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Kidane Kiros Bitsue

Director Institute for Peace and Security Studies

Dr. Kidane Kiros Bitsue is currently the Director of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS).


He holds a PhD degree in Development Studies. Prior to joining IPSS, his career path was mostly related to teaching, research, and educational administration. From 2003 to 2014, he taught in various Addis Ababa University (AAU) faculties and served as acting Director of the Institute of Federal Studies as well as Senior Administrator and Finance Head for Continuing and Distance Education at the AAU. He also has experience working with humanitarian organizations including the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (as the Head of the Wollo Zone Branch Office); International Federation of Red Cross/Crescent (as member of the Eastern Africa Regional Working Group on Food Security (WGFS); and the Ethiopian Red Cross Society (as a member of the National Working Group on Food Security (WGFS).


Dominique Bocquet

General Finance and Economic Controller, Ministry of Finance France

Dominique Bocquet is a graduate of Sciences-Po, a graduate of history and a former student of ENA.


He is a member of the Editorial Board of the French Review and Knight of the Legion of Honor. Dominique Bocquet was previously Head of French Economic Services in the French embassy in Morocco. He was also Financial Counselor at the Delegation of France to the OECD from 2003 to 2008. Previously, he was Secretary-General of the European Movement (French branch) from 1991 to 1996, Africa (1996-2000), Deputy Director of the Minister for Cooperation (2000-2001) and Adviser to the Cabinet of Mr Hubert Védrine, Minister for Foreign Affairs (2000-2002). He is the author of several books and reports, including "Génération Europe" (Editions François Bourin, 1989), in collaboration with Philippe Delleur; "France and Germany, a couple with no ideas" (Notes from the Saint-Simon Foundation, 1996) What economic efficiency for Lomé? "(Report for the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, June 1998)" Budgeting the EDF, a step in the modernization of aid "(Report for the Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry, July 2003). </p>

Pascal Boniface

Director, Institut des Relations Internationales et Stratégiques, France

Pascal Boniface is Director of the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS) and teaches at the Institute of European Studies at the University of Paris 8.


Pascal Boniface also directs The International and Strategic Review (quarterly publication since 1991) and L'Année stratégique (annual publication since 1985). He wrote or directed the publication of some sixty books on international relations, nuclear weapons and disarmament issues, power relations between the great powers, French foreign policy, the impact of sport in international relations (he developed the concept of geopolitics of sport), the conflict in the Middle East and its repercussions in France. He is one of the most influential specialists on geopolitics on social networks, including Twitter and Facebook. He decrypts international news in video on his YouTube channel and his weekly podcast "Understanding the world", as well as through his blog (IRIS and Mediapart). Pascal Boniface is a member of the National Council of Ethics of the French Football Federation. He is also a consultant on geopolitical issues for the “Musée de l’Olympisme” and a geopolitical consultant for the NGO Peace and Sport. </p>

Sophie Bouillon

Agence France Presse (AFP) Deputy Bureau Chief, Lagos, Nigeria

Sophie Bouillon is currently the deputy bureau chief of the AFP bureau in Lagos, which covers Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana. 


 Prior to that, she worked as a freelance journalist for various francophone publications and radio stations (mostly Libération, Radio Télévision Suisse, Obs, Europe 1). Having been based in Johannesburg, Paris and Nairobi, Bouillon's work has covered most of sub-saharian Africa. In 2009, she was awarded the Albert Londres Prize for best francophone reporter for her coverage of the Zimbabwean elections. In 2014, she was awarded the second radio prize of Prix Bayeux, a war correspondent prize, for her coverage of the Boko Haram crisis. 
Her previous publications include Elles, les prostituées et nous, 2015 (Editions Premier Parallèle).  

Bronwyn Bruton

Director of Programs and Studies; Deputy Director, Atlantic Council

Bronwyn E. Bruton is deputy director of the Council's Africa Center and author of many reports, journal essays, and special reports on the Horn of Africa, including including the widely-read 2010 Council on Foreign Relations special report Somalia: A New Approach and the recent New York Times op-ed “It’s bad in Eritrea, but not that bad. ”


Ms. Bruton has previously been a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and has held appointments at the National Endowment for Democracy, the United States Agency for International Development and the United States Government Accountability Office. Ms. Bruton holds a master of public policy, with honors, from the University of California at Los Angeles. She was born in Mbabane, Swaziland.


