Speakers & Chairs

Abla Abdel Latif

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

Mohamed Abdel-Salam

Secretary General, Committee for Human Fraternity (former Advisor to the Grand Imam of Al Azhar)

Souad Abderrahim

Mayor of Tunis

Rafik Abdessalem

Director, CSDS, Tunisia

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

Alessandro Agosta

Mediterranean Leader Global Energy & Materials, McKinsey & Company

Kamel Akrout

Former First National Security Adviser to the President, Tunisia

Hamad Al Bazai

Deputy Minister of Finance, Saudi Arabia

Sayyid Badr Bin Hamad Bin Hamood Al Busaidi

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Oman

Nayef Falah Mubarak Al Hajraf

Secretary General, Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC)

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

Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia

Nabil Al Sharif

Executive Director, Anna Lindh Foundation

Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Qatar

Hamad bin Sulaiman Al-Bazai

Deputy Minister of Finance, Saudi Arabia

Mohammed A. Al-Hadhrami

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yemen (Until 2020)

Mohamed Ali Al-Hakim

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iraq

Ayoub Al-Jawaldeh

Regional Advisor Nutrition for the Eastern Mediterranean, EMRO, World Health Organization (WHO)

Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater

Undersecretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Qatar

Ahmed Al-Mandhari

Director, Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean, World Health Organization (WHO)

Rania Al-Mashat

Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt

Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kuwait

Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

President, Middle East Research Institute (MERI)

Farhad Alaaldin

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

Ranj Alaaldin

Fellow, the Brookings Institution; and Director of the Carnegie Corporation's Proxy Wars Initiative

Gianluca Alberini

Principal Director for the United Nations and Human Rights, Directorate General for Political Affairs and Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Miriam Allam

Head, Governance Programme MENA-OECD, OECD

John R. Allen

President, Brookings Institution, USA

Wael Almazeedi

Wael Almazeedi, Chairman and co-founder, FATE (Free Access to Energy) Consortium

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

Aeham Amad

Syrian Pianist

Haizam Amirah-Fernandez

Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute, Spain

Obaid Amrane

Chief Executive Officer, Ithmar Capital, Morocco

Kalla Ankourau

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Nigeriens Abroad, Niger

Niels Annen

Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany

Eleonora Ardemagni

Associate Research Fellow, Italian Institute for International Studies (ISPI), Italy

Inger Ashing

CEO, Save the Children International

Ali Aslan

International TV Presenter and Journalist

Canan Atilgan

Head of the Department of Middle East and North Africa, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Germany

Véronique Aubert

Co-Chair, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA)

Jean-Marc Aveline

Archbishop of Marseille, France

André Azoulay

Advisor to the King of Morocco

Sabri Bachtobji

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

Emad Badi

Non-resident Scholar, Middle East Institute (MEI)

Ramin Bahrami

Pianist, Iran

Alessandro Barbera

Brigadier General and Commander, Central Investigation Service on Organised Crime, Guardia di Finanza, Italy

Julien Barnes-Dacey

Director, Middle East & North Africa programme, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

Evarist Bartolo

Minister for European and Foreign Affairs, Malta

Armando Barucco

Director – Policy Planning, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Fathi Ali Abdul Salam Bashagha

Minister of the Interior, Government of National Accord (GNA), Libya (Until 2021)

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

Erik Becker

Manager Infrastructure Department – Middle East & North Africa, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group

Hanne Beirens

Director, MPI Europe

Bethany Bell

Foreign Correspondent, BBC News

Elisabetta Belloni

Secretary General, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy (Until 2021)

Barbara Beltrame Giacomello

President, BusinessMed; Vice-President for International Affairs, Confindustria

Peter Berkowitz

Director, State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, USA

Josep Borrell Fontelles

High Representative For Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Union

Ouided Bouchamaoui

Nobel Peace Prize 2015 (co-laureate); Past President, Utica, Tunisia

Sabri Boukadoum

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Algeria (Until 2021)

Nasser Bourita

Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Morocco

Baiba Braže

Assistant Secretary General, NATO

Guy Burton

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

Bettina Cadenbach

Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, NATO

Maurizio Caprara

Corriere della Sera

Ilaria Capua

Director, One Health Center of Excellence, University of Florida, USA

Gregg Carlstrom

The Economist

Claire Casey

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

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Turkey

Andrea Cellino

Head of the North Africa Desk at the Middle East and North Africa Division, Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF)

Miro Cerar

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia (Until 2020)

May Chidiac

Caretaker Minister of State for Administrative Development, Lebanon

Nikos Christodoulides

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cyprus

Ada Colau

Mayor of Barcelona

Giuseppe Conte

President of the Council of Ministers, Italy (Until 2021)

