1. Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness. He is the author of the new book Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, which focuses on the federal government’s failure to respond effectively to competitive challenges on issues such as trade, currency, worker retraining programs, education, and infrastructure. In addition, Alden is the director of the CFR Renewing America publication series and coauthor of a recent CFR Discussion Paper “A Winning Trade Policy for the United States.” (
  2. Ivan Aleshkovskiy, Ph.D. (Economics), is Associate Professor, Deputy Dean Faculty of Global Studies Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. In 2004 he graduated with honors from the Faculty of Economics of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 2006 he defended with honors his master’s thesis. In 2007 he was awarded the degree of PhD in Economics (“Determinants of Internal Migration in the Russian Federation”). He hold an internship at the University of Kaiserslautern, University of Mainz, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany). His research interests focus on population studies, international migration, migration policy, urbanization, globalization. He is the author and co-author of about 180 publications. The main of them: Global Studies. Encyclopedic Dictionary (2014); Nonlinear Dynamics of Global Processes (2014); City in the Context of Global Processes (2011); International Migration and HIV in Russia (2008); Internal Migration in Russia (2007); Determinants of Internal Migration (2005); Urban Economics (2005). Ivan Aleshkovskiy is a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Consortium “Global Studies”; Member of Editorial Board of the scientific journal “Global studies and Geopolitics Bulletin”; Member of the Academic Council of the Faculty of Global Studies Lomonosov Moscow State University; Member of the Russian Council of Youth Intellectual Competitions.
  3. M Niaz Asadullah is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Malaya, Malaysia, where he additionally served as the Deputy Director of the Centre for Poverty and Development Studies (CPDS) from 2014 to 2016. He holds a doctorate in economics from University of Oxford. Previously he held research/visiting appointments at the Universities of Oxford, Reading, Manchester and Kent (UK) and the Research and Evaluation Division (RED) of BRAC (Bangladesh). At present, he’s also a Fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College, the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). His research relates to education, poverty, inequality, labor market, and gender issues in South & East Asia. Country experience includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan & Vietnam. His work has been published in academic journals such as Australian Economic Review, Applied Economics, Bulletin of Economic Research, Cambridge Journal of Economics, China Economic Review, Comparative Education Review, Economics of Education Review, Economic and Political Weekly, International Journal of Educational Development, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Economic Psychology, Oxford Development Studies, PLoS One and World Development. His policy commentaries have appeared in the Project Syndicate, the Bangkok Post (Thailand), D+C Development and Cooperation (Germany), the Diplomat (Japan), Open Democracy (UK), the Huffington Post, the Edge (Malaysia), the Korea Herald, the Hindu (India), the Daily Star (Bangladesh), the Straits Times (Singapore) and and the New Straits Times (Malaysia). For further details, see
  4. Benedicte Berner teaches on Media, Democracy and Development at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris (Sciences Po) and is Chair of Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), the major Swedish NGO for Human Rights with a focus on freedom of expression, rule of law and non-discrimination. Benedicte is also Associate to the Davis Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University where she from 2007 to 2013. She previously worked with the European Institute for the Media in Dusseldorf on issues related to freedom of expression, leading media monitoring missions for the European Commission during the post war elections in the Balkans and in transitional countries of the former Soviet Union.  The media situation in Russia, the CIS and in the Balkans as well as the question of how to effectively support development of independent media and the rule of law in these regions has been a major focus in her work. In 1997, she helped establish the Gerd Bucerius Award for Professional Journalism in Eastern and Central Europe, and was member of the jury until 2002. The Award created by “Die Zeit“ foundation and the Norwegian foundation “ Fritt Ord “ (Free Word), is one of the most important prizes for journalists working under censorship or in difficult conditions in these regions.
