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.
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.
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.
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.
Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (2006-2014) and Swedish Prime Minister (1991-1994)
A renowned international diplomat, Carl Bildt has led the Swedish government that negotiated and signed Sweden’s accession to the European Union and modernized its welfare system. He later served as Swedish Foreign Minister and was one of the initiators of the EU’s Easter Partnership and of EU engagement in the Middle East. Most recently, Bildt chaired the Global Commission on Internet Governance that produced original researches and recommendations on topics such as the dark web, cybersecurity and internet freedom.
Director of Transparency International EU
European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
Prior to his current position, Carlos Moedas worked for Goldman Sachs and the Deutsche Bank before establishing his own investment management company in 2008. In the midst of the European sovereign debt crisis, Moedas was appointed as lead coordinator of the Portuguese Social Democratic Party in the negotiations to set up the 2011 state budget and later became chief negotiator for Portugal’s economic and financial adjustment programme. European Commissioner since 2014, Moedas focuses on the promotion and implementation of Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme, aiming to make progress towards promoting international excellence in research and science in the EU.
CEO of Chance for Science and Professor of Business Administration and Taxation at Leipzig University
Food Security Expert at the African, Caribbean & Pacific Young Professionals Network (ACP YPN)
Caroline Kawira is the food security expert of the ACP YPN, which provides a platform for young professionals and diaspora from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific to play an active role in policymaking processes at the national, regional and international levels. She has extensive experience in the field of agriculture development, having worked at the International Potato Centre of Nairobi, a research institution creating sustainable, global solutions to solve world hunger and poverty, as well as at several other international humanitarian organisations. She studied in Kenya, where she is a registered member of the Nutritionists and Dieticians Institute, and in Belgium, where she graduated with a masters’ degree in Science in Nutrition and Rural Development from Ghent University.