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Board of Trustees
Javier Solana
EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (1999-2009) and former Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Jean-Pierre Jouyet
Elysée's Secretary General, and French Secretary of State for European Affairs (2007-2008)
Joachim Bitterlich
Diplomatic Advisor to Helmut Kohl (1987-1998)
Joaquín Almunia
Vice-President of the European Commission (2010-2014)
John Bruton
Prime Minister of Ireland’s Rainbow Coalition government (1994-1997)
Koos Richelle
Director General of the European Commission (2011-2014)
László Andor
European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (2010-2014)
Linas Antanas Linkevicius
Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Marietje Schaake
Vice Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the United States, Founding Member of the Intergroup on the Digital Agenda and Trustee of Friends of Europe

Marietje Schaake, a Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament, serves on the International Trade committee and is the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Schaake also serves on the committee on Foreign Affairs and the subcommittee on Human Rights. She is the founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda for Europe. She has been called “Europe’s most wired politician” by the Wall Street Journal, “rising Dutch star” by CNN and was voted one of the “40 MEPs that matter” by Politico.

Mario Monti
Prime Minister of Italy (2011-2013) and former European Commissioner
European Young Leaders
Jamila Aanzi
Business economist, UN Women’s Representative & European Young Leader
Julia Obermeier
Member of Parliament, Germany
Kaja Kallas
Member of the European Parliament and European Young Leader (EYL40)

Kaja Kallas started her career as a lawyer in Estonia. In 2011, she was elected Member of the Estonian Parliament and Chair of the Committee on Economic Affairs. In 2014, she was elected to the European Parliament, where she sits on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. A member of the ALDE Group, Kaja is also part of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda, an informal network of MEPs interested in digital technologies and how they can benefit society. She is a proponent of innovation and frequently emphasises that regulations should not hinder the technological revolution. Kallas has been the author of five reports in the European Parliament, including of an own-initiative report on the Digital Single Market.

Katarzyna Anna Nawrot
Assistant Professor at the Poznan University of Economics
Kirsten Brosbøl
Member of Parliament, Denmark
Lara Rouyres
Founder & CEO of Selectionnist
Marguerite Berard-Andrieu
CEO for Finance, Legal Affairs and Strategy at Groupe BPCE
Markus Freiburg
Founder & Managing Director of FASE
Mary Fitzgerald
Award-Winning Journalist and Columnist for the Irish Independent, Libya Analyst & European Young Leader

Mary Fitzgerald is a journalist and analyst specialising in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a particular focus on Libya. She began her career reporting on post-conflict Northern Ireland, and since then she has worked across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Fitzgerald has conducted researches on Libya for well-known think-tanks and institutes, and is a contributing author to an edited volume on the Libyan revolution published by Oxford University Press. She has worked on a number of award-winning radio documentaries for the BBC, one of which won a Gold Sony Radio Academy Award.

Matina Stevis
Africa Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal
Authors and speakers
Bart Gaens
Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

Bart Gaens is an experienced academic whose research has as a main focus the relations between Europe and Asia. Prior to his current position, Gaens led a research project on the EU’s relations with Asia at the University of Helsinki Network for European Studies and worked as an advisor at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland during the preparation of the ASEM6 Summit. He has published extensively on Europe-Asia interregional relations, with special focus on the ASEM process.

Belinda Pyke
Director for Migration, Mobility and Innovation at the European Commission Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs

Belinda Pyke is responsible for legal migration and integration of third country nationals. Pyke joined the European Commission in 1986 and has since held a range of posts, including as Director for Equality between women and men, Action against discrimination, Civil Society. In her current role, Pyke has called for cities and regions to play a strong role in forming integration strategies for refugees and migrants.

Bill Gates
Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Known for co-founding with Paul Allen one of the world’s largest software business, Microsoft, Bill Gates established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife in 2000. Together they shape and approve grant-making strategies, advocate for the foundation’s issues and help to set the overall direction of the organisation. Bill Gates works to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people by collaborating with grantees and partners, tackling international and domestic issues, such as health and education. In 2016, Gates and his wife Melinda were recognized for their philanthropic work when they were named recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by former U.S. President Barack Obama.

Björn Eric Ingemar Grahn
Bodil Valero
Member of the European Parliament for the Swedish Green Party
Brajan Mazurkiewicz
Brendan McNamara
Head of Global NGO Engagement at HSBC

Brendan McNamara has over 25 years’ experience working in corporate and financial communications, both on the agency side and in-house. At HSBC for nine years, McNamara first worked primarily on the HSBC Group’s regulatory news, financial calendar and reputational issues as part of the corporate media relations team. Today, he leads the Group’s global engagement with NGOs.

Bruno Racine
Chairman of the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique

Bruno Racine has held a variety of senior positions in the French government, including as Director of Policy Planning Staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Senior Advisor to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister Alain Juppé, and member of the NATO Group of Experts convened to develop the alliance’s 2010 Strategic Concept. An established author, he has written many books, including ‘Google et le nouveau monde’ in 2010 and ‘Adieu à l’Italie’ in 2012. For his lifetime achievements, Racine was named an Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, the highest French order for military and civil merits.

Camille Grand
Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Camille Grand is a proven expert on NATO, nuclear policy and missile defence. Prior to his current position, Grand served as Director and CEO of the Fondation Pour la Recherche Stratégique, the leading French think tank on defence and security, and has held senior positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence. He has served as French representative in several international negotiations and senior groups on NATO, non-proliferation and disarmament, including Group of Experts on the NATO 2010 Strategic Concept and Secretary General Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

Cao Yuanzheng
Chairman of BOCI Research and Chief Economist (1998-2016) of the Bank of China

An expert on transformation economies and international finance, Cao Yuanzheng is the Chairman of Bank of China International Research (BOCI), an investment research firm, and previously served as the Chief Economist of the Bank of China. Prior to that, Cao served as an economist for several development institutions, including the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations Development Program. He has also worked as a consultant for countries undergoing economic transformations, including Vietnam, Mongolia, the Czech Republic, and Kazakhstan.