Koos Richelle is a Dutch lawyer and high-ranking civil servant who currently serves as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Migration Affairs, an independent committee that advises the Dutch Government and Parliament on immigration law and policy. Previously, he was the Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Integration at the European Commission. Before working in European politics, he served in high-ranking positions in Dutch ministries, for instance, as Director-General for Welfare and Director-General for International Co-operation.
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski is a Polish diplomat and politician who is currently Member of the European Parliament. He was a Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, which he also chaired for two years, and served as Vice President of the European Parliament. Prior to his career in Brussels, Saryusz-Wolski became the first Polish Minister for European when this office was created in 1991.
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.
Jamie Shea has occupied a number of senior positions at NATO across a wide range of areas, including external relations, press and media, and policy planning. As NATO’s Spokesman, he was the face of NATO during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts. He later worked as the Director of Policy Planning in the private office of former Secretary General Rasmussen during the preparation of NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept. Shea is also a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs.
Javier Solana is a Spanish physicist and politician. Considered one of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party’s (PSOE) leaders responsible for the transformation of the party in the post-Franco era, he held several ministerial posts in the Spanish government, serving as Minister for Culture, Minister of Education and Minister for Foreign Affairs. After a career in national politics, he became the 9th Secretary-General of NATO and, later on, the longest-serving High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. Solana is currently President of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics in Spain.
Anna Terrón is a politician and currently Chair of the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility. Previously, she was a Member of the European Parliament for over a decade. She also served as the Secretary for the European Union within the Generalitat de Catalunya and as the Catalan Government Delegate to the European Union. Additionally, she held the position of Spanish Secretary of State for Immigration and Emigration.
Frans Van Daele is a long-standing diplomat in the Belgian Foreign Service. He served as Chief of Staff to the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and Chief of Staff to His Majesty the King of Belgium. In his diplomatic career, he was Deputy Permanent Representative of the Belgian Mission to the United Nations in New York and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels, amongst others.
Herman Van Rompuy is a Belgian and European politician. He began his career in Belgian national politics, becoming Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Budget and was later elected to the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, finally serving as Prime Minister of Belgium. Praised as a consensus-builder, Van Rompuy was chosen unanimously to become the first full-time President of the European Council.
Frank Vandenbroucke is a Belgian politician and professor at the University of Amsterdam. His current research focuses on the impact of the EU on the development of social and employment policy in the EU Member States. Previously, he was Minister for Foreign Affairs and, later on, for Social Security, Health Insurance, Pensions and Employment in the Belgian Government. Furthermore, Vandenbroucke is the Chairman of a High-Level Group convened by Friends of Europe, which produced the report “Unequal Europe – Recommendations for a more caring EU”.
Androulla Vassiliou is a Cypriot politician. Previously, she was the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth and Commissioner for Health. She is also very active in social and cultural fields particularly within the UN and EU. In Cyprus, she was twice elected to the Cyprus House of Representatives and represented the Parliament to the Convention for the Future of Europe as an alternate member.
Jasmina works across a range of media including photography, performance, installation and video. Most often characterised as a visual artist, her artwork is focused on the positioning and analysing of space vis-à-vis other societal categories. She is the author of numerous exhibitions which have been shown all over Europe, as well as the recipient of prestigious Slovenian, European and international awards, including the Bevilacqua la Masa (Venice 2002 and 2005), the Slovenian Trend Award for Outstanding Achievements in Visual Art (2011), and the Catlin Commission Award (London, 2011). She represented Slovenia at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. She studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice before receiving an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London.
Ciara is a chartered physiotherapist and experienced researcher passionately dedicated to improving the management and treatment of people with neurological conditions. At the age of 22, she launched Beats Medical, a medical application available on smartphones, which aims to help people with Parkinson’s disease take control of their condition through technology. Ciara received the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists Anne O’Brien Prize for Clinical Excellence and the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award.
Silvia is a young economist and entrepreneur specialising in game theory and interest groups. She has extensive experience as a strategist in auction design. In 2008, she co-founded Auctionomics, a high-stakes auction consulting and software firm with clients ranging from governments to Fortune 500 companies. Silvia has acted as project manager on several high-stakes auctions in Australia, Canada, and the United States, in many European countries, and in Africa and Latin America. She is also the co-founder of xSwan, an interactive version of eBay that allows charities to raise more money via online auctions. Silvia frequently speaks at major universities both in the United States (including Berkeley and Harvard) and around the world.
