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.
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.
President of the Moroccan Central Authority for the Prevention of Corruption. He developed an extensive experience (1974-1998) as a civil engineering consultant. In 1998, he joined the Caisse de dépôt et de gestion (CDG) which is the main financial public institution in Morocco and was nominated in 2006 Deputy Director-General. He is a civil engineer (graduated from Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées, Paris, 1973), economist (University of Rabat, 1980) and MBA (ENPC, Paris, 2000).
Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to France since 2012. Previously, he served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of Europe and America (2011-2012), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of Europe (2009-2011), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of Education and Research (2008-2009). He was also Ambassador to Belgium, Italy and Malta. He started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1981. He graduated from the University of Tehran and the University of Lille (France).
President of the Center for Global Development. He was Director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department from November 2008 to October 2016. Previously, he was the Director of the External Relations Department in the IMF, and between 2003-2006 he served as Director General for Policy and International Development at the U.K. government’s Department for International Development. Earlier, he held positions in the IMF and the World Bank, working on areas that included international economic policy relating to debt, aid effectiveness, trade, and global economic prospects. He obtained his graduate and post-graduate degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics.
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.
His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal served as the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States of America from September 2005 until February 2007. His Royal Highness is involved in a number of cultural and social activities. He is one of the founders of the King Faisal Foundation and is the Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown, the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, and the King Faisal Foundation. He graduated from Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He subsequently pursued an undergraduate degree at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
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.
Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Financial Center, Markaz since 2004. Markaz is a leading GCC asset management and investment banking institution in the Middle East with a strategic focus to achieve regional leadership in the Industry. Prior to joining Markaz, he held the position of Deputy Director in the Investment department at the Kuwait Fund for Arab and Economic Development. He serves as director or trustee in a number of private, governmental, educational, and non-profit boards and committees. He is a Certified Financial Manager (CFM) from The Institute of Management Accountants (USA). He also holds a Master of Science and Bachelor degrees in Civil Engineering from Kuwait University.
Consultant on international economic issues to the Policy Planning Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France. Formerly, he has held the position of Chief Economist / Senior advisor for international economic issues, Policy Planning Staff, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France. He has also served as Head of the International Macroeconomic Forecasts Division and Head of the Public accounts Division of the French Ministry of Economy. He has also been staff economist at the Economic department of the OECD.
Partner of Apollo Global Management and Honorary Chairman of the French American Foundation – France. He is also Honorary Chairman of HEC Foundation and of the HEC Alumni Association. He started his career at the bank Paribas (1986-1988) and then at Lyonnaise des Eaux (1989-1992). He was appointed Chief Operating Officer and CEO of Techpack International (Pechiney-LBO France) (1996-1999) after having served as CFO (1992-1996) and then President of the Packaging Division Cosmetology Luxury International of Pechiney (1999-2000). He also served as Chief Operating Officer of Lagardère Media (2000-2005) and as Chief of staff of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco (2005-2006). He holds a Master degree from HEC, Paris.
President of the Foreign Relations Commission of the National Council of Monaco. He is a member of several commissions: Finance and National Economy, Education and Youth, Housing. Since 1997, he is an independent telecommunication consultant. Among others, he held the position of Managing Director of Monaco Téléport and Chief Financial Officer of the Office des Téléphones de Monaco. He graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne.
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.
Special Advisor on Global Environmental Affairs, METI and Director General, Japan External Trade Organization, London. He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1982. Since then, he has been experiencing various positions with strong focus on energy and environment including Head, Country Studies Division, International Energy Agency (2002-2006), Director, International Affairs Division, ANRE/METI (2006-2007), Counselor, International Energy Negotiation, ANRE/METI (2007-2008), Deputy Director General, Global Environmental Affairs, METI (2008-2011).
President of MTP Investment Group. Entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist who has realized great success in real estate, parking, biotech and other areas thanks to the strong values and principles acquired through his long military career. The tenets and cornerstones of his business philosophy are creativity, flexibility, persistence and an infallible moral code. He serves on the board of directors of several companies and is actively involved in charity and political organizations.
Member of Parliament and Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey. He was also a member of the National Security Council. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2009). In 2002, he was elected to Parliament and appointed as the Minister of Treasury. In addition to his tenure as Minister of Treasury, he was appointed in 2005 as the first Chief Negotiator for Turkey’s accession negotiations with the European Union. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. He received a MBA in Marketing, Organizational Behavior and International Business from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
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.
Managing Editor of Les Echos. He served as Deputy Managing Editor at Le Figaro (2005-2008). He held the position of Tokyo Bureau Chief, Les Echos (1994-2000). He was correspondent for Les Echos in the United States. He is also a columnist at Europe 1 and Radio classique. He graduated from the Institut d’études politiques, Paris and the Centre de formation des journalists.
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.
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.
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.
Foreign Minister of Sweden since 2006. He served as Prime Minister (1991-1994). He was also a member of the Swedish Parliament (1976-2001) and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Balkans (1999-2001). Previously, he held the position of European Union’s Special Envoy to the former Yugoslavia (1995) and High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995-1997).
Head of the Commercial and development policies Unit at the General Secretariat for European Affairs. He teaches International Economics at Sciences Po Paris and is a former Deputy Secretary general of the Paris Club at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. Former Portfolio manager at the French government shareholding agency and Deputy Head of Official Development Assistance and Multilateral development Institutions at the French Ministry of Finance. He worked as project officer at the French Development Agency in Beijing and as a research assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a graduate from Sciences Po Paris, the Ecole Polytechnique and Johns Hopkins 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.
Secretary-General of the Vienna-based King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) since 2012. Prior to this appointment, he held a number of senior positions in the Saudi Arabian administration and various nonprofit organizations. He served as Vice Minister of Education of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2009-2011), Advisor to the Royal Court of the then Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Deputy of the National Guard for Cultural & Educational Affairs. He graduated from the King Saud University and Webster University, USA.
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.
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.
President of the Pasteur Institute. Previously, he was Vice-President of the Institut Merieux, in charge of medical and scientific affairs (2008-2013). He served as Director General of the French institute for health and medical research (Inserm) (2001-2007). He headed the National Reference Center on the molecular epidemiology of viral hepatitis, Pasteur/Necker. He was also head of the National Reference Center on viral hepatitis. He holds MD Ph.D degrees, he studied at the Pasteur Institute and the Necker Faculty of Medicine. In 1989 he became full professor of Cell Biology and Hepatology.
Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court since 1994. He was appointed as such by the former President Bill Clinton. He first served as a law clerk to Justice Arthur Goldberg in 1964, before becoming assistant special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal (1973), Justice for the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1980-1994) and law professor at Harvard University (1967-1994). He graduated from Stanford University, Oxford Magdalen College and Harvard Law School.
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.
Ambassador of Canada to France and Monaco since 2012. Prior to this appointment, he was an influential member of the Stephen Harper Cabinet, serving as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008-2011). He served as Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister responsible for Québec in the Government of Canada (2006-2008). He was also a Member of Parliament for the riding of Pontiac, Québec. He served as Minister of Communications of Québec (1990-1994). He graduated from the Université Laval (Québec City).
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.
