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The role of think tanks

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Panel
German and English language
Analyst, RAND Corporation; Director, Initiative for Middle Eastern Youth (IMEY), Arlington
Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.
Founding Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul; Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Academy, Washington, D.C.
Executive Director, Balkan Trust for Democracy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Belgrade
Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna

Ph.D. Cheryl BENARD

Analyst, RAND Corporation; Director, Initiative for Middle Eastern Youth (IMEY), Arlington

 B.A. from the American University of Beirut
 Ph.D. from the University of Vienna
 Novelist and Feminist author on topics including current events, women in nation-building, youth radicalization in the European Diaspora, and secularization pertaining to Islam

Haleh ESFANDIARI

Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.

Lecturer in Persian language, Oxford University, England Deputy Secretary General, Women's Organization of Iran Director, Bagh e Ferdows Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran Lecturer in Persian language and literature, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
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Ph.D. Ahmet EVIN

Founding Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul; Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Academy, Washington, D.C.

B.A. Columbia University Lecturer, New York University Taught at Harvard University Ph.D. Columbia University Fellow, Harvard University Taught at Hacettepe University, Ankara Taught at the University of Pennsylvania Director, Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania Professor, University of Hamburg Director of Education, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Paris and Geneva Head, Ankara Corporate Affairs Office, Philip Morris International Visiting Professor, University of Hamburg Initiated a policy dialogue on the future European architecture, Turkey s place in that architecture, EU enlargement, and the effects of the customs union agreement with Turkey. Based on that initiative he established, in cooperation with a broad network of European research institutes and universities, Turkey s EU Membership Observatory now based at the Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanci University Professor of Political Science, Bilkent, Ankara (also headed 1995-96 the Department of Political Science and Public Administration) Senior Faculty, Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul Founding and Executive Board Member of the Istanbul Policy Center Visiting Professor, Northwestern University Alexander Onassis senior fellow and visiting scholar at ELIAMEP: the Hellenic Foundation for European Foreign Policy, Athens
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Ivan VEJVODA

Executive Director, Balkan Trust for Democracy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Belgrade

Political Scientist, Institute for European Studies, Belgrade Co-founder of the Democratic Forum in Belgrade Co-founder of the Belgrade Circle of independent intellectuals Lecturer, University of Sussex, Sussex European Institute Lecturer, Macalester College, Minnesota Lecturer, Smith College, Massachusetts Executive Director, Soros Foundation, Belgrade Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Serbia Zoran Djindjic
 Graduated from Institut d etudes politiques, Paris
 Post graduate studies at the Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade University
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Dr. Karin KNEISSL

Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna

 On 18 December 2017, Dr Karin Kneissl was appointed Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria. Karin Kneissl was born in 1965 in Vienna. She studied law and Arab studies at the University of Vienna. She also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Amman, the University of Urbino and was a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Karin Kneissl is also a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris. From 1990 to 1998 Karin Kneissl held a number of posts in the Austrian diplomatic service, including in the cabinet of then foreign minister Dr Alois Mock, in the Office of International Law and at the Austrian embassies in Paris and Madrid.
 Since 1998 Karin Kneissl has worked as an independent lecturer in the areas of international law, Middle Eastern history and the energy market at various universities, including the University of Vienna; the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna; the European Business School in the Rheingau, Germany; the International Centre for Human Sciences in Byblos, Lebanon; Saint-Joseph University in Beirut; as well as at the Austrian Armed Forces National Defence Academy, Vienna and Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria. Karin Kneissl has also worked since 1998 as an independent commentator and correspondent for numerous German and English-speaking print media, as well as for the Austrian state broadcaster ORF. She has authored a large number of books and publications. Karin Kneissl is co-founder and vice president of Whistleblowing Austria as well as vice president of the Society for Politico-Strategic Studies, STRATEG. She has worked in local politics in her home community of Seibersdorf and plays an active role in numerous non-profit organisations in Austria and Lebanon. Karin Kneissl speaks various foreign languages: Arabic, English, French, Hebrew (basic), Italian, Hungarian (basic) and Spanish.

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