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Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar since 2016. Previously he held the position of Assistant Foreign Minister for International Cooperation Affairs (2014-2016). He has also served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatar Mining Company. He joined the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in 2003 as an Economic Researcher and then became Director of Economic Affairs between 2005 and 2009. In June 2010, he was appointed Secretary of the Personal Representative of H.H. the Emir for Follow-up Affairs at the Emiri Diwan. He graduated in Economics and Business Administration from Qatar University.

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Mohamed Methqal

Ambassador General Director of the Morocco International Cooperation Agency (AMCI) since 2016. Prior to this, he has served for three years as the special economic advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. In 2016, he was also the Chief of Staff of the President of COP22. Previously, he was advisor to the Minister of Economy and Finance in Morocco. He also advised companies and investors on strategic projects in Morocco and African countries. He began his career in 2000 as a research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He co-founded two innovative start-ups and is a winner of the 2003 NETS Prize. He has an engineer diploma from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

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Aziz Mekouar

Former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United States (2002-2011). He then embarked on a new career as an advisor for major Moroccan groups and multinationals. Previously, he served as the Moroccan ambassador to Italy, Malta, and, Albania, and the permanent representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Portugal, and Angola. He was the elected chairman of the Council of the FAO (2001-2005). He recently held the position of Ambassador for multilateral cooperation within the COP22 steering committee. He graduated from the HEC Graduate Business School in France.

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Jide Rotilu

Co-founder and product manager of Former Senior consultant at Deloitte Nigeria. He also currently serves on the Deloitte West Africa Strategy team. He is a seasoned management consultant and a subject-matter expert in cybersecurity. His daily work includes helping organizations transform their security process, implement cybersecurity strategy, and be better vigilant of cyberattacks. He is an associate of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium and also a member of ISACA. He is also a co-founder of the Meet-A-Need-Today Foundation. He graduated from Covenant University and Queen Mary University of London.

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Eniola Mafe

Program Manager for the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) Foundation. She joined NDPI in 2013 after serving as program manager on Africa at Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, D.C. She was named one of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33 by Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in 2011 and one of 13 Young Africans Business/Economic Leaders to Watch in 2013 by Ventures Africa Magazine. She worked at the Women’s World Banking Ghana in Accra and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City. She graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. and from Spelman College (Phi Beta Kappa).


Dania Koleilat

Executive Director of Al Istishari Strategy Center for Economic and Future Studies since 2016, Abu Dhabi. She is also a Member of the Arab Council of Social Studies. She served as Marketing Director (Middle East and Europe) of Space Imaging Middle East &European Space Imaging (2003-2007). She has been a Freelance Marketing Consultant. She started her career at Citibank N.A. She wrote several articles on various political topics, namely, on the US relation with the Arab Gulf in several regional newspapers. She is a weekly columnist in the Bahraini newspaper Al Watan. She graduated from the American University of Beirut and she holds a PhD from the University of Exeter.


Kodaira Nobuyori

Senior Advisor to the Board, Toyota Motor Corporation since 2017. He joined Toyota Motor Corporation as an advisor in 2008. He held various positions such as senior managing officer, chief officer of the Corporate Planning Division, the Business Development Group and the IT Group, member of the board of directors, chief risk officer, and executive vice president. He was director-general of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Policy at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI). He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1972.He has been a Director of KDDI Corporation since 2013 and Chairman of The Toyota Foundation since 2016. He graduated from the University of Tokyo and from the University of Cambridge.


Kitaoka Shinichi

President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Before assuming the present post, he was President of the International University of Japan. He has been Professor of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) (2012-). He was Professor of Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo (1997-2004, 2006-2012), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations (2004-2006), Professor of College of Law and Politics, Rikkyo University (1985-1997). He holds a PhD from the University of Tokyo. He is Emeritus Professor of the University of Tokyo.


Stefan Heumann

Co-Director of the Berlin based think tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV). He helped establish SNV’s European Digital Agenda program and has shaped the development of SNV into the leading think tank at the intersection of technology and public policy in Germany. He has worked and published on a wide range of issues such as cyber security, surveillance & privacy, and future of work. Prior to joining SNV he coordinated the public affairs section of the US Consulate General in Hamburg and taught and researched as an Assistant Professor of political science at the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.


Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega

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.


Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

Former President of Mongolia. Previously, he served as Member of the State Great Hural (2008-2009), Chairman of the Democratic Party of Mongolia (2005-2008) and Prime Minister of Mongolia (2004-2006). He has served as Honorary President of the Mongolian Democratic Union and “Young Leaders” foundation. In 1998, he was Prime Minister of Mongolia. He was also Member of the State Great Hural, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the APU of Mongolia (1996-2000), Vice Speaker of the State Great Hural, Head of the State Commission on Political Rehabilitation (1996-1998) and Chairman of the Mongolian National Democratic Party (1996-1999). He graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Ciré Dye Ba

Executive Director, CIRTECH-CTC. He has over six years of experience in political consulting. He began his career in the management of development projects before specializing in public communications. His experience led him to work for nongovernmental organizations and governments. He currently works as an advisor to numerous African statesmen and politicians on political strategy and public policy. He is very active in the volunteering field; he is also the outgoing curator of the Dakar Hub of Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum and is a Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni. He graduated from the Bordeaux Management School.


