Annual Education Forum

The 20th Annual PDI-POA International Protocol Education Forum
19 – 21 July 2021


2019 Forum Plenary

For members of PDI-POA, the Forum is a chance to expand your knowledge, refresh your skills and reunite with colleagues from around the world.  For non–members and individuals interested in learning more about protocol, it is the perfect introduction to the protocol field.  The program of each Forum provides practical, thought-provoking information useful to protocol professionals from around the world.


Janiel Toh PDI-POA Member

“PDI-POA has always been my source of inspiration in achieving gold standards in the protocol world.  I feel very connected to fellow protocol officers around the world. Professional exchanges like the education forums enhance our understanding of practices unique to countries, that way we can provide value propositions and maintain professional protocol in our events.”

— Janiel Toh, Member since 2015, Singapore


Event Information

Virtual Education Forum 2021

Who Attends the Forum?

PDI-POA Forum attendees come from a wide variety of fields. These include national, state/provincial, regional, and city governments, NGO’s, intergovernmental agencies, cultural and academic institutions, public and private corporations as well as training and consulting practices.

PDI-POA Forums draw protocol professionals from around the world. In recent years participants represented countries including Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Kosovo, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom and the United States.

Participation in the International Protocol Education Forum is open to PDI-POA members as well as the general public.

For the 2021 Forum, all attendance will be virtual. Plenary sessions and your choice of breakout sessions will be viewable for registered participants. Registered attendees will receive information about how to access the Forum on the days of the event, and how they can go back and watch or re-watch any of virtually-broadcast sessions for 30 days after the Forum is over.

Discounted Registration Rates for Members

Members of PDI-POA receive discounted registration rates for the Annual International Protocol Education Forum as a benefit of membership. 

Forum Theme

The theme of the 20th Annual International Protocol Education Forum is Protocol Adapts: Tradition and Change

Program Content and Schedule

Content for the 2021 Forum reflects recommendations from the planning committee, interviews with protocol and academic professionals, and suggestions from attendees at past forums and PDI members at large. The program will include foundational topics for those who are new to protocol as well as advanced sessions for those who attend the Forum yearly or are experienced in the field of protocol. Every session will provide a PDF handout from the session’s presenter of applicable ideas, tools, or procedures.

2021 Forum Schedule

  • 19 July 2021:
    • 3:00-5:00pm EDT: Forum opening gathering
  • 20 July 2021:
    • 9:00am-2:00pm EDT: Plenary sessions and breakout programs
  • 21 July 2021:
    • 12:00noon-5:00pm EDT: Plenary sessions and breakout programs
    • 5:00pm EDT: Forum closing gathering

Become a Sponsor: Support the Forum and PDI-POA

PDI-POA welcomes your participation to support continuing education in protocol. We are developing a wide array of sponsorship opportunities that can be tailored to fit your marketing goals and budget. Please check back on this site or send an email directly to us at [email protected]

How & When to Register

Registration closed on 15 July 2021

If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact us: [email protected]


U. Desmond Alufohai PDI-POA Member“What I love about our organization is the education and information, that it provides best practices to all our membership.  Cultural understanding is key.”

— U. Desmond Alufohai, Member since 2018, Florida, USA