Secretary-General of the Rabita Muhammadia of ‘Ulamas. He heads committees within the US-Morocco Strategic Dialogue and Morocco’s Higher Council of Education, and is a member of Morocco’s National Human Rights Council and Economic, Social and Environmental Council. He served as the Director of Islamic Affairs in the Moroccan Ministry of Islamic Affairs. He is a Distinguished Professor of Comparative History of Religions and Islamic Thought at Qadi Ayyad University, from which he received his PhD in Islamic studies. He taught at the University of Chicago and DePaul University, and authored many books and papers on Islamic thought and jurisprudence.
Former President of Cheniere Supply and Marketing, a 100% subsidiary of Cheniere Energy Inc. (AMEX: LNG), a Houston based company specializing in liquefied natural gas importation and exportation, and now acting as a senior consultant in the energy field. He joined Cheniere in 2006, after having held various positions within Gaz de France (now Engie), among which Executive Vice President for Supply, Trading & Marketing, President of Gaselys, International Executive Vice President as well as Advisor to the Chairman & CEO and Secretary of the Board of Directors. He graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon.
Professor at Mohammed V University. His career combines Public Law, International Relations, Political Science and Finance. He taught in many other universities and institutions. He was the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law Rabat-Agdal from 2013 to 2018, where he was in charge of research, cooperation and partnership. He was also Acting Dean between 2018 and 2019. He is a research associate at the Royal Institute of Strategic Studies and an Expert-Evaluator at the National Center for Scientific and Technical Research. He has participated in many national and international seminars, has written several essays and books and is member of multiple research networks.
Chairman and CEO, L’Oréal. He joined L’Oréal in 1978 after graduating from HEC international business school. He has worked his entire career in the Group, on all continents. After a brief stint as product manager in France, he was appointed General Manager of L’Oréal Greece, at 24. Fiver years later, he returned to France as General Manager of L’Oréal Paris, then International Managing Director for Biotherm. In 1994, he goes abroad again, first as Managing Director of L’Oréal Germany, then he creates and heads the L’Oréal Asia Zone. In 2001, he was appointed President of L’Oréal USA. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal in 2006 and also became its Chairman in 2011. In 2009 he received the Ethical Resource Center’s Pace Leadership in Ethics Award for L’Oréal’s achievements in the area of business ethics, diversity, financial transparency and sustainable development. He is a Director of Air Liquide, a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum.
President of the General Council of Agricultural Development. He was chief agricultural negotiator in the free trade agreement between Morocco and the US. M. Ait Kadi is a member of the Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Technology and Professor at the Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine Hassan II. He is also a member of the Academy of Agriculture of France, Oslo International Water Academy and the International Advisory Panel of the Bioeconomy World Summit. He is honorary vice-president of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. He has authored numerous publications in the fields of irrigation, water management and rural development.
Secretary General of the Ministry of General affairs and Governance. Former professor at INSEA and Director of the Center for Demographic Research and studies. He was director of Studies, Cooperation and legislation on Social Economy at the Ministry of Economic and General Affairs, and Head of Government in charge of General Affairs and Governance. He took charge of partnership projects with international organisations such as UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, OCDE and World Bank. He is a member of numerous associations including the Maghreb Association for Population Studies. He graduated as a statistician at INSEA in Rabat and as a PhD in Demography from UCLouvain, Belgium.
Jihane Ajijti is Head of Business Development, Digital and Communication within OCP Africa. She manages partnerships and development projects that aim at improving the ecosystem around smallholder farmers, particularly through offering a wider range of innovative agro-services (training, financial inclusion, market linkages). She joined OCP Group in 2014 and she is based in Casablanca. Prior to joining OCP, she was an associate in an international strategic consultancy firm where she has worked for several large-scale projects in various industries. A native of Morocco, she holds a Master in Management from HEC Paris and an Executive MBA from Africa Business School in partnership with Columbia Business school.
Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar in the Kingdom of Morocco since August, 2019. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Doha in 1987 as Third Secretary. He has been First Secretary at the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Italy (1997-2000). He also worked in the Department of International Organizations and Conferences, the Department of Legal Affairs and the Department of European Affairs at the Foreign Ministry. He served in several embassies (Morocco, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Argentina). He has a B.A in History and Geography from Education College, in Qatar University 1986, and a Master in International Law from the National Institute of Public Administration, Morocco 1991/1992.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar. He currently serves as the Chairman of Qatar Investment Authority and Qatar Development Fund. Previously he held the position of Assistant Foreign Minister for International Cooperation Affairs (2013). He has also served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatar Mining Company. He joined the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in 2003 as an Economic Researcher and then became Director of Economic Affairs between 2005 and 2009. In June 2010, he was appointed Secretary of the Personal Representative of H.H. the Emir for Follow-up Affairs at the Emiri Diwan. He graduated in Economics and Business Administration from Qatar University.
French Civil Servant in training, he joined the Corps des Mines in 2019 after studying at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Mathematics and Machine Learning. Before joining the public sector, he worked for Facebook AI Research and McKinsey in Paris.
Consultant on international economic issues to the Policy Planning Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France. Formerly, he has held the position of Chief Economist / Senior advisor for international economic issues, Policy Planning Staff, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France. He has also served as Head of the International Macroeconomic Forecasts Division and Head of the Public accounts Division of the French Ministry of Economy. He has also been staff economist at the Economic department of the OECD.
Chief Executive Officer of Ithmar Capital. Mr. Amrane was Deputy CEO of the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy and member of the Executive Board. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Managing Director of the Moroccan subsidiary of the BPCE Group. Previously to that, he held various positions in the Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finance. He was a Public Finance Inspector, Head of the Debt Restructuring Service at the Treasury Division, and then Head of Credit within the same division. He holds a dual degree in engineering, from Hassan II Institute of Agronomy, and Finance, from the General Inspectorate of Finances and the Association of Investment Management & Research.
Former Executive Director of the Balkan Political Club (2005-2014). He was Secretary for the International Cooperation, Office of the President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2005-2012), Adviser to UNESCO on the Scientific Co-operation among the Countries of Southeast Europe (1999-2004) and Representative to UNESCO’s Executive Board (1993-1997). He also served as Bulgarian Ambassador to France (1991-1997) and permanent delegate to UNESCO (1992-1998). He was Senior Research Fellow, Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1981-1990). He holds a PhD in Chemistry.
Chiyuki Aoi, Ph.D, is Professor of International Security at the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo. She is also Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She recently served as a member of the Shinzo Abe administration Council on Security and Defense Capabilities that advised the revision of National Defence Program Guidelines published in December 2019. Her main research interest is the transformation of warfare, especially with regard to technology and information/strategic communications, as well as Japanese national defence and strategy. She was educated at Sophia University (BA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS), and Columbia University (PhD).
Chairman of France Brevets and scientific adviser of the Energy Center of Ifri, he has been President of the French Energy Council (the French committee of the World Energy Council) and also General Delegate of the French Academy of Engineering. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of IFP Energies Nouvelles (2003-2015). Prior to that, in 1999 he was appointed Director of the International Energy Agency’s Long-Term Cooperation and Policy Analysis Directorate. From 1989 to 1994, he headed the oil and gas department of the French Industry Ministry. He worked as Executive Vice-President of the IFP in charge of research and development activities (1994-1998). He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines.
Ambassador of Pakistan since June 2019. Hamid Asghar started is diplomatic career with the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992. Over the last 24 years, he served as numerous positions around the world: Vice Consul in Dubai, Second Secretary in Germany, Media Coordinator & Protocol in charge in London, Deputy Chief of Protocol for Punjab in Lahore and Deputy Chief of State Protocol responsible for VVIP visits in Islamabad. He was also Head of Chancery and Acting Consul General in London, Counsellor & Acting Consul General in Australia and Consul General in Los Angeles. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, from IBA, Lahore having specialized in Marketing and Management.
Founder and CEO, Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital. Former Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the World Bank Group. Previously, he served as the Group Chief Financial Officer at Société Générale, and before that as the Group Chief Financial Officer of Crédit Agricole (2007-2011). He was Managing Director of Lazard in Paris responsible for the Financial Institutions Group (2004-2007). In 2003, he was invited to join President Chirac’s diplomatic team and was closely involved in the preparation of the G8 summit in Evian. He graduated from the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA), the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, Sorbonne Paris IV University and from HEC.
President, Lee&Ko Global Commerce Institute. Professor Emeritus and former Dean at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) of Seoul National University. He served as Minister for Trade of Korea (2011-2013) and Ambassador-at-Large for International Economy and Trade (2013-2014). He also served as Chairman of the Korea International Trade Commission. Prior to this, he worked as a senior research fellow of the KDI and served as the Vice President of the KIEP. He also worked on the international commerce issues as a senior economist in the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea. He graduated from Seoul National University and he obtained a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Chairman and founder of FDB Partners SPRL, an investment and advisory firm in TMT and publishing. In 2011, he was appointed Chairman of Idate/DigiWorld Institute, the leading European think tank and consultancy organisation dedicated to Internet, Telecommunications and Media. He has had unique and diversified entrepreneurial and corporate experiences in the technology sector. He started his career as a researcher in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence with IBM Corporation. He served as President and CEO of Lucent EMEA and then as International CEO and corporate officer. He was also CEO of BT Global Services and a BT Group PLC board member. He sits in various boards and he is a frequent speaker in worldwide conferences on digital technologies.
Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South. He occupied several offices within the Directorate General of the Moroccan National Security where he was Borders’ Division Chief. He was the former Director of the Royal Institute of Police. He also served as the Chief of Regional Security and was Head of the Central General Intelligence. He contributed to the output of several international organizations endeavors including the Council of Arab Interior Ministers, where he represented the Directorate General of National Security several times. He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Studies from the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences of Agdal in Rabat.
Resident Coordinator of the United Nations (UN) in South Africa, she was previously Senior Director of the Office of the Secretary-General. She also served as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Kenya and in the Republic of Benin. She specializes in the promotion of human development, anchored on the principles of economic, social and political rights for all. She holds a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. Candidate Certificate in Economic Development, Monetary Economics and Econometrics from New York University (NYU). She is a member of the Group of African Eminent Women and a recipient of the prestigious AU/DAF Award of “2015 Woman of Excellence” along with the President of Liberia and former President of Malawi.
Larbi Belabi was appointed by H.M. the King President and CEO of SOMACA in 2001. In 2008, he was appointed Advisor to the President of the EUROMED Africa region of the group. He participated as a member of the strategic committee and project implementation of Renault Tanger. He was President of the Moroccan Automobile Industry and Trade Association (AMICA) for 8 years. He is currently Chairman of the Academic Committee of Al Akhawayn Ifrane University, a member of the Board of Directors of École Centrale Paris in Casablanca and Vice President of the Moroccan Association of Economic Intelligence. He is a member of the EESC’s Committee on Economic Affairs and Strategic Projects. He is a member of two strategic think tanks in North America and Europe.
Chief Economist, Head of Strategy, Energy Economics & Sustainability, Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), Leila Benali is an international expert in energy, strategic planning, investments, finance and energy diplomacy. She joined APICORP from Saudi Aramco where she was in charge of the company’s energy policy and gas strategy. Previously, she was director for the Middle East and Africa at IHS, a global research and consultancy in security and energy, in addition to being a professor at Sciences Po, and industrial engineer at Schlumberger. She chairs the Arab Energy Club and published numerous papers and books on energy, reforms and sustainable wealth. She holds a MS in Industrial Engineering from Mohammadia Engineering School and the Ecole Centrale Paris, in addition to a MS in political science and PhD Summa Cum Laude in Energy Economics from Sciences Po.
Secretary General, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Morocco. She has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in many high level positions in both the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Youth and Sports. After working at the General Inspection of Finances, Ms Benali moved to the Budget Department as Head of service of the productive sectors and Head of the division of the social sectors and National Director of the Center of Excellence for gender budgeting in which she was member of the Steering Committee of the National Strategy for Equality. Nadia Benali holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from ISCAE.
As CEO of MA Aerospace and former Chairman of the Moroccan Aerospace Industries Association (GIMAS), he played a key role the last 20 years in the emergence and the development of the aircraft industry in Morocco. He participated actively in the construction of Royal Air Maroc, in its fleet modernization and in its international development in support of the social and economic development of the country. He is Chairman or board member of several companies in the aircraft, international hotel and solar industries. He is also a member of strategic advisory councils of universities and the President of IMA. He is qualified in Engineering from INPG.
State Engineer in Telecommunications from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and an MBA graduate from the National School of Ponts et Chaussées Paris, Yasmina Bemessaoud manages the Market Intelligence and Strategic Studies Department of Masen. She is in charge of the strategic planning of the company and the development of strategic and market studies necessary for the development of Masen’s activities. She spent the first part of her career in Spain as Chair of Regulation at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Telefónica, Ernst & Young, before joining the National Agency of Regulation Telecommunications in Morocco, then Masen, in 2013.
Ambassador-at-large of His Majesty the King of Morocco. Vice President of the Association of Moroccan-Japanese Friendship (AMJ). She serves on a number of boards of trustees of international organizations and think tanks, including the Institut Royal des Etudes Stratégiques (IRES) and is a Member of the Association « Leaders for Peace », Paris. She was an International Public Law professor and Co-President of the High-level Advisory Group on the Dialogue between Peoples and Cultures in the Euro-Mediterranean Area for the European Commission. She holds a master’s degree in English literature, from Mohammed V University, Rabat and a PhD in Law from Paris II University.
Director of Corporate Affairs in charge of Fiscal and Regulatory issues, Public Relations, and Illicit Trade Prevention for Philip Morris Morocco that she joined in 2012. Previously in 2003, she joined the US embassy in Rabat as political analyst and during her eight-year career she also worked with the US State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. In 2002 she joined the Environment and Development Agency in preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. She studied at American schools of Rabat, Tangier, and Bonn and later graduated from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane in International Relations and Women Studies. She also has a Masters in Education from Framingham University.
Chief Executive Director of The Africa International Media Group and its branch MRB Productions, Media Consultant and Adviser on African Affairs. She also heads the “Club Millennium” in Paris. Born in Cameroon, educated in Cote d’Ivoire, France and Austria, she graduated from the universities of Abidjan, La Sorbonne in Paris and Vienna (German Studies, Political Science and History). Ms. Biloa is also an alumni of the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, where her name is on the Hall of Fame, and of the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance. Besides being a frequent TV guest ( TV5Monde, France24, Aljazeera, RFI, i-Télé, ARD, ZDF) to comment current news and African politics, she has launched in January 2019 « MRB-Networks », a knowledge-based, issues and solutions-oriented TV channel focussing on Africa’s development, in partnership with 10 major West-African TV Networks broadcasting its programs (www.mrb-networks.com). Ms Biloa is fluent in French, German and English, on top of several African languages.
A Saudi expert on Gulf politics and strategic issues, Dr. Abdulaziz Othman bin Sager is the founder and Chairman of the Gulf Research Center, a global think tank based in Jeddah with a well-established worldwide network of partners and offices in both the Gulf region and Europe. In addition to having authored and edited numerous publications, Dr. Sager frequently contributes as a commentator on major international media channels such as Al Arabiya, France 24 and BBC. He has also involved in also chaired and moderated the Syrian opposition meetings in Riyadh. Dr. Sager holds a Ph.D in Politics and International Relations from Lancaster University, an MA from the University of Kent, United Kingdom and a BA from the Faculty of Economics and Administration of King Abdulaziz University.
CNN’s senior European correspondent in Paris since 1996. Previously he was an ABC Paris correspondent from 1990 to 1996 and the NBC Paris and Rome correspondents from 1978 to 1990. In his long tenure in France he has covered every Presidential campaign since 1981, and travelled widely throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa on major news stories. He covered Pope John Paul II for more than 25 years, has reported on famines in Sudan, the Iranian and Philippines Revolutions, the Gulf War, civil wars in Lebanon and Somalia, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2009, Bittermann was named a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. His many journalistic honors include television Emmys and a Royal Television Society award for team coverage of the Paris terrorist attacks. He is a member of the board of governors of the American Hospital of Paris and is the co-president and co-founder of the European-American Press Club. Since 1998, Bittermann has taught communications at the American University of Paris where he is now a professor emeritus.
Olivier Blanchard is a French macroeconomist who has spent his professional life in the U.S. He first taught at Harvard, then at MIT, where he was chairman of the economics department from 1998 to 2003. From 2008 to 2015, he was on leave as the chief economist of the IMF. He is now the Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute in Washington. He also remains Robert M. Solow Professor of Economics emeritus at MIT. He is the author of many books and articles, including two textbooks in macroeconomics, one at the graduate level, and one at the undergraduate level. He is a fellow and past council member of the Econometric Society, past president of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Academy of Sciences.
Former Governor, Morocco. He was Director of Cabinet of the Interior Minister, Special Adviser at the Office of the Interior Minister and administrator at the central administration of the Interior Ministry. He studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and graduated from the School of Law in Rabat. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University Paris II.
Director of American Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. From 2014 to 2017, she was Director of Protocol, Head of the Division of Privileges and Immunities from December 2014 to December 2016, Head of Division in charge of the Directorate of Protocol from January 2017 to September 2017, and Head of the Divisions of Privileges and Immunities and Ceremonial from Sept 2017 to November 2017. From 2013 to 2014, she was Head of Department of the Community Institutions at the European Union Directorate. From 2009 to 2013, she held the position of Communications Advisor and Political Advisor at the Moroccan Embassy in Madrid.
Deputy Director-General of the WTO. His areas of responsibility include the two legal divisions dealing with the WTO’s dispute settlement system (Rules and Legal Affairs), the division for administration and general services including budget and finance as well as the human resources division. Prior to joining the WTO, he held the position of Director General for external economic policy in the German Federal Ministry of Economics in Berlin for 12 years. He is a lawyer by profession, with degrees from Germany and the United Kingdom (Cambridge). He started his career in the legal department of the Federal Ministry of Economics in Bonn in 1983. In 1986-87, he worked at the German Mission to the United Nations in New York. Further postings abroad were in Athens and Sydney.
