Megan Richards was Director of Energy Policy in DG Energy (ENER) of the European Commission from 1 April 2017 to 31 June 2019. From May 2009 she was in DG Connect, holding positions of Director of General Affairs, Director of Converged Networks and Services, Director Coordination, acting Deputy Director General, and Principal Adviser. From 2013-2014 she was EU Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. From September 2006 – April 2009 she was the Director of Resource management in the Commission’s Joint Research Centre. She joined the European Commission in 1991 initially working on programmes to support SMEs, research and innovation, including regulatory, legal, financial and contractual issues.
Founder, Fair Fight (MMF ’04)
Stacey Abrams is a New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader. After serving for eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Democratic Leader, in 2018 Abrams became the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, winning more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Abrams was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States, and she was the first black woman and first Georgian to deliver a Response to the State of the Union. After witnessing the gross mismanagement of the 2018 election by the secretary of state’s office, Abrams launched Fair Fight to ensure every American has a voice in our election system. In 2019, she launched Fair Count to ensure accuracy in the 2020 Census and greater participation in civic engagement, and the Southern Economic Advancement Project, a public policy initiative to broaden economic power and build equity in the South.
Abrams is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award and a current member of the board of directors for the Center for American Progress. Abrams has also written Lead from the Outside, a guidebook on making real change, and Our Time is Now, which will appear in bookstores in June.
Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Yoni Appelbaum is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Ideas section. Appelbaum is a social and cultural historian of the United States. Before joining The Atlantic, he was a lecturer on history and literature at Harvard University. He previously taught at Babson College and at Brandeis University, where he received his PhD in American history.
Sir Michael Arthur
Senior Vice President, The Boeing Company, President, Boeing International
Sir Michael Arthur was appointed president of Boeing International in April 2019. He is a member of the company’s Executive Council, reporting to the president and CEO. Arthur is the council’s first non-U.S. citizen.
Arthur is responsible for the company’s international strategy and corporate operations outside the United States, overseeing 18 regional offices in key global markets. His responsibilities include developing the company’s growth and productivity initiatives outside the United States, forming new business and industrial partnerships, overseeing international affairs, enhancing Boeing’s local presence and providing global functional support.
Previously, Arthur was president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing United Kingdom and Ireland. He joined the company in September 2014 to lead Boeing in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and he took on additional responsibilities for Europe in March 2016.
Before joining Boeing, Arthur spent three decades of international government service with the British Diplomatic Service of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office followed by three years as a founding member of a United Kingdom–based business consultancy.
In addition to his Boeing role, Arthur is a nonexecutive director of Diligenta, president of the German British Chamber of Commerce and U.K. chairman of the Königswinter Foundation.
Dr. Karim El Aynaoui
President, Policy Center for the New South
Karim El Aynaoui is president of the Policy Center for the New South, and dean of economics and social sciences and executive vice-president of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University. From 2005 to 2012, he worked at the Central Bank of Morocco as the director of economics, statistics and international relations. Prior to this, he served as an economist at the World Bank. He holds scientific and advisory positions in various institutions, including the Malabo-Montpellier Panel, the Moroccan Capital Market Authority, and the French Institute of International Relations. He is also advisor to the CEO and chairman of the OCP Group and serves as a board member of the OCP Foundation and as a global member of the Trilateral Commission. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Bordeaux.
Health Care Editor, Axios
Sam Baker is the health care editor at Axios, where he also writes Vitals, the morning health care newsletter. He’s been covering the politics and policy of health care in Washington for more than 10 years, through every twist and turn of the Affordable Care Act and more. He’s a Kentucky native and graduated from the University of Missouri.
Dr. Rosa Balfour
Director, Carnegie Europe
Rosa Balfour is director of Carnegie Europe. Her fields of expertise include European politics, institutions, and foreign and security policy. Her current research focuses on the relationship between domestic politics and Europe’s global role.
She has researched and published widely for academia, think tanks, and the international press on issues relating to European politics and international relations, especially on the Mediterranean region, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, EU enlargement, international support for civil society, and human rights and democracy.
Balfour is also a member of the steering committee of Women in International Security Brussels (WIIS-Brussels) and an associate fellow at LSE IDEAS. In 2018 and 2019, she was awarded a fellowship on the Europe’s Futures program at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.
Prior to joining Carnegie Europe, Balfour was a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She was also director of the Europe in the World program at the European Policy Centre in Brussels and has worked as a researcher in Rome and London.
Senior Visiting Fellow, Asia Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Noah Barkin is a senior visiting fellow in the Asia Program based in Berlin. He specializes in Europe’s relationship with China and the implications of China’s rise for the transatlantic relationship. Noah is also managing editor in the China practice at Rhodium Group. Prior to joining GMF, Noah had a 25-year career as a journalist in Berlin, Paris, London, and New York. His work has appeared on Reuters, where he served as a bureau chief, regional news editor, and roving Europe correspondent, as well as in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and Politico, among other publications. In 2019 he was a visiting fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington. He is also a host on KCRW, an NPR-affiliated radio station in Berlin, and the author of a book on the euro. A native Californian, Noah has a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from UC Berkeley and a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University.
The New York Times's Berlin Bureau Chief
Katrin Bennhold is The New York Times’s Berlin bureau chief.
A native German who spent most of her life abroad, Ms. Bennhold has been particularly interested in exploring the former Communist East and the rise of the far-right. In 2018, she hosted an audio series on nationalism and populism in Europe for The Daily.
Previously Ms. Bennhold reported for The Times from London and Paris, writing about a range of topics from migration to gender. She covered a string of terrorist attacks in France and Britain and wrote a series of features on the fallout from the 2016 Brexit referendum.
Ms. Bennhold has been at The Times since 2004. She has an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University in 2012/2013.
Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
Secretary Pompeo swore Stephen E. Biegun in as deputy secretary of state on December 21, 2019.
On August 23, 2018, Secretary Pompeo appointed Stephen E. Biegun as the U.S. special representative for North Korea, responsible for leading U.S. efforts to achieve President Trump’s goal of the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea, as agreed to by Chairman Kim Jong Un at the Singapore summit. As special representative, on behalf of the secretary of state he directed all U.S. policy on North Korea, led negotiations, and spearheaded U.S. diplomatic efforts with allies and partners.
Biegun has three decades of experience in government in the Executive and Legislative Branches, as well as in the private sector. Through his extensive career in foreign policy and business, he has excelled in tough negotiating settings. Most recently, Biegun was vice president of International Governmental Relations for Ford Motor Company, where—as a third generation Ford employee—he oversaw all aspects of Ford’s international governmental interactions including throughout the Indo-Pacific Region.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on the boards of the National Bureau of Asian Research, the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, the U.S.-Russia Foundation for Economic Development and the Rule of Law, and Freedom House.
Co-Chair, European Council on Foreign Relations
Carl Bildt served as both prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden. Under his leadership, the government initiated major liberal economic reforms and negotiated Sweden’s accession to the EU. A renowned international diplomat, he also served as EU special envoy to the former Yugoslavia, high representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, UN special envoy to the Balkans, and co-chair of the Dayton Peace Conference. Bildt also has a well-established profile in technology circles. He is chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, a former adviser to ICANN, and a high-profile proponent of a global digital marketplace. Bildt graduated from Stockholm University.
Ambassador Deborah Birx
Coronavirus Response Coordinator, The White House
The White House has appointed world-renowned global health official and physician Ambassador Deborah Birx to the Office of the Vice President to aid in the whole of government response to COVID-19 as the coronavirus response coordinator.
She is also the coordinator of the United States government activities to combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. special representative for global health diplomacy. Her three-decade-long career has focused on HIV/AIDS immunology, vaccine research, and global health.
In 1985, Ambassador Birx began her career with the Department of Defense (DoD) as a military-trained clinician in immunology, focusing on HIV/AIDS vaccine research. From 1985 to 1989, she served as an assistant chief of the hospital immunology service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She went on to serve as the director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (USMHRP) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research from 1996 to 2005. During this time, she also rose to the rank of colonel, bringing together the Navy, Army, and Air Force in a new model of cooperation.
From 2005 to 2014, Ambassador Birx served as the director of CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS (DGHA).
