'Geneva Day' at the World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos will take place on 21 January 2020. Jovan Kurbalija, director of DiploFoundation, will be moderating the Panel : How to govern Digital Interdependence.
The Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos will convene leaders from business, academia, government, international organisations and civil society to build a'more coherent and sustainable world'.
On January 21 the Swiss House will be dedicated to a series of high-level events to discuss global issues and connect leaders present in Davos with Geneva-based global governance institutions. 'Geneva Day' will explore innovative solutions and new international governance mechanisms in the field of global health, digital trust, and financial inclusiveness.
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).