Nadira Al Araj is the vice chairperson for the Internet Society Palestine Chapter and an elected member of the first Steering Committee to the Chapter Advisory Council of the Internet Society. Currently, she represents the BestBits network on the Civil Society Coordination Group, whose task is to support coordinated civil society appointments to global CS groups, and is an active member of different ICANN MENA working groups. She served as the coordinator of the workshops track as a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group for the 4th Arab Internet Governance Forum. She was a lecturer at the faculty of Business Administration at Bethlehem University and has MSc degrees in both Computer Science and Information Resources Management from Syracuse University.
Walid Al-Saqaf is a member of the Internet Society's Board of Trustees and a full-time postdoc researcher in the media studies department of Stockholm University, researching Internet use, in particular Twitter, during times of conflict. A leading journalist in his home country of Yemen, he was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Yemen Times from 1999-2005, and founder of Alkasir as a global Internet censorship mapping and circumvention solution that was used extensively during the Arab Spring. Featured by CNN, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, and other media, Walid's work in promoting freedom of expression online was recognised by institutions including Orebro University, which awarded him the 2010 Democracy Prize and TED, which awarded him a senior fellowship in 2012. He has participated in ICANN, RIPE, the Arab IGF, and the World Wide Web Foundation. Walid has actively promoted youth engagement in innovation and technology in Yemen through initiatives that he started, including ISOC-YE, TEDxSanaa and the Sanaa Hub, which is part of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum.
Amr Aljowaily is Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for United Nations Affairs, Egypt. He is also visiting faculty at UNITAR’s Multilateral Diplomacy Program, and Lecturer in Multilateral Diplomacy at Diplo. He was Rapporteur of the United Nations’ Special Committee on Peacekeeping in 2015, Coordinator of the African Group Experts on Peacekeeping in NY in 2015, and Coordinator of the Arab Group Experts in New York on Disarmament from 2011 to 2015. He was vice chair of the UN Disarmament Commission in 2013, Facilitator for the International Tracing Instrument for the Second Review Conference on the UN Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons in 2012, Vice-chair of the General Assembly's First Committee (on disarmament and international security) in 2011, Chair of WTO’s Committee on Information Technology Agreement in 2007, Chair of the Negotiating Group on Market Access the Global System of Trade Preferences in 2007, and twice Coordinator of the African Group to UNCTAD and the ITU (2003-2005).
His previous diplomatic postings are New York, Geneva and Washington, DC. At the Foreign Ministry, he served as Director of UN Affairs, member of the Cabinets of the Minister and First Undersecretary and the departments of multilateral political and economic issues. He was member of the Egyptian delegations to summits and Ministerial Meetings of the WSIS, South Summit, the League of Arab States, African Union, as well as UNCTADXI and ITU's Plenipotentiary 2006. He was a Lecturer in Political Science at the American University in Cairo (AUC), and Board Member of the Institute for Diplomatic Studies (1994-1996). He was also Coordinator of International Relations at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (2001-2003).
He started his career in print and broadcast journalism, and in research centers. He published some of the earliest analytical works in Arabic on ICTs and International Relations. He holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Middle East Studies from AUC, a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta. Mr. Aljowaily has participated in numerous executive training activities, including the select Missions Leaders Course.
Dr Mohamed Asim is currently the High Commissioner of Maldives for Bangladesh. Prior to this, he was Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maldives, and has served as Maldives High Commissioner to UK, and Sri Lanka, and as non-resident Ambassador to EU, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Dr Asim has a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University.
Daniel Beaudoin is a consultant on humanitarian diplomacy and civil-military affairs, as well as a lecturer on humanitarian diplomacy and aid operations at Tel Aviv University. Daniel has served as the Principal Liaison Officer for the coordination and facilitation of international humanitarian aid operations and economic development programs in the Occupied Territories. This position entailed intensive humanitarian mediation with the UN, World Bank, International Committee of the Red Cross, the US Agency for International Development, European Union, international NGOs as well as embassies and consulates. Daniel also has extensive media relations experience, having headed the foreign correspondents desk for the Israeli Military Spokesperson’s office. His current research interests include network theory and its relevance to the humanitarian industry, as well as questions relating to the humanitarian diplomatic strategies adopted by the various aid actors, and how these strategies influence their ability to implement their respective humanitarian policies in the field.
Professor GR Berridge is Emeritus Professor of International Politics at the University of Leicester, where he was the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Diplomacy. For many years, he was General Editor of the Macmillan series Studies in Diplomacy and Associate Editor (with responsibility for twentieth century diplomatists) of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, to which he remains an adviser. He is the author of numerous books on diplomacy, including the best-selling textbook, Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, which is on the short reading list for the US Foreign Service exam, and has been translated into numerous languages, including Chinese. His most recent books include Embassies in Armed Conflict and the third edition (with L. Lloyd) of The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Diplomacy. Professor Berridge has been an external examiner at many British universities, including London and Durham.
Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila is DiploFoundation's Digital Policy Director, and the Editor of the GIP Digital Watch observatory. She holds a Doctorate in Law (LL.D.), a Master's in Contemporary Diplomacy, and two law-related diplomas from the University of Malta, and is a former journalist with The Sunday Times of Malta, and The Times of Malta (covering education). Currently, she works on Internet governance programmes, events and activities. Her areas of interest include legal issues in Internet governance, including jurisdiction on the Internet, which was the focus of her doctorate dissertation, human rights, and e-diplomacy.
