Panel and Workshop Speakers
General Claudio Graziano is Chairman of the European Union Military Committee. After joining the Italian Army in 1972, he served in units of the Alpini (the Italian Army Mountain Troops) holding several Command and Staff positions up to Brigade Commander, also taking part in several exercises in Denmark and Norway within the AMF(L).
He served in several positions in the Army General Staff, in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army, as DCOS Operations in the Italian Joint Operational Headquarters and as Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Defence. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Army Attaché in Washington, D.C. His operational deployments include the Command of the Italian contingent on operation UNOMOZ in Mozambique in 1992, of the Kabul Multinational Brigade in 2005-2006, and of UNIFIL from 2007 until 2010.
From December 2011 until February 2015 he was appointed as Chief of Staff of the Italian Army and from 28 February 2015 until 5 November 2018 as Italian Chief of Defence. A graduate of the Italian Army Staff College and United States Army War College, General Graziano holds two BAs and two Master's degrees.
Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller is the inaugural Robert Bosch Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Prior to Brookings, she was a senior transatlantic fellow and Berlin office director with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Her areas of expertise include transatlantic relations; German foreign policy; NATO; the European Union’s foreign, security and defense policy; international law; and human rights. Previously, she was a writer and editor at the German weekly DIE ZEIT (1994 to 2005).
Dr. Stelzenmüller’s essays and articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Foreign Affairs, Internationale Politik, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and Süddeutsche Zeitung. She is also a frequent commentator on American and European radio and television including Presseclub (ARD), National Public Radio, and the BBC.
Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison was sworn in as the Permanent Representative of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on August 15, 2017. From 1993-2013, she served as a U.S. Senator from Texas and was also elected to a Senate leadership position.
Ambassador Hutchison gained extensive international experience and developed a deep understanding of NATO as a Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. She also served as Chairman of the Military Construction Subcommittee and as a Member of the Defense Subcommittee on the Senate Appropriations Committee. She served two terms as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Prior to assuming her duties, Ambassador Hutchison was a prominent attorney at Bracewell, LLP, an established international law firm in Dallas, Texas. Ambassador Hutchison also served in the Texas House of Representatives, as the Texas State Treasurer, and as Vice Chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. She will be contributing to the panel discussion through a brief video statement.
Major Seth A. Johnston, PhD., U.S Army, is 2018-2019 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow & Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. His main fellowship project at Harvard is contemporary research on organization and strategy in transatlantic and international security, specifically focused on NATO ahead of the alliance’s seventieth anniversary in 2019.
He is a major in the United States Army and veteran of NATO, most recently serving as a task force commander with the NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. Formerly an assistant professor of international relations at West Point, he is the author of How NATO Adapts: Strategy and Organization in the Atlantic Alliance since 1950, #1 most requested book among practitioners at the NATO Headquarters library in Brussels.
Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is the founder and Faculty Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship.
Burns is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc. Burns served in the United States government as a career Foreign Service Officer. He was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official.
He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995-1997). He worked on the National Security Council as Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs; Special Assistant to President Clinton; and Director for Soviet Affairs for President George H.W. Bush.
Burns served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem where he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt and Mauritania. He was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2014-2017. He is a graduate of Boston College (B.A. 1978) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (M.A. 1980) and earned the Certificat Pratique de Langue Francaise at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (1977).
Elke Jahns-Harms teaches Music and Social Change at the New England Conservatory in Boston and Development Aid in Policy and Practice at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Elke has lived and worked in Central and South America, East Africa, and Antarctica, conducting research and implementing projects related to climate change, HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, financial inclusion, sustainable agriculture, environmental education and music.
She performs professionally on classical and Native American flutes and sings in a number of choruses, and has found music to be a crucial means of connecting with people wherever she goes. Her courses in Music for Social Change bring together her life-long interests in music, poverty alleviation, social justice, and peacebuilding. Elke holds a PhD in International Development from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, a Master’s in Music, a Master of Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Geology and Environmental Engineering.
Amy Lamé has a long and successful track record as a leader and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries of the United Kingdom. She is co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie, and co-founded RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London.
