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.
Former President of the Republic of Finland (1994-2000). He founded Crisis Management Initiative in 2000. In 2005 he facilitated the peace process between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement. He acted as the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the future status process for Kosovo (2005-2008). He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008. He has served most of his career in the Finnish Foreign Ministry and the UN, including Special Representative of the Secretary General for Namibia and State Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. He graduated from the University of Oulu.
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.
Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Financial Center, Markaz since 2004. Markaz is a leading GCC asset management and investment banking institution in the Middle East with a strategic focus to achieve regional leadership in the Industry. Prior to joining Markaz, he held the position of Deputy Director in the Investment department at the Kuwait Fund for Arab and Economic Development. He serves as director or trustee in a number of private, governmental, educational, and non-profit boards and committees. He is a Certified Financial Manager (CFM) from The Institute of Management Accountants (USA). He also holds a Master of Science and Bachelor degrees in Civil Engineering from Kuwait University.
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 has also 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.
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he previously served as Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna (2005-2009). He chaired the 2007 Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference. Before that, he was appointed as Director-General for the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department at the Japanese Foreign Ministry (until 2005) after serving as a governmental expert on the U.N. Expert Group on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education in 2001. He graduated from the Tokyo University Faculty of Law.
Author and journalist specialising in world politics. He is a contributing editor for The Economist and has been a senior editor for Project Syndicate. He was The Economist’s foreign correspondent. In a 24-year career that included positions in London as Asia editor, his foreign postings ranged from Singapore and Hong Kong to Brussels, Washington DC, Paris and finally Los Angeles. His latest book is The World in Conflict: understanding the world’s troublespots, published by Profile Books under The Economist imprint.
Former Austrian Federal Minister of Finance (1970-1981) and former Vice Chancellor of the Republic of Austria (1976-1981). He served as Director General of the banking institution CA Creditanstalt Bankverein (1981-1989) and Consultant at the World Bank (1988-1989). In 1989, he founded AIC Androsch International Management Consulting GmbH. Today he is an industrialist and he is dedicated to economic-political, socio-political, and scientific-political matters. He has received numerous distinctions and awards and is the author of a multitude of publications. He has a degree in Business Administration and a PhD in Economics.
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2003 and Mexican Sherpa for the G20 since 2008. She is also President of the Instituto Matías Romero and a member of the Mexican Council of Foreign Affairs (COMEXI). She was appointed Ambassador in 2002. She served as Director General for Global Affairs at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Deputy Representative at the Mexican Permanent Mission to the OAS. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from El Colegio de México. She graduated in History and Foreign Policy from the Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales of Geneva and from the Inter-American Defense College (IADC), Washington, D.C.
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.
Former French Minister of Justice, Keeper of the Seals. He joined the Paris Bar in 1951 and practiced law until 1981. He acted as defense attorney in the most important death penalty causes. In 1966, he was appointed Professor of Law including at the University Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. French Minister of Justice, Keeper of the Seals (1981-1986), he brought to the Parliament the law for the abolition of death penalty. He was President of the Constitutional Council (1986-1995). He is the main inspirer and promoter of the Stockholm Convention of 1992, creating the “Court of Conciliation and Arbitration in the O.S.C.E.”, of which he was president until September 2013. In 1995, he was elected to the French Senate and reelected in 2004. In 2003, he was appointed by the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, to be part of the Panel in charge of working on a report of the UN entitled “A more secure world: our shared responsibility” (2005). He is the author of many books and writer of an opera libretto. He is member of the International commission against the death penalty.
Israel’s Defence Minister since June 2007. He is Chairman of the Haazma’ut faction 2011 and former Chairman of the Labour party. He previously served as Israel’s 10th Prime Minister and Minister of Defence from 1999 to 2001. He also served as Minister of the Interior and then as Foreign Minister under Prime Minister Rabin and Prime Minister Peres in the years 1995-1996. He received a B.Sc. degree in mathematics and physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1968, and an M.Sc. in economic engineering systems at Stanford University in 1978.
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.
Former Chairman of Merrill Lynch Investment Banking Italy. In the US State Department he was Principal Deputy of the Policy Planning Staff (1974-1977), Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs (1979-1981), Undersecretary of State for International Security Affairs (1989-1992), and held senior positions in the White House (NSC) and the Department of Defense. Abroad he was US Ambassador to Lebanon (1983-1986), Spain (1986-1989), NATO (1992-93) and Italy (1993-1997). Upon retirement, he joined Merrill Lynch Investment Banking as Vice-Chairman Europe and Chairman Italy (1997-2011). He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth and a M.A. from the University of Chicago.
His All-Holiness Bartholomew 1st was elected in 1991 Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch. His personal experience and his theological formation give him a unique perspective within ecumenical and inter-religious relations and environmental issues. He is working to bring about reconciliation within Christendom. He was ordained to the Diaconate in 1961 and to the Priesthood in 1969. He served as assistant Dean at the Patriarchal Theological School of Halki and then as Director of the Private Patriarchal Office of the Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios (deceased in 1991). He studied at the Patriarchal Theological School of Halki, the Pontifical Oriental Institute (Gregorian University), Rome, the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey (Switzerland) and the University of Munich.
Former Ambassador of Serbia to France. Director of the Institute for Balkan Studies, Belgrade, and President of the Serbian Committee of AIESEE (Association Internationale d’Etudes du Sud-Est Européen), he also served as Ambassador to Canada, Ambassador at large, Advisor to the President of Serbia and Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic. He holds a Ph.D. “France and the creation of parliamentary democracy in Serbia 1830-1914” from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV.
