Ms. María Elena Agüero
World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) Secretary General
María Elena Agüero is the current Club de Madrid’s Secretary General
With over 30 years experience in the field of international development, particularly in Latin America, she has been part of the professional staff of the Interamerican Development Bank, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program, working extensively in these organization’s Washington, Uruguay, Geneva, Brussels and Paris offices, and in their field offices. As project officer, sector specialist and senior adviser, in these organizations, she has done considerable project and programme work in a number of different areas, most recently in the fields of governance, State reform and civil society – governmental relations. She has also gathered significant experience on relations between international organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, national and international partners and counterparts.
Early in her career Ms. Agüero was trade policy officer at the U.S. Department of Treasury and research assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Esko Aho
Prime Minister of Finland (1991-1995)
World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) Member
Esko Aho was Prime Minister of Finland from 1991 to 1995 and he served as a member of Finnish parliament 1983-2003. After his political career, Mr. Aho served as President of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and then led Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Nokia. Esko Aho served as Executive Chairman of the Board of East Office of Finnish Industries 2013 – 2019. At present he is Senior Advisor at East Office. Furthermore he served as elected member of the Executive Board at the International Chamber of Commerce 2013 – 2019.
Today, he is Chairman of the Board of Cinia Oy and Adven Group and member on the Supervisory Board of Sberbank, Russia’s biggest bank. He is a member of EMEA Advisory Council at JP Morgan. In 2015 he was appointed as Executive in Residence at Aalto University, where he works at the Department of Management Studies at the School of Business. Mr. Aho is an invited member of Club de Madrid, an independent organization of former heads of state and government dedicated to strengthening democracy.
Mr. Charlie Baker
Governor of Massachusetts
Charles D. Baker (Republican Party) is the Governor of Massachusetts. He assumed office on January 8, 2015. His current term ends on January 5, 2023.
Baker (Republican Party) ran for re-election for Governor of Massachusetts. He won in the general election on November 6, 2018.
He succeeded two-term Governor Deval Patrick (D.
Baker ran for governor in 2010, winning the Republican nomination but losing to Democratic incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick in the general election. Patrick decided not to run for re-election in 2014. On September 4, 2013, Baker entered the race for the open seat.
Prior to being elected governor of Massachusetts, Baker served as a selectman of Swampscott, Massachusetts from 2004 to 2007, Massachusetts secretary of administration and finance from 1994 to 1998, and Massachusetts secretary of health and human services from 1991 to 1994. He was also the CEO of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare.
Mr. Jan Peter Balkenende
Prime Minister of the Netherlands (2002 - 2010)
World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) Member
Jan Peter Balkenende (born in 1956) was Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 2002 to 2010 as representative of the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA).
Balkenende studied economic and social history (MA) as well as Dutch law (LLM) at VU University Amsterdam. He obtained a Ph.D. in law with a thesis entitled ‘Government Regulation and Civil Society Organisations.’ He subsequently worked at the Netherlands’ Universities Council, the Research Institute of the political party CDA and as professor at VU University. He was a member of the Amstelveen municipal council (1982-1998) and of the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament (1998-2002). He published a number of books and articles on a range of subjects, including innovation, development cooperation, European integration, social security, government finance, poverty, economic growth and responsibilities of the business sector. From 2002 to 2010, Balkenende was Prime Minister of the Netherlands. During his tenure, distinctive national reforms were achieved, examples of which are to be found in fields of social security, pre-pension facilities and public health. He played as well a very active role internationally, both within Europe (presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2004), as in the G20 (although the Netherlands is not a formal member) and in the UN (with a special emphasis on issues like sustainable development, Millennium Development Goals and the WTO). After his term in the office, Balkenende became Professor of Governance, Institutions and Internationalisation at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2010. During the period of 2011-2016, Balkenende worked as Partner to EY, where he focused on corporate responsibility, international affairs and advisory activities for public-private issues.
Since 2016, Balkenende is External Senior and since 2017 he is a member of the Supervisory Board of ING Advisor. In his current capacity, Balkenende is as well the chairman of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, the Major Alliance and the Noaber Foundation. Professor Balkenende, who has received ten Grand Crosses and five honorary doctorates from universities in Hungary, Japan, South Korea and the United States, continues to be an active voice in the global agenda, particularly since he became Member of the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid in October 2019.
Mr. Valdis Birkavs
Former Prime Minister of Latvia 1994-1995
World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid Member
He is The Chairman of the Board of the Business Software Alliance and Member of the Club of Madrid.
