Speakers & Chairs

Abla Abdel Latif

Executive Director and Director of Research, Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES), Egypt

Carmelo Abela

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Malta

Ahmed Aboul Gheit

Secretary General, Arab League

Ahmed Aboul Gheit

Secretary General, Arab League

Adnane Addioui

President, Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (MCISE), Morocco

Katja Adler

Europe Editor, BBC

Kamel Akrout

Former First National Security Adviser to the President, Tunisia

Kamel Akrout

Former First National Security Adviser to the President, Tunisia

Mohammad Naji Al Assam

Leader, Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), Sudan

Hamad Al Bazai

Deputy Minister of Finance, Saudi Arabia

Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia

Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain

Sheika Hind bint Salman Al Khalifa

President, BIFBPW, Bahrain

Mansoor Al Mahmoud

CEO, Qatar Investment Authority

Riyad Al Malki

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates | Palestine

Ayman Al Safadi

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Jordan

Nabil Al Sharif

Executive Director, Anna Lindh Foundation

Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Qatar

Shirwan Al Waili

Advisor to the President and Former Minister of National Security, Iraq

Youssef Bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen

Secretary General, Organization for the Islamic Cooperation

Ranj Alaaldin

Visiting Fellow, Brookings Doha Center, Qatar

Farhad Alaaldin

Head of the Iraqi Advisory Council and Former Advisor to the Iraqi President

Miriam Allam

Head, Governance Programme MENA-OECD, OECD

John R. Allen

President, The Brookings Institution, USA

Hossa Al Mutairi

Sustainable Energy, Food and Water System Task Force Chair, and Research Fellow, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)

Ibrahim S. Alsuwail

Deputy Governor of Investor Services, General Investment Authority (SAGIA), Saudi Arabia

Haizam Amirah-Fernandez

Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute, Spain

Dimitris Avramopoulos

Former European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, EU

Sabri Bachtobji

Minister of Foreign Affairs ad interim, Tunisia (Until 2020)

Emad Badi

Non-resident Scholar, Middle East Institute (MEI)

Emaddedin Badi

Advisor for Libya, DCAF

Ramin Bahrami

Pianist, Iran

Julien Barnes-Dacey

Director, MENA Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Belgium

Lydia Bassaly

Head of Recruitment and Translation Services, NaTakallam, Lebanon

Gebran Bassil

Careteker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Lebanon (Until 2020)

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi

Research Fellow, RUSI; Visiting Fellow, King's College London

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi

Head and Senior Research Fellow, MENA Programme; Associate Fellow | Royal United Services Institute; ISPI

Bethany Bell

Foreign Correspondent, BBC News

Peter Berkowitz

Director, State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, USA

Joseph Borrell

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Sabri Boukadoum

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Algeria (Until 2021)

Nasser Bourita

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Morocco

Guy Burton

Visiting Fellow, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics (LSE)

Andrea Cabrini

Managing Editor, Class CNBC, Italy

Bettina Cadenbach

Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, NATO

Gregg Carlstrom

Middle East Correspondent, The Economist

Claire Casey

Global Managing Director, Public Policy, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Turkey

Miro Cerar

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia (Until 2020)

Riccardo Chartroux

Correspondent and presenter, Rai Tg3, Italy

May Chidiac

Caretaker Minister of State for Administrative Development, Lebanon

Giuseppe Conte

President of the Council of Ministers, Italy

Maria Cuffaro

Correspondent and Presenter, Tg3 Rai, Italy

Staffan De Mistura

Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for Western Sahara | United Nations

Idriss Déby Itno

President of the Republic, Chad (Until 2021)

Stefano Del Col

Head of Mission and Force Commander, UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)

Maria Demertzis

Deputy Director, Bruegel, Belgium

Claudio Descalzi

CEO, ENI, Italy

Luigi Di Maio

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Franco di Mare

Deputy Director, RAI1, Italy

Emmanuel Dupuy

President, Institute for European Social Protection (IPSE), France

Tim Eaton

Research Fellow, MENA Programme, Chatham House, UK

Karim El Aynaoui

President, Policy Center for the New South, Morocco

Tarek El Molla

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Egypt

Marta Foresti

Director of the Human Mobility Initiative, ODI

Kostas Fragogiannis

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece

Florence Gaub

Deputy Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)

Paolo Gentiloni

Commissioner for Economy, European Commission

Dalia Ghanem

Resident Scholar, Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon

Rached Ghannouchi

President, People’s Assembly, Tunisia

Omar Saif Ghobash

Assistant Minister for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, UAE

Thomas Gomart

Director, Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), France

Patrizia Grieco

President, ENEL, Italy

Adel Hamaizia

Committee Vice-Chairman, Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum and Associate Fellow, Chatham House

Sarhang Hamasaeed

Director, Middle East Programs, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), USA

David Hearst

Editor in Chief, Middle East Eye

Pierre Heilbronn

Vice President, Policy and Partnerships, EBRD

Steven Heydemann

Professor of Middle East Studies, Janet W. Ketcham 1953, Smith College, USA

Thomas Hill

Senior Program Officer, North Africa, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), USA

