Who we are
Meet our team.
ICDO was established in Vienna, Austria by two eminent professionals, with international working experience in International Relations, Intergovernmental Organizations and International Corporations, willing to take action, use their experience and close the cultural gap between people through research, workshops, events, social and development projects.
Their vision was recognized and supported by prominent professionals in the field, benefactors, institutions, organizations, governments, professionals from different backgrounds ranging from business development, finance, project and event management, art, design, etc. as well as their fellow Webster University and University of Vienna Alumni which contributed to realization of ICDOs projects and objectives. We will continue working together for a better, more diverse, future.
Josipa Palac has had a heart for social impact since she was a young girl. Growing up in a family that opened its doors to help those in need, she saw first-hand the positive impact helping others brings. This ignited in her a passion to get involved with social change and to draw attention to problems in the ...
Toni Pehar, is a co-founder of ICDO and holds a responsibility of a Treasury and Chief Financial Officer, oversees finance and accounting, financial planning and analysis, strategic planning, funds, grants, development and contracts management, and several special initiatives. Closely collaborates...
Advisers to the Executive Committee and Ambassadors
ICDO is fortunate to have support, advice, wisdom and experience from highly eminent professionals that devoted their time and efforts to make us stronger.
Dr. Anthony Löwstedt worked at the International Press Institute in Vienna from 1994 to 2005 with press freedom- and media monitoring-related human rights work incl. research, documentation, publications, and consultation. He organized, contributed, and attended ...
President of the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, a seasoned diplomat, economist, scholar and businessman. Dr. Kerim was Foreign Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He then became his country's Ambassador and Permanent ...
Born in a spotlight and having Mother Teresa of Calcutta as her godmother on baptism, Cristel was raised in a family of strong musical and theatrical heritage, daughter of singers Al Bano and Romina Power, Cristel has worked in the entertainment industry since her teenage years...
Born and raised in Mexico. From a young age, curiosity led her to explore the modelling world and the diversity within it. She studied a BA in Communications at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. For a period of her life, she lived in two multicultural cities in the USA: NYC and Miami ...
Mr Austria 2017 - Alberto Nodale is half Austrian, half Philippino. He graduated from high school in Vienna, where he also grew up. He then moved to Wieselburg to study at the campus Wieselburg of the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt. There he completed his bachelor and ...
We are pleased to announce that Celine Schrenk - Miss Austria 2017, and contestant of Miss Universe, joins ICDO as a new Ambassador starting from 2018 in order to promote cultural diversity and help eliminate cultural gaps and #safeguarddiversity. Having a mix cultural background ...
Global Development Team
It is our ICDO Global Development Team that makes it all possible. Their diverse experience, drive, commitment, and motivation are invaluable to making ICDO a leading NGO that fights for equality, diversity, economic and social development, and crucial role of diversity in the world and society as a whole.
Monika Zarucka is a public relations graduate who has studied communications, media, business, content production and who holds mainly experience in writing communications strategies, reports and technical documentation. She also has numerous years of experience in designing ...
Mariana's first official job was as a Trainee in Print Production at JWT Mexico where her passion for Photography intensified. Before that she was a summer intern for the former First Lady in Mexico Mrs. Margarita Zavala de Calderón. Later on, working ...
Evgeny Denisov, preferably just Jack, is a journalist with a background in different forms of media and international relations. His particular field of interest lies in environmental degradation and climate change, especially the potential impacts they will have on our society in the coming decades ...
The ICDO Interns are invaluable members that help improve ICDO in many ways. From assisting our Executive Committee and Global Development Team in their work, to offering their personal expertise for various projects, the interns help achieve all the ambitious goals of the organization.
The objective of ICDO is to promote diversity, interculturality and raise awareness of different cultural expressions and their values in order to encourage the development of cultural interaction with the goal of bringing people closer together and closing the cultural gaps.
We believe that cultural diversity makes society stronger in every aspect. The world needs diversity and all the positivity that comes out of it to ensure social, economic advances and to enhance society as a whole.
We will do our best to cherish and respect each culture, religion, views, language and all that comprises an individual in order to preserve the diversity in the world and make it better. This cause is worth fighting for as there would not be a diversity without each one of us. That makes us unique and worth protecting. ICDO’s philosophy is to recognize the individuals, and provide them with tools, knowledge and a voice.
We believe that people’s diversity is what makes them truly connected and united. Only while embracing diversity can we make progress.
What do people say about us
“It gave the musicians the opportunity to create something beautiful that represented them individually but also united them.”
Lone MadsenClassical Clarinettist
“Differences are not bad, they just make life more interesting. Best to try to be open-minded, you don’t always have to agree with someone else's opinion but best to be able to listen to other opinions as you may learn something new. People are often frightened of what they don’t know.”
Josipa PalacPresident of ICDO
“ICDO, and this symposium stand to showcase how diversity can actually help in shaping societies in the future towards progress.”
Miriam Prandi Cellist
“Everyone brings their own tradition, their own 'school' and experience, their own instinct and manners and at the end this affects also the art and the music you are playing.”
“I believe it is important for each human being to learn more about this topic. Through the workshop, we realised that we live in such a culturally diverse world and it is in others and our best interest to promote cultural diversity and encourage other people to believe so.”
Monika ZaruckaPublic Information Director
“As an NGO, we believe that these types of activities can make a difference in people’s lives by reinforcing the individual’s development and self-confidence.”
“My childhood dream of saving the Amazon rainforest is still not accomplished but my dream of connecting people and rising above their differences for a greater cause stayed the same.”