Scientific Council

The Observatory has also privileged contacts with a senior group of individuals to guide the President and its members and staff in setting priorities, an agenda that fulfils the vision and the mission of our organisation.

In the past, we had a group of 15 Scientific Council members from 12 countries in OBGMS; and for IGMO it will be no different  : we are in the process of selecting, hand-picking those experts that will serve as Scientific Council members to the Observatory in its latest configuration.


craciun_ioanIoan CRACIUN  :  Capt(N) hails from Iasi, ROMANIA and he was inducted into Romanian Navy in August of 1986, after Naval Academy “Mircea cel Bătrân” graduation. He attended the Command & Staff College in 1996 and completed the Ph.D. program in 2003. He has started his academic carrier in 1997 by teaching ASW and naval strategies at Romanian National Defense University “Carol I”. Developing a keen interest in conflict prevention/management/resolution while teaching crisis management at Romanian NDU “Carol I”, NATO School, Oberammergau, Germany or George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, he completed his education in the field of international security, conflict management and development by attending different academic programs like “Security, Stability, Transition and Reconstruction Program” and “Program in Advanced Security Studies” at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and Comprehensive Approach, Strategic and Operational Planning Programs at NATO School, Oberammergau, Germany.

1-20140410nursin02Nurşin Ateşoğlu GÜNEY : professor of international relations, head of international relations department at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. Prof. Güney is also security and nuclear energy fellow at the Wise Men Center for Strategic Studies (BILGESAM). She contributes to BİLGESAM every month by writing one analysis on security related matters. She has extensively published on Middle East, security studies, American foreign and security policies, EU, NATO and arms control and disarmament issues as well as on energy issues. She is the member of IISS. Some of her selected publications include; Contentious Issues of Security and the Future of Turkey (ed), Asghgate Publications, Great Britain, January 2007. ‘Special ıssue Issue for European Security (Taylor&Francis ,2008).  ‘Turkish Nuclear Security after Iranian Nuclearization’, Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 33/3, December 2012. Nurşin Ateşoğlu Güney (Quest editor and contributor) ‘Today’s Emergent Geo-politics and the Day after: What’s Next in Energy Security? and ‘Where Does EU Stand in Energy Dependence on Russia After the Ukranian Crisis: Are there any Alternatives at Hand?’ Perceptions, SAM: Center for Strategic Research, Vol: XIX, Autumn 2014. Nurşin Ateşoğlu Güney, ‘Turkey as an Energy Hub for Europe’, in European Energy and Climate Security: Public Policies, Energy Sources and Eastern Partners, Maria Grazia, Rossella Pazienza, Alberto Tonini (eds), Springer publishers, 2015. She is commentator to national and international TV stations.


Professor Oleg Kobtzeff

Oleg KOBTZEFF :   PhD, DEA, History, University of Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris 1; MA, BA, History, University of Paris-Sorbonne, Paris 4.  Franco-American with family ties to many frontier regions of Russia and the Ukraine, trained by founders of the French school of “New History”, Professor Kobtzeff’s pluri-disciplinary and multi-faceted work is a study of the interface of civilizations and their relationship with their natural environments. Familiarity with French, American and Slavic geographic research lead to first assignments: French space agency, US National Parks Service, and scientific institutions in the Arctic and Pacific where he lived for four years in an indigenous community, co-founded a museum, and became involved, as an educator or journalist, in the problems of multi-cultural societies, borderlands, and management of maritime resources, discovering how a remote area becomes a crossroads of global forces.

2015-03-Lafhaj Zoubeir-2Zoubeir LAFHAJ : Pr., PhD in civil engineering and the Professional Qualification Degree « Ability to Supervise Research » (HDR) in Physics from the University of Lille (France). He is Professor at Ecole Centrale de Lille, – French Grande Ecole. Former Dean of International Affairs 2008-2015, member of the Executive Committee of the School, responsible for the ACE Training (Urbanization, Construction and Environment) and involved in the Local Agenda 21 since its foundation.


Slavtcho Neykov

Slavtcho NEYKOV : he has more than 23 years’ experience in the energy sector, including as a Commissioner at the Bulgarian National Regulatory Commission, Secretary General of the Bulgarian Ministry of Energy and Director of the Energy Community Secretariat in Vienna. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Energy Management Institute in Sofia.

Marina NIFOROS : 
MBA from INSEAD, Masters in Government Administration from the University of 27ddab7d-f5c0-4fb3-aba7-a603c3ca60fcPennsylvania, a Diploma in International Relations and European Studies from SAIS-The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University, with a B.A. with highest honors in Government and International Relations. Marina is fluent in Spanish, French, Greek and proficient in Italian.

An institutional economist and advisor to government and business leaders on institutional relations and public policy. With more than 20 years management experience in multicultural organizations across the public, private and academic spheres, she is an expert on economic competitiveness, trade and public policy reform and a frequent speaker at high level conferences. In addition, Marina is a widely recognized thought leader and published author on gender, leadership and women’s economic empowerment.

Marina is the founder of Logos Global Advisors, an advisory group that provides economic intelligence and insights to government and private sector decision-makers so they may take informed decisions in shifting political, regulatory and commercial conditions.


1613_VDH_NURDIN-big-626x220Georges NURDIN : ESCP Europe, MBA GE-MIT, Docteur Economie    ( Ph.D),  Economiste, International Consultant, Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Administrator of the ADAE, George has 30 years of Management experience on 5 continents as Director General and President of the Board. An international consultant having served as an expert to the United Nations, Director of Paris School of Business, adjunct professor at HEC Executive Education and ESCP Europe.