Group Vice President Corporate Strategy & External Relations VALEO. Previously, he was technical advisor for Industrial Affairs at the Office of the French Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian (2014-2016). He was also project manager at the Aerospace & Defence Unit, French Government Shareholding Agency (2011-2014), advisor for Industry at the Office of the Chairman and CEO of OCP Group (2009-2010). He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, Paris.
Ambassador of France. President, FBE International Consultants. Former Senior International Adviser and member of the European Advisory Board of Citi, after having been Chairman of Citigroup France. Former Ambassador of France to the United States and to Canada, diplomatic Adviser to Prime Minister Jacques Chirac and special Assistant to President Charles de Gaulle. Former Director of international relations at the French Atomic Energy Commissariat. He is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, of the École Nationale d’Administration, and of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
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.
Senior Consultant, he runs AgroBrasConsult, a Brazilian consulting company specializes in agricultural markets and investments and based in São Paulo. He is a member of the Global Food Security Forum (GFSF) steering Committee. After being a Cooperating Professor at the University of Brazzaville (1975-1978), he became a Professor of International Economics at the Institut Superieur de Gestion (ISG), and Professor in Agricultural Economics at the Ecole Superieure d’Agriculture d’Angers (1985- 2010). Since 1994, he has been the correspondent in Brazil of the Cercle Cyclope, group set up and coordinated by Professor Philippe Chalmin. His latest book: Le défi chinois, les nouvelles strategies d’un géant (“The chinese challenge : new strategies of a giant”). He graduated in Economics and in Philosophy and holds a postgraduate degree in International Business.
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).
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 has been 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.
Corporate Vice President for Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group. He is responsible for a range of corporate programs that influence the security, privacy and reliability of Microsoft’s products, services and internal networks. He serves on the President’s National Security and Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Microsoft, he served as a principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Before that, he served as chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS). He served as Chair of the G8 Subgroup on High-Tech Crime. He graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law and received his undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
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.
Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman of the FutureWorld Foundation and Chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd. Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Economic Symposium, a member of the Board of the Salzburg Global Seminar, and a Director of companies, Strategic Adviser to the World Economic Forum, Faculty Member of the Parmenides Foundation, and co-author, with Thierry Malleret, of Resilience to Risk, and Global Risks, as well as numerous articles and chapters. He studied social sciences and law and holds a MBA from Henley Management College at Brunel University, United Kingdom.
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.
Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer, and Member of the Executive Committee, Sanofi-Aventis. Former Senior Executive Vice President, Deputy General Manager and Chief Financial Officer of Veolia Environment. Prior to this, he was Vice President Europe and Central Asia, Upstream Division of Total, and Finance Director & Treasurer of Elf Group. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (X), France’s most prestigious engineering school, ENSAE, the national statistics and economics engineering school, and Ecole Nationale d’Administration.
Advisor to the Executive Chairman, Ifri, Editor of Politique étrangère and co-director of the annual report Ramses. He is also President of the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe. 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.
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.
Adviser to the India Trade Centre for Oil & Gas. He joined the French natural gas monopoly Gaz de France for 20 years and ended as Head of the Financial and Treasury Department. In 1990, he became CEO of Banque Pétrofigaz, a credit bank dedicated to loans for energy investments. Retired in 2003, he founded Altergaz, first and main competition to Gaz de France Suez in the newly opened French market of natural gas. The Company was sold end of 2010 to E.N.I to match the ambition of challenging GDF Suez in the French market. He graduated from HEC in 1967.
Chairman of Convictions AM. In 2000 he was co-founder and Vice President of the Française des Placements’s Governance Board, and formerly a CPR Bank’s General Manager, then Vice President (1988-1999) and Caisse Nationale Crédit Agricole’s government finance Manager (1986-1987). Before, he was Vice President of Crédit Agricole in Chicago (1982-1987) and Head of the Group’s bond issues. He graduated from the Institute of Actuaries of Lyon (ISFA).
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.
Special Adviser of LafargeHolcim General Manager. He was, up to the merger between the two groups, Executive Vice-President and a member of the Executive Committee of Lafarge. Previously, he was Regional President for Asia Pacific at Lafarge and played a major role in the Group’s development in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He started his career at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was deputy Undersecretary of State for arms control. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris. He also holds a Master in Economics.
World News Editor, The Daily Beast. Former Paris Bureau Chief and Middle East Editor, The Daily Beast, author of seven books, most recently Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South. He was formerly the Paris Bureau Chief for Newsweek Magazine, and previously covered the Middle East and Central America for The Washington Post. He has also written for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Wired and National Geographic. He frequently appears as a commentator on CNN, France 24, the BBC and many other networks in the United States and abroad. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Founding Director, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University. He previously was U.S. ambassador to Israel (1993-1994) and to the Syrian Arab Republic (1988-1991), and assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations (1991-1993). He also served in the U.S. Foreign Service for eight presidents, from John F. Kennedy to William J. Clinton (1962-1994). His book Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador’s Journey Through the Middle East was published in 2008. He has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and numerous other honors.
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).
President of the Austrian Institute for international Affairs (OIIP) in Vienna since 2011 and President of the supervisory board of Austrocontrol. He served as State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery (1994), Federal Minister of Interior (1995-1997) and as Federal Minister of Transport and Sciences, until 2000, member of the Austrian Parliament (2000-2007). He was also a member of the European Fundamental Rights Convention (2000) and of the European Constitutional Convention, President of the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services (CEEP) in Brussels. He finished his law degree (PhD) in Vienna in 1971.
Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, Europe, for The New York Times, based in Brussels. Former London, Paris and Berlin bureau chief of The New York Times. He has served in numerous postings for The Times in Jerusalem, 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 and for International Reporting on Russia in 2017. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard College and studied Russian at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) since 2010. He holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. He served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Court of St. James’s in London and as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for International Organizations. As a member or head of Russian delegations, he took part in many international conferences and forums. He started his foreign service career in 1972 as a member of the USSR delegation to the United Nations Disarmament Committee in Geneva. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).
Ambassador for Human Rights and Democracy of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. He started his career in the Ministry in 1976. He served as Ambassador of Finland to Luxembourg and as Ambassador to Lisbon, Portugal. He has held various positions in the Political Department and the Department for External Economic Relations. He has served as Head of the Division for the Americas and Asia. During his career, he has been posted in Stockholm, Algiers, Canberra, Paris, Mexico City.
Former Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany (1998-2005). He led the Green Party in its first participation in government, both at state level (Hesse) and at federal level. From 2006 to 2007, He held a professorship at the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University (USA). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group and of the Executive Board of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is a founding partner of Joschka Fischer and Company.
President of the Republic of Austria (since 2002 and until 2016). He has been a member of the National Security Council and the Foreign Affairs Council of the Republic of Austria. Dr. Fischer was also Deputy Chairman of the Party of European Socialists (PES), Member of the National Council, Federal Minister of Science and Research and executive chairman of the Social Democratic Group in the Austrian Parliament. He is the author of numerous books and smaller publications in the fields of law and political sciences. He studied Law and Political Science at the University of Vienna from which he obtained a Doctor of Law degree.
Chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Group of Thirty (G-30). Former Governor of the Bank of Israel. He served as Vice Chairman of American International Group, Inc. (2004-2009) and as Chairman of Merrill Lynch International Inc. (2000-2004). Between 1991 and 2000 he served two terms as the Governor of the Bank of Israel. He is credited with reducing inflation in Israel and achieving price stability, liberalizing Israel’s financial markets, removing foreign exchange controls, and integrating the Israeli economy into the global financial system. He was the Economic Counselor and Director of Research at the IMF (1987-1991). He is the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of International Economics and Macro-Economics. He holds a B.A. in economics and political science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics, University of Chicago.
President of Wageningen University and Research, in the Netherlands since 2014. She combines a long academic career as professor in Wageningen and Amsterdam. She is a member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and of four foreign Academies, as well as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Academy of Sciences of South Africa. She served for nearly ten years as Assistant-Director General at the food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN. She is also a Member of the Trilateral Commission. She serves as a non-executive director of Unilever. She is a member of the Council of Advisors of the World Food Prize. She was granted her doctoral degree with honours from Wageningen University in 1986, where she specialised in tropical agriculture.
Diplomatic Advisor to the Federal President of Austria since February 2011. He served as Africa Director in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (2008-2011), as Ambassador of Austria to South Africa (2004-2008) and as Ambassador of Austria to Lebanon (1999-2004). He also held various positions at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, including Director of the Office for Coordination in the Political Department. He studied law at the Universities of Innsbruk and Salzburg (Master and Doctor of Law) and at the Academy of International Law, The Hague. He holds a M.Sc.(Econ.) from the London School of Economics.
Chairman of the Board, Bellona Europa ASBL. Since 2001, he has been part of the Bellona Energy Team whose main focus is to advocate policies, technological solutions and economic incentives to reverse and stabilise climate change and alleviating poverty. Previously, he worked at the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, the OECD Secretariat in Paris. He was elected President of the European Movement of Norway in 2009. He holds a Master degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from The American University of Paris.
Professor at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Laxenburg/Vienna. He often lectures at the Universities of Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Columbia, Oxford and other American, European, and Asian universities and research institutes He is also a frequent commentator on European and Austrian television, radio, and print media, including CNN Europe and the BBC. He acts as a Special Adviser to the Austrian Ministry of Defense. In 2011, he published Obama and the Bomb: The Vision of a World free of Nuclear Weapons (Peter Lang publisher). He received the Bruno Kreisky Award for most outstanding Political Books: Models of European Security (1998). He holds a Ph.D. in political sciences and communication theory from the University of Salzburg
President of the Republic of Turkey from 2007 to 2014. He worked as an economist at the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah (1983-1991). He was elected as Member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (1991-2007). He also served as a member of the Turkish Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Following the elections in 2002, he became the Prime Minister of the 58th Government of Turkey. He served as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2003-2007). He graduated in Economics from the Istanbul University, where he received his doctoral degree in 1983, after his two year academic work in London and Exeter.
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).
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). Among his latest publications: “L’Europe : sujet ou objet de la géopolitique des données ?”, (ed., with Julien Nocetti and Clément Tonon), Études de l’Ifri, Jul. 2018.
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.
After begining his career in strategic and organizational consulting (Sora/IDHR), Emmanuel Harlé joined the SAT/Sagem/CSEE group to help launch a new subsidiary in the telecoms business. In 1980, as CFO of Mors, a listed company in difficulty, he took part in the company’s turnaround, later participating in a large-scale acquisition project. He then joined the Indosuez investment banking department at Suez group before becoming Investment Director for Astorg, a private equity firm and group subsidiary. In 1988, after successfully taking part in a second business turnaround (the German subsidiary Sanara, a listed transport group), he helped create the France Capital Developpement fund, which specialized in majority buy-outs and build-up transactions. In 1995, Emmanuel Harlé worked with Morgan Grenfell & Company to raise funds and make initial investments. And in 1999, he founded Industries & Finances Partenaires and raised three Investment Funds in 2000, 2007, and 2012.