Chairman & CEO of AXA since April 2010. He joined AXA’s Corporate Finance Division in 1989. In 1991 he was named Corporate Secretary. Two years later, he was appointed Senior Executive Vice President. He was Chairman of the AXA Management Board (May, 2000 – April, 2010). He started his career in the French Finance Ministry Inspection Office. He sits on the Board of the Association pour l’aide aux jeunes infirmes, and is Chairman of AXA Hearts in Action, AXA’s volunteer community outreach program. He graduated from the business school HEC and holds a bachelor degree in Law. He is a former student of ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration).
Managing Director of EFG Bank (Monaco), a position he has held since January 1994. He has also held positions as Director of EFG Asset Management S.A. in Luxembourg and as member of the EFG Bank Group Advisory Committee. From 1988 to 1992, he was a member of the Investment Funds Group at EFG Private Bank in Geneva. He is a graduate of ACS in Switzerland.
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.
Group Investment Chief Operating Officer, AXA. Before joining AXA in 2003, he worked in French banks as an option and swap trader and as a Risk Manager. From 2003 to 2007, he was responsible of the ALM Department of Axa France. Then he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Axa Assicurazioni, one of the Italian entities of Axa. In 2010, when Axa created the Group Investment and ALM department, he was appointed as Group Investment Chief Operating Officer in charge of ALM of the Group and Investment monitoring. He holds an engineering degree and is a certified actuary.
Consultant and political analyst, Director of the French website expression-publique.com. He is currently in charge of the column “En quête d’opinion” of the French newspaper Nouvel Observateur and Founding President of Paradox’Opinion, consulting firm specializing in public affairs. He was Director of Political Studies at IFOP. He took part in the collective work “Le dictionnaire du vote” (PUF). He contributes regularly to the French newspaper Le Monde since 2001. He graduated from IEP Paris.
Chief Investment Officer, AXA France. He joined AXA early 2001 as a structured portfolio manager in AXA Investment Managers. He soon became AXA IM Head of Structured and Index management business. He was promoted in 2008 to Global Head of Solution Engineering, Structuring and Development, including client relationship management of all AXA Insurance Companies across the globe for their main fund assets. He then took the lead on AXA IM worldwide Asset Allocation teams, Derivatives and Quantitative management teams in Multi Asset Client Solutions Group. He was promoted AXA France CIO end of 2012. Before joining AXA, he has worked for two years at Cardif Asset Management, BNP Paribas’s insurance subsidiary. He graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Paris and from Paris-Dauphine University and ENSAE.
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.
Global Chief Technology Officer of Capgemini and Country Board Chairman for North America. During his 30 year career at Capgemini in North America and Ernst & Young combined, he held positions from Consultant to partner/vice president to CEO. He also served on the boards for the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF) and TechAmerica. He graduated from Georgetown University and from Southern Illinois University. He is also a graduate of the executive leadership programs at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and Harvard University.
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.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania since 2012. Previously, he served as Minister of Justice (2012), Senator and Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee in the Romanian Senate (2008-2012). He was also an Elected Member of the European Parliament (2007-2008), Observer member of the European Parliament (2005-2006) and a member of the Romanian Parliament (2004-2007). He held the positions of Personal Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister (2001-2003), and State Secretary, Department for Romanians Abroad (2003-2004). He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Bucharest.
Executive Vice President, Capgemini. He has been Managing director in charge of global industry sectors within Capgemini (consumer products, retail, utilities, tax and welfare, public security, telecommunications, financial services and manufacturing). The transformation of corporations and governments is at the heart of this role. He started his career at the ‘Inspection Generale des Finances’ (French Treasury) and joined Capgemini in 1989. He holds a diploma of the ‘Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and of the ‘Ecole Nationale d’Administration’.
Professor of economics, The School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest and member of the Board of the Central Bank of Romania. First Vice President of the Romanian Financial Supervision Authority during 2013-2014. He served as a member of the European Parliament (2007-2009) and he co-authored the EP report on the reform of the regulation and supervision of financial markets. He also held the position of Finance Minister of Romania (1997-1998), Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Banca Comerciala Romana (2005-2007), Chief Economist of the National Bank of Romania (1992-1997) and Deputy Minister of Finance (1992). His last volume is entitled Emerging Europe and The Great Recession (UK, 2018).
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.
Head of Global Prospective and International Relations in 2011, within the Strategy and Prospective Division of EDF. Previous to this he was Head of Corporate International Relations (2007-2011). From 2000 until 2007, he co-founded EDF Italia, the commercial branch of EDF in Italy, where he acted as Head of Key Accounts and Deputy for Strategic Affairs and Energy Procurement. He previously worked in the Corporate Strategy Division of EDF, in charge of investment modeling and planning and regulatory affairs. He was also appointed visiting Professor of Economics at the Dauphine University (Paris IX). He graduated from the Ecole des Mines de Paris.
Chairman of The House of the Rising Stars Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland), Chairman of the European Leadership Network (Diplomacy & Defense issues, USA – Europe – Middle East). He is also Chairman of the Africa Alive Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) and a board member of the Hudson Institute (Washington, D.C., USA) and of the Actigenomics Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland). He is currently Dassas & Co.’s Chairman (Paris, France) and Chief Creative Officer of the Paris, New York and Moscow companies. He was previously Marketing Manager for Colgate Palmolive in New York and Paris. He graduated from both Economic Sciences College and Paris Trade and Industry Chamber.
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.
Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute. Previously, he was Economics and Policy Practice Leader in the World Bank’s Agriculture and Environmental Services Department, he coordinated the Secretariat of the Bank’s Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP), and was Program Manager for the Global Agricultural and Food Security Program (GAFSP). He also worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute and the International Livestock Research Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University.
Member of the Institut de France and honorary professor at the Collège de France (Chair of Comparative Legal Studies and Internationalization of Law). She has published numerous books and articles on criminal law, human rights law and globalization of the law, such as: Le flou du droit (PUF 2ème éd. 2004) ; Les grands systèmes de politique criminelle (PUF 1992) ; Pour un droit commun (Seuil 1994) ; Vers un droit commun de l’humanité (Textuel 2nd ed. 2005) ; Trois défis pour un droit mondial (Seuil 1998) ; Les forces imaginantes du droit : (I) Le relatif et l’universel, (II) Le Pluralisme ordonné, (III) La refondation des pouvoirs, (IV) Vers une communauté de valeurs ? Seuil, 2004-2011; Libertés et sûreté dans un monde dangereux, Seuil, 2010 ; La Chine et la démocratie (avec Pierre-Étienne Will) ; Fayard 2007 Résister, responsabiliser, anticiper, Seuil, 2913 ; Le travail à l’heure de la mondialisation, Bayard, 2013.
Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution and Senior Advisor at Sabanci University. He was Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey. He also served as Head of the United Nations Development Program, member of the Turkish Parliament and was a Vice President of the World Bank. He earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the London School of Economics, and his PhD in economics from Princeton University.
Special Adviser of LafargeHolcim General Manager. He was, up to the merger between the two groups, Executive Vice-President and a member of the Executive Committee of Lafarge. Previously, he was Regional President for Asia Pacific at Lafarge and played a major role in the Group’s development in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He started his career at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was deputy Undersecretary of State for arms control. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris. He also holds a Master in Economics.
