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Hussein Solomon

Senior Professor, University of the Free State, South Africa

Senior Professor in the Department of Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Free State (South Africa), Visiting Professor at Osaka University (Japan), Senior Research Associate of Research on Islam and Muslims in Africa (RIMA) in Israel and member of the Working Group on Operationalizing Human Security based at the University of Potsdam (Germany).


His research interests focus on political Islam and counter-terrorism in Africa.

Seth Stodder

Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, USA

Appointed by President Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border, Immigration & Trade Policy in March 2016.


He leads a team advising Secretary Johnson on border security and the facilitation of legitimate travelers and commerce across U. S. and international borders. Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Threat Prevention and Security Policy (2015).

Sergio Suchodolski

Director General, Strategy and Partnerships, New Development Bank, Brazil

Former Chief of Staff at the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), former Special Advisor and Chief Foreign Policy Advisor at the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs, under the Office of the President of Brazil.


Former Vice President for corporate development at Arlon Capital Partners, a New York based Global Private Equity Firm focused in food and agriculture investments.

Jisheng Sun

Vice President of China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) and Secretary General of China National Association for International Studies, China Foreign Affairs University, China

Vice President of China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) and Secretary General of China National Association for International Studies, deputy Editor in Chief of Foreign Affairs Review.


From 2006 to 2007, research fellow of the Fellows Program, Weatherhead Center of International Affairs, Harvard University. Author of « Language, Meaning and World Politics: on Iraq War, Comparative Study of ‘China’s Rising’ Discourse ».

Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega

President, The Women for Africa Foundation, Spain


Bruno Tertrais

Deputy Director, Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), France

Deputy Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), the main French think-tank on international security issues.


Former Senior Research Fellow at FRS (2001-2016), Special Assistant to the Director of Strategic Affairs at the Ministry of Defense (1993-2001) and Director of the Civilian Affairs Committee at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (1990-1993). He was a member of the Commissions on the White Paper on Defense and National Security appointed by President Sarkozy (2007) and Hollande (2012).

Teburoro Tito

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative, United Nations, Kiribati

Former President of Kiribati (1994-2003), current Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York as well as Ambassador to the United States.


He focuses on the priorities of Kiribati on climate and ocean issues and on developmental strategies for small island developing states. He served as a public administrator (1980-87) and member of Parliament for 30 years (1987-2017), represented the Pacific Parliamentarians on the Commonwealth Parliaments Association in London. Former Chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF, 2000).

Safia Tmiri

Junior Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Co., Morocco

Safia Tmiri is currently a junior engagement manager with McKinsey & Co.


Middle East Office focusing on economic development, employment and education policies. She has spent the past two years advising governments and private sector in the GCC and P.

Dominique Trinquand

Former Head of Mission, French Military Mission to the UN and NATO, France

Former head of the French Military Mission to the UN in New York, he took part in several operations in Lebanon, ex-Yugoslavia and Africa.


He has held several positions within NATO, EU or UN. In 2010 he joined Group Marck as Director for external relations. In 2013, he established OMP Solutions, a group of enterprises equipping contingents participating in peace keeping operations.

Isabelle Tsakok

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South, USA

An adjunct professor at SIPA and a Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, previously known as OCP Policy Center, who focuses on rural development, agricultural economics, policy analysis, food security, and poverty reduction.



Dr. Tsakok holds a Ph.D. in Economics. She has worked on development issues for over twenty-five years, first as World Bank staff and since retirement as a consultant. She has specialized in policy analysis, program and project formulation and evaluation, research and training activities in agriculture, agro-business, rural development, and poverty reduction. She has worked in most regions of the developing world: Africa, Asia - South, Southeast and East, North Africa and the Middle East and Latin America. As World Bank staff and consultant, she has worked on agricultural development. She has taught at the World Bank, Renmin University of China, SIPA (Columbia University) and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard.