Speaker Profiles

Sandra Fuentes-Berain

Ambassador of Mexico to the Kingdom of Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union

Sandra Fuentes-Berain is Mexico’s Head of Mission to the European Union (EU) and Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg.

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Sebastian Körber (source www.ifa.de)

Sebastian Körber

Deputy Secretary General, IFA

Sebastian Körber is the Deputy Secretary General of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa), Stuttgart, and Head of its Media Department.

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Shirin Ebadi (c)Berhnard Ludewig/Allianz Kulturstiftung/More Europe

Shirin Ebadi

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2003

Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, a former judge and human rights activist and founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran. In 2003, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote human rights, in particular, the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran. She is the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Sofiane Ouissi (c) Isabelle Arnold/More Europe

Sofiane Ouissi

Dancer-choreographer, Curator

Sofiane Ouissi attended the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Tunis before moving to Paris to study with Raza Hamadi at L’Espace Pléiade. He has performed with major Tunisian and international theater directors and choreographers.

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Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga

Former President of Latvia, MORE EUROPE patron

Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga was the President of the Republic of Latvia from 1999 to 2007. She successfully implemented Latvia's foreign policy interests by guiding its entry into the European Union (EU) and NATO and raised the nation's recognition in the world through her work at the United Nations, the EU and other international activities. In 2007 she was named vice-president of the Reflection group on the long-term future of the EU, and she is chair of the High-level group on Freedom and Pluralism of the Media in the EU.

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Wolfgang Petritsch

Chairman of the Board, European Cultural Foundation
Ambassador of Austria to the OECD in Paris

Wolfgang Petritsch is the Ambassador of Austria to the OECD in Paris and chairman of the Board of the European Cultural Foundation.

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Xavier Troussard (c)Maarten van Haaff/More Europe

Xavier Troussard

Acting Director, Directorate General Education and Culture, European Commission

Xavier Troussard is currently Acting Director at the Directorate General Education and Culture (EAC), Direction ‘Culture, Multilingualism and Communication’ of the European Commission.

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Yudhishthir Raj Isar

Yudhishthir Raj Isar

Professor of Cultural Policy Studies, American University of Paris

Yudhishthir Raj Isar is an analyst, advisor and public speaker who straddles several worlds of cultural theory, experience and practice. He is Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at The American University of Paris and ‘Eminent Research Visitor’ at the University of Western Sydney, Australia (2011-2013).

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