World News Editor, The Daily Beast. Former Paris Bureau Chief and Middle East Editor, The Daily Beast, author of seven books, most recently Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South. He was formerly the Paris Bureau Chief for Newsweek Magazine, and previously covered the Middle East and Central America for The Washington Post. He has also written for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Wired and National Geographic. He frequently appears as a commentator on CNN, France 24, the BBC and many other networks in the United States and abroad. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Former Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (1999-2001) and former Chairman of the Central African States Development Bank (BDEAC) (2001-2010). He also served as Minister of Finance during Michel Gbezera-Bria’s mandate (1997-1999). He began his career at the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) in 1982 before being appointed as representative of its governor to France and the European Union in 1995. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Bordeaux, France.
General Manager and Financial Director of Lebanese Company for Development and Reconstruction of Beirut Central District (Solidere). Member of the board of Directors of Beirut Waterfront Development, a subsidiary of Solidere in charge of the real estate development around Beirut Marina. He has six years of experience with accounting firms in London and 15 years of experience in finance, business, accounting and management in the field of real estate and construction in the Middle East and Europe. He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics, and is a Certified Chartered Accountant from the United Kingdom.
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).
Deputy editor of Le Point. She regularly contributes to RFI, Radio-Orient and France 24. She was Reporter for the French magazine Jeune Afrique and for Demain l’Afrique. She also served as Head of foreign section at Le Point, she was in charge of Middle East and Africa. She is the author of « La Poudrière algérienne », Calmann-Levy, 1993, Paris, « Les Martyrs de Tibhirine » Ed. Brepols 1994, Paris, « Chroniques marocaines » Ed. Convergences, 2007, Paris.
President of the Association of Honorary Consuls of Monaco since 2009. He is also CEO of M1 Real Estate, CEO of Façonnable and Executive Director of M1 Group. From 1995 onwards, he has settled in Monaco and managed the group’s European activities. In 1996, he becomes Honorary Consul of Lebanon in Monaco. He graduated in Finance from Boston University, Massachusetts.
Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Marseille (France) since 2012. She held various positions in the diplomatic missions of Turkey abroad such as First Secretary and then Advisor at the Embassy of Turkey in Roma (2005-2009), Third and then Second Secretary at the Embassy of Turkey in Paris (2000-2003), attaché and then Third Secretary at the Embassy of Turkey in Beijing (1998-2000). She graduated from the University of Marmara and Sapienza University, Roma.
Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, Europe, for The New York Times, based in Brussels. Former London, Paris and Berlin bureau chief of The New York Times. He has served in numerous postings for The Times in Jerusalem, Prague, Washington, Moscow, Bangkok and New York where he served as Culture Editor for two years. Previously, he worked for The Boston Globe as European correspondent, based in London. He also reported from Eastern Europe, Moscow and revolutionary Iran. He was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. He shared in a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series on Al Qaeda and global terrorism in 2002 and for International Reporting on Russia in 2017. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard College and studied Russian at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
President of the Constitutional Council. Former French Foreign Minister. He served as Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry (2000-2002), Minister of Budget (1981-1983) and Minister of Industry and Research (1983-1984). From 1984 to 1986, during François Mitterrand’s first term, he served as Prime Minister. He also held the position of President of the French National Assembly, first from 1988 to 1992, then from 1997 to 2000. He has been a Member of Parliament for the Seine-Maritime department since 1978. He graduated from the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) and the École nationale d’administration (ENA) and holds a diploma in French language and literature.
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 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.
Chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Group of Thirty (G-30). Former Governor of the Bank of Israel. He served as Vice Chairman of American International Group, Inc. (2004-2009) and as Chairman of Merrill Lynch International Inc. (2000-2004). Between 1991 and 2000 he served two terms as the Governor of the Bank of Israel. He is credited with reducing inflation in Israel and achieving price stability, liberalizing Israel’s financial markets, removing foreign exchange controls, and integrating the Israeli economy into the global financial system. He was the Economic Counselor and Director of Research at the IMF (1987-1991). He is the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of International Economics and Macro-Economics. He holds a B.A. in economics and political science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics, University of Chicago.
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 the Lowy Institute. He has also worked as a Visiting Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, an adviser to Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, and a lawyer. He remains a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings. He writes widely on foreign policy and global issues in The New York Times, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The Washington Quarterly, The National Interest and Foreign Affairs. He graduated from the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales and he holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Academician and Vice-Chairman of the Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences of Spain. He also served as Dean of the Illustrious College of Economists of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands and as a member of the International Council of the US Information Agency. He is Honorary President of the European League of Economic Cooperation and board Member of the Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe. He is also WAAS Fellow. In addition he has been Chairman, President and C.E.O. of several companies, including Tuneles y Autopistas de Barcelona S.A. and the Banco de Expansion Industrial. He holds a Ph.D and graduated from the Senior Management Program (PADE) of the IESE Business School. Doctor Honoris Causa for the Universities of Michoacan (Mexico) and Lishui (China).
Senator and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania (2000-2004). He is President of the Aspen Institute Romania since 2006. He served as President of the Romanian Senate (2008-2011). Previously, he was Chairman of the Romanian Social-Democrat Party (PSD) (2005-2010), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in the Romanian Senate and member in the European Integration Joint Committee of the Romanian Parliament. He also served as Ambassador to the United States. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute, the University of Bucharest and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris, France.
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.
Senior reporter and war correspondent at Le Figaro. He has covered major worldwide political crises and armed conflicts for the past 30 years. Expert on geopolitics, he publishes every Tuesday his international column in Le Figaro. He has written several books on the Middle East and the big diplomatic issues of the West. He regularly takes part in international conferences. He is also a Professor at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris and a member of the editorial board of the Revue des deux Mondes. In 2014, he was awarded the grand prix de la presse internationale by the foreign correspondents in Paris. He graduated from the Ecole normale supérieure and the Ecole nationale d’administration.
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.
Director General of the Directorate General Communications and Language Services at the European Central Bank. Former Partner and Managing Director in the Brunswick Group.
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.
Secretary-General of the Economic and Social Council of Monaco since 1999. Previously, she served as Chief Secretary of the Economic and Social Council of Monaco. She also held the position of officer in the Lands Administration Department and of Supervisor in the Habitat Department. She is the Founder of Femmes Leaders Mondiales – Women and Violence Department. She holds a PhD in law.
President of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue Between Cultures since 2015. Former Member of the French Parliament and President of the Commission of Foreign Affairs at the Assemblée nationale. She began at the Ministry of Finance, then worked on Finance Minister Jacques Delors’ staff in 1982, and then became adviser to the President of the French Republic François Mitterrand (1982-1990). She was, among others, Deputy Minister for European Affairs (1990-1993), member of the European Parliament (1994-1997), Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals (1997-2000) and Minister of Employment and Solidarity (2000-2002). In 1994, she founded the Association Europartenaires that she is co-chairing in order to promote debates on Europe. She is also a board member of Notre Europe. She graduated from the University of Montpellier, France. She studied at the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA).
Sovereign Prince of Monaco. Since 1993, he has led the Monegasque delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations. He also chairs the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM), intergovernmental body, which aims to promote multilateral international research and facilitate the exchange of information, in particular between countries on the north and south sides of the Mediterranean Sea. In 2006, he set up the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation dedicated to protecting the environment. He graduated in political science from Amherst College, Massachusetts, United States.
