Algerian physician. First Vice President of North/South dialogue for Arab countries and the Mediterranean at the Robert Schuman Institute for Europe. Member of the Center for Long Term Strategic Studies (CEPS). General Delegate for the Mediterranean Observatory for Information and Reflection.Bio
President of Cheniere Marketing Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc., a Houston based company specializing in liquefied natural gas importation and exportation. He joined Cheniere in 2006, after having held various positions within Gaz de France (now Engie), among which Executive Vice President for Supply, Trading & Marketing, President of Gaselys, International Executive Vice President as well as Advisor to the Chairman & CEO and Secretary of the Board of Directors. He graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon.Bio
President of the Moroccan Central Authority for the Prevention of Corruption. He developed an extensive experience (1974-1998) as a civil engineering consultant. In 1998, he joined the Caisse de dépôt et de gestion (CDG) which is the main financial public institution in Morocco and was nominated in 2006 Deputy Director-General. He is a civil engineer (graduated from Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées, Paris, 1973), economist (University of Rabat, 1980) and MBA (ENPC, Paris, 2000).Bio
Currently the Ambassador-at-large for G20 and Deputy Minister for Trade of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He began his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he worked extensively on international legal and economic issues. He served as Counsellor of the Korean Delegation to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris as well as Counsellor of the Korean Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization in Switzerland. He studied international relations at Seoul National University, (B.A. in political science) and Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service (M.S. in international relations). He also studied law at the Korea National Open University (LL.B.) and Georgetown University Law School (LL.M.).Bio
President of the Cercle des Economistes arabes, Editor in Chief and General Manager of Le Monde diplomatique éditions arabes, CEO of A Concept, a consulting firm in economy and information technologies. He consulted for international organizations (UNDP, European Union, World Bank), Arab countries’ governments and industrial firms. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, with an MBA from the Centre de Perfectionnement des Affaires (HEC), and postgraduate degrees in mechanical engineering from the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires and in social anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.Bio
Honorary President of the Association Marocaine d’Intelligence Economique (AMIE), President of the Fondation des Cultures du Monde (FCM) and Vice-President of the International Chamber of Commerce in Morocco. He is also a university professor, columnist and writer. He has been a minister several times (Communication and Spokesman of the Government, Youth and Sports, Energy and Mines, State Secretariat for Foreign Affairs in charge of the Arab Maghreb Union). He was also CEO of the ISCAE and of the ICDT.Bio
Journalist and writer. He is currently editor-in-Chief and Chief Anchor for Kanal D. He was editor in Chief of CNN Turk. He has been described as the “eyes and ears” of Turkey abroad for over 40 years. He has authored eight books and has been the focal point of numerous conferences on Turkish-EU relations, the Kurdish problem, Cyprus and Turkish-Greek relations. He began his career in 1964 in Turkey’s leading newspaper, Milliyet. In 1985, he began producing “32nd Day,” program known for its independent and liberal outlook. Many world leaders have appeared on the show. He returned to Turkey in 1991 and became a columnist with Sabah, a well-known Turkish newspaper, and in 1999 with Posta, Turkey’s highest circulation newspaper.Bio
Consultant on international economic issues to the Policy Planning Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France. Formerly, he has held the position of Chief Economist / Senior advisor for international economic issues, Policy Planning Staff, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France. He also has served as Head of the International Macroeconomic Forecasts Division and Head of the Public accounts Division of the French Ministry of Economy. He has also been staff economist at the Economic department of the OECD. He is alumnus of the Ecole nationale d’administration.Bio
He is a Certified Public Accountant, Honorary President of the Moroccan Institute of Certified Public Accountant, President and CEO of “Coopers & Lybrand” (Maroc) Ltd. He serves also as a professor at “ISCAE”, the Higher Institute of Business Administration in Casablanca. He is a former member of the Moroccan National Accounting Council standing Committee.
Commissioner for competition since February 2010. He is the Founder and Director of the progressive think tank “Laboratorio de Alternativas”. He was Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs (2004-2010). He was a socialist candidate for Prime Minister in the 2000 elections, a leader of the PSOE, spokesperson of the Socialist Parliamentary Group, Minister of Public Administration, Minister of Employment and Social Security, member of the Spanish Parliament. He graduated in Law and Economics at the University of Deusto (Bilbao) and studied at l’École Pratique des Hautes Études de ParisBio Website
Former Conservative Member of Parliament. He is a member of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation. He was a member of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee, Member of the Shadow Cabinet (1997-2005), Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2001-2005), International Affairs (2003-2005), Defence (2005), Deputy Leader of the Opposition (2001-2005). He was also Chairman of the Conservative Party (1998-2001), Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (1994-1997). He graduated from Christ Church at the University of Oxford in History, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.Bio
Partner responsible for coordinating all PricewaterhouseCoopers network activities in Morocco. For many years, he worked as a statutory auditor for major French companies. Before becoming a managing partner in Morocco, he developed and launched the PwC network’s human ressources and change management consulting services. He has co-authored several books and also serves as a court expert at the Paris Court of Appeal. He graduated from HEC (a French prestigious business school).
