Medical doctor, director of companies. First Vice President of the Robert Schuman Institute for Europe, member of the European Academy of the Great East region in France, former auditor of the Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence (IHEDN).
Participation2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2021
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 and of the International Advisory Board of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He received his Ph.D. from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, specializing in oil economics.
Participation2017 2018 2021
Elder Metropolitan of Chalcedon. 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. After being elected Metropolitan of France, he served as Vice President and President of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) as well as Co-President of the Council of Christian Churches in France. In February 2021 he was unanimously elected Elder Metropolitan of Chalcedon. He is Co-Moderator of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP) as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors of KAICIID.
Participation2017 2018 2021
President of the Center for Global Development since January 2017. He enjoys a 35-year career driving economic development policy initiatives relating to debt, aid effectiveness, trade, and global economic prospects at major international institutions including the IMF, the World Bank, and the DFID. He served for eight years as director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, earning praise from Managing Director Christine Lagarde as a “visionary leader.” In previous years, he also served as the IMF’s director of External Relations, and deputy director of the Policy Development and Review Department. From 2003-2006, Ahmed served as director general, Policy and International at the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID). Ahmed also worked at the World Bank from 1979-2000 in various managerial and economist positions, rising to become Vice President, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management.
Participation2013 2015 2016 2017 2021
Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Arab Emirates. Previously, he served as Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti and Permanent Representative of the Sultanate of Oman to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
His Excellency Dr. Al Busaidi started his diplomatic career in 1983 as Second Secretary in the European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Muscat, then as First Secretary in the Omani Embassy in Cairo. In 1988, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Muscat as Director of the Political and Economic Affairs Office of the Gulf Cooperation Council, before being promoted to Director of the Middle East and Iran Desk in 2000. In 2004, he became Deputy Head of the Arab Department for Gulf Cooperation Council Affairs.
H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Hilal Al Busaidi holds a MSC in Economic Development and International Trade from the University of Reading in the UK, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Hull in the UK.
Publisher and Editor-in-chief at Elaph. He started his career in journalism as junior sports correspondent for a Saudi newspaper. He quickly established a name for himself and became London correspondent for Al-Jazeera newspaper, Riyadh. He was also Editor in Chief of Al Majalla, London, and Asharq Al Awsat newspaper, London (the leading international Arabic language newspaper). He set up Elaph Publishing Limited in the UK and its associated company in Saudi to publish www.elaph.com on the Internet, which quickly became the leading Arabic news portal. He has interviewed exclusively many world leaders, and was awarded the New Media for the Future Prize by Anna Lindh Foundation in December 2009.
Civil Servant within the French Corps des Mines, he joined the Ministry of Economy and Finance in 2019. Before joining the public sector, he worked for Facebook AI Research and McKinsey in Paris.
Daniel Andler is emeritus professor at Sorbonne Université and a member of the Académie des sciences morales et politiques. He began his academic career as a mathematician, specializing in logic and teaching at Paris 7 and other universities, He then was appointed as professor of philosophy of science at the universities of Lille, Nanterre and finally Paris IV. He is chiefly interested in cognitive science and artificial intelligence, and in their import for education, collective decision and public policy. He was the founder and first director of the department of cognitive studies at the Ecole normale superieure in Paris. His latest books are La Silhouette de l’humain, quelle place pour le naturalisme aujourd’hui ? and La Cognition, du neurone à la société (co-authored). His book on the significance of the present surge of artificial intelligence is forthcoming.
Author and journalist, specialising in geopolitics as a contributing editor to The Economist and Project Syndicate. A graduate in Arabic from Cambridge University and in education from London University, he taught at the University of Libya and then at the American University of Beirut before embracing journalism in time for the Lebanese civil war. His subsequent career with The Economist included positions in London as industry editor and Asia editor, along with foreign postings that ranged from Hong Kong and Singapore to Brussels, Paris, Los Angeles and Washington DC. More recently he has worked with the UN Environment Programme, with the Rockefeller Foundation on fragile states and with BBVA’s OpenMind on world conflicts. In July 2021 he became head tutor for The Economist’s first online course on global trends in geopolitics, with a particular focus on China and the USA.
Participation2011 2016 2017 2018 2021
Deputy Vice President Foreign Institutional Relations, TotalEnergies. Karen Andries joined the Public Affairs Department of TotalEnergies in September 2019. From 2015 to 2019 she was Deputy Director of Business Development in the Middle East, Asia and North Africa within Refining & Petrochemicals at TotalEnergies. Karen Andries joined the Marketing & Services department of PetroFina in 1997 in Brussels. She subsequently held several positions in the Gas, Renewables & Power and Exploration & Production divisions of TotalEnergies and in various countries such as Angola and Indonesia. Karen Andries graduated from the Catholic University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and holds a Master’s degree in Management Engineering.
Director of the Ifri Sub-Saharan Africa Center. He works on Mauritania and security issues in the Sahel. He teaches at the Institut d’Études Politiques (IEP) of Lille and Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University. He holds a PhD in political geography from the University of Rouen.
Participation2008 2012 2014 2016 2018 2021
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.
Chairman of France Brevets and scientific adviser of the Energy Center of Ifri, he has been President of the French Energy Council (the French committee of the World Energy Council) and 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.
Participation2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Ali Aslan is an internationally renowned TV presenter and one of the world’s foremost moderators of high profile events. His international career in broadcast journalism spans more than two decades and three continents and includes work for CNN in Washington DC, ABC News in New York and Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin, where he was the host of DW’s flagship talk show „Quadriga”, which reached 200 countries and 100 million viewers worldwide each week. A globally sought-after moderator of international conferences & summits, Aslan has interviewed and shared the stage with many global leaders and public figures, including former US President Bill Clinton, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Philanthropist Melinda Gates and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, to name a few. Aslan holds masters degrees in International Relations and Journalism from Columbia University in New York and a bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Participation2017 2018 2021
Chief Operations Officer, Norge Mining. Dr. Kristian Bader has extensive experience as Operations Adviser, most of which he gained as line manager and project manager in companies in the financial and technological industries. Kristian has furthermore founded and built up various companies. His strengths lie in the analysis, conception and implementation of organizational structures and processes and in the strategic development of these. He is also passionate about developments in the fields of technology, digitization and automation. Kristian has a Doctorate in Business Administration and holds Executive Master’s degrees in Business Law and Art Market Studies.
Managing Partner and Founder, Blue like an Orange Sustainable 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.
Participation2015 2017 2018 2019 2021
Chairman and CEO of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French Space Agency. Previously, he was advisor to the Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, and chief of staff to Frédérique Vidal, the Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation. A scientist from the digital sphere, Philippe Baptiste is a specialist in algorithms, combinatorial optimization, operational research and artificial intelligence. He has helped to found and develop several start-ups and pursued numerous collaborations with digital, aviation and defence manufacturers. He was a Partner and Director with Boston Consulting Group and Chief Technology Officer of Total. Before that, he was a researcher at the French national scientific research centre CNRS and IBM’s Watson Research Center, and a lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique. He headed its information technology laboratory and created the Institute of Information Sciences and Interactions before being appointed Associate Director General of CNRS. He also previously sat on the board of INRIA, the French national institute for research in computer science and control. He holds a PhD from the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) and is a graduate in civil engineering from the Ecole des Mines engineering school in Nancy. He also holds an MSc from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and a DEA postgraduate diploma from Sorbonne University.
President of the Global Commerce Institute of Lee&Ko, a leading global law firm in Korea and Professor Emeritus (former professor and Dean) of the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Seoul National University. He is currently participating in the Task Force on Global Capitalism in Transition of the Trilateral Commission as an Asia-Pacific member. He served as Minister for Trade of the Korean government (from December 2011 until March 2013). In spring 2013, Dr Bark was in the race for the Director-General position of the WTO as the Korean candidate. He also served as Chairman of the International Trade Commission of the Korean Government. He taught at Sciences Po, Stanford University and the University of Washington as a visiting professor. In addition, he was a visiting scholar at the IMF and consulted for the World Bank and the ADB. He has authored books and articles on international trade, foreign direct investment and the Korean economy. He was awarded “the Order of Service Merit, Yellow Stripes” (second highest grade) by the Korean government. Professor Bark received his BA from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Participation2014 2015 2016 2017 2019 2021
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, 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 technologies.
Participation2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
His All-Holiness Bartholomew I was elected Archbishop of Constantinople – New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch in 1991. His personal experience and theological formation give him a unique perspective within ecumenical and inter-religious relations and environmental issues. Therefore, he plays a vital role in the reconciliation within Christendom. Ordained to the Diaconate in 1961 and to the Priesthood in 1969, he served as assistant Dean at the Patriarchal Theological School of Halki and then as Director of the Private Patriarchal Office of Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios (d. 1991). He studied at the Patriarchal Theological School of Halki, the Pontifical Oriental Institute (Gregorian University) in Rome, the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey (Switzerland) and at the University of Munich.
Participation2011 2012 2013 2017 2021
Resident Coordinator for Nations (UN) in South Africa. She was previously the Senior Director of the Office of the Secretary-General. She also served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Kenya and the Republic of Benin. Her interest includes promotion of human development; anchored on the principles of economic, social and political rights for all. She has excelled as a Private Sector Policy Adviser focusing on the promotion of trade and investment in African countries through private/public sector partnerships in the United States. She holds a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. Candidate Certificate in Economic Development, Monetary Economics and Econometrics from New York University (NYU). She is the author of several papers and monographs, and she is fully bilingual in French and English.
Vice President, Public Sector, Dassault Systèmes. He started his career as a 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 various capacities. In 2016, he joined the regional council of Paris Region as deputy director general and special advisor to the President, in charge of European affairs, international cooperation and tourism, until September 2019.
Co-founder of echOpen, a low-cost handheld ultrasound device connected to smartphones, he is a Public Health practitioner at Hôtel-Dieu Hospital, former assistant professor in Clinical Epidemiology and PhD in Mathematics. He is mainly involved in the interfaces between connected medicine and open technologies: ultrasound imaging, methodology for the development of Artificial Intelligence solutions. He was a pioneer in Blockchain applications for the quality of clinical trials.
