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David Alandete is an executive level editor, journalist, and writer. He possesses extensive experience in digital disruption and research of disinformation and fake news, and was responsible for breaking the news of Russian meddling in the Catalan referendum in Spain. Alandete has more than twenty years working as a foreign correspondent in the United States and the Middle East, as well as editing newspapers both in print and online. He possesses a carefully curated rolodex of trusted international sources on every continent in intelligence communities, governments, NGOs, and the business sector.
Ambassador Daniel Fried
Ambassador Daniel Fried is a distinguished fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative and Eurasia Center. Ambassador Fried has played a key role in designing and implementing American policy in Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Ambassador Fried served as the US Department of State’s coordinator for sanctions policy from 2013 to 2017. Previously, he served as special envoy for the Closure of the Guantanamo Detainee Facility and was assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs under the Bush Administration, as well as special assistant to the president and senior director for European and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council. From November 1997 until May 2000, he served as ambassador to Poland, where he had developed much of his earlier career. Ambassador Fried has focused on designing and implementing US policy to advance freedom and security in Central and Eastern Europe, NATO enlargement, and the Russia-NATO relationship. Ambassador Fried holds a BA magna cum laude from Cornell University and earned his MA at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Geysha Gonzalez is the deputy director for the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council where she oversees programming. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Gonzalez spent two years at Freedom House, a human rights and democracy watchdog, working in various roles including executive assistant to the president and program assistant for the Freedom of Expression team, where she worked on issues related to digital and physical security for human rights defenders. She also contributed to Freedom House’s flagship report, Freedom in the World, and wrote several pieces on the rise of modern dictatorships and international sporting events. Her previous experiences include work as a parliamentary assistant for the British Parliament and on Capitol Hill. Ms. Gonzalez holds a master’s degree in history of international relations from the London School of Economics, where she focused on transatlantic relations during the Cold War in the 1960s and 1980s. She earned her bachelor’s in international affairs with a focus on European politics from Marquette University and spent a year at King’s College London.
Ana Palacio is an international lawyer specializing in international and European Union law. She is a member of the Boards of Enagás (Spanish gas system), PharmaMar (biotechnology), and AEE Power (energy infrastructure), as well as of the International Advisory Boards of Investcorp (alternative investments) and Office Chérifien des Phosphates – OCP – (fertilizers); and of the Governing Council of the Instituto de Empresa (business school). She is also a member of several think-tanks and organizations such as the Atlantic Council, the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and the Elcano Royal Institute, among others. Ana Palacio is a visiting professor at the Edmund E. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. From 1994 to 2002, Ana Palacio was a member of the European Parliament, where she chaired the Legal Affairs and Internal Market as well as the Citizens Rights, Justice and Home Affairs Committees. She served as minister of foreign affairs of Spain (2002-2004) and was a member of the Spanish Parliament (2004-2006) where she chaired the Joint Committee of the two Houses for European Union Affairs. She has been senior vice-president and general counsel of the World Bank Group and secretary general of ICSID (2006-2008). She has also been a member of the Executive Committee and senior vice-president for International Affairs of AREVA (2008-2009) and served on the Council of State of Spain (2012-2018). Ana Palacio maintains a monthly column at Project Syndicate and she is a recurrent participant and speaker at international conferences and fora.
Nicolas de Pedro
Nicolas de Pedro is a research fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), where he oversees work on the post-Soviet space and India. He co-heads the Uzbekistan Initiative, a research project jointly developed by CIDOB and the Central Asia Program of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He is an associate professor at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies and a visiting professor at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty. Mr. Pedro has carried out fieldwork and traveled extensively throughout the Central Asian region and China. Additionally, he has participated in international electoral observation missions for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Russia (2011), Kyrgyzstan (2009, 2010), Tajikistan (2010), and Ukraine (2010, 2014). During the last ten years, Mr. Pedro has worked as an adviser or external evaluator for several EU-funded projects in Central Asia. He has given lectures on Central Asian issues in Almaty, Astana, Bishkek, Brussels, Istanbul, Kolkata, Stockholm, Tashkent, and Tokyo. He is the author of numerous publications on Central Asian politics and makes frequent appearances in Spain’s media.