Pamela Aall

Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

Pamela Aall is a senior advisor for conflict prevention and management at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). She was founding Provost of USIP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding and headed the Institute’s education and training programs for a several years.

She is currently directing a project for CIGI on Africa’s regional conflict management capacity. Her research interests include mediation and negotiation, non-governmental organizations, civil–military relations, education and training and the role of education in exacerbating conflict or promoting reconciliation.

She is chair of the board of the International Peace and Security Institute and a board member of Women in International Security, an organization dedicated to promoting women’s professional advancement in the foreign affairs and security fields. In 2014, she was the Sharkey Scholar at Seton Hall University. Aall has co-authored and co-edited a number of books, most recently Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (2011) and Managing Conflict in a World Adrift (2015) with Chester Crocker and Fen Hampson.

Franziska Brantner

Member, German Bundestag

Franziska Brantner has been a Member of the German Bundestag since October 2013. She is the Spokeswoman on Children’s and Family policy, the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Civilian Crisis Prevention, Conflict Management and Intergrated Action, a substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and a substitute member of the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union. Prior to this, she was a Member of the European Parliament for four years. She was the Spokesperson for foreign affairs of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and the Parliament’s standing rapporteur for the Instrument for Stability. She also was her group’s chief negotiator for the establishment and review of the European External Action Service (EEAS). She served as a Member and coordinator of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and as a substitute member of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and of the Committee on Budgets.

Before being elected to the European Parliament, Franziska Brantner worked for the Bertelsmann Foundation consulting on EU foreign policy issues. As a consultant for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), she helped design a European action plan for the UN Security Resolution 1325, the first resolution ever passed by the Security Council that specifically addressed the impact of war on women, and women’s contributions to conflict resolution and sustainable peace.

She holds a Doctorate from the University of Mannheim and a dual degree (M.A. and diplôme) from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York and Sciences Po in Paris.

Emilio Cassinello

Director General, Toledo International Centre for Peace

Emilio Cassinello is the Director General at the Toledo International Centre for Peace Law. He is also Vice-president of the Euroamerica Foundation; Founding Member and First Secretary General of the US-Spain Council; Member of the Scientific Council of the Real Instituto Elcano; Honorary Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association in New York; Member of the Advisory Council of  Casa Árabe; Member of the Advisory Board of the Foundation Duques de Soria;  Trustee of the Picasso Museum Foundation in Malaga and of the El Barrio Museum of New York. He has been awarded the “Gran Cruz del Mérito Civil”. 

He was assistant professor in Theory of the State and International Law at the Universidad Autónoma de México, and of Political Law and Theory of the State at the Universidad de Madrid (1961-1963) before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he served in numerous functions: Deputy-Director for Africa, Director-General for International Organizations and Conferences, Director-General for Latin-American Affairs and Director of Planning Staff. He has had a number of Embassy postings, including Chargé d'Affaires in Addis Abeba and Dar es Salaam, Cultural Attaché in Mexico, Spanish Ambassador in Angola and Mexico, and Consul General in New York and Ambassador at large for North American Affairs. From 1985 to 1992, Emilio Cassinello was President of the Board of the EXPO'92, S.A. and Commissioner General of the Universal Exposition of Seville, 1992.

Aurélien Colson

Director, Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation

Aurélien Colson is Professor of Political Science at ESSEC where he is the director of the Institut de recherche et d’enseignement sur la négociation (IRENÉ).

Since 1996 IRENÉ has developed into a key centre of expertise in negotiation, conflict resolution, mediation, and stakeholders’ dialogue in conflict-stricken communities. IRENÉ combines research activities, post-conflict grassroots operations to restore dialogue, as well as capacity-building and training programs designed for a wide range of institutions, including the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European External Action Service and the European Commission.

Aurélien Colson has advised various European institutions, notably the EEAS on mediation processes and DG DEVCO on governance issues. He also served as a Steering Committee member of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) in Brussels.

Laurent Goetschel

Director, Swisspeace Foundation

Laurent Goetschel is director of swisspeace and a professor of political science at the Europe Institute of the University of Basel. He holds a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International Relations (IUHEI) at the University of Geneva (1993).

