In 1988 Francesco Sisci was the first foreigner ever admitted to the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS, a leading research institute in China) for a thesis in Chinese Classical Philology and Philosophy with a thesis on “Rationalisation of Thought and Political Discourse in Early Mohism” coming from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Since 1994 he has been a correspondent in Beijing for ANSA, the Greater China correspondent for Asia Times, Contributes to Il sole 24Ore and Corriere della Sera, the Singapore’s Straits Times and La Stampa.
Mr. Sisci has conducted exclusive interviews with several top Chinese leaders such as President Jiang Zemin, Prime Minister Zhu Rongji and state councilor Dai Bingguo. Since 1999 he has been a Senior consultant for the Italian Ministry of Environment in China, designing the framework and setting the network of local contacts on the Italian-Sino Environmental cooperation, the most important Environmental cooperation with China and the Chiara Fama Director of the Italian institute of Culture in China. Mr. Sisci is currently a Senior Researcher at Renmin University.
Ambassador Efraim Halevy ninth head of the Mossad, former National Security Advisor, former Ambassador to the European Union.
Prof. Uriel Reichman is the President of the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya; the first private institution of higher education in Israel.
He founded the IDC in 1994. Prior to holding this position, Prof. Reichman was the dean of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, from 1985-1990.
In the mid-1980’s, Prof. Reichman founded a team which formulated a proposal for an Israeli constitution that included reforms such as the direct election of the Prime Minister, constituency elections, a Bill of Rights, etc.
Part of his proposal was included within the Basic Laws in 1992. He was involved with the establishment of the Shinui Movement after the Yom Kippur War and was a Kadima candidate to be Education Minister in 2005.
Prof. Moshe Kaveh is the former President of Bar Ilan University. He was a rector at Bar Ilan University prior to holding this position. Prof. Kaveh is also the chairman of the Council of Israeli University Presidents. In 2004, he received the Rotary Israel Award for the Advancement of Higher Education for accomplishing a series of unparalleled achievements within Israeli academia as both rector and president of Bar Ilan University.
In addition, Prof. Kaveh is a distinguished scientist. He is the author of 250 scientific articles. Furthermore, together with the late Nobel Laureate Prof. Felix Bloch, Prof. Kaveh was honored by the Royal Society of England for developing a new approach in transferring insulators into metals.
Ma Xioalin, Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, is Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of website Blshe.com and News commentator and columnist. He previously served as Executive Director of China Foundation for International Studies, Director of the Middle East Academy in China, Director of the Chinese-Arab Friendship Association, Director, Asia-Africa Development & Exchange Society, Guest Professor, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Former Senior Xinhua Correspondent in Kuwait, Palestinian Territory and Iraq.
Ma specializes in research & news reporting on Middle-east affairs, in which he received “International News Award of China” as well as being named 5th of “100 Most Distinguised News Practitioner”. Ma has numerous publications in English, Arabic and Chinese, including his memoirs Survial Diary on the Land of Palestine & Israel, and Through the Frontier from Death to Survival.
Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan is currently Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore, and Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. From 2001 to May 2013, Amb. Kausikan was first the second Permanent Secretary and subsequently Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He previously served in a variety of appointments, including Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Amb. Kausikan is a graduate of Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York.
Prof. Aron Shai is the pro-rector of Tel Aviv University and the Shoul N. Eisenberg Professor for East Asian Studies.
He was also formerly a member of the Council for Higher Education, chair of the Ministry of Education’s History Curriculum Committee, academic dean at the David Yellin College of Education, chair of the Department of East Asian Studies and Vice Rector at Tel Aviv University and has been a visiting scholar at numerous other academic institutions, both in Israel and abroad.
David P. Goldman is co-owner of Asia Times, former Managing Director and Head of Americas at Reorient Financial Markets, a Hong-Kong based investment bank. He has published widely on international security, with a focus on the impact of economics and demographics. He is the Wax Family Fellow at Middle East Forum and a Senior Fellow at the London Institute for Policy Research, and was a Visiting Fellow at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. He writes the widely-followed “Spengler” column at Asia Times Online and PJ Media, and his work has appeared recently in The Wall Street Journal, The American Interest, Claremont Review of Books, First Things, Tablet Magazine and Standpoint. His 2011 book How Civilizations Die was widely reviewed in English as well as in Hebrew translation. Previously he was Global Head of Fixed Income Research at Bank of America and Global Head of Credit Strategy at Credit Suisse.
Edward Luttwak is a CSIS senior associate and has served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, and a number of allied governments as well as international corporations and financial institutions. He is a frequent lecturer at universities and military colleges in the United States and abroad and has testified before several congressional committees and presidential commissions. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bath (United Kingdom).
Luttwak is the author of numerous articles and several books, including The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire (John Hopkins, 1976–2005); Turbo-Capitalism: Winners and Losers in the Global Economy (HarperCollins, 1999); The Endangered American Dream (Simon & Schuster, 1993); andCoup d’etat (Harvard, 1985), which has been published in 14 languages. His new edition of Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace (Harvard, 2001) has been published in Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Estonian, and Turkish as well as English editions. Luttwak serves on the editorial board of the Washington Quarterly and Geopolitique (Paris). He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, and he speaks French, Italian, and Spanish among other languages.
Ambassador Amos Nadai is Israel’s former Ambassador to China.
Prior to holding this position, he was the Deputy Director General of the Asia Pacific Division of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, director of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Human Resources Division, member of the steering committee negotiating the Jordanian-Israeli peace agreement, consular and deputy chief of the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, deputy director of the Security Branch at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and head of the consular section at the Israeli Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.
In addition, Ambassador Nadai is an honorary citizen of Chengdu, the capital city of the Sichuan Province. He is the first ever foreign ambassador to receive such an honor.