Regional Director for West and Southern Africa, TechnoServe. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading the organization’s strategy and operations for more than 10 countries in the region. Previously, he was a regional investment advisor for the United States African Development Foundation. He was founder and CEO of Tigris Consulting, a consultancy focused on global sourcing and supply chain consolidation. He graduated from Oberlin College and completed the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
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.
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.
Capgemini’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since May 2012, Paul Hermelin joined the Capgemini Group in 1993, where he fulfilled various roles and became Group CEO in January 2002. He was a member of the Office of Jacques Delors, former French Minister of Finance (1981-1984), and the chief of staff of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former French Minister for Industry and Foreign Trade (1991-1993). Paul Hermelin graduated from Polytechnique and the École nationale d’administration (ENA).
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.
Vice Chairman of BlackRock Inc. He most recently served as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank. He played a prominent international role as a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and as the Swiss Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He had been a member of the central bank’s governing board since 2003. He graduated from the University of Toronto and from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
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.
Executive Director, International Energy Agency. She has served as Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) since September 2011. She has steered the IEA during a period of exceptional change in the global energy landscape, and is taking the initiative to address the challenges of global energy governance. Her priorities include building and formalising cooperation with the major emerging energy players of the 21st century, and also expanding energy access. She was formerly Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands.
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.
Foreign policy columnist at the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (The Nikkei Newspapers) in Tokyo. He received the Vaughan-Ueda Memorial Prize (Japanese version of the Pulitzer Prize) in 1998 for his outstanding news gathering and analysis in international affairs. His journalistic career includes four years in the Nikkei’s Washington, DC, bureau as chief political correspondent and, subsequently, as a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. He graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo.
Former Member of the Turkish Parliament. He served as a member of the Executive Committee of The Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) and of the Parliamentary Network on the IMF & World Bank. He served also as a Deputy Convenor of the PGA Peace & Democracy, Law and Human Rights Programs. He is currently Advisory Board Member of the Iman Foundation (London) and Member of the Alumni Club of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He graduated from the University of Vienna and he holds a PhD in Economics and Social Sciences.
Advisor to the Prime Minister of Lebanon. He is also Executive Director at M1 Group. For many years, he served as Chairman-General Manager of Saradar Investment House, the investment banking arm of Saradar Group. After several years at Merrill Lynch, Paris, he joined the Méditerranée Group in Lebanon as advisor to the Chairman and Deputy General Manager of Méditerranée Investment Bank. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering, a MBA from INSEAD (France).
CEO, Asia-Brazil Agro Alliance. Former Director of Global Public and Governmental Affairs at Brasil Foods (BRF), one of the largest food companies in the world. Former President & CEO of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) (2007-2012). Founding president of the Brazilian Institute for International Trade Negotiations (ICONE) (2003-2007). He also worked as Special Expert in Trade at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington D.C. (2001-2002). He holds a PhD from the University of São Paulo (FEA/USP).
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.
Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini India. Prior to assuming this role in January 2011, she was the Global Delivery Officer for Capgemini Outsourcing. She has over 2 decades experience in the IT services industry and has worked in both multinationals and pure-play companies. She has worked out of Europe and North America and continues to travel extensively meeting customers, analysts and Capgemini staff, getting a pulse of customer expectations and market direction.
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.
President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). She oversees one of Africa’s largest grant-making organizations in the food security and agricultural development sector. She took up the presidency of AGRA in 2012 after serving as Deputy Chief Executive and Secretary-General of Telkom Kenya. She has held senior positions in a number of international corporate organisations including Cadburys Limited, as Managing Director for East and Central Africa. She graduated from the University of Nairobi and holds an MBA in Marketing from the National University of California.
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.
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Croatia in the Principality of Monaco. He is also an International Business Consultant for European Industrial Groups with interests in the Mediterranean basin and in the Middle East, areas where he has developed his own network of strategic contacts. He has been co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of two European Information Technology companies and Special Advisor to MONACO TELECOM (2003-2010) for new business development.
President, Engineering and Construction, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC). He is active in many economic institutions around the world. He is a Director of Palestine Investment Fund PLC. He is also a board member of more than 28 regional and internationally renowned organizations and Arab and international institution operating in the field of economics. He received a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University in the United States.
Associate Dean for Ageing, Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University. Professor of medicine and biologist, he is Co-holder of the AXA-Paris Descartes Chair in “A systems approach to individual differences in longevity”. A former researcher at the National Institute for Medical Research, in 1993 he became professor of biological gerontology at the University of Manchester. He has served as Advisor to the British Parliament and European President (Biology) of the International Association of Gerontology. He graduated from Oxford and Cambridge in the fields of biology and mathematics.
Senator, Minority Leader of the Polish Senat. He served as Minister of Defence (2007-2011) and Member of the European Parliament. He managed the Information Department at State TV Centre in Cracow (1990-1992). He was the head of the International Centre for Development of Democracy in Cracow (1993-1999) and the Institute for Strategic Studies (1999-2003). In 1998 and 1999 he was an adviser to the government plenipotentiary for Poland’s accession negotiations with the EU. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the Cracow Medical Academy and from the Faculty of Philosophy and History at the Jagiellonian University.
Co-founder and Executive Director of the Arab Reform Initiative since 2005. She served as senior adviser on international cooperation at the French National Research Council (2007-2009). She was Senior Program Officer for Governance and International Cooperation at the Ford Foundation office for the Middle East and North Africa in Cairo (1998-2005). In 2011, she was Head of Foreign Relations and spokesperson with the Syrian National Council. In 2016, she joined the delegation of the democratic opposition in the Geneva peace talks on Syria. She serves on the advisory Board of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Sciences-Po, Paris.
Assistant professor in the Institute of Political Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He was a member of the European Parliament, Chairman of UE delegation to EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Commission and of Foreign Affairs Committee (2009-2014). From 2007 to 2009 he was a member of Parliament (Sejm). He also served as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland (2006-2007). Author of numerous publications on the transformation processes in Central Europe. He is a member of the editorial board of the bi-monthly “New Eastern Europe” and of the Supervisory Board of Alwernia SA. He graduated from the Faculty of History at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow and studied at the Collegium Invisibile of Warsaw (1996-1998).
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.
Executive Director, Edmond de Rothschild Foundations. Since 2005, he has been the Executive Director of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations. He is in charge of the strategy, implementation and financial management. Across all regions, EDRF works to create social empowerment and a more collaborative society, supporting projects and programs in education, the arts, health and social entrepreneurship. Previously, he spent over 12 years in investment banking at Paribas, specialising in project and media finance, privatisation and the creation of public-private partnerships. He graduated from McGill University and the University of Oxford.
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).
Former Minister of Labor and Social protection and Minister of Youths and Sports, Algeria. He also served as Prefect, Ambassador of Algeria, Deputy, President of the Finance and Budget Commission at the national Assembly, Member of the Commission of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Emigration. He is a Member of the Royal Academy of Spain for Economic and Finance Sciences and of the Forum “Penser l’Europe”. Honorary member of the “Barcelona Economics Network”. Member of the scientific committee of the “MS’10 Barcelona International Conference”. He is researcher, lecturer and teacher at the Higher School for Political Sciences, at the Institute of Diplomacy and at the International Relations and the National School of Administration (ENA). He was a board member of the High Institute of Management and Planning, National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the National Office of Statistics. He was also member of the mediator’s team for the resolution of the Northern Mali and Northern Niger Conflict, and co-editor of the agreements. He graduated from the University of Law and Economic Sciences.
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).
Advisor for Strategic Affairs and Asia to the French President. Former Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff for the French Foreign Office. He was France Ambassador to Turkmenistan (2006-2009), Deputy Director of the South-East Asia section for the Foreign Office (2002-2006), Diplomatic advisor on International Affairs for the Minister of Defence, Sir Alain Richard (1997-2002) and Chief Clerk of the Asia-Pacific section at the Delegation for Strategic Affairs for the Department of Defence (1992-1996). He holds a PhD in Sovietics Studies, a Master’s Degree in Econometry and a Master’s Degree in International Relations.
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.
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Korea to the OECD since 2013. Previously, he was Deputy Minister for Trade at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2011-2013). He also served as Ambassador to Poland (2006-2009). He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1980. He has worked, among other assignments, at the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Permanent Mission in Geneva. In 2010, he was appointed Chief of Protocol of the Presidential Committee for the G20 Summit in Seoul. He graduated from Seoul National University.
Managing Partner, SI Capital Partners (SICP). He is also the founder of Maya Finance (investment and real-estate management) and the founder and a Board Member of Quantam, a high frequency trading hedge fund. He was CEO of Editions Moreux (professional publications on Africa, infrastructure and shipping). He is a member of both the Comité des Investisseurs Francais en Afrique and the Forum Francophone des Affaires. He holds an MBA from HEC.
President & CEO, The Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the Barreau du Québec (Bar of the Province of Quebec). He has most notably been active as International Vice-President of Manufacturers and Exporters of Quebec (MEQ), President and Editor of the international magazine World Economic Affairs, Managing Director of Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche International, and Vice-President of the International Economic Law Society of Canada. He graduated from the Université de Montréal, the École nationale d’administration publique, McGill University, the Université de Montréal and the Université de Paris.
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).
Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD since December 2011. He is in charge of Social Affairs, Education, Governance and Entrepreneurship. Before joining the OECD, he held a variety of political posts in Belgium at all levels and in all areas of government. He served as Deputy in the Chamber of Representatives, Group Chairman, National Secretary and Chairman of the CD&V party, Minister-President of the Flemish Government, Federal Senator, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Budget and Mobility, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister. He has a degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Ghent.
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.
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.
Chief of Cabinet of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. His career in the Monaco administration led him from the Hospital Princesse Grace to the General Secretariat of the National Council. He then worked at the General Directorate of Public Finance from 2000 to 2004 before he joined the Cabinet of the Prince in January 2005. He is a trained jurist. He obtained a Doctorate in public law with a thesis on the Monegasque Constitution of 1962.
Vice President, International Strategic Initiatives at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce since 2012. He joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1995. He held various positions there such as Vice President, Europe Policy & Global Initiatives (2008-2012), Vice President, Europe and Eurasia (2000-2008), Executive Director, Business Councils for Transition Economies (1995-2000). He also served as Associate, International Trade and Investment Division at the Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart, Washington, D.C. (1992-1995). He has received Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University and pursued executive training at the Georgetown 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.
Former Director of the Global Economy Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). He also serves as Chairman of the Oxford Institute for Economic Policy and Vice-Chairman of the New Rules for Global Finance Coalition. Formerly, he was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a member of the Executive Boards of both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Earlier on, he worked in the Research Department of the Bank of Italy. He graduated from the Bocconi University in Milan and from Oxford University’s Nuffield College.
Co-Founder of the French American Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He began his career at Marshall Plan European Headquarters in Paris in 1950. In 1951, he was assigned to the U.S. Special Mission to Yugoslavia, resident in Sarajevo. He was a naval officer (1952-1955). He was commissioned Foreign Service Officer in 1956. He served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (1974-1977) and as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg (1977-1981). He graduated from Yale University.
Chief Executive Officer of Nuclearelectrica, the only nuclear energy producer in Romania, since 2013. Before joining Nuclearelectrica, she held the position of Counselor of the Vice-Governor of the National Bank of Romania. Previously, she was General Manager and President of the Board of Directors of Fondul Proprietatea (Property Fund), managing the entire activity of the Fund. She has a long and rich experience in banking and financial consulting sectors. She graduated from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.
Ambassador of Sweden to France and to the Principality of Monaco. He served as Economic and Financial Advisor to the Swedish delegation at the OECD in Paris (1980-1983). He was appointed Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance in 1988, then Deputy Minister for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994 and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sweden to the European Union in 1999. In 2002, he was appointed Minister in charge of International Economic Affairs and Financial Markets, Ministry of Finance. He also held the position of Ambassador to the United States (2005-2007). He graduated from the Universities of Uppsala and Stockholm and Columbia University.
Director of the Center for Energy at Ifri. She began her career in the French National Assembly as a staffer. After five years in the staff of the Defense Committee, she joined the staff of the Law Committee and then the Foreign Affair Committee. Executive at Areva, she was in charge of international affairs for the Chief Executive Officer and of international prospective. She was then responsible for European and international Public Affairs. She graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the Institut d’études politiques, Paris and the Sorbonne Paris IV-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.
Justice of The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He chairs the Executive Council of the International Law Association and the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. He is a member of the Judicial Integrity Group and of the seven person panel set up under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (article 255) to give an opinion on candidates’ suitability to perform the duties of Judge and Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice and General Court. He represented the United Kingdom on the Council of Europe’s Consultative Council of European Judges (2000-2011).
Vice-President at UBIFRANCE. He is President at Car’Flow, and President and Founder of European TK’Blue Agency, JKPM, and Cercle pour l’Optimodalité en Europe. Since 1979, he has established several industrial or service-providing companies on an international level. He graduated from the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine (France) and from ENSAIA, the National Higher Agricultural Engineering and Food Industry School of Nancy.
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.
Former Premier of Québec. In 1978, she made her official entry into the political arena as the press attaché to then Minister of Finance Jacques Parizeau. She was elected to the National Assembly for the first time in 1981. She has headed numerous ministries, including the Status of Women, Labour and Income Security, Revenue, Education, Child and Family Welfare, Health and Social Services, Economy and Finance, Research, Science and Technology, and Industry and Trade. She has also served as Chair of the Conseil du trésor. She was also Deputy Premier (2001-2003). She graduated from Université Laval and from HEC Montréal business school.
Frankfurt correspondent of the Italian financial daily, Il Sole 24 Ore since 2012. Previously, he was a senior writer and columnist on global economics and finance, financial editor and London correspondent. He is also a frequent contributor to Radio 24, the all-news radio station of the 24 Ore Group. Before joining Il Sole 24 Ore, he worked as a business reporter at Il Giornale. He has been a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2002 he won the first Italian edition of the Citigroup Award for Journalistic Excellence. He graduated from the University of Modena and the University of Illinois.
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).
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.
