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  • Pascal Chaigneau

    Pascal Chaigneau is Scientific Director of the MSc. «International Risk Management» and «Management for Sustainable Development», and Co-Director of the Geopolitical School at HEC Paris. Professor at the University Paris Descartes, Pascal Chaigneau is at the Head of the Political Science Department and responsible of the following Masters: «Development Policies» and «Export Practices». Lawyer and expert in international law, Dr. Chaigneau works as an advisor to Ministry of Trade and a member in the Board of Directors of Radio France Internationale. He is also the Director of the Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies.

  • Malcolm Chalmers

    Professor Malcolm Chalmers became Deputy Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on 30 November 2015. He is RUSI’s acting Research Director, and the Director of its Proliferation and Nuclear Policy programme. His research focuses on UK defence, foreign and security policy. Before joining RUSI, Chalmers was a Senior Special Adviser in the FCO to Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw MP and Margaret Beckett MP. His previous appointments included: Professor of International Politics, University of Bradford; Senior Consulting Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies; Visiting Fellow, Center for International Security and Arms Control, Stanford University; Economist, Ministry of Finance, Government of Botswana.

  • Rachid EL Houdaïgui

    Rachid EL Houdaïgui is professor of International Relations at Abdelmalek Essaadi University Tangier›s Law Faculty and Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Center. He is also professor at Royal College of Advanced Military Studies (Kenitra) and professor invited at Cergy-Pontoise University (Paris), Cadix University (Spain) and at “La Sagesse” University (Beirut, Lebanon). Mr. EL Houdaïgui is the author of numerous books and articles dealing with International relations and geopolitics. Also, he is co-director of the Moroccan-Spanish review “Peace and International Security” and in charge of the Observatory of Mediterranean Studies at Abdelmalek Essaadi University.

  • Ewan Lawson

    Ewan Lawson is Senior Research Fellow for Military Influence at the Royal United Services Institute. He researches a range of subjects including strategy and crossgovernment working, military influence and information operations, law of armed conflict and war crimes, conflict in Africa and cybersecurity. He also oversees conferences, meetings and lectures in these areas. Since graduating from the UK Advanced Command and Staff Course, his experience has included tours as a joint operational planner, as the commanding officer of the UK Psychological Operations Group, as military faculty at both the UK and Kuwait Staff Colleges and as the first Defence Attaché at the British Embassy in South Sudan.

  • John Louth

    Professor John Louth is Senior Research Fellow and Director for Defence, Industries and Society at RUSI. He spent part of his career in the Middle East running separate national programmes to develop commercial and defence capabilities across a number of Gulf states. Dr Louth has also worked as a senior adviser to the European Defence Agency on the development of pan-European procurement policies and practices. He teaches at Roehampton University Business School in London and is also a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee.

  • Francis Perrin

    Francis Perrin is a Professor at Universities of Grenoble and Lyon and a Senior Research Fellow at IRIS, specialist on Energy issues. Francis Perrin has a PhD in energy economics from the Pierre-Mendès France University in Grenoble and a diploma from the Institut d›Etudes Politiques of Grenoblerate uncertainty and the export of cereals.

  • Henning Riecke

    Henning Riecke has been head of the DGAP›s Transatlantic Relations program since January 2009. He joined the DGAP in 2000 as a program officer responsible for the study groups on “Strategic Issues,” “European Policy,” and “Future Global Issues.” Before joining the research institute, he was a Thyssen Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, where he worked on a project on US small arms and light weapons policy. Between 1994 and 1999, he held several positions at the Center for Transatlantic Foreign and Security Policy Studies at the Freie Universität, Berlin. In 1995, he spent five months as visiting fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard›s Kennedy School of Government.

  • Abdallah Saaf

    Abdallah Saaf is a professor of Political sciences at Mohamed V Rabat University, Director of the Center for Studies in Social Sciences Research (CERSS), and Founder of the Moroccan Association of Political Science and Director of Abhath Review. Professor Saaf was a member of the commission in charge of revising the Constitution during July 2011, and member of the Scientific Committee at the Global Forum for Humans rights. Professor Saaf is a former Minister of Education from 1998 to 2004. He also manages an annual publication called “Strategic Report of Morocco” since 1995.

  • Eckart Woertz

    Eckart Woertz is senior research fellow at CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs and scientific advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po in Paris. Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, director of economic studies at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He teaches at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) and was KSP visiting professor at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at SciencesPo.