Natalie Cartwright

Co-founder of, she has been a forerunner in the area of financial technology. Her company works in cooperation with banks to set up a virtual banking assistant powered by artificial intelligence. is an award-winning platform – presented by USA Today, Bloomberg, VentureBeat and also Money 20/20, Finovate Asia and VivaTech Paris – that enables banks to establish better relations with their clients in support of their financial goals. Before founding, she worked at the Global Fund in Geneva where she managed a USD 250 million health investment portfolio.


Hamid Benbrahim El Andaloussi

Honorary Chairman of the Moroccan Aerospace Industries Association (GIMAS). He played a key role in the emergence and the development of the aircraft industry in Morocco. He participated actively in the construction of Royal Air Maroc, in its fleet modernization and in its international reputation at the service of the social and economic development of the country. He is Chairman or board member of several companies in the aircraft, international hotel, solar industries and in the government security area. He is also a member of strategic advisory councils of universities and President of IMA. He is qualified in Engineering from INPG.


Kim Heungchong

Senior research fellow, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). He served at KIEP as Vice President, Deputy President for Research Planning and Coordination, Deputy President of Center for Regional Economic Studies. He is now a senior visiting fellow at ifri, France and an Adjunct Professor at Sogang University. He was an Adjunct Professor at Ewha Womans University and an Invited Professor at Korea University. He is now advising among others the Ministry of Strategy and Finance on G20, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Korea’s mid to long-term diplomatic strategy. He holds a PhD in Economics from Seoul National University.


Hyun Jung Taik

President of Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) since 2016. Before joining KIEP, he served as a Senior Secretary for Policy Coordination at the Blue House, Vice Chairman of National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC), Vice Minister at the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF), Chairman of Korea Trade Commission, Professor of Department of International Trade and Regional Studies at Inha University, and President of Korea Development Institute (KDI). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University, M.B.A. from Sloan School of Management at MIT, and B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University.


Francis Gurry

Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since 2008. He started his career at WIPO in 1985. Previously, he had been teaching and practicing law. He is an honorary professor of, and holds honorary doctorates from, universities in a wide range of countries. He is the author of a number of publications, one of which has become a standard legal text in the UK and is published by Oxford University Press as Gurry on Breach of Confidence. He holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne and a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge.


Jean-Claude Lehmann

Physicist. Founding member and Honorary President of the National Academy of Technologies of France. He is also a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and Honorary chairman of A-Ulm (Association of alumni of Ecole Normale Supérieure, ENS). Chairman of the National Academy of Technologies of France (2003-2004). He was R&D Vice President of Saint-Gobain Group (1988-2005), Vice-chairman of the French Higher Council of Research and Technology (1997-1998) and the French Higher Council of Research (1998-1999), Scientific Director of French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), head of its physics and mathematics Department (1981-1988), Researcher at laboratoire Kastler-Brossel of the ENS (1961-1981). Higher education at Ecole Normale Supérieure.He holds a PhD in science.


Alexander Dynkin

President, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russia. He is among others a member of the Presidium of the Presidential Council for Science and Education, a member of the Presidium of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), a member of the Russian Foreign Minister’s Scientific Council. He is a frequent commentator on Federal TV Channels. He is also Chairman and Founder of the Primakov Readings. He was visiting professor and lecturer at Georgetown University (USA, Washington, D.C.). He holds a PhD in economics.


Dorian Duçka

Former Deputy Minister of Energy and Industry of Albania (2013-2015). He joined the international private sector in 2015. He has served as External Adviser on Investments to Prime Minister of Albania since 2016. Previously, he was Director of the European Integration and International Projects at the Ministry of the Economy, Trade, and Energy of Albania (2009-2013). He was also Director of Project Management Unit for the TAP Trans Adriatic Pipeline. He has founded and been involved in several Albanian and international non-governmental organizations such as the Albanian Free Forum, IDEA Institute. He graduated from the Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta, Cyprus. He pursued postgraduate studies at Kings College London.

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Artem Malgin

Vice-rector of MGIMO-University since 2012. He held the position of a lecturer and then of an Associate Professor at MGIMO Department of International Relations and Russia’s Foreign Policy, Executive Assistant to the Rector and Chief of the Rector’s Office (1996-2016). He is a Member of the Valdai Discussion Club Scientific Council, Member of the Scientific board at the Security Council of the Russian Federation, the Secretary of the Russian–Polish Group on difficult issues, Member of the Council of the Foundation “Russian-Polish Center for Dialogue and Understanding”, the Executive Director of the Russian International Studies Association, Member of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). He graduated from MGIMO. He holds a PhD in Political Science.


