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.Bio
Director of Public Health Department, Ministry of Public Health of Qatar. He is also, among others, Chair of the National preventive health care committee, Qatar since 2013 and Chair of the International Health Regulations Committee, Qatar since 2011. He has been a Member of the Executive Committee for GCC Countries, Saudi Arabia since 2008 and Representative, Qatar Health in the World Health Assembly, Switzerland since 2007. He has a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University and an EMBA from HEC Paris.Bio
Qatar University’s 6th President since 2015. He was previously Vice-President for Research, Qatar University (2007-2015). He also served in several roles at Qatar University including Associate Vice President for Research and Head of Civil Engineering at the College of Engineering. His research interests include construction productivity, project optimization, legal contracts and procurement. He is also a member of several professional international societies and organizations. He holds a PhD from the University of South Wales, UK, and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, USA.Bio
President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum since November 2014. He joined Qatar Petroleum (QP) in 1986 as a student, studying Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, USA. Immediately after graduation, he joined QP’s Reservoir & Field Development Department, where he progressed through various positions. He then became the Manager of Gas Development responsible for North Field management and development. From 2006 until this appointment, he was the Director of QP’s Oil & Gas Ventures Directorate. In September 2014, he was appointed as QP’s Managing Director. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University, USA.Bio
Executive Director of Reach Out To Asia (ROTA). He joined ROTA as Senior Operations Manager in 2009 and was promoted to the role of Executive Director in 2010. Since then he has been responsible for continuing the strategic course set by ROTA’s Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the organization has led a variety of initiatives in 13 countries around Asia and Qatar. He has served on the steering committees of various international and local groups in the field of development and social responsibility. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Minimum Standards Working Group. In Qatar, he represents ROTA on the Steering Board of the TAMM Volunteer Network, of which ROTA is a founding member.Bio
Director of the Diplomatic Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, since 2012. Following his doctorate degree, he became Assistant professor at Qatar University. In 2005, he moved into the public service sphere, where he headed the Department of Social Planning at the State of Qatar Planning Council. In parallel, he was Deputy Chairman of the Permanent Population Committee (2007-2011). In 2009, he was appointed as the state focal point representative for the Alliance of Civilizations. Author and co-author of several books and technical reports, he has published many articles in academic journals, and conference papers on various political, sustainable development, and management issues. He holds a Ph.D in Resources Management from the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom.Bio
Secretary General of the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, since 2014. She has been an education researcher and Director of Cultural Relations Department and Evaluation Institute. She is an active member of the Committee of Trustees of the State Appreciation and Recognition Awards, National Coordinator for Education for All 2030, member of the Executive Council of ISESCO, member of the Executive Council of the ALESCO, Chair of the Committee of Co-operation Agreement between the State of Qatar and UNESCO, Executive Chairperson of “Education Excellence Award”. She graduated from Qatar University. She also has a Master’s Degree in education from Ain Shams University. She holds a PhD from this same university.Bio
Former Ambassador of the State of Qatar to France (2013-2016). Previously, he served as Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations in New York (2011-2013). He was Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Belgium (2007-2011), Counsellor at the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Brussels (2004-2007) and he worked at the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington (2000-2004). He also worked at the Permanent Delegation of the State of Qatar in New York (1998-2000). He started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997. He graduated in international relations from the American University, Washington.Bio
Prime Minister of Qatar since 26 June 2013. After serving in different posts in the government, on 15 February 2005, he was appointed Minister of State for Interior Affairs. He was named as Prime Minister on 26 June 2013 in a cabinet reshuffle. He was also named as Minister of the Interior in the same cabinet reshuffle. He graduated from Durham Military College, United Kingdom, in 1984 and received a bachelor’s degree in police sciences in 1995.Bio
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar since 2016. Previously he held the position of Assistant Foreign Minister for International Cooperation Affairs (2014-2016). He has also served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatar Mining Company. He joined the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in 2003 as an Economic Researcher and then became Director of Economic Affairs between 2005 and 2009. In June 2010, he was appointed Secretary of the Personal Representative of H.H. the Emir for Follow-up Affairs at the Emiri Diwan. He graduated in Economics and Business Administration from Qatar University.Bio
Senior policy advisor and head of Public Policy Analysis at the Kingdom Economic and Energy Analysis Department of Saudi Aramco (SA), the Saudi national oil company. Prior to his current position, he was a senior advisor at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (MoPM), and lead negotiator on a number of issues on international energy and environmental policies at multiple UN organizations, as well as the G20. He also served as a board member at the Green Climate Fund. He graduated from the University of Hull, United Kingdom and the University of Westminster, United Kingdom.Bio
Consultant on international economic issues to the Policy Planning Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France. Formerly, he has held the position of Chief Economist / Senior advisor for international economic issues, Policy Planning Staff, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France. He also has served as Head of the International Macroeconomic Forecasts Division and Head of the Public accounts Division of the French Ministry of Economy. He has also been staff economist at the Economic department of the OECD. He is alumnus of the Ecole nationale d’administration.Bio
Chargé de mission, Royal Cabinet, Morocco. He was appointed as Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation by His Majesty King Mohammed VI in 2013. He served as Ambassador to Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Belize. In 2008, he was appointed Secretary General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, a position he held until his election as Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, in July 2011. He holds a degree in economics from the University Mohammed V, Rabat and graduated from the Institute of Management, Boston.Bio Website
Author and journalist specialising in world politics. He is a senior editor for Project Syndicate and a contributing editor for The Economist. 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.Bio Website
Head of the Ifri Sub-Saharan Africa program. He works on Mauritania and security issues in the Sahel. He teaches at the Institut d’Études Politiques of Lille. He has been a research fellow at the Institut de recherches internationales et stratégiques in Paris from 2003 to 2004. He holds a PhD in political geography from the University of Rouen.Bio Website
Director of the Center for Energy at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) and lecturer at Paris Dauphine University. She began her carreer in the energy sector in 2004 as a research fellow at the Center for Geopolitics of Energy and Raw Materials (CGEMP) at Paris Dauphine University. She served as Economist for the French energy regulator (Commission de Régulation de l’Energie) (2008-2014). She holds a PhD in Economics from Paris Dauphine University and is the author of several papers on energy.Bio Website
President of the French Energy Council and of the French committee of the World Energy Council. He is also General Delegate of the French Academy of Engineering. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of IFP Energies Nouvelles (2003-2015). Prior to that, in 1999 he was appointed Director of the International Energy Agency’s Long-Term Cooperation and Policy Analysis Directorate. From 1989 to 1994, he headed the oil and gas department of the French Industry Ministry. He worked as Executive Vice-President of the IFP in charge of research and development activities (1994-1998). He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines.Bio
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France since February 2016. He served as Prime minister from May 2012 to March 2014. He was Mayor of Nantes (in Loire-Atlantique, west of France) from 1989 to 2012 and president of the Urban Community of Nantes Métropole from 2001 to 2012. He was also a Member of Parliament. From 1997 to 2012, he was president of the Socialist, radical, citizen and left-wing currents Group at the French National Assembly. He started his career as a German professor in 1973.Bio Website
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.Bio
Serial entrepreneur, he started the adventure in France where he launched several successful startups. He then went on to manage a technology incubator from 1995 to 1998. In 1998, he founded Entopia, a company specialized in semantic analysis and raised $40 million. He headed the company from the Silicon Valley until 2006. After France and the USA, he moved to China where he developed Xanadu, a key player of online travel services, with Nicolas Berbigier. In 2010 they co-founded FAMOCO of which he is the CEO.
Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay to the State of Qatar since 2014. Prior to that, he served as a Member of the MERCOSUR Parliament (2008-2013) and was notably Vice President and then President of the Committee on the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (Eurolat). He was also a Professor of International Public Law at the American University of Asuncion, Paraguay (2006) and a Member of the House of Representatives of Paraguay (1998-2003). He obtained a lawyer degree from the American University of Asuncion, Paraguay.Bio
President, Lee&Ko Global Commerce Institute. Professor Emeritus and former Dean at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) of Seoul National University. He served as Minister for Trade of Korea (2011-2013) and Ambassador-at-Large for International Economy and Trade (2013-2014). He also served as Chairman of the Korea International Trade Commission. Prior to this, he worked as a senior research fellow of the KDI and served as the Vice President of the KIEP. He also worked on the international commerce issues as a senior economist in the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea. He graduated from Seoul National University and he obtained a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Bio Website
Chairman and founder of FDB Partners SPRL, an investment and advisory firm in TMT and publishing. In 2011, he was appointed Chairman of Idate/DigiWorld Institute (Institut de l’Audiovisuel et des télécommunications en Europe), the leading European think tank and consultancy organisation dedicated to Internet, Telecommunications and Media. He has had unique and diversified entrepreneurial and corporate experiences in the technology sector. He started his career as a researcher in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence with IBM Corporation. He served as President and CEO of Lucent EMEA and then as International CEO and corporate officer. He was also CEO of BT Global Services and a BT Group PLC board member. He sits in various boards and he is a frequent speaker in worldwide conferences on digital.Bio
Founder and CEO of The Global Compass. He is also a senior Advisor, strategic development and partnerships, of Agence Publics. Prior to this, he served as Director of Democratic Citizenship and Participation at the Council of Europe. He served at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in New York as deputy Director, Strategic Development and Partnerships (2008-2014). He also served as the Head of Development Policy Dialogue at the World Bank (1999-2008). He was the first Executive Director of the Aspen Institute France (1994-1999) and is currently a member of the executive board of the Aspen Institute in France.Bio Website
Senior Fellow for North Africa/Middle East at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) and consultant in international relations. He was formerly President of the Arab World Institute located in Paris (2002-2004). He was Ambassador of France to Canada (1998-2001) and to Jordan (1989-1993). He also served as Financial Counselor at the French Mission to the United Nations (1978-1981). He published or edited several books – La démocratie est-elle soluble dans l’Islam ? – and writes regularly in Le Monde, Politique Etrangère, Questions internationales, Ramsès. He graduated from Paris Institute of Political Studies. He also attended the École Nationale d’Administration (National School of Administration).Bio Website
Chairman and CEO, AccorHotels. He began his career in the finance sector in 1985 in the United States. In 1997, he joined Colony Capital to install and develop from Paris the European branch of the private investment firm. Within 15 years, he managed and participated in a number of investments in the hotel sector. Member of AccorHotels’ board since 2005, he was appointed as Chairman and CEO of the Group in 2013. He is also Vice-Chairman of the supervisory board of the Gustave Roussy Foundation and member of the Board of Directors of GE. He holds a master in Economics from the Sorbonne University of Paris.Bio Website
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.Bio Website
Director of the Centre for Migrations and Citizenship at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri). He was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Warwick (UK) between 2001 and 2003, and a visiting fellow at the New York University (2009), the Institute for Advanced Studies-Collegium in Lyon (2010), and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity (2015). He gained his PhD in Political Sciences in 2000 at the Institute of Political Studies in Aix-en-Provence (France) and his Habilitation (HDR) at Sciences Po Paris in 2013. He is one of the editors of the book European States and their Muslim Citizens (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and the author of La citoyenneté à la française (Editions du CNRS, 2016).Bio Website
Honorary Chairman of the French Judaism Foundation. He served as Chairman of the European Jewish Congress (ECJ) (2005-2007) and of the French Unified Jewish Social Fund (FSJU) (2006-2014). He also co-chaired the Unified Jewish Appeal of France (AUJF) (2006-2014). In January 2010, he took over from David de Rothschild as President of the French Judaism Foundation, position he held until 2014. He started his career first as an entrepreneur in household appliance and then in internet with LibertySurf (internet service provider). He is also a member of the Board of Governors at the Shimon Peres Center for Peace and of the Weisman Institute France.Bio
President, EuroInsol. He is an attorney at law, insolvency practitioner. He is managing partner within the law firm Borza & Associates, specialized in commercial legal advice, and EuroInsol, professional company specialized in judicial reorganization. He has published various articles and studies within the Romanian Criminal Law Review, The Legal Courier, ”Law” magazine, the Romanian Journal of the Legal Research Institute of The Romanian Academy, the Romanian Intellectual Property Law Review. He has a Ph. D. in Management.Bio
Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the State of Qatar since 2012. He served as Head of non-European Bilateral Economic Relations Department (2009-2012), Head of Expatriate Network Management Dept/Sectn at the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2008-2009). He has been a Career Diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia since 1991. He graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.Bio
Interior Ministry of the Kingdom of Morocco. Former Governor. 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 graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, from the School of Law in Rabat, and he holds a PhD in Political Science from the University Paris II.Bio
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.Bio Website
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 Advisor 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.Bio Website
Chairman & CEO of Burelle and Honorary Chairman of Plastic Omnium. Honorary President, MEDEF International (2005-2016). He started his career as a manufacturing engineer at L’Oréal (1966-1967). He was Department Head, General Manager, Chairman & CEO of Plastic Omnium (1967-2001). He was among others Director and President of the Compensation Committee of Essilor International (1997-2009), Director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (1999-2005) and Director of Lyon School of Management (EM Lyon) (2004-2010). He was also member of the Executive Committee of Medef (2002-2005). He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Banque Hottinguer since 2005. He graduated from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He holds a MBA from Harvard University.Bio
Professor of Economic History and Director of the Master of International Affairs at Paris-Dauphine University, Founder of the Cercle Cyclope, main european research institute on raw materials markets. He was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Office of the French Prime Minister. He published around forty books including the latest Le siècle de Jules, le XXIe siècle raconté à mon petit-fils, Bourin 2010. He is the President of the French Observatory on formation of food products’ prices and margins since 2010. He graduated from HEC, he is “agrégé” in history and holds a doctorate in humanities.Bio Website
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.Bio
First Vice-Governor at Banque du Liban, Lebanon’s central bank, since April 2009. Prior to his current mission he spent twenty years in the banking sector. He is the Alternate Governor for Lebanon at the International Monetary Fund as well at the Arab Monetary Fund’s Board of Governors and the Alternate Chairman of the Capital Markets Authority in Lebanon. He is also the Chair of the Advisory Council for the Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ). He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, United States and participated in several executive education programs at Harvard University, MIT and at The London School of Economics LSE.Bio Website
Former Prime Ministerial Advisor of Thailand, Senior Fellow Harvard University and Chairman, Nation-Building Institute. President of the Institute of Future Studies for Development and an Honorary Consul General in Thailand. He is also a Fellow at the University of Oxford. He was a Member of Parliament. He is also an Executive Chairman Adviser to CP ALL Public Company Limited in Thailand and a Director of ASTI Holdings. He graduated from Monash University, Australia, Harvard University, Cambridge University, UK and Oxford University, UK. He also holds a PhD in Economics.Bio Website
Emeritus University Professor and Emeritus Research Director, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris. He is Professor at Hassan II University of Casablanca. He has been Co-Editor « Sociologies » at Presses Universitaires de France since 2006. He served as Director of the Groupe d’Étude des Méthodes de l’Analyse Sociologique, Research Unit, National Centre for Scientific Research and University of Paris Sorbonne (1998-2010), Full Professor of methodology and epistemology of social sciences at the University of Lausanne (1988-1994) and Reader at the Institut d’études Politiques, Paris (1976-1982). He graduated from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the University of Paris V.Bio
Ambassador of France to the State of Qatar since 2014. Previously, he served as French Ambassador for Syria at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after the closure of the French Embassy in Damascus. He was Ambassador to Syria (2009-2012). He was also Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spokesperson and Director of Communication and Information at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2008-2009), Special Advisor for crises and conflicts to the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (2007) and Director of International Missions at Médecins du Monde (2006). He was a Senior lecturer at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP), the French National School of Public Administration (ENA) and the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is a Medical Doctor from Paris V University and a graduate of Paris Institute of Political Studies.Bio Website
Chairman of SK Group. He oversees and unites the 82 companies – primarily focused on the energy, chemical, telecommunications, semiconductor and trading/services industries – that comprise SK Group. He has been Chairman & CEO of SK Holdings since 2016, Chairman of SK Hynix since 2012 and Chairman of SK Innovation since 2011. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Chairman & CEO of SK Energy. He was among others a Member of Brookings International Advisory Council (ICA) (2010), Director of the Board, United Nations Global Compact (2008), Vice Chairman, Federation of Korean Industries (2005). He graduated from Korea University. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago.Bio
Vice Chairman & CEO, SK Innovation since 2016. He has held various positions within the SK Group, among others, President & CEO, SK Innovation, President & CEO, SK Energy, President, Strategy Committee of SK SUPEX Council, President, Corporate Ethics Committee of SK SUPEX Council, President & CEO, SK C&C, President & Managing Director of IT Service Business, SK C&C, Executive Vice President & Head of Corporate Planning & Management, SK C&C, Head of SK Research Institute, SK Holdings. He graduated from Pusan National University and Georgia State University.Bio
Honorary Chairman of Lafarge, who has merged with Holcim to form LafargeHolcim. He is a Director of LafargeHolcim, and was a director of several international companies, among which Unilever, Allianz, DuPont and Total. From 1966 to 1975, he worked with the French government in various positions. He joined Lafarge in 1975. He was appointed Chairman and CEO of Lafarge in 1989. He was Chairman of Lafarge from 2003 to 2007. In parallel he was Chairman of Institut de l’Entreprise, of AFEP (Association of the large French companies) and of the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development). Member of the Institut de France and Past Chairman of the Académie des sciences morales et politiques. He graduated from the Ecole polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines in Paris. He also holds a French law degree and a PhD in Management from the University of Texas.Bio
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.Bio Website
International Markets Manager for Delivery Hero, the largest food delivery network in the world. Previously, he worked in Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank, London. Prior to this, he was an entrepreneur in both the for-profit and non-for-profit sectors. He is the founder of Europe’s largest student-led policy institute: the ‘King’s Think Tank’ and an online marketing startup. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from King’s College London.
