar this year. This will be an exciting revival of TEFAF Maastricht in its 35th anniversary edition and an opportunity to once again bring together the world's leading collectors and art lovers to meet, experience, and appreciate the rich art history for which TEFAF is known." - Hidde van Seggelen, TEFAF Chairman

Universities 195 Virtual Higher Education Conference 

Under the Patronage of H.E Dr. Majid Bin Ali Al Noaimi - The Minister of Education Bahrain

5-9th December 2021, Kingdom of Bahrain - The Universities 195 Higher Education Virtual Conference kicked off today under the patronage of Education Minister Dr. Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi. The opening ceremony was attended by an elite of ministers, Presidents of universities, technical and vocational institutes, experts and interested participants from different countries. The conference was deemed one of the biggest specialized conferences specialized in higher, technical and vocational education. Dr. Al Nuaimi praised the efforts made to organize the conference which brought together 195 universities as well as technical and vocational institutes from across the world.  He wished the conference every success in coming up with recommendations that contribute to upgrading the higher, technical and vocational education sector. He pointed out the growing role of those institutions in economic development and feeding the labour market with highly qualified graduates. The Minister of Education stressed the great importance given by the Kingdom of Bahrain

SME Assembly

European Enterprise Promotions and Small and Mid-Caps Awards Ceremony

First Firefighting Open Innovation Lab of the forest fire 
and forest management field 

15th - 17th November, Portorož, Slovenia - Juanma Revuelta from Diplomatic World on behalf of Finnova will receive the national award in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards with the European project Firefighting Open Innovation Lab -Cilifo in category 4: Supporting the Internationalisation of Business. Finnova will be also competing in the same category at the European level.

The ceremony will take place in Slovenia today on Tuesday 16 but you can join it virtually by clicking on the button Register Now.

Finnova´s project promotes the creation of an international network of innovation centres on forest management, fire prevention and fighting as well as the recovery and restoration of brunt areas, working on the mitigation of climate change.

Mattereum & Diplomatic World Brings The Blockchain Circular Economy To COP26

Making the most out of what we manufacture

Mattereum is working to replace the "take, make, waste" cycle with a circular economy. When we buy things, we don't generally expect to sell them again. This is where it all went wrong: consumers use things until they break and become pollution, with minimal recapture of their embodied carbon.

But if we buy things and intend to resell them, we will buy goods that we expect to hold value for a long time. These goods will be resold by all of their future owners, until they are genuinely used up. Our financial, legal and technological innovations enable each seller to perfectly document their goods and each buyer to be fully protected.

This simple harmony preserves the value of the goods for all future buyers, and shifts the incentives of the global economy towards full sustainability. Useful things will be priced by their value not their age.

The circular economy preserves the world's innovation at its heart. Older goods are used and resold over and over again, spreading the benefits of the global economy without creating new environmental damage.


- Thursday 4 November, Morning Session, 10:00 - 12:00                        The Circular Economy: Finance Meets Data to Create an                              abundant Regenerative Future        

Tuesday 9 November, Evening Session, 17:00 - 19:00                      Politics and Technology: The Three Futures of Climate Action  

- Wednesday 10 November, Evening Session, 17:00 - 19:00             Green Blockchain, Green Economy   

Are We Ready For The Blockchain Revolution

Tuesday 19th October 2021 - 14:15h GMT

Dieter Borckmeyer from Diplomatic World Institute organised the German roundtable section of the World Business Angel Investors Week that will take place on Tuesday  19th of October 2021 on ZOOM. The next panel will answering the question on if Germany is Ready for the Blockchain Revolution with another great lineup of expert speakers: 

Kristina Ehle of Morrison & Foerster LLP Berlin, RIDDLE&CODE 

The Blockchain Interface Company's Sebastian Becker and Prof. Philipp Sandner, the leading German blockchain expert. This panel too will be in German.

Public Private Partnerships for Green City Solutions

TUESDAY 20 JULY 2021 from 4.00-5.00 P.M. CET

Don't miss the webinar on public-private partnerships for green city solutions organised by the World Forum of Democracy in collaboration with the Council of Europe in which the Finnova Foundation will participate.

The event will explore the different approaches taken by cities to meet climate goals, discuss the challenges and benefits associated with public-private partnerships, highlight the role of innovative greenfinance strategies and identify ways to increase transparency, civil participation and responsiveness.