Palestinian Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He served the Palestinian people with distinction for twenty five years and has been a superb representative at the Ministry of Higher Education and at the Association of Arab Universities, 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, a 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.
Mayor and Governor of Vienna from 1994 to 2018 and Chairman of SPÖ Vienna. He is member of the Social Democratic Party Committee for the 16th district of Vienna (Ottakring). He was Executive City Councillor for the Environment and Sports of the City of Vienna (1988-1994), Member of the Vienna Provincial Parliament and Vienna City Council (1983-1988), elected chairman of the JG Vienna and deputy chairman of the federal JG organisation, co-opted to the executive committee of SPÖ Vienna (1982). He was a research scientist at the Vienna Museum of Natural History (1975-1983). He holds a PhD in biology from the University of Vienna.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Advisor to Bae, Kim & Lee LLC and advisor to the AMRO (Asian Macroeconomic Research Office). He is also Board member of Samsung Life Insurance and GS Shareholding Company. He served as Ambassador of Korea to the OECD. He also held the position of Vice Minister for the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Secretary to the President for National Agenda, Senior Economist for the IMF. He holds a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated from the Department of Business Administration, Seoul National University.
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.
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.
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.
Cofounder and Chairman of the Board of Associés en Finance, University Professor at Sciences Po Paris, Vice President of the Cercle des économistes and board member of Klépierre and Presses Universitaires de France. He was visiting Professor at UC Berkeley (1982), Stanford University Graduate School of Business (1976-1979) and the Hoover Institution (1983-1992). He was also Professor at HEC (1970-1983), Lille University (1979-1982) and Paris Dauphine University (1983-2001). He was a member of the French Council of Economic Advisors (2006-2010). He graduated from HEC and Sciences Po Paris. He holds a MBA, Harvard Business School and a PhD in Financial Economics, Paris Dauphine University.
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.
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 the Revue historique and Parlements. 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. Her latest book is Les Boîtes à idées de Marianne. Etat, expertise et relations internationales, 1935-1985 (Editions du Cerf, 2017). 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.
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.
Chairman and CEO of several firms, including CESSCO, Chemical Supplies & Services Co. and Delta Energy Services Co. He was Vice-President of Arab Organization for Human Rights in Jordan and Professor of Political Science at Jordan University. He is also Spokesman and Member of the Executive Board, National Reform Front, Jordan. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Forum and of the Ebal Organisation. He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of London.
Chairman of Profilo Holding AS. As a leading industrialist in Turkey, he is Member of the Board of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry. He has performed duties as an adviser to the Prime Minister of Turkey for Turkey-EU, and Turkey-US relations, and acts as a Voluntary Ambassador for EU Affairs. Mr. Kamhi is a Founding Member of the Chairman’s Club of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Member of the Board of the World Business Council (USA). He was the first and only Turkish industrialist to be selected as a member of the European Round Table (ERT). He has a degree from Yıldız Technical University.
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 Engineering, member of the startegic of “Médecins du monde” Foundation.. 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.
Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University. He was Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council during the first Clinton administration and worked in the U.S. Department of State on the Policy Planning Staff. Prior to government service, he was an Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He received a B.A. from Harvard University and M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University. He is the author of No One’s World: The West, the Rise of the Rest, and the Coming Global Turn (forthcoming 2012).
Director of Corporate Communications & External Affairs, Koç Holding. She began her professional career in 1992 at the Turkish Prime Ministry Privatization Administration. She joined the World Bank and held the position of portfolio manager for the Middle East and North Africa region. Beginning in 2001, she served as chief advisor to the Ministry of Economy. In 2003, she joined Koç Holding as an advisor to the CEO. She serves notably on the Boards of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) and of the Corporate Volunteer Association (OSGD). She graduated from the Department of Business Administration at Middle East Technical University, and from George Washington University with an MBA in International Business.
Medical Doctor and psychiatrist, registered in Paris. 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, 1988-2012). He was also associate professor, Medical University Paris XIII (Bobigny, 1985-2010). He served as Consultant for numerous French companies. He is the co-founder of Organic-Vaccines, which aims to set up a leucocytes database in Europe, in keeping with the one set up in the USA in 2003. He is developping the Map-up test, a new psychological assessment, aimed at corporate coaching and at crisis resolution. He published Psychostrategy, Ed Polytechniques, 2002 and Fighting fatigue, M.A. Ed. 2005.
Honorary chairman of Lafarge. From July 2015 to April 2017, he co-chaired the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim. He was previously 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 Sustainable Development Commission of the MEDEF (Mouvement des Entreprises de France, the French employers association). He is chairman of the FNEGE (Fondation Nationale pour l’Enseignement de la Gestion des Entreprises / French Foundation for Management Education) since June 2016. He is a Board member of EDF and Arcelor Mittal. He graduated from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales business school (HEC, Paris) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA, Paris).
Partner at global private equity firm, The Riverside Company, since 2006 and Chairman of the EVCA (European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association). Prior to Riverside, he was Managing Partner of an independent corporate finance firm in Brussels, advising on numerous transactions across Europe. He also spent five years with GE Capital Europe, including as Chief Operating Officer of TIP and Modular Space. He started his career with Danske Bank in Copenhagen. He holds a BSc (econ) from the Copenhagen Business School and a Masters in Management from EAP, European School of Management (now ESCP Europe).