Ambassador Victor Camilleri is currently serving as Executive Director in the Ministry for European Affairs in Malta, with special responsibility for the preparations for Malta's presidency of the EU Council in 2017. His latest posting abroad was as Malta’s Ambassador to Libya. In his forty-five-year career at the Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs he has occupied a number of senior administrative and diplomatic posts including that of Permanent Secretary. As Ambassador in Brussels he formed part of the Maltese team which negotiated Malta’s membership of the EU. Amb. Camilleri was chef de cabinet to Maltese Foreign Minister Prof. G. de Marco during his Presidency of the 45th Session of the UN General Assembly. He has extensive experience in multilateral affairs. He is actively interested in the promotion of IT as a tool of diplomacy and for some years served as Chairman of the Working Group on Informatics at the UN in New York.
Mr Aapo Cederberg´s current position is Senior Programme Adviser at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). His main area of responsibility is cybersecurity matters and to organise training courses and security dialogue on this topic.
Mr Cederberg has served as a Secretary General for the Security Committee of Finland for six years. The Security Committee provides support, advice and expertise for the government in comprehensive security matters and serves as a collaborative platform for the on-going national efforts related to national crisis preparedness. The security committee also works on various initiatives and issues statements and guidelines, such as Security Strategy for the Society and Cyber Security Strategy, to facilitate work towards the common goals. These strategies are government resolutions and were created for the first time during Mr Cederberg´s time as well as the mechanisms to implement them in the whole society. The committee also organises crisis exercises for the government and other stakeholders in society.
Mr Cederberg’s earlier assignments include working as the Head of Strategic Planning and Foresight at the Ministry of Defence (2005 – 2007). During his time a first public long-term strategy for the MoD was created (Securely into the Future - Ministry of Defence Strategy 2025). Before this he has had a long career in the service of Finnish Armed Forces, where his latest assignments include holding the position of Commander at the Häme GBAD Battalion (2003 – 05) and serving as a Senior Military Adviser at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the OSCE (1999- 2003).
Mr Bipul Chatterjee is an Indian economist with 20 years of experience on issues related to international trade and development, especially on political economy of trade and economic policy reforms, particularly pro-poor aspects of reforms. Currently, he is Deputy Executive Director of CUTS International, a Jaipur-based international non-governmental organisation working on several subjects of public interest. Bipul heads the CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics and Environment. Prior to joining CUTS International, he worked at several economic policy think tanks in New Delhi such as National Council for Applied Economic Research, and Institute for Economic Growth. He has participated and represented the organisation in more than 100 events on WTO issues, regional integration, and trade and development issues at national, regional and international level including WTO Ministerial Conferences. He was a member of the Jury Panel to the First International Business Awards (2012) by Business World, the largest selling business weekly of India. He has authored more than 20 papers including a collection of essays on India’s experience on economic diplomacy, co-edited with Ambassador Kishan Rana.
Mr Pete Cranston is a knowledge management, communication and social media specialist, with long experience as a facilitator and trainer. For the past 14 years he has worked in the 3rd sector, mainly in international development, for a wide range of government, international NGO, research and UK civil society organisations. A significant part of his work in the past 10 years has been with telecentres and local content exchange while his most recent research has been into global social media trends, with special reference to health communications, and the impact of convergent mobile technologies in rural development. Pete has his roots in Community Education. He believes facilitation is about enabling learning, collaboration, synthesis, and perhaps the emergence of new ideas and groupings. So while he favours participative approaches to events and process he is not bound to any specific methodology. An independent consultant since 2001, Pete has been working regularly with Diplo since 2007 on communications and online collaboration projects. He teaches eDiplomacy and social media skills for diplomats at Diplo workshops and online courses.
Ms Solange Cross is a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations (IIR), at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago, where she currently lectures the postgraduate courses Theory and Practice of Diplomacy and Contemporary International Diplomacy. A Doctoral candidate, her research interests include the impact and role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in diplomacy and international relations, particularly in the context of the collaborative negotiations framework of the Caribbean Community.
Rafik Dammak, from Tunisia, is a computer engineer currently working on cloud computing in Japan, after postgraduate studies at the University of Tokyo. He has been involved in civil society Internet Governance issues since 2007, attending several Internet Governance Forums and other Internet-related conferences as speaker or workshop organiser. He is currently a member of the steering committee for the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles and a member of the Freedom Online Coalition Internet Free and Secure Working Group. He has been involved in the ICANN community as a Non-commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) individual user member, as former chair and former GNSO Councillor for the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group, in addition to participation on several ICANN policy working groups, and the new gTLD applicant support and cross-community working group on Internet Governance, where he was co-chair and facilitator. He was elected chair of the NCUC in December 2015, and continues to serve in that capacity.
Dejan is technical director of DiploFoundation, where he designs software and co-ordinates technical activities supporting innovative online learning and research programmes. With a professional and academic background in information and educational technologies, Dejan has more than 20 years of experience in information architecture and management, online communications and systems design. Before joining DiploFoundation, he worked on harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies in the developing world. His major research interests include software usability, instructional design and online communities facilitation.
Dr Avri Doria is a research consultant. She served on the UN Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) and the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). She served as a member the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat and is a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG). As a technologist she has been involved in the development of Internet protocols and architectures for over 30 years; is co-chair of a Research Group on Human Rights Protocol Considerations; and a member of the Internet Research Steering Group (IRSG). She has been active in ICANN policy, was chair of the GNSO Council, and is one of the co-chairs of the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Working Group. She was recently re-elected chair of the Internet Society Chapters Advisory Council Steering Committee. Avri was awarded the ICANN Multistakeholder Ethos award in 2014.