  5. John Blaxland is a Professor in International Security and Intelligence Studies, Director ANU Southeast Asia Institute, and Head at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU. He holds a PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MA in History from ANU, a BA (Hons) from UNSW and is a graduate of the Royal Thai Army Command and Staff College and the Royal Military Colllege, Duntroon (Blamey Scholar). He is a former Director Joint Intelligence Operations (J2), at Headquarters Joint Operations Command and was Australia’s Defence Attaché to Thailand and Burma/Myanmar.  He is a member of the ANU Academic Board as well as the Australian Army Journal editorial board and also an occasional commentator in the media. His books include The Secret Cold War:The Official History of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 1975-1989 (Allen & Unwin 2016), East Timor Intervention (MUP, 2015), The Protest Years (A&U, 2015), The Australian Army From Whitlam to Howard (CUP, 2014), Strategic Cousins (MQUP, 2006), Revisiting Counterinsurgency (LWSC, 2006), Information era Manoeuvre (LWSC, 2002), Signals (RASigs, 1999) and Organising an Army (SDSC, 1989). In 2014 he was awarded a Minerva Research Initiative grant for a project entitled “Thailand’s Military, the USA and China: Understanding how the Thai Military Perceives The Great Powers and Implications For the US Rebalance”. (
  6. Giorgio Cafiero is the CEO of Gulf State Analytics, a Washington, DC-based geopolitical risk consultancy that specializes in the Arabian Peninsula. He contributes articles and briefs to various think tanks such as the Atlantic Council, Middle East Institute, and Middle East Policy Council. Cafiero is frequently cited by al-Jazeera, CNN, Bloomberg, al-Arabiya, and Gulf Daily News. He is an Adjunct Fellow at the Washington, DC-based American Security Project. In 2011, Cafiero earned an M.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego
  7. Mauro Ceruti is an Italian philosopher. He is one of the pioneers and developers of Complex Systems Theories, Methods and Epistemologies, and of the trans-disciplinary research line usually called “Complex Thinking”, which aims at the innovation of the paradigms of (scientific) rationality. After studying Philosophy at the University of Milan (Italy) with Ludovico Geymonat, Ceruti worked at the University of Geneva, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, and at the Genetic Epistemology International Centre founded by Jean Piaget. Here he defined a research program in Evolutionary Epistemology that draws on contemporary theories of biological evolution, history of ideas and genetic psychology. Between 1986 and 1993, Ceruti started to work with Edgar Morin at the CETSAP (Research Center in Transdisciplinary Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Politics) in Paris, developing and expanding his Evolutionary Epistemology project to create a new trans-disciplinary research program, dedicated to structure an Anthropology and Epistemology of Complex Systems, as well as a Complex Anthropology and Epistemology. Since 1994 Ceruti has been Professor in the domain of Epistemology and Philosophy of Science in different Italian universities: the University of Parma, the Polytechnic of Milan, the University of Palermo, the Bicocca University of Milan, the University of Bergamo (where he founded the Research Center on Complex Systems CERCO, as well as a Doctoral School in Anthropology and Epistemology of Complex Systems), and the IULM University of Milan. Ceruti authored more than 300 writings, which have been published in Italian, English, French, German, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Turkish.
  8. Jaime de Melo is Professor Emeritus from the University of Geneva where he taught from 1989 to 2012. Currently, Jaime is Scientific Director at FERDI, researcher at IGC, academic Advisor at the Geneva Business School and a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institute. He is also a CEPR fellow and a member of EU-GDN and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Luca d’Agliano Center. He was an economist at USAID. From 1980 to 1993, he held various positions in the Research Department at the World Bank and was Division chief of the Trade Policy division (1991-93). Jaime has taught at Université d’Auvergne, at the Université of Aix-Marseille, at Georgetown University and at the Joint Vienna Institute (1998-2003 and 2008-2010).  Jaime has advised governments and consulted with the AfDB, the EC, the IMF, USAID, the World Bank, and participated in several projects with the LSE.  A founding member of the World Trade Institute, where he taught from 2000 to 2006, he also served on its Board from 2000 to 2006. He has advised on several WTO litigations. From 2005 to 2010 he was editor-in-chief of the World Bank Economic Review. Jaime’s research interests are in the areas of Trade Policies, Migration, the Environment, Regionalism, macroeconomic policies of developing and applied general equilibrium modeling. Jaime holds degrees in Political Science at the Maxwell School (Bachelors from Syracuse University, 1968, in international relations at (M.A from Johns Hopkins SAIS, 1970), and a Phd in economics from John Hopkins University (1975).

