Irakli Alasania was Georgia’s Minister of Defence until 2014, when Georgian forces worked with NATO and EU-led operations in the Central African Republic. He is Chairman of the Free Democrats, a pro-west liberal party. As Georgia’s Ambassador to the UN he achieved recognition of the right of all refugees and internally displaced persons and their descendants to return to Abkhazia, Georgia. He also served as Head of the Abkhazian Government-in-Exile, and Special Envoy for the Georgian-Abkhaz peace talks re-initiated in 2005.
Dr Bruno Maçães is a former junior Minister for Europe in the Portuguese government and is currently a Non-Resident Associate at Carnegie Europe, focusing on EU integration and foreign policy, trade policy and broader globalization trends. He has taught at Yonsei University in Seoul and Bard College Berlin. In 2008 he was a Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, exploring the political implications of the biotechnological revolution. He is finishing a book on the borderlands between Europe and Asia and the prospects for Eurasian economic and political integration.
Natalie Nougayrède is an editorial board member and columnist at The Guardian, which she joined in October 2014. She was previously the executive editor of Le Monde, after being its diplomatic correspondent and Moscow bureau chief. She writes about international and European affairs, with a special focus on security issues and human rights. She was awarded two French journalism prizes, the Prix de la Presse Diplomatique in 2004, and the Albert Londres award in 2005, for her coverage of Russia and the Chechnya war. She is on the advisory committee of the Primo Levi Center in Paris, which helps refugees who have been victims of torture.
Quentin Peel is an associate fellow with the Europe Programme at Chatham House. He joined the Financial Times in 1975. Between 1976 and 1994, he served successively as Southern Africa correspondent, Africa editor, European Community correspondent and Brussels bureau chief, Moscow correspondent, and chief correspondent in Germany.He was also foreign editor and international affairs editor from 1994 until 2010, and finally chief correspondent in Berlin until 2013. Quentin joined Chatham House in 2014.He was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he read Economics with French and German.
Caroline Wilson has been Director (Europe) Foreign and Commonwealth Office from October 2016. She was formerly HM Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao from 2012 to 2016, and prior to then she has held a number of senior positions including Minister Counsellor (Economic) at the British Embassy in Moscow from 2008 to 2012 and Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary from 2004 to 2006.