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Youssef Mahmoud

Senior Advisor, International Peace Institute – IPI

At his current post, he is supporting the Africa, Middle East and peace operations programs and serving as focal point on prevention and mediation policies and practices.


He is also a Visiting Professor at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College, London. In 2019, he led an independent strategic review of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and in 2015 he served as member of the UN Secretary-General High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations and simultaneously a member of the High Level Advisory Group for the Global Study on Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Before retiring from the United Nations in 2011, he was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), from 2010. He served as Executive Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Burundi (BINUB, 2007-09). He held several other UN positions, as Resident Coordinator in Guyana and Director in the Department of Political Affairs in New York.

Jamil Mahuad

Former President, Republic of Ecuador

Jamil Mahuad is an Ecuadorian lawyer, politician and educator, who was leader of the missing Popular Democracy political group. Before arriving at the Presidency of Ecuador (1998-2000), Jamil Mahuad held positions as National Deputy between (1990-92).


During the Government of President Hurtado, Mahuad was a member of the government, first as manager of Emprovit, the state agency and then as Minister of Labor in 1983, and finally as spokesperson for the government. In 1992, he assumed the position of Mayor of Quito, for two consecutive periods (1992-1998), which gave him great prestige for the almost total provision of public services and the construction of a dynamic and ecological transport system. A milestone of its Mayor's office was that the city of Quito was elevated to the Metropolitan District in 1993, gaining more autonomy under a new treatment such as "Metropolitan Mayor" thus enabling major urban improvements and quality of life in the city. Mahuad was presented to the 1998 Presidential Elections of Ecuador winning in the second round. His main actions as president were the signing of the Peace Agreement with Peru after the war between the two countries, the bank freeze of 1999 and the establishment of the dollar as the national currency. In 1999, the government signed a cooperation agreement with the United States called Plan Colombia to eradicate coca crops and monitor the drug trade in the region. Jamil Mahuad studied at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, where he graduated as a Doctor of Jurisprudence and Lawyer of the Courts of the Republic and continued his studies at the University "John F. Kennedy" School of Government of Harvard, United States, where he obtained the Master in Public Administration Currently, He develops activities as a professor and academic educator.

Greg Mills

Director, Brenthurst Foundation

Former National Director of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) from 1996-2005, current head of the Brenthurst Foundation, established in 2005 by the Oppenheimer family (former owner of De Beers) to strengthen African economic performance.


He has directed reform projects in more than a dozen African countries, including Rwanda, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, Somalia and Mozambique. Greg Mills has been a visiting fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at Australia National University, Cambridge University’s Centre for African Studies, the Vietnamese Academy for Social Sciences, and at Shanghai University’s Centre for Global Studies. An Advisory Board member of the London-based Royal United Services Institute, he is the author of the best-selling books Why Africa Is Poor, Africa’s Third Liberation, and together inter alia with Brenthurst’s chairman President Olusegun Obasanjo Making Africa Work: A Handbook for Economic Success(published in four languages in 2017) and, in 2019, Democracy Works: Rewiring Politics for Africa’s Advantage. Born and schooled in Cape Town, he holds degrees from the Universities of Cape Town and Lancaster.

Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo

President, Nato Defense College Foundation

After serving at the Italian Embassy in Washington and as Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of Italy in Prague, Amb. Minuto-Rizzo worked as Head of the External Relations Office of the EEC from 1981 to 1986. In the next years, his career focused on Europe and Space Policy. In 1997 he was appointed Diplomatic Counsellor of the Minister of Defence Nino Andreatta, then of his successors Carlo Scognamiglio and Sergio Mattarella. In 2000, he became the Italian Ambassador to the Western European Union and to the Political and Security Committee of the EU, of which he was among the founding members. He was Deputy Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance, between 2001 and 2007.


His mandate was mostly carried out in the strategic-political industrial area, in relations with sensitive countries in the Gulf and Southern Mediterranean. He is the author of “The Road to Kabul” (Il Mulino-Arel, 2009), “A Political Journey without Maps, Diversity and Future in the Greater Middle East” (Rubbettino 2013), and “NATO and the Middle East: The Making of a Partnership” (New Academia Publishing, 2018).

Pol Morillas

General Director; Senior Research Fellow, Barcelona Center for International Affairs – CIDOB

Political scientist, he holds a PhD in Politics, Policies and International Relations from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE). Besides CIDOB, he is also an Associate Professor at the UAB, where he teaches European Foreign Policy and the Theory of International Relations, and a member of the Observatori de Política Exterior Europea.


