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

Adnane Addioui

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

Kamel Akrout

Former First National Security Adviser to the President, Tunisia

Hamad Al Bazai

Deputy Minister of Finance, Saudi Arabia

Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia

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

Nabil Al Sharif

Executive Director, Anna Lindh Foundation

Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Qatar

Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

President, MERI, Iraq

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, 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

Ali Aslan

International TV Presenter and Journalist

Sabri Bachtobji

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

Emad Badi

Non-resident Scholar, Middle East Institute (MEI)

Ramin Bahrami

Pianist, Iran

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

Bethany Bell

Foreign Correspondent, BBC News

Peter Berkowitz

Director, State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, USA

Sabri Boukadoum

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Algeria (Until 2021)

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

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

Galip Dalay

Mercator fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin

Staffan De Mistura

Former United Nations Special Envoy for Syria

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)

Claudio Descalzi

CEO, ENI, Italy

Luigi Di Maio

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, 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

Zaid Eyadat

Director, Center for Strategic Studies (CSS), Jordan

Maria Fantappie

Senior Adviser, International Crisis Group (ICG), Belgium

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)

Claudia Gazzini

Senior Analyst, International Crisis Group (ICG)

Paolo Gentiloni

Commissioner for Economy, European Commission

Ellie Geranmayeh

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

Dalia Ghanem

Resident Scholar, Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon

Omar Saif Ghobash

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

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

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

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

Minister of External Affairs, India

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

Matthew Karnitschnig

Chief Europe Correspondent, Politico

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

Khaled Khiari

Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations

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

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

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

Giampiero Massolo

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

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

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

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, Board of Valentino Company

Philip T. Reeker

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

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

Dorothée Schmid

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

Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli

Italy Correspondent, Politico

Marta Serafini

Journalist, Corriere della sera, Italy

Sameh Shoukry

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt

Randa Slim

Director of Conflict Resolution and Track II Dialogues Program, Middle East Institute, USA

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

Ali Vaez

Director, Iran Project, International Crisis Group, USA

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

Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen

Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Kenji Wakamiya

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan (until 2019)

William F. Wechsler

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

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