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Alfonso Dastis

Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain. Previously, he was Ambassador to the Netherlands (2004-2007) and Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Union (2011-2016). Dastis has been an advisor at Spain’s Permanent Representation to the UN in New York; Director of the Support Unit of the Organising Committee of the Spanish Rotating Presidency of the EU; a member of the Convention on the Future of Europe and Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. He is a specialist in International Law and EU Law.
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Paolo Gentiloni

Paolo Gentiloni has been President of the Council of Ministers since December 2016. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from October 2014 to December 2016. A member of the National Founding Committee of the Democratic Party, Mr. Gentiloni was elected Member of Parliament for the first time in 2001 and then re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2013 and 2018. Chairman of the broadcasting Services Watchdog Committee in 2005, he was part of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies from 2013 to 2015. He served as Minister for Communications in Romano Prodi’s government between 2006 and 2008.

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Laurence Tubiana

Laurence Tubiana is CEO of the European Climate Foundation. She is also the Chair of the Board of Governors at the French Development Agency (AFD) and a Professor at Sciences Po, Paris. Before joining the ECF, Tubiana was France’s Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for COP21, and as such a key architect of the landmark Paris Agreement. Following COP21, she was appointed High-Level Champion for climate action. Tubiana has been a Professor and Scientific Director for the International Development and Environmental Studies Master degrees at Sciences Po, and Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University.

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Simona Bonafè

Simona Bonafè is a Member of the European Parliament and belongs to the Socialists and Democrats group. She currently serves on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and is the Parliament’s rapporteur on the EU Circular Economy Package. In addition, Bonafè is a member of the Committee on Economic Affairs and the EP’s delegations for relations with the United States and with the People’s Republic of China. Previously, she was a Member of Parliament in Italy, a local Councillor for the Environment in Scandicci, and a journalist. Bonafè started her political activity in 2002 in the centre-left party “La Margherita”.

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Mario Draghi

Mario Draghi has been President of the European Central Bank since 2011. He is Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board and Chair of the Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS) at the Bank for International Settlements. Previously he was Governor of the Bank of Italy, Chairman of the Financial Stability Board, Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs International and Director General of the Italian Treasury. Draghi has a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was Professor of Economics at the University of Florence.

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Androulla Vassiliou

Androulla Vassiliou is President of the EUI’s High Council. She was European Commissioner for Health (2008-2010) and European Commissioner for Education, Culture Multilingualism and Youth (2010- 2014), during which time she was a leading force in the Erasmus+ Programme. Previously, Vassiliou was actively involved in the politics of her home country Cyprus, as a member of the House of Representatives and before that, a practicing lawyer. She is an active campaigner for literacy and information and communication technology in education. Vassiliou is VP of Europa Nostra fighting for the support and protection of European Cultural heritage.”

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Muna Duzdar

Muna Duzdar is a Member of the National Council in Austria, representing the Social Democratic Party. Previously, she was State Secretary for Public Service, Diversity and Digitalisation, Federal Government, a Member of the Vienna State Parliament and member of the Vienna Municipal Council. Duzdar is trained as a lawyer and in 2012, registered at the Austrian Bar Association. She holds a Master’s degree in International Law from the Sorbonne University, Paris and a Master of Laws Degree at the University of Vienna. Duzdar is primarily concerned with foreign policy, digitisation, integration and Austrian people´s advocate institution.

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Marco Buti

Marco Buti has been Director General for Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission since December 2008. He was educated at the Universities of Florence and Oxford. Since 1987, when he joined the European Commission, he held various positions including that of economic advisor to the Commission President. He is the Commission Finance Deputy in the G7 and G20. He has been a visiting Professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the University of Florence and at the European University Institute. He has published extensively on EMU, macroeconomic policies, structural reforms, welfare states, and unemployment.

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Federica Mogherini

Federica Mogherini is the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. Previously, she was Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, Head of the Italian delegation to the NATO parliamentary assembly, Member of the Italian Parliament and Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In her current role, she leads the ‘Europe in the World’ project, represents the EU at international forums such as the UN and chairs the Commission’s Group on External Action to deliver a common approach for EU action on the world stage.

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Catia Bastioli

Catia Bastioli is Chairwoman of Terna. She is member of key advisory boards at the EU level, including the High-level Panel of the EU Decarbonisation and the Bioeconomy Panel. She is the author of numerous publications and international patents, contributing to an industrial culture based on low environmental impacts, eco-sustainability of production processes and innovation. She was awarded the EU Inventor of the Year 2007; the Giulio Natta Award for Chemistry (2015); the Honoris Causa Degree in Industrial Chemistry by the University of Genoa (2008) and the Honoris Causa Degree in Materials Engineering by the University of Palermo (2016).

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