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Dumitru Braghis (born 1957) — Ph.D. (Economics), graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the Chisinau University in Moldavia. Since 1995 Director of Foreign Economic Relations Department. Since 1997 Deputy Minister of Economy and Reforms. Between 1999 and 2001 Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova. Since 2001 MP of the Moldavian Parliament and head of the "Braghis Alliance" (social democratic) parliamentary faction.
Pavel Daneyko (born 1961) — graduated from the Faculty of Economics. Between 1988 and 1994 research associate with the Institute of Economics with the Belarusian Academy of Sciences. From 1994 to 1996 Vice President of the Institute for Privatisation and Management. Between 1999 and 2002 headed an Advisory Board to the Institute for Privatisation and Management, at present President of the Minsk-based Institute for Privatisation and Management.
Marek Dabrowski (born 1951) — Professor of Economics, graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the Warsaw University. From 1989 to 1990 Deputy Minister of Finance and afterwards (1991-1993) MP. Between 1991 and 1996 Chairman of the Ownership Transformations Council. Between 1994 and 1995 consultant with the Word Bank. Since 1998 member of the Monetary Policy Council. Advised governments and central banks in Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia, Chairman of the Board of Trustees with the CASE Foundation (Centre for Social and Economic Research). Acted as co-ordinator of research and consulting projects focusing on economic reforms in ex-Soviet Block countries and macroeconomic policy issues.
Bronislaw Geremek (born 1932) — politician, Professor of History, graduated from the Warsaw University and the Sorbonne. One of the founders of the Solidarity independent trade union and former adviser to Lech Walesa, in 1989 participated in the Round Table negotiations. Between 1989 and 1991 chaired the Constitutional Commission and between 1989-1997 chaired the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee. Between 1990 and 1997 head of the Democratic Union (Party) caucus in Polish Parliament. Between 1997 and 2000 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland. Between 2000 and 2001 headed the Parliamentary Acquis Communaitare Committee. Currently Chair of European Civilisation with the Natolin-based College of Europe.
Heather Grabbe — Ph.D. (Political Sciences), graduated from Oxford and Birmingham Universities. Research Director at the Centre for European Reform in London. Published extensively on EU enlargement, institutional reform, justice, home affairs and EU budget. Collaborated with Chatham House, the European Institute in Florence and EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris and the Centre For International Relations in Warsaw.
Johann Christoph Jessen (born 1946) — Ph.D. (Economics), diplomat, since 1978 member of staff at the German Embassy in Manila. Since 1981 headed the Economic Section of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bucharest. Since 1984 International Commodities Policy Expert with the Federal Foreign Office. Since 1988 North-South Policy Officer with the Federal Foreign Office. Since 1996 headed the EU Internal Policies Division with the Federal Foreign Office. Since 1999 Deputy Director General and Head of Directorate "Europe 2". Currently the Commissioner for EU Enlargement with the Federal Foreign Office.
Bronislaw Komorowski (born 1952) — graduated from the Faculty of History at the Warsaw University. Between 1989 and 1990 Cabinet Director with the Office of the Council of Ministers. From 1990 to 1993 Deputy Minister of National Defence, MP with the Lower House of Polish Parliament for three consecutive terms of office. Between 1993 and 1994 member and Secretary General of the Freedom Union (Party). In 1997 one of the founding members of the Conservative and People´s Party, now Deputy Chairman of the organisation. Between 1997 and 2001 chairman of the National Defence Committee. Minister of Defence in 2000-2001.
Krzysztof A. Lis — economist, since 1977 employed with the Institute of Management at the Warsaw University. Since 1989 the Government´s Plenipotentiary for Privatisation. Between 1991 and 1998 worked abroad, including senior consultancy assignments for the World Bank, EBRD and IFC. Advised on privatisation issues to the Governments of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Between 1998 and 2000 advisor to the Polish Minister of Finance. From 1999 Member of the Board at the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Member of the Good Practices Committee that developed a document "Good Practices in Public Companies in 2002".
Alistar MacDonald (born 1949) — Ph.D. cand. (European Economics History). Between 1978 and 1984 with the European Commission in the Directorate General for Development. Between 1985 and 1990 First Secretary at the EC Delegation in Bangkok, 1990-95 First Counsellor at the EC Delegation in Manila. Deputy Head of Unit on Asian affairs with DG for External Relations in Brussels, since 2001 Head of Unit with the Department for Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and Horizontal Matters.
Victor Mendes de Costa Martins (born 1947) — graduated and later lectured at Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao. Between 1979 and 1985 Director for the European Integration Office of the Ministry of Industry. Between 1979 and 1985 member of the negotiating team for the Portugal´s accession to the EU. From 1985 to 1995 Secretary of State for European Affairs with three Portuguese Cabinets. In 1991 responsible for negotiations on admission of Portugal to the Schengen Treaty. Between 1992 and 1995 represented Portugal at the Council of Europe. At present member of the "Notre Europe" Association and consultant to the National Institute for Public Administration.
Tadeusz Mazowiecki (born 1927) — founder of a catholic "Wiez" monthly and for many years its Editor in Chief. In 1980 set up and headed a team of experts aiding the efforts of the Strike Committee in the Gdansk Shipyard and subsequently Solidarity trade union. Editor-in-Chief of "Solidarity" weekly. Between 1989 and 1990 Prime Minister. Between 1991 and 1994 Chairman of the Democratic Union (Party). Between 1991 and 2001 MP with the Lower House of Polish Parliament. Between 1992 and 1995 special reporter of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations during a mission to former Yugoslavia.
Antonio Missiroli (born 1955) — doctorate in contemporary history from the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa and Master of International Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University graduated from the John Hopkins University in Bologna. Between 1993 and 1996 lectured at the West European Politics in the Dicikinson College and in Bologna, head of European Studies section with the International Centre for Studies on Internatonal Politics (CESPI) based in Rome. Between 1996 and 1997 lectured at the Oxford University. At present an analyst with the EU Security Studies Institute responsible for media relations. Also involved in EU enlargement issues and the institutional aspects of CFSP/ESDP.
Dominique Moisi (born 1946) — Ph.D. (Law). Between 1972 and 1975 lectured on International Relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, from 1976 to 1978 lectured on International Relations at the University of Paris Sud. Between 1983 and 1984 Professor at John Hopkins University. From 1981 to 1986 lectured at the Ecole Nationale d´Administration (ENA), between 1994 and 1999 Professor at the Institut d´Etudes Politiques in Paris. Currently the Deputy Director of the French International Relations Institute in Paris, member of the Board of the Aspen Institute. Editor-in-Chief of a quarterly titled "Politique Etrangere"; columnist of the "Financial Times".
Fernando Moran Lopez (born 1926) — politician, founder of the so called "Grupo Tierno" in Salamanca and of the Popular Socialist Party (PSP). Since 1978 Senator representing the Asturian Constituency. Between 1982 and 1985 Minister of Foreign Affairs in the first Socialist Government. Between 1985 and 1987 Spanish representative at the UN Headquarters. From 1987 to 1999 MP with European Parliament — active in the Institutional Affairs Committee and in the Legal Matters and Civic Rights Committee, being the Deputy of the latter.
Józef Oleksy (born 1946) — politician, graduated from the Foreign Trade Faculty at the Central School of Planning and Statistics. In 1989 Minister responsible for relations with Trade Unions. Participated in the Round Table talks. Since 1989 MP. Since 1990 member of the Social-Democratic Party of the Republic of Poland, between 1996 and 1997 Party Chairman and currently member of the Democratic Left Alliance. Between 1989 and 1993 member of the European Security and Co-operation Organisation club in Parliament and between 1993 and 1995 Speaker of the Lower House of Polish Parliament. Between 1995 and 1996 Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland. Since 2001 Chairman of the Parliamentary European Committee.
Hermann von Richthofen (born 1933) — Ph.D. (Law), diplomat, law studies at universities in Heildelberg, Munich and Bonn. With the diplomatic service in Saigon, Jakarta and East Berlin. In 1986 Director General of the Legal Affairs and Chief Legal Advisor to the Federal Foreign Office. Between 1986 and 1988 Deputy Under Secretary (Political Director) in the Federal Foreign Office. Between 1988 and 1993 the Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany to the UK. In 1998 Permanent Representative of Germany on the North-Atlantic Council. Representative of Prime Minister of Brandenburg for the co-operation with Poland.