Summer Peace Summit 2021

Meeting of the P50 Community - 1st July 2021

The Third Summer Peace Summit, an annual large meeting of women of the Peace 50 community, will take place online on July 1. Women from different countries will share their ideas and experience in the implementation of projects aimed at preserving the planet. Barbara Dietrich and Marina Volynkina, the founders of the P50 community, told us more about the forthcoming event.

The Peace 50 community members believe that women have a unique force and bear a big responsibility for the preservation of peace for the current and future generations. That is why this year's summit will be dedicated to the topic Preserving the Planet - Global Call to Action.

"The Summer Peace Forum 2021 is of particular importance. The people are highly conscious of environmental challenges and do their best to protect air, water and natural habitats. But the ongoing pandemic has changed the way we live. People have worries and doubts. We are responsible for the future of all of us", said Barbara Dietrich.

Preserving the planet is a global challenge in terms of bringing up certain behaviour in people and promoting the need for active action aimed at strengthening horizontal relations, the development of policies of good neighbourliness, and spiritual kinship.

The Peace 50 community members are women leaders from different countries and fields of activity concerned about the future of the world. Each P50 member carries out active work in her own direction, implements socially significant initiatives, and represents her active position at international forums and conferences. The Summer Peace Summit is a platform giving women an opportunity to share their best practices, support one another, and implement joint social projects.

TES Affiliate Conferences

COVID has cut deep into our ability to network live at conferences. As there is now light at the end of the tunnel and cautious optimism is slowly returning we believe that during this transition period we will unite the best of both the Live and Virtual worlds with our first Hybrid Conference. 

Webinar - Investing in Maldives

Tourism, Fishries and Renewable Energy

Wednesday, 26 June 2021 / 12h00 (CET)

The Embassy of the Maldives in Brussels organises on 16 June a webinar devoted to investment opportunities in the fields of Tourism, Fisheries and Renewable Energy.

The Webinar will provide direct and up-to-date information to European businesses and investors on the investment opportunities in the above-mentioned fields.

Webinar - Innovation Diplomacy

Saturday, 29 May 2021 /  10h00 - 11h30 (CAT)

The Covid-19 pandemic that is affecting the whole world has brought to the fore a number challenges. In Dieter Brockmeyer's book Pandemia's Box he discusses issues around the question of our response to the virus and whether or not it was too strong will go on for years to come. "I doubt we ever will get a clear answer. However, the joint impact of both viruses and response is clear. It was like opening Pandora's Box. Our lives went to pieces. We lost (in part) our freedom, our jobs, in some cases even our lives. However, any crisis includes opportunity. We needed to think about our lives in new ways. We were in sudden need of innovation in a wide definition." As lockdowns were announced and travel and face to face interactions restricted, the way in which diplomacy was carried out also changed. What does this new diplomacy entail and how will it affect the future of diplomacy.

Multilateralism, Peace and Security


Tuesday 6th - 8th October 2020

Club de Madrid, in coordination with the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), holds a Policy Lab on Multilateralism, Peace and Security. By bringing together the former Heads of State and Government that make up Club de Madrid, leading international experts and decision-makers, we will seek mechanisms that contribute to a multilateral system that sustains peace and prosperity.

Societies from all over the world continue to suffer the consequences of escalating crisis and the impact of growing worldwide instability. The fact that the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to increasing progress in peace and development demonstrates just how exposed our mechanisms to achieve these goals are. This is even more worrying when considering that the UN Secretary General's Global Ceasefire has not been able to deliver a significant reduction in violent conflict.

Nevertheless, we need to be aware of the assets in our arsenal. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a key achievement of contemporary multilateralism, provides a blueprint for global peace and prosperity. The 75th Anniversary of the United Nations is also an opportunity to make today's multilateral framework better fit to sustain peace. 

The Knowledge Heroes Society

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Knowledge and ideas enrich our lives, allowing us to better understand the complex world around us with a sharper eye. Knowledge and ideas trigger us to stay alert, take new paths, remain critical and also to become a little smarter. - Bert Van Thilborgh -

(Picture) Bert Van Thilborg - Initiator of The Knowledge Heroes Society (Owner & Founder of Futureproved Trendwatchers)

For our first session, on Tuesday 6 October 2020, we will organise a real life and coronaproof event for a small group of up to 25 participants at Kasteel Villers in my hometown of Schoten. 

For our kick off, we have invited Prof. Dr. Rudy Aernoudt. Professor Aernoudt recently wrote the book Coronavirus: Electroshock for Belgium. 

In that book he presents interesting propositions and ideas about how we could organise our economy, politics and society in postcoronate times. 

