Invited guests

His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal
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His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal

His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal served as the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States of America from September 2005 until February 2007. His Royal Highness is involved in a number of cultural and social activities. He is one of the founders of the King Faisal Foundation and is the Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown, the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, and the King Faisal Foundation. He graduated from Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He subsequently pursued an undergraduate degree at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Participation

2008 2011 2013 2014
Antil, Alain

Head of the Ifri Sub-Saharan Africa program. He works on Mauritania and security issues in the Sahel. He teaches at the Institut d’Études Politiques of Lille. He has been a research fellow at the Institut de recherches internationales et stratégiques in Paris from 2003 to 2004. He holds a PhD in political geography from the University of Rouen.

Participation

2008 2012 2014 2016
Shlomo Avineri
Avineri, Shlomo

Israeli political scientist. Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Recurring Visiting Professor at the European University in Budapest. He served as Director-General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was Visiting Professor in various universities. Prize: Tense Award for the Study of Zionism and the Israel Prize, the country’s highest civilian decoration.

Participation

2008
K. Shankar Bajpai
Bajpai, K. Shankar

Indian civil servant and diplomat. Chairman of India’s National Security Board and Chairman of the Delhi Policy Group, an independent think tank. He is the former Indian Ambassador to Pakistan, China and the United States and the former Secretary to the Government of India. From 1995 to 2000 he was a Senior International Advisor at Merrill Lynch in New York.

Participation

2008
Bauchard, Denis

Senior Fellow for North Africa/Middle East at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) and consultant in international relations. He was formerly President of the Arab World Institute located in Paris (2002-2004). He was Ambassador of France to Canada (1998-2001) and to Jordan (1989-1993). He also served as Financial Counselor at the French Mission to the United Nations (1978-1981). He published or edited several books – La démocratie est-elle soluble dans l’Islam ? – and writes regularly in Le Monde, Politique Etrangère, Questions internationales, Ramsès. He graduated from Paris Institute of Political Studies. He also attended the École Nationale d’Administration (National School of Administration).

Participation

2008 2016
Thomas Becker
Becker, Thomas

Danish politician. Deputy Permanent Secretary in the department of International Policy and Climate Change in the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy. He is leading official appointed by the Danish Government for the preparations of the COP 15 in Copenhagen 2009. He is EU’s Lead Negotiator for the post 2012 negotiations. He has previously worked as OECD energy consultant in Paris.

Participation

2008
Mohammed Bedjaoui
Bedjaoui, Mohammed

Algerian diplomat, jurist and politician. Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria; President of the Constitutional Council of Algeria; Judge and President of the International Court of Justice; Ambassador of Algeria to United Nations New York; Ambassador to France and to UNESCO; Minister of Justice, Keeper of the Seals; Secretary General of the Government.

Participation

2008
Bertossi, Christophe

Director of the Centre for Migrations and Citizenship at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri). He was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Warwick (UK) between 2001 and 2003, and a visiting fellow at the New York University (2009), the Institute for Advanced Studies-Collegium in Lyon (2010), and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity (2015).  He gained his PhD in Political Sciences in 2000 at the Institute of Political Studies in Aix-en-Provence (France) and his Habilitation (HDR) at Sciences Po Paris in 2013. He is one of the editors of the book European States and their Muslim Citizens (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and the author of La citoyenneté à la française (Editions du CNRS, 2016).

Participation

2008 2014 2016 2017
Chellaney, Brahma

Indian specialist on international security and arm control issues. Professor of Strategic Studies at the New Delhi-based Centre for Policy Research, a private think-tank. He was a Member of the Policy Advisory Group headed by the Foreign Minister of India, and an adviser to National Security Council, as convener of the External Security Group and member of the Nuclear Doctrine Group.

Participation

2008
Collomb, Bertrand

Honorary Chairman of Lafarge, who has merged with Holcim to form LafargeHolcim. He was a Director of LafargeHolcim until May 2018, and was also a director of several international companies, among which Unilever, Allianz, DuPont and Total. From  1966  to  1975,  he  worked  with  the  French  government  in  various positions.  He joined Lafarge in 1975. He was appointed Chairman and CEO of Lafarge in 1989. He was Chairman of Lafarge from 2003 to 2007. In parallel he was Chairman of Institut de l’Entreprise, of AFEP (Association of the large French companies) and of the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development). Member of  the Institut  de  France and  Past Chairman of the Académie des sciences morales et politiques. He graduated from the Ecole polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines in Paris. He also holds a French law degree and a PhD in Management from the University of Texas.

