Jacques Beltran

Special advisor to Valérie Pécresse, President of Paris Region, in charge of European and International affairs since 2017. He started his career as research fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), focusing on European security and transatlantic relations. He has worked for EADS-AIRBUS as senior manager in charge of international development. In 2005, he was appointed diplomatic advisor to the French Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, D. Perben. From 2007 to 2015 he worked for Alstom group, in the energy and rail transportation sector, in different capacities. In 2016, he joined the regional council of Paris Region as deputy director general, in charge of European affairs, international cooperation and tourism.

Tatiana Kastoueva-Jean

Head of Russia-NIS Center of Ifri since January 2014. Before joining Ifri in 2005, she taught international relations for the French-Russian Master at MGIMO University in Moscow. At the beginning of her work at Ifri, she developed a rich expertise on issues linked to youth, higher education and innovation in Russia: she is the author of the book “Les universités russes sont-elles compétitives ?” (Are Russian Universities competitive?), CNRS Editions, 2013. She currently heads the trilingual electronic collection Russie.Nei.Visions. She holds a degree from the State University of Ekaterinbourg, a Franco-Russian Master in International Relations from the University of Sciences Po/MGIMO in Moscow, and from the University of Marne-la-Vallée in France. In 2018, she published  La Russie de Poutine en 100 questions (Paris, Tallandier, 2018).

Jean-Pierre Cabestan

Professor, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. He was Head of the Department from 2007 to 2018. He is also Associate Researcher at the Asia Centre, Paris and at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China in Hong Kong. His main areas of expertise include political, institutional and judiciary reforms in China, Chinese foreign policy and security, the relations across the Taiwan Strait and Taiwanese politics and the relations between China and Africa. He recently published Demain la Chine: démocratie ou dictature? (China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship?), Paris, Gallimard, 2018

Josep Borrell

Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain. Former Secretary-General for the Budget (1982-1984), Secretary of State for the Treasury (1984-1991), and Minister of Public Works, Telecommunications, Transport, and the Environment (1991-1996).President of the European Parliament during the first half of the 2004-2009 legislature and then Chair of the Committee on Development. Currently holds the Jean Monnet Chair at the Complutense Institute of International Studies.

Frans van Daele

Baron van Daele joined the Belgian foreign service in 1971. In the seventies and eighties he served twice as a junior officer to Belgium’s Permanent Representation to the EU, as the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, and as his country’s alternate representative in the Security Council.  As Undersecretary for Political Affairs, as Permanent Representative to the EU, and later as Chief of Staff to the first permanent President of the European Council he was deeply involved in setting the EU agenda. Both as Ambassador in Washington and as Permanent Representative of Belgium to NATO he focused on the transatlantic relationship. After completing his diplomatic career he served as Chief of Staff to HM the King of the Belgians. On retirement he was made a Minister of State for the exceptional services rendered to his country.

Patricia Danzi

Patricia Danzi has been regional director for Africa at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since 2015, overseeing all ICRC operations on the continent. She is responsible for over 7,000 staff and a budget of up to USD 750 million. She has been with the ICRC since 1996, working in a range of roles worldwide. She holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics, geography and environmental science, and carried out postgraduate research in development studies in Geneva. Patricia is a mother of two teenage boys, a former Olympic athlete and fluent in seven languages.

Teodor Meleşcanu

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania since January 2017 for the third time (previously in 1992 – 1996 and 2014). Minister Meleșcanu has extensive political and administrative experience: three times senator in the Romanian Parliament, re-elected in 2016, he held numerous high-level positions in the administration. He was defence minister (2007 – 2008) and State Advisor on defence and security in the Prime Minister Chancellery in 2015. He was also head of the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service (2012 – 2014). Minister Meleșcanu is professor at the doctoral school of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration. He graduated from the Faculty of Law (University of Bucharest) and holds a PhD in social and political science, specializing in international law, from the University of Geneva.