Polish politician, Vice-President of the European Parliament responsible for Eastern Policy and the Eastern Partnership. He served as Minister of European Affairs, Minister without Portfolio and Deputy Minister of Culture and Arts. He has been a member of the European Parliament since 2004. He is Vice-President of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, as well as interparliamentary forum with national parliaments of Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. He is also Coordinator in Committee on Budget Control (CONT), member of the Foreign Affairs (AFET) committee in the EP and the Delegation EU – Ukraine. He graduated from the University of Wroclaw.Bio
Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Center in Rabat, Morocco and a non-resident scholar at Bruegel. He is Principal of Economic Policy International, LLC, providing consulting services to the World Bank and to other international organizations as well as corporations. He teaches courses on globalization and on international trade policy at the OCP Policy School and at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He was previously Director of the International Economics Program at Carnegie and, at the World Bank, Director of the International Trade, Economic Policy, and Development Prospects Departments. He was also President of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Group Vice President of Data Resources, Inc., and a consultant with McKinsey and Co.Bio
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).Bio Website
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.Bio Website
Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey (2014-2016). Previously, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs (2009-2014). Following the November 2002 elections he was appointed as Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister and Ambassador-at-Large and continued to serve until 2009. Between 1995 and 2002, he taught and also had administrative duties at different universities in Istanbul. He published several books and articles on foreign policy. He graduated from Bosphorus University. He holds a PhD from the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Bosporus University.Bio
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.Bio
Executive Director (Research and Policy) of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation since 2010. She previously served as Inspecteur général des finances at the French Ministry of Economy and Finances, as Advisor in charge of Africa to several French Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Development, and as advisor at the Finances and Budget Commission of the French Senate. She graduated from the Institut d’études politiques of Paris and holds a degree (DEA) in applied economics.Bio Website
Partner, Desfilis. He is the Senior Partner of the firm that he joined in 1986 and became its managing partner in 1990. He can handle complex operations involving finance and taxation. He has a strong expertise in governance issues as well as business succession. He holds a Master’s Degree in Corporate Law (Institut du Droit des Affaires, University of Paris II – Assas) and a Master’s Degree from the Institut d’Economie Appliquée in Paris.Bio
Honorary lecturer at the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and expert-consultant to international organisations. Through her research, relationships in the field and various positions held in the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), she has become a specialist in democratisation, crisis and conflict resolution, transition and peace-building processes, especially in Africa. In the OIF, her positions have included chief of staff, delegate for peace, democracy and human rights and special advisor for political and diplomatic affairs to the Secretary-General from 1988 to 2010. She holds a Ph.D. in political science and is a member of the Académie des Sciences d’Outre Mer, a member of Ifri’s Strategic Advisory Board and an Officer of the Legion of Honour.Bio
Chairman of the Board for the Autoroutes et Tunnel du Mont Blanc and of Société Française du Tunnel Routier du Fréjus, Vice President of the French Public Investment Bank (BPI), President of ETI FINANCE. Former CEO of OSEO (the French Agency for Innovation and SMEs financing). Former Engineer at the Directorate of Navigation of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region, Managing Director of the Caisse de Dépôts (French public financial institution) for the Normandie Region and later on for the Bourgogne region, Chairman of the Board for the Caisses d’Epargne (French savings banks) in the Midi-Pyrenees and for the Crédit Foncier de France (National mortgage bank of France). He holds a degree from the Ecole Polytechnique and from the ENPC (corps des Ponts).Bio Website
CEO and co-founder of OpenClassrooms, the leading e-learning platform in Europe with more than 2 million members and 40 partners. Launched in 2013, OpenClassrooms makes education accessible to all. The platform revolutionizes learning with a unique approach based on skills and mentoring. The vocational training and certifications, which are 100% online, promote employability for digital and tech jobs and help people to quickly integrate into the workforce and add value. In 2016, he was selected as “Forbes 30 under 30 Europe”. He graduated from the INSA Lyon.Bio
Head of division at the French Nuclear Safety Authority, she is in charge of the regulation of nuclear safety and radiation protection in South-Western France. She previously worked for Veolia Australia as a business developer (2015) and for EDF as a nuclear maintenance supervisor (2014). She is a graduate of Ecole normale supérieure and Paris Institute of Political Studies, and an engineer of the French Corps des Mines.
Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and Managing Director of OCP Policy Center. He also serves as advisor to the CEO and Chairman of OCP Group. From 2005 to 2012, he served as Director of Economics and International Relations at Bank Al-Maghrib, the Central Bank of Morocco. Before joining Bank Al-Maghrib, he worked for eight years at the World Bank, both in its Middle Eastern and North Africa, and Africa regions as an economist. He is a board member of the OCP Foundation, a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of IFRI and a member of the COP22 Scientific Committee. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Bordeaux.Bio
Professor of International Relations at Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tangier’s Law Faculty and Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Center. He is also professor at Royal College of Advanced Military Studies (Kenitra) and professor invited at Cergy-Pontoise University (Paris), Cadix University (Spain) and at La Sagesse University (Beirut, Lebanon). He is the author of numerous books and articles dealing with international relations and geopolitics: the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Arab world. Also, he is co-director of the Moroccan-Spanish review Peace and International Security and in charge of the Observatory of Mediterranean Studies (Abdelmalek Essaadi University).
Chief Palestinian Negotiator and Head of the Negotiations Affairs Department since 2003. He is also Head of the Palestinian Side of the Steering and Monitoring Committee since 1996. He is an elected member to the Palestinian Legislative Council since 1996. He was Minister of Local Government, Palestinian National Authority (1994-2003), Head of the Palestinian Election Commission (1993-1996), Vice-Chairman of the Palestinian Negotiating Delegation (1991-1993) and Professor of Political Science at Al-Najah University/Nablus (1979-1991). He graduated from the University of San Francisco. He holds a PhD from Bradford University, United Kingdom.Bio
Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, Europe, for The New York Times. 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 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.Bio Website
Founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of War on the Rocks, a digital outlet on strategy, defense, and foreign affairs. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, the CTC Sentinel of West Point. He deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan (2010-2011) as a civilian social scientist on a U.S. Army Human Terrain Team. He worked as assistant director at the Center for the National Interest, as a research fellow at the Center for National Policy, and for the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence in London. He has lectured, among others at the U.S. Army War College, American University, John Hopkins University. He received his MA from the King’s College London War Studies Department.Bio Website
Chair of applied Geopolitics at College of World Studies (FMSH) since 2013. He is among others Senior Advisor to the Compagnie Jacques Coeur (since 2013). He was French Ambassador to Latvia (2002-2006), after having served as an Advisor to the French Foreign Minister (1997-2002), Special Envoy to the Balkans and the Caucasus (1999). He also served as Director of the policy planning staff of the French Foreign Ministry (1999-2002). From 2010 to 2013, he was Director of Studies and Research, Institute of Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN).Website
Technical Director for Energy and Environment at Qatar National Research Fund, a member of Qatar Foundation. He is member of the strategic committee of QF R&D. Before joining Qatar Foundation in 2014, he was Deputy Director General at the French National Research Agency (ANR) in charge of scientific affairs. In 2005, he joined ANR at its inception, first as Head of the Department on Sustainable Energies and Environment up to 2010. He is a member of the strategic water and energy R&D committee of Qatar chaired by the minister of industry and energy. He holds a PhD from University of Strasbourg (France).Bio
Chairman of the Institute of International Relations, Sophia University, Japan. He is also President of the America-Japan Society Inc. He served as Ambassador of Japan to the United States (2008-2012), Ambassador of Japan to the UN and WTO in Geneva (2005-2008). He also held the position of Deputy Foreign Minister (2002-2005) and Director General for North American Affairs (1999-2002). He entered the Foreign Ministry in 1969. He served in Jakarta, Paris, London, and Washington DC. He Studied at Keio University, Brown University and Stanford Graduate School.Bio
President of the Institute for Pan-African Strategies, Peace-Security-Governance (IPS) since 2012. He is also President of the Citizens Panafrican Mouvement (Luy Jot Jotna), former OIC Special Envoy to Central African Republic (2014-2017), OIC Secretary General former Special Representative for Africa (2016-2017). He was Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Senegal (2000-2009). He is also Chairman and CEO of SARATA HOLDING LLC, a consulting and advising Firm for “Business and Development Partnerships with Africa” since 2009. On October 17, 2002, he signed a Cease fire Accord with the leaders of the rebellion in Côte d’Ivoire. In March 2008, he led and successfully concluded on behalf of the Heads of State the Peace Agreement which ended the military conflict between Chad and Sudan. From 2003 to 2009, he led several mediation missions particularly in Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, and between the US and Libya. He holds a DEA from Paris Sorbonne V and a PhD in communication & International Development from The Ohio State University.