He worked as a journalist with the Swiss service of the Associated Press, conducted research with the IUHEI's Program for Strategic and International Security Studies (1990-1992) and with the Graduate Institute of Public Administration at the University of Lausanne (1992-1995), where he was also a lecturer (1994-1995). After having been a visiting scholar with the Center for European Studies at Harvard University (1995-1996), he joined swisspeace as a research analyst. He taught Swiss foreign policy at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Bern from 1997 to 2003, and directed a Swiss National Science Foundation's research program on Swiss foreign policy from 1997 to 2000. . From 2003 to 2004, he served as the political advisor to the Swiss Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheline Calmy-Rey. He is currently also president of the Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries of the Swiss Academy of Sciences.

István Gyarmati

Chairman of the Board, Centre for Euro Atlantic Integration and Democracy

István Gyarmati is the Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Euro Atlantic Integration and Democracy in Budapest. He is also serving as the President of the International Centre for Democratic Transition and he is the Chair of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

He is a member of the IISS Council and a Professor at the Zrínyi Miklós National Defense University. In the past, he held numerous positions at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense, including Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Chief Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Ambassador Gyarmati holds a Ph.D. in Political Science.

Antje Herrberg

CEO, MediatEUr

Antje Herrberg is co-founder and CEO of mediatEUr. Between March 2013 and March 2014, she was Senior Mediation Expert for Process Design on the UN stand-by Team of Mediation Experts, where she supported peace efforts in the Maldives, in Mauritania, Malawi, Moldova, Turkey, and Ukraine. She is an experienced faciliator, mediator and process designer. At mediatEUr, she initiated and led a number of projects, including a project to support the process for the establishment of a European Institute of Peace (EIP). She is specialised in dealing with non-recognised entitites, and also works on mediation during electoral violence, and capacity building.

Besides building the network of mediatEUr, Antje is also a member of the UN Roster of Mediators, and was UN Mediation Advisor for the Maldives in 2010. She is an experienced trainer and coach, including to senior-level EU diplomats.

Prior to mediatEur, Antje was the Director for Mediation and Dialogue of the Crisis Management Initiative from 2004 to 2012. From 2000-2004, Antje was the Regional Director for Europe at the EastWest Institute, where she worked on trilateral cooperation between the Russia, the U.S. and the EU, and on cross-border cooperation in the Balkans and North-West Russia. Before that she was an activist, academic and advisor working for governmental and nongovernmental organisation in the transition processes of the former Soviet Union.

As a mediator, Antje received her credentials from the Centrale für Mediation (Cologne); and holds an MA in Mediation from the European University Viadrina (2008), having attended a wider number of professional mediation trainings worldwide. Antje holds an M.Econ.Sci in European Economic and Public Affairs from University College Dublin; and a Doctorate in International Relations from Aalborg University (PhD) in International Relations and Intercultural Communications.

Wolfgang Ischinger

Chairman, Munich Security Conference

Wolfgang Ischinger has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008 and was Global Head of Government Relations at Allianz SE in Munich from 2008 to 2014. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Federal Republic of Germany's Ambassador to London. He was the German Ambassador to the United States of America from 2001 to 2006 and prior to that he held a wide range of diplomatic and policymaking positions in Germany and abroad. In 2007, he served as the EU representative in the Troika negotiations on Kosovo. In 2014, he was the representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for National Dialogue Roundtables in Ukraine and now serves as Chairman of the OSCE Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project.

Wolfgang Ischinger studied law at the universities of Bonn and Geneva. He also studied international law, foreign economic relations and history at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and at Harvard Law School. Wolfgang Ischinger is Adjunct Professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Tuebingen and has published widely on foreign and security policy. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Pristina.

He is a member of the boards of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the East-West Institute, New York, and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He is also a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and of the Independent Commission on Turkey.

Dame Rosalind Marsden

Associate Fellow, Chatham House

Dame Rosalind Marsden is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and a Fellow of the Rift Valley Institute. She also acts as an adviser to various NGOs and civil society organisations working on Sudan and South Sudan-related issues.

She served as the EU Special Representative for Sudan, and subsequently South Sudan, from September 2010 until October 2013. Prior to taking up her EU post, she was the British Ambassador to Sudan where she served for three years until May 2010. Dame Rosalind had a long career in the British diplomatic service, including overseas postings as Consul-General in Basra and British Ambassador to Afghanistan.

