Advisory Board

V Balachandran

V Balachandran

Former Special Secretary, Government of India.

Vappala Balachandran is an Indian National Security Intelligence specialist and a former Indian police officer who served 17 years in the state of Maharashtra, India and 19 years in foreign intelligence service. He retired as Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India in 1995 and is based in Mumbai In 1993 and 1994, Vappala Balachandran led the Indian interagency groups for annual dialogue with U.S agencies on terrorism. Between 2007 and 2009 he wrote several papers for the Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, D.C. for their "Regional Voices" project.

Daniel Bernard

Daniel Bernard

Chairman of Kingfisher plc and Member of Board Capgemini

Daniel is the Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Carrefour Group, his own investment company. He has been Senior Advisor of Tower Brook Capital Partners since October 2010. He is the Lead Independent Director of Capgemini and is also Honorary Chairman of the HEC Business School Foundation in Paris and a member of the Board of HEC.

Herminio Blanco

Herminio Blanco

Former Minister of Trade and Industry, Mexico.

Herminio Alonso Blanco Mendoza is a Mexican economist. He has 27 years of experience in international trade. As Mexico’s Minister of Trade and Industry, NAFTA Chief Negotiator and Vice Minister of International Negotiations, he played a role in the design and implementation of recent structural changes to Mexico's economy. He directed the team that made Mexico the country with more free trade agreements in the world.

John Bruton

John Bruton

Former Prime Minister of Ireland

John Gerard Bruton (born 18 May 1947) is an Irish politician who served as Taoiseach of Ireland from 1994 to 1997. A minister under two taoisigh, Liam Cosgrave and Garret FitzGerald. Bruton held several number of top posts in Irish government, including Minister for Finance (1981–1982 and 1986–1987), and Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism (1983–1986). He became leader of Fine Gael in 1990 and served as Taoiseach from 1994 until 1997, leading the Rainbow Coalition government of Fine Gael–Labour Party–Democratic Left.

Hon Sec Michael Chertoff

Hon Sec Michael Chertoff

Frm Sec U.S. Homeland Security

Michael is an American attorney who was the second United States Secretary of Homeland Security under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He previously served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as a federal prosecutor, and as Assistant U.S. Attorney General. He succeeded Tom Ridge as United States Secretary of Homeland Security on February 15, 2005. He also worked as senior of counsel at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling.

His Excellency Shekhar Dutt

His Excellency Shekhar Dutt

Fmr Governor, Deputy NSA & Defense Secretary GoI

Dr. Shekhar Dutt, is the former Governor of Chhattisgarh (2010-14) and a civil servant with a career of service spanning for over 3 decades, before which he served as an Army Officer. Dutt served as Deputy National Security Advisor (2007-10) While in the Indian Army, Mr. Dutt had participated in the 1971 Indo-Pak War in the Western (Sindh Rajathan) Sector and was awarded the Sena Medal for gallantry. He is a Science Graduate (Physics) and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Policy and Planning from University of Swansea, UK.

Bill Emmott

Bill Emmott

Former Editor, The Economist

Bill Emmott is an English journalist and consultant best known for his period (1993-2006) as Editor-in-Chief of The Economist. He is now a non-executive director of Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, and chair of Ofcom's Content Board. In April 2016 the Government of Japan awarded him the "Order of the Rising Sun Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon". He has also written 12 books and worked on two documentary feature films, on Italy and the European Union, and co-founded an educational charity, The Wake Up Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers facing Western societies and their values through film, debates and school courses, which launched a Wake Up Europe! initiative in October 2015.

Nathaniel Fick

Nathaniel Fick

Former Chief Executive Officer of CNAS, Washington.

Nathaniel C. "Nate" Fick is a former United States Marine Corps officer and the CEO of Endgame, Inc., a provider of offensive and defensive vulnerability research. He came to public notice in 2005 for his writing on military life and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Fick is the author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer. He was a platoon commander to 1st Battalion 1st Marines. Flick led Second Platoon of Bravo Company of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Field Marshal Lord Charles Guthrie

Field Marshal Lord Charles Guthrie

Former Chief of Defense Staff of the United Kingdom.

Field Marshal Charles Ronald Llewelyn Guthrie, Baron Guthrie of Craigie bank, GCB, LVO, OBE, DL was Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, from 1994 to 1997 and Chief of the Defence Staff from 1997 until his retirement in 2001. Guthrie's military career saw service with the Welsh Guards and the Special Air Service; he was closely involved in military operations in Northern Ireland and provided advice to the British Government during the Bosnian War and the Kosovo War. On 24 November 1987 Guthrie became Assistant Chief of the General Staff at the Ministry of Defence. On 2 October 1989, he was promoted to lieutenant General. Guthrie was promoted to the honorary rank of field marshal in June 2012.

Karl Kaiser

Karl Kaiser

Director, Weather head center for Transatlantic unity

Karl Kaiser is Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School and Senior Associate of the Program on Transatlantic Relations of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He was educated at the Universities of Cologne, Grenoble and Oxford and taught at the Universities of Bonn, Johns Hopkins (Bologna), Saarbruecken, Cologne, the Hebrew University, and the Departments of Government and Social Studies of Harvard. He serves on the Board of Asia-Pacific Review, Internationale Politik, Russia in Global Affairs, the Advisory Board of the American-Jewish Committee, Berlin, and the Board of the Center for International Security and Governance, Bonn.

Manuel Muñiz

Manuel Muñiz

Dean of the School of International Relations at IE University, Spain

Manuel is a Spanish lawyer and an international relations scholar. He is the Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is a local affiliate of CES and a member of the Alumni Board of Directors of the Kennedy School of Government. He is also a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission and a holder of the Atlantic Council’s Millennium Fellowship. Manuel directs the Fundación Rafael del Pino’s Program on International Relations and Global Leadership. He holds a JD from the Complutense University in Madrid, an MSc in Finance from the IEB, a Master in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

B.S.Patil, I.A.S

B.S.Patil, I.A.S

Former Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka.

Patil retired as Chief Secretary to Government of Karnataka in January 2004. Patil held very important assignments during his service and is regarded as one of the most dynamic officers of the State Government. His experience ranges from heading state financial institutions to industrial development. He was the head of two State financial institutions over a period of 7 years and held the position of the Principal Secretary to Govt. of Commerce & Industries Department.

Jorge Braga Macedo

Jorge Braga Macedo

Former President of the Parliamentary Comm. for EA

He attended the French Lycée ( Lycée Français Charles Lepierre ) in Lisbon, after which he joined the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon , completing his degree in Law in 1971 . In 1973, Jorge obtained master's degree in International Relations Yale University, another in Economics in 1975, and finally the doctorate in Economics in 1979. He was admitted as an assistant of the Faculty of Economics of the New University of Lisbon in 1976 and amounted to associate professor in 1987 , and professor in 1996 . Since 1984 is also research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the United States and since 1985, the Center for Economic Policy Research in the UK .

Sudhakar Rao IAS

Sudhakar Rao IAS

Former Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka

Sudhakar Rao, retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer of the 1973 batch. He was Deputy Commissioner & District Magistrate of Shimoga District during 1982 and 1983. He proceeded on deputation to the Government of India once again after completing his district assignment, and was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance for two years and Director in the Prime Minister's Office for two years, dealing with policy matters covering social sectors. 

James Blayney Rice, Jr.

James Blayney Rice, Jr.

Director of CTL at MIT.

Jim Rice joined the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL) in 1995 and he was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Center in 2007. In this capacity he oversees several research and outreach programs, CTL Executive Education Programs and outreach marketing activities. As part of these roles, Jim works with industry sponsors to develop research projects and educational and knowledge sharing events for the sponsors. He is also a Lecturer in the Supply Chain Management program.

Shyam Saran

Shyam Saran

Former Foreign Secretary

Shyam Saran is an Indian career diplomat. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1970 and rose to become the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India. Prior to his appointment as the Foreign Secretary he served as India's ambassador to Myanmar, Indonesia and Nepal and as High Commissioner to Mauritius. Upon completion of his tenure as the Foreign Secretary he was appointed Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Indo-US civil nuclear issues and later as Special Envoy and Chief Negotiator on Climate Change. Currently he is serving as the Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board under the National Security Council.

Suresh Seetharaman

Suresh Seetharaman

Co-Founder of Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation

Suresh is the Founder at Graphic India Pte. Ltd. He is the co-founder of Liquid Comics LLC (formerly Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation) and serves as its Managing Partner. He overseas Liquid's creative team and operations in India and Asia. He is also an Executive Director of Clarion McCann; National Creative Director of J Walter Thompson India; Regional Creative Director Asia-Pacific for Advertising Associates based in Singapore.

Dr. Michael Träm

Dr. Michael Träm

Former Chief Executive Officer of Arthur D. Little.

In 2013, Michael Tram became the Managing Director of The Hay Group in Europe. Experienced in handling the markets of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Eastern and Southern Europe. On October 1, Tram took over the management of the company's advisory services in Germany. Michael Träm comes from the Droege Group, where he was also a member of the management team.

Dr. Paul Twomey

Dr. Paul Twomey

Former President and CEO, ICANN

Paul is a former Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet. He is a member of the board of the Atlantic Council of the United States and a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations’ Digital Health Initiative. He has a diverse background in senior management in both the private and public sectors. He was also a special consultant to several Ministers in the Keating and Howard Governments. Paul was formerly the founding Chief Executive Officer of the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) and the Federal Government’s Special Adviser for the Information Economy and Technology.

Ravi Venkatesan

Ravi Venkatesan

Chairman of Bank of Baroda.

Ravi is a Former Chairman of Microsoft India, Cummins India and a Board Member at Rockefeller Foundation. He is a co-founder and Chairman of Social Venture Partners India and an author of the bestseller "Conquering the Chaos- Win in India, Win Everywhere", published in 2013 by Harvard Business Review.

Daisuke Kotegawa

Daisuke Kotegawa

Former Managing Director of IMF, Japan; Director of Canon Institute of Global Affairs, Tokyo

Daisuke Kotegawa is the current head of the Asian Economic Institute at S.t Petersburg Federal University – the alma matter of President Putin and the Research Director of Cannon Institute of Global Affairs in Tokyo. He is a graduate in MBA from Stanford University.