Anita Abbott is the chair of APSI Forum committee, and Professor in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy at Charisma University. She was a research fellow at NATO Defence College. She regularly contributes to publications and is invited nationally and internationally for research projects and speaking engagements. Her research areas include strategic foresight analysis, strategic partnerships and alliances. She has published more than 40 articles. Her first book develops education sovereignty model in international negotiation. In her second book, published by Palgrave MacMillan, she uses Indonesia and several countries as examples of how negotiation works for maintaining sovereignty in education.
Ambassador Sagi Karni
Ambassador Sagi Karni joined the Israeli Foreign Service in 1995. His first overseas posting had him stationed in Beijing. He then, served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Oslo. Following which, he was a member of the Israeli delegation to the European Union in Brussels.
In 2008, Mr. Karni began his tenure as Ambassador to Angola and non-resident Ambassador to Mozambique and Sao Tome. Upon completion, he returned to Israel to serve as the Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Water Resources.
In 2013, he assumed the position of Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau. After his 4-year term, he returned to Israel.
While in Israel, Mr. Karni headed the Strategic Planning and Assessment Unit and went on to become the acting Head of the Policy Planning Bureau of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador Sagi Karni was born in a Kibbutz in the northern part of Israel. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Biology and Philosophy), from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Tel Aviv University. He is married with 2 daughters. Ambassador Sagi Karni is a keen triathlete and an open water swimming enthusiast.
Nima (Single name) was born 15 th April, 1978 in Bhutan.
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Geography (1999-2002)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (2003)
- Master of Arts in Human Services Counselling (2007-2008) University: Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia.
- Started as a high school teacher (2004-2007) -Went for studies (2007 mid-2009 beginning)
- Served as a lecturer in a teacher training college (2009-2012 July)
- Member of Parliament in the National council of Bhutan (2013-2018 and continuing my second, which will complete next year May).
Current Responsibilities: Serving as the Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee.
Vytautas Gapšys (born January 25 , 1982 in Kėdainai) is a Lithuanian political figure, member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. in 2000 graduated from Kėdainiai "Atžalino" secondary school . 2000-2004 studied at the Faculty of Law of Mykolas Romeris University, Bachelor of Law (in the 1st semester of 2003 he studied law at the University of Ghent, Belgium under the ERASMUS program). 2004-2006 MRU completed postgraduate law studies, Master of Laws . Specialization - international law . 2003-2005 Chairman of the youth organization DARBAS. in 2004 Assistant to the Chairman of the Labor Party , 2004-2005.
The representative of the elder of the party faction on European Union issues. 2004-2008 Member of the Council of the European Democratic Party. 2006-2007 Secretary of the Labor Party, deputy chairman. 2007-2008 UAB "Epasas.lt" project manager. 2008-2016 Member of the board of the youth organization DARBAS, project manager, member of the board of the Labor Party. 2008 - 2016 and from 2020 Member of the Seimas, 2012-2013 First Deputy Speaker of the Seimas. Since 2013 April to 2013 October month. Chairman of the Labor Party. in 2013 July 12 The Vilnius District Court found V. Gapšis guilty in the Labor Party's black bookkeeping case, and he was fined LTL 35,750. The politician categorically rejected the charges and appealed the verdict to the Court of Appeal. The prosecution will also appeal the court's decision, asking for a tougher sentence.
Lt. Col. (Res.) Uri Ben Yaakov
Lt. Col. (Res.) Uri Ben Yaakov is the Director for International Relations & a Senior Researcher and at The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT). He is the representative of ICT to the Israeli Parliament for the proposed Counter-Terrorism Bill and a specialist in the field of Syria, Cyber-Terrorism, Terrorism Financing and International Cooperation. He is also a lecturer at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy in the field of Open Source Intelligence, Simulations and Laws and Terrorism.
Lt. Col. (Res.) Ben Yaakov began his military service in the Paratroopers in the Israel Defenses Forces (IDF) and continued his service in various intelligence positions.He has a BA in General Studies from Tel-Aviv University and later on completed his law studies. He finished his MA studies in Government with Specialization in Counter-Terrorism & Homeland Security and a Certificate in Cyber-Terrorism from the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.Lt. Col. (Res.) Ben Yaakov is an accomplished business with international experience in Europe, Israel and Asia. He brings to ICT his wide experience in intelligence, analysis, research and management.
Major General (Ret) Roger Noble AO DSC CSC
Mr. Roger Noble was appointed as Australia's Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism on 18 February 2021. The Ambassador is responsible for leading Australia's international engagement on counter-terrorism and represents Australia at bilateral, regional and multilateral forums. He also sits on Australian Government domestic counter-terrorism forums.
Mr. Noble has had a distinguished military career, most recently serving as a Major General and Head of Military Strategic Commitments at Australian Defence Force Headquarters. Previous senior ADF roles include Deputy Chief of Joint Operations and deployments to Iraq as Deputy Coalition Land Force Commander and to Afghanistan with the International Security Assistance Force. Major General Noble was also seconded to the United States Army - Pacific as Deputy Commanding General.
Mr. Noble holds a Master of International Public Policy (Honours) from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, a Master of Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, and a Bachelor of Arts (Military History) from the Australian Defence Force Academy.
Ron Hanson is a publisher, journalist, arts writer and public speaker based in Taichung City, Taiwan. Hanson is the founding editor of the Taiwan-based international arts and culture print magazine White Fungus. Hanson began the publication with his brother Mark in Wellington, New Zealand in 2004. Since 2009, the publication has been based in Taichung City. It is distributed globally by WhiteCirc in London. Hanson also lived in Taiwan between 2000-2003. In 2012, White Fungus was featured in the exhibition Millennium Magazines at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It is currently part of the Independent Curators International exhibition Publishing Against the Grain that is touring the world. In 2012, Hanson gave a talk at Times Museum in Guangzhou, China about the history of the publication. In 2013, White Fungus undertook a residency at Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco. White Fungus has been featured in media including Monocle Radio, Complex, Vice, Hyperallergic, MagCulture, Art & Antiques, Art Monthly Australia, Radio New Zealand, The Wire, and Stack Magazines. In 2009.
Hanson was interviewed by legendary New Zealand broadcaster Kim Hill. In 2021, Hanson was a guest on Paul Holdengräber’s podcast The Quarantine Tapes. Previous guests included Margaret Atwood, Werner Herzog, and Salmon Rushdie. White Fungus has directed interdisciplinary art events in cities around the world including Tokyo, Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco, Beijing, Berlin, Macao, Sydney and Auckland. It has also had art exhibitions at Adam Art Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand, and the Taoyuan Art X Technology Festival in Taiwan.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Hanson has reported frequently on Taiwan’s Covid-19 response in the New Zealand media. He has written multiple articles on the subject for Spinoff and Asia New Zealand Foundation. He also appeared on One News, TVNZ’s Q&A, and Newsroom’s podcast The Detail. In 2014, Hanson was interviewed by Wallace Chapman on Radio New Zealand about Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement political protest. Hanson has also written articles for publications including Rhizome (New
York), Afterall Online (London), Obieg (Warsaw), the New Zealand Herald, and the New Zealand Listener. He has edited numerous art catalogues for the curator Wang Chun-Chi. Hanson’s 2011 interview with the artist Carolee Schneemann features in the monograph Unforgivable: Carolee Schneemann (2015) by Black Dog Publishing.
Hanson has a Master’s in Art History from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. From 2018 to 2019, he studied Chinese at Tunghai University after receiving the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship. In 2017, Hanson and his brother Mark received the inaugural Special Achievement Award for Contribution to the New Zealand-Taiwan Relationship at the ANZCHAM Business Awards in Taipei.
Claire Chia-Chi Chin
Claire Chia-Chi Chin First Secretary, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in NZ
Wellington, New Zealand 2020-now. Work as Senior officer, Department of Policy Planning Ministry of Foreign Affairs Taipei, Taiwan 2018-2020. Section Chief, Bureau of Consular Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs Taipei, Taiwan 2016-2018. Representative assistant, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam 2008-2016. Desk Officer, Department of NGO affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei, Taiwan 2008-2011.
MSc in International strategy & diplomacy, LSE, London, UK
M.A. in Anthropology, National Tsing-Hua University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan
B.A in Psychology, Kaohsiung Medical College, Kaohsiung,
Dr. Lukas Filler
Dr. Lukas Filler is a senior adviser (non-resident) with the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was acting director and deputy director of the China Strategic Focus Group at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, leading a $19 million/year joint Department of Defense and intelligence community program of record focused on better understanding the logic and implications of People's Republic of China (PRC) decisions and behavior. Filler has conducted and led related work including for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N3/N5), Naval Special Warfare Command, Joint Special Operations Command, Office of Naval Intelligence, U.S. Naval War College, and the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). A graduate of Bowdoin College, Lukas studied comparative morality in foreign policy decisionmaking, strategic preferences, and the use of force—with a focus on China—for a Master of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School, as a Harvard University Sheldon fellow in China and Taiwan, as a two-time senior visiting scholar at Renmin University of China, and for a PhD from the King’s College London Department of War Studies. Lukas started his professional career as a naval aviator, flying P-3C Orion and other aircraft in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, and other locations, earning four Combat Air Medals as well as other decorations.
Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska
Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska is an Adjunct Professor on NATO and transatlantic approaches to security and Global politics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium. She is also Academic Scholar, Digital Forensic Research Lab, Atlantic Council, DC, USA. Dr. Ratsiborynska is also Associate Research Director at the Asia-Pacific and Europe Global Foundation (APEG).
Her areas of research interests include the relations between the EU-NATO and the Eastern partners, Russia and Central Asia, e.g. in energy, trade, geopolitics, border security, conflict management and peacekeeping. Vira Ratsiborynska holds a Ph.D. from the University of Strasbourg, France. She wrote her dissertation on the European Neighbourhood Policy (with regard to the East) and publishes extensively in English and French on the topics of the European Union and the Eastern flank’s security, the relations with the Eastern Partnership countries, NATO and Russia. She obtained a Master’s degree in EU Studies from the College of Europe (Belgium) and a Master in Political and Social Studies from Sciences Po (France).
Her professional experience includes working in support of such organizations as the European institutions and NATO entities. She also has corporate experience in an American public affairs consultancy in Brussels as well as experience in communication and diplomatic fields. Dr. Ratsiborynska speaks English, French, Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish.
Rodger Baker leads Stratfor’s strategic thinking on global issues and future trends. As the firm’s senior analyst, Mr. Baker guides the company’s analytical process, to include the development of their understanding and application of Stratfor’s proprietary methodology grounded in the study of applied geopolitics and intelligence analysis.
Mr. Baker is one of the world’s leading experts on North Korea and has dedicated extended periods of time living and working in and around the Korean peninsula. He also spearheaded the firm’s early forecasts on China, making Stratfor one of the first organizations to identify growing challenges to the Chinese economy contrary to widely accepted views at the time. His core emphasis is the multidisciplinary approach to geopolitics and the evolution of international relations to develop mid- and long-term forecasts to assist companies, governments and other globally engaged organizations make informed decisions.
Mr. Baker joined Stratfor in 1997 and holds a master’s degree in military history from Norwich University, the oldest private military university in the United States. He has studied and worked in South Korea and graduated with honors from Southampton College, Long Island University. Mr. Baker regularly holds exchanges with academic institutes and research groups around the world and frequently travels to brief executives and corporate boards as well as deliver keynote addresses to a wide range of industry groups.
Mr. Baker regularly appears in media including CNN, BBC, CBC, CNBC International, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, Reuters and The Associated Press.
Major General (Ret) Gert-Johannes Hagemann
Major General Gert-Johannes Hagemann retired as active military September 2020,
after having served almost 43 years as a Paratrooper and Infantryman in the German Army. He joined APSI Forum in 2020. Between 2016 and 2020 he was the Deputy Commander of Headquarters Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ RRC-FR) in Lille, France. Created in 2005, HQ RRC-FR is a French NATO certified headquarters able to command a national or multinational force of between 15,000 and 60,000 personnel. With around 450 military coming from fifteen different nations, HQ RRC-FR is stationed within a 17th-century citadel also known as the Queen of the Citadels, designed by the famous French Field Marshal Vauban. Reactive, flexible and ‘open to the world’, HQ RRC-FR is a purpose-built organization, designed to handle the complexity of military operations of the early
twenty-first century. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commander of NATO’s HQ RRC-FR, Major
General (Ret) Hagemann was Commander of the Infantry School and the Infantry Training Center in Hammelburg, Germany and the General and Director of the German Infantry, Paratrooper and Mountain Infantry. From 2011 to 2013 he was the twelfth Commander of the German-French Brigade in Müllheim, after having served as the German Regional Commander of NATO’s Training Mission Afghanistan 2010 to 2011.
His operational experience and theatre expertise covers additionally the Balkans,Iraq, Somalia, Lebanon, Djibouti, Chad, Central African Republic and Mali. Major General (Ret) Hagemann is decorated with various German, Belgian, U.S., French and NATO medals and was made a member of the French Légion d’Honneur. His fellowships include associations in Norway and Switzerland.
His academic expertise stretches from University studies (graduation in macroeconomics and business management, summa cum laude) to post-graduate studies and courses in Germany and Belgium, covering a wide array of topics in Military Affairs, Defence and Security, Politics, History and Social Science.
Simon O'Connor is currently the Member of Parliament for the Tamaki electorate in Auckland. He has been appointed as the National Party’s Spokesperson for Customs, and Arts, Culture & Heritage, as well as Associate Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs. In previous Parliaments, he was the Chair of the Health Committee and, more recently, the Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee. Simon is also a part of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, an international group of legislators working towards reform on how democratic countries approach China.
Simon was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Tamaki in 2011, and is now serving this fourth term in Parliament. Prior to his election, his background included a broad range of experiences from the commercial, public, and voluntary sectors respectively.
Simon was educated at the University of Auckland and earned several degrees there; most recently, he completed a Masters of Political Studies in 2010, which he undertook while working full-time.
Between 1995 and 2004, Simon trained to become a Catholic priest. Though he completed his training, he did not seek ordination. Instead, he sought wider involvement in the community to make a practical, hands-on difference.
Simon is married and has 5 stepchildren.
Travis D. Frain FRSA
Travis D. Frain FRSA is a National Chair of the UK Counter Terrorism Youth Advisory Group | PhD Researcher & Co-Founder of Survivors Against Terror.
Travis Frain was studying History with Politics at Edge Hill University when he was injured in the Westminster Bridge attack - visiting London with the politics side of his course, they were only meant to be in the city for three days. On the second day of the trip, whilst walking with some of his friends along Westminster Bridge, they were hit by an SUV driven by an Islamist terrorist at pedestrians. Everyone in the group was injured, and Travis spent eight days in hospital and another six months on crutches and a walking stick whilst recovering from his injuries.
After the terrorist struck bystanders with his vehicle on Westminster Bridge, he proceeded on foot with knives and attacked a Police Officer within the grounds of Parliament. Five people lost their lives, and over fifty were injured from around the world.
Amb. H.E. Dr. Fabrizio Bozzato
H.E. Dr. Fabrizio Bozzato is a political analyst focusing on Indo-Pacific dynamics. He earned his MAs in Political Studies and International Relations from the University of Milan (Italy) and the University of Tasmania (Australia) respectively, and received his PhD in Political Science from Tamkang University in Taipei. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan). He is also a Research Fellow at the CEMAS Center of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy). H.E. Dr. Bozzato publishes and lectures on an eclectic range of themes: from thalassopolitics to Cross-Strait security problematics. He is frequently asked to provide expert comment for international media, especially on China-Pacific Islands relations and Sino-Vatican dialectics.
Bionote (abridged): Fabrizio Bozzato received his PhD in Political Science from Tamkang University in Taipei. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Tokyo, Japan). He is also a Research Fellow at the CEMAS Center of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. H.E. Dr. Bozzato is frequently asked to provide expert comment for international media. In addition, he serves as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (non-resident) of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Republic of Nauru.
Ramon Rahangmetan is the Co-founder & Secretary-Treasurer of Circle of Sustainable Europe (CoSE) in Brussels, Belgium – one of Europeans leading International non-profit Organizations combining a ‘Top-Down & Bottom-Up’ approach towards Sustainability, he studied Hospitality & Urban Sustainable Development in Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Ramon is an independent accredited lobbyist at the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg, thereby advocating, empowering, and educating young professionals to become part of the EU policy and decision-making process in; sustainable development (EU Green Deal) and Digitalization (EU4Digital).
He is also a frequently asked public speaker and freelance teacher/trainer for students between the ages of 12-30 years old at Universities and high schools in The Netherlands; focussed on ‘digital skills’ and ‘sustainable development', thereby also working closely with universities and schools in the Caucasus, Middle East, and European regions.
Mixed Moluccan & Dutch and grandchild of 2 KNIL-Military Man from former Royal Dutch Indonesian Army (Dutch: Koninklijk Nederlands Indisch Leger - KNIL). Both came to the Netherlands by boat as a reward for their courageous Military services on March 1951 at the docks in Rotterdam.
Anthony A. Spadaro Sergeant Major
Anthony Spadaro is a retired United States Marine Corps senior noncommissioned officer (Sergeant Major) who retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2020 after a distinguished 35-year military career. During his service, Anthony served at the most senior levels for the Marine Corps and Department of Defense. He culminated his service to our Nation as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the largest geographic combatant command with 380,000 uniformed (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines),and civilian members along with 36 partner nations. In this role, he provided the commander with the enlisted perspective on theater security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, and deterring aggression throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, he was responsible for mentoring senior enlisted leaders at four component commands, and coordinating with command joint directorates and senior enlisted members on matters pertaining to the command’s mission, vision, core values, commander’s intent, enlisted utilization, and professional development.
Hailing from New Brunswick, New Jersey, Anthony enlisted in the Marine Corps on 3 April 1985, and attended recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.
His operational assignments (Fleet Marine Force) included: Artillery Fire Direction Controllman and Artillery Nuclear Projectileman, Battery R, 5/11; Assistant Operations Chief, Battery G, 3/12; Intel Analyst/Chief, 11th Marines S-2; Regiment/Area Guard Chief; Regimental Meteorological Chief, 11th Marines; HQ Battery Platoon Sergeant; 11th Marines, Regimental Survey Chief, 11th Marines; Battery First Sergeant, Battery B, 1/12, Sergeant Major, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165, Sergeant Major, Aviation Combat Element, 15th MEU, Sergeant Major, Marine Aircraft Group-16.
His supporting establishment tours included: Watchstander, American Embassy Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire; Assistant Detachment Commander, and Detachment Commander, American Embassy Gaborone, Botswana; Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, Chief Drill Instructor, Company I, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego; Instructor, Drill Instructor School, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego; Company First Sergeant, Special Training Company, MCRD San Diego; Company First Sergeant, Company C, First Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD San Diego; Sergeant Major, First Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD, San Diego.
Combat Tours and deployments include, Desert Shield/Storm with Battery G, 3d Battalion, 12th Marines (attached to Battalion Landing Team, 3/1); two Unit Deployment Programs (UDP) to Okinawa (with Battery B, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines); Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) (with the Aviation Combat Element of the15th Marine Expeditionary Unit) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), with the Aviation Combat Element, Regional Command Southwest, First Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).
At the General Officer/Flag Officer Level, SgtMaj Spadaro served with: 3d Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward); the Aviation Combat Element, Regional Command Southwest, First Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); the Third Marine Aircraft Wing; Marine Forces Reserve/Marine Forces North; and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
Sergeant Major Spadaro’s military education encompasses all levels of Professional Military Education courses: NCO Academy, SNCO Career Course, SNCO Advance Course, First Sergeant’s Course, Expeditionary Warfare School (by extension), Command and Staff College (by extension), Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, the Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education Course, the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course, the Keystone Fellows Course (National Defense University), the Asian-Pacific Orientation Course and the Asia-Pacific Senior Executive Course, (Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies). SgtMaj Spadaro holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Summa Cum Laude), from Rutgers University in Labor and Management. He is currently enrolled in the John F. Kennedy School, Harvard University (completing a Masters Degree in Public Policy). SgtMaj Spadaro served as a Senior Mentor for the Keystone Course, (National Defense University) and the Regional Leadership Development Program – Pacific, (United States Army Pacific).
SgtMaj Spadaro’s significant awards and decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with Gold Star), the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with Gold Star), the Air Medal (with strike numeral “3”), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with three Gold Stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal the Combat Action Ribbon, and Naval Aircrewman Insignia. He was inducted into the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara in 1996.
Though recently retired from the Marine Corps, Anthony’s next chapter has him serving as a consultant and strategist with the following companies/organizations: The Robert Irvine Foundation, Beaver Fit USA, and Bravo Sierra, Additionally, he serves on the advisory boards for: Emory Healthcare, Veterans Program, FourBlock.org, FitOps and the Youth Impact Program. Furthermore, he is the Vice President for Training, 5th Principle LLC; a leadership coach with the Resilience Building Leader Program and an Adjunct Faculty member with the Marine Corps University. Anthony owns his own consulting firm, Gravitas Leadership Solutions, LLC. He continues to focus his attention on empowering and assisting military members, veterans, and their families.
Anthony and his wife, Kathryn reside in Honolulu.
Professor. Patrick Glauner
Professor. Patrick Glauner is a Full Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Deggendorf Institute of Technology (Germany) since age 30. He has been ranked by CDO Magazine among the worldwide academic data leaders. As an expert witness, he advised the parliaments of France, Germany, and Luxembourg. He held executive roles in industry, was a Fellow at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), and spent a research visit at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). He studied at Imperial College London.
Dr. Mansoor Ahmed
Dr. Mansoor Ahmed is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS) Islamabad, Pakistan. He is a former Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow (2015-16) and Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2016-18) with the Managing the Atom Project/International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. He was also an MTA Associate for 2018-2019.
Previously, he was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Cooperative Monitoring Center, Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., USA in 2013.
He has also served as a Lecturer in the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies (DSS), Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad from 2011 to 2015, and as Visiting Faculty in the Department of Strategic and Nuclear Studies, National Defence University, Islamabad from 2009-2011.Before joining the academia, he worked in the Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service from July 2003 to January 2011.
Dr. Ahmed holds a PhD in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. His research interests include various aspects of Pakistani and Indian nuclear programs and policies; fissile materials, non-proliferation, arms control and strategic stability issues with special reference to South Asia. His research work has been published by the Belfer Center, the Stimson Center, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Professor David Jonas
David S. Jonas is a partner at the law firm of Fluet, Huber & Hoang. He has extensive experience in national security issues and is recognized as one of a handful of experts worldwide in nuclear nonproliferation law. He was a career member of the Senior Executive Service, and served as General Counsel of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for nearly ten years. NNSA has a budget of nearly $13B and approximately 37,000 employees and is responsible for vital national security missions such as nuclear weapons production, nuclear nonproliferation and naval nuclear propulsion. In this capacity he negotiated numerous multilateral and bilateral international agreements to include the U.S. – India Civil Nuclear Agreement where he was a lead negotiator. He also served as General Counsel of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and Director of Legal Strategy and Analysis at the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy.
Prior to his civilian service, he was a career Marine Corps officer where he held a wide variety of command and staff billets. He served as nuclear nonproliferation planner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff negotiating multiple international agreements and has worked extensively with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Conference on Disarmament, and the United Nations. He is one of the only judge advocates to have commanded two units, including a company in an infantry regiment, the 5th Marines. He argued the case of Davis v. United States, 512, U.S. 452 (1994) at the Supreme Court becoming the first judge advocate in the history of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force to do so. He received the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Award for Excellence in Legal Writing in 1992 and was selected as the Outstanding Career Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps in 2000. He concluded his military service as a lieutenant colonel.
Mr. Jonas was recently a vice president at PenFed Credit Union and is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington (GW) University Law School and has also taught at the U.S. Naval War College. He teaches nuclear nonproliferation law and policy and was a pioneer in developing the academic coursework in this discipline. He frequently speaks, consults, and is widely published on this topic. He has spoken at Penn Law School, Baltimore Law School, the ABA National Security Law Conference, Daemen College, and on ESPN radio. He was recognized as Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at GW. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Naval War College Foundation and the Marine Executive Association. He is also on the American Bar Association Advisory Committee on Law and National Security.
Mr. Jonas holds a BA from Denison University, a JD from Wake Forest University School of Law, an LLM from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center, and an MA from the U.S. Naval War College.
Lisa Yasko (Yelyzaveta Yasko)
Yelyzaveta Yasko is a member of the Ukrainian Parliament of the 9th convocation (Servant of the People). Lisa is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Cooperation and Head of inter-parliamentary cooperation, bilateral and multilateral relationships subcommittee. She is also a member of the Ukrainian delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
In parliament work her focus has been on developing law initiatives to protect territorial integrity and national security issues, fostering economic reforms, and to foster de-occupation of Crimea and Donbass.
Founder of the dialogue platform "Ukraine 603.7 Forum" across Ukraine that aims to produce regional and national solutions to ensure human security and national security in Ukraine. Producer of the TV project "How Ukraine Sounds" aimed to demonstrate cultural diversity of different regions of Ukraine.
Yelyzaveta is the first Ukrainian who graduated from Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford (Master of Public Policy) and has more than 10 years of experience of advocating Ukraine through public diplomacy projects abroad including those who received international awards such as Cannes Lions, Sabre and others.
Ms Yasko is a founder of Yellow Blue Strategy NGO, producer of documentary films about Crimea and history of KGB (Clover Films) for Aljazeera, ZDF, ARTE. Lisa has worked at the Department of Culture, Digital, Media and Sports (UK, 2017), Ukraine Crisis Media Center, Stratcom team at Presidential Administration of Ukraine, CFC Consulting Company (2014-2016)
Dr. Eddy Kristianto
Dr. Eddy Kristianto graduated from Trisakti Faculty of Medicine Jakarta in year 1990. Worked at antiaging clinic Jakarta in 1990-1992, worked as rural medical doctor at Sekadau Hulu region, West Borneo in year 1993-1996. Member of Indonesian Physicians Association since year 1993 until now, work at our own medical clinic, since year 1997 to now. Mastering in herbal medicine at Toshashimizu Hospital Japan in year 2000. Worked as herbal medical consultant in Malaysia & Singapore in year 2000-2002. Indonesian herbal researcher in Indonesia Government Ministry of Health, year 2015-2018. Forest honey researcher & inventor of forest honey fermentation year 2006-2010. Founder & Mentor of Community Development Cell Group (CDCG) since year 1993 until now. This program focus on local resources development by innovation, eliminate the food crisis & fighting poverty. Teaching Community Development at Hope Asia Foundation Tangerang, since year 2016 until now. Mentor at Community Development Cell Group of Transformation Connection Indonesia (TCI) since year 2016 until now. Teaching Community Development at Holistic Mission Training Center at West Borneo, Central Borneo, West Java, Palembang, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Palu, North Sumatra, since year 2017 until now. Teaching Community Development at Maranatha Christian University Yogyakarta since year 2019-2020. Director of PT. Hasil Bumi Melimpah, producing The Golden Trees Honey Wine at Bali, since year 2019 to now. Founder & Commissary of Samasta Integrated Medical Center at Jakarta, since year 2020 until now. Village developments consultant for Indonesia Government Villages Ministry, since year 2020 until now. Member of APSI since year 2021 until now.
Prof. Dwi Andreas Santosa
Prof. Dwi Andreas Santosa was born on 27 September 1962 is an expert in bioremediation from the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). He earned a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture from Gadjah Mada University (UGM), then continued his postgraduate education at Padjadjaran University. He holds a Doctorate degree at the Faculty of Life Science, Technische Universitaet, Braunweig, Germany.
He later joined CORE Indonesia as a Senior Economist. His career track record includes being a director at the Indonesia Center for Biodiversity and Biotechnology, general chairman of the Faculty of Agriculture, IPB, and also a Board at the Excellent Center for Water Management in Developing Country (EXCEED). His existence in agriculture and biotechnology is evidenced by several patents he has with his colleagues, including US Patent 7977378 and Euro Patent 1791823.
Dr. Joanna Siekiera
Dr. Joanna Siekiera is an international lawyer, Doctor of Social Sciences in public policy sciences from Poland. She currently works at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen in Norway on the legal consequences of ocean change and sovereignty of states in Oceania. Dr Siekiera did her PhD studies in New Zealand, at the Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington on the topic of Pacific regionalism. She completed internships i.a. in the Polish diplomatic missions, the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Germany, the School of Humanitarian Law in Russian, the United Nations CIMIC Training School, the French Institute of International and Strategic Affairs and NATO. She lectured at the University of Wrocław and the War Studies University in Warsaw in Poland, also serving as a legal advisor (LEGAD) during international military exercises. She is the author of over 100 scientific publications in several languages, 40 legal opinions for the Polish Ministry of Justice, as well as an author of a book (Regional policy in the South Pacific), and co-author of 3 monographs on international relation. Dr Siekiera cooperates with the NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence since February 2021 as an external subject matter expert (SME) in legal matters. Her area of expertise is the South Pacific region, Pacific Ocean governance, science diplomacy (ocean diplomacy), and the law of armed conflict (legal advising, NATO legal framework, Central Europe, security in the South Pacific, gender in armed conflict).
Mr. Paul Cobaugh
Mr. Paul Cobaugh retired from the US Army as a Warrant Officer after a distinguished career in the US Special Operations CT community, primarily focused on mitigating adversarial influence and advancing US objectives by way of influence. Throughout his career he has focused on the centrality of influence in modern conflict whether it be from extremist organisations or state actors employing influence against the US and our Allies. Post military career he was offered and accepted the position of Vice President at Narrative Strategies, a US based Think-Do Tank which specializes in the non-kinetic aspects of conflict. Recent focus is China, soft power, CT and the dynamics of influence. He has authored Modern Day Minutemen and Women or how to save the 2020 Elections, also co-authored, Soft Power on Hard Problems, Hamilton Publishing, 2017 and Introduction to Narrative Warfare: A Primer and Study Guide, Amazon, 2018 and Countering Violent Extremism, Pro BUSINESS GmbH 2018.
Nona Mamulashvili is the Member of the Parliament of Georgia from the opposition block “Strength in Unity” 2020-2024. She is also the President of the Georgian Swiss Business association, Vice President of the Union of Business Women of Georgia as well as an Associate Professor of International Relations at International Black Sea University. Previously, Ms. Mamulashvili worked as the Country Manager and Regional Market Access Director for Pfizer covering the Caucasus and Central Asian countries and as Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs for the Caucasus at British American Tobacco. Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Mamulashvili worked for the government as a Senior Advisor to the President of Georgia from 2005-2007. Ms. Mamulashvili holds a PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Centre d'Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiquesin Paris,France (2008), an MA in International Relations from Sorbonne University in Paris,France (2005), an MA in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster, London,UK (2003) anda BA in Economics and Business Administration from International Black Sea University in Georgia (1999).
Lieutenant General Sunil Srivastava, AVSM, VSM** (Ret)
Lieutenant General Sunil Srivastava,
Date of Birth : 20 Dec 1960
Date of Commission. : 19 Dec 1981 (First in Artillery)
Key Positions of Responsibility:
• Director, Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS) since 01 Jan 2021 (Think Tank)
• Commandant, Officers Training Academy, Gaya (2 Years)
• Chief of Staff, Headquarters Eastern Command, Kolkata (1 Year)
• Senior Directing Staff, National Defence College, New Delhi (2 Years)
• General Officer Commanding, Infantry Division, On LAC in the North East (1 Year 8 Months)
• Deputy Director General, Directorate General of Military Operations, New Delhi (1 Year 1 month)
• Brigadier General Staff (Operations), Area Headquarters, Shillong (1 year 4 months)
• Commander, Infantry Brigade on Line of Control, J&K (1 year 3 months)
• Commanding Officer, Artillery Regiment, Line of Control, J&K (2 years 10 months)
• Col MS, Military Secretary, Army Headquarters, New Delhi (2 years 7 Months)
Operational and Strategic Experience
• Planned and executed Operational, Intelligence, Operational Logistics, Infrastructure Development and Financial Planning functions at Strategic and Operational Levels
• Spearheaded Military Diplomacy endeavours at Border Persons Meeting, Led Delegations to China, UK, Japan, Argentina, Colombia, Brunei, Philippines, Myanmar, Headed Delegation Level Meetings and hosted Several Senior Delegates from South and South East Asia
• Headed the Inter-Service Army Team on Space, Ballistic Missile Defence and Strategic Deterrence
• Key Planner of Force Structuring and Force Accretions along the Northern Borders.
• Orchestrated Outcome oriented Kinetic Force application on the Line of Control
• Planned and successfully executed Counter-Insurgency and Counter-Infiltration Operations in J&K, with no reverses to own troops.
• Critical Contribution to Infrastructure Development and land acquisition in inaccessible and inhospitable terrain in the North East.
• Extensive experience in Planning and Conduct of Mechanised Operations especially Strike Formations.
• Instrumental in aligning the Development of Future and Strategic Level Leaders with Global Best Practices, at NDC and OTA
• Extensive experience in Human Resource Development at the Officer Level in the Armed Forces
• Outcome oriented training of Future Leaders despite challenges posed by COVID-19 Pandemic.
Training and Human Resource Development
• Mentored over 37 Artillery Units as Colonel Commandant for nearly 4 years
• Developed Faculty, infrastructure and curricula for Future Leaders, infusing Self-Directed Development and Realism, with near-zero drop outs.
• SDS at NDC for National Security for over 2 Years
• Spearheaded Tactical and Technical Gunnery Faculty
• Human Resource Development and Career Management of over 6500 Officers
• Budgetary management of Public Funds to ensure Financial Prudence, to include planning, policy formulation and audit of funds with an annual outlay of over Rs 4000 Cr.
• Planning and Judicious utilisation of Private Funds with an Annual budget of over Rs 30 Cr.
• Oversight and vetting of over 200 Contracts/ procurement projects valued over Rs 750 Cr per year, at all stages from Planning to Execution, including trials.
• Review and streamlining of Standard Operating Procedures in Operational, Logistics and Financial domains.
• MSc in Defence Studies, DSSC/University of Madras (1988)
• MMS from CDM/Osmania University (2005)
• M Phil From NDC/Chennai University (2012)
• Pursuing PhD in Defence and Strategic Studies Since 2017, University of Madras
Major General Adrian Ciolponea
Major-General Constantin-Adrian CIOLPONEA ,
Major-General Constantin (retired- 34 years of military service) MG Adrian CIOLPONEA was assigned deputy of the Multinational Corps South-East (DCOM MNC-SE) NATO on 16th of March 2021.
Prior to this, Maj-Gen. CIOLPONEA was assigned as the Romanian National Military Representative to Supreme Headquarters Allied Power Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium.For his performance as the Dean of National Military Representative, continuous support and work with ACO command group, NATO legal services and his entire activity in SHAPE, MG Ciolponea was awarded in 2021, with the Serge Lazzareff Prize.Major-General Constantin-Adrian CIOLPONEA received his commission in 1988, after graduating the Military School for Officers, Sibiu, as a infantry officer.
He has been assigned to numerous command and staff positions for operations and training, reconnaissance, special operations and airborne operations, both in Romania and abroad. Starting 2008, he commanded the 1st Special Operations Battalion, starting 2009 the 1st Special Operations Regiment and starting 2011 the 6th Special Operations Brigade. During his command in Special Operations branch he was Lead planner, participated or commanded more then 40 NATO Special Operations and Joint international exercises in the South East flank of NATO. He has various specialties susch as: HALO/HAHO jump master(1000), combat diver, weapons specialist, CQB instructor, Lead Instructor for ROU SO certification program.
In 2015, he was appointed deputy commander at the 4th Infantry Division and in 2016 became Deputy Land Forces Commander for training and operations, where he actively contributed for annual training design and modernization program of ROU land forces.
Abroad, he served in a variety of assignments, most notably being: ONU Military Observer Democratic Republic of Congo -in Joint Military Commission (2000-2001); staff officer in Afghanistan (2008, 2010, 2013); staff officer in Kosovo (2009).
His military education includes several international courses, including: Army’s Rangers course for officers, USA, (1996 – 1997); Special Operations Course (2005);
• National Defence University, Bucharest, Master program Defence studies, 2002-2004
• Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict Program California, USA (2006 – 2007)-Master program Defence studies;
• Advance Program in Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Germany, 2010;
• Counter Terrorism Special Forces Advanced Course, USA (2014);
• National War College, National Security Master program Defence studies-USA (2014 – 2015). During his studies he published studies such as: “Alternative war strategies for Iraq”, “Special Operations future challenges”, “Army Corps operational enviroment”. He is currently enrolled in a PhD programm at National Defence University Bucharest with the research “ UAS integration in military operations”. He was invited as a guest speaker and lecturer at :Global SOF Foundation, Tampa 2015 “ Analysis of Est Ukraine Conflict”, European Parlament- “Counter hybrid strategy”, NATO School Oberammergau Special “Operation adaptation for peer to peer conflict”” Emerging tehnologies impact on military operations”.
Major-General Constantin-Adrian CIOLPONEA’s decorations and awards include: ONU Medal; „The Army Achievement” Medal; „The Army Commendation” Medal; General Staff Badge of Honor; „Romanian Army Honor” Emblem; „Military Veteran” Honorific title; „Land Forces Emblem of honor”; National Order „Military Virtue” in rank of Knight; „Aerian Forces Emblem of honor”; Naval Forces Emblem of honor; „In service of the Homeland – for 25 years of service” Honorary sign.
Major-General Constantin-Adrian CIOLPONEA is a fluent English and French speaker. He is married and father of two.
H.E. Eliam Tangirongo, High Commissioner for Solomon Islands in New Zealand.
His Excellency Eliam Tangirongo, High Commissioner for Solomon Islands in New Zealand. The High Commissioner is from Guadalcanal Province.
His Excellency is also the former Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Britain. Prior to his appointment to the London Mission, he served as the Chairman of the Public Service Commission. High Commissioner Tangirongo is a widely experienced Public Servant, having headed a few Government Ministries as Permanent Secretary and Deputy Secretary, and was Provincial Secretary for the Guadalcanal Provincial Government. His Excellency was also Chair for the Guadalcanal Plains Resource Development Company Limited, which provides safeguards and security for landowners and allow them to benefit from development on their land.