Peter is Operating Partner at Social Impact Capital, an early-stage impact venture capital firm based in New York and Silicon Valley. He is former Head of Business Development at RCI, an investment technology and lending startup. Prior to that, Peter created an early-stage AI venture capital firm, and a specialist strategy and management consultancy for institutional investors, Kalytix Partners. He has led research on impact finance and strategic investment at Stanford and Oxford University, collaborating with Planet Heritage and White Sand Investor Group. Outside of his work in venture capital, Peter is also an active angel investor in global startups. Peter has an MPhil in Business Administration and Finance from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and a first-class honors BA from Queen Mary, University of London.
Director of several corporations, including Junex Inc., an oil and gas exploration corporation, for which he is a Senior Strategic Advisor. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Canada. He was Chancellor of the University of Montreal, Chairman of the World Energy Council and Deputy Minister of the Environment of Quebec. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Hydro-Québec, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Métropolitain. He graduated from the University of Montreal, where he obtained a master’s degree and a doctorate in physical chemistry.
Deputy Head of Mission at the Mexican embassy in Morocco. Prior to that, she served in France, in Rome for the Vatican and in Brussels for the EU where she was in charge of political and multilateral affairs and representing Mexico in various international meetings. In Mexico, she was an advisor in the office of the vice-minister of Foreign Affairs. Before joining Foreign Service, she worked as an expert in the European Commission in Brussels and a consultant in many European think tanks and Mexican firms. She has a degree in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Masters in European Studies, Diplomatic Studies and Foreign Trade.
Professor of Economic History and Director of the Master of International Affairs at Paris-Dauphine University, Founder and Chairman of the Cercle Cyclope, main european research institute on raw materials markets. He was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Office of the French Prime Minister. He published around forty books including the latest Le siècle de Jules, le XXIe siècle raconté à mon petit-fils, Bourin 2010. He has been the President of the French Observatory on formation of food products’ prices and margins since 2010. He graduated from HEC, he is “agrégé” in history and holds a doctorate in humanities.
Mohamed Ibn Chambas of Ghana is, since 12 September 2014, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS). Mr. Chambas has an extensive experience after a long and distinguished career in both international and governmental forums. Before joining UNOWAS, Mr. Chambas was the African Union-United Nations Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Chambas was Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. Prior to that, he served as President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), from 2006 to 2009, and Executive Secretary, from 2002 to 2005. A former Member of Parliament of Ghana, Mr. Chambas served as Deputy Foreign Secretary of Ghana in 1987 and Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Tertiary Education from 1997 to 2000.
Airbus Space Advisor since June 2019. He has worked at Airbus for 18 years and served both at operational and high level management positions in space activities and at Airbus CEO’s office such as Head of Space Systems at Airbus Defence and Space (2016-2019) and Chief of Staff to the CEO of Airbus (2012-2016). Previously, he worked six years in the French public administration at the Ministries of Defense (including as Advisor to the Minister of Defense) and Finance.
Chairman of Hang Lung Group Ltd. and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Ltd., both publicly listed in Hong Kong. The Group expanded into mainland China in 1992, developing, owning and managing world-class commercial complexes in key tier one and tier two cities. He founded and chairs the China Heritage Fund, is a co-founding Director of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, Beijing, and is former Vice President and former Advisor of the China Development Research Foundation in Beijing. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chairman Emeritus of Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, and founding Chairman of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society. He serves or has served on the governing or advisory bodies of several think tanks and universities, including Peterson Institute for International Economics, World Economic Forum, East-West Center, Pacific Council on International Policy, Eisenhower Fellowships, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, University of Southern California, Indian School of Business, Yale University, Tsinghua University, and Fudan University.
Stephane Charbit is a Managing Director in the Sovereign Advisory department of Rothschild & Co. He advises a number of governments on economic development, financial policy and debt management strategy, across Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. He is an active member of various think tanks and research initiatives related to economic and social inequality, and progressive reforms. He graduated from Harvard University, Sciences Po Paris, ESCP Europe and Paris University.
Professor of History and Political Anthropology, Institute of African Studies, Mohammed V University (UM5) and Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South. Professor at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah University (Fez) after earning his first doctorate in African Studies from UM5 focusing on West Sub-Saharan Africa. He also earned a Doctorate of State in African Studies, where he focused on Contemporary West Africa. He is Director of Research Group: African Politics, doctoral supervisor at UM5, Professor of African History in EGE School of Governance and Economy of Rabat, Polytechnic Mohammed VI University and Director of Africa and Middle East Centre Studies AMES Centre.
Professor of Economics at the University Mohammed V, Rabat. She holds a Masters and a PHD in Economics with a specialization in international trade and finance obtained at Arizona State University. She previously served as an Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. She is a member of the Economic Research Forum and of the Arab Development Portal Strategic Advisory Board. She was invited as a teacher and researcher to many universities and conducted consultations for various organizations such as UNCTAD, UNDP and the World Bank. She also coordinated research projects related to international trade, pro-poor growth and migration.
Emeritus director of reseach at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris and member of the Academia Europaea and the European Academy of Sociology. Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru. Ex-Editor of the French Journal of Sociology and member of a dozen editorial committees of international scientific journals, he leads the GEMAS Studies in Social Theory, Bardwell Press, Oxford. He wrote numerous papers and books, including Essai sur l’islamisation (2018). He taught in many higher education institutions such as Sciences Po and many universities: Paris IV, Paris V, Lausanne, Geneva, Casablanca, Rabat, London, Nuffield College Oxford.
Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman of the FutureWorld Foundation and Chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd. Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Economic Symposium, Advisory Council member of Climate-KIC and IAS Köszeg; and a Director of companies, Strategic Adviser to the World Economic Forum, Faculty Member of the Parmenides Foundation, and co-author, with Thierry Malleret, of Resilience to Risk, and Global Risks, as well as numerous articles and chapters. He studied social sciences and law and holds a MBA from Henley Management College at Brunel University, United Kingdom.
Member of the Paris and New York Bars. Founder and managing partner, Laurent Cohen-Tanugi Avocats. He served as Chairman of the French governmental task force on Europe in the global economy (2007-2008). He was a Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (2005-2007), Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, Member of the Executive Committee of the Sanofi-Synthelabo pharmaceutical group (2004) and a Partner at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton (1991-2003). He also served as FCPA Independent Corporate Monitor appointed by the United States Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission (2011-2014). He graduated from Harvard Law School, University Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne Law School, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1980) and the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He has authored many influential books on democracy and the rule of law, European integration, transatlantic relations, and globalization.
CEO & Chairman of the Board, Grup Servicii Petroliere. Mr. Comanescu established Grup Servicii Petroliere in 2004 and has served as President of the Board ever since. Mr. Comanescu has a degree in Naval Electromechanical Engineering from the “Mircea cel Batran” Naval Academy, Constanta, Romania. In 1995, he established the first oil service trading company, involved in oilfield equipment and spare parts supply. He has held executive positions in various companies activating in the oil & gas industry. Presently, he serves as President of GSP Holding, an integrated group of companies with activities in offshore drilling and construction, engineering, shipping, logistics, aviation and training. Since 2009, he has maintained a constant presence on the “Wealthiest Romanians” list according to Capital and Forbes magazines. In 2015, he ranked the 4th place in Forbes 500.
Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics at Harvard University since 1981. Previously, he was Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (1995-1997), Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (1990-1992), Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs (1977-1981), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Monetary Affairs (1965-1966), U.S. Department of State. He received an A.B. from Oberlin College, a M.Sc (Econ) from London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Prime Minister, Minister of State Budget, Head of the government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. Previously, he served as Secretary General of the Presidency. Minister of State, Minister of Agriculture (2003-2005), then Minister of Agriculture (2006-2010). Director of Economic and Financial Studies at the Direction du Contrôle des Grands Travaux (DCGTX) and Deputy Director General (1994-1995). He was mayor of Korhogo from 2001 to 2018. In January 2019, he has been appointed Chairman of the Management Board of the “Houphouétistes Rally for Democracy and Peace” (RHDP) since January 2019.
Executive Vice President, Capgemini. He has been Managing director in charge of global industry sectors within Capgemini (consumer products, retail, utilities, tax and welfare, public security, telecommunications, financial services and manufacturing). The transformation of corporations and governments is at the heart of this role. He started his career at the ‘Inspection Generale des Finances’ (French Treasury) and joined Capgemini in 1989. He holds a diploma of the ‘Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and of the ‘Ecole Nationale d’Administration’.
Chairman of the Fiscal Council and Advisor to the Governor (Euro Area Affairs), former Board Member of the National Bank of Romania. Professor of economics, The School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest and Member of the Romanian Academy. First Vice President of the Romanian Financial Supervision Authority during 2013-2014. He served as a member of the European Parliament (2007-2009) and he co-authored the EP report on the reform of the regulation and supervision of financial markets. Finance Minister of Romania (1997-1998), Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Banca Comerciala Romana (2005-2007), Chief Economist of the National Bank of Romania (1992-1997) and Deputy Minister of Finance (1992). His last volume is entitled Emerging Europe and The Great Recession (UK, 2018).
