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  • Amb. Miodrag Vlahović

    Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Montenegro


    Born in Djakovica, Kosovo, 1961. Lawyer, Law School in Podgorica, University of Montenegro. Post-graduate studies in Leiden, Holland, 1991. Founder and conceptualist of STUDEKS (“Students' Experiment”) Cultural Center, in Podgorica (then Titograd), 1985; International Secretary & member of federal presidency, Socialist Youth Union of Yugoslavia (SSOJ), Belgrade, 1986-1988; Founder, Citizens Committee for Peace (Montenegrin Peace Movement), 1991-92. Organizer of the first peace rally in Montenegro, July 17, 1991; International Secretary, Liberal Alliance of Montenegro (LSCG), 1992-1993; Member of Parliament (Republic of Montenegro),1992-1994; Columnist, “Monitor” weekly, 1991-1993 & 1999-2000; Founder-member of CEDEM – Center for Democracy & Human Rights, 1998; Director, CeRS – Center for Regional Studies, 1999; President, Movement for Independent Montenegro, May-November, 1999; Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, July 2004 - November 2006; Ambassador of Montenegro to USA, Canada and Iceland, December 2006 to July 2010; President of Cdu, Montenegrin Democratic Union, June 2014 - November 2016; Columnist, daily "Pobjeda", from 2014. Ambassador in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

  • Dr. David Shahnazaryan

    Senior Analyst, Regional Studies Center (RSC), Armenia


    Dr. David Shahnazaryan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, is a Senior Analyst, providing strategic guidance, innovative analysis, and specific support for the Regional Studies Center (RSC), an independent “think tank” located in Yerevan, Armenia. As a prominent experts on the region, he is widely cited by various media outlets in Armenia, throughout the former Soviet Union, including the South Caucasus region, and internationally, and is a regular commentator for leading publications in Europe, Turkey the United Kingdom, the United, Ukraine and Georgia. Dr. Shahnazaryan has also supported projects focused on security within the broader Black Sea region and the Middle East, and is an active contributor of developing and deepening Armenian relations with the EU, USA and NATO. David Shahnazaryan is also the Founder & Chairman of the Center for Legal and Political Studies “Concord,” and is a former two-term deputy in the Armenian Parliament (1991-1995 and 1995-1999). He has also held several senior-level posts in the Armenian government, serving as the Ambassador of the President of Armenia on Special Missions and Special Representative of the President of Armenia from 1992-1995, and as the Armenian Minister of National Security from 1994-1995.

  • Mr. Robert Pszczel

    Programme Officer, 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).

  • Mr. Timothy Judah

    Special Correspondent, The Economist, UK


    Mr. Timothy Judah covers the Balkans, and sometimes other places, for the Economist. For much of 2014-15 though he was in Ukraine, covering the story for the New York Review of Books and writing a book which was published in December called: In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine. He is the author of three books on the Balkans: The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia and Kosovo: War & Revenge. The third, Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know was published at the end of 2008. From 1990 to 1991 he lived in Bucharest and covered the aftermath of communism in Romania and Bulgaria for The Times and The Economist. After that he moved to Belgrade for both publications in order to cover the war in Yugoslavia. He moved back to London in 1995 but continues to travel frequently to the region. In 2009 he was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the South East European Research Unit of the European Institute at the London School of Economics, where he developed the concept of the “Yugosphere”. He is the president of the Board of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and a member of the board of the Kosovar Stability Initiative.

  • H.E. Mr. Predrag Bošković

    Minister of Defense, Montenegro


    H.E. Mr. 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.

  • Prof. Dr. Fabrizio W. Luciolli

    President, Atlantic Treaty Association and Italian Atlantic Committee, Italy


    Prof. Dr. Fabrizio W. Luciolli is Professor of International Security Organizations, Military Policy, and National Security Policy at the Center for High Defense Studies of the Italian Ministry of Defense (2000-2015). He is a regular lecturer in various national and international, military, and academic institutions. Coordinator of Training Courses for military officers and diplomats in the Western Balkans and Middle East, he is Director of NATO and EU cooperation projects in Central and Southeastern Europe and in the Mediterranean countries. Prof. Luciolli is also a Consultant on foreign affairs and security matters to various Governments and Members of Parliament as well as Advisor for International and Institutional Relations of private groups. He is the author of several papers and articles published in national and foreign journals.