Siergei Rogov — Ph.D. (Historical Sciences), graduated from the Moscow Institute for Foreign Affairs; since 1976 employed with the Institute of USA and Canada of Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Since 1995 Director of the Institute, Member of the Advisory Board of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, member of Advisory Council of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation, member of the Board of the Russian Foreign Policy Association, advisor to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Duma.
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski — graduated from the University of Lódz and European Studies at the University in Nancy (France), Junior Professor at the Institute of Economics of the University of Lódz; between 1991 and 1996 Minister for European Affairs and Advisor to the Prime Minister. Between 1999 and 2001 Minister — Secretary of the Committee for European Integration. He was Rector of the European College and Director of the European Studies Centre at the University of Lódz. Currently President of the European Centre in Natolin, head of the European College Foundation, member of the European Integration Committee, Professor of European Integration with the Collegium Civitas in Warsaw and President of the Management Board of the European Institute in Lódz, member of the Board of Directors of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) based in Brussels and President of the Euro-Atlantic Society in Poland.
Antti Johannes Satuli (born 1946) — diplomat, since 1971 member of staff with the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 1973 and 1975 attaché to the Finnish Mission in Brussels, afterwards (1975-1977) Second Secretary of the Finnish Embassy in Algeria. Since 1977 First Secretary with the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and between 1980 and 1983 First Secretary of the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C. In 1986 Director of the Western Europe and General Matters. Since 1988 Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs — External Economic Relations responsible for liaison with the OECD and GATT and in charge of European Integration issues. Between 1990 and 1994 Director General — External Economic Relations. Since 1995 Ambassador of Finland to the European Union. Since 2002 Secretary of State with the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Aleksander Smolar (born 1940) — politologist; studied Sociology and Economy at Warsaw University. 1971-1989, a political émigré in Italy, Great Britain and France. In 1974-1990, founder and editor-in-chief of the "Aneks" political quarterly; 1989-1990, political advisor to prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki. In 1992-1993, Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka. Since 1990, President of the Board of the Stefan Batory Foundation. Scholar at the French National Scientific Study Centre (CNRS). Member of the Political Council of the Freedom Union.
Borys Tarasyuk — diplomat, 1975-2000 with diplomatic service of Ukraine. Between 1998 and 2000 the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Director and Founder of the Institute for Promotion of Euro-Atlantic Co-operation, head of Parliamentary European Integration Council, Honorary Director and Professor of the Institute of Social Sciences and International Affairs in the Supra-Regional Human Resources Management Academy.
Vincuk Vyachorka (born 1961) — graduated from the Faculty of Linguistics, since the 1970s member of underground anti-communist and independence movement in Belarus. Founder in 1986 of the Confederation of Belarusian Association, the first democratic organisation in Belarus. One of the founders of the "Revival" Belarusian Popular Front, which he has chaired since 1995. Head of the Supolnost" Civic Society Centre. In 1999 leader of the working group established by the United Organisation of Pro-Democratic NGOs.
Yuri Yekhanurov (born 1948) — Professor of Economics, graduated from the Institute of Building and Construction in Kiev and the National Economic Academy in Kiev. In 1993 Deputy Minister of Economy. Since 1994 headed the National Assets Fund. In 1999 Deputy Prime Minister of Ukrainian Government. In 2001 deputy Chief of State Administration. Since 2002 Member of Parliament and head of the Urban Development and Entrepreneurship Committee.
Andrei Zagorski (born 1959) — graduated from School of International Relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Between 1981 and 1992 a research associate, 1992-2000 Director and Deputy Rector of the MGIMO Centre of International Studies. Since 2000 Deputy President of East-West Institute in Prague, member of the Centre for Security Policy in Geneva. Since 2002 Deputy Director of Institute of Applied International Relations in Moscow. Member of Editorial Committees of "The OSCE Yearbook", "The Helsinki Monitor" and "The Perspectives".