Ambassador at Large of his Majesty Mohamed VI, the King of Morocco, she is as well: Vice-President of the Association of Moroccan-Japanese Friendship, and a Member of the BOT of a number of institutions: “The Orientation Council of the Royal Institute of Strategic Studies (IRES), Rabat, Morocco; “The Moroccan-British Society”; the CITpax (Centro International de Toledo para la Paz), of the Jury of “ Hassan II International Prize for Water, Rabat, and Member of the Association « Leaders for Peace», Paris. Dr Assia Bensalah Alaoui holds a PhD in Law, Paris II University and a Master in English Studies.
Participation2009 2017 2018 2019 2021
Honorary Chairman of the French Judaism Foundation. He served as Chairman of the European Jewish Congress (ECJ) (2005-2007) and of the French Unified Jewish Social Fund (FSJU) (2006-2014). He also co-chaired the Unified Jewish Appeal of France (AUJF) (2006-2014). In January 2010, he took over from David de Rothschild as President of the French Judaism Foundation, position he held until 2014. He started his career first as an entrepreneur in household appliance and then in internet with LibertySurf (internet service provider). He is also a member of the Board of Governors at the Shimon Peres Center for Peace and of the Weisman Institute France.
Participation2016 2017 2021
Media Consultant and Adviser on African Affairs with Africa International, an umbrella entity including the “Club Millennium” and MRB-Networks.com, an issues- and solutions-oriented TV channel focussing on Africa’s development, in partnership with 10 major West-African TV. Born in Cameroon, educated in Cote d’Ivoire, France and Austria, Marie-Roger Biloa 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. Working currently on a documentary film showcasing a generation of Africans committed to the advancement of the Continent.
Participation2012 2013 2014 2015 2017 2018 2019 2021
Managing Partner, Bingmann Pflüger International. Dr Holger Bingmann was born on 8 July 1961 in Stuttgart (Germany). For many years he has held leading positions in industry and associations.
Since May 2020 Holger Bingmann is managing partner of Bingmann Pflüger International. He is also President of the German Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris), member of the Board of Directors of KfW (Frankfurt/Berlin), and member of the Executive Committee of, among others, the German Federal Association of Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA), the German Employers’ Association (BDA), and the German eCommerce Association. Holger Bingmann is shareholder of Pressevertrieb München Holding, advisory board member of several press wholesalers and founder and owner of the Digital Business University, Berlin. He is also member of the Advisory Board of, among others, Commerzbank (Frankfurt), the Austrian Logistics Association (WKÖ) and other national and international associations. Bingmann is partner of GLB German Latin Business GmbH and iconomy GmbH (Berlin).
Jacques N. Biot has international professional experience in higher education and research (First executive President of Ecole polytechnique, 2013-2018), life sciences (Roussel-Uclaf, Pasteur-Mérieux Serums and Vaccines, now parts of Sanofi; JNBD, strategic consulting firm in health technology, divested to ICON; and Guerbet, GBT, Euronext), industry and technology financing, and public administration (Prime Minister’s office). The motto of his career has been about how to turn scientific innovation into societal and economic value. He currently serves as a Board-member or advisor to companies in the field of digital transformation and artificial intelligence, and a Trustee to several scientific academic institutions. He currently chairs the Board of Directors of HuaweiTechnologies France. Jacques is a graduate of Ecole polytechnique (X71) and a member of the Corps des Mines. He is an Officer of the Legion of Honor and of the French Orders of Merite, and a member of the Lion’s Order of Senegal.
CNN’s senior European correspondent in Paris since 1996. Previously he was an ABC Paris correspondent from 1990 to 1996 and the NBC Paris and Rome correspondents from 1978 to 1990. In his long tenure in France he has covered every Presidential campaign since 1981, and travelled widely throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa on major news stories. He covered Pope John Paul II for more than 25 years, has reported on famines in Sudan, the Iranian and Philippines Revolutions, the Gulf War, civil wars in Lebanon and Somalia, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2009, Bittermann was named a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. His many journalistic honors include television Emmys and a Royal Television Society award for team coverage of the Paris terrorist attacks. He is on the juries for the Overseas Press Club and Emmy television news awards. He is a member of the board of governors of the American Hospital of Paris and is the co-president and co-founder of the European-American Press Club. Since 1998, Bittermann has taught communications at the American University of Paris where he is now a professor emeritus.
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, past president of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Academy of Sciences.
Participation2018 2019 2021
Christian Brechot, MD, PhD joined the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine as Senior Associate Dean for Research in Global Affairs, Associate VP for International Partnerships and Innovation, Professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Internal Medicine, and heads USF’s Initiative on Microbiomes. He is also President of the Global Virus Network. In addition to his past role as President of the Institut Pasteur, he has held senior positions at Institut-Meriux, Inserm (the French NIH) as well as Paris Descartes University. Dr. Bréchot’s research activities have focused on viral hepatitis, microbiomes, and viral infections.
Participation2009 2013 2014 2015 2016 2021
Senior Advisor to the Chairman & CEO, Total Energies.
Arnaud Breuillac, 63, graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in 1981. He joined TotalEnergies in 1982 and has served in various positions in its Exploration & Production Division, including Abu Dhabi, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Angola as well as the Refining Division in France. From 2004 to 2006, he held the position of Vice President, Middle East – Iran. In December 2006, he was appointed to the Management Committee of the Exploration & Production Division, concurrent with a new role as Senior Vice-President, Continental Europe & Central Asia. In July 2010, he was appointed President, Exploration & Production, Middle East and in January 2011, became a member of the Group’s Management Committee. In 2014, Arnaud Breuillac became Member of Total Executive Committee and President, Exploration & Production, responsible for the Company’s very large and increasingly diverse upstream portfolio around the world. Since September 1st, 2021, Arnaud Breuillac has been nominated Senior Advisor to the Chairman & CEO of TotalEnergies SE.
Senior Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), attached to the French Research Institute on East Asia (IFRAE) of the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations. Prior to September 2021, he was Chair Professor of Political Science, 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 research topics include political, institutional and legal reforms in People’s China, Chinese foreign and security policy, China-Taiwan relations, the Taiwanese political system and China-Africa relations. He recently published Demain la Chine: guerre ou paix, Paris Gallimard, 2021.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) from 12 September 2014 to 7 April 2021. He has extensive experience after a long and distinguished career in both international and governmental forums. Before joining UNOWAS, Mr. Chambas was the African Union-United Nations Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur. A former Member of Parliament of Ghana, Mr. Chambas served as Deputy Foreign Secretary of Ghana in 1987 and Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Tertiary Education from 1997 to 2000.
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High-level senior finance professional with profound expertise in public and private sectors in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). International strategist in central banking, regulation and supervision, and financial markets, including direct operational experience in commercial banking. Board member of international and regional monetary and financial organizations. Social and economic reformist focusing on economic inclusion, poverty alleviation, women and community empowerment. Writer and speaker on strategy, leadership, monetary policy, finance, economics, and organizational and personal development.
Participation2012 2016 2017 2021
Stephane Charbit is a Managing Director in the Sovereign Advisory department of Rothschild & Co. He advises a number of governments, sovereign wealth funds and state-owned companies on economic development, financial policy and debt management, across Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Central and Latin America. He is an active member of various think tanks and research initiatives related to economic and social inequality, and progressive reforms. He graduated from Harvard University, Sciences Po Paris, ESCP and holds Law and Economics degrees from Paris University.
Head of the BIS Innovation Hub, and a member of the BIS’s Executive Committee. Previously, he was a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, responsible for market operations and European and international relations. Prior to joining the ECB, Mr Cœuré served in various positions at the French Treasury. He was Deputy Chief Executive, then Chief Executive of the French Debt Management office; Assistant Secretary for Multilateral Affairs, Trade and Development, co-chair of the Paris Club, and G8 and G20 Finance Sous-Sherpa; then Deputy Director General and Chief Economist of the French Treasury. A graduate of the École Polytechnique in Paris, he holds an advanced degree in Statistics and Economic Policy from the École nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique (ENSAE), and a bachelor’s degree in Japanese.
Participation2012 2013 2021
CEO & Chairman of the Board, Grup Servicii Petroliere, top offshore construction and drilling holding in the Black Sea. Mr. Comanescu established Grup Servicii Petroliere in 2004 and has served as President of the Board ever since. Under this leadership, the company has developed into a complex holding, which provides an integrated system of services, covering all major aspects of a project, from engineering, through planning, procurement, fabrication, installation and decommissioning. GSP owns and operates the biggest roster of specialized assets in the region, from AHTS and PSV vessels, to offshore floating cranes, offshore construction barges, ROVs and offshore drilling rigs, suited for both shallow and deep water. GSP’s footprint became global. GSP Holding successfully completed various offshore construction and drilling EPCI projects throughout the world, worth more than 4 billion dollars. Presently, GSP is developing major EPCI projects in the Black Sea, and is developing its capabilities to engage in deep water drilling, onshore drilling, and onshore construction.
Mr. Comanescu has a degree in Naval Electromechanical Engineering from the “Mircea cel Bătrân” Naval Academy, Constanta, Romania. Shortly after graduating, in 1992, Mr. Comănescu set out to become one of the most successful business men in the industrial sector. Throughout his career he received various awards and acknowledgements, maintaining a constant presence in the Wealthiest Romanians list.
A senior French civil servant training at the École des Mines de Paris, Basile Cotte joined the Corps des Mines in 2020. He graduated as an engineer from the “Applied Mathematics” program at École Polytechnique and is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Economics at the Paris School of Economics. During his studies, he had the opportunity to work for Morgan Stanley in London before joining Neoen in Paris, an independent renewable energy developer.
Vice President at JOKR, a rapid grocery delivery startup primarily operating in the US, Latin America and Europe. Previously he worked as a Vice President at SoftBank Group International. Benedict has experience in the mobility sector, the last-mile delivery sector, and the not-for-profit sector in various senior management roles across various successful startups. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from King’s College London.
