Certified Economic Diplomat

The course focuses on the dynamics of international interactions in political and economic spheres, highlighting the development of mutual relations and interdependence between countries. It aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of modern economic diplomacy, covering both theory and practice.

The program explores traditional economic diplomacy, state sovereignty in international economic relations, globalization, competition for foreign direct investment, and the influence of international economic standard-setting organizations.

Designed for practitioners and students, the course emphasizes collective reasoning and individual attention through engaging learning exercises led by experienced academics and diplomats. The primary goal is to understand the complexity of the changing world economy and analyze current problems, developments, and challenges in economic diplomacy.

The course is structured to provide a progressive learning experience, starting with foundational concepts and gradually advancing to complex topics and practical applications. Each module builds on the previous one, ensuring a cohesive and comprehensive understanding of economic diplomacy. The modules include lectures, case studies, practical exercises, and assessments to ensure a thorough grasp of the material and its real-world application.

The comprehensive course outline ensures that participants gain a thorough understanding of economic diplomacy, equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the global arena. This course links modern economic diplomacy with other areas such as political and public relations, featuring engaging exercises led by experienced academics and diplomats. Participants will:

» Grasp the concept, reasons, and consequences of economic diplomacy.

» Break down economic diplomacy activities into key elements across different sectors.

» Learn the main methods of economic diplomacy and their market implications.

» Assess economic diplomacy’s role in the global economy.

» Understand the regulatory context, the role of embassies, and the connections with think tanks and CSOs.

» Evaluate how globalization influences economic diplomacy and national choices.

» Analyze the role of countries in foreign policy and diplomacy.

This training program builds practical skills in economic diplomacy. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

» Explain the evolution of economic diplomacy and role in international affairs, linking it to national development goals and domestic priorities.

» Provide a comprehensive perspective on the global economic system, its dynamics, and its impact on trade and investment.

» Analyze the complexities and challenges of the 21st-century global economy.

» Gain insights into the practical workings of diplomacy and the skills required to excel as a diplomat.

» Apply knowledge to manage commercial or economic divisions and foster collaboration between commerce chambers, diplomatic missions, and foreign ministries.

» Utilize skills to enhance participation in trade exhibitions and business delegations.

» Examine recent developments in the legal and regulatory frameworks governing international trade and economic transactions.


Designed for African nationals and those with interests in Africa, this unique course—unmatched in price and quality—provides unparalleled insights into the regional and generational dynamics of Africa’s economy. Non-African participants will gain a deeper understanding of Africa, while African participants will connect with both developed and developing nations especially with like-minded professionals and future leaders in the field of economic diplomacy from around the world. Current applicants are from different geographic regions of the world.

The course is structured into 8 consecutive weekends (Saturdays), each of which focuses on crucial areas of economic diplomacy. Aside accomplished academics from 5 continents who will be teaching on the programme, the course also includes weekly hour-long sessions with distinguished diplomats, featuring:

  1. Prime ministers, presidents, and government ministers from Norway, Belgium, Finland, Slovenia, Croatia, and Indonesia, among others.
  2. The UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Special Advisors to Kofi Annan, Ban Ki-moon, and António Guterres.
  3. Leaders from the OSCE, the EU, the Club de Madrid, and Liberal International.

The following categories can register for the programme:

» Current and future diplomats specializing in economic relations.

» Professionals transitioning into the diplomatic field.

» Trade and economic affairs officials.

» NGO and international organization professionals working on economic development and cooperation.

» Policy advisors and analysts focused on international trade, finance, and development.

» International business professionals aiming to enhance their global economic knowledge.

» Students and graduates in economics, political science, international relations, and related disciplines.







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Certified Economic Diplomat
GHS3,500.00 (USD 250 equivalent)
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10 Aug 2024 - 28 Sep 2024


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 10 Aug 2024 - 28 Sep 2024
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm






Prof. Elvis Cornerstone
Prof. Elvis Cornerstone

Elvis is a professor of financial economics with over 20 years' experience in his specialised field. He is the President of Accra Business School and doubles up as President of the Institute of Economics and Finance. He has worked with various financial institutions including the African Development Bank in Tunisia. He has assessed and managed loan portfolio projects across various sectors and industries for quite a number of countries including Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Seychelles. He consults for international organisations, diplomatic missions, governments, and private sector institutions.

Other Organizers

H.E Dr. Francess Virginia Anderson
H.E Dr. Francess Virginia Anderson

H.E Dr. Francess Virginia Anderson is a diplomat, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a politician with a record of twenty-four years as a career woman. She is the Republic of Sierra Leone High Commissioner to the Republics of Ghana and Togo and Ambassador to Burkina Faso. She holds a PhD in Diplomacy and International Affairs from EUCLID University. She served for three years as the Group Treasurer for the African Ambassadors in Ghana, an active member of Ambassadors of the ECOWAS Member States and Commonwealth Africa Member States.

Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic

Anis is a professor of international law and global politics. He is a Swiss and Austrian scholar and practitioner. He represents the UN in Vienna, Brussels, and Geneva as the Head of Mission of the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES). He is an elected arbiter and mediator serving on numerous national and international arbitral tribunals, notably those pertaining to the Law of the Sea in Europe and Asia.


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