Matthew Bryza is former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia. Early in his US Foreign Service career he also served in Poland and Russia, as well as on the National Security Council Staff at the White House. He was the Director of the International Centre for Defense Studies in Estonia during 2012-2015. He now heads a Turkish-Finnish environmental solutions company, has a strategic consultancy in Istanbul, and is a board member of energy companies in Turkey and the UK.
Sir Vincent Fean’s 39 years of diplomatic experience include serving as Consul-General in Jerusalem (2010-14), Ambassador to Libya (2006-10), and High Commissioner to Malta. An Arabist, he has engaged in senior policy-making, government affairs and negotiation in Whitehall, the Middle East and Western Europe. He is now Vice-Chair of the Balfour Project (www.balfourproject.org), a UK charity raising awareness of Britain’s historic responsibilities in Israel/Palestine, and advocating equal rights for Palestinians and Israelis.
Director Middle East and South Asia
Javed has a distinguished background in Diplomacy, Media, and Public Life most recently as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain. For over a decade he has held key government and diplomatic positions at the highest level including Pakistan’s Ambassador at Large, and Prime Minister’s Special Envoy. In these roles he advised and assisted the government in building positive relations, expanding trade and economic ties, and promoting investment opportunities. Currently he is the President of the Diplomat Business Club, a prestigious network that connects diplomats and business leaders. Prior to joining the government, Javed was a noted media personality on a leading television channel which started in the UK, and later expanded to Middle East and Pakistan.
Marcelo Colombo Murua has over 40 years’ experience in the Argentine Diplomatic Service. He served as Ambassador to Kuwait and as Minister Counsellor in Saudi Arabia. He is a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern issues.
Sir William Patey KCMG is a senior adviser and consultant, focusing on the Middle East. He served as British Ambassador to Afghanistan, to Saudi Arabia, to Iraq and to Sudan, following diplomatic postings in Tripoli, Abu Dhabi and Canberra. He has top-level commercial experience in many complex Middle East markets.
James Watt CVO served as British Ambassador to Egypt, to Jordan and to Lebanon. He has dealt with the major issues and conflicts affecting West Asia and the Arab world and has extensive commercial experience in those markets.
Christopher Wilton CMG spent the majority of his diplomatic career in posts in the Middle East, where he was latterly H.M. Ambassador to Kuwait during the military action to remove Saddam Hussain from Iraq. After retiring from Diplomatic Service, he advised organisations on effective marketing and operations in the Middle East.