09:00 – 09:45 – Welcome Speeches

Linas Linkevičius

Linas Linkevičius is a long-standing Lithuanian politician and the incumbent Minister of Foreign Affairs since December 2012 and a Member of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas). Throughout his career, L. Linkevičius served as the Lithuanian Ambassador to Belarus, the Permanent Representative to NATO, held the position of the Minister of Defense (1993 – 1996 and 2000 – 2004). From 1992 to 1996 he was a Member of the Lithuanian Parliament where he worked as the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Head of the Seimas Delegation to the North Atlantic Assembly.

Stefano Manservisi

Mr Manservisi was appointed as DEVCO's Director-General on 4 May 2016. He brings with him a wealth of expertise gathered over the years at senior management positions within the EU institutions, first at DG DEV, then at DG HOME, but also as Head of the EU Delegation in Turkey or most recently as Head of Cabinet for Federica Mogherini. His close ties with the EEAS and his knowledge of the development context and experience of field work will be vital in helping the European Commission achieve the ambitious goals set forth in the Agenda 2030. 

Dr Modibo Traore

Dr Modibo Traore is currently Director of the Multilateral Cooperation in the Malian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Dr. Traore holds two Master degrees in Health and Animal Production obtained respectively in Kiev and Paris, and a Ph.D. of the University of Paris XII Créteil. Dr. Traoré held important functions in Mali, his country of origin, where he was successively Director of the Regional Center for Agricultural Research of Niono, National Director of the livestock, Minister of Rural Development and Environment, Ambassador of Mali to Beijing among others. He also worked on the African and international scene. He was successively Director of the Inter-African Bureau of Animal Resources of the African Union, FAO Regional Representative for Africa, Assistant Director-General of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection of the FAO, FAO Representative to the African Union and Ethiopia, and FAO Regional Coordinator for East Africa.

Eusèbe Agbangla

H.E Mr Eusèbe Agbangla is currently Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Benin to the Kingdom of Denmark, with jurisdiction over Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with residence in Copenhagen since 2014. He was Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Integration, Francophonie and the Beninese in the Diaspora from 2013 to 2014 and directed  the America Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 2012.

Ambassador Eusèbe Agbangla is a career Diplomat who has a post-graduate degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from University of Bordeaux IV, France.

Asta Skaisgirytė

Asta Skaisgirytė is the Political director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania. She joined the Diplomatic Service in 1993. Since then she assumed a number of positions both at home and abroad. Asta Skaisgirytė served as the Lithuanian ambassador to France, Israel and the United Kingdom. She was also accredited as a non-resident ambassador to Tunisia, Ethiopia and the Republic of South Africa. In 2013-17 she represented the MFA as observer to the African Union.