She served as Mayoress of Camden in 2010-2011, and spent her year highlighting the history and culture of live music and nightlife in the borough. Amy is a familiar presence on TV, in print and on radio. She broadcasted for a decade on BBC Radio London, and now hosts Sunday afternoons on BBC6 Music. Her debut book, From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBT+ Movement – the first LGBT+ history book for children – was published by Hachette in June 2017.
In 2018, Amy was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of East London (UEL) and appointed Honorary Professor at University College London (UCL). Originally from New Jersey, Amy has been a proud Londoner for over 25 years. She has served as London’s first Night Czar since 2016.
Marco Pignataro is a multi-talented saxophone player, composer, and educator originally from Bologna, Italy. Together with Danilo Perez, Marco currently leads the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), the world premiere jazz center of musical creativity at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has shared stages with artists such as Eddie Gomez, Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Pérez, George Garzone, John Patitucci, Rufus Reid, Kenwood Dennard, Terri Lyne Carrington, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Street, Brian Lynch, Billy Drummond, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Clark Terry, and Jon Faddis, among others.
Pignataro performs and tours internationally with several musical groups, including the Marco Pignataro Almas Antiguas Quartet and the Eddie Gomez Quintet, which is featured in the widely acclaimed recent CD Per Sempre (BFM Records).
Marco Pignataro latest recording for Zoho Records “Almas Antiguas” features a stellar band including Eddie Gomez on bass, Alan Pasqua on piano, Adam Cruz on drums, and George Garzone on tenor saxophone. "Almas Antiguas” was featured on CNN en Español, Jazz at Lincoln Center, receiving raving reviews by the press, and it was assigned 4 and half stars on Downbeat Magazine.
Pignataro was the director and cofounder of the Jazz and Caribbean Music Department and was the chair of the Jazz Saxophone Department at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Marco serves as the Artistic Director for the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival and as the Educational Adviser for the humanitarian foundation Fedujazz in DR, using music as a tool for social change. Pignataro is a D’Addario Woodwind Performing Artist and endorser for Applied Microphone Technology Wireless System, EGR Ligatures and for Mauriat and Lupifaro saxophones.
Seb Glover is the creator of some of the newest and most progressive spaces London has to offer. This includes London’s ‘first’ twenty-four performance venue, ‘FOLD, which since its inception in August 2018 has pushed the boundaries of the what a club experience in London means, to wide acclaim. Also, ‘The Glove That Fits’, which provides an intimate home for less represented creative expressions; and creative studio, office and gallery sites, ‘Many Hands’ and ‘Tinker House.’
Since opening his first site, ‘Shapes’ in 2012 at age 26, Seb channels his passion for supporting London's grassroots scene through ‘Shapes Collective,’ which transforms underutilised spaces in often emerging parts of the city into creative space. The organisation focuses on authentic cultural ‘placemaking’ and is positioned at the juncture between artists, property owners, local government and universities.
Having acquired a degree in musicology at the School Of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Seb takes a keen interest in the transformative power of music, culture and the night-time economy.
Muriel Rouyer is an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy Schhol. A specialist of politics in the European Union, her research focuses on judicial and transnational democracy and mobilizations, constitutionalism, European and French feminism, and French politics.
She received her PhD in political studies from Sciences-Po Paris. Formerly she was a General Secretary of the Observatoire National de la Parité entre les Femmes et les Hommes (the National Agency on Gender Parity in France) and worked at the European Parliament. Involved in NGOs helping students escape the Balkan wars in the 1990s, she has an extensive international teaching experience: University of Chicago and George Washington University in Paris, Sciences-Po Paris, University of Belarus in exile in Vilnius (Lithuania), University Gaston Berger in Senegal, the University of Nice, and the University of Nantes, where she is on leave from her position as Professor of Political Science.
She is currently working on her book on Transnational Democracy in Europe (forthcoming, Presses de Sciences-Po). Her most recent publications include Regards sur le cosmopolitisme européen (Perspectives on European Cosmopolitanism, 2011) and “The Strauss-Kahn Affair and the Culture of Privacy: Mistreating and Misrepresenting Women in the French Public Sphere”, forthcoming in Women's Studies International Forum. Since 2013, Professor Rouyer is faculty associate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.
