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  • Milo Đukanović

    President of Montenegro


    He graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Podgorica – the University of Montenegro. He was elected President of the Democratic Party of Socialists in 1998. He was elected Prime Minister for the first time on February 15th 1991, on his 29th birthday. He was the youngest Prime Minister in Europe. He performed the duty of Prime Minister for seven terms (February 1991-March 1993; March 1993-November 1996; November 1996-February 1998; January 2003-November 2006; February 2008-June 2009; June 2009-December 2010; December 2012 – November 2016). In 1998 he became the President of the Republic, having won in direct elections for the President of the Republic on   October 19th 1997. He remained in office until November 25th 2002. He was the leader of the Bloc for Independent Montenegro. Under his leadership the citizens of Montenegro, in a referendum held on May 21st 2006 made a historic decision on the renewal of Montenegrin independence. He was a Member of the Parliament of Montenegro for several terms. After referendum, he has withdrawn from state functions on his own initiative for three times – from 2006 to 2008 and from 2010 to 2012. Also, after parliamentary elections held in October 2016, until his re-election as President of Montenegro on April 15th 2018. He became President of Montenegro on May 20th 2018.

  • Duško Marković

    Prime Minister, Montenegro


    He was born on 6 July 1958 in Mojkovac, Montenegro, and his nationality is Montenegrin. He finished elementary and high school in Mojkovac, and graduated from the Faculty of Law in Kragujevac, Serbia. In the period from 1983 to 1986 he was employed in the legal department at the Mine "Brskovo" in Mojkovac. From 1986 to 1989 he served as the Secretary of the Municipal Assembly of Mojkovac, and was the President of the Municipal Assembly of Mojkovac from 1989 to 1991. In 1991, he was elected as the Secretary General of the Government of the Republic of Montenegro, and held that post until 1998. During this period, he also had significant role in the Democratic Party of Socialists. He was a member of the Central Committee, and a member of the Central Executive Committee of DPS. At one point, he was acting director of the Democratic Party of Socialists. In parallel with the office of the Secretary General of the Government, he was a deputy of the Democratic Party of Socialists in the Parliament during 1997 and 1998. In 1998, he was appointed as the Assistant Minister of the Interior in charge of National Security, and held this post until 2005. After the National Security Agency was formed as a sui generis body of the state administration in 2005, due to the need to reform and improve intelligence-security sector, he was appointed as its first director. He was re-elected for this position, and in 2010 the Parliament of Montenegro appointed him as the Minister without portfolio in the Government of Montenegro. In the newly formed Government, late 2010, he was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister for Political System, Foreign and Interior Policy, and the Minister of Justice. During the regular congress of the Democratic Party of Socialists in 2011, he was elected as the member of DPS Presidency. After the parliamentary elections in 2012, he was re-elected as the Deputy Prime Minister for Political System, Interior and Foreign Policy and Minister of Justice, and in 2013 he was Deputy Prime Minister in the same area, and the Minister of Justice and Human Rights. During 2014 and 2015, he was acting director of the Ministry of Culture. After the election of new ministers in the Government, in March 2015, he continued to serve as the Deputy Prime Minister for Political System, Interior and Foreign Policy. In 2015, he was elected as the Vice President of the Democratic Party of Socialists. During 2016, he also served as the Head of the Ministry of Interior. He holds the post of the Chairman of the National Security Council. He was elected Prime Minister on 28 November 2016. He is married and has three children.

  • Dragan Šutanovac

    Former Minister of Defence, Serbia


    Former Minister of Defence of Republic of Serbia and President of the Democratic Party. He served as a Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in four terms, chaired the Defence and Security Committee and was a member of the Security Service Control Committee. During his two terms as the Minister of Defence, he successfully accomplished the full professionalization of the Serbian Armed Forces, formed the Defence University and the MoD was a protagonist in the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 – Women in Defence System. Under his leadership a record export of defence industry was achieved and the participation in peace missions by members of the Serbian Armed Forced was significantly increased. He specialized in security, in the field of law enforcement, security issues and oversight; Moreover, he is holder of the diploma of George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He held numerous lectures in the areas of security and military reforms at different institutions such as London School of Economics, National Defence University (NDU), Atlantic Council, Washington D.C., European Parliament Subcommittee on Defence and Security, Brussels, The Academy of Military Science (PLA) Beijing, China, etc. Prior to that, in September 2000, he was appointed special advisor at the Federal Ministry of Interior and in 2001 he became Assistant Federal Minister of Interior. Graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Belgrade. He is married and has two sons.