Pascal Couchepin
Couchepin, Pascal

Former president of the Swiss Confederation

Participation

2008
François Danel
Danel, François

French relief worker. Former Executive Director of ACF (Action contre la Faim, “Action against Hunger”), an international NGO. In ACF, he has been Financial Director, then member of the organization’s Board of Trustees, then Vice President, and lastly, Deputy Executive Director at the Executive Board. He held from the position of Financial Director of UCPA and of General Secretary of IFAS.

Participation

2008
Dervis, Kemal

Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution and Senior Advisor at Sabanci University. He was Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey. He also served as Head of the United Nations Development Program, member of the Turkish Parliament and was a Vice President of the World Bank. He earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the London School of Economics, and his PhD in economics from Princeton University.

Participation

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2017
Marie-Christine Dupuis-Danon
Dupuis-Danon, Marie-Christine

Specialist of criminal finance. Independent Consultant and Director of C3COM, a consultancy firm addressing non-military threats. She has worked as an investment banker before joining the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime. She also teaches criminal finance at the Research Department on Contemporary Criminal Threats (Institute of Criminology – Paris-II).

Participation

2008
Durand, Etienne de

Director of Ifri’s Security Studies Center, and an analyst of strategic and military affairs. He is also Assistant Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP-Sciences Po). He has taught International Relations and Security Studies at the Université Jean Moulin – Lyon-III, at the Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan and at the Collège Interarmées de Défense.

Participation

2008
Nambaryn Enkhbayar
Enkhbayar, Nambaryn

After being successively First Vice Chairman of the Culture and Art Development Committee, Minister of Culture, member of Parliament, Prime Minister, Chairman of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party, Chairman of the State Great Hural Parliament of Mongolia, he was acting as the President of Mongolia from 2005 to 2009. He was Bachelor of Science in Literature and Language at the Literature Institute in Moscow, Russia, and English training at the Language Training Course of the Leeds University, United Kingdom.

Participation

2008 2009 2010
Foucher, Michel

Chair of applied Geopolitics at College of World Studies (FMSH) since 2013. He is among others Senior Advisor to the Compagnie Jacques Coeur (since 2013). He was French Ambassador to Latvia (2002-2006), after having served as an Advisor to the French Foreign Minister (1997-2002), Special Envoy to the Balkans and the Caucasus (1999). He also served as Director of the policy planning staff of the French Foreign Ministry (1999-2002). From 2010 to 2013, he was Director of Studies and Research, Institute of Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN).

Participation

2008 2014 2015 2016 2017
Gemayel, Amine

Former President of the Lebanese Republic

Participation

2008
Germay (de), Nicolas

Vice chairman of the WPC. He manages the organisation of the annual conference since its first edition in 2008. He is also chairman and founder of Alandia, a restructuring advisory firm which helped various Sates or Sovereign funds to regain control over their industrial investments (Middle East, Africa and West Asia). Former Vice chairman of the Franco Indian chamber of commerce, he was more especially in charge of agricultural investments. He seats, or seated, at several Advisory Boards such as British Telecom or PWC. He published a book on globalization in June 2010: Mondialisation, un autre regard and one on restructuring issues in France (2015).

Glasser, Robert

Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Former Secretary General of CARE International, one of the world’s largest humanitarian NGOs, with over 15,000 employees operating in over 60 countries. He was previously Chief Executive of CARE Australia, Assistant Director General of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and a Research Fellow at the University of California.

Participation

2008
Marshall Goldman
Goldman, Marshall

Expert on the economy of the former Soviet Union. Professor of Russian Economics, Emeritus at Wellesley College. Senior Scholar at the Davis Centre for Russian Studies at Harvard University where he was the Associate Director. He has been a consultant to the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Council on Environmental Quality and numerous corporations.

Participation

2008
Gomart, Thomas

Director of Ifri. Former Vice President for Strategic Development at Ifri (2010-2015). He was its Russia/Nis centre director (2004-2013), and the co-director of the Russie.Nei.Visions electronic collection. He researches on security, digital, and energy issues. He was a Lavoisier Fellow at MGIMO (Moscow State Institute for International Relations), Associate Fellow at the European Institute for Security Studies, and Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College. Gomart is PhD in History (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) and EMBA (HEC). His latest publications: “The Return of Geopolitical Risk – Russia, China and the United States”, Etudes de l’Ifri, Apr. 2016, and “Les ressorts de l’intervention russe en Syrie”, Revue des Deux Mondes (Sept. 2016).

