Abdallah Saaf

Professor Abdallah Saaf is a professor of Political sciences at Mohamed V Rabat University, Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Center, former Minister of Education from 1998 to 2004. He also manages an annual publication called “Strategic Report of Morocco” since 1995. Director of the Center for Studies in Social Sciences Research (CERSS), and Founder of the Moroccan Association of Political Science and Director of Abhath Review, was a member of the commission in charge of revising the Constitution during July 2011, and member of the Scientific Committee at the Global Forum for Humans rights.

Atila Eralp

Graduated from the Middle East Technical University Department of Public Administration in 1972, Atila Eralp holds a MA and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southern California. During 1981-82 academic year, Eralp was the Assistant Chairman of Department of Public Administration of the Middle East Technical University. He worked as an academic visitor in London School of Economics and Political Science (England) in 1985 and visiting fellow as a Fulbright Scholar in Princeton University (USA) in 1992-93. Between 1993 and 2005, he was the Chair of the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University. Eralp was awarded the professor title in 1995. During his career, Prof. Eralp has written and edited numerous publications and advised for many MA and PhD theses. Atilla Eralp worked in a wide array of projects as a coordinator or researcher. Among these projects funded by the SPO, TÜBİTAK and the EU were framework programs on R&D and lifelong learning. In 2002, he was awarded the Jean Monnet Chair title by the European Commission. Eralp is the Chair of the European Studies Center, Middle East Technical University since 1997. Eralp joined the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) in December 2011 and is the Director of International Policy Research Institute (IPRI).

Álvaro de Vasconcelos

Álvaro de Vasconcelos was Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies between May 2007 and May 2012. Prior to this, he headed the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (IEEI) in Lisbon, of which he is a co-founder, from 1981 to 2007 where he launched several networks including the Euro-Latin American Forum and EuroMeSCo. As well as being a regular columnist in the Portuguese and international press, he is the author and co-editor of many books, articles and reports, notably in the areas of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), Euro-Mediterranean relations and on the theme of world order, such as Portugal: A European Story; La PESC: Ouvrir l’Europe au Monde; The European Union, Mercosul and the New World Order; A European Strategy for the Mediterranean; ESPAS Report ‘Global Trends 2030 – Citizens in an Interconnected and Polycentric World’ and Listening to Unfamiliar Voices – The Arab Democratic Wave. Álvaro de Vasconcelos is a Chevalier of the Order of the Légion d’Honneur (France) and a Comendador do Ordem do Rio Branco (Brazil).

Carlos Lopes

Carlos Lopes of Guinea-Bissau was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). He has more than 24 years of experience at the United Nations as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative in Brazil and Zimbabwe. A member of several African academic networks, as well as a strategist and socio-economist, Dr. Lopes has vast experience in capacity-building and technical cooperation on the continent. He previously served as Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva and Director of the UN System Staff College in Turin at the level of Assistant Secretary-General from March 2007 to August 2012. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a research master from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He has also received an Honorary PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Cândido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Feng Zhongping

Feng Zhongping is Assistant President of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) and Research Professor and Director of the CICIR Institute of European Studies. He is also Part-time Professor at Renmin University. He holds an MA & PhD in History, Lancaster University, UK. He has been a visiting scholar in Harvard Center for European Studies and Durham University. He is the author and editor of many books and articles on the EU its member states.

Gelson Fonseca

Gelson Fonseca Junior was born in Rio de Janeiro on September 6, 1946. In 1969, he Graduated in law, State University of Guanabara ( Rio de Janeiro). He joined the Brazilian Foreign Service. In 1968 and has been a diplomat since then. Among his positions, he worked as an Advisor to the Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic (1990-92),  as President of the Alexandre Gusmão Foundation (1992-95) and as  diplomatic advisor do President Fernando Henrique Cardoso  (1995-1999). Abroad, the served as Ambassador to the United Nations (199-2003), Ambassador in Santiago, Chile (2003-06),  Consul General in Madrid (2006-09). Back in Brasilia, he was Inspector General of the Foreign Service from 2009-2012. He was Consul General in Porto, Portugal. He has written extensively on international questions. His main books are Legitimacy and Other  International Questions (1979) and  The Interest and the rule: Essays on United Nations and multilatelism. He was professor at Instituto Rio Branco from 1980 to 1998.

Gerald Stang


Gerald Stang is a researcher in energy, climate and security challenges. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. In 2013, he co-directed a task force on energy security involving experts from multiple EU institutions and culminating in the final report, “Energy moves and power shifts: EU foreign policy and global energy security”. In 2014-15 he was a lead author on a G7 team investigating the security and fragility challenges of climate change.

