Speakers: Madrid

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Alexandre Alaphilippe

Alexandre Alaphilippe is the executive director of the Brussels-based nongovernmental organization EU DisinfoLab. After a degree in communications in his hometown of Clermont-Ferrand, France, Mr. Alaphilippe worked for four years as chief digital officer at the Clermont-Ferrand city hall. Since 2016, he has served as director of operations at the social media and EU affairs consultancy Saper Vedere, where he has emphasized the crucial role of civil society organizations in maintaining democratic values. As an established expert on disinformation, Mr. Alaphilippe co-founded the EU DisinfoLab in 2017.

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David Alandete

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.

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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.

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Geysha Gonzalez

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.

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Kadri Kaska

Kadri Kaska is a cyber security policy and legal researcher at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. Located in Tallinn, Estonia, the Centre is a multinational and interdisciplinary hub of cyber defence expertise, home of the Tallinn Manual and organiser of the world’s largest international life-fire cyber defence exercise Locked Shields. Kadri’s main area of research is national cyber security strategy and governance. She also writes on the legal aspects of state cyber activities and has published, inter alia, on the Estonia 2007 and Georgia 2008 cyber attacks. In the course of her tour to the Estonian Information System Authority during 2017-2018, she was the lead author and editor of annual Estonian Cyber Security Assessments and contributed to the Agency’s activities in cyber threat assessment, policy analysis and legal drafting. She was one of the authors of Estonia’s new Cyber Security Act and the 2018 national cybersecurity strategy. Kadri holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Ana Palcio

Ana Palacio

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

Nicolás de Pedro

Nicolás de Pedro is a senior fellow at The Institute for Statecraft in London where he works on issues related to Russia, disinformation and hybrid threats. He is also an associate research fellow at the Instituto de Política Internacional (IPI) at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV) in Madrid. Furthermore, Nicolás is a member of the Experts Pool on Russia at the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) in Helsinki and he is also a core group member of the EU-Russia Experts Network (EUREN) initiated by the EU Delegation to Russia. He has worked as a consultant on Russian and Eurasian issues for the European Parliament, the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE), the Club of Madrid, and the European Union-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) Project. He was research fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) from 2009 to 2018. Nicolás has participated in international Electoral Observation Missions of the OSCE in Russia (2011), Kyrgyzstan (2009, 2010), Tajikistan (2010), and Ukraine (2010, 2014). Furthermore, he has carried out fieldwork throughout the Central Asian region and Xinjiang, including a twenty-four-month stay in Kazakhstan (2005-07) funded by a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also associate lecturer on International Relations at IBEI in Barcelona.