Partner, Investment Team, Helios Investment Partners since 2017. She started her career at Arthur Andersen in 1997, before joining Rothschild’s M&A team in Paris. She spent 19 years in M&A in Europe and developed in parallel Rothschild’s M&A franchise in Morocco and Francophone Africa (2006-2013). She was appointed Managing Director in 2011 and Head of Africa in 2013. She left the bank in 2014 to develop her own M&A business, staying on as a Senior Advisor at Rothschild. She graduated with an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris. She acts also as an independent Board member for Caceis (The European leader of custody services and subsidiary of Credit Agricole) and for Banque Centrale Populaire.
President of Cheniere Marketing Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc., a Houston based company specializing in liquefied natural gas importation and exportation. He joined Cheniere in 2006, after having held various positions within Gaz de France (now Engie), among which Executive Vice President for Supply, Trading & Marketing, President of Gaselys, International Executive Vice President as well as Advisor to the Chairman & CEO and Secretary of the Board of Directors. He graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon.
President of OAI Advisors, which provides advice and consults on Middle East business, energy, and private equity. Board member of the Atlantic Council and the Scowcroft Center. 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 and 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.
Metropolitan of France & Exarch of Europe. He received his academic education in France, attending the Sorbonne in Paris, before continuing his studies at the Catholic Institute and the St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute. He was ordained a priest in 1985, he continued his doctoral studies at the Holy Cross Institute of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. In 1995, he was appointed director of the Office of the Orthodox Church to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. He is Vice President of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and President of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of France, as well as the Co-President of the Council of Christian Churches of France. He is Co-President of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP).
Chairman and CEO, L’Oréal. He joined L’Oréal in 1978 after graduating from HEC international business school. He has worked his entire career in the Group, on all continents. After a brief stint as product manager in France, he was appointed General Manager of L’Oréal Greece, at 24. Fiver years later, he returned to France as General Manager of L’Oréal Paris, then International Managing Director for Biotherm. In 1994, he goes abroad again, first as Managing Director of L’Oréal Germany, then he creates and heads the L’Oréal Asia Zone. In 2001, he was appointed President of L’Oréal USA. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal in 2006 and also became its Chairman in 2011. In 2009 he received the Ethical Resource Center’s Pace Leadership in Ethics Award for L’Oréal’s achievements in the area of business ethics, diversity, financial transparency and sustainable development. He is a Director of Air Liquide, a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar. 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.
Consultant on international economic issues to the Policy Planning Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France. Formerly, he has held the position of Chief Economist / Senior advisor for international economic issues, Policy Planning Staff, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France. He has also served as Head of the International Macroeconomic Forecasts Division and Head of the Public accounts Division of the French Ministry of Economy. He has also been staff economist at the Economic department of the OECD.
Author and journalist specialising in world politics. He is a contributing editor for The Economist and has been a senior editor for Project Syndicate. He was The Economist’s foreign correspondent. In a 24-year career that included positions in London as Asia editor, his foreign postings ranged from Singapore and Hong Kong to Brussels, Washington DC, Paris and finally Los Angeles. His latest book is The World in Conflict: understanding the world’s troublespots, published by Profile Books under The Economist imprint.
Head of the Ifri Sub-Saharan Africa program. He works on Mauritania and security issues in the Sahel. He teaches at the Institut d’Études Politiques of Lille. He has been a research fellow at the Institut de recherches internationales et stratégiques in Paris from 2003 to 2004. He holds a PhD in political geography from the University of Rouen.
Economist, local and national government official, politician, Poland. Volkswagen AG Head of Group Office Poland – Government Relations and Public Policy Volkswagen AG since 2016. 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.
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.
International presenter, journalist and TV host. He has worked worldwide for global news networks such as CNN, ABC News, Channel News Asia and Deutsche Welle TV. An internationally-known presenter, he regularly moderates at major conferences and events around the world and has shared the stage, among others with Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, John McCain, Sergey Lavrov, Christine Lagarde, Madeleine Albright and Bill Clinton. Former Policy and Media Advisor to the German government. United Nations Fellow and member of the Körber Network Foreign Policy as well as the Global Diplomacy Lab. He has been named a Young Leader by the American Council on Germany, the BMW Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Munich Security Conference and the Atlantik-Brücke.
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.
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 has 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 the 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.
Founder and CEO, Blue Orange Capital. Former Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the World Bank Group. Previously, he served as the Group Chief Financial Officer at Société Générale, and before that 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.
President of Masen. Through the development of the Noor Solar Plan, Masen is now a reference on the regional and international scene of renewable energies. Before joining Masen, he has led one of the major institutions of Morocco, the Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion. Previously, he held senior positions in the banking sector, within the BNP Paribas group. He was also in charge of the development and financing of the activities of the National Urban Development Company (SONADAC). He is a graduate from the “Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées of Paris” and holds a degree in Banking and Finance in one of the leading French universities. He is President of the Casablanca-Settat region.
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.
Special advisor to Valérie Pécresse, President of Paris Region, in charge of European and International affairs since 2017. He started his career as research fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), focusing on European security and transatlantic relations. He has worked for EADS-AIRBUS as senior manager in charge of international development. In 2005, he was appointed diplomatic advisor to the French Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, D. Perben. From 2007 to 2015 he worked for Alstom group, in the energy and rail transportation sector, in different capacities. In 2016, he joined the regional council of Paris Region as deputy director general, in charge of European affairs, international cooperation and tourism.
President of the Arab Energy Forum. International expert in energy, strategies, investments and international relations. She is in charge of energy policy and gas strategy in Saudi Aramco. She contributed, among others, to drafting the Iraqi hydrocarbons law, to creating a gas company in a double-digit growing economy, to the national economic strategy in post-sanctions Libya, to the G20 response to the 2008 crisis, in addition to multiple commercial transactions and major projects. She was director for the Middle East and Africa at IHS, professor at Sciences Po, and industrial engineer at Schlumberger. She holds a MS in Industrial Engineering from Mohammadia Engineering School and the Ecole Centrale Paris, and PhD Summa Cum Laude in Energy Economics from Sciences Po.
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 in support of the social and economic development of the country. He is Chairman or board member of several companies in the aircraft, international hotel and solar industries and in the government security area. He is also a member of strategic advisory councils of universities and the President of IMA. He is qualified in Engineering from INPG.
Ambassador-at-large of His Majesty the King of Morocco. Vice-President of the Association of Moroccan-Japanese Friendship (AMJ). She serves on a number of boards of trustees of international organizations and think tanks, including the Institut Royal des Etudes Stratégiques (IRES). She was an International Public Law professor and Co-President of the High-level Advisory Group on the Dialogue between Peoples and Cultures in the Euro-Mediterranean Area for the European Commission. She holds a master’s degree in English literature, from Mohamed V university, Rabat and a PhD in Law from Paris II University.
President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises, which is the sole representative of the Moroccan private sector, from May 2012 to May 2018. She was the first woman in the MENA region to have been elected and reelected by her peers. She is one of the most influent entrepreneurs in Africa. She is the CEO of LES EAUX MINÉRALES D’OULMES and remains at the board of her family group, HOLMARCOM, one of the largest groups in Morocco and Africa, operating in multiple sectors. She is a member of several worldwide prestigious boards including Bank Al Maghrib (Morocco’s central bank), Renault Worldwide, Suez Worldwide, Care International Maroc and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane.
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.
Director General (Permanent Secretary) of the Ministry of Finance since 2000. He is also member of the board of the central bank of Lebanon, and a member of the Higher Banking committee, and a founding member of the Capital Markets Authority. He is the alternate governor of Lebanon at the World Bank, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, and the Arab Bank for Agriculture Development. He has been chairman of the Group of 24 (G24) for three times, and chairman of the financial committee for the Arab heads of state and francophone heads of state. He was a professor of finance and strategic management at Saint-Joseph University and la Sagesse University. He studied mathematics and physics at Louis-le-Grand, graduated as a physicist engineer from Ecole Superieure d’Optique, before graduating from HEC Paris with a major in Finance. He will defend his doctoral thesis in Economics at Paris I la Sorbonne in the coming months. He has been decorated with the awards of Commandeur de l’Ordre du Cedre and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
Chief Executive Director of The Africa International Media Group and its branch MRB Productions, Media Consultant and Adviser on African Affairs. She also heads the “Club Millenium” in Paris. Born in Cameroon, educated in Cote d’Ivoire, France and Austria, she graduated from the universities of Abidjan, La Sorbonne in Paris and Vienna (German Studies, Political Science and History). Ms. Biloa is also an alumni of the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, where her name is on the Hall of Fame, and of the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance. Besides being a frequent TV guest ( TV5Monde, France24, Aljazeera, RFI, i-Télé, ARD, ZDF) to comment current news and African politics, she is involved in creating « MRB TV », a global knowledge-based TV channel for which she is seeking partners. Ms Biloa is fluent in French, German and English, on top of several African languages.