Hoda Youssef

Hoda Youssef is an economic analyst at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), working on an initiative on Private Sector for Food Security in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Sciences Po Paris School and has acquired experience through her work in international academic and policy making institutions (Princeton University, the World Bank, the European Commission, Cairo University, the Free University of Brussels (ULB) among others). Her research work focuses on monetary and fiscal policies, and on the political economy of the MENA region, with a focus on Egypt. She has published books and working papers on several macroeconomic issues including inflation targeting, fiscal dominance and the Arab Awakening.

Isabel Maria Freitas Valente

Isabel Maria Freitas Valente is PhD in Altos Estudos Contemporâneos, in the field of European Studies – Coimbra University. She holds a Master in European Studies from the University of Coimbra, a Master in European Studies – “The Process of Building Europe”, in the area of Political Science, coordinated by the Università degli studi di Siena, Facoltà di Giurisprudenza e di Scienze Politiche, in collaboration with the partner universities of Coimbra, Salamanca, Granada, Robert Schuman, d ‘Strasbourg III, Yagiellonski of Krakow and Panteion University of Athens. She is an Integrated Researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the 20th Century of the University of Coimbra – CEIS20, she is a Member of Team Europe of the European Commission, Member of the Scientific Council of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute of the University of Coimbra, of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the 20th Century The University of Coimbra and the Institute for European Studies – Eurofacts, she is an evaluator e-COST (European Science Foundation). Has developed her research in the area of Contemporary History (20th century) and in the area of European Studies (history of the outermost regions, European integration process of Portugal) topics on which she has published autonomous books, chapters of books, scientific articles in scientific journals and multiple communications: Brazil, Spain, France, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Luxembourg, Germany and Romania. She has taught the disciplines of European Integration, European Construction Process, Idea of Europe, Politics and Ideology at the Universities of Coimbra, Azores, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, University of São Paulo, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Federal University of Campina Grande, Federal of Ceará. She has participated in several seminars, colloquia and national and foreign congresses. She is a member of the editorial board of several national and foreign scientific journals, among them the Debater Europe Magazine (of which she is the deputy director), Revista Estudos do Século XX, Revista Mneme, Revista Eurolimes. In collaboration with Prof. Doctor João Rui Pita, is scientific coordinator of the Collection “História e Filatelia”, edited by CEIS20. In collaboration with Dr. Ana Ribeiro, she is scientific coordinator of the “Ambiente, Energia e Alterações Climáticas” edited by CIEDA. Curriculum and scientific production available in: http://www.degois.pt/visualizador/curriculum.jsp?key=7970341948084318

Luis Peral

Luis Peral was a Senior Analyst of Global and Strategic Affairs at the Club of Madrid, where he led the Next Generation Democracy project. Previously, he had worked as a Principal Analyst in Knowledge Development with the Center for Crisis Management and Global Operations (CCOMC) at SHAPE, NATO. From 2008 to 2013, he was a senior researcher at the EU Institute for Security Studies, where he worked on the EU's contribution to multilateralism and, in particular, to the international security system, EU-Asian relations, with an emphasis on India, and international responses to conflict situations such as Afghanistan and Libya. Previously, Mr. Peral was a professor of International Law at Carlos III University in Madrid from 1992 to 2004, Senior Research Officer at the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies of the Spanish Government under the Ramón y Cajal Research Programme of the Spanish Government (2004-2008) and simultaneously held the position of Senior Research Officer (Global Governance Program) at FRIDE (2004-2006) and Director of the Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management Programme, International Center of Toledo for Peace, CITpax, (2006-2008). He has a Doctorate in Law, a Master's Degree in Law from the European Union, a Master's Degree in Law, a Master's Degree in Political Science - International Relations (Complutense and Carlos III Universities of Madrid) and a Diploma in English Law (University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom). Luis Peral died on July 15, 2019. 

Marco Aurélio Garcia

Marco Aurélio García was Brazilian President Dilma Roussef's foreign policy advisor, a position he also held during the previous president's term, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Previously, he coordinated Lula's electoral platforms for the 1994, 1998 and 2006 elections, was interim party president from 6 October 2006 to 2 January 2007, and party vice president from October 2005 to February 2010. Mr. Garcia was a professor of Latin American History on leave from UNICAMP University. He was a professor at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Chile and at the Paris-VIII and Paris-X universities. He graduated in Philosophy and Law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. In the 1960s, he was vice-president of the National Union of Students and alderman of the city of Porto Alegre. After years of exile in Chile and France in the 1970s, he returned to Brazil and helped found the Workers' Party. He was Secretary of Culture of the cities of São Paulo and Campinas. Professor Marco Aurélio García died on July 20, 2017. 

