Building A Sustainable, Inclusive Deep Tech Diplomatic Ecosystem

Building A Sustainable, Inclusive Deep Tech Diplomatic Ecosystem

Building A Sustainable, Inclusive Deep Tech Diplomatic Ecosystem

Building a sustainable, inclusive deep tech-powered diplomatic ecosystem is not just a noble pursuit; it is an imperative for the future of humanity.

The integration of deep technology into diplomatic efforts, coupled with innovative leadership styles that are adapted to the demands of the digital era, new deep tech-enabled risk mitigation strategies, multigenerational and diverse involvement, offers a promising path to achieving equitable diplomacy for all nations.

This article underscores why these elements are critical and builds on my recent Linkedin diplomacy-centric publications, recent publications and highlights the need for disruptive transformation in diplomacy.

Vasiliu-Feltes, I (2023-2024), LinkedIn Diplomacy Series

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New Leadership Style

The traditional diplomatic leadership style often centered on hierarchy and protocol may not be fully equipped to navigate the complexities introduced by deep technology. A new leadership style, one that is adaptive, collaborative, and tech-savvy, is essential. This style should prioritize open communication and the ability to foster partnerships across borders, disciplines, and sectors. Leaders who embrace these qualities can more effectively harness the potential of deep tech, leading to more nuanced and constructive international negotiations.

Risk Mitigation

The adoption of deep technology in diplomacy introduces new risks, including cybersecurity threats, misinformation, and the potential for widening the digital divide. Effective risk mitigation strategies must be developed and implemented.

Novel frameworks are imperative for international cooperation on risk mitigation, emphasizing the importance of a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to the evolving phygital challenges. By fostering a shared understanding and collaborative efforts to combat digital threats, nations can create a safer environment for leveraging technology in diplomatic efforts.

Multigenerational and Diverse Involvement

The complexities and nuances of deep technology require insights and perspectives from a broad and diverse set of stakeholders. Engaging individuals from various age groups, cultures, and disciplines can foster innovative solutions and ensure that the benefits of technology are accessible to all. argues that multigenerational teams bring a mix of experience and innovation, crucial for addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by diplomats in the digital age. This diversity ensures that diplomatic initiatives are grounded in a deep understanding of societal needs and technological possibilities.

Equitable Diplomacy for All Nations

The ultimate goal of integrating deep technology into diplomacy is to ensure that all nations, regardless of their size or economic power, can participate equally in the global arena. This requires a concerted effort to provide access to frontier technology, knowledge sharing, and capacity building. By deploying deep tech to level the playing field, global initiatives can contribute to a more balanced and fair international order.


Integrating deep tech into diplomacy presents significant challenges, especially concerning cybersecurity, ethics, legal, and regulatory frameworks. Cybersecurity risks are paramount, with state and non-state actors potentially exploiting technological vulnerabilities to undermine diplomatic relations or national security. Ethical considerations arise regarding data privacy, surveillance, and the potential misuse of AI in manipulating public opinion or interfering in electoral processes. Legal challenges include navigating the complex web of international laws and regulations that govern the use of technology across borders. Additionally, establishing coherent global regulatory standards that accommodate rapid technological advances while protecting individual rights and sovereignty poses a formidable task. Addressing these challenges requires a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach to develop robust frameworks that ensure the responsible and secure use of deep tech in diplomacy. Innovative cyber-ethics approaches that leverage deep tech responsibly and are dynamically adaptable to the complex demands of a global diplomatic ecosystem are vital, with the potential to profoundly transform the geopolitical landscape.

Opportunities for the Future

The integration of deep tech into diplomatic efforts offers significant opportunities for better alignment with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN 2050 climate goals. Advanced technologies such as AI, blockchain, digital twins, satellite internet, 5G or 6G networks, quantum computing and IoT can facilitate or accelerate attainment of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and a net zero-centric economy.

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Dr. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes

Innovation Expert

Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, MD MBA Is a healthcare executive, futurist and globalist who is highly dedicated to digital and ethics advocacy. She is a Forbes Business Council member, digital strategist, passionate educator and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder, known as an expert speaker, board advisor and consultant. Throughout her career she has received several awards for excellence in research, teaching or leadership. She is the recipient of numerous awards most notably: WBAF World Excellence AwardSocial Entrepreneurship 2021, Top 20 Global Leaders in Digital Twins Technologies, Top 50 Global Leaders in Health Tech,Top 50 Global Ecosystem Leaders, Top 100 Visionary In Education Award 2021, Top 100 Global Women in Leadership Award 2021, Top 100 World Women Vision Award, 2021-Innovation & Tech, Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise 2021 (nominee),Top 50 Global Thinkers (Nominee),Nations of Women Change Makers Award(finalist),Top 100 Healthcare Leader 2020 Award, Top 100 Finance Leader 2020 Award, and Top 100 Women in Crypto 2020. Additionally, she serves as an Expert Advisor to the EU Blockchain Observatory Forum, and was appointed to the Board of UN Legal and Economic Empowerment Network. Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes is CEO of Softhread Inc., the Founder and CEO of The Science, Entrepreneurship and Investments Institute, and currently serving as a Country Director for WBAF USA, Senator of WBAF, Faculty Member of the WBAF Business School-Division of Entrepreneurship, and teaching the Executive MBA Business Technology Course at the UM Business School. She is also acting as the Chief Innovation Officer for the Government Blockchain Association. Most recently she served as President of Detect Genomix, Chief Quality and Safety Officer Chief and Innovation Officer for Mednax, Chief Quality and Safety Officer and Chief of Compliance for the University of Miami UHealth System During her academic tenure she taught several courses within the Medical School, as well as the combined MD/PhD and MD/MPH programs. Throughout her career, Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes held several leadership positions and is a member of numerous prestigious professional organizations. She holds several certifications, such as Bioethics from Harvard, Artificial Intelligence and Business Strategy from MIT Sloan, Blockchain Technology and Business Innovation from MIT Sloan, Finance from Harvard Business School, Negotiation from Harvard Law School, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Patient Safety Officer by the International Board Federation of Safety Managers, Master Black Belt in Lean and Six Sigma Management, Professional in Healthcare Quality by the National Association of Healthcare Quality, Manager for Quality and Organizational Excellence, by the American Society for Quality, and Certified Risk Management Professional by the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. Additionally, Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes is an Honorary Advisory Board Member of several companies, as well as an Editorial Board Member for several international publications, an author and TV/Media partner.

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