This task force will foment a discussion on the future of multilateralism at regional and global
will examine ways to reform existing international organizations so they are better placed to tackle
global issues. The task force will also discuss the future of politics in the age of populism,
downturns, and innovative strategies for global governance.
Chairman, Gulf Research Center
Research Fellow, KFCRIS
Past President of the Hertie School, Professor
Director, the Istituto Affari Internazionali;
Honorary Professor, University of Tübingen
Executive Director, the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and
Dr. Abdulaziz Sager is an expert on Gulf politics and strategic issues. He is the
founder and Chairman of the Gulf Research Center, a global think tank based in Jeddah
with a well-established worldwide network of partners and offices in both the Gulf
region and Europe. In addition to having authored and edited numerous publications, Dr.
Sager frequently contributes as a commentator on major international media channels such
as Al Arabiya, France 24 and BBC. He has also chaired and moderated the Syrian
opposition meetings in Riyadh.
Dr. Sager holds a Ph.D in Politics and International Relations from Lancaster
University, an MA from the University of Kent, United Kingdom and a BA from the Faculty
of Economics and Administration of King Abdulaziz University.
Bruno Schmidt Feuerheerd is a Research Fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and
Islamic Studies. In his research, he focuses mainly on historical work concerning
identity in Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf states. He has side interests in the study of
political Islamism and the international relations of the Arab world.
Bruno has a MSc in Middle East politics and Arabic from the University of Edinburgh, UK
and studied social sciences as an undergraduate at Zeppelin University, Germany and UC
Helmut K. Anheier is past President of the Hertie School, Professor of Sociology, and
member of the faculty at the Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California
(UCLA). His research centers on policy analysis, indicator systems, social innovation,
culture, civil society, non-profit organizations and philanthropy. He received his PhD
from Yale University in 1986, was assistant/associate professor of sociology at Rutgers
University, senior researcher at the Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Policy
Studies, Professor of Public Policy and Social Welfare at UCLA, and Centennial Professor
at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
From 2007 to 2019 he held a Chair of Sociology at Heidelberg University and was founding
Academic Director of the Centre for Social Innovation and Investment. Before embarking
on an academic career, he served as Social Affairs Officer at the United Nations.
Anheier is author of numerous publications, many in leading journals, and has received
various international awards.
Nathalie Tocci is Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali and Honorary Professor
at the University of Tübingen. She has been Special Adviser to EU HRVP, on behalf of
whom she wrote the European Global Strategy and worked on its implementation, notably in
the field of security and defense.
Previously she held research positions at the Centre for European Policy Studies,
Brussels, the Transatlantic Academy, Washington and the Robert Schuman Centre for
Advanced Studies, Florence.Her research interests include European foreign policy,
conflict resolution, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Her major publications include: Framing the EU's Global Strategy, Springer-Palgrave
Macmillan, 2017 (author); The EU, Promoting Regional Integration, and Conflict
Resolution, Springer-Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (co-editor); Turkey and the European
Union, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (co-author); Multilateralism in the 21st Century,
Routledge, 2013 (co-editor), Turkey’s European Future: Behind the Scenes of America’s
Influence on EU-Turkey Relations, New York University Press, 2011 (author); and The EU
and Conflict Resolution, Routledge, 2007 (author).
Nathalie is the 2008 winner of the Anna Lindh award for the study of European Foreign
Dr. Julia Pomares is the Executive Director of the Center for the Implementation of
Public Policies for Equity and Growth (CIPPEC). She co-chaired T20 during G20 Argentine
Presidency. She joined CIPPEC in 2010 as Director of Political Institutions, then
assumed leadership of the institution in 2015. Dr. Pomares holds a PhD in Political
Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She held various
government positions relating to the promotion of good governance. Among other
positions, she was a policy advisor to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the
United Kingdom and was responsible for monitoring electoral reform in Guatemala. She
also oversaw the implementation of the pilot test for electronic voting in the City of