Panel 2

Challenges of Successful Engagement

in European Preventive Diplomacy
Tomáš Szunyog

Tomáš Szunyog is an experienced diplomat currently working as Director of the Security Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. He was Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2009-2014, and Slovenia in 2001 -2005, as well as First Secretary of the Czech Embassy in the USA in 1994-1998. His professional development has led him to work also as Director of the South-East and Eastern European Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, bringing him closer to work on the resolution of the Western Balkan issues.

Michal Mlynár

Michal Mlynár is Director General for International Organisations, Development Assistance and Humanitarian Aid at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. Previously, he served as the Ambassador of Slovakia with residence in Nairobi and Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN-Habitat. Since May 2011, he has also served as Chair of the Governing Board of the International Security Sector Advisory Team in Geneva, Switzerland, which is part of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. Representing the Eastern European Group of States in the UN, on 4 December 2013 he was elected Chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to UN-Habitat for the 2014-2015 biennium. Ambassador Mlynár was previously Head of the Project Team for Security Sector Reform (SSR) within the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010-2011). As Deputy Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the United Nations in New York (2004-2009), he was the Political Coordinator of Slovakia’s diplomatic team on the UN Security Council (2006-2007), including in the context of the Slovak chairmanships of the UN Group of Friends of SSR, the UN Security Council Informal Working Group on Documentation and Other Procedural Issues and Ad Hoc Committee on Mandate Review. In addition, he twice served as Deputy Chef de Cabinet for the Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs (2002-2004 and 2010-2011) and head of units at the UN Department and at Diplomatic Protocol of his Ministry.

Fred Tanner*

Fred Tanner is Senior Adviser to the OSCE Secretary General and Project Manager of the ‘’Panel of Eminent Persons for European Security as a Common Project’’. He previously served as Liaison Officer for the Swiss OSCE 2014 Chairmanship. He is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters and of the Transatlantic Security Task Force of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Prior to his appointment to the OSCE, Ambassador Tanner was the Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), served on the Foundation Council of the Gulf Research Centre (GRC) and was member of the High-level Panel on Early Warning and Rapid Reaction of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and of the Academic Advisory Board of the NATO Defence College (NDC). Over the course of his distinguished career, Ambassador Tanner worked as Director of the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) and served as Honorary Chairman of the Committee for Security Studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has held academic positions at Harvard (CFIA), Princeton (CIS) and John Hopkins (SAIS) Universities, and served as a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies.

Michèle Pranchère-Tomassini

Michèle Pranchère-Tomassini is the current Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the Czech Republic, Estonia and Ukraine. In the past she held various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and served as Ambassador to Japan or at the Permanent Mission of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva. She also worked as Permanent Representative to the Western European Union and Representative to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union. Ambassador Pranchère-Tomassini studied philosophy at the Paris-Sorbonne University.

Silvia Costantini

Silvia Costantini, a career diplomat, works as a Team Leader at the Conflict Prevention, Peace-building and Mediation Division of the European External Action Service. Her previous experience include posting at the Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan where she served as First Counsellor with primary responsibility for monitoring Indian foreign policy particularly in the BRICS, IBSA, NAM and G20 configurations. Furthermore, she worked as a Task Manager of the then “European Commission Delegation” in Albania, in charge of monitoring Public Administration Reform, Statistics, Aid Coordination and Approximation of Legislation Programmes. She was also the Italian Member of the EU crisis task force during the “Jasmine Revolution”. Before joining the EU structures Silvia Costantini held various positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy.

*UPDATE: Jan Plešinger, Head of the Prague Office of the OSCE Secretariat, Czech Republic