Stefano Caselli is Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Professor of Banking and Finance at Bocconi University. He has conducted extensive research, training and consulting projects with the most important corporations and financial institutions at European level. His research activities focus on the relationship between banking and industrial system, facing issues both of banking credit risk management and of corporate finance and capital structure. Caselli has been widely published, acting as columnist and opinion maker on “L’Economia del Corriere della Sera”, as well radio and television programs. He is research fellow of BAFFI-CAREFIN (the research centre for financial innovation of Bocconi University), member of the board of directors of ISBM – International School of Business Management, in UK and member of the Strategic Board of CEMS. He won several times the “Bocconi Teaching Award” and the “Bocconi Research Award” in 1997, 2004 and 2011.
Michael W. Bauer studied Social Sciences, German Philology and History in Mannheim, Frankfurt am Main and Vienna. He graduated 1996 with a Diploma in Social Sciences at the Humboldt-University Berlin. He was a Robert-Schuman-Fellow of the European Parliament in 1995. He holds a Masters in European Studies in Politics and Administration of the College of Europe, Bruges and a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence. After working for two years as an expert on the EU constitutional process for the Hessian Government (Hessische Staatskanzlei), he joined the University of Konstanz. Bauer has held numerous academic posts, including as Jean Monnet Professor of the European Union, Professor for Comparative Public Administration and Policy Analysis at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, Germany. From 2009-2012 he was Professor of Politics and Public Administration, Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. His research focus and teaching experience lie in European Integration, Comparative Public Administration, Comparative Politics and Policy-Analysis. He concentrates on questions of institutional and organisational change in multilevel constellations and on public administrations’ role in policy-making as well as on subnational and regional politics in the European Union.
Professor Christopher Hill, FBA, M.A. DPhil (Oxon) is the Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations at the University of Cambridge, Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). Previously, from 1991-2004, he was the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. He has published widely in the areas of foreign policy analysis and general international relations, his most recent books being 'The National Interest in Question: Foreign Policy in Multicultural Societies' (Oxford University Press, 2013) and 'National and European Foreign Policies: Towards Europeanization' (Edited with Reuben Wong, 2011). Professor Hill was successively Vice-Chair and then Chair of the British International Studies Association between 1996- 2000, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2007. He has been an elected Council Member at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and a member of many editorial advisory boards including those of the Journal of Common Market Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, International Affairs and Critique internationale. He was the Coordinator of FORNET, a foreign policy research network involving 25 European partners, under the auspices of the European Commission's Framework Programme V, and was Team Leader for the foreign policy section of EU-CONSENT, a similar network funded by Framework Programme VI. He led the Cambridge team in MERCURY, a Framework Programme VII research network on multilateralism. Research Interests: Foreign Policy Analysis and the international politics of Europe (including both the EU’s external relations and the foreign policies of the Member States), as well as general International Relations, theories and practice.
Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges since 1992. Director of Economic Studies at the College of Europe from October 2001 to July 2012. Senior Fellow at CEPS, Brussels. Holder of the Chair 'Business & Europe' at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School from April 2007 until October 2009. Member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) in The Hague from January 2001 until June 2007. Associate Fellow (between 1990 and early 2001 he was Senior Research Fellow) at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels. Professor for European Economic Integration at the University of Maastricht between 1992 and July 2002. Former associate Professor of Economics at the European University Institute in Florence (1979-1982) and former Professor of Economics at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht (1982 -1989). Former Research Director at the European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels, after setting up the Institute (1995/1996). Former Visiting Professor in a number of universities (recently in Basel and Rennes-I) in Europe and the U.S and at the College of Europe at Natolin (1998-2001).Former Consultant to the ASEAN, OECD, UNIDO, UNDP, UNCTAD and the EC Commission. Author of many publications on various aspects of European economic integration and on international trade policy and investment. Jacques Pelkmans’ research interests include international trade policy [regionalism, especially ASEM, APEC, ASEAN/AFTA & TTIP], liberalisation and regulation of network industries in the EU single market, mutual recognition, "better" ( i.e. more efficient and effective, but goal-driven) EU regulation, economic aspects of standards, subsidiarity.
Sonja Puntscher Riekmann
Vice President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna; Professor of Political Theory and European Policy at the University of Salzburg and Director of the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies. In the course of her career, she has held leading and research positions at the universities of Vienna, Innsbruck, Berlin and Salzburg, the Max Planck Institute for Social Studies in Cologne, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In the 1980s, Sonja Puntscher Riekmann was on the federal board of trustees of the Green party and soon became a member of the Austrian Parliament. She was on the panel evaluating the projects of the TSER programme of the European Commission and president of the social sciences evaluation panel for awarding the Descartes prize.
Born 1948; Doctor of Laws (1977) of the University of Turku (Finland); Professor of Law at the University of Turku (1978-81) and at the Åbo Akademi University (Turku/Åbo) (1981-96); Director of the latter's Institute for Human Rights (1985-95); various international and national academic positions of responsibility and memberships of learned societies; coordinated several international and national research projects and programmes, including in the fields of EU law, international law, humanitarian and human rights law, constitutional law and comparative public administration; represented the Finnish Government as member of, or adviser to, Finnish delegations at various international conferences and meetings; expert functions in relation to Finnish legal life, including in governmental law commissions and committees of the Finnish Parliament, as well as the UN, Unesco, OSCE (CSCE) and the Council of Europe; from 1995 Principal Legal Adviser at the Legal Service of the European Commission, in charge of external relations; from March 2001, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission Legal Service; Judge at the Court of Justice since 17 January 2002.