Past Speakers- 2015 Wroclaw Global Forum

Aivaras Abromavicius began his career in the largest Baltic bank Hansabank, where he was appointed chairman of the Department of the stock market. Over the next three years headed the department of trading in Brunswick Emerging Markets. Prior to his appointment as Minister, Abromovicius was a partner of Swedish company East Capital. He holds a BA in International Business from the Concordia International University in Estonia and Wisconsin.
Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik She graduated in economics from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt - Oder in 2000. In 2002 she completed postgraduate studies at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. Her main issues of interest was the European Union (EU) law, international relations, diplomacy and the global economy. Currently, she is completing her PhD in political economy of international negotiations. In 2000-2004 she was a researcher the Frankfurt Institute for Transformation (FIT). She also was a lecturer in Schulverbund Frankfurt. During 2008-2010 she was Deputy Director of the Department of Regional Development in the Office of the Marshal of Lower Silesia. Between 2010 and 2011 she served as Deputy voivode (governor) of Lower-Silesia region. On 24 November 2011, she was appointed as the Undersecretary of state in the Ministry of Economy. She speaks fluently English, German, French and she knows Russian at a basic level.
Robert Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington, DC-based policy think tank. He has an extensive background in technology policy and has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation. Atkinson is a valued adviser to state and national policymakers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally. Before joining ITIF, Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. Previously Atkinson served as the first Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council, a public-private partnership. Prior to that he was Project Director at the former Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. He currently serves as co-chair of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s China-US Innovation Policy Experts Group, as a member of the US State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and as a member of the US Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Marieluise Beck is a member of the German Bundestag. A founding member of Alliance '90/The Greens, Beck was elected to the Bundestag in 1983, the first year her party was represented. She has considerable experience in legislative and executive roles in the German government, having served as Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration from 1998 to 2005 and State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth from 2002 to 2005. Since 2005, Beck has been a member of the Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on relations with Russia and the Western Balkans. As a foreign exchange student and 1968 high school graduate from Quincy, a small town in southern Michigan, her international ties were established long before she joined the Bundestag. Beck and her husband, fellow German politician Ralf Fücks, have two children.
After serving as a career diplomat with twenty-two years of experience working on Georgia’s European integration, Tamar Beruchashvili was appointed to her current position of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in November 2014. Before her nomination, she served as the Deputy Foreign Minister between 2013 and 2014, as well as the Minister of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations and the Deputy State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration She is an Associate Professor at the Ilia State University, and has guest-lectured at research centers and universities across Europe, in addition to publishing numerous scientific works. Beruchashvili earned her degrees in Georgia, the United States, Ireland, and Russia, and has won numerous awards from the State Department, NGOs, the WTO, and others. She speaks Georgian, English, Russian, and French, and is married with two children and a grandchild.
Carl Bildt is Chairman of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and Co-Chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He previously served as Prime Minister of Sweden from 1991 to 1994 and Foreign Minister from 2006 to 2014. From 1992 to 1999, he was Chair of the International Democrat Union (IDU). Bildt has been noted internationally as a mediator in the Balkan conflict, serving as the European Union's Special Envoy to the former Yugoslavia in June 1995, Co-Chairman of the Dayton Peace Conference in November 1995, and High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from December 1995 to June 1997. From 1999 to 2001, he served as the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Balkans and was a member of the International Balkan Commission. Most recently, Bildt has criticized Russia’s aggressive foreign policy in Eastern Europe, and has been a strong advocate for peaceful resolutions to the Eastern Ukrainian and Syrian conflicts. He was one of the architects of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership, along with former Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski. He is married to Anna Corazza, a Swedish MEP, and has three children.
Michał Boni has served as a Member of the European Parliament since 2014. He graduated from the University of Warsaw where he lectured in the Department of Polish Culture for many years. In 1980, he joined the underground movement of “Solidarity”, and has been a member of the national authorities of the group since 1989. Boni was the Chairman of the Mazowsze Region Management Board for a year before serving as the Minister of Labor and Social Policy from 1991 to 1993. From 1998 to 2001, he was the Chief Advisor to the Minister of Labor and Social Policy. He also served as the Head of Strategic Advisors to former Prime Minister Donald Tusk from 2008 and Minister of Administration and Digitization of Poland from 2011 till 2013.
Stephen Booth is codirector at Open Europe. While at Open Europe he has written on European Union (EU) regulation, justice and home affairs and EU aid policy. Booth holds an undergraduate degree in political science and was awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for his master's degree in European studies from the University of Sussex. His professional interests include democracy and transparency in the EU, the interaction between domestic and EU law and European cooperation in crime and policing.
Pierre Buhler is a graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Sciences Po Paris, the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations and has a post-graduate degree in applied economics. Buhler embraced the diplomatic career by joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982. He was member of the French delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in 1982-83, and then served successively in the embassies of France in Warsaw and Moscow. In 1988 he was assigned to the Department of Political Affairs of the Ministry before taking the position of deputy director of the Centre for Analysis and Forecast. Appointed in 1993, First Counsellor at the Embassy of France in Washington, he has done part of the French delegation to the Dayton peace negotiations in the Balkans (November 1995). From 1996 to 2001, Pierre Buhler was a cultural advisor and a representative of French universities, based in New York. Diplomatic Advisor to the Defense Minister, Alain Richard and General Secretary of the Tenth Conference of Ambassadors, he was then appointed associate professor of Political Science (International Relations) at Sciences Po, a position he has held for four years, from 2002 to 2006. Buhler was Ambassador of France to Singapore in 2006 until 2009. He then took over as managing director of France Coopération Internationale, a public interest group which he led the transformation into an industrial and public institution commercial, France Expertise Internationale. He then was appointed as a special advisor to the chief of globalization, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs before being appointed Ambassador of France in Warsaw, a post he joined in May 2012. Pierre Buhler is the author of "History of Communist Poland; autopsy of a sham" published in 1997. He has just published "The power of the XXI century; the new definitions of the world”. He is a Knight of the National Orders of Merit and Legion of Honor. He was awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland in 2012. He speaks English, German, Polish and Russian.
Fran Burwell is a Vice President and Director of Transatlantic Relations at the Atlantic Council. Her areas of expertise include US-EU relations and the development of the European Union's foreign and defense policies, and a range of transatlantic economic and political issues. Prior to joining the Council, Burwell was Executive Director of the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland, and also served as founding Executive Director of Women in International Security. She is the principal author or rapporteur of several publications including Transatlantic Leadership for a New Global Economy; Transatlantic Transformation: Building a New NATO-EU Security Architecture; Law and the Lone Superpower: Rebuilding a Transatlantic Consensus on International Law; and The Post-9/11 Partnership: Transatlantic Cooperation Against Terrorism. She is the Co-Editor (with Ivo H. Daalder) of The United States and Europe in the Global Arena.
Jan Cienski was the Warsaw and Prague correspondent for the Financial Times from 2003 to 2014. He wrote about the region’s complicated economic and political integration with the European Union, as well as covering the Georgian-Russian war in 2008 and the Ukrainian crisis in 2014. In 2013 he was awarded the National Bank of Poland’s Grabski award for best economic analysis looking at Poland’s long-term growth prospects. Prior to that he spent five years as the Washington correspondent for the National Post, a Canadian newspaper. He also spent several years in the United States working for the Associated Press. From 1992 to 1995 he worked in Moscow for the German News Agency DPA, and was also a freelancer in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He got his start as a reporter working in Warsaw for United Press International in 1989 and 1990. Jan was born in South Africa in 1965 and later lived in Canada, where he received a degree in international relations from the University of Toronto.
Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz was the Prime Minister of Poland from 1996 to 1997, when he also served as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, representing the Council of Europe in round table talks during the crisis of the presidential elections in Ukraine. As Foreign Minister from 2001 to 2005, he was instrumental in Poland’s accession to the European Union. He began his career as a member of the Polish Sejm in 1989. From 1993 to 1995, Cimoszewicz was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice in then-President Lech Wałęsa’s government. After his tenure as Foreign Minister, he briefly served as Marshal of the Sejm, and won a Senate seat in 2007.