Participation

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Juan Manuel Gomez-Robledo
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Gomez-Robledo, Juan Manuel

Member of the United Nations International Law Commission (2012-2016) where he is a Special Rapporteur on the Provisional Application of Treaties. He has been a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1988. Former Deputy Foreign Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of Mexico (2006-2015). Formerly, he served as Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United States (2004-2006), Legal Counsellor of the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry (2000-2004) and as Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States (1998-2000). He graduated in Law from the University Paris I and the University Paris X and in International Relations from the Institut d’Études Politiques of Paris.

Participation

2008 2015
Jean-Marie Guéhenno
Guéhenno, Jean-Marie

French diplomat. Member of the United Nation’s Secretary-Generals Advisory Board on disarmament matters and high-ranking adviser at the French Audit Office. Former Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at the UN. High functions at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the French Embassy in the US. Ambassador to the Western European Union.

Participation

2008
Seung-Soo Han
Han, Seung-Soo

Former Prime Minister, South Korea Republic. He served as Minister of Trade and Industry, Korean Ambassador to the US, Chief of Staff to the President, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was the President of the 56th Session of the UN General Assembly, Chair of the 2009 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting and Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change. He received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the United Nations in 2001 and was awarded an Honorary Knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 2004.

Participation

2008 2009
Hardouvelis, Gikas A.

Greek economist. Professor at the Department of Banking and Financial Management, University of Piraeus, Greece. Chief economist at the Eurobank EFG and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London. He was Director of the Economic Office of the Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis and Research Adviser and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, USA.

Participation

2008
Hecker, Marc

Director of publications at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) and editor-in-chief of Politique étrangère. He holds a PhD in political science from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and teaches a course on terrorism at Sciences Po. He published several books including Intifada française? (Ellipses, 2012) and War 2.0: Irregular Warfare in the Information Age (Praeger, 2009 with Thomas Rid; translated in Chinese in 2011). His articles appeared in major journals (Policy ReviewInternationale PolitikCommentaireEtudes, etc.).

Participation

2008 2016
Hoagland, Jim

Contributing Editor to The Washington Post  since January 2010, after serving two decades as Associate Editor and Chief Foreign Correspondent. He has served in a variety of reporting, editing, and opinion-forming roles since joining the newspaper in 1966. He was awarded two Pulitzer prizes and other journalism honors. He began his journalism career as a reporter with the Rock Hill Evening Herald in 1960 while still in college. He is the author of a book, South Africa: Civilizations in Conflict, published (1972). He graduated with an A.B. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina and he has done graduate work at the University of Aix-en-Provence and Columbia University.

Participation

2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2016 2017
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
Hoop Scheffer, Jaap de

Former Secretary-General of NATO

Participation

2008
Shireen Hunter
Hunter, Shireen

American political scientist. Distinguished Scholar at the CSIS after beeing Director of the “Islam” Programme. Visiting professor of Islamic Studies at the Georgetown University. She was Head of the Mediterranean program at the Centre For European Policy Studies, Brussels (1994-1998).

Participation

2008
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
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Ilves, Toomas Hendrik

Fourth President of Estonia. He is a former Diplomat and Journalist, was the leader of the Social Democratic Party (Estonia) in the 1990s and later a member of the European Parliament. He was elected to the post by an electoral college on 23 September 2006 and his term as President began on 9 October 2006. He grew up in the United States and graduated from Leonia High School in Leonia, New Jersey in 1972 as Valedictorian. He received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Columbia College of Columbia University and a master’s degree in the same subject from the University of Pennsylvania.

Participation

2008 2011
Ischinger, Wolfgang

German diplomat. Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (Wehrkunde). Also Global Head of Government Relations, Allianz SE. He was German Ambassador to the Court of St. James’ (United Kingdom) and to the USA. He was the EU’s Representative in the Troika negotiations on the future of Kosovo and State Secretary at the German Foreign Office.