Participation2016 2017 2018 2021
Ms. Dashti is a leading Kuwaiti economist and long-time champion of women’s rights, gender equality and democratic reform. She is currently Under-Secretary-General, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). She served as a member of the Supreme Planning Council in Kuwait. From 2012 to 2014, she was Minister for Planning and Development and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs. Ms. Dashti played a pivotal role in advocating for a decree to allow Kuwaiti women to vote and run for parliamentary elections. In May 2009, she and three others became the first women to be elected to the Kuwait parliament. She has held key positions in research and development institutions, such as the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, and has worked for major national and international financial and development institutions, such as the National Bank of Kuwait and the World Bank. She also managed contracts for the Kuwaiti Emergency and Reconstruction Program during the invasionto-post liberation period. She is listed among the top 150 women leaders by Business Week, among the top 20 businesswomen in the Arab region by the Financial Times, and among the world’s 100 most powerful Arabs by Arabian Business. Ms. Dashti holds a doctorate degree in population dynamics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, a master’s degree in economics and finance from California State University in Sacramento, and a bachelor of science in agriculture economics from California State University in Chico.
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.
Participation2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2019 2021
Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation since 2010. She previously served as Inspecteur général des finances at the French Ministry of Economy and Finances, as Africa Advisor 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.
Participation2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2016 2018 2021
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.
Participation2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Lawyer at the Paris Bar and currently practicing at the Bar of Benin, President of the African Association of International Law. Former Chairman of the Bar, Robert DOSSOU was a Member of Parliament, Minister of Planning and then Minister for Foreign Affairs. Former President of the Constitutional Court of Bénin, expert consultant, he has carried out and still carries out various missions for various international organizations: UN, AU, ECOWAS, OIF… etc. He is an arbitrator of international trade. President of the National Preparatory Committee of the National Conference of Benin, he is the author of several publications on democracy, human rights and the democratic transition. A former professor at the University of Paris I and then at the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC BENIN), and honorary dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the UAC, he is also associate member of the French Académie des Sciences d’Outre-Mer, Grand Officer of the National Order of Benin and Commander of the Academic Palms (France).
President of ETI FINANCE (SMEs and Midcaps financing), GAGEO (Asset based lending) and IFIMM (Real estate). Former chairman of the Board for the Autoroutes et Tunnel du Mont Blanc and of Société Française du Tunnel Routier du Fréjus, former Vice President of the French Public Investment Bank (BPI). 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).
Participation2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Ambassador Eizenstat is a senior member of Covington & Burling LLP’s international practice. His work at Covington focuses on resolving international trade problems and business disputes with the US and foreign governments, and international business transactions and regulations on behalf of US companies and others around the world. He has held key senior positions, including chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), 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). He has played a major role in providing justice to Holocaust Survivors in the Clinton and Obama administration (1993-present). 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.
Participation2010 2017 2018 2019 2021
Mr. Serge EKUE is President and Chairman of the Board of the West African Development Bank (WADB) since August 28, 2020. Prior to his arrival at the WADB, Mr. EKUE was head of Natixis’ Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) activities for the United Kingdom in London since 2016. He combined this responsibility with that of Market Solutions for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Mr. Ekue was also responsible for the Africa and Russia departments of Natixis. A recognized expert in Financial and Capital Markets, Mr. Ekue headed Natixis’ Asia-Pacific Market Activities for nearly six years (2010-2016) before assuming the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong-based bank. He has more than 20 years of experience in International Finance, Structured Finance and Capital Markets, with extensive responsibilities around the world. He holds an Executive MBA from HEC Paris, a postgraduate degree in Banking and Finance from Paris V, a diploma from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Bordeaux and has a strong international background.
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.
Participation2017 2018 2021
Lawyer and Journalist. She is Attorney at Law and Member of Beirut Bar Association. She is also a journalist for Tele lumiere and Noursat international, managing programs treating social, political, and religious issues through talk shows. She conducted live interviews of well-known personalities in order to find solutions to national issues. She is a lawyer and a legal consultant to many Associations and Civic Organizations. She was delegated as “Lawyer and Journalist” to attend hearings in the Special Tribunal of Lebanon in La Haye-Netherlands (STL). She participated in several Conferences and Seminars in Lebanon and abroad, treating: Politic-Justice-Peace-Religion-Interfaith Dialogue- Globalization-Civil State, etc. She is a founder and member of many NGO’s and nonprofit associations; and a legal and social Writer in many newspapers and reviews. She has a JD in Criminal Law from Lebanese University.
Matthieu is the co-founder and CEO of Royal Technologies Ltd, a Dubai-based insurtech company that intends to redefine the insurance industry in the Middle East. He is also the representative in the United Arab Emirates of MEDEF International, the French business federation. Previously, Matthieu was the managing director for the Middle East of French insurance company Siaci Saint-Honoré. He also held various positions both in the private sector and the public administration: managing director of the Centre français des affaires de Téhéran, a business intelligence boutique advising French corporates on issues related to Iran, head of Middle East at MEDEF and economic attaché at the French Embassy in Equatorial Guinea. He graduated from Sciences Po Bordeaux and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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.
Participation2017 2018 2019 2021
Founding Dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Nabil Fahmy is a career diplomat. He was Foreign Minister of Egypt from July 2013 to June 2014. During his distinguished diplomatic career over three decades, he served as Ambassador to the United States between 1999 and 2008 and Japan between 1997 and 1999, as well as in numerous government and international positions. His work focused on international and regional security, disarmament and non-proliferation, conflict resolution and Arab-Israeli diplomacy. He was also the Chairman of the United Nations Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, and the Vice Chairman of the United Nations General Assembly’s first committee dealing with disarmament and international security. Nabil Fahmy also founded the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at The American University in Cairo in 2009.
Dr. Gadio is President of the Pan-African Institute for Strategies, Peace-Security-Governance. He has been a member of the National Assembly of Senegal since 2017 and became Vice President in October 2019. He was the Special Envoy of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to the Central African Republic from 2014 to 2017 and Special Representative of the OIC Secretary General for Africa from 2016 to 2017. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the African Union and Senegalese Abroad from 2000 to 2002, before serving as Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Senegal from 2002 to 2009. Former President of the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa, he is currently President of SARATA HOLDING LLC, a consulting and advisory firm for business and development partnerships with Africa. He holds a DEA from Paris-Sorbonne V University and a PhD in Communication and International Development from Ohio State University.
Participation2016 2017 2019 2021
French high civil servant in training at the École des mines de Paris, Godefroy Galas joined the Corps des mines in 2019. He is also a graduate engineer from Télécom Paris, a graduate of the Grande École programme of HEC Paris and holds a master’s degree in “Public Affairs” from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University. During his training, he worked for the industrial companies General Electric, Alstom, TotalEnergies and Vesuvius, as well as for the investment fund Astorg in Paris. In the service of the French State, he would like to commit to digital transformation and cybersecurity issues, in an environment where technological developments are disrupting both the public and private sectors.
Member emeritus of the French Conseil d’État and senior lecturer at Sciences-Po Paris, Jean-Louis Gergorin is the owner of JLG Strategy, an aerospace and defense consultancy. He has held numerous executive positions such as Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of Airbus, as well as Director of Policy Planning of the French Foreign Ministry. He is a former Trustee and member of the Council of the IISS. Co-founder and Steering Committee member of the French American Cybersecurity Conference, he is a co-author with Léo Isaac-Dognin of Cyber. La guerre permanente (2018). He graduated from the École polytechnique and École nationale d’administration, and is an alumnus of the Stanford Executive Program.
Renaud Girard is 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 wrote several books on the Middle East and the major 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.
Participation2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Dr. Thomas Gomart (PhD in History at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and EMBA at HEC) is Director of Ifri. He was its Vice President for Strategic Development from 2010 to 2015 and the Director of its Russia/NIS Centre from 2004 to 2013. As Lavoisier Fellow at the State Institute for International Relations (University-MGIMO – Moscow), Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Security Studies (European Union – Paris) and Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of War Studies (King’s College – London), he has acquired a diversified international experience. As Researcher, he is currently working on Russia, digital governance, country risk, and think tanks. He recently published Notre intérêt national. Quelle politique étrangère pour la France? (ed., with Thierry de Montbrial), Editions Odile Jacob, 2017; L’affolement du monde – 10 enjeux géopolitiques, Editions Tallandier, 2019 (Prix Louis Marin and Prix du Livre de Géopolitique); Guerres Invisibles. Nos prochains défis géopolitiques, Editions Tallandier, 2021. He is a member of the scientific committee of the Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence (IHEDN). He is also a member of the editorial board of the French journals Politique étrangère, Etudes, and Revue des deux mondes.
Participation2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Jean-Claude Gruffat is Chairman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market think tank based in Washington DC. He is a Governor of the American Hospital of Paris and the President of its US based American Foundation. He also serves on the board of Atlas Network and is a member of the Leadership Council of United Way Worldwide. He joined the investment banking firm of Weild Capital LLC, after 5 years with the New York based Galileo Group. From 1998 to 2014, he held various positions with Citigroup, Country Corporate Officer for France, Global Relationship Bank Market Manager for France, Belgium, and Luxembourg, and Director of Citibank International PLC. Member of the board of United Way Worldwide between 2014 and 2020, he chaired its Development Committee from 2017 to 2020. He has a PHD in-law from the University of Lyon, France, and a master in political science from the same institution.
Participation2009 2012 2013 2015 2018 2019 2021
Gilles Guérin is Managing Director of Bordier & Cie in Geneva. Former Managing Partner of EFG Bank in Geneva, his area of expertise is private asset management. He is a 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.
Participation2009 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Elisabeth Guigou is Founding President of Europartenaires and President of the Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures. She was first appointed administrator at the Ministry of Finance and later Secretary General of the Paris Club. In 1981, she served as Advisor to Jacques Delors, Minister of Finance, before becoming Chargé de mission to the President of the Republic from 1982 to 1990. Minister Delegate for European Affairs from 1990 to 1993, then member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 1997, Elisabeth Guigou was Minister of Justice from 1997 to 2000. In 2000, she was appointed Minister of Employment and Solidarity. She was elected Deputy Seine-Saint-Denis between 2002 and 2017. Vice President of the French National Assembly from 2010 to 2011, she served as President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly from 2012 to 2017. She has written a number of publications over the years, including Europe. The challenges to come of the world’s leading power (Le Cherche Midi, 2014) and For a fair Europe (Le Cherche Midi, 2011).