Olivier Blanchard is a French macroeconomist who has spent his professional life in the U.S. He first taught at Harvard, then at MIT, where he was chairman of the economics department from 1998 to 2003. From 2008 to 2015, he was on leave as the chief economist of the IMF. He is now the Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute in Washington. He also remains Robert M. Solow Professor of Economics emeritus at MIT. He is the author of many books and articles, including two textbooks in macroeconomics, one at the graduate level, and one at the undergraduate level. He is a fellow and past council member of the Econometric Society, president-elect of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Academy of Sciences.
Managing Director at ISS-oekom. Before, he was Chief Operating Officer and Head of Research at oekom research AG since 2003. He joined oekom research AG in 1998 where he held various positions in the research department. He is a visiting lecturer at the Technical University of Munich, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the University of Zurich. He graduated from the University of Cologne in Business Administration.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain. Former Secretary-General for the Budget (1982-1984), Secretary of State for the Treasury (1984-1991), and Minister of Public Works, Telecommunications, Transport, and the Environment (1991-1996).President of the European Parliament during the first half of the 2004-2009 legislature and then Chair of the Committee on Development. Currently holds the Jean Monnet Chair at the Complutense Institute of International Studies.
Former Governor, Morocco. He was Director of Cabinet of the Interior Minister, Special Adviser at the Office of the Interior Minister and administrator at the central administration of the Interior Ministry. He studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and graduated from the School of Law in Rabat. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University Paris II.
Deputy Director-General of the WTO. His areas of responsibility include the two legal divisions dealing with the WTO’s dispute settlement system (Rules and Legal Affairs), the division for administration and general services including budget and finance as well as the human resources division. Prior to joining the WTO, he held the position of Director General for external economic policy in the German Federal Ministry of Economics in Berlin for 12 years. He is a lawyer by profession, with degrees from Germany and the United Kingdom (Cambridge). He started his career in the legal department of the Federal Ministry of Economics in Bonn in 1983. In 1986-87, he worked at the German Mission to the United Nations in New York. Further postings abroad were in Athens and Sydney.
Ambassador of France. President, FBE International Consultants. Former Senior International Adviser and member of the European Advisory Board of Citi, after having been Chairman of Citigroup France. Former Ambassador of France to the United States and to Canada, diplomatic Adviser to Prime Minister Jacques Chirac and special Assistant to President Charles de Gaulle. Former Director of international relations at the French Atomic Energy Commissariat. He is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, of the École Nationale d’Administration, and of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Chairman & CEO of Burelle and Honorary Chairman of Plastic Omnium. Honorary President, MEDEF International (2005-2016). 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), Board Member of the German-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (1997-2003), 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.
Managing Partner 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.
Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. He was Head of the Department from 2007 to 2018. He is also Associate Researcher at the Asia Centre, Paris and at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China in Hong Kong. His main areas of expertise include political, institutional and judiciary reforms in China, Chinese foreign policy and security, the relations across the Taiwan Strait and Taiwanese politics and the relations between China and Africa. He recently published Demain la Chine: démocratie ou dictature? (China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship?), Paris, Gallimard, 2018
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.
Co-founder of Finn AI, she has been a forerunner in the area of financial technology. Her company uses conversational artificial intelligence (AI) to build virtual assistants for banks. By leveraging this leading-edge technology, banks can engage with their customers in channels where they are already active, such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, via native iOS and Android apps, and others. Using simple, human conversation, Finn AI empowers people to learn and grow with their money, promoting financial literacy around the world. 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). 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.
Professor of Economic History and Director of the Master of International Affairs at Paris-Dauphine University, Founder of the Cercle Cyclope, main european research institute on raw materials markets. He was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Office of the French Prime Minister. He published around forty books including the latest Le siècle de Jules, le XXIe siècle raconté à mon petit-fils, Bourin 2010. He has been the President of the French Observatory on formation of food products’ prices and margins since 2010. He graduated from HEC, he is “agrégé” in history and holds a doctorate in humanities.
Chairman of Hang Lung Group Ltd. and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Ltd., both publicly listed in Hong Kong. The Group expanded into mainland China in 1992, developing, owning and managing world-class commercial complexes in key tier one and tier two cities. He founded and chairs the China Heritage Fund, is a co-founding Director of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, Beijing, and is former Vice President and former Advisor of the China Development Research Foundation in Beijing. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chairman Emeritus of Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, and founding Chairman of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society. He serves or has served on the governing or advisory bodies of several think tanks and universities, including Peterson Institute for International Economics, World Economic Forum, East-West Center, Pacific Council on International Policy, Eisenhower Fellowships, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, University of Southern California, Indian School of Business, Yale University, Tsinghua University, and Fudan University.
Chairman & Publisher, Maekyung Media Group. He is Chairman of Maeil Business Newspaper and Maeil Broadcasting Network. He served as Acting Prime Minister of Korea (2002). He currently serves as Founder and Executive Chairman of World Knowledge Forum, Board Member of World Association of Newspapers and Member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. He graduated from the University of Rochester in Politics, from the George Washington University in International Affairs, from New York University in International Business Management and received a PhD from NYU.
Former Prime Ministerial Advisor of Thailand, Senior Fellow Harvard University and Chairman, Nation-Building Institute. President of the Institute of Future Studies for Development and Honorary Consul General in Thailand. He was also a Fellow at the University of Oxford. He was a Member of Parliament. He is also an Executive Chairman Adviser to CP ALL, the largest listed flagship of the largest Conglomerate in Thailand and a Director of Singapore’s listed company ASTI Holdings. He graduated from Monash University, Australia, Harvard University, Cambridge University and Oxford University, including a PhD in Economics and DPhil in Management.
Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman of the FutureWorld Foundation and Chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd. Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Economic Symposium, a member of the Board of the Salzburg Global Seminar, and a Director of companies, Strategic Adviser to the World Economic Forum, Faculty Member of the Parmenides Foundation, and co-author, with Thierry Malleret, of Resilience to Risk, and Global Risks, as well as numerous articles and chapters. He studied social sciences and law and holds a MBA from Henley Management College at Brunel University, United Kingdom.
Member of the Paris and New York Bars. Founder and managing partner, Laurent Cohen-Tanugi Avocats. He served as Chairman of the French governmental task force on Europe in the global economy (2007-2008). He was a Partner at 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 at 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.
Honorary Chairman of Lafarge, who has merged with Holcim to form LafargeHolcim. He was a Director of LafargeHolcim until May 2018, and was also a director of several international companies, among which Unilever, Allianz, DuPont and Total. From 1966 to 1975, he worked with the French government in various positions. He joined Lafarge in 1975. He was appointed Chairman and CEO of Lafarge in 1989. He was Chairman of Lafarge from 2003 to 2007. In parallel he was Chairman of Institut de l’Entreprise, of AFEP (Association of the large French companies) and of the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development). Member of the Institut de France and Past Chairman of the Académie des sciences morales et politiques. He graduated from the Ecole polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines in Paris. He also holds a French law degree and a PhD in Management from the University of Texas.
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.
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.
Mayor of Meaux, France. He is a lecturer at Sciences Po and Associate Professor at the University of Paris VIII. He worked as a lawyer at Gide Loyrette Nouel law firm (2007-2011) and has been a lawyer at Stehlin & Associés since 2017. deputy for the departement of the Seine-et-Marne from 1995 to 1997 then from 2002 to 2017, he was 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 President of the UMP (2012-2014). He graduated from Sciences Po and ENA.
Prime Minister, Minister of State Budget, Head of the government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. Previously, he served as Secretary General of the Presidency. Minister of State, Minister of Agriculture (2003-2005). Director of Economic and Financial Studies at the Direction du Contrôle des Grands Travaux (DCGTX) and Deputy Director General (1994-1995). He has been mayor of Korhogo since 2001.
Senior Manager, International Markets for Delivery Hero, the largest restaurant-to-customer food delivery company 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.
Executive Vice President, Capgemini. He has been Managing director in charge of global industry sectors within Capgemini (consumer products, retail, utilities, tax and welfare, public security, telecommunications, financial services and manufacturing). The transformation of corporations and governments is at the heart of this role. He started his career at the ‘Inspection Generale des Finances’ (French Treasury) and joined Capgemini in 1989. He holds a diploma of the ‘Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and of the ‘Ecole Nationale d’Administration’.
Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Center in Rabat, Morocco and a non-resident scholar at Bruegel. He teaches graduate courses on globalization and on international trade policy at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and in the executive program of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC). He was previously Director of the International Trade, Economic Policy, and Development Prospects Departments at the World Bank. He was also President of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Group Vice President of Data Resources, Inc., and a consultant with McKinsey and Co.