Participation

2008
Igor S. Ivanov
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Ivanov, Igor S.

President of the Russian International Affairs Council since 2011. Professor at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) since 2007. Previously he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, from 1998 to 2004, and as Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, from 2004 to 2007. Minister Ivanov holds the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. He represented the USSR and then Russia as Ambassador to Spain. He has also worked as a researcher at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Academy of Sciences of USSR. He graduated from the Maurice Thorez Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages, has a Ph.D. in history, and is a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Participation

2008 2011
Jauréguy-Naudin, Maïté

Program Manager of the “Energy” program at Ifri from 2006 to 2014. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre Français sur les Etats-Unis (CFE/IFRI) while working at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC, focusing on space policy issues within the Homeland Security program.

Participation

2008
Karaganov, Sergei

Honorary Chairman of the Presidium of the non-governmental Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. Russian foreign and economic affairs specialist. He is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Founder and former Deputy Director of the Institute of Europe of the Academy of Sciences of USSR/Russia (1989-2010). He has been Dean of the School of International Economics and Foreign Affairs of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE) since 2006. He was a Member of High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) (2014-2015).  He graduated from the Department of Economics of the Moscow State University.

Participation

2008 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Kodmani, Bassma

Co-founder and Executive Director of the Arab Reform Initiative since 2005. She served as senior adviser on international cooperation at the French National Research Council (2007-2009). She was Senior Program Officer for Governance and International Cooperation at the Ford Foundation office for the Middle East and North Africa in Cairo (1998-2005). In 2011, she was Head of Foreign Relations and spokesperson with the Syrian National Council. In 2016, she joined the delegation of the democratic opposition in the Geneva peace talks on Syria. She serves on the advisory Board of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Sciences-Po, Paris.

Participation

2008 2013
Lamy, Pascal

Honorary President of Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute. Former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) (2005-2013). He began his career in the French civil service at the Inspection générale des finances and at the Treasury. He was Chief of staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, and his representative as Sherpa in the G7 (1985-1994). He served as CEO of the bank Credit Lyonnais until its privatization in 1999. He served as Commissioner for Trade at the European Commission (1999-2004). He holds degrees from the Paris based École des hautes études commerciales (HEC), from the Institut d’études politiques (IEP) and from the École nationale d’administration (ENA).

Participation

2008 2012 2013 2014
Aline Leboeuf
Leboeuf, Aline

Head of the program “Health and Environment: from Security and Safety Issues to New Governance Options” and researcher at the Defense Research Unit (LRD) at Ifri. She contributes to Ifri’s foresight projects on future conflicts and investigates the issues of stabilization and post-conflict resolution in the African continent.

Participation

2008
Lescoeur, Bruno

Member of the supervisory board at Naftogaz of Ukraine. Former Senior Executive Vice-President of EDF and member of the newly set-up EDF’s Group Management Committee. He was Deputy Chief Financial Officer of EDF in charge of treasury, financing and M&A. He was Chairman & CEO of London Electricity plc, which he developed into what became EDF Energy plc. He was Director of EDF Generation and Engineering. In charge of the development of the EDF’s group gas businesses, he negotiated the cooperation agreement signed with Gazprom. He graduated in Engineering (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris), in Economics (Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique) and in Political Science (IEP, Paris).

Participation

2008 2010
Lesourne, Jacques

French industrialist and economist. Founder member of the Académie des technologies (France). President of the Scientific Committee of the Energy Program at Ifri. He was Head of the Economic Department of Charbonnages de France (1954- 1957), CEO of the Sema group (1958-1975), Director of the OECD Interfutures Project (1976-1979), Head of the Department of Economics at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), Paris (1976-1996), Director of Le Monde (1991-1994). He graduated from the Ecole polytechnique and the Ecole des mines de Paris.

Participation

2008 2010 2011 2015
André Lévy-Lang
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Lévy-Lang, André

Member of the board of Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri), affiliate emeritus professor in Finance at Paris-Dauphine University, non-executive Chairman of Les Echos, member of the supervisory board of Rothschild et Co, chairman and founder of the Fondation du Risque and Institut Louis Bachelier. He held various positions in the Schlumberger Group and he was CEO of Banque Paribas until the merger creating BNPParibas. He started as a research physicist at the French atomic energy commission (CEA). He graduated from the Ecole Polytech­nique and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Participation

2008 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Kerry Longhurst
Longhurst, Kerry

Fellow at Ifri, specialist in European Security issues. Her research on the European Union and its neighbours is funded by a Fellowship from the European Commission. She is also Senior Lecturer in European Security at the University of Birmingham, UK. She has written and contributed to numerous academic and practitioner publications.