Alessandra Coppola

Corriere della Sera

Michele Crisostomo

Chiarman, ENEL, Italy

Galip Dalay

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

Fadi Daou

President, Adyan Foundation, Lebanon

Marwa Daoudy

Associate Professor, Georgetown University, USA; Author “The Origin of the Syrian Conflict, Climate Change and Human Security”

Marta Dassù

Senior Advisor European Affairs and Editor-in-chief of Aspenia, Aspen Institute Italia; President, Women Empower the World - WE, Italy

Gianni De Gennaro

President, Leonardo, Italy

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, UNIFIL

Emanuela Del Re

Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy (Until 2021)

Nikos Dendias

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece

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

Alfredo Durante Mangoni

Coordinator for Anticorruption, Chair G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group (ACWG), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Riccardo Dutto

Managing Director - Global Head of Infrastructure, Intesa Sanpaolo

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 Resource, Egypt

Monique Eloit

General Director, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Zaid Eyadat

Director, Center for Strategic Studies (CSS), Jordan

Elham Fakhro

Senior Analyst, Gulf States, International Crisis Group (ICG)

Maria Fantappie

Senior Adviser, International Crisis Group (ICG), Belgium

Bassam Fattouh

Director, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, United Kingdom

Osama Filali Naji

Founder & CTO, Arab Research & Advocacy Bureau

Mary Fitzgerald

Associate Fellow, ICSR, King's College London

Marta Foresti

Director of the Human Mobility Initiative, ODI

Kostas Fragogiannis

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece

Paul Gallagher

Secretary for Relations with States, Holy See

Virginia Gamba

Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict

Anwar Gargash

Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates (UAE) (Until 2021)

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, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon

Omar Saif Ghobash

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

Carmela Godeau

Regional Director, MENA Region, IOM

Thomas Gomart

Director, French Institute of international Relations (IFRI), France

Arancha Gonzalez Laya

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain (Until 2021)

Claudio Graziano

Chairman, Military Committee, European Union

Patrizia Grieco

President, ENEL, Italy

Gordan Grlić-Radman

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Croatia

Rafael Grossi

Director General, The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Valerie N. Guarnieri

Assistant Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)

Laura Guercio

Universities Network for Promoting the Rights of Children in Armed Conflicts

Lorenzo Guerini

Minister of Defence, Italy

Ranieri Guerra

Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)

Adel Hamaizia

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Tarik Hamane

Executive Director and Head of Development, Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), Morocco

Sarhang Hamasaeed

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

Marco Hannappel

President and Managing Director, Philip Morris Italia

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

Joost Hiltermann

Program Director, Middle East & North Africa, International Crisis Group, Belgium

Forsan Hussein

Zaitun Ventures

Fuad Hussein

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iraq

Ihsan Abdul Jabbar Ismail

Minister of Oil, Iraq; Director General, Basra Oil Company

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

Minister of Foreign Affairs, India

Mohcine Jazouli

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

Ylva Johansson

Commissioner for Home Affairs, European Commission

Abbas Kadhim

Senior Fellow & Iraq Initiative Director, Atlantic Council, USA

Nasser Kamel

Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean (UFM)

Azza Karam

Secretary General, Religions for Peace

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 Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

Gilles Kepel

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

Maryam Khansari

General Manager, Herison Construction Company and International Relations Manager, Iran Association of Construction Companies

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, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), Russian Federation

Ján Kubiš

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

Luciana Lamorgese

Minister of the Interior, Italy

Begoña Lasagabaster

Country Representative in Tunisia and Libya, UN Women

Sergey Lavrov

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russia

Luca Lazzaroli

Director General, European Investment Bank

Jean Yves Le Drian

Minister of Foreign Affairs, France

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

Anže Logar

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia

Hugh Lovatt

Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

Chiara Lovotti

Associate Research Felllow, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy

Heiko Maas

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Germany

Paolo Magri

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

Ahmed Maitig

Vice-President, Presidential Council, GNA, Libya

Fouad Makhzoumi

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

Giorgio Marrapodi

Director General for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Giampiero Massolo

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

Viviana Mazza

Corriere della Sera

James McGann

Director, Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP), Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Joseph McMonigle

Secretary General, International Energy Forum (IEF)

Angela Me

Chief of the Research and Trend Analysis Branch, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Alberto Melloni

Director, John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies (Fscire), Italy

