Managing Director, Investment Team, Helios since 2017. She started her career at Arthur Andersen in 1997, before joining Rothschild’s M&A team in Paris in 1999. She created and developed Rothschild’s M&A franchise in Morocco and Francophone Africa (2006-2013). She was appointed Managing Director in 2011 and assumed responsibility for Africa in 2013. She left the bank in 2014 to develop her own M&A business, staying on as a Senior Advisor at Rothschild. She graduated with an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris.Bio
President of OAI Advisors, which provides advice and consults on Middle East business, energy, and private equity. Prior to that he was a managing partner of Capital Trust S.A., where he remains a senior advisor. He is among others a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Advisory Board of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Suffolk University Board of International Advisors, the Advisory Board of the Rand Center for Middle East Public Policy. He received his Ph.D. from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, specializing in oil economics.Bio
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
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
Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Financial Center, Markaz since 2004. Markaz is a leading GCC asset management and investment banking institution in the Middle East with a strategic focus to achieve regional leadership in the Industry. Prior to joining Markaz, he held the position of Deputy Director in the Investment department at the Kuwait Fund for Arab and Economic Development. He serves as director or trustee in a number of private, governmental, educational, and non-profit boards and committees. He is a Certified Financial Manager (CFM) from The Institute of Management Accountants (USA). He also holds a Master of Science and Bachelor degrees in Civil Engineering from Kuwait University.Bio Website
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
Economist, local and national government official, politician, Poland. She served as undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Economy, responsible for international trade, investment and European Funds (2011-2015), secretary of the Chief Executive Committee of the Polish People’s Party (PSL) (2012-2015) and Deputy Governor (Voivode) of Dolnośląskie Region (2010-2011). She graduated from the Viadrina European University in Frankfurt (Oder) and from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. She acquired international experience at the École Nationale d’Administration in Paris and Helsinki University of Technology, among others.Bio
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
Berlin-based presenter, talk show host and journalist who has worked for global TV networks such as CNN, ABC News, Channel News Asia and Deutsche Welle TV. He was a policy and media advisor to the German government. He has been named a Young Leader by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the American Council on Germany, the BMW Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Munich Security Conference, the Atlantik-Brücke and the Körber Network Foreign Policy. He holds masters degrees in Journalism and International Affairs from Columbia University and has received his bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Georgetown University.Bio
President of MTP Investment Group. Entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist who has realized great success in real estate, parking, biotech and other areas thanks to the strong values and principles acquired through his long military career. The tenets and cornerstones of his business philosophy are creativity, flexibility, persistence and an infallible moral code. He serves on the board of directors of several companies and is actively involved in charity and political organizations.Bio
Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund since 2017. He served as Lebanon’s Finance Minister (2005-2008). Before and since his time as finance minister, he held a wide range of posts in the private sector, including McKinsey and Booz and Co. where he served as vice president and senior executive advisor (2009-2013). Prior to joining the Fund he was a managing partner at advisory and investment firm Inventis Partners. He holds a PhD in International Finance and a post-graduate degree in International Economics and Finance, both from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He also did research on emerging economies and their integration into the global economy as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard, and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics and Finance from Dauphine University, Paris.Bio
Founder and CEO, Blue Orange Capital. Former Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer. Previously, he served as the Group Chief Financial Officer at Société Générale, and before that he served as the Group Chief Financial Officer of Crédit Agricole (2007-2011). He was Managing Director of Lazard in Paris responsible for the Financial Institutions Group (2004-2007). In 2003, he was invited to join President Chirac’s diplomatic team and was closely involved in the preparation of the G8 summit in Evian. He graduated from the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA), the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, Sorbonne Paris IV University and from HEC.Bio
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
Managing Editor of Les Echos. He served as Deputy Managing Editor at Le Figaro (2005-2008). He held the position of Tokyo Bureau Chief, Les Echos (1994-2000). He was correspondent for Les Echos in the United States. He is also a columnist at Europe 1 and Radio classique. He graduated from the Institut d’études politiques, Paris and the Centre de formation des journalists.Website
Senior non-resident fellow, OCP Policy Center. Former police commissioner. He was in charge of several responsibilities within the Directorate General of the Moroccan national security whose division chief of border police (1978-1993), Director of the Royal Institute of Police in 1998 and Central Director of General Intelligence (2006-2009). He also participated in several international institutions including the Council of Arab Ministers of Interior from (1986-1992), where he represented the Directorate General of National Security in several meetings. He holds a Master in Political and International Studies of the Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Agdal in Rabat.Bio
Vice-Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) since 2011. He held several positions at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (2000-2010) and among others Managing Director, Director General of the Country Department Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, Director General of the Country Department Mediterranean Region, Europe and Central Asian Countries. He was also a Research associate to the chair of economic and social geography, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (1991-1996). He is member of the Board and Honorary Professor of Tongji University, Shanghai. He holds a doctorate degree from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB).Bio
