The Young Diplomats Forum (YDF) is an intensive week long programme of practical sessions, workshops, policy exercises and institutional visits delivered by world leading experts.

Set up to recognise, enhance and develop the next generation of diplomats. This community of exceptionally bright and accomplished future leaders will gain further insight, tools and opportunities to engage with key stakeholders at a crucial time in their careers and broaden their connections to influence global leaders.


  • H.E Hans Brask, the Ambassador of Denmark to Latvia 
  • H.E Evgeny Lukianov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Latvia
  •  Aiva Rosenberga, Director of Latvia Institute 
  •  Martins Daugulis, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (TBC)
  •  Younes El-Ghazi, Chief Executive, Global Diplomatic Forum 
  •  Professor Adrian Kendry, Former Senior Advisor to the 12th Secretary General of NATO andMember of the Board of the Global Diplomatic Forum
  • Rita Ruduša, Executive Director, Baltic centre for Media Excellence 
  • Dr. Andris Spruds, Director, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs
  • Prof. Zaneta Ozolina, University of Latvia 
  • Mr Andris Gobins, President, European Movement in Latvia
  • H.E Seamus Mac Aonghusa, Ambassador of Republic of Ireland to Latvia  
  • H.E Olli,  Kantanen Ambassador of Finland to Latvia
  • Andis Kudors, Member of the board, Executive director, Centre for Eastern European Policy Studies
  • Dr Maris Andzans, The Latvian Institute of International Affairs
  • Professor Adrian Kendry, Former Senior Advisor to the 12th Secretary General of NATO and Member of the Board of the Global Diplomatic Forum 
  •  H.E Tõnis Nirk, Ambassador of Estonia to Latvia
  • Counsellor Jarosław Ćwiek-Karpowicz, Charge Affairs, Embassy of Poland to Latvia  
  • H.E Nancy PettitVaira, Ambassador of United States of America to Latvia (TBC)
  • Ms Steinbuka Inna, Head of the EU representation In Riga

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  • Contribute to the debate on the top of the global diplomatic agenda
  • Meet and interact with diplomats, ambassadors, ministers, members of the parliament, government's officials, journalists, academics, and diplomacy experts
  • Attend sessions at  Parliament, Chamber of Commerce, EU Commission and European Parliament Representation Office 
  • Workshops on Smart Diplomacy 
  • Increase your knowledge, contacts and skills sets to boost your career
  • Create a lasting legacy of Young Diplomats Forum 2017