In his current position, Manuel heads the directorate in charge of implementing infrastructure projects and stimulating foreign investment and public-private partnerships in Romania. Before joining the government, he worked as an executive director at J.P. Morgan, a multinational banking and financial services holding company, where he was responsible for the relationship with various public sector clients in Europe, including central banks, debt management offices, development banks and government agencies. Manuel also worked as an independent consultant on business and development projects in Australia, South Africa, Tanzania and Peru, as well as at the Brattle Group, where he was a research analyst with a focus on risk management and strategies in the energy sector. He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Xavier is an engineer in computer science who is passionate about the digital renaissance. In 1999, while still at secondary school, he founded Tribal, a site that gathered student content from around Belgium for publication in a magazine that was distributed to 30,000 students nationwide. Ten years later, he co-founded Storify, a social media curation platform that enables users to create stories or timelines using content from social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Storify is now used by top brands, organisations and publishers around the world, including CNN, the New York Times, the United Nations and the White House. More recently, he co-founded OpenCollective, another successful company that enables groups to collect and spend money transparently without having to create a new bank account.
Camille is a European writer, creator and artist. He studied in Paris, at the London School of Economics, as well as in New York. He has published several novels, shorts and essays, such as 'The Inversion of Hieronymus Bosch' (2005), 'Lives and Death of an American Terrorist' (2007), and 'L’inquiétude d’être au monde' (The Anxiety of Being in the World, 2012). In 2004, Camille won the Villa Medicis scholarship for his literary and video work. His short film, “Tango de Olvido”, was selected for the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. In 2008 he founded the European Society of Authors with other intellectual figures to promote a cultural Europe on the basis of what he coined a translation citizenship. He is the Chief Editor of www.ifverso.com and Chief Advisor of the “TLHUB.org” project, a multilingual translation platform.
Leendert is Global Head of the Political and Social Practice of TNS, one of the world’s largest market research companies. From 2002 to 2007 he was Joint Managing Director of TNS Opinion, a co-ordination centre for multi-country studies based in Brussels. Leendert is a member of ESOMAR, a worldwide market, social and opinion research association. Over the last 15 years he has been in charge of the coordination of survey research in countries around the world for an important number of international institutions such as the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Parliament and the World Bank. He studied Political Science at Belgium’s Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and also at Institut d'Etudes Politiques / Sciences Po Paris.
Karima from the French party, Europe Écologie–Les Verts, is one of the youngest Members of the European Parliament. She is the ninth of thirteen children, and has written about her modest upbringing and its effect on her ecological commitments in her book, ‘La politique ne me fait pas perdre le nord’ (Politics have not made me lose sight of the North). First elected in 2009, Delli has remained a committed activist during her tenure though work at Jeudi Noire (Black Thursday), a group dedicated to helping young people find housing, and Sauvons les Riches (Save the Rich), which demands the introduction of a maximum European income. She is a member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, and a substitute member of the Committee for Employment and Social Affairs and of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.
Balázs is a Hungarian lawyer and a human rights activist. In 1997 he joined the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), the country’s leading civil liberties watchdog organisation, and after holding various positions he served as the HCLU Executive Director from 2004 to 2012. Since early 2013, he is Director of the European Civil Liberties Project at the Open Society Foundations. He is a founding member of many Hungarian NGOs, and serves on the board of the Common Sense for Drug Policy Foundation and the Melymosoly Foundation. He focuses on civil liberties, human rights, communication and NGO management issues. Balázs received his law degree in 1998 from ELTE University Budapest and is a 2003-2004 Columbia University/Global Network for Public Interest Law (PILnet) Fellow.
Rokhaya is a human rights activist, journalist, Founder and former President of Les Indivisibles, a French organisation that uses humour and irony to fight racism. She is the host and Co-Editor of “Egaux, mais pas trop” (Equal, but not too much), a series of reports on diversity issues in France. She has held several other noteworthy positions in the television field, basing her work primarily on social and political issues. In 2009, she co-directed the documentary Immigration, the words to tell it. Rokhaya has a Master’s in Marketing and Distribution in TV and Cinema Industry from the Sorbonne, a Master’s in Negotiation and Marketing and a Master’s in International and European Law. She is a published author and prolific conference speaker and is a member of several NGOs and organisations that base their work on social awareness. In 2012, she was awarded the “Award for Involvement against racism and discrimination” by COJEP International.