Eugene Czolij is a lawyer and president of the Ukrainian World Congress. In 2006, he was elected as president of a Ukrainian credit union, the Caisse populaire Desjardins Ukrainienne de Montréal, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Ukrainian Credit Unions of Canada. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Council of Representatives, East of Montreal, of the Fédération. In 2008, he was elected as president of the Ukrainian World Congress for a five‑year term. Czolij was reelected to a second five-year term as president of the Ukrainian World Congress at the group’s tenth gathering held in Lviv, Ukraine, in late August 2013. As president of the Ukrainian World Congress he addressed in numerous events the Canadian Government, the representatives of the European Union and the United Nations to support Ukraine’s democratization, Euro-integration and independence. In many visits to Ukraine he advised and supported the new leadership of President Petro Poroshenko. Since 2005 he was member of the board of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation. He has received several awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Order of Merit of Ukraine, and the Shevchenko Medal from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
Norman Davies, born in 1939 in Bolton was educated at Bolton School, Magdalen College, Oxford, the University of Sussex and at several continental universities including Grenoble, Perugia and Kraków. He finished his postdoctoral studies at the Jagiellonian University, where he obtained a Ph.D.

Unlike most academics, Norman Davies began his career as a school teacher. During a four-year spell, he worked at every level from primary to Sixth Form, at a girls' school and then at St. Paul's. Davies' academic career centered on the School of Slavonic Studies, University of London, where he was successively Lecturer, Reader and Professor. A quarter of a century in London was supplemented by regular assignments abroad at Columbia, Mc Gill, Hokkaido, Stanford, Harvard, Adelaide and the ANU in Canberra. He was elected Fell of the British Academy in 1997. Over the years, Norman Davies has received many prizes and honors. He was awarded the CMG by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001 for 'services to history', and has collected several Polish distinctions including the Orders of Polonia Restituta, of Merit, and of the White Eagle. He is an honorary citizen of several cities, including Wroclaw.
Bertelsmann Foundation President and CEO Aart De Geus studied law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. After his graduation, he completed a course in labor law at the University of Nijmegen. Starting in 1980, De Geus worked for the Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (CNV), a trade-union federation in the Netherlands. He became Vice Chairman in 1993 with responsibility for social security, pensions, health and employment. In this capacity, he was appointed a Member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (Sociaal-Economische Raad). In 1998, he became a Partner in the consulting firm Boer & Croon in Amsterdam. From 2002 to 2007, he served as Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the administrations of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. From 2007, as Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), De Geus was responsible for employment, labor and social affairs (including health, pensions and migration), education as well as entrepreneurship and governance. He coordinated the “Making Reform Happen” project and was also in charge of the OECD’s activities on gender and diversity issues. Since September 2011, De Geus has been a member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung executive board, and since August 2012 he is the Stiftung’s Chairman and CEO. He is responsible for programs on Europe, employment and globalization, and for offices in Brussels and Washington, DC.
Paula J. Dobriansky is a Senior Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Chair of the National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America. From 2010 to 2012, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters. During this time, she also held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy. From 2001 to 2009, Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. Among her primary achievements, she established and led the US-India, US-China, and US-Brazil Global Issues Fora. Additionally, she was head of delegation and lead negotiator on US climate change policy. From 1997 to 2001, Dobriansky served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her other government appointments include Associate Director for Policy and Programs at the United States Information Agency, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Advisor to the US Delegation to the 1985 UN Decade for Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House. From 1997 to 2001, she served on the Presidentially-appointed US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Dobriansky received her degree in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and finished her graduate and postgraduate studies in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University.
A career diplomat, Jorge Domecq has been a key figure in the Spanish and European defense and foreign service communities since he joined the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1985. In addition to postings in Brazil, Morocco, Italy, and the Philippines, Domecq has served in the Spanish Ministry of Defense and in multiple international organizations, including key defense and diplomatic roles in NATO, the United Nations, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Mr. Rafał Dutkiewicz is the current mayor of Wrocław, Poland. He graduated from the Mathematics Faculty at Wrocław’s University of Technology in 1982. In 1986, he obtained a PhD in Mathematical Logic at the Catholic University of Lublin. In 1991 he received a scholarship to Freiberg University in Germany. In 2002, he was elected Mayor of Wrocław and was re-elected with an 85 percent majority in 2006. In 2010, Dutkiewicz was elected as the mayor of Wrocław for the third term. He was voted the best mayor in Poland in Newsweek rankings in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Academia Europea, a prestigious scientific organization which associates 2,500 thousand professors, including 50 Nobel Prize winners, awarded Dutkiewicz with honorary membership in 2011. In 2013, Dutkiewicz was awarded the Legion of Honor - the highest medal awarded by the French State to outstanding personalities.
Guillaume Faury became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Helicopters – formerly Eurocopter – on January 1, 2014. Prior to assuming this position, he had been CEO of Eurocopter since May 2013. He joined Eurocopter from Peugeot S.A., where he had served as Executive Vice President for Research and Development since 2010 and as a Member of the Managing Board since 2009. Guillaume Faury, a licensed flight test engineer, served in various senior management functions at Eurocopter from 1998 to 2008 before joining Peugeot S.A. He was Chief Engineer for the EC225/725 program, Head of the Heavy Helicopter Flight Test department, Executive Vice President for Commercial Programs and, ultimately, Executive Vice President for Research & Development. Faury also was a member of the Eurocopter Executive Committee. He started his professional career with the French Defense Procurement Agency DGA, where he was in charge of Tiger helicopter flight test activities at the Istres Flight Test Centre. Faury, born in February 1968, holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris as well as an aeronautics and engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse.
Henry Foy is the Financial Times central Europe correspondent, covering Poland and the wider central and eastern European region. Foy writes across the unfolding political, economic and business stories, delivering a global perspective on one of the world's fastest-developing and most interesting regions. Previously he served as the award-winning Motor Industry Correspondent of Financial Times, which he joined spending three years reporting from India for Reuters.
Ralf Fücks has served on the executive board of the Heinrich Böll Foundation since 1996. Together with his colleagues, he rebuilt the foundation completely, moving its headquarters to Berlin. Fücks focuses on sustainable development, reshaping the welfare state, migration, the future of European integration, and international policy. He is responsible for the divisions of domestic political education, Europe and North America, German-Israel relations as well as for the foundation’s scholarship program. Fücks studied social sciences, economics, and political science at university, and was active in the student movements in Heidelberg and Bremen. He joined the Green Party in 1982, and in 1985 he was elected to the Bremen state parliament. He served as Co-President for the national Green Party in 1989 to 1990. He returned to regional politics in Bremen in 1991, serving as Senator for Urban Development and Environmental Protection and as Deputy Mayor. He held that position until 1995 when the green-liberal-social democrat coalition collapsed due to fundamental different positions with the Liberal Party on urban development. As a member of the Green Party’s Program Commission, Fücks co-authored the new party program which was adopted in spring 2002. In 2000 the Minister for the Interior, Otto Schily, appointed him member of the non-partisan commission on migration which presented its final report in July 2001.
Timothy Garton Ash is a Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford, concentrating on contemporary Central and Eastern European history. He is also an Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Professor Garton Ash has written on Central European affairs for the London Times, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, and has a syndicated column in the Guardian. He has also written nine books on the transformation of Europe over the past 30 years. Garton Ash has been named among the top intellectuals by Prospect and Foreign Policy, and has appeared on Time’s 100 most influential people list. He was awarded the George Orwell Prize for political writing in 2006, among many other awards he has received over his career. Since 2010, he has directed the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom, based at St Antony’s. He is married with two sons.