Dr Petru Dumitriu has been a member of the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system since 1 January 2016. Previously, he was Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the Council of Europe to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva (2011-2014), Representative of Romania in the Executive Board of UNESCO (2010–2011), national coordinator of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (2008–2011), and Director General for Multilateral Affairs and Director General for Global Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania (2006-2010). Prior to this appointment he served in the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations in Geneva (2001–2005) and New York (1994-1998). He has also been a member of the International Advisory Board of New or Restored Democracies (2006 to 2009), an elected member of the UN Committee on Contributions (2001–2009), rapporteur of the Geneva phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (2002), and Secretary-General of the Third International Conference of New and Restored Democracies (1997). He was also vice-president of the UNICEF Executive Board (1995), the UN Commission on Disarmament (1997), and the Special Political and Decolonisation Committee (1997). His flagship books are The United Nations System in the Context of Globalization: The Reform as Will and Representation (in Romanian) and Diversité dans l’unité: La capacité de négociation de l’Union Européenne au sein de la Commission des droits de l’homme des Nations unies.
Mr Haraldur Þór Egilsson is a historian with a BA degree (first class) from the University of Iceland and an MA (with distinction) in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Leicester. He is a part-time teacher at the University of Akureyri and Director of Akureyri Museum. His publications include The Origins, Use and Development of Hot Line Diplomacy, Discussion Papers in Diplomacy, No. 85, March 2003 (Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael), and a co-authored book on education in Icelandic. He is currently writing chapters in a book about preserved churches in north Iceland. His research interests are diplomacy, the management of foreign policy, cold war diplomacy, and environmental diplomacy.
Giorgio Ferrario has more than 28 years of experience in humanitarian work across Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia, working mainly for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He has covered different positions, first joining the IFRC as Field Delegate seconded by the Italian Red Cross in 1985, and is presently Head of Country Cluster Support Team and Representative to ASEAN. He also performed as independent consultant focusing on evaluations and reviews, the latest being a review of the Movement Coordination Framework in Haiti. Giorgio’s strengths are in strategic management, organisational development, representation and humanitarian diplomacy. His work in support to leaders of 22 National Societies has covered complex integrity issues. During his missions, he has managed a wide series of humanitarian emergencies, including earthquakes, floods, population movements, conflict-related complex emergencies, droughts, hurricanes. He has been a volunteer of the Italian Red Cross since 1981.
Alan Franklin obtained an LLB and JD from the University of Toronto and an LLM in international law from the London School of Economics. He is currently living in Vancouver, Canada, teaching courses on international legal business risk to MBA students at Athabasca University, international and constitutional law at Royal Roads University, as well as courses on international law for the University of London international LLM program. Alan created and chairs an association of former United Nations Ambassadors in the USA.
The Hon. Dr Michael Frendo, MP, currently, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta, has been a Member of the Maltese Parliament for the past 23 years. From 1990 to 1992, he was Parliamentary Secretary (Minister of State) for Youth, Culture and Consumer Protection. From 1992 to 1994, he was Minister of Youth and Arts. From 1994 to 1996, he was Minister of Transport, Communications and Technology. He was Parliamentary Secretary (Minister of State) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from March to July 2004 before serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malta from 2004 to 2008, during which he was also a Member, and later Chair, of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), and Chair of Commonwealth Connects, the Commonwealth ICT for Development Programme. He lectures on law and international relations in Malta, Italy and the UK and is the author of a number of articles and books. Dr Frendo has a Doctorate in Laws from the University of Malta and a Master of Laws in European Legal Studies from the University of Exeter.
Mrs Liz Galvez was a senior diplomat with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office until 2006. During her 33-year career, she served in a wide range of diplomatic jobs in London and several overseas postings, including Finland, Central America, UN Geneva, OSCE Vienna, and UN New York. Following a posting in Romania in the late 1990s, she was seconded for two years as a senior policy adviser to the Romanian Foreign Minister. She continues to provide advice to the Romanian Foreign Ministry on human resources development and diplomatic training. After retiring, she was appointed Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Romania. She holds a Master's degree from University of London in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict. She speaks operational Spanish, Romanian, and French.
Ms Biljana Glisovic Milic is from Belgrade, Serbia. She is an electrical engineer and is currently working as a Sales Manager with Apcom, specialising in Symantec and Veritas security and data protection programs. She has tutored for the ISOC NGL eLearning Programme, DiploFoundation’s Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP) Foundation phase, Diplo’s advanced module on Infrastructure and Connection Costs, and Diplo’s Policy Research Course, with focus on Internet Infrastructure. She has been involved with Diplo since 2005 as a participant in Diplo’s Internet governance course in Belgrade, Diplo’s 2006 session of the IGCBP, and Internet governance research projects. She participated in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) PrepCom II in Geneva, WSIS in Tunis, and in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Athens as a Diplo fellow. Her main interests are security issues, ICTs in developing countries, and ICT national strategies.
Tracy Hackshaw is an ICT and Digital Economy Strategist possessing close to twenty-five (25) years' experience spanning work in the public and private sectors both locally and internationally, including representing Trinidad & Tobago in various international forums. Included in his portfolio are engagements on the Executive Management Committee of the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative, a two-year term as Vice Chair of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee, Small Island Developing States annual workshop coordination at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, Academic Teaching and Research work at the DiploFoundation/University of Malta and at The University of the West Indies, as well as professional leadership roles in the Ministries of Science & Technology, Public Administration and Planning & Development, iGovTT, ttconnect, and Star.tt among several other entities and organisations.
He is a Director of the Trinidad & Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group, which convened the inaugural Trinidad & Tobago Internet Governance Forum in January 2017. Tracy is the founding Vice Chair of the Internet Society Trinidad & Tobago Chapter and was elected its Chair in 2017. More about Tracy.
