The first woman career diplomat to be appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in ASEAN and in Asia, Delia Domingo-Albert’s forty years’ distinguished career in the Foreign Ministry of the Philippines includes such high-level positions as Director General of the ASEAN National Secretariat, Undersecretary for International Economic Relations and Ambassador to Australia and Germany. She was awarded the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Germany for her efforts in promoting Filipino-German but also ASEAN-EU relations, and is currently a Senior Advisor to SGV & Co/Ernst & Young Philippines.
With more than 20 years of experience at the European Investment Bank (EIB), Diedrick Zambon previously served as the Head of the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Division, and was also responsible for setting up the Bank’s External Office in Tunisia in 2005. The EIB has over 50 years’ expertise in supporting EU development policies in Africa, with around €25bn invested in over 1,200 projects. Its overriding aim in the region is to help generate long-term private sector-led sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty through job creation and improved access to productive resources. It also supports public sector infrastructure projects that are vital to underpin private sector development and create a thriving business environment. Before joining the EIB, Diedrick Zambon worked for a major European commercial bank.
Director of Graduate Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies; Departmental Lecturer in the International Relations of China at the University of Oxford
Dr. Kirsty Hughes is an Associate Fellow at Friends of Europe. She has worked at a number of leading European think tanks and has published extensively on European and international politics including books, reports and as a journalist. She was also a senior political adviser in the European Commission, head of advocacy for Oxfam, and CEO at Index on Censorship.
Egbert-Jan Sol is Chief Technology Officer of TNO Industry and Director of the Dutch Smart Industry programme, Dutch Industry 4.0. He is also part-time professor at the Faculty of Science of Radboud University. At European level he is vice-chairman of the European Factories of the Future Research Association and a member of the High Level Group of the European Technology Platform ‘Manufuture’. Egbert-Jan started his industrial career as a robotics system architect, and has also worked as a software project manager, development manager (Philips) and managing director of the 500 person Ericsson R&D centre. From 1990-98 he was part-time professor Technology Management at the TU Eindhoven.