She has also served as Head of the United Nations Department and Director (Asia-Pacific) in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Earlier in her career she served in the British Embassies in Tokyo and Bonn.

In the early 1990s, she spent two years on secondment to the private sector, working in the corporate finance department of an investment bank. She was educated at Oxford University where she took a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in Modern History. She is an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. Rosalind was made a Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 2010 New Year Honours List.

Marta Martinelli

Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundation

Marta Martinelli is senior policy analyst at the Open Society Foundation responsible for work on gender, democratisation, security governance and development issues in Africa.

Previously, Marta Martinelli worked in Kinshasa for the European Union mission for Security Sector Reform (EUSEC). From 2005 to 2009 she advised the Belgian Directorate General for Development on peace-building policies in the Great Lakes Region. Marta Martinelli has advised UNIFEM, UNDP, the European Commission, and the European Parliament on gender, peace support operations, and security system reform in Burundi, the DRC, and the Central African Republic.

Marta Martinelli has been Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Free University of Brussels (ULB), and taught at the Institute of International Sociology in Gorizia (Italy) and at the UNESCO Chair for Peaceful Conflict Resolution and Human Rights in Bujumbura (Burundi). She is currently a visiting lecturer at the ULB. She holds a PhD in conflict resolution and an MA in international politics and security studies from the Department of Peace Studies in Bradford (United Kingdom) as well as a BA in diplomacy and international relations from the University of Trieste (Italy).

Elżbieta Mikos-Skuza

Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw

Elzbieta Mikos-Skuza is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Amdinistration at the University of Warsaw. She studied at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague (The Netherlands) and holds a PhD degree in law from the University of Warsaw.

She served as an expert to the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 1981 she has been volunteering with the Polish Red Cross. At present she is a vice-president of the PRC, a member of its national board, president of the PRC Commission for International Humanitarian Law being responsible for international and national IHL courses organized by the PRC. She is an expert of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in numerous think tanks, panels and working groups.

She is also a member of the San Remo International Institute of Humanitarian Law and of the International Law Association Committee on the Use of Force. In 2001 she was elected a member of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission. Since 2002 she has been a vice-president of the Commission.


Tuija Talvitie

Executive Director, Crisis Management Initiative

Tuija Talvitie is Executive Director of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) where she leads the execution of CMI’s mission and the implementation of CMI's strategy. Tuija Talvitie has over twenty years’ experience in international leadership, social development and conflict resolution. She works on, inclusive multi-stakeholder approaches, innovation and ethical leadership. During her time CMI has more than quadrupled its turnover and staff, and continues to grow at a steady pace. Prior to joining CMI, Tuija Talvitie  was the Director of British Council Finland where she led the organisation’s transformation to a cooperative, project based actor and played an active role in the leadership team of North and Central Europe.

Francesc Vendrell

Johns Hopkins University

Francesc Vendrell is a Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Mediator-in-Residence at the UN Department of Political Affairs. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow, at the London School of Economics and the Chair of the Board of the Afghanistan Analysts Network. Since 2012 he has been Senior Adviser at Inter-Mediate in London. He served as a Special Representative of the European Union for Afghanistan (2002-2008) and as a Personal Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Special Mission for Afghanistan (2000-2002).

In a diplomatic career spanning forty years, thirty-four with the UN and over six with the EU, Francesc Vendrell has been involved in mediating a variety of conflicts; he has served as director of the Asia and Pacific Division at the UN Department of Political Affairs and as director for Europe and Americas in the Office of the UN Secretary-General.

Previously he was an appointed diplomat-in-residence and visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University; a lecturer of Constitutional Law at the University of Papua New Guinea, director of studies at the Hague Academy of International Law and adjunct professor at Yale University and Rutgers University; Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George; holds the Order of Wazir Akhbar Khan of Afghanistan. He holds a M.A.from the University of Cambridge; an LL.B. from King's College London and a Bachelor in law from Barcelona University.

Peter Wallensteen

Uppsala University

Peter Wallensteen is a Senior Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. His research interst include causes of war, conflict analysis, conflict resolution, International sanctions, mediation, an peeacebuilding. He is the director of the Uppsala Conflict Data programme (UCDP) and leads the special programme on International targeted Sanctions (SPITS). He is the author of Understanding Conflict Resolution (2002) and Peace Research - Theory and Practice (2011).