The Hon. Marsha Blackburn
Member, U.S. Senate
In 2018, the people of Tennessee elected Marsha Blackburn as the first woman to represent the Volunteer State in the United States Senate. She serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, the Veterans Affairs Committee, and the prestigious Judiciary Committee. In 2019, Senate leadership handpicked Marsha to chair the Judiciary Committee’s “Tech Task Force,” a roundtable-style working group charged with exploring issues related to Big Tech’s influence on American culture and the global political economy. Before her election to the Senate, Marsha represented Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
Senator Blackburn has always taken a holistic view of the threat from China. Throughout her career in the United States Congress, she has consistently raised concerns about the outsized role of China in 21st-century international politics, even as our nation’s outlook has shifted toward an era of Great Power Competition.
Her leadership philosophy is based on her experiences in the private sector as a small businesswoman and author, and as a mother and grandmother.
High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and Vice President, European Commission
Josep Borrell is the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy and vice-president of the Commission for a stronger Europe in the world. He previous served as minister of foreign affairs, European Union and cooperation, for Spain. Along with a long career in Spanish politics, Borrell has served multiple academic positions, including the Jean Monnet chair of European economic integration of the Complutense University of Madrid and president of the European University Institute in Florence.
Member, National Assembly, France
Éric Bothorel went through different management positions in IT retail and services in the 90’s before he was elected member of Parliament in 2017. He produced several reports on digital economy and is the co-chair of the Assembly’s study groups on AI, data economy, cybersecurity,and digital sovereignty. He was also the draftsman for the French law on the security of mobile networks and serves as acyberdefense reservist since 2016.
Former Mayor of South Bend and 2020 U.S. Presidential Candidate
Pete Buttigieg has served as two-term mayor of South Bend, Indiana and was a Democratic candidate for president of the United States in 2020. A graduate of Harvard University and an Oxford Rhodes Scholar, Buttigieg enlisted in the U.S. NavyReserve and became a lieutenant when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. In April 2019 he announced his candidacy for president and in February 2020 won the Iowa Caucuses, becoming the first openly gay person to ever win a presidential primary or caucus.
Member, European Parliament & Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Cristian-Silviu BUŞOI is a Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee. He is also Member of the Delegation for Southeast Asia, as well as substitute Member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and the Delegation for the Arab Peninsula.
Mr. Buşoi graduated Medicine from Carol Davila University in Bucharest, Law from Titu Maiorescu University in Bucharest, and Diplomacy from the Romanian Diplomatic Institute in Bucharest. His political career started in 1996 when, as a student, he became member of the National Liberal Party. Eight years later, he entered the Romanian Parliament and, in 2013, became President of the Romanian National Health Insurance House. Since 2007, he has been elected to the European Parliament for three consecutive terms.
The Hon. Reinhard Bütikofer
Member, European Parliament
Reinhard Bütkofer is a member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA). He sits on the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), where he serves as Greens/EFA foreign affairs spokesperson, and on the Committee on International Trade (INTA) as a substitute member. He is the chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China as well as a member of the Delegation to the United States and a substitute member of the ASEAN Delegation.
From 2012 to 2019 he was co-chair of the European Green Party. Before getting elected to the European Parliament in 2009, Mr. Bütkofer was the co-chair of the German Green Party BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN from 2002 until 2008. He was the party’s secretary general from 1998 until 2002. Prior to that, he served as the chair of the Greens in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. His engagement with the German Greens began when he was elected as a member of the city council in Heidelberg in 1984.
Mr. Bütkofer is also a member of the Europe/Transatlantic Advisory Board and the General Assembly of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the NABU Club, the German-Israeli Society, and the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum, as well as the DGAP and the IISS.
Opinion Writer, The Washington Post, and MSNBC Contributor
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart is a member of The Washington Post editorial board, an opinion writer focusing on national politics and social issues,and the host of the “Cape Up” podcast. He is also an MSNBC contributor, who regularly serves as a substitute anchor, and has served as a guest host on New York Public Radio. Capehart was deputy editorial page editor of the New York Daily News from 2002 to 2004 and served on that paper’s editorial board from 1993 to 2000. In 1999, his 16-month editorial campaign to save Harlem’s Apollo Theater earned him and the board the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. Capehart left the Daily News in July 2000 to become national affairs columnist at Bloomberg News and took a leave from this position in February 2001 to serve as a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his first campaign for New York City mayor.
Opinion Columnist, The Daily Beast
Margaret Carlson is a political insider and a widely read political columnist for Bloomberg News. In 1988, Carlson joined TIME magazine and served as White House correspondent and deputy Washington bureau chief. From 1994–2005, she wrote the “Public Eye” column for TIME magazine, becoming the first female columnist in the magazine′s history. At CNN, Carlson served as a weekly panelist on The Capital Gang for 15 years while making further appearances on fellow network programs The Insider and Crossfire. Her journalism career has also included stints as managing editor at The New Republic and Washington bureau chief for Esquire magazine.
Carlson earned a law degree from George Washington University Law School and completed her undergraduate work at Penn State University.
Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Derek Chollet is executive vice president and senior advisor for security and defense policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). He is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where he coedits “Shadow Government,” and is a regular contributor to Defense One. He is also an advisor to Beacon Global Strategies, an adjunct senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House.
Derek Chollet served in the Obama administration for six years in senior positions at the White House, State Department, and Pentagon, most recently as the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.
Chollet is author, co-author, or co-editor of seven books on U.S. foreign policy, including The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America’s Role in the World (PublicAffairs, 2016), America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11, co-authored with James Goldgeier (PublicAffairs, 2008), and The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World, co-edited with Samantha Power (PublicAffairs, 2011), and his commentaries and reviews on U.S. foreign policy and politics have appeared in many other books and publications.
The Hon. Chris Coons
Member, U.S. Senate
Chris Coons was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 following terms as New Castle County Council president and county executive in his home state of Delaware. He sits on the Appropriations, Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics Committees. Chris has used his position on the Foreign Relations Committee to advocate for key foreign policy and national security priorities. Chris has marshaled into law bills to modernize international development finance, compel a strategy for addressing the root causes of terrorist violence in fragile states, and impose sanctions on Russia, North Korea, and Iran for actions that undermine American interests. As co-chair of the bipartisan Human Rights Caucus, Chris stands up for those fighting for universal values around the world.
During his first four years in the Senate, Chris served as chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, emerging as an important voice on the continent’s security challenges and economic opportunities. This Congress, Chris has shifted his focus to China and East Asia. Prior to serving as county executive, Chris worked as an attorney for Delaware-based W.L. Gore & Associates.
Member, House of Representatives
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington’s First Congressional District. She was sworn into the House of Representatives on November 13, 2012.As a member of the House ways and means committee, she helps oversee our nation’s trade policies on the trade subcommittee. Hailing from the most trade dependent state in the United States, Congresswoman DelBene’s district includes both dairy and berry farms, as well as an aluminum smelter. She serves as co-chair of both the Dairy Caucus and the Aluminum Caucus in Congress.Prior to her career in public service, Representative Delbene worked in the biotechnology industry before embarking on a career as a technology leader and innovator. In more than two decades as an executive and entrepreneur, she helped to start drugstore.com as its vice president of marketing and store development and served as CEO and president of Nimble Technology, a business software company based on technology developed at the University of Washington. She also spent 12 years at Microsoft, most recently as corporate vice president of the company’s mobile communications business. Before being elected to Congress, she served as director of the Washington State Department of Revenue. Representative Delbene earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Dr. Karen Donfried
President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Dr. Karen Donfried is president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Before assuming her current role in April 2014, Donfried was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. Prior to the White House, Donfried served as the national intelligence officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council.
Donfried is a member of the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University. She serves as a senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Council on Germany. She is a member of the Team of External Advisors to the president of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.
Donfried received the Cross of the Order of Merit from the German government in 2011, became an officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2018 and an officer of the Order of the Crown of Belgium in 2010, and received a Superior Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State in 2005 for her contribution to revitalizing the transatlantic partnership.
Host and Moderator, Intelligence Squared U.S.
The moderator of Intelligence Squared U.S. debates since 2008, John Donvan is an author and correspondent for ABC News. He has served as ABC’s White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem, and Amman. John is the coauthor of In a Different Key: The Story of Autism (Crown, 2016). In addition to premiering his first one-man show, “Lose the Kid,” in 2013 in Washington, D.C., John is a four-time Emmy Award winner and was a National Magazine Award finalist in 2010.
