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Jovan Kurbalija — UN Secretary- General’s High-level Pannel on Digital Cooperation

Jovan Kurbalija, founding director of DiploFoundation.

Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the founding director of DiploFoundation and head of the Geneva Internet Platform. A former diplomat, his professional and academic background is in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. In 1992, he established the Unit for Information Technology and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. After more than ten years of training, research, and publishing, in 2002 the Unit evolved into DiploFoundation.

Since 1994, Dr Kurbalija has been teaching courses on the impact of ICT/Internet on diplomacy and Internet governance. Currently, he is visiting lecturer at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. He has lectured at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta, the Vienna Diplomatic Academy in Austria, the Dutch Institute of International Relations (Clingendael), the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, the UN System Staff College, Torino, Italy, and the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. He conceptualised and has directed DiploFoundation’s Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme since 2005. Dr Kurbalija’s main research interests include the development of an international regime for the Internet, the use of the Internet in diplomacy and modern negotiations, and the impact of the Internet on modern international relations.

Dr Kurbalija has published and edited numerous books, articles, and chapters, including: The Internet Guide for Diplomats, Knowledge and Diplomacy, The Influence of IT on Diplomatic Practice, Information Technology and the Diplomatic Services of Developing Countries, Modern Diplomacy, and Language and Diplomacy. With Stefano Baldi and Eduardo Gelbstein, he co- authored the Information Society Library, a set of eight booklets covering a wide range of Internet-related developments.

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