Karim Mezran

Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, USA

Nickolay Mladenov

Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations

Miguel Ángel Moratinos

High Representative, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

Pol Morillas

Director, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), Spain

Alia Moubayed

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

Dima Moussa

Vice President, Syrian National Coalition, Syria

Chris Murphy

US Senator

Hassan Nadhem

Minister of Culture, Iraq

Stefano Napoletano

Global Leader of Capital Projects & Infrastructure, McKinsey & Company

Luigi Narbone

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

Dario Nardella

Mayor of Florence; President, Eurocities

Vali Nasr

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

Françoise Nicolas

Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Center for Asian Studies, French Institute of international Relations (IFRI), France

Bronwyn Nielsen

CEO, Nielsen Media and Associates

Toula Onoufriou

President, Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company, Cyprus

Matthew A. Palmer

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Marilisa Palumbo

Corriere della Sera

Marco Patuano

Chairman, A2A

Geir O. Pedersen

Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations

Nicolas Pelham

Middle East Correspondent, The Economist, UK

Fabio Petito

Head, Religions and International Relations Programme, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy; University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Lapo Pistelli

Director Public Affairs, ENI

Fausto Pocar

Honorary President, International Institute of Humanitarian Law

Antonio Polito

Corriere della Sera

Stefano Polli

Deputy Director, ANSA, Italy

Romano Prodi

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

Alessandro Profumo

CEO, Leonardo, Italy

Marcin Przydacz

Undersecretary of State for Security, the Americas, Asia and Eastern Policy, Poland

Qu Dongyu

Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Rachid Mohamed Rachid

Chairman, Board of Valentino Company

Maurizio Raeli

Director, CIHEAM Bari

Philip T. Reeker

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

Andrea Rizzi

Foreign News Editor, El País, Spain

Francesco Rocca

President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent

Michèle Rubirola

Mayor of Marseille

Guy Ryder

Director General, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Ahmed Saadawi

Writer, Iraq

Ayman Safadi

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Jordan

Federica Saini Fasanotti

Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, USA

Seyed Kazem Sajjadpour

Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS), Iran

Ghassan Salamé

UN Former Special Representative for Libya

Vincenzo Ercole Salazar Sarsfield

Global Head of Italian Infrastructure, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ANCE

Luca Salerno

Journalist, Tg2, Italy

Cynthia Salloum

Faculty Advisor and Researcher, NATO Defense College, Italy

Nicola Sandri

Global Leader of Transport Infrastructure, McKinsey & Company

Augusto Santos Silva

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Portugal

David Sassoli

David Sassoli, President, European Parliament

Yezid Sayigh

Senior Fellow, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon

Stefano Scarpetta

Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Andreas Schaal

Director Global Relations, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Jeffrey Schlagenhauf

Deputy Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Dorothée Schmid

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

Andrea Scotti

Head of Infrastructural Development, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Carlo Secchi

Head, Centre on Infrastructure and Vice President, ISPI, Italy; European Coordinator for Infrastructural Priority Projects (TEN-T), European Commission

Marta Serafini

Journalist, Corriere della sera, Italy

Marina Sereni

Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Nadia Shahin

General Manager, Kawar Group, Jordan

Yousef Shawarbeh

Mayor of Amman

Sameh Shoukry

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Egypt

Kadri Simson

Commissioner for Energy, European Commission

Randa Slim

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

Tunç Soyer

Mayor of İzmir

Elisabeth Spehar

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

Robert Springborg

Professor Emeritus Naval Post Graduate School, USA

Margherita Stancati

Wall Street Journal

Maxim A. Suchkov

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

Mohamed Taher Syala

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Libya (until 2021)

Nayla Tabbara

Cofounder and Vice President, Adyan Foundation, Lebanon

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 Director of the Middle East North Africa Programme, Chatham House, UK

Olivér Varhélyi

Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, European Commission

Varvelli

Arturo Varvelli

Director, Rome Office, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

Franco Venturini

Columnist and special envoy, Corriere della Sera, Italy

Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen

Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Marcela Villarreal

Director, Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

António Vitorino

Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Viviana Vitto

Head of Market Studies & Strategic Analysis, Global Infrastructure & Networks, Enel

Kenji Wakamiya

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan (until 2019)

Washio Eiichiro

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan

William F. Wechsler

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

Charbel Wehbi

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Lebanon (until 2021)

Guntram Wolff

Director, Bruegel, Belgium

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, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon

Karen Young

Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute (AEI), USA

Tarik Yousef

Director, Brookings Doha Center

Georg Zachmann

Senior Fellow, Bruegel, Belgium

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Iran (until 2021)

Bing Zhao

Director, Smallholder and Food Systems Support, World Food Programme (WFP)