President, ExxonMobil Europe
Philippe Ducom has been appointed president, ExxonMobil Europe since August 1, 2018. He is based in Machelen, Belgium. Philippe joined ExxonChemical France in 1989 as an engineer at the Notre-Dame de Gravenchon Chemical plant in Seine-Maritime. He continued to serve in different positions within the company, moving to Japan where in 2012 he became chairman and representative director of TonenGeneral Sekiyu Kabushiki Kaisha in Japan. In May 2013, he became regional director EAME, Global Operations, ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical in Machelen, Belgium. In March 2015, he became chairman, CEO, & president, ExxonMobil Saudi Arabia and Lead Country Manager for the Kingdom.
Policy Professor and Author, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
Colin Dueck is a professor of policy and government at George Mason University and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His latest book is Age of Iron: On Conservative Nationalism. Dueck has consulted for the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Council.
President, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
Mikuláš Dzurinda was elected president of the WMCES in December 2013. He is the former prime minister of Slovakia (1998-2006) and has held various positions in government since first entering politics in 1990. Once he became prime minister and formed a coalition government in 1998, Dzurinda introduced far-reaching reforms which have enabled Slovakia to begin the process of joining the EU and NATO. After being re-elected in 2002, Dzurinda led Slovakia to become a member of the EU and NATO in 2004, a process which he actively took part in from the beginning. Since Slovakia gained independence in 1993, Dzurinda has also held the position of Minister of Transportation and more recently that of Minister for Foreign Affairs (from July 2010 to April 2012). Dzurinda is a founding member of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS) and was chairman of the party from 2000 to 2012. From 2012 to 2016 he was a member of the Slovak Parliament. In 2007 he was awarded the F.A. Hayek International Prize for reforms and fight against bureaucracy. He is also a marathon runner.
Prof. Karolina Ekholm
Professor, Economics Department, Stockholm University, Sweden
While being on leave from her position as professor of economics at Stockholm University, Karolina Ekholm served as a deputy governor of the Swedish central bank 2009-2014 and as state secretary at the Swedish Ministry of Finance 2014-2019. As state secretary she was responsible for economic analysis (including forecasting), international cooperation on economic policy and policies vis-à-vis international financial institutions. She currently serves on the boards of the following institutions: Bruegel, which is a Brussel-based think tank; AP7, which is a government agency that manages premium pension funds; and Nasdaq Clearing, which is a clearing house located in Stockholm.
Karolina Ekholm’s research has primarily dealt with international trade and investment. She has published academic papers in the Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of International Economics, European Economic Review and Economic Journal. She has also published several articles and reports on economic policy in Swedish.
Between 2001 and 2007 she served as a member of the Swedish Economic Council, which provided the Swedish Ministry of Finance with economic policy advice. Between 2007 and 2009 she served as a member of the Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, which evaluates the fiscal policy of the Swedish government. She has been active as external research director at the Center for Business and Policy Studies (SNS) in Stockholm and served as a member of the board of the Swedish Economic Association and the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (Sieps). In 2005 she was editor of the Swedish Economic Association’s journal, Ekonomisk Debatt (“Economic debate”).
Vice President, United Nations Affairs, Microsoft
John Frank became Microsoft’s Vice President, United Nations Affairs in March 2020, focused on
deepening Microsoft’s engagements on environment, skills training, human rights and security.
Previously he was Vice President, EU Affairs based in Brussels and Vice President, Deputy General
Counsel and Chief of Staff for Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith at Microsoft’s
headquarters in Redmond Washington. Mr. Frank joined Microsoft based in Paris, overseeing the
legal and regulatory issues in launching the Microsoft Network (MSN) in Europe. From 1996 to
2002, he led Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs group for Europe, Middle East and Africa,
focusing on privacy, security, consumer protection and antitrust matters. Before Microsoft, he
practiced law in San Francisco with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Mr. Frank received an
AB degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and a JD from Columbia Law School.
Head of Research and Deputy Director, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
After a two year voluntary military service, Roland Freudenstein studied political science, economics, Japan studies, and international relations in Bonn and Los Angeles. Having worked as a research fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, he became a member of the foreign and security planning staff of the European Commission in Brussels in the 1990s.
Subsequently, he became the director of the Warsaw office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and later held a leading function in the foundation’s central office in Berlin. After coming back to Brussels in 2004, he represented the German city–state of Hamburg to the EU. Freudenstein has been, since 2008, head of research and deputy director of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and, since October 2015, its policy director.
He has contributed to debates and published extensively on European integration, international security, German-Polish relations, global democracy support, and Russia and Eastern Europe.
NATO Deputy Secretary General
Mircea Geoană became NATO Deputy Secretary General in October 2019, after a distinguished domestic and international career. Mr Geoană is the first Deputy Secretary General from Romania, and the first from any of the countries that joined the Alliance after the end of the Cold War. Mr. Geoană was born in Romania on 14 July 1958. He studied at the Polytechnic University in Bucharest, the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris, and he holds a PhD from the Economic Studies Academy of Bucharest. Mr Geoană has served as a diplomat and a politician, and in 2009 was his party’s candidate to be President of Romania.
The Hon. Rose Gottemoeller
Payne Distinguished Lecturer, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford
Rose Gottemoeller is the Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Center for Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.
Before joining Stanford Gottemoeller was the deputy secretary general of NATO from 2016 to 2019, where she helped to drive forward NATO’s adaptation to new security challenges in Europe and in the fight against terrorism. Prior to NATO, she served for nearly five years as the under secretary for arms control and international security at the U.S. Department of State, advising the secretary of state on arms control, nonproliferation, and political-military affairs. While assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification, and compliance in 2009 and 2010, she was the chief U.S. negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation.
Prior to her government service, she was a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with joint appointments to the Nonproliferation and Russia programs. She served as the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from 2006 to 2008, and is currently a nonresident fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. She is also a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Deputy Governor, Bank of France
Sylvie Goulard has been deputy governor of the Banque de France since January 18, 2018. She is also a former minister of the armed forces of Emmanuel Macron.She served as member of the European Parliament (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) from 2009-2017. As MEP, she was a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (coordinator, rapporteur of several files on finance and governance of the euro area and banking union).She also chaired the parliamentary intergroup fight against poverty—aimed at giving a voice to deprived people in the European institutions. After her law studies, and having graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Sylvie Goulard worked as a diplomat in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, mainly on European integration and Germany. She also worked at the French Conseil d’Etat. Between 2001 and 2004, she was political advisor to Romano Prodi, during his time as president of the European Commission. Her book L’Europe pour les Nuls(First, 2007) was awarded the European Book Prize. She published several other books, including De la démocratie en Europe(Flammarion, Rizzoli2012), co-authored with Mario Monti and Good bye Europe(Flammarion, 2016) on Brexit.
Founder, Thinking the Unthinkable
Nik Gowing founded the Thinking the Unthinkable project in 2014. He is co-author of Thinking the Unthinkable (2018) and a director of Think Unthinkable Ltd.
Nik was a main news presenter for the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014. He presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London, plus location coverage of major global stories. He spent 18 years at ITN in senior roles including diplomatic editor at Channel 4 News. He received a BAFTA in 1982 for his coverage of martial law in Poland.
He is a visiting professor at Kings College London and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
He has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-Economics. He is an adviser on leadership challenges to the president of the UN General Assembly.
Nik has been a member of the councils of major think tanks like Chatham House and the Royal United Services Institute. His peer-reviewed study at Oxford University ‘Skyful of Lies and Black Swans’ (2009) predicted what is now labeled ‘Fake News’. It identified the new vulnerability and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space.
Nik was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Exeter University and Bristol University.
Dr. Stephen M. Hahn
Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, United States
Dr. Stephen M. Hahn was sworn in as the 24th Commissioner of Food and Drugs on December 17, 2019. Dr. Hahn is a dedicated clinician, having trained in both medical oncology and radiation oncology. Prior to joining the FDA, Dr. Hahn served as the chief medical executive at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, a facility that cares for more than 140,000 patients a year. Before joining MD Anderson, he served as chair of the Radiation Oncology department at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine from 2005 to 2014.
Chairman and CEO, Climate Leadership Council
Ted Halstead is chairman and CEO of the Climate Leadership Council, the broadest climate coalition in U.S. history, founded in collaboration with a who’s who of business, opinion, and environmental leaders. He previously founded two other influential think tanks, including New America, and more recently founded Americans for Carbon Dividends, an advocacy organization.