Natalia Gherman is the daughter of the former president of Moldova Mircea Snegur. She was educated at State University of the Republic of Moldova and King's College in London in 1999 where she obtained her master’s degree in War Studies. During her career, Gherman served as Ambassador to Austria, Permanent Representative to the OSCE and other International Organizations in Vienna. She also served as Ambassador to Sweden, Norway, and Finland, with residence in Stockholm. On June 29, 2009, she was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. In November 2009, Natalia Gherman was designated as chief negotiator on behalf of Moldova in the talks over the new cooperation agreement with the European Union.
Stephen J. Hadley is a principal of RiceHadleyGates LLC, an international strategic consulting firm founded with Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates, and Anja Manuel. Hadley served from 2005 to 2009 as a national security advisor to President George W. Bush. He has co-chaired a series of senior bipartisan working groups on topics such as Arab-Israeli peace, US political strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, US-Turkey relations, and US policy on Iraq and Egypt. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor, serving under then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. From 1989 to 1993, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy under then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney. Hadley graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1969. In 1972, he received his JD degree from Yale Law School, where he was Note and Comment Section editor of the Yale Law Journal. From 1972 to 1975, he served as an officer in the US Navy.
James Hasik is a Nonresident Senior Fellow for Defense with the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. Since September 2001, Hasik has been researching and writing about global security challenges and the economic enterprises that provide the tools to address them. As a consultant, he has undertaken more than fifty discrete consulting projects on subjects including armored vehicles, shipbuilding and ship repair, artillery, naval weaponry, ammunition, precision munitions, and training and simulation. His engagements have functionally included operations analysis, supply chain analysis, marketing, product development, competitive analysis, facilities management, strategic planning, policy analysis, M&A planning and due diligence, portfolio strategy, business forecasting, privatization planning, organizational design, and antitrust analysis. Hasik holds an MBA in business economics from the University of Chicago and a BA in history and physics from Duke University. He is currently a William Powers Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a PhD student in public policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, concentrating in military-industrial matters. Hasik is a member of the Council on Emerging National Security Affairs, the Institute of Navigation, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, and the National Defense Industries Association. He is also the author of the Defense Industrialist Blog.
Ambassador Herbst served for thirty-one years as a Foreign Service Officer in the US Department of State, retiring at the rank of Career-Minister. He was US Ambassador to Ukraine from 2003 to 2006, when he worked to enhance US-Ukrainian relations, help ensure the conduct of a fair Ukrainian presidential election, and prevent violence during the Orange Revolution. Prior to that, he was Ambassador to Uzbekistan (2000-03), where he played a critical role in the establishment of an American base to help conduct Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In his last four years at the State Department, he served as the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, leading the US government's civilian capacity in societies in transition from conflict or civil strife, and to provide support to countries at risk of instability. He oversaw the establishment of the Civilian Response Corps of the United States, the US civilian rapid response force for reconstruction and stabilization operations overseas. He most recently served as Director of the Center for Complex Operations at National Defense University. He has received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award, and the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. Ambassador Herbst earned a bachelor of science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Phi Beta Kappa, and a master of law and diplomacy, with distinction, from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He also attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Bologna Center. He is married to Nadezda Christoff Herbst. The couple has five children and five grandchildren.
Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat and the Brown Moses Blog. Eliot focuses on the weapons used in the conflict in Syria, and open source investigations tools and techniques. He is one of the principal authors of the Atlantic Council’s Hiding in Plain Sight report, released in May 2015.
Lieutenant General Frederick “Ben” Hodges is a career officer in the United States Army. The commanding general of over thirty thousand US soldiers in Europe, Hodges has been a strong critic of the Russian annexation of Crimea and Russian military actions in Ukraine and on Europe’s frontier. A 1980 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, then-Lieutenant Hodges was first assigned to Germany as an infantry officer after receiving his officer commission. He later served through multiple assignments in the United States, South Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Lt. Gen. Hodges and his wife, Holly, have two children.
Polish director Agnieszka Holland has built a career out of examining the human condition in the midst of tragedy, from her early successes at film festivals and being recognized as part of the Polish New Wave, to international renown for her films Angry Harvest (nominated for the Oscar in 1985); Europa, Europa; Olivier, Olivier; The Secret Garden; and Washington Square. Holland immigrated to France after martial law was declared in 1981 in Poland, and found success first in Europa, Europa (1990), a film about a Jewish boy who poses as a German orphan and made into a member of the Hitler Youth. It became one of the most successful German films ever released in the United States, despite lukewarm reception in Germany. More recently, her 2011 film In Darkness was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards. It tells the story of a Polish thief and burglar who uses his knowledge of the sewer system of Lvov to hide a dozen Jews for 14 months during Nazi occupation. Currently, she is working on an adaptation of “Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokarczuk, one of the most famous figures in contemporary Polish literature.
Danuta Hübner has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009 as part of the EPP Group. From 2004 to 2009, she served as the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, also becoming the first Polish Commissioner. In the first half of the 90s, she chaired by the Social Planning Council, Central Planning Office, and became an advisor to the deputy prime minister. She was deputy minister of industry and trade from 1994 to 1996, and at the time worked as the chief negotiator for Polish membership in the OECD. Hübner briefly served as the Minister for European Affairs of Poland from 1999 to 2000, and from then worked as the UN under Secretary General for the Economic Commission for Europe. Before working in the EU, she served as the Minister for European Affairs of Poland. In 2012, Professor Hübner became a member of the International Honorary Council of the European Academy of Diplomacy.
Chris Husbands is currently Director of the UCL Institute of Education. Husbands began his professional career teaching in urban comprehensive schools, promoted rapidly into school leadership, before developing his career in higher education. He has held senior leadership roles in four UK universities and is one of the UK’s leading educationists, with a worldwide reputation for his work on education policy and practice. His work on curriculum, pedagogy and education reform has been disseminated through eleven books and almost 400 papers, reports and presentations. Husbands has undertaken consultancy and advisory work nationally and internationally, most recently in Norway, South America and China.
General James L. Jones is a former Chairman of the Atlantic Council and former US National Security Advisor. A 1966 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Jones entered the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant in 1967 and served in Vietnam. He later served in Japan and in various political assignments in Washington, DC, before deploying to Turkey, Iraq, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia. Jones subsequently was the Commandant of the Marine Corps for four years before serving his final military assignment as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Jones retired from the military in 2007 after forty years of service, but remained active in the national security community, working in the Middle East for the State Department and serving as the 22nd US National Security Advisor during President Barack Obama’s first term. Jones and his wife, Diane, have four children.
Matthew Kaminski is the Executive Editor of POLITICO’s European edition, which launched in April 2015. Prior to joining POLITICO in January 2015, Kaminski was a member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board in New York. He wrote editorials, opinion columns and features, mainly on international affairs. For the previous 15 years, he worked as journalist throughout Europe, starting as a “stringer” in Kiev for the Financial Times and The Economist in 1994, writing stories from throughout the former Soviet Union. He joined the Journal in 1997 in its Brussels bureau. He covered Central Europe, the EU and trans-Atlantic security issues, and in 2002 moved to Paris to edit the editorial pages of the Journal’s European edition. Kaminski was awarded an Overseas Press Club prize in 2015 for his coverage of the Ukraine crisis. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary that year. The German Marshall Fund in 2004 awarded him its Peter Weitz Junior prize for excellence in reporting on European affairs for a series of columns about the EU. Born in 1971 in Poland, Kaminski immigrated to the United States in 1980 and grew up in Washington, DC. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Yale College and a master’s in international politics from the Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques at the Free University of Brussels. He lives in Brussels with his wife, Alexandra Geneste, and their two children.
