VCS Research is a notprofit research and consultancy organization composed of research fellows and policy experts. As a consulting firm, our independent consultants provide advisory, consulting services, and personalized training in diplomacy, global affairs, leadership and governance, education and sustainable development to foreign missions.
The firm was founded in December of 1996 by Vince C. Sinining in Washington, DC. In 1999, it was incorporated in the District of Columbia as a nonprofit organization, and subsequently launched the Council on Diplomacy and International Affairs (CODIA).
The organization is self-funded but it also received voluntary contributions from individuals and organizations in support of conducting and providing lectures, seminars, and workshops. Training programs are provided free to individuals with potentionals of becoming leaders from Developed and Least-Developed Nations.
In 2000 to 2009, VCS Research focused its work on global issues, conducting intensive research on the intricacies of multilateral diplomacy among Small Island Developing States. Most of the senior consultants served as Special Advisers to various governments, posted at the Permanent Missions to the United Nation in New York. The training programs and services of the organization were provided "by invitation only." Since the organization was founded, VCS Founder Vince Sinining has been providing motivational talks, lectures, workshops, and seminars (sustainable development, education, leadership and governance) to schools and organizations in the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
On Education, VCS Research has been collaborating with various institutions on educational innovation and research to improve Teaching and Learning in today's rapidly changing technologies using integrated curricula (ICT, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Global Affairs). The organization has also been involved in promoting Cultural Diplomacy, using Arts and Culture in promoting peace and understanding with one another. It participated in the First White House Conference on Cultural Diplomacy hosted by First Lady Hilary Clinton and Secretary of State Madeline Albright in January 2000.
In 2010 to the present, VCS Research focused its work on sustainable development (Education and Health, Leadership and Governance) and the Fight against Poverty in Southeast Asia, East Africa, and in the Pacific Islands through the power of education and skills training (workforce development program).
In 2017, VCS Research celebrated its 20th year of existence, having mentored thousands of talented young men and women around the world.