Rozlyn Engel

Nonresident Scholar in the Geo-Economics and Strategy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she focuses on macroeconomic and institutional risk, economic dimensions of U.S. foreign policy, long-term economic trends shaping the global policy landscape, and estimative intelligence analysis. Senior executive in charge of the Office of Macroeconomic Analysis in the U.S. Treasury Department (October 2016 – August 2018). National Intelligence Manager and National Intelligence Officer for Economics in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (2013-2016). She holds a PhD in Economics from Columbia University and a MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics.

Jean-Paul Agon

Chairman and CEO, L’Oréal. He joined L’Oréal in 1978 after graduating from HEC international business school. He has worked his entire career in the Group, on all continents. After a brief stint as product manager in France, he was appointed General Manager of L’Oréal Greece, at 24. Fiver years later, he returned to France as General Manager of L’Oréal Paris, then International Managing Director for Biotherm. In 1994, he goes abroad again, first as Managing Director of L’Oréal Germany, then he creates and heads the L’Oréal Asia Zone. In 2001, he was appointed President of L’Oréal USA. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal in 2006 and also became its Chairman in 2011. In 2009 he received the Ethical Resource Center’s Pace Leadership in Ethics Award for L’Oréal’s achievements in the area of business ethics, diversity, financial transparency and sustainable development. He is a Director of Air Liquide, a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum.

Ashoka Mody

Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor in International Economic Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He is author of EuroTragedy: A Drama in Nine Acts. Previously, he was Deputy Director in the International Monetary Fund’s Research and European Departments. He has worked at the World Bank, AT&T’s Bell Laboratories, and the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Financial Studies, Frankfurt. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University.

Daniel Keller

A former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint Cloud, holder of an Agrégation higher degree in French language and literature and former student of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Daniel Keller started his career at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance as a civil administrator at the Directorate-General of Taxes and then at the Tax Legislation Department. He joined the Renault Group where he held various responsibilities in the Sales Department, in the distribution network in France and Europe, as well as in central functions, as Head of Worldwide Sales Quality for the Group. He then headed a group of Renault-Dacia car dealerships, ETI with 300 employees, in the Paris region. Since mid-2016, he has been Transformation Director in the Humanis Social Protection Group, in charge of organisation, project management and operational efficiency. He has been president of the Grand Orient de France (2013-2016) and chairman of the French ENA Alumni Association since 2017.

Amadou Gon Coulibaly

Prime Minister, Minister of State Budget, Head of the government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. Previously, he served as Secretary General of the Presidency. Minister of State, Minister of Agriculture (2003-2005). Director of Economic and Financial Studies at the Direction du Contrôle des Grands Travaux (DCGTX) and Deputy Director General (1994-1995). He has been mayor of Korhogo since 2001.

Mustapha Bakkoury

President of Masen. Through the development of the Noor Solar Plan, Masen is now a reference on the regional and international scene of renewable energies. Before joining Masen, he has led one of the major institutions of Morocco, the Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion. Previously, he held senior positions in the banking sector, within the BNP Paribas group. He was also in charge of the development and financing of the activities of the National Urban Development Company (SONADAC). He is a graduate from the “Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées of Paris” and holds a degree in Banking and Finance in one of the leading French universities. He is President of the Casablanca-Settat region.

Sebastiaan Debrouwere

Consultant at McKinsey & Company in Brussels, Belgium. Former President of the King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) (2013-2015). He was also President of King’s College London Think Tank, a non-profit activism group, now the largest student-led policy institute in Europe (2012-2013). He graduated from King’s College London, University of London and he has completed a master’s degree in Business Administration at Vlerick Business School (2015-2016).


Leung Chun-ying

Mr Leung graduated from King’s College Hong Kong; Hong Kong Polytechnic and Bristol Polytechnic UK. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees by four universities in the UK, HK and Shandong. Between 1984 and 2011, he held senior positions in the entire political transition to the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, served as a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong and was the Convenor of the non-official members. In 2012, Mr Leung was elected the fourth-term Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He became Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and he founded the Belt and Road Hong Kong Centre and the Greater Bay Area Centre in 2017.