Chairman of Organización Cultiba, Grupo Azucarero Mèxico (Sugar Mills) and of GEPP. He is also a board member of Caterpillar Inc., Santander Mexico and a member of the International Advisory Council of Bombardier and Rabobank. He has served as CEO of COECE, Mexico`s Trade Coalition for NAFTA and Free Trade agreements since 1992. He was also President of Industrial Minera Mexico (Mexico’s largest mining company). He graduated from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City.Bio
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).Bio Website
Former Grand Chancellor of the Legion of Honor and Chancellor of the National Order of Merit. He was admitted to the second section of warrant officiers (officiers généraux) on February 28, 2010. He became personal chief of staff of the President of the Republic in 2002. He was promoted to Army General on October 3, 2003, and then appointed Chief of the Defense Staff of the French Army on October 4, 2006. Promoted to Brigadier General in 1997, he was appointed Assistant General to the 11th Airborne Division and joined the SFOR (Stabilization Force) as Head of the “Plans and Policy” Office in the former Yugoslavia. He was admitted to the Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr in September 1967. He then chose to serve in the infantry and joined the Ecole d’application de l’infanterie (Infantry School) in Montpellier.Bio
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).Website
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.Bio Website
Director of Ifri. Former Vice President for Strategic Development at Ifri (2010-2015). He was its Russia/Nis centre director (2004-2013), and the co-director of the Russie.Nei.Visions electronic collection. He researches on security, digital, and energy issues. He was a Lavoisier Fellow at MGIMO (Moscow State Institute for International Relations), Associate Fellow at the European Institute for Security Studies, and Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College. Gomart is PhD in History (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) and EMBA (HEC). His latest publications: “The Return of Geopolitical Risk – Russia, China and the United States”, Etudes de l’Ifri, Apr. 2016, and “Les ressorts de l’intervention russe en Syrie”, Revue des Deux Mondes (Sept. 2016).Bio Website
China Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue since 2014. After graduation, he worked in the Department of West Asian and North African Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, at the Embassy of China to the Arab Republic of Egypt, at the Foreign Affairs Office of the State Council of China and at the Permanent Mission of China to the UN. He served as Head of the Chinese Office to the Palestinian National Authority (at the Rank of Ambassador), Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Ambassador to the Republic Turkey. He graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University.Bio
CEO & Co-founder at Dataveyes. Ever since the completion of her studies, she has been nurturing a passion for how information can be expressed, shared and understood. In 2010, sensing that the rich data era will transform the way we work, learn and communicate, she co-founded Dataveyes, a studio specialized in Human-Data interactions. Within Dataveyes, she translates data into interactive experiences, in order to reveal new insightful stories, accompany new uses and understand our environment shaped by data and algorithms.
Managing Director, Banque Bordier & Cie, Geneva. Former Managing Partner, EFG Bank, Geneva. Area of expertise: private asset management. Member of the Board and Treasurer of the WPC Foundation. He previously worked as a money market dealer at the Al Saudi bank in Paris, then as treasurer for Europe at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi in Paris. He received a degree in economics from the University of Neuchâtel and an advanced management degree from the École des Cadres de Lausanne.
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).Bio Website
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.Bio Website
Managing Director, Middle East Region, Electricité de France (EdF)since 2014, based in Abu Dhabi. She is an advisor to the French Foreign Trade since 2011. In 2012, she became Managing Director for MENA and Turkey for Alstom Transport. She was Country President for Near East at Alstom in Amman (Jordan) (2009-2012). In 2008, she was Project Manager at Bouygues Travaux Publics (Construction). In 2005, she settled in Jakarta (Indonesia) and held the position of Deputy Sales Director for Areva Transmission & Distribution until 2007. She graduated from the French school SUPELEC.Bio
Ambassador from Palestine to London. He served the Palestinian people with distinction for twenty five years and has been a superb representative at the Ministry of Higher Education, at the Association of Arab Universities, and among other international academic organizations. Among his academic awards and honors, Professor Hassassian was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Docteur Honoris Causa) by the University of Reims, France, and nominated by the Center of International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland, for the Gleitzman Middle East Award. In 2015 he received the Grassroot Diplomat Award. He earned a BA in Political Science from the American University of Beirut, an MA in International Relations from Toledo University, Ohio, U.S.A. and a PhD in Comparative Politics from University of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.Bio Website
Director of publications at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) and editor-in-chief of Politique étrangère. He holds a PhD in political science from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and teaches a course on terrorism at Sciences Po. He published several books including Intifada française? (Ellipses, 2012) and War 2.0: Irregular Warfare in the Information Age (Praeger, 2009 with Thomas Rid; translated in Chinese in 2011). His articles appeared in major journals (Policy Review, Internationale Politik, Commentaire, Etudes, etc.).
