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Kerry Buck

Ambassador to NATO, Permanent Representation of Canada to NATO

Kerry Buck is Canada's ambassador and permanent representative to the North Atlantic Council (NATO). Buck joined Canada's then Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1991. She most recently served as political director and assistant deputy minister for international security and political affairs from 2011 to 2015.


Prior to that, she held assistant deputy minister portfolios for Africa and for Latin America and the Caribbean, and was the head of the Afghanistan Task Force. She has also served in a number of other senior positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, including director general for the Middle East and Maghreb, for Afghanistan, and for public diplomacy and federal-provincial affairs, and director for human rights. She was also posted to the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Otaviano Canuto

Executive Director, The World Bank Group; Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Otaviano Canuto is a senior fellow at OCP Policy Center and, for a second time, executive director at the Board of the World Bank for Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Philippines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.


A former vice president and senior advisor at the World Bank, he has also previously served as an executive director of the IMF and as a vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to those positions, he was state secretary for international affairs at the Ministry of Finance in Brazil and a professor of economics at University of São Paulo and ENCAMP.

Jonathan Capehart

Editorial Board Member, The Washington Post

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart is a member of The Washington Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.


He is an MSNBC contributor and has served as a substitute anchor on “The Cycle,” “Martin Bashir,” and “Way Too Early.” He also has been a member of the Reporters Roundtable on “ABC News’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” and substitute host on “The Brian Lehrer Show” and “The Leonard Lopate Show” on WNYC. Capehart was the deputy editorial page editor of New York Daily News from 2002 to 2004, and served on that newspaper’s editorial board from 1993 to 2000. In 1999, his 16-month editorial campaign to save the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem earned him and the board the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing.

Maruxa Cardama

Executive Project Coordinator, Communitas Coalition

Practitioner of sustainable integrated urban and territorial development, Maruxa Cardama’s 14-year career spans strategic policy analysis and advocacy, multi-stakeholder partnerships, and capacity building initiatives with multilateral institutions, national, and subnational governments from both developed and developing countries.


A prolific public speaker and analyst, Cardama is founder and coordinator of Communitas, an international, philanthropy-funded, multi-stakeholder project that pioneered knowledge-based advocacy for the inclusion of sustainable urban development in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda with SDG11; and she coordinated a coalition of practitioners around United Nations intergovernmental processes. Cardama also serves as associate fellow at the Tellus Institute, and external cooperation advisor to the Conference of European Peripheral Maritime Regions CPMR. In 2010-12, she ran nrg4SD — an international network of subnational governments — and co-facilitated the engagement of subnational and local authorities in the UN Rio +20 Conference. Cardama holds an LL.B, an LL.M. in European Law, and a master’s degree in management of cooperation projects.

Jorge Castañeda

Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University

Jorge Castañeda was foreign minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003, focusing on U.S.–Mexican relations, joint diplomatic initiatives on the part of Latin American nations, and the promotion of Mexican economic and trade relations globally.


He is currently a professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University and a member of the Board of Human Rights Watch. He has published more than 20 books and is a regular columnist for the Mexican daily Milenio, TIME Magazine and Spanish daily El País. Castañeda received undergraduate degrees from Princeton University and Université de Paris-I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), a master’s degree from The École Pratique de Hautes Études, Paris I, and his Ph.D. in economic history from the University of Paris-I.

Philippe Chalmin

Founding Chairman, Cyclope

Philippe Chalmin is professor of Economic History at Paris-Dauphine University where he directs the Masters in International Affairs. He is a graduate of HEC, a holder of the agrégation in history, and holds a Ph.D. in literature.


A member of the Council of Economic Analysis appointed by the Prime Minister, he is the founding chairman of Cyclope, the main European research institute on commodity markets which annually publishes the Cyclope report on the economy and global markets. In October 2010, he was appointed chairman of the Observatory on Agricultural and Food Prices and Margins (Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Economy and Finance). He is the author of close to 40 publications, including the most recent The World is Hungry (2009), Le siècle de Jules (2010), Demain, j’ai 60 ans, journal d’un économiste (2011), and Crises 1929, 1974, 2008 Histoire et espérances (2013).

Carolina Chimoy

Broadcaster, Deutsche Welle Latin American

Carolina Chimoy is a political correspondent, news presenter and a host of Quadriga, the international talk show of Germany’s international television network, Deutsche Welle (DW). Chimoy has interviewed head of states from Latin America, ranging from Evo Morales to international figures as Patricia Espinosa.


Chimoy is also correspondent of DW in different Latin American countries. She has recently covered the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff as well as the presidential elections in Peru and the current crisis in Venezuela. She also anchors the primetime news program and produces and presents the flagship business show “Business Brief.” Chimoy has served as a policy advisor in the German parliament, consulting the chairman of human rights in topics related to Latin America. She also works as a media trainer for the German Armed Forces in Berlin. Prior to joining DW and parliament, Carolina worked extensively on development policy and on fostering cooperation between Germany and Latin America.

Vasco Cordeiro

President, Government of the Azores

Vasco Alves Cordeiro took office as president of the XII Regional Government of the Azores on November 4, 2016 following the regional elections. He started his political career in 1996 when he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of the Azores and held the position of leader of the parliamentary group of PS/Açores in the VII Legislative Period (2000-03).


In 2003 and 2004, he served as Regional Secretary for Agriculture and Fisheries of the VIII Government of the Azores. While in office, he acquired international experience in representing the Azores in several bodies, including the Committee of Regions, Conference Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the Conference of Presidents of Outermost Regions of Europe. In 2013, Cordeiro was elected, in Paris, during the R20- Regions of Climate Action General Assembly, as vice president of the Assembly of European Regions.

Luiz Pereira da Silva

Deputy General Manager, Bank of International Settlements

Luiz Pereira da Silva became deputy general manager of Bank of International Settlements (BIS) on October 1, 2015. Before joining the BIS, Pereira da Silva had been deputy governor of the Central Bank of Brazil since 2010.


Prior to that, he worked in various positions for the World Bank in Washington, DC, Tokyo, and Southern Africa. He also served as chief economist for the Brazilian Ministry of Budget and Planning, and as Brazil’s deputy finance minister in charge of international affairs.

Tulin  Daloglu

Columnist, Al-Monitor‘s Turkey Pulse

Tulin Daloglu is a columnist for Al-Monitor‘s Turkey Pulse. She has written extensively for various Turkish and American publications, including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Middle East Times, Foreign Policy, The Daily Star (Lebanon) and the SAIS Turkey Analyst Report.


She also had a regular column at The Washington Times for almost four years. In the 2002 general election, Daloglu ran for a seat in the Turkish parliament as a member of the New Turkey Party. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in international relations from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and completed an master's degree in journalism and public affairs at American University in Washington, DC.