Modernizing Peace: Creative Diplomacy Moderator: Charles Enderlin Author and Journalist
Charles Enderlin immigrated to Israel in 1968, becoming, in 1971, Senior Editor of the French Department at “Kol Israel". In 1981, Mr. Enderlin served as the Jerusalem correspondent for "Antenne 2", becoming the Bureau Chief of "France 2" in Jerusalem that same year. Since that time, he has been the Middle East correspondent for "France 2". Mr. Enderlin is the author of several books about the Middle East peace process, and he has also co-authored three television documentaries.
H.E. Mr. Hikmet Çetin Former Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly and Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey Hikmet Çetin is a Turkish politician, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and was leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) for a short time. He served also as the Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly. In 2003, Mr. Çetin was appointed as NATO Secretary General's Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, a position he served until 2006.
Dr. Martin S. Indyk Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Director, Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Martin S. Indyk, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, is the Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and Senior Fellow in Brookings’ Foreign Policy Studies Program. As Ambassador, Dr. Indyk served two tours in Israel, prior to which he served as special assistant to President Clinton and Senior Director of Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). During the second Clinton administration, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs. Dr. Indyk served as founding Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has been a professor at many universities around the world, including Johns Hopkins SAIS and Columbia University. Dr. Indyk’s book, Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of U.S. Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East, will be published by Simon and Schuster in January 2009, and in Hebrew by AmOved Publishers.
Prof. Daniel C. Kurtzer Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Israel Prof. Daniel Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Chair in Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University, served almost 30 years in the United States Foreign Service, having retired with the rank of Career-Minister in the Senior Foreign Service. During his service, Prof. Kurtzer held a number of senior policy and diplomatic positions, including U.S. Ambassador to Israel, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. He is the author of numerous articles on United States policy in the Middle East and is the co-author of "Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East". Prof. Kurtzer serves on the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association’s Middle East-North Africa Rule of Law Initiative, as well as on a number of business and public service boards. He received distinguished service awards from the President, the Secretary of State and the United States Intelligence Community.
Amb. Marc Otte Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process, European Union Amb. Marc Otte has served as the European Union Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process since July 2003. His prior professional experience with the European Union includes Advisor on Defense and Security Policy to the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy and Head of the European Security and Defense Policy Task Force. Before joining the EU, Amb. Otte worked for the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serving first as Ambassador of Belgium to Israel, and then as Director of Security Policy and Disarmament. He also served in various Belgian Embassies around the world, in places such as the United States and Zaire.
Robert Serry United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in December 2007 to serve as Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, and in this capacity, as Envoy of the Secretary General to the Quartet. Prior to this position, Mr. Serry served as the Dutch Ambassador to Ireland. His previous professional experiences include diplomatic postings in Bangkok, Moscow, New York (United Nations) and Kiev. In addition, he held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Crisis Management and Operations at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Mr. Serry also led the Middle Eastern Affairs Division of the Dutch Foreign Ministry.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan Islamic Spiritual Leader Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, popularly known as Islam’s spiritual ambassador to the world, has been internationally recognized for his contributions to world peace, having received, among others, the Demiurgus Peace International Award, under the patronage of the former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev; the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honor; and the National Citizen’s Award, presented by Mother Teresa.