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Keynote Speakers

Transatlantic Conference - Keynote Speakers

Franck Biancheri
Franck Biancheri
Franck Biancheri is the Director of studies at LEAP (Laboratoire Européen d'Anticipation Politique), a think-tank that strives to foresee global economic developments from a European perspective. As a founder of the European-wide student exchange program Erasmus, he was named one of Time magazine's European Heroes, along with Bono, Lech Walesa, and Vaclav Havel. As a result of the failure of the referenda on the European Constitution, Franck launched Newropeans in 2006, the first trans-European political movement, which ran candidates in all European Union countries for elections to the European Parliament in 2009. In 1997, he was selected President of TIESWeb, an organization initially funded by the European Commission and U.S. State Department to build bridges across the Atlantic. Franck is author of World Crisis: The Path to the World Afterwards.
Harald Greib
Harald Greib
Harald Greib is a German civil servant at the Ministry of Interior and former member of the German Representation to the European Union. In 2001, Harald joined the Board of Administration of Europe 2020, a website that promotes research into the European Union's capacity to face the challenges of the 21st century. He has written a novel, C'était au temps où Bruxelles rêvait, which describes the adventures of a national civil servant in the Brussels' system. A lawyer by education, Harald studied law at the universities of Heidelberg, Aix en Provence, and Montpellier andalso trainedat magistrate schools in Karlsruhe and Geneva.
Daniel Hamilton
Daniel Hamilton
Dr. Daniel Hamilton is the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. The center has been named the 6th leading "Global Go To University Think Tank" in 2011; a "Top 20 U.S. Go-To Think Tank" in 2010; and a "Top 30 Global Go-To Think Tank" in 2009. He also serves as Executive Director of the American Consortium for EU Studies, designated by the European Commission as the EU Center of Excellence Washington, DC. Dan has held a variety of senior positions in the U.S. Department of State, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, responsible for NATO, OSCE and transatlantic security issues; U.S. Special Coordinator for Southeast European Stabilization; Associate Director of the Policy Planning Staff; Director for Policy in the Bureau of European Affairs; and Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador and U.S. Embassy in Germany. In 2008 he served as the first Robert Bosch Foundation Senior Diplomatic Fellow in the German Foreign Office.
Richard Norland
Richard Norland
Richard Norland is currently Deputy Commandant and International Affairs Advisor at the National War College. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1980 and has served in a range of significant diplomatic roles, including Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Afghanistan, Deputy Chief of Mission in Latvia, Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, Political Counselor at the American Embassy in Ireland during the negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in the USSR, and the Pentagon's Office of the Secretary of Defense. He graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1977. He has Masters' Degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the National War College.
Zsolt Nyiri
Zsolt Nyiri
Zsolt Nyiri joined the German Marshall Fund in 2009 as the director of Transatlantic Trends, a comprehensive annual survey of American and European public opinion since 2002. Between 2005 and 2009, he was the research director for Europe for the Gallup World Poll, the largest multinational survey ever conducted. Prior to joining Gallup, he was a lecturer at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Nyiri is a political scientist and polling expert who has been responsible for the design, implementation, supervision, and analysis of surveys in more than 30 European countries and the United States. His current interests are in transatlantic security, European immigration and integration, global governance, and the relationship between public opinion and public policymaking. From 2006 to 2007, he was a part of a five-member high-level expert panel for the European Science Foundation's office of European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST).
Adrian Taylor
Adrian Taylor
Adrian Taylor is currently CEO of 4Sing: Foresight and Strategy for Security and Sustainability in Governance. His previous positions include scenario planner in a joint venture with Global Business Network, Desk Officer for India at the European Commission, visiting scholar at Georgia Tech, Director of Strategy at the European School of Governance in Berlin, and Director of Public Sector Strategies for Think Tools GmbH. His education includes 1st Class Honours Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Trinity College Oxford, and a Licence Spéciale (Maters) in European Studies with "Grande Distinction" from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Adrian regularly contributes editorial pieces to journals. He won 1st prize in the BP/European University Institute Essay Contest for "Resolving and Preventing US-EU Trade Disputes."