Chief coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee, Syria. He was Prime Minister of Syria. He held various posts within the Syrian State, such as member of the national command and the Central Committee of BAATH party. He created the Free National Movement for employees in the institutions of the Syrian State in December 2012 and he stayed its President until March 2015. He is a member of the national coalition for revolutionary forces and the Syrian opposition. He holds a PhD in agricultural engineering.Bio
Contributing Editor to The Washington Post since January 2010, after serving two decades as Associate Editor and Chief Foreign Correspondent. He has served in a variety of reporting, editing, and opinion-forming roles since joining the newspaper in 1966. He was awarded two Pulitzer prizes and other journalism honors. He began his journalism career as a reporter with the Rock Hill Evening Herald in 1960 while still in college. He is the author of a book, South Africa: Civilizations in Conflict, published (1972). He graduated with an A.B. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina and he has done graduate work at the University of Aix-en-Provence and Columbia University.Bio Website
Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University. He has served as assistant professor at Hokkaido University, Keiai University, and Keio University. He was also a visiting researcher at Princeton University, and visiting professor at Sciences Po, Paris (2009-2010). He is a member of Prime Minister Abe’s Advisory Panels on Restructuring the Legal Basis for National Security and on National Security and Defense Capabilities. He is the author of “Japan’s National Identity in Postwar Diplomacy: The Three Basic Principles,” in Gilbert Rozman, ed., East Asian National Identities: Common Roots and Chinese Exceptionalism (Stanford University Press, 2012). He graduated from Rikkyo University, the University of Birmingham and Keio University.Bio
President of Airbus Africa & Middle East. He has been elected President of the CCEF in the UAE (official French Trade advisors) for the last three years. In 2011 he was appointed General Delegate of the Group Airbus for the UAE. In 2005 he joined EADS (European Aeronautics Defence and Space Company) in Sao Paulo as VP Latin America for all the defence activity of the group. He also served as Vice President Sales and Marketing of Thales in Saudi Arabia. His career began in Madrid in 1988 within Alcatel. He graduated from the Paris Ecole Superieure des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées.Bio
Senior Advisor to Bae, Kim & Lee LLC and advisor to the AMRO (Asian Macroeconomic Research Office). He is also Board member of Samsung Life Insurance and GS Shareholding Company. He served as Ambassador of Korea to the OECD. He also held the position of Vice Minister for the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Secretary to the President for National Agenda, Senior Economist for the IMF. He holds a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated from the Department of Business Administration, Seoul National University.Bio
Vice Chairman at the Institute for International Economic Studies, which is the research institute established by Toyota Motor Corporation. After joining the Japanese Ministry of Finance in 1973, he engaged mainly in the international issues. Afterwards, he joined The Bank of Japan as Executive Director. He studied Mathematics at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Business Administration at Saarland University in Germany.Bio
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.Bio Website
Former Minister Delegate for the Business Environment, Romania. Currently, he is Chairman of the Board of Cluj Innovation City Foundation. Until 2010, he was Chairman of the Board of EFG Securities Romania, Chairman of the Board of EFG Finance Romania and Senior Executive Director of Bancpost S.A. Before joining Bancpost, he was Deputy-Treasurer and Head of Trading with Citigroup Romania. He was also Chairman of the Board of CFR Infrastructura (Romanian Railways), Chairman of the Board of Transgaz (Romanian National Gas Grid Company), member of the Board of Transelectrica (Romanian National Electricity Company). He graduated from Chicago Booth School of Business, Harvard Business School and from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.Bio
Member of the Directorate of the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe. Former Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Representative to the United Nations and to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), President of the Security Council, and Vice President of the Steering Committee of the International Energy Agency. He studied law, political science and modern languages at the University of Vienna and at The Hague Academy of International Law.Bio Website
Senior Fellow at OCP Policy Center and associate professor in finance at the University of Bordeaux (France). He is also an affiliate professor at Toulouse Business School. His most recent research examines the link between the volatility of the futures market, exchange rate uncertainty and the export of cereals. He is also the head of a master program focused on banking, finance and international trading both at the University of Bordeaux and at Vietnam National University (Hanoi, Vietnam). He has authored several books in the field of finance, including a work studying financial derivatives. He graduated from Middlesex University. He holds a PhD from the University of Bordeaux.Bio
President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD). Previously, he was President of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly (2012-2013). He served as Serbia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2012). Prior to becoming Foreign Minister, he served among others as an advisor to the President of Serbia. He also worked in London for Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. In 2013, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and in 2014 was appointed to the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He graduated from Cambridge University and from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.Website
Professor and Dean of the School of International Studies of Peking University. He is a member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a member of the Standing Committee of the Central Committee of the China Democratic League. He has taught in University of Vermont, Cornell University, University of California at San Diego, University of Sydney in Australia as well as Peking University. He was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and a visiting professor at the University of Vienna. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.Bio
Chair of the McCall MacBain Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland. Former founding Partner, Heenan Blaikie. Former Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. In 1978, he was elected Member of Parliament for Westmount. As a member of the Trudeau government, 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 sits on the Board of the Montreal Economic Institute. He graduated in Law from McGill University, Montreal.Bio
President of the Overseas Koreans Foundation. Previously he was Senior Secretary for Foreign Affairs and National Security to the President, Korea. Before that, he served as Vice President and Secretary-General of the Global Compact Korea Network and also taught at the Graduate School of International Studies of the Seoul National University as visitng professor. He retired from diplomatic service at the end of 2006 after a long career that culminated in his ambassadorship to France and to UNESCO. He also served as Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, to Morocco and Mauritania. He was Director-General of Economic Affairs at the Korean Foreign Ministry. He studied at Seoul National University and the Graduate School of Public Administration in France, and also received a master’s degree in international politics from the Free Brussels University in Belgium.Bio
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.Bio
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.Bio Website
Austrian Ambassador to the State of Qatar since 2016. He joined the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1986. He served as Head of Directorate of COREPER I Affairs regarding EU Single Market including Digital Single Market and Defence Single Market, Open Technology and Innovation, EU Security Research (2012-2016). He was also a national detached expert at the European Commission from 2003 to 2007. He held posts in Kinshasa, Geneva and Tel Aviv among others. He has been a senior lecturer at Danube University, Krems, and Sigmund Freud University, Vienna. He graduated from the University of Vienna and from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.Bio
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.Bio
Former member of the UK Diplomatic Service (1966-2002), serving abroad, in Moscow, Islamabad, Washington and Brussels, and in London, in the Foreign Office and Treasury, where he was Private Secretary to two Chancellors of the Exchequer. From 2004, he has been an independent member of the House of Lords, where he currently serves on its Economic Select Committee. He was Deputy Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell (2005-2012), Chairman of Imperial College London (2005-2011), and a Director of Rio Tinto (2002-2015). He also served as Secretary-General of the EU Convention (2002-2003). He was UK Permanent Representative to the European Union (1990-1995), British Ambassador to the United States (1995-1997) and Foreign Office Permanent Under-Secretary (1997-2002).Bio
Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) and the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) in the UN Secretariat. Previously he served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of DPA’s Middle East and West Asia Division (MEWAD) and, before that, of the Asia and the Pacific Division (APD). He also served as Head of DPA’s Iraq Team and Chairman of the UN Iraq Operations Group (IOG). Before joining the UN Secretariat in 1992, he served as Chef de Cabinet to the President of the UN General Assembly. He is a graduate of London University and holds a Doctorate in International Law from the Fletcher School of Diplomacy/Harvard Law School.Bio
General Manager, Editor in Chief of Al Arab News Channel. He began his career as a correspondent for the Saudi Gazette daily. From 1991 to 1999, he was a foreign correspondent to cover events in countries such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Kuwait, Sudan and the Middle East. He was Deputy Editor in Chief of Arab News. In 2003, he became Editor in Chief of Al-Watan daily and then was appointed as media advisor to Prince Turki Al Faisal, the Saudi Ambassador in London and later Washington. In 2007, he returned to Al-Watan as its Editor in Chief. He graduated from the Indian State University.Bio
OECD Deputy Secretary-General since August 2014. She is responsible for the strategic oversight of the OECD’s work on Efficient and Effective Governance; Territorial Development; Trade and Agriculture, as well as Statistics. She is also responsible for advancing the Better Life Initiative; as well as Entrepreneurship, SMEs’, Local development and Tourism. She was Finland’s Prime Minister (2010-2011). She had previously been Minister of Public Administration and Local Government, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, and Minister for European Affairs. She graduated from the University of Helsinki.Bio
Director of the Gulf Research Center Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, he served as Director of International Studies at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai, UAE. Prior to joining the GRC, he worked as Head of the Strategic Studies Section at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Abu Dhabi. His work at the Gulf Research Center combines the various international and foreign relations issues of the GCC states with a particular interest in GCC-EU Relations. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany and also studied at the American University in Washington, D.C. and the University of South Carolina.Bio
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).Bio Website
Chief Editor of Africaindia.org and Indian Journal of African Studies, University of Deli and Africa Quarterly, ICCR Journal. Head of the Department of African Studies, University of Delhi (2016-2020). He is a member of the Africa Committee of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and an executive member of Indo-Africa Chamber of Commerce in India (IACCI). About 140 articles have been published in different books, journals and newspapers. He has actively contributed his opinions on India and Africa in the different international media channels such as BBC, Aljazeera (English), ABC (USA), Yomiuri Shinbun (Japan) and All India Radio. He holds a PhD from the University of Delhi.Website
Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India. He was a Parliamentarian for the State of Punjab for 14 years and served in the Union Government as Minister of State in the Departments of Industrial Policy & Planning, Parliamentary Affairs, Planning, Science, Technology and Earth Sciences (2006-2012). He later served as the Cabinet Minister for Law & Justice in the UPA II (2013). He represented India at the United Nations several times. He graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.Bio
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.Bio
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).Bio Website
Former Minister of Labor and Social protection and Minister of Youths and Sports, Algeria. He also served as Prefect, Ambassador of Algeria in Romania, 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”. 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 he graduated from the University of Law and Economic Sciences.Bio
President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, since 2013. He is also Chair of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). He is a qualified engineer and scientist who has devoted his entire career to the European space programme, holding positions within the French national scientific research agency CNRS, several French ministries, at Novespace and a first stint with CNES before joining Starsem and Arianespace for 12 years, where he was Chairman & CEO. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He has received several awards from France, the Russian Federation and the Government of Japan.Bio
G20 Sherpa and Ambassador for International Economic Affairs, Republic of Korea. Former Ambassador to France. He also served as Ambassador to the Philippines. Previously, he was Deputy Minister for Trade and Chief Negotiator for the Korea-EU FTA (2008-2010). He held the position of Director-General and Deputy Chief negotiator for the KOREA-US FTA, (2006-2008). He joined the Foreign Service in 1980. He was also Minister-Counsellor, Korean Permanent Delegation to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Paris (2004-2005). He graduated from Seoul National University and received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.