Chairman of The House of the Rising Stars Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland), Chairman of the European Leadership Network (Diplomacy & Defense issues, USA – Europe – Middle East). He is also Chairman of the Africa Alive Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) and a board member of the Hudson Institute (Washington, D.C., USA) and of the Actigenomics Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland). He is currently Dassas & Co.’s Chairman (Paris, France) and Chief Creative Officer of the Paris, New York and Moscow companies. He was previously Marketing Manager for Colgate Palmolive in New York and Paris. He graduated from both Economic Sciences College and Paris Trade and Industry Chamber.
Advisor to the Executive Chairman, Ifri, Editor of Politique étrangère and co-director of the annual report Ramses. He is also President of the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe. Former Executive Vice-President of Ifri. Previously, he was in charge of the Security Studies department at Ifri. Before joining Ifri, he was Deputy Director of the Institut français de polémologie (French Institute of Polemology), and then Secretary General of the FEDN (Fondation pour les études de défense nationale). He also taught at the Military School of Saint-Cyr, at the Paris I University and at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP). His studies and publications deal with strategic issues, particularly with French strategy and European issues.
Global Business Development Manager at Circ, a Berlin-based micro-mobility startup that changes how people move around cities by developing smart, fun and environmentally-friendly mobility devices. Formerly at McKinsey & Company in Brussels, Belgium and President of the King’s College London Students’ Union (2013-15). He was also President of King’s College London Think Tank, a non-profit activism group, now the largest student-led policy institute in Europe (2012-2013). He graduated from King’s College London, University of London and he has completed a master’s degree in Business Administration at Vlerick Business School (2015-2016).
Partner, Desfilis. He is the Senior Partner of the firm that he joined in 1986 and became its managing partner in 1990. He can handle complex operations involving finance and taxation. He has a strong expertise in governance issues as well as business succession. He holds a Master’s Degree in Corporate Law (Institut du Droit des Affaires, University of Paris II – Assas) and a Master’s Degree from the Institut d’Economie Appliquée in Paris.
Honorary lecturer at the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), expert-consultant to international organisations and member of the strategic council of IFRI. Through her research, relationships in the field and various positions held in the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), she has become a specialist in democratisation, crisis and conflict resolution, transition and peace-building processes, especially in Africa. In the OIF, her positions have included chief of staff, delegate for peace, democracy and human rights and special advisor for political and diplomatic affairs to the Secretary-General from 1988 to 2010. She holds a Ph.D. in political science and is a member of the Académie des Sciences d’Outre Mer, a member of Ifri’s Strategic Advisory Board and an Officer of the Legion of Honour.
Vice President, China Institute of International Studies (CIIS). He is a senior research fellow specialized in Middle East studies and ethnic issues. He was First Secretary and Director of the Political Affairs Office of the Chinese Embassy in Turkey (1999-2002). He has been Director for Developing Countries Studies, Director for EU Studies, Director for International Strategic Studies at CIIS and Editor-in-chief of the CIIS Journal, International Studies. He graduated from the Inner Mongolia Normal University, Huanghe University and Peking University.
Robert S.M. DOSSOU born May 13, 1939. Former professor at the University of Paris I and then at the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC BENIN), honorary dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the UAC, lawyer at the Paris Bar and currently practicing at the Bar of Benin, former Chairman of the Bar, Robert DOSSOU was a Member of Parliament, Minister of Planning and then Minister for Foreign Affairs. Former President of the Constitutional Court, expert consultant, he has carried out and still carries out various missions for various international organizations: UN, AU, ECOWAS, OIF… etc. He is an arbitrator of international trade. President of the National Preparatory Committee of the National Conference of Benin, he is the author of several publications on democracy, human rights and the democratic transition. He is also associate member of the French Académie des Sciences d’Outre-Mer, Grand Officer of the National Order of Benin and Commander of the Academic Palms (France).
Vice Dean of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South. He is President of the Moroccan Association of Agricultural Economics and associate member of the General Council of Agricultural Development of Morocco. Prof. Doukkali performed several consultancies with the Ministry of Agriculture of Morocco, and national and international organizations (World Bank, FAO, UNDP) and several Mediterranean and African countries. Prof. Doukkali collaborates with several national research institutions, such as INRA-Morocco, and with international research institutions, such as CIHEAM, CIRAD, CEMAFREF, IFPRI and ICARDA.
President of ETI FINANCE (SMEs and Midcaps financing), GAGEO (Asset based lending) and IFIMM (Real estate). Former chairman of the Board for the Autoroutes et Tunnel du Mont Blanc and of Société Française du Tunnel Routier du Fréjus, former Vice President of the French Public Investment Bank (BPI). Former CEO of OSEO (the French Agency for Innovation and SMEs financing). Former Engineer at the Directorate of Navigation of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region, Managing Director of the Caisse de Dépôts (French public financial institution) for the Normandie Region and later on for the Bourgogne region, Chairman of the Board for the Caisses d’Epargne (French savings banks) in the Midi-Pyrenees and for the Crédit Foncier de France (National mortgage bank of France). He holds a degree from the Ecole Polytechnique and from the ENPC (corps des Ponts).
Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South. Mhammed Dryef has held several responsibility positions including: Chief of staff at the Ministry of the Interior, Governor Director of the Casablanca Urban Agency, Director General for National Security, Director General for Urban Planning and Territorial Planning, Wali- Director General for Interior Affairs, and Wali of Fez, Casablanca, and Laayoune. In addition, Mhammed Dryef has published a book on urbanization in Morocco as well as various studies on decentralization, regionalization, and the evaluation of public policies. He holds a PHD in Public Law from the University of Grenoble, a diploma from the National School of Public Administration and a post graduate diploma in private law.
Former Deputy Minister of Energy and Industry of Albania (2013-2015). He joined the international private sector in 2015. He has served as External Adviser on Investments to Prime Minister of Albania since 2016. Previously, he was Director of the European Integration and International Projects at the Ministry of the Economy, Trade, and Energy of Albania (2009-2013). He was also Director of Project Management Unit for the TAP Trans Adriatic Pipeline. He has founded and been involved in several Albanian and international non-governmental organizations such as the Albanian Free Forum, IDEA Institute. He graduated from the Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta, Cyprus. He pursued postgraduate studies at Kings College London.
Head of division at the French Nuclear Safety Authority, she is in charge of the regulation of nuclear safety and radiation protection in South-Western France. She previously worked for Veolia Australia as a business developer (2015) and for EDF as a nuclear maintenance supervisor (2014). She is a graduate of Ecole normale supérieure and Paris Institute of Political Studies, and an engineer of the French Corps des Mines.
Emergent Technology CTO, Global Strategy Advisor, Professor in Advanced Technologies. Founder of Aspirational Futures, she specializes in the application and integration of Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and associated emergent technologies for business and societal benefit.
Senior Counsel and co-head of International trade and finance Covington & Burling LLP. He has held key senior positions, including chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration (1993-2001). He has played a major role in providing justice to Holocaust Survivors in the Clinton and Obama administration (1993-present). His articles appear in The New York Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs magazine. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and from Harvard Law School. He has received nine honorary doctorate degrees, and high civilian awards from the governments of France (Legion of Honor), Germany, Belgium, Israel, The United States, and Austria. His recent book President Carter: The White House Years has been widely praised by the New York Times, The Washington Post, The National Review and leading Presidential scholars, TV commentators, and bi-partisan political leaders.
Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and President of the Policy Center for the New South. Karim El Aynaoui also serves as advisor to the CEO and Chairman of OCP Group. He has published papers, books and articles in scientific journals on macroeconomic issues in developing countries. He is a board member of the OCP Foundation, a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Ifri and a member of the COP22 Scientific Committee. He also participates in the Malabo-Montpellier Panel. Karim El Aynaoui holds a PhD in economics from the University of Bordeaux, where he taught for three years courses in statistics and economics.
Member of Parliament for the 9th constituency of French people living outside France (Maghreb and West Africa). A member of the “Liberté et territoires” group, he was a member of the Defense and Armed Forces Committee before joining the French National Assembly’s Finance Committee. He was a member of the special PACTE committee and the committee of inquiry on the fight against extreme right-wing groups. He was also the press officer of Ségolène Royal, candidate in the 2007 presidential election; responsible for communication and the press within the Socialist Group of the Senate; ministerial advisor to Thierry Repentin, first Minister for vocational training and then for European integration; communication and press relations advisor in the Senate and head of the press department of Caisse des Dépôts. He is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Hicham El Habti is a graduate from École Polytechnique and Ponts et Chaussées (France), he started his career at Ernst & Young, then joined OCP group in 2013 after managing different Moroccan SMEs for seven years. He was firstly Project Leader to the General Manager of OCP, then Director of Management Control/Business Steering, before being appointed Deputy Secretary-General. Today, he is also Secretary-General of Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (Benguerir, Morocco).
Nadia El Mahjoubi is a diplomat and First Secretary of Foreign Affairs, seconded to The Royal Cabinet as collaborator of the Counsellor of His Majesty The King Mohammed VI, Mr. Andre Azoulay. Prior to that, Nadia El Mahjoubi was advisor of the chargé de mission Minister Youssef Amrani at The Royal Cabinet. She was advisor in charge of Africa at the office of the Secretary General of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco and desk officer at the African Department for political affairs in charge of West and Central Africa. She has a degree in Public Policies Management from the University of Mohammed V in Rabat and from the Moroccan Academy of Diplomatic Studies.
