Maciej Popowski is Deputy Secretary General at the European External Action Service. He was director for EU affairs at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the time of Poland’s accession negotiations. In 2003-2008 he was Poland’s first permanent representative in the EU’s Political and Security Committee. He then joined the European Commission as Director in DG Development, and in 2009 become head of cabinet of Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament.
François Heisbourg is Chairman of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and the Geneva Centre for Security. He is also a special advisor of to the Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique, Paris. His career has included positions in government, in the defense industry and in academia (for instance as professor of world politics at Sciences-Po Paris). He is also a member of the International Commission on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.
Timo Kantola is Deputy Director General at the Political Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. He entered the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1988 and has previously worked as Director of the Unit for Security Policy and Crisis Management at the Political Department. His previous posts also include Ambassador of Finland to the OSCE in Vienna, Austria, and assignments in Finland’s EU Representation in Brussels and Finland’s Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
Teija Tiilikainen, Director, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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