Dita Charanzová

Keynote Speaker & Political Panel / Czech Republic

Dita Charanzová studied at the University of Economics in Prague and later at the Academy of Diplomacy in Madrid. In 2001 she successfully defended her dissertation...

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Jan Erik Surotchak

Keynote Speaker/ USA

Jan Surotchak first joined the International Republic Institute (IRI) in 1994 and currently serves as Senior Director for Transatlantic Strategy. Surotchak oversees IRI regional programming that...

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Benedetta Berti

Security Panel / Belgium

Dr Benedetta Berti is Head of Policy Planning in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO. She is also Associate Researcher at the Institute for...

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Rebecca Christie

Economic Panel / USA, Belgium

Rebecca Christie joined Bruegel as a visiting fellow at Bruegel between March 2019 and February 2020. Prior, Rebecca was a political correspondent in Brussels for Bloomberg...

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Ieva Ilves

Economic panel / Latvia

Ms Ieva Ilves is a diplomat, an expert on foreign and security policy, digital politics, and cyber security with over 20 years of experience in national...

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Andrea Keerbs

Political Panel / USA, Hungary

Ms. Keerbs first began working with IRI in February 2006 in Ukraine and served there until July 2008. During that time, she was responsible for managing...

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Ondřej Kovařík

Economic Panel / Czech Republic

Mr. Ondřej Kovařík was born on August 21, 1980 in Kyjov. He studied international trade, international politics and diplomacy at the University of Economics in Prague...

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John Lloyd

Political Panel / Great Britain

John Lloyd is a British journalist and contributing editor for the Financial Times. He co-founded the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University...

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Jan Macháček

Welcome Speech / Czech Republic

Jan Macháček is a Czech journalist and musician, working as a commentator and analyst for the daily newspaper Lidové noviny. Before, he worked for Hospodářské noviny and Respekt, the latter of...

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Oleksandra Matviichuk

Political Panel / Ukraine

Oleksandra Matviichuk is a human rights defender who works on issues in Ukraine and the OSCE region. At present, she heads the human rights organization Center...

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Joanna van der Merwe

Security Panel / Netherlands

Joanna van der Merwe is a Non-resident Fellow with the Defense Tech Initiative at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Joanna holds an MA in...

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Phillip Petersen

Closing Remarks / USA

Phillip A. Petersen has a Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. For fifteen years he served as a United States Army officer, an intelligence analyst...

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Mark Pfeifle

Security Panel / USA

Mark Pfeifle was deputy national security advisor for strategic communication and global outreach at the White House from 2007 to 2009. Mark was the lead interagency...

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Robert Pszczel

Security panel / Poland

Robert Pszczel is a Senior Fellow at the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Warsaw. Between 1990-99 he was a diplomat in the Polish MFA, an expert on security...

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Kira Rudyk

Security Panel / Ukraine

Kira Rudyk is the Vice President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and the Leader of Holos Liberal Political Party. She has...

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Šárka Shoup

Welcome Speech / Czech Republic

Šárka Shoup is the director of the Institute for Politics and Society. In this position, she is responsible for managing a team and the implementation of...

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Sasha Toperich

Political panel / USA

Sasha Toperich is Senior Executive Vice President of the Transatlantic Leadership Network. From 2013 to 2018, he was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Mediterranean...

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Andreas Elfving

Economic Panel / Finland

Mr. Andreas Elfving is the Head of Policy of the Svenska folkpartiet in Finland (SFP), currently in government, and a frequent commentator on US Affairs in...

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Jan Havlíček

Political Panel / Czech Republic

Jan Havlíček is a graduate of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, where he acquired a Master’s degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies....

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Roman Máca

Security Panel / Czech republic

Roman Máca works as an analyst at the Institute for Politics and Society. He studied the International Development Studies program at the Palacký University in Olomouc....

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