  9. Donatella Di Cesare is professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy of the Sapienza University of Rome and of Philosophical Hermeneutics at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. She has been visiting professor in several European, American and Canadian universities. Exponent with Giorgio Agamben and Roberto Esposito of the “Italian Thought”, Donatella Di Cesare has worked on different forms of violence. Her most recent books are: Utopia of Understanding. Between Babel and Auschwitz (Albany: Suny Press, 2012); Gadamer. A Philosophical Portrait (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013); Heidegger and the Jews. On the «Black Notebooks», (forthercoming Cambridge: Polity Press, 2018 – German: Heidegger, die Juden die Shoah, Klosterman, Frankfurt 2015); Torture, (forthercoming Cambridge: Polity Press, 2018); Terror and Modernity, (forthercoming Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019).
  10. Jeremy Douglas is the Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for Southeast Asia and the Pacific overseeing and managing operations and strategy from Myanmar to the Pacific in the areas of the rule of law, non-traditional security threats, law enforcement, criminal justice and drug-related supply and health issues. He is also the UNODC liaison to China, Korea, Japan and Mongolia and to regional organisations including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). Prior to his appointment as Regional Representative SEAP, he was the UNODC Representative in Pakistan from September 2009 – April 2013. Between 2007 and 2009 Mr. Douglas was based in UNODC Headquarters in Vienna Austria as Manager of UNODC’s Global SMART Programme which assists states to develop a evidence base for effective policy and operational responses to synthetic drugs and precursors. Prior to his time in UNODC HQ Mr. Douglas was a Regional Project Coordinator for UNODC in East Asia, managing a project covering ASEAN states and China. Mr. Douglas has also worked with the United Nations in New York, the Management Board Secretariat of the Government of Ontario in Canada, and in the Caribbean. Mr. Douglas is a graduate of the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and Bishop’s University in Canada.
  11. William Echikson, longtime Brussels-based journalist and public affairs veteran, heads the CEPS Digital Forum. For most of the past decade, Mr. Echikson has specialized in providing communications and policy support to technology companies and public authorities on Internet policy issues in Europe. He worked for six and a half years at Google, during which he worked on many of the search giant’s most difficult issues, ranging from the launch of the Chrome browser, the fight over Google Books and the battle over the  Right to be Forgotten. Before Google, Mr. Echikson served  for three decades as a foreign correspondent in Europe for a series of US publications including the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and BusinessWeek.  From 2001 until 2007, he managed the Brussels bureau for Dow Jones as bureau chief. William also has written, directed and produced for television documentaries for BBC and America’s Public Broadcasting Service, including a one hour film “Rough Waters of Freedom” on the challenges of independence in the Baltic. He has published four books of narrative nonfiction, Lighting the Night about on the collapse of communism in Central Europe, Burgundy Stars about the rise of three star Michelin Guide chef, Noble Rot about  the social struggles in the Bordeaux wine region, and finally, Shooting for Tiger,  a book about his oldest son’s junior golf career. An American and Belgian citizen, Mr. Echikson graduated from Yale College with a Magna Cum Laude degree in history.
  12. John Edwards completed in 2016 a term as a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute, an Adjunct Professor with the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University, and an economic consultant. He is a member of the board of CEDA, and was a member of the board of the Workplace Relations Agency. Prior to joining the RBA Board he headed economic planning and development for the Kingdom of Bahrain. From 1997 to 2009 Dr Edwards was Chief Economist for Australia and New Zealand for the global financial group, HSBC. Earlier he had been a principal economic adviser to Treasurer and then Prime Minister, Paul Keating. He has conducted inquiries into trade policy and industrial relations for the Australian government, and was seconded to the Australian Treasury in the lead-up to the 2009 global crisis. Earlier in his career he was a journalist in Canberra, Sydney and Washington for the Australian Financial Review and The Sydney Morning Herald. He has published a number of books, including the best selling biography KeatingThe Inside Story (Viking/Penguin 1996). His most recent publication is Beyond the Boom (Penguin Special/Lowy Institute June 2014). He holds a doctorate in economics from George Washington University. His economic analysis and commentaries have appeared in the Financial Times, the Australian Financial ReviewThe Australian, the Nikkei Asian Review and The Washington Post.