A frequent public speaker and media commentator, Halstead gave a TED Talk in 2017 entitled “A Climate Solution Where All Sides Can Win” that has over 1.5 million views and has been translated into 20 languages.
Halstead has published numerous articles and two books, including The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics (co-authored with Michael Lind). His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Financial Times, Fortune, The Atlantic, National Review, and Harvard Business Review. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard University.
Founder, One Country Project
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp served as the first female senator elected from North Dakota from 2013 – 2019.
During her six years in the U.S. Senate, Heitkamp quickly became a proven senator who worked across the aisle to fight for North Dakotans. She personally showed that if senators work together, it can lead to real solutions.
Throughout her time in public service, Heitkamp has stood up for Native American children; fought for working families; worked to stop human trafficking; pushed for affordable health care; helped address the detrimental impact exposure to trauma can have on children; helped craft and pass meaningful bank reform, and fought for a true all-of-the-above energy strategy.
Heitkamp previously served as North Dakota’s attorney general, and prior to that post as the state’s tax commissioner. She serves on numerous boards including The McCain Institute, The Howard Buffett Foundation, and The German Marshall Fund. She is the founder and chair of the One Country Project, an organization focused on addressing the needs and concerns of rural America. She is a senior fellow in international and public affairs at Brown University and serves as a contributor to both CNBC and ABC News.
Governor, State of Utah, U.S.
Governor Gary R. Herbert took office in 2009 and is currently the nation’s longest-serving governor. During his time in office, he has kept a resolute focus on economic development, improving Utah’s educational excellence, and working today to guarantee that Utah will continue to maintain its high quality of life far into the future. Under his leadership, Utah’s economy has risen to a position of national and international success. Governor Herbert was born and raised in Utah County, where he would eventually serve as a county commissioner for 14 years. He attended Brigham Young University, served six years in the Utah National Guard (from 1970-1976), and started a successful real estate brokerage and development company, Herbert and Associates Incorporated. He served as the past president of the Utah Association of Realtors and the past president of the Utah Association of Counties. Governor Herbert has also served as chair of both the Western Governors Association and the National Governors Association. He currently serves as the national president for the Council of State Governments. Prior to becoming governor, he served as Utah’s lieutenant governor for five years.
South-East Europe Correspondent, Financial Times
Valerie Hopkins is a Southeast Europe correspondent for the Financial Times. Before joining the Financial Times in Budapest, Valerie lived and worked extensively in southeastern Europe with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic, Politico, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Guardian, and elsewhere. She has a Master of Arts in political journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in international relations (with a focus on Russian and post-soviet studies) from the College of William and Mary. She speaks Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, Russian, and Albanian.
The Hon. Chrissy Houlahan
Member, U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan is an Air Force veteran, engineer, entrepreneur, and educator who is continuing her career of service as the first woman ever to represent Pennsylvania’s 6th District in Congress.
Chrissy earned her engineering degree from Stanford with an ROTC scholarship that launched her service in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves, and later earned her M.S. in technology and policy from MIT.
Chrissy has helped lead several thriving Southeastern Pennsylvania companies including AND1, a basketball apparel company headquartered in Paoli, and B Lab, the organization that launched the B Corporation movement. She went on to serve in Teach for America as a chemistry teacher at Simon Gratz High School in North Philadelphia, and then led and scaled a non-profit helping thousands of underserved students all across America build their literacy skills.
These experiences helped shape her political vision of a great nation united by common values that leaves no one behind. She is committed to fighting for access to quality, affordable healthcare, common sense gun safety, government accountability and transparency, and working to build a strong, stable economy with good jobs and good benefits for everyone.
Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Will Hurd, a San Antonio native and Texas A&M computer science graduate,never planned on being a member of Congress. Congressman Hurd was excited to spend his entire career serving his country by stopping terrorists, preventing Russian spies from stealing our secrets,and putting nuclear weapons proliferators out of business as an undercover officer in the CIA,until he realized that his expertise in cyber security and intelligence was sorely needed in Congress—the people charged with making informed decisions about how to serve and protect our country. Since being elected in 2014,Will has continued to blaze his own trail to deliver bipartisan results for the 800,000 Texans he calls his “bosses”by working with anyone—regardless of politics and party to help make sure our kids are ready for the future, that our country is safe,and that the United States will always be the leader of the free world.Texas Monthly and Politico Magazine have called him“the Future of the GOP.” His efforts to put good policy over good politics have clearly struck a chord in a country that is often consumed with what divides us instead of what unites us.
Governor, State of Arkansas, U.S.
Asa Hutchinson is the 46th governor of the State of Arkansas. In 2018, he was re-elected with 65 percent of the vote, having received more votes than any other candidate for governor in the state’s history. He has won recognition for the state as a leader in computer science education, cut taxes by $150 million, and signed a law that exempts the retirement pay of veterans from state income tax. Under his economic development policies, over 100,000 more people are working in Arkansas than when he took office, and he has signed incentive agreements with nearly 450 companies that were expanding or opening in the state. President Ronald Reagan appointed Governor Hutchinson as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. In 1996, he won the first of three successive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his third term in Congress, President George W. Bush appointed him director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and later as an undersecretary in the newly created Department of Homeland Security. He is the co-chair of the Council of Governors and the former chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), and the Southern Regional Education Board.
Mayor, City of Prague, Czech Republic
Zdeněk Hřib is a member of the Czech Pirate Party and was inaugurated as mayor of the Czech capital in November 2018.Born in a family of architects on May 21, 1981, he decided to go for a medical career, and after completing his studies at the medical faculty in Prague, he devoted himself to scientific research on the quality and efficiency of public services. He is the author of a number of articles in both domestic and foreign media.He is a member of several working groups on IT and quality of service at ministerial level, the World Health Organization,and the European Union. He used to work as the director of the Society of Applied Research, Education and Management in Health. He also occasionally lectures students inside and outside the faculty. Zdeněk Hřib has beenа member of the European Committee of the Regions since June 2019.
Associate Editor and Columnist, The Washington Post
David Ignatius is an associate editor and columnist for the Washington Post. Since 2003, he has been the author of a twice-weekly, globally distributed column on global politics, economics, and international affairs. He has work with numerous publications in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and others. His coverage of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi won the 2018 George Polk Special Award and was a member of finalist team for 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
He is the author of ten novels, including Body of Lies which was made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Ridley Scott. His ninth novel, The Director, was about hacking and espionage. A tenth novel, The Quantum Spy, about the race between the United States and China to build a quantum computer, was published in November 2017. He is a fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and has taught as an adjunct lecturer at HKS. He’s married and the father of three daughters.
Defense Editor, The Economist
Shashank Joshi is defence editor at The Economist, where he covers a wide range of security issues. Prior to joining The Economist in 2018, he served as senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and research associate at Oxford University’s Changing Character of War Programme. He has lectured to institutions including the UK Defence Academy and Atomic Weapons Establishment, given evidence to the House of Commons’ foreign affairs and defence committees, and published books on Iran’s nuclear program and India’s armed forces. He holds degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, where he served as a Kennedy Scholar from Britain to the United States. He has also been a participant in the Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS) at Cornell University. In 2019, his longer pieces for The Economist examined subjects including autonomous weapons, India-Pakistan air strikes, U.S.-Iran tensions, military competition in space, the use of artificial intelligence in warfare, and the future of aircraft carriers.
The Hon. Věra Jourová
Vice-President and Commissioner for Values and Transparency, European Commission
Věra Jourováis currently vice president of the European Commission for Values and Transparency and deals with democracy, rule of law, disinformation, and media pluralism. From 2014 to 2019, she served as EU commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality. In 2014, before arriving to the European Commission, Jourová held the position of minister for regional development in the Czech Republic. Previous to this, from 2006 to 2013, she worked in her own company as an international consultant on European Union funding and was also involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to the European Union Accession. She holds a degree in law and a master’s degree in the theory of culture from the Charles University, Prague.