Professor of economics, The School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest and member of the Board of the Central Bank of Romania. First Vice President of the Romanian Financial Supervision Authority during 2013-2014. He served as a member of the European Parliament (2007-2009) and he co-authored the EP report on the reform of the regulation and supervision of financial markets. He also held the position of Finance Minister of Romania (1997-1998), Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Banca Comerciala Romana (2005-2007), Chief Economist of the National Bank of Romania (1992-1997) and Deputy Minister of Finance (1992). His last volume is entitled Emerging Europe and The Great Recession (UK, 2018).
Patricia Danzi has been regional director for Africa at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since 2015, overseeing all ICRC operations on the continent. She is responsible for over 7,000 staff and a budget of up to USD 750 million. She has been with the ICRC since 1996, working in a range of roles worldwide. She holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics, geography and environmental science, and carried out postgraduate research in development studies in Geneva. Patricia is a mother of two teenage boys, a former Olympic athlete and fluent in seven languages.
Chairman of The House of the Rising Stars Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland), Chairman of the European Leadership Network (Diplomacy & Defense issues, USA – Europe – Middle East). He is also Chairman of the Africa Alive Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) and a board member of the Hudson Institute (Washington, D.C., USA) and of the Actigenomics Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland). He is currently Dassas & Co.’s Chairman (Paris, France) and Chief Creative Officer of the Paris, New York and Moscow companies. He was previously Marketing Manager for Colgate Palmolive in New York and Paris. He graduated from both Economic Sciences College and Paris Trade and Industry Chamber.
Advisor to the Executive Chairman, Ifri, Editor of Politique étrangère and co-director of the annual report Ramses. He is also President of the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe. Former Executive Vice-President of Ifri. Previously, he was in charge of the Security Studies department at Ifri. Before joining Ifri, he was Deputy Director of the Institut français de polémologie (French Institute of Polemology), and then Secretary General of the FEDN (Fondation pour les études de défense nationale). He also taught at the Military School of Saint-Cyr, at the Paris I University and at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP). His studies and publications deal with strategic issues, particularly with French strategy and European issues.
Consultant at McKinsey & Company in Brussels, Belgium. Former President of the King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) (2013-2015). He was also President of King’s College London Think Tank, a non-profit activism group, now the largest student-led policy institute in Europe (2012-2013). He graduated from King’s College London, University of London and he has completed a master’s degree in Business Administration at Vlerick Business School (2015-2016).
Ambassador of France. He began to work at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Head of the Press and Information Department (1981-1985) and then became Head of the North Africa and Middle-East Department (1985-1989). He was Ambassador to Egypt (1989-1991), Head of the Political Affairs Department (1991-1995), Ambassador to the UN (1995-2000), and then to the Holy See (2000-2001). He is Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Institut du Monde Arabe and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation Res Publica.
Executive Director (Research and Policy) of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation since 2010. She previously served as Inspecteur général des finances at the French Ministry of Economy and Finances, as Advisor in charge of Africa to several French Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Development, and as advisor at the Finances and Budget Commission of the French Senate. She graduated from the Institut d’études politiques of Paris and holds a degree (DEA) in applied economics.
Senior Vice President Public Affairs, Total. He began his career in the French Transportation Ministry. From 1988 to 1995, he was a 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, after senior positions in the exploration and production business and in the internet new business in Houston, 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.
Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution and Senior Advisor at Sabanci University. He was Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey. He also served as Head of the United Nations Development Program, member of the Turkish Parliament and was a Vice President of the World Bank. He earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the London School of Economics, and his PhD in economics from Princeton University.
Honorary lecturer at the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), expert-consultant to international organisations and member of the strategic council of IFRI. 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.
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).
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.
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.
Partner, and head of International trade and finance Covington & Burling LLP. He has held key senior positions, including chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter (1973-1981), U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration (1993-2001). His articles appear in The New York Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs magazine. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and from Harvard Law School. He has received nine honorary doctorate degrees, and high civilian awards from the governments of France (Legion of Honor), Germany, Belgium, Israel, The United States, and Austria. His recent book President Carter: The White House Years has been widely praised by the New York Times, The Washington Post, The National Review and leading Presidential scholars, TV commentators, and bi-partisan political leaders.
Former President of Mongolia (2009-2016). He is a public servant, a humanitarian, and a policymaker. He led the peaceful Mongolian democratic revolution in 1990 and served as Honorary President of the Mongolian Democratic Union and “Young Leaders” foundation. He served as Member of Parliament four times, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Mongolia and Prime Minister of Mongolia for two times. Elbegdorj is a Commissioner for the International Commission against the Death Penalty and a Patron of the World Sustainable Development Forum. Elbegdorj graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Nonresident Scholar in the Geo-Economics and Strategy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she focuses on macroeconomic and institutional risk, economic dimensions of U.S. foreign policy, long-term economic trends shaping the global policy landscape, and estimative intelligence analysis. Senior executive in charge of the Office of Macroeconomic Analysis in the U.S. Treasury Department (October 2016 – August 2018). National Intelligence Manager and National Intelligence Officer for Economics in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (2013-2016). She holds a PhD in Economics from Columbia University and a MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics.
Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, Europe, for The New York Times, based in Brussels. Former London, Paris and Berlin bureau chief of The New York Times. He has served in numerous postings for The Times in Jerusalem, Prague, Washington, Moscow, Bangkok and New York where he served as Culture Editor for two years. Previously, he worked for The Boston Globe as European correspondent, based in London. He also reported from Eastern Europe, Moscow and revolutionary Iran. He was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. He shared in a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series on Al Qaeda and global terrorism in 2002 and for International Reporting on Russia in 2017. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard College and studied Russian at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
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.
President of the Constitutional Council. Former French Foreign Minister. He served as Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry (2000-2002), Minister of Budget (1981-1983) and Minister of Industry and Research (1983-1984). From 1984 to 1986, during François Mitterrand’s first term, he served as Prime Minister. He also held the position of President of the French National Assembly, first from 1988 to 1992, then from 1997 to 2000. He has been a Member of Parliament for the Seine-Maritime department since 1978. He graduated from the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) and the École nationale d’administration (ENA) and holds a diploma in French language and literature.
President of Wageningen University and Research, in the Netherlands since 2014. She combines a long academic career as professor in Wageningen and Amsterdam. She is a member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and of four foreign Academies, as well as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Academy of Sciences of South Africa. She served for nearly ten years as Assistant-Director General at the food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN. She is also a Member of the Trilateral Commission. She serves as a non-executive director of Unilever. She is a member of the Council of Advisors of the World Food Prize. She was granted her doctoral degree with honours from Wageningen University in 1986, where she specialised in tropical agriculture.
Professor of Government at Harvard University. He specializes in the politics of international economic relations. He is the author of Currency Politics: The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy (2015), and the co-author (with Menzie Chinn) of Lost Decades: The Making of America’s Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery (2012). He is also the author of Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century (2006), of Banking on the World: The Politics of American International Finance (1987), of Debt, Development, and Democracy: Modern Political Economy and Latin America, 1965‑1985 (1991), and is the co-author or co-editor of over a dozen other books on related topics. His articles on the politics of international economic issues have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general-interest publications.
President of the Nakasone Peace Institute (NPI), Japan. He is also President of the America-Japan Society Inc. He served as Ambassador of Japan to the United States (2008-2012), Ambassador of Japan to the UN and WTO in Geneva (2005-2008). He also held the position of Deputy Foreign Minister (2002-2005) and Director General for North American Affairs (1999-2002). He entered the Foreign Ministry in 1969. He served in Jakarta, Paris, London, and Washington DC. He studied at Keio University, Brown University and Stanford Graduate School.
Executive Director of the Lowy Institute. He has also worked as a Visiting Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, an adviser to Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, and a lawyer. He remains a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings. He writes widely on foreign policy and global issues in The New York Times, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The Washington Quarterly, The National Interest and Foreign Affairs. He graduated from the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales and he holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Academician and Vice-Chairman of the Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences of Spain. He also served as Dean of the Illustrious College of Economists of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands and as a member of the International Council of the US Information Agency. He is Honorary President of the European League of Economic Cooperation and board Member of the Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe. He is also WAAS Fellow. In addition he has been Chairman, President and C.E.O. of several companies, including Tuneles y Autopistas de Barcelona S.A. and the Banco de Expansion Industrial. He holds a Ph.D and graduated from the Senior Management Program (PADE) of the IESE Business School. Doctor Honoris Causa for the Universities of Michoacan (Mexico) and Lishui (China).
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.
