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European Young Leaders
Authors and speakers
Guy Verhofstadt
Leader of Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament, and former Prime Minister of Belgium
Hannes Lambrecht
Advisor, Sector Programme Peace and Security, Disaster Risk Management at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Hannes Lambrecht advises the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on policy developments and strategic orientation on long-term peacebuilding in relation to its Near East development cooperation portfolio. With GIZ since 2008, he has gained profound knowledge on conflict analysis, peacebuilding activities and security sector reform approaches. Lambrecht was previously in charge of a community policing project in the Palestinian Territories and held short term assignments in Lebanon and Iran.

Hans-Gert Pöttering
Member, and President (2007-2009) of the European Parliament
Hans-Joachim Preuss
Managing Director of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Hans-Joachim Preuß has been Managing Director and Member of the Management Board of GIZ since 2011. GIZ, the German development agency, leads on more than 450 projects in Africa in a variety of sectors, including in conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security. Hans-Joachim Preuß previously served as Secretary-General and Managing Director of Welthungerhilfe, one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany which has set itself the goal of banishing famine and poverty from the world. He has published extensively on rural development, global food supplies and fragile statehood. He is also a Member of the Management Board of the German-African Business Association and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Aid by Trade Foundation, amongst other positions.

Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz
Representative and Counsellor of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Germany

Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz is a leading specialist on business development and foreign trade. As CEO of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce for more than two decades, he initiated the Hamburg Summit “China meets Europe” in 2004, a major biennial economic conference aimed at improving economic dialogue and relations between the EU and China. He is also the Founder and President of the Hamburg School of Business Administration and teaches economics at the University of Saarland and at the University of Hamburg.

Hans-Peter Bartels
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces in the Bundestag
Harald Hirschhofer
Senior Adviser at The Currency Exchange Fund (TCX)
Haroon Sheikh
Author of “The Rise of the East: a Look at the New World Order”

Haroon Sheikh, a senior researcher and strategist at FreedomLab and investment company Dasym, has travelled extensively in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and China. His new book “The Rise of the East: a Look at the New World Order” is an account of Sheikh’s impressions and the many conversations he has had while travelling, narrated in the form of a single, extended journey. In this book, Sheikh surveys the altered, 21st-century geopolitical and economic relations on the Eurasian continent.

Helena König
Director for Asia and Latin America at the European Commission Directorate General for Trade

In her current position, Helena König leads European effort to boost trade relations with ASEAN, with bilateral trade accounting to more than €240 billion in 2015. She is responsible for the negotiations of the trade agreements with the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia and was central in the finalisation of the EU-Vietnam FTA. She has worked on EU-Asia since 1997, previously serving as Head of Unit for trade relations with South and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand and as Deputy Head of Unit for Southeast Asia in the Directorate General for External Relations, where she worked on the political aspects of EU relations with the ASEAN countries.

Herman Van Rompuy
President of the European Council (2009-2014) and former Prime Minister of Belgium