President of MTP Investment Group. Entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist who has realized great success in real estate, parking, biotech and other areas thanks to the strong values and principles acquired through his long military career. The tenets and cornerstones of his business philosophy are creativity, flexibility, persistence and an infallible moral code. He serves on the board of directors of several companies and is actively involved in charity and political organizations.Bio
Secretary-General of the United Nations. He was Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was also First Secretary at the Republic of Korea’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, Director of the United Nations Division at the Ministry’s headquarters in Seoul and Ambassador to Vienna. He has also been actively involved in issues relating to inter-Korean relations. He was awarded numerous national and international prizes, medals and honours. He received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Seoul National University. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received an honorary Doctoral Degree from Seoul National University.Bio
Chairman and founder of FDB Partners SPRL, an investment and advisory firm in TMT and publishing. In 2011, he was appointed Chairman of Idate/DigiWorld Institute (Institut de l’Audiovisuel et des télécommunications en Europe), the leading European think tank and consultancy organisation dedicated to Internet, Telecommunications and Media. He has had unique and diversified entrepreneurial and corporate experiences in the technology sector. He started his career as a researcher in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence with IBM Corporation. He served as President and CEO of Lucent EMEA and then as International CEO and corporate officer. He was also CEO of BT Global Services and a BT Group PLC board member. He sits in various boards and he is a frequent speaker in worldwide conferences on digital.Bio
Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Kingdom of Morocco
Director of the International Department of GDF SUEZ. She was Vice-President Asset Management North America, Asia, Middle East and Africa within the Tractebel Electricity & Gas International (EGI) branch. She was Head of the Finance, Treasury and Tax Department of the recently renamed Suez Energy International (SEI) branch. She was Executive Vice President and also a member of the SEI General Management Committee. She was also granted a specific mandate to set up the Community of Practice of Business Development within GDF SUEZ. She is still chairing it.Bio
Interior Ministry of the Kingdom of Morocco. Former Governor. He was Director of Cabinet of the Interior Minister, chargé de mission at the Cabinet of the Interior Minister and administrator at the central administration of the Interior Ministry. He studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. He graduated from the Law School of Rabat and he holds a PhD in political sciences from the University Paris II.Bio
Director of several corporations, including Junex Inc., an oil and gas exploration corporation, for which he is a Senior Strategic Advisor. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Canada. He was Chancellor of the University of Montreal, Chairman of the World Energy Council and Deputy Minister of the Environment of Quebec. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Hydro-Québec, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Métropolitain. He graduated from the University of Montreal, where he obtained a master’s degree and a doctorate in physical chemistry.Bio
Co-President of the Fondation Alcen pour la Connaissance des Energies (raising awareness and knowledge of energies). President of Technochabs. Former Delegate-General of the Council of French Defense Industries (CIDEF), the Group of Telecommunication and Professional Electronics Industries (GITEP-EDS) and General Manager of the Industrial Laser Company (CILAS). Former Vice-President Defense Strategy in the Aeronautic branch and Secretary-General of the International Department within Thompson-CSF Group. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique, the ENSAR; he obtained a master’s degree in quantum optics and a degree INFO II (CIRO-Defense computer science).Bio
Director of Studies and Financial Forecasts; Ministry of Economy and Finance, Kingdomof MoroccoBio
Professor of Economic History and Director of the Master of International Affairs at Paris-Dauphine University, Founder of the Cercle Cyclope, main european research institute on raw materials markets. He was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Office of the French Prime Minister. He published around forty books including the latest Le siècle de Jules, le XXIe siècle raconté à mon petit-fils, Bourin 2010. He is the President of the French Observatory on formation of food products’ prices and margins since 2010. He graduated from HEC, he is “agrégé” in history and holds a doctorate in humanities.Bio Website
Senior of counsel in Covington and Burling LLP and member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. He served as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He also served periodically on the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council, and on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. He served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2003-2005). Before becoming a federal judge, he was the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has received numerous awards and two honorary doctorates. He graduated from Harvard Law SchoolBio Website
Director of Russian Aluminium (RUSAL) International Department since July 2001. He has held several positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia since 1984, including Deputy Director of Department of North America, Special Adviser to the Russian sherpa in G-8, Director of the Economic Section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the USA (Washington) and Deputy Director of the Department of Economic Cooperation. He graduated from Moscow International Relations Institute and obtained a doctorate (PhD) in Economics.Bio
Executive Vice-Chairman of the FutureWorld Foundation and Chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd. Strategic Adviser to the Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Faculty Member of the Parmenides Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees, Salzburg Global Seminar and Rocky Mountain Institute; and of the Board of Abraaj Capital Ltd and Operation Hope, and co-author, with Thierry Malleret, of Resilience to Risk, and Global Risks. He studied social sciences and law and holds a MBA from Henley Management College at Brunel University, United Kingdom.Bio
Honorary Chairman of Lafarge, who has just merged to form LafargeHolcim. He is a Director of LafargeHolcim, and was 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.Bio
Advisor to the Executive Chairman, Ifri, and Editor of Politique étrangère. Former Executive Vice-President of Ifri. Previously, he was in charge of the Security Studies department at Ifri. Before joining Ifri, he was Deputy Director of the Institut français de polémologie (French Institute of Polemology), and then Secretary General of the FEDN (Fondation pour les études de défense nationale). He also taught at the Military School of Saint-Cyr, at the Paris I University and at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP). His studies and publications deal with strategic issues, particularly with French strategy and European issues.Bio Website
Executive Director (Research and Policy) of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation since 2010. She previously served as Inspecteur général des finances at the French Ministry of Economy and Finances, as Advisor in charge of Africa to several French Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Development, and as advisor at the Finances and Budget Commission of the French Senate. She graduated from the Institut d’études politiques of Paris and holds a degree (DEA) in applied economics.Bio Website
Director for Strategic Studies at the Atomic Energy Commission. Former member of the IISS Council and Advisor to the French Prime Minister for politico-military affairs and permanent Consultant to the Policy Planning Staff of the French Foreign Affairs Ministry. She studied philosophy and is the author of seven books including L’Appel de l’Ombre, Puissance de l’Irrationnel (2010).Bio
Vice President and Director of Global Economy and Development 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.Bio Website
Chairman of the Board for the Autoroutes et Tunnel du Mont Blanc and of Société Française du Tunnel Routier du Fréjus, Vice President of the French Public Investment Bank (BPI), President of ETI FINANCE. Former CEO of OSEO (the French Agency for Innovation and SMEs financing). Former Engineer at the Directorate of Navigation of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region, Managing Director of the Caisse de Dépôts (French public financial institution) for the Normandie Region and later on for the Bourgogne region, Chairman of the Board for the Caisses d’Epargne (French savings banks) in the Midi-Pyrenees and for the Crédit Foncier de France (National mortgage bank of France). He holds a degree from the Ecole Polytechnique and from the ENPC (corps des Ponts).Bio Website
Partner, and head of International trade and finance Covington & Burling LLP. He has held key senior positions, including chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration. His articles appear in The New York Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs magazine. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and from Harvard Law School. He has received seven honorary doctorate degrees, and high civilian awards from the governments of France (Legion of Honor), Germany and Austria.Bio
President of Lagardère News. He was Director of News for Antenne 2, Chairman of France Télévision (French public service television) and personal Advisor to Jean-Luc Lagardère and Arnaud Lagardère for media strategy. Then, he was Chairman of Europe 1 and of the French Parliamentary Channel “Public Sénat”, hosting a weekly literary program called “Bibliothèque Médicis”. He is the author of a documentary entitled François Mitterrand: conversations avec un président, 2001.
