Ambassadors, high-ranking diplomats, members of Congress, the administration and other key U.S. policymakers, political consultants, public relations specialists, lobbyists, and experts in social media, economic development, trade and tourism promotion.
Past conference have attracted diplomatic representatives from more than 60 embassies, including nearly two-dozen ambassadors. Some of the countries represented include: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chad, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, European Union, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Barbados, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Timor Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Uganda and Uzbekistan.
Past speakers include: Virginia Governor Terry McAullife; former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley; Facebook’s Katie Harbath; Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. of Patton Boggs; former Congressman Connie Mack IV; formerSenator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.); former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott; former White House Special Counsel Lanny Davis; former Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher; Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer; Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily, Finnish Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde; Ecuadorian Ambassador Nathalie Cely; Heather Podesta of Heather Podesta + Partners, Charles Bakaly of Edelman, Rear Admiral Victor M. “Vic” Beck of the U.S. Navy; Lauri Fitz-Pegado of the Livingston Group; Rory Davenport of Ogilvy; and David Rehr of the Congressional Communications Report, among others. Ambassador Stuart Holliday, president and CEO of the Meridian International Center, served as the event moderator.
Past corporate sponsors include: Facebook, Patton Boggs, Levick Communications, Weber Shandwick, APCO, Cassidy & Associates, Cowan Strategies, Ambassadors Group, Globescope, Optriant, Aetna, Spring O’Brien, AARP and Turkish Airlines.