Honorary Chairman of the Moroccan Aerospace Industries Association (GIMAS). He played a key role in the emergence and the development of the aircraft industry in Morocco. He participated actively in the construction of Royal Air Maroc, in its fleet modernization and in its international reputation at the service of the social and economic development of the country. He is Chairman or board member of several companies in the aircraft, international hotel, solar industries and in the government security area. He is also a member of strategic advisory councils of universities and President of IMA. He is qualified in Engineering from INPG.Bio
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
Chief Operating Officer and Head of Research, oekom research AG. He joined oekom research AG in 1998 where he held various positions in the research department. He is a visiting lecturer at the Technical University of Munich, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the University of Zurich. He graduated from the University of Cologne in Business Administration.Bio Website
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
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
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
Managing Director of McLarty Associates. He has led the firm’s work in Europe and Eurasia since 2007. He was a partner with McKinsey & Company (1992-1995). He also served as US Chief Negotiator in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with the former Soviet Union. Prior to this, he was US Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany (1985-1989). He worked at the State Department as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian affairs (1983-1985). He also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He graduated from Cornell University and from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.Bio
Founder and Managing Partner, Bussmann Advisory. He also holds important mandates in industry associations, including as President of the Swiss Crypto Valley Association, Global Ambassador for UK-based Innovate Finance and as a Board Member of Identity 2020. He served as was Group Chief Information Officer of UBS (2013-2016). Prior to joining UBS, he was Global Chief Information Officer at SAP, and before that CIO for North America & Mexico at Allianz. Previous roles have included executive positions at Deutsche Bank and IBM. He has been included twice on the Financial News “FinTech 40″ list of innovators shaping the future of finance.Bio
Director of several corporations, including Junex Inc., an oil and gas exploration corporation, for which he is a Senior Strategic Advisor. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Canada. He was Chancellor of the University of Montreal, Chairman of the World Energy Council and Deputy Minister of the Environment of Quebec. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Hydro-Québec, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Métropolitain. He graduated from the University of Montreal, where he obtained a master’s degree and a doctorate in physical chemistry.Bio
Co-founder of Finn.ai, she has been a forerunner in the area of financial technology. Her company works in cooperation with banks to set up a virtual banking assistant powered by artificial intelligence. Finn.ai is an award-winning platform – presented by USA Today, Bloomberg, VentureBeat and also Money 20/20, Finovate Asia and VivaTech Paris – that enables banks to establish better relations with their clients in support of their financial goals. Before founding Finn.ai, she worked at the Global Fund in Geneva where she managed a USD 250 million health investment portfolio.
Head of Airbus Strategy and International since 2017. He began his career in the aeronautical industry at MBDA in 1997, before spending three years with Baker & McKenzie. He joined Airbus in 2002. At the end of 2010, he joined the Commercial Division of Airbus and was appointed Vice-President Contract. In 2014, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ATR. In 2016, in the frame of the Airbus reorganization, he came back to Airbus as member of the Executive Committee, becoming Corporate Secretary (of Airbus Commercial Aircraft) and Executive Vice-President Strategy (of Airbus Group). He has a DESS (advanced post-graduate diploma) from the University of Bordeaux, and a DEA (advanced post-graduate diploma) from the Sorbonne University and Paris II Assas. He is a qualified attorney (CAPA) with the Paris Bar.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
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
Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman of the FutureWorld Foundation and Chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd. Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Economic Symposium, a member of the Board of the Salzburg Global Seminar, and of the Board of Abraaj Capital Holdings Ltd, Strategic Adviser to the World Economic Forum, Faculty Member of the Parmenides Foundation, and co-author, with Thierry Malleret, of Resilience to Risk, and Global Risks, as well as numerous articles and chapters. He studied social sciences and law and holds a MBA from Henley Management College at Brunel University, United Kingdom.Bio
Member of the Paris and New York Bars. Founder and managing partner, Laurent Cohen-Tanugi Avocats. He served as Chairman of French governmental task force on Europe in the global economy (2007-2008). He was a Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (2005-2007), Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, Member of the Executive Committee of the Sanofi-Synthelabo pharmaceutical group (2004) and a Partner, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton (1991-2003). He also served as FCPA Independent Corporate Monitor appointed by the United States Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission (2011-2014). He graduated from Harvard Law School, University Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne Law School, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1980) and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He has authored many influential books on democracy and the rule of law, European integration, transatlantic relations, and globalization.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
President of the African Crisis Group. His work at the head of ACG, increasingly recognized in Africa, is based on his rich experience as Minister of Security, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Secretary General of the National Transitional Council and as Ombudsman of the Republic of Guinea. He was successively a fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, professor and researcher at the Institute for African and Afro-American studies of the University of New York (NYU) and Adjunct Professor at the University of Columbia in the US. He graduated from the Universities of Kankan and Conakry. He holds a PhD in law from the Charles University in Prague and a PhD in political sociology from the University of Fribourg.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
Mayor of Meaux, France. He is a lecturer in Sciences Po and Associate Professor at the University of Paris VIII. Seine-et-Marne’s MP from 1995 to 1997 then from 2002 to 2017, he is successively designated Secretary of State for relations with Parliament (2002-2004), delegate Minister of the Interior (2004), delegate Minister of the Budget (2004-2007) and spokesperson of the government (2002-2007). He was President of the UMP at the national assembly (2007-2010), chief-administrative officer of the UMP and then UMP’s President (2012-2014). He graduated from Sciences Po and ENA.Bio
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.