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.
London bureau chief of The New York Times. Former Paris bureau chief of The New York Times. He has served in numerous postings for The Times in Jerusalem, Berlin, Prague, Washington, Moscow, Bangkok and New York where he served as Culture Editor for two years. Previously, he worked for The Boston Globe as European correspondent, based in London. He also reported from Eastern Europe, Moscow and revolutionary Iran. He was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. He shared in a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series on Al Qaeda and global terrorism in 2002. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard College and studied Russian at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.Bio Website
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation. Nominated Head of the division in charge of the relations with the European Union at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation in 1986, he took part in the various negotiations concerning the relations between Morocco and the European Union. In 2000, as Secretary of State, he became the only official spokesman with the American authorities in charge of the negotiations for the Moroccan American free-trade agreement. First engineer involved in statistics at the Institut national de la statistique et d’économie appliquée (INSEA) of Rabat, he obtained his PhD in Analysis and Political Economics at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris.
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2009. She was Staff Member and Attaché, Chinese Embassy in the Socialist Republic of Romania (1978-1982), Attaché, Department of Translation and Interpretation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) (1982-1985), Deputy Office Director and First Secretary, Department of Asian Affairs, MFA (1990-1992), Director-General, Department of Asian Affairs, MFA (2000-2003), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Australia (2003-2006), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2006-2009). She completed advanced studies at Kent University (UK).Bio Website
President of the Royal Academy of Economics and Financial Sciences of Spain since 2002. He has always reconciled his major activity, research, with business and financial institution management. In 1960, he is appointed Superior Chief at SEAT, and then Economic and Technical Advisor to the Executive Board. From 1969 to 1985, he worked as an economist. He received a doctorate “Honoris Causa” from 25 universities and he is a member of 12 world scientific academies. Doctor in Political and Economic Sciences by the University of Barcelone, he holds the Chair of Financial Economics and he is Professor Emeritus from the Spanish University.Bio Website
Member of the Conseil d’Etat (French Council of state). At present, he is judge in the 10th Chamber of the judicial division of the Council of State. Formerly, he was advocate general in the 3rd chamber of the judicial division of the Council of State. He graduated from l’Ecole normale supérieure and l’Ecole nationale d’administration.Bio
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).Bio Website
International correspondent and TV host, currently working for France Télévisions in Paris, he was TF1 French TV correspondent and bureau chief in the United States (1993-2002) and in Moscow (1986-1993). One of the founders and members of the board of France 24 TV, the French International News Channel, he has been anchor and executive producer of the show “The Talk of Paris”. He was Director in charge of national news at France 3 Televisions, France Télévisions Group. He is a graduate of the Lille Journalism School and author of “The Hillary Clinton Complex,” 1996, Editions Lattes, Paris; “The Secret Story of a Coup d’Etat,” 1991, Editions Lattes, Paris.Bio
Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to France. Former Head of the Graduate Program in “Public Policy and International Relations of the European Union”, at the Catholic University “San Pablo” of La Paz, Bolivia. He served as Director-General of Bilateral Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Plurinational State of Bolivia. He has extended professional experience on international relations related to migration and international cooperation. Professor at various main universities of Bolivia and Mexico. Publication: Les Migrations boliviennes et la mondialisation, Editions Syllepse, Paris, 2004.Bio
Ambassador from Palestine to London. He served the Palestinian people with distinction for twenty five years and has been a superb representative at the Ministry of Higher Education, at the Association of Arab Universities, and among other international academic organizations. Among his academic awards and honors, Professor Hassassian was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Docteur Honoris Causa) by the University of Reims, France, and nominated by the Center of International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland, for the Gleitzman Middle East Award. In 2015 he received the Grassroot Diplomat Award. He earned a BA in Political Science from the American University of Beirut, an MA in International Relations from Toledo University, Ohio, U.S.A. and a PhD in Comparative Politics from University of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.Bio Website
Assistant Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary and research associate at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and the Centre for the Study of Civil War at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). He is the co-creator of the Social Conflict in Africa Database (http://www.scaddata.org). He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.Bio Website
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.Bio Website
Founding Secretary General of The Global Foundation, the Australian-based citizens’ organization concerned with shaping major global issues, including global food security, green growth, the digital economy and empowerment and better governance. He has served as Chair of the Advisory Board for the international television service of Australia’s national broadcaster. Concurrently, he is a private advisor to a number of global companies and institutions, with a particular focus on China, Indonesia, Europe and Australia. He was Vice-Chairman of the Global Private Equity Association. He was awarded the Ordre national du Merite by the Government of France in 2004 for services to dialogue between France and Australia.Bio
Former India’s Ambassador to the USA. Chancellor of English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, member of International Panel on Democracy & Development of UNESCO, Professor Emeritus at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and at the Foreign Service Institute of Ministry of External Affairs, Chairman of Ghalib Academy and Vice President of Rumi Foundation. He is a member of Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco and BP Koirala Foundation. He was Special Rapporteur to UN on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York.Bio
Expert in mobile communications and founder of one of Africa’s most successful companies, Celtel International. In 2006, he launched the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to support good governance and great leadership in Africa. In 2007, he stepped down as Chairman of Celtel International to concentrate on this initiative. He has received a number of awards which recognise his work as an academic, businessman and philanthropist. Among them are the GSM Association Chairman’s Award and the BNP Paribas Prize for Philanthropy. In 2008, he was listed by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.Bio Website