Participation2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Traian Halalai has been Executive President of Banca de Export-Import a României EximBank SA since November 2012. He has extensive experience in the banking sector as Deputy General Manager and member of the Board of Directors of Banca Romaneasca SA, a member of the National Bank of Greece Group, as well as CFO of ING Romania and member of various Boards of Directors of entities within ING Group Romania. He was also part of the team that founded ING Securities in Romania in 1998. In 2014, he led the team that established the Romanian Association of Exporters (AREX), a nationwide non-profit organization representing the biggest exporting companies in Romania and aiming at promoting the national economy both in the country and abroad. He holds a MBA degree from the Doctoral School of Finance and Banking (DOFIN) in Bucharest and completed a specialized fellow training at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Along with his studies and professional experience, he also developed a teaching career at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.
Participation2012 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 2021
Kerry Halferty Hardy is a lecturer and consultant. Her varied career has spanned the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Europe and the Americas, with a particular emphasis on the policy, agriculture, and healthcare fields. She created and lectured in a course in nonprofits and civil society and lectures on innovation, entrepreneurship and the policies and conditions that help promote them. Both as a consultant and as a board member, she advises companies and international NGOs. She holds a BA in German studies and an MS in Management.
Participation2015 2017 2018 2019 2021
EU official, currently heading the team on energy-intensive industries, raw materials and hydrogen at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Previously, head of policy coordination for Energy Union, 2030 climate and energy package, low emission mobility strategy and the circular economy at the Secretariat General. Past EU trade negotiator (steel, WTO market access and industrial tariffs). Former UK government official, coordinated UK preparations for 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). Graduated in French and Politics from the University of Bristol. Studied at France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).
Director of research and communications at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) and editor-in-chief of Politique étrangère. He holds a PhD in political science from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and taught for many years a course on terrorism at Sciences Po. He published several books including La Guerre de vingt ans (Robert Laffont, 2021 with Elie Tenenbaum), Intifada française ? (Ellipses, 2012) and War 2.0: Irregular Warfare in the Information Age (Praeger, 2009 with Thomas Rid; translated in Chinese in 2011). His articles appeared in major journals (Policy Review, Internationale Politik, Commentaire, Etudes, etc.).
Participation2008 2016 2019 2021
Hur Kyung-wook is Senior Advisor to Bae, Kim & Lee LLC and President of the Korean Bretton Woods club. He is also a board member of Samsung Life Insurance. He served as Ambassador of Korea to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. 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 International Monetary Fund. He holds a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated from the Department of Business Administration, Seoul National University.
Participation2011 2012 2014 2016 2019 2021
Pierre Jacquet is President of the Global Development Network (GDN), a public international organization headquartered in New Delhi (India), which builds research capacity in developing countries in order to promote development policies informed by sound analysis and evidence. He belongs to the higher French civil service Corps des Ponts et Chaussées and is a member of the French Cercle des Economistes. He is the former Chief Economist (2002-2012) and Executive Director of Strategy (2002-2010) of the French Development Agency (AFD) and a former Deputy Director of the French Institute on International Relations (Ifri), an independent French think tank which he joined in 1981. He is a professor of economics at the French graduate engineering school Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC). He chaired the Department of Economic and Social Sciences and has been a Professor of Economics at ENPC since 1994. He is president of the Scientific Council of the FARM Foundation (Foundation for Agriculture and Rural development in the World), member of the Scientific Committee of Credit Agricole S.A., and non-resident fellow of the Center for Global Development (CGD, Washington).
Professor of International Relations at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers in Paris and Research Fellow at the Laboratoire interdisciplinaire de recherches en sciences de l’action, Sabine Jansen is Vice President of the Committee for Parliamentary and Political History and Delegated President of the Society for the History of the 5th Republic. She founded and was the editor of Histoire@Politique from 2007 to 2014 at Sciences Po Paris. She serves as editor of Questions internationales, Secretary General of Revue historique and member of the Editorial Board of Parlements, four peer-reviewed journals. She is currently working on thnik tanks, decision-making and expertise in the field of international relations, with special attention to the history and role of the think tanks in diplomatic affairs. She graduated and received her PhD in modern history from Sciences Po. She holds the Agrégation d’histoire.
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Chancellor of the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes and member of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Mohamed Kabbaj was Advisor to His Majesty the King Mohammed VI. Former 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 Greater Casablanca, member of the Moroccan Parliament and he founded the World Sacred Music Festival in Fes. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, and the National School of Civil Engineering. He holds an advanced degree in econometrics from Sorbonne University, Paris.
Participation2010 2012 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Karl Kaiser is Senior Associate of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Adjunct Professor Emeritus at Harvard Kennedy School, he taught at the Universities of Bonn, Johns Hopkins in Bologna, Saarbrücken, Cologne, the Hebrew University, and Harvard University. He was a Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations in Bonn and Berlin as well as an advisor to Chancellors Brandt and Schmidt. He holds a Ph.D. from Cologne University and an honorary doctorate of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He was educated at the Universities of Cologne, Grenoble and Oxford.
Participation2012 2013 2015 2019 2021
Memduh Karakullukçu is the Founding Board Member (2009-) and First President (2009-2019) of the Global Relations Forum (GRF). He also serves as the Founding Partner of the Turkish online legal informatics initiative, Kanunum and the Chairman of the international advisory firm Kroton Consulting. His policy work includes technology and economic development, technology and security, global energy dynamics, and global economic and financial governance. Previously, he served as Founding Managing Director of Istanbul Technical University’s (ITU) ARI Science Park, Istanbul’s leading technology entrepreneurship community. During his tenure at ITU, he was senior advisor to the president; coordinator of the law, technology, and policy graduate program; and strategic advisor at the university’s Center for Satellite Communications. He has served as a member of the academic staff at ITU and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Earlier in his career, he worked as a specialist in structured finance in London and Istanbul. Mr. Karakullukçu received a BS in electrical engineering and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MSc in finance from LSE, and a JD from Columbia University.
Elias Kassis is President of Total E&P UAE and TotalEnergies Country Chair in the United Arab Emirates, a position he has held since May 2021. Previously, he held the position of Vice President Energy Transition in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) division of TotalEnergies Exploration & Production. Before that, he served as Vice President North Africa in the MENA division, and Managing Director of the TotalEnergies E&P affiliates in Yemen, Malaysia and Iraq. Prior to that, he was Vice President in the TotalEnergies E&P Middle East division, and Vice President Venezuela in TotalEnergies E&P Americas Division. He fulfilled other assignments in Venezuela and Qatar. He began his career within TotalEnergies in 1991 and has held various positions in the Trading and Gas & Power divisions until 2002. Mr. Kassis holds an Engineering Master’s Degree from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble and a Master’s Degree in Finance from ESSEC Business School.
Tatiana Kastouéva-Jean has been Head of Russia-NIS Center of the French institute of international relations (Ifri) since January 2014. Before joining Ifri in 2005, she taught international relations for the French-Russian Master at MGIMO University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations). 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 and MGIMO University, and from the University of Marne-la-Vallée in France. In 2020, she published La Russie de Poutine en 100 questions (Paris, Tallandier).
Participation2018 2019 2021
Special Advisor to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Professor Kazatchkine has over 35 years of experience in global health as a leading physician, researcher, administrator, advocate, policymaker, and diplomat. He is Emeritus Professor of Immunology at Paris Descartes University, Senior Fellow with the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, and a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. He was Executive Director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Director of the French Agency for Research on AIDS, French ambassador on HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases, and UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
President of the ENA Alumni Association since 2017 and former member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of France as a qualified person (2015-2021), Daniel Keller is Head of the pension support division at Malakoff-Humanis, a social protection group. Graduate of the École normale supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud, holder of an agrégation in literature and former student of the École nationale d’administration (ENA), he began his career at the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance as a civil administrator in the General Tax Directorate and then in 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 in Europe, as well as in central functions, as Head of Worldwide Sales Quality for the Group. He then managed a group of Renault-Dacia car dealerships in the Paris region. President of the Grand Orient de France from 2013 to 2016, he was then Director of Transformation at Humanis, in charge of organization, project management and operational efficiency.
Professor Gilles Kepel is Chair of Middle East and Mediterranean studies at École nationale supérieure in Paris and of the Middle East Freethinking Platform of the Italian Switzerland University in Lugano. Specializing in the contemporary Arab world and Islam in the West, he teaches at the University of Paris Sciences & Lettres. He is the author of widely-acclaimed books translated into many languages, including the latest one, The Prophet and the Pandemic / From the Middle East to Atmosphere Jihadism. Recently released in French, it has topped the best-seller lists and is currently being translated into English and a half-dozen languages. The excerpt : The Murder of Samuel Paty, was released in the Spring issue of Liberties Journal (April 27th, 2021). His previous book’s English version, Away From Chaos / The Middle East and the Challenge to the West, was published in 2020 by Columbia University Press.
Dr. Kim is Chief Executive Officer of the MiCo BioMed Co., Ltd., an innovative LabChip-technology based diagnostic company in Korea that generates various biochemical, immunological and molecular diagnostic products including COVID-19 detection kits and systems. He founded NanoBioSys Inc. in 2009 and invented a portable molecular diagnostic system to detect multiple infectious disease pathogens rapidly using an inexpensive disposable plastic microfluidic Lab-on-a-Chip (LabChip). He has been working with international organizations such as the UN, WHO and Institute of Pasteur. He currently leads his colleagues to develop a more efficient portable easy-to-use tele-diagnostic system for rapid detection, monitoring and controlling animal/food-borne diseases as well as human diseases on site. He and his colleagues are moving towards an innovative U-healthcare system to provide a healthier environment for the world. He received Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Columbia University and worked for Harvard Medical School as a research faculty over 13 years.
Mari Kiviniemi has been Managing Director of the Finnish Commerce Federation since 2019. She served as OECD Deputy Secretary General from 2014 to 2018. 41st Prime Minister of Finland from 2010 to 2011, she previously held various positions in the Finnish government, including Minister of Public Administration and Local Government, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development and Minister for European Affairs. She was a Member of Parliament from 1995 to 2014, chairing and participating in a vast number of committees. Deputy Party Leader of the Finnish Centre Party from 2003 to 2008, she was elected Leader of the Party in 2010. She sits on the board of directors of Blic Public affairs and the supervisory board of Messukeskus Helsinki. She has been a member of many other boards including the Helsinki City Council, the Finnish National Opera Foundation and Lännen Tehtaat Oyj. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Helsinki.