Participation

2008
Olivier Louis
Louis, Olivier

Researcher at Ifri in charge of the “India and South Asia” program, and of the “French Presidency of the European Union” program. Before, at the ministry of Economy and Finances, Minister Advisor for Economic Affairs, head of the Economic Mission in various embassies, in Pakistan, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Moscow, London, Algiers, New Delhi and Warsaw.

Participation

2008
MacFarquhar, Roderick

Leroy B. Williams Research Professor of History and Political Science, Harvard University. He was Director of the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, and Chair of the Government Department. He was the founding editor of “The China Quarterly”, and has been a fellow at Columbia University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Royal Institute for International Affairs. In previous personae, he has been a journalist, a TV commentator, and a Member of Parliament. His most recent books are Mao’s Last Revolution (jointly-authored; Harvard, 2006) and The Politics of China: Sixty Years of the People’s Republic of China (editor; Cambridge, 2011).

Participation

2008
Margerie, Christophe de

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total. He joined Total in 1974 where he served in several positions in the Group’s Finance Department and Exploration & Production division. He became President of Total Middle East in 1995. In 2000, he was appointed Senior Executive Vice President of the Exploration & Production division of the newly created TotalFinaElf group which was renamed Total in 2003. In 2002, he became President of its Exploration & Production division. In May 2006, he was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of Total and in 2007, he became Chief Executive Officer of Total, chairing its Executive Committee. He graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, a French business school.

Participation

2008 2010 2011 2012 2013
Medvedev, Dmitri

Prime Minister of the Federation of Russia since 2012. Former President of the Federation of Russia.

Participation

2008
Stepan Mesic
Mesic, Stepan

Former President of Croatia.

Participation

2008
Mistral, Jacques

Senior Advisor at Ifri, member of the Cercle des économistes and President of Société d’économie politique. He served as Head of Economic Studies at Ifri, member of the Conseil d’analyse économique, Minister-Financial Counselor to the Embassy of France in the United States (2001-2006). He held various positions in the AXA Group (1992-2000). He served as Economic Advisor to then-Prime Minister Michel Rocard (1988-1991). He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and holds a PhD in economics from the University Paris I.

Participation

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Khadija Mohsen-Finan
Mohsen-Finan, Khadija

Research Fellow, Head the “North Africa” program at Ifri, she represents Ifri in the European Commission’s Ramsés2 Network. She also follows up the questions related to the integration of muslim populations in Europe. She is lecturer at IEP Paris within the framework of the Compared Policy Master, at IISMM (EHESS) and at the Venice Ca’ Foscari University.

Participation

2008
Moïsi, Dominique

Special Adviser at Ifri. A Visiting Professor at Harvard University he is a regular columnist for Les Echos, and Project syndicate. He wrote numerous books, among others, The Geopolitics of Emotions published by Doubleday. His latest book is Between silence and Secret published by Flammarion in 2011.

Participation

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Montbrial (de), Thierry

Thierry de Montbrial is Executive Chairman of the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri), which he founded in 1979. He is Professor Emeritus at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. In 2008, he launched the World Policy Conference. He has been a member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques of the Institut de France since 1992, and is a member of a number of foreign Academies including the Russian Academy of Sciences.

He serves on the board or advisory board of a number of international companies and institutions.

Thierry de Montbrial chaired the Department of Economics at the Ecole Polytechnique from 1974 to 1992. He was the first Chairman of the Foundation for Strategic Research (1993-2001). Entrusted with the creation of the Policy Planning Staff (Centre d’Analyse et de Prévision) at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was its first director (1973-1979).

He has authored more than twenty books, several of them translated in various languages, including Action and Reaction in the World System. The Dynamics of Economic and Political Power (UBC Press, Vancouver, Toronto, 2013).

He is a Commander of the Légion d’honneur, Grand Officer of the Ordre National du Mérite. He has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun – Gold and Silver Star, Japan (2009) and other state honors by the French and several foreign governments.

Thierry de Montbrial is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, and received a Ph.D. in Mathematical Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Mario Monti
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Monti, Mario

Chairman of the High Level Group on Own Resources, European Commission. Former Prime Minister of Italy and President of Bocconi University, Milan. He was also for ten years a member of the European Commission, in charge of the Internal market, Financial services and Tax policy (1995-1999), then of Competition (1999-2004). In addition to a number of high-profile cases (e.g. GE/Honeywell, Microsoft, the German Landesbanken), he introduced radical modernization reforms of EU antitrust and merger control and led, with the US authorities, the creation of the International Competition Network (ICN). Prior to joining the European Commission, he had been professor of economics and rector at Bocconi. He graduated from Bocconi University and pursued graduate studies at Yale University.