Ahmad Bassam Hilmi

Foundier, DoctorX, Jordan

Emile Hokayem

Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

Fouad Hussain

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Iraq

Rachid Mohamed Rachid Hussein

Chairman, Board of Valentino Company

Eleonora Insalaco

Head of Intercultural Research and Programming, Anna Lindt Foundation

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

Minister of External Affairs, India

Mohcine Jazouli

Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Morocco

Mohcine Jazouli

Minister Delegate to the Minsiter of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Morocco

Nasser Kamel

Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean

Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Yemen

Mark N. Katz

Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University, USA

Israel Katz

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Israel

Kristina Kausch

Senior Resident Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), USA

Amy Kellogg

Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent for Fox News, USA

Gilles Kepel

Professor, Paris Science et Lettre (PSL) - École normale Supérieure and Università della Svizzera Italiana, France

Roderich Kiesewetter

Member of the German Bundestag and representative of Foreign Affairs of the CDU/CSU-Group, Germany

Michael Köhler

Deputy Director-General, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, European Commission

Andrey Kortunov

Director General, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Russia

Jan Kubis

Special Coordinator for Lebanon, United Nations

Francesco La Camera

Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Wolfram Lacher

Senior Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Germany

Nadira Laggoune

Director, Public National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Algeria

Amara Lakhous

Author, “Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio”, Algeria

Sergey Lavrov

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russia

Ian Lesser

Vice President, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Belgium

Ian Lesser

Vice President | The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

Ming Liu

Senior Fellow on International Studies, Institute of International Relations, Shanghai

Monica Maggioni


Paolo Magri

Executive Vice President and Director, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy

Fouad Makhzoumi

Senator, Chairman of the National Dialogue Party; Founder, Makhzoumi Foundation, Lebanon

Jared Malsin

Middle East Correspondent, Wall Street Journal, Egypt

Giampiero Massolo

President, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy

Jamila Matar

Director, Energy Department, the League of Arab States

Khawla Mattar

Deputy Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations

James McGann

Senior lecturer of International Studies at the Lauder Institute, Director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program

Karim Mezran

Director, North Africa Initiative; Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East programs, Atlantic Council, USA

Zafer Milhem

President, Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority (PENRA), Palestine

Miguel Angel Moratinos

High Representative for Alliance of Civilizations, UN

Alia Moubayed

Managing Director, EMEA Economics & Strategy, Jefferies International, UK

Dima Moussa

Vice President, Syrian National Coalition, Syria

Joseph Muscat

Prime Minister, Malta

Luigi Narbone

Director, Middle East Directions Programme, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute (EUI), Italy

Vali Nasr

Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), USA

Bronwyn Nielsen

CEO, Nielsen Media and Associates

Toula Onoufriou

President, Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company, Cyprus

Geir O. Pedersen

Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations

Nicolas Pelham

Middle East Correspondent, The Economist, UK

Marc Perelman

News Presenter and Interviewer, France24, France

Stefano Polli

Deputy Director, ANSA, Italy

Romano Prodi

Former President, EU Commission; Former UN Special Envoy for Africa

Rachid Mohamed Rachid

Chairman, Valentino Spa

Rachid Mohamed Rachid

Chairman, Board of Valentino Company

Bouchra Rahmouni

Director of Partnerships, Research and Events, Policy Center for the New South, Morocco

Philip T. Reeker

Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, USA

Teresa Ribeiro

Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Portugal

Andrea Rizzi

Foreign News Editor, El País, Spain

Federica Saini Fasanotti

Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, USA

Seyed Kazem Sajjadpour

Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS), Iran

Ghassan Salamè

Special Envoy for Libya, United Nations

Luca Salerno

Journalist, Tg2, Italy

Cynthia Salloum

Faculty Advisor and Researcher, NATO Defense College, Italy

Augusto Santos Silva

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Portugal

Dorothée Schmid

Senior Research Fellow, Head of Turkey and Middle East Program, IFRI, France

Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli

Italy Correspondent, Politico

Mohamed Taher Syala

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Libya

Elisabeth Spehar

Special Representative and Head of the Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, United Nations

Robert Springborg

Professor Emeritus Naval Post Graduate School, USA

Maxim A. Suchkov

Senior Fellow, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), Russia

Mohamed Taher Syala

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Libya (until 2021)

Susanna Terstal

Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, European Union

Ugo Tramballi

Senior Advisor, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy

Sanam Vakil

Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, MENA Programme, Chatham House, UK

Arturo Varvelli

Co-Head, Mena Centre, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy

Franco Venturini

Columnist and special envoy, Corriere della Sera, Italy

Kenji Wakamiya

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan (until 2019)

Wang Yi

Minister of Foreign Affairs and State Councilor, China

William F. Wechsler

Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Middle East Programs | Atlantic Council

Henry Wooster

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Maghreb and Egypt, US Department of State, USA

Wu Hongbo

Special Representative of the Chinese Government on European Affairs, China

Sun Xiansheng

Secretary General, International Energy Forum (IEF)

Maha Yahya

Director Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon

Karen Young

Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute (AEI), USA

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iran