We had the great honor of welcoming the following speakers at the 2021 Santo Stefano Summit:
Dr. Anthony Arend, Professor at Georgetown University
Dr. Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and founder of the Institute for International Law and Politics. His research expertise includes international law and international organizations. In 2014, Arend co-published the book Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions.
Dr. Cecilia Piccioni, Senior Advisor to the Italian President
Dr. Piccioni is the senior advisor to the Italian president and former Italian ambassador to Hanoi, Vietnam from 2015-2018. She served at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York as First Counselor, Head of the Economic Development Desk, and Italian delegate to the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly. She was involved in negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals and post 2015 development agenda.
Dr. Christian Henderson, Professor of Economics at Leiden University
Dr. Henderson is a professor at Leiden University in the political economy and development of the Middle East, with a particular focus on business politics. He also worked as a journalist in Lebanon and Qatar during the Israel-Hezbollah War.
Christopher Wall, Security Analyst
Christopher is a security analyst and social scientist, with expertise in cyberwar and extremism. He is the author of the recent book The Future of Terrorism: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Alt-Right.
Dr. David Vine, Professor of Anthropology at American Univeristy
Dr. Vine is a Professor of Anthropology at American University and recent author of The United States of War: A Global History of America’s Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State. His research interests include inequality, social movements, forced displacement, refugees, US military bases abroad, race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, and nationalism.
Dawa Yangi Sherpa, Executive Assistant at EarthJustice
Dawa Sherpa is an executive assistant at EarthJustice, an environmental advocacy organization. A native of Nepal, Sherpa is an activist against environmental injustice, with a particular focus on hydro dams.
Senior Officer Fabio Russo, UNIDO
Fabio Russo is a senior officer in the Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division of the Department of Digitalisation, Technology and Innovation (DTI) in the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). His main area of expertise is in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) clusters/networks and value chains development. He is responsible for UNIDO’s programme on SME export and origin consortia and has established various partnerships with other UN Agencies, universities and international organisations for the promotion of origin-linked products.
Dr. Fredergia Bindi, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Women's Policy Research
Dr. Fredergia Bindi is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Bindi formerly served as the Senior Advisor to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Head of International Affairs and at the Italian National School of Administration, and Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels.
Dr. Hillary Faxon, Professor at UC Berkeley
Dr. Faxon is a professor in the Department of Environment, Policy, and Management at the University of California Berkeley. She is a feminist scholar, committed to environmental justice and democracy, bringing intersectional questions to the political economy of resources and agrarian change. Dr. Faxon's expertise lies in agrarian change and digital cultures in Myanmar.
Hon. Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz, US Department of State
Amb. Yalowitz was the former ambassador to Belarus and Georgia as well as a former career diplomat for 36 years in the Senior Foreign Service US Department of State. Yalowitz directed the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College and has taught at Stanford, Georgetown, Washington and Lee, George Mason, and American University.
Lisa de Pagter, Dutch Youth Ambassador for SRHR, Gender Equality, and Bodily Autonomy
Lisa is the Dutch Youth Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender Equality, and Bodily Autonomy. She is also the coordinating policy officer for women's rights and gender equality. Her research interests revolve around diplomacy, international development, youth engagement, and gender equality.
Dr. Melissa Nursey-Bray, Department Head at the University of Adelaide
Dr. Nursey-Bray currently leads the Department in Geography, Environment and Population at the University of Adelaide. In addition to teaching, she is currently conducting several extensive research programs, including "Indigenous Climate Adaptation," "Community Engagement and Environmental Change," and "Adaptation, Community Environment (ACE)." Dr. Nursey-Bray is an expert on environmental decision-making within communities, with a particular focus on indigenous peoples. Her areas of focus are urban ecology, climate adaptation, and sustainable resource management.
Dr. Heike Speiker, Deputy Director at the German Red Cross
Heike Speiker is the Deputy Director of the International Services and National Relief Division at the German Red Cross. She is the former coordinator of the German Red Cross Ebola Operations and is also an expert in Humanitarian Law and Law of Armed Conflicts.
Omar Alshogre, Former Syrian Political Prisoner
Omar Alshogre is a human rights activist and former Syrian political prisoner under the Assad regime. Omar is currently the director of Detainee Affairs at the Syrian Emergency Task Force.
Dr. Paul Behrens, Professor at Leiden University
Dr. Behrens is a professor in Energy and Environmental Change at Leiden University. He is the author of The Best of Times, The Worst of Times and is passionate about science communication. Paul's research interests align in human consumption and food systems.
Sabrina Axster, Former Research Consultant at the UN
Sabrina Axster was a former research consultant in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She is also a specialist in the political economy of European immigration control and is pursuing a PhD at Johns Hopkins University.