Yoichi Suzuki

Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister of Japan. Former Director-General for Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Chief Negotiator of the Japan European Union Economic Partnership Agreement Negotiations and Former Ambassador to France. Previoulsy, he was Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Japan’s G8 Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpa, and Ambassador to Singapore. He received a law degree LL.B from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo and is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration of France (ENA).

Karl Brauner

Deputy Director-General of the WTO. His areas of responsibility include the two legal divisions dealing with the WTO’s dispute settlement system (Rules and Legal Affairs), the division for administration and general services including budget and finance as well as the human resources division. Prior to joining the WTO, he held the position of Director General for external economic policy in the German Federal Ministry of Economics in Berlin for 12 years. He is a lawyer by profession, with degrees from Germany and the United Kingdom (Cambridge). He started his career in the legal department of the Federal Ministry of Economics in Bonn in 1983. In 1986-87, he worked at the German Mission to the United Nations in New York. Further postings abroad were in Athens and Sydney.

Carlos Ghosn

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault. Chairman, Nissan Motor Company and Mitsubishi Motors. Mr. Ghosn joined Renault as Executive Vice President in 1996. After the Renault-Nissan Alliance was formed, Mr. Ghosn joined Nissan Motor as Chief Operating Officer in 1999 and was named Chief Executive Officer in 2001. CEO of Renault since 2005, he was appointed President and CEO of Renault in 2009, while keeping the same responsibilities at Nissan.  Mr. Ghosn has been the industry’s leading advocate for sustainable transportation; Renault and Nissan were the first automakers to launch a range of affordable zero-emission cars and commercial vehicles. Mr. Ghosn is also establishing the Alliance as a leader in the development of future automotive technology, such as autonomous drive and connected vehicles and services. Before Renault, Mr. Ghosn held several positions in Michelin, the last being Chairman and CEO of Michelin North America starting 1989. Having obtained degrees from École Polytechnique and École des Mines in Paris, Mr. Ghosn started his career at Michelin in 1978.

Khalid Alyahya

Deputy Secretary-General, G20-2020 Saudi Secretariat and Sous-Sherpa, Saudi G20. Board member at the National Center for Strategic Development in Saudi Arabia and Riyadh Economic Forum. Previously, he held several senior positions including Associate Professor and Director of the Governance and Public Policy Program at MBRSG-UAE, a fellow at Harvard University and Assistant Professor at ASU in the USA, a Partner and Managing Director of Accenture Strategy and Public Sector Transformation Lead in the Middle East as well as KPMG. He also served as a senior advisor to several international organizations including World Bank, UNDP, OECD, Swedish International Development Agency, Bill Gates Foundation, Shell, and Citi Foundation. He completed his post-doctoral study at Harvard University, a Ph.D. from University of Connecticut in Comparative Public Policy and Management.

Robert Sigal

Appointed Chief Executive Officer of the American Hospital of Paris on March 1, 2017, Robert Sigal, MD, PhD, was formerly with Institut Gustave Roussy for 20 years, where he served as Executive Medical Director, after practicing as a physician, chief of radiology, and university professor. In 2007, he joined the Hospital and Health Solutions department of General Electric Healthcare France, later taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, he was President and Chief Commercial Officer of InSightec, a medical technology company and the market leader in MRI-guided Focused Ultrasound.


László Trócsányi

Minister of Justice of Hungary since 2014. Dr László Trócsányi is a lawyer by profession. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Eötvös Loránd University in 1980 and was admitted to the bar in 1985. He served as an assistant professor, then a reader (1991-1994) and a senior lecturer (1994-2000) at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Szeged. Since 2000, he is professor and head of department at the same university. Since 2004, he serves as Director of the European Studies Centre of Szeged University. Dr Trócsányi has been appointed Hungarian Ambassador to both Belgium and Luxembourg between 2000 and 2004 and to France between 2010 and 2014. He holds various awards that he received from France, Belgium and Hungary.