  • Selmo Cikotić

    Advisor, Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina


    Selmo CIKOTIC was born on January 25, 1964, in Trpezi (Berane), Montenegro. He attended Military high school and graduated from former Yugoslav Military Academy in Belgrade in 1986 (air defense branch). He began his professional officer career at Air Defense School Center at Zadar. From December 1994 until June of 1997, he served as the Defense Attaché of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the USA, in Washington DC, where he participated at Dayton peace talks, as a military representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He then performed different duties including the position of the BiH Federation Army 1st Corps Commander, from November 2000 until April 2004. From April 2007 up to February 2012 he was assigned to the position of the Defense Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina. For last two years he’s been advising President Izetbegovic on security and defense issues. He’s been teaching “National Security Policies and Strategies” and “Leadership” at postgraduate and doctoral studies at Sarajevo University, since 2009, and working as a visiting fellow at Geneva Center for Security Policy from 2010. 

  • Simon Shuster

    Europe Correspondent, TIME Magazine


    Simon Shuster is the TIME Magazine bureau chief in Berlin, responsible for coverage of the European Union and the former Soviet Union. His family immigrated from their home in Moscow to the United States in 1989, and they settled in San Francisco, where Simon grew up. After serving as a writer and editor at the Stanford Daily, his university newspaper, Simon returned to Moscow in 2006 to work as a journalist. Over the following seven years he reported on Russia and its neighbors for publications including The Moscow Times, the Associated Press, Reuters. The more recent subjects of his reporting for TIME Magazine, which he joined in 2013, have been the conflict in Ukraine, the European migrant crisis and the ongoing tensions between Russia and the West.

  • Robert Pszczel

    Senior Officer for Russia and the Western Balkans, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO HQ


    Graduate of London School of Economics and Warsaw University (international relations). After a short career in the media he joined Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990. Worked in Brussels, including in the Polish Delegation to NATO (Political Counsellor). Member of the Polish team for accession talks (1997-99). Later Senior Press Officer in Press and Media, IS, NATO HQ. In period 2010-2015 he was the Director of the NATO Information Office (NIO) in Moscow (currently Acting Head of NIO).

  • Radmila Shekerinska- Jankovska

    Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, Macedonia


    Radmila Shekerinska is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia. She served as Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration from 2002 until 2006. It was during her term that Macedonia earned a candidate country status for EU accession which was an enormous step forward in the nation’s European integration efforts. As one of Macedonia’s most seasoned politicians she started her career as a Member of Parliament in 1998 as the youngest representative aged 26. With four parliamentary mandates behind her, (1998-2002; 2006-2008; 2008-2011 and 2011-2014) Radmila has presided and been an active member of numerous bodies and committees within parliament. Namely, she’s been President of the National Council for European Integration since its establishment, and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Committee on Labor and Social Policy, European Affairs Committee, Education Committee and the Environment Committee. Additionally, Shekerinska has been a member of the Interparliamentary Union delegation, the Group for Cooperation with the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Francophone Group. She was head of opposition from 2006 to 2008 making her the only woman leader of a major parliamentary party in Macedonian history. Radmila was also elected as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Socialist International, an organization that unites social democratic, socialist and labor parties throughout the world, from 2008 to 2011. Shekerinska was the Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission for the Presidential election in the Kyrgyz Republic in July 2009 and for the Parliamentary election in Armenia in May 2012. For her dedication and achievements in the field of European integration of Macedonia and the region of the Western Balkans, Shekerinska was awarded with the title – Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Schengen White List project and of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy’s Advisory Council. Shekerinska was also a member of the European Strategy Forum as well as the globally esteemed European Council of Foreign Relations. Shekerinska obtained her MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA and her BSc in Electrical Engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Skopje.

  • Fatim-Zohra El Malki

    Visiting fellow, the European Council on Foreign Relations


    Fatim-Zohra El Malki is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford and a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. She holds Masters degrees in Arab Studies from Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (2016) and in Security Studies from Queen's University of Belfast (2013). Fatim-Zohra's research focuses on counter-terrorism, law and institution-making in the Maghreb. She was previously a researcher on Islam and Politics at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center in Washington DC. 

    Fatim-Zohra most recent publication “The southern front line: EU counter-terrorism cooperation with Tunisia and Morocco” analyzed the effectiveness of security cooperation between North Africa and EU member states.

  • Igor Crnadak

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bosnia and Herzegovina


    H.E. Mr. Igor Crnadak graduated from the Faculty of Economics in 2004 in Banjaluka, and currently he has been attending the postgraduate studies of the Global markets and the European Union department at the Faculty of Economics in Banjaluka. He has a rich political career, and from 2011 he has been the Secretary General of the Party of Democratic Progress. During the 90s, he worked as a journalist, therefore, he was correspondent of the “Voice of America“ from Banjaluka. He was the Head of the Party of Democratic Progress Caucus at the City Assembly of Banjaluka from 2000 to 2004. In 2006, he was a member of the European Integration Committee of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska. He was a chairman of the BiH NATO Coordination Team. From 2007 to 2009 Mr. Crnadak was Deputy Minister of Defence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, responsible for international cooperation. During the same period, he was the Chairman of the BiH NATO Coordination Team. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina on March 31, 2015.

  • Stéphane Dion

    The Honourable Stéphane Dion

    Ambassador of Canada to GermanySpecial Envoy to the European Union and Europe


    The Honourable Stéphane Dion was appointed as Ambassador to Germany and Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Canada to the European Union and Europe in May 2017.  He presented his credentials as Canada’s Ambassador to Germany on June 6, 2017.

    Prior to his current appointment, M. Dion was Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from November 2015 until January 2017. He was previously Minister of the Environment from 2004 to 2005, and, in 2005, chaired the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP11/MOP1). From 2001 to 2003 he was Minister responsible for Official Languages. Serving as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs between 1996 and 2003, longer than any other Canadian since Confederation, he played a primary role promoting Canadian unity.

    In 2006, he was elected Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and became the Leader of the Official Opposition in the Canadian House of Commons, a position he held until 2008.

    Before entering politics, Stéphane Dion taught Political Science at Université de Moncton in 1984, then at Université de Montréal from 1984 to 1995.

    Born in Quebec City, Canada, he studied at Université Laval before obtaining a Doctorate in Sociology from the Institut d’études politiques in Paris, France.

  • Matthew Palmer


    Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State


    Matthew Palmer is a member of the Senior Foreign Service (class of Counselor) and serves currently as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibility for Central Europe and the Western Balkans.  Previously, he was Director of the Office of South Central Europe.  Earlier tours included Belgrade, Nicosia, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and various positions in Washington, including on the Secretary’s Policy Planning staff and at the National Security Council. Matt is the author of a series of novels published by Penguin Random House featuring American diplomats as protagonists, three of which were selected by National Public Radio as being among the best books of their respective years. Matt is a distinguished graduate of the National War College, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the International Thriller Writers Association.  He speaks Serbian, Greek, and Japanese.        

  • Savo Kentera

    President, Atlantic Council of Montenegro


    Dr. Savo Kentera is the President of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro, a foreign policy think tank and public policy group based in Podgorica, Montenegro. He was elected vice-president of the Atlantic Treaty Association at the General Assembly held in Berlin in 2008. He is the founder of the Atlantic Council of Montenegro. He was Secretary General of this organization until 2008 when he has been appointed President of the Atlantic Council. Before joining the Atlantic Council, Dr. Kentera has been the Director of the Center for International Relations of Montenegro. He directs an annual intensive educational program in international security for foreign policy professionals of the region. Dr. Kentera established the Security Magazine, a leading publication devoted to assessing major security challenges for Montenegro and its neighbors. His advice is frequently sought by government, media, and the public on various aspects of Montenegro’s post-independence nation-building and security sector reform process. Dr. Kentera has lectured and published on several issues related to defense transformation and security integration for South East Europe. He holds a PhD degree in Security Studies, University of Belgrade. He has participated in programs in the United States at the Institute for National Security, and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His fields of interest are international relations and security studies and terrorism in particular.

