Press Release - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

MEDIA ALERT - Belfer Center Experts Available to Discuss 2023 G20 New Delhi Summit

Aug. 28, 2023

The upcoming 2023 G20 summit scheduled in New Delhi will convene leaders representing the world's major economies to deliberate and strategize about imminent environmental and economic challenges. The overarching theme of "One Earth" will serve as a clarion call for unity and collective responsibility, underscoring the urgency of collaborative endeavors. Participating nations will engage in open dialogues, deliberating the adoption of cleaner energy sources, advancing circular economic models, and fortifying support mechanisms for marginalized communities grappling with environmental transformations.

The following Belfer Center experts are available to discuss the G20, its policy discussions, and any commitments announced:


Meghan O’Sullivan – Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs -- O’Sullivan has served in senior policymaking roles advising national security officials in both Republican and Democratic administrations and is currently a member of U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s Foreign Policy Advisory Board. She can provide insights into foreign policy and national security, energy markets, the transition to a net-zero global economy, and the geopolitics of that transition. Her areas of expertise include Middle East & North Africa, Energy Policy, and International Relations.  

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John P. Holdren – Research Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Served as President Obama's Science Advisor and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy 2009-2017. Was the US Executive Agent implementing the US-India Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement. He can discuss energy innovation policy, climate change science and policy, nuclear issues, science & technology policy. 

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Bruce Schneier - Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist. He is the author of 14 books­ including the New York Times best-seller Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World. He can discuss cybersecurity, digital privacy, artificial intelligence, and tech policy. 

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Daniel Schrag - Steering Committee Member of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements. He can discuss climate change, energy technology, and energy policy. He is interested in how climate events in the geologic past can be used to understand our current climate challenges. 

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Mohammad Alyahya – Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English, the digital English language service of the largest pan-Arab free-to-air regional news network

Expertise: Middle East & North Africa, Middle East Policy, International Relations, Terrorism & Counterterrorism

Rabah Arezki – Director of Research at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and a former Chief Economist and Vice President, Economic Governance and Knowledge Management at the African Development Bank

Expertise: Development economics, international macroeconomics, energy and resource economics, economics of Africa and the Middle East 

Youssef Chahed – Prime Minister of Tunisia (2016 - 2020)

Expertise: Middle East & North Africa, Governance, Economics & Global Affairs, Economics of National Security, Middle East policy, African Governance, Economic Policy, Terrorism & Counterterrorism, Democracy

Nicola De Blasio -

Expertise: Energy, Hydrogen, Renewable energy, Energy Innovation policy, Environment & Climate Change, Green chemistry, Science and Technology

Paula Dobriansky - Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs (2001 – 2009)

Expertise: Russia, Asia & the Pacific, Europe, Middle East & North Africa, Rogue/Repressive States, Human Rights, Energy, Soft power, U.S. Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, International Security & Defense, Negotiation, and NATO

Nadezhda Filimonova -

Expertise: Russia, Environment & Climate Change, Arctic governance

Nicole Grajewski -

Expertise: Russia, Middle East & North Africa, International Relations, International Security & Defense, Military intervention

Paul Kolbe - Served for 25 years in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, including as Chief of Station, Chief/Central Eurasia Division, and Balkans Group Chief 

Expertise: Russia, Europe, Energy, Energy security, Intelligence in policymaking, U.S. foreign policy, International Security & Defense, Security Strategy, Terrorism & Counterterrorism, Intelligence

Syra Madad - Epidemiologist

Expertise: Coronavirus, Public Health, Emergency response in public health and special pathogens preparedness and response

Omar Razzaz - 42nd Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (2018-2020)

Expertise: Public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, international organizations, and academia.

Afreen Siddiqi -

Expertise: Natural resources planning, scientific capacity, industrial development in emerging countries, water, energy, food security, and system adaptation

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For Academic Citation:MEDIA ALERT - Belfer Center Experts Available to Discuss 2023 G20 New Delhi Summit.” Press Release, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, August 28, 2023.