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Manjeet Kripalani

Executive Director, Gateway House

Manjeet Kripalani is the co-founder of Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, and acts as the executive director of the institution. Prior to founding of Gateway House, Kripalani was India Bureau chief of Businessweek magazine.


She has been awarded the Gerald Loeb Award, the George Polk Award, Overseas Press Club Award, and Daniel Pearl Award. Kripalani was an Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She has served as deputy press secretary to Steve Forbes during his first run as Republican candidate for U.S. president and as press secretary for the Lok Sabha campaign for independent candidate Meera Sanyal in Mumbai. Kripalani. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bombay University in law and in English and history, and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University in New York. She is a member of the Asian advisory board of the International Centre for Journalists and the Overseas Press Club.

Hans Kundnani

Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Hans Kundnani is a senior transatlantic fellow with The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) Europe program, based in Berlin. He previously worked as the research director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, where he worked for five years. He is also an associate fellow at the Institute for German Studies at Birmingham University. His research focuses on German and European foreign policy.


He is the author of two books, Utopia or Auschwitz. Germany’s 1968 Generation and the Holocaust (2009) and The Paradox of German Power (2014). His articles and papers have been published in journals such as Foreign AffairsThe Washington Quarterly, and Internationale Politik, and newspapers such as The Financial TimesLe Monde, and Die Zeit. Kundnani studied German and philosophy at Oxford University and journalism at Columbia University in New York, where he was a Fulbright scholar.

Christian Leffler

Deputy Secretary General, European External Action Service

Christian Leffler took up his current position as deputy secretary general for economic and global issues in the European External Action Service in September 2015. Early in his career, he obtained a bachelor's degree in politics and international relations from the LSE. After doctoral studies at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva he joined the Swedish Foreign Service in 1980.


Postings to Cairo and Paris were followed by the Political Affairs Department of the Ministry in Stockholm. After participating in the accession negotiations and in establishing the new working structures of the representation in the first year of active Swedish European Union membership, he became the first Swedish “Antici,” responsible under the permanent representative for policy coordination in the work in the Council of Ministers. From the beginning of 2011 to 2015 he was Managing Director for Americas with the European External Action Service.

Benoît Leguet

Managing Director, I4CE – Institute for Climate Economics

Benoît Leguet is the managing director of I4CE – Institute for Climate Economics, a think tank on the economics of the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy initiated by Caisse des Dépôts and Agence Française de Développement. Since 2002, Leguet has been advising public and private decision-makers on issues related to the transition to a low-carbon economy, including policies and economic tools. He lectures on the economics of climate change in various masters programs.


He is also a member of several expert groups, inter alia: the Kyoto Protocol’s Article 6 Supervisory Committee, the Advisory Board on Economic matters to the French Minister for Environment, and the Goodplanet Foundation’s Scientific Committee.Prior to joining the Caisse des Dépôts group, Benoît worked on greenhouse gas emission verification assignments, particularly in the energy sector and on advisory assignments on the economics of climate change, for public and private clients.

Bernardino Leon

European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the Southern Mediterranean

Bernardino Leon is the European Union special representative (EUSR) for the Southern Mediterranean. In 2008, he was appointed secretary general at the Spanish prime minister’s office, which involves, among other responsibilities, the role as the main foreign policy advisor to the prime minister of Spain.


In 2009, he was appointed, keeping his post as secretary general of the presidency, Sherpa for the G20, a forum in which he participated in all the negotiations and summits to date, which has involved holding a very active role in major international economic and financial issues. He has published and translated several books and articles on the Arab Muslim world and its relationship with the West, and has given numerous lectures on these issues.

Jean-David Levitte

Former Ambassador of France to the United States; Senior Policy Advisor, Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC

Ambassador Jean-David Levitte is a member of the Institut de France, a professor at Sciences-Po in Paris, and a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. From 2007 to 2012, Levitte was the senior diplomatic advisor and sherpa of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.


From 2000 to 2002, he was the French ambassador to the United Nations, and from 2003 to 2007, he served as ambassador to the United States. Levitte earned a law degree from Sciences-Po (Paris) and is a graduate of the National School of Oriental Languages, where he studied Chinese and Indonesian.

Moubarak Lo

President, Emergence Institut

Moubarak Lo is president of the Emergence Institute, specializing in economic and statistical studies and strategic planning. He is currently special advisor to the prime minister, chief economist of the prime minister and coordinator of the Economic and Social Analysis Unit. Previously, he was deputy director in the Cabinet of Macky Sall, president of the Republic of Senegal.


He also served as an economic advisor to Prime Ministers Habib Thiam, Moustapha Niasse, and Mamadou Lamine Loum, as well as the Office of the Minister of Economy and Finance. He is an expert for the UN, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the African Union, and Economic Community of West African States. Mr. Lo has served as associate lecturer in economic policy at the National School of Administration of Senegal and the University Gaston Berger of St. Louis. He also designed the index of development Economic Emergence Composites.

Carlos Lopes

Professor, University of Cape Town; Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford

Carlos Lopes is a commissioner for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He is the former executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at the UN, where he served at the rank of UN undersecretary general leaving behind a legacy that transformed ECA into an influential think tank in the continent.


This crowns a 28 year career in the organization that includes positions such as representative in Zimbabwe and Brazil, director of policy in the UN Development Programme, executive director of the UN Institute for Training and Research, director of the UN Staff College, and political director for Secretary General Kofi Annan. Lopes is acknowledged for his intellectual contribution to Africa’s development agenda through bold thinking and fearless interventions. Lopes holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a master’s degree from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Mohamed Loulichki

Former Ambassador to UN; Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Mohamed Loulichki has an extensive experience of 40 years in diplomacy and legal affairs. He assumed inter alia the functions of Head of the Department of Legal Affairs and Treaties in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was also Ambassador of Morocco in Hungary, Bosnia – Herzegovina and Croatia (1995-99), Ambassador Coordinator of the Government of Morocco with MINURSO (1999 – 2001), Ambassador of Morocco to the United Nations in Geneva (2006-08) and New York (2001-03 and 2008-14), as well as President of the Security Council (December 2014).


Loulichki has been appointed President of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the Security Council (2013), President of the working Group on Peace Keeping Operations (2012), Vice-President of the Human Rights Council (2006), Facilitator of the Universal Periodic Review of the said Council (2006 and 2010) and President of the National Committee in charge of the follow up on nuclear matters (2003-06).

Richard Lui

Broadcaster, MSNBC/NBC News

Richard Lui is news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News, reporting on the ground for stories from terror attacks in France to slavery in Africa. Previously he was at CNN Worldwide, where he became the first Asian male in U.S. history to anchor a daily national cable news program. With over 20 years in the tech industry, Lui co-patented and founded a global bank-centric payments carve-out with Citibank.


He currently helps a Silicon Valley artificial intelligence firm, and sits on four boards of directors and advisors. Business Insider named Lui one of 21 careers to watch and Twitter Counter ranks him top 1 percent. Lui has received civil rights awards from the National Education Association, Advancing Justice, and AAJA. Lui is a policy fellow at the University of California, Riverside, UN Women Spokesperson, U.S. State Department traveling speaker, and ambassador for several gender equality and human trafficking nongovernmental organizations.