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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.

Robert Hunter served as US Ambassador to NATO and as chief White House official for Europe and the Middle East. He was Senior International Consultant to Lockheed-Martin from 1998-2013.  He has given speechwriting support for three US presidents and provides coaching in strategic planning, political and executive communications and media handling.

Chris O’Connor OBE is a senior strategist now based in Vancouver having most recently been British Consul General in Los Angeles. He is former British Ambassador to Tunisia (during the Arab Spring) and also has expertise in Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. His passion is to bring innovative West Coast thinking to address geo-strategic and commercial challenges in the Middle East and North Africa.

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