  • Krasimir Karakachanov

    Deputy Prime Minister for Public Order and Security, Minister of Defence, Bulgaria


    Krasimir Karakachanov was born on 29 March 1965 in Ruse, Bulgaria.

    Mr Karakachanov earned his Master’s Degree in History at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski in 1990, specializing in Modern Bulgarian History, Political History of the Balkan States, National Liberation Movement in Macedonia and Thrace, Political Movements in Bulgaria, and afterwards completed a three-month training programme in Switzerland. He earned his PhD in International Law and International Relations in 2014. He is member of the Macedonian Scientific Institute in Sofia.

    Mr Karakachanov has contributed articles to historical journals and numerous publications to Bulgarian periodicals on the national liberation struggles of the Bulgarians in Macedonia and the contemporary relations between Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia. He is author of the book „ВМРО – 110 години борба” (Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization: 110 Years of Struggle). He worked as Director of the Macedonia weekly newspaper published in Sofia.

    He completed a cycle of training at the Schools of Political Studies in Moscow, Russia and Strasbourg, France in 1998.

    Mr Karakachanov is Chairman of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Bulgarian National Movement.
    He was elected Member of Parliament in the 38th, 40th, 43rd, and 44th National Assemblies. In the 43rd Parliament, he was also Vice-President of the National Assembly.

    Krasimir Karakachanov was appointed Deputy Prime Minister for Public Order and Security and Minister of Defence on 4 May 2017 by the 44th National Assembly.

  • Boris Reitschuster

     Journalist, Germany


    Boris Reitschuster is a German writer and journalist that has spent numerous years in Russia and now resides in Berlin. He worked for the Press Agency DPA and AFP in Munich and returned to Russia in 1999 as Head of FOCUS’ Moscow office.

    Following threats he was forced to leave Russia, yet still headed the Moscow office from Berlin until August 2015. Today he works as a journalist and lecturer. He hosts a talk show on Russian exile-TV-channel Ost-West in Berlin and covers Russia for the HuffPost Germany.

  • Predrag Bošković

    Minister of Defence of Montenegro


    Predrag Bosković was born in Pljevlja (Montenegro) on March 12, 1972. He finished primary and secondary school in Podgorica. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics, the University of Montenegro, in 1996. He received his MA in Econometrics and Politics from the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade in 1999. He published numerous research papers and publications and participated in the implementation of major development projects in Montenegro. 

    He speaks English. 

    He started his professional career as a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Economics in 1996. Throughout his career, he held senior positions, including being a member of the Parliament of Montenegro and serving as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro, Minister of Economy, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Minister of Education in the Government of Montenegro and the President of the Board of Directors of the Coal Mine in Pljevlja. 

    He was part of IVP (international visitor program) in USA in 2003. 

    He has been leading the Women’s Handball Club since 2006. From 2011 to 2016, he was the President of the Board of the Montenegrin Handball Association. During this period, the club and national team he led achieved the best results in the history of Montenegrin handball, including the Olympic silver medal. His commitment and success in this sport have been recognized internationally. He became the Vice President of the European Handball Federation in November 2016. 

    He is married. 

  • Marina Pendeš

    Minister of Defense, Bosnia and Herzegovina


    H.E. Mrs. Marina Pendeš has held leadership positions in defense institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina for more than a decade. She has been serving as the Minister of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2015, and she is a member of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to this, she has twice been the Deputy Minister of Defense for Policy and Planning, as well as for Resource Management of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Earlier, she was the Minister of Physical Planning, Restructuring and Return of the Central Bosnia Canton. In the beginning of her career as a graduate engineer at the Military Technical Faculty in Zagreb, she served as an independent constructor in the military industry in Travnik. She is a member of Croatian Democratic Community (HDZ BiH) and she is the president of the HDZ BiH women's community "Kraljica Katarina Kosača". She is one of the prominent activists of NATO-PfP Initiative “Women Leaders in Defense and Security”, of the implementation of the UN 1325 Resolution “Women, Peace and Security”, as well as of EPP Women projects in the European People’s Party. H.E. Mrs. Pendeš is a strong advocate and one of the leaders of the Euro-Atlantic Integration process in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She attended many managerial seminars in the country and abroad. She speaks German and English. She was awarded municipal coat of arms of her hometown Vitez for her social engagement. In addition, she was also awarded for ‘National Defense’ of the First class by the Republic of Hungary.