Previously, he has been Head of the Euro-Mediterranean Policies field at the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), Coordinator of the Political and Security Committee of the Council of the EU, and Advisor on External Action at the European Parliament. His numerous published research papers and Opeds cover the dynamics of European integration, the institutional developments of EU external action, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, the EU’s security strategies and Euro-Mediterranean relations, among other subjects. His latest book is Strategy-Making in the EU. From Foreign and Security Policy to External Action (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). He is the lead researcher on the EU-LISTCO project, dedicated to studying the European Union's external policy in the conditions created by the fragility of the states in its neighborhood and the contested global order.

Pierre Moscovici

Former Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, European Union

Before his designation as European Commissioner in 2014, he served in the European Parliament and in the French National Assembly, mainly working on economic issues. He has been Minister for European Affairs (1997-2002) and Minister for the Economy and Finance (2012-14) in France. 


As Commissioner, he was in charge of the application of the Stability and Growth Pact, as well as ensuring the economic soundness of Commission proposals and deepening the Economic and Monetary Union to create the conditions for jobs, growth and investment, and encouraging further structural reforms. He represented the EU in G20 and G7 meetings for finance ministers. He participated to Eurogroup and ECOFIN Councils. He was in charge of the negotiations for the conclusion of the Greek adjustment program. On taxation matters, Commissioner Moscovici was responsible for developing a value added tax system at EU level, improving the functioning of the internal market in both direct and indirect taxation and fighting tax fraud and tax evasion. His responsibilities also included the development and management of an efficient EU customs union. Pierre Moscovici was an associate professor at Sciences-Po (2002-12), giving lectures on economic policy and European affairs. He was invited to the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia in 2006 for a class on Europe. He has written several books about social-democracy, economics and Europe.

Nkosana Donald Moyo

Founder and Chairman, Mandela Institute for Development Studies – MINDS

Former Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the African Development Bank, former Minister of Industry & International Trade of Zimbabwe, former Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum – Africa Regional Agenda Council on the Future of Africa, first Executive Chair of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies.


He worked at Actis Capital LLP as Managing Partner for the Africa Business and served on the boards of a number of companies in the cement, sugar, finance, tourism, mining, airline and food sectors. He was one of the Founding Trustees of the Investment Climate Facility (ICF) and sits on the Board of the Africa Leadership Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Imperial College, University of London and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK, an Eisenhower fellow.

Michelle Ndiaye

Director of the Africa Peace and Security Program, Institute for Peace and Security Studies – IPSS; Director, Tana Forum Secretariat

Michelle Ndiaye Ntab is the Director of the Africa Peace and Security Program in collaboration with the African Union Commission at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) and the Head of the Tana Forum Secretariat. She has an extensive political and administrative managerial background and experience in large scale multi-donor program management. She published several articles and papers on the democratization and political processes and development issues in Africa.


Before joining IPSS, she was the Managing Director of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS). Prior to joining MINDS, between 1999 and 2011, she consecutively headed several African and international organizations as Executive Director of Greenpeace Africa, CEO of the African Institute for Corporate Citizenship (AICC), Founder and Manager of Africa Projects for Akena Research and Consulting and Regional Director of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters.

Paulo Neves

Deputy of National Parliament, Portugal; President, Institute for the Promotion of Latin America and the Caribbean – IPDAL

Member of Parliament and of two Parliamentary Committees, on Foreign Affairs and Portuguese Communities ; and Economy. President of the Institute for the Promotion of Latin America and Caribbean (IPDAL) since 2006, he is a former journalist and Higher Education Professor in Business Communication.


He studied Organizational Behavior, International Politics, International Relations, Psychology and Journalism

Mabingué Ngom

Director, Regional Bureau for West and Central Africa, United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA

UNFPA regional director for West and Central Africa since 2015, he has a track record of turning ambitious visions into change for women and youth. His work is dedicated to the demographic dividend, the UN reform and the SDG’s. With UNFPA since 2008, former Director of program Division in New York (USA) and Emergency Director.


He has occupied several leadership positions at the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in Geneva (Switzerland), at the International Planned Parenthood Federation Regional Office in Nairobi (Kenya) and in his own country (Senegal) where he was instrumental in the development, management and monitoring of the country’s Public Investment Programs for over a decade. He has Master Degrees in Economics and Development Planning, and in Public Policy from the American University (Washington, DC).