Garry Kasparov became the world’s youngest chess champion in 1985 at the age of 22, beating Anatoly Karpov, closely aligned with the Soviet establishment at the time, and widely seen as an act against the authoritarian state. Kasparov retired to a more political life after 15 years of maintaining his World Champion of Chess title. He formed the United Civil Front in 2005 to voice opposition against President Vladimir Putin’s regime, and co-led The Other Russia coalition that focused on uniting the Russian opposition to Putin to call for free and fair elections. More recently, in October 2014, Kasparov condemned the West for its weak response to Putin’s policy on Ukraine, as well as warning of Putin’s mission to destroy “the system of global security”. His lasting legacy has been cemented in his establishment of the Kasparov Chess Foundation, launched in New York City in 2002, with “the purpose of bringing chess into the educational system in the USA and worldwide.” Since 2014, there are branches in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America promoting chess programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. He currently also serves as the Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation’s International Council.
Frederick Kempe has been President and CEO of the Atlantic Council since December 2006. Under his leadership, the Council has achieved significant growth while considerably expanding its staff, work, and influence in areas that include international security, business and economics, energy and environment, and global issues of transatlantic interest ranging from Asia to Africa. Mr. Kempe came to the Council from a long and prominent career at the Wall Street Journal, where he won national and international recognition while serving in numerous senior editorial and reportorial capacities. Mr. Kempe left the Journal following more than a quarter century of distinguished work. His last position with the paper was in New York, where he served as Assistant Managing Editor, International, and "Thinking Global" columnist. Prior to that, he was for seven years the longest ever serving editor and associate publisher of the Wall Street Journal Europe, simultaneously functioning as European editor for the Global Wall Street Journal from 2002 to 2005. He is the author of four books, including the national bestseller BERLIN 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth, and is a regular commentator on television and radio both in Europe and the United States.
With one foot in Polish legislative politics and the other in ministerial service, Bogdan Klich has served in a variety of roles in the Polish defense ministry and as a participant in Poland’s accession to the EU, serving as a chief negotiator from 1989 to 1999. In addition to serving in the Sejm and the Senate, Klich has served as a Member of the European Parliament, a member of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, and the Minister of National Defense.
Michał Kobosko is Director for the Wrocław Global Forum, an annual event organized by the Atlantic Council, the Polish Institute of International Affairs, and the City of Wrocław. Previously, he was a Media Manager and journalist with more than twenty years of experience with various media outlets in Poland. He started his journalistic career in 1993 at the economics desk of Gazeta Wyborcza, while studying at the Warsaw Technical University and the American Study Center at Warsaw University. He later served as the Editor-in-Chief of major international publications in Poland, including local editions of Forbes, Newsweek, and Bloomberg Businessweek. He has been involved in a number of media-related projects, including a Polish-licensed edition of the Project Syndicate website and the speakers’ bureau Prime Speakers. He is a member of numerous journalistic and business awards juries and serves on the board of the Junior Achievement Foundation. He is a commentator on business and politics for various media.
Bronisław Komorowski graduated from the Cyprian Norwid Secondary School of General in Warsaw and the Faculty of History at the University of Warsaw. He is a former anti-communist opposition activist, member of Parliament, Minister of National Defense, and Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. From 1991 to 2010 he was Member of Parliament for consecutive terms in the Sejm. He worked in the Commission for Poles Overseas and in the Commission for National Defense, and then in the Commission for Foreign Affairs. From 1997 to 2000 he presided over the Sejm Commission for National Defense. From 2001 he was deputy chairman of the Sejm Commission for National Defense and a member of the Sejm Commission for Foreign Affairs. As a result of the tragic death of President Lech Kaczyński in the Smoleńsk catastrophe on April 10th, 2010, Bronisław Komorowski, as Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland, became Acting President of the Republic of Poland under the regulations of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland. He held this function until July 8th, 2010 when he resigned as Marshal of the Sejm. He won the presidential election on July 4th, 2010. He took office by taking an oath in front of the National Assembly on August 6th, 2010.
Maria Leissner was elected Secretary General in April 2012, being the first Secretary General of the Community of Democracies. Prior to that, she led the Community's Working Group on Governance. Leissner has been Member of Parliament in Sweden between 1985 and 1991, where she served on the Foreign Affairs Committee and was party spokesperson for refuge and immigration issues. She chaired the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan and the Swedish women’s organization Kvinnor Kan. In 1995, she was elected leader of the Liberal Party, being the first woman leader of her party. Joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000, she was Ambassador to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize and Costa Rica. From 2006 she has served as Sweden’s Ambassador-at-large for democracy, and led a governmental delegation for Roma issues, including the production of a state investigation of the situation of the Roma minority in Sweden. Leissner was chair of the board of the University College of Borås and is currently chair of the advisory board of the Institute for Contemporary History at the University of Södertörn. She speaks Swedish, English, Spanish and French.
Bruno Maçães has served as the Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs since July 2013. Before then, between June 2011 and March 2013, Maçães was political adviser to the Prime Minister of Portugal. Between 2006 and 2007, Maçães was a Professor at the University of Yonsei in South Korea, where he taught International Political Economy. He then worked at the American Enterprise Institute in 2008. From 2008 to 2011, Maçães helped launch a new international university in Europe, the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin. The first students to attend the new institution graduated in 2011. He received his Law degree from the University of Lisbon in 1997 and his Ph.D in Political Science from Harvard University. His latest publications discuss political economy, structural reforms and the future of the euro area.
Erika Mann heads Facebook’s policy office in Brussels and is the company’s lead spokesperson for EU affairs. Mann is best known for her work at the European Parliament, as she was a member of this institution between 1994 and 2009 elected on the list of the European Socialist Party (PES). During these years she developed an expertise in research and development, the digital economy, telecommunications, internet policy, and trade issues. She was a member of the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy, as well as of the Delegation for Relations with the United States. Born in Leipzig in 1950, Mann has a degree in social sciences from the University of Hannover.
John Martin studied philosophy in Spain before qualifying from Sheffield University Medical School in 1973. He became a senior lecturer at Melbourne University, Australia where he began his research into platelet formation. In 1986 he set up a unique arrangement combining an academic clinical career, at King's College School of Medicine, with the post of Head of Cardiovascular Research at the Wellcome Foundation Research Laboratories. In 1990 he became the British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Science and moved this Chair to UCL in 1996. He now directs the Centre. He is on the Board of the European Society of Cardiology and is past Vice-President. He wrote the "Heart Plan for Europe ", which gave rise to a statement from the Council of Ministers of the European Union in June 2002. He served on the Home Office Animal Procedures Committee from 1998 to 2006. He is Chairman of the British Collaborative on Stem Cells and Repair of the Heart, and the ESC Task Force on Stem Cells in the Heart. See also Cardiovascular Chairs. John Martin is the Chairman of the Exploitation Committee of the European Vascular Genomics Network. He is founder of the biotechnology company, Ark Therapeutics, which has laboratories in UK and Finland. He is a member of the executive committee of the European Vascular Genomics Network.
Mateusz Mazzini is a Polish-Italian freelance journalist and political analyst. He is a graduate of St Antony's College, University of Oxford, where he read for Master of Science in Latin American Studies. Previously Mazzini studied at Aberystwyth University, Universidad de Córdoba and Basque Country University in Spain, having also lived in five other countries. Currently he is the English editor oat Polityka Insight, a leading think-tank in Poland In both his academic research and journalistic commitments, he compromises Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe, covering issues from both these parts of the world.
Sorin Moisă was elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and is part of the S&D group. He served as the Deputy Head of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development starting in 2010. There, he participated in the major international commercial bilateral (Canada, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Mercosur) and multilateral (WTO, the Doha Round) negotiations of the European Union. He represented the European Commission in numerous European and international missions, coordinated negotiations as well as the participation of the European team of agriculture experts in the WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali — Indonesia in December 2013, an important test for the global multilateral trade framework. In 2001, at the invitation of the U.S. State Department, he participated in a program of visits to the United States focusing on international security issues. Between January 2002 and August 2006, Sorin Moisa was political advisor to the European Commission Delegation in Bucharest. It began to work at the network Gazette newspaper where he published articles on economic analysis and opinion, political and European affairs.