Bertrand Deroubaix

Senior Vice President Public Affairs, Total. He began his career in the French Transportation Ministry. In 1988, he became during 7 years the project manager for the Normandy Bridge across the Seine, a worldwide record of giant bridges. He joined Total in 1995 as Deputy General Manager of the Normandy Refinery. In 2004, he was appointed Corporate Vice President, Competitive Intelligence. In November 2008, he was appointed General Secretary of Total Refining & Marketing Division and joined the Corporate Management Committee of the Group. In January 2012, he was appointed General Secretary of the new Refining and Chemical Division. He graduated from France’s Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, a civil engineering school.

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Peter Maurer

President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since July 2012. Previously, he served as Secretary of State for foreign affairs in Bern (2010-2012). He was chairman of the Fifth Committee of the UN General Assembly, in charge of administrative and budgetary affairs (2009-2010), Ambassador and permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York (2004-2009) and ambassador and head of the human security division in the political directorate of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs in Bern (2000-2004). He entered the Swiss diplomatic service in 1987. He studied history and international law in Bern, where he was awarded a doctorate.


Jean-François Copé

Mayor of Meaux, France. He is a lecturer in Sciences Po and Associate Professor at the University of Paris VIII. Seine-et-Marne’s MP from 1995 to 1997 then from 2002 to 2017, he is successively designated Secretary of State for relations with Parliament (2002-2004), delegate Minister of the Interior (2004), delegate Minister of the Budget (2004-2007) and spokesperson of the government (2002-2007). He was President of the UMP at the national assembly (2007-2010), chief-administrative officer of the UMP and then UMP’s President (2012-2014). He graduated from Sciences Po and ENA.

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Amanda Onamandla Mathe

Managing Director of Ndlovukazi Online Media, Digital Media Consultant. She is a professional journalist, with years of experience in the news media, corporate social media management and online development. She currently sits as stakeholder and representative of women in the technology sphere of Durban, advising in the Internet For All South Africa initiative as the WEF Global Shaper. She is currently listed as a Visionary Leader of the Engineering Symposium Africa conference 2017. She holds a National Diploma in Journalism from Durban University of Technology.

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Holger H. Mey

Vice President, Advanced Concepts, Airbus, Munich, Germany. Before joining Airbus in 2004, he has worked for 12 years as a self-employed security policy analyst and consultant in Bonn, Germany. Among many other functions, he served as President & CEO of the Institute for Strategic Analyses (ISA) in Bonn, Germany. Over many years, he was a frequent TV and radio commentator, publisher, and lecturer. He is an Honorary Professor for Foreign Policy at the University of Cologne, Germany. He began his professional career 1986 as a Research Associate at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Foundation for Science and Politics). He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS, London) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswär-tige Politik (the German Council on Foreign Relations, DGAP), Berlin.

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Ali Mohammadi

Co-founder, Hippogriff AB. He is an inventor and a visionary social entrepreneur who has developed a life-saving technology for early diagnosis of heart diseases. He has been selected by the Forbes magazine as one of the top 30 most influential innovators in Europe and featured on the prestigious Forbes 30Under30 list. He has been mentor to young students on the path to developing their full potential. He is also grand jury member in different national and international competitions including European youth Award. He received the “European Change Award” and was honoured as the “young entrepreneurial talent of the year 2016” in Europe.

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Anne-Thida Norodom

Professor of public law at the University of Rouen Normandie since 2010. She has been also co-director of the Rouen University Center of law studies (CUREJ) since 2012 and Secretary General of the French Society for International Law since 2016. She is co-head of the master of public law (2016-2017). From 2006 to 2010, she was a Temporary Lecturer and Research Assistant at the University of Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2). She is also a member of the strategic committee of IFRI. She holds a PhD in law from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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Xavier Ploquin

Advisor for Energy, Industry and innovation in the private office of the French ministry for the ecological and inclusive transition. He held various positions in the French ministry of economy and finance, in the fields of energy and corporate financing. He was also a market analyst at Total Gas & Power New Energies USA and Assistant Project Manager at L’Oréal. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and Mines Paristech, Paris, France.


Rémy Rioux

Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement since 2016. In 2015, he was responsible for financial matters in the French negotiation team for COP21. In 2014, he served as Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in charge of economic affairs. He was Director of the Office of Mr. Pierre Moscovici at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance (2012-2014). In 2010, he was Deputy Director for international financial affairs and development at the General Directorate of the Treasury. In 2007, he was Deputy Director for the transport and audiovisual sectors at the State Holdings Agency (APE). He is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm, Sciences Po, and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.