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 president of the ESADEgeo Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid). He is also distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution, senior fellow at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and visiting professor at the London School of Economics, where he was awarded an Honorary Degree in 2010. From 1999 to 2009, Dr Solana was High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union. From 1995 to 1999, he was Secretary General of NATO. Prior to that, Dr Solana held several ministerial positions in the Spanish government, including that of Minister of Foreign Affairs.
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.
Guy Verhofstadt is a Belgian politician who has served as the Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group and Member of the European Parliament since 2009. He was also one of the founders of the Spinelli Group and he was named the European Parliament's representative on matters relating to Brexit. Previously, he served as the Prime Minister of Belgium, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Budget. Furthermore, Verhofstadt was a Member of the Chamber of Representatives for over twenty years.
Jane has dedicated most her life to climate and environmental issues, serving first as a strategic consultant on low carbon policy to the Mayor of London and is now running a world-class climate science and low carbon technology centre at the UK’s National Measurement Institute. In 2008, she founded Carbon Retirement, an award-winning social enterprise working with the EU ETS. Her dedication to sustainability and entrepreneurial drive was rewarded with being named as one of the ‘Top 30 UK entrepreneurs under 30’ by Real Business in 2010, a 'Social Entrepreneur of the Year' by Square Mile in 2011 and one of the ‘Top 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the UK’ by the Chamber of Commerce International in 2015, among others.
With two master’s degrees in Communication and European Integration (Economics), Martin first entered the world of journalism in 2002 initially as a European correspondent and later a political journalist. He has been a reporter for La Libre Belgique and De Morgen, as well as an editor for the television programme “Politiquement Correct” on RTL-TVI during the most recent legislative and regional elections in Belgium. He is currently a Senior Writer at the daily business newspaper L’Echo where he serves as both a political journalist and an editor. Martin appears daily on the Bel-RTL television channel where he conducts a political interview every morning. He is an accomplished author having most recently published a biography of the current Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders.
Malcolm is Head of Communications with the Higher Education Authority, the Irish state agency that advises government on higher education and research and funds the higher education institutions. He is also a councillor and former mayor for the centrist Fianna Fail party. He has previously served as Vice-President of the National Youth Council of Ireland, as Education Officer with the Union of Students in Ireland, as an Executive member of the European Students Union and as Youth Spokesperson for the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe. He previously worked as commercial manager of myhome.ie, Ireland’s most successful property website and as chief executive of a national children’s organisation. A graduate in law and arbitration from University College Dublin, Malcolm is currently completing a Doctorate in Governance at Queen's University Belfast. He has completed 26 marathons.
A young entrepreneur and security expert, Edoardo started working as a political and security risk consultant after graduating from the University of Bologna. In 2010, he established the International Security Observer, a web-based think tank seeking to foster the next generation of security experts. At the time, he was also working as a research analyst at the Italian Institute of Strategic Studies Niccolò Machiavelli, where his activities focused on insurgency, intelligence, national security policies and organised crime. Edoardo is the co-founder of Hozint (Horizon Intelligence), a consulting firm providing location-based media and social media monitoring services on political, safety and security risks. He is frequently interviewed on security issues by media in Italy and across Europe.
Since 2014, Krysztof has been the Director of the Triennial of Photography in Hamburg. He has also previously worked as the Founder and Director of the Lodz Art Centre and the Foundation of Visual Education in the city of Lodz. The Foundation is responsible for the International Festival of Photography, held annually since 2001, which is one of the largest photographic events in Europe. As Director and Chief Curator of this event, Krysztof has established an association of 30 European festivals of photography, called ‘Photo Festival Union’. He is the creator of the Lodz-European Capital of Culture campaign. In 2008 he was named Lodz Citizen of the Year.
Victor is an entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of Capital Partners, the leading independent investment banking company in Romania, which he continues to co-own with three other bankers. Victor is also the Managing Director of One United Properties, a property developer that focuses on exclusive residential compounds in Bucharest. Since May 2014, he has been a Board Director at SIF Oltenia SA, an investment company listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange with a net asset value of €350 million. Victor has been the recipient of various awards including Acquisition International’s M&A Award in 2013, Ziarul Financiar’s Excellence Award in 2011 and Business Review’s 2009 Financial Adviser of the Year Award.
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.
Radoslaw is a neuroscientist, leading the research group “Neural Dynamics of Visual Cognition” at the Free University Berlin. His main interest is human visual cognition – that is, the way the brain represents visual objects. Radoslaw has received numerous awards and grants from private and public funders for his ground-breaking research including from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and, most recently, from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In addition to teaching and lecturing at various universities worldwide, he is also a regular on the conference trail in the US and Europe.
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.
John is an entrepreneur and Co-Founder and President of Stripe, a software company that is expanding Internet commerce by making it easier to process transactions from anywhere in the world. Founded in 2010 alongside his brother, Stripe has rapidly expanded and continues to grow, its current team having over 900 employees. Before Stripe, he co-founded Auctomatic, which was sold in 2008, paving the way to his success as one of the world’s most successful teenage entrepreneurs. John has been passionate about coding since childhood and has a proven track-record of applying his knowledge and skills to develop ways to improve online business processes.