Ms Dominique Hempel Rodas is a Swiss lawyer with more than 20 years experience on issues related to international law, development and private-public partnerships. After several years in private industry where she held different senior positions, including directing a consultancy services firm specialized in international legal and commercial fields, she joined the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992. First as a legal counsel and programme and country officer for eastern countries, she then headed the Legal Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) from 1994 to 2000. She was further seconded by the SDC to international organisations and projects (WHO/The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNDP/GAIN, and UNDP/Interpeace) where she occupied diverse leading functions both at the legal level as a senior legal counsel, and the operational level a programme advisor with a focus on Latin America. She returned to the SDC headquarters in 2008 in charge of training programmes, and then became responsible for the topic of capacity development within the SDC and its partners. She is the author of various publications on development cooperation, notably on the right to development. In addition, she has conducted different face-to-face courses and seminars both in Switzerland and overseas on such subjects as democracy, human rights, and rule of law, as well as instruments of development cooperation. Dominique has supported Diplo’s activities since 2002, and participated in its creation as a foundation. She is pleased to join Diplo’s faculty as a lecturer on Development Diplomacy.
Dr Richard Hill is currently involved in discussions on Internet governance at both the national levels (Switzerland) and the international level. He has published articles on Internet governance, made presentations at academic conferences, submitted papers to intergovernmental organisations, and participated in multi-stakeholder discussions. He is an active domain name arbitrator. Prior to his current activities, Richard was the Secretary for the ITU-T Study Groups dealing with numbering and tariffing issues, network operations, and economic and policy issues; he was the Secretary for the preparatory process for the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications and headed the secretariat team dealing with substantive issues at the Conference. He has facilitated numerous complex international negotiations regarding sensitive policy matters, including Internet governance.
Richard has a long professional background in Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunications. He was Department Head, IT Infrastructure Delivery and Support, at Orange Communications (a GSM operator), responsible for delivering and maintaining the real-time, fail-safe computing infrastructure for the company to support over 300 online agents and related applications such as billing. He previously was the IT Manager at the University of Geneva.
Before that, he worked at Hewlett-Packard's European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, in IT and Telecommunications. He was the Western European Rapporteur for EDIFACT, responsible for the organisation of the EDI standardisation efforts in Europe. Prior to joining HP, he worked as a Research Statistician for the A.C. Nielsen company in Europe, a large marketing research company, and as a systems designer and consultant for a small software company specialising Boston, Massachusetts that specialised in applications for managing financial portfolios. Prior to that, Richard worked in software development for MIT and NBER.
Richard holds a PhD in Statistics from Harvard University and a BS in Mathematics from MIT. Prior to his studies in the USA, he obtained the Maturita' from the Liceo Scientifico A. Righi in Rome, Italy.
Dr Katharina Höne is a project manager and researcher for online learning and researcher for science and data diplomacy with DiploFoundation. She lectures on a variety of topics in diplomatic studies and works on Diplo’s capacity building projects. In 2014, she completed her doctorate at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Wales. She obtained a Master in Diplomatic Studies with distinction from the University of Leicester, GB. Before joining Diplo, she was part of a research project on the Special Representatives of the UN Secretary-General and their role in peace processes at the University of Jena, Germany. Her areas of expertise include global governance and multilateral diplomacy, international organisations, the UN Secretary-General, international mediation, environmental and climate change diplomacy, online learning and education diplomacy, and science and data diplomacy.
Dr Tereza Horejsova is from the Czech Republic and holds an MA in International Area Studies and a PhD in European Studies, both from the Charles University in Prague. Tereza has had an international career in academia and the non-governmental sector in the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, and Switzerland. During her stay in Geneva (2012-2016), she coordinated the activities of the Geneva Internet Platform. Currently based in Washington DC, she joined DiploFoundation in 2012 and serves as the Project Development Director.
Dr Marion Jansen is the Chief Economist of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and in this position responsible for the ITC’s flagship publication SME Competitiveness Outlook. She previously held senior positions in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Labor Office (ILO). She worked in the private sector (economics consulting) before joining the WTO. Her publications in the field of international trade and global governance cover the areas of standards and regulations in international trade, the employment effects of globalization, services trade, economic effects of migration and the use of economics in international economic law. She notably authored the chapter ‘Defining the Borders of the WTO Agenda’ in The Oxford Handbook on the World Trade Organization. Marion holds a PhD in economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and has lectured in different academic institutions on international economics, managerial economics, and on the socio-economic impacts of globalization. She is an associate editor of International Economics and chairs the supervisory committee of PRONTO, a pan-European research network on Non-Tariff Measures.
Dr Milan Jazbec was appointed Ambassador of Slovenia to Macedonia in September 2016; he is also a Professor of diplomacy at the University of Ljubljana and teaches diplomacy at the Graduate School of Governmental and European Affairs in Kranj. He was Slovene Ambassador to Turkey (2010-2015), accredited also to Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, served as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Slovene Embassy in Stockholm (1996-2000, diplomatic coverage of five Nordic and three Baltic states), and the last Yugoslav Consul in Klagenfurt (1991) as well as the first Slovene one (1992-1995). He was State Secretary at the Slovene Ministry of Defense (2000-2004) and Policy Planning and Research Director at the Slovene Foreign Ministry (2006-2010). He is the author, coauthor, editor, and coeditor of 36 books in 6 languages (one third of them on diplomacy) and more than 100 articles on diplomacy, security, and defense issues. He gained his PhD at the University of Klagenfurt (2000), finished Diplomatic School in Belgrade (1988), and graduated from journalism (1981) and defense studies (1983) at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana. He has had a long and distinguished career covering diplomacy, business, journalism, and politics. He has lectured at various universities including Columbia, New York, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and Bilkent, METU, and Ankara Universities in Turkey. He is a member of the Slovene Association of International Relations and the Slovene Association of Political Sciences and also editor of the international journal European Perspectives. He holds a high Austrian state decoration, The Grand Golden Decoration of Honour with Star for Merit of the Republic of Austria, and writes a monthly blog for DiploFoundation.