Participation2014 2015 2016 2017 2021
Bogdan Klich has been Senator in the Polish Parliament since 2011. He is currently Chairman of the Foreign and European Union Affairs Committee in the Senate of the Republic of Poland. Between 2015 and 2019, he was Minority Leader of the Polish Senate. He served as Minister of Defence from 2007 to 2011 and was a member of the European Parliament. He managed the Information Department at State TV Centre in Cracow between 1990 and 1992. He then was Head of the International Centre for Development of Democracy in Krakow from 1993 to 1999 and Head of the Institute for Strategic Studies from 1999 to 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 Krakow Medical Academy and the Faculty of Philosophy and History at the Jagiellonian University. He is a lecturer at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University. Senator Klich has authored numerous publications on foreign policy and international security. In 2001, he founded the Institute for Strategic Studies think tank in Krakow. In the late 1970’s and 1980’s he was active in the democratic opposition movement.
Participation2013 2017 2018 2021
Dr. Christian Koch is the Director of Research for the Gulf Research Center. He also leads the Tafahum Project on a Security Roadmap for West Asia and the Arabian Peninsula sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office and is a member of the Bertelsmann Foundation Strategy Group on “The EU and Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia: Strategies for the EU Neighbourhood”. From 2018 to 2020, he was a Senior Advisor and Director of Research at the Bussola Institute in Brussels, Belgium. Prior, he served as Director of the Gulf Research Center Foundation, Research Program Leader on Gulf-Europe Relations at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai and as Head of Strategic Studies at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi. He is the editor of eight books; author of Politische Entwicklung in einem arabischen Golfstaat: Die Rolle von Interessengruppen im Emirat Kuwait, coauthor of “Establishing a Regional Conference on Security and Cooperation in the Gulf Region”, as well as numerous chapter contributions and journal articles. Dr. Koch received his PhD from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.
Dr. Dania is Co-Founder and President of the Research Center for Cooperation and Peace Building (RCCP), a Lebanese NGO focused on Track II. She is also an affiliated scholar at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and a member of the steering committee and an advocacy consultant for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) National Agenda for the Future of Syria (NAFS) programme. She specializes in US-Arab relations and has a special interest in Syria. Dania is editor of The Syrian Crisis: Effects on Regional and International Relations (2020) and has previously authored The Arab Lobby: Factors for Success and Failure (2016). She is a weekly columnist in the Saudi newspaper Arab News and makes regular appearances on a series of Middle Eastern TV stations. She has co-directed, participated and presented scholarly papers in numerous conferences and workshops. She has been a guest speaker on several high-profile platforms such as NATO, the European Parliament and the Heritage Foundation and the Hoover institute. She holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Exeter as well as an MBA and a BBA from the AUB.
Participation2017 2019 2021
Graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, Randy Kotti is an Engineering student of the French Corps des Mines. He completed his military service within the Defense Mission of the French Embassy in the Ivory Coast. He also interned in M&A with Goldman Sachs in London and Big Data in San Francisco before joining Neoen in Australia, an independent renewable energy developer. He is now pursuing the Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Jean Kramarz is currently Director of the Healthcare activities of the AXA Partners Group. He is a specialist in the development of healthcare services in France and around the world. Before joining the AXA Group, where he launched medical teleconsultation for the general population in France, he was Director of New Services for the Malakoff-Médéric Group, Director of Development for Europ Assistance, Director of International Health Subsidiaries for the Gras Savoye Group. He also worked in the French public sector, including in the Oil & Gas and Automotive Departments of the Ministry of Industry and in the Treasury Department of the Ministry of Finance. Jean Kramarz is an alumnus of Sciences Po Paris and the Ecole nationale d’administration.
Medical Doctor and Psychiatrist, Dr. Lablanchy is a member of the Supervisory Board of Edeis. He is specialized in the management of conflict situations, and in particular in the management of post-traumatic syndromes. He participates in work on sleep, biological rhythms, and physiological and psychological adaptation factors. He has been practicing in Paris for 37 years, with an involvement in corporate work. He has carried out numerous consulting missions including with Progress, Danone, Rians, Laboratoires Debat, Spie Batignolles, L’Oréal, EDF, Normédic, La Poste, and with the government of Senegal. He also collaborated with IMS Health and the General Management of Manpower.
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Ambassador LEE Hye Min is Senior Advisor of KIM & CHANG and Visiting Professor of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. He joined the Korean Foreign Service in 1980. He became Minister-Counsellor of the Korean Permanent Delegation to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris in 2004. From 2006 to 2008, he served as Director-General and Deputy Chief Negotiator for the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement. Then, from 2008 to 2010, he was Deputy Minister for Trade and Chief Negotiator for the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement. Former Ambassador to the Philippines, he was Ambassador to France from 2012 to 2015. He held the position of G20 Sherpa as well as Ambassador for International Economic Affairs of the Republic of Korea. Ambassador Lee graduated from Seoul National University and received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.
Participation2012 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Bernardino León Gross is the Director General of the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy. He is a veteran diplomat with a career spanning over 27 years. He has served as the UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya. Previously, he was the European Union SR to the Southern Mediterranean, Secretary General at Spanish prime minister Office and Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs. His career has focused on mediation and negotiations, covering also intercultural dialogue, security, energy and migration. He founded with Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim the Barenboim-Said Foundation. He has worked in different Human Rights initiatives, particularly in the Arab world. He played a key role in the EU “peace team” delegation that followed the Oslo process. Following the events of the Arab Spring, he mediated crucial talks in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. He holds a diploma in International Relations from the University of Barcelona and a degree in Law from the University of Malaga, Spain, and followed post graduate courses at London King’s College and Sorbonne University.
Mr. Lipsky is the Peter G. Peterson Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, both at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University. Previously, he served as First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund between 2006 and 2011 and as Special Advisor to the IMF Managing Director from September to November 2011. Former Vice Chairman of the JPMorgan Investment Bank and JPMorgan’s Chief Economist, he also was Chief Economist of Salomon Brothers, Inc. from 1992 to 1997. He currently serves as the Chair of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and as the Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute’s Program on the World Economy. He also serves as the Vice Chair of the Bretton Woods Committee, and of the Center for Global Development. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Mr. Lipsky is a Director of the American Council on Germany and a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
Participation2012 2013 2015 2016 2017 2019 2021
Civil servant within the French Corps des Mines, Eponine Loridant went to a binational French-German high school and studied at the French engineering school Ecole Polytechnique. As part of her education, she worked for a humanitarian organization in Ivory Coast and at the French embassy in Switzerland.
Mona Makram Ebeid is an Egyptian senator and former member of Parliament. She is an advisor to the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, and is a Distinguished Lecturer in the Political Science Department at the American University in Cairo. She has been a member of the National Council for Human Rights since 2012 and an advisor to the Minister of Labour and Immigration responsible for Egyptians abroad since 2011. She was a member of the World Bank’s Council of Advisors for the Middle East & North Africa Region. She was an advisor to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in 2012 and served on the Committee for Policy Development (UN, 2001-2004). She was awarded a fellowship at MIT in 2016. She is a graduate of Harvard University. She is a prolific writer in English, French and Arabic. She is an Officier de la Légion d’honneur.
Participation2009 2010 2012 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Manu Mallikarjun is a social entrepreneur working in the fields of international relations and development, and is currently working on the post-production of a film series that aims to explore various global issues concerning politics and economics. For the project, the goal of which is to find potential paths to a peaceful and sustainable world, he has documented his interactions with economists, activists, politicians, diplomats, academics, and spiritual leaders. 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; Master in Creación Literaria from Universitat Pompeu Fabra; bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from R.V. College of Engineering. He is fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Spanish.
Participation2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Laurent Marcadier worked between 1997 and 2004 as a judicial magistrate, in the prosecutor’s office in Créteil, France in the organized crime department (drugs, weapons, human trafficking and counterfeit). He then held the position of Secretary General of the Paris Regional Court, followed by the Paris Court of Appeal. Appointed Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State for Justice in 2009, he then joined the staff of the Minister of the Interior in 2011. In 2013, he joined the LVMH Group as Director of Asset and People Protection. He is in charge of protecting the Intellectual property rights of 28 Houses of the Group on physical markets, as on Internet and Social Media.
Former Minister and former member of the French Parliament, Hervé Mariton has been Mayor of Crest since 1995. He is Chairman of the Franco-British Council. He is Chairman of the Federation of overseas companies (FEDOM). Member of the steering committee of the Republicans, he was opposition spokesperson on the Finance Committee, special rapporteur on the budget for ecology, energy, transport and agriculture, Chairman of the friendship group with Russia and Vice Chairman of the friendship group with the United Kingdom, as well as member of the delegation for overseas territories. He was Minister for Overseas Territories in 2007. He is a Corps des Mines General Engineer. He graduated from the Ecole polytechnique and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.
Participation2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2017 2018 2019 2021
Jean-Claude Meyer is Vice-Chairman International of Rothschild & Cie. Before joining Rothschild in 1989 as general partner, he was Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Cie from 1976 to 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. He is a member of the board of Ifri, the French Institute of International Relations. He is a Commander of the Legion of Honor. Graduate of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, he holds a M.A. in law and has attended the PhD Management Program of Paris Dauphine University.
Participation2011 2012 2013 2015 2017 2018 2021
Thierry de Montbrial is Executive Chairman of the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri), which he founded in 1979. He is Professor Emeritus at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. In 2008, he launched the World Policy Conference. He has been a member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques of the Institut de France since 1992, and is a member of a number of foreign academies. He serves on the board or advisory board of a number of international institutions. Thierry de Montbrial chaired the Department of Economics at the Ecole Polytechnique from 1974 to 1992. He was the first Chairman of the Foundation for Strategic Research (1993- 2001). Entrusted with the creation of the Policy Planning Staff (Centre d’analyse et de prévision) at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was its first Director (1973-1979). He has authored more than twenty books, several of them translated in various languages, including Action and Reaction in the World System – The Dynamics of Economic and Political Power (UBC Press, Vancouver, Toronto, 2013) and Living in Troubled Times, A New Political Era (World Scientific, 2018). He is a Grand Officer of the Légion d’honneur, Grand Officer of the Ordre National du Mérite. He has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun – Gold and Silver Star, Japan (2009), Commander of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2016) and other state honors by the French and several foreign governments. Thierry de Montbrial is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, and received a PhD in Mathematical Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Participation2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Pierre Monteiller has been an Engineering student from the French Corps des mines since 2020. He graduated from the École normale supérieure in Paris in Mathematics and is currently training to become a senior civil servant. During his studies, he contributed at MIT and Humboldt Universität to machine learning projects applied to industry. Convinced of the impact of these technologies, he worked for the pharmaceutical company Guerbet and its artificial intelligence division and the marketing agency M13h.