Entrepreneur, Member of the Moroccan Parliament, on behalf of the National Rally of Independents (RNI), former president of the AFEM (Moroccan Women Entrepreneurs’ Association), Vice President of the Association “Club Entreprendre”, member of the school board of the IRFCJS (Royal Institute of Training of Youth and Sports Administrators). She is currently managing the three companies that she set up, Locamed, Orhtoprotech et AKR. She is a founding member of the MENA Arab Network of Businesswomen. In 2010, she participated in the national debate on media and its future in the Moroccan society and she contributed to the creation of a white paper about it. She holds a doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Paris XI.Bio
Member of the Directorate of the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe. Former Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Representative to the United Nations and to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), President of the Security Council, and Vice President of the Steering Committee of the International Energy Agency. He studied law, political science and modern languages at the University of Vienna and at The Hague Academy of International Law.Bio Website
Senior Lecturer at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM), Paris, and Research Fellow at the Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po (CHSP) Paris. Vice President of the Committee for Parliamentary and Political History, General Secretary of the Society of the History of the 5th Republic, she serves as member of the Editorial Board of Parlements. She published, among others, Pierre Cot. Un antifasciste radical (Fayard, 2002); De Pierre Mendès France à Charles de Gaulle (Armand Colin/ Assemblée nationale, 2006). In studying the history and role of the Centre d’études de politique étrangère and the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), two French diplomatic think tanks, she became increasingly interested in decision-making and expertise in the field of international relations. She graduated and received her Ph.D. in modern history from Sciences Po; she also holds the Agrégation d’histoire and the Habilitation à diriger des recherches.Bio Website
Programme Director in the European Union research programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of the Advisory Board on Human Rights, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. He was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris (2009-2010), Advisor at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (2009), Director of the University of Helsinki Network for European Studies (2008). He graduated from the University of Birmingham (UK), in Politics and International Studies and he holds a PhD, University of Bristol (UK), in Politics.Bio
French Ambassador to Morocco. He was posted at the French Embassy in Washington, DC (1978-1982) and the French Permanent Mission to the EU in Brussels (1986-1990), Chief of Staff of the Minister for European affairs(1995-1997), Director of Strategy, Ministry of Defence (1997-2001), Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, in Vienna (2001-2003), Director for African affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2003-2006),Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2007), Deputy Diplomatic Adviser, in charge of Africa at the Presidency of the Republic (2007-2009). He graduated from the ’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.Bio Website
President of Lafarge Morocco, Chancelor of Euro-Mediterranean university of Fès and member of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology. He was Advisor to His Majesty the King Mohammed VI. He served as Minister of Finance and Foreign Investment. He was also President of the Development Committee of the IMF and the Work Bank and Minister of Public Works, Vocational and Professional Training. He was also governor of Casablanca region and member of Moroccan parliament. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, and the National School of Civil Engineering; he has a “Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies” in Econometry, SorbonneUniversity, Paris.Bio
Managing Director of the Institut mutualiste Montsouris. Emeritus Professor of Economy and Health Management at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers and founder of the Pasteur/CNAM School of Public Health, member of the French Academy of Ingeneering. Former Consultant to the OECD, Visiting Professor at Yale University, Under Secretary at the Ministry of Health in charge of French hospitals and Adviser to the Prime Minister. He holds a master in Agronomy from the Institut national agronomique Paris-Grignon, a MBA and a PhD in Socioeconomics from Cornell University.Bio
Chairman/CEO of National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Korea. He was a professor at the Department of Economics of Seoul National University and Dean of the College of Social Sciences. He was also the founding President and Chairman of Korea Information Strategy Development Institute (KISDI), a Korea Monetary Board Member and Commissioner of Financial Supervisory Commission of Korea. He was President of the Korea Economic Association. He wrote many books and articles on international economics, and Korean economy. He graduated from the Law College of Seoul National University, and majored in European economic integration at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (MA and Ph. D).Bio
Managing Director of Future Standards (SL) Ltd, Enterprise. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sierra Leone, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Minister of Energy and Environment. University professor, physicist, environmentalist and also expert on renewable energy, he took part in the setting up of the Peace Building Fund for Sierra Leone together with the United Nations for peace consolidation after the war in his country.Bio
Secretary of State in charge of Prospective and Development of digital economy, Mayor of Longjumeau (Essonne) since 2008, member of Parliament for Essonne since 2002, Regional Councillor for Ile-de-France since 2004 and Deputy Secretary General of UMP (Union for a Popular Movement, French political party of the mainstream right). She was technical adviser (ecology and sustainable development) to the Prime Minister (2002), Policy Officer to the Chief Strategy Officer of Alstom (2001-2002), Secretary of State in charge of Ecology (2007-2009). She graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole nationale du génie rural, des eaux et des forêts and she is part of the Corps des ingénieurs du génie rural et des eaux des forêts.Bio
President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Chairperson of ADB’s Board of Directors. He was Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi and professor at the Graduate School of Economics at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. He was also Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs. He was seconded to the International Monetary Fund. He has authored several books on monetary policy, exchange rate, international finance policy coordination, international taxation, and international negotiations. He holds a BA in Law from the University of Tokyo and a Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Oxford.Bio
Under-Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Helsinki, former Director-General for Political Affairs and Ambassador of Finland to the United States (Washington, DC) and to the United Kingdom (London). Other diplomatic assignments include Paris, Geneva, Warsaw, Belgrade and Madrid. He has a B.A. from Stockholm University and M.A. from the University of Helsinki. Fellow at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University 1985-86.Bio
