Partner, Investment Team, Helios Investment Partners since 2017. She started her career at Arthur Andersen in 1997, before joining Rothschild’s M&A team in Paris. She spent 19 years in M&A in Europe and developed in parallel Rothschild’s M&A franchise in Morocco and Francophone Africa (2006-2013). She was appointed Managing Director in 2011 and Head of Africa in 2013. She left the bank in 2014 to develop her own M&A business, staying on as a Senior Advisor at Rothschild. She graduated with an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris. She acts also as an independent Board member for Caceis (The European leader of custody services and subsidiary of Credit Agricole) and for Banque Centrale Populaire.
Former vice-president of the Republic of Iraq. He represented the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) in different countries. He served as Finance Minister in the government of Dr. Iyad Allawi (2004-2005). He was elected as a Representative of the UIA (United Iraqi Alliance) (2005) and he held the position of Vice-President of Iraq (2005-2011). He graduated in Economics from Baghdad University.
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.
President of Cheniere Marketing Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc., a Houston based company specializing in liquefied natural gas importation and exportation. He joined Cheniere in 2006, after having held various positions within Gaz de France (now Engie), among which Executive Vice President for Supply, Trading & Marketing, President of Gaselys, International Executive Vice President as well as Advisor to the Chairman & CEO and Secretary of the Board of Directors. He graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd since March 2012. Prior to this he served as Vice-Chairman for two years. He also served as chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank AG (2002-2012). He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the National Bank of Kuwait and of the Akbank in Turkey. He is co-chairman of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum. He studied economics and social sciences at the University of St. Gallen and received his PhD in 1977.
Director of the cabinet of the Prime Minister of Lebanon. Professor at the Lebanese University and the Center of Technology of the Lebanese French University, Head of the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (CESMO).
Honorary Consul of Burkina Faso in Nice (France) since 2003. He served as the President of the French Union of Honorary Consuls in 2012. He was a member of the editorial board of Afrique Contemporaine (La Documentation française) and he is now Advisor to the editorial board of Géopolitique Africaine (African Geopolitics). He was also journalist, correspondent for foreign English-speaking radios. He is the author of several books on Africa. He holds a PhD in public law and in Arts (Philosophy); he is a member of the French Academy of Overseas Sciences, and is an Auditor of the French Institut des hautes études de la Défense nationale.
Ambassador of Qatar to France since 2003. He is also non-resident Ambassador of Qatar to the Principality of Monaco, to Portugal, to Switzerland and to the Holy See. He served as Head of the Qatari delegation during the France-Qatar strategic dialogue, Director of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, member of the Qatari delegation at the Annual General Assembly of the United Nations. He graduated in politics from the University of Portland and in international relations from the Institute of International Studies, University of Madrid.
Member of the Supreme Petroleum Council in Kuwait. An Independent Economics advisor in the field of Public policy, Energy, finance and economics of social media. He served as Economics Advisor to the UNDP, Kuwait. Former Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of the Commercial Bank of Kuwait. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kuwait Banking Association (2007-2010). He started his career at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) as a researcher and later as a manager of the economics department. He graduated from Syracuse University and continued post-graduate degrees at Stanford University.
Managing Partner and Founder of Global Intelligence Partners (G.I.P.). He specialized in cognitive strategies and change management in complex environments, he advises clients from private and public sectors on influence and strategic monitoring issues. He is a regular contributor to Le Nouvel Observateur (“Plus”), Les Echos (“Cercle”) and to Atlantico.fr. He graduated from the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris and the École de guerre économique (School of Economic Warfare).
Honorary President of the Association Marocaine d’Intelligence Economique (AMIE), President of the Fondation des Cultures du Monde (FCM) and Vice-President of the International Chamber of Commerce in Morocco. He is also a university professor, columnist and writer. He has been a minister several times (Communication and Spokesman of the Government, Youth and Sports, Energy and Mines, State Secretariat for Foreign Affairs in charge of the Arab Maghreb Union). He was also CEO of the ISCAE and of the ICDT.
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.
Journalist and writer. He is currently editor-in-Chief and Chief Anchor for Kanal D. He was editor in Chief of CNN Turk. He has been described as the “eyes and ears” of Turkey abroad for over 40 years. He has authored eight books and has been the focal point of numerous conferences on Turkish-EU relations, the Kurdish problem, Cyprus and Turkish-Greek relations. He began his career in 1964 in Turkey’s leading newspaper, Milliyet. In 1985, he began producing “32nd Day,” program known for its independent and liberal outlook. Many world leaders have appeared on the show. He returned to Turkey in 1991 and became a columnist with Sabah, a well-known Turkish newspaper, and in 1999 with Posta, Turkey’s highest circulation newspaper.
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.
Commissioner for competition since February 2010. He is the Founder and Director of the progressive think tank “Laboratorio de Alternativas”. He was Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs (2004-2010). He was a socialist candidate for Prime Minister in the 2000 elections, a leader of the PSOE, spokesperson of the Socialist Parliamentary Group, Minister of Public Administration, Minister of Employment and Social Security, member of the Spanish Parliament. He graduated in Law and Economics at the University of Deusto (Bilbao) and studied at l’École Pratique des Hautes Études de Paris
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.
Head of the Ifri Sub-Saharan Africa program. He works on Mauritania and security issues in the Sahel. He teaches at the Institut d’Études Politiques of Lille. He has been a research fellow at the Institut de recherches internationales et stratégiques in Paris from 2003 to 2004. He holds a PhD in political geography from the University of Rouen.
Head of the Mediterranean-Africa Center, Head of European and International Affairs, Caisse des dépôts et consignations. He worked at the French Ministery of Industry (1982-2000) notably as Head of Eastern Europe Affairs, Head of Multilateral Trade Negociations, and finally as Deputy Director of European Affairs. He then began to work at the Caisse des dépôts as senior executive of an investment program in North-Africa and then as financial analyst (sovereign wealth funds) and as country-risk analyst. He studied at the Ecole nationale d’administration.
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.
Founder and President of ACRI, company specializing in modeling and study cases on environment.