Richard L. Morningstar is the Founding Director of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. He served as the US Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan from July 2012 to August 2014. Prior to his appointment, since April 2009, he was the Secretary of State's Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy. Prior to that, Morningstar lectured at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Stanford Law School. From June 1999 to September 2001, he served as United States Ambassador to the European Union. Prior to this, Morningstar served as Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy, where he was responsible for assuring maximum coordination within the executive branch and with other governments and international organizations to promote United States policies on Caspian Basin energy development and transportation. From April 1995 to July 1998, he served as Ambassador and Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State on assistance for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union, where he oversaw all US bilateral assistance and trade investment activities in the NIS. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Senior Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Morningstar also served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Costar Corporation from 1990 to 1993 and as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1981 to 1990. He was an Attorney with Peabody and Brown (now Nixon and Peabody) in Boston from 1970 to 1981, where he became a Partner in 1977. Morningstar served as a Commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (1989–1993). Prior to returning to the government in 2009, he served as Director of the American Councils for International Education, a Trustee of the Kosovo-America Educational Foundation, and a Trustee of the Eurasia Foundation. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Morningstar received his BA from Harvard in 1967 and JD from Stanford Law School in 1970.
Stephen Mull has served as the US Ambassador to Poland since September 2012, and has been part of the Foreign Service since 1982. Prior to his current position, he served as Executive Secretary of the State Department from June 2010 until October 2012. From August 2008, he also was the Senior Advisor to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns, working on US diplomatic efforts on Iran and the State Department’s crisis response during the Russian-Georgian war of August 2008. Ambassador Mull served as the ambassador to Lithuania from 2003 to 2006, and was Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia from 2000 to 2003.
Vago Muradian is the editor of Defense News, the world’s leading defense news weekly with correspondents in 11 countries. Before joining Defense News in 2002, he was the managing editor of Defense Daily International and the business and international reporter for Defense Daily, a newsletter covering the defense and aerospace industry. Muradian joined Defense Daily after working for Air Force Times, the top US publication covering the US Air Force. There he covered global operations, including Europe, Haiti, Somalia, and Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Before covering the Air Force, he served as Defense News’ land warfare reporter. Muradian started his career at Inside the Army. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife Christina and their two sons, Alexander and Maximilian.
Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (jointly with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport) and Minister for Intellectual Property on 13 May 2015. Lucy was convent educated and studied philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at Somerville College Oxford. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries. She joined the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer in October 2013 and was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Intellectual Property on 14 July 2014. As government spokesman in the House of Lords for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, she was responsible for the Consumer Rights Act and the Small Business, Education and Employment Act. She also represented the UK in the Competitiveness Council. Lucy worked at Tesco Plc from 1997 to 2013 and was an executive director on the main Board from 2006. She has also served on the boards of ITV, PwC and Metro AG and was Chairman of Dobbies Garden Centres Plc. She was also President of EuroCommerce, the EU trade association, between 2012 and 2014. Until 1997 she was a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office, the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. She was awarded her CMG for her time on the FCO Board and her DBE for services to industry and the voluntary sector.
Olaf Osica comes with over ten years’ experience in private and governmental think-tanks. He has served as coordinator and participant of projects for public and private sector in the field of security and defense and European Union (EU) external relations and energy policy. He has also been a media foreign policy commentator and author of numerous articles and book chapters on EU foreign, security and defense policy and transatlantic relations. He holds a PhD in social and political sciences from European University Institute in Florence (Italy).
Ana Palacio is an international lawyer specializing in European Union law and arbitration. She is a member of the Council of State of Spain. She is also a member of the Board of Enagás, the Technical Manager of the Spanish Gas System, and Pharmamar, a leading biotechnology company. In addition, she is active as a member of the International Board of Investcorp, a world-leading manager of alternative investments, and is a member of the Scientific Council of the Instituto Elcano; a member of the Executive Committee of the Boards of the Atlantic Council of the United States and the European Council on Foreign Relations; and a member of the World Economic Forum’s US Global Agenda Council. She is a visiting professor at the Edmund E. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Ms. Palacio served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain from 2002 to 2004 and was a member of the Spanish Parliament from 2004 to 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 from 2006 to 2008. From 1994 until 2002, she was a member of European Parliament where she chaired the Legal Affairs and Internal Market Committee, the Justice and Home Affairs Committee, as well as the Conference of Committee Chairs. She also served as a member of the Executive Committee and Senior Vice-President for International Affairs of AREVA between 2008 and 2009. Ms. Palacio publishes regularly in periodicals and journals. In particular, she maintains a monthly column at Project Syndicate.
Elena Panaritis is an institutional economist and policy advisor. She served as a special advisor to the Greek Prime Minister and from 2009 to 2012 as a Member of Parliament of Greece. In more than a decade as an economist at the World Bank, she wrote several structural reform plans including property rights reform in Peru that received International Best Practice and Innovation awards. As an economist, she has specialized in social entrepreneurship, helping to transform informal markets into vibrant, growing formal economic and social entities. Her book Prosperity Unbound: Building Property Markets with Trust recounts her experience and expands on her methodology “Reality Check Analysis”, considered one of the best practical applications of institutional economics to property rights issues. Panaritis has taught economic development, housing finance and property markets reform at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, INSEAD, and the Johns Hopkins University- School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Tengiz Pkhaladze is member of the US Atlantic Council and the Royal
Institute of International Affairs of Great Britain (Chatham House). In
different periods, He worked as the head of the diplomatic protocol of
the Head of the State of Georgia, the deputy governor of the President
of Georgia to Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region and head of the consulate of the
Georgian Embassy to the Republic of Azerbaijan. Pkhaladze delivers
lectures at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs.
Sebastian Płóciennik is the coordinator of the European Union (EU) program at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) in Warsaw. Previously Płóciennik served as a research fellow at the Wroclaw University and the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies in Wroclaw. His research focuses on the economic system of Germany and the European integration. He has authored several dozen publications, among them monographs on the evolution of the German capitalism after the Agenda 2010 reforms and the core-Europe concepts in the German European policy after 1949. He is a member of the Permanent Council of the Polish-German Forum by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has taught as a visiting professor at universities in South Africa, Canada, India and Germany. Płóciennik holds a doctoral degree in economics.
Juris Poikāns is an Ambassador-at-Large for Eastern Partnership at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia. He is coordinating Eastern Partnership related policies for the upcoming EU Presidency of Latvia (in the first half of 2015). Mr Poikāns has served at the diplomatic missions of Latvia in Russia, Belarus, Slovenia and the United States. A career diplomat, he has served in numerous senior level ministry capacities, including from 2009 to 2010 as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo. He served in senior positions at the Lativian embassies in Washington and Moscow. Ambassador Poikāns earned bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Latvia. He studied international politics, law and international trade at the Oxford University Foreign Service Program; diplomacy at the Foreign Service Academy in Islamabad, Pakistan. He is a 1997 graduate of the Marshall Center’s Executive Program.
Alina Polyakova, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, where she oversees the Ukraine-in-Europe Initiative. She has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Fulbright, National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Polyakova speaks and publishes on Ukraine, Russia, and European politics. Her book, The Dark Side of European Integration, is coming out in late 2015. Polyakova served as an adviser to various non-governmental organizations in Europe and the United States working on democratic transparency and governance in post-socialist Eastern Europe. She is the Swiss National Science Foundation coinvestigator on a project examining the rise of far-right political parties in Western Europe. For her doctoral work, she interviewed social movement activists in Ukraine. Polyakova earned a PhD and MA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in Economics and Sociology with highest honors from Emory University.