Director of UNESCO Cluster Office in Rabat and UNESCO Representative for the Maghreb depuis 2018, Golda El-Khoury joined UNESCO in 2009 as Chief of Section for Youth, Sport and Physical Education. In 2012, she was appointed Chief of section of social inclusion. From 2002 to 2008, she was UNICEF’s First Regional Advisor for Youth in the Middle East and North Africa region. Prior to that, she was the Country Director for Save the Children in Iraq, Egypt, Jordan and Indonesia. Ms El-Khoury holds a BA in philosophy from the Lebanese University as well as a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.
Founder and Executive Chairman of Kreab, Stockholm. He is majority owner of Kreab, Kunskapsskolan Education, Demoskop and Silver Life. He was Chef de Cabinet of ICC, the world business organization. He has a BA from the University of Stockholm and is a graduate of the Owner/President Management Program from Harvard Business School. Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, and Chairman of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (2010–2014). Board member of the Nobel Museum in Stockholm since 2011. Recipient of the King of Sweden’s Medal of the Twelfth Dimension in Blue Ribbon for achievements as business leader and entrepreneur.
Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, Europe, for The New York Times, based in Brussels. Former London, Paris and Berlin bureau chief of The New York Times. He has served in numerous postings for The Times in Jerusalem, Prague, Washington, Moscow, Bangkok and New York where he served as Culture Editor for two years. Previously, he worked for The Boston Globe as European correspondent, based in London. He also reported from Eastern Europe, Moscow and revolutionary Iran. He was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. He shared in a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series on Al Qaeda and global terrorism in 2002 and for International Reporting on Russia in 2017. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard College and studied Russian at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
Director, Ifri’s Centre for Energy since 2017. Prior to joining IFRI, he spent six years at the International Energy Agency (IEA), notably as Russia & Sub-Saharan Africa Programme Manager where he conducted oil and gas market analyses and was responsible for institutional relations with these countries and regions. He also held various other positions, such as at the Robert Schuman Foundation, where he was in charge of a Ukraine observatory. A French and German national, he holds a Ph.D. from Sciences Po Paris in international relations.
Born 1946 in Paris, Laurent Fabius is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure of the Rue d’Ulm, holder of an Agrégation higher degree in French Language and Literature and a former student of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. Member of the “Conseil d’Etat”, Laurent Fabius occupied several governmental positions in France: Minister for the Budget (1981-1983), Minister of Industry and Research (1983-1984), Prime Minister (1984-1986), Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry (2000-2002), Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (2012-2016). He was also Member of Parliament from 1978 to 2012, and served twice as President of the French National Assembly, from 1988 to 1992, and again from 1997 to 2000. In 2015, as President of the COP 21, he played a crucial role in the negotiations that led to the Paris Climate Agreement, the first universal agreement to fight against climate change. In February 2016, he was appointed President of the Constitutional Council of the French Republic.
President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (Institut für Weltwirtschaft – IfW) since March 2019. After working as an Associate Consultant with McKinsey & Co, Vienna from 2004 to 2005, he held various teaching positions from 2005 to 2009 at the University of Tübingen and at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart). From 2010 to 2019, he led the ifo Center for International Economics at the University of Munich. His research and advisory activities focus on questions of economic global governance, European economic integration, and German economic policy. He has published a large number of papers in international scientific journals, in policy briefs, and newspapers. He holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
Chair of applied Geopolitics at College of World Studies (FMSH) since 2013. He is among others Senior Advisor to the Compagnie Jacques Coeur (since 2013). He was French Ambassador to Latvia (2002-2006), after having served as an Advisor to the French Foreign Minister (1997-2002), Special Envoy to the Balkans and the Caucasus (1999). He also served as Director of the policy planning staff of the French Foreign Ministry (1999-2002). From 2010 to 2013, he was Director of Studies and Research, Institute of Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN).
Professor of Government at Harvard University. He specializes in the politics of international economic relations. He is the author of Currency Politics: The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy (2015), and the co-author (with Menzie Chinn) of Lost Decades: The Making of America’s Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery (2012). He is also the author of Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century (2006), of Banking on the World: The Politics of American International Finance (1987), of Debt, Development, and Democracy: Modern Political Economy and Latin America, 1965‑1985 (1991), and is the co-author or co-editor of over a dozen other books on related topics. His articles on the politics of international economic issues have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and general-interest publications.
President of the Institute for Pan-African Strategies, Peace-Security-Governance (IPS) since 2012. He is also President of the Citizens Panafrican Mouvement (Luy Jot Jotna), former OIC Special Envoy to Central African Republic (2014-2017), OIC Secretary General former Special Representative for Africa (2016-2017). He was Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Senegal (2000-2009). On October 17, 2002, he signed a Cease fire Accord with the leaders of the rebellion in Côte d’Ivoire. In March 2008, he led and successfully concluded on behalf of the Heads of State the Peace Agreement which ended the military conflict between Chad and Sudan. From 2000 to 2009, he led several mediation missions, especially in Côte d’Ivoire (Cease the Fire of 17 October 2002), in Mauritania (Dakar Inter-Mauritanian Agreement, June 2009), Guinea Bissau (several agreements), and has led a mission of good offices between the US and Libya. Former President of the “Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa”, he is currently a Member of the National Assembly and holds a DEA from Paris Sorbonne V and a PhD in communication & International Development from The Ohio State University.
President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit. Under Gallagher’s leadership, United Way is a global leader in community change, an approach that brings people together to create more opportunities for all. In 2002, Gallagher became president and CEO of United Way of America, which merged with United Way International to form United Way Worldwide in 2009. Supported by nearly 3 million volunteers and 9 million donors, United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of people in nearly 1,800 communities worldwide.
Academician of the Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences of Spain, of the Royal European Academy of Doctors and Academician and Vice-President Principal of the Academy of European Culture. He also served as Dean of the Illustrious College of Economists of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands and as a member of the International Council of the US Information Agency. He is Honorary President of the European League of Economic Cooperation and board Member of the Fondation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe. He is also WAAS Fellow. In addition he has been Chairman, President and C.E.O. of several companies, including Tuneles y Autopistas de Barcelona S.A. and the Banco de Expansion Industrial. He holds a Ph.D and graduated from the Senior Management Program (PADE) of the IESE Business School. Doctor Honoris Causa of the Universities of Michoacan (Mexico) and Lishui (China).
Member emeritus of the French Conseil d’État, owner of JLG Strategy, an aerospace and defense consultancy company, and senior lecturer at Sciences-Po Paris. He has held numerous executive positions such as Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee of Airbus, and Director of Policy Planning of the French Foreign Ministry. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He is a former Trustee and member of the Council of the IISS. He is a co-founder and Steering Committee member of the French American Cybersecurity Conference and a co-author with Léo Isaac-Dognin of Cyber. La guerre permanente (November 2018).
CEO of Nuclearelectrica since 2017 and an non-executive director of Amromco BV (a Mercuria company) since 2018. He has worked for the Romanian Government as advisor to the Prime-Minister on energy market and security of supply. Previously, he was a Partner within Amerocap, working on energy deals in CEE, and assisted Chevron in Washington DC and Bucharest in promoting its CEE natural gas from shale exploration campaign. Mr. Ghita has a major in political economy and an international education experience shared between Romania, the United States of America and Russia. He is also the co-founder of Aspire Academy, a leadership and business summer program led by Harvard and Ivy League Professors in Romania.
Dean of ESCA Ecole de Management, Casablanca, Morocco, he teaches communication strategy and change management. Advisor to several organizations, he also edited and authored several books. In 2011, Thami Ghorfi was appointed as an expert member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council. He is Vice President of the AL AMANA foundation and a member of the board of the Development and Solidarity Council, the Amadeus Institute and the Academic Advisory Board of GBSN. He chairs the AACSB MENA Advisory Council and is part of International Academic Member of the EDAF Committee of the EFMD. He graduated from ISG-Paris and ESSEC Business School.
Senior reporter and war correspondent at Le Figaro. He has covered major worldwide political crises and armed conflicts for the past 30 years. Expert on geopolitics, he publishes every Tuesday his international column in Le Figaro. He has written several books on the Middle East and the big diplomatic issues of the West. He regularly takes part in international conferences. He is also a Professor at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris and a member of the editorial board of the Revue des deux Mondes. In 2014, he was awarded the grand prix de la presse internationale by the foreign correspondents in Paris. He graduated from the Ecole normale supérieure and the Ecole nationale d’administration.
VP Illicit Trade Prevention, Philip Morris international (PMI) since 2015. Prior to his current role, Mr. Giustiniani was Area Vice President in Philip Morris Asia, based in Hong Kong. In 2016, he launched PMI IMPACT, a first of its kind $100 million global initiative funding public, private and NGO projects aimed at tackling illegal trade and related crimes, such as corruption, money laundering, and organized crime. He holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Padua, Italy.