  13. Dina Esfandiary is a CSSS Fellow in the War Studies department at King’s College London, and a non-resident Adjunct Fellow in the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Middle East Programme in Washington DC.
  14. Franco Farinelli thaught geography and advanced political geography  in Geneva, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Berkeley universities, and in Paris at Sorbonne and Ecole Normale Superieure.  Currently he is the director of the Department of  Philosophy  and Communication Studies of Bologna University , and President of the Association of Italian Geographers (AGeI).
  15. Franco Frattini is an Italian Magistrate, appointed State Prosecutor on 1981. On 1986 he is appointed by public competition Administrative magistrate. Today he is Justice and Chamber President to the Italian Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’Etat). He served twice as Former Italian Foreign Minister (2002-2004 and 2008-2011), and as Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security (2004-2008). Previously, he had served as Secretary-General of the Prime Minister’s Office (1994), President of the Parliamentary Committee for Intelligence and Security Services and State Secrets (1996), Minister for Civil Service and for the Coordination of Information and Security Services (2001-2002), and Member of the Prime Minister Commission for the Constitutional reforms (2013 – 2014). From 2011 to 2013 Franco Frattini is President of the De Gasperi Foundation. Today he is President of the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI – UN Association of Italy), a non-profit organization of internationalist character, working under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Special Advisor to the Serbian Government for the EU integration process, and President of the High Court of Sport Justice (CONI). He is apponted “Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic”, and “Commander of the Legion of honour” by the President of France. In 2011 Frattini receives the Golden neck-chain of the Olympic Order, the highest honour of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The award was a recognition of his personal commitment and of Italy’s efforts to have the IOC awarded Observer status at the United Nations. Franco Frattini is also decorated with the “order of Friendship”, a State decoration of the Russian Federation.
  16. Alicia Garcia Herrero is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel and a non-resident research fellow at Real Instituto El Cano. She is also the Chief Economist for the Asia Pacific at NATIXIS. Alicia Garcia Herrero is currently adjunct professor at City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and visiting faculty at China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS). In previous years, Alicia held the following positions: Chief Economist for Emerging Markets at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Member of the Asian Research Program at the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), Head of the International Economy Division of the Bank of Spain, Member of the Counsel to the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, Head of Emerging Economies at the Research Department at Banco Santander and Economist at the International Monetary Fund. Alicia holds a PhD in Economics from George Washington University and has published extensively in refereed journals and books.
  17. Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  She was born in 1955 and educated at Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Cambridge, England where she obtained her Ph.D. in 1983. She has a wide range of research interests, including globalisation, international trade and finance, employment patterns in developing countries, macroeconomic policy, issues related to gender and development, and the implications of recent growth in China and India. She has authored and/or edited a dozen books and more than 160 scholarly articles. Recent books include Demonetisation Decoded: A critique of India’s monetary experiment (with CP Chandrasekhar and Prabhat Patnaik, Routledge 2017), the Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development (co-edited with Erik Reinert and Rainer Kattel, Edward Elgar 2016) and the edited volumes India and the International Economy, (Oxford University Press 2015), Industrialization of China and India: The impacts on the world economy, (co-edited with Nobuharu Yokokawa and Robert E. Rowthorn, Routledge 2013), After Crisis: Adjustment, recovery and fragility in East Asia (co-edited with C. P. Chandrasekhar, Tulika Books, New Delhi 2009), Never done and poorly paid: Women’s work in globalising India (Women Unlimited, New Delhi 2008),  Work and well being in the age of finance (Tulika Books, New Delhi), The market that failed: Neoliberal economic reforms in India (Leftword Books, New Delhi). Since 2002 she has been the Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS), an international network of heterodox development economists ( She is Founding Trustee of the Economic Research Foundation (
  18. Sourabh Gupta is a senior Asia-Pacific international relations policy specialist at the Institute for China-America Studies in Washington, D.C. He has over 15 years of Washington, D.C.-based experience in a think-tank and political risk research and advisory capacity. His areas of specialization include: analysis of key major power relationships in the Asia-Pacific region (China-U.S, China-Japan, China-India, U.S.-Japan, U.S.-India, Japan-India relations); political, security, and economic risk evaluation of key states in the Asia-Pacific region; territorial disputes and maritime law-related developments in the Asia-Pacific region; and analysis of developments in Asian economic regionalism, and World Trade Organization and Asia-Pacific-related trade policy, politics and negotiations. He is a member of the United States Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (USCSCAP) and was a 2012 East Asia Forum Distinguished Fellow. Prior to joining ICAS, he was a Senior Research Associate at Samuels International Associates, Inc, a diversified international consulting firm specializing in government relations, business, and trade and investment matters. He holds master’s degrees in international security studies and international relations from Georgetown University and Syracuse University, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai.