Anneleen Van Bossuyt is a MEP for the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), within the European ECR Group, since 2015. Since her election to the European Parliament, Anneleen has served as a member of the committee for Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and of the committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). Her focus is better regulation, encouraging entrepreneurship, the digital single market, supporting innovation and energy policy.
Earlier this legislature, an analysis conducted by VoteWatch (an independent non-profit organisation), showed that Anneleen is the most influential MEP as regards European digital and telecoms policy. In June 2017, Anneleen was elected as chair of the IMCO-committee, becoming the youngest female committee chair ever in the European Parliament.
Anneleen was previously assistant at the European Institute of the Faculty of Law at Ghent University and chief in the N-VA’s research department on Europe. In that capacity, she was very closely involved in the Belgian federal government negotiations in 2014.
Ana Gomes is a Member of the European Parliament since 2004. She was re-elected in June 2009 and in May 2014 for a third term.
In this mandate (2014-2019), she is a full member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and of the Subcommittee for Security and Defence, as well as a full member of the Delegation for the relations with the United States and the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean.
She is substitute member on the Foreign Affairs Committee and on the Subcommittee on Human Rights. Ms. Gomes has been Rapporteur for Libya, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the PCA with Indonesia, on the "EU CBRN Action Plan" report, the "Maritime Dimension of CSDP" report, on the "Human Rights and corruption" report, etc.
In her previous mandate, she was elected as the Socialists & Democrats Group Coordinator for Foreign Affairs. Her main work focuses on foreign affairs, namely security & defense and human rights, justice and home affairs, fight against tax havens and corruption, and the rule of law.
Ana Gomes' academic background is Law. She was a career diplomat since 1980 until she suspended it to enter party politics in 2003. She had joined the Portuguese Foreign Service in 1980 and served in the Portuguese Missions at the UN in New York and Geneva and also in the Embassies in Tokyo and London. Between 1999 and 2003 she was Head of the Portuguese Interests Section and then Ambassador in Jakarta, where she played a role in the process leading up to the independence of East Timor and in the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Portugal and Indonesia.
Dr. Christopher Wratil is a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University. He is an expert in EU politics and currently co-principal investigator of a European Parliament elections study conducted in 12 EU countries together with the German Bertelsmann Foundation.
Dr. Wratil's academic research focuses on the relationship between citizens and the EU institutions, in particular, the EU's alleged democratic deficit. His academic work on the EU has been awarded several prizes and published in leading academic journals. Dr. Wratil is also co-founder of a European online magazine (www.europeandme.eu) that was awarded the European Charlemagne Youth Prize in 2011.
Ayse Kadioglu is Professor of Political Science and a faculty member at Sabancı University in Istanbul since 1998. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Center for European Studies between 01/2018-01-2019. She was the Acting President (2016-2018) and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabancı University in Istanbul (2013-2017).
She is a member of the Advisory Board of Columbia University, Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies. She is one of the Advisors for the online network Free Speech Debate that publishes in 13 languages. She was a deputy member of the Board of Directors of the Hrant Dink Foundation in Istanbul (2011-2015).
She holds a PhD in Political Science (1990, Boston University), M.A. in International Relations (1984, The University of Chicago), and Bach.Sci. in Political Science (1982, Middle East Technical University). Her fields of research are migration and citizenship studies, comparative nationalisms, political ideologies in Turkey, early twentieth century liberal thinkers in Turkey, women and Islam, Turkish secularism, memory and democracy.
She has completed a research project titled “An Analysis of Citizenship Perceptions in Istanbul on the Basis of Political Party Orientations” at the end of 2016. She has recently been engaged in research on free speech and academic freedom and published an article titled “Reading John Stuart Mill in Turkey in 2017” in Middle East Law and Governance (10/2, 2018, pp.203-232).
At the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, her research will focus on the comparative study of the discourses of new authoritarian regimes where elections coexist with authoritarian mesures and the new challenges they pose for the opposition political parties especially in the cases of Turkey and Venezuela, while continuing to study the nature of democratic backsliding and the impact of the European Union processes in Poland.
