Conference Program

Wednesday, 4th December 2019

06.00 pm
Presented by Chris Fussner, IRI Board Member, IDU Assistant Chairman


06.45 pm
Presented by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, USA



  • Remarks from IDU Chairman, Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada
  • Welcome from Honorary Dinner Chairman, 63rd Governor of Mississippi Haley Barbour
  • Welcome from Presenting Dinner Partner, Paul Linnarz, Director Konrad Adenauer Foundation, USA
  • Remarks from U.S. Senator Patrick Toomey, Pennsylvania
  • Remarks from U.S. Senator Todd Young, Indiana
  • Remarks from Ontario Premier Doug Ford

Thursday, 5th December 2019

08.45 am
Chairman’s Welcome
Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada


09.00 am
Opening Speech
U.S. Senator John Barrasso, Wyoming


09.20 am
Panel 1:
Free trade, populism and geo-politics: a new era of protectionism?

  • Peter Beyer M.P., Coordinator for Transatlantic Cooperation, Federal Foreign Office, Germany
  • Dr. Charles Boustany, Former Congressman, Louisiana (2005-2017)
  • Dr. Daniel Twining, President, International Republican Institute
  • Dr. Thomas Duesterberg, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute


10.10 am
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney, Utah


10.30 am
Panel 2:
Balancing act – the policy and politics of global migration
Presented by Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation USA

  • Hon. Igor Crnadak, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Andrew Selee, President, Migration Policy Institute
  • Mark Hugo López, Director Global Migration, Pew Research


11.00 am
Conversation with Ambassador Mark Green, Administrator, United States Agency for International Development


11.40 am
RNC Convention 2020 Update
Toni Anne Dashiell, Chairman, Committee on Arrangements RNC


12.00 pm
The power of private capital tackling public policy challenges
Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper in conversation with Joe Lonsdale, Founder 8VC
Presented by the European Conservatives and Reformists Party


01.15 pm
Panel 3:
Navigating the transition: the risks and rewards of digital government

  • Matt Mincieli, Amazon Web Services
  • Maleka Momand, CEO, Esper
  • Alex Benay, KPMG, Former Deputy Minister and Chief Information Officer, Canada


02.00 pm
Speech from United States Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao


02.30 pm
Panel 4:
Winning elections: strategy, tactics, and trends

  • Andrew Hirst, Federal Director, Liberal Party of Australia
  • Philipp Maderthaner, Founder Campaigning Bureau, Campaign Manager, Sebastian Kurz,
  • Austria
  • Rajat Sethi, BJP Strategist, India
  • Henry Barbour, Chairman, The Data Trust, WinRed


03.15 pm
Presentation by Crystal Patterson
Global Civic Partnerships Manager, Facebook

Panel 5:
Conservatives at a cross-roads – where do we go from here?

  • Research Presentation: Lord Michael Ashcroft, Ashcroft in America
  • Dan Hannan, MEP, President, Initiative for Free Trade, U.K.
  • Markus Blume, Secretary General, CSU, Germany
  • Dr. Ralph Reed, Founder, Faith and Freedom Coalition, USA
  • Nick Cater, Executive Director, Menzies Research Centre, Australia


04.15 pm
Focus on Latin America – a new cycle of disruption?

  • Alvaro Arzú Escobar, President of the Congress, Guatemala
  • Óscar Ortiz, Senator, Chairman of UPLA, Bolivia
  • Nicolás Monckeberg Diaz, Former Minister of Labor and Social Security, Chile


Reception and Dinner | Presented by Ashcroft in America
Ronald Reagan Building – International Trade Centre



  • Remarks from IDU Chairman, Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada
  • Welcome from Honorary Dinner Chairman, Frank Fahrenkopf, Former RNC Chairman
  • Welcome from Presenting Dinner Partner, Lord Michael Ashcroft, U.K.
  • Remarks from Republican Conference Chair, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, Wyoming, USA
  • Remarks from Hon. Mikuláš Dzurinda, Former Prime Minister of Slovakia and President of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
  • Remarks from Hon. Katalin Novak, Minister of State for Family, Youth, and International Affairs, Hungary
  • Presentation of Inaugural IDU Award for Freedom

Friday, 6th December 2019

09.00 am
Executive Meeting (For Member Parties Only)


01.00 pm
International Women’s Democrat Union | International Networking Lunch
National Museum of Women in the Arts | Elisabeth A. Kasser Room | 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C

Panel Discussion:
Advancing Female Leadership and Equity: Perspectives from Conservative Women Across the Globe
  • Dr. Doris Pack, President of the European People’s Party Women and Former Member of the European Parliament
  • Josephine Sebastian Lemoyan, Member of the East African Legislative Assembly, Tanzania
  • Sofia Brambilla, Member of Parliament, Secretary General PRO Mujeres, Argentina
  • Closing remarks by IWDU Chairwoman Laura de Esteban Martin