Member of the board of Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri), affiliate emeritus professor in Finance at Paris-Dauphine University, non-executive Chairman of Les Echos, vice-chairman of the supervisory board of Rothschild et Cie, chairman of Fondation du Risque and Institut Louis Bachelier. He held various positions in the Schlumberger Group and he was CEO of Banque Paribas until the merger creating BNPParibas. He started as a research physicist at the French atomic energy commission (CEA). He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.Bio Website
CEO, He-Sai Photonics Technologies. Formerly Principal Engineer at Western Digital. Before joining Western Digital, he has worked in several Fortune 500 companies including Lam Research and Parker Hannifin. At Tsinghua University, he cohosted “Silk Roads”, an exchange program between students from top universities in China and France. He graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He holds a Ph.D in Robotics and Pattern Recognition from the University of Illinois.Bio
Founder of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited (SLAL), a consultancy in ethics matters internationally. Founder of the Ethics Incubator. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Court of Governors of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center of Philanthropy and Civil Society. She was Chair of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières US Advisory Board. She is Vice Chair of the American Hospital of Paris Board of Governors and member of the Global Supervisory Board of Care International. 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.Bio Website
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.Bio
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Senegal. President of the Emergence Institute, specializing in economic and statistical studies and strategic planning. He is currently Special Adviser and Chief Economist of the Prime Minister and Coordinator of the Economic and Social Analysis Unit. Previously, he was deputy director in the Cabinet of Macky Sall, president of Senegal. He also served as an economic advisor to several Prime Ministers. He is an expert for the UN, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the African Union. He has served as associate lecturer at the National School of Administration of Senegal and the University Gaston Berger of St. Louis.Bio
Former Ambassador of Morocco to the United Nations and Professor at Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane. Previously, he was Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva (2006-2008). He served as Director-General of Multilateral relations and Global Cooperation (2003-2006). He had earlier served as Deputy Permanent Representative at his country’s Mission in New York (2001-2003). He was also Morocco’s Coordinator with the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), in Laayoune (1999-2001). He was Ambassador to Hungary, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (1995-1999). He was also a member of the Cabinet, then person in charge of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (1991-1995).Bio
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.Bio Website
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.Bio
Egyptian Senator and former member of Parliament. She is also Distinguished Lecturer, Political Science Department, American University in Cairo. She has been a member of the National Council for Human Rights since 2012 and Advisor to the Minister of Labour and Immigration responsible for Egyptian abroad since 2011. She was a member of the World Bank’s Council of Advisors for Middle East & North Africa Region (MENA). She was advisor to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forced (SCAF) in 2012 and served on the Committee for Policy Development (UN, 2001-2004). She 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.Bio
Social entrepreneur working in the fields of International Relations & Development. He is currently working on the post-production of a series of films that aim to explore various global issues concerning politics and economics. Furthermore, he is writing a book for the same purpose. He has worked in the private sector in fields of Information & Communication Technology, Finance, and Outsourcing, with the firms Fidelity Investments, Futures First, and Convergys. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; a master in Creación Literaria from Universitat Pompeu Fabra; a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from R.V. College of Engineering.Bio
Visiting professor at the Graduate School of Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (NUCB) on energy-climate nexus. He also serves as auditor of SOC Corporation in Tokyo, chairman of FairCourt Capital in London and strategic committee member of Elion House in Singapore. He has had an extensive career in energy business and policy making as JAPEX advisor, JNOC vice president and director of the International Energy Agency. He has a strong interest in new dimension of energy and environmental policies and measures. He belongs to the Expert Network of the World Economic Forum.Bio
Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi, and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington. He served as national security advisor to the Prime Minister of India (2010-2014), and previously as Foreign Secretary of India (2006-2009). He served as Ambassador or High Commissioner of India to Israel (1995-1997), Sri Lanka (1997-2000), China (2000-2003), and Pakistan (2003-2006). He studied at the Scindia School, Gwalior and at St. Stephens College, Delhi University, where he studied ancient Indian history and Chinese.Bio
Thierry de Montbrial is Executive Chairman of the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri), which he founded in 1979. He is Professor Emeritus at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. In 2008, he launched the World Policy Conference. He has been a member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques of the Institut de France since 1992, and is a member of a number of foreign Academies including the Russian Academy of Sciences.
He serves on the board or advisory board of a number of international companies and institutions.
Thierry de Montbrial chaired the Department of Economics at the Ecole Polytechnique from 1974 to 1992. He was the first Chairman of the Foundation for Strategic Research (1993-2001). Entrusted with the creation of the Policy Planning Staff (Centre d’Analyse et de 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.Bio Website
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain (2004-2010). He served as Director of the Institute of Cooperation with the Arab World (1991-1993 and was appointed General Director of Foreign Policy for Africa and the Middle East (1993-1996). He also held the position of Spain’s Ambassador in Israel (1996). He was EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process (1996-2003). Actually he promotes the signature of the International Treaty for a Global Dry Land Alliance in Qatar, he is Honorary Chairman of the CIRSD Board of Advisers (Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development), Senior Advisor of Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and president of the SDSN Spanish Network, REDS.Bio Website
Director and founder of Mourre and Co specializing in oil, gas and commodities since February 2016. He is senior advisor and managing director at Natixis (commodities departments), he is also advisor of a portfolio of companies in the commodities sector. He was previously Managing Director, Vice Chairman of the Commodities Division for Morgan Stanley with a focus on Emerging Markets specifically the Middle East and Africa. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1986. Previously, he worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Cultural Attaché in Hong Kong, then he joined Elf Aquitaine (today Total) in the International trading oil division. He holds a Master of Sciences in business administration from Sup. de co. Marseille, a D.E.A in Business Administration from ESSEC/ IAE Aix en Provence and a D.E.S.S in international trade and transportation from Aix Marseille University.
Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He also directs the Fundación Rafael del Pino’s Program on Global Leadership, which aims to foster Spanish talent in the field of international affairs. He is a co-Founder and former President of The Altius Society. He was a Research Fellow at Science Po’s Centre d’Études de Relations Internationales (CERI) (2012-2014). He graduated from the Complutense University in Madrid, the IEB and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is on the final stages of a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations at the University of Oxford.Bio
Executive Director of StarFinder Investment Fund, Board Member of the Institute of Economic Development Europe-Latin America (IDE EAL), owner/director of Nairne Ltd, a UK-based strategic economic development consultancy, and previously Director of Global Advisory Services at Geopolitical Intelligence Services AG, Liechtenstein. She has worked on United Nations assignments, co-ordinated cross border co-operation projects and supported businesses’ global expansion. She had a key role in reactivating Visegrad Group cooperation. She is a University of Warsaw International Relations graduate and she holds an Executive MBA from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Warsaw School of Economics and the China University of Mining and Technology.Bio
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.Bio
Head of the Ifri program on North America. She edits its online research papers, such as the U.S.-focused Potomac Papers. She writes on northern American and transatlantic issues in the annual Ifri report Ramses. She also teaches a class on Civil Society in the United States at Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and is a columnnist for the weekly paper Réforme. Prior to joining Ifri, she was a research fellow at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), then a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC (2001-2003). She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Université Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.Bio
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation, an organisation established as a referral point for the consolidation and dissemination of information and material pertaining to moderation and the fight against extremism. Concurrently, he is also Chairman of the Nassar Foundation and he was recently appointed as a panel member of the Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). He was a Member of the Malaysian Parliament (1999-2004 and 2008-2013). He graduated from the University of Jordan and the International Islamic University of Malaysia. He holds a PhD from the University Utara Malaysia.Bio
President, ECE Capital. 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.Bio Website
Group Executive Board member, Capgemini. He began his career in venture capital. In 1986, he was appointed General Manager of the first Swiss private-public partnership company for technology transfer. He worked as an independent turnaround manager for several European technology corporations (1994-1997). He joined in 1997 the Corporate Recovery practice of Ernst & Young Consulting Switzerland. In 2001, he became Vice President for Global Business Development of the newly formed Telecoms Medias Network (TMN) Global Business Unit of Capgemini Ernst & Young. In 2004 he was appointed Group Sales Director and in 2006 joined Capgemini’s Executive Committee. He was in charge of the Global Infrastructure Services strategic business unit (2011-2015). Since 2016, he is leading the newly created Competitiveness central department. He also oversees Capgemini’s India operations. He graduated from the University of Lausanne.
