Michael Cox is Director of LSE IDEAS – highest ranked university affiliated Think Tank in Europe – and Emeritus Professor of International Relations at LSE where has taught since 2002.  Professor Cox has held appointments around the world and is in high demand as a public speaker. He is currently Visiting Professor at the LUISS School of Government in Rome and ASEI at the Catholic University of Milan. The author and editor of over 25 books he is a renowned expert on international politics after the Cold War, US foreign policy, the  rise of Asia, transatlantic relations,  and Russia-China relations in the 21st century.

Franco Frattini served twice as Former Italian Foreign Minister and as Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security. He actually is Justice and Chamber President to the Italian Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’Etat), President of SIOI and President of the Course in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the Link Campus University.

Hassan Hakimian is Director of the London Middle East Institute and a Reader in the Economics Department at SOAS, University of London. He is a Founding member and currently the President of the International Iranian Economic Association (IEA) and a Research Fellow and member of the Advisory Committee of the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo. He founded and is Series Editor for the “Routledge Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa,” launched in 2003. His research focuses on the MENA economies with special reference to Iran. His recent research focuses on inclusive growth and the economics of Arab uprisings. His latest book is Iran and the Global Economy: Petro Populism, Islam and Economic Sanctions (2014 co-edited with Parvin Alizadeh).

Noëlle Lenoir is a specialist in competition law, public business law and economic regulations – both at the national level and at the European level  – at Kramer Levin, she served as French Minister of European Affairs from 2002 to 2004, was the youngest person ever to have served on the French Constitutional Court. She has been a member of the Conseil d’État (France’s highest court in administrative and tax matters) since 1984. She is President of HEC’s Institute of Europe and of the Cercle des Européens, a European think tank.