Fidel Sendagorta was Director General for North America, Asia and the Pacific at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2015 to 2018. In 2014, he was Secretary General of the Spain-US Council. He was Ambassador to Egypt from October 2010 to May 2014. Previously, he was Director General for the Mediterranean, Maghreb and the Middle East (2008-2011), Ambassador at large for Mediterranean Affairs (2007-2008) and Director of the Office for Analysis at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A diplomat since 1984, he has served in several diplomatic posts at the Embassies of Spain in Tokyo, Havana and Rabat, as well as at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union in Brussels. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he also was Advisor to the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Latin America from 1991 to 1993 and was Deputy Director General at the Minister´s Office from 1993 to 1996.
Mr. Sendagorta holds a Law Degree from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Diploma on International Studies from the Diplomatic School of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2003 to 2008 he lectured at the Diplomatic School and published the essay “Europe at the twilight: decline or revival?” (Biblioteca Nueva, Madrid 2007). In addition, he is a member of the Scientific Council of the Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies.
Andras Petho is co-founder and editor of Direkt36, an investigative reporting center based in Hungary. Previously, he was a senior editor at news site Origo, which he left in protest against political pressure in 2014. During his 17 years as a journalist, he also worked for the BBC World Service and spent 8 months at the investigative unit of The Washington Post, where he contributed to several major reporting projects.
In 2008, he spent three months in the United States as a World Press Institute fellow, visiting newsrooms and covering the historic presidential election campaign. In 2012 and 2013 he was a Humphrey Fellow at the University of Maryland where he took courses in data journalism and investigative reporting.
He received the Soma Award, the prestigious annual award dedicated to investigative journalism in Hungary, twice.
He has been reporting extensively about political corruption and in recent years has focused on how people with close ties to Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban are benefiting from public funds. He has been a member of a number of international investigative collaborations, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers project that exposed the hidden world of offshore businesses. He has taught journalism courses at various Hungarian colleges.
Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos is Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Center of European Studies (CES) and Onassis Visiting Professor of International Affairs, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2018-2019). He is on sabbatical leave from his post as Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Athens.
He also serves as Senior Research Fellow of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy Studies (ELIAMEP, Athens) and Research Associate of the Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics (LSE). He has studied at the Law School of the University of Athens, the LSE (M.Sc. 1986) and Yale University (M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. 1991). In 1995-1996 Dr. Sotiropoulos was Visiting Fellow at the Juan March Institute in Mardid, in 2009-2010 at St. Antony’s College, Oxford and in the fall of 2016 at the Sciences Po, Paris.
His publications include: The Peak of the Clientelist State, Athens: Potamos, 2001 (in Greek); Is Southern Europe Doomed to Instability?, co-edited with Th. Veremis, London: Frank Cass, 2002; The State and Democracy in the New Southern Europe, co-edited with R. Gunther and P. N. Diamandouros, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006; Austerity and the Third Sector in Greece, co-edited with J. Clarke and A. Huliaras, Farnham: Ashgate; Socioeconomic Fragmentation and Exclusion in Greece Under the Crisis, co-edited with D. Katsikas and M. Zafiropoulou, London: Routledge; State and Reform in Contemporary Southern Europe, Athens: Potamos, 2007 (in Greek) and Greek Civil Society and the Economic Crisis, Athens: Potamos, 2017 (in Greek).
Dr. Diva Tommei is Founder and CEO of Solenica, an IoT startup committed to transforming the power of our indoor spaces creating smart, accessible and connected products that together define the Habitat 4.0 concept, which Diva coined and spoke about at the TEDxMatera conference in December 2018. Caia is Solenica’s first product, a robot that fills your home with sunshine.
Diva studied Biotechnology and holds a PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Cambridge. She attended Singularity University at NASA in 2010. She was nominated for two years in a row as “Top 50 Influential Women in European Entrepreneurship” by EU-Startups and in 2017 has given her first TEDx talk in Rome. She was also awarded the Young Global Innovator Award by MIT Tech Review in 2017 and has been a testimonial for the Huawei marketing campaign #IAmWhatIDo for the release of their artificial intelligence powered smartphone in 2017.
In 2018 she was selected to be the technology & sustainability testimonial for the Jaguar Land Rover release of their hybrid model, Evoque. Also in 2018, she was the only Italian woman entrepreneur to be nominated by Forbes as Europe's “Top 50 Most Influential Women in Tech” and Freeda shot an entire episode of their Women Crush series on Diva.