Director of Ifri. Former Vice President for Strategic Development at Ifri (2010-2015). He was its Russia/Nis centre director (2004-2013), and the co-director of the Russie.Nei.Visions electronic collection. He researches on security, digital, and energy issues. He was a Lavoisier Fellow at MGIMO (Moscow State Institute for International Relations), Associate Fellow at the European Institute for Security Studies, and Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College. Gomart is PhD in History (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) and EMBA (HEC). Among his latest publications: L’affolement du monde – 10 enjeux géopolitiques, Editions Tallandier, 2019.
Managing Director Galileo Global Securities LLC New York since 2014. He is also Director of United Way Worldwide since May 2014. Former Managing Director Citigroup New York (2011-2014). He was Citi Country Officer for France (1998-2011), Executive Vice President and Management Board member of Banque Indosuez (1994-1996), Chairman Asia Pacific of Credit Agricole Indosuez, based in Singapore. He is a Governor of the American Hospital of Paris, President of the American Hospital of Paris Foundation since June 2018 and Chairman of the DC based Competitive Enterprise Institute since October 2018. He was President of the American Chamber of Commerce in France (2008-2011). He is a Foreign trade adviser to the French PM since 1984. He holds a PhD in public law and a master in political science from the University of Lyon, France. He attended the Stanford Executive Program, GSB, Stanford University, CA.
Managing Director, Banque Bordier & Cie, Geneva. Former Managing Partner, EFG Bank, Geneva. Area of expertise: private asset management. Member of the Board and Treasurer of the WPC Foundation. He previously worked as a money market dealer at the Al Saudi bank in Paris, then as treasurer for Europe at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi in Paris. He received a degree in economics from the University of Neuchâtel and an advanced management degree from the École des Cadres de Lausanne.
President of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue Between Cultures since 2015. Former Minister, former Member of the French Parliament and President of the Commission of Foreign Affairs at the Assemblée nationale. She began at the Ministry of Finance, then worked on Finance Minister Jacques Delors’ staff in 1982, and then became adviser to the President of the French Republic François Mitterrand (1982-1990). She was, among others, Deputy Minister for European Affairs (1990-1993), member of the European Parliament (1994-1997), Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals (1997-2000) and Minister of Employment and Solidarity (2000-2002). In 1994, she founded the Association Europartenaires that she is co-chairing in order to promote debates on Europe. She is also a board member of Notre Europe. She graduated from the University of Montpellier, France. She studied at the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA).
Before her appointment as Minister of Trade and Industry, Soraya Hakuziyaremye was Senior Vice President in Financial Institutions/Financial Markets Risk at ING Bank in London. She also worked in various senior positions at BNP Paribas Group in Paris, Fortis Bank and the Bank of New York Mellon in Brussels. Minister Hakuziyaremye also served as Senior Advisor to Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2014. She was a board member of Ngali Holdings as well as the Brussels-Africa Hub. She brings a rich experience in global banking and advisory as well as international exposure to help local businesses become more competitive. She holds a postgraduate degree in International Management from the Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management at Arizona State University in the United States and a Masters in Business Engineering (Ingénieur de Gestion) from the Solvay Business School at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.
Lecturer and consultant. Her varied career has spanned the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Europe and the Americas, with a particular emphasis on the policy and healthcare fields. She created and lectured in a course in nonprofits and civil society and lectures on innovation, entrepreneurship and the policies and conditions that help promote them. Both as a consultant and as a board member, she has advised companies and international NGOs. She is a fellow at HITLAB (the Healthcare Innovation Technology Lab). She holds a BA in German studies and an MS in Management.
Dr Mathias Harebamungu is the Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda in Senegal. Doctor of physical and urban planning from the Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3, former Minister of State at the Rwandan Ministry of Education, former Secretary-General at the same Ministry after an academic career.
Founding Partner of Industries et Finances Partenaires (1998) and PracSys (2015). After beginning his career in strategic and organizational consulting (Sora/IDHR), Emmanuel Harlé joined the SAT/Sagem/CSEE group to launch a new subsidiary in the telecoms business. In 1980, as CFO of Mors, a listed company in difficulty, he took part in the company’s turnaround and later oversaw a large-scale acquisitions project. He then joined the Indosuez investment banking department at Suez group before becoming Investment Director for Astorg, a private equity firm and group subsidiary. In 1988, after successfully taking part in a second business turnaround (the German subsidiary of Sanara, a listed transport group), he has set up the France Capital Development Fund specialized in majority buyouts and build-up transactions. In 1995, he worked with Morgan Grenfell & Company to raise funds and make initial investments.
Director of publications at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) and editor-in-chief of Politique étrangère. He holds a PhD in political science from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and teaches a course on terrorism at Sciences Po. He published several books including Intifada française? (Ellipses, 2012) and War 2.0: Irregular Warfare in the Information Age (Praeger, 2009 with Thomas Rid; translated in Chinese in 2011). His articles appeared in major journals (Policy Review, Internationale Politik, Commentaire, Etudes, etc.).
Contributing Editor to The Washington Post since January 2010, after serving two decades as Associate Editor and Chief Foreign Correspondent. He has served in a variety of reporting, editing, and opinion-forming roles since joining the newspaper in 1966. He was awarded two Pulitzer prizes and other journalism honors. He began his journalism career as a reporter with the Rock Hill Evening Herald in 1960 while still in college. He is the author of a book, South Africa: Civilizations in Conflict, published (1972). He graduated with an A.B. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina and he has done graduate work at the University of Aix-en-Provence and Columbia University.
Akinari Horii is Special Advisor and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canon Institute for Global Studies, a research think tank in Tokyo as well as a non-executive member of the Audit & Supervisory Board of Tokio Marine Holdings. Mr. Horii is also a member of several non-profit entities, e.g., Japan Association of Corporate Executives; Advisory Council of Japan International Cooperation Agency; the Trilateral Commission; the United States-Japan Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Akinari Horii was a central banker until he stepped down as Assistant Governor of the Bank of Japan in 2010. He received his MBA with distinction, and as a Beta Gamma Sigma, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo.
Senior Advisor to Bae, Kim & Lee LLC and President of Korean Brettonwoods club. He is also Board member of Samsung Life Insurance and GS Shareholding Company. He served as Ambassador of Korea to the OECD. He also held the position of Vice Minister for the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Secretary to the President for National Agenda, Senior Economist for the IMF. He holds a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated from the Department of Business Administration, Seoul National University.
Motoshige Itoh is Emeritus Professor of University of Tokyo and Professor of Gakushuin University. He was the dean of the graduate school before. He has been in various positions advising the Prime minister as well as various ministers in Japan. He received BA of Economics from the University of Tokyo in 1974 and Ph.D of Economics from the University of Rochester in 1979. During early period of academic career he published various papers in international leading journals such as Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, and Journal of Economic Theory. Later he is more involved in policy issues in Japan and published more than 40 books on various aspects of policy issues. He regularly writes for several newspapers and magazines.
Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South and former Professor at Mohammed V University in Rabat. He is a founding member of the Centre Marocain de Conjoncture and of the Groupement d’Etudes et de Recherches sur la Méditerrannée. He is a member of the Research Group within the Euro-Mediterranean Universities Networks. He acted as Adviser to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Economy and Finance. He acts as independent expert to the Moroccan Competition Council and the Moroccan Authority for the fight against Corruption. He wrote various publications about economic and social development and international economic relations.
Professor in International Relations at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM), Paris, and Research Fellow at the Laboratoire interdisciplinaire de recherches en sciences de l’action (Lirsa-CNAM) Paris. She is Vice President of the Committee for Parliamentary and Political History and Delegated President of the Society for the History of the 5th Republic. She founded and was the editor of Histoire@Politique (2007-2014) at Sciences Po Paris and serves as editor of Questions internationales, Secretary General of Revue historique and member of the Editorial Board of Parlements, four peer-reviewed journals. She is currently working on decision-making and expertise in the field of international relations, with special attention to the history and role of the think tanks in diplomatic affairs. She graduated and received her Ph.D. in modern history from Sciences Po. She holds the Agrégation d’histoire.
Publisher-editor of the German weekly Die Zeit. Previously he was columnist and editorial page editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (1985-2000). He is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post; Time and Newsweek. In 2007, he was appointed Senior Fellow of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is a visiting professor of political science at Stanford since 2004. His most recent book is The Myth of America’s Decline, published by WW Norton, NY. He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard.
Chancelor of the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes and member of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology. He was Advisor to His Majesty the King Mohammed VI. He served as Minister of Finance and Foreign Investment. He was also President of the Development Committee of the IMF and the Work Bank and Minister of Public Works, Vocational and Professional Training. He was also governor of Greater Casablanca, member of the Moroccan Parliament and he founded the World Sacred Music Festival in Fes. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, and the National School of Civil Engineering; he has a “Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies” in Econometry, Sorbonne University, Paris.
Chairman Economic Diplomacy Commission, South Africa and South/South Africa, CGEM. After studying finance, Laaziz Kadiri began her career in entrepreneurship and consulting in Morocco, the Middle East and Africa. He then founded LK invest and collaborated with many African states in the implementation of structuring projects. He chairs the Economic Diplomacy Commission, South Africa and South-South Africa within the CGEM.