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
Chairman of The House of the Rising Stars Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland), Chairman of the European Leadership Network (Diplomacy & Defense issues, USA – Europe – Middle East). He is also Chairman of the Africa Alive Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) and a board member of the Hudson Institute (Washington, D.C., USA) and of the Actigenomics Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland). He is currently Dassas & Co.’s Chairman (Paris, France) and Chief Creative Officer of the Paris, New York and Moscow companies. He was previously Marketing Manager for Colgate Palmolive in New York and Paris. He graduated from both Economic Sciences College and Paris Trade and Industry Chamber.Bio
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
Senior Vice President Public Affairs, Total. He began his career in the French Transportation Ministry. In 1988, he became during 7 years the project manager for the Normandy Bridge across the Seine, a worldwide record of giant bridges. He joined Total in 1995 as Deputy General Manager of the Normandy Refinery. In 2004, he was appointed Corporate Vice President, Competitive Intelligence. In November 2008, he was appointed General Secretary of Total Refining & Marketing Division and joined the Corporate Management Committee of the Group. In January 2012, he was appointed General Secretary of the new Refining and Chemical Division. He graduated from France’s Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, a civil engineering school.Bio
Vice President and Director of Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution and Senior Advisor at Sabanci University. He was Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey. He also served as Head of the United Nations Development Program, member of the Turkish Parliament and was a Vice President of the World Bank. He earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the London School of Economics, and his PhD in economics from Princeton University.Bio Website
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
Vice President, China Institute of International Studies (CIIS). He is a senior research fellow specialized in Middle East studies and ethnic issues. He was First Secretary and Director of the Political Affairs Office of the Chinese Embassy in Turkey (1999-2002). He has been Director for Developing Countries Studies, Director for EU Studies, Director for International Strategic Studies at CIIS and Editor-in-chief of the CIIS Journal, International Studies. He graduated from the Inner Mongolia Normal University, Huanghe University and Peking University.Bio Website
Chairman of the Board for the Autoroutes et Tunnel du Mont Blanc and of Société Française du Tunnel Routier du Fréjus, Vice President of the French Public Investment Bank (BPI), President of ETI FINANCE. Former CEO of OSEO (the French Agency for Innovation and SMEs financing). Former Engineer at the Directorate of Navigation of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region, Managing Director of the Caisse de Dépôts (French public financial institution) for the Normandie Region and later on for the Bourgogne region, Chairman of the Board for the Caisses d’Epargne (French savings banks) in the Midi-Pyrenees and for the Crédit Foncier de France (National mortgage bank of France). He holds a degree from the Ecole Polytechnique and from the ENPC (corps des Ponts).Bio Website
Former Deputy Minister of Energy and Industry of Albania (2013-2015). He joined the international private sector in 2015. He has served as External Adviser on Investments to Prime Minister of Albania since 2016. Previously, he was Director of the European Integration and International Projects at the Ministry of the Economy, Trade, and Energy of Albania (2009-2013). He was also Director of Project Management Unit for the TAP Trans Adriatic Pipeline. He has founded and been involved in several Albanian and international non-governmental organizations such as the Albanian Free Forum, IDEA Institute. He graduated from the Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta, Cyprus. He pursued postgraduate studies at Kings College London.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.
Executive Director, CIRTECH-CTC. He has over six years of experience in political consulting. He began his career in the management of development projects before specializing in public communications. His experience led him to work for nongovernmental organizations and governments. He currently works as an advisor to numerous African statesmen and politicians on political strategy and public policy. He is very active in the volunteering field; he is also the outgoing curator of the Dakar Hub of Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum and is a Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni. He graduated from the Bordeaux Management School.Bio
President, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russia. He is among others a member of the Presidium of the Presidential Council for Science and Education, a member of the Presidium of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), a member of the Russian Foreign Minister’s Scientific Council. He is a frequent commentator on Federal TV Channels. He is also Chairman and Founder of the Primakov Readings. He was visiting professor and lecturer at Georgetown University (USA, Washington, D.C.). He holds a PhD in economics.Bio
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
Former President of Mongolia. Previously, he served as Member of the State Great Hural (2008-2009), Chairman of the Democratic Party of Mongolia (2005-2008) and Prime Minister of Mongolia (2004-2006). He has served as Honorary President of the Mongolian Democratic Union and “Young Leaders” foundation. In 1998, he was Prime Minister of Mongolia. He was also Member of the State Great Hural, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the APU of Mongolia (1996-2000), Vice Speaker of the State Great Hural, Head of the State Commission on Political Rehabilitation (1996-1998) and Chairman of the Mongolian National Democratic Party (1996-1999). He graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.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
Director, Ifri’s Centre for Energy since 2017. Prior to joining IFRI, he spent six years at the International Energy Agency (IEA), notably as Russia & Sub-Saharan Africa Programme Manager where he conducted oil and gas market analyses and was responsible for institutional relations with these countries and regions. He also held various other positions, such as at the Robert Schuman Foundation, where he was in charge of a Ukraine observatory. A French and German national, he holds a Ph.D. from Sciences Po Paris in international relations.
Professor of Government at Harvard University. He specializes in the politics of international monetary and financial relations. He is the author of Currency Politics: The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy (2015), and the co-author (with Menzie Chinn) of Lost Decades: The Making of America’s Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery (2012). He is also the author of Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century (2006), of Banking on the World: The Politics of American International Finance (1987), of Debt, Development, and Democracy: Modern Political Economy and Latin America, 1965‑1985 (1991), and is the co-author or co-editor of over a dozen other books on related topics. His articles on the politics of international economic issues have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general-interest publications.Bio Website
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
Chairman of the WPC Foundation. He manages the organization 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
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.
Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since 2008. He started his career at WIPO in 1985. Previously, he had been teaching and practicing law. He is an honorary professor of, and holds honorary doctorates from, universities in a wide range of countries. He is the author of a number of publications, one of which has become a standard legal text in the UK and is published by Oxford University Press as Gurry on Breach of Confidence. He holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne and a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge.Bio
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
Lecturer and consultant. Her varied career has spanned the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Europe and the Americas, with a particular emphasis on the policy and healthcare fields. She created and lectured in a course in nonprofits and civil society and lectures on innovation, entrepreneurship and the policies and conditions that help promote them. Both as a consultant and as a board member, she has advised companies and international NGOs. She is a fellow at HITLAB (the Healthcare Innovation Technology Lab). She holds a BA in German studies and an MS in Management.Bio
Founder and Executive Chairman of Industries & Finances Partenaires. Former Director and CEO of Morgan Grenfell Investissement, Administrative and Financial Manager of Compagnie Sanara and Deputy Director at Suez Group. Previously, he served as Consultant and then Project Manager at SORA/IDHR and carried out numerous mission in France, Europe and Africa. He graduated from the Institut d’études politiques in Paris and has a degree in Commercial Law, a PhD in Computer Science and a diploma from the French Institute of Compared Law.