Consul General of Italy in Nice (France) since 2011. He served as Ambassador of Italy to Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Niger and Sierra Leone (2007-2009). He was also First Counsellor to the United Nations in Geneva (2003), Deputy Secretary General of The First Conference of Italians in the World (2000), Consul General in Lausanne and Jeddah (Saoudi Arabia). He graduated from the University of Perugia, John Hopkins University in Bologna and the College of Europe in Bruges.
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.
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.
Head of the AXA Research Fund. He began his career as an IT Project Manager with Gemplus and then became Associate Banker for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). In 2002, he became Assistant Professor and Team Manager at Telecom ParisTech. In 2007, he became CFO and Deputy CEO of Institut Télécom. He is the author of several books and many scientific papers about the use of digital groupware tools in project management and Lean Management. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and from Télécom ParisTech.
President, Narodowy Bank Polski and Professor of Economics. He specialises in applied economics and contemporary economic thought. He has served, among others, as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance (twice) and as Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland. He has worked as Chairman of the Council for International Coordination for Iraq, as Director of Economic Policy in the Coalition Provisional Authority, and as Executive Secretary of Economic Commission for Europe. Before he was appointed President of Narodowy Bank Polski in June 2010, he was Director of the European Department at the International Monetary Fund.
Special Advisor to the President of the African Development Bank. He served as Director of the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation Division in the WTO, Chief Economist and Director of the Trade, Finance and Economic Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Director of the Trade and Regional Integration Division. He holds a PhD in International Economics from the University of Grenoble, France.
Executive Director, ELNET, since 2011. He made his career in the private sector as a consultant in communications, PR and international relations, dealing with Middle-Eastern and strategic affairs. He plays a crucial role in the French-Israeli relationship through his commitment both at the community and political levels. He seeks to strengthen ties between political leaders from France and Israel who believe that close relations between Europe and Israel are vital to both parties.
Chairman of the Economic Council to the Polish Prime Minister since 2010. Former Prime Minister of Poland. He also served as Minister for European Integration and Foreign Affairs in Hanna Suchocka’s government. He represented Poland in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (1993-2003). He was President of Bank Pekao SA Management Board and CEO (2003-2010). He was a Member of the Sejm (1989-1993). He graduated from Gdansk University.
Chief Executive Director of The Africa International Media Group and its branch MRB Productions, Media Consultant and Adviser on African Affairs. She also heads the “Club Millenium” in Paris. Born in Cameroon, educated in Cote d’Ivoire, France and Austria, she graduated from the universities of Abidjan, La Sorbonne in Paris and Vienna (German Studies, Political Science and History). Ms. Biloa is also an alumni of the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, where her name is on the Hall of Fame, and of the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance. Besides being a frequent TV guest ( TV5Monde, France24, Aljazeera, RFI, i-Télé, ARD, ZDF) to comment current news and African politics, she is involved in creating « MRB TV », a global knowledge-based TV channel for which she is seeking partners. Ms Biloa is fluent in French, German and English, on top of several African languages.
Senior Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue, Washington (leading a Project on Global Trends and the Future of Latin America), President of Fundación Por la Democracia and President and founder of Corporación Museo del Salitre. He served as Minister of Mining (1973, president Allende), Minister of Education (2003-2005, president Lagos) and Minister of Public Works (2008-2010, president Bachelet). He was also Senator (1994-2002) and President of the Party Pro Democracy (PPD) (1992-94, 1997-2000, 2006-2008). The PPD is a member of the Concertación, the political coalition that governed in Chile in the period 1990-2010. He held the position of Coordinator for Michelle Bachelet´s presidential campaign (Dec. 2005-Jan. 2006). He graduated from the University of Chile, the Centre d’Etudes de Programmes Economiques, Paris and from Harvard University.
Senior fellow of Henry A. Kissinger for US foreign policy at the Council of Foreign Relations. He was senior fellow at Rand Corporation (2008-2010) and United States Ambassador to India. He was also Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Planning under President George W. Bush. He served as Presidential Envoy to Iraq and was the Administration’s Coordinator for US policies regarding Afghanistan and Iran. As a Harvard Faculty member, he was Associate Dean of the Kennedy School of Government.
Managing Director at ISS-oekom. Before, he was Chief Operating Officer and Head of Research at oekom research AG since 2003. He joined oekom research AG in 1998 where he held various positions in the research department. He is a visiting lecturer at the Technical University of Munich, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the University of Zurich. He graduated from the University of Cologne in Business Administration.
President, EuroInsol. He is an attorney at law, insolvency practitioner. He is managing partner within the law firm Borza & Associates, specialized in commercial legal advice, and EuroInsol, professional company specialized in judicial reorganization. He has published various articles and studies within the Romanian Criminal Law Review, The Legal Courier, ”Law” magazine, the Romanian Journal of the Legal Research Institute of The Romanian Academy, the Romanian Intellectual Property Law Review. He has a Ph. D. in Management.
Former Governor, Morocco. He was Director of Cabinet of the Interior Minister, Special Adviser at the Office of the Interior Minister and administrator at the central administration of the Interior Ministry. He studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and graduated from the School of Law in Rabat. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University Paris II.
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.
Chief Economist, Head of Strategy and Prospective, EDF. He was a scientific consultant at the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) in France (1986-1993). He was a profesor at the Ecole Polytechnique, at the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE), and was a visiting lecturer at the North China Electric Power University in Beijing. He was Deputy Director of Strategy at EDF (1997-2002), and then Industrial Strategy Delegate at the EDF Energies Center (2002-2005). He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE.
French Member of Parliament (Alpes-Maritimes) and Mayor of Cannes. He served as President of DDB International and President of the communication commission of the French Football Federation. He was also Marketing Director at Procter & Gamble. He also headed Eurocom, a subsidiary of Havas Group. He participated in the creation of the French TV channel Canal +.He graduated from HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales), 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.
Chairman & Publisher, Maekyung Media Group. He is Chairman of Maeil Business Newspaper and Maeil Broadcasting Network. He served as Acting Prime Minister of Korea (2002). He currently serves as Founder and Executive Chairman of World Knowledge Forum, Board Member of World Association of Newspapers and Member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. He graduated from the University of Rochester in Politics, from the George Washington University in International Affairs, from New York University in International Business Management and received a PhD from NYU.