President of the Republic of Rwanda. He recently served as the Chairperson of the African Union (2017-2018) and is the current Chairman of the East African Community. He has also led the institutional reform of the African Union since 2016. Beginning in 1990, as commander of the forces of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, he led the struggle to liberate Rwanda. The RPF halted the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, which claimed over a million victims. The hallmarks of President Kagame’s administration are peace and reconciliation, women’s empowerment, promotion of investment and entrepreneurship, and access to information technology, a cause he also champions as Co-Chair of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.
Senior Associate, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Adjunct Professor emeritus, Harvard Kennedy School. He was a Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Bonn/Berlin and an advisor to Chancellors Brandt and Schmidt. He taught at the Universities of Bonn, Johns Hopkins (Bologna), Saarbruecken, Cologne, the Hebrew University, and Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. from Cologne University and an honorary doctorate of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He was educated at the Universities of Cologne, Grenoble and Oxford.
Memduh Karakullukçu is the Vice-Chairman and Founding President (2009-2019) of the Global Relations Forum (GRF) in Istanbul. Previously, he advised Istanbul Technical University’s (ITU) President and served as the Founding Managing Director of ITU ARI Science Park, Istanbul’s leading technology entrepreneurship community. Earlier in his career, he worked as a specialist in structured finance in London and Istanbul. He studied electrical engineering and economy (BS) at MIT, finance (MSc) at the LSE and law (JD) at Columbia University. Karakullukçu is a regular commentator at international fora, carving an intellectual space at the interface of geopolitics, geoeconomics and technology. His policy work includes technology and development, technology and security, global energy dynamics, European energy security and global economic/financial governance.
Head of Russia-NIS Center of Ifri since January 2014. Before joining Ifri in 2005, she taught international relations for the French-Russian Master at MGIMO University in Moscow. At the beginning of her work at Ifri, she developed a rich expertise on issues linked to youth, higher education and innovation in Russia: she is the author of the book “Les universités russes sont-elles compétitives ?” (Are Russian Universities competitive?), CNRS Editions, 2013. She currently heads the trilingual electronic collection Russie.Nei.Visions. She holds a degree from the State University of Ekaterinbourg, a Franco-Russian Master in International Relations from the University of Sciences Po/MGIMO in Moscow, and from the University of Marne-la-Vallée in France. In 2018, she published La Russie de Poutine en 100 questions (Paris, Tallandier, 2018).
After graduating from HEC Paris, Jawad Kerdoudi became a representative of the Moroccan Office de Commercialisation et d’Exportation in Hamburg and in New York where he also was in Charge of the Moroccan Consulate. Later, he worked in the OCE headquarters in Casablanca where he, among responsibilities, managed the Group’s wine subsidiary. In 2003, he created the Moroccan Institute of International Relations. He teaches International Trade and International Relations in Casablanca and Rabat. He wrote numerous articles and several books about Moroccan foreign trade, the Maghreb, and the Spanish model. He participated in several studies on the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Emeritus Professor of Economy and Health Management at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers and founder of the Pasteur/CNAM School of Public Health, member of the French Academy of Engineering, member of the strategic board of “Médecins du monde” Foundation. Former Consultant to the OECD, Visiting Professor at Yale University, Under Secretary at the Ministry of Health in charge of French hospitals and Adviser to the Prime Minister. He holds a Master in Agronomy from the Institut national agronomique Paris-Grignon, a MBA and a PhD in Socioeconomics from Cornell University.
Former Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Issues and Head of Delegation to Six Party Talks of the Republic of Korea (ROK). Prior to this position, Ambassador Kim was the Deputy Minister for Political Affairs at the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he was Secretary to the President for Policy Coordination and Deputy Secretary-General of the NSC Secretariat, in the Office of National Security. Ambassador Kim is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he completed an M.A. in Foreign Affairs, and Seoul National University where he completed a B.A. in English Language and Literature.
Dania is an affiliated scholar at the Issam Fares Institute for public policy and international affairs at the American University of Beirut. As Middle East policy expert she is specialises in US-Arab relations and has a special research interest in Syria, governance, peacebuilding and fighting extremism. She also has ten years of experience in Marketing Communications. She has spoken at over 40 groups and platforms and been the guest and a commentator for numerous TV shows. She is a weekly columnist for Arab News. She is the author of the book the “The Arab lobby and US: factors for success and failure” and the principal editor of the volume “The Arab Gulf states and the West: Perceptions and realities, Opportunities and Perils both published by Routledge, UK. She holds a PhD in politics from the University of Exeter.
Ambassador of Burkina Faso in Morocco. A magistrate by training, Ambassador KOTE Zakalia has held several positions in the courts (Prosecutor, President of the Court) and in the judicial administration (Directorate of Studies and Planning). He was Director of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (March 1999 – January 2006), Secretary-General of the Government and the Council of Ministers (January 2006 – May 2007), Minister of Justice Keeper of the Seals (May 2007 – January 2011). He was President of Chamber at the Court of Auditors until his appointment as Ambassador in Rabat (October 2016).
Currently an engineering student of the French Corps des Mines. He completed his military service at the Defense Mission of the French Embassy in Ivory Coast. He also interned at Goldman Sachs (London) as an M&A Summer Analyst after working in Big Data Infrastructure at LiveRamp (San Francisco). He is a graduate of Ecole polytechnique and an incoming candidate of the Master of Public Administration in International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Professor in the Institute of Political Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He was a member of the European Parliament, Chairman of UE delegation to EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Commission and of Foreign Affairs Committee (2009-2014). From 2007 to 2009 he was a member of Parliament (Sejm). He also served as Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland (2006-2007). Author of numerous publications on the transformation processes in Central Europe. He is a member of the editorial board of the bi-monthly “New Eastern Europe” and of the Supervisory Board of Alwernia SA. He graduated from the Faculty of History at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow and studied at the Collegium Invisibile of Warsaw (1996-1998).
Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Morocco. Shambhu Santha Kumaran joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1995. His diplomatic assignments abroad include Political Counsellor in Kathmandu (2007-2009) and Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa (2009-2012). At Headquarters, he was Deputy Secretary (West Europe Division) handling relations with the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain as well as the Commonwealth from 2002-2004. From 2012-2016, he was Director (East Asia/China), Joint Secretary (Establishment) and Joint Secretary (Eurasia) in MEA. During January 2016-May 2019, he was on deputation to the Ministry of Defense as Joint Secretary (Planning and International Cooperation). He holds a Bachelors Degree in English Literature from Kerala University as well as an MA in International Studies and Master of Philosophy in Diplomatic Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Secretary General of the Ministry of Reform of Administration and Public Service. Mr. Ahmed Laamoumri started at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, then joined the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, and later the Ministry of Public Service and Modernization of Administration. He then became Director of Studies, Communication and Cooperation in the Ministry of charge of modernization of the administration and Secretary General of the Ministry of Reform Administration and Public Service. He has an engineering Degree in Quality Management from L’Ecole des Mines in France and another in Legal and Industrial Metrology from L’Ecole Supérieure de Métrologie in Paris.
Medical Doctor and psychiatrist, registered in Paris, and member of the supervisory board of EDEIS. He has worked in close collaboration with pharmaceutical firms (Laboratoires pharmaceutiques Debat, Laboratoires Lisapharm) and with the National Agronomic Institut (Paris Grignon). He was personal M.D. for President Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal, 1988-2012). He was also associate professor, Medical University Paris XIII (Bobigny, 1985-2010). He served as Consultant for numerous French companies. He is the co-founder of Organic-Vaccines, which aims to set up a leucocytes database in Europe, in keeping with the one set up in the USA in 2003. He is developping the Map-up test, a new psychological assessment, aimed at corporate coaching and at crisis resolution. He published Psychostrategy, Ed Polytechniques, 2002 and Fighting fatigue, M.A. Ed. 2005.
Honorary Chairman of Lafarge. From July 2015 to April 2017, he co-chaired the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim. He was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge (2007-2015). He began his career at Lafarge in 1983 and held numerous positions in finance and international operations. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). He is Lead Independent Director of ArcelorMittal and was a Board member of EDF from 2008 to 2019. He chaired the Sustainable Development Commission of the MEDEF (Mouvement des Entreprises de France, the French employers association) from 2014 to 2018. He graduated from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales business school (HEC, Paris) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA, Paris).
Former Minister of Labor and Social protection and Minister of Youths and Sports, Algeria. He also served as Prefect, Ambassador of Algeria, Deputy, President of the Finance and Budget Commission at the national Assembly, Member of the Commission of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Emigration. He is a Member of the Royal Academy of Spain for Economic and Finance Sciences and of the Forum “Penser l’Europe”. Honorary member of the “Barcelona Economics Network”. Member of the scientific committee of the “MS’10 Barcelona International Conference”. He is researcher, lecturer and teacher at the Higher School for Political Sciences, at the Institute of Diplomacy and at the International Relations and the National School of Administration (ENA). He was a board member of the High Institute of Management and Planning, National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the National Office of Statistics. He was also member of the mediator’s team for the resolution of the Northern Mali and Northern Niger Conflict, and co-editor of the agreements. He graduated from the University of Law and Economic Sciences.
