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Joao Vale de Almeida

Ambassador Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, Portugal

EU Ambassador to the UN since October 2015.


Former EU Ambassador to the United States and Director General for External Relations at the European Commission. From 2004 and 2009, served as Head of Cabinet for European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. He has also served as Deputy Chief Spokesman of the European Commission. Before joining the European Commission in 1982, he spent seven years as a journalist.

Henri-Louis Védie

Professor emeritus, HEC, France

Emerite Professor at the HEC School of Management specialized in emerging countries, of which Morocco.


Doctor of Economics (University of Paris Dauphine), he has taught at the Academy of Foreign Trade (Moscow), University SGH (Warsaw), University Corvinius (Budapest), University of Economics (Belgrade). Currently teaching at the University of Belgrade, and invited at the University of Paris Sorbonne Abu-Dhabi. 

Hubert Védrine

Former Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France


Richard Werly

European Affairs Correspondent, Le Temps, Switzerland

Journalist at the Foreign Service of the Swiss daily newspaper Le Temps, former correspondent in Asia (Iraq war 2003-04).


Accredited at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, member of the steering committee of the Geneva International Film Festival on Human Rights. Head of Development and Civilizations, the monthly magazine of the Lebret-Irfed Center on Development. Director of the collection « L’âme des peuples », small books by journalists on countries or cities (Nevicata, Brussels).

John Yearwood

Executive Board, International Press Institue, USA

US Journalist and public speaker, Executive board Chairman of the Austria-based International Press Institute and former world editor of the Miami Herald.


The World Desk of this daily won numerous awards under his leadership, including two McClatchy Company President's Awards and the Arthur Ross Award for best coverage of Latin America. Yearwood’s coordination of The Herald’s Haiti earthquake coverage contributed to the newspaper being named a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News.

Ira William Zartman

Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution at SAIS, senior fellow and member of the International Steering Committee of Processes of International Negotiations (PIN) at Clingendael, Netherlands.


Member of the International Academic Advisory Council on Mediation of the UN Department of Political Affairs. Author of many books, founding President of the Middle East Studies Association and of the American Institute for Maghreb Studies.