Member of the AXA Management Committee, Chairman & CEO of AXA France and in charge of overseeing the worldwide operations of AXA Assistance and AXA Global Direct. He joined AXA in 1991 as Vice-President of the Finance Department and was appointed Senior Vice-President of the AXA Group Finance Department in 1994. In 2002, he was promoted to CEO of AXA Investment Managers and, following his appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer of AXA UK, he became non-executive Chairman of the Board of AXA Investment Managers. He was Group Chief Executive of AXA UK (2006-2010). He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and has an actuarial degree from the Centre d’Etudes Actuarielles.
Researcher at Ifri and co-editor of its annual report, RAMSES. He is a graduate of IEP-Paris and of the École nationale d’administration (ENA). As a diplomat, he has held various administrative posts relating to the European Construction. He has taught at Sciences-Po Paris and in several universities. He is the author of many books and articles on international relations, geopolitics, global governance and the construction of Europe. His last two books are: L’histoire du monde pour les Nuls (The World History for Dummies), First-Editions, Paris; 2010; L’histoire de l’Europe pour les Nuls (The European History for Dummies), First-Editions, Paris; 2013.
Director of the Pharos Observatory of cultural and religious pluralism. Former EU Special Representative for Central Asia and for the crisis in Georgia. He began his diplomatic career in 1971. He served at the French Embassy in Moscow. He also served as Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the French Republic. He was Ambassador to the Russian Federation (1992-1996) and was also accredited, while in residence in Moscow, to Georgia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, and to Kyrgyzstan. He served as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and then to the Holy See. He is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris, of the Paris Assas Faculty of Law and of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.
Ambassador of France to Monaco. He joined the French Foreign Service in 1991. He was, among others, Chief of Staff of the State Secretary for Sports, Mrs Rama Yade (2009-2010), Chief of Staff of the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights, Mrs Rama Yade (2008-2009), Deputy Director of the Communication and Information Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007-2008) and Technical Advisor to the French Presidency as Deputy Spokesperson (2006-2007).
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.
Ambassador of the Order of Malta to Monaco since 2010. He was first named Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Order of Malta to Monaco in 2007. In 2006 he established Marco Research S.A.M. He was President and CEO of Festival Management S.A.M. (1999-2004), a Senior Advisor with Stanley Associates Inc. (1994-1998). During his 31-year career as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State in Washington, he held top management and supervisory positions at US diplomatic missions throughout the world and as well as at the Department of State in Washington.
Former Group Managing Director and Chief Executive of Kenya Airways. He joined the Magadi Soda Company in 1979 and became Managing Director in 1995. He served as permanent secretary to the Ministry of Information, Transport and Communications of Kenya and was a member of the Board of Kenya Airways (1999-2001). He is a board member of, among others, Kenya Airways Group of Companies, Maersk Kenya Ltd, and Access Kenya Ltd. He is also Chancellor of South Eastern Kenya University. He graduated from the University of Nairobi and the Harvard Business School.
Former Governor of the State of West Bengal. Former Senior Advisor and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India. Led India in institutionalized security and strategic dialogues with several countries including Brazil, France, Japan, Sri Lanka, Germany, Russia, UK and the USA. Prior to this, he was Director of the Intelligence Bureau and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. He also headed the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Developing an Integrated Capability to address Internal Security Challenges. Has dealt extensively with a whole range of issues concerning internal, national and global security, including aspects such as Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Intelligence and Strategic Analysis. Holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Madras.
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.
Chief Financial Officer Vimetco N.V. and President of the Board of Directors – Alro Slatina, the largest aluminium smelter from Central and Eastern Europe. He has extensive experience in financial consulting and auditing. He has worked at Deloitte & Touche in Romania, and previously in advisory business firms. In 2002, he joined Alro as CFO and member of the Board. He was subsequently appointed Vimetco Group Country Director for Romania, and his current mandate covers all Vimetco Group operations in aluminum and electric power in the country. He graduated from the Bucharest Academy of Economics.
Former Ambassador of Switzerland to France (2002-2007). He joined the Foreign Service in 1971. He held several positions such as Ambassador to Guatemala and to other States of Central America, Head of the Swiss Delegation to UNESCO, Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the international organizations in Geneva. He contributes regularly to the Swiss newspaper Le Temps. He studied law and international relations at the University of Fribourg and the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva.
President of the National Council of the Principality of Monaco since 2013. He is also President of the Monaco Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He is a member of several commissions: Finance and National Economy, Foreign Relations, Education and Youth. He served as President of the Legislation Commission of the National Council. He graduated in law from the University of Paris II Assas.
Former Chairman of the Management Board of HSH Nordbank since 2012. He has been a member of the Management Board of HSH Nordbank since 2009, initially as Chief Risk Officer (CRO), before being appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He also served as Deputy Global Head Credit Risk Management Real Estate in Frankfurt and London at the Deutsche Bank (2001-2009). In 2000, he assumed the position of Global Head for Credit Risk Management Developed Markets (investment bank) at the Deutsche Bank in London. He trained as a banker at Deutsche Bank AG in Hamburg.
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.
Chairman of the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) and Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo. Formerly, he held several positions at the World Trade Organization including member of the Appellate Body (2008-2012), Japan’s Permanent Representative (2002-2005), Chairman of the General Council (2004-2005) and Chairman of the Dispute Settlement Body (2003-2004). He served as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2005-2007) and to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2000-2001). He holds a degree in law from the University of Tokyo.
Founder of the publishing company Encre d’Or. In 2009, she set up the collection “Carnet d’inspiration”, which is about noteworthy regions and cities and which highlights simultaneously historical, artistic, literary, culinary, environmental and technological heritage. She served as Editor in chief at Le Figaro Mediterranée (1993-1998). She was a journalist at Hersant Group, correspondent for Le Figaro Magazine and Le Figaro (1989-1993). As a writer and a publisher, she has been working on the combination of paper books and digital technology, within the European program CCALPS: Creative Companies in Alpine Space.
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.
Ambassador of Greece in France since 2013. He served among others as Permanent Representative of Greece to UNESCO, Director of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the President (2005-2010), Consul General of Greece in Milan (2002-2005), Deputy Head of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the Foreign Minister (2000-2002). He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1982. He graduated from the University of Athens, Tufts University and Harvard.
Chief of Cabinet at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico since 2013. Previously, he served as Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) (2010-2012), Manager, domestic operations, Banco de México (2004-2009) and Manager, analysis of central bank operations, Banco de México (2001-2004). He taught economy courses and held research positions at the University of Chicago (1994-2000). He graduated from the Universidad Iberamericana and he holds a PhD from the University of Chicago.
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.
Director General of the Foreign Relations Department of Monaco since 2008. Previously, she served as Director of Legal Affairs, Monaco (2006-2008). She also held various positions within the Department of Finance and Economy (1995-2006) such as technical advisor, chargé de mission and officer. She graduated from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis.
Professor at Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and at Sciences Po Paris. Previously, he served as French Commissioner General for Policy Planning (2013-2016), Director of Bruegel, the Brussels-based economic think tank (2005-2013), Deputy Chairman of the French Economic Analysis Council (2001-2002), Senior Economic Adviser to the French Minister of Finance (1997-2000), Director of CEPII, the French institute for international economics (1992-1997). He is an engineer from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, Paris. He also holds a master’s degree in mathematics and an advanced degree in economics from the Centre d’études des programmes économiques (CEPE, Paris). In the first half of 2017, he contributed to the campaign of Emmanuel Macron as Director of the Programme and Ideas Division.
