Since the early 1980’s International House’s Citizen Diplomacy Program has brought thousands of international leaders to Charlotte. With varying areas of professional expertise including banking and finance, energy, healthcare, small business development, arts and culture, entrepreneurship and government, these individuals have aided the expansion of Charlotte’s cultural, educational and economic diversity. Our community has grown and transformed into an internationally diverse region. Through our Citizen Diplomacy Program, community members have become “Citizen Diplomats” helping to shape U.S. foreign relations one handshake at a time. Through our U.S. State Department sponsored international exchanges, our programs have helped local businesses learn how to better compete in a global marketplace and connected local government members to their overseas counterparts, sharing best practices and finding solutions to common challenges.

Citizen Diplomacy Program Launches New Speaker Series


Panel Discussion: Global Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility

Join us July 2nd at Northeastern University at 3:30 pm as we look at what Corporate Social Responsibility looks like around the world and discuss the most practical and efficacious ways for companies to give back to the community. Our esteemed panel will feature leaders and executives from Finland, Kazakhstan, Morrocco and local executives from leading Charlotte corporations. Network with Corporate Social Responsibility executives from ten countries in 4 different continents.

RSVP now for what ought to be an engaging and unique panel to kick off our speaker series! RSVP Here!

Upcoming Groups

  • July 1-6 Corporate Social Responsibility

    Corporate Social Responsibility This delegation includes representatives from: Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Finland, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Vietnam
  • July 30-August 3 Responsible Municipal Management

    Responsible Municipal Management This delegation includes representatives from Pakistan. The program objectives include examining Charlotte's stormwater services, e.g. its construction management, water quality, and engineering programs; and the county's utilization of FEMA funds to buy out floodplains and mitigate flood risk.
  • August 8-12: Promoting Cyber Security

    Promoting Cyber Security This delegation includes distinguished representatives from a variety of regions around the world. The program objectives include examining U.S. efforts to manage cybersecurity and increase domestic and international collaboration, explore cyber education and development, evaluate the role of the private sector, and discuss possible threats of malevolent cyber activity

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"Let us think of the International House as the means of developing our abilities. Cause in every participant there's a strong potential and will enough to make positive changes into the world that he belongs to."

- Judge Dany Zeeny Deputy Military Prosecutor Deputy State Commissionaire to the Military Tribunal, Ministry of Defense - Lebanon