Vice chairman of the WPC. He manages the organisation of the annual conference since its first edition in 2008. He is also chairman and founder of Alandia, a restructuring advisory firm which helped various Sates or Sovereign funds to regain control over their industrial investments (Middle East, Africa and West Asia). Former Vice chairman of the Franco Indian chamber of commerce, he was more especially in charge of agricultural investments. He seats, or seated, at several Advisory Boards such as British Telecom or PWC. He published a book on globalization in June 2010: Mondialisation, un autre regard and one on restructuring issues in France (2015).
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault. Chairman, Nissan Motor Company and Mitsubishi Motors. Mr. Ghosn joined Renault as Executive Vice President in 1996. After the Renault-Nissan Alliance was formed, Mr. Ghosn joined Nissan Motor as Chief Operating Officer in 1999 and was named Chief Executive Officer in 2001. CEO of Renault since 2005, he was appointed President and CEO of Renault in 2009, while keeping the same responsibilities at Nissan. Mr. Ghosn has been the industry’s leading advocate for sustainable transportation; Renault and Nissan were the first automakers to launch a range of affordable zero-emission cars and commercial vehicles. Mr. Ghosn is also establishing the Alliance as a leader in the development of future automotive technology, such as autonomous drive and connected vehicles and services. Before Renault, Mr. Ghosn held several positions in Michelin, the last being Chairman and CEO of Michelin North America starting 1989. Having obtained degrees from École Polytechnique and École des Mines in Paris, Mr. Ghosn started his career at Michelin in 1978.
Senior reporter and war correspondent at Le Figaro. He has covered major worldwide political crises and armed conflicts for the past 30 years. Expert on geopolitics, he publishes every Tuesday his international column in Le Figaro. He has written several books on the Middle East and the big diplomatic issues of the West. He regularly takes part in international conferences. He is also a Professor at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris and a member of the editorial board of the Revue des deux Mondes. In 2014, he was awarded the grand prix de la presse internationale by the foreign correspondents in Paris. He graduated from the Ecole normale supérieure and the Ecole nationale d’administration.
Director of Ifri. Former Vice President for Strategic Development at Ifri (2010-2015). He was its Russia/Nis centre director (2004-2013), and the co-director of the Russie.Nei.Visions electronic collection. He researches on security, digital, and energy issues. He was a Lavoisier Fellow at MGIMO (Moscow State Institute for International Relations), Associate Fellow at the European Institute for Security Studies, and Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College. Gomart is PhD in History (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) and EMBA (HEC). Among his latest publications: “L’Europe : sujet ou objet de la géopolitique des données ?”, (ed., with Julien Nocetti and Clément Tonon), Études de l’Ifri, Jul. 2018.
Managing Director Galileo Global Associates New York since 2014. He is also Director of United Way Worldwide since May 2014. Former Managing Director Citigroup New York (2011-2014). He was Citi Country Officer for France (1998-2011), Executive Vice President and Management Board member of Banque Indosuez (1994-1996), Chairman Asia Pacific of Credit Agricole Indosuez, based in Singapore. He is a Governor of the American Hospital of Paris, Director of the American Hospital of Paris Foundation and Director of the DC based Competitive Enterprise Institute. He was President of the American Chamber of Commerce in France (2008-2011). He is a Foreign trade adviser to the French PM since 1984. He holds a PhD in public law and a master in political science from the University of Lyon, France. He attended the Stanford Executive Program, GSB, Stanford University, CA.
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.
President of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue Between Cultures since 2015. Former Member of the French Parliament and President of the Commission of Foreign Affairs at the Assemblée nationale. She began at the Ministry of Finance, then worked on Finance Minister Jacques Delors’ staff in 1982, and then became adviser to the President of the French Republic François Mitterrand (1982-1990). She was, among others, Deputy Minister for European Affairs (1990-1993), member of the European Parliament (1994-1997), Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals (1997-2000) and Minister of Employment and Solidarity (2000-2002). In 1994, she founded the Association Europartenaires that she is co-chairing in order to promote debates on Europe. She is also a board member of Notre Europe. She graduated from the University of Montpellier, France. She studied at the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA).
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.
After begining his career in strategic and organizational consulting (Sora/IDHR), Emmanuel Harlé joined the SAT/Sagem/CSEE group to help launch a new subsidiary in the telecoms business. In 1980, as CFO of Mors, a listed company in difficulty, he took part in the company’s turnaround, later participating in a large-scale acquisition project. He then joined the Indosuez investment banking department at Suez group before becoming Investment Director for Astorg, a private equity firm and group subsidiary. In 1988, after successfully taking part in a second business turnaround (the German subsidiary Sanara, a listed transport group), he helped create the France Capital Developpement fund, which specialized in majority buy-outs and build-up transactions. In 1995, Emmanuel Harlé worked with Morgan Grenfell & Company to raise funds and make initial investments. And in 1999, he founded Industries & Finances Partenaires and raised three Investment Funds in 2000, 2007, and 2012.
Palestinian Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He served the Palestinian people with distinction for twenty five years and has been a superb representative at the Ministry of Higher Education and at the Association of Arab Universities, among other international academic organizations. Among his academic awards and honors, Professor Hassassian was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Docteur Honoris Causa) by the University of Reims, France, and nominated by the Center of International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland, for the Gleitzman Middle East Award. In 2015 he received the Grassroot Diplomat Award. He earned a BA in Political Science from the American University of Beirut, a MA in International Relations from Toledo University, Ohio, U.S.A. and a PhD in Comparative Politics from University of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Professor of Practice (Aviation Management), Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Former Vice President, Strategy & Parnerships in China, Air France. Before joining Air France, he worked at Bossard Consultants. He has been working at Air France since 1979, where he has held various positions, including in the Operational Research – IT Division. He was in charge of the Planning and Development Division and of recovery and restructuring projects for the Group. He also served as Vice President of Routes for Air France Caribbean & Indian Ocean, Asia & Pacific, and Americas. He graduated from the Ecole Centrale.
Contributing Editor to The Washington Post since January 2010, after serving two decades as Associate Editor and Chief Foreign Correspondent. He has served in a variety of reporting, editing, and opinion-forming roles since joining the newspaper in 1966. He was awarded two Pulitzer prizes and other journalism honors. He began his journalism career as a reporter with the Rock Hill Evening Herald in 1960 while still in college. He is the author of a book, South Africa: Civilizations in Conflict, published (1972). He graduated with an A.B. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina and he has done graduate work at the University of Aix-en-Provence and Columbia University.
Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University. He has been an assistant professor at Hokkaido University, Keiai University, and Keio University, a visiting researcher at Princeton University, and visiting professor at Sciences Po, Paris (2009–10). He is Senior Researcher at the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS), Senior Fellow at The Tokyo Foundation (TKFD), and Adjunct Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA). Former member of the Advisory Board at Japan’s National Security Council (NSC) (2014-2016), of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security (2013-14), and Prime Minister’s Advisory Panel on National Security and Defense Capabilities (2013). He graduated from Rikkyo University, the University of Birmingham and Keio University.
President of Airbus Africa & Middle East. In 2011 he was appointed as General Delegate of the Group Airbus for the UAE. In 2005 he joined EADS (European Aeronautics Defence and Space Company) in Sao Paulo as VP Latin America for all the defence activity of the group. He also served as Vice President Sales and Marketing of Thales in Saudi Arabia. His career began in Madrid in 1988 within Alcatel. He graduated from the Paris Ecole Superieure des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées.
Senior Advisor to Bae, Kim & Lee LLC and advisor to the AMRO (Asian Macroeconomic Research Office). He is also Board member of Samsung Life Insurance and GS Shareholding Company. He served as Ambassador of Korea to the OECD. He also held the position of Vice Minister for the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Secretary to the President for National Agenda, Senior Economist for the IMF. He holds a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated from the Department of Business Administration, Seoul National University.
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.
Member of the Directorate of the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe. Former Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Representative to the United Nations and to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), President of the Security Council, and Vice President of the Steering Committee of the International Energy Agency. He studied law, political science and modern languages at the University of Vienna and at The Hague Academy of International Law.
Senior Lecturer at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM), Paris, and Research Fellow at the Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po (CHSP) Paris. Vice President of the Committee for Parliamentary and Political History, General Secretary of the Society of the History of the 5th Republic, she serves as member of the Editorial Board of the Revue historique and Parlements. In studying the history and role of the Centre d’études de politique étrangère and the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), two French diplomatic think tanks, she became increasingly interested in decision-making and expertise in the field of international relations. Her latest book is Les Boîtes à idées de Marianne. Etat, expertise et relations internationales, 1935-1985 (Editions du Cerf, 2017). She graduated and received her Ph.D. in modern history from Sciences Po; she also holds the Agrégation d’histoire and the Habilitation à diriger des recherches.
