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Haim Malka

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Middle East Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), USA

Senior fellow and deputy director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.


C. Before joining CSIS in 2005, he was a research analyst at the Brookings Institution. His principal areas of research include drivers of radicalization, government strategies to combat extremism, religion and identity, violent nonstate actors, and North African politics and security. Malka has testified before Congress and authored numerous book chapters and articles on a range of subjects.

Ricardo Melendez Ortiz

Chief Executive, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Colombia

Founder and Chief Executive of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development – ICTSD (Switzerland) since 1996, currently a Co-Chair of the T20 Task Force on Trade, Investment and Globalisation of the G20 Japan, Chairman of the Meridian Insitutute (USA).


Since 2013, co-convener of the E15 Initiative with the WEF involving over 400 experts on policy dialogue and future of global trade. Co-founder of the Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano (Quito) and of the RTA Exchange, a systematic review of provisions in preferential integration schemes with the Inter American Development Bank (IADB). Has launched in 2017 an initiative on Migration, Trade and the Global Economy in cooperation with IOM and started his career as Head of Administration of the Office of the President of Colombia.  

Enrique Mendizabal

Founder and Director, On Think Tanks, Chile

Independent policy entrepreneur, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and research associate at Universidad del Pacífico (Peru).


Former head of the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) program at Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Co-founder of Politics & Ideas, the Peruvian Alliance for the Use of Evidence, and the Premio PODER al Think Tank Peruano del Año. Since 2016, he organises an annual Evidence Week in Latin America, and combines his work with travel writing.

Joshua Meservey

Senior Policy Analyst for Africa and the Middle East, Heritage Foundation, USA

Senior Policy Analyst for Africa and the Middle East at the Heritage Foundation, where he specializes in African geopolitics, counterterrorism and refugee policy.


He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, then worked for a refugee resettlement NGO based out of Nairobi, Kenya. He has also worked at the US Army Special Operations Command and at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center.

David Michael Terungwa

Executive Director, Citizens Climate Lobby, Nigeria

Social entrepreneur, co-founder and president in 2014 of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (also known as African Green Movement) and the coordinator of Africa Region Citizens Climate Lobby.


Cadman Mills

Former Special Advisor, Presidency, Ghana

Former Senior Economic Advisor to the President of Ghana (2009-12 and 2013-17), co-founder and co-chair of the John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Foundation.


He was the Convener of Ghana's Economic Advisory Council, a member of the Board of Directors of the Ghana National Petroleum Company and Chairman of the Sino-Ghana Presidential Task Force which negotiated the $US 3 billion Chinese Infrastructure Loan for Ghana. He led international negotiation missions and served as emissary to a number of African Heads of States. Dr. Atta Mills worked for the World Bank for over 20 years at various positions, and for 12 years as a lecturer in the UN African Institute for Development and Planning (IDEP).

Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo

President, NATO Defense College Foundation, Italy

Former Ambassador of Italy and Deputy Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance (2001-07), current President of the Nato Defense College Foundation.


He is the author of "The Road to Kabul " (2009) and "Nato and the Middle East : The making of a Partnership " (2017). 

Miguel Angel Moratinos Cuyaubé

Former Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spain

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain (2004-10), teacher at Sciences-Po Paris, member of the Leadership Council of the United Nations SDSN and president of REDS, the Spanish network for Sustainable development affiliated to SDSN.


From 2012 to 2013 he promoted the International Treaty for a Global Dry Land Alliance (GDLA) and was member of the high level advisory panel of the President of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly.

Amre Moussa

Former Secretary-General of the Arab League; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt

Former Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN (1990-91), Foreign Minister of Egypt (1991-2001) and Secretary General of the Arab League (2001-11).


He ran for president of Egypt in the first democratic elections following the 2011 Revolution as an independent candidate. Elected member of the Constitutional Assembly of 2012 and opposed the following drafting of the Constitution. Founder of the Congress party of Egypt and convener of the initial meeting of the Egyptian opposition that launched the National Salvation Front, opposed to the 2012 Constitution that was retracted. He was one of the leaders who called for and marched during the June 30th revolution that deposed ex-president Morsi and became Chairman of the 50 member Constituent Committee to  amend  the  Constitution, approved in 2014.  

Michelle Ndiaye

Director of the Africa Peace and Security Program, Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Senegal

Michelle Ndiaye is the Director of the Africa Peace and Security Programme (APSP), a joint programme between the African Union and IPSS, with support from GIZ and other development partners.


She is also the Coordinator of the annual Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa. Before joining IPSS, Michelle was the Managing Director of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS). Between 1999 and 2011, she headed several African and international organisations including Executive Director of Greenpeace Africa, CEO of the African Institute for Corporate Citizenship (AICC), Founder and Manager of Africa Projects for Akena Research and Consulting, and Regional Director of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters. Michelle holds a BA and MA in Political Science from Quebec University in Montreal, Canada and an MA in public law and a post graduate degree in Political Science (DEA) from University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Leipzig, Germany.