First Vice-Governor at Banque du Liban, Lebanon’s central bank, since April 2009. Prior to his current mission he spent twenty years in the banking sector. He is the Alternate Governor for Lebanon at the International Monetary Fund as well at the Arab Monetary Fund’s Board of Governors and the Alternate Chairman of the Capital Markets Authority in Lebanon. He is also the Chair of the Advisory Council for the Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ). He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, United States and participated in several executive education programs at Harvard University, MIT and at The London School of Economics LSE.
Deputy Secretary General, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. He has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, mainly dealing with international organizations. He also held the positions of State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1992), Diplomatic Adviser (1993-1996) and Spokesman for the President of Romania. He was the Ambassador of Romania to Austria (2001-2005) and he was Special Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Black Sea Issues (2008-2009). He then joined the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (2009).
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.
Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank. Prior to joining the ECB, he was Deputy Director General and Chief Economist of the French Treasury (2009-2011), Head of the Multilateral Affairs and Development Department, French Treasury, G8 and G20 Sous-Sherpa for France and co-Chair of the Paris Club (2007-2009), and Deputy CEO, then CEO of Agence France Trésor (2002-2007). He graduated from the École polytechnique, the École nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales and holds a B.A. in Japanese. He has authored numerous books and academic articles in the field of international economics and economic policy.
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.
Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics at Harvard University since 1981. Previously, he was Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (1995-1997), Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (1990-1992), Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs (1977-1981), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Monetary Affairs (1965-1966), U.S. Department of State. He received an A.B. from Oberlin College, a M.Sc (Econ) from London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Director General of the Strategic Policy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada. He served as Ambassador of Canada to Poland (2009-2012). He held several positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs such as Director General for Intergovernmental Relations and Domestic Outreach (2005-2006), Director General for the European Union and Western Europe (2006-2008). He was also Chief of Staff to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (2002-2004). He graduated from the McGill University and the University of Massachusetts.
Partner, Clifford Chance Europe LLP since 2008. He is also a member of the International Insolvency Institute (III), Insol Europe and the French Committee for Private International Law. He held the position of Partner at White & Case (1997-2008). He has acted for a broad spectrum of clients in fields including financial institutions, private equity funds, industrial corporations and insolvency trustees in France and abroad. He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Aix-Marseille, the University of Aix-Marseille and the University of Munich.
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.
Ambassador of France. He began to work at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Head of the Press and Information Department (1981-1985) and then became Head of the North Africa and Middle-East Department (1985-1989). He was Ambassador to Egypt (1989-1991), Head of the Political Affairs Department (1991-1995), Ambassador to the UN (1995-2000), and then to the Holy See (2000-2001). He is Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Institut du Monde Arabe and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation Res Publica.
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.
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).
Senior adviser based in APCO Worldwide’s London office. Before joining APCO Worldwide, he served as an adviser to Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Cobourg and in the offices of French Prime Ministers Lionel Jospin and Jean-Pierre Raffarin. He established and was appointed president of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, the largest private philanthropic foundation in Eastern Europe. He also developed the Yalta European Strategy (YES), an international network promoting Ukraine joining the European Union. He graduated from the Ecole des Mines de Paris and the Corps des Mines.
CEO Enel Russia (OGK-5), member of the Sophia Antipolis Fundation Board. He participated in the creation and development as Deputy Director of the Sophia Antipolis science park in Nice. He joined the Schlumberger Group in Russia (1993) as Country Manager for Russia and the countries of the CIS; he stayed in Russia and worked as a consultant and independent member on the boards of leading Russian energy companies. He graduated from La Sorbonne University, Paris, in engineering.
Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to France since 2012. He served as Executive Director of Creova (2008-2012), Business Development Director of Cotrel (2004-2008), Quality Control Manager at Valeo (2003-2004), Logistics and Quality control at Cofat (2000-2003). He started his career at the Ministry of Industry (1998-2000). He is also responsible for International Relations at the party Ettakatol. He graduated from the Ecole supérieure de commerce de Paris and the Ohio State University.
CEO & Founding Partner of DynaGrow Fair Trade, DynaGrow (SL) and DynaCorp Investment, an agribusiness group specializing in fair trade and sustainable agriculture in countries with low development index and focused on producing and trading cocoa, coffee & rice in West Africa. Thanks to DynaGrow Fair Trade, based in the United Kingdom, the group has become the first institution dedicated to directly fund fair trade finance for cocoa & coffee operations. Dominique Flavio is a serial entrepreneur with a significant experience in business.
Senior Associate, Arjil. He began to work in the administration, for the French Ministry of Transport, Defense Ministry, and also for the Prime Minister. He worked for Usinor-Sacilor (1981-1986), Matra (1987-1998), Airbus (1998-2005), and EADS (2005-2006). He was Deputy Director at Lagardère (1992). He is director and member of the Schneider Electric Audit Committee; he is member of the PMU Board. He received the French Legion of Honour and is a Knight of the British Empire. He graduated from the Ecole des Mines.
Senior Advisor, Mediobanca. He started his professional activity working at Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (1966), and was appointed Director of the International Banking Consortium (1969). He then joined Lazard Frères Bank in Paris (1973). He was Managing Director of IFI International, in Paris; he also settled the Fiat USA Headquarters in New York (1978), and then he became Chairman and CEO of Fiat France and Senior Executive Vice President in FIATGroup from 1982 to 2006. He was Vice-Chairman of Lazard International (2006-2009). Now he is independent Director of La Compagnie des Alpes and he received the French and Italian Legion of Honour. He received a Ph. D. from Rome Law University.
Professor of Government at Harvard University. He specializes in the politics of international economic relations. He is the author of Currency Politics: The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy (2015), and the co-author (with Menzie Chinn) of Lost Decades: The Making of America’s Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery (2012). He is also the author of Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century (2006), of Banking on the World: The Politics of American International Finance (1987), of Debt, Development, and Democracy: Modern Political Economy and Latin America, 1965‑1985 (1991), and is the co-author or co-editor of over a dozen other books on related topics. His articles on the politics of international economic issues have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general-interest publications.