President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), a global public policy think-tank. Leader of Serbia’s opposition People’s Party. He was President of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly (2012-2013), and finished second in the official race for UN Secretary-General (2016). Previously, he served as Serbia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2012). In 2013, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He graduated from Cambridge University and from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Dean of the School of International Studies of Peking University. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1988. 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, a visiting professor at the University of Vienna and a CNAPS fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the Standing Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He is also Director of the Institute for China-US People-to-People Exchange of the Ministry of Education, Vice President of the Chinese American Studies Association, Vice President of China International Relations Studies Association, and Vice President of Chinese Japanese Studies Association.
Pulitzer-Prize winning writer focusing on society, religion, and history. He works out of Beijing, where he also teaches university classes. He has spent nearly twenty years in the greater China region, first as a student in Beijing (1984-1985), and then in Taipei (1986-1988). He later worked as a newspaper correspondent in China (1994-1996) with Baltimore’s The Sun, and with The Wall Street Journal (1997-2001), where he covered macro economics, China’s WTO accession and social issues.
Chair Emeritus of the McCall MacBain Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland. Former Visiting Professor at Yonsei University, Seoul, former Chair of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC), Switzerland. Former Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. In 1978, he was elected Member of Parliament for St. Henri Westmount. As a member of the Canadian cabinet, he successively held the positions of President of the Treasury Board, Minister of State for Science and Technology, Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. He graduated in Law from McGill University, Montreal.
Chancelor of Euro-Mediterranean university of Fès and member of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology. He was Advisor to His Majesty the King Mohammed VI. He served as Minister of Finance and Foreign Investment. He was also President of the Development Committee of the IMF and the Work Bank and Minister of Public Works, Vocational and Professional Training. He was also governor of Casablanca region, member of Moroccan parliament and he founded the world Sacred Music Festival in Fez. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, and the National School of Civil Engineering; he has a “Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies” in Econometry, Sorbonne University, Paris.
Chairman and CEO of several firms, including CESSCO, Chemical Supplies & Services Co. and Delta Energy Services Co. He was Vice-President of Arab Organization for Human Rights in Jordan and Professor of Political Science at Jordan University. He is also Spokesman and Member of the Executive Board, National Reform Front, Jordan. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Forum and of the Ebal Organisation. He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of London.
Honorary Chairman of the Presidium of the non-governmental Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. Russian foreign and economic affairs specialist. He is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Founder and former Deputy Director of the Institute of Europe of the Academy of Sciences of USSR/Russia (1989-2010). He has been Dean of the School of International Economics and Foreign Affairs of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (NRU HSE) since 2006. He was a Member of High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) (2014-2015). He graduated from the Department of Economics of the Moscow State University.
Head of Russia-NIS Center of Ifri since January 2014. Before joining Ifri in 2005, she taught international relations for the French-Russian Master at MGIMO University in Moscow. At the beginning of her work at Ifri, she developed a rich expertise on issues linked to youth, higher education and innovation in Russia: she is the author of the book “Les universités russes sont-elles compétitives ?” (Are Russian Universities competitive?), CNRS Editions, 2013. She currently heads the trilingual electronic collection Russie.Nei.Visions. She holds a degree from the State University of Ekaterinbourg, a Franco-Russian Master in International Relations from the University of Sciences Po/MGIMO in Moscow, and from the University of Marne-la-Vallée in France. In 2018, she published La Russie de Poutine en 100 questions (Paris, Tallandier, 2018).
A former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint Cloud, holder of an Agrégation higher degree in French language and literature and former student of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Daniel Keller started his career at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance as a civil administrator at the Directorate-General of Taxes and then at the Tax Legislation Department. He joined the Renault Group where he held various responsibilities in the Sales Department, in the distribution network in France and Europe, as well as in central functions, as Head of Worldwide Sales Quality for the Group. He then headed a group of Renault-Dacia car dealerships, ETI with 300 employees, in the Paris region. Since mid-2016, he has been Transformation Director in the Humanis Social Protection Group, in charge of organisation, project management and operational efficiency. He has been president of the Grand Orient de France (2013-2016) and chairman of the French ENA Alumni Association since 2017.
Emeritus Professor of Economy and Health Management at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers and founder of the Pasteur/CNAM School of Public Health, member of the French Academy of Engineering, member of the startegic of “Médecins du monde” Foundation.. Former Consultant to the OECD, Visiting Professor at Yale University, Under Secretary at the Ministry of Health in charge of French hospitals and Adviser to the Prime Minister. He holds a master in Agronomy from the Institut national agronomique Paris-Grignon, a MBA and a PhD in Socioeconomics from Cornell University.
Former member of the UK Diplomatic Service (1966-2002), serving abroad, in Moscow, Islamabad, Washington and Brussels, and in London, in the Foreign Office and Treasury, where he was Private Secretary to two Chancellors of the Exchequer. From 2004, he has been an independent member of the House of Lords, where he currently serves on its Economic Select Committee. He was Deputy Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell (2005-2012), Chairman of Imperial College London (2005-2011), and a Director of Rio Tinto (2002-2015). He also served as Secretary-General of the EU Convention (2002-2003). He was UK Permanent Representative to the European Union (1990-1995), British Ambassador to the United States (1995-1997) and Foreign Office Permanent Under-Secretary (1997-2002).
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.
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 also has ten years of experience in Marketing Communications. She has spoken at over 30 groups and platforms and been the guest and a commentator for numerous TV shows. She writes regularly on various political topics, namely, on the US. She is the author of the book the “The Arab lobby and US: factors for success and failure” and the principal editor of the volume “The Arab Gulf states and the West: Perceptions and realities, Opportunities and Perils both published by Routledge, UK. She graduated from the American University of Beirut with a BBA and an MBA degrees and she holds a PhD in politics from the University of Exeter.
Assistant professor in the Institute of Political Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He was a member of the European Parliament, Chairman of UE delegation to EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Commission and of Foreign Affairs Committee (2009-2014). From 2007 to 2009 he was a member of Parliament (Sejm). He also served as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland (2006-2007). Author of numerous publications on the transformation processes in Central Europe. He is a member of the editorial board of the bi-monthly “New Eastern Europe” and of the Supervisory Board of Alwernia SA. He graduated from the Faculty of History at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow and studied at the Collegium Invisibile of Warsaw (1996-1998).
Prof. (Dr) Suresh Kumar is a Head and Coordinator (2015-19), Department of African Studies, and Centre for African Studies, UGC Area Study Program. He is the Chief Editor of Peer Reviewed & UGC index journal of Indian Journal of African Studies and Africaindia.org, and traveled widely more than 40 countries in the world for research and teaching assignments. He deliberated his opinion on different aspects of Africa before the United Nations Organisation (UNO, 2012), World Policy Conference (WPC, 2014), European Commission of African Studies (ECAS), Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA, 2015), IBSA, BRICS-IKS (2016) and many others. About 143 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 of BBC, Aljazeera (English), ABC (USA), Yomiuri Shinbun (Japan) and All India Radio. He has completed LLB successfully out of his sheer interests from University of Delhi, India in 2016.
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.
Former Minister of Labor and Social protection and Minister of Youths and Sports, Algeria. He also served as Prefect, Ambassador of Algeria, Deputy, President of the Finance and Budget Commission at the national Assembly, Member of the Commission of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Emigration. He is a Member of the Royal Academy of Spain for Economic and Finance Sciences and of the Forum “Penser l’Europe”. Honorary member of the “Barcelona Economics Network”. Member of the scientific committee of the “MS’10 Barcelona International Conference”. He is researcher, lecturer and teacher at the Higher School for Political Sciences, at the Institute of Diplomacy and at the International Relations and the National School of Administration (ENA). He was a board member of the High Institute of Management and Planning, National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the National Office of Statistics. He was also member of the mediator’s team for the resolution of the Northern Mali and Northern Niger Conflict, and co-editor of the agreements. He graduated from the University of Law and Economic Sciences.
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.
Senior Advisor of KIM & CHANG and Visiting Professor of the Graduate School of International Studies of Seoul National University. Former G20 Sherpa and Ambassador for International Economic Affairs, Republic of Korea. Former Ambassador to France (2012-2015). He also served as Ambassador to the Philippines. Previously, he was Deputy Minister for Trade and Chief Negotiator for the Korea-EU FTA (2008-2010). He held the position of Director-General and Deputy Chief Negotiator for the KOREA-US FTA, (2006-2008). He joined the Foreign Service in 1980. He was also Minister-Counsellor, Korean Permanent Delegation to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Paris (2004-2005). He graduated from Seoul National University and received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.
Physicist. Founding member and Honorary President of the National Academy of Technologies of France. He is also a former 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). 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 physics.
Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy in the UAE, former Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Former Special Representative of the European Union for the Southern Mediterranean and former European Union Special Representative for Libya. He held several positions with the Spanish government, including Secretary-General at the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office (2008-2011) and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (2004-2008). He also became Sherpa for the G20 in 2009. He joined the Spanish diplomatic service in 1989 and was posted in Liberia, Algeria and Greece. He also served as Personal Adviser to the European Union Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process (1998-2001).
