Jitka Znamenáčková is Director of EU Policies and Structural Funds Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Concurrently, she is pursuing a PhD at the University of Economics in Prague with focus on how to liberalise trade in environmental goods. Previously, she worked at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic.
Evelien Borgman is a Training and Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’. She joined Clingendael in August 2014 and coordinates and develops training programmes for diplomats and other international relations professionals, with a focus on diplomacy and international security. She conducts training in int. al. scenario building and UN related topics. From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Borgman worked as Associate Migration Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in New York. At the Office of the Permanent Observer to the United Nations, she liaised regularly with Permanent Missions, UN specialised agencies and NGOs particularly regarding humanitarian affairs. She followed deliberations of the Security Council, the General Assembly’s Second and Third Committees and ECOSOC, and drafted numerous statements for delivery at the General Assembly.
Dr. Benedetta Berti is a foreign policy and security researcher, analyst, consultant, author and lecturer. Currently, she is a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), a TED Fellow, and a Kreitman post-doctoral fellow at Ben Gurion University. In the past decade, Ms. Berti has worked in NGOs and research institutes in Latin America, the Middle East, and the US, focusing on human rights, internal conflict, and political violence. Her areas of expertise include human security, internal conflict, integration of armed groups, post-conflict stabilization and peace-building, as well as democratic governance and crisis management and prevention. Her current research is related to political violence and conflict in the Middle East, non-state armed groups, as well as Palestinian, Lebanese, and Syrian politics. Ms. Berti is a frequent news commentator on international security, Middle Eastern politics, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Her work and research have been awarded numerous awards, grants and fellowships. In 2015 the Italian government awarded her the Order of the Star of Italy (order of Knighthood).
Václav Lídl is Secretary of the Association for International Affairs (AMO) and a Research Fellow at the AMO Research Center. He pursues his Ph.D. in International Territorial Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University in Prague. He holds MA in Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies and BA in area studies from the Charles University. He completed study stays at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies of the University College London, at the Moscow State University and at the Institute of Russian Language in Moscow. He also did internships in the Foreign Affairs Department of the President’s Office and at the Political Department of the Czech Embassy in Moscow. Mr. Lídl cooperates with AMO since 2013. His focus lies on Russian foreign and internal policy, political developments in the post-Soviet area, integration initiatives and geopolitics in the area of the former Soviet Union.