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The Mayor's office of international & Immigrant affairs
Georgia council for international visitors present




Saturday, September 17, 2022 | 6:00 - 11:00 PM

Flourish Atlanta

About the Event

The 39th Annual International Consular Ball: Lights, Camera, Action: Atlanta Showtime presented by the Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV) and Chaired by Vanessa Ibarra, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of International and Immigrant Affairs for the City of Atlanta, is the premier event that brings together the international and diplomatic communities in the City of Atlanta.


The event will feature keynote speakers, international musical talent, and the opportunity to interact with cross-sectoral representatives and change makers from the creative industries.

Mayor Andre Dickens invites you to the 39th Annual International Consular Ball!

Master of ceremonies

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Jorge Estevez

Emmy Award-winning news anchor/reporter, WSB-TV Channel 2, Cox Media Group


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Keynote Speaker

Frank Patterson

President & CEO, Trilith Studios


Welcome Remarks

Amb. Charles Rivkin

Chairman & CEO, Motion Picture Association (MPA)

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Special Remarks

Andre Dickens

61st Mayor of the City of Atlanta


Celebratory Remarks

Amb. Javier Díaz de León

Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta,

Dean of the Georgia Consular Corps

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Opening Remarks

Vanessa Ibarra

Executive Director,

Mayor's Office of International & Immigrant Affairs 

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Special Remarks

Abby Turano

Deputy Commissioner, Marketing, Communications,

& International Engagement,

Georgia Department of Economic Development


Presentation of the Consular Corps

Nico Wijnberg

Chief of Protocol, State of Georgia

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Presentation of the Consular Corps

Mar Anderson

Protocol Officer, Office of Public Affairs-International Affairs,

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 

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Closing Remarks

Rickey Bevington

President, World Affairs Council Atlanta & GCIV Trustee


Closing Remarks

Emily Shaw

Executive Director, GCIV

Performances by:

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Melissa L. Youngblood

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Atlanta Irish Dance by Burke Connolly

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Atlanta Drum Academy


Dance Canvas

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Lunar Krew K-POP Dance Group

Music provided by:

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DJ Salah Ananse

Late Night Emcee


Dr. Rashad Richey

President, Rolling Out & GCIV Trustee

Letter of Support

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A Message from the Chair

Vanessa Ibarra

Executive Director

Mayor's Office of International & Immigrant Affairs

After being part of Atlanta’s international community for more than a decade and representing the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of International Affairs for seven years and welcoming hundreds of international visitors, and partaking in various trade missions, I can echo what everybody in our city already knows, Atlanta is a global city.

From our legacy as the Cradle of the Civil Rights movement, to our reputation as a tech mecca, a global business hub with the most innovative educational institutions and non-profits, and home to the world’s busiest and most efficient airport in the world…Atlanta is influencing the world.


It is now that the world is listening and watching more carefully to understand what makes Atlanta unique. While many may feel this happened overnight, we all know that to achieve this type of success many different actors in our ecosystem came together to launch Atlanta onto the global stage to become the powerhouse that it is today. I often say that to achieve this type of success we must bring the “global” to the “local” and vice versa, to promote a level of cross-cultural and cross-sectoral understanding. A key organization focused on just that is the Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV).


I am proud to serve as the Chair of the 39th International Consular Ball this year. What excites me most about this year’s gala is the opportunity to bring together and celebrate all the organizations that have contributed to Atlanta’s international success.


For the first time in years, the Consular Ball will bring together not only the diplomatic community, but corporations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, trade offices, chambers of commerce, and government representatives on a local, regional, and state level under one roof and a brand new location, Flourish Atlanta. This event will celebrate the many achievements of these various groups and act as a catalyst for future endeavors.

I am proud to announce this year’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Action! Atlanta Showtime”, to honor Atlanta’s history and our place as the film and entertainment capital, and home of some of the biggest productions in the world. We look forward to welcoming you on September 17, 2022. Come join us and be a global change maker and Ambassador to our City.

About GCIV

Founded in 1962, the Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV) is a nonprofit organization that works with the U.S. Department of State to develop a broad spectrum of professional and cultural exchange programs for emerging global leaders. Our non-partisan citizen diplomacy connects Georgia citizens and international leaders to cultivate positive global change. In 2021, GCIV hosted 330 International visitors from 85 countries and territories.

why sponsor

Atlanta is home to 70 countries with a diplomatic presence, 31 binational chambers of commerce and trade offices, more than 2,600 international companies, educational Institutions overseeing over 400 study abroad programs leading the charge on innovation, and has the second largest foreign born population In the nation. The Consular Ball Is the only event in the City of Atlanta bringing the global ecosystem together under one roof for one evening.


By attending and sponsoring the ball, your brand will be seen by approximately 300 of the city's diplomatic, business, educational and civic leaders. Your brand will be promoted across various social media platforms to cross-sectoral representatives focused on diplomacy, international business, education, humanitarian aid, culture and security.

For sponsorship and marketing opportunities, please contact Emily Shaw of GCIV at


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