Alexis Eggermont (Co-Founder, Accountable) is a serial entrepreneur originally from Belgium who has started businesses in the fields of data science (including Riaktr and Dalberg Data Insights) and now in Fintech (Accountable) in Europe and China. He has an academic background in business, physics, data science and development economics (MPA-ID 2014). Before taking the start-up route, Alexis had worked in consulting in London and for Doctors Without Borders throughout the world.
Kiki Mills Johnston works across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to create profitable partnerships and drive meaningful impact. She began her career at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. development finance institution that mobilizes private capital to address development challenges.
Her work focused on helping U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, specifically the former Soviet Union as it opened for international investment. Kiki steered to the emerging internet sector where she worked at the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX), a leading industry organization for the digital marketing, media and technology community established in 1996.
For over a decade, she built the resources, connections and partnerships to support technology and internet companies from startups to the Fortune 1000. As President, she established the organization as an important voice for statewide economic development at the highest legislative levels. Kiki spent seven years in the innovation ecosystems of San Francisco and Austin.
Her leadership roles focused on building philanthropic investor networks and mobilizing resources for nonprofit social entrepreneurs. In San Francisco, she served as CEO of Full Circle Fund responsible for the philanthropic organization’s overall strategy, building critical public and private partnerships in order to achieve meaningful community impact.
She then moved to Austin and served as Chief Innovation Officer for Mission Capital, a respected nonprofit advisor and resource in Central Texas where she helped build new models for philanthropic capital to support entrepreneurs. In late 2016, Kiki joined MassChallenge as the Manager Director of the flagship Boston accelerator program. She drove strategy, fundraising, operations and key stakeholder relationships to recruit and support 128 early stage entrepreneurs across industries annually. Kiki served on the advisory council of The State of Massachusetts’ It’s All Here Initiative and on the board of 212, New York’s Interactive Advertising Club. In 2010, she was one of several leaders honored in Massachusetts receiving the Mass High Tech All-Star Award for her community-building work. A graduate of the American University, Kiki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies.
Anthony Deighton (CMO, Celonis) leads the global marketing strategy and execution for Celonis, heading up the team responsible for driving the rapid market adoption of the Celonis Intelligent Business Cloud that organizations use to drive business transformation initiatives. Anthony previously served as Chief Technology Officer and SVP of Products at Qlik, as well as General Manager of Siebel ERM.
Anthony has a track record of building companies early-stage disruptors into market leaders. He holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Northwestern University.
Kate Andrews is Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). She regularly features across national media in the United Kingdom, including appearances on BBC’s Any Questions and BBC’s Question Time. She has written for the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Spectator Coffee House, and writes a weekly column on Fridays for London's City A.M. newspaper.
She joined in February 2016 as the IEA’s News Editor, overseeing the IEA’s digital platforms. Kate previously worked as Head of Communications at the Adam Smith Institute, where she handled media and donor relations.
Andrew Hood is a partner in the Trade and Regulatory practice of Fieldfisher LLP, a European law firm. He has almost 20 years' experience as an EU, trade, regulatory and public international lawyer working in both the public and private sectors. Andrew spent over 13 years as a lawyer and negotiator for the UK Government, including as a lawyer at the Foreign Office and as Head of International and EU Law at the Attorney General’s Office. Prior to leaving the Government, Andrew was the General Counsel in 10 Downing Street, advising the UK Prime Minister (David Cameron) on the developments and application of a broad range of domestic, EU and international policies.
Andrew has also spent 3 years in Brussels as a lawyer and senior negotiator for the UK’s representation to the EU, negotiating the first EU sanctions against Iran and advising on the development of key internal market and financial services legislation. Andrew also led the Government-wide two-year review of the EU and its impact on the UK, providing an insight into the effect of the EU across key sectors of the UK economy.
Andrew has advised UK and international clients preparing for Brexit across a wide range of sectors and has provided expert evidence on the impact of Brexit on international trade to the UK Parliamentary Committee on International Trade.