Executive Director of Maldon & Wat since 2011. She served as Advisor to the President of Romania (2009-2010). She held several positions at Unilever Central and Eastern Europe such as Business Development Director for Unilever Central and Eastern Europe (2009), Chairman (2005-2009), Marketing Director (2003-2005). She was also President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (2011-2012; 2008-2009). She is a founding member of the Board of Aspen Institute Romania. She graduated from the Academy of Economic Sciences, Bucharest and from Wharton University.
Professor of politics at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Aix-en-Provence. He served as Head of the interdisciplinary program of the CNRS and the Ministry of Research “Urban sustainable development” (2003-2007), expert of the Scientific university mission (MSTP) of the Ministry of Research (2003-2006). He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, from the Law School of the University Paris I Sorbonne, from the EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) and Paris I and the University Montpellier I.
Rector and Honorary State Advisor, Head of the department of Education, Higher Education, Research and Health, Inter-ministerial Mission Union for Mediterranean. She was Rector of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) (1999-2007), Associate Professor at Paris VIII University (1999-2009). She also served as Rector of the Academy of Paris, Chancellor of the Universités de Paris (1989-1998), Deputy Secretary General and spokesperson, Presidency of the Republic (1985-1988). She graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Sèvres, the Sorbonne University and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris.
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).
President of the Royal Academy of Economics and Financial Sciences of Spain since 2002. He has always reconciled his major activity, research, with business and financial institution management. In 1960, he is appointed Superior Chief at SEAT, and then Economic and Technical Advisor to the Executive Board. From 1969 to 1985, he worked as an economist. He received a doctorate “Honoris Causa” from 25 universities and he is a member of 12 world scientific academies. Doctor in Political and Economic Sciences by the University of Barcelone, he holds the Chair of Financial Economics and he is Professor Emeritus from the Spanish University.
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 Côte d’Ivoire to France. He served as Special Advisor to the Managing Director of SIFCA Group, Head of Office of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) in Ituri (2006-2007), Head of Political Affairs of MONUC (2002-2006), Minister for Foreign Affairs (2000), Ambassador to the United States, the Bahamas, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia. He graduated from the University of California (UCLA) and John Hopkins University.
French Member of the European Parliament for the West of France. She is also member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and member of the Special Financial, Economic and Social Crisis Committee (CRIS). She wrote De la Démocratie en Europe (ed. Flammarion, 2012) with Mario Monti. She graduated from the University of Aix-en-Provence in law, and also from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, and from the French National School of Administration.
Ambassadeur de France, he served as ambassador to Libya (1982-1985), to Lebanon (1985-1987) and to the Islamic Republic of Iran (1988-1991). He represented the President de la République during three mandates as member of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary (1991-1998). He was also the Special Advisor to the President of the oil group TOTAL in charge of international relations (1991-1993). He is associated searcher at the Institute for research and studies on the Arab and Muslim world IREMAM – C.N.R.S..
Managing Director Galileo Global Associates New York since 2014. He is also Director of United Way Worldwide since May 2014. Former Managing Director Citigroup New York (2011-2014). He was Citi Country Officer for France (1998-2011), Executive Vice President and Management Board member of Banque Indosuez (1994-1996), Chairman Asia Pacific of Credit Agricole Indosuez, based in Singapore. He is a Governor of the American Hospital of Paris, Director of the American Hospital of Paris Foundation and Director of the DC based Competitive Enterprise Institute. He was President of the American Chamber of Commerce in France (2008-2011). He is a Foreign trade adviser to the French PM since 1984. He holds a PhD in public law and a master in political science from the University of Lyon, France. He attended the Stanford Executive Program, GSB, Stanford University, CA.
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.
Enterprise Director at the Chamber of Commerce French Riviera. Former General Delegate at France Chine 2000, Managing Director at Territoires, consulting firm specializing in economic strategy.
OECD Secretary-General. Former Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Chairman of the International Task Force on Financing Water for all, World Water Council.
President of Banca de Import Export a Romaniei – EximBank SA since 2012. He has a wide experience in banking as Deputy General Manager and Board Member of Romanian Bank SA (part of National Bank of Greece Group) and previously as Chief Financial Officer of ING Bank in Romania. He was also part of the team that, in 1998, established ING Securities in Romania. In 2014, he led the team that established the Romanian Association of Exporters (AREX). He holds a MBA degree from the Doctoral School for Finance & Banking (DOFIN) affiliated to the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest and he attended a specialized fellow training at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Chairman of the International Policy Studies Institute of Korea. He is also a Professor Emeritus at Korea University. He previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993-1994), UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus (1996-1997), a member of the UN Inquiry Commission on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide (1999), Chairman of the East Asia Vision Group (2000-2001), Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States (2003-2005), and Acting President of Korea University (2002, 2006-2007). He graduated from Seoul National University and received a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Founder of CSPH International, a public affairs & communications consultancy company with a focus on energy, environment, industry matters and creative industries and in particular a strong involvement in digital economy. He is a former publisher in social sciences and literature. He then held senior executive positions for more than 20 years in many French and American multinational companies – from Thomson to Alcatel, Digital Equipment (DEC), AlliedSignal, Honeywell, Vivendi and Lafarge – with operations in the five continents, most of them in the technology and media sectors. He holds PhD in Economics.
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.
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.
Professor of Practice (Aviation Management), Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Former Vice President, Strategy & Parnerships in China, Air France. Before joining Air France, he worked at Bossard Consultants. He has been working at Air France since 1979, where he has held various positions, including in the Operational Research – IT Division. He was in charge of the Planning and Development Division and of recovery and restructuring projects for the Group. He also served as Vice President of Routes for Air France Caribbean & Indian Ocean, Asia & Pacific, and Americas. He graduated from the Ecole Centrale.
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.
Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which he established in 2006 to support good governance and exceptional leadership on the African continent. Sudanese-born, he has a distinguished business career. In 1989 he founded Mobile Systems International (MSI), a world leading cellular consulting and software provider and in 1998, Celtel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies which pioneered mobile services in Africa. He is also Founding Chairman of Satya Capital Limited, a private equity fund focused on Africa and Chairman of TPG-Satya, a Joint African Investment Alliance.
