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Daniel McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy is Head of Unit Resolution Planning and Decisions at Single Resolution Board. Previously he was a Bank Expert at the European Banking Authority. He held the position of Head of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Supervision Team in the Central Bank of Ireland. From 2007 to 2010 he worked at the Bank of Scotland. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University College Galway and a Master of Business Studies, with a thesis in Diversification and Firm Performance – A quantitative Analysis from the University College Dublin.

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Jean-Émile Gombert

Jean-Émile Gombert is the President of the EUI High Council, consultant at the Conférence des Présidents d’Université (CPU) specialised in humanities and social sciences and vice-President of ATHENA, the French National Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities. From 2011 to 2015 he was President of Rennes 2 University, where he currently holds the title of Honorary President and is Professor emeritus of cognitive and learning psychology. He held research and teaching positions at the University of Rouen, École normale de Rouen, University of Oxford and University of Burgundy. In 2013 he became a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France.

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Stefania Giannini

Stefania Giannini is the Italian Minister of Education Universities and Research since 2014 and a member of the Italian Senate since 2013. A university professor of glottology and linguistics, she was Dean of the University for Foreigners of Perugia in 2004-2013 and was in charge of International relations at the Conference of the Italian University Deans in 2006-2011. She has been a member of the National Commission for the Promotion of the Italian Culture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President of the Study Commission on research ethics and bioethics at the National Research Council and member of the Strategic Committee for cultural and scientific relations between France and Italy.

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Cristina Giachi

Cristina Giachi is Deputy Mayor of Florence since 2014. She graduated in Law from the University of Florence and in 2000 she obtained her PhD in Roman and Ancient Law from the University of Padova. She has been a researcher in Roman Law at the University of Florence since 2001 and coordinator of the scientific activities of the doctoral programme at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (SUM) from 2005 to 2010, when she joined the provincial assembly of ‘Partito Democratico’. Since 2008 she serves as City Councillor for University, Research and Youth Policy; since 2011 she is also in charge of European Funds, Equal Opportunities and Education for the City of Florence.

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Sandro Gozi

Sandro Gozi has been a Member of the Italian Parliament since 2006. Currently he is State Secretary at the Presidency in the Italian Government, in charge of European Affairs. In August 2013 he was nominated as vice-President of the Assembly of the Council of Europe, and from January to May 2014 he was vice-president of the Socialist Group at the Assembly of the Council of Europe. He has worked as an official at the European Commission for 10 years, dealing with institutional affairs, regional cooperation in the Balkans and in the Mediterranean, as well as matters related to education and culture.

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Agnieszka Smolenska

Agnieszka Smolenska is a second year PhD Researcher in law at the European University Institute, studying the application of EU state aid rules to the financial sector in the context of post-crisis EU/Eurozone bank resolution frameworks. She holds a BA in European Social and Political Studies (University College London) and MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies (College of Europe). Prior to commencing her PhD at the EUI, she worked at the European Commission (2010-2011) and the European Parliament (2011-2014).

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Sandra Marco Colino

Sandra Marco Colino is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University Hong Kong. She is the Director of the Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development, and the founding Deputy Director of the European Union Academic Programme in Hong Kong. An EUI alumna, she specializes in competition law, telecommunications law and European Union law. She was recently appointed Non-Governmental Adviser for Hong Hong Kong to the International Competition Network, and is a member of the Academic Society for Competition Law.

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Jörg Monar

Jörg Monar has been Rector of the College of Europe (Bruges and Natolin, Warsaw campuses) since 2013. His former positions include Director of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies of the College of Europe from 2008 to 2013 and Professor of Contemporary European Studies and Co-Director of the Sussex European Institute, University of Sussex. In addition to research and teaching, Professor Monar also held consultancy assignments with the European Parliament and European Commission. Monar holds a Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of Munich and in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute. He is also a founding editor of the European Foreign Affairs Review.

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Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz is the President of the European Parliament. He was elected in 2012 for a mandate of two and half years, after which, in 2014, he became the first President in the Parliament’s history to be reelected for a second term. He became a MEP in 1994 and served first on the sub-committee on Human Rights, then on the Committee on Civil Liberties and Home Affairs. In 2000 he was selected to chair the delegation of the SPD party, while in 2004 he was elected head of the S&D group, campaigning for social justice, promoting growth, reforming financial markets, championing equality and creating a stronger and more democratic Europe.

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Donald Tusk

Donald Tusk has been President of the European Council since December 2014. Previously he was Prime Minister of Poland (2007–2014) and a co-founder and chairman of the Civic Platform party. In 2011 he became the first Prime Minister to be re-elected since the fall of Communism in Poland He studied history at the University of Gdańsk, where he became an activist student leader in the 1970s and 80s, helping to found the Solidarity Student Committee. Later he went on to co-found the Liberal Democratic Congress. In February 2013, he received the Gold Medal award of the Fondation du Mérite Européen from Jean-Claude Juncker.

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