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Parliamentary Tour @ SPD Bundestag Fraction

Insight Campaigning @ CDU Headquarters

Backstage Talks @ Green Party Headquarters

Conference Venue @ Hans- Dietrich-Genscher-Haus

This year's conference topic:
How is AI changing the world of political communication and election campaigns?

Wednesday, May 15.

Board Meeting

13:00 | Meliá Tapas Restaurant & Bar, Friedrichstraße 103, 10117 Berlin


Taxi to the Green Party Headquarters

14:30 | Taxi Departure from: Melia Hotel, Meeting Point: Reception



Welcoming and Discussion with Mrs. Emily Büning (Political managing director, BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN)

15:00 | Green Party Headquarters, Platz vor dem Neuen Tor 1, 10115 Berlin

What changes does AI bring to the Green Party?


EAPC general assembly in the Conference hall of the Green party

15:30 – 16:30 Green Party Headquarters



Onward journey to the “Hall of tears“ - boarding point for those arriving later

16:45 | Taxi Departure to: Tränenpalast, Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin

Until reunification, this small glass hall was one of the few crossing points into the West. It was mainly used by business people and diplomats, but travelers leaving the country also had to pass through this point.



EAPC cocktail reception at the Conference Center ``Reinhardstrassenhöfe``

18:30 | Walk to Reinhardtstraße 12-16, 10117 Berlin

Casual gathering and networking opportunity at Reinhardtstrassehöfe, within the Hans-Dietrich-Genscher-Haus, adjacent to the FDP Headquarters and other affiliated companies and institutions, including the Federal Headquarters of the Young Liberals.


Thursday, May 16.

Opening of the conference at the Conference Center Rheinhardstraßenhöfe

09:15 | Reinhardtstraße 12 – 16, 10117 Berlin



Unlocking tomorrow: ``The technical opportunities of AI``

09:30 | Presentation by Dr. Mauricio Moura, founder and former CEO of IDEIA Big Data, exploring the technical opportunities presented by AI.


AI: Is it a opportunity or threat to democracy?

09:45 | Discussion with Reinis Tocelovskis, who has spearheaded high-level political and commercial campaigns in over 15 countries, examining the role of artificial intelligence in democracy.


Welcoming by Mr. Carsten Reymann (Managing director, FDP)

10:00 | Short Introduction by the FDP’s Managing Director


How is AI changing political communication as a whole?

10:20 | Dialogue with Brent Buchanan, President of Cygnal, a Washington-based polling and analytics firm recognized by The New York Times as the most accurate polling firm in the U.S. in the 2018 elections. FiveThirtyEight also ranked the company as the most accurate pollster for Republicans.

Coffee break



AI: Enrichment or risk?

11:00 | Keynote by Sabin Dima, founder of, the world’s first blockchain platform offering an ecosystem for effortlessly scaling and managing artificial intelligence within an unparalleled framework of ethics and transparency.


AI's Influence on Political Campaigns: A Shift in Strategy?

11:20 | Exciting panel discussion with experts from the fields of AI and election campaigns.

Speakers: Jan Töpfer, Germany | Carl Philipp Burkert, Germany | Dr. Simon Bujanowski,  Germany | Session Chair: Mehmet Ural, Turkey


How was the influence of AI in the Turkish Local Election?

12:00 | Keynote by Necati Özkan, who won the mayoral elections in Istanbul for Mr. Ekrem İmamoğlu in both instances, founder and president of OYKU / Dialogue International Istanbul. He has served as a political consultant and a campaign manager for the Social Democrats.


Lunch break in the foyer of the conference center



Taxi departure to the CDU Headquarters

13:30 | Departure from Reinhardtstraße 14, 10117 Berlin to Konrad-Adenauer-Haus


Guided tour of the Konrad Adenauer House - the CDU headquarters - and subsequent discussion

14:00 | Klingelhöferstraße 8, 10785 Berlin

Part 1: Keynote Address on the Topic of Artificial Intelligence, Guided Tour of the Konrad Adenauer House and Discussion

Part 2: Introduction of the campaign for the European Parliament Election

Part 3: CDU: „Membership Party“ & „Participation formats“


Social program for networking at Berlin's top locations

16:00 | Bus departure from Konrad-Adenauer-Haus, Klingelhöferstraße 8, 10785 Berlin

Guided sightseeing tour of Berlin’s sights, including the GDR Museum, the former Stasi headquarters, the Brandenburg Gate and many more.


Guided Tour: GDR Museum and SED Party Headquarters

17:40 | DDR-Museum, Vera Britain Ufer, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, 10178 Berlin

The DDR Museum is located right in the power center of the former GDR. This tour combines a walk through the museum with a tour to the former location of the Palace of the Republic, the State Council building, and the SED party headquarters.


Dinner for networking at ``Berliner Republik``

20:15 | Walk (10-15 min) to the Restaurant „Berliner Republik“, Schiffbauerdamm 8, 10117 Berlin, passing the „Island of the Museums“ and walking parallel to the river Spree

The renowned Berlin Republic is located in the heart of the government district and serves as a meeting point for politicians, political advisors, and lobbyists. Whether parliamentarians, tourists passing through, football fans, or original Berliners, this is where people from all walks of life meet.

Friday, May 17.

Departure from the Hotel Melià to the German Bundestag

09:00 | Departure from Meeting Point (Walk): Friedrichstraße 103, 10117 Berlin


Security-Check-In at the parliament (Bundestag)



Discussion with Parsa Marvi (MdB): How is AI changing the SPD?

10:00 | AI and Politics Discussion at the Bundestag for getting insights into to views of the Social Democratic Party.