Country Managing Partner of PwC Romania and Managing Partner of PwC for South-Eastern Europe (SEE). He joined PwC upon its incorporation in Romania (1991). Vasile Iuga is a member in a wide range of professional bodies and he was Vice-President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania. He is the co-author of the first Romanian book on strategy – Success Formulas for the Next Decade – released in 2011. He graduated from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, and also attended trainings within Harvard Business School, London Business School, INSEAD and IMD Business School.
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.
Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to France, Andorra and Monaco, concurrently the Permanent Representative to UNESCO since October 2010. Prior to this, he was Director General for Multilateral Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (2007-2010). He also served as the Indonesian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2004-2007). He started his service in the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1980. He graduated from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia.
Chair Emeritus of the McCall MacBain Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland. Former Visiting Professor at Yonsei University, Seoul, former Chair of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC), Switzerland. Former Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. In 1978, he was elected Member of Parliament for St. Henri Westmount. As a member of the Canadian cabinet, he successively held the positions of President of the Treasury Board, Minister of State for Science and Technology, Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. He graduated in Law from McGill University, Montreal.
Chancelor of Euro-Mediterranean university of Fès and member of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology. He was Advisor to His Majesty the King Mohammed VI. He served as Minister of Finance and Foreign Investment. He was also President of the Development Committee of the IMF and the Work Bank and Minister of Public Works, Vocational and Professional Training. He was also governor of Casablanca region, member of Moroccan parliament and he founded the world Sacred Music Festival in Fez. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, and the National School of Civil Engineering; he has a “Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies” in Econometry, Sorbonne University, Paris.
Senior Associate, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Realionship, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Adjunct Professor emeritus, Harvard Kennedy School. He was a Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Bonn/Berlin and an advisor to Chancellors Brandt and Schmidt. He taught at the Universities of Bonn, Johns Hopkins (Bologna), Saarbruecken, Cologne, the Hebrew University, and Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. from Cologne University and an honorary doctorate of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He was educated at the Universities of Cologne, Grenoble and Oxford.
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.
Honorary Chairman of the Presidium of the non-governmental Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. Russian foreign and economic affairs specialist. He is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Founder and former Deputy Director of the Institute of Europe of the Academy of Sciences of USSR/Russia (1989-2010). He has been Dean of the School of International Economics and Foreign Affairs of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE) since 2006. He was a Member of High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) (2014-2015). He graduated from the Department of Economics of the Moscow State University.
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.
President and founder of Pax Africana, Foundation for peace and development in Africa. He was Secretary-General of the OAU, Organization of African Unity, now the African Union (1978-1983). He served twice as Prime Minister of Togo (1994-1996 and 2005-2006). He also served as Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) (1967-1973) and Governor of the African Development Bank (AfDB) (1973-1976). He graduated from ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration).
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).
Honorary President of Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute. Former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) (2005-2013). He began his career in the French civil service at the Inspection générale des finances and at the Treasury. He was Chief of staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, and his representative as Sherpa in the G7 (1985-1994). He served as CEO of the bank Credit Lyonnais until its privatization in 1999. He served as Commissioner for Trade at the European Commission (1999-2004). He holds degrees from the Paris based École des hautes études commerciales (HEC), from the Institut d’études politiques (IEP) and from the École nationale d’administration (ENA).
Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation in the Kingdom of Morocco. Embarking very early on a political career, he became a member of Spain’s Basque Parliament in 1980, representing the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE). Turning his attention to the European Community, he was appointed as the European Commission’s Director-General for Regional Policy and Cohesion in 1986. From 2000 to 2003, he served as the Commission’s Director-General for Enlargement, being ship negotiator with candidate countries. He served as the Commission’s Director-General for External Relations (2003-2009). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Notre Europe think tank, founded by Jacques Delors in 1996.
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).
Senior Advisor of KIM & CHANG and Visiting Professor of the Graduate School of International Studies of Seoul National University. Former G20 Sherpa and Ambassador for International Economic Affairs, Republic of Korea. Former Ambassador to France (2012-2015). He also served as Ambassador to the Philippines. Previously, he was Deputy Minister for Trade and Chief Negotiator for the Korea-EU FTA (2008-2010). He held the position of Director-General and Deputy Chief Negotiator for the KOREA-US FTA, (2006-2008). He joined the Foreign Service in 1980. He was also Minister-Counsellor, Korean Permanent Delegation to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Paris (2004-2005). He graduated from Seoul National University and received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.
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.
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.
Former President of Green Cross International. He started his academic career as a lecturer at the Moscow State Institute for International Affairs. He served as Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Vice-Rector at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. In 1991, he was appointed Deputy Spokesman and Adviser to the President of the USSR. He is also a member of the Club of Rome, a councillor at the World Future Council, and serves as adviser to the Club of Madrid. He obtained a PhD in Political Science and History from Moscow Institute of International Relations.
Peterson Distinguished Scholar, Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Formerly, he served as First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (2006-2011) and as Special Advisor to the Managing Director, IMF (September 2011-November 2011). Previously, he served as Vice-Chairman of the JPMorgan Investment Bank and JPMorgan’s Chief Economist. He also was Chief Economist of Salomon Brothers, Inc. (1992-1997). He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.
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.
Mediation consultant at Ince & Co LLP. He is one of the founder members of CEDR. He has lectured widely and written numerous articles on the subject of mediation, and is co-author of ADR and Commercial Disputes, Sweet & Maxwell, 2003. In December 2011 he featured in Lloyd’s List of Top Ten Legal Personalities. He is also a member of the JAMS International panel. He is fully accredited by and a member of the International Mediation Institute. He also serves as Honorary Consul to Cape Verde in London. He graduated from Nottingham University.
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.