Head of Global Public Affairs at Novartis since 2006. Prior to that, she was Head of EU Public Affairs for the Novartis Group. She began her career with GlaxoWellcome in Hamburg as Head of Healthcare Policy Unit. She later became Director of Heatlhcare and Public Affairs at SmithKlineBeecham in Munich. Upon the merger of SmithKlineBeecham with GlaxoWellcome to form GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), she led all corporate and EU government affairs across GSK’s subsidiaries in the European Union. She joined Novartis in 2004. She holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and a Master in Public Health from Hannover Medical School in Germany.
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.
Member of the Board of Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue; of International Law Institute (Washington, Kampala); Chairman of the Board CARE Austria. He was Special Envoy for Africa of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria (2005-2010). He served as Permanent Representative of Austria to OECD, Paris (1982-1993). In 1978, he entered the Cabinet Office of Federal Chancellor Dr. Bruno Kreisky with responsibility for foreign relations; he was sherpa for the preparation of the first North-South summit in Cancun (1981). He entered the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1965. He studied Law and Political Science in Graz, Bologna (Johns Hopkins) and Chapel Hill (N.C., US).
Executive Vice President, Sustainable Development and Environment, at Total. She served as Vice President-Exploration in Norway before becoming Total’s Vice President-Geosciences in the United States in 2000. In 2004, she was appointed Vice President-R&D at Total Exploration & Production, responsible for all programmes designed to secure the technologies and capabilities required for future oil and gas exploration, production and development, while addressing the full range of technical, business and environmental issues. Ms. Lepoutre is a graduate of the École nationale supérieure de géologie de Nancy (ENSG) and the École nationale supérieure des pétroles et des moteurs (ENSPM) engineering school.
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.
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.
French Ambassador to the Czech Republic and former Director of the Policy Planning Staff of the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry of France. Former Secretary General of the Commission of the White Paper on France’s Foreign and European Policy, Head of the Service for Common Foreign and Security Policy and Deputy Director of the Cabinet of Pierre Moscovici, Minister for European Affairs. He holds degrees from the Ecole européenne des affaires (ESCP-EAP) and the Institut d’études politiques de Paris. He also graduated from ENA.
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.
Founder of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited, an international ethics advisory firm. Founder of the Ethics Incubator, a non-profit platform for debate on cutting edge ethics issues. She is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University in complex ethics issues from technology to humanitarian issues. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Court of Governors of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. She was Chair of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières US Advisory Board. She serves on a number of non-profit boards, including the Global Supervisory Board of Care International and the American Hospital of Paris. She served as Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs at Stanford University Law School. She holds a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University Law School, as well as two BAs and a MA from Stanford and a MA from SOAS.
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.
Francis Lorentz is a Founding Partner and Chairman of LD&A Jupiter, (European “boutique” dedicated to M&A and corporate finance for TMT midcaps). He served as Executive Vice-President of Lyonnaise des Eaux (water and energy distribution). He was Chairman and CEO of RATP (Paris public transportation system). He was also an Associate Professor at Paris Dauphine University. He headed the restructuring of the Galeries Lafayette technology services branch, as co-CEO of LaSer. He was also Chairman (and is still a board member) of IDATE- Digiworld Institute, a think-tank and consultancy organisation dedicated to telecoms and Internet. He holds an MBA from HEC and is a former student of ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration).
President of the Cercle des Economistes, Professor at Paris-Dauphine University, Advisor to the Supervisory Board of Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild. He started his career in 1975 as Professor of Economics at the Paris XIII University and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He was Adviser to the President of Havas Group, Economic Adviser to the French Prime Minister (industry, services, telecommunications), CEO of CEA Industrie. He authored several books and articles and he participates in different radio and television programs. He holds a doctoral degree in Economic Sciences.
Former Conservative Member of Parliament and lawyer (QC). He is a member of the Privy Council. 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 (2006-2017), 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 in Law. He is now a member of the House of Lords.
Head of Basic Research (Erste Group) and Senior Fellow at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI). He is an expert on population change, international migration and demographic aging, their economic impact and their implications for retail banking and social security systems. In 1979 he joined the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Between 1992 and 2003 he was head of the Department of Demography at Humboldt University, Berlin. He was visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Universities of Bamberg, Frankfurt, Klagenfurt, Vienna and Zurich. He has worked as consultant for the European Commission, the OECD and the World Bank. He holds a PhD from Vienna University.
Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He previously served for 33 years in the Singapore Foreign Service and was Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry (1993-1998). He was included in the list of Top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on future capitalism, Financial Times, 2009, and was named as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers, Foreign Policy, 2010. He is the author of Can Asians Think? published in Singapore, Canada, US, Mexico, India and China and his articles have appeared in a wide range of journals and newspapers, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Time, Newsweek and The New York Times. He graduated in philosophy from Singapore and Canada.
Professor of geopolitics, mediation and international relations at ESSEC, School of Management. Visiting Professor at the University of Montreal, Associate member at the Montreal Centre for International Studies, University of Montreal (CERIUM), he was Associate Professor for the European Master of “Intercultural relations in the Mediterranean” at Tarragona University, Paris I University. He was elected Dean of the Faculté des Sciences Sociales et Économiques, before being the president of the Université Catholique de Paris. He was director of the direction de la Prospective (Policy Planning Staff) at the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (2009-2012). He graduated from the Institut d’Études Politiques of Paris. He also graduated in Law, Political Science and Philosophy and he holds a PhD in Philosophy and a PhD in Sociology.
Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) and Chairman of the Herzliya Conference Series. Partner in the global security consultancy firm NETACS and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Afeka School of Engineering. He is a former member of the Advisory Board of the Bank of Israel. He served for more than 30 years in the Israel Defence Forces in a variety of command and staff positions, including Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Chief of the Intelligence Research and Analysis Department of Military Intelligence, Commander of the Liaison Unit in Lebanon and Assistant to the Chief of Staff.
Senior partner at IJ Partners, an investment boutique for ultra-high-net-worth individuals based in Geneva. He was managing partner at Rainbow Insight, an advisory boutique which he founded, providing tailor-made intelligence to investors. He headed the Global Risk Network at the World Economic Forum. He worked as a Chief Economist and Strategist of a major Russian investment bank and as an Economist at the EBRD in London, in think tanks and academia (both in New York and Oxford) and in the Prime Minister’s office in Paris. He was educated at the Sorbonne and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He holds two MAs (in Economics and History) and a PhD in Economics.
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.
Former Minister, former member of the French Parliament and Mayor of Crest since 1995. Member of the steering comittee of the « républicains » party, he was the whip of opposition in the finance comittee, special rapporteur for the budget on ecology, energy, transport and agriculture, president of the friendship group with Russia and vice-president with the United Kingdom as well as member of the delegation for overseas territories. He has been Overseas secretary in 2007. He is a Corps des Mines General Engineer. He graduated from the Ecole polytechnique and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.
Full professor for linguistics and didactics of Roman languages at the Institute of Romance Studies at the University of Vienna since 1989. He has given lectures in almost every country in Europe, in Cuba, in Chile and in Peru. He is member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and honorary member of the Romanian Academy of Sciences. He is co-founder and co-editor of the Romanistisches Kolloquium, the Lexikon der Romanistischen Linguistik and the Cinderella-book series. He studied Romance philology at the universities of Basel, Zurich, Salamanca, Coimbra and Padua. Doctorate in 1969 in Ibero-Romance philology, French linguistics and Italian literary studies at the University of Basel.
Vice-Chairman International of Rothschild & Cie. Before joining Rothschild in 1989 as general partner, he was Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Cie (1976-1988). Previously, from 1973 to 1976, he was adviser to DATAR (Délégation à l’Aménagement du Territoire et à l’Action Régionale), an office of the French Prime Minister. Graduate of the Institut d’études politiques (Paris), he holds a M.A. in law and has attended the PhD Management Program of Paris Dauphine University. He is member of the board of I.F.R.I. (Institut Français des Relations Internationales).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Principal of First Charnock Pty Ltd, Australia. He is also a member of LafargeHolcim International Advisory Board, as well as Trustee Emeritus of the Asia Society New York, Chairman Emeritus of the Asia Society AustralAsia Centre, President of the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation and Chairman of the Order of Australia Association Foundation. He was a board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia (1981-1984 and 1996-2007). He graduated from the University of Melbourne.
Director General of the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies since 2007 (Rabat, Morocco). He is the Honorary President of the Moroccan Association of Regional Science, and a member of various scientific committees. 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.
6th Secretary General of the League of Arab States. He was Director of the Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to India. In 1990, he became the Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Nations, New York and the year after, Minister for Foreign Affairs. He graduated from Cairo University, LLB Faculty of Law.
Founder-Chairman of Infosys since 1981, a global software consulting company headquartered in Bangalore, India. He is an IT advisor to several Asian countries. He serves on the boards of HSBC, Ford Foundation and the UN Foundation. He served as a member of the Unilever board (2007-2010). He served as Chairman of the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (2002-2012) and Chairman of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (2002- 2007). The Economist ranked him among the ten most-admired global business leaders in 2005. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
Former Governor of the State of West Bengal. Former Senior Advisor and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India. Led India in institutionalized security and strategic dialogues with several countries including Brazil, France, Japan, Sri Lanka, Germany, Russia, UK and the USA. Prior to this, he was Director of the Intelligence Bureau and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. He also headed the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Developing an Integrated Capability to address Internal Security Challenges. Has dealt extensively with a whole range of issues concerning internal, national and global security, including aspects such as Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Intelligence and Strategic Analysis. Holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Madras.
Governor of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) since 2008. He served as CEO of the Austrian BAWAG P.S.K. Bank für Arbeit und Wirtschaft, Vice President and Member of the Executive Board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and President of the Governing Board of Österreichische Postsparkasse (P.S.K.). He was an elected Member of the Austrian Parliament. He served as Full Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, where he also held the position of Vice-Rector. He studied law and government sciences at the University of Vienna and economics at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna. He holds a doctorate in law from the University of Vienna.
Chairman of the Board of the University of Vienna and President of the Austrian UNESCO Commission. She entered the Austrian Foreign Service in 1973.She served as Counselor to the Austrian Mission at the United Nations in New York. Then, she was appointed Foreign Policy Advisor to the Austrian Federal Chancellor. She was the Austrian Ambassador to France (1992-1997) and the Austrian Ambassador to the Court of St. James (1997-1999) and the Austrian Ambassador to the United States of America, with accreditation to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas (2003-2008). She retired from the Foreign Service in October 2008. She studied at the University of Vienna with history as her major subject and German literature as a minor and received her Ph.D. in 1968.