Co-Director of the Berlin based think tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV). He helped establish SNV’s European Digital Agenda program and has shaped the development of SNV into the leading think tank at the intersection of technology and public policy in Germany. He has worked and published on a wide range of issues such as cyber security, surveillance & privacy, and future of work. Prior to joining SNV he coordinated the public affairs section of the US Consulate General in Hamburg and taught and researched as an Assistant Professor of political science at the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President, Strategy & Parnerships in China, Air France. Before joining Air France, he worked at Bossard Consultants. He has been working at Air France since 1979, where he has held various positions, including in the Operational Research – IT Division. He was in charge of the Planning and Development Division and of recovery and restructuring projects for the Group. He also served as Vice President of Routes for Air France Caribbean & Indian Ocean, Asia & Pacific, and Americas. He graduated from the Ecole Centrale.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
Special Advisor and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canon Institute for Global Studies, a research think tank in Tokyo, Japan. He also sits on the Audit & Supervisory Board of Tokio Marine Holdings. In addition, he advises a few internationally active business firms such as Nomura Securities. He was a central banker until he stepped down as Assistant Governor of the Bank of Japan in June 2010. In Asia, he was Chairman of EMEAP Working Group on Financial Markets as well as BIS/EMEAP Forex Forum. He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo.Bio
President of Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) since 2016. Before joining KIEP, he served as a Senior Secretary for Policy Coordination at the Blue House, Vice Chairman of National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC), Vice Minister at the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF), Chairman of Korea Trade Commission, Professor of Department of International Trade and Regional Studies at Inha University, and President of Korea Development Institute (KDI). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University, M.B.A. from Sloan School of Management at MIT, and B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University.Bio
Emeritus Professor, University of Tokyo and Professor at Gakushuin University. Previously, he was the dean of the graduate school. He has held various positions such as advising the Prime Minister as well as several Ministers in Japan. Currently, he is a member of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy. During early period of academic career he published various papers in international leading journals such as Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, and Journal of Economic Theory. He graduated from the University of Tokyo and he holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Rochester.Bio
Member of the Directorate of the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe. Former Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Representative to the United Nations and to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), President of the Security Council, and Vice President of the Steering Committee of the International Energy Agency. He studied law, political science and modern languages at the University of Vienna and at The Hague Academy of International Law.Bio Website
Senior Lecturer at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM), Paris, and Research Fellow at the Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po (CHSP) Paris. Vice President of the Committee for Parliamentary and Political History, General Secretary of the Society of the History of the 5th Republic, she serves as member of the Editorial Board of the Revue historique and Parlements. In studying the history and role of the Centre d’études de politique étrangère and the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), two French diplomatic think tanks, she became increasingly interested in decision-making and expertise in the field of international relations. Her latest book is Les Boîtes à idées de Marianne. Etat, expertise et relations internationales, 1935-1985 (Editions du Cerf, 2017). She graduated and received her Ph.D. in modern history from Sciences Po; she also holds the Agrégation d’histoire and the Habilitation à diriger des recherches.Bio 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
Emeritus Professor of Economy and Health Management at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers and founder of the Pasteur/CNAM School of Public Health, member of the French Academy of Ingeneering, 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
Senior research fellow, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). He served at KIEP as Vice President, Deputy President for Research Planning and Coordination, Deputy President of Center for Regional Economic Studies. He is now a senior visiting fellow at ifri, France and an Adjunct Professor at Sogang University. He was an Adjunct Professor at Ewha Womans University and an Invited Professor at Korea University. He is now advising among others the Ministry of Strategy and Finance on G20, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Korea’s mid to long-term diplomatic strategy. He holds a PhD in Economics from Seoul National University.Bio
President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Before assuming the present post, he was President of the International University of Japan. He has been Professor of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) (2012-). He was Professor of Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo (1997-2004, 2006-2012), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations (2004-2006), Professor of College of Law and Politics, Rikkyo University (1985-1997). He holds a PhD from the University of Tokyo. He is Emeritus Professor of the University of Tokyo.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
Senator, Minority Leader of the Polish Senat. He served as Minister of Defence (2007-2011) and Member of the European Parliament. He managed the Information Department at State TV Centre in Cracow (1990-1992). He was the head of the International Centre for Development of Democracy in Cracow (1993-1999) and the Institute for Strategic Studies (1999-2003). In 1998 and 1999 he was an adviser to the government plenipotentiary for Poland’s accession negotiations with the EU. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the Cracow Medical Academy and from the Faculty of Philosophy and History at the Jagiellonian University.
