Session A | Public management of the pandemic: Lessons learned
- What has the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted about conventional crisis management and the role of the state and national public systems in moments of crisis?
- What do the various responses and measures to deal with the pandemic suggest about governments’ abilities to manage crises susceptible to uncertainty and misinformation?
- What are the lessons that need to be learned about social cohesion in the face of a crisis and in terms of strengthening democracies in preparation for future crises?
Dr Holger Fabig, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany
Dr Johanna Schnabel, Lecturer, Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin
Professor Ronni Gamzu, CEO, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
Margarita Gomez, Executive Director of the People in Government Lab, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University (virtually)
Dorothée Allain-Dupré, Head of Division - Regional Development and Multi-level Governance, OECD (virtually)
Dr Steven Blockmans, Director of Research, CEPS
Session B | Digitalization, cyber security and resilience
- As governments, the private sector and citizens become increasingly vulnerable to a range of cyber threats, how can collaboration be improved to develop more resilient cyber security strategies?
- What new cyber threats are likely to emerge as societies and economies continue their digital transformation journey?
- What should be the role of the private sector and other actors as part of developing these strategies?
Dr Klaus Kremper, CEO, OneFiber Interconnect Germany GmbH
Iris Plöger, Member of the Executive Board, BDI
Juhan Lepassaar, Executive Director, European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)
Klara Jordan, Chief Public Policy Officer, CyberPeace Institute (virtually)
Dr Alexander Klimburg, Director, Cyber Policy and Resilience Program, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
Julia Schuetze, Junior Project Director, International Cyber Security Policy, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung
Session C | Great power dynamics and the Middle East
- How will relations between Israel and Palestine in the Gaza Strip affect Arab–Israeli rapprochement as the Arab signatories of the Abraham Accords face the challenge of how to play a constructive role in the conflict?
- What will the Israel-Palestine conflict mean for relations between actors in the region and beyond?
- How can the Biden administration’s developing Middle East policy navigate regional tensions and rising animosities between Saudi Arabia and Iran?
- How is Europe’s strategic approach towards the Middle East changing?
Frank Müller-Rosentritt MdB, Member of the German Bundestag for Saxony
Dorothée Schmid, Senior Research Fellow, Head of Turkey and Middle East Program, IFRI
Moran Stav, Head of European Division, National Security Council, Israel
Dr Chloe Berger, Faculty Adviser/Researcher, NATO Defense College (virtually)
Cornelius Adebahr, Nonresident Fellow, Carnegie Europe
Carsten Ovens, Executive Director, ELNET-Germany