2019 Agenda


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DAY 1 | 15 October

7:30 am — Registration and Coffee

His Excellency, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani
Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, State of Qatar

Mr. Christopher Graves, President & Founder, Ogilvy Center for Behavioral ScienceMaster of Ceremonies

Senator Joe Donnelly Sr., Chairman of the Board, The Soufan Center

His Excellency, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani,
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Qatar

– Interviewed by Mr. Ali Velshi, MSNBC anchor and business correspondent for NBC NEWS and MSNBC

His Excellency K. Shanmugam,
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Government of Singapore

– Interviewed by Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst and Vice President, Global Studies & Fellows, New America

Dr. Ahmad M. Hasnah, President of Hamad Bin Khalifa University member of Qatar Foundation

10:15 am — Break

10:30 am — PRESENTATION: Defending Against Disinformation and Election Hacking in the Digital Age
Mr. Jan Neutze, Senior Director of Digital Diplomacy, Microsoft

10:45 am — PANEL I: General Overview on Disinformation: Exploring the Core Concepts and Threat Landscape

FRAMING REMARKS: Mr. Edward Stroz, Founder and Executive Chairman, Stroz Friedberg
MODERATOR: Peter Canellos, Editor-at-Large, Politico

– Mr. Michael Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo! News
– Mr. J.D. Maddox, Technology Advisor for the Global Engagement Center,U.S. State Department
– Dr. Hessa S. Al-Jaber, former Minister of Communications and Technology for the Government of the State of Qatar, Commissoner, United Nations ITU Broadband Commission for Digital Development and Chairperson of Es’hailSat
– Mr. Jivan Gjorgjinski, Chair of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, United Nations

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — Lunch

1:30 pm — WORKSHOP I: Weaponized Information and the Changing Character of Warfare
HOSTED BY: New America
FRAMING REMARKS: Dr. Sharri Clark, Senior Advisor for Cyber and Countering Violent Extremism, U.S. Department of State

MODERATOR: Mr. Peter Bergen, Vice President Global Studies & Fellows, New AmericaSPEAKERS:

– Ms. Jen Easterly, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley
– COL Christopher P. COSTA, USA, (RET), Former Special Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism, National Security Council, Executive Director, International Spy Museum
– Ms. Candace Rondeaux, Senior Fellow with the Center on the Future of War, New America
– Mr. Joshua Geltzer, Former Former Senior Director for Counterterrorism and Deputy Legal Advisor, National Security Council, Georgetown University Law Center

Her Excellency, Lolwah Rashid Al-Khater, Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Qatar

– Interviewed by Ms. Kimberly Dozier, Global Affairs Analyst, CNN

3:15 pm — PRESENTATION: Went There to Fight American Imperialism and Now, Am All for the U.S. and NATO: Disinformed Foreign Fighters in Ukraine
Mr. Kacper Rekawek, Head of National Security Programme, GLOBSEC

3:30 pm — WORKSHOP II: The Nexus Between Counterterrorism and Disinformation
HOSTED BY: United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate’s Global Research Network (GRN)
MODERATOR: Mr. David Scharia, Chief of Branch, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directive (CTED)

– Ms. Maya Mirchandani, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation Assistant Professor,Department of Media Studies, Ashoka University
– Mr. Milo Comerford, Senior Manager, Policy, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
– Mr. Michael Masters, President, The Soufan Center
– Ms. Bettina Rottweiler, Research Assistant, Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London

4:45 pm — Coffee Break

5:00 pm — PANEL II: Disinformation in Effect: Exploring Case Studies
FRAMING REMARKS: Mr. Chase Untermeyer, Chairman, The Qatar-America Institute and Former United States Ambassador to Qatar
MODERATOR: Ms. Rebecca Skippage, Senior Editor, BBC Monitoring
– Mr. Mark Power, Deputy Ambassador, British Embassy in Tel Aviv
Ms. Olga Robinson, Senior Journalist, BBC Monitoring
– Mr. Priyank Mathur, Founder and CEO, Mythos Labs
– Mr. David Scraven, Founder and Publisher, Correctiv

Mr. Christopher Graves, President & Founder, Ogilvy Center for Behavioral ScienceMaster of Ceremonies