Rashid S. Kaukab is Executive Director, CUTS International Geneva, Switzerland. One of his key responsibilities is to develop, implement and evaluate technical assistance and capacity building projects and programmes for developing and least-developed countries, including on WTO discussions/negotiations. He worked for the government of Pakistan as a field administrator, in the ministry of finance, and as Counsellor on trade and economic issues in Pakistan Mission to the UN/WTO in Geneva before joining the Geneva-based South Centre in March 1998 where he worked as Coordinator of South Centre Work Programme on Trade and Development, as Head, Strategic Policy and Planning, and as Acting Head, Programme and Research Coordination. He has also worked for UNCTAD as a Senior Consultant. Trade and development is the broad area of his interest and he has contributed a number of articles and papers on issues related to trade and development and global economic governance. He has lectured at several research and academic institutions including Grenoble University, France, CASIN, Geneva, and GC University, Lahore, Pakistan. He is a member Governing Board, and also teaches at the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (TRAPCA), Arusha, Tanzania. He holds a Masters Degrees in Economics (Karachi University) and Business Administration (Yale University).
Carol Kiangura is an alumna of the 2013 Capacity Development course. She has a Masters Degree in Organisational Development from the United States International University (USIU) in Kenya. She has about fifteen year’s progressive experience gained from working in the civil society sector in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean regions. Ms Kiangura’s niche is in developing and implementing capacity development programmes at a national and international level for various stakeholders, especially for civil society voluntary movements, networks and coalitions. She is skilled in managing learning processes for adult learners and in managing multiple and complex partnerships. Carol currently works for an international civil society movement that coalition led and is based in Zimbabwe.
Professor Mihály Kökény, M.D., PhD. (1950), former Hungarian Minister of Health, trained for medicine, cardiology, health care management and political sciences. He joined the staff of the Hungarian health ministry in 1979. He was elected to the Hungarian Parliament in 1994 and served there between 1994 and 2010. He was working in various government positions including Secretary of State (1994-1996, 2002-3), Health and Welfare Minister (1996-98, 2003-4), Government Commissioner for public health coordination (2004-2006). In the Parliament he was the Chairman of the Health Committee (1998-2002, 2006-2010). Regarding his performance he elaborated the first national public health programme in Hungary (1987) as an advisor of the deputy prime minister. As health minister he initiated major reforms including downsizing the hospital sector and regulating the pharmaceutical market as well as involvement of private sector to health development. He also submitted significant pieces of health legislation to the Parliament. His international activities covers a broad field of health promotion, environment and health and health care reforms as WHO, EU, OECD and World Bank consultant and speaker of major conferences. From 2008 until 2011 he served as a Member of the Executive Board of WHO, from 2010 he was the Chairman of the Board. Currently he works as a health policy consultant. He is Senior Fellow of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and contributes to global health diplomacy education and research. He is also a lecturer at the University of Debrecen, Faculty of Public Health in Hungary (on global health and health policy). As a Senior Policy Advisor to the Regional Director of the WHO’s European Region he assists national health policy planning in selected Member States in addition to working in a couple of regional projects.
Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the Founding Director of DiploFoundation and the Head of the Geneva Internet Platform. A former diplomat, Dr Kurbalija has a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. He has been a pioneer in the field of cyber diplomacy since 1992 when he established the Unit for Information Technology and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta.
Dr Kurbalija was a member of the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Internet Governance (2004-2005), special advisor to the Chairman of the UN Internet Governance Forum (2006-2010) and a member of the High Level Multistakeholder Committee for NETmunidal (2013-2014).
Since 1997 Dr Kurbalija’s research and articles on cyber diplomacy have shaped research and policy discussion on the impact of the Internet on diplomacy and international relations. His book, An Introduction to Internet Governance, has been translated into 9 languages and is used as a textbook for academic courses worldwide. Dr Kurbalija lectures on e-diplomacy and Internet governance in academic and training institutions in many countries, including Austria (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna), Belgium (College of Europe), Switzerland (University of St. Gallen), Malta (University of Malta) and the United States (University of Southern California).
Christopher Lamb is Special Adviser to the Australian Red Cross and the IFRC. He also has advisory responsibilities with many National Societies, business groups, and universities. He is also president of the Australia-Myanmar Institute and holds positions with several NGOs and foundations. As Special Adviser on International Relations for the IFRC until his retirement in June 2010, he was responsible for the diplomatic positioning of the IFRC and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the international intergovernmental and non-governmental communities. He coordinated the development of IFRC positions in various humanitarian and political fields, supporting the work of National Societies in these respects through the development of the IFRC’s policy on humanitarian diplomacy. Before joining IFRC in 2000, he was an Australian diplomat and Ambassador to Myanmar, Serbia, Romania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, after serving in several multilateral and bilateral posts and as foreign ministry legal adviser.
Graham Lister MSc, PhD, is a sociologist and economist with an international reputation for work on health policy and value for money. He has worked in 25 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia with WHO, DfID, DH, IBRD, USAID and other health and aid organisations. As partner of C&L (now PwC) he established the largest consulting practice in Africa (outside South Africa) and the largest consulting team in Europe focused on health. He has developed and run training in health negotiations as a component of health leadership training for accession states to the EU and for health leaders in East Africa. He coordinated the first national UK programme on global health, the first international conference on Health and Foreign Policy and helped in the development of Global Health Europe, a community that promotes synergy between the policy spheres of public health, foreign policy, development, and research for health. As a Senior Fellow of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, he regularly contributes to the development and the teaching of executive courses on global health diplomacy and governance. In the UK he has served on several national and local boards including the NICE Partners Council, Buckinghamshire Health Authority, the College of Health and the Health Protection Agency. He is visiting Professor at London South Bank University and is currently rapporteur for the UK/Canada Colloquium on Global Health.
