KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

(in Alphabetical Order)

 

 ANDREW COOPER

Andrew F. Cooper is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and an Associate Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research. He teaches in the areas of the Theory and Practice of Diplomacy, National Perspectives on Global Governance, International Political Economy, and Comparative and Canadian Foreign Policy. His specific areas of expertise are global governance; the proliferation of regional institutionalism; conventional and unconventional diplomacy . Holding a Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil) from Oxford University, he has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University, The Australian National University, and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The author/co-author of 8 books, and editor/co-editor of 20 collections, his scholarly publications have appeared in International Organization, World Development, International Studies Review, International Interactions, Political Science Quarterly, International Affairs, Global Policy Journal, Washington Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, Global Governance and New Political Economy.

 

HRH PRINCESS BASMAH BINT SAUD BIN ABDUL AZIZ AL SAUD

Her Royal Highness came to the UK with her mother when civil war broke out in Lebanon in 1976. She studied at the Oxford International College. In 1983, she moved to Syria where she studied medicine, psychology and English literature at the Beirut Arab University.

In 2007, Her Royal Highness embarked on her journalism career. She wrote for Al-Medina Weekly Newspaper, Al-Hayat, Al-Ahram, Nisf al-Dunya and Sayidaty English magazine. Then in 2008 she established Inseed with four brands, three in catering and one in media.

In 2012, Her Royal Highness began to expand Inseed into the UK market, before she started developing a project very close to her heart, The Lanterns United Global, a global network of people and organisations working towards a more egalitarian world. During her time in London, Her Royal Highness founded a research centre, Global United Research and Analysis (GURA), offering social, developmental and economic research. The Fourth Way Law, Her Royal Highness’ global constitution able to succeed in the twenty first century, received EU accreditation in 2014. She is currently managing and opening branches of her companies in Saudi Arabia.

 

 

KAMAL MALHOTRA 

Kamal Malhotra assumed his positions as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Turkey on 8 April 2013.Prior to this appointment (late October 2008-31 March 2013), Mr. Malhotra was the UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia; UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam and UNFPA Representative for Malaysia.   From 1999-2008 he worked in UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy, New York as Senior Adviser on Inclusive Globalization (and Cluster Leader) (2002-2008), Civil Society Empowerment Adviser (2001-2002) and Senior Civil Society Adviser (1999-2000).   Before joining UNDP, Mr. Malhotra was Co-Founder and Co-Director of Focus on the Global South, (1995-1999) a global policy research organization located at the Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute in Thailand. During this period, he was also a part-time Regional Adviser on Macroeconomic Policies and Children’s Rights for Save the Children Fund (UK) for South-East Asia and the Pacific.

 

 MEHMET VECDI GONUL

He graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Science.  He completed his master's program in Public Administration at the University of South California in USA. He also received formation training for specialists in TODAIE.

He served for the Turkish government as Governor, Civil Inspector, Managing Director of the Staff in Turkish Ministry of Interior Affaires, Governor of Kocaeli City, Managing Director of Police Department and as Governor of Ankara City, in turn.  He also carried out some duties such as Founder Member of the Turkish Council of Higher Education (YÖK), Governor of Izmir City and Undersecretary of Turkish Ministry of Interior Affairs. He also was elected as Presiding Officer to Turkish Public Court of Accounts.  He served as Auditor for European Court of Auditors (ECA) and Head of Union of Court of Auditors for the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). He rewarded with Spanish Army “Military Merit White Ribbon Medal”, Afghanistan’s “Ghazi Amir Amanullah Khan Medal”, Ukraine’s “the Order of the Gold Star” and Kazakhstan’s “Military Medal”. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for İzmir during 21st, 22nd and 23rd periods. In the 21st period, he served as Deputy President of Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) and as Minister of National Defense as part of 58, 59 and 60th government cabinets. He became a member of Turkish Team within NATO Parliamentary Assembly in the 24th period. 

 

 MICHAEL BARNETT

Michael Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. He is spending 2014-15 at the Transatlantic Academy working on a project on religion and the liberal international order. He previously taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, Macalester College, Wellesley College, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; was a visiting scholar at the New School for Social Research and the Dayan Center at Tel-Aviv University; and was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Barnett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the recipient of many grants and awards for his research. Professor Barnett has published extensively on international relations theory, global governance, humanitarian action, and the Middle East. He is the author of many books, including a history of humanitarianism, The Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism.

 

 AMB. RAUF ENGİN SOYSAL 

Undersecretery of Minister of EU Affairs Amb. Rauf Engin SOYSAL studied at Marmara University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences and graduated from International Relations Department at 1982. He joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 1983 and held various positions at Bilateral Cultural Relations Department, Department of European Communities Implementation, Private Office of Undersecretary of Ministry. Also he has been  chief of Private Office of Minister (1997-99), Special Counsel of Minister (2000-02), Deputy Undersecretary responsible for Middle Eastern and South Asia (2009-10). Abroad, he has served in Tehran Embassy, Permanent Missin of Turkey to the European Community, Paris Embassy and Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations. Ambassador Soysal served as First Counsellor and Ambassador-Counsellor in the Embassy in Washington DC between 2003-2007 and he was appointed as Ambassador to Islamabad in 2007 and held this position until mid-2009. Ambassador Soysal also served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Pakistan between 2010-2011, he was appointed as Permanent Representative of Turkey to the Council of Europe in October 2011 then returned to Ankara and has been Deputy Undersecretary of  Ministry of EU Affairs at July 1, 2014. Ambassador Soysal was appointed as Undersecretary of Ministry of EU Affairs at July 27, 2014. He has two master’s degree from European College (Altieri Spinelli) and French National School of Administration ENA (Saint-Exupéry).

 

 RICHARD ANDERSON FALK

Richard Anderson Falk is a professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University. He is the author or co-author of 20 books and the editor or co-editor of another 20 volumes. In 2008, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) appointed Falk to a six-year term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on "The Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967."

 

  

 

 

 

 

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