7:30 am — Registration and Coffee

His Excellency, Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiya,
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, State of Qatar

– Interviewed by Mr. Steve Clemons, Editor-at-large, the Hill

8:45 am — PRESENTATION: You’re the F@ke! Why Fact Checking or Red Flags Won’t Work When Identity Trumps Truth
Mr. Christopher Graves, President & Founder, Ogilvy Center for Behavioral Science

Vice Admiral Alexandros Diakopoulos, National Security Advisor, Government of Greece

– Interviewed by Mr. Kevin Baron, Executive Editor, Defense One

9:30 am — PRESENTATION: 16 Years of Social Media: How Facebook (and others) Moved Fast and Broke Things
Mr. Jeffrey Cole, Director and Research Professor, Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School for Communication

His Excellency, Hassan al-Thawadi,
Secretary-General, Supreme Committee For Delivery and Legacy

– Interviewed by Mr. Mark Mazzetti, Washington Investigative Correspondent, New York Times

10:15 am — PRESENTATION: Five Years of Fighting Against Russian Disinformation in Ukraine: Lessons from StopFake
Mr. Yevhen Fedchenko, Co-founder and Chief Editor of StopFake.org, Director of Mohyla School of Journalism at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

10:30 — Break

10:45 am — WORKSHOP III: Hamad Bin Khalifa University
TOPIC: “A War of Words, Disinformation in Transnational Challenges”
MODERATOR: Susan L. Karamanian, Dean, College of Law, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

– H.E. Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani, Director, Government Communications Office, Chairman of The Media City. State of Qatar
– Dr. Leslie Pal, Dean, College of Public Policy, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
– Dr. Ahmed Elmagarmid, Executive Director, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
– Mr. Carlo Nardi, Strategy Manager, Counter Daesh Strategic Communications Cell

12:00 pm — PRESENTATION: Decision Making in the Disinformation and Deepfakes Era
Mr. Mounir Ibrahim, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Truepic

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — Lunch

1:30 pm — PRESENTATION: The Psychology of Misinformation
Dr. Shuki Cohen, Director of the Center on Terrorism at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice

1:45 pm — PRESENTATION: Disinformation Campaigns in Southeast AsiaMs.
Dr. Mia Bloom, Professor of Communication and Middle East Studies, Georgia State University

2:00 pm — PANEL III: Disinformation in the Marketplace: Financial Effects andCommercial Fallout
FRAMING REMARKS: Mr. Phil Cowdell, Consulting & Strategic Planning Division, The Soufan Group
MODERATOR: Mr. Bobby Ghosh, Journalist and Member of the Editorial Board, Bloomberg

– Mr. Bret Schafer, Media and Digital Disinformation Fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy
– Dr. Marie-Michelle Strah, Professor and Researcher at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, ICJ Program
– Mr. John Montgomery, Head of Brand Safety, GroupM
– Mr. Alastair Aitken CBE, Global Managing Director, Storyful Intelligence

3:15 pm — PRESENTATION: The Human Voice: Deception and Misinformation
Dr. Rita Singh, Professor & Research Faculty, The School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

3:30 pm — Break

3:45 pm — PRESENTATION: How to Identify, Quantify and Respond to Modern Disinformation
Mr. Phil Cowdell, Consulting & Strategic Planning Division, The Soufan Group

4:30 pm — PANEL IV: Disinformation and Legislation: Exploring Policy Options
FRAMING REMARKS: Mr. Nicholas J. Rasmussen, Former Director, National CounterterrorismCenter and Acting Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership
MODERATOR: Ms. Karen J. Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security, Fordham Law School

– Ms. Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Member of Estonian Parliament, Former Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Environment, Government of Estonia
– Mr. Mikael Tofvesson, Head of Global Monitoring and Analysis Section, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
– Mr. Charles Spencer, Assistant Director of the International Operations Division, U.S.Federal Bureau of Investigation
– Mr. Jason M. Blazakis, Senior Research Fellow at The Soufan Center, Professor of Practice and Director, Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Mr. Christopher Graves, President & Founder, Ogilvy Center for Behavioral ScienceMaster of Ceremonies