Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation, addressed the Sixth Conference of the Presidents of the Parliaments of Small European States, which was held in Malta on 6-7 October 2011.
Dr Kurbalija discussed the role of Parliamentary Diplomacy as a method for building confidence and increasing inclusiveness in modern international affairs. The presentation was followed by a debate.
The conference adopted a Joint Declaration which describes ways in which small states can strengthen parliamentary diplomacy. In the concluding declaration, the presidents of parliaments agreed to initiate training and capacity building in the field of parliamentary diplomacy.
Diplo’s web manager, Ms Jelena Jakovljević, works from Malta. One of the longest-serving members of the Diplo Team and a native of Serbia, Jelena made the transition from DiploProject at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies when it evolved into DiploFoundation in 2002. She began her career as a graphic and web designer and has designed and produced all Diplo's major websites since its inception. Today, she focuses on web development and the implementation of current and new technologies on the web.
An accomplished amateur photographer, Jelena's work has been exhibited several times in Malta, where she also dances and teaches Tango.
Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the Executive Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP). He was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (2004‒2005), special advisor to the Chairman of the UN Internet Governance Forum (2006‒2010), and a member of the High Level Multistakeholder Committee for NETmundial (2013‒2014). In 2018-2019, he served as co-Executive Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations (UN) High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.
A former diplomat, Jovan has a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. He has been a pioneer in the field of cyber diplomacy since 1992 when he established the Unit for Information Technology and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta, and later, DiploFoundation.
Since 1997, Jovan’s research and articles on cyber diplomacy have shaped research and policy discussion on the impact of the Internet on diplomacy and international relations. His book, An Introduction to Internet Governance, has been translated into 9 languages and is used as a textbook for academic courses worldwide. He lectures on e-diplomacy and Internet governance in academic and training institutions in many countries, including Austria (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna), Belgium (College of Europe), Switzerland (University of St Gallen), Malta (University of Malta), and the United States (University of Southern California).