Senior Advisor to the Board, Toyota Motor Corporation since 2017. He joined Toyota Motor Corporation as an advisor in 2008. He held various positions such as senior managing officer, chief officer of the Corporate Planning Division, the Business Development Group and the IT Group, member of the board of directors, chief risk officer, and executive vice president. He was director-general of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Policy at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI). He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1972.He has been a Director of KDDI Corporation since 2013 and Chairman of The Toyota Foundation since 2016. He graduated from the University of Tokyo and from the University of Cambridge.Bio
Executive Director of Al Istishari Strategy Center for Economic and Future Studies since 2016, Abu Dhabi. She is also a Member of the Arab Council of Social Studies. She served as Marketing Director (Middle East and Europe) of Space Imaging Middle East &European Space Imaging (2003-2007). She has been a Freelance Marketing Consultant. She started her career at Citibank N.A. She wrote several articles on various political topics, namely, on the US relation with the Arab Gulf in several regional newspapers. She is a weekly columnist in the Bahraini newspaper Al Watan. She graduated from the American University of Beirut and she holds a PhD from the University of Exeter.Bio
Chief Rabbi of France since June 22nd, 2014. On December 15th, 2014 he was elected as a member of the French Academy of Moral Science and Politics (also known as the Institute). He worked closely with the Chief Rabbis of France, Joseph Sitruk and Gilles Bernheim. He was a member of the National Consultative Ethics Committee (2005-2009), General Jewish Chaplain of the Army and the Polytechnic school and Director of the General Chaplain of the Air Force. He also served as General Secretary of the Association of French Rabbis (1999-2010). Once he had completed his secondary education, he joined the Jewish Seminary of France. He graduated from the Sorbonne. He holds a MBA from Reims Management School and a PhD in Contemporary History from the University of Poitiers.Bio
Professeur adjoint à l’Institut d’études politiques de l’Académie polonaise des Sciences. Il a été député européen, président du Comité de coopération parlementaire Ukraine-UE et du Comité des Affaires étrangères (2009-2014). De 2007 à 2009, il a siégé au Sejm, la chambre basse du Parlement polonais. Il a également été secrétaire d’État au ministère des Affaires étrangères de Pologne (2006-2007). Auteur de nombreuses publications sur les processus de transformation en Europe centrale. Il est membre du comité de rédaction de la parution bimestrielle « New Eastern Europe » et du conseil de surveillance d’Alwernia SA. Il est diplômé de la Faculté d’Histoire de l’Université Jagellone de Cracovie et a étudié au Collegium Invisibile de Varsovie (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.Bio 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
Founder and CEO of A.L.P an advisory and investment company, she is also Chairman of Innovation 2030 National Committee. She is Chairman of the Board of Sigfox and BoostHEAT. She is member of the Board of American Express, Koç Holding, Suez and Avril. She was Founder and CEO of AREVA (2001-2011). In 1997, she worked at Alcatel as Senior Executive Vice President, member of the Executive Committee, in charge of International business and industrial holdings. She was Partner of Lazard Frères & Cie (1995-1997). From 1990 to 1995 she worked for the French President’s office, in charge of international economy and foreign trade missions in 1990, then Deputy Chief of Staff and Personal Representative to the French President, in charge of the G7/G8 Summits’ from 1991. She is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the French National School of Mining Engineer. She holds an advanced degree in Physics & Chemistry.
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.
Physicist. Founding member and Honorary President of the National Academy of Technologies of France. He is also a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and Honorary chairman of A-Ulm (Association of alumni of Ecole Normale Supérieure, ENS). Chairman of the National Academy of Technologies of France (2003-2004). He was R&D Vice President of Saint-Gobain Group (1988-2005), Vice-chairman of the French Higher Council of Research and Technology (1997-1998) and the French Higher Council of Research (1998-1999), Scientific Director of French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), head of its physics and mathematics Department (1981-1988), Researcher at laboratoire Kastler-Brossel of the ENS (1961-1981). Higher education at Ecole Normale Supérieure.He holds a PhD in science.Bio Website
Member of the board of Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri), affiliate emeritus professor in Finance at Paris-Dauphine University, non-executive Chairman of Les Echos, vice-chairman of the supervisory board 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
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
H.S.H. Prince Michael of Liechtenstein is the Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Intelligence Services AG, as well as President of the Think Tank ECAEF (European Centre of Austrian Economics Foundation). He is Chairman of Industrie- und Finanzkontor in Vaduz (Liechtenstein). From 1978 to 1987 he worked for Nestlé SA in the fields of controlling, financial management and marketing on various markets in Europe and Africa. H.S.H. Prince Michael of Liechtenstein has completed his trainings at the Faculty of Economics with the University of Vienna (Austria) with a Magister der Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften (M.A. in Business Administration). During his studies he took various practical training periods / work with banks and manufacturing companies in Canada, the US and Belgium.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
Former Conservative Member of Parliament and lawyer (QC). He is a member of the Privy Council. He is a member of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation. He was a member of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (2006-2017), Member of the Shadow Cabinet (1997-2005), Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2001-2005), International Affairs (2003-2005), Defence (2005), Deputy Leader of the Opposition (2001-2005). He was also Chairman of the Conservative Party (1998-2001), Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (1994-1997). He graduated from Christ Church at the University of Oxford in History, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in Law. He is now a member of the House of Lords.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
