Roland Benedikter, Dott. lett., Dr. rer. pol., Dr. phil., Dr. phil., served as European Foundations Research Professor of Political Analysis with specialization in Political Anticipation and Contextual Political Analysis in residence 2009-13 at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, and as Long-term Visiting Scholar / Research Affiliate 2009-13 at the Europe Center, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. Since fall 2013, he is Visiting Scholar at the Orfalea Center, Full Academic Fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Washington DC, Trustee of the Toynbee Prize Foundation Boston, Affiliate Scholar of the Edmund Pellegrino Center of Georgetown University, Full member of the Scientific Council of the Austrian Society for European Politics Vienna and Full Member of the Club of Rome. Previously, he served as Visiting Professor and Research Scholar at Columbia University New York, Villanova University Philadelphia and RMIT University Melbourne. He has lectured at Viadrina European University Frankfurt/Oder, Korea University Seoul, Vienna and Innsbruck Universities, Clemens Ohridski University Sofia, Mersin Universitesi and Catholic University Lima. From 1995-2003, Benedikter also served as the personal secretary and spokesperson of the Minister for Culture, Minorities, Education and Science of the Government of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol, a European autonomous model region in the North of Italy; and as spokesperson of the President of the Cultural Commission of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) Barcelona as well as of the Vice President of the Federal Union of European Ethnic Groups (FUEN) Strasbourg. Benedikter has been writing for Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, European Foreign Affairs Review, New Global Studies, Challenge Magazine, The European Berlin, European Financial Review London, European Business Review London, Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, Welttrends Berlin, International. The Journal for International Politics Vienna, Aufklärung und Kritik Marburg, as well as the leading German and Austrian newspapers Die Welt Berlin and Der Standard Vienna. He is co-author of the February 2013 Pentagon and U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff White Paper on the Future of Neurotechnology and Neurowarfare, as well as author and editor of 15 books and of 16 encyclopedia articles. Verena Nowotny, MA, served for 10 years as foreign policy spokesperson for the Austrian government, mainly for Austrian chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel. In 2009-10 she acted as spokesperson for Austria's non-permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council. She enhanced her in-depth knowledge of international affairs with working experiences in China and the United States. Nowotny holds a Master's degree in Political Management from George Washington University. She currently works as an independent expert for public affairs, China-America-Europe relations and inter-cultural political and social communication in Austria's capital Vienna.