Medical Doctor, registered in Paris and in London (General Medical Council). He has worked in close collaboration with pharmaceutical firms (Laboratoires pharmaceutiques Debat, Laboratoires Lisapharm) and with the National Agronomic Institut (Paris Grignon). He was personal M.D. for President Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal, 1988-2010). He was also associate professor, Medical University Paris XIII (Bobigny, 1985-2010). He served as Consultant for France Televisions Foundation (main public TV channels, 2006-2008). He worked with Sankhia, opening the first white blood cells banking in the US (bio banking FDA approval / Pr Michel Sadelain NYU). He published Psychostrategy (with Jean-Louis Caballé), Ed. Polytechniques, 2002 and Fighting fatigue, M.A. Ed. 2005.Bio
Co-chairman of the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge (2007-2015). He began his career at Lafarge in 1983 and held numerous positions in finance and international operations. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). He is presently chairing the Energy & Climate Change Working Group of the ERT (European Roundtable of Industrialists) and the Sustainable Development Commission of the MEDEF (Mouvement des Entreprises de France, the French employers association). He graduated from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales business school (HEC, Paris) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA, Paris).Bio Website
Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation in the Kingdom of Morocco. Embarking very early on a political career, he became a member of Spain’s Basque Parliament in 1980, representing the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE). Turning his attention to the European Community, he was appointed as the European Commission’s Director-General for Regional Policy and Cohesion in 1986. From 2000 to 2003, he served as the Commission’s Director-General for Enlargement, being ship negotiator with candidate countries. He served as the Commission’s Director-General for External Relations (2003-2009). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Notre Europe think tank, founded by Jacques Delors in 1996.Bio Website
Advisor for Strategic Affairs and Asia to the French President. Former Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff for the French Foreign Office. He was France Ambassador to Turkmenistan (2006-2009), Deputy Director of the South-East Asia section for the Foreign Office (2002-2006), Diplomatic advisor on International Affairs for the Minister of Defence, Sir Alain Richard (1997-2002) and Chief Clerk of the Asia-Pacific section at the Delegation for Strategic Affairs for the Department of Defence (1992-1996). He holds a PhD in Sovietics Studies, a Master’s Degree in Econometry and a Master’s Degree in International Relations.Bio
Senior Executive Vice-President of EDF, 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).
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.Bio Website
Distinguished fellow, Brookings Institution and member of the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council of the United States. Former Senior Diplomatic Adviser and sherpa of President Nicolas Sarkozy. He joined the Foreign Service in 1970. He was first posted in Hong Kong and Beijing. In 1988, he was designated to his first position as Ambassador and served as the French Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva (1988-1990). He served as Ambassador to the United States, French Permanent Representative to the UN, Senior Diplomatic Adviser and sherpa of President Jacques Chirac. He holds a law degree and is a graduate of Sciences-Po and of the National School of Oriental Languages.Bio Website
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, vice-chairman of the supervisory board ofRothschild et Cie, chairman of 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.Bio Website
Senior Vice President Public Affairs, Total since 2010. Previously, he was Senior Vice President International Relations, Total (2005-2010). He held various positions in the French Administration and abroad as Financial Attaché. He was Deputy Director, Hydrocarbon Division at the French Ministry of Industry (1990-1994). He joined Elf in 1994 as Manager, Middle East New Ventures Division. Then, he held the position of Vice President Middle East Gas & Power, TotalFinaElf and was appointed Managing Director Total E&P Angola in 2002. He is a former student of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris and he holds a Master of Law.Bio Website
Founding editor of Russia in Global Affairs, journal published with participation of Foreign Affairs. Under his leadership since 2002 the journal became one of the most authoritative sources of independent information on foreign policy and international relations in Russia. He is a research professor at National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He is also research director at Valdai discussion club. In December 2012, he was elected to chair Council on foreign and defense policy (SVOP). He is a member of the presidium of Russian international affairs council. His column appears regularly in FT Exchange blog, The Moscow Times, Russian edition of Forbes magazine, Rossiyskaya gazeta, Gazeta.ru. He graduated from Moscow State University.Bio Website
Yacin is the PwC Financial Services Advisory Leader for France and member of the EMEA FS Leadership Team. He has significant experience advising FS companies on risk and performance management transformations. He worked for Global universal banks and insurance companies as well as for specialized players in the investment banking, retail banking and specialized finance. Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, he worked for an international investment bank in London and for a Global Audit & Consulting Firm in London, New York and Paris. Yacin is a MBA graduate from the University of Chicago and the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen.Bio
Egyptian Senator and former member of Parliament. She is also Distinguished Lecturer, Political Science Department, American University in Cairo. She has been a member of the National Council for Human Rights since 2012 and Advisor to the Minister of Labour and Immigration responsible for Egyptian abroad since 2011. She was a member of the World Bank’s Council of Advisors for Middle East & North Africa Region (MENA). She was advisor to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forced (SCAF) in 2012 and served on the Committee for Policy Development (UN, 2001-2004). She graduated from Harvard University. She is a prolific writer in English, French and Arabic. She is Officier de la Légion d’honneur.Bio
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total since May 2010. 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.Bio Website
French Member of Parliament, former Minister and Mayor of Crest. He is the whip of the Finance Committee and also special Rapporteur for the budget “Risks prevention; managing and coordinating policy on ecology, energy, sustainable development and sea”. He is Vice President of the France-Russia and France-United-Kingdom friendship groups and member of the delegation for overseas departments of the National Assembly. He has been Overseas Secretary of State in 2007. He is ingénieur en chef du corps des Mines. He graduated from the Ecole polytechnique and the Institut d’Études Politiques of Paris.Bio Website
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.Bio
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.Bio Website
Head of the Middle East/Maghreb Program at Ifri. Mansouria Mokhefi holds a Master’s degree from New York University and a Doctorate from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. She formerly taught at New York University and at the Institut des Langues et Civilisations Orientales. She co-authored a book on Le Maghreb et son Sud (Editions du CNRS, 2012).Bio
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 prevision) at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was its first director (1973-1979).
