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Jessica De Alba-Ulloa

Professor, Universidad Anáhuac México 

Jessica de Alba-Ulloa is a researcher and professor in the School of Global Studies at Universidad Anáhuac México, where she started as lecturer in 2004. Currently she is a member of the National Researcher System and an O’Gorman Fellow, ILAS-University of Columbia.


Alba-Ulloa is a member of the Anahuac Research Center on International Relations, and the Centre d’Analyse des Différends et leurs Modes de Solution, Faculté Jean Monnet, the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations; the Mexican Association of International Studies. She is chair of the Foreign Policy Committee, the International Studies Association and has been co-editor of the International Organizations of the Compendium Project since 2014. She has taught at the Université de Paris –XI, Faculté Jean Monnet, Centre d’études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques in Paris, and at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico.

João Vale de Almeida

Ambassador, European Union Delegation to the United Nations

João Vale de Almeida is a senior European Union diplomat who is currently serving as European Union ambassador to the United Nations. Vale de Almeida previously served as the first EU ambassador to the United States, from 2010-14. In Washington, he was critical to the strengthening of EU–U.S. relations and the launching of negotiations for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).


Prior to his appointment in Washington, he served as the director general for external relations at the European Commission. From 2004-09, Vale de Almeida was the head of cabinet for European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. He also acted as the EU sherpa for G8 and G20 Summits from 2005-10. He holds a degree in history from the University of Lisbon and has studied and received training in journalism and management in the United States, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Marcus de Freitas

Professor of Law and International Relations, Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation; Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Marcus De Freitas is the director of Obelisk Global Fund, a private sector investment company. He also teaches international law and international relations at The Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP), where he was the international relations program coordinator. He has been a visiting professor of the INSEEC Group in Paris and Bordeaux since 2015, where he has taught subjects related global business and BRICS.


Since January 2015, De Freitas has been a senior non-resident fellow of the OCP Policy Center in Rabat, Morocco, working particularly on global geopolitics. He received his LL.B. from the University of Sao Paulo, LL.M. from Cornell University and master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies – SAIS.

Thierry de Montbrial

Founder and Executive Chairman, French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)

Thierry de Montbrial is the founder and executive chairman of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), founded in 1979. He is Professor Emeritus at the conservatoire national des arts et métiers. In 2008, he launched the World Policy Conference. He has been a member of the Académie des sciences morales et politiques of the Institut de France since 1992, and is a member of a number of foreign academies including the Russian Academy of Sciences.


He serves on the board or advisory board of a number of international companies and institutions. De Montbrial chaired the Department of Economics at the École polytechnique from 1974-92, andwas the first chairman of the Foundation for Strategic Research (1993-2001). He was also entrusted with the creation of the Policy Planning Staff (Centre d’analyse et de prevision) at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was its first director (1973-79).

Thierry Déau

CEO, Meridiam

Thierry Déau founded Meridiam in 2005 with the support of the Crédit Agricole group. He is currently Meridiam’s chairman and chief executive officer, as well as its main shareholder. Déau graduated from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées engineering school in Paris and began his career in Malaysia with the construction firm GTM International.


He then joined France’s Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations where he held several positions with its engineering subsidiary Egis Projects, moving up from project manager, then director of concession projects, and to his appointment as chief executive officer of Egis in 2001. In addition to being in charge of international operations for the Egis Group executive committee and serving on its risk management committee, Déau was a member and chairman on the boards of several subsidiaries.

Karen Donfried

President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Karen Donfried assumed the leadership of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in April 2014. Donfried most recently was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. Prior to the White House, Donfried served as the national intelligence officer for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community’s center for strategic thinking. Donfried first joined GMF in 2001 after having served for ten years as a European specialist at the Congressional Research Service.


From 2003 to 2005, she was responsible for the Europe portfolio on the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff. Her second term of service at GMF was 2005 to 2010, first as senior director of policy programs and then as executive vice president. She has a Ph.D. and MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Magister from the University of Munich, Germany. She holds a bachelor’s degree in government and German from Wesleyan University.

Kimberly Dozier

Contributing Writer, The Daily Beast

Kimberly Dozier is a contributing writer at The Daily Beast and a CNN Global Affairs analyst. Since 1992, she has covered conflicts across the Middle East and Europe and national security policy in Washington, DC as a 17 years award-winning CBS News correspondent and later as AP’s intelligence writer.


Dozier covered the war in Iraq for CBS News from 2003, until she was wounded in a car bombing in 2006. Her best-selling 2008 memoir, Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive and Get Back to the Fight detailed the aftermath of the car bomb attack in Baghdad that killed her CBS News team and members of the U.S. Army patrol they were embedded with, and her journey to recovery. Proceeds from her paperback and e-book go to charities for the combat-injured, including Fisher House. Dozier holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in foreign affairs.

Eduardo Duhalde

Former President, Argentina

Eduardo Duhalde is a politician, lawyer, and Argentine notary. He has held various political positions in his career, starting as a councilor and later as mayor of his city. He was governor-elect of the Province of Buenos Aires, the most important province of Argentina, and occupied the vice presidency of the nation during the first term of President Menem.


His highest political position came when he assumed the position of president of the Argentine Republic. He had a lot of influence in the formation of Mercosur and Unasur, the great projects of integration of the South American countries. Duhalde has written many books on politics and he has a broad perspective of social viewpoints. He is currently the president of the organization M.P.A, Argentine Productive Movement, where he works as a political and research consultant. Duhalde has remained involved in political and educational work.

Karim El Aynaoui

Managing Director, OCP Policy Center 

Karim El Aynaoui is currently managing director of OCP Policy Center, a think tank based in Rabat. He also serves as advisor to the CEO and Chairman of OCP Group, a global leader in the phosphate sector. From 2005-12, he worked at Bank Al-Maghrib, the Central Bank of Morocco. He was the director of economics and international relations, where he provided strategic leadership in defining and supporting monetary policy analysis and strategy.


He was also in charge of the Statistical and International Relations Divisions of the Central Bank, led the research division and was a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Before joining Bank Al-Maghrib, El Aynaoui worked for eight years at the World Bank as an economist. El Aynaoui is a board member of the OCP Foundation, a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and a member of the COP22 Scientific Committee.

Steven Erlanger

London Bureau Chief, The New York Times

Steven Erlanger became the London bureau chief of The New York Times in August 2013, after five years as bureau chief in Paris and, before that, four years as bureau chief in Jerusalem. He has served as Berlin bureau chief, bureau chief for Central Europe and the Balkans based in Prague, and chief diplomatic correspondent based in Washington, DC.


From 1991 to 1995, he was posted in Moscow, after being Bangkok bureau chief and Southeast Asia correspondent from 1988 to 1991. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, he graduated from Harvard College in 1974 and studied Russian at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.