Founder, Chairman and CEO of WISeKey. Before founding his company in 1999, he served as United Nations Expert on cybersecurity during 17 years. He is recognized worldwide as an Internet pioneer and has a unique profile, which combines extensive high level international diplomacy experience and emerging technologies expertise. He has received many international awards for his commitment to secure the Internet. He is very active in disruptive cryptotechnology, AI, blockchain, IoT and cybersecurity. He is also an expert in M&A, fundraising, IPOs, and listed companies. He is the coauthor of The transHuman Code bestseller book.
Participation2019 2020 2021
CEO of IDATE DigiWorld since July 1, 2017. Jacques Moulin started his career with Thomson SA. He joined France Télécom-Orange Group in 1991 and participated in its transformation in B2B, consumer, and human resources segments both in France and abroad. He held various managerial and operational posts as well as others within Orange Group: human resources manager of the Eastern Parisian Region, human resources manager of Orange Business Services, Regional Manager for Lorraine then Territorial Manager for the Eastern Region (Alsace-Lorraine, Burgundy, Franche Comté). Prior to joining IDATE DigiWorld, Jacques was CEO of Sofrecom (2011-2017), a consulting firm that specializes in assisting large corporations in their digital transformation. A graduate of the Science Po school of politics, Jacques Moulin also has legal training and a postgraduate degree from the Paris institute of political studies (IEP). He has studied under the ESSEC economics and business school’s international development program.
Former Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. He served as Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation (2008-2011) and as UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus (2006-2008). Between 2001 and 2006 he was Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary-General, while serving concurrently as Deputy Chief of Staff for the last two years of that period. He served as Head of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at UN headquarters (1997-2001). He began his career in 1979 with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University, United States, and the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.
Participation2015 2019 2020 2021
Former Secretary of State for Global Spain at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Muñiz has coordinated the crafting of Spain’s 2021-2024 Foreign Policy Strategy and is now leading the efforts to craft the National Strategy on Technology and Global Order, a document which aims to launch Spain’s Technology Diplomacy. He has also led work at the OECD on the approval of a global mobility framework to minimize the economic impact of COVID-19, and was the coordinator of Spain’s OECD Ministerial Presidency during 2020. He was also a member of the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 task force. Former Dean of the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University and Rafael del Pino Professor of Global Transformation, he was also the Founding Director of IE’s Center for the Governance of Change. He was a Senior Associate at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (2017-2020) as well as one of the promoters of its Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship. He holds a JD (Law) from the Complutense University in Madrid, an MSc in Financial Markets from the IEB, a Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford.
Participation2016 2018 2019 2021
Secretary-General of La Francophonie since 2019. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and the East African Community of the Republic of Rwanda, she was previously Minister of Information in the Government of Rwanda. After living in the United States for some 20 years, she moved to Tunisia where she worked at the African Development Bank in the communications directorate. In March 2008, she was called by the President of the Republic of Rwanda to join the government team. Deeply affected by the genocide against the Tutsis in 1994, she co-authored the book Rwanda Means the Universe (Saint Martin’s Press, 2006), an intergenerational and autobiographical socio-historical memoir, and has written numerous press articles. A multi-faceted African politician, she has spoken on numerous television and radio programs on Rwandan and pan-African issues and collaborated on many award-winning documentary films. She also received the 2004 Outstanding Humanitarian Award from the American University & School of International Studies. In May 2018, Jeune Afrique magazine featured her as one of the most influential African figures on the continent. Louise Mushikiwabo, a language and interpretation graduate from the University of Delaware in the United States, is perfectly fluent in French and English, in addition to her native language, Kinyarwanda.
Currently Executive Chairman of CyQureX Systems Pvt. Ltd., a UK-US Cyber Security joint venture. 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.
Participation2011 2013 2015 2016 2017 2021
President of ECE Consultants SAL since 1982. Chairman of Phoenician Funds Holding (Lebanon), and Executive Director of the Mouflon Fund (Cyprus). He was a consultant at the OECD and Professor of Economics. He has been Chairman at the National Investment Guarantee Corporation (1993-2018) and economic and financial advisor at various GCC countries. He received a Master’s Degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut and a PhD in Economics from Paris.
Participation2012 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
President of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) since 2015; Director in 2009-2015; Deputy Director in 1989-1994. He is Professor, Dr. of Science and Full Member of RAS. He has been serving as Editor-in-chief, Vostok (Oriens) journal since 1998; Professor and Chair of the Faculty of World Politics, Moscow State University since 2003; Professor, High School of Economics, Moscow. He was Member, High Level Group, UN Alliance of Civilizations project in 2005-2007, currently Goodwill Ambassador for the Alliance of Civilizations. He was Visiting Professor, American University in Cairo in 1991, and Visiting Professor, University of California in Berkeley in 2003. From 2016 until now he has been Senior Political Advisor to the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the UN for Syria. Member of the Advisory Council under the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia. Author of more than 500 publications in History, Political Science, International Relations, Conflict Management and Resolution, Islam, Middle East and Central Asian Studies.
Manon Nguyen Van Mai is an Engineering student of the French Corps des mines. She graduated from the “Sciences for environmental challenges” track at École Polytechnique and is currently training to become a civil servant. She completed six months of military service on a surveillance frigate in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. During her studies, she worked for the biotech startup Embleema and for the industrial groups Butagaz and EDF.
Patrick Nicolet is the Founder and Managing Partner of Line Break Capital Ltd. He spent over twenty years working at Capgemini — including seven as a Group Executive Board member — assuming a number of global leadership positions. In December 2020, he concluded his last mandate as Group CTO during which he oversaw the Group’s Technology, Innovation and Ventures agenda, as well as the global Cybersecurity and IT functions. Prior to that, he’s led the creation of the first Swiss incubator — Y-Parc — for which he’s been recognized by the World Economic Forum at Davos as a Global Leader for Tomorrow (the precursor to the Forum for Young Global Leaders).
Participation2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
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 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. His most recent book Hard Target: Sanctions, Inducements, and the Case of North Korea (Stanford University Press, 2017) was co-authored with Stephan Haggard.
Participation2014 2017 2018 2019 2021
Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS), Morocco. He is an economist, with a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris (1968). He was Mayor of Rabat (2009-2015), Minister of Economy and Finance of the Kingdom of Morocco (1998-2008), Member of the Moroccan Parliament (1977-2002), President of the National Union of Students of Morocco (UNEM) (1966-1968). He has also been a University Professor, Chairman of the Association of Moroccan Economists (AEM) and of the Union of Arab Economists. He has authored many papers on economic theory, financial policy, international economic relations, with a focus on the Euro-Afro-Mediterranean area. La mondialisation et la pandémie. Chroniques de confinement (2021. PCNS. Rabat), La mondialisation et nous (2020. Ed. La Croisée des Chemins. Casablanca), La Chine et nous (2017. Ed. La Croisée des Chemins. Casablanca) are among his latest publications.
Participation2009 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Ana Palacio is an international lawyer specializing in international and European Union law. From 1994 to 2002, she was a member of the European Parliament, where she chaired the Legal Affairs and Internal Market as well as the Citizens Rights, Justice and Home Affairs Committees. Ana Palacio served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain (2002-2004) and was a member of the Spanish Parliament (2004-2006) where she chaired the Joint Committee of the two Houses for European Union Affairs. She has been Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group and Secretary-General of ICSID (2006-2008). Palacio has been a member of the Executive Committee and Senior Vice President for International Affairs of AREVA (2008-2009) and served on the Council of State of Spain (2012-2018). Ana Palacio serves on various advisory and executive boards. She is a member of several think tanks and organizations, such as the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council of the United States, the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and the Elcano Royal Institute, among others. Ana Palacio is a Visiting Professor at the Edmund E. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She maintains a monthly column at Project Syndicate and a weekly publication at El Mundo, in addition to being a recurrent participant and speaker at international conferences and fora.
Participation2012 2014 2017 2019 2021
Alice Pannier is Head of the Geopolitics of Technology program, launched at Ifri in October 2020. Her research focuses on the geopolitical dimension of new technology, European technology policies, and transatlantic relations. She has also worked for a long time on European security and the foreign and defense policies of European countries, especially France and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Ifri, she was Assistant Professor in International Relations and European Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington (2017-2020). Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of strategic research (IRSEM) at the French Ministry of Armed Forces. She is a graduate of King’s College London and Panthéon-Sorbonne University and holds a doctorate in political science from IEP Paris, co-supervised with King’s College.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). Prior to this, from October 2005 to January 2021, Volker Perthes was Executive Chairman and Director of SWP (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, where he was also Senior Advisor. In 2015-2016, he also served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and Senior Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria; from 2016 to 2018 he chaired the Ceasefire Task Force (CTF) for Syria on behalf of the UN. Volker Perthes earned his doctoral degree in 1990 from the University of Duisburg. He was an assistant professor at the American University of Beirut from 1991 to 1993 and has been teaching International Relations at Humboldt University Berlin and other schools.
Participation2008 2011 2019 2021
Senior Associate and Chief of Staff to the CEO of Meridiam, an investment company specialized in sustainable infrastructure. Former Advisor for Energy, Industry and Innovation in the private office of the French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition. He held various positions in the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, in the fields of energy and corporate financing. He also worked for Total Gas & Power New Energies USA and L’Oréal. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and Mines Paristech, Paris, France.
Participation2017 2018 2019 2021
Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of Shanghai Development Research Foundation (SDRF) which is a non-profit institution with the purpose of promoting research on the issues of development. Outside Expert for International Finance and Economy at the Ministry of Finance. Mr. Qiao was enrolled into Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1985. After graduation, 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 May, 2003. Then he entered Shanghai Development Research Foundation, as responsible for the daily work, a position he still holds today. Prior to studying in the United States, he conducted research at the Institute of World Economy, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, as an Assistant Director. He is the author of Great Changes in Global Finance (2021) and China’s Integration into Global Financial System and its Impact on the Rest of the World (2019).