He has authored twenty books, several of them translated in various languages. He is a Commandeur of the Légion d’honneur and a Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit and has been awarded many other state honors by the French and foreign governments. He holds nine honoris causa doctorates.
Thierry de Montbrial is a graduate of the Ecole polytechnique and the École des mines, and received a PhD in Mathematical Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.Bio Website
Marcus Wallenberg Professor of International Business and Finance Georgetown University; non-Resident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is consultant to the United Nations, to governments in Asia and Latin America, and to the international business field. He served as Senior Economic Advisor to the Policy Planning Staff of the Department of State. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1971.Bio Website
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain (2004-2010). He served as Director of the Institute of Cooperation with the Arab World (1991-1993 and was appointed General Director of Foreign Policy for Africa and the Middle East (1993-1996). He also held the position of Spain’s Ambassador in Israel (1996). He was EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process (1996-2003). Actually he promotes the signature of the International Treaty for a Global Dry Land Alliance in Qatar, he is Honorary Chairman of the CIRSD Board of Advisers (Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development), Senior Advisor of Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).Bio Website
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.
Director of the Pharos Observatory of cultural and religious pluralism. Former EU Special Representative for Central Asia and for the crisis in Georgia. He began his diplomatic career in 1971. He served at the French Embassy in Moscow. He also served as Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the French Republic. He was Ambassador to the Russian Federation (1992-1996) and was also accredited, while in residence in Moscow, to Georgia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, and to Kyrgyzstan. He served as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and then to the Holy See. He is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris, of the Paris Assas Faculty of Law and of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.Bio
Director General of the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies since 2007 (Rabat, Morocco). He started his career at the Office Chérifien des Phosphates and at the Société Nationale de Sidérurgie. In 1979, he joined the Prime Minister Department. He held various positions within the ONA Group. He was Director of Studies and Financial Forecasts at the Ministry of Economy and Finances (Morocco) (1995-2003). In 2003, he was appointed at the Royal Cabinet, as in Charge of Mission. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, Paris.Bio Website
Chief Research and Strategy Officer of Microsoft Corp. He serves on the U.S. National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and the Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, and was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Mundie has spent much of his career building startups in various fields. He has served as Microsoft’s principal technology-policy liaison to the U.S. and foreign governments. Mundie holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in information theory and computer science from Georgia Tech.Bio
Chairman, Chamber of Commerce and Industry France India, since 2009. He founded the India Trade Centre in 2007. He worked in the high-tech and internet industry, holding managing positions for technology leaders such as Netapp and Enition. He started in the luxury goods industry, heading several demanding positions, from Marketing to Business development, within famous brands (Dior, Celine, Lagerfeld, etc.) which he helped develop on the American continent. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Sorbonne University and a Master’s Degree in Science and Techniques from Dauphine University, Paris.Bio Website
OECD Deputy Secretary-General since 2007 and Chief Economist since 2009. Prior to joining the OECD, he was Professor of Economics at the University La Sapienza of Rome, and Director of the Fondazione Italianieuropei, a policy think-tank focusing on economic and social issues. He was the Italian Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (2001-2005). He has been a consultant to the World Bank, European Commission, European Central Bank. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Rome. He has published widely in international academic journals and is the author and editor of several books.Bio Website
Born on 16th of February 1954, His Excellency Mr. PARK Heung-shin Graduated from the Department of International Relations at Seoul National University in Seoul in 1976. During his career, he also received training sessions at the National Management School (ENA, Ecole nationale d’administration, Promotion Montaigne) in France. Appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the French Republic, Mr. PARK Heung-Shin presented his credentials on January 15, 2010. He was awarded Commander, 1st Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland.Bio
Member of Parliament since 1988 and member of several Knesset committees including the Economic Affairs and Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees. He served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, until June 2007.Born in Morocco, he emigrated to Israel at the age of four. He was elected Mayor of his town Sderot in 1983, bringing the left back to power. He publicly voiced his support for an independent Palestinian State and led peace-promoting initiatives between residents of the town and their neighbors in the Gaza Strip.Bio Website
Regular contributor to The New York Review of Books; he has also written for The New Yorker (from 1971 to 1992), Foreign Affairs (New York), Commentaire (Paris), Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Politica Exterior(Madrid), etc. For a quarter century he wrote a political column for The International Herald Tribune in Paris. Author of nine books on American foreign policy, international relations, nationalism, political romanticism and utopianism, etc. The most recent of these books, The Irony of Manifest Destiny: The Tragedy of American Foreign Policy, dealing with the present American crisis, was published in 2010 by Walker & Co. in New York.