Isabel Oakeshott is an award-winning political journalist and broadcaster. She has been Political Editor of the Sunday Times newspaper (2011-2014); Political Editor-At-Large of the Daily Mail newspaper (2016-2017) and has had staff jobs on many other national newspaper titles. A regular guest on BBC1's flagship current affairs programme Question Time, she is also a freelance commentator for Sky News and many other BBC and commercial television and radio stations.
Along with the international philanthropist and Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, she has co-authored several non fiction books, including a high profile unauthorized biography of former Prime Minister David Cameron; a book on the state of the UK armed forces, White Flag?; and Farmageddon, an investigation into the true cost of cheap meat. The latter, written with a charity, has been translated into five languages. She is currently working on a book on the state of the National Health Service.
Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook is the founding Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is an expert on European public policy, particularly on Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the EU-US relationship and is a frequent commentator on these issues in European and American media.
She covered these areas for almost a decade as a journalist for CNN-International and in her role Deputy Editor of "Challenge Europe" at the European Policy Centre, where she served on the management board.
A former management consultant for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, the largest European-owned management consultancy, she now advises European foreign ministries on the use of technology for early crisis detection and prevention. She holds degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School (MPA), the London School of Economics (MSc in European Studies) and Brown University (BA in International Relations).
Elspeth Guild is a Jean Monnet Professor ad personam in law at Queen Mary University of London and Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. She is also a partner at the London law firm Kingsley Napley. She regularly advises EU institutions on migration and asylum related matters and has written studies for the European Parliament on the European dimension of the refugee crisis 2016.
She also advises the Council of Europe and has written two Issue Papers for the Commissioner for Human Rights, one on the right to leave a country the other on criminalization of migration. In 2009 she wrote her monograph Security and Migration in the 21st Century Polity, Cambridge, 2009. In 2017 she co-edited with Stefanie Grant and Kees Groenendijk The Human Rights of Migrants in the 21st Century published with Routledge in the Focus series directed at the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
Mr. Johannes Vogel has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2017 and is the spokesman for labor market and pension policy as well as the chairman of the working group on labor and social affairs of the Free Democratic Party’s (FDP) parliamentary group at the German Bundestag. Previously, he worked in an executive position at Germany’s Federal Employment Agency for three years, including a period as the chairman of the management board of its Solingen-Wuppertal unit and as the head of strategy and business development of the international and specialized services, the agency’s international department. He already served as a member of the German Bundestag between 2009 and 2013.
Vogel joined the FDP in 1999. Within the FDP, he was a member of the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis county council until 2009 and, from 2005 to 2010, federal chairman of the Young Liberals (youth section of the FDP). Since 2007, Vogel has been a member of the federal executive board of the FDP and, since 2014, secretary-general of the FDP in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.
Afşin Yurdakul is a Turkish journalist and news anchor. She has hosted and executive-produced prime time current affairs programs for Habertürk News Network, one of Turkey’s largest national news channels. Afşin was previously the network’s chief foreign editor, and has conducted numerous interviews with prominent Turkish and international figures.
In the past, Afşin wrote about Turkey and the Middle East for a variety of publications including Foreign Policy and The New Republic. She has moderated panels at the World Economic Forum’s Middle East and Davos summits, and has been a member of the Forum’s International Media Council and the Global Agenda Council on Europe (2014-2016). Afşin holds an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, and is the first Robert L. Long Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
Federico Soda is the Director of the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean in Rome, where he is responsible for IOM activities in Italy, Malta and the Representative to the Holy See. He works closely with policy makers, think-tanks, academia and civil society on a broad range of policy and programming issues.
Before assuming this position in October 2014, he was the Head of the Labour Migration and Human Development Division at IOM headquarters from June 2010 to September 2014. In that capacity he oversaw IOM’s activities in the areas of labour migration, integration and migration and development.
From 2005 to June 2010, Federico worked on labour migration, migration and development, and policy at IOM’s Regional Office for Southeast Asia in Bangkok, Thailand. Federico worked with IOM in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001-2005) and Myanmar (2008). Before joining IOM, he practiced labour and employment law with McCarthy Tétrault in Toronto, Canada.
Ms. Marina Lazetic is an independent researcher with expertise in migration and extremism. Her most recent work focuses on the use of migration as a tool for mobilization of far-right ideologies and connection between far-right actors in Europe and the Western Balkans. She presented her research to government officials and nonprofit organizations in Europe and the United States, and participated in specialized trainings for researchers focusing specifically on migration and extremism in the Western Balkans.