Participation2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University, President Emeritus and Counselor of the Israel Institute (Washington and Tel Aviv), and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv. He served as Ambassador of Israel to the United States and Chief Negotiator with Syria in the mid-1990s, and as the President of Tel Aviv University (1999-2007). Prof. Rabinovich has been a member of Tel Aviv University’s faculty since 1971. He co-authored a book with Itai Brun, Israel Facing a New Middle East: In Search of a National Security Strategy (Hoover Institution Press, 2017). The same year, he published the biography of Yitzhak Rabin (Yale University Press). In 2021, he published (with Carmit Valensi) Syrian Requiem: The Syrian Civil War and its Aftermath (Princeton University Press).
Participation2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 2021
Commissioner for Justice in charge of Rule of Law and Consumer Protection, European Commission. A father of four, Didier Reynders was born in Liège on 6th August 1958. In 1981, he obtained a degree in law at the University of Liège. Guest lecturer at the universities of Liège and Louvain, he has never really left the academic life until he became on 1st December 2019 European Commissioner for Justice. After presiding over the Belgian railways and the Belgian Airways Agency, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the PRL (Liberal party), before becoming a Member of Parliament in 1992 (until 2019). On 12th July 1999, he became Minister of Finance (until 6th December 2011) and, on 18th July 2004, (concurrently) Deputy Prime Minister (until 30th November 2019). He was Chairman of the Mouvement Réformateur (liberal party alliance) from 11th October 2004 until 14th February 2011. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs from 6th December 2011 until 11th October 2014. He became Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, in charge of Beliris and Federal Cultural Institutions on 1st October 2014 (until 30th November 2019). He also became Minister of Defense on 9th December 2018 (until 30th November 2019). Since 1st December 2019 he is European Commissioner for Justice, in charge of Rule of Law and Consumer Protection.
Deputy Head at the French Treasury, he is in charge of economic relations with Russia and the EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union). Passionate about international relations, he previously worked for the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) as an investment analyst. Victor recently held the position of Jumia Global CEO’s executive assistant within the African e-commerce leading company. He graduated from the Ecole des Mines Paristech and he is an engineer of the French Corps des mines.
Virginie Robert is the Foreign Desk Editor of Les Echos, the French business newspaper. Previously, she was the daily newspaper’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.
Participation2015 2016 2018 2019 2021
Arnaud Robin graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, and is an Engineering student of the French Corps des Mines. During his initial training, he assisted teaching in Mathematics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University before doing an internship in finance at Jane Street in London. He then pursued his path at Google in the Chrome browser team. Arnaud also worked on crisis management at the SNCF group. He is currently an operations research Master student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in partnership with Wayfair, an online furniture company.
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.
Participation2017 2019 2021
Eminent Ambassador of Mexico and President of Rozental & Asociados. Andrés Rozental also holds non-executive board positions in several important multinational companies in Europe and Mexico. He was a career diplomat for more than 35 years, having served his country as Mexico’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom (1995-1997), as Deputy Foreign Minister (1988-1994) and as Ambassador to Sweden (1983-1988). He was Mexico’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (1982-1983), and has held senior responsibilities within the Mexican Foreign Ministry and abroad. Andrés founded the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations and since 1994, has the lifetime Rank of Eminent Ambassador.
President and CEO of Asia Society since January 2021, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute since January 2015. Kevin Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010), then as Foreign Minister (2010-2012), before returning as Prime Minister in 2013. As Prime Minister, he led Australia’s response during the Global Financial Crisis — Australia was the only major advanced economy not to go into recession. Rudd is also internationally recognized as one of the founders of the G20. As Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, he was active in global and regional foreign policy leadership. He was a driving force in expanding the East Asia Summit (EAS) to include both the US and Russia in 2010. On climate change, Rudd ratified the Kyoto Protocol in 2007 and legislated in 2008 for a mandatory 20 percent renewable energy target for Australia. He is Chair of the Board of the International Peace Institute. He is a member of the IMF Managing Director’s External Advisory Group and the Global Leadership Council for Sanitation and Water for All. He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House in London and at the Paulson Institute in Chicago.
Participation2016 2019 2021
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).
Participation2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2017 2018 2019 2021
Paul Sheard is Research Fellow in the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, he was Vice Chairman of S&P Global, after being Executive Vice President and Chief Economist. Earlier, he held chief economist positions at Standard & Poor’s, Nomura Securities, and Lehman Brothers. Sheard was on the faculty of the Australian National University (ANU) and Osaka University, and was a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University and foreign visiting scholar at the Bank of Japan. Sheard is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Fiscal and Monetary Policy, and he twice served on committees of the Japanese Government’s Economic Deliberation Council. Sheard is on the board of the Foreign Policy Association and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and the Economic Club of New York. Sheard received a PhD in Japanese Economy and Master of Economics from the ANU. In 2019, his undergraduate alma mater, Monash University, conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws on Sheard.
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 co-founded NEXUS Elite Task Force 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.
Participation2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
Professor Robert Sigal is the CEO of the American Hospital of Paris, a worldwide renowned, non-for-profit hospital. He is also leading the International Patients working group of French Healthcare, an organization created in 2017 under the auspices of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development. From 2014 to 2016, Robert Sigal has been President and Chief Commercial Officer of InSightec, the leading MedTech company for MR guided Focused Ultrasound. From 2007 to 2013 Robert Sigal spent seven years at GE Healthcare, first in the Hospital and Healthcare Solutions business unit (2007-2009), then as General Manager and President of GE Healthcare France (2010-2013). Prior to joining industry, Robert Sigal had a seventeen-year career at Institut Gustave Roussy, the largest comprehensive cancer center in France. He was successively staff radiologist, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiology, and finally Executive Medical Director.
Participation2018 2019 2021
Ms. Lucia Sinapi graduated from ESSEC business school (1986) and Paris Law University – Panthéon Assas (1988), was admitted to the Paris bar (1989), and has a financial analyst degree (SFAF 1997). She started her career as a tax and business lawyer in 1986, before joining Capgemini in 1992. She was successively Group Tax Advisor (1992), head of Corporate Finance, Treasury and Investors Relations (1999), then took over Risk Management and Insurance (2005) and was member of the Group Review Board. She was Deputy Chief Financial Officer from 2013 to 2015 and was appointed Executive Director Business Platforms of Capgemini Group as from January 2016. Since January 2019, Ms. Lucia Sinapi-Thomas has been Executive Director of Capgemini Ventures. Lucia Sinapi-Thomas is a member of the Board of Directors of Capgemini SE (she is also part of the Compensation Committee), Bureau Veritas since May 2013 (she is also part of the Compensation Committee after 6 years being part of the Audit & Risk Committee) and Dassault Aviation since May 2014 (she is also part of the Audit Committee).
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 a member of Chatham House, London, and also a member of the Aspen Institute Romania. He graduated in Journalism and Communication Sciences.
Participation2012 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018 2021
Internationally known Art Dealer, specializing in Islamic Art. Since its establishment in 1975, his London-based company, Ahuan Islamic Art, has organized major Islamic exhibitions. ‘The Unity of Islamic Art’ exhibition inaugurated the Islamic galleries of the King Faisal Foundation in Riyadh in 1985. Ahuan has supplied important Islamic works of art to numerous private collections, including the outstanding collection of the late Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Sabah and Sheikha Hussa al-Sabah in Kuwait. Ahuan has also provided important works of Islamic art to many major international museum collections, including the British Museum, the Louvre in Paris, the Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon Museum, Berlin, the C.L. David Collection, Copenhagen, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, as well as notable museum collections in Islamic countries, such as the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. David Sulzberger was for three years an advisor to the ArRiyadh Development Authority (ADA) planning the Saudi Arabian National Museum in Riyadh. He continues to work closely with both private collectors and government agencies in the Arab and Islamic World.
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 Director (2000-2020) of the French Yearbook of International Relations (AFRI). 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.
Participation2009 2010 2011 2012 2014 2017 2018 2019 2021
Kazuto Suzuki is Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, Japan, and Senior Fellow of Asia Pacific Initiative (API), the independent policy think tank. He graduated from the Department of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, and received PhD from Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex, England. He has worked in the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique in Paris, France as assistant researcher and as the Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba from 2000 to 2008 and served as Professor of International Politics at Hokkaido University until 2020. He served as an expert in the Panel of Experts for Iranian Sanction Committee under the United Nations Security Council from 2013 to July 2015. He currently serves as the President of Japan Association of International Security and Trade. His research focuses on the conjunction of science/technology and international relations; subjects including space policy, non-proliferation, export control and sanctions. His recent work includes Space and International Politics (2011, in Japanese, awarded Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities), Policy Logics and Institutions of European Space Collaboration (2003) and many others.
Chairman of the Board of Eximbank of Russia. Former Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. From 2002 to 2008, Azer Talybov served in various positions of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation. He then became Assistant Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (2008-2012). Later, he was Head of the Russian President’s assistant apparatus (2012-2013) and Head of the Secretariat of the President of the Bank of Russia (2013-2017). He was awarded by Presidential Decree with the Medal of the Order “For Services to the Fatherland, 2 degree”. He graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (Masters) in 2002.
Energy expert, advisor and commentator. He is rated as India’s top expert on national and international energy issues. He serves as Chairman of the Independent Energy Policy Institute, a New Delhi think tank. He is also the Founder President of the prestigious World Energy Policy Summit (WEPS) and an Adjunct Professor at the NTPC School of Business in India, focusing on energy policy and governance. He was until recently the Chairman of Energy Security Group of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Chairman of the Energy and Green Economy Working Group (India) of the BRICS Business Council. Mr. Taneja is well-known in public life as a thinker, politician, TV debater and conversationist. He is a leader, focusing on economy and energy, of the BJP, India’s governing party. He has authored several books, including Mantras for A Golden India and Glory. Growth. Goals. – India’s Oil and Gas Industry.
Participation2010 2012 2015 2021
Member of the French Council of State. He graduated from HEC Paris, Sciences Po Paris and the French School of Administration. He also holds a degree from Johns Hopkins University. He started his career at the French Senate by working on international affairs. He wrote several reports on the strategic issues raised by the digital economy.