Dr. Ira Kalish
Chief Global Economist, Deloitte
Dr. Ira Kalish is the chief global economist of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. He is a specialist in global economic issues as well as the effects of economic, demographic, and social trends on the global business environment. He has written about the economies of Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Mexico, and South America, and has also written extensively on global consumer markets. Dr. Kalish is the principal author and editor of Deloitte’s Weekly Global Economic Update. Dr. Kalish advises Deloitte clients as well as Deloitte’s leadership on economic issues and their impact on business strategy. In addition, he has given numerous presentations to corporations and trade organizations on topics related to the global economy. Dr. Kalish also serves on the BIAC Economic Policy Committee which advises the OECD on macroeconomic policy issues. He is widely traveled and has given presentations in 47 countries on six continents. Dr. Kalish has been widely quoted in the news media; his remarks have been published by the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and U.S. News & World Report. He has appeared on CNN, CBS News, CNBC, PBS and BBC World Service.
Technology Reporter, The New York Times
Cecilia Kang covers technology and regulatory policy out of Washington. She joined The New York Times in 2015 after 10 years covering technology and business at The Washington Post.
Mayor, City of Budapest, Hungary
Gergely Karácsonyis a green, left-wing politician and co-chair of the Dialouge (Párbeszéd) party. He was elected as mayor of Budapest on October 13, 2019 as the joint candidate of five Hungarian opposition parties. Between 2014-2019 he served as mayor of Budapest’s 14th district (Zugló). Prior to that, he was an MP of the LMP (Poltics Can Be Different) party (2010-2013).Mr. Karácsony is a sociologist by profession, and a former lecturer at Corvinus University of Budapest.
Internet Entrepreneur & Author
Andrew Keen, named as one of the “100 Most Connected Men” by GQ magazine, is among the world’s best-known commentators on the digital revolution.He directed and wrote the documentary “How To Fix Democracy” and is the host of the popular podcast”Keen On Capitalism.”He has written five books, including the best-selling How To Fix The Future, and his most recent book,Tomorrows Versus Yesterdays: Conversations in Defense of the Future.
Vice President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff is vice president at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) where he oversees the organization’s activities in Germany. Prior to joining GMF, he served as an advisor to Joachim Gauck, the president of Germany. From 2013-17, he oversaw policy planning and speechwriting for the president.
Before joining the President’s staff in Berlin, Kleine-Brockhoff spent 12 years in Washington, DC, including a prior six-year stint at GMF where he led work about the implications of the European financial crisis. A member of GMF’s senior management team since 2007, Kleine-Brockhoff was responsible for strategic projects and, until 2011, oversaw GMF policy programs and globalization projects.
Before arriving at GMF, Kleine-Brockhoff served as the Washington bureau chief of DIE ZEIT, Germany’s intellectual weekly.
On September 23, 2019, he launched his book, The World Needs the West – A Fresh Start for a Liberal Order.
Senior Fellow and Director, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is senior fellow and director of GMF Digital, which works to help shape a future in which technology strengthens rather than undermines democratic values.
A leading voice at the intersection of digital and economic policy, technology, and foreign affairs, Kornbluh comes to the German Marshall Fund from the Council on Foreign Relations. Kornbluh served as policy director to Barack Obama during his term in the United States Senate and was the Obama administration’s ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 2009 until 2012. In this role she spearheaded development of the first global Internet Policymaking Principle and launched both the OECD’s Gender Initiative and the Middle East-North Africa Women’s Business Forum.
Her work on gender and family led to her founding the New America Foundation Work and Family Program and writing on “The Family Trap” and “The Mommy Tax.” Her work on these issues was featured in a New York Times profile, Kornbluh’s writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, Democracy, and the Harvard Law and Policy Review, as well as several anthologies.
The Hon. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
Minister of Defense, Germany
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer started her political engagement in 1981 when she joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). She subsequently held various political posts at the local level in the Saarland. In 1998, she was a member of the German Bundestag and from 1999 to 2018 a member of the Saarland state parliament.
From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer was minister of the interior and sport in the Saarland. She served as the Saarland minister of the interior, family affairs, women, and sport from 2004 to 2007 and as minister of education, women, family affairs, and culture from 2007 to 2009. After her term as minister of labour, family affairs, preventive action, social affairs, and sport from 2009 to 2011, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer was elected minister president of the Saarland in 2011. She held this office until 2018. At the same time, she was minister of justice from 2011 to 2012 and minister of science and research from 2012 to 2018 in her state’s government.
Since 2010, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer has been a member of the Executive Committee of the CDU Germany. She was the chairwoman of the CDU Saar from 2011 to 2018. She was elected secretary general of the CDU Germany in February 2018 and chairwoman in December 2018.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been federal minister of defence since July 2019.
Executive Editor, Foreign Affairs
Daniel Kurtz-Phelan became executive editor of Foreign Affairs in October 2017. He previously served as a member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff and, before that, as a senior editor at the magazine. His writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, and his narrative history of George Marshall’s post–Second World Warmission to China, The China Mission, was published by WW Norton in April 2018.
Prof. Rachel Kyte
Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Rachel Kyte is the 14th dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. A 2002 graduate of Fletcher’s Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) and a professor of practice at the school since 2012, Kyte is the first woman to lead the nation’s oldest graduate-only school of international affairs, which attracts students from all corners of the globe and at all stages of their careers.
Prior to joining Fletcher, Kyte served as special representative of the UN secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). She previously was the World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change, leading the Bank Group’s efforts to shift its operations and campaign for the Paris Agreement.
In her UN role and as CEO of SEforAll, a nonprofit public/private platform created from an initiative of the UN secretary-general, Kyte led efforts to promote and finance clean, affordable energy, and low-carbon growth as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the context of the Paris Agreement. She grew SEforALL into an organization that employs more than forty staff and has partnerships with companies, governments, and civil society organizations. She continues to serve as co-chair of UN Energy.
The Hon. David Lammy
Member of Parliament, United Kingdom
After being elected for the seventh time as the member of Parliament for Tottenham in December 2019, David Lammy was appointed shadow secretary of state for justice. He became the first black MP to hold the Justice post, either in government or opposition. Aside from his work on criminal justice reform, he is most renowned for leading the fight for a referendum on the final negotiated Brexit deal. However, when David Lammy was named Politician of the Year by both GQ and the Political Studies Association, he dedicated both awards to his parents, the Windrush Generation, and his friend Khadija Saye, who lost her life in Grenfell Tower. David was the first to call for independent inquiry into the Grenfell Tower Fire and has helped to secure a Compensation Fund for the victims of the Windrush scandal.
The Hon. Arancha González Laya
Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Spain
Arancha González Laya was appointed Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation on January 13, 2020.
Ms. González is an expert in international relations and trade with over 20 years of experience. She served as executive director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint development agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation, from 2013 to 2019.
Ms. González has extensive knowledge about international relations, trade, and economics, coupled with broad experience both in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations.
Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as chief of staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative (Sherpa) at the G-20.
Prior to working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations of trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts.
Ms. González began her career in the private sector as an associate in a German law firm advising companies on trade, competition, and state-aid matters.
Dr. Ian Lesser
Vice President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Ian Lesser is vice president at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and a member of GMF’s executive team, managing programs across the organization. He also serves as executive director of the Brussels office of GMF, and leads GMF’s work on the Mediterranean, Turkey, and the wider Atlantic.
Prior to joining GMF, Dr. Lesser was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and vice president and director of studies at the Pacific Council on International Policy. From 1994-95, he was a member of the secretary’s policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State, responsible for Turkey, Southern Europe, North Africa, and the multilateral track of the Middle East peace process.
A frequent commentator for international media, he has written extensively on foreign and security policy issues. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He serves on the advisory boards of the Delphi Economic Forum, Atlantic Dialogues, the NATO Defense College Foundation, and Turkish Policy Quarterly, and has been a senior fellow of the Onassis Foundation in Athens and the Luso-American Foundation in Lisbon.
Dr. Cecilia Malmström
Former EU Trade Commissioner
Cecilia Malmström is Assar Gabrielsson visiting professor at Göteborg School of Economics at Göteborg University, Sweden.
Cecilia studied French literature at Sorbonne University, Paris, and political science, development studies, and international relations at Göteborg University in Sweden. She presented her PhD thesis in political science at Göteborg University in April 1998. In parallel with the studies, she has also lectured and done research at the same institution on different aspects of European politics, migration, and terrorism, among other subjects.
