2023 World Culture Festival: List of Confirmed Dignitaries
As of September 23, 2023

Reception Committee Members

  1. H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Chair, Reception Committee of World Culture Festival, South Korea (speaking)

  2. H.E. Rosalía Arteaga Serrano, Former President, Ecuador (speaking)

  3. The Honorable Kjell Magne Bondevik, Former Prime Minister, Norway (speaking)

  4. H.E. Nambaryn Enkhbayar, Former President, Mongolia (speaking)

  5. H.E. Federico Franco, Former President, Paraguay (speaking)

  6. H.E. Dr. Moncef Marzouki, Former President of Tunisia (speaking)

  7. H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Nigeria (speaking)

  8. The Honorable Alojz Peterle, Former Prime Minister, Slovenia (speaking)

  9. H.E. Akie Abe, Former First Lady of Japan (speaking)

  10. The Honorable Erik Solheim, Former UN Deputy Secretary-General and Executive Director, UNEP; Former Minister of International Development, Norway (speaking)

  11. The Honorable Ms. Sumitra Mahajan, Former Speaker of the Lok Sabha (speaking)

  12. The Honorable Hildebrando Tapia, Former Congressman, Government of Peru (speaking)

  13. The Honorable Binod Chaudhary, Member of Parliament, Nepal

  14. The Honorable Hakubun Shimomura, Member of the House of Representatives, Japan (speaking)


Current Heads of State

  1. H.E. Prithvirajsing Roopun, President, Mauritius (speaking)

  2. H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President, Ghana – likely


Former Heads of State

  1. H.E. Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Former President of India (speaking)


U.S. Government Officials 

  1. The Honorable Dr. Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General (speaking)

  2. The Honorable Rick Scott, US Senator (R-FL) (speaking)

  3. The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives – likely

  4. The Honorable Danny Davis, US Representative (D-IL) (speaking)

  5. The Honorable Bill Foster, US Representative (D-IL) – likely

  6. The Honorable Mike Quigley, US Representatives (D-IL)

  7. The Honorable Raja Krishnamoorthi, US Representative (D-IL) (speaking)

  8. The Honorable Neal Dunn, US Representative (R-FL) (speaking)

  9. The Honorable Kat Cammack, US Representative (R-FL) (speaking)

  10. The Honorable Kevin Kiley, US Representative (R-CA) (speaking)

  11. The Honorable Shri Thanedar, US Representative (D-MI) (speaking)

  12. The Honorable Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Asst. Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  13. Montserrat Garibay, Assistant Deputy Secretary & Director in the Office of English Language Acquisition, US Department of Education

