ISPD Experts

Ines Pires, phD Research, MA, BA, Prof. h.c. Dr. h.c. of International Business Strategy (CCU/USA)

Economist | Strategist

● President ISPD Group

● Executive Board Member STERGY

● Former Expert Economist for the Sultanate of Oman Gov.

● Former Head of Cabinet of the European Parliament Vice President

● Soft Diplomacy Modelling Global Interactions Author

● Awarded Distinction by the President of Portugal and The Sultanate of Oman Shura Council Medal

Thomas Sladko, MA, Mag. phil, Prof. HC and Dr. HC of soft diplomacy (CCU/USA),

● Expert and consultant in communications, protocol, and soft diplomacy at ISPD+ Innovation in Diplomacy.

● Academic correspondent at the Brazilian Academy of Ceremonial and Protocol (ABCP).

● Academic of number at the International Academy of Ceremonial and Protocol (IACP)

→ Public Speaker

Vazil Hudak 

MBA, International Business Administration, MA, International Relations

● Chairman of Avanea AIFM

● Former Senior Manager at National Development Fund

● Member Of The Supervisory Board at 4gimel fund

● Member of the National Investment Committee & Financial advisor of the Czech National Development Fund

● Former Ministry of Economy of Slovakia

→ Board Member of Jefferson Institute

Manfred Wandner, Physics, Geography, Sports with a focus on Sports Medicine

● Co-founder of Juventus Deutschland e.V. redirecting children to sports

● Advisory board for fostering a close-knit community

● Cultivated a vast global network of collaborators across Europe, the United States, Singapore, Australia, the Philippines, and Oman.

Marco Illy

President and controlling shareholder of MSCS

● Member of the Board of Directors of Innosuisse

● Member of Board of Directors of Compagnie Financiere Tradition

● Member of Board of Directors of RocketVax

● Former Head of Investment Banking in German Speaking Europe, Credit Suisse

● Former Member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse

● Former Advisory on various healthcare sector deals like sale of Synthes to J&J, Actelion to J&J, demergers of Ciba and Syngenta from Novartis, and Givaudan from Roche, Zimmer's acquisition of CenttrePulse, and the IPOs of Idorsia and DKSH.

Luis Ritto, PhD

● Academic Director and Dean of ISPD

● Former EU Ambassador to the Holy See, Order of Malta and FAO

● Former Head of Division of DG XVIII-Credit and Investments (Luxembourg) and in DG VIII-Development, Brussels

Jorge Santiago, PhD in Political Communications,

International political consultant and Advisor for International development delegations

● President of Educational Institution (ALEPH)

Vice President of International Association "Democratic Reflection"

● Member of the board of directors of the Spanish Association of Political Communication

→ Member of the Doha International Forum (Qatar)

● Professor (accredited doctor) at Camilo Jose Cela University of Madrid

Ernesto Samper, LLB

● Former President of Colombia

● Former secretary of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR)

● President of the Escenarios Corporation

● Honorary president of the Vivamos Humanos Corporation

● Former Ambassador at Embassy of Colombia in Spain

● Former Councilor at Bogota

Bruno Smets, Strategic and operational affairs, defence diplomacy, international relations

● Founder and managing director of Namur Agency for Security Policy (NA4SP)

● Senior retired officer of the Belgian Armed Forces

● Former defence counsellor at the Belgian Permanent Representation to NATO1.

● Former Faculty Adviser at the GCSP

● Former Senior Advisor for CSDP Affairs

Carlos Mesa, BA

● Former president of Bolivia

● Former vice president of Bolivia

● Leader of the Civic Community party since

● International spokesman for Bolivia's maritime claim against Chile

● Historian, journalist, and author of several books on Bolivian history and culture

Vicente Fox, BA, Certificate in management skills

● President at Fox Center

● Former President of Mexico

● Former Governor of Guanajuato

● Former Member of the Chamber of Deputies

● Co-President of Centrist Democrat International

● Chief executive of the Coca-Cola Company in Mexico and head of its Latin American operations

Dr. Said Al-Saqri, PhD holder in Economics

Minister of Economy in the Sultanate of Oman

● Member of the Supreme Council for Planning

● Director at Office of the Advisor to H.M for Economic Planning Affairs

● Former Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry for Commerce and Industry

● Former economic adviser at the Statistical Centre for the Cooperation Council for the Arab Countries of the Gulf (“GCC-Stat”)

Jose Paulo Lucena, Captain | Bachelor's in Military Naval Sciences, Specialized in Communications and Electronic Warfare

Head of Security and Environment Department, Portuguese Navy General Inspection

Former Protocol Adviser, Chief General Staff Portuguese Armed Forces

Former Head of Group for certification of Portuguese Navy Human Resources Management System