Transfer to the conference center

11:15 | Taxi Departure from Bundestag to Reinhardtstraße 14, 10117 Berlin


Lunch break in the foyer of the conference center



Continuation of the conference

12:30 | Dr. Reza Kazemi

How does AI manipulate Latin American elections?

12:40 | Discussion with Matias Galves, Chilean psychologist, on the mechanisms and effects of artificial intelligence in Latin American elections.


How does AI manipulate the US presidental election?

13:00 | Discussion with Matt Klink, Partner at California Strategies, LLC and owner of Klink Campaigns, Inc., with over 30 years of experience in campaigns, across six continents and 35-plus countries.


Human intelligence: ``How to give away 25 million Euros?``

13:20 | Discussion with Christoph Hofinger FORESIGHT (formerly known as SORA) on BASF heiress Marlene Engelhorn’s strategy for selecting a Citizens‘ Council („Bürgerrat“) to discuss wealth distribution and decide on the fate of her €25 million inheritance.


Does AI discriminate women?

13:40 | Addressing AI Bias: Insights from Prof. Dr. Sabine T. Koeszegi, Winner of the Käthe-Leichter State Prize for Gender Research. Exchange with her extensive experience in scientific policy advising, including roles in the Austrian Council for Robotics and AI, the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on AI, and the UNESCO Advisory Board on AI Ethics.


How can AI be controlled by AI?

14:00 | Dr. Sebastian Denef, Agents Inc.

Exploring the intricacies and implications of AI self-regulation and governance, discussing the potential mechanisms through which artificial intelligence could be controlled by other artificial intelligence systems.


Coffee break


Are we being replaced by AI? Why Political Coaching cannot be automated.

15:00 | Speaker MIchel Reimon, Current Member of the Austrian Parliament (Green Club) | Session Chair: Josef Heinz Eitzenberger; Austria

How fair are elections in times of AI and what does AI do to democracy?

15:15 | Panel discussion with experts from the fields of election campaigns and AI | Speakers: Dimitry Bolkunets, Belarus | Christoph Hofinger, Austria | Torbjörn Sjöström, Sweden | Marie Wutzler, Germany | Session Chair: Anthony Grally, France

How is AI changing the world of political communication and election campaigns?

16:00 | Workshop with all participants on this year’s conference theme


Outlook on the Polaris Awards & IAPC Conference in Canada, Torronto (November 2024)

17:15 | Selin Özkan (UK) & Marcel Wieder (Canada)


Closing of the conference

17:20 | We will finish the conference to give you the time to dress up for the upcoming Gala-Dinner. Participants will have a short time-slot to dress up and quickly get back to the next meeting point at Hotel Melia.




Guided walk to the German Bundestag & Visiting the Glass Dome

18:30 | Departure from Meeting Point: Melia Hotel, Friedrichstraße 103, 10117 Berlin

Guided Tour, Security Check and visiting the „Reichtagskuppel“


Cocktail reception and exclusive multicourse Gala Dinner in the ``Käfer`` - the delicatessen restaurant in the building of the German Bundestag

20:00 | We are delighted to invite you to a cocktail reception and an exclusive multicourse Gala Dinner at ‚Käfer’—the delicatessen restaurant in the building of the German Bundestag. As we gather to celebrate this special occasion, we kindly request the pleasure of your company in evening attire.


Saturday, May 18. (optional)

Boat trip across the Spree

10:40 | Departure from Meeting Point: Hotel Melia to Boat Station



Departure of the Boat

11:00 | Departure of the Boat from station Friedrichstraße across the river Spree (2,5 hours)



Guided tour (extended) through the Bundestag

15:00 | Meeting Point at the Bundestag, Guided tour (extended) through the parliament (90 minutes)


Pleasant get-together to conclude the conference


Guided walk to the Bundestag

Dinner at ``Berliner Republik``

Exclusive Gala Dinner at the delicatessen Restaurant Käfer

Sightseeingtour at Berlin's top locations

Excerpt of confirmed speakers & welcoming hosts


Marie Wutzler leads PartyParty - a platform for political professionals.

Prof. Sabine Köszegi chairs the UNESCO Advisory Board on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Austr

Carl Philipp Burkert is the CIO of the Free Democrats and a board member of Universum AG.

Dmitry Bolkunets is co-organizer of the Democratic Forum Belarus.


Emily Büning is the political managing director of BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN.


Parsa Marvi is a Member of the German Bundestag representing the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

Brazil / USA

Dr. Mauricio Moura is founder and former CEO of IDEIA Big Data.

Founder of FORESIGHT, advisor to the "Good Council" to distribute 25 m. inheritance of M. Engelhorn.

Reinis Točelovskis has led high-level political and commercial campaigns in more than 15 countries.

Brent Buchanan is an international pollster and messaging strategist based in Washington, DC.


Sepp Hartinger founded the EAPC in 1996. Among other roles, he was the advisor to Bruno Kreisky.


Necati Ozkan won the Mayoral elections in Istanbul for Mr. Ekrem İmamoğlu.


Volker Riegger advised famous German politicians (among others: Helmut Schmidt and Willy Brandt).


Mehmet Ural has worked as a consultant and campaign manager for social democratic candidates.


Igor Mintusov advised presidential candidates in various countries (among others: Boris Jelzin).

Justine Cassar Gaspar is the owner and director of Life Learning Academia Malta.

Dr. Gülfem Saydan Sanver is the founder of Element Strategy Management and Consulting Ltd.


Sabin Dima is co-founder and CEO of and an expert in the field of AI.

Torbjörn Sjöström is CEO of Novus Group International.


Dr. Reza Kazemi, a rising star within the industry, active in hundreds of campaigns across Europe.


How is AI changing the world of political communication and election campaigns?


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