Member of the board of Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri), affiliate emeritus professor in Finance at Paris-Dauphine University, non-executive Chairman of Les Echos, member of the supervisory board of Rothschild et Co, chairman and founder of the Fondation du Risque and Institut Louis Bachelier. He held various positions in the Schlumberger Group and he was CEO of Banque Paribas until the merger creating BNPParibas. He started as a research physicist at the French atomic energy commission (CEA). He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Founder of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited, an international ethics advisory firm. Founder of the Ethics Incubator, a non-profit platform for debate on cutting edge ethics issues. She is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University in complex ethics issues from technology to humanitarian issues. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Court of Governors of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. She was Chair of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières US Advisory Board. She serves on a number of non-profit boards, including the Global Supervisory Board of Care International and the American Hospital of Paris. She served as Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs at Stanford University Law School. She holds a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University Law School, as well as two BAs and a MA from Stanford and a MA from SOAS.
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 Economic University of Vienna. 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.
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Senegal. President of the Emergence Institute, specializing in economic and statistical studies and strategic planning. He is currently Special Adviser and Chief Economist of the Prime Minister and Director General of the Economic Prospective Bureau. Previously, he was deputy director in the Cabinet of Macky Sall, president of Senegal. He also served as an economic advisor to several Prime Ministers. He is an expert for the UN, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the African Union. He has served as associate lecturer at the National School of Administration of Senegal and the University Gaston Berger of St. Louis.
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.
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.
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.
Managing Director, Rothschild & Co. She started her career at Lazard Frères in 1989. She joined Rothschild in 1999 where she started the emerging markets division. Managing director since 2006, she is also a member of the board of Lucien Barrière Group, Rothschild & Co and Electrica S.A. She has also been President of CARE France from 2007 to 2018 and sits currently on the Supervisory Board of CARE International. She holds a PhD in international economics from the Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris and a DEA in Monnaie Banque Finance from Université de Paris II Assas.
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, Member of the Council “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 International relations.
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.
Former Minister, former member of the French Parliament and Mayor of Crest since 1995. Member of the steering comittee of the « républicains » party, he was the whip of opposition in the finance comittee, special rapporteur for the budget on ecology, energy, transport and agriculture, president of the friendship group with Russia and vice-president with the United Kingdom as well as member of the delegation for overseas territories. He has been Overseas secretary in 2007. He is a Corps des Mines General Engineer. He graduated from the Ecole polytechnique and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.
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.
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania since January 2017 for the third time (previously in 1992 – 1996 and 2014). Minister Meleșcanu has extensive political and administrative experience: three times senator in the Romanian Parliament, re-elected in 2016, he held numerous high-level positions in the administration. He was defence minister (2007 – 2008) and State Advisor on defence and security in the Prime Minister Chancellery in 2015. He was also head of the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service (2012 – 2014). Minister Meleșcanu is professor at the doctoral school of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration. He graduated from the Faculty of Law (University of Bucharest) and holds a PhD in social and political science, specializing in international law, from the University of Geneva.
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 in 1986 as a Research Associate at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Foundation for Science and Politics) and served from 1990 to 1992 on the Policy Planning Staff of the German Minister of Defence.
Vice-Chairman International of Rothschild & Cie. Before joining Rothschild in 1989 as general partner, he was Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Cie (1976-1988). Previously, from 1973 to 1976, he was adviser to DATAR (Délégation à l’Aménagement du Territoire et à l’Action Régionale), an office of the French Prime Minister. Graduate of the Institut d’études politiques (Paris), he holds a M.A. in law and has attended the PhD Management Program of Paris Dauphine University. He is member of the board of I.F.R.I. (Institut Français des Relations Internationales).
Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor in International Economic Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He is author of EuroTragedy: A Drama in Nine Acts. Previously, he was Deputy Director in the International Monetary Fund’s Research and European Departments. He has worked at the World Bank, AT&T’s Bell Laboratories, and the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Financial Studies, Frankfurt. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University.
Co-founder & CEO, Hippogriff. Allen is an inventor and a visionary social entrepreneur who has developed the world’s first clinically validated Artificial Intelligence technology for diagnosis of complex diseases including an accurate tool for early diagnosis of heart disease. As one of the youngest ever candidates, Allen has been honored as “European of the Year 2018” together with other brilliant personalities including President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel. He has also been selected by the Forbes magazine as one of the top 30 most influential innovators and featured on the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 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 was honoured as the “young entrepreneurial talent of the year 2016” in Europe and received the “European Change Award” which was handed by European Commissioners Carlos Moedas and Commissioner Tibor Navracsics.
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). From 2010 to 2011 he joined parliamentary activity and ran to be elected Director-General of the FAO. From 2012 to 2013 he promoted the signature of the International Treaty for a Global Dry Land Alliance in Qatar and was member of the high level advisory panel of the president of the 67th UN General Assembly. Currently he is 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.
Principal of First Charnock Pty Ltd, Australia. He is also a member of LafargeHolcim International Advisory Board, as well as Trustee Emeritus of the Asia Society New York, Chairman Emeritus of the Asia Society AustralAsia Centre, President of the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation and Chairman of the Order of Australia Association Foundation. He was a board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia (1981-1984 and 1996-2007). He graduated from the University of Melbourne.
Director and founder of Mourre and Co specializing in oil, gas and commodities since February 2016. He is Managing Director at Natixis (commodities departments), he is also advisor of a portfolio of companies in the commodities sector. He was previously Managing Director, Vice Chairman of the Commodities Division for Morgan Stanley with a focus on Emerging Markets specifically the Middle East and Africa. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1986. Previously, he worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Cultural Attaché in Hong Kong, then he joined Elf Aquitaine (today Total) in the International trading oil division. He holds a Master of Sciences in business administration from Sup. de co. Marseille, a D.E.A in Business Administration from ESSEC/ IAE Aix en Provence and a D.E.S.S in international trade and transportation from Aix Marseille University.
Dean of the School of International Relations at IE University and Rafael del Pino Professor of Practice of Global Transformation. He is also the Founding Director of IE’s Center for the Governance of Change. From 2015 to 2017 Dr Muñiz was the Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Since 2017 he has been a Senior Associate at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as well as one of the promoters of its Transatlantic Relations Initiative. He is also an elected member of the Alumni Board of Directors of the Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Muniz holds a JD (Law) from the Complutense University in Madrid, an MSc in Finance from the IEB, a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, and a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford.
Former Governor of the State of West Bengal. Former Senior Advisor and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India. Led India in institutionalized security and strategic dialogues with several countries including Brazil, France, Japan, Sri Lanka, Germany, Russia, UK and the USA. Prior to this, he was Director of the Intelligence Bureau and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. He also headed the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Developing an Integrated Capability to address Internal Security Challenges. Has dealt extensively with a whole range of issues concerning internal, national and global security, including aspects such as Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Intelligence and Strategic Analysis. Holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Madras.
President, ECE Consultants SAL. He was a consultant at the OECD. He is co-founder and was Chairman of the Economic Department at the Lebanese University. He has been Chairman at the National Investment Guarantee Corporation since 1993. He was economic and financial advisor at Qatari Diwan Amiri (2000-2005), and strategic advisor to the Chairman at Fransabank SAL (2005-2007). Since 1982, he has been Chairman and CEO of ECE Group. He received a Master’s Degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut, and a Ph. D. in Economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.
Energy and Sustainability Industry Leader of Deloitte Central Europe. He has almost 20 years of experience in the energy sector, holding positions both in the public and private sectors. In 2014, he was the Romanian minister for energy. Between 2006-2008 he was the Energy Attaché of Romania to the European Union. From 2008 to 2014 he held the position of director for Public and Regulatory Affairs of Petrom. He has been the Chairman of the Administrative Board of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). He graduated from Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Brussels, Belgium.
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). In 1997, he joined the corporate recovery practice of Ernst & Young Consulting Switzerland. In 2001, he became vice president for 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, he joined Capgemini’s Executive Committee.From 2009 to 2010, he led the application services business unit in the Nordics and Central Europe. Between 2011 and 2015, he was in charge of the infrastructure services strategic business unit. Since 2016, he was overseeing the Group’s Competitiveness Program which he put in place. He also supervised Capgemini’s India operations. In January 2018, Patrick Nicolet was appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO), in charge of the technology and innovation agenda for the Group. He also oversees the Group internal information systems and cybersecurity. He holds a degree from the University of Lausanne.
Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He has been associated with the Institute since 1985. He is concurrently a non-resident Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. 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.
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.
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.