  19. Michael Heazle is an Associate Professor with the Griffith Asia Institute (GAI) and Griffith University’s School of Government and International Relations where he teaches international relations and politics. From 1992 to 2000, Dr Heazle was a regular contributor to the Far Eastern Economic Review, and wrote for a number of other domestic and international media. Dr Heazle has researched and published in the areas of energy, human, and environmental security; policy making and the treatment of specialist advice; China-Japan relations; and Northeast Asia security. His works include a collection of books and edited volumes with several university presses and publishers (University of Washington Press, Cambridge University Press, Earthscan/Routledge, Edward Elgar) and numerous articles in various peer reviewed journals including Marine Policy, Environmental Science and Policy, Intelligence and National Security, The Pacific Review, and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. His latest book is Regional Primacy in East Asia: China’s Rise and Australia-Japan-US Trilateral Relations (co-edited with Andrew O’Neil; Edward Elgar, in press). Dr Heazle also convenes the annual 1.5 Track Australia-Japan Dialogue for GAI, which he co-founded in 2011
  20. Yasheng Huang is a professor of international management at Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is in charge of MIT Sloan’s global partnership programs and its action learning initiatives. He holds International Program Professorship in Chinese Economy and Business and has held special-term professorships at School of Management at Fudan University, School of Management  Xian Jiaotong University, School of  Public Administration at Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and an honorary professorship at Hunan University. His previous appointments include faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at Harvard University. He is currently involved in research projects in three broad areas: 1) research on economic development in China, 2) collaboration with researchers at Tsinghua University to create a complete database on historical technological inventions in China and 3) as a co-investigator in a multidisciplinary research team at MIT on “A Systematic Approach to Addressing Nontraditional Adulteration of FDA-Regulated Food and Drug Products and Ingredients Emanating from the Global Supply Chain” (supported by FDA, 2013-2016) and as a co-principal investigator in “Food Safety in China: A Systematic Risk Management Approach” (supported by Walmart Foundation, 2016-). He has published numerous articles in academic journals and in media. He has also published 11 books. At MIT Sloan School, Professor Huang founded and runs China Lab and India Lab, which provide low-cost consulting services to small and medium entrepreneurs in China and India. He also runs a program in Yunnan province in China to train small and medium women entrepreneurs (funded by Goldman Sachs Foundation). In 2010, he was named by National Asia Research Program as one of the most outstanding scholars in the United States conducting research on issues of policy importance to the United States. He has held or received prestigious fellowships such as National Fellowship at Stanford University and Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Fellowship. He is a fellow at the Center for China in the World Economy at Tsinghua University, a research fellow at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, a fellow at William Davidson Institute at Michigan Business School, and a World Economic Forum Fellow. He has served as a consultant at World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and OECD and is serving on a number of advisory and corporate boards of non-profit and for-profit organizations
  21. Leonid M. Issaev earned his PhD in 2014 from the Institute for African Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is currently a senior lecturer at the Department for Political Science at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. He is the Deputy Chair of the Laboratory for Sociopolitical Destabilization Risk Monitoring at the National Research University Higher School of Economics and senior research fellow at the Institute for African Studies at the Center for Civilization and Regional Studies, which is part of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Russian Political Sciences Association (RPSA) and the Russian Sociological Society. He is also an expert on the Middle East and Northern Africa at the “Valdai” Club and the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). Together with Askar Akayev, Andrey Korotaev and Sergey Malkov, he is a manager at the Russian Academy of Sciences program “The Mathematical Modeling of Global and Regional Dynamics Within the Context of the Modernization of Science and Education”. He teaches courses in Islamic political philosophy and political systems and political processes in the Arab world.