After two years as Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland, Jerzy Pomianowski is now leading the newly founded European Endowment for Democracy, as its Executive Director since January 2013. Prior to leading the Polish Foreign Service’s democratization agenda, Pomianowski worked for the joint international initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Partnership for Democratic Governance. As its Director (2008-2011), he supported countries destabilised by armed conflict or natural disasters. This followed his work as Director General of the Polish Foreign Service (2005-06) and his launch of Poland’s Development Cooperation and Aid (2006-08). Pomianowski began his career as a civil servant in 1990, just after the fall of communism, first in the Ministry of Education, and then in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After being in charge of Poland’s relations with Asia, Middle East and Africa, he was Ambassador to Japan from 1997-2002. From 1980-89, Pomianowski was an active member of the democratic opposition in Poland. He was a board member of the Independent Students’ Association and co-founder of the students’ independent publishing house during his Sociology studies at University of Warsaw. Founder of the Warsaw Centre for Japanese Sports, Pomianowski devotes his free time to manage the Polish Aikido Federation as its present president.
Radoslav Procházka is a Slovak lawyer, politician and leader of the political party Sieť. He was candidate in the 2014 Slovak presidential election, running as an independent. From 2001 until 2004 he worked as an adviser and a consultant at the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic, at the same time he served as a legal counsel to the Slovak delegation to the European Commission. When Slovakia joined the European Union in 2004, he became the first representative of the country before the he served as Slovakia's first representative to the European Court of Justice until 2006. In 2010, he was first elected to the Slovak parliament, the National Council of Slovakia. After an unsuccessful presidential run in 2014, Procházka founded a new political party Sieť (meaning “network” in Slovak). He is married with two children.
Geoffrey R. Pyatt, a Senior Foreign Service officer, arrived in Kyiv on August 3, 2013 as the eighth United States Ambassador to Ukraine. His 26 year State Department career has ranged from Asia to Europe and Latin America. From May 2010 until July 2013, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the South and Central Asia Affairs Bureau, leading the State Department’s newest geographic bureau and helping to manage U.S. relations in a region that stretches from Kazakhstan to the Indian Ocean. From August 2007 until May 2010, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, representing the United States to the International Atomic Energy Agency and other UN technical agencies. From 2002 to 2007 Ambassador Pyatt served at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, first as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs and beginning in June 2006 as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM). As DCM he served as chief operating officer for one of the United States' largest and fastest growing foreign missions. Prior to his India assignment, he served at the American Consulate General in Hong Kong, managing the trade and export control dialogue with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China. From 1997 to 1999 he was Principal Officer of the American Consulate in Lahore - representing the United States in Pakistan's largest and politically most important province. His Washington assignments include Director for Latin America on the National Security Council staff (1996-97), Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State (1995-96) and Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America (1994). He was Political Officer in New Delhi, India from 1992-94 and Economic Officer and Vice-Consul in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from 1990-92.Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked with The Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based think tank that brings together leading citizens of the Americas.
Ilmar Raag is an Estonian columnist, film director, and media executive, most recently focused on efforts to curb Russian media influence in his country’s society. After serving as the Head of Acquisitions for Estonian National Television (ETV) for two years, he was promoted to the Chairman of the Board in 2002. At the same time, he wrote and directed several movies and lectured at the Estonian National Defense College. He was also a member of the Board of the Estonian Cultural Endowment, and served on the President's Academic Advisory Board. Raag has focused his efforts on advising the Estonian government on a “psychological defense” against Russian propaganda, especially in supporting the creation of a Russian-language news network to present more balanced news information.
Stephan Richter is the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Globalist, the daily online magazine on the global economy, politics and culture, which he founded and launched in January 2000. He also is the President of The Globalist Research Center. In addition, he is the presenter of the Marketplace Globalist Quiz, which is aired on public radio stations all across the United States as part of NPR’s Morning Report. Mr. Richter has also frequently appeared on leading television and radio programs such as CNN International and PBS’s Newshour. From 2002-08, Mr. Richter was a monthly columnist for Les Echos, the leading financial daily in France. He was also the U.S. correspondent for Rheinischer Merkur from 1990-98, as well as a monthly columnist for CEO Magazine. In addition, he has been a keynote speaker on geopolitical and geoeconomic issues and trends at major international conferences organized by asset managers, investment banks and public policy institutions in Europe, the United States and Asia. Prior to starting The Globalist, Mr. Richter led a global strategic communications firm based in Washington, D.C., advising governments, leading global banks and corporations, international organizations and foundations around the world. In that capacity, he served as North American advisor to the German Economics Ministry and Vice Chancellor in the early 1990s, when he successfully shaped the “New Federal States” campaign, designed to create a dynamic brand image for the former Communist East Germany. Mr. Richter received his J.D. from the University of Bonn, Germany in 1984, was a Rotary Foundation Award recipient in 1980-81 and a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association in 1986-87.
Alan Riley has over thirty-five years of experience, serving his clients located in West Virginia. Riley provides services for people needing representation in the areas of personal injury, drinking under influence, divorce and family law, adoptions and custody mediations.
Andriy Sadovyi was elected a city mayor on March 26, 2006. Prior to that he was a deputy and the head of the board of the Lviv City Council Commission of Economic Policy. He holds bachelor degrees in electronic engineering technology finance, and radioelectronics. He also holds an MA from the Academy of State Governance. Between 1997 and 2001, Sadovyi was the head of the board of the Lviv District Development Fund, head of the Management Council of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptyts’kyi Art and Culture Fund of Greek Church of Ukraine between 2000 and 2002, as well as member of Ukrainian-Polish Cooperation Capitul.
Saryusz-Wolski graduated from the University of Łódź and was awarded a PhD in economics. Throughout the 1980s he held the position of director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Łódź and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. He was the first Polish Minister for European Integration, one of the architects and negotiators of Poland’s accession and membership with the European Union (EU) during 1991 to 1996 and 2000 to 2001. Saryusz-Wolski has been a Member of the European Parliament (EP) since 2004 and became the first Pole to serve as the EP Vice-President and in 2007 Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. Between 2004 and 2012 he was the head of the Polish Delegation in the EPP Group in the EP. He was also the EP’s rapporteur on energy security and author of the 2007 EP report on the EU’s foreign policy on energy, as well as co-author of the EP’s 2010 regulation of security of gas supply and EU 2050 Roadmap in the field of energy. As Chair of the EP delegation to NATO between 2009 and 2014 Saryusz-Wolski worked on issues related to the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. He was also the rapporteur on the EU’s foreign policy towards BRICS countries. Since 2004 Saryusz-Wolski has been actively involved in the EP in all issues related to the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy, especially its Eastern dimension. He has initiated the establishment of the Eastern Partnership Parliamentary Assembly Euronest, and became its Vice-President. Since September 2015 he serves as the European Parliament’s standing rapporteur on Ukraine.
Grzegorz Schetyna has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs since September 2014. Between 1986 and 1989, he led the Independent Students’ Union at the University of Warsaw. In 1990, he became Director of the Provincial Office in Wrocław, and then Vice-Governor of Wrocław Province. He was elected to the Polish Parliament, or Sejm, in 1997. In 2001, he co-founded the Civic Platform party, and since 2010 has been the party’s First Deputy Chairman. From 2007 to 2009, he was Deputy Prime Minister in former Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s government and at the same time Minister of the Interior and Administration. Schetyna was largely responsible for the last stage of Poland’s accession to the Schengen Area during this time. Prior to his current position, from July 2010 to November 2011, he served as Marshal (Speaker of the House) of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland.