Adviser to the CEO of Basic Element, Mr. Deripaska, and Member of the Supervisory Board of the company since 2005. He also sits on the Board of Vol’noye Delo, a charity foundation. He was Deputy CEO responsible for International Affairs and Public Relations at Basic Element (2003-2005), Vice President of the M.I.C. Industries (USA) and Co-Chairman of the International Press Center and Club “Moscow”. Prior to his career in business, he held several diplomatic positions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He graduated with a degree in International Relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations and holds a degree in International Public Diplomacy and Public Relations from the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow.
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.
Senior fellow and director of the program on international institutions and global governance at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Previously he was Research Fellow at the Center for Global Development. He served on the Secretary of State’s policy planning staff (2002-2005) and was research associate at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University, where he also taught U.S. foreign policy (1997-2002). He also served as a professional lecturer in international relations/conflict management at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author or co-author of four books and writes the blog “The Internationalist”. His most recent book is Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security. He graduated from Stanford University with a BA in human biology and received his doctorate in international relations, as well as two masters degrees, in international relations and European history, from Oxford University.
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.
Chief Executive Officer, EFG Bank European Financial Group SA. He is a member of the Board of Directors of EFG International and of EFG Bank AG. He is also a member of the Board of various subsidiaries of EFG Group. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and General Secretary of Banque de Dépôts, Geneva. He also worked for the Union Bank of Switzerland in Zurich (1978-1980). He holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics and a post-graduate degree in Industrial and Management Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
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.
Director of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He has previously served as press secretary to former German President Richard von Weizsäcker. He was also a member of the German Bundestag (1990-2006), Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on the Affairs of the European Union (1998-2004) and Deputy Minister of Defence in the first Merkel Government (2005-2006). Since September 2009, he is Professor for International Relations at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He is also Chairman of the Internet Economy Foundation (IE.F) and non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Energy and Environment Program. Friedbert Pflüger has his own consultancy in Berlin/Erbil and is Senior Advisor for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He publishes frequently on current issues in energy and resource security.
Advocate registered with the Supreme Court of India since 1976. In 1986, he opened an office in Paris to advice French and European Companies doing business with India. Phadke Law has vast practical experience in the international disputes settlement & institutional arbitration in the energy, aviation & construction industries and also a background on policy matters as advice has been sought in making Indian Governmental policy decisions on taxation, defence & aviation policies. He graduated from the University of New Delhi, the University of Cambdrige and the University of Geneva.
Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank since June 2011. He started his career as Research Assistant in the Department of Applied Economics and Institute for European Studies, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He served as Economist, International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C. (1978-1980), Professor of economics, ULB (1980-1987), Chief Economist, Générale de Banque, subsequently at Fortis Bank (1987-1999), Chief of Staff of the Belgian Minister of Finance (1999-2000), Executive Director of the Nationale Bank van België/Banque Nationale de Belgique (2000-2011). He holds a PhD in Economics, Université libre de Bruxelles (1980).
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.
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.
Executive Coach and Business Consultant. Former Western Europe Director, General Counsel and Vice President, Corporate and Governmental Affairs ,Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for DuPont de Nemours. She holds an Advanced Master Degree of International, Comparative and European Law from the Law Faculty of Paris .
President of Oesterreichische Nationalbank since 2008. He was Chairman and CEO of Böhler-Uddeholm AG (1991-2010), Deputy Chairman and Senior Executive Vice President of Voest-Alpine Stahl AG (1998-1992), Deputy Chairman and Senior Executive Vice President of Voest-Alpine AG (1986-1988). He started his career as Senior assistant at the Institute for Applied Social and Economic Research (1970-1971). He writes various articles on current economic affairs and financial issues in economic journals He holds a master’s degree in commerce and a doctoral degree in economics from Vienna University of Economics.
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.
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.
President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland (1990-1997) and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002). She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid. In March 2013, she was appointed the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa. She held the position of chair of the Council of Women World Leaders. She was also President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (2002-2010) and served as Honorary President of Oxfam International (2002-2012).
Co-Chairman of the Polish-Russian Working Group on Difficult Matters, member of the NATO Group of Experts on new Strategic Concept of Alliance (2009 -2010) and Commissioner of the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative Commission. He is former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland and Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (1990-2002). He is also a member of many other boards and scientific councils in Poland and abroad, and a professor at Warsaw University. He is the co-author (with A. Torkunov) of White Spots – Black Spots. Difficult Matters in Polish-Russian Relations 1918-2008, published in 2010.
Research Director with independent Munich-based rating agency oekom research since 2003. From 2009 to 2011, she has been participating in the Global Reporting Initiative Oil and Gas Sector Supplement Working Group. Before joining oekom research, she worked in research projects at the Institute of Environmental Technology of the Technical University Berlin, the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin and at a state-run water and wastewater company in Recife, Brazil. She holds a university degree (Diplom-Ingenieur) in environmental engineering. She also studied at the Technical Universities of Hamburg-Harburg and Berlin and the University of Aveiro, Portugal.
Chairman and CEO of Poongsan Group, one of the largest manufacturers of metal products and munitions in the world. He is actively involved in numerous business organizations notably as Vice Chairman of the Korea-U.S. Economic Council, Vice Chairman of the Korea Defense Industry Association and Vice Chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries. Additionally, he supports a number of philanthropic organizations worldwide. He serves as Board Chairman of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation Korea, a Vice Chairman of Korea Mecenat Association. Also, he played instrumental role in bringing The Presidents Cup golf tournament to Korea, and served as Chairman of The Presidents Cup 2015 Tournament Organization Committee.
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.