  • Carmen Valero

    Senior correspondent in Germany and Eastern Europe, “El Mundo”


    Mrs Carmen Valero is a versatile, award-winning Spanish Journalist, who has worked a Foreign Affair Correspondent for over two decades and whose international experience began in the United Nations in Geneva in the early 90s. She is currently the senior correspondent of the leading Spanish newspaper “El Mundo” in Germany and in Eastern Europe, although she spent a major part of her career working as an international staff member of the Spanish news agency, EFE, a multimedia news channel with a global network of 3,000 journalists.


    As a correspondent and special envoy, she has covered a wide range of political, economic, social and humanitarian topics. These include the Ruanda crisis, the demobilisation of the guerrilla in Guatemala, the Women´s Conference in Beijing and the peace talks on the former Yugoslavia, a region that she has visited on several occasions during the Bosnian War.


    Other challenges that she has assumed during her career include her work as the head of the EFE delegation in Frankfurt during the financial crisis and the establishment of the communication department in the European-Latin America Foundation or EULAC foundation. This foundation was created by the head of state of both regions at the Madrid Summit and was presided by the former European commissioner of foreign affairs, Benita Ferrero Waldner.


    Mrs Carmen Valero joined El Mundo in 2016 with base in Berlin.

  • Michał Baranowski

    Director, Warsaw Office, Warsaw


    Michał Baranowski is the director of GMF's Warsaw office, where he focuses on transatlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy, and the relations between the United States and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Prior to helping launch the Warsaw office, he served at GMF’s headquarters in Washington, DC, where he developed GMF’s programming in Poland and CEE. Before that posting, Baranowski worked in GMF’s Brussels office, where he focused on EU and U.S. policy toward Ukraine and Georgia, and where he also established the Young Transatlantic Network.

    He has published in Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita, the Warsaw Business Journal, the Kyiv Post, and GMF’s Transatlantic Take series. He is a member of the advisory council of the Institute for Western Affairs in Poznań, Poland. He holds a master's of European public affairs from Maastricht University, and has studied at Mercer University in the United States and the University of Oxford.

  • Damon M. Wilson

    Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council, USA


    Damon M. Wilson is executive vice president of the Atlantic Council, where he is responsible for programs and strategy. His work is committed to advancing a Europe whole, free, and at peace; to strengthening the NATO Alliance; and to fostering a transatlantic partnership capable of tackling global challenges and promoting its common values. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Wilson served as special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council. He managed interagency policy on NATO, the European Union, Georgia, Ukraine, the Balkans, Eurasian energy security, and Turkey, and planned numerous Presidential visits to Europe, including US-European Union and NATO summits. Mr. Wilson has also served at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq as the executive secretary and chief of staff; at the National Security Council as the director for Central, Eastern, and Northern European affairs; and as deputy director in the Private Office of NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson. Prior to serving in Brussels, Mr. Wilson worked in the US Department of State in various positions dealing with European security and China and served in Rwanda with Save the Children. He is a graduate of Duke University, studied at the University of Grenoble in France, and completed his graduate studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. Mr. Wilson also worked with the Unaccompanied Children in Exile refugee program in Croatia and Turkey, and has been decorated by the presidents of Estonia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, and Poland for his efforts to advance transatlantic relations.

