Supervisory board

We are committed to the highest standards of quality for our academic production. We therefore seek the support and coaching of knowledgeable, experienced and recognised experts who believe in our mission and whose diverse backgrounds are an asset for our research. Our supervisory board currently consists of Benoît D’Aboville, Christian Dargnat, Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Cécile Pélaudeix, Helmut Sihler.



Benoît D’Aboville

Ambassador (ret.) d’Aboville is currently Vice President of the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique in Paris, Vice President and member of the executive Board of the Institute of International Humanitarian Law in San Remo and Geneva and Chairman of the editorial board of “Revue de Defense Nationale”. Ambassador D’Aboville started his career in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the French embassies in Washington and Moscow, before becoming Deputy Political Director in Paris, Consul General in New York, Ambassador in Prague, Warsaw and Brussels as Permanent Representative of France in NATO (2002-2005). He was Senior Auditor in the Cour des Comptes (2005-2011), member of the national defense “White Book” Committee (2007-2008), and member of the Advisory Council of the French Foreign and European Ministry (2011-2013).

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Christian Dargnat

Christian Dargnat acted as CEO of BNP Paribas Asset Management and as CIO of BNP Paribas Investment Partners from 2009 to 2016. He joined BNP Paribas Asset Management in 2006 as Chief Investment Officer and as a member of the Executive Committee. Christian was Chairman of BNP PAM Sgr in Italy and Chairman of CAMGestion. He oversighted the Portfolio Management activity of BNP Paribas Private Banking in France and Italy. From June 2013 to June 2015, he was elected President of European Fund & Asset Management Association (EFAMA) after being Vice President for 2 years. Christian was Chairman of the Board of CAMGestion and Chairman of BNP Paribas Investment Partners Italy. From September 2010 to June 2013, he was Chairman of the MEDEF committee “Currencies and International monetary system”. Since 2008, he has lectured  in France at the HEC business school, École Polytechnique and Sciences Po. Christian has been appointed in 2014 member of the French regulatory authorities (AMF) Advisory Commission dedicated to “Asset Management and Institutional Investors”. He is also member of the Paris Europlace Institutional Investors Committee. Christian Dargnat graduated with Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Paris Dauphine, Paris, France in 1988. He is fluent in English and Italian.



Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen

Professor Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen is a Danish political scientist who grew up in Iceland. He is Professor of Northern Studies and Barents Chair in Politics at the University of Tromsø-The Arctic University of Norway. Rasmus’ field of research is transnational knowledge relations and flows of ideas, information, talent and resources between the USA, Europe, Russia, the Middle East and East Asia, inspired by his own experiences. His Arctic focus is on science diplomacy and knowledge-based economic development. He started his studies at the University of Copenhagen (cand.scient.pol.) and was a Nordplus exchange student at the University of Iceland. Rasmus did the joint research master in Political Science (DEA) of the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne (which explains his counting in French). He was a Huygens fellow at the University of Amsterdam, and he did his PhD in International Relations and Political Psychology at the University of Cambridge with a year as auditeur libre at Sciences Po. The topic was British and French elite perceptions of the international system between 1880s and 1930s. Rasmus’ first postdoc was at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government on the soft power of American and French universities in the Middle East, both classical ones in Beirut and Cairo and newcomers in the Gulf. He expanded this research to East Asia as Japan Society for the Promotion of Science postdoc at Tokyo Institute of Technology and United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies (Yokohama), and he returned to Aalborg University in Denmark as postdoc and assistant professor on Sino-Danish knowledge relations. Rasmus was editor in chief of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. Most recently, Rasmus is a founding board member of the Nordic-Iranian Chamber of Commerce.



Cécile Pelaudeix

Professor Cécile Pelaudeix (Associate) is researcher in Arctic studies at the Faculty of Arts of Aarhus University and research associate at Sciences Po Grenoble. Her researches focus on the European Union Arctic policy, Arctic policies, energy security, Greenland politics and China’s foreign policy. She has taught courses on public policies and international relations in the Arctic at Sciences Po Grenoble and Lyon for several years. Prior moving to Denmark she was a member of the Scientific Committee of the “Chantier Arctique”, CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), Paris, where she was in charge of the Governance working group, to inform the French strategy (feuille de route) for the Arctic. At the Arctic Research Center at Aarhus University she is in charge of developing interdisciplinary research. Interested in the relations between law and political science, she teaches at the Law Department at Aarhus University in a PhD course, and is a member of the IntraLaw research group. She also coordinates a Master course at Ilisimatusarfik (the University of Greenland in Nuuk). She has organized several international conferences, in Aarhus and in Lyon where the conference was opened by Michel Rocard, former French prime minister and Ambassador for the international negotiations in the polar regions, Arctic and Antarctic. She has published extensively on Arctic politics.


Helmut Sihler

Prof. Dr. Helmut Sihler, JD, Ph.D. served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany from July 2002 to November 2002. From 1988 to 1989, Prof. Dr. Sihler served as President of the Association of the German Chemical Industry. He served as Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Telekom AG from July 2002 to November 2002. In 1957, Prof. Dr. Sihler joined Henkel KGaA, Germany, initially holding several positions in the marketing department for consumer goods. From 1980 to 1992, he served as Chairman of the Central Board of Management of Henkel KGaA. He served as Chairman and Member of the Supervisory Board at Porsche Automobil Holding SE (formerly, Porsche AG), Germany until January 26, 2007. He served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board max.mobil Telekommunikations Service GmbH, Vienna until 2002, Basel. Prof. Dr. Sihler served as Vice Chairman of Novartis AG, the parent company of Novartis India Ltd. from 1996 to February 28, 2006. Prof. Dr. Sihler has been a Director of Ciba-Geigy AG since 1983. He served as a Non-Executive Independent Director of Novartis AG at Novartis India Ltd. from 1996 to February 28, 2006 and served as its Lead Director from 1999 to February 28, 2006. Prof. Dr. Sihler served as a Member of Supervisory Board at Deutsche Telekom AG from 1996 to 2003. Prof. Dr. Sihler studied Philology and Law in Graz, Austria and Burlington, Vermont (USA) and graduated with a Doctorate in Philology and a JD in 1957.

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