Ian Johnson

Pulitzer-Prize winning writer focusing on society, religion, and history. He works out of Beijing, where he also teaches university classes. He has spent nearly twenty years in the greater China region, first as a student in Beijing (1984-1985), and then in Taipei (1986-1988). He later worked as a newspaper correspondent in China (1994-1996) with Baltimore’s The Sun, and with The Wall Street Journal (1997-2001), where he covered macro economics, China’s WTO accession and social issues.

Ronnie Chan

Chairman of Hang Lung Group Ltd. and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Ltd., both publicly listed in Hong Kong. The Group expanded into mainland China in 1992, developing, owning and managing world-class commercial complexes in key tier one and tier two cities. He founded and chairs the China Heritage Fund, is a co-founding Director of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, Beijing, and is former Vice President and former Advisor of the China Development Research Foundation in Beijing. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chairman Emeritus of Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, and founding Chairman of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society. He serves or has served on the governing or advisory bodies of several think tanks and universities, including Peterson Institute for International Economics, World Economic Forum, East-West Center, Pacific Council on International Policy, Eisenhower Fellowships, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, University of Southern California, Indian School of Business, Yale University, Tsinghua University, and Fudan University.

Gilles Carbonnier

Vice-president of the International Committee of the Red Cross since 2018. Professor of development economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), where he also served as director of studies and president of the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, he worked with the ICRC in Iraq, Ethiopia, El Salvador and Sri Lanka (1989–1991), and served as an economic adviser at the ICRC’s headquarters (1999–2006). Between 1992 and 1996, he was in charge of international trade negotiations (GATT/WTO) and development cooperation programmes for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.

Olivier Blanchard

Olivier Blanchard is a French macroeconomist who has spent his professional life in the U.S. He first taught at Harvard, then at MIT, where he was chairman of the economics department from 1998 to 2003. From 2008 to 2015, he was on leave as the chief economist of the IMF. He is now the Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute in Washington. He also remains Robert M. Solow Professor of Economics emeritus at MIT. He is the author of many books and articles, including two textbooks in macroeconomics, one at the graduate level, and one at the undergraduate level. He is a fellow and past council member of the Econometric Society, president-elect of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Academy of Sciences.

Geoffrey Bouquot

Group Vice President Corporate Strategy & External Relations VALEO. Previously, he was technical advisor for Industrial Affairs at the Office of the French Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian (2014-2016). He was also project manager at the Aerospace & Defence Unit, French Government Shareholding Agency (2011-2014), advisor for Industry at the Office of the Chairman and CEO of OCP Group (2009-2010). He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, Paris.

Mirza Al Sayegh

Deputy Chairman, Oilfields Supply Center. He started his career as Third Secretary and Head of Information and Translation Section, Political Dept., Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi. He also served as First Secretary at the UAE Embassy in New Delhi, India.  In 1974 he became Head of UAE Consular Mission in Bombay, India. In 1979 he represented the UAE on the Political Committee of the United National General Assembly session. In 1983, he took charge of investment affairs of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Government of Dubai.  He graduated from University of Jordan.

Elena Daly

Founder and Principal of EM Conseil, an independent consultancy which provides strategic and legal risk assessment advice to institutional clients. She served in General Counsel, strategy and risk-related senior positions at alternative investment funds at Citigroup, Fortress Group and Nomura International PLC. She advised the NYSE board on international issues. The first Russian lawyer to graduate from a U.S. law school (Berkeley), she started her career at Sullivan & Cromwell and Cleary Gottlieb.

Nasser Bourita

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Kingdom of Morocco. He held previous positions such as Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ambassador, Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Prior to that, he served as General Director of Multilateral Relations and Global Cooperation Directorate. He also held the position of Director of the United Nations and International Organizations Directorate. His diplomatic career includes postings to Austria and Belgium (1995-2000 and 2002-2003). He graduated from the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Studies, Rabat.

Dongsil Park

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Morocco since 2015. He was among others Ambassador to the Dominican Republic (2011-2014) and to Italy (2008-2011). He was also seconded to the Supreme Court of Korea (2006-2008). He held different positions in Canada, Sweden and Indonesia. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) in 1981. He graduated from Korea University, Seoul, from the University of Illinois and from the University of Michigan.