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James Dennison

James Dennison is a Research Fellow in the Migration Policy Centre at the EUI. He works in the Observatory of Public Attitudes to Migration on explaining and describing attitudinal formation in Europe. He was awarded a PhD in social and political sciences. He has published extensively on British, Italian and European politics and specialises in quantitative, positivist social science methods. He is the author of ‘The Greens in British Politics: Protest, Anti-Austerity and the Divided Left’. James previously held positions at the University of Oxford, where he taught quantitative methods. He regularly writes blogs and provides information for media about his research.

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Peter Vis

Peter is an Adviser at the European Commission’s European Political Strategy Centre since 1 April 2018, working in particular with Mr Jos Delbeke, Senior Adviser and former Director-General of DG Climate Action. For the academic year 2014-2015 Peter was EU Visiting Fellow at Oxford University. He has worked for the European Commission for 28 years, mostly in the areas of climate change, renewable energy and transport. From 2010-2014 he was Head of Cabinet to the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard. He also worked in the Cabinet of former Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.

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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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Nicola Pochettino

Nicola Pochettino works at the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg. He is currently Head of the Electricity Networks Division within the Energy Department of EIB’s Project Directorate. Prior to joining the EIB, he worked at the International Energy Agency in Paris and in various positions in the financial sector and the energy industry, both in Italy and the UK. Nicola is a CFA charterholder and holds a master of science in nuclear engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin and a master’s degree in energy economics and management.

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