He is widely known as one of the activists of the National Awakening movement (“The Singing Revolution”) in Latvia. He is co-author of the May 4, 1990 Declaration of Independence.
Since 1990, he has been a deputy of the Latvian Parliament, where he has served as Deputy Chairman of the Judicial Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Parliament. He is a founding member of the liberal-conservative political party Latvian Way and has been chairman of the party from the day it was founded (elected almost unanimously 4 times) as well as vice-president and member of the executive committee of the Liberal International (since 1997). He was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia (after renewal of the Constitution) (1993-1994) and has served as Foreign Minister and Minister of Justice in 7 governments.
Dr. V. Birkavs has always attached great importance to cooperation between the Baltic States and the Baltic Sea States. His efforts have led to the signing of the Baltic States’ Free Trade Agreement and to creation of a Baltic Council of Ministers Secretariat.
He studied studied law, philosophy, sociology, psychology and mathematical logic at the University of Latvia.
Ms. Kim Campbell
Prime Minister of Canada (1993)
World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid Member
Nineteenth and first female Prime Minister of Canada (1993). Held cabinet portfolios: Min. of State for Indian Affairs, Min. of Justice and Attorney General, and Min. of National Defence and Veterans’ Affairs. Served as Canadian Consul General in LA, taught at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Chaired the Council of Women World Leaders. Served as International Women’s Forum President, and was a founding member and later Secretary General of the Club of Madrid, an organization of former presidents and prime ministers. As Founding Principal, designed and launched a ground-breaking leadership program at the University of Alberta, the Peter Lougheed Leadership College.
Speaks on a wide variety of topics through her agencies the American Program Bureau and the Global Speakers Agency. Trustee of the International Ctr for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Athenex Inc., and is on several boards/ advisory committees such as Equal Voice, Informed Opinions, and Apathy is Boring.
In 2016, she was appointed Chairperson for the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments, a role she reprised the following year.
Learn more at KimCampbell.com, and follow her on Twitter @AKimCampbell.
Ms. Helen Clark
Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008) World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) Member
Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand for three successive terms from 1999–2008. She was the first woman to become Prime Minister following a General Election in New Zealand and the second woman to serve as Prime Minister.
Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister and as a Member of Parliament over 27 years, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international affairs, economic, social, environmental, and cultural spheres. She advocated strongly for a comprehensive programme on sustainability for New Zealand and for tackling the challenges of climate change. She was an active leader of her country’s foreign relations, engaging in a wide range of international issues.
In April 2009, Helen Clark became Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. She was the first woman to lead the organisation, and served two terms there. At the same time, she was Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of all UN funds, programmes, agencies, and departments working on development issues. As Administrator, she led UNDP to be ranked the most transparent global development organisation. She completed her tenure in April 2017.
Helen Clark came to the role of Prime Minister after an extensive parliamentary and ministerial career. Prior to entering the New Zealand Parliament, Helen Clark taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland, from which she earlier graduated with her BA and MA (Hons) degrees. Helen continues to speak widely and be a strong voice on sustainable development, climate action, gender equality and women’s leadership, peace and justice, and action on non-communicable diseases and on HIV. She serves on a number of advisory boards and commissions, including in the capacity of Chair of the Advisory Board of UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report. In June 2019, she will assume the Chairpersonship of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
Ms. Yu Ping Chan
Senior Programme Officer
Yu Ping Chan leads the Digital Cooperation team in the Office of the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General at the United Nations. There, she coordinates and oversees the team’s work on follow-up to the Secretary’s General High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation and Roadmap for Digital Cooperation; as well as advocacy, engagement and coordination efforts to strengthen global digital cooperation.
She previously led the Policy and Regional Support teams in the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism’s policy, knowledge management and coordination branch. Prior to this, she worked in the Policy and Mediation Division of the UN’s Department of Political Affairs, and in the New York Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Before joining the UN Secretariat, Yu Ping was a diplomat in the Singaporean Foreign Service. She served at the Singapore Mission to the United Nations in New York as Singapore’s expert representative on the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) and Sixth Committee (Legal) of the United Nations General Assembly, as well as her Embassy’s Press Officer. Before her posting to New York, Yu Ping worked in the Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ department overseeing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and regional political and strategic issues.
