Brigadier General Metodi Hadji-Janev is a military security analyst and an Associate Professor at the Military Academy General Mihailo Apostolski in Skopje, of the University of “Goce Delcev” in Stip, and an adjunct faculty member at Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University (ASU).
BG Hadji-Janev specializes in legal aspects of countering asymmetric, cyber, and hybrid-based threats, with an emphasis on critical information infrastructure and critical infrastructure protection. He has served as a co-director of four NATO SPS projects at NATO’s Center of Excellence Defense Against Terrorism in Ankara (2011-2014) and as an academic course advisor designed for EUROCORPS in Strasburg (2015).
BG Hadji-Janev is a graduate of the Macedonian Military Academy and the United States Air Command and Staff College. He also holds MA and PhD degrees in Law from “Justinian-I” in Skopje. In 2018 BG Hadji Janev was awarded the Legion of Merit Award by the US Defense Secretary, James Mattis, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements as a Macedonian Defence attaché in Washington DC.
Professor Felipe Pathé Duarte is Assistant Professor at the Higher Institute of Police Sciences, Internal Security. He is also Fellow at the Oxford University Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C.
Tatyana Dronzina is a lecturer at the department of Political Science of St. Kliment Ohridski, University of Sofia, Bulgaria. She is doctor habil and a full professor with research interests in the field of terrorism (specifically female suicide terrorism, gender and terrorism) and radicalization (specifically jihadist radicalization). Her publications in Bulgarian, English, Spanish, Russian, and Kazakh are based on ongoing field research in Central Asia and the Balkans.
Dr. Safet Music is a Senior Advisor for the Ministry of Defense of Bosnia-Herzegovina, a professional trainer on extremism and security, and an Associate Researcher of the Center for Global Research Global Analitica. Music holds a PhD in religious extremism from the University of Serajevo. He also holds a BA in Security Studies, an MA in international law and terrorism as well as an MA in inter-religious studies and peace-building. He has also received training in NATO centers of excellence on terrorism and cybersecurity.
Christos Sarris is a Certified Information Systems Security Profesionals certified professional and a leading expert in cybersecurity with over 20 years of successful engagement in top-of-the-line security projects in the public and private sectors. Sarris is the founder of Elusive Technologies, a high-end security research firm providing business-to-business and business-to-customer cybersecurity and risk management services to clients in the Eurozone economic area. In his role as a Chief Information Security Officer he leads cybersecurity research and threat analysis to develop a comprehensive portfolio of adaptive, risk-based behaviour models of cyber-attacks through the innovative application of machine learning Artificial Intelligence and anomaly detection techniques. His passion is to make cybersecurity debates accessible to wider non-technically savvy audiences. He also contributes to voluntary work to the Safe and Secure Online initiative.
Dr. Galyna Zelenko is Senior Researcher at the I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethno-National Studies in Kyiv, Ukraine. Dr Zelenko is also Political Analyst and Head of Department of Theoretical and Applied Political Science of the I.Kuras Institute of Political and Ethno-National studies of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine. She specializes in political transition in the CIS, historical institutionalism, and electoral processes. Dr Zelenko holds a BA in History from the State Pedagogical Institute; an MA in Political Transitions from the Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies (NAS), and a PhD from the I. Kuras Institute of Political and Etho-National studies. She speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish.
Professor Polykarpos Adamidis obtained his PhD from Aristotelian University School of Law, LL.M Harvard. He is Senior Advisor to DG Home Affairs, Captain Ordinance Corps and a Professor on EU Law, Procurement and International Relations of the Hellenic Military Academy. An Onassis Foundation and National Foundation Scholar, Dr Adamidis has served as an expert on several EU-funded projects in the Balkans and served in critical posts for the Greek government, regional administrations, the European Commission, and the European Parliament. He is an Attorney at Law, licensed before the Supreme Court and speaks Greek, English and French.
Professor Maria Eleni Koppa is Associate Professor and Professor of Comparative Politics and international Relations at Panteion University, Greece. Professor Koppa was a member of the European Parliament from 2007-2014 for the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. During her time at the European Parliament, she served as Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee. Furthermore, she was as a full member on the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) and was also part of the Delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council. In 2013 she was responsible for the European Parliament’s first report on Common Foreign and Security Policy and has since become an authority on European Security, teaching at NATO’s College in Rome.
Additionally, Professor Koppa is a Southeastern Europe area studies expert and was a special advisor on Balkan Affairs for the Foreign Ministry of Greece from 1994 to 2000.
Koppa completed her doctoral thesis in Comparative Politics at the University of Paris X-Nanterre in 1992, having previously completed a diploma in Advanced Studies (DEA) in Comparative Politics at the University of Paris X-Nanterre in 1987. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at Athens University in 1985.
Martin Sokolov is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Naitional Security and Defence Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has worked on various security analysis projects in the context of the Sofia Security Forum, the Centre for the Study of Democracy, and the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies. Mr. Sokolov’s research is focused on hybrid threats, radicalization, and strategic communication. Mr. Sokolov holds an MA in International Relations and International Organizations from the University of Groningen and a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Hull.
George Vișan is a Romania based security and defense expert. He leads the security a program of Romania Energy Center (ROEC), a think tank that deals with energy and international relations issues. His expertise is European security, international security and Black Sea issues. George Visan holds an MA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Bucharest and has been published in various Romanian and international publications.