Past Events

2014 Speakers



Conference opening : the European Union seen from the other side of the pond

  • Video Address by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council

  • João Vale de Almeida, EU Ambassador to the United States

Opening Keynote


  • Joaquín Almunia, VP European Commission, European Commissioner for Competition

  • Moderated by Philippe Aghion, Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Session I: Europhiles, Eurosceptics, and Europeans: Who will be in Parliament in 2014?

  • Antonio Vitorino, President Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute

  • Klaus Welle, Secretary General, European Parliament

  • Moderated by Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Boston University


Session II: Business and Government Relations: Perspectives Across Europe

  • Gabriel Biris, Founding Partner Biris Goran

  • Ali Miraj, Director in Syndicated Finance at ING Commercial Banking

  • Pierre Cailleteau, Head of Institutional Clients and Sovereign Entities, Amundi Asset Management

  • Moderated by Catherine Reilly, Chief Economist of Pohjola Asset Management, Harvard Kennedy School


Session III: Europe Re-defined: Transitional Identities

  • Luuk van Middelaar, Speechwriter and an Advisor to the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy

  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Writer and Activist, Author of Infidel

  • Moderated by Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Visiting Associate Prof. of Conflict Resolution, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy


Keynote: European Values from the Perspective of the Youngest European Union Member

  • Vesna Pusić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affair, Republic of Croatia

  • Moderated by Charles Maier, Harvard Kennedy School


Keynote: Ensuring Economic and Financial Stability in Europe

  • Erkki Liikanen, Governor of the Central Bank of Finland

  • Moderated by Carmen Reinhart, Minos A. Zombanakis Professor of the International Financial System at Harvard Kennedy School


Session IV: How Should Europe Manage its Relations with the World?

  • Peter Galbraith, Member of the Vermont Senate

  • Johan Verbeke, Ambassador of Belgium to the US

  • Pierre Vimont, Executive Secretary General, European Action Service

  • Moderated by Peter Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies at Harvard University


Session V: Confronting Youth Unemployment in Europe

  • Werner Eichhorst, Director of Labor Policy, Institute for the Study of Labor, Germany

  • Pierre-André Chiappori, Columbia University

  • Geert Paemen, Head of Strategy and Alliances at the Telefónica Foundation

  • Moderated by Richard B. Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics at Harvard University


Session VI: Demanding Democracy: The Role of Protests and Media

  • Srdja Popovic, Chairman and co-founder of CANVAS

  • Olena Tregub, Co-Founder and CEO, Global Education Leadership

  • Roman Rubchenko, Mason Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

  • Moderated by Muriel Rouyer, Adjunct Professor Harvard Kennedy School


Keynote: Empowering the Youth in a Globalized World

  • Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth

  • José Manuel Martinez Sierra, Director of the Real Colegio Complutense


Keynote: The Future of Europe

  • Jan Muehlfeit, Chairman, Microsoft Europe

  • Esko Aho, VP Nokia, former Prime Minister of Finland


Session VII: European Manufacturing as an Engine for Growth

  • José Antonio Marco-Izquierdo, Partner at Magnum Capital

  • Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte, Attorney at Mayer Brown

  • Bruno Posset, VP Strategic Projects at Goss International

  • Moderated by Willy Shih, Robert and Jane Cizik of Management Practice in Business Administration at Harvard Business School


Session VIII: Energy Security and the Shale Gas Revolution: Europe’s Chances and Risks

  • Michael Denison, Group Political Advisor BP

  • Vedran Perše, CEO Central European Oil Company

  • Nusret Cömert, Chairman Shell Turkiye

  • Richard Hook, COO of MAX Petroleum

  • Moderated by Noel Maurer, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School 

Session IX: The Online Economy: Virtual or Effective Tool Out of the Crisis?

  • Ludovic Blecher, MD, Google Fund-AIPG

  • Francois Veron, Founder and Partner Newfund

  • Sarah Pinto Peyronel, Vice President Great Hill Partners

  • Laurent Lipiner, Innovation Expert

  • Marc Rougier, Co-founder and President

  • Moderated by Howard Wolk, Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School



  • Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of Global Indicators and Analysis, World Bank Group

  • Jan Bielecki, Chairman Economic Council to the Prime Minister of Poland

  • Moderated by Marco Magnani, Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School


Session X: Will European football conquer the American sports?

  • David Wright, Senior Vice President, Global Sponsorship at MLS

  • Richard Motzkin, EVP & Managing Executive, Global Soccer at Wasserman Media Group

  • Jeff Bennett, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer at Raptor Sports Properties

  • Seamus O’Brien, NYCosmos Chairman and Managing partner

  • Moderated by Anita Elberse, Harvard Business School


Session XI: Revitalizing the European-American Security Partnership

  • Arnaud Danjean, Chair of the European Subcommittee on Security and Defense, Member of the European Parliament

  • Bernardino Leon, EEAS – European Union Special Representative for the Southern Mediterranean

  • James Stavridis, Dean of The Fletcher School, 16th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (retired)

  • Moderated by Nicholas Burns, Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School

Session XII:  Who rules the Internet? Cybersecurity in Europe

  • Florin Talpes, CEO, Bitdefender

  • Liis Vihul, Tallinn Manual Project Manager, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

  • David Thaw, Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School

  • Moderated by Alexander Klimburg, Research Fellow, Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs 











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