First Vice President National Liberal Party, member EPP. He served as Minister of Justice of Romania (2008-2012), Interim Prime Minister in 2012 and Interim Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2009. He was also Senior Managing Partner at Zamfirescu Racoţi Predoiu, Law Company (2007-2008), Senior Managing Partner at Racoţi – Predoiu, Law Company (1995-2006). He co-authered “Companies”, second edition, revised, Bucharest, 2003. He graduated from the University of Bucharest and Caen Bar, France, Training program in Commercial Law Practice.
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.
French journalist and Co-President of the Institut de l’Iconomie. He was the head of the Nouvel Économiste (1997-2000), editor of La Lettre A (1993-1997), editor of the daily newspaper La Tribune de l’Expansion (1991). He was also Managing Director of La Tribune and l’Agefi (1984-1985), journalist in the economic section of Le Monde (1973-1984), journalist at the daily newspaper Les Echos (1970-1973). He is the author of La Crise Globale (2008) and La Dernière Bulle (2009) (Editions Mille et une Nuits, Fayard), Mourir pour le yuan (2011) Editions Bourin and Le Choc des Empires (2014), Gallimard, Alstom scandale d’Etat, Fayard (2015). He graduated from the CFJ (French centre for journalism studies).
Executive Coach and Business Consultant. Former Western Europe Director, General Counsel and Vice President, Corporate and Governmental Affairs ,Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for DuPont de Nemours. She holds an Advanced Master Degree of International, Comparative and European Law from the Law Faculty of Paris .
President of the Israel Institute (Washington and Jerusalem). Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History at the Tel Aviv University, Vice Chairman of the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He served as Israel Ambassador to the United States and former Chief Negotiator with Syria in the mid 1990s and as the president of Tel-Aviv University (1999-2007). He has been a member of Tel Aviv University’s faculty since 1971. His most recent book is The Lingering Conflict: Israel, The Arabs and The Middle East (Brookings, December 2011). His biography of Yitzhak Rabin was published by Yale University Press in 2017.
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.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of Belgium. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs (2011 – 2014). He served as Minister of Finance (1999-2011), Chairman of the Eurogroup (2001), Member of the G7 (2001), Chairman of the G10, which is the meeting of the main creditor States (2002), Minister in charge of the Belgian Buildings Agency (2003-2011), Minister of Institutional Reforms (2004-2011). He has been a Member of Parliament since 1992. He also held the position of Chairman of the National Railway Company of Belgium (1986-1991) and of the National Society of Airways (1991-1993).
President Emeritus from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and adjunct professor of political science for the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University, Illinois. He is also a visiting professor at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Affairs of the University of California. He worked during thirty years at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, as Executive Director (1971-1974) and then as President (1974-2001). He also served in the U.S. Department of State (1962-1963). He was Foreign Policy Assistant to Senator and Vice President Hubert Humphrey. He obtained a B.A. at St. John’s University, Collegeville (Minnesota) and a PhD in political science at Harvard University.
Québec’s Delegate General in Paris since 2010. He is also the Premier’s official representative to the International Francophone Organization (OIF). Prior to taking up his duties in Paris, he was appointed the first CEO of the Francophone Centre of the Americas (CFA) by the Government of Québec in 2008. He also served as Québec’s Delegate General in New York (2002-2007). He has held various positions within Québec’s international diplomatic network, among others in Brussels as Director of Public Affairs, Cooperation and Culture.
Minister of State of the Principality of Monaco. Previously, he served as a member of the High Court of the Principality of Monaco (2007-2010). He also held the positions of Advisor in charge of Education and Research to the French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin (2002-2005). He was a lawyer at Poitiers Bar until 1974 and he taught at the Law Faculty of Poitiers until 1986. He graduated in private law and criminal sciences and he holds a PhD in private law.
First full-time President of the European Council. He was Prime Minister of Belgium in 2009. Prior to this he served as President (Speaker) of the Chamber of Representatives. He has held a number of portfolios in the Belgian Government including Secretary of State for Finance (1988), Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Budget (1993-1999). He also worked as an economist in Belgium’s central bank and served in both the Senate (1988-1995) and the Chamber of Representatives (1995-2009).
International Director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Honorary Advisor on Interfaith Relations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Among his honorary positions, he is President of the World Conference of Religions for Peace and serves on the Board of Directors of the KAICIID Dialogue Center founded by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia together with the governments of Austria and Spain and the Vatican. In November 2005, he was made a Knight Commander by the Pope, and in 2010 he was made a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. He is a former Chief Rabbi of Ireland (1979-1985) and former Senior Rabbi of the largest Jewish congregation in South Africa (1975-1979).
Rothschild Group Chairman. He has been in the business for 40 years and has worked in different branches of the family firm. In 1981, Banque Rothschild, the company originally founded by James de Rothschild in 1812 under the name De Rothschild Frères, was nationalised by the French government. A regrouping was led by David de Rothschild and his cousin, and they finally secured the right to operate a new banking business under the family name in 1986. He also sits on the boards of Casino and Compagnie Financière Martin Maurel. He is also President of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.
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 and CEO of Poongsan Group, one of the largest manufacturers of metal products and munitions in the world. He is actively involved in numerous business organizations notably as Vice Chairman of the Korea-U.S. Economic Council, Vice Chairman of the Korea Defense Industry Association and Vice Chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries. Additionally, he supports a number of philanthropic organizations worldwide. He serves as Board Chairman of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation Korea, a Vice Chairman of Korea Mecenat Association. Also, he played instrumental role in bringing The Presidents Cup golf tournament to Korea, and served as Chairman of The Presidents Cup 2015 Tournament Organization Committee.
Chairman of the Institute for Global Economics; former Minister of Finance (1987-1988). He held several key positions in the Korean government (1979-2011), including Senior Secretary to the President for Economic Affairs (1983-1987), Ambassador for International Economy and Trade (2000-2002), Special Economic Adviser to the President (2008-2009), Chairman of the Presidential Council on National Competitiveness (2008-2009), and Chairman of the Presidential Committee for the G20 Summit (2009-2011). He also served as Special Consultant to the International Monetary Fund (1989-1998) and Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association (2009-2012). He graduated from Seoul National University and received his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of California in Los Angeles.
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.
Secretary-General of the National Committee for Christian-Muslim Dialogue. Board member of KAICIID –Vienna, and member of the board of WCRP-New York. Secretary General of the Islamic Permanent Committee (Sunnit-Shiat Druze), and Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the Christian-Muslim Arab Group. He serves as a member of the Lebanese National UNESCO Committee. He is the author of various books on intra-Arab relations, interreligious relations, minority affairs, politics and religion and the history of the Middle East.
Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences since 1998. In 1999, he was appointed Secretary Prelate of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. In 2001, His Holiness John Paul II consecrated him titular Bishop of Vescovìo. He was also decorated as Cavaliere di gran croce of the Italian Republic in 1999, official of honour of the Légion d’Honneur by the Republic of France in 2000, Grão Mestre da Ordem de Rio Branco by the Republic of Brazil in 2004, official of the Republic of Austria in 2004, and knight of the Republic of Chile in 2006.
