Members of the Advisory Board  work with the senior management  team in reviewing the Global Diplomatic Forum's programmes and shaping its strategic direction and promoting the Forum globally.  These members represent  the wide geographic and expertise varieties illustrated in the Global Diplomatic Forum's activities. 


Dr. Hans-Jacob Schindler, Coordinator of ISIL (DA'ESH) & Al-Qaida and Taliban Monitoring Team, United Nations Security Council: 

Dr. Hans-Jacob Schindler, Coordinator of ISIL (DA'ESH) & Al-Qaida and Taliban Monitoring Team, United Nations Security Council: 

Dr. Schindler has wide international experience in diplomacy, intelligence and security. He was appointed Coordinator of the ISIL (Da’esh), al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Monitoring Team of the United Nations Security Council in July 2015, having served as an Expert in the Team since the beginning of 2013.  

Prior to this, he worked as an associated partner for West Sands and an associated consultant for Stirling Assynt in in the United Kingdom as well as advisor to several companies in Europe. He consulted on security, political and economic issues concerning Iran, the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf. In addition, he served as Program Director for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue in London, leading the Institute's foreign policy-centered program area. Having studied in Tübingen, Georgetown Washington D.C. and Israel, Hans holds a Masters and PhD degree in International Terrorism from St. Andrews University in Scotland



Ambassador Dr Peter Poptchev, International Consultant and a retired long-time Bulgarian Ambassador-at-large of Energy and Climate Change:

The first Bulgarian Ambassador-at-large for Energy Security and Climate Change and National Coordinator for the Nabucco Project. Adviser to four successive Ministers of Economy and Energy. Part of negotiations on the South Stream agreement with Russia, and leading to the signature of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Nabucco. Qualified expert of the UN Secretary General to elaborate "guidelines and procedures for international investigations of alleged use of WMD" (1989) – (the manual later served to investigate alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria).  Research work on strategic issues of international relations, defence and security, European integration, including transatlantic relations, crisis management, the wider Black Sea region, Eastern Partnership and EU Neighbourhood policy; Central Asia and the Caspian. An independent Foreign Policy, Energy and Climate Analyst, focus on establishing a functioning regional gas market in Central and South East Europe. 


Bill Farren-Price, Chief Executive Officer, Petroleum Policy Intelligence:

Petroleum Policy Intelligence (PPI) founder and CEO Bill Farren-Price has 20 years experience in the energy industry, working both as a consultant and industry journalist focused on MENA energy and politics. Before establishing PPI in 2010, he led oil research at Medley Global Advisors. He has held senior correspondent and editorial posts with international news wires including Knight-Ridder Financial News (latterly Bridge News), Agence France-Presse  and UPI and edited the Cyprus-based Middle East Economic Survey (MEES).

He regularly contributes articles to industry and general media and is a frequent speaker on the region and its energy economy. He is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.



Vibeke Brask Thomsen, Founder and Director of GenderHopes:

Vibeke Brask Thomsen is Danish-born but raised in Monaco. After graduating with a Master in Public Policy and a Master of Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan, she moved to Bruxelles, where she worked for think-thanks and NGOs on arms control, disarmament, security and defence, and on policies to protect women in conflict zones.In 2011, she returned to Monaco where she founded GenderHopes. The non-profit aims to empower girls and women through education and to raise awareness about the International Day of the Girl.

GenderHopes also aims to combat gender-based violence and discrimination by raising awareness, informing policy-makers and the general public and by highlighting negative stereotypes that promote gender-based violence and discrimination