Participation

2008 2012 2015
Moreau Defarges, Philippe

Researcher at Ifri and co-editor of its annual report, RAMSES. He is a graduate of IEP-Paris and of the École nationale d’administration (ENA). As a diplomat, he has held various administrative posts relating to the European Construction. He has taught at Sciences-Po Paris and in several universities. He is the author of many books and articles on international relations, geopolitics, global governance and the construction of Europe. His last two books are: L’histoire du monde pour les Nuls (The World History for Dummies), First-Editions, Paris; 2010; L’histoire de l’Europe pour les Nuls (The European History for Dummies), First-Editions, Paris; 2013.

Participation

2008 2009 2010 2011 2013
Eliane Mossé
Mossé, Eliane

Economist and Advisor at Ifri for the Franco-Austrian Center for European Convergence. She was Professor at IEP (Paris) and she has held various high positions in public administration (Administrator at INSEE, Financial Advisor for Central Europe at the head office of the Treasury, member of the Social and Economy Council) and in private sector (Administrator of Crédit du Nord bank and of the Ain Regional Bank).

Participation

2008
Nardon, Laurence

Head of the Ifri program on North America. She edits its online research papers, such as the U.S.-focused Potomac Papers.  She writes on northern American and transatlantic issues in the annual Ifri report Ramses. She also teaches a class on Civil Society in the United States at Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and is a columnnist for the weekly paper Réforme. Prior to joining Ifri, she was a research fellow at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), then a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC (2001-2003). She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Université Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Participation

2008 2016
Nicolas, Françoise

Director of the Center for Asian Studies, Ifri. She has been an assistant Professor in international economics at the University of Paris-Est since 1993. She also teaches at Langues’ O, Sciences Po (Paris) and Sciences Po (Lyon). In the past she taught at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS, Geneva), at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, as well as at the HEC School of Management. She also worked as a consultant to the Directorate for Financial, Fiscal and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD (1997-1999 and 2010-2011).

Participation

2008 2014
Nies, Susanne

Head of Ifri-Brussels, Senior Research Fellow with the Ifri “European Governance and Geopolitics of Energy” program. Teacher at the IEP of Paris. Previously, Head of the Eastern Europe department at the Böell foundation, Berlin, Teaching Assistant of the DAAD at the IEHEI of Nice. Researcher at the Berlin Free University, at the CERI and at the IRIS.

Participation

2008
Valérie Niquet
Niquet, Valérie

Senior Research Fellow, Director of the Asia Centre at Ifri where she built new research programs on China, India and Japan. Specialist of international relations and defence policies in Asia, and of the Chinese strategic thought. Professor at the Collège Interarmée de Défense (CID-Ecole militaire) where she teaches the geopolitics of China. She was lecturer at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes.

Participation

2008
Sari Nusseibeh
Nusseibeh, Sari

Palestinian academic. Professor of Islamic Philosophy, President, Al-Quds University. Chair in “Freedom of Expression” at the UNESCO. Former Co-Chairman, Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization (IPSO) and PLO representative in Jerusalem. Previously, Fellow at Harvard University, and Assistant Professor, Philosophy Cultural Studies, at Birzeit University.

Participation

2008
Raila Amolo Odinga
Odinga, Raila Amolo

Former Prime minister of the Republic of Kenya.

Participation

2008
James Orengo
Orengo, James

MP, Minister for Lands of the Republic of Kenya

Participation

2008
Perthes, Volker

German political scientist, specialist of Middle East. Chairman and Director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), in Berlin. From 1992 to 2005, he headed the Middle East and Africa Research Unit at the SWP. He taught at the American University of Beirut and at those of Duisburg, Münster and Munich. He teaches at Humboldt University Berlin.

Participation

2008 2011
Pisani-Ferry, Jean

Professor at Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and at Sciences Po Paris. Previously, he served as French Commissioner General for Policy Planning (2013-2016), Director of Bruegel, the Brussels-based economic think tank (2005-2013), Deputy Chairman of the French Economic Analysis Council (2001-2002), Senior Economic Adviser to the French Minister of Finance (1997-2000), Director of CEPII, the French institute for international economics (1992-1997). He is an engineer, Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, Paris. He also holds a Master in mathematics and an advanced degree in economics from the Centre d’études des programmes économiques (CEPE, Paris). In the first half of 2017, he contributed to the campaign of Emmanuel Macron as Director of the Programme and Ideas Division.