H.E. Ryszard Schnepf is the current Ambassador of Poland to the United States, a post he has held since September 2012. His most recent position prior to his post in the United States was as Ambassador to Spain, from 2008 through 2012. After studying at Warsaw University, he embarked on doctoral studies at the Institute of History in the Polish Academy of Sciences. He later researched and taught the history of the Latin American continent in the Iberian Studies Department of Warsaw University. In the late 1970’s, he participated in the opposition movement in Poland as a founding member and director of the “Solidarity” forum at the Department of Iberian Studies. He was the author of a number of “second circulation” publications, including the “The Weekly Echo” published in Toronto, Canada. Between 1991 and 2005, he held ambassadorships in Uruguay, Paraguay, and Costa Rica, in addition to Deputy Chief of Mission of the Polish Embassy in Madrid. In 2005, he was the Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Organization of the 25th Anniversary Commemorating the “Solidarity” Trade Union, which summoned high-level delegations from twenty-eight countries. From 2005 to 2006, he was Polish Secretary of State for Foreign Relations and Security during the term of Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz. At this time he directed the budget negotiations of the European Union between 2007 through 2013. From 2006 to 2007, he was Ambassador ad personam, and Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Global Threats, and afterwards (2007 to 2008) Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Schnepf is married with three children. He speaks English, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. His hobbies include literature and playing guitar.
Jeanne Shaheen is the only woman in US history to be elected both a Governor and a United States Senator. She has served in the United States Senate since 2009 and is a member of the Senate Committees on Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Appropriations, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The first New Hampshire Governor to lead trade missions outside North America, Senator Shaheen has also co-sponsored legislation to help small businesses sell their products overseas. Her annual “Experience New Hampshire” event in Washington, DC, gives New Hampshire businesses a forum to showcase their products and services. As the former chair of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, Senator Shaheen was an outspoken proponent of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). She helped to secure its ratification, enabling the US to resume critical inspections of Russia’s nuclear arsenal. Shaheen served as Governor of New Hampshire from 1997 to 2003. Between her time as Governor and election to the US Senate, Shaheen served as the Director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. Shaheen received a bachelor's degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and a master's degree from the University of Mississippi.
Sheremeta earned his undergraduate degree in economics at the Lviv University and an MBA degree at Emory University in United States. He completed a number of management development programs at the Harvard Business School, the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, and the China Europe International Business School. In 1999, Sheremeta founded the Kyiv Mohyla Business School, and became its first Dean. Between 2006 and 2010, he was vice-president of the Central and East European Management Development Association. During 2008 to 2011, he was part of the team of the "Blue Ocean Strategy Institute" of Malaysia, which advised the Malaysian government on economic reforms. From November 2012 until February 2014 he was the President of the Kyiv School of Economics. On February 27, 2014 Sheremeta became Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine in the Yatsenyuk Government.
Tomasz Siemoniak has served as Deputy Prime Minister since September 2014 and Defense Minister of Poland since August 2011. He graduated from the Foreign Trade Faculty of the Graduate School of Economics in Warsaw. Active in the Independent Student Association, Siemoniak served as Chairman of NZS in the Warsaw School of Economics and Secretary of the National Coordinating Committee. From 1994 to 1996, he worked in Polish television, as the Director of the Office of Regional Divisions, among other positions. In 1997, he served as Coordinator of Media and Democracy at the Institute of Public Affairs. From 1998 to 2000, Siemoniak held the position of Director of the Office of Press and Information at the Ministry of National Defense, and from 1998 to 2002, he served as Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Polish Press Agency. In November 2007, Siemoniak took office as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration. He was appointed to the post of Minister of National Defense in August 2011, and after the elections for the new government, the President of the Council of Ministers re-appointed him to the portfolio of the Minister of National Defense. Siemoniak is married, and has two children.
Slawomir Sierakowski became a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times in the fall of 2013. Sierakowski, born in 1979, is a Polish sociologist and political commentator. He is a founder and leader of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), an Eastern European movement of liberal intellectuals, artists and activists, with branches in Ukraine and Russia. He is also the director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw and the president of the Stanislaw Brzozowski Association, overseeing its publishing house; its online opinion site; cultural centers in Warsaw, Gdansk, Lodz and Cieszyn, in Poland, and in Kiev, Ukraine; and twenty local clubs. A graduate of the University of Warsaw, Mr. Sierakowski has been awarded fellowships from Yale, Princeton and Harvard and from the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He has written for many journals and newspapers, including The Guardian, El País, Haaretz and Die Tageszeitung and Gazeta Wyborcza.
Radosław Sikorski is the current Marshal (speaker) of the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish national legislature. Prior to this position, Sikorski served as Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was elected Senator for Bydgoszcz in 2005 and served as Minister of National Defense from 2005 to 2007. From 2002 to 2005, he was a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC and Executive Director of the New Atlantic Initiative. As Deputy Minister of National Defense in 1992, Sikorski initiated Poland’s NATO entry ambitions. He was a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Angola from 1986 through 1989 and won the World Press Photo award in 1987 for a photograph taken in Afghanistan. Sikorski was granted political asylum in Great Britain from 1982 to 1989 after heading the students’ strike committee during the unrest in Bydgoszcz in March 1981. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA and MA in politics, philosophy, and economics. He is also the author of several books, including Dust of the Saints; The Polish House: An Intimate History of Poland; and Strefa Zdekomunizowana. He and his wife, Washington Post foreign affairs columnist Anne Applebaum, have two children.
Maria J. Stephan is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security's Strategic Foresight Initiative. Stephan is working on the "Future of Authoritarianism," a project cosponsored by the Atlantic Council and the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). The project aims to assess the possibilities for influencing development of nonviolent civil society in authoritarian political systems and hasten the peaceful transformation of authoritarian regimes to democratic societies. Stephan is also a Senior Policy Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), where she focuses on the dynamics of civil resistance and their relevance for violent conflict prevention and democratic development. Previously, she was Lead Foreign Affairs Officer in the US State Department's Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, where she worked on both policy and operations. Her last assignment entailed engaging the Syrian opposition in Turkey. Earlier, she was detailed to the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan to focus on subnational governance and civil-military planning. Prior to government service, Stephan directed policy and research at ICNC, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to developing and disseminating practical knowledge about nonviolent struggle. Stephan is the editor of Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization and Governance in the Middle East (Palgrave, 2009) and the coauthor of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2011). The latter book was awarded the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Prize by the American Political Science Association for the best book published in political science. Stephan has worked with the European/NATO policy office of the US Department of Defense and at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. She received both Harry S. Truman and J. William Fulbright scholarships. She holds doctoral and master's degrees from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a bachelor's degree from Boston College.
Oksana Syroyid is the first female deputy speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, and served in her post since 2014. After studying law in Kyiv and Canada, she worked at various organizations that monitored reforms in Ukraine. From 2004 to 2012, she worked as a national manager for the OSCE in Ukraine, and from there became the director of the Ukrainian Legal Foundation, sponsored by George Soros that works to reform the legal system in her country. During the 2014 parliamentary elections, she was elected on the Self Reliance party list, running on a platform of Christian democratic ideals and Pro-Europeanism.
Mateusz Szczurek is a doctor of Economics at the University of Sussex. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics, University of Warsaw. In 1998 and 2007, he completed econometrics courses at the International Center for Money and Banking Studies in Geneva and London. In 1994-1997 he participated in a joint program and achieved the title of Bachelor of Arts of University of Warsaw and Columbia University in the City of New York, School of International and Public Affairs. In 1997, he became Master of Arts in international economy, University of Sussex. From 2011, Mateusz Szczurek was chief economist of ING Group for Central and Eastern Europe. Between 1997 and 2011, he was economist at ING Barings, and then chief economist at ING Bank Śląski. Szczurek is a lecturer of economics at the Warsaw School of Economics, University of Sussex and Goethe Business School in Frankfurt. In 2003-2005, co-founder and President of the British Alumni Society in Poland. He is member of the Polish Economists' Society.
Since December 2014, Bart Szewczyk has worked on the policy planning staff, covering Europe and NATO as a CFR International Affairs Fellow. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Columbia Law School and an Intellectual Property Fellow at the Kernochan Center there. He clerked for then Vice-President Peter Tomka and Judge Christopher Greenwood at the International Court of Justice in The Hague and for Judge Leonard I. Garth at the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. From 2011 to 2014, Szewczyk was a member of the Executive Council at the American Society of International Law. Szewczyk was also a senior associate in appellate and international litigation at Wilmer Cutler Picketing Hale & Dorr, and visiting fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies. In 2013, Szewczyk was selected as one of the Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders by the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the Diplomatic Courier. He holds a PhD in international relations from Cambridge, a JD from Yale Law School, an MPA from Princeton, and a BS in Economics from Penn.