  22. Binoy Kampmark is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is also contributing editor to Counterpunch.
  23. John Kane is Professor in the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Australia. He works and teaches in the fields of political theory, political leadership and US foreign policy. He has four times been Visiting Professor to Yale University and is the author of The Politics of Moral Capital (Cambridge UP, 2001) and Between Virtue and Power: The Persistent Moral Dilemma of US Foreign Policy (YUP, 2008) and co-author (with H. Patapan) of The Democratic Leader (OUP, 2012). Co-edited books include Dissident Democrats: The Challenge of Democratic Leadership in Asia (Palgrave, 2008), Dispersed Democratic Leadership (OUP, 2009) and Political Legitimacy in Asia (Palgrave, 2011), Good Democratic Leadership: On Prudence and Judgment in Modern Democracies (OUP, 2014), and Political Legitimacy, Science and Political Authority (Routledge, 2016).
  24. Peter Layton is a Visiting Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University.  His background includes an extensive defence experience including teaching grand strategy at the Eisenhower College, US National Defence University. For his work at the Pentagon, he was awarded the US Secretary of Defense’s Exceptional Public Service Medal.  He has a doctorate from the University of New South Wales on grand strategy and undertook a Fellowship at the European University Institute.  His research interests include grand strategy, national security policies particularly as relates to middle powers, defence force structure concepts and armed non-state actors. He contributes regularly to the public policy debate on defence and foreign policy issues
  25. Michael Leach is a Professor in Politics and International Relations, and Chair of the Department of Education and Social Sciences at the Swinburne University of Technology.. He teaches in Comparative Politics, and the Politics of the Pacific. His research interests include nation-building in the Asia-Pacific, the politics of Timor-Leste, the Politics of Melanesian & Pacific nations, and comparative immigration and asylum policy. Michael is also an Australian legal practitioner, and officer of the Supreme Court of Victoria. He has previously taught in politics at Deakin University, at the University of Queensland, and South Thames College in London.
  26. Noëlle Lenoir focuses her practice on competition law, public business law and economic regulations – both at the national level and at the European level. She also has solid experience in data protection law, covering a wide scope of areas in this respect such as data breach prevention and incident response, government and internal investigations, cross-border data transfer and e-discovery, controllers’ and processors’ liability, global compliance and risk management, privacy policies and EU data counseling, consumer protection and class action litigation defense as well as advertising and internet marketing. She also advises on confidential business information and misappropriation of trade secrets as well as on matters in relation with the blocking statute. She served as French Minister of European Affairs from 2002 to 2004. She was also the first woman and the youngest person ever to have served on the French Constitutional Court and has been a member of the Conseil d’Etat (France’s highest court in administrative and tax matters) since 1984. (
  27. Yaroslav Lissovolik joined the Eurasian Development Bank as its Chief Economist in 2015 and in 2017 became a member of the Management Board. In 2001-2004 he worked in the International Monetary Fund, where he was Advisor to the Executive Director for the Russian Federation in Washington. In 2004 Yaroslav Lissovolik joined Deutsche Bank as Chief Economist; in 2009 he became Head of Company Research in Russia and in 2011- a member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank in Russia. Yaroslav Lissovolik earned a BA in Economics from Harvard University; an MA in International Economic Relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations; an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, holds a PhD in Economics and is a professor at the department of World Economy at the Diplomatic Academy. Yaroslav Lissovolik is a member of the Advisory Council of the Central Bank of Russia, a member of the Council on foreign and defense policy and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee. In 2012 Yaroslav Lissovolik became a member of the Expert Council of the Russian government as well as the Working group on macroeconomic policy of the Presidential Economic Council. In 2016 he became a Program Director with the Valdai club. He has published books on Russia’s entry to the WTO and on Russia’s integration into the world economy, as well as numerous articles and papers on economic and policy issuesù
  28. Chiara Lovotti is ISPI Assistant Research Fellow in the Mediterranean and Middle East Program (ArabTrans Programme). She holds a Bachelor Degree in Foreign Languages and International Relations from the Catholic University of Milan, a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) and a Master in Middle Eastern Studies from the Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations of Milan. Before joining ISPI she worked as Research Assistant in the department of Development Studies at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve. Her research interests focus on social dynamics and political transformations in the MENA region
