Lynn Van Fleit

North Carolina Mission

Press Release


Foreign Diplomats Gather in North Carolina for International Dialogue on Clean Energy Partnerships

Delegates meet with industry, government and academic leaders to learn about green technology and spur international collaboration

November 16, 2010

Research Triangle Park, NC—Diplomats from 15 foreign embassies will meet in North Carolina from November 17–19, 2010, to gain an in-depth understanding of the state’s green energy innovations and smart-grid technologies. This distinguished delegation will participate in international dialogue and information-sharing on best practices and global solutions to energy challenges.

Presented by the Diplomacy Matters Institute in partnership with Washington’s Science Diplomats’ Club (SDC), the mission, titled: "Building Global Partnerships in Clean Energy, Green Innovation & Smart Grid Technologies," will feature executive presentations, technology demonstrations and lab tours. Site visits will include Cisco, Novozymes, RTI International, SAS,  and NC State’s FREEDM Systems Center. The mission will conclude with an official luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion on Friday, November 19. 

"North Carolina is a leader in clean energy innovation and smart grid technologies," said North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue. "We seek out international partners as part of our commitment to grow our green economy and to create green jobs.  Diplomatic missions such as this bring international recognition to North Carolina innovators, while we engage in a global conversation on sustainable energy solutions."

Embassy officials will share information on their countries’ green policies and programs to enhance collaboration and stimulate discussion with North Carolina hosts. Participating nations include Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, EU Commission, France, India, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand.

"The Science and Technology community recognizes the Research Triangle region as a major player in the development of future alternative energy technologies,” said Dr. Annick Suzor-Weiner, head of the Office for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France and President of the SDC. “The diplomatic members of this delegation are grateful for this opportunity to exchange valuable knowledge on our common energy challenges."

Lynn Van Fleit, founder and executive director of Diplomacy Matters Institute, is pleased to present the organization’s inaugural mission. "At its core, Diplomacy Matters is a global connector, bringing together foreign diplomats and U.S. stakeholders with shared challenges and goals," Van Fleit said. "This mission will connect innovators, businesses and governments to create solutions and economic opportunities in vital sectors such as clean energy." 

The major sponsors of this mission include Cisco, Novozymes RTI International and SAS , with IBM, and Accenture as luncheon sponsors for the November 19th segment. Additional Knowledge hosts include Forsite Development, Kilpatrick Stockton, MCNC, the NC Dept of Commerce, RTRP, ReVenture Park, The German Marshall Fund and Withers Ravenel.

About Diplomacy Matters Institute

Founded in 2010, Diplomacy Matters Institute (DMI) is a non-profit organization formed to enhance communication and collaboration between foreign embassies and U.S. stakeholders in government, industry, and academia. Our educational programs and activities help build goodwill among nations, increase information-sharing and stimulate partnerships to address global challenges and increase economic opportunity.