Louise Harvey is Chair of the global business advisory firm FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications practice in Brussels. She has 30 years experience in public affairs, government relations and communications consultancy and has lived and worked on three continents. She currently works with a team drawn from 23 nationalities.
Before moving into consultancy, Louise worked for 13 years for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. She had diplomatic postings to Kuala Lumpur, Dar es Salaam and The Hague and worked in departments in London focusing on European affairs. She was awarded an MVO in 1979.
Louise has strong international management expertise having run public relations and public affairs businesses in The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. She was the first female President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium in the 102-year history of the Chamber. During her tenure, it was awarded ‘Chamber of the Year’ against a field of 40 chambers across Europe. She is currently a member of the Board of Amcham EU which speaks for American business committed to Europe on trade, investment and competitiveness issues. Louise was awarded an OBE for services to British business in Belgium in 2004.
Louise is a Member of the Independent Monitoring Board of the Short Term Holding Facility in Dover. She was appointed to the Advisory Council of Wilton Park, an executive agency of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, in June 2016.
Sir Michael Leigh is Senior Adviser to the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Brussels, which aims to promote trans-Atlantic and wider international cooperation on foreign policy issues. He is a Board Member of the Salzburg Global Seminar, Wilton Park, and the Foundation for Effective Governance in Kiev.
Sir Michael’s research and writing focuses in particular, on the future of the European Union and the Eurozone; enlargement and Eastern partnership, particularly Ukraine; Turkey’s relations with the EU and their common neighbourhood; Europe’s response to political change in the Mediterranean and Middle East; and energy questions in the eastern Mediterranean. He also has an interest in the growing international role of China and Brazil.
Sir Michael became Director-General for Enlargement at the European Commission in 2006, after serving for three years as External Relations Deputy Director-General with responsibility for European Neighbourhood Policy, relations with Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East and the Mediterranean countries. Previously, he was Chief Negotiator with the Czech Republic and other candidate countries.
He took on his current role after more than 30 years in EU institutions, including as a Cabinet Member for various Commissions and as Director in the Task Force for the EU Accession Negotiations. He contributed to the development of the Single Market and the Common Fisheries Policy.
Sir Michael began his career as Assistant Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy and Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Marcus is currently a senior adviser for the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in New York. He has specialised throughout his career on the interface between international development and peacebuilding and served with several international aid agencies.
Until 2017, he was the Senior Conflict Adviser in the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE). He led the refresh of DFID’s guidelines on building peace and stability, and coordinated a corresponding workstream in the UK’s 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review. Previous DFID roles included lead Conflict Adviser in Nigeria and policy lead on multilateral peacebuilding institutions.
Marcus held prior positions on development, peacebuilding and transitional justice with UNDP and GIZ. He has worked in and on a range of countries including the Balkans, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Timor Leste, Myanmar, Guatemala and Peru. In 2013-14, he was a Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and has served in advisory roles on research programmes of Oxford University and the International Center for Transitional Justice. He holds an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in Politics, Modern History, and Applied Cultural Studies from the University of Muenster (Germany).
Lesley-Anne is an internationally recognised leader in digital global health and a highly networked and experienced international development actor. A progressive and innovative thinker, she is skilled at driving transformative change through collaborative, inclusive, transparent and productive action.
Lesley-Anne has helped establish an array of international development initiatives, including in health, education, child rights and law, across 17 countries. A former practicing family law Barrister, Lesley-Anne also has served as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University (UK), Global Director of mPowering Frontline Health Workers (US), and Director of Digital Square (US), the founder and first Director of HEAT (Heath and Education Training, to train over 38,000 community health workers in Ethiopia), Assistant Director of International Development at the Open University, and the first CEO of the African Justice Foundation.
Lesley-Anne is now working as an international development strategist, providing direction and technical advice to governments, regional organisations, technology developers, program implementers, the private sector, NGOs, and academic institutions in Africa, the U.S. and Europe.
A member of several international boards and committees, Lesley-Anne is also a frequent international speaker on global and digital health.
Rt Hon Baroness Lindsay Northover is Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs for the Liberal Democrats and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Angola and Zambia. She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of International Development (DFID), and Minister for Africa, 2014-15, in the Coalition Government. Prior to that she served in a number of Government departments, including the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health, the Department for Education, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Government Equalities Office, as well as serving as Lead Government Spokesperson for DFID from 2010-14.
Lindsay Northover is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College. She is a former Member of Council of the Overseas Development Institute, Trustee of the Tropical Health and Education Trust, Trustee of UNICEF UK and Trustee of the Liberal Democrats. Her first degree is from Oxford University, and her Master’s and PhD are from Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania in the USA. Lindsay Northover was formerly a Lecturer at University College London and the Wellcome Institute.
Emma is Director of Yale World Fellows and a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics and Global Affairs. She is the author of the highly acclaimed The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq.
She served as advisor to the Commanding General of US Forces in Iraq from 2007-2010; as advisor to the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2006; as advisor to the US Security Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in 2005; and as Governorate Co-ordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003-2004. Prior to that, Emma worked in the Palestinian territories for a decade, managing projects to develop Palestinian institutions; and to promote co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians.
Gisela was the Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston from 1997 to 2017. She was a Health Minister in the first Tony Blair government. In parliament she served on the Foreign Affairs as well as the Defence Committee. In 2015 she was appointed by the Prime Minister to join the Intelligence and Security Committee and was made a Privy Councillor.
In the 2016 referendum, Gisela chaired the official ‘Vote Leave’ campaign. For more than 10 years she was Editor of the weekly political magazine The House. She is a Non-Executive Board Member for the Cabinet Office and is a founding director of the Henry Jackson Society. Gisela sits on the advisory board of the Global Strategy Forum, a forum focussing on foreign affairs, defence and international security issues, and sits on the Board of Birmingham City University. She is, alongside Sir Simon Fraser, the former Permanent Under Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, honorary president of the British Foreign Policy Group, which explores the foreign policy challenges and opportunities for the UK.
Rob D van den Berg’s is Visiting Professor at the Department for International Development of King’s College, London, as well as a Honorary Associate of the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton. He serves as Chair of the Advisory Group on Evaluation and Learning of the Climate Investment Funds at the World Bank. On 1 April 2020 his second and last term as President of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) ended.
He has had a long career in international development, first at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, where from 1999-2004 he was Director of the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department. From 2004-2014 he was Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the Global Environment Facility at the World Bank in Washington DC. He has been involved in the DAC Evaluation Network, which he chaired from 2002-2004, and the Evaluation Cooperation Group of the multilateral banks, as well as the UN Evaluation Group.
Rob has published more than 25 articles and chapters and co-edited five books, on subjects ranging from the history of development to research funding and evaluation issues, especially in the light of sustainable development.
Tom is President of the Washington, DC based consulting firm Woods International, LLC. The firm creates public and private collaboration in support of economic growth and sustainable development in emerging markets. Woods International advises US Fortune 500 companies, international non-governmental organizations, and emerging technology companies across a range of sectors.
He also serves as the Chairman of the Wilton Park USA Foundation and hosts the Washington Hub of Wilton Park. The Foundation and the Hub work to expand Wilton Park’s outreach in the US through events and funding partnerships.
Tom served as the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa (2004-2006) and led US engagement with 25 countries in west and southern Africa. He also led US economic policy towards Africa. He also served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa at the US Agency for International Development (2002-2004).
He earned a BA in International Studies and economics with highest honours from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.