  29. Warwick J. McKibbin,AO is a Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy and is Director of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU). He is also an ANU Public Policy Fellow; a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences; a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia and Pacific Policy Society; a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C (where he is co-Director of the Climate and Energy Economics Project).  He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2016 “For Distinguished Service to Education as an Economist, Particularly in the Area of Global Climate Policy, and to Financial Institutions and International Organizations” and the Centenary medal in 2003 “For Service to Australian Society through Economic Policy and Tertiary Education”.  Professor McKibbin is internationally renowned for his contributions to global economic modeling and the theory of monetary policy and has published more than 200 peer reviewed academic papers and 5 books as well as being a regular commentator in the popular press. He served on the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 2001 to 2011 and worked at the Reserve Bank from 1975 to 1991. He regularly advises International Institutions, Central Banks, governments and corporations across a range of developed and emerging economies
  30. Maurizio Melani is Extraordinary Professor of International Relations at the Link Campus University. He has been Director General in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to Iraq, to the Political and Security Committee of  the European Union and to Ethiopia, Board Member of the Italian Trade Agency. He has written books on international political and economic governance and geopolitics of energy, as well as essays and articles mainly on regional crisis, Middle East, Africa, European integration, trade and investment promotion. He is in the governance of several profit and non- profit organisations
  31. Vanessa Newby is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU currently based in Lebanon.  She is author of the forthcoming book Keeping the Peace in South Lebanon: Credibility and Local Cooperation with Syracuse University Press (2018).  She has a PhD in International Relations from Griffith University and her research interests include international security, peacebuilding, and the politics of religion.  She has been researching the Middle East since 2007 and can speak, read and write Arabic. Vanessa has published in several international peer-reviewed journals such as International Peacekeeping, Contemporary Politics and Third World Quarterly.
  32. Luise Noring is a program director and assistant professor at Copenhagen Business School. She is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an expert in sustainable urbanization at the European Commission. In addition, she runs her own enterprise as an independent researcher. Noring has extensive experience in implementing large-scale international initiatives related to sustainable urbanization, urban infrastructure and governance, and other urban challenges. She helps lead the Urban Challenge Programme, an EU-funded initiative engaging six cities across Europe: Copenhagen, Denmark; Hamburg, Germany; Helsinki; Riga, Latvia; Rome; and Edinburgh, Scotland. She currently works with approximately 30 partners across the world on projects centered on cities, with focuses including local municipalities, market leaders within urban sustainability, innovative start-ups, civic organizations, and research organizations. In 2015, Luise began working with the Brookings Project on 21st Century City Governance, a collaboration of the Brookings Centennial Scholar Initiative and the Global Economy and Development program, which aims to deepen our understanding of the norms, institutions, and networks essential to successful city governance. Within the project, Noring’s work focuses on capturing and scaling best practices in U.S. and European cities in urban governance and finance innovations. Since 2014, Noring has served as an expert in sustainable urbanization for the European Commission. In 2015, she was one of 12 experts who drafted policy recommendations for the European Parliament on ‘Nature-based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities’. Previously, Noring ran the European Union-funded project, ‘Green Innovation in Cities’, in which she collaborated with scholars at Copenhagen Business School, the University of Copenhagen, and the Technical University of Denmark. In 2015, this program was recognized as one of the most innovative higher education programs by the Danish Ministry of Education. Noring has a Master in Supply Chain Management and a Ph.D. in Supply Chain Partnerships, from Copenhagen Business School. Since her early career and studies, she has focused on partnerships, including public-private partnerships, business-to-business partnerships, and innovative partnerships. Her experience includes a three-year research initiative into transactional costs in business-to-business partnerships, including those between IBM, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever. Noring has extensive experience with living and working internationally, including time spent in Argentina (four years), France (four years), UK (three years), Switzerland (two years) and Germany (two years). In addition, she spent two long stays in United States (nine months) and Spain (four months). She speaks several languages, including English, ‘Scandinavian’, French, German, and Spanish. For further information, please visit;
  33. Ugo Panizza is Professor of Economics and Pictet Chair at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. He is also the Director of the Institute’s Centre on Finance and Development, and a CEPR Research Fellow. Prior to joining the Institute, Ugo was the Chief of the Debt and Finance Analysis Unit at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank and was an assistant professor of economics at the American University of Beirut and the University of Turin. His research interests include international finance, sovereign debt, banking, and political economy. He is a former member of the executive committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and an editor of the Association’s journal Economia. He is also a member of the editoria board of The World Bank Economic Review, the Review of Development Finance, the Journal of Economic Systems, and the Review of Economics and Institutions. He holds a PhD in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University and a Laurea from the University of Turin.
