Who we are

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We, members, partners and Secretariat, all work across sectors and have different professional backgrounds. Together with the member-driven approach we live and believe in, it is what makes the GDL the unique network that it is. Together, we form an ecosystem, we co-create disruptive ideas and free ourselves from prevalent conventions. On that basis, we develop solutions for global challenges with mutual trust and accountability as their pillars.


The Secretariat is the institutional backbone, sparring partner and coordination team of the Global Diplomacy Lab.


The growing community of GDL members comes mainly from the GDL Leading Partner networks and brings vastly different backgrounds as well as experiences to the network, all on a pro-bono basis.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is the strategic decision-making body of the GDL. It consists of partners, member representatives, the Dean and the Secretariat.


Five strategic Leading Partners support the GDL. In addition, it cooperates with a range of network partners that share the GDL’s vision.

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