The ideas in the book are a real eye-opener, but also provide food for discussion. I hope to welcome you at our first event.

Bert Van Thilborg - Diplomatic World Creative Director & Trendwatcher - As a trend watcher, innovation specialist and futurologist, I am lucky to meet interesting people, who have a good story and strong ideas and who are also at the basis of brilliant innovations. I meet these inspiring people at congresses and conferences or I read their books or contact them when I am doing research for my first book, articles or trend presentations.

That is why we have just launched a new initiative. This initiative is called The Knowledge Heroes Society, which we want to grow into a club of knowledge heroes, in which we will regularly invite speakers, authors, but also other fascinating figures with a story, to share their ideas with a select audience.


(Picture) Prof. Dr. Rudy Aernoudt


Prof. Dr. Rudy Aernoudt 

Experienced Professor Corporate Finance and European policy and outstanding International and European experience (MIT, European commission, European Council and European Social and Economic Committee); multiple Chief of Staff positions. Experienced and skilled in Corporate Social Responsibility. Masters in Thomistic Philosophy (KUL), Economy (KUL) and European economy (college of Europe). Co-founder of EBAN, the European Business Angels Network and founder of FREE (the foundation for the research on education and entrepreneurship). Besides, he is columnist (FD Magazine, CXO and Trends) and author of several books (25+) and papers (300+) on corporate finance, politics and economics. His handbook 'Financial Management in Practice' is widely used both in academic and business world. 

Spain (Badajoz) will host the International Forum of Blockchain and Technological Innovation

Friday 16th October  - 10:00h

The forum organised by the Iberian Institute Blockchain and the firms Área Financiera and De La Fuente will bring together national and international references in the fields of cyber security, technological innovation and the Blockchain on 16 October in Badajoz.

The event is supported by highly prestigious organisations such as the Diplomatic World Institute, the European Finnova Foundation, La Escuela de Negocios y Dirección and the technology firm Eternity.

The event, organised by means of a face-to-face and virtual system in the times of Covid-19 , has as its fundamental objectives in the public sphere to highlight to the public administrations the importance of the new sectors of blockchain technology, cyber-security or digitalisation, aspects which have come to stay in a society aimed at accelerating its protocols in these fields.

Similarly, in the private executive sphere, the forum is structured around the achievement of several objectives. On the one hand, the generation of a training space for those attending in sectors of great growth and productive development, on the other hand, the generation of business opportunities and business networking, and finally the promotion of the entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem.

Among the confirmations to this forum of great international relevance are those of the former head of the Chilean Government's Digital Agenda, Miguel Escassi - the engineer expert in Smart Cities and member of the Intelligent Community Forum, Agustín Argelich - the General Director of the Finnova Foundation, Juan Manuel Revuelta. Names that will be joined by international references such as the head of the European Commission's DG CNECT, Massimiliano Dragoni.

More than 30 speakers will speak at this unique event that will bring together a programme of workshops, conferences, round tables and networking opportunities in the city of Extremadura.

All of this will comply with current security measures in the field of Covid-19 with a commitment to a face-to-face event - limiting capacity according to regulations - and digital. Free registration is now open on the official website of the International Forum.

SIIA 5th Impact Summit 2020

Planet, Humanity and Finance

Monday 26th - 27th of October 2020

SIIA  - The Swiss Impact Investment Association organizes an annual Impact Summit where Financial Professionals, Policy Makers, Investors, Impact Start-Ups and Representatives of Academia come together to shape so



Connect with your Peers : Get in touch with like-minded people in a unique virtual environment, that draws from the collective wisdom of the whole Impact Investment conversation to present exclusive insights you won't hear anywhere else.


Influential Industry Names: The summit merges global powerhouse names, with leading innovative Start-Ups as well as mainstream investors with mission driven foundations, federal and national policymakers, activists and scholars.


Interact and Engage : Have your chance to raise questions to our expert speakers through live audience Q&A, and learn more about your peers' aspirations through live polling sessions.


Planet, Humanity and Finance: Enjoy a two-day conference featuring key topics, delivered by industry experts at the forefront of the Impact Investment movement. Combining strategic direction setting with practical guidance - this agenda is designed to give finance professionals valuable perspectives and the core skills, needed to operate in the rapidly evolving market.


The Impact Investment Community: The yearly event unifies leading stakeholders across the investment community to provide practical insights to advance your Impact Investment journey. The Swiss Impact Investment Association is the industry's central hub, amplifying the voice of Impact Investment.ciety's future.