A Singaporean national, Yu Ping has a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Harvard University, and a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Ms. Nazli Choucri
Boston Global Forum Board Member
Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Nazli Choucri is a Boston Global Forum board member and Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her work is in the area of international relations, most notably on sources and consequences of international conflict and violence. Professor Choucri is the architect and Director of the Global System for Sustainable Development (GSSD), a multi-lingual web-based knowledge networking system focusing on the multi-dimensionality of sustainability. As Principal Investigator of an MIT-Harvard multi-year project on Explorations in Cyber International Relations, she directed a multi-disciplinary and multi-method research initiative. She is Editor of the MIT Press Series on Global Environmental Accord and, formerly, General Editor of the International Political Science Review. She also previously served as the Associate Director of MIT’s Technology and Development Program.
The author of eleven books and over 120 articles, Dr. Choucri is a member of the European Academy of Sciences. She has been involved in research or advisory work for national and international agencies, and for a number of countries, notably Algeria, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Pakistan, Qatar, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. She served two terms as President of the Scientific Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformation (MOST) Program.
Mr. Ramu Damodaran
Chief, United Nations Academic Impact, United Nations
Mr Ramu Damodaran is Deputy Director for Partnership and Public Engagement in the United Nations Department of Public Information’s Outreach Division and is chief of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative, which aligns institutions of higher learning and research with the objectives of the United Nations and the States and peoples who constitute it.
He is also the current secretary of the United Nations Committee on Information.
His earlier posts with the Organization have included the Departments of Peacekeeping and Special Political Questions, as well as the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. Mr Damodaran has been a member of the Indian Foreign Service, where he was promoted to the rank of Ambassador, and where he served as Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister of India as well as in the diplomatic missions in Moscow and to the United Nations, and in a range of national governmental ministries.
Governor Michael Dukakis
Chairman of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation; Co-Founder and Chairman of The Boston Global Forum; The three-term Governor of Massachusetts and the 1988 Democratic nominee for President of the United States, Distinguished Professor of Northeastern University and UCLA
Michael Stanley Dukakis culminates a half-century career dedicated to public service, political leadership, fostering the careers of young leaders, and scholarly achievement.
Together with Nguyen Anh Tuan, this former Massachusetts governor, has established The Boston Global Forum as a globally recognized think tank noted for developing peaceful solutions to some of the world’s most contentious issues
In 1974, he again ran for governor of the Commonwealth beating Gov. Sargent decisively in November of that year. Dukakis was defeated in the Democratic primary in 1978 by Edward King, but came back to defeat King in 1982 and was reelected to an unprecedented third, four-year term in 1986. His colleagues in the National Governors’ Association voted him the most effective governor in the nation that year.
Gov. Dukakis ran for the presidency of the United States in 1988 but was defeated by George Bush. After announcing that he would not seek reelection as governor in 1991, he and his wife, Kitty, spent three months at the University of Hawaii where he was a visiting professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Health.
In addition to his Boston Global Forum role, Gov. Dukakis is currently a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at UCLA. Recently, he and former U.S. Senator Paul Simon authored, “How to Get into Politics-and Why,” to provide young people with a road map to a career in public service.
As a life-long public transportation advocate, Gov. Dukakis was nominated by President Bill Clinton for a five-year term as a named to the Board of Directors of Amtrak in 1998. He served a full five-year term on the Amtrak Board as Vice-Chairman.
Amb. Regine Grienberger
Federal Foreign Service Office - Germany
Dr. Regine Grienberger is Cyber Ambassador at the Federal Foreign Office. She is a career diplomat.
Her professional path has focused on EU foreign relations, EU economic and financial issues, Common Agricultural Policy.
Ms. Grienberger was Deputy Chief of Staff (Ministers Gabriel and Maas) and has worked at German missions in Slovenia and Italy.
Ms. Grienberger holds the doctor’s degree in agricultural sciences.
Mr. Jerry Jones
Executive Vice-President, Ethics and Legal Officer, Live Ramp
World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) Advisor
Jerry Jones, as Chief Legal and Ethics Officer, Executive Vice President for LiveRamp (formerly Acxiom Corporation), leads the Legal and Privacy teams in addition to being responsible for the strategy and execution of mergers, alliances and other strategic initiatives company-wide. During his 20-year tenure, Jones has spearheaded several high-profile projects such as Acxiom’s expansion in international markets including Australia, Japan, China, Europe, Brazil, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. He has also played a significant role in moving the company into digital and interactive marketing services as well as leading Acxiom/LiveRamp through the successful acquisition of two public companies, in the US and in France.