Professor at Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and at Sciences Po Paris. Previously, he served as French Commissioner General for Policy Planning (2013-2016), Director of Bruegel, the Brussels-based economic think tank (2005-2013), Deputy Chairman of the French Economic Analysis Council (2001-2002), Senior Economic Adviser to the French Minister of Finance (1997-2000), Director of CEPII, the French institute for international economics (1992-1997). He is an engineer from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, Paris. He also holds a master’s degree in mathematics and an advanced degree in economics from the Centre d’études des programmes économiques (CEPE, Paris). In the first half of 2017, he contributed to the campaign of Emmanuel Macron as Director of the Programme and Ideas Division.
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.
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).
Executive Coach and Business Consultant. Former Western Europe Director, General Counsel and Vice President, Corporate and Governmental Affairs ,Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for DuPont de Nemours. She holds an Advanced Master Degree of International, Comparative and European Law from the Law Faculty of Paris .
President of the Israel Institute (Washington and Jerusalem). Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History at the Tel Aviv University, Vice Chairman of the Institute of National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He served as Israel Ambassador to the United States and former Chief Negotiator with Syria in the mid 1990s and as the president of Tel-Aviv University (1999-2007). He has been a member of Tel Aviv University’s faculty since 1971. His most recent book is The Lingering Conflict: Israel, The Arabs and The Middle East (Brookings, December 2011). His biography of Yitzhak Rabin was published by Yale University Press in 2017.
Anita Ricquier is a Singaporean lawyer by training. She is an entrpreneur as well as the founder and chief executive officer of Camelot Trust Pte Ltd. This is a corporate services company based in Singapore, with clients drawn from the region and the rest of the world. Camelot provides its clients with advice and services for doing business in Singapore as well as family office matters.
Virginie Robert is the Foreign Desk Editor of Les Echos, the French business newspaper. Previously, she was the daily’s New York correspondent (2008-2012), where she covered the financial crisis and the two Obama presidential elections. Earlier in her career at Les Echos, she held various positions as an IT writer and created in 2000 a special section dedicated to the internet economy and to innovation. Her first job was as a business writer for “01 Informatique”, the leading IT trade magazine in France. She is the author of a book “L’irrésistible montée de l’économie sociale », Editions Autrement, published in March 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Valparaiso University, IN. and a Master of Journalism from Medill School, Northwestern University, ILL. Virginie is the vice-president of the European-American Press Club in Paris and a member of the French Diplomatic Press Association.
Founding Partner of Okan Partners, strategy and financial advisory boutique dedicated to Africa since 2012. Former McKinsey, PAI Partners and Ardian, Benjamin has developed an expertise in financial advisory and fundraising in Africa. At Okan, he mainly leads infrastructure, agriculture and mining sectors. Benjamin graduated from HEC Paris.
Chairman and CEO of Poongsan Group, one of the largest manufacturers of metal products and munitions in the world. He is actively involved in numerous business organizations notably as Vice Chairman of the Korea-U.S. Economic Council, Vice Chairman of the Korea Defense Industry Association and Vice Chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries. Additionally, he supports a number of philanthropic organizations worldwide. He serves as Board Chairman of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation Korea, a Vice Chairman of Korea Mecenat Association. Also, he played instrumental role in bringing The Presidents Cup golf tournament to Korea, and served as Chairman of The Presidents Cup 2015 Tournament Organization Committee.
Chairman of the Institute for Global Economics; former Minister of Finance (1987-1988). He held several key positions in the Korean government (1979-2011), including Senior Secretary to the President for Economic Affairs (1983-1987), Ambassador for International Economy and Trade (2000-2002), Special Economic Adviser to the President (2008-2009), Chairman of the Presidential Council on National Competitiveness (2008-2009), and Chairman of the Presidential Committee for the G20 Summit (2009-2011). He also served as Special Consultant to the International Monetary Fund (1989-1998) and Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association (2009-2012). He graduated from Seoul National University and received his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of California in Los Angeles.
Executive Chairman for the new Asia-Pacific entity of the Capgemini Group. Former Chairman & CEO of Sogeti and member of Capgemini Group Executive Committee. He joined Cap Sogeti Group in 1978. He served among others as Vice Chief Executive of Capgemini France, Vice Chief Executive Officer of Cagemini America and Deputy Director of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Group. Since 2009, he has been the Executive Committee’s sponsor for Defense activities in France, acting on behalf of the Capgemini Group. The French Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff appointed him as National Coordinator of the French Cyber Defense Military Reserve in 2012. He graduated from the University Witswatersrand, South Africa and from the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale.
Attorney-at-law at Jones Day. His practice focuses on regulatory compliance and encompasses a broad range of government regulations, product safety, installment sales regulations, commercial transactions regulations, foreign direct investment regulation, energy & environment, and competition law. He represents various clients in civil disputes. He spent 35 years at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. During his tenure as Director-General of the Trade Policy Bureau and Vice Minister for International Affairs, he worked in the field of international trade policy. He served as Chief Executive Assistant to Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama (2009-2010).
Chairman and 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 and Harvard.
Former General Commissioner for Investment (2014-2018). He served as Chairman of the French foreign affairs council until 2017 and currently serves as special representative of the French foreign minister for the franco japanese partnership. He is the President of Initiative France, a not for profit organization whose aim is to finance the creation and development of small enterprises. He was Chairman and CEO of Renault (1992-2005). During his tenure, he was also President of the Management board of Renault Nissan BV (2002-2005). Formerly, he was a Civil Servant at the Budget Department and then served as chief of staff of Laurent Fabius, who was Minister of Budget in 1981, Minister for Industry and Research in 1983, and Prime Minister (1984-1986).
President of IBEI, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. He is also Vice-President de Telefónica Chile and Councillor of Telecomunicaciones de São Paulo S/A –TELESP. Previously, he was President of CIDOB (2000-2012) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. He also served as Vice-President of the Spanish Government, Minister of Defence and Mayor of Barcelona. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Barcelona and a Ph.D. in Economics from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
Member of the Israeli Knesset for the Hatnua Party. Born in Morocco, he emigrated to Israel in 1957 and served in a number of high-level cabinet positions, including Minister of the Interior, Minister of Housing and Construction, Minister of Finance, Minister of Justice, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Education, Culture and Sports. He was first elected to the Knesset in 1981 and served as Mayor of the City of Yavne. He holds a BA and a MA from Bar-Ilan University.
Former 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.
Appointed Chief Executive Officer of the American Hospital of Paris on March 1, 2017, Robert Sigal, MD, PhD, was formerly with Institut Gustave Roussy for 20 years, where he served as Executive Medical Director, after practicing as a physician, chief of radiology, and university professor. In 2007, he joined the Hospital and Health Solutions department of General Electric Healthcare France, later taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, he was President and Chief Commercial Officer of InSightec, a medical technology company and the market leader in MRI-guided Focused Ultrasound.
Founder and President of Synergia Foundation, a strategic think tank. He is also the President of the Synergia Group. He is a Commissioner with the Global Commission for Internet Governance (GCIG) and a member of the Tri Lateral Commission. He served on the advisory board member of the Centre for New American Security (CNAS), the International Council of the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs at The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He has been advisor to several international organizations such as The World Health Organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières and AEDES-EU. He is a university topper, holds post graduate degree, is a graduate from the Harvard Business School and a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in strategic security.
French Ambassador. He worked for the French Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Cooperation as an advisor. He worked in numerous embassies all over the world, notably as Advisor and Consul General before being appointed as French Ambassador to Central African Republic (1996-2001), to Nigeria (2001-2003), to Gabon (2003-2008), and to Côte d’Ivoire (2009-2012). He was a Representative to the ECOWAS and to the ECCAS. He is now alternate deputy of Oise, and Chairman of Eurafrique Stratégies SAS. He graduated from Paris II Assas University in Public Law.
Co-founder and CEO of Joko. Before co-founding Joko, he has been Deputy Head of Multilateral Financing for Development at the French Treasury. Prior to that, he was Managing Director for French Speaking Africa at Jumia Travel. He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and an Engineer of the French Corps des Mines.
President of Club România. He started his career in journalism in 1990 as editor of the Tineretul Liber newspaper. He then worked as a press correspondent for a Romanian newspaper and TV channel, in Hungary and Republic of Moldova. He then became personal advisor for the Secretary of State for the Romanians Abroad (2000) and for the Minister of Tourism (2001-2003). He was Under Secretary of State for Foreign Trade (2009). He is member of Chatham House, London, and also member of the Aspen Institute Romania. He graduated in Journalism and Communication Sciences.
Senior Advisor, Treasury Board Secretariat, Government of Canada. He has worked in consulting for Deloitte and the Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto. 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. 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 Canada. He graduated from Dalhousie University.
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.
Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister of Japan. Former Director-General for Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Chief Negotiator of the Japan European Union Economic Partnership Agreement Negotiations and Former Ambassador to France. Previoulsy, he was Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Japan’s G8 Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpa, and Ambassador to Singapore. He received a law degree LL.B from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo and is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration of France (ENA).
President of Berit International Holding SA, President of Batiliban-France, Franco-Arab Consortium for development, board member of the executive committee of the Franco-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Paris, board member and founding member of the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce, Beyrouth. He was Advisor to the Lebanese President for the French-speaking world (1986-1988) and Advisor to the Minister of Finance for the private sector (1999-2001). He is the author of numerous books and studies on economic development, environment and land-use planning. He graduated from the Institut d’Urbanisme, Paris-Sorbonne University.
Chairman 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.
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.
Chairman and CEO of OCP Group. He was an advisor in the Royal Cabinet and also served as Secretary-General of the MENA Economic Summit. In 1998, he was appointed Director-General of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency. Then, he joined the World Bank as Lead Regulatory Specialist in the Global Information and Communications Department, and headed the World Bank’s Information for Development Program. He holds a MS and a PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received an engineering diploma from the ENPC, Paris.
Russian scholar and diplomat, expert on Russian foreign policy and Asia-Pacific region. Rector of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Professor Torkunov holds positions of the Chairman of the UN Association of Russia; President of the Russian International Studies Association, Member of the Academic Council of the Security Council of the Russian Federation; Co-Chairman of the Russian-Polish Group on Difficult Matters (2007-2016). He is Chairman of Moscow Region Civic Chamber, co-president of the Russian Historical Society, co-chairman of the Committee on difficult issues in the history of Russian-Japanese relations, co-president of the Russian-French Civil Societies Forum “Trianon Dialogue”.
Chairman of the French Institute of Directors (IFA). She is also founder and CEO of Act III Consultants, a management-consulting firm dedicated to digital transformation. She was Chairman and CEO of Vivendi Universal Publishing, after spending 10 years within the Lagardère group and 5 years within McKinsey. She is a board member of Proximus (Belgacom) and a member of the supervisory board of Tarkett. She is an independent member of the board of Rexel. Previously, she was a non-executive Director of Cable & Wireless Plc, Neopost and Darty Plc. She is also a board member of several non-profit organisations such as IDATE and the French American Foundation. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University (MBA).
Former 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. She was Head of the African Union Election Observation Mission in Mauritius in 2015 and in Ivory Coast in 2016. In 2017, she co-led jointly with John Kerry Kenya’s Presidential Election First Round Observation Mission for the Carter Center and supervised the Election Observation Mission in Liberia for the EISA and the Carter Center. 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.
Former President of the European Central Bank and Honorary Governor of Banque de France. He is Honorary Chairman of the Group of Thirty, Chairman of the Board of Bruegel Institute and Chairman of the Trilateral Commission (Europe). He was assigned to various posts at the French Ministry of Finance. He was an adviser to the President of the Republic. He was chairman of the Paris Club (sovereign debt rescheduling) from 1985 to 1993. He was Chairman of the European Monetary Committee until his appointment as Governor of the Banque de France in 1993. He graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines de Nancy, of the IEP of Paris, of the Université de Paris (in economics) and of the Ecole nationale d’administration. He was awarded honorary doctorates by several universities.
Minister of Justice of Hungary since 2014. Dr László Trócsányi is a lawyer by profession. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Eötvös Loránd University in 1980 and was admitted to the bar in 1985. He served as an assistant professor, then a reader (1991-1994) and a senior lecturer (1994-2000) at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Szeged. Since 2000, he is professor and head of department at the same university. Since 2004, he serves as Director of the European Studies Centre of Szeged University. Dr Trócsányi has been appointed Hungarian Ambassador to both Belgium and Luxembourg between 2000 and 2004 and to France between 2010 and 2014. He holds various awards that he received from France, Belgium and Hungary.
Baron van Daele joined the Belgian foreign service in 1971. In the seventies and eighties he served twice as a junior officer to Belgium’s Permanent Representation to the EU, as the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, and as his country’s alternate representative in the Security Council. As Undersecretary for Political Affairs, as Permanent Representative to the EU, and later as Chief of Staff to the first permanent President of the European Council he was deeply involved in setting the EU agenda. Both as Ambassador in Washington and as Permanent Representative of Belgium to NATO he focused on the transatlantic relationship. After completing his diplomatic career he served as Chief of Staff to HM the King of the Belgians. On retirement he was made a Minister of State for the exceptional services rendered to his country.
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).
Historian of medieval China, member of the Institut de France, Franciscus Verellen is a professor and former director of the Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (2004-2014). He has taught the history of Chinese religions in France, the United States, and China. Since 2014 Verellen is director of the EFEO Hong Kong Centre and senior research fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has published widely on Chinese religion and regional history. His latest book, Imperiled Destinies: The Daoist Quest for Deliverance in Medieval China, is forthcoming from the Harvard University Press in early 2019. Verellen’s current interests are focused on the break-up of the Tang empire and the role of military and religious elites in the Tang-Five Dynasties transition in the tenth century.
CEO of Pronutri, Activa and Nutrilab laboratories. He turned Pronutri into a worldwide developed company, bringing it to a new level and making it one of the major players on the market of health dietary supplements. He extended the scope of Pronutri with international subsidiaries in Europe, the USA and Asia, making Nutripuncture™ a worldwide brand. He created in 1999 the Activa Laboratories with the objective to establish a new and innovative set of technologies in the world of health dietary supplements. He graduated from the Dauphine University (Paris, France) with a major in finance and marketing.
Professor of the School of International Studies and President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking University. He was a Global Scholar at Princeton University (2011-2015). He is honorary president of the Chinese Association for American Studies, and was a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of China’s Foreign Ministry in 2008-2016. He taught in Peking University’s Department of International Politics (1983-1991), and then served as director of the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences until 2005. From 2005 to 2013, he served as dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University. He was concurrently director of the Institute of International Strategic Studies of the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China from 2001 to 2009. He obtained an MA degree from Peking University.
Chairman & CEO of Wolfensohn & Company. He was President of the World Bank and of the International Finance Cooperation (1995-2005). Then, he served as Special Envoy for Gaza Disengagement (2005-2006). He was Chairman of the former Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings Institution, and Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Citigroup (2006-2014). Prior to that, he held Senior Management positions at Schroders and Salomon Brothers. For more than 40 years, he has been active in music organizations, having served as Chair of both Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Mr. Wolfensohn has taught at Yale University and holds a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Sydney, as well as an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society.
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.
Senior Advisor at Lee International IP & Law Group. Previously, he held the position of President of the Korea Foundation (2007-2010). He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1974 and served, among others, as Korean Ambassador to Canada (2004-2007) and Egypt (1996-1999). In 2001, he was Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and in 2002, he was appointed as the National Security Advisor to President Kim Dae-jung. He currently co-chairs the Korea-Canada Forum. He graduated from Seoul National University, Oxford University and Keio University.
Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development. In June 2013, he was elected President of the All-Russian Insurance Association, in January 2015, President of Russian Association of Motor Insurers. He is also a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights, of Russian International Affairs Council and of the Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy. He is a professor of the Higher School of Economics. He graduated from the Economics Department of Moscow State University.
Chairman of the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Lebanon). He is also the Owner, President and CEO of Zeenni’s Trading Agency. He served among others as Chairman of The AmCham MENA Regional Council, Chairman of the Children’s Cancer Center in Lebanon, President of the Lebanese American Businessmen Association (LABA). He graduated from Saint Joseph University (USJ), Beirut.
Executive Vice President, CHO of BGI (Beijing Genomics Institute) Group. Previously, she was the Project Director of The Southern Securities Investment Bank, Vice Dean of School of Economics and Management at Tongji University, Executive Dean of Chinese Academy of Science and Technology Management. She was also a visiting scholar of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (2005-2007) and a visiting scholar of Gothenburg University in Sweden (2012). Her research focuses on innovation management and policy. She has also published a book untitled Power of Innovation and more than 30 papers in high-impact journals and conference domestically and internationally.
Co-chair of SouthBridge, a Financial Advisory Service company dedicated to Africa. Chairman of the Fondation de l’École Normale Supérieure and of Terra Nova think tank. Former Prime Minister of Benin (2015-2016). He started his career as a lecturer in economics at the University of Paris 13 and was a member of the Department of Industry’s Minister’s Office and the Prime Minister’s Office. In 1986, he joined Danone where he held various positions, including Corporate Development Director and then CEO of the grocery division. In 1997, he joined the Rothschild Bank as General Partner; he was Head of the Consumer Products Group, Head of Middle East and Africa. He then served as CEO of the Private Equity firm PAI Partners (2009-2015). He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure, Sciences Po, the London School of Economics and La Sorbonne in history and economics. He is a “professeur agrégé de sciences économiques et sociales”.