President of Alcen, group composed of high technology companies in the fields of defense, energy, medical machines and aeronautics. He started his career as President of Tabur Marine and of Dufour. He served at Matra Group as Senior Vice President in charge of 4 departments (car electronics, robotics, computer-aided design and watchmaking). He set up and managed a telecommunication operator, Kaptech and an equipment manufacturer, Cirpack. He studied at the Ecole Polytechnique and at the Insead.Bio
President of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS). Professor at China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), he teaches mainly on China’s Contemporary Diplomacy and History of China-France Relationship. He was Vice President of CFAU and Minister to Chinese Embassy to France. He graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) in French language and literature, from China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) in Diplomatic History and from the Institute of Political Studies (IEP Paris) with a doctor degree in politics.Bio Website
Senior Executive Coach and Business Consultant. She started her career as international tax and legal attorney in Paris and joined DuPont de Nemours International in 1985. There, she served notably as Western Europe Director, General Counsel and Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). She graduated in International, Comparative and European Law from the Law Faculty of Paris 1 and also holds a Master degree in English literature from the Sorbonne University.Bio
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.Bio Website
Former Power Secretary of India. Energy expert and international negotiator. He was India Chair of World Energy Council. He is currently chairing the Energy and Environment Foundation, New Delhi, India, and also the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Ministry of Environment for Infrastructure and Coastal Projects. He is also Scientific Consultant for Energy Technologies, Office of Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India for developing Advanced Ultra Super Critical Technology. He studied Physics and Law at Delhi University and has been a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford. Among various awards, he received the Hiralal Daga Gold Medal in Law.Bio
Chairman of the Board of the ClimateWorks Foundation, Founding Partner of Aqua International Partners, LP, Senior Advisor to TPG Capital, LP. In May 2010, he was appointed by President Obama to co-chair the National Commission on the BP Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. He was Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Administration of President George H. W. Bush, President of the World Wildlife Fund, head of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Earth Summit at Rio in 1992. He holds a B.A. degree from Yale, J.D. from Harvard and M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University.Bio
President and chief executive officer of IFDC since 1992. Under his leadership, IFDC’s programs have broadened to help create sustainable agricultural productivity around the world, ensuring global food security, environmental protection and economic growth. He was instrumental in organizing the Africa Fertilizer Summit in Abuja, Nigeria, in June 2006. The Summit brought together heads of state and governments of more than 40 African nations, international policymakers and agricultural experts. He earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech.
Attorney-at-law at Jones Day. His practice focuses on regulatory compliance and encompasses a broad range of government regulations, product safety, installment sales regulations, foreign direct investment regulation, energy & environment, and competition law. He represents various clients in civil disputes. He spent 35 years at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. During his tenure as Director-General of the Trade Policy Bureau and Vice Minister for International Affairs, he worked in the field of international trade policy. He served as Chief Executive Assistant to Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama (2009-2010).Bio Website
Chairman and CEO of Nur Energie. After working as a management consultant at McKinsey& Co., he co-founded the European Telecom and Media Investment Banking Practice at the Investment Bank Salomon Brothers (now Citigroup). In 2008, he founded Nur Energie, an industrial scale solar power plant developer. He obtained a B.A. in Physics from Vassar College (New York) and a MBA from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris).Bio Website
General Commissioner for Investment. Chairman of the French foreign affairs council and special representative of the French foreign minister for the franco japanese partnership. President of Initiative France, a not for profit organization whose aim is to finance the creation and development of small enterprises. He was Chairman and CEO of Renault (1992-2005). During his tenure, he was also President of the Management board of Renault Nissan BV (2002-2005). Formerly, he was a Civil Servant at the Budget Department and then served as chief of staff of Laurent Fabius, who was Minister of Budget in 1981, Minister for Industry and Research in 1983, and Prime Minister (1984-1986).
President of IBEI, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. He is also Vice-President de Telefónica Chile and Councillor of Telecomunicaciones de São Paulo S/A –TELESP. Previously, he was President of CIDOB (2000-2012) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. He also served as Vice-President of the Spanish Government, Minister of Defence and Mayor of Barcelona. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Barcelona and a Ph.D. in Economics from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).Bio Website
Member of the Israeli Knesset for the Hatnua Party. Born in Morocco, he emigrated to Israel in 1957 and served in a number of high-level cabinet positions, including Minister of the Interior, Minister of Housing and Construction, Minister of Finance, Minister of Justice, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Education, Culture and Sports. He was first elected to the Knesset in 1981 and served as Mayor of the City of Yavne. He holds a BA and a MA from Bar-Ilan University.Bio Website
President of the National Science and Art Foundation. Former President of the Romanian Academy (1998-2006). Professor of modern literature at the University of Bucharest. Between 1970 and 1973 he was professor at Sorbonne University, Paris. He published about 30 books on the Romanian and European literature among which Ficţiunea jurnalului intim I-III (The fiction of the intim diary I-III), Genurile biograficuluiI-II (Biographical genre I-II), Tânărul Eugen Ionescu (The young Eugène Ionescu), Mircea Eliade un spirit al amplitudinii (Mircea Eliade A spirit of Amplitude), Întoarcerea autorului (sau Contre, Sainte-Proust). He holds a PhD in Philological Sciences.Bio
Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario. He is Executive Director of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. Earlier in his career he was Deputy Foreign Minister of Canada and the Prime Minister’s Personal Representative (Sherpa) for the G7/8 summits. He has been Ambassador to NATO and the EU. He has also occupied the position of Associate Secretary to the Cabinet. He was Chairman of the Board of the International Development Research Centre.Bio
Member of the Atlantic Council of the United States. As a career officer in the United States Foreign Service for 35 years, Ambassador Stadtler was assigned to the United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, Ethiopia, Sweden and Benin. He served as Advisor to the US Secretary of Defense, European Advisor to the US Mission to the United Nations, Vice President of National Defense University in Washington, DC, and as an advisor to the leaders of the Baltic Republics on developing their post-Cold War policies. From 2008 – 2010, he was President and CEO of the National Defense University Foundation. A graduate of Fordham University in Classics, he pursued graduate studies at Columbia University and also studied at the Sorbonne and the University of Perugia in Italy. He is interested in political-military affairs as well as development issues such as the provision of clean water and micro-enterprise capacity building.Bio