Jones is a member of the board of directors of Agilysys, Inc., Heifer International, the Board of Visitors of UALR, Arkansas Research Alliance, and ForwARd Arkansas. He also was the chairman of FASTERArkansas, connecting students to a 21st century education in trying to bring high-speed Internet to every public school in Arkansas. His passion for community-relates challenges has been the driving force for the creation of several programs, including Harnessing 21st Century Solutions: A Focus on Women. As leader of the initiative, Jones was responsible for bringing to Arkansas the annual meeting of the Club de Madrid, an organization comprised of 93 former heads of state of 65 democracies to the Clinton Presidential Center where Jones serves as a Special Advisor.
Jones holds a degree in public administration and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas.
Ms. Lorraine Kisselburgh
Chair, ACM Technology Policy Council
Lorraine Kisselburgh is the inaugural Chair of ACM’s global Technology Policy Council, where she oversees technology policy engagement in the US, Europe, and other global regions. Drawing on 100,000 computer scientists and professional members, ACM’s public policy activities provide nonpartisan technical expertise to policy leaders, stakeholders, and the general public about technology policy issues, including the 2017 Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability and the 2020 Principles for Facial Recognition Technologies.
In 2018 she was Scholar in Residence at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, D.C., coordinating the development of the University Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence, a framework grounded in human rights protection. She also served on ACM’s Code of Ethics Task Force (2018), and is a member of the EPIC Advisory Board. At Purdue University, she is a fellow in the Center for Education and Research in Information Security, lecturer in Discovery Park, and former professor of media, technology, and society. Her research focuses on the social implications of emerging technologies, including privacy, ethics, collaboration, and leadership. Funded by the National Science Foundation, she developed a framework to enhance ethical reasoning skills of STEM researchers, recognized by the National Academy of Engineering. She has been awarded the inaugural Faculty Scholar in the Butler Center for Leadership, a Service Learning Faculty Fellow, Diversity Faculty Fellow, and received the Violet Haas Award for efforts on behalf of women.
Mr. Zlatko Lagumdzija
Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001-2002)
World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) Member
Professor Dr. Zlatko Lagumdžija was Prime Minister, Acting Prime Minister, twice Deputy Prime Minister, twice Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a Member of the Parliament and the leader of the largest multi-ethnic political party in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 2015. Member of Club de Madrid-The World Leadership Alliance and World Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founder of the Shared Societies and Values Foundation Sarajevo. Since 1989, Dr. Lagumdžija is professor of Management and Information Technologies at University of Sarajevo, and visiting professor of different universities in Europe, Asia and America. Member of numerous International Boards and Missions. Ambassador for Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations of ISESCO.
Ms. Rebecca Leeper
Activist, “Presentation of the initiative to monitor governments and companies in using AI and creation of the AI Ethics Index”
Rebecca Leeper is a privacy driven interdisciplinary software and network engineer consultant at Data Ductus Inc. At Data Ductus, her work is focused in the telecommunications sector, helping service providers improve their coverage by migrating to automation and the cloud. Rebecca has also pursued research into emerging technologies, particularly AI, and their impact on international and national security at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, The Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, and the Belfer Center at Harvard University. Rebecca will be launching the Common Good Digital Framework with the BostonGlobal Forum and AIWS, a platform purposed at bringing authoritative knowledge and raising awareness about violations of ethical values and standards by governments and large organizations misusing technology. The CGDF will monitor and alert against the misuse of Artificial Intelligence, personal data, and neglect of cyber security
Mr. Milburn Line
Senior Advisor for Policy and Content at the Shared Societies Project of the World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM)
Milburn Line work promoting social inclusion of identity groups who have been victims of repression ranges from international missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Guatemala to community development and human rights projects in Colombia and Guatemala. He managed a rule of law project in Beijing, China from 2013-2017. Prior to that Milburn was Executive Director of the Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego, where he published policy briefs and advocacy for an inclusive Colombian peace process prior to the initiation of formal negotiations.
Before returning as an advisor, Milburn had served as a Program Officer at the Club of Madrid from 2005-2007 where he developed a Freedom of Association initiative in six Middle East and North African countries funded by the European Commission, and managed CDM missions to China, Georgia and Serbia.
Milburn holds a BA in History from the University of North Carolina and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Ms. Cristina Manzano
Director of EsGlobal
World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) Board Member
Cristina Manzano is the director of Esglobal, a leading digital publication on global affairs in Spanish and editorial coordinator of Pensamiento Iberoamericano, a magazine edited by the Iberoamerican General Secretariat (SEGIB). She is also an advisor to Diego Hidalgo, a Spanish philanthropist and co-founder of the World Leadership Alliance-Club of Madrid (WLA-CdM).