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).
Board member of EFG Bank (Monaco). He is also President of the Brotherhood of Pammakaristos, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He served among others as vice director of American Express (Athens), vice director of American Express Bank (Paris), general manager of American Express Bank (Monaco), and senior vice president and general manager of E.F.G. Bank (Monaco). He graduated from the University of Thessaloniki, the University of Room and from Victoria University of Manchester.
Head of the French Council of State since 2006. He is also President of the Association of Councils of State and Supreme administrative jurisdictions of the European Union (ACA-Europe) since 2012 and president of the committee established by the article 255 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union (committee set up by the Treaty of Lisbon and in charge of giving an opinion on candidates’ suitability to perform the duties of Judge and Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice and General Court) since 2010. He graduated from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, the University Paris I and the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA).
Former General Commissioner for Investment (2014-2018). He served as Chairman of the French foreign affairs council until 2017 and currently serves as special representative of the French foreign minister for the franco japanese partnership. He is the President of Initiative France, a not for profit organization whose aim is to finance the creation and development of small enterprises. He was Chairman and CEO of Renault (1992-2005). During his tenure, he was also President of the Management board of Renault Nissan BV (2002-2005). Formerly, he was a Civil Servant at the Budget Department and then served as chief of staff of Laurent Fabius, who was Minister of Budget in 1981, Minister for Industry and Research in 1983, and Prime Minister (1984-1986).
President of IBEI, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. He is also Vice-President de Telefónica Chile and Councillor of Telecomunicaciones de São Paulo S/A –TELESP. Previously, he was President of CIDOB (2000-2012) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. He also served as Vice-President of the Spanish Government, Minister of Defence and Mayor of Barcelona. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Barcelona and a Ph.D. in Economics from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
CEO, Investisseur et Partenaire (I&P), member of the Académie des Technologies and French General Inspector of Finance. He served as Director in charge of international development at the Ministry of Cooperation and Development, Vice-President of the World Bank for Asia, CEO of France’s International Development Agency (AFD). He chairs the audit committee of the Board of Danone, the Board of Ecobank International and he is a Board member of Orange. He is also member of the Boards of FERDI, IPEMED, Carrefour, Alstom and Avril foundations. He graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.
Member of the Israeli Knesset for the Hatnua Party. Born in Morocco, he emigrated to Israel in 1957 and served in a number of high-level cabinet positions, including Minister of the Interior, Minister of Housing and Construction, Minister of Finance, Minister of Justice, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Education, Culture and Sports. He was first elected to the Knesset in 1981 and served as Mayor of the City of Yavne. He holds a BA and a MA from Bar-Ilan University.
President of the National Science and Art Foundation. Former President of the Romanian Academy (1998-2006). Professor of modern literature at the University of Bucharest. Between 1970 and 1973 he was professor at Sorbonne University, Paris. He published about 30 books on the Romanian and European literature among which Ficţiunea jurnalului intim I-III (The fiction of the intim diary I-III), Genurile biograficuluiI-II (Biographical genre I-II), Tânărul Eugen Ionescu (The young Eugène Ionescu), Mircea Eliade un spirit al amplitudinii (Mircea Eliade A spirit of Amplitude), Întoarcerea autorului (sau Contre, Sainte-Proust). He holds a PhD in Philological Sciences.
President of the Section of Biological Sciences of the RomanianAcademy. She is also Executive President of the National Science and Art Foundation (FNSA) and Head of the Institute of Cellular Biology and Pathology “N. Simionescu” (ICBP) since 1995. She was Visiting Professor at YaleUniversity, McGillUniversity and ColumbiaUniversity. She was also a Research Associate at Rockefeller University, New York. She is PhD in Biological Sciences, at the University of Bucharest. She has important scientific achievements and is co-founder together with Prof. Nicolae Simionescu of the Institute of Cellular Biology and Pathology, Bucharest, Romania.
Founder and President of Synergia Foundation, a strategic think tank. He is also the President of the Synergia Group. He is a Commissioner with the Global Commission for Internet Governance (GCIG) and a member of the Tri Lateral Commission. He served on the advisory board member of the Centre for New American Security (CNAS), the International Council of the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs at The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He has been advisor to several international organizations such as The World Health Organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières and AEDES-EU. He is a university topper, holds post graduate degree, is a graduate from the Harvard Business School and a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in strategic security.
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 since 2013. Previously, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India, Washington D.C (2008-2013), Ambassador of India to Israel (2005-2008), Joint Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs (2000-2005). He also served in the Indian Mission at Moscow as Counsellor-Minister (1997-2000) and as Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations Office, New York (1993-1997). He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1979. He graduated from Delhi University.
Founder and chairman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and Director of its Center for Advancing Capitalism. He currently sits on the Institute Turgot. Formerly, he served as Director of Government Relations at the Council for a Competitive Economy, as a senior economist at the Association of American Railroads and as a senior policy analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency. He regularly takes part in U.S. television and radio programs and is the author of numerous publications. He holds a B.S. degree in Theoretical Mathematics and Political Science from Tulane University.
Member of the Atlantic Council of the United States. As a career officer in the United States Foreign Service for 35 years, Ambassador Stadtler was assigned to the United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, Ethiopia, Sweden and Benin. He served as Advisor to the US Secretary of Defense, European Advisor to the US Mission to the United Nations, Vice President of National Defense University in Washington, DC, and as an advisor to the leaders of the Baltic Republics on developing their post-Cold War policies. From 2008 – 2010, he was President and CEO of the National Defense University Foundation. A graduate of Fordham University in Classics, he pursued graduate studies at Columbia University and also studied at the Sorbonne and the University of Perugia in Italy. He is interested in political-military affairs as well as development issues such as the provision of clean water and micro-enterprise capacity building.
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.
President of the Board of Institute for Strategic Studies since 2007. Previously, she held the position of Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies (2004-2007). She also served as a columnist in “Dziennik Polski”, Krakow (1990-2003). She is the author of numerous publications concerning foreign policy and international security. She graduated from Jagiellonian University – Institute of Political Science and International Relations.
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.
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.
Ambassador and French Interministerial Delegate for the Mediterranean. He began his career at the French Embassy in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) in 1982 and was later posted to the Permanent Mission of France to the UN in New York (1984-1988). He was Diplomatic Adviser to Minister Bernard Kouchner, Minister of State attached to the Prime Minister with responsibility for humanitarian action (1988-1992). He also served as Technical Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Private Office with responsibility for Africa and the Middle East (1997-2002), Ambassador to Monaco (2002-2007), Deputy Director of the Private Office of Dr Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (2007-2008).
Chairman and CEO of OCP Group. He was an advisor in the Royal Cabinet and also served as Secretary-General of the MENA Economic Summit. In 1998, he was appointed Director-General of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency. Then, he joined the World Bank as Lead Regulatory Specialist in the Global Information and Communications Department, and headed the World Bank’s Information for Development Program. He holds a MS and a PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received an engineering diploma from the ENPC, Paris.
Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to France. Previously, she served as Government Advisor for Finance and Economy (2009-2011). She held various positions within the administration of Monaco such as Director General of the Finance and Economy Department (2005-2009), Director of the Budget and the Treasury (1999-2005). She graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), Paris.