Agrégé in Public Law, Emeritus Professor of Public Law, University of Paris Panthéon-Assas, where he set up the Master of International Relations (2000-2012). He was Deputy Director of the UNIDIR, Geneva (1986-1996) and ad hoc Judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague (2009-2012). He is the founder and was director (1999-2012) of the Thucydides Center-Analysis and Research in International Relations, and remains director of the French Yearbook of International Relations (AFRI, since 2000). He is also Editor-in-chief of the bimonthly journal Questions internationales since 2003 (Documentation française). In 2008, he received the Edouard Bonnefous Award from the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, Institut de France.Bio Website
President of Berit International Holding SA, President of Batiliban-France, Franco-Arab Consortium for development, board member of the executive committee of the Franco-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Paris, board member and founding member of the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce, Beyrouth. He was Advisor to the Lebanese President for the French-speaking world (1986-1988) and Advisor to the Minister of Finance for the private sector (1999-2001). He is the author of numerous books and studies on economic development, environment and land-use planning. He graduated from the Institut d’Urbanisme, Paris-Sorbonne University.Bio
Chairman of Energy Security Group of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He is also the Founder President of New Delhi-based World Energy Policy Summit. He is India’s leading expert, thinker, speaker and television commentator on energy issues and developments and had earlier served as South Asia Bureau Chief for a number of European business publications, including international oil and gas weekly Upstream. He has authored two books and edited several books and publications. He is a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Electricity and also represents India on energy on the BRICS Business Council. He read economics, business, commerce, policy, leadership, diplomacy and international affairs at different prestigious universities in India, Norway and the United Kingdom.Bio
Chairman and CEO of OCP Group. He was an advisor in the Royal Cabinet and also served as Secretary-General of the MENA Economic Summit. In 1998, he was appointed Director-General of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency. Then, he joined the World Bank as Lead Regulatory Specialist in the Global Information and Communications Department, and headed the World Bank’s Information for Development Program. He holds a MS and a PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received an engineering diploma from the ENPC, Paris.Bio
CEO of Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust. He has more than 35 years of experience in senior public-bank and microfinance positions. Former Executive Director of the Reserve Bank of India where he worked for over three decades, culminating as an Executive Director and including more than 10 years dedicated to cooperatives, rural credit and microfinance. More recently, he has been Managing Director and later Chairman of India’s National Bank of Rural and Agricultural Development (NABARD, 2004-2007), Chairman of the Expert Groups on Credit Deposit Ratio and Investment Credit, and Chairman of the Micro Finance Development and Equity Fund. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Shivaji University, Kolhapur.Bio
Dr. Ahmad Tibi is an Arab-Israeli politician and leader of the Arab Movement for Change (Ta’a). He currently serves as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, head of Raam-Taal Parliamentary faction, and head of the Parliamentary Enquiry Committee on the Employment of Arabs in the Public Sector. Before being elected to the Knesset at 1999, Tibi served as Senior Advisor for the late Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, and was the spokesperson of the Palestinian Delegation at Why River Summit. As one of the most prominent politicians in Israel, he describes himself as Arab-Palestinian in nationality and Israeli in citizenship. Dr. Ahmad Tibi is also a physician, graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.Bio
Former President of the European Central Bank and Honorary Governor of Banque de France. He is presently Chairman of the Group of Thirty and Chairman of the Board of Bruegel Institute. 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.Bio Website
Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Kenya. When the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) took over in 2003, he became Information Minister after being elected as a Member of Parliament from Rarieda Constituency in the December 2002 parliamentary election. Prior to the 2005 referendum vote in Kenya, he formed the Progressive People’s Party and joined the NARC through the LDP. In the December 2007 parliamentary election, running as a candidate of Kibaki’s Party of National Unity, he lost his seat. He has a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Leicester.
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).Bio Website
Deputy Director, El País and President of World Editors Forum since June 2008. He was Brussels Bureau Chief, El País (1994-1999), Chief Editor, El País (1987), Deputy Director of News Services, Spanish Television (TVE) (1985-1986), Economy Editor, El País Barcelona (1982-1985), Economy Editor, El Periódico de Catalunya (1978-1982), Reporter, Diario de Barcelona (1977), Political writer, El Noticiero universal (1976), National news writer, El Diario de Mallorca (1974-1975). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law; Barcelona University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism; Barcelona Autonomous University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary History; Barcelona Autonomous University.Bio
CEO, board member and a member of the strategy committee of sanofi-aventis since December 2008. He is Chairman Elect PhRMA in the United States. After beginning his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, between 1988 and 2008, he acquired broad international experience in Europe, in the United States and in Canada with the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) company. In his last position, he was President, Pharmaceutical Operations North America, a member of the board and Co-Chairman of the Portfolio Management Board. He is a graduate of the Queens University (Ontario, Canada) and a certified public accountant.Bio
President of PricewaterhouseCoopers France, a member firm of the worldwide network of PricewaterhouseCoopers International (PWC). He joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1979 and was admitted to the partnership in 1989 on qualifying as Statutory Auditor. During his 30 years with PWC, he has held a number of other senior positions in management and governance within the firm in France, in Europe and at the international level. In 2007, he set up the PricewaterhouseCoopers France Foundation for Culture and Solidarity. In 2010, he published Le patron qui aime les littéraires (éd. Lethielleux/DDB). He is a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC).Bio Website
Member of Total Professeurs Associés, of the French Energy Council and of the Economic Institute Research Coe-Rexecode. 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.Bio
Co-President of the Fondation AfricaFrance pour une croissance partagée. Former Prime Minister in charge of economic development, evaluating public policy and promoting good governance in Benin. Former CEO of the Private Equity firm PAI and Chair of the French-African Foundation for Growth. He started his career as a lecturer in economics at Paris University 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 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”.Bio Website
President of the Zinsou Foundation that she founded in June 2005 in Benin. The Zinsou Foundation aims to promote contemporary art in Africa and leads cultural, educational and social actions. So far the foundation has hosted 24 exhibitions and has received 4 500 000 visitors, it has 6 libraries, an exhibition space and a museum. In 2014, the Zinsou Foundation received the grant for young artists of the Japanese Praemium Imperiale. Marie-Cécile Zinsou is chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature).