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2015 Speakers

Mohammed Abulahoum
Mohammed Abulahoum
Head, Justice and Building Party, Yemen

Mohammed Abulahoum is Head of the Justice and Building Party of Yemen, which he helped found in April 2011. He is also a member of the National Dialogue and its Technical Committee, Committee of Sixteen, and Southern Committee. This June, Abulahoum was a member of the negotiating team to the Yemeni conference in Geneva. After graduating with a B.A. and M.A. from George Washington University in 1983, Mohammad Abulahoum became the Director of Bilateral Relations at the Ministry of Development and was then elected as a Member of Parliament in 1988, where he was Chairman of the Development Committee. In 1990, he was elected member of the First Parliament in the United Yemen and served as Chairman of the Economic Committee. Abulahoum founded the Republican Party in 1991 and joined the ruling party, the General People’s Congress, in 2004. Whilst with the GPC, he was a Member of the Executive Committee for one year, the Head of Foreign Relations for three years, and the Head of Economic Relations for another three years until he resigned in 2011 to join the youth revolution. Mohammed Abulahoum is married with five children.

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John Allen
John Allen
Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence Brookings Institution

General John R. Allen, US Marine Corps (Ret.) was named the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL by President Obama on September 12, 2014. He served in that position until November, 2015. From April 2013 to May 2014, he served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense on Middle Security leading the Security Dialogue of the Middle East Peace Process. General Allen commanded the NATO International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013. Prior to that tour, he served as Deputy Commander, of the US Central Command.  From 2007-2008, as the Deputy Commander of Multi-National Force – West in the Al Anbar province of Iraq, he played a major role in the Sunni tribal “Awakening Movement” or Sahawa al Iraq. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. General Allen holds a B.S. in operations analysis from the US Naval Academy, a M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown University, a M.S. in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and a M.S. in national security strategy from the National Defense University.

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Gilberto Hernandez Andreu
Gilberto Hernandez Andreu
Senior Officer, Secretary of National Defense, Mexico

General Gilberto Hernandez Andreu was born on April 16, 1952 in Mexico City. He enrolled in the Heroic Military College in 1968, fulfilling the course of Command and General Staff in the Superior School of War, with a master’s in National Security in the Centre for Superior Naval Studies; he also holds a diploma in political analysis from the Ibero-American University. He has held positions such as: Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Guards Corps, Unit Commander, Garrison, Regional and Military Zone, Administrative Deputy Chief of National Defense, Military and Air Support for the Mexican Embassy in the United States of America, and Inspector and Comptroller General of the Army and Air Force. He has received the following decorations: Educational Merit, Special Perseverance, Military Merit Legion of Honor, and Legion of Merit in the Commander Degree given by the United States of America.

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Niels Annen
Niels Annen
Member of the German Bundestag, Spokesman on Foreign Affairs, SPD Parliamentary Group

Niels Annen has been an influential figure in the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) for the past decade. He currently serves in the Bundestag representing Hamburg-Eimsbüttel and is a member of the SPD’s executive committee. MP Annen is a foreign policy leader in the SPD and, since 2014, Spokesman on Foreign Affairs of the SPD Parliamentary Group. He is a permanent member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and a substitute member of the Committee on Economics and Energy. His work focuses on Latin America as well as the Middle East, Central Asia, and transatlantic relations. He is the Chairman of the Parliamentarian Friendship Group for Relations with the States of South Asia. Prior to being elected to Parliament in 2005, Annen served as Chairman of the SPD youth organization and, from 2010-2011, was a Senior Fellow with the German Marshall Fund. MP Annen has studied at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and the Universidad of Complutense Madrid.

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James Baker
James Baker
Director, Office of Net Assessment, United States Office of the Secretary of Defense

As the Director of the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), Mr. Baker is responsible for providing the Secretary of Defense and other senior leaders with independent assessments of the prospects of the military capabilities of the United States relative to other actors, as well as the political, economic, and regional implications of those assessments. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Baker served on the Joint Staff. As Strategist to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mr. Baker developed and presented short and long-range initiatives in reaction to ongoing changes in the geostrategic balance, including diplomatic, economic, technological, or military trends. As the Principal Deputy Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, he matured a culture of strategic thinking, conducted strategic analysis, and provided creative and global perspectives across the spectrum of political-military issues. Mr. Baker is a distinguished graduate of the National War College and is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He holds four graduate degrees, two in engineering disciplines and two in security studies from military institutions. He is an alumnus of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program, MIT’s Seminar XXI program, and the Army’s Air Assault School.

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Falah Mustafa Bakir
Falah Mustafa Bakir
Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Kurdistan Regional Government

Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir was appointed as the first Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations with ministerial rank in September 2006. Mr. Bakir served as the Public Relations Officer of the Kurdistan Democratic Party from 1996 to 1999 and as the KRG Deputy Minister of Agriculture & Irrigation from 1999 to 2002. He was a Senior Adviser to KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani from 2002 to 2004, when he was appointed Minister of State. He also served as the KRG’s liaison officer to the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2003 and to the Multi-National Forces Korean Contingent stationed in Erbil in 2004. Having been tasked with creating the KRG Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) in 2006, Mr. Bakir managed the Department through the duration of the 5th and 6th Cabinets of the KRG and is now serving in the 8th Cabinet, as well. Fluent in Kurdish, English, and Arabic, Mr. Bakir is a well-received lecturer and frequently represents the KRG at international conferences around the world. Mr. Bakir promotes and encourages scholarship and training programs for the people of Kurdistan.

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John Barrasso
John Barrasso
Senator, United States

Senator John Barrasso has a long and distinguished career in both medicine and public service. In 2012, Barrasso was reelected to the US. Senate with over 75% of the vote to represent his home state of Wyoming. He is the fourth-ranking member in the Senate Republican leadership as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. He serves on committees that directly impact Wyoming’s economy, energy interests, public lands, national parks, and trade. He is also Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus. Senator Barrasso is known by many as Wyoming’s Doctor. During his 24 years as an orthopedic surgeon, Barrasso served as President of the Wyoming Medical Society and was named Wyoming Physician of the Year. Barrasso has three children: Peter, Emma, and Hadley. He and his wife Bobbi live in Casper.

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Josef Bečvář
Josef Bečvář
Chief of the General Staff, Armed Forces of the Czech Republic

Lieutenant General Bečvář assumed his current role as Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic in May of 2015, having been appointed Lieutenant General on October 28, 2014. Prior to his current role, he served as First Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Defense Attaché of the Czech Republic to France, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Director of the Branches Development Division, and Chief of the Military Police, among other roles. He attended the Military College of Land Forces in Vyskov, the Military Academy in Brno, an Information Course in the French Gendarmerie, and General Defense School in Paris, France. His awards and decorations include: the Medal of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic, Grades III, II, I, the Cross of Merit of the Czech Minister of Defense – Grades III, II, I, Chevalier de la Légion d ́Honneur, de Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Merite, and the Honorary Badge of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic of the King Premysl Otakar II, and the Medal “In Service for Nation.”

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David Bercuson
David Bercuson
Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary

Dr. David Bercuson has published in academic and popular publications on a wide range of topics specializing in modern Canadian politics, Canadian defence and foreign policy, and Canadian military history. He has written, coauthored, or edited over 35 popular and academic books and does regular commentary for television and radio. He has written for the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Calgary Herald, the National Post, and other newspapers. In 1997 he was appointed Special Advisor to the Minister of National Defence on the Future of the Canadian Forces. He was a member of the Minister of National Defence’s Monitoring Committee from 1997 to 2003. He served on the Advisory Council on National Security from 2005 to 2008. Since January 1997 he has been the Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. Currently he is also the Director of Programs of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, which is based in Calgary and the Director International Policy for the University’s School of Public Policy. Dr. Bercuson served as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 41 Combat Engineer Regiment, until November 2010. He was a member of Board of Governors of the Royal Military College of Canada from 2007 to 2013. Dr. Bercuson’s newest book Our Finest Hour: Canada Fights the Second World War has just been published.

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Stephen Bowes
Stephen Bowes
Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command, Canadian Armed Forces

Lieutenant-General Bowes enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1985, serving with the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s), and the 12e Régiment Blindé du Canada. As a Lieutenant-Colonel, he was the G3 of the Combat Training Centre before commanding the Armour School in 2003. Promoted to Colonel in 2005, he was appointed the first Commander of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, followed by an appointment as Commander CTC, Gagetown in 2007. Promoted to Brigadier-General in 2009, he was appointed Deputy COS Plans and Projects for the ISAF Joint Command Headquarters in Kabul. In 2010, he commanded Land Force Atlantic Area and concurrently, Deputy Commander Joint Task Force Atlantic. Promoted to Major-General in 2011, he was appointed as Commander of Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre, followed by Chief of Force Development in 2014. On promotion to his current rank, he assumed command of the Canadian Joint Operations Command in June 2015.

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Ralf Brauksiepe
Ralf Brauksiepe
Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Defense, Germany

Dr. Ralf Brauksiepe was born in 1967 in Hattingen. He earned his university entrance qualification in 1986, and then studied Economic Sciences at Ruhr University in Bochum, supported by a scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. In 1990 he received his Master’s Degree in Economics. Between 1990 and 1995 he worked as Research Assistant at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy at Ruhr University, and in 1995 he earned his Doctorate (Dr. rer. Oec.). Between 1996 and 1998 he worked as Research Assistant at the Seminar for Economic and Financial Policy of the Faculty of Economics at Ruhr University. Since 1998, he has been a Member of the German Bundestag. From 2009 to 2013, he was Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Since December 2013, he has been Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Defense.

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Darrell Bricker
Darrell Bricker
Chief Executive Officer, Ipsos Public Affairs

Dr. Darrell Bricker holds a Ph.D. in political science from Carleton University, and a B.A. and M.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by Wilfrid Laurier University, which named him one of their top 100 graduates in the last 100 years. Dr. Bricker has written five national bestselling books. His latest, The Big Shift (with John Ibbitson), is a major release with Harper Collins. Dr. Bricker is a popular public speaker who regularly engages with audiences around the world. He has written articles for publications as diverse as Canada’s Globe and Mail and France’s Le Monde. Dr. Bricker is the Honorary Colonel of the Queen’s York Rangers, a reserve regiment in the Canadian Army. He has received commendations from the Commanders of Canada’s Army and Navy, and has been awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service.

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Scott Brison
Scott Brison
President of the Treasury Board, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Scott Brison, the Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants (Nova Scotia), has been elected to Canada’s House of Commons in seven general elections: June 1997, November 2000, June 2004, January 2006, October 2008, May 2011, and October 2015. He was a key spokesperson on economic issues and served as the Critic for Finance as well as Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. Mr. Brison has been a member of the Trilateral Commission and was named by the World Economic Forum of Davos, Switzerland, as one of its “Young Global Leaders.” In August 2010, he was awarded the Order of San Carlos by Colombian President Álvaro Uribe in recognition of his contributions to the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. He served as Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Receiver General of Canada, from 2004 to 2006, and was the youngest member of Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Cabinet. He also served on three Cabinet committees: Treasury Board, Domestic Affairs, and Expenditure Review. Mr. Brison has had extensive private sector experience as an entrepreneur and investment banker. Mr. Brison and his partner, Maxime St-Pierre live in Cheverie, Nova Scotia, on the shores of the Minas Basin, home of the world’s highest tides. He was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, on May 10, 1967, and in 1989 graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance.

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Kerry Buck
Kerry Buck
Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council, Joint Delegation of Canada to NATO

Kerry Buck is Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the North Atlantic Council, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Buck most recently served as Canada’s Political Director and Assistant Deputy Minister for International Security and Political Affairs. Prior to that, she held Assistant Deputy Minister portfolios for Africa and for Latin America and the Caribbean and was the head of the Afghanistan Task Force. She has also served in a number of other senior positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, including on Middle East and Maghreb, Afghani- stan, Public Diplomacy, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Laws. She was previously posted to the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. Outside of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Ms. Buck served in the Privy Council Office as Director of Operations for Machinery of Government Secretariat, as Director of Policy and International Programs at the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Ms. Buck has a B.A. in political science from the University of Western Ontario and a B.C.L. and L.L.B. in Common Law and Civil Law from McGill University.

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Ahmet Çalik
Ahmet Çalik
President, Founder, and Chairman, Çalık Holding

Ahmet Çalık is the Founder and Chairman of Çalık Holding, one of the leading companies in Turkey and its neighboring region. As a member of a family active in the textile industry since 1930s, Ahmet Çalık began his first business initiative in this sector in 1981, followed by investments in construction, energy, finance, telecoms, and mining, thereby laying the foundations of Çalık Holding. Among the largest industrial enterprises in Turkey, Çalık Holding employs around 27,000 people with its 24 group companies. Çalık Holding contributes to the enrichment and well-being of Turkey and the regions in which the Group operates in high regard. Mr. Ahmet Çalık has been awarded the following: Order of Merit of The Turkish Republic, Order of Merit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkish Republic, Order of Merit of Turkish Grand National Assembly, Honorary Doctorate Degree, by Japanese Matsumoto University, Honorary Doctorate Degree by University of Tirana, and Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

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Leslie Campbell
Leslie Campbell
Senior Associate and Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa Programs, National Democratic Institute

Leslie Campbell has 25 years of experience in international development, parliamentary governance, and political affairs. He joined NDI in 1994 and has directed the Institute’s programs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region since 1996. As NDI’s senior associate and regional director, Mr. Campbell has overseen a vast expansion of NDI’s programs in the Middle East with the establishment of offices and programs that furnish assistance with political, civic, and governance reform throughout the Arab world. Mr. Campbell has served on task forces and study groups on Middle East democracy at a variety of organizations including the Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the United States Institute of Peace. Mr. Campbell also comments and writes on the topic of Canadian political party reform. Before joining NDI, Mr. Campbell was Chief of Staff to the leader of the New Democratic Party in the Canadian House of Commons. Mr. Campbell holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and a B.A. from the University of Manitoba. He is also a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Scott Carpenter
Scott Carpenter
Director of Free Expression, Google Ideas

Scott Carpenter is the Director of Free Expression at Google Ideas, where he drives implementation of the team’s overall strategy to make online repressive censorship irrelevant. Prior to joining Google, Scott founded and directed Project Fikra as the Keston Family Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he remains an adjunct fellow. Previously, Scott served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near East Affairs where he helped conceive and implement the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) before being named Coordinator for the Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative (BMENA). His other roles in government include director of governance for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq from April 2003 to July 2004, and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Human Rights and Democracy. Earlier in his career, Scott worked for the International Republican Institute where he founded and co-directed its European program from Bratislava, Slovakia and on Capitol Hill. He received his M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Antonio Carpio
Antonio Carpio
Senior Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines

Justice Antonio Carpio studied law at the University of the Philippines College of Law where he graduated as valedictorian and cum laude. He placed sixth in the 1975 bar examinations. He immediately went into private practice, establishing Carpio Villaraza and Cruz LLP. In 1992, he was appointed Chief Presidential Legal Counsel in the Office of the President of the Philippines, and on October 26, 2001, he was sworn in as a member of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He has received the Presidential Medal of Merit, the Outstanding Achievement in Law Award from the Ateneo de Manila Alumni Association, and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Ateneo de Davao University. Justice Carpio is a staunch advocate of a peaceful and rules-based resolution of the South China Sea Dispute. He has presented the Philippines’ legal and historical perspectives in 18 countries and 27 key cities to obtain international support.

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Tom Clark
Tom Clark
Chief Political Correspondent, Global News and Host, The West Block with Tom Clark

Mr. Tom Clark is Chief Political Correspondent for Global News and Host of the network’s flagship political show The West Block with Tom Clark. With Tom at the helm the show has become the most watched political show in Canada. Tom is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected journalists. He has interviewed every Prime Minister since Lester B. Pearson and covered every federal election campaign since 1974. Before joining Global News, he was CTV bureau chief in Beijing during the early 1980’s, and spent five years as the bureau chief in Washington DC. Tom has spent much of his career traveling the world, reporting from 33 countries and six active war zones, most recently Afghanistan. He was in Berlin when the wall fell and in Tiananmen Square the night the Chinese army attacked.

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Steve Clemons
Steve Clemons
Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic and Editor-in-Chief AtlanticLIVE & QuartzLIVE

Mr. Steve Clemons attended the Forum in 2011 as a Senior Fellow of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. He attended is 2012 and 2013 as Editor-at-Large at The Atlantic, and in 2014 as the Washington Editor-At-Large for The Atlantic and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE and QuartzLIVE. He is also Editor-at-Large for Quartz. At AtlanticLIVE, The Atlantic’s premium events division, Clemons develops concepts and editorial content and leads programs as an interviewer, moderator, and host. Clemons joined The Atlantic in June 2011 from the New America Foundation, a think tank devoted to pragmatic, non-ideological policy innovation, and intellectual entrepreneurship. He helped launch the Foundation twelve years ago, served as its Executive Vice President for eight years, founded its American Strategy Program, and continues to serve there as a Senior Fellow. Mr. Clemons also served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, as Senior Policy Advisor on Economic and International Affairs to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and as the first Executive Director of the Nixon Center. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Geopolitical Risk.

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Eliot Cohen
Eliot Cohen
Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Eliot A. Cohen is Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and founding director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies. His books include Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles Along the Great Warpath that made the American Way of War (2011), Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime (2002), and (with John Gooch) Military Misfortunes: The Anatomy of Failure in War (1990). His next book, The Big Stick: Military Power and American Foreign Policy will be published in 2016. He directed the US Air Force’s official study of the 1991 Gulf War, and from 2007 to 2009 served as Counselor of the Department of State. He is a co-founder of the John Hay Initiative, and writes a column, Sinews of Peace, at The Ameri- can Interest. He can be followed on Twitter @cohen_eliot.

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Haki Demolli
Haki Demolli
Minister of the Ministry for the Kosovo Security Force, Kosovo

Mr. Haki Demolli was appointed Minister in the Ministry for the Kosovo Security Force on December 9, 2014. From February 22, 2011 until May 7, 2014 he served as a Member of the Parliament (MP) of the fourth legislative of the Kosovo Assembly where he served as Chairman of the Commission, Member of the Legislation Committee, and Member of the Oversight Committee of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency. On June 6, 2014 he was elected Member of the Parliament of the fifth legislature of the Kosovo Assembly. In 2010, he held the position of Minister of Justice. He holds a degree in Law from the University of Pristina (1985), a Master’s in Juridical Sciences (1995) and a Doctor of Juridical Sciences (2001). After graduating he worked at the District Court in Pristina for a year before returning to the University of Pristina as a criminology assistant. Here he advanced to teacher’s assistant, lecturer, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor. In September 2012, he was appointed as a regular full time Professor. Mr. Demolli has published several books, including “Terrorism” (December 2002) and “Murders in the Post-War Kosovo” (March 2006).

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Joseph DiSalvo
Joseph DiSalvo
Military Deputy Commander, United States Southern Command

Lieutenant General Joseph P. DiSalvo serves as the Military Deputy Commander of US Southern Command in Miami, Florida. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Commander of US Army South, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. LTG DiSalvo has served in armored and mechanized units throughout his career, both in the United States and in Europe. He has served in key staff positions on the Army Staff and the Joint Staff where duties included integrating interagency assets as the Iraq Division Chief in the Joint Staff; building partnership capacity in the Western Hemisphere in the Joint Staff Plans and Policy Directorate; and Chief of Staff, US Southern Command. LTG DiSalvo deployed to Bosnia as a Deputy Division G3 and aide to the Stabilization Forces Commander; deployed to Iraq as a Brigade Combat Team Commander and as the United States Forces-Iraq Deputy Chief of Staff.

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Paula Dobriansky
Paula Dobriansky
Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky has attended the Forum since 2009, most recently as a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Chair, National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America. From 2010–2012, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters, and also held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the US Naval Academy. She served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs (2001-2009) and from 2007-2009, as the President’s Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. She received the Secretary of State’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, for her work in these positions. Other high level government positions include: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Deputy Head of the US Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House. From 1997- 2001, she served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations and was the first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Ambassador Dobriansky received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude in International Politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University.

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Lyse Doucet
Lyse Doucet
Chief International Correspondent, BBC

Ms. Lyse Doucet is the BBC’s award winning Chief International Correspondent and a Presenter for BBC World News TV and BBC World Service radio who is often deployed to anchor special news coverage from the field and report across the BBC. She played a key role in the BBC’s coverage of the “Arab Uprisings “ across the Middle East and North Africa. She is a regular visitor to Afghanistan and Pakistan from where she has been reporting for the past two decades. Her work has also focused on major natural disasters including the Indian Ocean tsunami, and more recently Pakistan floods. Before joining the BBC’s team of presenters in 1999, Ms. Doucet spent 15 years as a BBC foreign correspondent with postings in Jerusalem, Tehran, Amman, Kabul, Islamabad, and Abidjan. Ms. Doucet was born in eastern Canada and has a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Toronto and a B.A. Honours from Queen’s University at Kingston.

 

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Richard  Fadden
Richard Fadden
National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Privy Council Office, Canada

Mr. Richard B. Fadden is the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister since January 19, 2015. Over the course of his career, Mr. Fadden has worked in a variety of different positions across the Government of Canada including Deputy Minister of National Defence, Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Deputy Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada, and President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Mr. Fadden also served as Deputy Clerk and Counsel in the Privy Council Office. Mr. Fadden holds a Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Ottawa, a bachelor of laws from the Université de Montréal, and a bachelor of arts (political science) from McGill University. He is a native of the Province of Quebec and is married with two children.

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Dean Fealk
Dean Fealk
Partner and Group Chair, DLA Piper

Dean Fealk serves as outside general counsel to the Halifax International Security Forum. He is also a partner at global law firm DLA Piper. He advises leading multinational companies on a wide range of legal and strategic issues related to international business. Dean is active in business and civic leadership in California, serving on the board of directors of the Bay Area Council, the California Business Roundtable. He is an appointed advisor to the US Department of Commerce, US Trade Representative and California Governor’s Office. He represented California as the Governor’s trade and investment delegate to China and Mexico. Dean is a Fulbright Scholar, Presidential Leadership Scholar, Marshall Memorial Fellow, and Truman National Security Fellow. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics, Leadership San Francisco, and the executive leadership program at Harvard Business School.

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Richard Fontaine
Richard Fontaine
President, Center for a New American Security

Richard Fontaine is the President of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow at CNAS from 2009 to 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Fontaine served as foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain for more than five years, including during the 2008 presidential campaign and as the minority deputy staff director on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He also served as associate director for Near Eastern affairs on the National Security Council staff from 2003 to 2004 and in the office of Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. Mr. Fontaine began his career as a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Brian Gallant
Brian Gallant
Premier, New Brunswick

Brian Gallant is New Brunswick’s 33rd Premier. At age 32, he is the youngest elected premier in Canada in the last two centuries. Growing up, Gallant’s parents worked in grocery stores and fast food restaurants around New Brunswick to provide for their three children. Determined to pursue a postsecondary education, Gallant started and operated two small companies to pay for his university education. At the Université de Moncton, he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Laws. He also earned a Master of Laws degree from McGill University. Gallant practised law with the firm Stewart McKelvey in the areas of corporate and commercial law. He later joined the Veritas Law firm in Dieppe as a partner. Gallant was elected Leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party on October 27, 2012, at a leadership convention that saw a record number of convention voters cast a ballot. He was first elected to the province’s Legislative Assembly in a by-election for the riding of Kent in April 2013, and was sworn in as Leader of the Official Opposition. In the September 2014 general election, Gallant offered and won the seat in his home riding, Shediac Bay-Dieppe. On October 7, he was sworn in as Premier, President of the Executive Council, Chair of the New Brunswick Jobs Board, Minister responsible for Innovation, Intergovernmental Affairs, Women’s Equality, and Rural Affairs. Since then, his government has focused on its efforts to create jobs, improve finances, and support families in the province.

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Armando Garcia Rodriguez
Armando Garcia Rodriguez
Senior Officer, Secretary of the Navy, Mexico

Born on September 11, 1950 in the port city of Manzanillo, Colima, Armando Garcia Rodriguez joined the Heroic Naval Military School as a cadet on the January 2, 1967. On January 1, 1973 he obtained the rank of Lieutenant Commander and Naval Mechanical Engineering Degree and Engineer Geographer and has completed his master’s in naval administration and national security. Throughout his naval career he served in various ships of the Navy of Mexico where he held the positions of: engineer officer; Operations; Chief Engineer; Deputy Commander and Commander Class patrol Azteca “Baptist” (EXMC-205) and “Izazaga” (EXMC-204), like the ARM Guard “Bending” (PO-104) and ARM “Alvarez” (PO-108); and Commander of Flotilla in the Twenty-Second Naval Zone, located in Puerto Madero, Chiapas. He was Commander of the Headquarters of the High Command, based in Mexico City, and was Commander of the First Naval Zone Eighth and Tenth, the Naval Sector of Chetumal, Quintana Roo and Champoton, Campeche, the latter after serving as Head of Group Command naval command said. Focused on naval education, he has served as Deputy Director of the School of Scale Sea and Director of Studies of the Training Center of the Navy of Mexico. He has also been Director of Programming Acquisitions; Chief of Staff of the Twentieth and Twenty-Second Naval Zones; and the Naval Force of the Gulf and Caribbean Sea. He has won the Sixth Perseverance Decorations First Class, and was awarded the Exceptional Perseverance medal for 40 years of active service in the institution. He is the son of Mrs. Carmen Rodriguez.

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John K. Glenn
John K. Glenn
Policy Director, US Global Leadershp Coalition

Dr. John K. Glenn is Policy Director of the US Global Leadership Coalition, a coalition of senior business, military, and NGO leaders that advocates for strengthening global development and national security. He is also adjunct faculty at the Elliott School for Public Affairs at George Washington University, where he teaches the graduate seminar on transatlantic relations in the 21st century. He previously served as Director of Foreign Policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States where he led Transatlantic Trends, an annual survey of foreign policy attitudes in the United States and Europe, and as Executive Director of the Council for European Studies. He has written numerous scholarly books, articles, and policy briefs on contentious politics, social movements, and democratization. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. He is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Diba Nigar Göksel 
Diba Nigar Göksel 
Senior Analyst, Turkey and the South Caucasus, International Crisis Group

Diba Nigar Göksel joined Crisis Group in April 2015 as Senior Analyst covering Turkey and the South Caucasus. Prior to her current position, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Istanbul-based policy journal Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ), from 2002 onwards. She was simultaneously Senior Analyst at the European Stability Initiative (ESI) between 2004-11. Earlier in her career, Nigar acted as Country Director for IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board), Project Manager at TESEV (Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation), and International Relations Coordinator at the ARI Movement. From 1998 to 2000 she worked at the Azerbaijan Embassy in Washington, DC and at the Washington office of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (TÜSİAD-US).

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Bill Gortney
Bill Gortney
Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command

As Commander of NORAD and US-NORTHCOM, Admiral Bill Gortney is responsible for homeland defense, defense support of civil authorities, and security cooperation in North America. Admiral Gortney is a career naval aviator with over 5,360 mishap-free flight hours and 1,265 carrier-arrested landings, primarily in the A-7E Corsair II and the FA-18 Hornet. He has completed seven command tours and five joint tours. A 1977 graduate of Elon College in North Carolina, he entered the Navy as an Aviation Officer Candidate and received his wings of gold in 1978. Over his career, he served in aviation squadrons aboard USS Nimitz, USS Theodore Roosevelt, USS Forrestal, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, USS John F. Kennedy, and he commanded the USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group. Admiral Gortney completed three tours of duty in the US Central Command area of operations, participating in combat operations including Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Southern Watch. As commander of the US 5th Fleet in Bahrain, he oversaw US naval operations throughout the Middle East. Admiral Gortney served as the Director of the Joint Staff, and most recently commanded US Fleet Forces Command, where he organized, manned, trained and equipped naval forces for assignment to combatant commanders around the world.

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Camille Grand
Camille Grand
Director, Foundation for Strategic Research

Dr. Camille Grand has attended the Forum since 2009 as Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research, the leading French think tank on defense and security. Prior to this assignment, he was Deputy Director for disarmament and multilateral affairs in the directorate for strategic, security, and disarmament affairs of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. Dr. Grand was previously the deputy diplomatic adviser to French Defense Minister Mrs. Alliot-Marie. He also served as an expert on nuclear policy and nonproliferation in the Strategic Affairs Department of the French Ministry of Defense. Dr. Grand has taught graduate courses in international and security affairs at Sciences Po Paris and at the École Nationale d’Administration. Dr. Grand primarily focuses on current strategic affairs, including European security, nuclear policy, nonproliferation, and disarmament.

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Jerrold Green
Jerrold Green
President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Council on International Policy

Dr. Jerrold D. Green is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles. Green has lived and worked in Egypt, where he was a Fulbright Fellow, Iran, and Israel. He has recently returned from a visit to Iran where he had extensive meetings with senior government officials. Dr. Green is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the US Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP) and the United States Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel, where he was awarded the Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award for his service. Green has written widely on Middle East themes, focusing on American Middle East policy, the role of religion in the region, inter-Arab relations, and Arab and Iranian politics. He is also a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Yalda Hakim
Yalda Hakim
Presenter, Impact, and Correspondent, BBC World News

Yalda Hakim is an award winning foreign correspondent and currently anchors the flagship program, Impact on BBC World News. She joined BBC World News in December 2012 as a presenter and correspondent and made her on-screen debut in March 2013 presenting a special three part series of Our World entitled, Iraq: Ten Years On. For the past twelve months Yalda has reported extensively from Iraq on the rise of ISIS, and from Nigeria on the country’s fight against Boko Haram. Her other investigations include the United States’ use of drones in Yemen, people-trafficking and torture of Ethiopian migrants in Yemen, and following the Bangladesh garment factory collapse, uncovered workers still being put at risk in unsafe premises. Yalda was born in Afghanistan and moved to Australia in the late 1980s. She began her career at SBS’s World News Australia and filmed her first story for Dateline in 2008 called ‘Yalda’s Kabul’. Before joining BBC, Yalda was the presenter of SBS Dateline in Austra- lia. Yalda was a finalist for the Australian Young Journalist of the Year Award and won the United Nations Media Peace Prize for Best Australian Television News coverage in 2009.

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Joseph Hall
Joseph Hall
Vice President, Halifax International Security Forum

Joseph Hall is the founding Vice President of the Halifax International Security Forum. Based overseas for 15 years, he returned to the US in 2011 to join the leadership of the Forum. Joe has more than 30 years experience in nonprofit management and fundraising and has served on the boards of directors of national advocacy organizations and philanthropic institutions in the US and abroad. Joe previously served as senior advisor for the Middle East and North Africa and senior director for Lebanon for the National Democratic Institute in Beirut. Since 1997, he has provided strategic advice to political parties and civic organizations throughout the Middle East, West Africa, and the former Soviet Union and has directed election observation and civic programs in the West Bank and Gaza, Azerbaijan, Sierra Leone, Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon. Joe opened the first NDI office in Cairo in 2005 and led the NDI team during the Egyptian revolution of 2011.

 

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Husain Haqqani
Husain Haqqani
Director, South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute

Husain Haqqani served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011 and is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism. He is currently Director for South and Central Asia at Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. He is also Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Politics, University of Chicago. He has been a journalist, academic, and diplomat in addition to serving as advisor to four Pakistani Prime Ministers, including the late Benazir Bhutto. His 2005 book Pakistan Between Mosque and Military was acclaimed for explaining the roots of Pakistan’s foreign and domestic policies. His latest book Magnificent Delusions: US, Pakistan and the Global Jihad which came out in November 2013 has been described as “timely, valuable and objective” by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

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Jane Harman
Jane Harman
Director, President, and CEO, Woodrow Wilson Center

Jane Harman attended the Forum in 2013 and 2014 as the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Woodrow Wilson Center. Harman resigned from Congress February 28, 2011 to join the Woodrow Wilson Center. Representing the aerospace center of California during nine terms in Congress, she served on all the major security committees: six years on Armed Services, eight years on Intelligence, and eight on Homeland Security.  During her long public career, Harman has been recognized as a national expert at the nexus of security and public policy issues.  She received the Defense Department Medal for Distinguished Service in 1998, the CIA Seal Medal in 2007, and the CIA Director’s Award and the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2011.  She is a member of the Defense Policy Board, State Department Foreign Policy Board, the Director of National Intelligence’s Senior Advisory Group, the Homeland Security Advisory Committee.   She was a member of the CIA External Advisory Board from 2011 to 2013.  Harman is a Trustee of the Aspen Institute and the University of Southern California.  A product of Los Angeles public schools, Harman is a magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Harvard Law School. Prior to serving in Congress, she was a top aide in the United States Senate, Deputy Cabinet Secretary to President Jimmy Carter, Special Counsel to the Department of Defense, and in private law practice. She has four adult children and four grandchildren.

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Harry Harris
Harry Harris
Commander, United States Pacific Command

Admiral Harry Harris was born in Japan and reared in Tennessee and Florida. Following graduation from the US Naval Academy in 1978, he was designated as a naval flight officer. Harris commanded VP-46, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, the US 6th Fleet, Striking and Support Forces NATO, US Pacific Fleet, and in May 2015, assumed command of the US Pacific Command. Harris has logged 4,400 flight hours, including more than 400 combat hours, in maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. Harris’ graduate education includes Harvard’s Kennedy School, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, Oxford University, and MIT Seminar 21 Fellow.

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Kent Hehr
Kent Hehr
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, Veterans Affairs Canada

Kent Hehr represented the residents of downtown Calgary in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for more than seven years. Born and raised in Calgary, Kent’s life drastically changed when, just shy of his twenty-second birthday, while riding in a friend’s car, he was hit by a drive-by shooter leaving him paralyzed. The life-altering injury did not quash his ambitions—while still re-learning to use his fingers, Kent studied at the University of Calgary, earning his Bachelor of Canadian Studies, followed by his Bachelor of Law in 2001. Kent has practiced law at the prestigious national firm, Fraser Milner Casgrain, and became an active community leader, working with the United Way and heading the Alberta branch of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. In 2008, Kent was named one of the “20 Most Compelling Calgarians to Watch” by the Calgary Herald. Later that year, he won the race to represent Calgary-Buffalo in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, a seat he successfully defended in 2012. As shadow minister of justice, finance, education, and other portfolios, Kent held the government to account while taking an active role in creating legislation for the future of Calgary and Alberta.

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Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert
Minister of Defense, Ministry of Defense, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Following her studies, Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert started working for the Directorate-General for Enlarge- ment of the European Commission (EC) in Brussels. During that time, she spent two years working for the EC in Riga, Latvia. From 2000 to 2002, she worked as a consultant for KPMG in Amstelveen, Netherlands, after which she became a political assistant to the Municipal Executive of Amsterdam, a position she held until 2004. From 2004 to 2010, Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert was a Member of the European Parliament for the VVD (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy). As a MEP, she was a member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. June 17, 2010, Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert became a Member of the Dutch House of Representatives for the VVD, focusing on security, police, equal treatment, and disaster and crisis response. On November 5, 2012, Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert was appointed Minister of Defense in the Rutte-Asscher government.

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Mark Hetfield
Mark Hetfield
President and Chief Executive Officer, HIAS

Mark Hetfield is President and CEO of HIAS, where he has led the transformation of the organization from one focused on Jewish immigrants to a global agency that assists refugees of all faiths and ethnicities and is a major implementing partner of the United Nations Refugee Agency and the US Department of State. An expert in refugee and immigration law, policy, and programs, Mark’s 25-year career began at HIAS in Rome and has included five positions at HIAS, as well as a post with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, DC and Haiti. As the Senior Advisor on refugee issues at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, he directed the most comprehensive study on expedited removal to date. Mark’s dedication to protect all who flee ethnic cleansing, violence, and other forms of persecution has made HIAS the pre-eminent voice of the American Jewish community on refugee and immigration issues.

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Bruce Heyman
Bruce Heyman
United States Ambassador to Canada, the Embassy of the United States in Ottawa

Bruce Heyman presented his letter of credence to the Governor General of Canada on April 8, 2014, having been confirmed as President Obama’s personal representative to Canada and sworn in on March 26, 2014. He is a 33-year veteran of Goldman Sachs, where he served as a regional managing director of the Midwest private wealth management group, which covers 13 states and half of Canada, from 1999 until 2013. Mr. Heyman has served as a board member for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation. He also served as an advisor to the Fix the Debt CEO Council of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. He has been a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, and the Facing History and Ourselves Chicago Advisory Board. A magna cum laude graduate with both a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University, Mr. Heyman is past president of the Alumni Board and a former member of the Board of Visitors at the Owen Graduate School of Management. He is married to the former Vicki Simons of Ashland, Kentucky. They have three grown children, David, Liza, and Caroline, and three grandchildren.

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Heather Hurlburt
Heather Hurlburt
Director, New Models of Policy Advocacy Project, New America

Ms. Heather Hurlburt directs the New Models of Policy Change project at New America in Washington. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the National Security Network. From 1995-2001, she served in the Clinton Administration as special assistant and speechwriter to the President, speechwriter for Secretaries of State Albright and Christopher, and member of the State Department’s Policy Planning staff. Ms. Hurlburt has also worked for Human Rights First, the International Crisis Group, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Congressional Helsinki Commission. She is a frequent media commentator and co-hosts the monthly #Drezburt security program for bloggingheads.tv. Ms. Hurlburt holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. She is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Toshiro Iijima
Toshiro Iijima
Ambassador of Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Mr. Toshiro Iijima is Ambassador of Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan. His expertise in international politics and security is supported by his experience including working as Deputy Director-General of Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) (2013-2015), Director of Western Europe Division (2007-2008) and Executive Assistant to the Foreign Minister (1996-98). He also has wide experience in trade and economic affairs, where he served as Director of Economic Policy Division (2011-2013), and Director of International Trade Division (2008-2011). His overseas posts include First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN and international organizations in Geneva (2000-03) and Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan in Berlin (2003-2007). He has held his current post since October 2015.

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Yoko Iwama
Yoko Iwama
Professor of International Relations, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Dr. Yoko Iwama graduated from Kyoto University in 1986 and earned her Ph.D. in law at the University. She studied at the Free University of Berlin from 1989 to 1991 and served as Research Assistant of Kyoto University (1994–97), Special Assistant of the Japanese Embassy in Germany (1998–2000) and Associate Professor at GRIPS (2000), and Professor since 2009. Her specialty is international security and European diplomatic history. She has also served on numerous government committees including the Council on Reconstruction of a Legal Basis for Security (2006-7, 2013-). She is currently working on the origins and evolution of the nuclear-sharing and nuclear-consultation system in NATO and its relationship with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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Annie Jacobsen
Annie Jacobsen
Investigative Journalist and Author

Annie Jacobsen is an investigative journalist and bestselling author who writes about war, weapons, US national security and government secrecy. Her non-fiction bestsellers include “Area 51,” (2011) and the critically acclaimed “Operation Paperclip,” (2013). Her newest book (fall 2015) is “The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top Secret Military Research Agency.” Annie Jacobsen graduated from Princeton University where she studied Greek and served as Captain of the Princeton Women’s Ice Hockey Team. From 2009 to 2013 she was a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times Magazine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.

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Jackson Janes
Jackson Janes
Executive Director, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies

Jackson Janes is President of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, where he has been affiliated since 1989. Dr. Janes has been engaged in German-American affairs in numerous capacities over many years. He has studied and taught in German universities in Freiburg, Giessen and Tübingen. He was the Director of the German-American Institute in Tübingen (1977-1980) and then directed the European office of The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Bonn (1980-1985). Before joining AICGS, he served as Director of Program Development at the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh (1986-1988). He was also Chair of the German Speaking Areas in Europe Program at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, DC, from 1999-2000 and President of the International Association for the Study of German Politics from 2005-2010.

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Cesar Jaramillo
Cesar Jaramillo
Program Officer, Project Ploughshares

Cesar Jaramillo is Executive Director at Project Ploughshares. His areas of expertise include nuclear disarmament, outer space security and conventional weapons control. As an international civil society representative, Cesar has addressed, among others, the UN General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament and International Security), the UN Conference on Disarmament, the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and states parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. He has also given guest lectures and presentations at academic institutions such as the National Law University in New Delhi, the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and the University of Toronto. An occasional columnist on matters of disarmament and international security, Cesar graduated from the University of Waterloo with an MA in global governance and has bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism. Prior to joining Project Ploughshares, Cesar held a fellowship at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

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Zoran Jolevski
Zoran Jolevski
Minister of Defense, Ministry of Defense, Republic of Macedonia

Zoran Jolevski has held the position of Minister of Defense since June 19, 2014. On March 12, 2007, Zoran Jolevski was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States. Since then he has also been appointed as non-resident and plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to Mexico and to Brazil. On October 20, 2011, he was appointed as a permanent representative of the Republic of Macedonia to the Organization of American States. Prior to his current role he held positions as the Secretary General of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Macedonia and First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to Geneva as well as various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his position as First Secretary, he was responsible for drafting the Memorandum of the Republic of Macedonia for acceding to the World Trade Organization. Jolevski holds a Ph.D. in international economy, a Master of Science in law (international trade law) and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje. Additionally, he holds a postgraduate diploma in international relations and development from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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Christian Juneau
Christian Juneau
Deputy Commander, Canadian Army

 Major-General Juneau, a native of Quebec, completed his education at University Laval in 1982 and joined the Canadian Forces in February 1983. Major-General Juneau has held many command and staff positions throughout his career. He has commanded at each rank within Infantry units (airborne and mechanized) both in Canada and overseas: platoon, company and battalion commander with the 1st Battalion of the Royal 22e Regiment Lahr, Germany and Valcartier, Quebec; Officer commanding 1 Commando, Canadian Airborne Regiment, Special Service Force, Petawawa, Ontario and Commanding Officer Disaster Assistance Response Team, Kingston, Ontario. He has served as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations with XVIII Airborne Corps in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he was awarded the US Forces Legion of Merit for his services. He most recently commanded 3 Canadian Division. His deployments include tours in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992 as operation officer and company commander, in Afghanistan in 2007-2008 as Deputy Task Force Commander and in Kuwait in 2011 as US Forces Iraq – Deputy Commanding General – Transition. On July 7, 2014, Major-General Juneau was appointed as the Deputy Commander Canadian Army.

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Tim Kaine
Tim Kaine
Senator, United States

The Honorable Tim Kaine attended the Forum in 2013 and 2014 as US Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Kaine, a member of the Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, has actively shaped US national security policy since joining the Senate. Kaine has also emerged as a leader on the issue of war powers, launching a bipartisan effort with Senator John McCain to reform the 1973 War Powers Resolution that clearly defines Congress’s role in decisions of war. Kaine began his public service career by taking a year off from law school to work with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. Kaine entered political life in 1994, serving as a Councilman and then Mayor of Richmond, Virginia until 2001. Kaine was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2001 and Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2005. Kaine has helped lead the US Congressional delegation at both the 2013 and 2014 Halifax International Security Forum.

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Matake Kamiya
Matake Kamiya
Professor of International Relations, National Defense Academy of Japan

Matake Kamiya is Professor of International Relations at the National Defense Academy of Japan. He is also Director and Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Japan Forum on International Relations, Adjunct Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Editor-in-Chief of Discuss Japan—Japan Foreign Policy Forum, and Director of the Japan Association for International Security. His research interests include the Asia-Pacific security, the US-Japan security relations, Japanese foreign and security policies, and nuclear issues including Japan’s non-nuclear policy. He is Co-Editor of Introduction to Security Studies, the most widely read textbook on security studies in Japan (Chinese and Korean translations have been published), and author of almost three hundred articles, book chapters, and other works in the areas of international relations and international security. The extensive list of his English-language publications has included articles in The Washington Quarterly and Arms Control Today, among others.

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Garry Kasparov
Garry Kasparov
Chairman, United Civil Front

Garry Kasparov is the chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, where he succeeded Václav Havel. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan in the USSR, Kasparov was the world’s top chessplayer for 20 years. In 2005 he retired from professional chess to help lead the Russian democratic opposition to Vladimir Putin’s increasingly autocratic regime. He founded or co-founded several Russian opposition groups, including Solidarnost with Boris Nemtsov in 2008. He speaks frequently to business and political groups worldwide. Kasparov’s new book, Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped, documents the rise and fall of Russian democracy and analyzes the current crisis as the world confronts aggressive dictators and terror movements. He has resided in New York since 2013.

 

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Tinatin  Khidasheli
Tinatin Khidasheli
Minister of Defense

Tinatin Khidasheli became the Minister of Defense of Georgia in May 2015. Prior to her current position, she was a member of the Tbilisi City council before becoming a Member of Parliament representing the Sagrejo district as well as chairing the Georgian Parliamentary committee on European Integration. Khidasheli’s previous experience includes working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serving as a Director of the First Free Legal Aid Centre in Georgia, teaching at Hawaii University in Tbilisi, and serving as a Yale World Fellow in 2004. More recently she has been a chairperson of the governing board of the Open Society Georgia Foundation; an independent consultant on rule of law, anti corruption, and good governance; Secretary of International Affairs at the Republican Party of Georgia; and Secretary of Capital Affairs. Khidasheli holds a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in international law from Tbilisi State University as well as an M.A. in political science from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. She also completed a one year non-degree program in Human Rights Advocates at Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.

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Suat Kınıklıoğlu
Suat Kınıklıoğlu
Visiting Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Suat Kınıklıoğlu is a former politician, columnist and currently executive director of the Ankara-based Center for Strategic Communication (STRATIM). Kınıklıoğlu served in the Turkish Parliament from 2007 to 2011. While in parliament Mr. Kınıklıoğlu was Chairman of the Turkey – US Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group and Deputy Chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). He parted ways with the AKP in 2011 and managed the election campaign of the Republican People’s Party Ankara mayoral candidate Mr. Mansur Yavaş in 2014. The following year Kınıklıoğlu was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC. and the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago. He writes a weekly column for Radikal Daily and Today’s Zaman. Prior to his political career Mr. Kınıklıoğlu was Executive Director of the German Marshall Fund of the US’s Ankara office and served as liaison officer in the Turkish Air Force. He holds a B.Sc. from the Turkish Air Force Academy, a B.A. in political science from Carleton University and an M.A. in international relations from Bilkent University. Mr. Kınıklıoğlu is married and the father of two children.

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Kathleen Koch
Kathleen Koch
Author, Journalist, and Founder of LeadersLink

Ms. Kathleen Koch has attended the Forum since 2011 as a Washington-based author, speaker, moderator, freelance journalist, and founder and executive director of LeadersLink, the first non-profit to harness and share elected officials’ disaster lessons learned to help communities better prevent, prepare for, and recover from similar crises. Koch developed her expertise while covering numerous disasters for CNN including Hurricane Katrina. She anchored two prize-winning documentaries on the recovery of her hometown, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and recorded its journey in a best-selling book, Rising from Katrina, which was named Best Non-fiction in the Southeast Region in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. For 18 years, Koch was a CNN Washington correspondent specializing in aviation reporting and covering the Pentagon, White House, and Capitol Hill where she received multiple awards including the Peabody. Koch currently writes op-eds for publications including CNN.com, USA Today, and U.S. News & World Report.

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Mimi Kodheli
Mimi Kodheli
Minister of Defense, Ministry of Defense, Albania

Mimi Kodheli has been the Minister of Defense of Albania since 2013 and is the first women to hold the position in Albania’s history. She began her political engagement in 2002, when she was appointed deputy mayor of the Tirana Municipality. Previously, she was a Member of the Parliament of Albania and held the office of the Prefect of Tirana Region. She has been a member of the Socialist Party Chairmanship since 2007. Ms. Kodheli holds a Ph.D. in economic sciences from the University of Verona, Italy, a master’s degree in business administration from Lincoln University, Nebraska, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Tirana. She has been trained in various fields, including international and securities markets, labor and investment markets, banking examination, and management. She participated in a US State Department Program entitled “Women in Politics” and attended the program for National Security Policies at Marshall European Centre for Security Studies.

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David Kramer
David Kramer
Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy

David J. Kramer joined the McCain Institute as Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy in November 2014. Before that, he served for four years as President of Freedom House. Prior to that, he was a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Kramer served eight years in the US Department of State, including as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (responsible for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus affairs as well as regional non-proliferation issues); and Professional Staff Member in the Secretary’s Office of Policy Planning; and Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Global Affairs. Kramer has been an Adjunct Professor at the Elliott School for International Affairs at The George Washington University. Kramer is a member of the Board of Directors and the Agenda Working Group of the Halifax International Security Forum.

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Francois Lafond
Francois Lafond
Executive Director, EuropaNova

Francois Lafond is Executive Director of EuropaNova. Previously, he was the Director of the French Aspen Institute (2012-13) and Director of the Paris office of The German Marshall Fund of the US (2008-2011). Before, François Lafond was a special adviser of the Italian Minister for Regional Affairs (2007-8), of the Italian undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs (2006-7) in Rome. Former deputy director of Policy Network in London (2003-6), researcher of the think tank Notre Europe in Paris (1999-2003), research associate at the European University Institute’s Robert Schuman Centre in Florence (1995-9). François is currently an Associate Professor at Sciences Po, campus Euro-American in Reims, and has taught at the Centre for European Studies of Sciences-Po Paris (2001-9). He is a member of the scientific committee of the Institute of European Democrats (Brussels) and a regular collaborator of French media (France 24, Challenges). He has been honored “Ufficiale dell’ordine della Stella d’Italia.” He is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Ellen Laipson
Ellen Laipson
President Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow

Ellen Laipson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Stimson from 2002 to October 2015; she now is President Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow. She joined Stimson after 25 years of government service. Her last post was Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council (1997-2002). She also served on the State Department’s policy planning staff, the National Security Council staff, and the Congressional Research Service. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Advisory Councils of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. She served on the board of the Asia Foundation (2003-2015). She was a member of President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board from 2009-2013, and on the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board 2011-2014. Laipson has an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. from Cornell University.

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Isabelle Lasserre
Isabelle Lasserre
Associate Editor, Le Figaro

Ms. Isabelle Lasserre is the associate editor of Le Figaro. For over 20 years Ms. Lasserre has focused her journalistic interests on defense issues, strategy, and international policy. She has covered conflicts in Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Gaza. She joined the BBC in 1993, having previously spent time with Courrier International. Foreign postings have included: Bosnia (1992-1998) and Moscow (1994-1998). From 2004-2007 she was worked at the foreign service desk of Le Figaro. She is a frequent commentator in the  French press as well as academic journals where she focus on international politics.

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John Lee
John Lee
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Dr. John Lee is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC and an adjunct professor at the Australian National University. He is one of the region’s foremost experts on the Chinese political-economy, and the foreign and security policies of countries in and around the Asia-Pacific. In recent years, he has provided advice to governments in Australia, Japan, and Singapore at the highest levels (prime ministerial and ministerial) on the strategic policy in the region, and economic and strategic futures in the Asia-Pacific. He is the author of Will China Fail?, and has published dozens of articles in the majority of the world’s leading policy and academic journals. His opinion pieces have also been published in over 50 newspaper and magazines around the world including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Times of London, Global Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek. Forbes, and Bloomberg. He received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in international relations from the University of Oxford while on a Chevening Scholarship.

 

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Tzipi Livni
Tzipi Livni
Co-leader, Zionist Union Party and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Tzipi Livni has held a variety of ministerial positions in the Israeli government. These include Minister of Foreign Affairs, Acting Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, and Head of the Israeli team in the peace process negotiations with the Palestinians in 2008 and 2013. Livni served as member of the National Security Cabinet and the Senior Security Cabinet during the Second Lebanon War, Operation Cast Lead and Operation Protective Edge. Livni served as a lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces and later in the Mossad. She holds a law degree and has practiced law for over a decade. She also served as Director General of the Government Companies Authority. Livni is currently the head of the Hatnua Party and co-leader of the Zionist Union, which heads the opposition. She is a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and head of the Subcommittee for International Legal Warfare. She engages in issues of asymmetrical warfare and Israel’s national security.

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Gal Luft
Gal Luft
Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security

Dr. Gal Luft is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). He is Senior Adviser to the United States Energy Security Council and Senior Adviser to the China Energy Fund Committee. He is also Co-Chairman of the Global Forum on Energy Security in Beijing. Dr. Luft is author of four books and numerous articles on energy and international security.  

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Peter MacKay
Peter MacKay
Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Department of Justice, Canada

Peter MacKay has attended the Forum since 2009, as the Minister of National Defence from 2009-2012 and as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General in 2013 and 2014. He was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. After graduating from Acadia University, he studied law at Dalhousie University and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 1991. Mr. MacKay opened a private law practice in New Glasgow, specializing in criminal and family law. In 1993, he accepted an appointment as Crown Attorney for the Central Region of Nova Scotia. Peter MacKay was first elected to Parliament in 1997. In his first five years, he served as House Leader for the Progressive Conservative (PC) caucus. On May 31, 2003, he became Leader of the PC Party of Canada. In 2004, he was named Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. In July 2013, Mr. MacKay was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Previously, he was Minister of National Defence, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Mr. MacKay has been a philanthropist and advocate for numerous charitable organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada and Right to Play. He is married to international human rights activist and founder of Stop Child Executions, Mrs. Nazanin Afshin-Jam-Mackay. They have a beautiful baby boy, Kian Alexander.

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Bill McCaffrey
Bill McCaffrey
President and Chief Executive Officer, MEG Energy Corporation

Bill McCaffrey is the Founder, President, and CEO of MEG Energy Corp, which was formed in 1999. Under his leadership, in just 10 years MEG grew to become one of the largest private oil and gas companies in Canada, focused on bitumen development and production. Independent reservoir engineers estimate that MEG has 2.96 billion barrels of proved and probable reserves and 3.7 billion barrels of contingent resources. If the categories were combined, this would be roughly equivalent to 24% of total US proven oil reserves. The company went public with an IPO in August 2010, is currently producing over 70,000 barrels per day, and is working on plans to grow bitumen production capacity to over 100,000 barrels per day in 2017. Corporate assets include ownership of major pipeline and tank terminal infrastructure linking its bitumen leases to key energy hubs in Edmonton, Alberta and beyond. To fund its growth, MEG has raised more than $8.0 billion in equity and debt in the last ten years. In 2006 MEG received the E&P sector’s “Deal of the Year” for the company’s innovative institutional Term Loan B debt transaction. In 2010, Oilsands Review Magazine awarded MEG the Producer of the Year award, and MEG’s public offering was awarded IPO of the year.

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Cindy McCain
Cindy McCain
Co-Chair of the Arizona Task Force on Human Trafficking

Cindy Hensley McCain has dedicated her life to improving the lives of those less fortunate both in the United States and around the world. As Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the HALO Trust USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to landmine removal and weapons destruction in war-torn countries. Cindy serves as co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Council on human trafficking and on the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. She is dedicated to efforts to reduce human trafficking in Arizona, throughout the United States and around the world, as well as working to improve the lives of victims of human trafficking. Cindy also served on the Board of Directors for Operation Smile, a non-profit organization whose mission is to repair cleft lips, cleft palates, and other facial deformities for children around the world. She was a founding Member of the Eastern Congo Initiative. Cindy holds an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s in special education from USC and is a member of the USC Rossier School of Education Board of Councilors. Cindy is the Chairman of her family’s business, Hensley Beverage Company, which is one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributors in the nation. Cindy resides in Phoenix with her husband, US Senator John McCain. Together, they have four children.

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Stephen McNeil
Stephen McNeil
Premier, Nova Scotia

Stephen McNeil, 49, is the 12th of 17 siblings who were born and raised in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Before becoming involved in politics, Stephen graduated from Nova Scotia Community College and put down roots in Bridgetown, where he owned and operated a small business for 18 years. Stephen was elected to the Legislative Assembly to serve the people of Annapolis in 2003. After winning re-election in 2006, he became leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal party in 2007. Stephen served as leader the official opposition for four years before being elected Premier on October 8, 2013. Stephen lives in the Annapolis Valley with his wife Andrea. They have two grown children, Colleen and Jeffrey.

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Gerson Menandro Garcia de Freitas
Gerson Menandro Garcia de Freitas
Chief of Strategic Affairs of the Joint Staff

Mr. Gerson Menandro Garcia de Freitas is a four-star General who is Chief of Strategic Affairs of the Ministry of Defense. Previously, he served as Planalto Military Commander (1 of 8 Army Military Commands in the Brazilian Army). In the Brazilian Army General Staff he has served as Deputy Chief, Chief of Politics and Strategy, and Chief of Army Foreign Affairs and PKO, Commander of the Agulhas Negras Military Academy (AMAN), and Army Secretary General. As a Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded the 36th Motorized Infantry Battalion (Uberlandia, MG), and the Corps of Cadets of the Agulhas Negras Military Academy. Among his missions abroad, he served as Brazilian Liaison Officer at the US Military Academy (West Point), Brazilian Military Adviser for Agreements with the US, R.o.K., and P.L.A. (China) Armies, General Coordinator of the International Military Experts, CCW – mines other than anti-personnel mines (Geneva, Switzerland), Brazilian Military Adviser to UN Robust – PKO Configuration, and Brazilian Army Adviser to the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Royal United Services Institute for Strategic Scenery and Future Land Conflicts Conference, both in London, England. He graduated from the Brazilian Army Agulhas Negras Military Academy in 1975 in the Infantry branch.

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Murat Mercan
Murat Mercan
Chair, 2016 World Energy Congress Organizing Committee, World Energy Council

Mr. Hasan Murat Mercan recieved his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University, Turkey. He completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Decision and Information Sciences at the University of Florida. Mercan worked as a Professor in the Department of Management at Cleveland State University and at Bilkent University. Dr. Mercan is a founding member of AK Party (Justice and Development Party). He was a member of the Central Decision Making and Administrative Board (2001-2009). Mercan has served as a parliamentarian, held the positions of Chairman of the Turkish Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and the Vice-President of the Assembly. He also served as a Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Affairs in the parliament. He has worked as the Deputy Minister of Energy upon completion of his parliamentary work (2011-2014). In 2014, he was selected as the Chairman of World Energy Council, Turkey.

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Jeanne Meserve
Jeanne Meserve
Senior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy Institute, George Washington University

Ms. Jeanne Meserve attended the Forum in 2011 and 2012 as a Homeland Security Correspondent for CNN, and in 2013 and 2014 as a Senior Fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University  She has been an anchor and correspondent for CNN and ABC News, winning two Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award. As Director of Training for The Communication Center she now travels the world providing executive coaching to clients from top corporations, government, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Meserve also moderates interviews and policy debates for the World Health Organization, the Aspen Institute, and other academic and policy groups. She continues to do voiceover and on camera work, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Advisory Committee. A graduate of Middlebury College, Meserve is a recipient of the college’s Alumni Achievement Award. Find her on Twitter: @JeanneMeserve.

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Ayman Mhanna
Ayman Mhanna
Executive Director, Samir Kassir Foundation

Ayman Mhanna is the Executive Director of the Samir Kassir Foundation, a Beirut-based non-governmental organization dedicated to defending freedom of expression and operating in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. He previously worked at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. Mhanna holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from the Saint-Joseph University in Beirut and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Sciences-Po Paris. He is also a lecturer at the Master’s program of the Saint-Joseph University’s Faculty of Economics, teaching policy development and communications. Mhanna is a member of the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections and the Lebanese Economic Association and has served since 2008 at the executive committee of the Democratic Renewal Movement (DRM), a social liberal cross-sectarian Lebanese political party. From October 2008 to August 2013, he was the coordinator for Tajaddod Youth, the youth branch of DRM.

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Saad Mohseni
Saad Mohseni
Chairman and CEO, Moby Group

Saad Mohseni has attended the Forum in 2010, 2012, and 2014 as Chairman and Chief Executive of MOBY Group. Established in 2002 by Saad and his siblings, MOBY Group is a leading media and entertainment company with a focus on emerging markets in South and Central Asia, the Middle East, and beyond. Prior to establishing MOBY Group, Saad headed the equities and corporate finance division at one of Australia’s leading investment banks.   He was born in England where his father was serving as an Afghan diplomat, and spent his early years in Kabul, Islamabad, and Tokyo before immigrating to Melbourne, Australia. Saad served as an Economic Advisor to the Afghan government from 2002 to 2004, where he assisted in the development of the Afghan Investment Support Agency, Industrial Parks Commission, and the High Commission for Investment. In 2011, Time Magazine recognized him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, citing his impact as a shaper of public opinion in Afghanistan through open criticism of the government and challenging of social conventions ingrained by years of Taliban rule. In 2013, Foreign Policy magazine recognized him as one of their 100 Global Thinkers.

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Bessma Momani
Bessma Momani
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo

Bessma Momani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is also Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI), has been Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center. She is a 2015 Scholar of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and a Fulbright Scholar. She has authored and co-edited over eight books and over 65 scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have examined the IMF, the World Bank, petrodollars, the Middle East, and Arab youth. She is a current recipient of a research grant funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to study IMF and World Bank cooperation. She was also the past recipient of two previous SSHRC grants on the reform of the IMF executive board and on Middle East urbanization. Dr. Momani is a regular contributor to national and international media on the Arab Spring and on global economic governance issues. She has written editorials for the New York Times, The Economist, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, and many other reputable international newspapers.

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Yusuf S. Müftüoğlu
Yusuf S. Müftüoğlu
Senior Advisor, Macro Advisory Partners, and Chief Executive Officer, Turkcell

Yusuf S. Müftüoğlu is a Senior Advisor at Macro Advisory Partners in London and Advisor to the CEO at Turkcell in Istanbul. Formerly, he was a member of the cabinet of Abdullah Gül, the 11th President of Turkey. Müftüoğlu currently advises a global executive client portfolio on issues ranging from politics to markets, security to communications, especially concerning Turkey and its realm. As the Communications and Public Diplomacy Advisor to President Abdullah Gül, he advised the President on matters concerning his personal communications, as well as the official communications and public diplomacy of the Presidency. Müftüoğlu’s career background is in the consultancy sector, with a focus on strategic communications. Before the Presidential Office, he worked in Turkey’s leading communications agencies, where he served companies from different industries. A graduate of the London School of Economics and Istanbul University, Müftüoğlu has an academic background incorporating management, politics, finance, media, and communications.

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Alaa Murabit
Alaa Murabit
Founding President, Voice of Libyan Women

At age 15, Alaa Murabit completed high school in Canada and moved to Libya where she enrolled in medical school and, driven by her desire to create inclusive processes and institutions, founded the Voice of Libyan Women (VLW) in 2011 at the age of 21. With a strong focus on combatting extremism and challenging societal and cultural norms, Murabit champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. Her programs, such as the groundbreaking “Noor Campaign” are replicated internationally. The first Ashoka Fellow elected from Libya, Murabit was awarded the Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award, and has been recognized as “One of 25 women under 25 to watch” by Newsweek and as a “100 Top Woman” by the BBC. She is an advisor to the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 Global Study, UN Women, and Harvard University’s “Everywoman, Everywhere”. Murabit’s TED Talk “What my religions really says about women” has been viewed over a million times since its release in July 2015 and was selected as the TED Talk of the Day and “A moving TED Talk you should watch right now” by The New York Times.

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Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy
Senator, United States

Senator Christopher S. Murphy is the junior United States Senator for Connecticut. Elected in 2012, Murphy serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Democratic Steering & Outreach Committee. Prior to his election to the US Senate, Murphy served Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District for three terms in the US House of Representatives. The Fifth District includes the towns of Danbury, Meriden, New Britain, Torrington, and Waterbury. During his three terms, Murphy served on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Committee on Financial Services. Before his service in the US Congress, Murphy served for eight years in the Connecticut General Assembly. He spent four years representing Southington and the 81st district in the House, and then spent four years representing the 16th Senatorial District. Senator Murphy grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and attended Williams College in Massachusetts. In 2002, he graduated from UConn Law School in Hartford, Connecticut. He practiced real estate and banking law from 2002-2006 with the firm of Ruben, Johnson & Morgan in Hartford. On August 18, 2007, Murphy married Cathy Holahan, an attorney. They have two sons named Owen and Rider.

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Pauline Neville-Jones
Pauline Neville-Jones
Chairman, Cyber Security Advisory Panel to the Bank of England

Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones has attended the Forum in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014, most recently as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative to Business on Cybersecurity. Pauline is a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Chairman of the Advisory Panel to the Bank of England on Cyber Security. From 2010 to 2011 she was Minister of State in the Home Office responsible for Security and Counter terrorism and a member of the National Security Council. On stepping down from government she became the Prime Minister’s Special Representative to Business on Cyber Security until March 2014. Pauline has a background in government and the private sector. She was a career member of the Diplomatic Service from 1963 to 1996 during which time she was Head of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet. Among other places, she served in Washington, DC, the European Commission (as Chef de Cabinet to a British Commissioner), and Germany. As Political Director in the FCO, she led the UK delegation to the Dayton Peace negotiations on Bosnia. She became Managing Director for business development at NatWest Markets, the investment banking arm of the NatWest Group in 1996 and non executive Chairman of the defence technology group, QinetiQ, from 2004 to 2007. She was a Governor of the BBC from 1997 to 2004. She became David Cameron’s National Security Adviser in opposition from 2007-2010, and was responsible for the creation of the National Security Council.

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John Newton
John Newton
Commander, Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic, Royal Canadian Navy

Rear-Admiral Newton began his career in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1983, after an early occupation as a geologist. He enrolled as a Maritime Surface Officer, specialized in navigation and communications and operations, and completed tours as a junior officer in the destroyer HMCS Iroquois, the replenishment ship HMCS Preserver, and the frigate HMCS Montreal. He has deployed on NATO missions of the Cold War, and UN peace support operations, including the Gulf War in 1991, Haiti in 1993, and the maritime embargo of the former Yugoslavia in 1995. Of note, in 2006, he served at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa as Director of International Plans in the Strategic Joint Staff, helping to progress files such as the commitment of the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan and Sudan, amongst others. Rear-Admiral Newton previously commanded HMCS Anticosti (1997-1998), HMCS Fredericton (2003 – 2006), and CFB Halifax (2008-2010). He was appointed to his current position, Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic, in July 2013.

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Masashi Nishihara
Masashi Nishihara
President, Research Institute for Peace and Security

Masashi Nishihara is President of the Research Institute for Peace and Security. Previously he served as President of the National Defense Academy, where he was Professor of International Relations at the Academy. Nishihara is a member of the Trilateral Commission and a member of the Experts and Eminent Persons Group under the ASEAN Regional Forum, among others. He was a member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s panels on the establishment of a national security council and on his planned Statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Nishihara has published extensively on Japanese foreign and security policy issues. He obtained M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.

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Mark Norman
Mark Norman
Commander, Royal Canadian Navy

The eldest son of an army officer, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman completed his schooling in Kingston, Ontario. Having originally joined the Naval Reserve in 1980, he transferred to the regular force as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1985. A specialist in Above Water Warfare, his experience at sea includes the commissioning and maiden deployment of HMCS HALIFAX, Executive Officer of HMCS IROQUOIS, Commanding Officer of HMCS ST. JOHN’S and Commander Canadian Fleet—Atlantic. His staff experiences have included senior appointments on the Naval Staff, Strategic Joint Staff, in the Vice Chief of Defence Staff organization, as Assistant Chief of Transformation, and most recently as Deputy Commander of the RCN. Vice-Admiral Norman was promoted to his current rank to become Commander Royal Canadian Navy in June 2013. As the 34th custodian of a 104 year-old institution, he is supporting the CDS’ four command priorities by leading the RCN to: ensure continued excellence in operations; enable the transition to the future fleet; evolve the RCN’s business around Defence Renewal; and energize the entire RCN team and friends of the Navy around the RCN’s essential purpose and bright future.

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Juozas Olekas
Juozas Olekas
Minister of National Defense, Ministry of National Defense, Lithuania

Juozas Olekas was inaugurated as Minister of National Defense in December 2012, also having served in this role from 2006 to 2008. From 2008 to 2012, he was a Member of Parliament and worked on the Committee on Culture and Education. From 2004 to 2006, he headed the Lithuanian Parliamentary Delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO. He has also served as Minister of Health under multiple governments. Minister Olekas studied at Kaunas University of Medicine and the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius State University. His distinctions include the National Prize of Lithuania as a member of VU micro-surgeons team (1998), the Independence Medal of Lithuania (2000), the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Oranje-Nassau of the Netherlands (2008), and the 2nd Class Estonian Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana (2013). He is married to Aurelija and has two daughters, Laura and Joana, and a son, Juozas.

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Japheth Omojuwa
Japheth Omojuwa
Editor, AfricanLiberty.org

Japheth Joshua ‘JJ’ Omojuwa is an international public speaker, social media expert, blogger, socio-economic and political commentator, and columnist for two of Nigeria’s most respected newspapers, The Punch and Leadership Newspapers. He was in August 2015 named by Credit Suisse’s magazine “The Bulletin” as one of the “50 Movers and Shakers of Africa.” He has over the past year featured articles on CNN, been repeatedly interviewed on Nigeria and Africa related issues on France 24, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and others. His blog, Omojuwa.com is Nigeria’s political blog of the year. JJ recently concluded a six-month stint as a lecturer (on Africa: Democratic prospects and challenges) at Free University of Berlin. JJ was ranked 29th of 100 Most Influential Black People on Digital/Social Media in April 2014 alongside Barack Obama, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey amongst others. JJ is a well sought after international speaker and has graced platforms from Rio to Berlin, Cape Town to New York, including several Universities around the world. He participated as a panelist at a side event during the 2013 United Nations General Assembly. He tweets via @Omojuwa where he reaches over 1 million people per week on issues ranging from politics to football.

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Jacqueline O'Neill
Jacqueline O'Neill
Director, The Institute for Inclusive Security

Ms. Jacqueline O’Neill co-leads the Institute for Inclusive Security, an organization that increases the inclusion of women in peace and security processes around the world. She oversees policy, advocacy, and regional programs, as well as Inclusive Security’s support to governments and civil society on the creation and strengthening of national strategies and action plans. Ms. O’Neill also advises and trains military, police, and civilians serving NATO, the UN, the US military, and others. Previously, Ms. O’Neill was a policy adviser to Canada’s Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific. Along with former Lt. General Roméo Dallaire, she helped found an initiative to address the issue of child soldiers. Before joining Inclusive Security in 2006, she was concurrently at the UN Mission in Sudan and at Khartoum’s Ahfad University for Women. Originally from Canada, she has a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. Ms. O’Neill is also a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Dixon Osburn
Dixon Osburn
Executive Director, Center for Justice and Accountability

Mr. Dixon Osburn is the Executive Director of the Center for Justice and Accountability, the leading US-based organization pursuing international human rights abusers through litigation. Mr. Osburn served as the Director of Law and Security at Human Rights First from 2010 until this spring, where he led efforts to end counterterrorism policies that violate the rule of law, including unlawful detention at Guantanamo, the lethal targeting by drone of suspected terrorists outside the laws of armed conflict, and the use of torture. He currently serves as an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project. Previously, Mr. Osburn co-founded and served as Executive Director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network that spearheaded the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Mr. Osburn has published extensively and has served as a national spokesperson in print, on radio, and on television. He received his J.D./M.B.A. from Georgetown University and a B.A. with distinction from Stanford University. He is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Petr Pavel
Petr Pavel
Chairman of the Military Committee, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

General Pavel was appointed Chairman of the NATO Military Committee on June 26, 2015. From July 2012 to May 2015, General Petr Pavel served as Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, the highest-ranking officer in the Army and the Principal Military Adviser to the Czech government. General Pavel graduated from the Army College in Vyškov (CZE) in 1983. Throughout his career, General Pavel has held a wide range of positions, the most prominent being Deputy Military and Air Attaché of the Czech Republic in Belgium, Commander of the Czech Special Forces, Deputy Director Operations Division at the Czech Ministry of Defense, National Military Representative to the US Central Command, and National Military Representative to SHAPE in Belgium. Furthering his education, General Pavel has studied at the Camberley Staff College, the Royal College of Defense Studies, and obtained an M.A. in international relations from King’s College.

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Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic
Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic
Minister of Defense, Ministry of Defense, Montenegro

Dr. Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (Podgorica) and obtained her master’s degree and Ph.D. in telecommunications from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (Belgrade). Dr. Pejanovic-Djurisic speaks English, French, and Italian. She is married and has two sons. The social and political engagements of Dr. Pejanovic-Djurisic include serving as a member of the Presidency of the Republic of Montenegro in the first direct elections in (1990-92); a Member of Parliament (1992-2001); Vice-president (1992-97) and President (1997-98) of the Democratic Party of Socialists; ambassador of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro (2004-06); and ambassador of Montenegro to France, the Principality of Monaco and UNESCO (2007-10). She was appointed Minister of Defense on March 13, 2012.

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David Perkins
David Perkins
Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

General David G. Perkins commands the US Army Training and Doctrine Command and is responsible for selecting and recruiting every US Army Soldier, training and educating Army professionals, and designing the future US Army. His numerous senior leadership positions include Special Assistant to the Speaker of the House, 104th US Congress; Battalion Commander during Operation Able Sentry; Brigade Commander for the invasion of Iraq; Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Division Commander during the transition of US Forces from Iraq in 2010- 2011. General Perkins commanded the US Army’s premier education and leader development institution at Fort Leavenworth, responsible for managing training development and support, developing US Army doctrine, and synchronizing leader development. A native of New Hampshire, he graduated from the US Military Academy, holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering as well as a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies.

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Smadar Perry
Smadar Perry
Senior Editor for Middle East Affairs, Yediot Ahronot

Smadar Perry is the Senior Editor for Middle East Affairs for Yediot Ahronot, the largest daily newspaper in Israel. She has written on Middle East affairs every day since 1982 and is a frequent contributor to TV and radio programs on current affairs. Ms. Perry is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where she studied history of the Middle East along with Arabic literature and language. Since 1997, she has been head of the professional union of Middle East reporters and political analysts in Israeli media.

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Ilya Ponomarev
Ilya Ponomarev
Deputy, Novosibirsk, State Duma, Russian Federation

Ilya Ponomarev has more than 20 years of prominent political stance, complemented with international, entrepreneurial, and investment experience working in high technology industries with primary focus on IT and energy. Currently Ponomarev is an opposition member of Russian Parliament—State Duma, Social Democrat representing Novosibirsk—the capital of Siberia, and is chairing Innovations and Venture Capital (formerly Hi-Tech Development) Subcommittee, introducing legislation to support emerging innovation economy in Russia. Ilya Ponomarev is an anti-Putin opposition leader in Russia. He played key role in protests of 2012; during 2013-2014 he opposed antidemocratic legislation introduced in the country, was the only MP in Duma to vote against annexation of Crimea. Mr. Ponomarev serves as the Advisor on International Business Development, Commercialization, and Technology Transfer for the President of Skolkovo Foundation—the managing company of the project chaired by President Medvedev. He is member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (IT), Council for Foreign and Defense Policies, Council for National Strategy, and a fellow at “Open Russia” foundation. Ponomarev is supervising innovation policies research at the Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR, think-tank chaired by President Medvedev), and political studies at Institute of Globalization Studies (IPROG). Ponomarev is a member of Global Science and Innovations Council (GSIAC), chaired by Prime Minister of Malaysia. Earlier, he held various positions in private companies, most notably, Vice President of Yukos Oil Company, the largest Russian oil and gas corporation; Director, CIS Business Development; and worked in marketing for Schlumberger Oilfield Services. He is an author of numerous research papers and magazine articles about new economy development, regional policies, education, and international relations.

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Ahmed Rashid
Ahmed Rashid
Journalist

Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, who has covered Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia for a variety of publications since 1979. He is the author of five books – the best selling ‘Taliban‘ (2000). His other books include ‘Descent into Chaos: The US and the Disaster in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia,’ (2008) ‘Jihad’ (2002), and ‘The Resurgence of Central Asia’ (1994). His latest book is ‘Pakistan on the Brink, The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan.’ Both ‘Taliban’ and ‘Descent into Chaos’ are on course lists at over 200 universities and defense colleges around the world. He writes for the Financial Times, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Spain’s El Mundo, BBC Online, and Pakistani publications. Foreign Policy magazine chose him as one of the world’s most important 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010. In 2008 he won Spain’s prestigious Casa Asia prize for contributing most about Asia to the Spanish people. In December 2009 he was appointed a member of the board of New York’s Committee to Protect Journalists. He has also served on the Board of Advisers for the International Committee of the Red Cross for five years. His books have won numerous prizes. He has lectured widely at universities, defense colleges, and conferences around the world.

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Jean-François Ratelle
Jean-François Ratelle
Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

Jean-François Ratelle is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Ottawa. His academic research focuses mostly on the pathways to rebellion and civil wars, Islamic radicalization, militant Islamic movements, and insurgent organizations. Dr. Ratelle has conducted extensive field research in the Balkans and in the North Caucasus studying political violence and interviewing violent militants and religious extremists. He frequently consults with government agencies and international organizations on questions regarding conflict resolution and security issues. His most recent publications have appeared in Critical Studies on Security, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and Terrorism and Political Violence. Professor Ratelle is also the co-editor of Caucasus Survey, an academic journal devoted to the study of the Caucasus region.

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Colin Robertson
Colin Robertson
Vice President, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is a Senior Advisor to Dentons LLP living in Ottawa, Canada and working with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. He is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He is Chair of the Board of Canada World Youth. He is a member of the board of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute and the advisory board of the North American Research Partnership. He is a past president of the National Capital Branch of the Canadian International Council. He is an Honorary Captain (Royal Canadian Navy) assigned to the Strategic Communications Directorate. He writes a column every two weeks on foreign affairs for the Globe and Mail and contributes to other media.

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Nicolas Roche
Nicolas Roche
Director for Strategy and Policy, Military Applications Division, French Atomic Energy Commission

Nicolas Roche worked from 2001- 2004 at the Department of Common Foreign and Security Policy, dealing with the European Security and Defense Policy and the draft European Constitution. From 2004 to 2006, he worked at the Department of Strategic, Security, and Disarmament Affairs, dealing with nuclear non-proliferation issues. From 2006 to 2010, he was posted in Washington, DC at the French Embassy as Counselor, and he was in charge of the following political-military issues: defense policy, WMD, proliferation, NATO, ESDP, and regional hotspots. From 2010 to 2012, he was posted in Tel Aviv at the French Embassy in Israel as First Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission. He spoke on a nuclear proliferation panel at the third Israeli Presidential Conference, “Facing Tomorrow 2011.” From 2012 to 2014, he was appointed in the private office of the Minister of Defense, as Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister. Mr. Roche attended the Ecole Nationale des Chartes, the University of Paris-Sorbonne (History), the Institute of Political Studies, and the National School of Administration (E.N.A.). After graduating from E.N.A., he joined the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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Antonio Rodiles
Antonio Rodiles
Director, State of SATS

Antonio Rodiles is the Director of State of SATS, a forum created in 2010 by a group of young artists, intellectuals, and professionals to encourage debate about social, cultural, and political issues in Cuba. Mr. Rodiles is also coordinator of the Forum for the Rights and Freedoms. He holds a master’s degree in mathematics from Florida State University and was a Ph.D. candidate in physics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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Heather Roff
Heather Roff
Senior Scientist, Global Security Initiative, Arizona State University

Heather M. Roff is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, a Research Scientist in the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University, a national Cybersecurity Fellow at the New America Foundation, and a Research Associate at the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies at the United States Air Force Academy. Her research interests pertain to issues of international security and global justice, principally in relation to emerging military technologies. She is author of Global Justice, Kant and the Responsibility to Protect (Routledge, 2013) and over a dozen articles relating to international ethics and emerging technologies, particularly autonomous weapons and cybersecurity. Her new book project, Lethal Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War examines the moral, legal and policy implications of these systems. She has testified before the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons as an invited expert on autonomous weapons. Her work appears in the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, and Slate Magazine.

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Michael Rogers
Michael Rogers
Commander, United States Cyber Command; Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Agency

Admiral Mike Rogers assumed his present duties as Commander, US Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service in April 2014. Since becoming a flag officer in 2007, Rogers served as the Director for Intelligence for both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and US Pacific Command, and most recently as Commander, US Fleet Cyber Command/US TENTH Fleet. His joint and naval service both afloat and ashore has been extensive to include service on a numbered fleet staff, carrier strike group, and various Naval Security Group elements. Rogers is a native of Chicago and attended Auburn University, graduating in 1981 and receiving his commission via the Navy ROTC. He is also a graduate of the National War College and the Naval War College, holding a Master of Science in National Security Strategy.

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Joshua Rogin
Joshua Rogin
Columnist, Bloomberg View, and Political Analyst, CNN

Josh Rogin is a columnist on foreign policy and national security for Bloomberg View and a political analyst with CNN. Previously, he was covered foreign policy and national security for Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy magazine, the Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, Federal Computer Week magazine, and Japan’s Asahi Shimbun. Josh’s work has been featured on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, NPR, PBS, and several other outlets. He was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and the 2011 recipient of the Interaction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. Josh holds a B.A. in international affairs from the George Washington University and studied at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, DC.

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Gideon Rose
Gideon Rose
Editor, Foreign Affairs

Dr. Gideon Rose is the Editor of Foreign Affairs. He served as Managing Editor of the magazine from December 2000 to September 2010. From 1995-2000 he was Olin Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and from 1994-95 he served as Associate Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. In 1986-87, he was Assistant Editor at The National Interest, and in 1985-86 held the same position at The Public Interest. He has taught American foreign policy at Columbia and Princeton universities. Mr. Rose received a B.A. in Classics from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University. His recent works included How Wars End (Simon & Schuster, 2010), Understanding the War on Terror (edited with James F. Hoge, Jr.; Council on Foreign Relations, 2005), and America and the World: Debating the New Shape of International Politics (edited with James F. Hoge, Jr.; Council on Foreign Relations, 2002).

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Mirosław Różański
Mirosław Różański
General Commander, Polish Armed Forces

General Różański was appointed as General Commander of the Polish Armed Forces in June 2015. He began his military career in the 42nd Mechanized Regiment where he took a post of platoon commander. Prior to his current position he held positions as Counselor- Coordinator to the Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Defense and Director of Strategy and Defense Planning Department in the Ministry of National Defense. Before that, he held high-level military positions including the commander of the 11th LACD, also known as ‘the Black Division,’ and was also promoted to the rank of major general. In 2010-2011, he was responsible for preparation and deployment to Afghanistan two Polish Military Contingences as a part of the NATO-ISAF operation. In 2007 he took part in the Operation Iraqi Freedom. The General Commander completed his Ph.D. in defense science in 2011. His awards include the National Flag from the President of the Republic of Poland, the Cross of Honor of the German Armed Forces, and the Commander’s Cross of Polonia Restituta among others.

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Luis Rubio
Luis Rubio
Chairman, Center of Research for Development

Luis Rubio is Chairman of the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC), an independent research institution. He is a prolific writer on political, economic, financial, and international subjects. Before joining CIDAC in the 1970’s, he was planning director of Citibank in Mexico and served as an adviser to Mexico’s Secretary of the Treasury. He is a Contributing Editor of Reforma and Winner of the APRA book award 1985. In 1993, he was given the Dag Hammarskjöld award and in 1998 the National Journalism Award for op-ed pieces. He is author and editor of 48 books, including “A Mexican Utopia: the Rule of Law is Possible”. His previous publication was “NAFTA at Twenty: a political and strategic perspective”. He holds a diploma in financial management, an M.B.A., and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Brandeis University. Luis Rubio is also a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Laurent Ruseckas
Laurent Ruseckas
Senior Advisor, IHS

Laurent Ruseckas is a recognized authority on the global oil and gas industry who advises energy companies and financial institutions in support of their investments in Eurasia and Europe. He is Senior Advisor for Eurasian Gas with IHS, where has worked with the European Commission on the Caspian Development Corporation initiative. He is also Senior Advisor for Eurasia with Veracity Worldwide. Ruseckas joined Cambridge Energy Research Associates in 1991 and led its Caspian Energy practice from 1997 to 2003. Subsequently he headed the Europe and Eurasia practice at the risk consultancy Eurasia Group, and then worked in Azerbaijan as Director of Business Development for Greenoak Holdings. A Russian speaker, Ruseckas holds a B.A. with honors in Russian and Soviet Studies from Harvard College, and he passed comprehensive examinations in the Ph.D. program in political science at Columbia University. He is based in Prague.

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Christopher Sabatini
Christopher Sabatini
Founder and Executive Director, Global Americans, and Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Christopher Sabatini is the Founder and Executive Director of the new research non-profit, Global Americans, Editor of its news and opinion website LatinAmericaGoesGlobal.org, and an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. From 2005 to 2014 he was the Senior Director of Policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas and the founder and Editor-in- Chief of the hemispheric policy magazine Americas Quarterly. In 2007, Dr. Sabatini launched AQ and maintained a regular blog on policy in the Americas on the magazine’s website. From 1997 to 2005, Dr. Sabatini was the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy. From 1995 to 1997 he was a Diplomacy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, working at the US Agency for International Development’s Center for Democracy and Governance. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank and the USAID. His work includes an article in the March/April edition of Foreign Affairs titled “Rethinking Latin America,” and an article on ForeignPolicy.com about regional diplomacy titled “The Land of Too Many Summits.” He has a Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia.

 

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Harjit Singh Sajjan
Harjit Singh Sajjan
Minister of National Defence, Department of National Defence, Canada

Harjit Singh Sajjan has served Canada and his community as both a soldier and a police officer. He continues his service to Canada as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver South and as Minister of National Defence. Harjit is a retired Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and a combat veteran. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and served three separate deployments to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Harjit has received numerous recognitions for his service, including the Meritorious Service Medal for reducing the Taliban’s influence in Kandahar Province. He is also a recipient of the Order of Military Merit, one of the military’s highest recognitions. Harjit also served as an Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Harjit was a police officer with the Vancouver Police Department for 11 years. He completed his last assignment as a Detective-Constable with the Gang Crime Unit specializing in organized crime. He proudly tackled gang violence and drug crimes in Vancouver. Harjit is also a human security specialist, and has lectured to a wide audience in both Canada and the United States.

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Paul Salem
Paul Salem
Vice President for Policy and Research, Middle East Institute

Dr. Paul Salem focuses on issues of political change, democratic transition, and conflict, with a regional emphasis on the countries of the Levant and Egypt. Salem writes regularly in the Arab and Western press and has been published in numerous journals and newspapers, in addition to authoring a number of books and reports on the Middle East. Prior to joining MEI, Salem was the founding Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon between 2006 and 2013. From 1999 to 2006, he was Director of the Fares Foundation and in 1989 founded and directed the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies. He played a key role in helping establish the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut and has held several academic positions at AUB. In 2002, Salem served on the senior review committee for the United Nations Development Program’s Arab Human Development Report and in 2006 served on Lebanon’s National Commission for Electoral Law Reform. He was also a founding member of several civil society advocacy groups in Lebanon. Paul Salem is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Lobsang Sangay
Lobsang Sangay
Sikyong, Central Tibetan Administration

Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay has served as the democratically elected head of the Tibetan people and the political successor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama since August 8, 2011. He attended Delhi University, was selected as a Fulbright scholar, and obtained his master’s degree and Doctorate in Law from Harvard Law School, where he was later appointed a Senior Fellow. In an effort to promote Track II Diplomacy, he organized seven major conferences for Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, and Western scholars on contemporary Tibet. Dr. Sangay has been the recipient of multiple awards and honors, and testified before the US Senate in 2008 on the urgency of the Tibetan crisis. He has spoken at universities and think tanks around the world, and his writing has been widely published in international media. Dr. Sangay’s administration has taken major steps to energize the Tibetan people and generate political awareness and social engagement of Tibetans everywhere, including an emphasis on policies that promote widespread, high-quality education, and youth empowerment.

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Andrei Sannikov
Andrei Sannikov
Chairman, European Belarus Foundation

Born in 1954 in Minsk, Belarus, Andrei Sannikov is a career diplomat. He worked in the Foreign Ministry of Belarus, Deputy Foreign Minister in 1995-96; he resigned in protest against Lukashenko’s policy in 1996. He has been active in civil society and opposition politics, and in 1997, co-founded the civil initiative Charter ’97. In 2008, he initiated the civil campaign European Belarus, which advocates the integration of Belarus into Euro-Atlantic community and membership in the European Union. Sannikov was a candidate in the 2010 presidential election in Belarus, and had the second highest percentage of the popular votes. He was incarcerated in a Minsk KGB facility for peacefully protesting at a demonstration after the elections. Recognized by Amnesty International as prisoner of conscience, he was released on April 2012 and had to go into exile. In 2005, he was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Prize for human rights protection. Sannikov continues to campaign for the interests of a democratic Belarus.

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Mike Savage
Mike Savage
Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality

Mike Savage was elected Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality on October 20, 2012. Mayor Savage ran on a platform to make Halifax the most livable, entrepreneurial and inclusive city in the country, principles that continue to shape his work at City Hall and in the community. He is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayors’ Caucus, and a strong voice in support of local economic development, immigration, social equity, and infrastructure investment. As Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour from 2004 until 2011, Mayor Savage played a national role as Official Opposition Critic for Human Resources, Social Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities. Mayor Savage had a career in business as General Manager of S. Cunard and Co., Director of Sales and Marketing for Nova Scotia Power Inc., Vice President at Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, and Vice President at M5 Communications. Mayor Savage has also demonstrated community leadership in social, health and cultural organizations, as a board member for the IWK Health Centre and Neptune Theatre, as a former President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, and through his involvement with Junior Achievement, the Red Cross, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and the United Way. Mayor Savage and his wife Darlene have two children, Emma and Conor, and continue to make their home in Dartmouth where Mayor Savage grew up and attended Prince Andrew High before graduating from Dalhousie University.

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Randy Scheunemann
Randy Scheunemann
President, Orion Strategies

Mr. Randy Scheunemann is a foreign policy analyst based in Washington, DC. From 2007-2008, Mr. Scheunemann served as Director of Foreign Policy and National Security for the McCain-Palin 2008 campaign. In 2002, he founded the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI) to promote freedom for the Iraqi people. In 2001, Scheunemann served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. From 1999-2000, Scheunemann served as Defense and Foreign Policy Coordinator for the “McCain 2000” presidential campaign. During 1996, Mr. Scheunemann was a senior adviser to Republican Presidential Candidate Bob Dole. Previously, Mr. Scheunemann served as National Security Adviser to Senate Republican and Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott, and also served on the staffs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the House Republican Policy Committee. He is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Robin Shepherd
Robin Shepherd
Publisher, The Commentator

Mr. Robin Shepherd is the owner/ publisher of Britain’s fastest growing new media outlet, The Commentator. He is also a senior fellow of the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI), based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Mr. Shepherd has held senior fellowships with several top think tanks in the United States, Britain, and Europe. Before entering the think tank world a decade ago, he was a foreign correspondent, firstly for Reuters and subsequently The Times of London, where he was the Moscow Bureau Chief. He has been associated with Halifax International Security Forum since its inception and is a member of the Agenda Working Group.

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Kevin Short
Kevin Short
Vice Chief, New Zealand Defense Force

In his early career Air Vice-Marshal Short completed duties as a Navigator, Tactical Coordinator, and Aircraft Captain, accumulating over 5,000 flying hours primarily on the Orion aircraft. AVM Short has attended the General Duties Aero Systems Course at Royal Air Force Cranwell, the RNZAF Command and Staff College and the USAF Air War College in Alabama, USA. AVM Short has filled a range of senior command and operational appointments including the NZDF Senior National Officer in USCENTCOM as part of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, and Senior National Officer and Commander of the NZ Provincial Reconstruction Team, Afghanistan. Other senior appointments have included Assistant Chief Development, Assistant Chief Strategic Commitments, and Intelligence and Deputy Chief of Air Force. In 2013 AVM Short assumed the appointment of Commander Joint Forces New Zealand and as Vice Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force in 2014.

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Péter Siklósi
Péter Siklósi
Deputy State Secretary for Defense Policy and Planning, Hungary

Péter Siklósi is the Deputy State Secretary for Defence Policy and Planning (Defence Policy Director) of the Hungarian Ministry of Defence since 2010. Prior to taking up the post, he worked as Defence Counsellor at the Hungarian Permanent Representation to NATO (2007-2010) and was head of the Defence Policy Department of the Ministry of Defence (2000-2007). His earlier assignments include posts of Defence Policy Advisor within the Prime Minister’s Office and the Parliament and that of a research fellow at the Institute for Strategic and Defence Studies. He is Vice President of the Hungarian Atlantic Council.

 

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Jill Sinclair
Jill Sinclair
Executive Director, External Engagements and Partnerships, Canadian Defence Academy, Department of National Defence, Canada

Ms. Sinclair joined the Department of External Affairs in 1981 and has held diplomatic posts in Prague, Havana, and the Middle East. In September 2008, she joined the Department of National Defence as Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy) and in July 2014, was appointed Executive Director, External Engagements and Partnerships at the Canadian Defence Academy. In her new position, Ms. Sinclair will lead the institutionalization of national and international partnerships, in support of a Whole of Government approach, in matters related to excellence in the profession of arms and in the development of expertise in defence and international security issues. Her professional career has focused on issues of international and regional security and defence, and has included posts as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Foreign and Defence Policy at the Privy Council Office; Canada’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process from September 2003 to 2006; Director General, International Security Bureau at the Department of Foreign Affairs; and Executive Director of the Canadian sponsored International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty.

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Lina Sinjab
Lina Sinjab
Middle East Correspondent, BBC News

Lina Sinjab is a BBC Middle East Correspondent based in Beirut after working as Middle East Regional Editor in London and World Affairs Reporter over the past two years. Lina is a Syrian journalist and has covered the Syrian uprising for the BBC since the beginning in 2011 and continues to follow developments back home. She has reported for the BBC on the situation in Syria since 2007. She has also covered the revolution in Yemen since the start of it in 2011. Lina graduated from Damascus University, and then completed her master’s degree from SOAS University of London in 2009 in international politics. In May 2013, she won the Cutting Edge Award from the First Century Foundation for her coverage of Syria.

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Nancy Southern
Nancy Southern
Chair, President, & Chief Executive Officer, ATCO Ltd., and Chair & Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Utilities Limited

Nancy Southern is Chair, President, & Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Ltd., as well as Chair & Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO company. With nearly 9,000 employees and assets of approximately $18 billion, ATCO is a diversified global corporation delivering service excellence and innovative business solutions in Structures & Logistics, Utilities and Energy. Reporting to the Boards of Directors, Ms. Southern has full responsibility for executing the strategic direction and ongoing operations for both companies. Ms. Southern is a member of the US Business Council, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the American Society of Corporate Executives, the C.D. Howe Institute and a Canadian Member of the Trilateral Commission. Additionally, she was appointed by the late Hon. Jim Flaherty, former Minister of Finance, as a member of his Economic Advisory Council. She was also appointed by the Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Dr. Kellie Leitch, to a committee aimed at encouraging increased participation of women on Canada’s corporate boards. She also serves as a member of the Global Markets Action Plan Advisory Council, led by Canada’s Federal Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast.

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Janice Gross Stein
Janice Gross Stein
Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Founding Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Ms. Janice Gross Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Founding Director of the Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was the Massey Lecturer in 2001 and a Trudeau fellow. Ms. Stein was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate. She has received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta, the University of Cape Breton, and McMaster University. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. She is also a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Gerald Steinberg
Gerald Steinberg
Professor, Political Studies, Bar Illan University, and President and Founder, NGO Monitor

Professor Gerald Steinberg is Professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University in Israel, and President of NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based research institute. His research areas include Middle East diplomacy and security, the politics of human rights and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Israeli politics, and arms control. Steinberg is a member of the Israel Council of Foreign Affairs, contributes to the Institute for Counter-terrorism, the MidEast research group of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and is an adviser to Israeli governmental bodies and Knesset. Publications include “NGOs, Human Rights, and Political Warfare in the Arab-Israel Conflict”; “The UN, the ICJ and the Separation Barrier: War by Other Means” (Israel Law Review); and “Best Practices for Human Rights and Humanitarian NGO Fact-Finding” (co-author, Nijhoff, 2012). In 2013, Professor Steinberg and NGO Monitor were awarded the prestigious Menachem Begin Prize.

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Constanze Stelzenmüller
Constanze Stelzenmüller
Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Constanze Stelzenmüller, an expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy, is the inaugural Robert Bosch Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. 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. Her areas of expertise include: transatlantic relations; German foreign policy; NATO; the European Union’s foreign, security, and defense policy; international law; and human rights.

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Jonathan Tepperman
Jonathan Tepperman
Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

Jonathan Tepperman has been the Managing Editor of Foreign Affairs magazine since February 2011. Tepperman first joined Foreign Affairs as a junior editor in 1998 and spent several years there before moving on to Newsweek International. There he served as Deputy Editor and ran (at various times) the Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America sections, oversaw special projects, and wrote cover stories, opinion pieces, and a regular style column. Tepperman writes frequently about international politics for a range of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and others. In 2013, he served as a guest columnist for the International Herald Tribune. He is the co-editor of a number of books and is the author of the forthcoming Survival of Nations: How Countries Thrive in an Age of Decline (Crown 2016). He is a member of the Board of Directors and the Agenda Working Group for the Halifax International Security Forum.

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Sue Mi Terry
Sue Mi Terry
Managing Director, BowerGroupAsia

Sue Mi Terry is Managing Director at BowerGroupAsia, an advisory firm that helps the world’s premier companies do business in Asia. Previously, she was Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute (2011-2015) and the National Intelligence Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (2010-2011). From 2009 to 2010, she was the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council and before that she served as Director for Korea, Japan, and Oceanic Affairs at the National Security Council (2008-2009). In that role, she formulated and implemented US government policy on Korea, Japan, as well as Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania. Earlier in her career, she served as a Senior Analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (2001-2008). Sue holds a Ph.D. (2001) and a M.A. (1998) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and B.A. from New York University (1993).

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Hideshi Tokuchi
Hideshi Tokuchi
Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Japan

Mr. Tokuchi entered the Japan Defense Agency (JDA) in 1979, and assumed the position of the first ever Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Defense of Japan in July 2014. He retired from the public service in October, 2015. Before assuming the Vice-Minister position, he took several positions in the Ministry of Defense, including Director Generals of Operations Bureau, Personnel and Education Bureau, Finance and Equipment Bureau, as well as Defense Policy Bureau. As for his academic activities, Mr. Tokuchi was a visiting research fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) of the US National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC from July 1995 through November 1996, and taught Japan’s defense policy at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo from 2002 until 2015. He has also been teaching it at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo since 2006. He earned a degree of Bachelor of Laws at the University of Tokyo in 1979 and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1986.

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Russell Trood
Russell Trood
Professor International Relations and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University

Russell Trood is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University. He is also President of the United Nations Association of Australia and a member of the board of the Australian American Fulbright Association. Previously, Professor Trood was a Liberal Senator for Queensland in the Australian Parliament, serving as Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade and as a member of the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security and the Joint Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade, among other positions. In 2012, he completed an appointment as the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Australia for Eastern Europe. From 2011 to 2014, Professor Trood was Adjunct Professor in the Defence and Security Program in the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He has been a member of the Councils of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the National Library of Australia, the Foreign Affairs Council, the Board of the Australian Indonesia Institute, and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Professor Trood has a law degree from the University of Sydney, a master’s degree from the University of Wales and a Doctor of Philosophy from Dalhousie University in Canada.

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Daniel Twining
Daniel Twining
Senior Fellow for Asia, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Daniel Twining is Senior Fellow for Asia at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where he leads a 15-member team working on the rise of Asia and its implications for the West through a program of convening and research spanning East, Southeast, and South Asia. He previously served as a Member of the US Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff; as the Foreign Policy Advisor to US Senator John McCain; and as a staff member of the US Trade Representative. Since leaving government, he has worked with the US National Intelligence Council on a range of projects related to global strategic futures and Asian security. He holds a doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University, where he was the Fulbright/ Oxford Scholar from 2004-2007, and has taught at Georgetown University. He writes regular columns for Foreign Policy and Nikkei and has lived in India, Colombia, Georgia, the United Kingdom, Benin, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and Thailand.

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Peter  Van Praagh
Peter Van Praagh
President, Halifax International Security Forum

Peter Van Praagh is the founding President of Halifax International Security Forum. Peter has served as Senior Director for Foreign Policy and Civil Society at the Washington, DC-based German Marshall Fund of the United States, as Deputy Vice President of Programs at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, and as Chief of Party for the National Democratic Institute both in the former Soviet Union and in Turkey. In 2006-07, Peter served as Policy Director to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. Peter is a graduate of University College, the University of Toronto, and the London School of Economics. He is married to Lena Van Praagh and has three children, Yasha, Sophia, and Elizabeth.

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Jonathan Vance
Jonathan Vance
Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces

General Jonathan H. (Jon) Vance is the Canadian Armed Forces Chief of the Defence Staff. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982 and has served in Canada, Germany and on UN Peacekeeping operations with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalions, The Royal Canadian Regiment. General Vance has commanded at all levels within the field force from platoon commander to brigade commander and in combat operations as a Joint Task Force Commander in Afghanistan. Following his tours in Afghanistan, General Vance served in Army headquarters as Chief of Staff Land Strategy and as Director of the Strategic Joint Staff in National Defence Headquarters. He completed a tour as Deputy Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples in July 2014 before assuming the position as Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command in September of the same year. General Vance was appointed Chief of the Defence Staff in July 2015.

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Nirmal Kumar Verma
Nirmal Kumar Verma
Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished International Fellow, United States Naval War College

Admiral (Retd) Nirmal Verma was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1970. The Admiral assumed charge as the 20th Chief of the Naval Staff on August 31, 2009 and retired from service in 2012 on completion of a career spanning over four decades. He had the privilege of commanding three ships during his naval career, including the coveted command of an aircraft carrier. The Admiral is a postgraduate in Defence Studies from Chennai University, India. In his assignments as a Flag Officer, the Admiral has steered the development of maritime capability, formulation of induction policy, guided the HRD program of the Indian Navy, and structured the framework of transformation of the Navy’s combat capability and infrastructure development. Admiral Nirmal Verma is a recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, awarded to him by the Government of India for his meritorious service. Post retirement from the Navy, the Admiral was nominated by the Government of India as the High Commissioner to Canada. He relinquished charge in November 2014. The Admiral is currently the US Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished International Fellow at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.

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Luis Carlos Villegas Echeverri
Luis Carlos Villegas Echeverri
Minister of Defense, Ministry of Defense, Colombia

Luis Carlos Villegas Echeverri is the National Defense Minister of Colombia. Prior to his current role he held positions as Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Governor of the Department of Risaralda, Colombia, Colombian Senator, as well as Vice Minister of Foreign Relations, among other positions. His other roles include being on the Ecopetrol board of directors, Director of the National Federation of Colombian Coffee Growers, acting President of the Colombian National Industrial Association, and President of the National Guild Council and the Andean Industrial Council. Between the years 2012-2013, Mr. Villegas was a member of the Colombian Government’s negotiation team during peace talks with FARC. He studied economics and earned a law degree from Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia. He is also a candidate for a degree in public administration from the University of Paris II. Mr. Villegas has been honored various times both within and outside of Colombia. He was awarded the Boyacá and San Carlos medals, the Brazilian medal of Rio Branco, the Colombian Congress’ Medal of Democracy, the Medal of Isabel the Catholic, and other distinctions from countries including Argentina, Italy, Peru, and Ecuador.

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Kurt Volker
Kurt Volker
Executive Director, The McCain Institute for International Leadership

Ambassador Kurt Volker is a leading expert in US foreign and national security policy with some 30 years of experience in a variety of government, academic, and private sector capacities. Ambassador Volker serves as Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University based in Washington, DC. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, a Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council, and a Trustee of IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France. He is a consultant to international business, a member of the Board of Directors of Capital Guardian Funds Trust, and had previously served as Managing Director, International, for BGR Group. He has taught Transatlantic Relations at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. He is a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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W. Bruce Weinrod
W. Bruce Weinrod
Senior Counsel, Global Impact

Mr. W. Bruce Weinrod is an attorney and international business advisor. Mr. Weinrod has served as the Secretary of Defense Representative for Europe/ Defense Advisor to the US Mission at NATO, and earlier as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO policy, both as a Presidential appointee. He has also been a senior staff member on Capitol Hill. The author of numerous publications, Mr. Weinrod has been a US Senate-confirmed member of the Board of Directors of the US Institute of Peace, a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Distinguished Research Fellow at the US National Defense University and a Leadership Fellow of the Japan Society. He is an international board member of the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF) and serves on the US State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG). In the private sector, Mr. Weinrod has advised companies regarding US and international regulatory, legislative and policy matters. A US Army veteran, Mr. Weinrod has a J.D. from the Georgetown University School of Law and an M.A. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the District of Columbia Bar. He is also a member of the Halifax International Security Forum Agenda Working Group.

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Jonathan Weisstub
Jonathan Weisstub
Founding Partner, Common Wealth, Chairman of the Board, Halifax International Security Forum, and Senior Resident, Massey College, University of Toronto

Jonathan Weisstub is a Founding Partner of Common Wealth, a pension advisory firm that serves governments, leading public sector pension plans, and the labor movement. He also serves as a strategic advisor to publicly traded companies. Most recently he was the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development for Infrastructure Ontario where he was responsible for the privatization and review of a number of significant assets of the Province of Ontario. Prior to this appointment, he led government wide expenditure management initiatives for the Province’s $120 billion budget, as Assistant Deputy Minister and Head of the Program Review Secretariat within the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Jonathan also served as Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Gabriel Resources, a TSX listed gold company with a market capitalization of approximately $1 billion. Prior to joining Gabriel Resources, he practiced with the law firm of Stikeman Elliott LLP in the area of securities and corporate law, specializing in public and private mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity transactions and corporate finance. Jonathan has also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, from 2004-2006. Jonathan has a B.A. from McGill University, an M.Phil in politics from Oxford University, and a law degree from the University of Toronto.

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Alexis  Wichowski
Alexis Wichowski
Director of Research and Communications, Harmony Institute

Dr. Alexis Wichowski serves as Director of Research and Communications at Harmony Institute, an interdisciplinary think-tank started by the co-founder of Buzzfeed that studies the science of media and social change. In this role, Wichowski sets the research agenda for HI’s interdisciplinary team of social scientists, data analysts, and technologists, and shares HI’s work with the broader public. Previously, Wichowski worked for the federal government, advising on diplomatic use of technology in offices such as the Permanent Mission of the US to the United Nations and the State Department’s Office of eDiplomacy. Wichowski holds a Ph.D. in information science from the University at Albany, a B.A. in Chinese from Connecticut College and served as a Fulbright scholar in China. Her writing about digital media, technology, and government has appeared in publications such as Foreign Affairs and The Atlantic, and academic books including, most recently, a chapter in Routledge’s “Digital Diplomacy: Theory & Practice.” In addition to her work at HI, Wichowski teaches on technology, government, and national security at the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University.

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Taylor Wilson
Taylor Wilson
Nuclear Physicist, University of Nevada, Reno

Taylor Wilson was born in Arkansas in 1994. In 2009 at age 14, Taylor became the youngest person in history to produce nuclear fusion, and went on to develop many novel nuclear technologies including security, medical, and energy innovations, afterwards founding companies to commercialize these inventions. In addition to running his commercial endeavors, Taylor directs several academic laboratories for fundamental and applied research in nuclear science. Along with his commercial and scientific interests, Taylor studies the history of science and technology and works to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers to dream big and use technology to make the world a better place.

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Robert Work
Robert Work
Deputy Secretary of Defense, United States Department of Defense

Robert O. Work was confirmed as the 32nd Deputy Secretary of Defense on April 30, 2014. Mr. Work most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Work served as the Undersecretary of the Navy. Prior to that, Mr. Work served on President-elect Barack Obama’s Department of Defense Transition Team as leader of the Department of the Navy issues team. In 2002, Mr. Work joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), first as the Senior Fellow for Maritime Affairs, and later as the Vice President for Strategic Studies. Mr. Work was also an adjunct professor at George Washington University. During his 27- year military career, he held a wide range of command, leadership, and management positions. Mr. Work earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois; a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California; a Master of Science in Space System Operations from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a Master in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His military and civilian awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

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Paul Wynnyk
Paul Wynnyk
Commander of Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, Canadian Armed Forces

After being a member of both the Army Cadets and the Canadian Army Reserves, Major-General Paul Wynnyk graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1986. He was commissioned into the Canadian Military Engineers. Major-General Wynnyk has commanded 1 Combat Engineer Regiment, 1 Area Support Group and Land Forces Western Area/Joint Task Force West. During this time, he was responsible for the Canadian Armed Forces response to the 2011 Winnipeg Floods. Major-General Wynnyk has also served as the Senior Defence Advisor to the Privy Council Office, and most recently he was the Deputy Commander of the Canadian Army. His overseas deployments include Germany, Cambodia, the Congo and Afghanistan. He is a Commander of the Order of Military Merit, a qualified military parachutist in several countries and a graduate of the French commando course. Major-General Wynnyk was appointed Commander of Canadian Forces Intelligence Command in July of 2014.

 

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Amos Yadlin
Amos Yadlin
Director, Institute for National Security Studies

Amos Yadlin has been the Director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), the leading strategic think tank in Israel, since November 2011. Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yadlin was designated Minister of Defense of the Zionist Union Party in the March 2015 elections. He previously served for over 40 years in the Israel Defense Forces, nine of which as a member of the IDF General Staff. His positions included IDF’s Chief of Defense Intelligence, IDF Attaché to the United States, and Commander of the IDF Military Colleges and the National Defense College. As a former deputy commander of the Israel Air Force, he commanded two fighter squadrons and two airbases, accumulated about 5000 flight hours, and flew more than 250 combat missions behind enemy lines. Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yadlin has published articles in Israeli and leading international journals, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Wall Street Journal. Yadlin holds a B.A. in economics and business administration from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as a Wexner Israel Fellow.

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Amira Yahyaoui
Amira Yahyaoui
Founder and Executive Director, Center 247

Amira Yahyaoui is a Tunisian human rights advocate and founder of Al Bawsala and Center 247. Since 2000, Amira Yahyaoui has been active against Ben Ali’s regime as member of the Tunisian anti-censorship and freedom of speech movement. Following the revolution in early 2011, she founded the multi-awarded Tunisian organisation Al Bawsala. Through its project marsad.tn (“monitor” in Arabic), Al Bawsala monitors the work of the parliament, the budget, and city halls using new technologies to make the information collected accessible to citizens. Today, Amira is launching Center 247, the first Tunisian security and defense think tank. The Center will work on Counter Insurgency and Terrorism with a special focus on Tunisia’s strategic issues. Amira Yahyaoui won the Vital Voices global trailblazer award as “Women Transforming the Middle East and North Africa,” the Norwegian Linderbraeke Award for Human Rights, and the French Fondation Chirac award on conflict prevention. She has been ranked by Arabian Business magazine as one of the most powerful Arab women and by Jeune Afrique as one the most influential African women. Amira is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a 2016 Davos co-chair, and a Yale World Fellow.

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Dov S. Zakheim
Dov S. Zakheim
Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Senior Fellow, CNA

Dov S. Zakheim is Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Senior Fellow at the CNA Corporation. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton. From 2001 to April 2004, he was Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense; in addition, from 2002-2004 he was DOD’s coordinator of civilian programs in Afghanistan. From 1987 to 2001, he was a senior executive with System Planning Corporation. From 1985 until 1987, Dr. Zakheim was Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Planning and Resources. Dr. Zakheim has served on numerous government, corporate, non-profit, and charitable boards. A member of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan (2008-2011), he currently serves on the Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization, the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, and the Defense Business Board, which he helped establish. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a doctorate from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

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Lamberto Zannier
Lamberto Zannier
Secretary General, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Ambassador Lamberto Zannier took up the post of OSCE Secretary General on July 1, 2011. Zannier is an Italian career diplomat. From June 2008 to June 2011, he was UN Special Representative for Kosovo and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). From 2002 to 2006, he was the Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre of the OSCE. Previous senior positions include Permanent Representative of Italy to the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague (2000-2002), Chairperson of the negotiations on the adaptation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (1998-1999), and Head of Disarmament, Arms Control and Cooperative Security at NATO (1991-1997).

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