  14. The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington DC (speaking)


Ministers / Parliament Members / Ambassadors

  1. The Honorable Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, India (speaking)

  2. The Honorable Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States (speaking)

  3. The Honorable Krishnakoemarie Mathoera, Minister of Defense, Suriname (speaking)

  4. The Honorable Sergiu Prodan, Minister of Culture, Moldova (speaking)

  5. The Honorable Charles Ramson, MP, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Guyana (speaking)

  6. The Honorable Ananda Bose C.V., Governor of West Bengal, Republic of India

  7. Right Honorable Sir Robert James Buckland KBE KC MP, Former Lord Chancellor and Wales Secretary (speaking)

  8. The Honorable Ryszard Czarnecki, Member of European Parliament, Poland (speaking)

  9. The Honorable Dr. André Hahn, Member of Parliament, Germany (speaking)

  10. The Honorable Juan Carlos Losada Vargas, Member of House of Representatives, Colombia

  11. The Honorable Himanshu Gulati, Member of Parliament, Norway (speaking)

  12. The Honorable Nirj Deva, Former Vice President and Member of European Parliament, European Parliament

  13. Dr. Pasqualine Gallacchi, Member of the State Parliament, Basel, Switzerland

  14. The Honorable Lilit Makunts, Ambassador of Armenia to the United States

  15. The Honorable Muhammad Imran, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States

  16. The Honorable Henri Etoundi Essomba, Ambassador of Cameroon to the United States

  17. The Honorable Ivonne Baki, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States

  18. The Honorable Samuel Hinds, Ambassador of Guyana to the United States

  19. The Honorable Szabolcs Ferenc Takacs, Ambassador of Hungary to the United States

  20. The Honorable Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the United States

  21. Ambassador Maris Selga, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to the United States of America

  22. The Honorable Tumisang Mosotho, Ambassador of Lesotho to the United States

  23. The Honorable Esme Chombo, Ambassador of Malawi to the United States

  24. The Honorable Batbayar Ulziidelger, Ambassador of Mongolia to the United States

  25. The Honorable Sridhar Khatri, Ambassador of Nepal to the United States

  26. The Honorable Elizabeth Darius-Clarke, Ambassador of Saint Lucia to the United States

  27. The Honorable Sidique Wai, Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States

  28. The Honorable Mahinda Samarsinghe, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States

  29. The Honorable Hanène Tajouri Bessassi, Ambassador of Tunisia to the United States

  30. Shireen Ibrahim Fattah, Women leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party


Other Notable Dignitaries

  1. The Honorable Inkosi Langa Mavuso, Deputy Chairperson National House, Traditional and Khoisan Leaders

Organizing Committee Members 

  1. Mrs. Vida Ali, Board of Directors, DC Chamber of Commerce

  2. Mr. Nirvana Chaudhary, Managing Director, The Chaudhary Group

  3. Mr. Tim Draper, Founder, Draper Associates/DFJ/Draper University

  4. Mr. Louis Gagnon, Founder and CEO, Regenerative Group

  5. Mr. Satish Gupta, Founder, President and CEO, SB International, Inc.

  6. Mr. Anurag Jain, Chairman and CEO, Access Healthcare, Inc.

  7. Dr. Manoj Jain, President, Mid-South Infectious Disease Associates (MIDA)

  8. Mrs. Tonya Kinlow, Chair, Board of Directors, DC Chamber of Commerce

  9. Ambassador Vijay Nambiar, Former Chef-de-Cabinet, Special Ambassador to Myanmar, United Nations

  10. Mr. Chirag Patel, President and CEO, Amneal Pharmaceuticals

  11. Mr. Vivek Paul, Adjunct Professor, Stanford University, Former CEO, Wipro Limited

  12. Mr. Mike Perlis, Vice Chairman of Forbes Media

  13. Mr. Sanjay Pradhan, Chief Executive Officer, Open Government Partnership

  14. Mr. M.R. Rangaswami, Founder, Indiaspora Forum and CorporateEco Forum, Managing Director, Sand Hill Group

  15. Mr. Madhu Rao, Former CEO, Shangri-La Group

  16. Mr. Anupam Satyasheel, Founder & CEO, Occams Advisory, Inc.

  17. Mr. Rob Trombold, President, Art of Living

  18. Mr. Reginald Van Lee, Partner and Chief Transformation Officer, Carlyle Group


Business and Education Leaders 

  1. Dean Phylicia Rashad, Dean, Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, Howard University

  2. Mr. Inge Andersen, Senior Business Consultant, Former Secretary General of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Norway

  3. Mr. Hermie Bacus, Field Chairman and Founding Executive, FinFit Life

  4. Ms. Elva Susana Balbo, Chair, Women 20

  5. Mr. Jaka Bizilj, Founder and Chairman, Cinema for Peace Foundation

  6. Ms. Milagros Brito, President, Vizaro

  7. Ms. Carolina Bugaian, General Manager, Moldcell

  8. Mr. Luis Gallardo, Founder and President of World Happiness Foundation & World Happiness Fest

  9. Ms. Jenn Graham, Founder and CEO, Inclusivv

  10. Ms. Inma Grass, Founder and Partner, Altafonte

  11. Ms. Alexcia Harrison, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, CVS / Aetna

  12. Ms. Stasshani Jayawardena, Executive Director Aitken Spence Member, Clinton Global Foundation, Sri Lanka

  13. Mr. Jay Kelly, Entrepreneur & Founder, Return on Good

  14. Mr. Chris Larsen, Executive Director and Founder, Ripple Labs

  15. Dr. Lei Lewis, Founder & CEO, Global Women Empowerment

  16. Johane Ligonde, CEO, Joyous Leader

  17. Mr. Simon Littlewood, CEO, SDG Global Group

  18. Mr. Vinay Mahajan, President, IT Serve Alliance

  19. Mr. Ashok Mago, Founding Chairman, USICOC

  20. Mr. Mack (Praful) Makode, VP and Treasurer, Under Armor

  21. Ms. Tracy McWill, CEO Inspire Global Ventures

  22. Ms. Moradeun Ogunlana, CEO Innovative Global Consulting

  23. Me. Natalia Ocampo Pagano,  Co-Founder and CEO Mujeres Latinas Unidas Plus, President, Women Economic Forum, San Antonio TX

  24. Ms. Ann C. Oleson, President, Return on Good

  25. Dr. Srilekha Palle, Board Member, Virginia Asian Advisory Board

  26. Ms. Andi Poch, Partner, Wingman 63 LLC

  27. Mr. Peter Marti, CEO, Marti Online Solutions, Switzerland

  28. Dr. Venkat Rayapati, Founder & CEO, Cyber Forza

  29. Mr. Debdas Sen, CEO, TCG Digital

  30. Mr. Justin B. Smith, Founder, SEMAFOR

  31. Ms. Andreina Tamayo, Owner, President, Tamayo & Cía, Industrial Servibottle

  32. Dr. P. D. Vaghela, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)

  33. Ms. Julia Valentine, COO, CTO, Alphamille

  34. Ms. Phoebe Van Tran, CEO Capital Advisory

  35. Ms. Melina Yanulis, Leader of Strategic Alliances for Commercial Banks, Macro Bank, Argentina


Spiritual & Religious Leaders 

  1. The Reverend Bishop Emeritus Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor emeritus of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences; Chancellor emeritus of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Holy See, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Holy See

  2. The Honorable Dr. Shri Yogi Hari, Master of Yoga and Founder, Sampoorna Yoga

  3. Acharya Shri Lokesh Muni, Jain

  4. The Reverend Dr. Gerald R. Durley, Pastor Emeritus, Providence Missionary Baptist Church

  5. Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Dean, Martin Luther King Jr International Chapel, Morehouse College

  6. Rev. Michael Beckwith, Founder and Director of Agape International Church

  7. Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa, Ambassador of Sikh Dharma- USA & Chief Religious and Spiritual Authority of Sikh Religion- Western Hemisphere

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