Ms Marília Maciel is a Digital Policy Senior Researcher at DiploFoundation. Previously, she was a researcher and coordinator of the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. She serves as a councillor at ICANN´s Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) representing the Non-commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG). Marília is a former member of the Working Group on improvements to the Internet Governance Forum (2011-2012), created under the auspices of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UN CSTD). She was also a member of the Multistakeholder Executive Committee of NETmundial and she represented CTS/FGV in meetings of the Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Marília is a PhD candidate at the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, on Information and Communication Sciences. She holds a Master's degree in Latin American Integration from the Federal University of Santa Maria (2008) and a law degree from the Federal University of Pernambuco (2005), where she was awarded with a research grant from the State of Pernambuco Research Foundation (FACEPE) to investigate issues related to taxation and electronic commerce.
Phoebe Farag Mikhail is a consultant in international education, development, and human rights. She currently consults with the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) to help develop the concept of education diplomacy, and has also worked with the Global Partnership for Education, Plan International, and Amnesty International. She has worked with non-governmental organizations in Egypt to develop and implement a girls’ education program that reached thousands of girls and young women. She holds a Master’s in International Education from the George Washington University in Washington, DC and also teaches academic writing at Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Jean-Michel Monod, a Swiss citizen, worked for 37 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in the field (Head of Delegations in the Middle East, Asia and North Africa) and at headquarters as Delegate General (Director) for Asia and the Pacific. As Delegate General for Asia and the Pacific, his responsibilities included negotiating the acceptability of ICRC’s services in sensitive situations (Myanmar, Afghanistan, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, East Timor, India inter alia). As Head of the Regional Delegation for North Africa (2010-2013), he successfully negotiated the opening of an ICRC Delegation in Tripoli (Libya) in April 2011. Jean-Michel retired in October 2013 and lives in Tunis.
Ms Mary Murphy is a communications trainer and publishing consultant based in Budapest. She specialises in communication bootcamps for non-native-English speakers, one-to-one and group coaching in public speaking, and English-language writing assessments and training. A weekly columnist with the Budapest Times, Ms Murphy is also an active blogger. She holds an MA in International Publishing from Oxford Brookes University, UK, and a Master of Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta.
Mr Valeriu Nicolae is a human rights activist and communications trainer with extensive experience in Europe and worldwide. Since December 2015 he has worked for the Romanian government as State Counsellor at the Prime Minister’s Chancellery, and since March 2016 as State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly. His work includes social policy and social services, national programmes for children rights, social inclusion, and poverty policies.
He founded and served as president of the Policy Center for Roma and Minorities, a Bucharest-based think tank; he also co-founded the European Roma Policy Coalition, which includes some of the most active NGOs in the field of human rights. Prior to engagement with the Romanian government, he worked with World Vision Romania, as a senior consultant for the Open Society Institute and European institutions, and as director and advocacy director for a network of European Roma NGOs (ERGO).
Valeriu holds a Master in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta. He has written and published extensively on Roma issues and human rights. He regularly presents papers at international conferences and conducts training seminars on human rights, advocacy and communication skills, including for Aspen Institute Romania and World Vision. He is a regularly invited lecturer for Amnesty International and many universities and intergovernmental institutions. In recent years Valeriu has dedicated a good part of his time to working with schoolchildren in Bucharest’s worst ghetto (educational and sports activities), together with a growing team of volunteers.
Ms Virginia Paque was born in the United States, but lived in Venezuela for more than 35 years. An educator and administrator by profession, she has 25 years’ experience in business and manufacturing systems consulting. As a board member of the United Nations Association of Venezuela, her work as the Venezuelan member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations Task Force on WSIS brought her into the world of IG during the Geneva PrepComs. She is active in Civil Society discussions on IG, and served as IG Caucus co-coordinator for two years. She has Master in Contemporary Diplomacy with a thesis on the importance of IG as a new diplomatic priority. She is a member of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG).
Ms Jenny Pearson has lived and worked in Cambodia since 1995. She has qualifications in social work and management and worked in the public sector in England before going to Cambodia. She founded and directed VBNK, Cambodia's leading learning and capacity development institution, until 2008. She has played a leading role in developing the capacity of the not-for-profit sector in Cambodia, introducing creative approaches to capacity development and serving on the boards of several prominent development organisations. In 2007 she was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. Jenny now spends her time consulting and writing about capacity development, drawing on her years of experience to contribute the voice of practice to the international discourse on capacity development. She is the author of Creative Capacity Development: learning to adapt in development practice, and the OECD Work Paper Training and Beyond: Seeking better practices for capacity development.
Internet expert and historian Ian Peter became involved in the early beginnings of the Internet in Australia and Asia-Pacific from 1986. Currently living in the Byron Bay hinterland, Australia, he is involved with worldwide Internet organisations, provides strategic advice on Internet issues, and maintains a key interest in the early history of the Internet. Read more about Ian Peter.
Dr Roxana Radu is Program Manager at the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) and Internet Governance Associate at DiploFoundation. The GIP fulfils the mission of a platform for discussion, a capacity building centre and an observatory covering digital policies at the global level. Roxana received a PhD in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland) and an MA in Political Science from the Central European University (Hungary). Her research and publications focus on international governance and global Internet policy-making.
Vladimir Radunović is a director of e-diplomacy and cybersecurity programmes at DiploFoundation. He is a lecturer in cybersecurity policy, Internet governance, and e-diplomacy at postgraduate and professional courses. Vladimir also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) and as an expert with the Geneva Internet Platform, and served as a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2012-2014. He has been a lecturer, speaker and resource person in number of educational and training programmes and events worldwide, including within the WSIS and IGF processes. His professional and research focus is on Internet governance, broadband policy and net neutrality, cybersecurity and cyber-diplomacy, e-diplomacy, and capacity development. He holds an MSc in electrical engineering and a Master degree in contemporary diplomacy, and has undertaken a PhD programme in cybersecurity. He was born and lives in Serbia.