Chairman, Chamber of Commerce and Industry France India, since 2009. He founded the India Trade Centre in 2007. He worked in the high-tech and internet industry, holding managing positions for technology leaders such as Netapp and Enition. He started in the luxury goods industry, heading several demanding positions, from Marketing to Business development, within famous brands (Dior, Celine, Lagerfeld, etc.) which he helped develop on the American continent. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Sorbonne University and a Master’s Degree in Science and Techniques from Dauphine University, Paris.Bio Website
Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center, Former Minister of Economy and Finance, Morocco. He was appointed Minister of Economy in 1998 and Minister of Finance in 2002. He is professor at Mohammed V University and chairs the Association of Moroccan Economists and Union of Arab Economists. After over 20 years as member of the Municipal Council, he was Mayor of Rabat from 2009 to 2015. He has authored many books and papers on economic theory, financial economics, international and economic relations, and the Euro-Mediterranean space. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris.
Vice President for studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International (2006-2008) and was an unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan (2002-2006). He was on the National Security Council staffs of Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush between 1986 and 1993 as director of Asian Affairs and then as senior director and special assistant to the president. He held positions in the policy planning staff at the State Department, as a senior analyst for the CIA, and at U.S. embassies in Singapore and Beijing. He graduated from Brown University. He holds a PhD in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University.Bio Website
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.Bio Website
Vice president Strategy & Climate, Total, since 2016. Previously, he served as the senior vice president Mergers & Acquisitions for Total S.A. since early 2015. From 2010 to 2014 he was senior vice president Americas for the Exploration and Production division of Total. Prior to that, he also served as senior vice president Middle East for the same division (2007-2010). He was also managing director of the Total’s E&P subsidiary in Argentina, Total Austral (2005-2007). He was head of the Investor Relations department of Total S.A., and in various other positions in the Total group, which he joined in 1985. He holds a masters degree in business administration from New York University and a master’s degree in finance from the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris, France.Bio
Chairman of SNCF’s Executive Board and Chairman and CEO of SNCF Mobilités. After holding various positions in public and government service – including terms as Head of Staff for the Minister of Public Service then for the Minister of Employment and Social Affairs, and in the private sector as Deputy CEO of SOFRES, he has worked for more than 15 years as a top executive within SNCF. He was Director of Strategy and then Director of Passenger activities before becoming acting CEO in 2008. He was first appointed Chairman of SNCF in 2008 and was reappointed in 2013. Other responsibilities have included his Chairmanships of Eurostar Group, of Voyages sncf.com and of SYSTRA, as well as being a Board member of Keolis.Bio
EFG Bank, Geneva. He began his career at Bank Brussels Lambert (BBL), in Brussels and Singapore, and afterwards pursued his career at BNP Paribas Fortis and Dexia Group, where he was CEO of Dexia Switzerland, before joining Geneva Cantonal Bank (BCGE) as Head of Private Banking and Member of the Executive Board. He also served as Head of Private Banking Romandie at BSI before joining EFG Bank as, successively, Head of Private Banking Geneva and Vice Chairman of EFG Asset Management and Head of the Independent Asset Managers. He holds Management, Finance and Tax Master’s degrees from the Universities of Brussels (Solvay Business School) and Leuven (UCL-Business and Administration Business School IAG).Bio
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Total. He held various positions in the French Industry Ministry and in ministerial offices from 1989 to 1996, including Environment and Industry Technical Advisor to the Prime Minister (1993-1995) and Chief of Staff to the Information Technology and Space Minister (1995-1996). He joined Total in 1997, as Chief Administrative Officer of Total E&P Angola and became Group Representative in Qatar in 1999. In 2002, he was named Senior Vice President, Finance, Economics and Information Systems in Exploration & Production. In 2006, he became Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and R&D in Exploration & Production. In 2012, he was appointed President, Refining & Chemicals and member of the Executive Committee. He is a graduate of École Polytechnique and an Engineer of the French Corps des Mines.Bio
Vice Chairman & Secretary General of Shanghai Development Research Foundation (SDRF). After graduating from Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1987, he entered Harvard Institute for International Development and did research work. In 1995, he returned to China as Chief Representative and Managing Director of New York Life until 2003. Prior to study in the US, he conducted a research as Assistant Director at the Institute of World Economy, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He is the author of “Chinese Economy: The Next 30 Years” (2011), “Rethinking the International Monetary System – 70 Years after the Bretton Woods Conference” (2014), and “Global Financial Governance: Challenges, Goals and Reforms” (2016).Bio
President of the Israel Institute (Washington and Jerusalem). Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History of Tel Aviv University, Distinguished Global Professor at NYU 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 1990′s 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.Bio
Former Palestinian National Authority Ambassador to the United States (1994-2995) and to Morocco (2005-2009). He is currently CEO and Vice President of the Council on Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (CARLAC) and a Senior Advisor to the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE). He also served as deputy representative of the PLO to the UN in New York. He is an active participant in the Peace Process in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, serving as a senior political advisor to the Palestinian negotiating teams at the Madrid Conference of 1991, Wye River Conference and Camp David 2000 Summit. He graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and the University of New York.Bio
Director, International Affairs, Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) since 2015. Prior to joining ADGM’s FSRA, he was the Director of the International Affairs Department at the French Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR). He was a member of the Advisory Board of the United Arab Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (2008-2009). From 2001 to 2008, he was the Secretary General of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). He graduated from Paris Dauphine University the EDHEC business school of Lille and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.Bio
Singaporean entrepreneur. A lawyer by training, she is the founder and chief executive officer of Camelot Trust Pte Ltd, a corporate services company based in Singapore, with clients drawn from the region and from the rest of the world, particularly Europe. Camelot provides its clients with advice on a range of issues including corporate structures and regulatory matters.Bio
Foreign desk editor, Les Échos, since 2012. She was a foreign correspondent in New York for Les Échos (2008-2012). She was also head of the innovation service of Les Échos (2000-2007) and deputy head of High-Tech-Medias service of Les Échos (1994-2000). She graduated from Valparaiso University and Northwestern University.Website
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Bundestag. He served as the German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from October 2009 to May 2012. He has been a member of the German Bundestag since 1994. During this time he has fulfilled key functions within the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and the German federal government. In 2009, his first book, “Deutschlands beste Jahre kommen noch”, was released. He holds a PhD in Law from Bonn University. He is a Senior Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance.Bio
Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and Former Foreign Minister (2010- 2012). He was a co-founder of the G20. He is President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York. On climate change, he ratified the Kyoto Protocol in 2007 and legislated in 2008 for a 20% mandatory renewable energy target for Australia. He represented Australia at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit. He was a member of the UN High Level Panel on Global Sustainability and is a co-author of the report “Resilient People, Resilient Planet” for the 2012 Rio+20 Conference. He is also Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism. He also serves as a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing.Bio
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.Bio
President of Sager Group Holding as well as Chairman and Founder of the Gulf Research Center, Jeddah, established in 2000. In 2003, he was appointed as a member of the Makkah Province Council. In addition, he serves as a member on the advisory board of, among others, the Arab Thought Foundation, the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the Faculty of Economics and Administration of King Abdulaziz University, and the Ministry of Higher Education, Saudi Arabia. He is Guest Professor at Osaka University, Japan. He is also an active member of the Board of Trustees for King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations from Lancaster University.Bio
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.Bio
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 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. During his tenure as Director-General of the Trade Policy Bureau and Vice Minister for International Affairs, he worked in the field of international trade policy. He served as Chief Executive Assistant to Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama (2009-2010).Bio Website
Head of the Turkey / Middle East program at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri). She joined Ifri in 2002 to work on the European policies in the Mediterranean region and in the Middle East, on the regional political and economic dynamics and on the Arab policy of France. She started the “Contemporary Turkey” research program in 2008, to follow the emergence of Turkey as a global power. Her present research focuses on Turkish diplomacy, new regional conflicts and their impact on Middle East economies. She directed a book on La Turquie au Moyen-Orient : une puissance régionale ? [Turkey in the Middle East: a regional power ?], published by CNRS éditions in december 2011. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris. She holds a postgraduate degree in applied economics and a PhD in political science.Bio Website
Program Associate, African Higher Education Program, TrustAfrica. She is an independent consultant specialized in education reforms, vocational training and youth empowerment in Africa. Since 2010 she works with international donors, governments and non-profits to create a stronger nexus between policies and community’s needs. She recently coordinated the first continental summit on the ‘Revitalization of African Higher Education’. She also works for the economic and social reinsertion of street children. In 2106 she was honored with President Obama’s prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. She graduated from ISM and from the Sorbonne.Bio
Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the State of Qatar since 2015. Previously, he served as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Head of Iran department and non-resident Chargé d’affaires to Iran (2012-2015). He played a role in the recent Iran nuclear negotiations and was involved in the reopening of the British Embassy in Tehran in August 2015. He has had previous diplomatic postings in Paris, Ankara and Moscow.Bio
Former Ambassador of Israel to France. During his 27 year long career in Israel’s diplomatic service, he also served as Director of European Affairs, Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry and Consul General in San Francisco. He has extensive experience in European Affairs and has participated in several chapters of Arab-Israeli negotiations, in particular while working with the late Shimon Peres. He has for many years taken part in devising media strategies for the Foreign Ministry and is considered an expert on public diplomacy. Since leaving the Foreign Service, he has been an independent consultant and teaches Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University. He is among the leaders of the Israeli Regional Initiative, a civil society organization working towards a regional settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict.Bio
Founder and President of Synergia Foundation. 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 is a research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been advisor to several international organizations such as The World Health Organisation, Medicines Sans Frontier and AEDES – EU. He holds a MBA and is a graduate from the Harvard Business School.Bio Website
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.Bio
Secretary General of the Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa), Ifri. He has been professor of contemporary German civilization at Paris-Sorbonne University since 2012 after teaching at New Sorbonne University from 2005 to 2012 as senior lecturer. He graduated from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (SciencesPo) in 1987, majoring in International Relations. Furthermore, he holds a Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) in Soviet and Eastern European Studies from SciencesPo (1990) and a PhD in political sciences from Panthéon-Sorbonne University (2001).