André Caillé

Board Member Junex

André Caillé was president of the World Energy Council from September 2004 to November 2007.


He was President and Chief Executive Officer at Hydro-Québec for 9 years, from October 1996 to April 2005. He had previously occupied several management positions at Gaz Metropolitain during more than 14 years, notably as President and Chief Executive between 1987 and 1996. He was also deputy minister of Environment of the Government of Québec from 1978 to 1981. Mr. Caillé has received many important distinctions during his career. He was notably decorated by l'Ordre national du Québec and the Order of Canada in addition to being nominated Knight of the Légion d’honneur by the Republic of France. </p>

Otaviano Canuto Dos Santos Filho

Senior Visiting Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Otaviano Canuto Senior Fellow at OCP Policy Center and, for a second time, Executive Director at the Board of the World Bank for Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Philippines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.


A former vice president and senior adviser at the World Bank, he has also previously served as an executive director of the IMF and as a vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to those positions, he was State Secretary for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance in Brazil and a professor of economics at University of São Paulo and UNICAMP. </p>

Jorge Castañeda

Global Distinguished Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies New York University and Former Secretary General of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

Jorge Castañeda was Foreign Minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003.


Castañeda is a renowned public intellectual, political scientist, and prolific writer, with an interest in Mexican and Latin American politics, comparative politics and US-Mexican and U. S. -Latin American relations. Dr. Castañeda received a B. A. from Princeton University and a B. A. from Universite de Paris-I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), an M. A. from the École Pratique de Hautes Etudes, and his Ph. D. in Economic History from the University of Paris-I. He taught at Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM) from 1978 through 2004, at Princeton University, and the University of California, Berkeley and (since 1997) at NYU. Dr. Castañeda was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1985-87) and was a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant Recipient (1989-1991)

Malancha Chakrabarty

Associate Fellow, the Observer Research Foundation, India

Malancha Chakrabarty is an Associate Fellow in ORF. Prior to joining ORF, she was working as an Associate Fellow in The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). In TERI, she worked on a number of projects related to energy demand forecasting, green economy, urban transport and sustainable development.


She was the co-ordinator of all side events organised by TERI in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20 Conference. She was also a part of the group in TERI which gave inputs to the Ministry of Environment and Forests for the Rio+20 summit.She also served as a Consultant in the Transport Division of the Planning Commission from 2009 to 2010. Her work in the Planning Commission entailed evaluation of project reports for consideration of Public Investment Board, Expenditure Finance Committee/Standing Finance Committee and proposals from Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and Ministry of Rural Development for clearance of the Planning Commission. She did detailed work related to the roads sector and assisted in the coordination of work relating to various committees set up for the development of the transport sector.She has recently submitted her PhD thesis to the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her research explores the nature and impact of Chinese trade, investment, and development cooperation in three sub-Saharan African countries namely Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia. She is particularly interested in understanding the impact of emerging countries such as India, China and Brazil on Africa's development process.

Philippe Chalmin

Professor, Economic History Paris Dauphine University

A graduate of HEC, holder of the agrégation in history and Doctor of Literature, Philippe Chalmin is Professor of Economic History at Paris-Dauphine University where he directs the Masters in International Affairs.


A Member of the Council of Economic Analysis appointed by the Prime Minister, he is the Founding Chairman of Cyclope, the main European research institute on commodity markets which annually publishes the Cyclope report on the economy and global markets. In October 2010, he was appointed Chairman of the Observatory on Agricultural and Food Prices and Margins (Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Economy and Finance). He is the author of close to forty publications, including the most recent “The World is Hungry” (2009), “Le siècle de Jules” (2010), “Demain, j’ai 60 ans, journal d’un économiste” (2011) and “Crises 1929, 1974, 2008 Histoire et espérances” (2013)</p>