Participation

2008 2013 2014
Hans Gert Pöttering
Pöttering, Hans Gert

Former President of the European Parliament

Participation

2008
Jean-Luc Racine
Racine, Jean-Luc

French political scientist. CNRS Senior Fellow at the Centre for Indian and South Asian Studies (CEIAS), at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS Paris). He works on the internal dynamics of change in India and India-Pakistan relations. Professor at the EHESS and at the French Institute of Geopolitics of Paris-VIII. Founder of the French journal Transcontinentales.

Participation

2008
Ramsay, William

Former Director of the Energy Program at Ifri. He formerly served as Deputy Executive Director at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he also managed relations with non-member countries. He also held the posts of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State at the US State Department and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Congo. As Head of the Office of Energy Producing Countries, he oversaw bilateral discussions on energy issues between the United States and Mexico, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council and Japan. He received a MBA in International Marketing from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in International Business and Raw Materials at Stanford University in California.

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2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Il SaKong
SaKong, Il

Chairman of the Institute for Global Economics; former Minister of Finance (1987-1988). He held several key positions in the Korean government (1979-2011), including Senior Secretary to the President for Economic Affairs (1983-1987), Ambassador for International Economy and Trade (2000-2002), Special Economic Adviser to the President (2008-2009), Chairman of the Presidential Council on National Competitiveness (2008-2009), and Chairman of the Presidential Committee for the G20 Summit (2009-2011). He also served as Special Consultant to the International Monetary Fund (1989-1998) and Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association (2009-2012). He graduated from Seoul National University and received his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of California in Los Angeles.

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2008 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Eberhard Sandschneider
Sandschneider, Eberhard

German political scientist, specialist of China and of International Relations in Asia-Pacific. Otto-Wolff-Director of the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). He held a position as Professor for International Relations in Mainz, and at Free University Berlin. He served as Dean of the Faculty for Political and Social Sciences at Free University.

Participation

2008
Nicolas Sarkozy
Sarkozy, Nicolas

Former President of the French Republic

Participation

2008
Satoh, Yukio

Japanese politician and diplomat. President of the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo. Member of the National Public Safety Commission. Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations. Ambassador of Japan to the Netherlands and to Australia. He was Private Secretary to Foreign Minister Sunao Sonoda and Research Associate at the IISS.

Participation

2008
Schmid, Dorothée

Head of the Turkey / Middle East program at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri). She joined Ifri in 2002 to work on the European policies in the Mediterranean region and in the Middle East, on the regional political and economic dynamics and on the Arab policy of France. She started the “Contemporary Turkey” research program in 2008, to follow the emergence of Turkey as a global power. Her present research focuses on Turkish diplomacy, new regional conflicts and their impact on Middle East economies. She directed a book on La Turquie au Moyen-Orient : une puissance régionale ? [Turkey in the Middle East: a regional power ?], published by CNRS éditions in december 2011. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris. She holds a postgraduate degree in applied economics and a PhD in political science.

Participation

2008 2016
Henry Siegman
Siegman, Henry

American nonfiction writer and a journalist specializing in the Middle East policy towards Israel. President of the “U.S./Middle East Project” (USMEP), established by the think tank Council on Foreign Relations. Research Professor at the “Sir Joseph Hotung Middle East” program of the University of London. Former Executive Director of the American Jewish Congress.

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2008
Stark, Hans

Secretary General of the Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa), Ifri. He has been professor of contemporary German civilization at Paris-Sorbonne University since 2012 after teaching at New Sorbonne University from 2005 to 2012 as senior lecturer. He graduated from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (SciencesPo) in 1987, majoring in International Relations. Furthermore, he holds a Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) in Soviet and Eastern European Studies from SciencesPo (1990) and a PhD in political sciences from Panthéon-Sorbonne University (2001).

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2008 2011 2016 2017
Boris Tadić
Tadić, Boris

Former President of the Republic of Serbia. Psychologist by profession, he is a leader of the Democratic Party (Serbia). He was elected to a four-year term on June 27, 2004 and re-elected for a de facto second four-year term on February 3, 2008. Prior to Presidency, he served as the last Minister of Telecommunications of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and as the first Minister of Defence of Serbia and Montenegro. He graduated from the University of Belgrade University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy with a degree in psychology, specifically Social psychology (psychology) in the department of Clinical psychology.

