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Nourish Your Global Curiosity with our virtual events! 

Each month, join us and meet international guests from all over the world - people who want to stay connected with Philadelphia. Together, we'll spend time in LIVE conversations about life, the world, and everything in between.

Upcoming Events


Thursday, November 19, 10 AM Eastern Time

David Briel, Executive Director of International Investment at the Department of Community and Economic Development and Karolina Kaptur, Pennsylvania's Trade Representative in Poland at AHP International

David Briel will join Karolina Kaptur to discuss the strong ties between Poland and Pennsylvania and continuing opportunities for trade and investment as we navigate the Corona pandemic.

David Briel currently serves as Executive Director of International Investment at DCED. He oversees a team whose mission is to attract foreign direct investment to Pennsylvania and create employment for Commonwealth residents. Since 2007, this network has created and retained more than 3,500 jobs, while attracting more than $500 million of capital investment. David is no stranger to international business. He has worked six years in Japan for ITOCHU, a large Japanese trading firm, and the Japanese Ministry of Education. When he returned to the U.S., he worked with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Embassy in Washington, helping U.S. businesses expanding into the Japanese market. In addition, David is well-versed in Israeli business, travelling to Israel four times to assist Israeli companies looking at the U.S. market.

Karolina Kaptur is a senior consultant for foreign trade and international expansion projects at AHP International – one Pennsylvania's partners supporting FDI attraction from Europe. She currently heads their office in Warsaw, Poland, where she cooperates with companies from Poland and Central Europe interested in U.S. expansion. She also advises clients on the Polish market and the region of Central and Eastern Europe.

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Thursday, November 5, 5 PM Eastern Time

U.S. Presidential election season is here and for November First Thursday, we will discuss the U.S. Electoral Process with our international friends. We are also glad to welcome our friend Manuel Vargas, IVLP alumna back to Philadelphia, virtually. You can see a full recording of our Dialogue and Diplomacy conversation from a few weeks ago here. This event will feature a Spanish-speaking breakoout room. See you there!

#FacesOfExchange Connections
Wednesday, October 21,  11 AM Eastern Time

A live conversation with Runcie Chidebe from Nigeria and Sara Al Reefy from Bahrain to discuss their current work and the impact of the IVLP on Breast Cancer Awareness in their communities.

Dr. Al-Reefy   - The first female Arab surgeon to qualify as an Oncoplastic breast surgeon from London. is helping to change the current management of breast cancer in the Arab world. Dr. Al-Reefy returned to Bahrain determined to implement the necessary changes to provide the best possible care for women diagnosed with breast cancer, where she founded and led the one-stop breast clinic at King Hamad University Hospital, prior to opening the London Breast Care Centre Bahrain.

Runcie C.W. Chidebe - Through his nonprofit, Project PINK BLUE, Runcie Chidebe is changing the narrative about cancer in Nigeria. By engaging government, nonprofit, and private sector partners he provides advanced support to cancer patients. Since his return home as an IVLP alumnus, Chidebe applies leadership strategies gained during his project to facilitate social empowerment and justice for underserved communities. As an active member of the Abuja Alumni Chapter, Chidebe uses his connections to organize events at U.S. Mission Nigeria’s network of 11 American corners. He seizes every opportunity to educate, inspire, and empower Nigerian youth. His 22.33 PODCAST just launched, listen here.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
9 AM
 Eastern Time
Featured Speaker: David Gill, Consul General of Germany in New York

Conversation in partnership with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York and the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia

In honor of German American Friendship Day, Consul Gill will discuss 5 year FRA-PHL Sister City relationship, climate change, economics and 30 years of German reunification.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 5 PM Eastern Time
Where: Florence, Italy, Philadelphia, All over the world

Celebrating Sister City of Florence, Italy! We introduced you to the new Deputy at the Consulate General of Italy in PhiladelphiaThis event featured an Italian speaking break out room.

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 5:30–7 PM Eastern Time
Where: Egypt, Philadelphia, All over the world

This September, Menna Khaliel and Ramadan Ibrahim from our How to Succeed as an Innovator STEM entrepreneurship exchange join us with their university peers from Egypt and Philadelphia. Let's carry on the tradition of welcoming young professionals from around the globe and supporting our students who have a passion for international affairs.

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 5:30 - 7 PM ET
Breakout conversations celebrating women leadership around the globe.

Meet and talk with seven special women from the International Visitor Leadership Program alumni network from across the globe:

  • Anca Rancea, TV producer and President, Romanian Freelancers’ Association, Romania
  • Elizabeth Kobold, Business Ninja, Canberra Innovation Network, Australia
  • Zelma Da Silva Campos, Amazon biologist and President, State Forum of Municipal Secretaries of the Environment State of Pará, Brazil
  • Carolina Soares Castelliano Castro, Public Defender, Brazil
  • Jameela Hollingsworth, Career Coach, The HR Boss, Barbados
  • Eva Goncalo Pires, Director, Department of Workplace Safety and Health, Ministry of Labor, Brazil
  • Marina Tosheska, Project Manager, CSO Center for Development and Education, Macedonia


Our corporate partners at Elap Services, Volpe KoenigSpangles Custom Jewelry DesignsPhiladelphia Credit UnionTemple University International Affairs, The Windsor Suites a Modus Hotel and generous support from the Albert W. Bader Foundation make public programs like First Thursdays and Diplomacy & Dialogue programs possible.  


First Thursdays operate in partnership with the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians to address the issue of skilled immigrant integration. More than 40% of the immigrants seeking the Welcoming Center's services have at least a college degree from their home countries. Many are unemployed or underemployed, working in low-wage jobs. The International Professionals Program (IPP) is helping highly skilled immigrants actualize their full potential and informing the emerging field of skilled immigrant integration on a national level. 

At First Thursdays, IPP participants and alumni join us for American-style professional networking, practice English language skills, and meet business professionals from a variety of industries in Philadelphia. Citizen Diplomacy members exchange ideas with professional peers from across the world, practice language skills and stay informed on international developments in business, politics, local customs and cultures.