Marina previously worked for nonprofit organizations and academic institutions such as the Feinstein International Center, Boston University, Belgrade Center for Security Policy, Open Society Foundations, and Doctors Without Borders. Marina holds a B.A. in human rights and sociology from Bard College, and a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Astrid Ziebarth is a senior migration fellow with the Europe Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, based in the organization’s Berlin office. She coordinates program development in the areas of research, networking, and leadership development in migration and mobility, refugees and asylum, integration, and diversity. Her current work projects include the Migration Strategy Group on International Cooperation and Development, a joint project by GMF, the Bertelsmann Foundation, and the Robert Bosch Foundation.
She also coordinates the Young Policy Network on Migration in cooperation with the Swiss Forum on Migration Studies, funded by Mercator Switzerland. Ms. Ziebarth holds a master’s degree in American studies, sociology, and anthropology from the Free University Berlin with study visits at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and Emory University in Atlanta. She is a member of the advisory committee for the International Center on Policy Advocacy about migration narratives and frames and sits in the advisory committee of the German Foreign Office for the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).
Travis LeBlanc, vice-chair of Cooley's cyber/data/privacy practice, is a leading authority on cybersecurity, data privacy, telecommunications and the regulation of emerging and disruptive technologies. Drawing on his broad experience in federal and state government, he helps clients manage litigation and regulatory risk, as well as strategically respond to data breaches, cyberattacks, nation-state attacks, dissemination of stolen data, misinformation campaigns and government enforcement efforts, including those by state attorneys general.
In addition to overseeing crisis management, internal investigations and national security matters, Travis advises and counsels clients on complex commercial, antitrust and intellectual property litigation. The respect and skills Travis has earned during his career have translated into appointments and recommendations across political spectrums, including his selection by the US Department of Commerce and the European Commission as an arbitrator for the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework in 2017 and his presidential nomination to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board in 2018.
Ilaria Liccardi is a researcher at MIT's Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She is investigating people's behavior with respect to privacy issues that arise from today's technologies. Her research aims to understand why people willingly share personal information either directly (i.e. consciously posting information online) or indirectly (i.e. granting access to services or apps). She focuses in particular on investigating the perceived concern (or more often lack of concern) about possible harms and risks resulting from information sharing behavior.
In her role as advocacy and partnerships associate at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Zoë brings her expertise facilitating women’s rights and equal opportunity initiatives at the local, state, national, and international levels. Her previous advocacy efforts at the National Democratic Institute, EMILY's List, and Annie's List in Texas focused on increasing women's political participation and representation to advance women's rights within formal political institutions. Zoë believes strongly that reproductive rights and women's political representation are central to gender equality. Zoë earned her B.A. in International Relations and Global Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Allyson Hawkins is the Assistant Director of the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies and her current work examines questions of citizenship and belonging. Her past research has included gender analyses of how refugees integrate into informal economies, and she conducted fieldwork investigating gendered experiences with money and financial transactions in instances of forced migration for the “Financial Journeys of Refugees” project at Tufts University.
Additionally, she has conducted research on digital solutions to refugee financial inclusion for the German government (GiZ). She has also worked for the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights, the Collateral Repair Project with their refugee women’s craft collective, and AMIDEAST. Allyson holds a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy focusing on Gender and Human Security and a BA from Smith College in Government and International Relations
Michael Waibel is a University Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and a Fellow of Jesus College. His main research interests are public international law, international economic law with a focus on finance and the settlement of international disputes. He teaches international and EU law. In 2008, the American Society for International Law awarded him the Francis Deak prize for his AJIL article 'Opening Pandora's Box: Sovereign Bonds in International Arbitration'. The European Society of International Law awarded him their 2012 book prize for his monograph Sovereign Defaults before International Courts and Tribunals (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He won a Leverhulme Prize in 2014. For publications see SSRN.
Michael holds Mag. iur. and Dr. iur. degrees from the Universität Wien, an MSc (Econ.) from the LSE and an LLM from Harvard Law School. He is admitted to the New York bar and holds a diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law.