BA (Hon) and MA in economics, St Stephens College Delhi. Indian Foreign Service (1960-95); worked in China (1963-65, 1970-72). Ambassador and High Commissioner: Algeria, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Mauritius, and Germany; consul general in San Francisco. Served on staff of PM Indira Gandhi (1981-82). Foreign languages: Chinese & French.
Professor Emeritus, DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva; Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi (book review editor, China Report); Archives By-Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge; Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC; guest faculty, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna; Commonwealth Adviser, Namibia Foreign Ministry, 2000-01. Lectured in about 20 countries to diplomats at foreign ministry training institutions, and at ambassador conferences in several countries.
Author: Inside Diplomacy (2000); Managing Corporate Culture (co-author, 2000); Bilateral Diplomacy (2002); The 21st Century Ambassador (2004); Asian Diplomacy (2007); Diplomacy of the 21st Century (2011); India’s North-East States, the BCIM Forum and Regional Integration, (co-author, 2012); The Contemporary Embassy (2013); Diplomacy at the Cutting Edge (2015). Co-editor: Foreign Ministries (2007); Economic Diplomacy (2011). Two books translated into Chinese; some used as textbooks at several universities. Written about 100 articles for academic journals and newspapers.
Ms Barbara Rosen Jacobson is a Project and Research Associate at DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) where she manages several diplomacy and Internet governance-related projects and coordinates Diplo’s activities in Geneva. She currently manages a research project on the application of Big Data to diplomacy and international affairs, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. She also curates the topics of digital taxation and content policy for the GIP Digital Watch Observatory. In addition, she is part of the United Nations’ SDG Lab Innovation Sprint working group, which works to develop creative solutions for SDG implementation challenges.
Former Chair of the Junior Diplomat Initiative Switzerland (2014/2015), Ms Rosen Jacobson was involved in projects for various organisations. Before joining Diplo in 2014, she worked with the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem, ILGA (the International LGBTI Association), and the RACI Project in Indonesia. She also provided editing and translation support for MICompany (a big data consultancy firm in Amsterdam) and the University of Amsterdam.
Ms Rosen Jacobson holds a BA in Social Sciences from Amsterdam University College and an MA in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Ambassador Paramjit (Pummy) S Sahai served in the Indian Foreign Service (1963–2000) as India’s Ambassador/High Commissioner to Malawi, Lesotho, Yemen Democratic Republic, Sweden, and Malaysia; and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow at the time of the split of the Soviet Union in 1991. He was extensively involved with consular work and Indian Diaspora and migration issues as Head of the Consular, Passport, and Visa Division, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi (1981–1984). He was responsible for the drafting and passage of the Indian Emigration Act (1983) and led the Indian delegation at the UN Working Group (1982–1984) for drafting the UN Convention on Migrant Workers and their Families. He has published papers dealing with cultural diplomacy, media, diaspora, migration, and India’s relationship with South, South-East, and Central Asia, ASEAN, and SAARC, including a paper on out-migration from India (published in a book by the ILO in 2004). He edited two books – India-Eurasia: The Way Ahead (2008) and Women Guiding the Destiny of South Asia (2010) – and published reports – The Study of Indian Diaspora with Particular Reference to Development and Migration from the State of Punjab for the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India (2011) and Migration and Development with Focus on Remittances in Agriculture Sector for FAO’s Country Study on India (2011).
Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona, a Founder Member of DiploFoundation, has been organising courses simulating international negotiations – bilateral and multilateral – at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta, since 1991 as well as for the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, for the Commonwealth, and for the Commission of the European Union, amongst others. Dr Trigona served as Malta's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1981–1987. He negotiated Malta's Neutrality Agreements. He lobbied for, won, and managed Malta's first ever seat on the United Nations Security Council for 1983/1984. His law Doctorate was awarded on the basis of a seminal thesis Constitutional Change and the Maltese Constitution. Fundamental constitutional changes in 1974 followed this thesis in both manner and substance. He was elected Rhodes Scholar for Malta and read Politics, Economics, and Philosophy at Oriel College, Oxford University for his MA. He Lectures on Diplomacy and Diplomatic Practice for International Relations students and on Private International Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Malta.
Dr Biljana Scott was trained as a linguist (BA in Chinese, M.Phil and D.Phil in Linguistics, University of Oxford). She is a Senior Lecturer in Language and Diplomacy at DiploFoundation and an associate of the Chinese Institute at Oxford University. She workshops internationally on political rhetoric, diplomatic language public speaking. Her current research is on implicit communication and the 'unsaid'.
Ms Marie Sicat is Coordinator of the ICT Policy Review (ICTPR) Programme and an Associate Economic Affairs Officer at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. The ICTPR Programme provides technical assistance, policy advice, diagnostics and strategy development to requesting member states in the area of e-commerce and ICT national planning and provided research and analysis for UNCTAD’s 2015 Information Economy Report on e-commerce. Prior to this position, she was a member of UNCTAD’s ICT Law Reform team covering legal and regulatory issues in e-commerce.
Before joining UNCTAD in 2012, Ms Sicat worked in ICT and socio-economic development policies for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), including technical assistance in ICTs and entrepreneurship in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to UNESCAP, Ms Sicat served as a statistician for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). She has published articles and reports relating to ICTs, entrepreneurship, e-business, and statistics and was lead author for UNCTAD’s 2013 publication Empowering Women Entrepreneurs through ICTs: A Practical Guide. She holds a Master of International Affairs in Economic Development and a Master of Science in Journalism both from Columbia University in New York City.