Program Manager for the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) Foundation. She joined NDPI in 2013 after serving as program manager on Africa at Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, D.C. She was named one of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33 by Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in 2011 and one of 13 Young Africans Business/Economic Leaders to Watch in 2013 by Ventures Africa Magazine. She worked at the Women’s World Banking Ghana in Accra and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City. She graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. and from Spelman College (Phi Beta Kappa).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
Vice-rector of MGIMO-University since 2012. He held the position of a lecturer and then of an Associate Professor at MGIMO Department of International Relations and Russia’s Foreign Policy, Executive Assistant to the Rector and Chief of the Rector’s Office (1996-2016). He is a Member of the Valdai Discussion Club Scientific Council, Member of the Scientific board at the Security Council of the Russian Federation, the Secretary of the Russian–Polish Group on difficult issues, Member of the Council of the Foundation “Russian-Polish Center for Dialogue and Understanding”, the Executive Director of the Russian International Studies Association, Member of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). He graduated from MGIMO. He holds a PhD in Political Science.Bio Website
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
Former Minister, former member of the French Parliament and Mayor of Crest since 1995. Member of the steering comittee of the « républicains » party, he was the whip of opposition in the finance comittee, special rapporteur for the budget on ecology, energy, transport and agriculture, president of the friendship group with Russia and vice-president with the United Kingdom as well as member of the delegation for overseas territories. He has been Overseas secretary in 2007. He is ingénieur en chef du corps des Mines. He graduated from the Ecole polytechnique and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.Bio Website
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
Managing Director of Ndlovukazi Online Media, Digital Media Consultant. She is a professional journalist, with years of experience in the news media, corporate social media management and online development. She currently sits as stakeholder and representative of women in the technology sphere of Durban, advising in the Internet For All South Africa initiative as the WEF Global Shaper. She is currently listed as a Visionary Leader of the Engineering Symposium Africa conference 2017. She holds a National Diploma in Journalism from Durban University of Technology.Bio Website
President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since July 2012. Previously, he served as Secretary of State for foreign affairs in Bern (2010-2012). He was chairman of the Fifth Committee of the UN General Assembly, in charge of administrative and budgetary affairs (2009-2010), Ambassador and permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York (2004-2009) and ambassador and head of the human security division in the political directorate of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs in Bern (2000-2004). He entered the Swiss diplomatic service in 1987. He studied history and international law in Bern, where he was awarded a doctorate.Bio Website
Former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United States (2002-2011). He then embarked on a new career as an advisor for major Moroccan groups and multinationals. Previously, he served as the Moroccan ambassador to Italy, Malta, and, Albania, and the permanent representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Portugal, and Angola. He was the elected chairman of the Council of the FAO (2001-2005). He recently held the position of Ambassador for multilateral cooperation within the COP22 steering committee. He graduated from the HEC Graduate Business School in France.Bio
Ambassador General Director of the Morocco International Cooperation Agency (AMCI) since 2016. Prior to this, he has served for three years as the special economic advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. In 2016, he was also the Chief of Staff of the President of COP22. Previously, he was advisor to the Minister of Economy and Finance in Morocco. He also advised companies and investors on strategic projects in Morocco and African countries. He began his career in 2000 as a research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He co-founded two innovative start-ups and is a winner of the 2003 NETS Prize. He has an engineer diploma from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).Bio
Vice President, Advanced Concepts, Airbus, Munich, Germany. Before joining Airbus in 2004, he has worked for 12 years as a self-employed security policy analyst and consultant in Bonn, Germany. Among many other functions, he served as President & CEO of the Institute for Strategic Analyses (ISA) in Bonn, Germany. Over many years, he was a frequent TV and radio commentator, publisher, and lecturer. He is an Honorary Professor for Foreign Policy at the University of Cologne, Germany. He began his professional career 1986 as a Research Associate at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Foundation for Science and Politics). He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS, London) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswär-tige Politik (the German Council on Foreign Relations, DGAP), Berlin.Bio
Vice chairman International of Rothschild Europe. Before joining Rothschild in 1989 as general partner, he was Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Cie (1976-1988). Previously, from 1973 till 1976, he was adviser to DATAR (Délégation à l’Aménagement du Territoire et à l’Action Régionale), an office of the French Prime Minister. Graduate of the Institut d’études politiques (Paris), he holds a M.A. in law and has attended the PhD Management Program of Paris Dauphine University.Bio Website
Co-founder, Hippogriff AB. He is an inventor and a visionary social entrepreneur who has developed a life-saving technology for early diagnosis of heart diseases. He has been selected by the Forbes magazine as one of the top 30 most influential innovators in Europe and featured on the prestigious Forbes 30Under30 list. He has been mentor to young students on the path to developing their full potential. He is also grand jury member in different national and international competitions including European youth Award. He received the “European Change Award” and was honoured as the “young entrepreneurial talent of the year 2016” in Europe.Bio Website
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
Principal of First Charnock Pty Ltd, Australia. He is also a member of LafargeHolcim International Advisory Board, as well as Trustee Emeritus of the Asia Society New York, Chairman Emeritus of the Asia Society AustralAsia Centre, President of the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation and Chairman of the Order of Australia Association Foundation. He was a board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia. (1981-1984 and 1996-2007). He graduated from the University of Melbourne.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
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.