Deputy Head of Multilateral Financing for Development at the French Treasury, in charge of the World Bank Group and the African Development Bank. He has been Managing Director for French Speaking Africa at Jumia Travel (2014-2015), and Project Manager at Zodiac Aerospace (2013-2014). He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and an Engineer of the French Corps des Mines.
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.Bio
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.Bio
Healthcare entrepreneur. He served as Head of Unit for hospital financing at the French Ministry of Health, and as expert seconded to the European Commission (pharmaceutical mergers unit of DG Competition). A Corps des Mines engineer, he graduated from the École Normale Supérieure and the University of Cambridge.
President of Berit International Holding SA, President of Batiliban-France, Franco-Arab Consortium for development, board member of the executive committee of the Franco-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Paris, board member and founding member of the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce, Beyrouth. He was Advisor to the Lebanese President for the French-speaking world (1986-1988) and Advisor to the Minister of Finance for the private sector (1999-2001). He is the author of numerous books and studies on economic development, environment and land-use planning. He graduated from the Institut d’Urbanisme, Paris-Sorbonne University.Bio
Regional Anti-Corruption and Economic Governance Advisor for UNDP Africa. He joined UNDP through the Leadership Development Programme (LEAD). He has served as Country Programme Specialist and Project Manager for the Peace Consolidation and Governance project in UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa, in New York. Before joining UNDP, he was a litigating attorney in Cameroon and New York. He is a World Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, USA. He graduated from Columbia University School of Law, New York, from the Central European University, Hungary, and from the University of Yaoundé II SOA, Cameroon.Bio
Former President of the European Central Bank and Honorary Governor of Banque de France. He is presently Chairman of the Group of Thirty and Chairman of the Board of Bruegel Institute. He was assigned to various posts at the French Ministry of Finance. He was an adviser to the President of the Republic. He was chairman of the Paris Club (sovereign debt rescheduling) from 1985 to 1993. He was Chairman of the European Monetary Committee until his appointment as Governor of the Banque de France in 1993. He graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines de Nancy, of the IEP of Paris, of the Université de Paris (in economics) and of the Ecole nationale d’administration. He was awarded honorary doctorates by several universities.Bio Website
A French historian, he was appointed Director of Policy Planning at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in March 2013. In this role, he advises the Minister on his strategic decisions and provides background analysis and forecast on international affairs. Prior to this appointment, Justin Vaïsse was Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution and an adjunct professor at SAIS (Johns Hopkins University). An Associate teacher at the Paris School of International Affairs, Dr. Vaïsse is the author of numerous books on the United States, including Neoconservatism – The Biography of a Movement (Harvard University Press, 2010). His biography of former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski was published in France in early 2016 and will come out in English in 2017.
Professor at Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Sciences Po Paris. President of the Advisory Board of EUBrasil association (Brussels). He is also a Senior Research Fellow at OCP Policy Center (Rabat) and Director of Latin America Research Chair at the Centre d’Etudes Sociales, Economiques et Managériales (CESEM – HEM Rabat). He is a Member of the Committee of Rencontres Internationales de Genève, a Member of the Advisory Council of Janus.net (journal of International Relations), Portugal. Journalist, columnist for Radio France Internationale (RFI – Brazilian Service), he has published extensively on geopolitics, global economics, regional integration and trade negotiations, Brazil and Latin America. He holds a PhD in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Paris.Bio
Founder of Hubert Védrine Conseil, a public affairs consultancy that specializes in foreign, economic, and geopolitical affairs. He worked as a diplomatic Advisor, Spokesman, and Secretary-General with French President François Mitterrand (1981-1995). He also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1997 to 2002 under the cohabitation government of President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. In 2004, he was appointed as an Independant Director at LVMH. From 2005 to 2007, he was a member of the High Level Group for an “Alliance of Civilizations” of Kofi Annan. He graduated from the Institut d’études politiques of Paris and the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA).Bio Website
CEO of Pronutri, Activa and Nutrilab laboratories. He turned Pronutri into a worldwide developed company, bringing it to a new level and making it one of the major players on the market of health dietary supplements. He extended the scope of Pronutri with international subsidiaries in Europe, the USA and Asia, making Nutripuncture™ a worldwide brand. He created in 1999 the Activa Laboratories with the objective to establish a new and innovative set of technologies in the world of health dietary supplements. He graduated from the Dauphine University (Paris, France) with a major in finance and marketing.Bio
President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking University, and professor of the School of International Studies, Peking University. He was a Global Scholar at Princeton University (2011-2015). He has been a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Foreign Ministry of China since 2008, and honorary President of the Chinese Association for American Studies. He taught in Peking University’s Department of International Politics (1983-1991), and then served as director of the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He was concurrently director of the Institute of International Strategic Studies at the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China (2001-2009). He obtained an MA degree from Peking University.Bio Website
Member of Total Professeurs Associés, and of the French Energy Council. He was Executive Vice President at Total in charge of Strategy and Risk Assessment (2000-2008). He was Chief Financial Officer of Elf Aquitaine (1994-2000). He began his career at the Ministry for Industry (1972-1978), then he joined the Prime Minister Raymond Barre’s cabinet (1978-1981). He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique, and the Ecole des Mines in Paris. He holds a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Bio
Vice-President of the Board, Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG). He worked at the Ministry of Finance and at the Ministry of Economy, where he led the Oil and Gas Department (2003-2008). He represented Poland at IEA Governing Board meetings. He was Poland Prime Minister’s chief adviser on Energy Security (2008-2010). He represented Poland in the Visehrad Four High-Level Group on Energy and the EC’s Group for the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan. He advised the Environment Minister and Chief Geologist on the geological and mining law reform on shale gas (2011-2013). He graduated from Cracow University of Economics and the National School of Public Administration.Bio Website
Senior Advisor at Lee International IP & Law Group. Previously, he held the position of President of the Korea Foundation (2007-2010). He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1974 and served, among others, as Korean Ambassador to Canada (2004-2007) and Egypt (1996-1999). In 2001, he was Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and in 2002, he was appointed as the National Security Advisor to President Kim Dae-jung. He currently co-chairs the Korea-Canada Forum. He graduated from Seoul National University, Oxford University and Keio University.Bio
Executive Vice President, CHO and Director of Strategic Development Center of BGI (Beijing Genomics Institute) Group. Previously, she was the Project Director of The Southern Securities Investment Bank, Vice Dean of School of Economics and Management at Tongji University, Executive Dean of Chinese Academy of Science and Technology Management. She was also a visiting scholar of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (2005-2007) and a visiting scholar of Gothenburg University in Sweden (2012). Her research focuses on innovation management and policy. She has also published the book “Power of Innovation” and more than 30 papers in high-impact journals and conference domestically and internationally.