Egyptian Senator and former member of Parliament. She is also Distinguished Lecturer, Political Science Department, American University in Cairo. She has been a member of the National Council for Human Rights since 2012 and Advisor to the Minister of Labour and Immigration responsible for Egyptian abroad since 2011. She was a member of the World Bank’s Council of Advisors for Middle East & North Africa Region (MENA). She was advisor to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forced (SCAF) in 2012 and served on the Committee for Policy Development (UN, 2001-2004). She was awarded a fellowship at MIT in 2016. She graduated from Harvard University. She is a prolific writer in English, French and Arabic. She is Officier de la Légion d’honneur.
Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Marseille (France) since 2011. She held the position of Deputy Director for South America and Caribbean Affairs at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2011). She was Minister Counsellor for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Indonesia in Ottawa (Canada). She also served as Deputy Director for Western Europe Affairs at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She graduated from the Faculty of Law, Hasanuddin University, Indonesia.
Research Director at the CNRS, Director of the Centre for International and European Studies and Research (CERIC) and co-director of the Master 2 of International and European Environmental Law at the University of Aix-Marseille. She published with Matthieu Wemaere La diplomatie climatique. Les enjeux d’un régime international du climat, Pedone, Paris, 2010, Prize of the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, 2011. She graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Aix-en-Provence and the Law School of political sciences of Aix-Marseille.
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.
Executive President, MEDGRID. He is also President of the supervisory board of RTE, the company responsible for running the French electricity transmission system and of ERDF, which manages the public electricity distribution network in France, President of CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems), and First President of the Executive Board and Founder of RTE. He was Special Advisor to the European Energy Commissioner. He was the founder and former President of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ETSO).
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).
Prefect of the department of Alpes-Maritimes (France). Previously he served as Prefect of Savoie. He also served as Deputy Secretary General and Director of Modernization and Territorial Action at the Ministry of Interior, Overseas Territories and Territorial Collectivities (2008-2010). He also held the position of Prefect of Haute-Loire (2006-2008) and Secretary-General of the Prefecture of Haute-Garonne. He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, and ENA (National School of Administration).
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.
Chairman of the High Level Group on Own Resources, European Commission. Former Prime Minister of Italy and President of Bocconi University, Milan. He was also for ten years a member of the European Commission, in charge of the Internal market, Financial services and Tax policy (1995-1999), then of Competition (1999-2004). In addition to a number of high-profile cases (e.g. GE/Honeywell, Microsoft, the German Landesbanken), he introduced radical modernization reforms of EU antitrust and merger control and led, with the US authorities, the creation of the International Competition Network (ICN). Prior to joining the European Commission, he had been professor of economics and rector at Bocconi. He graduated from Bocconi University and pursued graduate studies at Yale University.
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.
Professor of Economy at the University of Aix-Marseille and Deputy Director of the School of Economy of Aix-Marseille. He is also a member of the scientific board of the IRD and a member of the scientific board of social and economic sciences (SAE) at INRA. He was Professor at the Universities of Cergy-Pontoise, Alicante, Addis Ababa and Laval. He graduated from the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and the ENSAE. He holds a PhD from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS).
President, Institute for International Economic Studies. He worked at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) as a Representative of the Japan External Trade Organization in New York. He became Vice Minister for International Affairs at MITI. He then became an advisor to the Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. and Chairman of Tokio Marine Capital (1998). He was named Managing Director of the Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Board of Directors (2001), and then held several key positions (2001-2009). He is a Senior Advisor to the Board of TMC. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in law, and he also graduated from Harvard University.
Head of Project, Institute of Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of Uzbekistan. Since 2007, he has been a reasearcher and has been working on Project on Studies on Globalization and International Development Issues. He graduated in Business Administration and received a Master’s Degree in International Business and Management, both from the University of Westminster.
President, ECE Consultants SAL. He was a consultant at the OECD. He is co-founder and was Chairman of the Economic Department at the Lebanese University. He has been Chairman at the National Investment Guarantee Corporation since 1993. He was economic and financial advisor at Qatari Diwan Amiri (2000-2005), and strategic advisor to the Chairman at Fransabank SAL (2005-2007). Since 1982, he has been Chairman and CEO of ECE Group. He received a Master’s Degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut, and a Ph. D. in Economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.
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.
Chairman of Centaurus Capital, a private investment management company he founded in 2000. Centaurus Capital is located in London and Hong Kong, and invests in Europe, Asia and the emerging markets. Bernard Oppetit is a Director of Natixis, and of Tigers Alliance (Vietnam), he sits on the Supervisory Board of HLD and the Advisory Board at Ondra Partners. He joined Paribas in Paris in 1979 where he served as Global Head of Equity Derivatives in London (1995-2000) and then Head of Risk Arbitrage at BNP Paribas in London. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.
Former Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to France. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990. He served as Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2005-2007). He held the position of Deputy Director of the Division for the United Nations System and Global Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2004-2005). He was also Secretary General of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO (2001-2004). He graduated from the University of Lodz, the University Nicolas Copernic in Torun and the University of Poitiers.
President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. He started as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1968. He joined the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) in 1973. In 1984, he was appointed Director of the African Department at the IMF. In 1988, he was named Governor of the BCEAO. In 1990, he was appointed Chairman of the Interministerial Committee for Coordination of the Stabilization and Economic Recovery Programme by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. Then, he became Prime Minister. In 1993, he went back to the IMF where he was named Deputy Managing Director. In 1999, he left the IMF and went back to Côte d’Ivoire. He was elected President of the Rally of the Republicans (RDR). He graduated from Drexel Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan, founder of PROMSTAN Asia (Kazakhstan), Founding President of PROMVOST (Russia), Managing Director of PROMEST/COOPINVEST. Former Managing Director of TECHNOFI.
Member of the Spanish Council of State, Ana Palacio is s lawyer by training, specializing in international and European law, arbitration, and mediation. Since January 2013, she is member of the Advisory Board on Foreign Affairs and Security to President Van Rompuy. She was member of the Executive Committee and Senior Vice-President for International Affairs of Areva (2008-2009). She served as Senior Vice-president and General Counsel of the World Bank Group and Secretary General of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) (2006-2008). She also served as Foreign Minister of Spain (2002-2004). She was a Member of the European Parliament (1994-2002). She holds degrees in Law, Political Science and Sociology.