Maria João Rodrigues

Maria João Rodrigues was a Member of the European Parliament, serving as Vice-President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. She was previously a professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles and the University of Lisbon and active in several think tank and research institutions, notably as member of the Governing Board of the European Policy Centre and of Notre Europe. She was until 2011 the chair of the advisory Group to the European Commission for Social Sciences and Humanities. She has served as special adviser to a number of elected representatives at both Portuguese and EU level including former Portuguese Prime Minister Guterres and José Socrates, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, and the former President of the Party of European Socialists Poul Nyrup Rasmussen. In 1998, she was appointed special adviser and Head of the Forward Studies Unit for Prime Minister António Guterres, playing an important role in the adoption of the Lisbon Strategy, a comprehensive plan that was aimed at boosting growth and employment level in the EU. Maria João Rodrigues continued to monitor closely the developments of the Lisbon Strategy, in particular as Special Advisor to the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Union for the Mid-term Review of the Lisbon Strategy (2005) and special advisor to the European Commission on the Lisbon strategy. Previously, she was Minister for Qualifications and Employment of Portugal in the first government of Prime Minister António Guterres (1995–1997). She holds three Masters degrees and a PhD in economics from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne as well as a Degree in Sociology from the University of Lisbon.

Marina V. Larionova


Head of the International Organizations Research Institute at the National Research University (NRU) Higher School of Economics. Co-Chair of the Civil20. Co-chair of G8 & G20 NGOs Working Group. Doctor in Political Science and PhD in Philology.


2006: Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Doctor of Political Science
2000 – 2002: Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Master’s Degree in International Relations
1986 -1989: Moscow State Pedagogical University (post graduate study), PhD in Philology
1977-1981: Moscow Pedagogic University, Foreign languages faculty, English language department. Diploma of Specialist with distinction

Present position: Head of NRU HSE International organizations research institute
2002 – 2009: Vice-rector of the State University – Higher School of Economics
1997 – 2002: Deputy- Head of the Secretariat of the Federal Commission on Training Managers and Executives for the Enterprises of the Russian Federation Economy.
1996: Deputy – Director of the Moscow Training Foundation (the World Bank project).

Membership in professional organizations. Member of the Political Science Academy. Member of the Universities Association for Contemporary European Studies. Member of the European Education Policy Network.

Academic interests
Discipline: Political Science. Area: Global Governance. Theme: International Institutions. Sub-theme: G8&G20 systems. Area: European Studies. Theme: History and Theory of European Construction process. Sub-themes: EU institutions. Role of Political Actors in the Integration process. Education policies. Integration processes in education.

Mario Telò

Mario Telò is Professor of Political Science, International Relations and European Union Studies at the Université Libre of Bruxelles (ULB) and Professor of History of Political Thought at the University of Bari. He lectured and/or has been Visiting professor in many universities including Hamburg Universitaet (1984-1985), Uppsala (1979), Macau, Pisa Sant’Anna (2001), Chuo-Tokyo and Hitotsubashi-Tokyo (2000 and 2002), LSE (2009), Oxford (2010) and Sciences Po-Paris (2010). Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, Université Libre de Bruxelles-IEE since 1995 and President of the Institute of European studies between 2005 and 2009, he teaches international relations, coordinates  several international research networks, acts as GREEN Senior scholar and Central coordinator of the global doctoral program GEM (Globalization, Europe and Multilateralism). He served as advisor to the European Commission, DG research (High level group on social sciences and humanities, 2002-2007), DG Culture (responsible for the network of J. Monnet Chairs collaborating on the White Book on EU Governance), the European Parliament (Rasmussen Report on Mastering Globalization, 2003), and to the European Council Presidency (2000 and 2007). Mario Telò studied Philosophy at Florence University, specialized at Sapienza university and received a PhD equivalent in Political sociology in 1982. He was elected as a Member of the Royal Academy of sciences, Bruxelles, in 2006. In 2012, he published State, Globalisation and Multilateralism: The challenges of institutionalising regionalism. His most recent book is EU and new regionalism. Competing regionalism and global governance in a post-hegemonic era.

Mathew J. Burrows

Dr. Mathew J. Burrows is Director of the Strategic Foresight Initiative in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He was Counselor to the National Intelligence Council (NIC) starting in July, 2007, and became Director of the Analysis and Production Staff (APS) in January 2010.  In 2003-2007, as Director of APS, he was responsible for managing a staff of senior analysts and production technicians who guide and shepherd all NIC products-not just Estimates-from inception to dissemination.  He was the principal drafter for the NIC publication – Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds.  This publication has received widespread recognition and praise in the international media and among academics and think tanks.  In addition, in September 2005, he was asked to set up and direct the NIC’s new Long Range Analysis Unit which is now known as the Strategic Futures Group. Dr. Burrows joined the CIA in 1986, where he served as analyst for the Directorate of Intelligence (DI), covering Western Europe, including the development of European institutions such as the European Union.  In 1998-1999 he was the first holder of the Intelligence Community Fellowship, and served at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York.  Other previous positions included assignments as special assistant to the US UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, 1999-2001, and Deputy National Security Advisor to US Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill in 2001-2002.  He is a member of the DI’s Senior Analyst Service. Dr. Burrows graduated from Wesleyan University in 1976 and in 1983, received a PhD in European History from Cambridge University, England. His most recent book is The Future, Declassified: Megatrends That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action.