Manzano has a degree in Information Sciences, specialized in Journalism, from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and postgraduate studies at the University of Maryland (US), thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship. Her experience includes various roles in journalism, notably as a columnist for El Pais and El Periódico de Catalunya, and as a regular commentator in Spain’s National Radio (RNE), Spanish Radio and Television Corporation (RTVE), and CNN+.
Additionally, Manzano participates as a speaker on topics related to international affairs, Spanish and EU foreign policy, globalization, and communication. Prior to this, she was editor and the US correspondent for economic issues of Ranking magazine; director of Reporter, a leading firm in corporate communications and branded content, for more than a decade; and deputy director of FRIDE, an independent think tank in Madrid working on EU foreign policy.
Today, Cristina Manzano also serves as a member in the Scientific Council of the Elcano Royal Institute, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), the Spanish Chapter of the Club of Rome, Education for Employment Europe, and the Alliance for Solidarity. She is native in Spanish and fluent in English and Italian.
Mr. Manuel Muñiz
Secretary of State for Global Spain
Manuel Muñiz is the Secretary of State for Global Spain at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. Previously he was the Dean of the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University and Rafael del Pino Professor of Practice of Global Transformation. He was also the Founding Director of IE’s Center for the Governance of Change, an institution dedicated to studying the challenges posed by accelerated societal and technological transformation to the public and private sectors. Dr. Muñiz’s research interests fall within the fields of innovation and disruption, political economy, and regional and global governance.
From 2015 to 2017 Dr. Muñiz was the Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Subsequently, from 2017 to 2020, he was a Senior Associate and Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as well as one of the promoters of its Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship.
Throughout his career Dr. Muñiz has provided policy advice to governments and international organizations including the United Nations, the G20, the EU Commission and the Spanish National Security Council. He has also published opinion pieces or been interviewed for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post or Project Syndicate.
Dr. Muniz holds a JD (Law) from the Complutense University in Madrid, an MSc in Financial Markets from the IEB, a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, and a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford. He is a recipient of a number of awards and recognitions including the Trilateral Commission’s David Rockefeller Fellowship and the Atlantic Council’s Millennium Fellowship. In 2016 he was appointed by Esglobal as one of the 25 intellectuals having the greatest impact on our thinking about Iberoamérica.
Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan
CEO of the Boston Global Forum
Director of the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation
Nguyen Anh Tuan is cofounder and Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI), and cofounder and CEO of The Boston Global Forum (BGF).
For his AI World Society Initiative and the concepts of AI-Government he developed, Vietnam National Television (VTV) named him Person of The Year 2018.
He is the Founder, CEO, and Editor-in-Chief of VietNamNet, Vietnam’s preeminent online newspaper. Tuan was the Founder and CEO of VASC Software and Media Company and VietNet, the first Internet service provider based on TCP/IP in Vietnam.
Tuan served on the Harvard Business School Global Advisory Board from 2008 to 2016, and Chair of the International Advisory Committee of UNESCO-UCLA Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education at the University of California Los Angeles, since July of 2015 to November of 2017.
In November of 2017, Tuan and Governor Michael Dukakis founded AI World Society Initiative, and on June 25, 2018, Tuan and Governor Dukakis, Professors Thomas Patterson, Nazli Choucri announced the Concepts of AI-Government. In 2018, Tuan created the World Leader in AI World Society Award and the AI World Society Distinguished Lecture, and became a coauthor of the Social Contract 2020, A New Social Contract in the Age of AI and the AI World Society Ethics and Practices Index.
Mr. Nguyen Van Tuong
Chairman of Tram Huong Khanh Hoa
Mr. Nguyen Van Tuong (born in 1973) is the Vietnamese businessman.
He has been the Chairman and CEO of Trầm Hương Khánh Hòa – ATC (Khanh Hoa Agarwood Company ATC) since 2009.
He is also the Chairman of ATC – Agarwood Museum Company which already own the first and the biggest Agarwood Museum in Vietnam
Since 2015, he has been the Chairman of Nha Trang Peace and Innovation Village project with the view to promote cultural and intellectual development and international intergration. The core purpose of this project is to spillolover the concept “Viet Nam – the nation of Agarwood” to the world.