President of the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies. He served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations (2008-2011), Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and International Organizations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Ambassador to Kuwait (2003-2005). He also served as Secretary to the President of the Republic of Korea for International Security (2002-2003). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature and a Master’s Degree from the Graduate School of Law at Seoul National University.
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.
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.
CEO, UniCredit România. He started to work at the Romanian Commercial Bank (1991). He was appointed Executive Vice President of the C.E.C. Bank (2000), and he then became Retail Executive Vice President of the Raiffeisen Bank in Romania (2001). He was appointed CEO of UniCredit Romania in 2005. He was also President of the Advisory Board of the Prime Minister of Romania. He graduated from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in engineering, and from the Romanian American University in economy. He also graduated from an MBA program with the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris (Romanian branch), and from Harvard Business School (AMP).
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.
Managing director of Sogeric and honorary consul of Ecuador in Marseille. He is also the president of the Mediterranean Institute he founded in 1993 and president of the Santé Partners association. He held various positions within CMA-CGM group, the world’s third largest container shipping group, first as Vice-President (1999-2004), and as Advisor to the President (since 2004). He served as President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marseille-Provence (CCIMP) (1992-1997), and as Chairman of the board of the Port Autonome de Marseille (Autonomous Port of Marseille) (1995-1999).
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.
Executive Chairman for the new Asia-Pacific entity of the Capgemini Group. Former Chairman & CEO of Sogeti and member of Capgemini Group Executive Committee. He joined Cap Sogeti Group in 1978. He served among others as Vice Chief Executive of Capgemini France, Vice Chief Executive Officer of Cagemini America and Deputy Director of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Group. Since 2009, he has been the Executive Committee’s sponsor for Defense activities in France, acting on behalf of the Capgemini Group. The French Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff appointed him as National Coordinator of the French Cyber Defense Military Reserve in 2012. He graduated from the University Witswatersrand, South Africa and from the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale.
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).
Head of the Turkey / Middle East program at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri). She joined Ifri in 2002 to work on the European policies in the Mediterranean region and in the Middle East, on the regional political and economic dynamics and on the Arab policy of France. She started the “Contemporary Turkey” research program in 2008, to follow the emergence of Turkey as a global power. Her present research focuses on Turkish diplomacy, new regional conflicts and their impact on Middle East economies. She directed a book on La Turquie au Moyen-Orient : une puissance régionale ? [Turkey in the Middle East: a regional power ?], published by CNRS éditions in december 2011. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris. She holds a postgraduate degree in applied economics and a PhD in political science.
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.
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. He is also Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs and Vice-Chairman of the Civic Platform party. As Deputy Minister of National Defense in 1992, he initiated Poland’s NATO entry ambitions. He served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Honorary Chairman of the Foundation for Assistance to Poles in the East (1998-2001). He headed the students’ strike committee during the unrest in Bydgoszcz in March 1981. He was granted political asylum in Great Britain (1982-1989). He was a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Angola (1986-1989). He graduated from the University of Oxford with a B.A. and M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).
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.
French Ambassador. He worked for the French Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Cooperation as an advisor. He worked in numerous embassies all over the world, notably as Advisor and Consul General before being appointed as French Ambassador to Central African Republic (1996-2001), to Nigeria (2001-2003), to Gabon (2003-2008), and to Côte d’Ivoire (2009-2012). He was a Representative to the ECOWAS and to the ECCAS. He is now alternate deputy of Oise, and Chairman of Eurafrique Stratégies SAS. He graduated from Paris II Assas University in Public Law.
Ambassador of India to France. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1976. He served as India’s Ambassador to Nepal and Afghanistan and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India in Washington. Among his other assignments abroad, he has been First Secretary and Counsellor in India’s High Commission in Islamabad and First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations Offices in Geneva. He was also Joint Secretary heading the Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division in the Ministry of External Affairs.
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.
President of Club România. He started his career in journalism in 1990 as editor of the Tineretul Liber newspaper. He then worked as a press correspondent for a Romanian newspaper and TV channel, in Hungary and Republic of Moldova. He then became personal advisor for the Secretary of State for the Romanians Abroad (2000) and for the Minister of Tourism (2001-2003). He was Under Secretary of State for Foreign Trade (2009). He is member of Chatham House, London, and also member of the Aspen Institute Romania. He graduated in Journalism and Communication Sciences.
President of Grampet Group, the most important Central and East-European actor in the field of railway transport and logistics services. He established Grampet Group in 2000. In September 2012, he was appointed President of the Romania-Kazakhstan Business Council. He started business in 1990, when he opened his first company. Since 1990 until now he held only top management positions, being responsible for the strategic development of his company. He graduated from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest and the National Defense College, Carol I National Defense University also in Bucharest and the Europe of Tomorrow Academic Society.
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.
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.
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 of Energy Security Group of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He is also the Founder President of New Delhi-based World Energy Policy Summit. He is India’s leading expert, thinker, speaker and television commentator on energy issues and developments and had earlier served as South Asia Bureau Chief for a number of European business publications, including international oil and gas weekly Upstream. He has authored two books and edited several books and publications. He is a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Electricity and also represents India on energy on the BRICS Business Council. He read economics, business, commerce, policy, leadership, diplomacy and international affairs at different prestigious universities in India, Norway and the United Kingdom.
Executive Director of The Better Hong Kong Foundation since 2006. She served as Deputy General Manager of the Chinese Television Network, General Manager of the Hongkong Telecom IMS, Director of Multimedia Services and Director of E-commerce under the Hutchison Whampoa Group. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Director of Communications of the University of Hong Kong. She worked for the Tung Chee-Hwa Election Office in 2001 as the Director of Administration Division; and was Deputy Director of the Leung Chun-Ying Election Campaign Office in 2012. She holds a B.A. degree in Social Science and a M.A. degree in Public Administration.
Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA). She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Åbo Akademi University. Before, she was the Director of the Network of European Studies at the University of Helsinki (2003-2009). She has also served as Secretary of State at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland from 2007 to 2008. Dr Tiilikainen was the Special Representative of the Prime Minister of Finland in the Convention on the Future of Europe in 2002-2003. Currently, she is also Editor-in-Chief of Ulkopolitiikka – the Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs.
