Ambassador Eynat Shlein is an Israeli diplomat and a senior analyst. Born and raised in Israel, she joined the Foreign Service as a career diplomat in 1992, specializing in the Middle East region, the Israeli-Arab relations and American affairs, and promoting dialog and understanding in the region. She was posted in Jordan (twice), in Washington DC, in Boston, and in the Israeli Foreign Ministry holding several senior positions, including ambassador (2015-2017), and deputy head of the Policy Research Center and director of Maghreb, Syria and Lebanon affairs department. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (2000) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a major in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Middle Eastern History, magna cum laude (1991) from the Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Laura Bologna is a Political Affairs Officer at the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) at UNHQ in New York since 2000, after having served in the diplomatic service at the Permanent Mission of San Marino to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg where she focused on human rights and gender. Laura is part of the Network as Member from the Mediterranean region and can contribute thanks to her extensive and direct experience in mediation processes as well as her wide network of contacts in the region and in Africa. She brings over 20 years of experience in diplomacy, international relations in the field of peace and security, intergovernmental processes, conflict prevention, mediation, elections and gender. For several years, she focused on Africa, in particular the Great Lakes region, Eastern and Southern Africa and Sudan. She served in UN peace operations including Nepal in 2007, in Sudan in the Office of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel for the Sudan Referenda in 2011, and in Nicosia in the Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus where she assisted during the negotiations in 2016. Over the last few years, she focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the relative peace process. She has extensive knowledge on UNSR 1325 and women peace and security issues as well as gender parity. She holds a master degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.