CEO of Act III Consultants, a management-consulting firm dedicated to digital transformation, and McKinsey Senior Advisor. Previously she was Chairwoman and CEO of Vivendi Universal Publishing (€4B revenue, video games and book publishing), after spending 10 years within the Hachette/Lagardère group and 5 years within McKinsey. She is a board member of Proximus (Belgacom), GBL (Groupe Bruxelles Lambert), Rexel, SNCF and a member of the supervisory board of Tarkett. She is also a board member of several non-profit organizations such as IDATE, the French-American Foundation and chaired the French governance institute (IFA) until June 2019. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University (MBA).
Participation2012 2015 2017 2018 2019 2021
Aminata Touré is a Senegalese politician and Human Rights activist. She held several governmental positions including Prime Minister (2013-2014), Minister of Justice (2012-2013), President’s Special Envoy for Internal and External Affairs (2015-2019), President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (2019-2020). Dr. Touré worked for 24 years in the United Nations Organization where she held technical expert positions in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. She also headed the Gender and Human Rights Direction at the United Nations Population Fund Headquarters in New York. At the early stage of her career, Dr. Touré worked in the private sector and with the Senegalese branch of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. From 2014 to 2020, Dr. Touré led and co-led Presidential election observation missions on behalf of the African Union and The Carter Center in Mauritius, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Liberia and Guyana. Aminata Touré holds a Master in Economics and an MBA from the University of Aix-Marseille in France and a PhD from the International School of Management in Paris. Dr. Touré directed more than 30 United Nations publications and authored in 2021 a book highlighting Africa’s contribution to International Penal Law through the Extraordinary Judiciary Chambers that tried Hissein Habré, former President of Chad. Beside her native language, Wolof, Aminata Touré is fluent in French and English.
Participation2017 2019 2021
Jean-Claude Trichet is presently European Chairman of the Trilateral Commission. He is a member of the Institut de France (Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques). He is honorary chairman of the Bruegel Institute (Brussels) and honorary chairman of the Group of Thirty (Washington). Jean-Claude Trichet was President of the European Central Bank (2003-2011). He was Governor of Banque de France (1993-2003) and Undersecretary of the French Treasury (1987- 1993). He was President of the Paris Club (debt rescheduling) (1985-1993), President of the European Monetary Committee (1992-1993), President of the Group of 10 Central Banks Governors and President of the Global economy meeting in Basel (2002-2011). He was President of Sogepa (Société de Gestion des Participations Aéronautiques) (2012-2013) and Director of Airbus Group (2012-2018). He was named “Person of the Year” by the Financial Times in 2007 and n° 5 of the “World Most Powerful” in the Newsweek list (2008). Born in Lyon in 1942, Jean-Claude Trichet is an honorary inspecteur général des Finances and ingénieur civil des Mines. He is a graduate of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, of the Université de Paris (in Economics) and of the École Nationale d’Administration. Jean-Claude Trichet has been awarded honorary doctorates by several universities.
Participation2008 2010 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2018 2019 2021
Juliette M. Tuakli, MD MPH, is a global leader in international, women’s and children’s health. Previously a Harvard Medical faculty member for many years, she now works from Accra, Ghana as CEO of CHILDAccra Medical, an acclaimed, regional medical conglomerate providing medical care, public health, and medical research and development in Africa, Europe, and the USA. Dr. Tuakli is the first female Chair of the Board of Trustees of United Way Worldwide, the largest private international NGO. She has developed Local United Ways in East, South, and West Africa. She chaired, until recently, Mercy Ship’s Medical Review Committee for many years. She is a Zenith Bank and Commonwealth Rights Initiative Board member. She co-founded the MOREMI African Girls’ Leadership program. She was the first female Rotary president of West Africa’s premier Anglophone Club. Her work to protect vulnerable children was hailed by the Africa Union in 2016. Dr. Tuakli is a regular contributor to high-profile global discussions, journals, and institutions such as the Zayed Sustainability Prize, Africa Union, and WPC.
Participation2018 2019 2020 2021
Non-Executive Director of Norge Mining. Ingvil Tybring-Gjedde brings an exceptional level of experience to Norge Mining’s Board as a Non-Executive Director. A representative of the Norwegian Progress Party (FrP) and the former Deputy Minister in the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, she will be a guiding light as the country explores its exciting economic next steps. Ingvil was also the Minister of Public Security in the Ministry of Justice and Public Security from January 2019 until January 2020. And she previously worked as a Senior Advisor in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in oil and gas management positions at Innovation Norway. Committees of the Board: Remuneration & ESG (Member).
Founder of Hubert Védrine Conseil, a public affairs consultancy specialized in international, economic and geopolitical issues. He is currently President of the Institut François Mitterrand. Prior to that, Hubert Védrine served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under the government of Lionel Jospin from June 1997 to May 2002. From 1996 to 1997, he was a partner in the law firm Jeantet et Associés. He was a member of the French Council of State as maître des requêtes in 1986-1988 and 1995-1996, and then in 2002-2003. Since 2003, he has been leading a seminar at Sciences Po Paris on the perception of threats in international relations. From 1981 to 1995, he was diplomatic advisor to the Presidency of the Republic, spokesman and, from 1991 to 1995, Secretary-General. Before that, he was a civil administrator in the Ministry of Culture from 1974 to 1981. In 2020, he was appointed by France to participate in the group of personalities in charge of a reflection on NATO in 2030. He is the author of numerous books. In October 2019, he published with his son Laurent Védrine Olrik, la biographie non autorisée (Fayard). In June 2020, he published an essay on the pandemic, Et après ? (Fayard). In February 2021, he published Dictionnaire amoureux de la géopolitique (Plon, Fayard). Mr. Védrine also has a degree in history, and is an alumnus of ENA.
Participation2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021
CEO of Norge Mining. John Vergopoulos brings decisive, hands-on leadership to Norge Mining, as well as an international financial ‘black book’ and years of experience in the mineral resources sector. He has a strong fundraising track record in capital, private equity and syndicated loan markets. He has been an SME Board Director and a CEO and CFO for various publicly traded corporations in the tech and mineral resources industries. Over the years, John has been in charge of dealing with government institutions throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. He started out his career as a chartered accountant in Deloitte’s London Audit Department.
Nicolas Véron cofounded Bruegel in Brussels in 2002-2005, joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC in 2009, and is currently employed on equal terms by both organizations as a Senior Fellow. His research is primarily about financial systems and financial services policies, with a main geographical focus on Europe. A graduate of France’s Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines, his earlier experience includes senior positions in the French government and private sector in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is also an independent board member of the global derivatives trade repository arm of DTCC, a financial infrastructure company that operates on a non-profit basis. In September 2012, Bloomberg Markets included Véron in its yearly global “50 Most Influential” list with reference to his early advocacy of European banking union.
Participation2009 2018 2021
Professor in the School of International Studies and President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking University. He has been Peking University Boya Chair Professor since 2017. 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 (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 (2001- 2009). He was a Global Scholar at Princeton University (2011-2015). He obtained an MA degree from Peking University.
Participation2012 2016 2018 2021
Founder and Deputy CEO of Norge Mining. An astute economist and entrepreneur, Michael will advise on the finances and strategic direction of Norge Mining. He has worked for Citibank Zurich, and has held a prestigious array of senior positions at multinational financial institutions in New York and Frankfurt. He has previously been mandated by various governments, finance ministries and state banks to help settle sovereign debts. Over the years, Michael has advised on structure financing for companies in the natural resources, commodities and mining sectors in Russia, the Middle East and Mongolia.
Dr. David Wurmser, is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Project on Global Anti-Semitism and the US-Israel Relationship at the Center for Security Policy, as well as being a Senior Fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum. He also is the executive and founding member of the Delphi Global Analysis Group, LLC – a firm specializing in geopolitical risk analysis and mitigation for hydrocarbon, infrastructure, high-tech, defense and financial firms from the United States, Japan and India navigating in Israel and the Middle East – since its founding in 2007. From December 2018 until September 2019, Dr. Wurmser also served as Senior Advisor (Special Government Employee) to the US National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton.
Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States. Former Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to France. He has worked and consulted for various UN agencies and think tanks. He served as Head of Policy Planning, Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Diplomatic Advisor to Deputy President Adil Abd al-Mahdi. He is a Member of the American Physical Society and of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He was educated in Iraq, Switzerland and the United States. He is a graduate of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Participation2012 2013 2021
President of KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific, an independent non-profit think tank. He was previously CEO of the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI). He has over 36 years of senior corporate management, consulting and boardroom experience. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Economic Club of Kuala Lumpur, a Director of the British-Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and a General Committee member of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Michael has served the Government including as Malaysia’s Representative (Ambassador rank) to the ASEAN High-Level Task Force on Connectivity, Member of the Malaysia Competition Commission and Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM). He was recently appointed to the Executive Council of the United Nations ESCAP Sustainable Business Network. He holds a degree in Economics from Monash University and is Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from the University of Nottingham.
Participation2011 2012 2013 2014 2017 2021
Estelle Youssouffa is a French independent bilingual broadcast journalist and international affairs consultant. With 20 years of experience as a TV news anchor and investigative journalist, she is the executive producer and host of webTV AfriCanDo. She also delivers global strategic analysis to CEOs and hosts international conferences. Estelle has been working for France 2’s foreign affairs program Un Œil sur la Planète, TV5 Monde, Al Jazeera English and LCI. She created The Leaders’ Seminar which gathered 60 Western, Arab and African leaders in Marrakech in 2014, Abidjan in 2016, Kigali in 2017. She is a member of the Africa Leadership Network, an alumna of the Young Leaders program of the French-American Foundation (2011-2012) and the German Marshall Fund’s Atlantic Dialogues Young Leaders program (2013). Estelle graduated with a degree in journalism studies in Tours, France, before studying international relations and political studies at Quebec University of Montreal, Canada.
Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development. Vice President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP). In June 2013, he was elected President of the All-Russian Insurance Association and in January 2015, President of the Russian Association of Motor Insurers. In November 2016, he became the President of the National Union of Liability Insurers. He is also a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian International Affairs Council and a member of the Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy. He is also Honorary Consul General of Monaco in Moscow and a professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He graduated in economics from Moscow State University (MSU).
Participation2011 2012 2013 2015 2017 2018 2021
Co-Chair of SouthBridge, a Financial Advisory Service company dedicated to Africa. Chairman of the Fondation de l’Ecole 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 member of the Executive Committee. 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.