Chairman of the French Institute of Directors (IFA). She is also founder and CEO of Act III Consultants, a management-consulting firm dedicated to digital transformation. She was Chairman and CEO of Vivendi Universal Publishing, after spending 10 years within the Lagardère group and 5 years within McKinsey. She is a board member of Proximus (Belgacom) and a member of the supervisory board of Tarkett. She is an independent member of the board of Rexel. Previously, she was a non-executive Director of Cable & Wireless Plc, Neopost and Darty Plc. She is also a board member of several non-profit organisations such as IDATE and the French American Foundation. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University (MBA).
Former President of the European Central Bank and Honorary Governor of Banque de France. He is Honorary Chairman of the Group of Thirty, Chairman of the Board of Bruegel Institute and Chairman of the Trilateral Commission (Europe). He was assigned to various posts at the French Ministry of Finance. He was an adviser to the President of the Republic. He was chairman of the Paris Club (sovereign debt rescheduling) from 1985 to 1993. He was Chairman of the European Monetary Committee until his appointment as Governor of the Banque de France in 1993. He graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines de Nancy, of the IEP of Paris, of the Université de Paris (in economics) and of the Ecole nationale d’administration. He was awarded honorary doctorates by several universities.
General Consul of Poland in Lyon (France) since 2009. He served as Director of Polish Communities Abroad Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009). He held the position of General Consul of Poland in Edinburgh (Great Britain) (2001-2005) and in Toronto (Canada) (1994-1999). He worked at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He graduated from the University of Warsaw in journalism and political sciences.
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).
CEO of Pronutri, Activa and Nutrilab laboratories. He turned Pronutri into a worldwide developed company, bringing it to a new level and making it one of the major players on the market of health dietary supplements. He extended the scope of Pronutri with international subsidiaries in Europe, the USA and Asia, making Nutripuncture™ a worldwide brand. He created in 1999 the Activa Laboratories with the objective to establish a new and innovative set of technologies in the world of health dietary supplements. He graduated from the Dauphine University (Paris, France) with a major in finance and marketing.
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).
Former President of Notre Europe – Institut Jacques Delors. He was also President of the general assembly of the Santander Totta bank and an associate at the law firm Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira & Associados. He was Minister for Parliamentary Affairs (1983-1985), judge on Portugal’s constitutional court (1989-1994) before being elected MEP (1994). He also served as Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Portugal (1995-1997) and European Commissioner for Justice and Internal Affairs (1999-2004). He holds a degree in law from the University of Lisbon and a master’s degree in political science.
State Secretary with the Ministry of Public Finance since May 2012 and Non-Executive Board Member of Banca de Import Export a Romaniei – EximBank SA. He is also lecturing at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest. He received the prestigious “”Virgil Madgearu”” Romanian Academy Award for economics in 2007, for his book “Transnational corporations and global capitalism”. He holds an MBA degree from Stockholm University and a PhD from the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest. He had a post-doctoral fellowship at the European Commission’s Joint Research Institute in Seville, Spain (2004).
Professor of the School of International Studies and President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking University. He was a Global Scholar at Princeton University (2011-2015). He is honorary president of the Chinese Association for American Studies, and was a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of China’s Foreign Ministry in 2008-2016. He taught in Peking University’s Department of International Politics (1983-1991), and then served as director of the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences until 2005. From 2005 to 2013, he served as dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University. He was concurrently director of the Institute of International Strategic Studies of the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China from 2001 to 2009. He obtained an MA degree from Peking University.
President and co-founder of the Zermatt Summit Foundation, which organizes an annual meeting bringing together CEOs, political leaders and members of the civil society on the subject “humanizing globalization”. He is also President of the Ecophilos Foundation (Switzerland) and the founder and President of the TeroLab Surface Group, based in Lausanne (Switzerland), and one of the leading European companies in the field of surface engineering by thermal spraying. He holds a MBA from New York University.
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.
Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he leads a program of research on financing long-term care. He was a Senior Economist at the Department of Health for England. He is currently leading a multi-site study, funded by the AXA Research Fund, on how private long-term care insurance can supplement state systems in the UK. He graduated in politics and philosophy from the University of Oxford and in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Poland to the OECD. He was Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for economic cooperation and development (2009-2010). In 2006, he was entrusted with the position of Minister of Finance. He was also Chief Economist of the Polish Institute of Directors. He advised the Polish government on privatization and capital market development (1992-1995). He graduated from John Carroll University, from Case Western Reserve University. He received a Ph.D. degree from the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Foreign Policy Adviser to the Board of the Federation of Austrian Industries. He worked as a representative of Austria for the UN in New York (1968-1973) and at the Embassy in Cairo. He was an Ambassador in Nairobi and Permanent Representative to the UN-Organizations for Environment and Town Planning. He was Director of Secretariat General in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He was Permanent Representative of Austria to the European Union (1999-2007). He graduated from the Universities of Vienna, Grenoble and Cambridge in law, and also from the Collège de Bruges in European law and Economics.
Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States. Former Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to France. He has worked and consulted for various UN agencies and think tanks. He served as Head of Policy Planning, Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Diplomatic Adviser to Deputy President Adil Abd al-Mahdi. He is a Member of the American Physical Society and of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He was educated in Iraq, Switzerland and the United States. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Federal polytechnic school of Lausanne.
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.
Director of the Coordination and Analysis Center for Foreign Policy Researches (KATSVI) in Uzbekistan. Expert in the field of International Relations, specialist in Central Asia. Previously, he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. He graduated from the Uzbek State University of World Languages in Tashkent (1999), and also from the Toulouse Institute of Political Studies and the Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies.
Senior Advisor at Lee International IP & Law Group. Previously, he held the position of President of the Korea Foundation (2007-2010). He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1974 and served, among others, as Korean Ambassador to Canada (2004-2007) and Egypt (1996-1999). In 2001, he was Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and in 2002, he was appointed as the National Security Advisor to President Kim Dae-jung. He currently co-chairs the Korea-Canada Forum. He graduated from Seoul National University, Oxford University and Keio University.
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).