  • H.E. Prof. Dr. Srđan Darmanović

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Montenegro


    H.E. Prof. Dr. Srđan Darmanović was born in 1961. He is a university professor, a founding father and the dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences, the author of two books and a large number of research articles, as well as the co-author of several significant specialized books. Prof. Dr. Darmanović is a member of the Council of Europe's Venice Commission and the international study group of the Aspen Institute. He is also a guest lecturer in several international universities. He was a member of the Federal Parliament of FR Yugoslavia and served for many years as the Ambassador of Montenegro to the United States of America.

  • Dr. Greg Simons

    Associate Professor, Uppsala Center for Russian and Euroasian Studies, Sweden


    Dr. Greg Simons has a PhD from the University of Canterbury in 2004, Associate Professor Greg Simons is currently a researcher at the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University, an analyst at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish Defence University in Stockholm, Sweden and a lecturer at the Department of Communication Science at Turiba University in Riga, Latvia. His research interests include: hybrid warfare and Information Operations, changing political dynamics and relationships, journalism and mass media, public diplomacy, political marketing, crisis management communications, media and armed conflict, and the Russian Orthodox Church. He also researches the relationships and connections between information, politics and armed conflict more broadly, such as the GWOT and Arab Spring.

  • Dr. Sandro Knezović

    Senior Research Associate, Institute for Development and International Relations, Croatia


    Dr. Sandro Knezović is a Senior Research Associate at the Department for International Economic and Political Relations of the Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb (Croatia). He earned his academic degree in Political Science at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb in 2008. His research focuses on IR topics, especially those related to international and European security and defence (CFSP/CSDP), the EU and NATO enlargement and their impact on the region of Southeast Europe. He was the first Croatian visiting research fellow at the renowned EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris and a visiting lecturer at several universities in Japan. He additionally enriched his knowledge and research capacity through various research fellowships in the United States, Norway, Turkey and other countries. He is a member of numerous international expert teams and research networks and has participated as a researcher in many international research projects (including EU Framework programmes). He has published a number of research and professional papers related to the field of his expertise and to other related topics.

  • Dr. Miloš Šolaja

    Director, Center for International Relations, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina


    Born in Banja Luka. Studied in Belgrade and Zagreb, postgraduate studies and PhD in international relations graduated in Zagreb (Croatia). Used to work as a journalist 1979 – 2001. (Glas; Banja Luka, Oslobođenje, Tanjug, Reuters) Founded and had been running International Press Center Banja Luka 1997 - 2009. Founded the Center for International Relations 2001. Topics have been dealing with regional cooperation on security in South East Europe, NATO, PfP and Euro-Atlantic Relations, countries for SEE including BiH and Euro-Atlantic integrations, democracy and public opinion in SEE, security standards etc. Published books – studies: “America in the Balkans Vortex” 2013, “Balkans in Transatlantic Rift” 2006, “Political Orientation of Voters Based on Media of Mass Communications” 1997. “Youth and Security: Between Threat and Participation” (2015) Published more than 65 reviewed works in international and domestic scientific journals and collections of works on international relations and security and collective defense integrations. Professor of international relations, international security and foreign policy - University of Banja Luka – Faculty of Political Sciences. Participated on many (more than 100) conferences worldwide dominantly as either conference or panels introducer.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Darren Evans

    CEO, Julius Management and Advisory Group, USA


    C. Darren Evans is the CEO of Julius Management and Advisory Group. He is a retired Army Special Forces Officer with over 20 years of diverse experience from leading Special Operations Forces in combat and shaping U.S. foreign policy as a Defense Attaché to doing business in developing and post-conflict countries. Julius Management and Advisory Group is a niche management design company that assists clients design management solutions to operationalize strategic visions and priorities. Julius serves as a platform to network capabilities across the political, economic, cultural, and security spectrums in complex environments.