Board Member, Director, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). As a Board Member for the Institute and the Director in Charge of the Energy Data and Modelling Center, she is responsible for quantitative and qualitative analyses on energy and climate change policy issues. Her modeling team prepares the annual IEEJ Energy Outlook, continues to develop a Practical Approach to Climate Change and performed analyses that contributed greatly to Japan’s debate on a national energy mix. She has been leading miscellaneous international and regional programs in the area of energy cooperation through IEA, APEC, ERIA and IPEEC. She is currently a Council member of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).Bio Website
Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He has been associated with the Institute since 1985. From 2009 through 2012, he served as the Institute’s deputy director. He was previously a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. He has held research or teaching positions at several universities, including Yale University, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Southern California and Tokyo University. He graduated from Swarthmore College and he holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University.Bio Website
Former Ambassador of Switzerland to France (2002-2007). He joined the Foreign Service in 1971. He held several positions such as Ambassador to Guatemala and to other States of Central America, Head of the Swiss Delegation to UNESCO, Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the international organizations in Geneva. He contributes regularly to the Swiss newspaper Le Temps. He studied law and international relations at the University of Fribourg and the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva.Bio
Professor of public law at the University of Rouen Normandie since 2010. She has been also co-director of the Rouen University Center of law studies (CUREJ) since 2012 and Secretary General of the French Society for International Law since 2016. She is co-head of the master of public law (2016-2017). From 2006 to 2010, she was a Temporary Lecturer and Research Assistant at the University of Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2). She is also a member of the strategic committee of IFRI. She holds a PhD in law from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.Bio
President of Okamoto Associates. He is a Senior Research Fellow at MIT/CIS. He was a career diplomat in Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1968-1991). His overseas postings were at Paris, Cairo and Washington. He was a Special Advisor to Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto (1996-1998) and he was again a Special Advisor to Prime Minister Jun-ichiro Koizumi (2001-2004), also serving as the Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Foreign Relations. He is a visiting professor of international relations at Ritsumeikan University as well as Tohoku University. He has written many books on Japanese diplomacy and is a regular contributor to major newspapers and magazines.Bio
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
Member of the Advisory Board of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. He is also a Professor and Head of the department of diplomacy of MGIMO since 2014 and Chief Editor of the magazine ”The USA and Canada – economy, policy, culture”, published by the Institute for the US and Canadian Studies, in Moscow. He served as Rector of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2010). He was also Ambassador of Russia to Norway (2004-2006), Japan (1996-2003) and the Republic of Korea (1992-1993). From 1994 to 1996, he served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia. He was a Professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) (1971-1977). He holds a PhD in Political Sciences.Bio
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
Director of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He has previously served as press secretary to former German President Richard von Weizsäcker. He was also a member of the German Bundestag (1990-2006), Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on the Affairs of the European Union (1998-2004) and Deputy Minister of Defence in the first Merkel Government (2005-2006). Since September 2009, he is Professor for International Relations at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He is also Chairman of the Internet Economy Foundation (IE.F) and non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Energy and Environment Program. Friedbert Pflüger has his own consultancy in Berlin/Erbil and is Senior Advisor for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He publishes frequently on current issues in energy and resource security.Bio Website
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
Advisor for Energy, Industry and innovation in the private office of the French ministry for the ecological and inclusive transition. He held various positions in the French ministry of economy and finance, in the fields of energy and corporate financing. He was also a market analyst at Total Gas & Power New Energies USA and Assistant Project Manager at L’Oréal. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and Mines Paristech, Paris, France.
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
President of Alcen, group composed of high technology companies in the fields of defense, energy, medical machines and aeronautics. He started his career as President of Tabur Marine and of Dufour. He served at Matra Group as Senior Vice President in charge of 4 departments (car electronics, robotics, computer-aided design and watchmaking). He set up and managed a telecommunication operator, Kaptech and an equipment manufacturer, Cirpack. He studied at the Ecole Polytechnique and at the Insead.Bio Website
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
Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement since 2016. In 2015, he was responsible for financial matters in the French negotiation team for COP21. In 2014, he served as Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in charge of economic affairs. He was Director of the Office of Mr. Pierre Moscovici at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance (2012-2014). In 2010, he was Deputy Director for international financial affairs and development at the General Directorate of the Treasury. In 2007, he was Deputy Director for the transport and audiovisual sectors at the State Holdings Agency (APE). He is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm, Sciences Po, and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.Bio Website
Founding Partner, Okan – Strategy and Financial Advisory, consulting firm dedicated to Africa since 2013. Previously, he served as consultant at McKinsey & Company (2009-2013). He was also an analyst at AXA Private Equity (2008) and at PAI Partners (2007-2008). He graduated from HEC Paris.Website
Co-founder and product manager of TBCA.ng. Former Senior consultant at Deloitte Nigeria. He also currently serves on the Deloitte West Africa Strategy team. He is a seasoned management consultant and a subject-matter expert in cybersecurity. His daily work includes helping organizations transform their security process, implement cybersecurity strategy, and be better vigilant of cyberattacks. He is an associate of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium and also a member of ISACA. He is also a co-founder of the Meet-A-Need-Today Foundation. He graduated from Covenant University and Queen Mary University of London.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, Institute for Political & International Studies (IPIS). He is also Head of Center for International Research and Education (known as Deputy for Research and Education). He was an advisor to the Iranian Minister Foreign Affairs on Strategic Issues (2013-2016). He was also Ambassador of Iran to the United Nation in Geneva (2003-2004). He served as Director General of Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) (1999-2003). He has been Editor in Chief of Iranian Review of Foreign Affairs. He graduated from the University of Tehran and he holds a PhD in political science from George Washington University.Bio Website
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
Chairman and Partner, Macro Advisory Partners. He joined the firm in 2015 after completing his five-year tenure as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). Prior to leading MI6, he was the UK’s Ambassador to the United Nations (2007-2009), Political Director of the Foreign Office (2003-2007), Special Representative in Iraq (2003), Ambassador to Cairo (2001-2003), and Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair (1999-2001). He is a Non-Executive Director of BP, a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, a Senior Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation. He studied at the universities of Nottingham, St Andrews, Witwatersrand and Harvard.Bio Website
General Commissioner for Investment. Chairman of the French foreign affairs council and special representative of the French foreign minister for the franco japanese partnership. President of Initiative France, a not for profit organization whose aim is to finance the creation and development of small enterprises. He was Chairman and CEO of Renault (1992-2005). During his tenure, he was also President of the Management board of Renault Nissan BV (2002-2005). Formerly, he was a Civil Servant at the Budget Department and then served as chief of staff of Laurent Fabius, who was Minister of Budget in 1981, Minister for Industry and Research in 1983, and Prime Minister (1984-1986).
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.
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.