Mr Nguyen Van Tuong is an excellent columnist with the main topic about Country development as well. His articles are popular and have milions of readers.
Mr. Paul Nemitz
Principal Advisor in the Directorate General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission
Author: “Principle Human – Democracy, Law and Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”
Paul F. NEMITZ is the Director for Fundamental rights and Union citizenship in the Directorate-General for JUSTICE of the European Commission. The Free movement of people in Europe, Data protection and Children’s rights are also key responsibilities of his Directorate.
Before joining DG JUSTICE, Nemitz held posts in the Legal Service of the European Commission, the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Development Cooperation and in the Directorates General for Trade, Transport and Maritime Affairs. He has a broad experience as agent of the Commission in litigation before the European Courts and he has published extensively on EU law. He is teaching EU Law as a visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges.
Nemitz studied Law at Hamburg University. He passed the state examinations for the Judiciary in Hamburg and for a short time was a teaching assistant for Constitutional law and the Law of the Sea at Hamburg University. He obtained a Master of Comparative Law from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he was a Fulbright grantee. He also passed the first and second cycle of the Strasburg Faculty for comparative law, supported by a grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Ms. Nuria Oliver
IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow, member of the High-Level Expert Group on B2G data sharing at the European Commission
Dr. Oliver is a computer scientist, an author and public speaker. She holds a Ph.D. from MIT on Artificial Intelligence. She is the first female computer scientist in Spain to be named an ACM Distinguished Scientist, an ACM Fellow and a member of the CHI Academy. She is also a Fellow of the European Association of Artificial Intelligence and of the IEEE. She is known for her research on computational models of human behavior using AI, intelligent user interfaces, mobile computing and big data for social good. She is the co-inventor of 40 patents. Her work has received numerous awards, including the MIT TR35 Young Innovator Award, the Spanish National Computer Science Award and the Engineer of the Year Award. She is a fellow of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering and holds an honorary PhD from the University Miguel Hernandez. Dr. Oliver is a frequent keynote speaker both for technical and non-technical audiences. She regularly collaborates with and is featured by the media. She is very passionate about the power of technology to improve our quality of life, both individually and collectively and invests significant effort in outreach efforts to make technology more accessible to non-expert audiences.
Ms. Žaneta Ozoliņa
Professor of International Relations, University of Latvia, Vice-president of the Latvian Transatlantic OrganizationHead of Department of Political Science, Director of Advanced Institute of Social and Political Research, University of Latvia
Žaneta Ozoliņa is a professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Latvia and the Director at the Centre for International Politics. She was a member of the European Research Area Board between 2008 and 2012, as well as the Chairwoman of the Strategic Analysis Commission under the Auspices of the President of Latvia between 2004 and 2008. Her areas of research are European integration, transatlantic security and the foreign policy of the Baltic States. She is the author of more than 90 scholarly articles, as well as the books Latvia-Russia-X (2007), Rethinking Security (2010) and Gender and Human Security: a View from the Baltic Sea Region (2015). Ms Ozoliņa is the current Editor in Chief of the magazine Latvijas intereses Eiropas savienībā, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of the magazines Defence Strategic Communications, the Journal of Baltic Studies, the Lithuanian Strategic Review and the Journal of Baltic Security.
Mr. Thomas Patterson
Research Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation, Professor of Government and the Press of Harvard Kennedy School
Thomas E. Patterson is Research Director of The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation. Heisa Professor of Government and the Press of Harvard Kennedy School and has served as the Acting Director of Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy since July 1, 2015. His book, The Vanishing Voter, looks at the causes and consequences of electoral participation. His earlier book on the media’s political role, Out of Order, received the American Political Science Association’s Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication. His first book, The Unseeing Eye, was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half century.
He also is author of Mass Media Election and two general American government texts: The American Democracy and We the People. His articles have appeared in Political Communication, Journal of Communication, and other academic journals, as well as in the popular press. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie, and National Science foundation.
Patterson received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1971.
Mr. Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
Director, MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics lab
Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland directs MIT Connection Science, an MIT-wide AI and Data for Good initiative, and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is on the Board of the UN Foundations’ Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, co-led the World Economic Forum discussion in Davos that led to the EU privacy regulation GDPR, and was central in forging the transparency and accountability mechanisms in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy.
Mr. Ted Piccone
Nonresident Senior Fellow in Security and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institution
Chief Engagement Officer at the World Justice Project World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) Advisor
Ted Piccone is a recognized expert on global democracy and human rights policies, emerging powers, multilateral affairs, and U.S.-Latin American relations. He currently is the World Justice Project’s Chief Engagement Officer and serves as a nonresident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution specializing in international order and strategy and Latin America.
