The International Art Show of Raleigh, Featuring the Art of India.

International Focus Projects 

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We are working on a number of different projects and ways to connect across cultures in the Triangle and beyond. Please reach out if you would like to be actively involved through our volunteer network and committees or just COME ENJOY!

Calendar of Virtual Exchange Programs


  • “Elections 2020: A Virtual Tour of the United States and the American Electoral Process”. A program implemented by the Department of State’s Foreign Press Centers in partnership with Meridian International Center.
  • “Sharing U.S. Best Practices in Development and Partnership in the Region” delegation from Thailand. International Visitor Leadership Program


  • “Women and Entrepreneurship” delegation from Kyrgyzstan. International Visitor Leadership Program
****Virtual Home Hospitality is Needed for Wednesday, November 18 at 10am. If you would be interested in this hosting opportunity, please do email: [email protected] for more details***
Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 3: Starting on December 3, 2020 and going through January 3, 2021, International Focus will be hosting its first virtual International Art Show, featuring the art of India. For more information and to register for the show, click here. 

Past Events - Global Diplomacy Dialogue Series

Global Diplomacy Dialogue Series 

Guest speakers of the series are international leaders who have visited the Research Triangle area, and who will share their memories of their trip to North Carolina. These insightful conversations will take us to the latest news from their countries, and how they have been coping with the pandemic. Former International Focus’s Board Member Sean Maroney moderates these 60 minute dialogues.


Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Journalists from Europe

Alumni of Edward R. Murrow Program, Alumni of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)


Marco Büttner, Head of Political Department of RTL Television, Germany
Wojciech Cegielski, Foreign News Correspondent, Polish Radio, Poland


Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Journalists from the Asia Pacific Region

Alumni of Edward R. Murrow Program, IVLP 


Maggie Boyle, Editor/Senior Multimedia Journalist, Fijian Broadcasting Corporation, Fiji
Patrick Crewdson, Editor-in-Chief, Stuff, New Zealand


Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Journalists from Africa

Alumni of Edward R. Murrow Program, IVLP 


Yvonne Tshepang Mooka, Correspondent, BBC Africa, Botswana 

Wycliffe Masinde Nangi, Radio Station Manager, Kenya

Kingsley D. Uranta, Assistant GM, Television, Nigeria


Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Journalists from MENA Region

Alumni of Edward R. Murrow Program, IVLP 


Ahmed El Jechtimi, Reuters Reporter. Morocco
Insaf Yahieoui Ben Zeineb, Journalist and Talk Show Host, Tunisia



Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Social Entrepreneurs

Alumni of the Young Leaders of Americas Initiative (YLAI)


Lucila Dotto, People Consultant, KPMG, London, UK; Argentina

Jeffsky Poincy, Development Policy Specialist, Haiti;
Candidate, Master of Public Policy and International Development, Duke University, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Liz Tracy, Researcher, doctoral student, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina


Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Filmmakers from South Asia, IVLP 


Anwar Chowdhury, Independent Documentary Film Maker, Producer, Dhaka, Bangladesh

George Kolotov, Freelance Photographer, Kyrgyzstan, USA

Sunzu Bachaspatimayum, Independent filmmaker, Manipur, India

Uma Vangal Filmmaker, film professor, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, India


Global Diplomacy Dialogue with Mediators from Belarus 

Alumni of the Community Connections program


Arsen Dzhanashia, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of History and Philology
Mediator, Editor, Organization Committee of Minsk Mediation Fest, Mogilev, Belarus 

Aksana Shulha, Head of the Department of Clinical and Consulting Psychology
Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mediator, Head of the Belarusian Leagues of Family Mediators, Belarusian State Pedagogical, University, Belarusian Leagues of Family Mediators, Minsk, Belarus

Frank Laney, Circuit Mediator, US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, Raleigh, North Carolina


Global Diplomacy Dialogue on Satire, Art and Freedom of Speech, IVLP 


Masoud NYOMWA, Chief Editorial Cartoonist, Illustrator, Painter, Animator, Radio/TV Producer/Presenter, Mwananchi Newspaper, Tanzania 

  1. Cullum Rogers, Cartoonist and Writer, Durham, North Carolina 

Ernest Dollar, Executive Director, City of Raleigh Museum and Pope House Museum,Raleigh- Durham, North Carolina 

Past Events - E-Talk Series

E-Talks Series

This series focuses on local leaders and their impact across our state and beyond. Guests will reveal their thoughts, giving us further insight into their character and work towards the building of resilient communities. You will get to know inspiring voices working in the arts, academia, business, diplomacy, faith, law, politics, and much more.


Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate

Poetry and Healing


Dr. Dumas A. Harshaw Jr., Pastor of First Baptist Church, Raleigh and Chairman of The Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee 

Perspective on Current Civil Unrest


Burk Uzzle, Photographer 

Photography Hoping to Create a Better World


Elaine F. Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State


Liliana Palihovici, former MP and Deputy Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Moldova 

The Longstanding Relationship Between North Carolina and the Republic of Moldova / Perspective on Women in Leadership


Jason Widen, Founding, Partner and CEO, Raleigh Founded – Previously HQ 

Strengthening Local Economies and Connecting Communities 

Coffee With Emerging Leaders

Monthly Jan-Nov

Coffee with Emerging Leaders is an intimate monthly event for International Focus members to meet and connect with International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) delegates. Visitors will informally introduce themselves, share professional objectives, and speak about their experience in their homeland and the US. Typically, the event draws about ten to fifteen attendees, allowing for direct exchange with diplomatic visiotors.

Come mingle with international visitors, leverage your connections around the world and be an IF Ambassador!

Citizen of the World Awards 2020


International Focus’ Citizen of the World Award honors individuals who have made a considerable contribution to international relations in the Triangle. The black tie event will showcase the area’s global cuisine and restaurants with each course prepared by a different renowned local ethnic chef.


2020 Dates TBA