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.” (

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.

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

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.

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”. (

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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 (

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.

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.

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

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. (

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 issues

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

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.

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.

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

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

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).

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.