Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies, will travel to Silicon Valley, April 23–24, to speak at the #tech4dem Conference on Governing Democratically in a Tech Empowered World. The conference is being cosponsored by the National Democratic Institute, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the Omidyar Network, and Stanford University. Dr. Tillemann will speak on a panel with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and discuss the LEND Network, a groundbreaking initiative that uses 21st century technologies to connect leaders who have navigated the challenges of democratization with their counterparts in today’s emerging democracies. LEND is co-chaired by the United States and Estonia and administered through the Community of Democracies (CD). Dr. Tillemann will also meet with business leaders and technology firms about providing support for civil society and democracy initiatives.
Dr. Tillemann will then travel to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, April 26–29, as part of the U.S. delegation to the Seventh Ministerial Meeting of the Community of Democracies. Dr. Tillemann will speak on emerging democracies and a range of other topics and take part in a panel discussion with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma. The meeting will also provide the backdrop for the launch of several new initiatives and technology platforms to help advance democracy and strengthen civil society worldwide.
Finally, Dr. Tillemann will travel to Burma, April 30–May 4, for meetings with government and parliamentary leaders as well as and civil society to discuss U.S. and multilateral support for democratic reforms in the run up to the country’s 2015 elections.