In 2017-18, he was the inaugural Brookings-Robert Bosch Stiftung Transatlantic Initiative fellow in Berlin. Previously, he served as the Foreign Policy program’s acting vice president and deputy director and held the Charles W. Robinson Chair. Piccone is the author or editor of multiple publications on international affairs, including books on Five Rising Democracies and the Fate of the International Liberal Order and Catalysts for Change: How the UN’s Independent Experts Promote Human Rights.
Piccone served eight years as a foreign policy advisor in the Clinton administration at the National Security Council, the State Department’s Office of Policy Planning, and the Pentagon. He was also the Washington office director for the Club of Madrid and continues as an advisor. He holds degrees with honors from Columbia University’s Law School and the University of Pennsylvania and has taught international human rights law at American University’s Washington College of Law.
Mr. Marc Rotenberg
Director of Center For AI and Digital Policy at Michael Dukakis Institute and the Boston Global Forum
Marc Rotenberg is one of the leading experts on data protection, open government, and AI policy. He has served on many advisory panels, including the OECD AI Group of Experts. Rotenberg helped draft the Universal Guidelines for AI, a widely endorsed policy framework for the regulation of Artificial Intelligence. He is the author of several books on privacy law, open government, and AI policy, including the 2020 AI Policy Sourcebook. Marc has spoken frequently before the US Congress, the European Parliament, the OECD, UNESCO, and other international organizations.
He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, and received an LLM in International and Comparative Law. He served as Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee after graduation from law school.
He is the recipient of several awards, including the World Technology Award in Law, the American Lawyer Award for Top Lawyers Under 45, the Norbert Weiner Award for Social and Professional Responsibility, and the Vicennial medal from Georgetown University for distinguished service. He was named one of the top lawyers in America in 2014 by Lawdragon
Mr. David Silbersweig
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Co-Director for Institute for the Neurosciences, Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Board Member of Michael Dukakis Institute Co-founder of AIWS.net
Dr. David Silbersweig is a neurologist and psychiatrist, having trained in both psychiatry and neurology at The New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center Dr. He is now the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals, and also Chairman of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Institute for the Neurosciences. Dr. David Silberswei is Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
David Silbersweig graduated from Dartmouth College and Cornell University Medical College. At Cornell University, Dr. Silbersweig found and direct the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory with Dr. Emily Stern; he was the Tobin-Cooper Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Neurology and Neurosciences, and was Vice Chairman, for Research, in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Silbersweig was the founding Director of the Division of Neuropsychiatry, as well as the founding Director of the Neurology-Psychiatry Combined Residency Program. He is one of the pioneers of functional neuroimaging research in psychiatry. Along with his colleagues, they developed novel methods and paradigms for both PET and MRI imaging that are widely used, and have identified neural circuitry abnormalities associated with a number of major psychiatric disorder.
Mr. Alexander Stubb
Prime Minister of Finland (2014-2015)
Alexander Stubb is the Director of the School of Transnational Governance as of 1 May 2020. He has served as Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Trade and Europe Minister of Finland (2008-2016). He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2008 and national parliament (2011-2017). He was the Chairman of the Finnish National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) from 2014 to 2016 and Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) from 2017 to 2020.
Stubb worked as an advisor at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki and Brussels and in President Romano Prodi’s team at the European Commission (1995-2004). He was involved in the negotiation of the Treaties of Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon.
Mr. Nam Pahm
Assistant Secretary, Government of Massachussetts
Nam Pahm joined the Baker/Polito Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Business Development which oversees the Mass. Office of Business Development, Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism, Mass. Film Office and Mass. Office of International Trade & Investment. Previously Nam was the CEO of Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID). Nam has been a commercial banker for more than 20 years in both lending and credit for premier community banks and large commercial banks. From 1994 to 2000 Nam served as Commissioner of Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, and Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment. Nam earned his BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and MPA in Political Economy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Danilo Türk
President of Slovenia (2007-2012)
World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) President
Danilo Türk has had a long and distinguished career focused on minority and human rights. In the mid-1980s, he collaborated with Amnesty International to report on human rights issues in Yugoslavia. Between 1986 and 1992, he served as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Realization of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In 1990, he returned to Slovenia as member of the Constitutional Commission of the Slovenian National Assembly. From 1992 to 2000, he was first the Slovenian Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In 2007 he became the third president of Slovenia (2007-2012). In 2016 he was one of the candidates for the post of the Secretary-General of the UN and he chaired the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace (2015-2017) which published its report “A Matter of Survival” (2017).