  34. Rajorshi Roy is a Research Analyst at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. His areas of research and analysis cover the foreign, security and domestic policies of Russia and the Central Asian countries, and the grand strategy of great powers. He has written extensively and contributes regularly to the public policy debate on these themes. He has completed his doctoral thesis from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The thesis explores the role of Russia’s Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs) industry in shaping the domestic and the external discourse of the country. Prior to joining IDSA, Rajorshi worked with the Central Information Commission (CIC), New Delhi and the United Nations Aids Programme (UNAIDS). He is an alumni of the prestigious St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (DU). He can be reached at
  35. Adfer Shah is a New Delhi-based Sociologist and columnist at various reputed international and national media groups. Being an academic he has more than fifty publications besides hundreds of conceptual articles to his credit. He has been writing on South Asia’s socio-political realities at Eurasia Review since 2012, where he is Special Correspondent for South Asia Affairs and Associate Editor for South Asia since 2014. His first book on Kashmir-Yearning for Peace (ISSN: 978-3-659-55971-6) was published in Germany in December 2016.Reach him at
  36. Dick Startz is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and professor emeritus at the University of Washington (where he served as department chair and as a divisional dean). Professor Startz has published empirical work on a wide range of topics as well as making a number of contributions to econometric methodology. His work in education has seen two main outlets. The first is his book, Profit of Education (Praeger 2010), which builds the economic case for higher teacher salaries. The second main outlet blogging about education at the Brookings Institution Brown Center Chalkboard and his blog, which has been described as “Freakonomics for the economics of schooling.” The roughly 500 posts are split between original, short data-driven analyses of topics in the economics of education and reviews of research findings from the academic literature. In addition to his work on the economics of education, Professor Startz is the coauthor of a macroeconomics text which has been translated into 8 languages, several books on personal computing, and many academic journal articles. More information can be found at
  37. Jacqui True is Professor of International Relations and Director of Monash University’s Centre for Gender, Peace and Security. She is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and a Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Oslo. She received her PhD from York University, Toronto, Canada and has held academic positions at Michigan State University, the University of Southern California, and the University of Auckland. Her current research is focused on understanding the political economy of violence against women and the patterns of systemic sexual and gender-based violence in Asia Pacific. She leads the three-year ARC Linkage project (2017-2020) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on women’s participation after conflict and the implementation of the gender provisions of peace agreements Her book, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women (Oxford, 2012) won the American Political Science Association’s 2012 biennial prize for the best book in human rights, the British International Studies Association International Political Economy book prize in 2013, and the 2015 biennial Australian Political Science Association’s Carole Pateman book prize for gender and politics. She recently edited the volume Scandalous Economics: The Politics of Gender and Financial Crises (Oxford, 2016) with Aida Hozić and is co-editor with Sara Davies of the Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security (forthcoming 2018).
  38. Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies in the School of International, Political & Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. He is a regular columnist for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. From 2001 to 2004 Professor White was the first Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). Before that he had served as an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments, as a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald, as a senior adviser on the staffs of Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and as a senior official in the Department of Defence, where from 1995 to 2000 he was Deputy Secretary for Strategy and Intelligence.