Chiara Appendino graduated in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University in Milan and specialized in “Planning and Control Management”. She worked for Juventus for over two years, then took a new challenge at her family business, where she was in charge of control management. In 2010 she delved into politics with the “MoVimento 5 Stelle” and started to participate actively in the debate on the city budget, environment, and welfare. In May 2011, she took office as a member of the City Council and subsequently appointed as Vice President of the Budget Committee.
Steven Bosacker directs the Urban & Regional Policy Program (URP) for the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Before joining GMF, Steven was the Principal for Public Sector & Partnerships at Living Cities, where he focused on finding and furthering promising practices in large city governments to get better results for low-income people. Until 2012, Bosacker served as the City Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis. Bosacker began his public service career in the office of U.S.
Mitch Landrieu, Former Mayor of New Orleans, GMF Board Member, and Book Author
The past few years have seen many upheavals and disruptions in both domestic and international politics. As a consequence, principles that have stood as the cornerstone of our collective community can no longer be taken for granted. Disruptions, ranging from the current sweeping tide of populism to breakthroughs in technology and innovation, all challenge the customs with which we have grown familiar. Harnessing the positive potential of these forces while mitigating the potential threats they pose requires active discussion and debate.
Dr. Nouzha Chekrouni has had a longstanding career as a politician, a diplomat, and a professor. She was the Kingdom of Morocco’s Ambassador to Canada between 2009 and 2016. Prior to that role, Chekrouni served as Minister for the Moroccan Community Residing Abroad (2002-2007), as a member of Parliament (2002-2007), and as Minister for Women and Social Issues (1998-2002).
Daniela McFarren is EU affairs manager at Diageo working on EU legislation, responsible drinking, and gender and diversity initiatives. She previously managed a political campaign on fire safety in buildings in Brussels after working on global trade and policy issues at Ford Motor Company in Washington, DC. She started her career at the Business Council for International Understanding managing commercial diplomacy trainings and briefing programs in 2009.
Ali Aslan is a Berlin-based international TV presenter and journalist with over 20 years experience as a talk show host, news anchor, correspondent and moderator. His journalistic career spans three continents and includes work for CNN in Washington DC, ABC News in New York, Channel News Asia in Istanbul and Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin. An experienced TV anchor, Aslan hosted the international talk show ”Quadriga” on DW which reached 200 countries and 90 million viewers each week.