Ms. Peggy Valcke
Vice-Chair of the Council of Europe's Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI)
Peggy Valcke is professor of law & technology at KU Leuven, member of the management board of the Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP), and principal investigator in the Security & Privacy Department of imec (previously iMinds). She has taken up positions as visiting and part-time professor at Tilburg University (Netherlands; 2009-2018); Bocconi University Milan (Italy; since 2018), the European University Institute in Florence (Italy; 2014), and Central European University in Budapest (Hungary; 2006).
Peggy teaches courses on ICT law, electronic communications law, media law, technology and law, and interdisciplinary study of law, in various masters and LL.M. programmes at KU Leuven. She is the academic coordinator of IusStart, KU Leuven’s Law Incubator linking law students with tech start-ups and law firms. She has a broad experience with international and interdisciplinary research dealing with legal aspects of IT and media innovation.
Besides her academic activities, Peggy is assessor (member of the deciding body) of the Belgian Competition Authority and member of the General Chamber of the Flemish Media Regulator (both since 2008).
Ms. Effy Vayena
Professor of Bioethics at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETHZ)
Effy Vayena is a Professor of Bioethics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) and renowned expert at the intersection of medicine, data, and ethics. Her work focuses on important societal issues of data and technology as they relate to scientific progress and how it is or should be applied to public and personal health.
Vayena completed her education as a social historian with a PhD in Medical History from the University of Minnesota. A keen interest in health policy has led her to work with the World Health Organization. Upon her return to academia, Vayena was awarded a professorship by the Swiss National Science Foundation. She founded the Health Ethics and Policy Lab to tackle pressing questions that arise through technological advances such as genomic technologies and big data analytics in healthcare and research.
Vayena is a leading expert in the dynamic and diverse field of health data and ethics, successfully leveraging her academic work and international network to promote a fruitful debate about the ethics of health in the digital age. She has previously worked with the Welcome Trust, OECD, Commonwealth Fund, Chatham House, and academic institutions and governments around the world.
Ms. Vaira Vike-Freiberga
President of Latvia (1999-2007)
World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) Member
Vaira Vike-Freiberga played a significant role in achieving membership in the EU and NATO for her country and was Special Envoy on UN reform. Vice-chair of the Reflection group on the long-term future of Europe, and chair of the High-level group on freedom and pluralism of media in the EU in 2011-12. Member of two High-level groups on European security and defense in 2015, and of the High-level Team of Advisors to the UN ECOSOC on UN development in 2016. Co-chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center.
Dr. Vike-Freiberga is a member, board member or patron of 30 international organizations and five Academies; Honorary Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University. She has published extensively and is much in demand as speaker. Recipient of many Awards, Orders of Merit and Honorary Doctorates.
Born in Riga, she started her schooling in refugee camps in Germany, then lived in Morocco and Canada, obtaining a Ph.D. at McGill University (1965). After a distinguished career as Professor of psychology and international scholar at the University of Montreal, she returned to her native country in 1998 to head the Latvian Institute. Less than a year later she was elected President by the Latvian Parliament and re-elected in 2003.
Mr. Vint Cerf
Father of the Internet, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
Vint Cerf is widely known as a “Father of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Bill Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. In 2004, Cerf was the recipient of the ACM Alan M. Turing award (sometimes called the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science”) and in 2005 he was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George Bush. Since 2005, he has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world. He also served from 2000-2007 as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), an organization he helped form. Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995, and in 1999 served a term as Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Andrew W. Wyckoff
Director for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD
Andrew W. Wyckoff is the Director of the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) where he oversees OECD’s work on innovation, business dynamics, science and technology, information and communication technology policy as well as the statistical work associated with each of these areas.
Mr. Wyckoff was previously Head of the Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) division at the OECD which supports the organisation’s work on information society as well as consumer policy issues. Before heading ICCP, he was the head of STI’s Economic Analysis and Statistics Division which develops methodological guidelines, collects statistics and undertakes empirical analysis in support of science, technology and innovation policy analysis.
His experience prior to the OECD includes being a program manager of the Information, Telecommunications and Commerce program of the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), an economist at the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and a programmer at The Brookings Institution.
Mr. Wyckoff is a citizen of the United States, holds a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Public Policy from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.