Her political career started in Göteborg as a member of the Liberal party. She was the vice chair of the municipal immigration committee and was later elected as a member of the Regional Assembly of Västra Götaland. She was a member of the liberal party executive committee for many years and vice chair of the party 2007-2010. She was elected to the European Parliament in 1999 and reelected in 2004 but left in 2006 to serve as Minister of European Affairs in the Swedish government. In 2010, she was appointed commissioner for home affairs in the European Commission, Brussels and served as European Union commissioner for trade 2014-2019.
Cecilia Malmström has published books and academic articles on European politics, Spanish and Italian politics, and migration issues.
US Foreign Policy and Defense Correspondent, Financial Times
Katrina Manson is an award-winning journalist with the Financial Times based in Washington DC. She has been U.S.foreign policy and defense correspondent since 2017 and was previously the FT’s East Africa correspondent in Kenya for five years and spent 12 years reporting on Africa. She was a prize-winning scholar at Balliol College, Oxford University, where she took a first in modern history and politics.
Executive Director, European Relations, European Climate Foundation
Linda McAvan is the Executive Director for European Relations, overseeing the ECF’s country initiatives.
Linda joined the ECF after over 20 years as an elected Member of the European Parliament, the last five as Chair of the European Parliament Development Committee. Key priorities in this role included embedding the UN 2030 Sustainable Development agenda at EU level and increasing education funds for refugee children from Syria and other conflict areas. In previous mandates she led for the Socialist and Democratic Group on Environment, Food Safety and Public Health and chaired the European Parliament Fair Trade cross party group which she founded in 2004 after a field visit to cocoa farmers in Ghana.
She brings with her to ECF extensive practical knowledge of EU policy making, including climate legislation, as well as a deep personal commitment to climate action, global justice and the rights of women and girls.
President and CEO, The Urban League
Marc Morial,who has been described as one of the few national leaders to possess “street smarts” and “boardroom savvy,” is the current president and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization. He served as the highly successful and popular mayor of New Orleans as well as the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He previously was a Louisiana State Senator and was a lawyer in New Orleans with an active, high profile practice. He is a leading voice on the national stage in the battle for jobs, education, housing,and voting rights equity. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Pennsylvania, he has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine, one of the top 50 Non Profit Leaders by the Non Profit Times, one of the 100 Most Influential Black Lawyers in America,and he has also been inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta, GA.
The Hon. Seth Moulton
Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Seth Moulton was first called to service when he joined the Marines in 2001, days after graduating from college and months before the attacks on 9/11. As the leader of an infantry platoon, he was among the first Americans to reach Baghdad in 2003. After returning home from Iraq, Seth earned joint degrees in business and public policy at graduate school, and then worked in the private sector in Texas to build the country’s first high speed rail line. But it wasn’t long before he was called to serve once again—this time in his home district in Massachusetts.
In the two terms since he was first sworn in, Seth has worked tirelessly to uphold his commitment to bipartisanship. He has passed several bipartisan bills, including the Faster Care for Veterans Act and the Modernizing Government Travel Act, and was named the most effective freshman Democrat by the Center for Effective Lawmaking. He has also concentrated on spurring economic development in Massachusetts, creating the first intergovernmental task force focused on growing the economy of Lynn, the biggest city in his district.
Seth is vice chair of the House Budget Committee, and a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is currently co-chair of the Armed Services Committee’s future of defense task force.
Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Yascha Mounk is an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University and a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund. He is the author of three books; the most recent, The People vs Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save Ithas been named as a Best Book of 2018 and translated into ten languages. Yascha is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, is the host of The Good Fight podcast, and writes regularly for the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and Die Zeit.
The Hon. Chris Murphy
Member, U.S. Senate
Chris Murphy is a United States Senator for Connecticut. Senator Murphy has been a strong voice in the Senate fighting for affordable health care, sensible gun laws,and a forward-looking foreign policy. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, he has been an outspoken proponent of diplomacy, international human rights,and the need for clear-eyed American leadership abroad. Murphy currently serves as the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism.
Distinguished Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
David O’Sullivan served as EU Ambassador to the U.S. from 2014 to 2019, and prior to that he served as the chief operating officer of the European External Action Service. O’Sullivan was director general for trade from 2005 to 2010. Previously he was secretary general of the European Commission from June 2000 to November 2005, head of Cabinet of Commission President Romano Prodi and director general for education and training. He started his career in the Irish Foreign Ministry and spent four years in the Commission Delegation in Tokyo. He also has extensive experience in EU social and employment policy. David O’Sullivan has a background in economics, graduating from Trinity College, Dublin and having completed post graduate studies at the College of Europe, Bruges. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Since 2019, he is also a distinguished fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
The Hon. Artis Pabriks
Minister of Defense, Latvia
Dr. Artis Pabriks started his political career in 2004 when he was elected to the Parliament of Latvia (Saeima). Three months later, he was appointed as the minister of foreign affairs, a position he held until 2007. When returned to Parliament in 2010, he served as the minister of defense until 2014.
He was elected to the European Parliament in 2014. During his four-year parliamentary service, Dr. Pabriks was a member of the committee on international trade and the committee on civil liberties, justice, and home affairs. During this time, he was responsible for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU and the reform of FRONTEX. In 2018, he was again elected to the Parliament of Latvia. Since January 2019, Dr. Pabriks has served the deputy prime minister and defense minister of Latvia.
Currently, Dr. Pabriks holds the position of an associate professor at Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration. His research interests are focused mainly on security policy, multiculturalism, nationalism, ethnic policy, ideologies, gender issues, and human rights. He has worked also as a policy analyst and consultant in several NGOs.
Germany Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
Bojan Pancevski is The Wall Street Journal’s Germany correspondent, covering all aspects of Europe’s largest economy and its influence on the rest of the continent and beyond.
Before joining the WSJ he had been covering Europe for The Sunday Times from Brussels and Vienna, focusing on subjects as diverse as the war in Eastern Ukraine, the 2015 migration crisis, the rise of Islamic terror, Russian meddling in Europe, and Britain’s departure from the European Union.
Europe Correspondent, The Financial Times
Michael Peel is the European diplomatic correspondent of the Financial Times, based in Brussels.
Peel first joined the Financial Times in 1997 and has done various jobs in London, as well as postings in South-East Asia, West Africa and the Middle East, where he covered the uprisings that swept the region during the early 2010s. His work has won awards including from the UK Foreign Press Association and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He is the author of The Fabulists (2019), about leaders who mislead, and A Swamp Full of Dollars (2009), about Nigeria and the age of oil. Swamp was shortlisted for The Guardian’s first book award.
Frederik Pleitgen is a senior international correspondent based in CNN’s Moscow bureau. In more than 14 years with CNN he has reported on stories as diverse as the conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and Georgia, elections in Iran and Myanmar, as well as major stories in the United States, United Kingdom, and his native Germany. Prior to joining CNN, he worked in the political unit at German public service broadcaster ZDF and had previously worked at private news broadcaster N-TV as a reporter and executive producer. Pleitgen also has spent time working for RTL and TV Berlin.
Pleitgen studied North American studies at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn and at Free University Berlin.
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
Michael R. Pompeo was sworn in as Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. He previously served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 to April 2018.
Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Mr. Pompeo was serving in his fourth term as congressman from Kansas’ 4th District. He served on the House Intelligence Committee, as well as the Energy and Commerce Committee and House Select Benghazi Committee.
Prior to his service in Congress, Mr. Pompeo founded Thayer Aerospace, where he served as CEO for more than a decade. He later became President of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment manufacturing, distribution, and service company.
Mr. Pompeo graduated first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the US Army’s Fourth Infantry Division.
After leaving active duty, Mr. Pompeo graduated from Harvard Law School, having been an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Mr. Pompeo was born on December 30, 1963, in Orange, California. He is married to Susan Pompeo and has one son, Nick.
Dr. Adam Posen
President, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Adam S. Posen is president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.The author, co-author, or editor of eight books, Posen has contributed to research and public policy on G20 monetary and fiscal policies, European economic integration since the euro, Japan’s recovery from its Great Recession, and China-U.S.economic relations. From 2009 to 2012, Posen served as an external voting member of the Bank of England’s rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). Posen co-authored Inflation Targeting with Bernanke, Laubach, and Mishkin while at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1994-97). He received his BA and PhD from Harvard University.
Director, The Elcano Royal Institute
Charles Powell read history and modern languages at Oxford University, where he later wrote a D. Phil. thesis on Spain’s transition to democracy. He was subsequently a lecturer in history at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, the J. A. Pye Research Fellow at University College, Oxford, and a junior research fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, where he is currently a member of the Senior Common Room.