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, commercial transactions regulations, foreign direct investment regulation, energy & environment, and competition law. He represents various clients in civil disputes. He spent 35 years at the 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).
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).
Former General Commissioner for Investment (2014-2018). He served as Chairman of the French foreign affairs council until 2017 and currently serves as special representative of the French foreign minister for the franco japanese partnership. He is the 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).
CEO, Investisseur et Partenaire (I&P), member of the Académie des Technologies and French General Inspector of Finance. He served as Director in charge of international development at the Ministry of Cooperation and Development, Vice-President of the World Bank for Asia, CEO of France’s International Development Agency (AFD). He chairs the audit committee of the Board of Danone, the Board of Ecobank International and he is a Board member of Orange. He is also member of the Boards of FERDI, IPEMED, Carrefour, Alstom and Avril foundations. He graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.
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.
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.
President of the Section of Biological Sciences of the RomanianAcademy. She is also Executive President of the National Science and Art Foundation (FNSA) and Head of the Institute of Cellular Biology and Pathology “N. Simionescu” (ICBP) since 1995. She was Visiting Professor at YaleUniversity, McGillUniversity and ColumbiaUniversity. She was also a Research Associate at Rockefeller University, New York. She is PhD in Biological Sciences, at the University of Bucharest. She has important scientific achievements and is co-founder together with Prof. Nicolae Simionescu of the Institute of Cellular Biology and Pathology, Bucharest, Romania.
Focal point and policy advisor at UNDP for all G20 related matters. He is Coordinator for G20 and Multilateral Affairs, Strategic Policy since 2014. He acts as UN Sous-Sherpa in the G20, and UNDP representative in the G20 Development Working Group. He joined UNDP in 2007 as policy specialist on global governance issues. Prior to joining UNDP, he was the Executive Director of the European Think Tank “Confrontations-Europe”. Previously, he was a policy advisor on globalization issues to Mr. Francois Hollande. He was admitted at the National School of Administration (ENA), Paris. He holds a Master Degree in Political Science and International Relations from ‘Sciences-Po’ Paris, and a Degree in Philosophy from the Paris-XII University.
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.
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).
Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Former executive director of the Atlantic Forum of Israel. As part of his work at the Institute, he heads research programs that focus on Israeli foreign policy and the European Union’s and NATO’s relations with Israel and the Middle East. He teaches International Relations, Government and Security Studies at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC. His areas of specialization include regional cooperation in the Middle East Basin and in the Asia-Pacific region. He holds an MA (cum laude) in International Relations from the Hebrew University.
Former CEO of Raiffeisen Bank International. He joined Genossenschaftliche Zentralbank AG (now Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG, RZB) in 1973 and established the Foreign Trade Promotion Department. In 1987, he became Member of the Board of RZB and was appointed Deputy Chairman in 1995. He was CEO of Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG (2001-2010). He holds a master’s degree in business administration (1968) and a doctorate in Economics and Commerce (1972), Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
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.
Vice-Chairman of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, of the Delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, and for relations with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia, of the Delegation for relations with the United States and of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. He is a Member of the European Parliament since 1996, Vice-Chairman, PSE Group, European Parliament and PSE Group parliamentary manager. He was Vice-President, Interparliamentary delegation for relations with South-East Europe (1997-2004). He studied law and economics.
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.
Member of the board of Carrefour, Club Méditerranée and Planet Finance & Financité and President of Le Riffray. After four years devoted to urban planning and public housing development programmes in several cities in France on behalf of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (a major French State financial operator), she joined, in 1979, the business world, participating in the management, development and executive direction of her family’s business group. Until January, 2006, she was CEO of Groupe Taittinger and Groupe du Louvre. She also served as CEO and then Chairman of Baccarat. She graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris, from HEC (MBA) and Paris 5 University, post graduate degree in sociology, city planning and urban development.
Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the French Republic and Portugal. He was the Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations in Geneva (2007-2010) and the Permanent Representative of Singapore to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. He joined the Singapore Civil Service in 1985 and worked in the Ministry of Defence and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He served as First Secretary in the Singapore Embassy in Paris, as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative in the Singapore Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. He graduated with a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie of Strasbourg, France.
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.
Former 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.
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”.
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).
Former 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).
Senior Partner, Co-Head of Global Equity Advisory, Rothschild Paris since 2008. Before joining Rothschild, he was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, Chairman of Equity Capital Market, Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. He joined Deutsche in 1995 as the Head of French Equities in Paris. He became Head of European Equity Sales in 1998, and Head of European Equity in 2000. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he was a Managing Director and Head of French Equities for S.G. Warburg Securities in Paris. He also served as a Director at Lazard Frères & Cie in Paris. He received a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Paris and is also a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
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.
Founder & CEO of the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI), a leading independent Think Tank in Malaysia and Asean. He is also Founder and Chairman of the World Chinese Economic Forum and the Asean Leadership Forum. He was appointed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia to be a Commissioner in Malaysia’s Competition Commission and Malaysia’s Representative with Ambassadorial Status to the Asean High Level Task Force established by the Asean Heads of Governments at the Asean Summit. He is also Secretary-General of the Malaysia China Business Council and the Asean Business Forum. He studied at Monash University and the Aresty Institute of Wharton School.
Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development. In June 2013, he was elected President of the All-Russian Insurance Association, in January 2015, President of Russian Association of Motor Insurers. He is also a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights, of Russian International Affairs Council and of the Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy. He is a professor of the Higher School of Economics. He graduated from the Economics Department of Moscow State University.
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”.
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).