  • Steffen Dobbert

    Editor and reporter, DIE ZEIT and ZEIT ONLINE

    Steffen Dobbert is an expert in disinformation and new media. He works since 2007 as an editor and reporter for DIE ZEIT and ZEIT ONLINE, Germany's leading national weekly and online newspaper. He is specialized on topics about Ukraine, Russia and the EU. From Ukraine he covered the Euromaidan Revolution and the war against Russia. For his work as a critical journalist he won 2017 the “Deutscher Reporterpreis”, the most important award for journalists in Germany. In 2016 he was a fellow at the International Journalism Program (IJP) and worked in Ukraine. He studied in Vaasa (Finland), Lübeck and Berlin (Germany) at Humboldt and Freie Universität. He published a book about the Revolution in Ukraine and holds a master’s degree in European Studies and in Business Administration. In his Master Thesis and in a wide range of articles he wrote about Russia’s new hybrid warfare and about Russia’s disinformation-campaigns.

  • Brian Whitmore

    Senior Fellow and Director of the Russia Program, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)


    Brian Whitmore is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Before joining CEPA he was Senior Russia Analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe in Moscow and Prague; as a graduate instructor in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina; and as a visiting lecturer in the History Faculty at Mechnikov National University in Odessa, Ukraine and the International Relations Faculty at St. Petersburg State University in Russia. He has a BA in Politics from St. Joseph’s University and an MA in Political Science from Villanova University.


  • Momčilo Radulović

    President, the European Movement in Montenegro



    Momčilo Radulović, President of the European Movement in Montenegro, an NGO based in Podgorica (2012/2018). He is also an independent consultant for EU integration, public administration, security, education, capacity building and HR, with the focus on the Western Balkans countries. He also served as a Secretary General of EMIM (2005/2012), Head od DVV International Office in Podgorica (2009/2011), Senior Political Advisor to OSCE Ambassadors (predstavnicima upravnog odobora, 2004/2005) in Montenegro, as well as Project Manager and National Advisor to the OSCE/DIHR project Media Task Force 2002/2003 u Crnoj Gori. Also, he was working as an expert in the field of media and political analysis (both domestic and interrnational affairs) for various domestic and local organizations and institutions. He graduated at the Faculty of Political Sciences, International Affairs Department, at the Belgrade University. He graduated with his MA thesis in november 2007, within the EURAC, Bolzano, University of Graz and EIPA, Luxembourg postgraduate programme in the filed of European Integration and Regionalism. In addition to that, he attended various specialistic courses, seminars and education programs organized by the University of Oslo, George Mason University, Charles University, Georgetown University, etc.  He was lecturer and speaker at many local and international education programmes, seminars, conferences and round tables. He was publishing his articles, essays, researches and analysis in various local and international editions.He was also an editor and/or author of various publications in area od European integration, security, public administration reform, human rights, education, capacity building and vocation education.



  • Radosław (Radek) Sikorski

    Senior Fellow at Harvard, Distinguished Statesman at CSIS and principal of Sikorski Global

    Radosław (Radek) Sikorski is Senior Fellow at Harvard, Distinguished Statesman at CSIS and principal of Sikorski Global. He was Poland’s Minister of Defence (2005-2007), Foreign Minister (2007-2014) and Speaker of Parliament (2014-2015). He served as a war reporter in Afghanistan and Angola. 2001-2005 he was Resident Scholar at AEI and director of its New Atlantic Initiative. Together with Carl Bildt, he launched EU’s Eastern Partnership. He proposed and helped to set up the European Endowment for Democracy. In 2014 he led the EU mission to Kiev, which stopped the bloodshed on the Maidan. Foreign Policy magazine named him one of 100 global policy intellectuals ‘for speaking the truth even when it’s not diplomatic.’ Radek Sikorski graduated from Oxford University with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He is married to the writer Anne Applebaum.

  • Michael Carpenter

    Senior Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement


    Dr. Michael Carpenter is Senior Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. He also serves on the Jamestown Foundation board of directors. Dr. Carpenter previously served in the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Balkans, and Conventional Arms Control. He served in the White House as a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Joe Biden as well as on the National Security Council as Director for Russia. Previously, Dr. Carpenter was a career Foreign Service Officer with the State Department. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. Dr. Carpenter has appeared on CNN, BBC, ABC, MSNBC, Bloomberg, Voice of America, and various international TV outlets, and has been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Politico, The Hill, Axios, Defense One and other publications.