From 1997 to 2000 he was deputy director of the European Studies programme of the Ortega y Gasset University Institute, and was later appointed deputy director of the Ortega y Gasset Foundation’s Spanish Centre for International Relations (CERI). In 2001 he joined the Elcano Royal Institute as senior analyst for Europe, and in 2004 he was appointed deputy director for research and analysis. Since 2001, he is also a professor in contemporary history at the CEU San Pablo University (Madrid). Since 2011, he is a member of the council of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).
Brussels Bureau Chief, ARD
Markus Preiß is a Brussels addict. After being a correspondent in the EU capital from 2006 to 2011 he wanted to come back to this city of different perspectives, high stakes,and most complex power struggles. In 2016 he made it by becoming the bureau chief with ARD German TV.The broadcaster’s prime time news “Tagesschau”has an average daily audience of 10 million viewers—making it by far the biggest show in Germany and even one of the world’s most successful news programs. Markus studied journalism and political science at the University of Dortmund. Prior to being ARD’s Brussels bureau chief he worked as correspondent in Paris, France, and ran the news department of his company back home in the HQs in Cologne. Time and again he was assigned to report on extraordinary news events like the Tsunami catastrophe in the Indian Ocean, the London terror attacks, the Ukraine crisis,or the U.S.elections.In the run up to the 2019 European elections Preiss moderated the Eurovision debate which presented the lead candidates for president of the European Commission.
Ambassador Philip T. Reeker
Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Ambassador Philip T. Reeker is the acting assistant secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs since March 18, 2019.Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Reeker assumed his duties as the USEUCOM civilian deputy and POLAD November 2017. From July 2011-2013, Ambassador Reeker served as deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs focused on the Balkans, Central Europe, and Holocaust issues.He was U.S. ambassador to Macedonia from 2008-2011, and deputy state department spokesman/deputy assistant secretary for public affairs, under Secretaries of State Albright and Powell (2000-2004). Ambassador Reeker joined the Foreign Service in 1992, and served earlier tours in Budapest, Hungary,and Skopje, Macedonia. In 2003, he received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy in 2003, and several State Department Superior Honor Awards.Ambassador Reeker is a graduate of Yale University (1986) and received an MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management in Arizona (1991). His foreign languages are: Hungarian, Macedonian, Italian, and German.
Visiting Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
She has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa, the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, the government of Canada, and private law firms.
She has a bachelor of science, bachelor of laws and master of public administration degrees.
The Hon. Lisa Blunt Rochester
Member, House of Representatives
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester represents Delaware in the United States House of Representatives and serves as an assistant whip for House Leadership. She sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has broad jurisdiction over healthcare, commerce and trade, telecommunications, and consumer protection. In addition, she is the founder of the Congressional Future of Work Caucus and a co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Future of Work Task Force. Prior to taking office, Congresswoman Blunt Rochester served as CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, Delaware state personnel director, state secretary of labor, and deputy state secretary of health and social services. She holds a master’s degree in urban affairs and public policy from the University of Delaware.
The Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives
A native of Cuba, former U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) served for almost three decades as a member of Congress representing diverse areas in South Florida. She was the chairwoman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Her record over nearly four decades of public service includes fighting against tyranny and oppression, particularly in her native homeland of Cuba, as well as working diligently to support and strengthen the U.S. – Israel strategic partnership.
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was a member of the CIA Subcommittee and the National Security Agency and Cybersecurity Subcommittee.
A strong proponent of education, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen holds multiple education degrees, including a doctorate from the University of Miami, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Florida International University, and an associate degree from Miami Dade College. She began her career as a Florida certified teacher, and then founded, and served as the principal of a private bilingual elementary school.
She was the first Hispanic woman elected to Congress, as well as to the State of Florida House of Representatives and Senate.
Nina Dos Santos
Europe Editor, CNN
Nina dos Santos is CNN’s Europe editor based in the network’s London bureau.
Nina is a respected anchor having presented several Business shows for CNN International.
As Europe editor Nina has extensively covered the Brexit referendum and the ongoing negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU. She has also reported on major stories from the region including the recent Novichok attacks in the United Kingdom—her reporting on the Skripal Novichok case saw her secure several exclusives around the movements of the perpetrators.
She has also anchored many major news events including CNN’s award-winning coverage of the Paris Attacks in 2015 and those in Brussels in 2016. Upon joining CNN, Nina obtained a series of global exclusives on the International Monetary Fund following the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York.
An experienced moderator, Nina has chaired panels at the meetings of the World Economic Forum and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She has also hosted events at the European Parliament in Brussels, at London’s Chatham House and at the Ambrosetti Forum’s annual gathering in Cernobbio, Italy.
US Correspondent, Der Tagesspiegel
Juliane Schäuble is the US Correspondent of “Der Tagesspiegel”, Berlin’s biggest newspaper. Before she moved to Washington, DC, in June 2018 she was heading the Political department of the paper where she was responsible for the front page and the political section.
Juliane Schäuble’s areas of expertise include more than twelve years of experience in the business and the political department of “Der Tagesspiegel”. On a regular basis, she was moderating discussions and appeared on TV. She has developed and organized a series of political conferences in cooperation with the “Freie Universität Berlin” and the “Schwarzkopf Stiftung”.
Author & Activist
Elif Shafak is a novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. Her latest novel, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In 2006, Shafak was prosecuted for “insulting Turkishness.” She writes about global politics, populism, and nationalism.
Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Prerna Singh is an associate professor of political science and international studies at Brown University and the author of How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India. Her research addresses how a common national identity promotes social development.
State Secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region responsible for Urbanism and Heritage, European and International Relations, Foreign Trade and Firefighting and Emergency Medical Assistance
Pascal Smet is state secretary of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for urbanism and heritage, European and international relations, foreign trade, and firefighting and emergency medical assistance. He has one major motivation and source of inspiration for his work in Brussels. The city itself.
Pascal Smet studied law at the University of Antwerp. He has been commissioner general for refugees, minister of mobility and public works in the Brussels government, municipal councilor for the city of Brussels, and minister of education, youth, equal opportunities, and Brussels in the Flemish government. In 2019, Pascal Smet became secretary of state of the Brussels-Capital Region. He started the metamorphosis of Brussels and put a big emphasis on sustainable urban development by giving more space to public transport, cyclists and pedestrians.
Co-chair, McKinsey Global Institute
Sven Smit is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and co-chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, and a member of the McKinsey Shareholder Council.
He leads MGI research on global economic trends and topics such as productivity and growth, urbanization, innovation and technology, labor markets and the future of work, emerging markets, and Europe’s economic outlook.
He helps McKinsey develop the firm’s point of view on core issues such as economic volatility, inflation, and uncertainty, and defines ways to help clients navigate the problems. As a leader of McKinsey’s global strategy & corporate finance practice, Sven works with leading companies to develop strategies for growth, serving all industries.
Sven is co-author of two business books, Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick (2018), and The Granularity of Growth(2008)and he is a regular speaker at conferences around the world. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from INSEAD.
The Hon. Jens Spahn
Federal Minister of Health, Germany
Jens Spahn is a bank clerk and political scientist. He was first elected to the German Bundestag in 2002, representing the Steinfurt I/BorkenI constituency. He served as health policy spokesperson of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag from 2009 to 2015 and, from July 2015 to March 2018, as Parliamentary state secretary to the Federal Minister of Finance. On March 14, 2018, he was sworn in as federal minister of health.
Spahn joined the Young Union (youth section of the CDU/CSU) in 1995 and the CDU in 1997. He has been chairperson of the Borken county branch of the CDU since 2005. In 2012, he became a member of the Federal Executive Committee of the CDU and was elected to the party’s presidium at the CDU’s federal conference in Cologne in 2014.
From 2013 to 2017, he served as chairperson of the German-Netherlands Parliamentary Friendship Group. Together with two physicians,he wrote the book App vom Arzt –Bessere Gesundheit durch digitale Medizin (App your health –the benefits of digital medicine), which came out in September 2016.
Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller
Senior Fellow for Foreign Policy, Center on the United State and Europe, Brookings Institution
Constanze Stelzenmüller, an expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy. She is currently a senior fellow in the Centeron the United States and Europe at Brookings. She was the Kissinger Chair on foreign policy and international relations at the Library of Congress from October 2019 through March 2020. She served as the inaugural Robert Bosch Senior Fellow from 2014 to 2019.Prior to working at Brookings, she was a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), where she directed the influential Transatlantic Trends survey program. Stelzenmüller is the former director of GMF’s Berlin office. From 1994 to 2005, she was an editor for the political section of the German weekly DIE ZEIT, where she had also served as defense and international security editor and covered human rights issues and humanitarian crises. Stelzenmüller’s essays and articles, in both German and English, have appeared in a wide range of publications and is also a frequent commentator on American and European radio and television. Stelzenmüller is a governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a fellow of the Royal Swedish Society for War Sciences
H.E. Jens Stoltenberg
Secretary General, NATO
Jens Stoltenberg became NATO secretary general in October 2014, following a distinguished international and domestic career. As a former prime minister of Norway and UN special envoy, Mr. Stoltenberg has been a strong supporter of greater global and transatlantic cooperation. Mr. Stoltenberg’s mandate as NATO secretary general has been extended until the end of September 2022.
Under Mr. Stoltenberg’s leadership, NATO has responded to a more challenging security environment by implementing the biggest reinforcement of its collective defense since the Cold War, increasing the readiness of its forces and deploying combat troops in the eastern part of the Alliance. He believes in credible deterrence and defence while maintaining dialogue with Russia. He has also advocated for increased defence spending and better burden sharing within the Alliance, and a greater focus on innovation. NATO has also stepped up its efforts in the fight against terrorism. He strongly supports a partnership approach, with cooperation between NATO and the European Union reaching unprecedented levels.
Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman Mike Turner is a lifelong resident of Southwest Ohio.Congressman Turner practiced law in Dayton for over 17 years and in 1991, he opened his own private legal practice specializing in real estate and corporate law.Prior to being elected to Congress, Turner served as mayor of the city of Dayton for eight years.Congressman Turner was first elected to Congress in 2002. He currently serves as the ranking member of the House armed services subcommittee on strategic forces, where he has jurisdiction over the nation’s nuclear arsenal, the Department of Defense’s intelligence programs, and also over missile defense systems.In January of 2011, Turner was appointed chairman of the US Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly.In December of 2014, Turner was elected president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.In January 2015, the speaker of the House appointed Congressman Turner to the House intelligence committee. He is one of only two members of Congress to serve on both the House intelligence committee and as a subcommittee chairman on the House armed services committee. Turner received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University; an MBA from the University of Dayton; and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western University School of Law.
Mayor, City of Bratislava, Slovakia
Matúš Vallo isthe mayor of Bratislava.In 2019, he was among 40 mayors from around the world selected for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership program dedicated to gaining the latest knowledge in the field of managerial innovation in solving city problems and improving the quality of life. Together with Oliver Sadovský he established a recognized architectonic studio, Vallo Sadovsky Architects, which worked on a number of projects implemented in Bratislava as well as on numerous national and foreign projects. Along with architecture, he is active in urban activism, from the “Urban Actions” initiative, to “We are the City” and “Stará Tržnica Alliance.”A few years ago, he started working on the Bratislava Plan thatbrought together 76 of the best urban experts from different areas. The result of their active cooperation is a document thatoffers a comprehensive manual for dealing with particular challenges that Bratislava is facing. The Bratislava Plan became a basis of his election campaign. Since he won the municipal elections in November 2018and became mayor of Bratislava, he and his team aim to implement theelements of the plan in individual areas of the city’s management.
Executive Vice President for Digital and Competition Policy, European Commission
Margrethe Vestager is the executive vice president for a Europe fit for the digital age. She previously served as commissioner for competition (2014-19). She was minister for economic affairs and the interior (2011-14) and minister for education (1998-2001) of Denmark and president of the ECOFIN Council during the Danish EU Presidency (2012). She was political leader of the Danish Social Liberal Party (2007-14) and has worked for the Danish Ministry of Finance (1993-95). Ms. Vestager holds an MSc in economics (University of Copenhagen).
Vice President and General Secretary, Danone
As of February 22, 2019, Mathias Vicherat is appointed senior vice president, general secretary in charge of corporate affairs, security & competitive intelligence, and GS regional organization at Danone.
Mathias Vicherat started his career in 2004 as chief of staff of the prefect of the Picardy Region (France). In 2006, he was appointed deputy prefect of Bobigny (Seine-Saint-Denis -France). In 2008, he joined the general management of the French police as head of the territorial division and advisor to the French police head.
In 2010, Mathias Vicherat moved to Paris’ mayoral office as deputy chief of staff for two consecutive mayors: Bertrand Delanoe in 2012 and Anne Hidalgo in 2014.
Since January 2017, Mathias Vicherat was deputy CEO of SNCF, the third European railway company, in charge of strategy, communication, and branding. In this role, he contributed to the definition of the company strategy and its reform in accordance with the European railway deregulation, and he managed the recent crisis as well as the company’s digital transformation.
General Secretary, The European Trade Union Confederation
Luca Visentini was re-elected for a second term as ETUC general secretary at the 14th Congress in Vienna in 2019, having already served four years as general secretary, and before that four years as ETUC confederal secretary. As general secretary, Luca is responsible for guiding and coordinating ETUC policy. This includes high-level meetings with EU and national leaders, institutions, and social partner organisations, representing the Confederation in international and European fora and affiliates’ initiatives, coordinating the relationship with affiliates, supervising the budget and human resources, and keeping ETUC staff involved in European policy developments affecting trade unions. Luca has taken part in negotiations at EU level on the European Pillar of Social Rights, the future of Europe, relaunching European social dialogue, public investment, economic governance, and many other issues of importance to European workers. Luca Visentini has been active in the trade union movement since 1989, with experience and involvement in collective bargaining at confederation, national, and sectoral level. He has been taking part in ETUC activities since 1997, and before that contributed to UIL’s work as general secretary in one of the 20 Italian regions and as a member of the UIL steering and executive committees.
National Editor, The Cook Political Report
Amy Walter is the national editor of The Cook Political Report where she provides analysis of the issues, trends, and events that shape the political environment. She is also the host of WNYC’s Politics with Amy Walter on The Takeaway and is a regular contributor to the PBS NewsHour, where she offers election night analysis and her perspective weekly on Politics Monday. With over 25 years of experience, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the former political director of ABC News. She is also a regular panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press, Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, and CBS’ Face the Nation. Amy was an inaugural fellow at the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, where she now serves on the IOP Board of Advisors. She graduated summa cum laude from Colby College, earned an honorary degree as a Doctor of Letters, and now serves as a trustee emeritus to the board.
Member, U.S. Senate
Senator Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the vice chairman.During his time in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. Senator Warner has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for our military men and women and veterans, and in working to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address our country’s debt and deficit.From 2002 to 2006, he served as governor of Virginia.When he left office in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.The first in his family to graduate from college, Mark Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology and business leader in Virginia before entering public office.
The Hon. Sheldon Whitehouse
Member, U.S. Senate
Sheldon Whitehouse has earned a reputation in the Senate as a fierce advocate for progressive values and a thoughtful legislator capable of reaching across the aisle to achieve bipartisan solutions.
Senator Whitehouse has been at the center of bipartisan efforts to pass laws overhauling federal education policy, rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, reforming the criminal and juvenile justice systems, protecting Americans from toxic chemicals in everyday products, and addressing ocean plastic waste.
Representing the Ocean State, Whitehouse plays a key role in crafting policies addressing climate change, environmental protection, and a price on carbon. He passed into law a dedicated fund to support ocean and coastal research and restoration and bipartisan legislation to confront the crisis of marine plastic and other waste polluting our oceans. He has worked to enact bipartisan measures to reduce carbon pollution and boost America’s clean energy economy.
A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Sheldon served as Rhode Island’s U.S. attorney and state attorney general before being elected to the Senate, where he serves on the Finance Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Budget Committee, and the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The Hon. Joseph Wu
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan
Hon. Joseph Wu has served as minister of foreign affairs of Taiwan since February 2018. He has held several senior positions in government over the past two decades, including secretary-generals to the president and of the National Security Council, and minister of the Mainland Affairs Council. He also served as representative to the United States. Hon. Wu held an academic position in the National Chengchi University in his early career. A graduate of the National Chengchi University, Hon. Wu earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in political science respectively from University of Missouri-St. Louis and Ohio State University.