Mr Andrej Skrinjaric was born in Karlovac, Croatia, and studied Chinese Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, graduating in 1999. In 2000, he attended a postgraduate course in European Studies at the Alternative Academic Educational Network (AAEN), Belgrade. In 2003, he obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy from University of Malta. His thesis was entitled Multilingualism and the Internet. From 1999–2002 he worked as a freelance interpreter/translator, Chinese-Serbian, Chinese-English, and English-Serbian. He currently works for DiploFoundation as Online Programmes Coordinator.
Tore Svenning joined the Norwegian Red Cross in 1985, following some years of volunteering, and has been posted in Sudan, Geneva, Jordan, Cyprus, Kuwait, Israel, Moscow and Budapest. From an operational track, he shifted to humanitarian diplomacy just after the Federation obtained observer status in the United Nations General Assembly in 1994. He worked in external relations in the Secretariat, supporting the New York Office and developing relations with institutions like the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and Geneva based UN agencies as well as the local diplomatic community. His training was in theoretical economics and history.
Patrick Tabone was made Chief of Staff to the Maltese Minister of Foreign Affairs at the age of 26, and was a member of Malta’s Core Negotiating Group during Malta’s negotiations for accession to the European Union. Mr Tabone played a key background role in media relations and worked especially closely on negotiations in the sensitive environment chapter. He then transferred to Brussels where he served as Chef de Cabinet to EU Commissioner Joe Borg, responsible for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Mr Tabone then took on the role of Principal of Chiswick House School and St Martin’s College, a leading Maltese co-educational establishment teaching students up to Sixth Form level, and is now Managing Director at Sigma Coatings (Malta) Ltd. - See more at: http://md.diplomacy.edu/faculty/#sthash.o1eXE33y.dpuf
Ms Sorina Teleanu joined DiploFoundation in February 2017, and works from Diplo’s Malta office as Digital Policy Senior Researcher. Sorina previously worked as an advisor in the Romanian Parliament, where she dealt with ICT-related legislation and policies. She also served as the alternate representative of the Romanian Government to ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee. Sorina has been a long-time volunteer to the IGF Secretariat and EuroDIG. She was also a fellow and consultant at the IGF Secretariat. She is now part of the core team that coordinates the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG), a sub-regional IGF initiative launched in 2015. Sorina is an alumna of DiploFoundation’s Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme, ICANN’s Fellowship Programme (now serving as a member of the fellowship selection committee), the Internet Society’s Next Generation Leadership programme, and the European Summer School on Internet Governance.
Mr Terribile is currently Malta's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva. He has served as the personal secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malta and as Director of Protocol and Consular Services at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Malta for a number of years. In his 30-year diplomatic career, he served at various missions overseas including Beijing (the People's Republic of China), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and London (United Kingdom). Since 2004, Mr Terribile has been a regular lecturer at Diplo where he lectures on protocol procedures including practical exercises on etiquette. He is also a visiting academic member of staff at the University of Malta where he gives lectures in diplomacy. Mr Terribile holds an MA in Chinese literature from the University of Hebei in the People’s Republic of China.
Dr Nadia Theuma holds degrees in Anthropology and Tourism Studies. She has been a member of staff at the University of Malta for more than 14 years with teaching, administrative and research experiences at the Department of Management and Department of Tourism Studies, where she is now Head. She has held advisory posts with the Ministries of Tourism and Education, MTA, Heritage Malta, Malta Crafts Council and Ministry for Resources and Competitiveness and Communications. She was a Board Director of Malta Tourism Authority where she was influential in the Ministry developing a cultural tourism policy and participated in the developing of the Brand Identity for Malta. She is also a consultant to Maltese entities and private companies on identity, image and product development.
Michaela Told is currently Executive Director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Prior to moving into academia, she has been working more than 10 years with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement at local, regional and international level in all continents, most recently heading the Principles and Values Department of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva. She then was also involved in negotiations and policy-making within the statutory bodies of the RCRC Movement. Earlier in her career, she worked with the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Division of Development Cooperation and later served as Secretary General of an international women’s human rights NGO based in Geneva.
In her current position as Executive Director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute she is responsible for the successful implementation of all activities of the Global Health Centre. In her research and teaching she focuses on Global Health Diplomacy, among others, she directs the online courses in global health diplomacy. She holds a MSW (School of Social Work, Vienna), a MCom (Development Economics, University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna), and a MA in Development Studies (Women & Development, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague), as well as a PhD (School of Law and Social Sciences, University of East London, UK).
Mr Ibrahim Uvais’s training spans finance, management and diplomacy. He holds a B.Comm in Finance (Flinders University), an MBA (Western Sydney University), a PGDip in Business and Commerce (Monash University) and an MA in Contemporary Diplomacy (University of Malta). Until 2009, Uvais was serving in the civil and foreign services of the Maldives, working in the areas of fiscal policy research and in foreign policy administration. He now pursues research interests on the diplomatic approaches of small and low-power actors. He presently consults on organisation development for a small enterprise in Malaysia and coordinates and teaches some of DiploFoundation’s courses.
Mr Quan Zhao is trade policy advisor in the Office of the Chief Economist, International Trade Centre (ITC). His main portfolio at the ITC includes policy research and project management in the areas of trade in services, e-commerce, digital economy and cross-border investment. He also advises the management on G20 matters. Prior to joining the ITC, Mr Zhao served as trade negotiator and diplomat at the Permanent Mission of China to the World Trade Organization (2009-2014) and the Ministry of Commerce of China (2003-2009). He has served as the Chair for WTO's Committee on Trade in Financial Services, and the lead services negotiator in China-Peru, China-Costa Rica and China-Pakistan FTAs. Mr Zhao holds a master's degree on international law and economics from the World Trade Institute at the University of Bern. IITC is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC's mission is to foster inclusive and sustainable economic development, and contribute to achieving the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. ITC works towards creating ‘trade impact for good’.