Analyst, Priorities Integration Directorate, Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), Government of Canada. He started his time in Ottawa at the apex of the public service supporting the Clerk and the Prime Minister at the Privy Council Office. At the same time he was selected as a Fellow in the Action Canada public policy leadership program, participating in a yearlong program with leaders and influencers in regions across the country. He worked in consulting for Deloitte and the Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto. Prior to working in Toronto, he worked for both municipal and provincial governments in Nova Scotia. He graduated from Dalhousie University.Bio
Agrégé in Public Law, Emeritus Professor of Public Law, University of Paris Panthéon-Assas, where he set up the Master of International Relations (2000-2012). He was Deputy Director of the UNIDIR, Geneva (1986-1996) and ad hoc Judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague (2009-2012). He is the founder and was director (1999-2012) of the Thucydides Center-Analysis and Research in International Relations, and remains director of the French Yearbook of International Relations (AFRI, since 2000). He is also Editor-in-chief of the bimonthly journal Questions internationales since 2003 (Documentation française). In 2008, he received the Edouard Bonnefous Award from the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, Institut de France.Bio Website
President of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation since 2015. Former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) (2007-2011). He began his career in 1973 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Tokyo and has served in a number of high-ranking positions in METI, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department. He served as both Deputy Director and Director for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Upon return from the IEA, he became Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan and Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.Bio Website
Executive Director of The Better Hong Kong Foundation since 2006. She served as Deputy General Manager of the Chinese Television Network, General Manager of the Hongkong Telecom IMS, Director of Multimedia Services and Director of E-commerce under the Hutchison Whampoa Group. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Director of Communications of the University of Hong Kong. She worked for the Tung Chee-Hwa Election Office in 2001 as the Director of Administration Division; and was Deputy Director of the Leung Chun-Ying Election Campaign Office in 2012. She holds a B.A. degree in Social Science and a M.A. degree in Public Administration.Bio Website
Chairman of the French Institute of Directors (IFA). She is also founder and CEO of Act III Consultants, a management-consulting firm dedicated to digital transformation. She was Chairman and CEO of Vivendi Universal Publishing, after spending 10 years within the Lagardère group and 5 years within McKinsey. She is a board member of Proximus (Belgacom) and a member of the supervisory board of Tarkett. She is an independent member of the board of Rexel. Previously, she was a non-executive Director of Cable & Wireless Plc, Neopost and Darty Plc. She is also a board member of several non-profit organisations such as IDATE and the French American Foundation. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University (MBA).Bio Website
Former Prime Minister of Senegal (2013-2014). She also served as Minister of Justice, Attorney General (2012-2013). She has been Special Envoy of President Macky Sall for internal and external Affairs since 2015. In October 2015, she was Head of the African Union Observation Mission for Ivory Coast Elections. She was also Director of the Gender and Human Rights World Department of the United Nations Population Funds in New York (2009-2012). She holds a PhD in International Business Administration and Finances from the International School of Management ISM in New York and Paris, a MBA from University of Dijon Business School, France and a Master Degree in Economics from Aix Marseille II University, France.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
President of the Republic of Serbia since 2017. He joined the Serbian Radical Party in 1993. The same year he was elected an MP into the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, and he was elected the Secretary General of the Serbian Radical party in 1994. He stayed in that position until 2008. In 2012, he was appointed the Minister of Defense and the First Deputy Prime Minister, in charge of fight against crime and corruption. As of September 2013, he kept only the position of the First Deputy Prime Minister. He was also Prime Minister of Serbia (2014-2016). He graduated from “Zemunska gimnazija”, and from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade.Bio Website
Indonesian Lawyer. Co-founder, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Senior Fellow of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Foundation, Jakarta. Chairman of the Indonesian National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (INCPEC), co-chair of Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Indonesia. Publisher of The Jakarta Post daily, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Prasetiya Mulya Foundation, Jakarta.
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
Chairman and CEO, Maurinvest Group, which he founded in 2011. It is a company that develops industries and add values through fundings with international partners. He is also the Chairman/CEO of MAURILOG a logistics services & transport company for Industrial Projects, Oil & Gas and Mining activities in Mauritania. He started in the fishing business at the age of 28. He is the founder of MIP SEAFOOD, the unique Mauritanian company able to reach Europeans standards allowed to export directly transformed products from the sea. He has been providing overboard motors for the fishing sector for the past 20 years. He served as Minister of investment in Mauritania. He graduated from ENSM (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique) in France.Bio Website
Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States. Former Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to France. He has worked and consulted for various UN agencies and think tanks. He served as Head of Policy Planning, Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Diplomatic Adviser to Deputy President Adil Abd al-Mahdi. He is a Member of the American Physical Society and of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He was educated in Iraq, Switzerland and the United States. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Federal polytechnic school of Lausanne.Bio Website
Founder & CEO of the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI), a leading independent Think Tank in Malaysia and Asean. He is also Founder and Chairman of the World Chinese Economic Forum and the Asean Leadership Forum. He was appointed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia to be a Commissioner in Malaysia’s Competition Commission and Malaysia’s Representative with Ambassadorial Status to the Asean High Level Task Force established by the Asean Heads of Governments at the Asean Summit. He is also Secretary-General of the Malaysia China Business Council and the Asean Business Forum. He studied at Monash University and the Aresty Institute of Wharton School.Bio Website
Deputy Director-General at the World Trade Organization since 2013. He has extensive experience in world trade and economics, both as a senior government official and subsequently as China’s ambassador to the WTO. Prior to becoming China’s ambassador to the WTO in 2011, he was Assistant Minister and subsequently China’s Vice Minister of Commerce in charge of multilateral and regional trade negotiations and cooperation. Besides his contribution to China’s WTO accession, he played a leading role in negotiating numerous free trade agreements (FTAs), including the China-ASEAN agreement, China’s first FTA. He also worked as a diplomat at the Chinese Embassy in the United States for more than four years from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. He obtained a Master’s degree in economics from Nankai University in China in 1999.Bio
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
Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development. In June 2013, he was elected President of the All-Russian Insurance Association, in January 2015, President of Russian Association of Motor Insurers. He is also a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights, of Russian Council on International Affairs and of the Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy. He is a professor of the Higher School of Economics. He graduated from the Economics Department of Moscow State University.Bio Website