Former ACO/SHAPE team leader for Montenegro's NATO accession and integration

Nasr Al Hosni, MA

Undersecretary of Labour of the Sultanate of Oman

Kamzar LLC By ISPD Chairman

CEO of SAJ Investment

Chairman of HEMA Energy

Board Member of Oman Hotels and Tourism SAOC

Deputy Chairman of Majan College (University College) SAOG

Board Member of Takaful Oman Insurance SAOG

Deputy Chairman of Majan Continental Hotel

Director of Oman Oil Marketing Company

Member of many governmental specialized committees and councils

Luis Alberto Lacalle, LLB

Former President of Uruguay

Senator of the Republic

Member of the National Party

Former President of the Chamber of Representatives

Tilo Ploeger, BA

Founder, Owner and CEO of AYNIO GmbH

Member Of The Board Of Advisors of Co. São Paulo SA Improvements

Founder & Owner of Casa do Ashe 

Former Advisory Board Member of Ardo medical AG

Eduardo Duhalde, 

Candidate for President of the Argentine Republic

Honorary president of

Argentine Productive Movement

Former President of the Argentine

Former President of MERCOSUR Permanent Representatives Commission

Paul Pearson

HND in Hotel Management

Founder of Pearson Communications Ltd

Patron of the Hurtwood Park Polo Club

● Former Managing Director of Pearson Communications

Phillipa Dianne

Lawrence, BA, M.Sc.

Former Chief of Protocol at the United Nations in Vienna

Member of the Board of Advisors at ISPD

Expert in Institutional Protocol and VIP Management at the ISPD Group

United Nations Protocol Expert at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Former Jamaican Deputy Chief of Mission in Mexico and Central America

● Former Foreign Service Officer


Administrator at Sel d’Afrique

Former Administrator at Société des Salins du Sine Saloum

Sharifa Al Yahi, BA, MA

Former Minister of Social Development

Academic Specialist in Women’s Studies

Speaker on gender equality in Oman and the GCC12

Editorial board member of the Scientific Journal Rawafed in Social Sciences University Center of Ain

Tumoshint Algeria

Former Board Member of Arab Women Foundation

Former Member of Advisory Board in University of Business & Technology- Jeddah

Jamil Mahuad, BA, MA, MPA, WWF’s Gift to the Earth Award | Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Former President of Ecuador

Former Mayor of Quito

Former Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador

Marianne Zahnd, BA, Certified in Event management and Protocol

Senior Marketing Manager at Siemens

Event Project Lead for Formula E at ABB

Lecturer at ISPD

Former Head of Protocol and Guest Management at FIFA

Former Protocol and Event Manager at FIFA

Rafael Abelha Santos, BA, Innovation & Strategic

Executive Board Member and Chairman at Stergy Investments & Commodities LLC

Executive Board Member and Chairman at Stergy Asia

Executive Board Member and Chairman at STERGY Group

CEO for Oil & Gas Department at Bin Said Group Business LLC

Co-Managing Partner at X07Sports Management

Business Owner at CFO Portugal Oil Business

Valentina Kecman, PhD, MA, BA

CEO at Airports of the Republic of Srpska

Chairman of the Board for International Cooperation at Ujedinjena Srpska

Former Director General at Beach Body Sports LLC

Former Director General at Kensington Sports Services LLC

Nicanor Duarte, MA, LLB

Former President of Paraguay

Former Ambassador to Argentina

Senator for life

Former President of the ANR-Colorado Party

Former Minister of Education and Culture

Patricia Benoit-Guyot, BA, MA

CEO at PBG International Consulting

Head of Production Office at Festival Guitare en Scène

Campaign Advisor at ITU

Former Senior Government Affairs Officer at Digicel Group

Former Chief of Protocol and Broadband Commission Coordinator at ITU

Dr. Raymond H. Hamden, Ph.D. in Psychology

Chief Medical Officer at SwissMEA

Board of Director, SwissMEA [GmbH]

Consultant in Forensic & Political Psychology at The Foundation For International Human Relations

Former Director at Human Relations Institute

Chairman of the Board for International Cooperation at Ujedinjena Srpska

Fellow at American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Carlos Estima, BSc, MBA

Banking, Payments and Digital Assets Expert

Global Director at Atlantic Partners Asia (MPI and MSO financial licenses in Singapore and Hong Kong)

Former Montepio Bank Manager for the UK and Channel Islands

Integritas Financial Services founder (regulated by the FCA in the UK)

Former Global Director at Berkeley FS Limited (EMI license in the UK)

Crypto researcher and miner since 2013

Alejandro J. Esteban, BSc, MBA

Founder & President at Inversiones Ometepe

Director general at SUMA Group Land Investments

Former Operations Analyst at INOSVIA Group



Maria Belén Pérez-Minayo, LLB, MBA

General Manager USA & South America at Euro Alliance Management Consultances Co.

Managing Director at Jesbel&C

V.P. Equity Sales at Banco Sabadell

Responsible de Ventas en Europa junto al Managing Director at Jomar Tobacco Company Limited

Former Executive Director at Interdin

Former V.P. South European Equities Sales & Trading at Santander Corporate & Investment Banking

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