  • Tonino Picula

    Member of the European Parliament


    Mr. Tonino Picula, Member of the European Parliament, was born on August 31, 1961 in Mali Lošinj. He spent most of his life in Šibenik and Zagreb, where he graduated Sociology in 1986 on Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb. He lives with his wife Marijana and daughter Petra in Brussels. He is the Chair of the EP Delegation for Relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, Member of AFET and SEDE Commitee and Vice Chair of Intergroup for Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas, where he is in charge of the islands. At the first and second elections for the European Parliament (2013 and 2014), he was elected with the highest number of preferential votes. In his career he served as a Member of Croatian Parliament, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia and Mayor of the City of Velika Gorica.

  • Ali Aslan

    TV Presenter & Journalist

    Ali Aslan is a Berlin-based TV presenter and journalist who has reported and hosted worldwide for global news networks such as CNN, ABC News, Channel News Asia and Deutsche Welle TV. An internationally sought-after presenter, Aslan regularly moderates at major conferences around the world and has shared the stage, among others with Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Bill Clinton. As a former Policy and Media Advisor to the German government, Aslan is also a frequent public speaker on German and European politics. Aslan holds masters degrees in Journalism and International Affairs from Columbia University in New York and has received his bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Georgetown University in Washington DC. Aslan is a United Nations Fellow and a member of the Körber Network Foreign Policy as well as the Global Diplomacy Lab. He has been named a Young Leader by the American Council on Germany, the BMW Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Munich Security Conference and the Atlantik-Brücke.

  • Roman Jakič

    Former Minister of Defence and MP

    Roman Jakič was born in Ljubljana on 1st of May 1967. He finished University of Ljubljana. He majored in Pedagogical Science and Sociology. He started his political career as a student leader already in 1986 fighting for democracy, protection of human rights and freedoms and against one party system. In the first free and democratic Slovene Parliament in 1990 he was elected as the youngest MP. He served in Parliament for four mandates ‎(1990-1992, ‎1996-2000, ‎2000-2004 and ‎2011-2013). He also served as MEP in European Parliament from ‎2000-2004. Beside other important functions in the National Parliament - he served as the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee ‎(2000-2004) and as the Chairman of the EU Affairs Committee ‎(2011-2013) - he was also engaged in work of international organizations. He was Head of the Slovene Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO ‎(1996-2000), Head of the Slovene Delegation to the Association Committee SLO-EU ‎(2000-2004) and Head of Slovene Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) where he served as Vice President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Group ‎(1998-2004), as Chairman of the PACE Sub Committee on Youth and Sport ‎(1999-2001) and PACE Chairman of the Political Committee ‎(2001-2004). He was also member of the ALDE Party Bureau ‎(2008-2016). Since 2017 he is a President of the Liberal South East European Network (LIBSEEN). In 2012 he was appointed as Minister of Defence in the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. He finished his post in 2014. Since then he is working as Founder & CEO at Galitija Business Consulting. He is also very active as a volunteer - since 2005 he is a Chef de Mission of the Slovene National Paralympic Team for Winter Paralympic Games and Chairman of the Sub-Committee for Disabled Sport at Slovene Ski Federation.

  • Kateryna Kruk

    Communications specialist and political scientist

    Kateryna Kruk is a communications specialist and political scientist focusing on Ukrainian post-Maidan transition, international affairs and analyzing Russian disinformation campaigns in Ukraine. She is an external fellow at European Values Kremlin Watch program and an analyst at Stop Fake. Kateryna Kruk is also an author and a host of the TV program Stop Fake News which is devoted to issues of media literacy and exposing propaganda efforts. Kruk took an active part in the Euromaidan protests in 2013-2014, also known as a Revolution of Dignity. For her active role in communicating the revolution to the international audience, Kruk was awarded the Atlantic Council's Freedom Award in 2014. As a communications expert, she worked in Ukrainian government (2014, 2017) and Ukrainian parliament (2016). Alumna of Wroclaw University and College of Europe. Bilingual in Ukrainian and Polish. Fluent in English, Russian, French, and German.