Participation

2008
Anatoly V. Torkunov
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Torkunov, Anatoly V.

Russian scholar and diplomat, expert on Russian foreign policy and Asia-Pacific region. Rector of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Professor Torkunov holds positions of the Chairman of the UN Association of Russia; President of the Russian International Studies Association, Member of the Academic Council of the Security Council of the Russian Federation; Co-Chairman of the Russian-Polish Group on Difficult Matters (2007-2016). He is Chairman of Moscow Region Civic Chamber, co-president of the Russian Historical Society, co-chairman of the Committee on difficult issues in the history of Russian-Japanese relations, co-president of the Russian-French Civil Societies Forum “Trianon Dialogue”.

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2008 2011 2013 2014 2015
Trichet, Jean-Claude

Former President of the European Central Bank and Honorary Governor of Banque de France. He is Honorary Chairman of the Group of Thirty, Chairman of the Board of Bruegel Institute and Chairman of the Trilateral Commission (Europe). He was assigned to various posts at the French Ministry of Finance. He was an adviser to the President of the Republic. He was chairman of the Paris Club (sovereign debt rescheduling) from 1985 to 1993. He was Chairman of the European Monetary Committee until his appointment as Governor of the Banque de France in 1993. He graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines de Nancy, of the IEP of Paris, of the Université de Paris (in economics) and of the Ecole nationale d’administration. He was awarded honorary doctorates by several universities.

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2008 2010 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Vedrine, Hubert

Founder of Hubert Védrine Conseil, a public affairs consultancy that specializes in foreign, economic, and geopolitical affairs. He worked as a diplomatic Advisor, Spokesman, and Secretary-General with French President François Mitterrand (1981-1995). He also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1997 to 2002 under the cohabitation government of President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. In 2004, he was appointed as an Independant Director at LVMH. From 2005 to 2007, he was a member of the High Level Group for an “Alliance of Civilizations” of Kofi Annan. He graduated from the Institut d’études politiques of Paris and the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA).

Abdoulaye Wade
Wade, Abdoulaye

Former President of the Republic of Senegal

Participation

2008
Jusuf Wanandi
Wanandi, Yusuf

Senior Fellow and co-founder of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CSIS Foundation, Jakarta. He is Vice Chair of the Indonesian National Committee for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (INCPEC), Co-Chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) from 2009-2015, and Co-Chair of the Council of Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific (CSCAP), Indonesia. Publisher of The Jakarta Post Daily as well as Chairman of the Board of the Prasetiya Mulya University, Jakarta.

Participation

2008 2017
Weymuller, Bruno

Member of Total Professeurs Associés, and of the French Energy Council. He was Executive Vice President at Total in charge of Strategy and Risk Assessment (2000-2008). He was Chief Financial Officer of Elf Aquitaine (1994-2000). He began his career at the Ministry for Industry (1972-1978), then he joined the Prime Minister Raymond Barre’s cabinet (1978-1981). He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique, and the Ecole des Mines in Paris. He holds a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Arseni Yatseniuk
Yatseniuk, Arseni

Former Prime minister of Ukraine and President of the Ukranian Parliament.

Participation

2008
Zartman, William

American professor, expert in international relations, Africa and Middle East. Professor at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, where he was before Director of Conflict Management and African Studies programs. He was consultant to the U.S. Department of State, President of the Middle East Studies Association and of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies.

Participation

2008
Lionel Zinsou
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Zinsou, Lionel

Co-chair of SouthBridge, a Financial Advisory Service company dedicated to Africa. Chairman of the Fondation de l’École Normale Supérieure and of Terra Nova think tank. Former Prime Minister of Benin (2015-2016). He started his career as a lecturer in economics at the University of Paris 13 and was a member of the Department of Industry’s Minister’s Office and the Prime Minister’s Office. In 1986, he joined Danone where he held various positions, including Corporate Development Director and then CEO of the grocery division. In 1997, he joined the Rothschild Bank as General Partner; he was Head of the Consumer Products Group, Head of Middle East and Africa. He then served as CEO of the Private Equity firm PAI Partners (2009-2015). He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure, Sciences Po, the London School of Economics and La Sorbonne in history and economics. He is a “professeur agrégé de sciences économiques et sociales”.

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2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2017