Based in China since 1985, Dr. Jonathan Woetzel has been instrumental in building McKinsey & Company's China office. In addition to his work helping Chinese and other Asian businesses prepare for global growth, Jonathan is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey's business and economics research arm. He also leads McKinsey's Cities Special Initiative and is responsible for convening McKinsey's work with city, regional, and national authorities in more than 40 geographies around the world.
Dr. Tim Wittig is a Senior Research Fellow at Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG). He is also director of the Center for Security and Sustainability and Adjunct Professor at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.
Brendan Vickers is Senior Associate Research Fellow at ISPI for the Africa Programme. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of London. He currently works as Economic Adviser in the Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources Directorate at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.
Francesco Valacchi graduated in Strategic Sciences in Turin (2004) and International Studies in Pisa (2013). He then obtained a PhD in Political Science with a specialization in Geopolitics always in Pisa in 2018. He deals with geopolitics, geoeconomics and International Political Economy with particular regard to the Asian area (Especially Southern Asia and ASEAN). He, deeply interested in connection between social structures and International Political Economics (IPE) is, in a certain sense, near to some models of IPE English School.
Piera Tortora is the Coordinator of OECD’s Sustainable Ocean for All Initiative, aimed at supporting a transition to a global sustainable ocean economy that also the poorest and most vulnerable countries can benefit from. Piera has worked at the OECD since 2011 where, prior to leading the Sustainable Ocean for All Initiative, she led on Financing for Sustainable Development work on Small Island Developing States, Multilateral Development Finance and Transition Finance.
Eiichi Tomiura is Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Hitotsubashi University and a Faculty Fellow and Program Director at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan. Prior to his current position, he was formerly Dean, College of Economics at Yokohama National University. He was also served for Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Government of Japan till 2000. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992 and his B.A. in Economics from University of Tokyo in 1984.
Daniel Thumpston is a PhD student at SOAS, University of London in the department of politics and international studies. His research is within political economy and international relations with a focus on China. His research interests are centred around Chinese and European trade and investment policy, in particular the dynamics of the Belt and Road Initiative and Digital Silk Road in Europe. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, he worked in research and consultancy roles in the UK and China. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and French.
Davide Tentori is a Research Fellow at the ISPI Centre for Business Scenarios, supported by Intesa Sanpaolo.
Previously, he worked for the British Embassy in Italy as Senior Trade Policy Advisor and Economic Officer, for Italy’s Presidency of the Council of Ministers as G7/G20 Policy Analyst in the Office of the Diplomatic Advisor, and as Research Associate in the International Economics Department at Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs.
Antonio Talia has spent 7 years in Beijing working as correspondent for an Italian news agency. He has authored reportages and features stories about jihadism in Indonesia, matchfixing in Singapore, protests in Hong Kong and money laundering between Europe and Asia. In 2012 he published I Giorni del Dragone (Informant), an ebook about the struggle for power within the CCP.
He coauthors Nessun Luogo è Lontano, a radio program about international affairs on air on Radio24.