Borys Tarasyuk is a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament and the Chairman of the Parliamentary (Verkhovna Rada) Committee on European Integration. As a career diplomat since 1975 he served in many positions including the Ukrainian Mission to the UN, ambassador to the Benelux, NATO and the Western European Union, deputy foreign minister, first deputy, and two terms foreign minister of Ukraine. Tarasyuk is the founder and director of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, an independent think-tank. He is a member of the board of trustees at the International Renaissance Foundation (Soros Foundation in Ukraine) and of the National University Kyiv Mohyla Academy. Tarasyuk stood at the roots of formation and further realization of Ukraine’s relations with Russia, the United States, Hungary and Poland, Romania and Moldova, Baltic and Nordic States, Latin America and the Black Sea region, the European Union and NATO. He was one of the key figures in negotiations of unprecedented complexity over the fate of Ukraine’s nuclear arsenal (world’s third largest), the Black Sea Fleet and conventional armaments. His efforts to activate the significant peacekeeping potential of Ukraine in combination with active diplomacy transformed Ukraine into a recognized contributor of European security and stability In 1997 he was a winner of the national nomination “Diplomat of the Year”, is decorated with the highest state awards of Argentina, Brazil, France, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Sweden and is the full cavalier of the Merit State Order of Ukraine, Polish award “Honorary Decoration Bene Merito” in 2009.
Eka Tkeshelashvili is currently the President of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies. As an independent consultant, she helps companies operating in Georgia, or willing to invest in the region, in political risk assessment and legal analysis. From 2010 to 2012, she was the Vice Prime-Minister, State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration, and oversaw the implementation of state policy towards the occupied territories of Georgia and the national policy on minority integration. She previously served as Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia from 2008 to 2010. Before then, Tkeshelashvili was the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Before joining the government, she worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and was responsible for the national implementation of international humanitarian law. Previously, Tkeshelashvili served as an intern at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (Netherlands) and at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (USA). She has a master’s degree in International Law from Notre Dame Law School, a certificate in Human Rights Law from Oxford University, and a Diploma in Law from Tbilisi State University.
Olena Tregub is a media professional, educator and a civic entrepreneur. She has co-founded a consulting company "Global Education Leadership" and serves its chief executive officer. In the USA, Tregub worked as an adjunct professor of political science at Adelphi University and as a media liaison at the United Nations in New York. For several years she served as a US-based foreign correspondent for the Ukrainian News Agency and a columnist at Kyiv Post, as well as a researcher on Ukraine for The New York Times. Her publications on the Ukrainian domestic and international politics have appeared in a number of European and American media. In 2012, the World Economic Forum selected tregub to represent Ukraine as the Global Shaper during its Davos forum. She is also a member of Young Atlanticists’ network of the Atlantic Council that brings together the next generation of leaders from the transatlantic community.
Jacek Vincent-Rostowski was the Polish Minister of Finance from 2007 to 2013, instrumental in helping Poland become one of the only European countries to grow during the financial crisis. The Banker magazine named him the European Finance Minister of the Year in 2009, and in November 2012, The Financial Times name him the third best finance minister in Europe. At the start of his career, Rostowski served as an advisor to the Polish Deputy Prime Minsiter and Finance Minister during the economic transition after the fall of Communism. He also advised the Russian government on macroeconomic policy in the early 1990s. Throughout this period, and into the early 2000s, Rostowski lectured at a number of universities and served as advisor to as many councils and has been a Member of the Polish Parliament since 2011. He is married with two children, and is fluent in Polish, English and French.
Damon Wilson is Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council, serving as both a thought leader and manager with responsibility for strategy and strategic initiatives, program development and integration, and institutional development and organizational effectiveness. His work is committed to advancing a Europe whole, free, and at peace to include Europe’s East, the Western Balkans, and the Black Sea region; to strengthening the NATO Alliance; and to fostering a transatlantic partnership capable of tackling global challenges and promoting its common values. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Wilson served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council. Previously, Mr. Wilson served at the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq as the Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff, where he helped manage one of the largest US embassies, implementing a reorganization plan which strengthened coordination, accountability, and effectiveness. He played a key role in overseeing the embassy’s effort to design and implement a civilian surge throughout Iraq. He also worked at the National Security Council as the Director for Central, Eastern, and Northern European affairs from 2004 to 2006. During this time, Mr. Wilson strengthened ties with the German Chancellery, coordinated interagency policy in support of reform in Ukraine, directed efforts to deepen engagement with America’s allies in Central and Eastern Europe, including beginning the expansion of more secure visa-free travel, and promoted close consultations with coalition partners in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Maciej Witucki served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Orange Polska from 2006 to 2013. Since 2013, Witucki has served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Orange Polska. Previously, he served as President of the Management Board at Credit Agricole Bank in Poland. Witucki is an expert in Central European telecommunications strategy, having coordinated a project connected with developing Cetelem S.A. activities in Poland and later managing the post acquisition transfer between Sofinco and Lucas Bank. He also served as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of EmiTel, and has been Member of the Supervisory Board at Work Service since 2013. Witucki is a graduate of Poznan University of Technology and has a degree of Master of Electrical Engineering. He also completed postgraduate studies in Logistics and Industrial Engineering at Ecole Centrale Paris in France, as well as the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at INSEAD in France.
Ilya Yashin is a Russian activist and liberal politician, one of the key leaders of the RPR-Parnas political party. In 2012 he was elected in Russian Opposition Coordination Council. Until 2008 he was the leader of Yabloko party's youth wing, organizing mass protests and speaking to the media about its causes. Yashin is known for making passionate speeches at opposition rallies.
Agata Waclawik-Wejman completed her legal studies at the Jagiellonian University and at the Harvard Law School, she also studied at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She is an attorney and counselor at law admitted to practice in New York. Wejman used to be a counselor at the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Poland. She taught international commercial arbitration at the Jagiellonian University. She has a multi-year professional experience in the financial and international development sectors, including serving as management board member of KDPW S.A., the Polish central securities depository and as a counsel at the World Bank in Washington DC. She is a member of the Legal Certainty Group, a securities law expert group of the European Commission. She is a member of the Polish-German Center for Banking Law at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She is an author of numerous books, articles and policy papers on public and private sectors development, financial and securities law, corporate governance and the governance of state-owned enterprises.
Steve Williams is the Director for Europe/Eurasia, Lockheed Martin Corporate International Business Development. He is responsible for supporting international business development in 53 European and Eurasian countries. He is president of the German American Business Council and board member of the Hellenic American Heritage Council and Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he was the president of a regional security and telecommunications company. He was a US Army Foreign Area Officer and Combat Arms Officer for over twenty years. He served as a policy advisor and operational planner for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Williams is a graduate of West Point, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, US Army
Marcin Zaborowski has been the Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) since July 2010. Prior to that, he directed the transatlantic program at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris, where he dealt with transatlantic relations, US foreign policy, EU Common Security and Defense Policy, and EU enlargement. He was a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Birmingham and Aston University in the UK from 2001 to 2005 and Coordinator and Director of the Transatlantic Program at the Centre for International Relations in Warsaw from 2002 to 2004. Zaborowski holds a doctorate in European Politics and an MA in International Studies from the University of Birmingham. He is also a graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. He is a Member of Council of the Slovak Atlantic Commission (SAC), Adjunct Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington DC and Consultant for Strategic Security Review of Poland. He has been nominated as a member of the prestigious international expert policy group by the NATO Secretary General which is to formulate report on the most important challenges facing NATO before the Wales Summit.
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