Pedro Bohomoletz de Abreu Dallari

Professor Dallari holds Law degree and Ph.D in International Law at Law School of University of São Paulo (USP) and Business Administration at São Paulo’s Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV). He is an Associated Professor in the Department of International and Comparative Law at the USP’s Law School, member of The International Relations Institute of University of São Paulo (IRI-USP), working in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Law School and of the Institute of International Relations. Has continuously exercised public function in Brazil and with international organizations. He was Councillor in the City of São Paulo (1989-1992), Assemblyman of the State of São Paulo (1992-1999), member of the Human Right Commission (on the national and State of São Paulo levels) at the Brazilian Bar Association (1998-2006), judge and President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank (2004-2008) and Member of the Specialists Committee of the Organization of American States Good Offices Mission in Colombia and in Equator – MIB/OEA (2009).

Radha Kumar

Dr. Radha Kumar is a specialist in ethnic conflicts, peacemaking and peace-building. Formerly Director of the Mandela Centre for Peace at Jamia Millia Islamia University (2005-2010), Dr. Kumar has also been Senior Fellow in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (1999-2003), Associate Fellow at the Institute for War and Peace Studies at Columbia University (1996-8) and Executive Director of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly in Prague (1992-4). She is currently on the Board of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Foundation for Communal Harmony (India, Ministry of Home Affairs), and an Associate Fellow of the Asia Society in New York. She recently completed a mission as one of the Government of India’s Group of Interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir (2011-12). Dr. Kumar’s recent books include Negotiating Peace in Deeply Divided Societies (Sage: 2009), and Making Peace with Partition (Penguin: 2006). Her articles have been published in Foreign Affairs, Economic and Political Weekly, International Affairs, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, and by a number of think tanks, including the EU Institute for Security Studies and the Centre for European Policy Studies.

Stewart Patrick

Stewart Patrick is senior fellow and director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program (IIGG) at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The updated work of the IIGG’s Global Governance Monitor shows how the international community is doing in addressing the most daunting threats that it faces. Dr. Patrick’s areas of expertise include multilateral cooperation in the management of global issues; U.S. policy toward international institutions, including the United Nations; the challenges posed by fragile, failing, and post-conflict states; and the integration of U.S. defense, development, and diplomatic instruments in U.S. foreign and national security policy. Dr. Patrick is the author of the book Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security, and he writes the blog, The Internationalist. From February 2005 to April 2008, he was research fellow at the Center for Global Development. He directed the Center’s research and policy engagement on the intersection between security and development. He also served as a professorial lecturer in international relations/conflict management at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. From September 2002 to January 2005, Dr. Patrick served on the secretary of state’s policy planning staff, with lead staff responsibility for U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and a range of global and transnational issues. Prior to government service, Patrick was from 1997 to 2002 a research associate at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. He graduated from Stanford University and received his doctorate in international relations, as well as two masters’ degrees, from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of five books and the author of numerous articles and chapters on the subjects of multilateral cooperation, state-building, and U.S. foreign policy. His CFR blog, The Internationalist, can be found here.

William Burke-White

William Burke-White, Deputy Dean and Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School is the inaugural Richard Perry Professor and director of the Perry World House at the at University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert on international law and global governance, served in the Obama Administration from 2009-2011 on Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff, providing the Secretary direct policy advice on multilateral diplomacy and international institutions. He was principal drafter of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), Secretary Clinton’s hallmark foreign policy and institutional reform effort. Burke-White has written extensively in the fields of international law and institutions, with focus on international criminal and international economic law. His work has addressed issues of post-conflict justice; the International Criminal Court; international human rights, and international arbitration. His current research explores gaps in the global governance system and the challenges of international legal regulation in a world of rising powers and divergent interests.

Zhu Liqun

Dr. Zhu Liqun was Vice-President of China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), where she taught courses in International Theories, International Relations and Post-War. As General Secretary of the National Association of International Studies of China and member of the Board of Directors of the China Ministry of Education's History Teaching Steering Committee, China-EU Studies Association, she was actively involved in international studies in China. She was also Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Foreign Policy Review. Her research focused on China's foreign policy, the European Union and international relations in general. She obtained her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees respectively from Nankai University (Tianjin) and the University of Foreign Affairs of China (Beijing). He did research in the United States, Ireland and Paris as a visiting scholar. She was also a Fulbright Visiting Fellow from 2003 to 2004 at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Dr. Zhu Liqun died in late 2016. 

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