Ambassador of France to Morocco. Graduated from the Institute of Political Studies, Ambassador Le Gal worked as a first secretary at the French embassies in Tel Aviv and Madrid and became a technical advisor to the Minister Delegate for the Cooperation to the Francophonie. She was a counselor at the Permanent Representation of France to the EU Parliament in Brussels. She moved back to Africa to be Deputy Director for Central and Eastern Africa at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. She was Consul General of France in Quebec City, then Africa Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic and Ambassador of France to Israel before coming to Morocco. She is an Officer of the Legion of Honor.
President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, since 2013. He is also Chair of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). He is a qualified engineer and scientist who has devoted his entire career to the European space program, holding positions within the French National Scientific Research Agency CNRS, several French ministries, at Novespace and a first stint with CNES before joining Starsem and Arianespace for 12 years, where he was CEO then Chairman & CEO. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He has received several awards from France, the Russian Federation, the Government of Japan and Israel.
Senior Advisor of KIM & CHANG and Visiting Professor of the Graduate School of International Studies of Seoul National University. Former G20 Sherpa and Ambassador for International Economic Affairs, Republic of Korea. Former Ambassador to France (2012-2015). He also served as Ambassador to the Philippines. Previously, he was Deputy Minister for Trade and Chief Negotiator for the Korea-EU FTA (2008-2010). He held the position of Director-General and Deputy Chief Negotiator for the KOREA-US FTA, (2006-2008). He joined the Foreign Service in 1980. He was also Minister-Counsellor, Korean Permanent Delegation to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Paris (2004-2005). He graduated from Seoul National University and received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.
Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po in Paris. President of the Jacques Delors Institute. He was the Prime Minister of Italy from April 2013 to February 2014. He previously served as Minister for EU Affairs (1998-1999), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts and Foreign Trade (2000-2001), among others, and as Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister Romano Prodi (2006-2008). He was Member of the Italian Parliament (2001-2015), excluding between 2004 and 2006 when he was Member of the European Parliament. He also served as deputy Secretary of the Democratic Party (2009-2013). He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa (his hometown) and obtained a PhD in European Union Law at the School for Advanced Studies “Sant’Anna” of Pisa.
Member of the board of the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri), affiliate emeritus professor in Finance at Paris-Dauphine University, non-executive chairman of Les Echos, member of the supervisory board of Rothschild Martin Maurel, chairman and founder of the Fondation du Risque and Institut Louis Bachelier. He held various positions in the Schlumberger Group and he was CEO of Banque Paribas until the merger creating BNPParibas. He started as a research physicist at the French atomic energy commission (CEA). He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Eric Li is founder and managing partner of Chengwei Capital. He is also chairman of Guancha.cn. Mr Li is a trustee of Fudan University’s China Institute and chairman of its advisory board. He serves on the boards of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). He is a member of the council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
H.E.M Li Li is an Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Morocco after a long career and responsibility positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. H.E.M Li Li has accumulated extensive experience, through his diplomatic missions, in the African continent, particularly in Mali, the Republic of Mauritius and the Kingdom of Morocco. Mr. Li Li holds a Master in Law.
Dr. Susan Liautaud is Founder & Managing Director of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited, a consultancy advising corporate, governmental and non-profit leaders on complex ethics matters. She serves as Interim Chair of Council and Vice Chair of Court of Governors of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She teaches cutting edge ethics courses at Stanford University. Susan has been appointed to the UK government’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, the UK Cabinet Office’s Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACoBA), Stanford HAI (Stanford Institute for Human Centered Artificial Intelligence) Advisory Council and other advisory boards. She also serves on several non-profit boards, including Care International Global Supervisory Board, Pasteur Institute, and past Chair and member of Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres US National Board of Advisors.
Peterson Distinguished Scholar, Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Formerly, he served as First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (2006-2011) and as Special Advisor to the Managing Director, IMF (September 2011-November 2011). Previously, he served as Vice-Chairman of the JPMorgan Investment Bank and JPMorgan’s Chief Economist. He also was Chief Economist of Salomon Brothers, Inc. (1992-1997). He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.
Former Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Senegal. President of the Emergence Institute, specializing in economic and statistical studies and strategic planning. He is also Director General of the Economic Foresight Bureau. Previously, he was Deputy Director in the Cabinet of Macky Sall, President of Senegal. He also served as an economic advisor to several Prime Ministers. He is an expert for the UN, the African Development Bank, the World Bank and the African Union. He has served as associate lecturer at the National School of Administration of Senegal and the University Gaston Berger of St. Louis.
Vice President – Chief of Staff for Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions and Public Affairs at Airbus S.A.S. The scope of the department includes product and services strategies, intelligence, benchmarking and market forecast, M & A and Public Affairs. Carsten joined Airbus in 1997 and held various management positions in Production, Final Assembly Lines, Cabin Furnishing, Programs and Procurement across different sites and countries. Prior to joining this department, Carsten lead the running organization development, major company reorganization and transformation projects. He studied Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany and at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. Before joining Airbus, Carsten worked in different Aerospace companies worldwide, such as Raytheon Aircraft in the United States or IPTN in Indonesia.
Mr. Karim Lotfi Senhadji is the CEO of OCP Africa (OCP subsidiary). Prior to holding this position, Mr. Senhadji spent more than 7 years at OCP in different leadership positions. Before joining OCP, Mr. Senhadji held different managerial positions at several Moroccan and multinational companies, including Holcim Group, Altadis Maroc and Méditelecom. Mr. Senhadji has degrees from MIT-Boston, HEC-Paris and holds an Executive MBA from ESSEC & Mannheim Business schools. He is also a graduate from the Royal Air Forces School in Marrakesh where he received his diploma in aeronautic engineering and a trained pilot.
Former Conservative Member of Parliament and lawyer (QC). He is a member of the Privy Council. He is a member of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation. Lord Lothian was first appointed to the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament in 2006, on which he continues to serve. He was a member of the Shadow Cabinet (1997-2005), Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2001-2005), International Affairs (2003-2005), Defence (2005), Deputy Leader of the Opposition (2001-2005). He was also Chairman of the Conservative Party (1998-2001), Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (1994-1997). He graduated from Christ Church at the University of Oxford in History, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in Law. He is now a member of the House of Lords.
Co-Founder of the French American Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He began his career at Marshall Plan European Headquarters in Paris in 1950. In 1951, he was assigned to the U.S. Special Mission to Yugoslavia, resident in Sarajevo. He was a naval officer (1952-1955). He was commissioned Foreign Service Officer in 1956. He served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (1974-1977) and as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg (1977-1981). He graduated from Yale University.
Mercy Ships Ambassador for Africa, Dr Pierre M’Pelé became a physician in 1982. He is specialized in epidemiology, public health, infectious diseases and tropical medicine. Between 2007 and 2016, Dr M’Pelé has been WHO Representative in several African countries. Previously, he was President of the Society for Aids in Africa (1995-2005), Director of the National AIDS Control Program in Congo (1987-1998)and Director of the National Laboratory of Public Health. Dr M’Pelé published in February 2019 his first autobiography: An African Doctor’s Journey: From The Beginning To The Near-End Of The AIDS Epidemic In Africa (published by Maia France). He graduated from the University of Paris.
Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South. Jamal Machrouh is professor of international relations at the National School of Business and Management, Ibn Toufaïl University, Kénitra and Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, formerly OCP Policy Center, where he focuses on Geopolitics and International Relations issues. Mr. Machrouh is lecturer at the Royal College of Advanced Military Studies of Kénitra and at Södertörn University of Stockholm, Sweden. He is the author of a book titled Justice and Development under World Trade Organization and of various articles dealing with international relations and geopolitics.
Professor of geopolitics, mediation and international relations at ESSEC, School of Management. Visiting Professor at the University of Montreal, Associate member at the Montreal Centre for International Studies, University of Montreal (CERIUM), he was Associate Professor for the European Master of “Intercultural relations in the Mediterranean” at Tarragona University, Paris I University. He was elected Dean of the Faculté des Sciences Sociales et Économiques, before being the president of the Université Catholique de Paris. He was director of the direction de la Prospective (Policy Planning Staff) at the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (2009-2012). He graduated from the Institut d’Études Politiques of Paris. He also graduated in Law, Political Science and Philosophy and he holds a PhD in Philosophy and a PhD in Sociology.
Egyptian Senator and former member of Parliament. She is also Distinguished Lecturer, Political Science Department, American University in Cairo. She has been a member of the National Council for Human Rights since 2012 and Advisor to the Minister of Labour and Immigration responsible for Egyptian abroad since 2011. She was a member of the World Bank’s Council of Advisors for Middle East & North Africa Region (MENA). She was advisor to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in 2012 and served on the Committee for Policy Development (UN, 2001-2004). She was awarded a fellowship at MIT in 2016. She graduated from Harvard University. She is a prolific writer in English, French and Arabic. She is Officier de la Légion d’honneur.
MGIMO-University Vice-rector, professor of the Department of International Relations and Russia’s Foreign Policy. Artem Malgin is a Member of the Valdai Discussion Club Scientific Council, Member of the Scientific board at the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Member of the Council “Russian-Polish Center for Dialogue and Understanding”, coordinator of the Russian-French Civil Societies Forum “Trianon Dialogue”. Graduated from MGIMO-University. Holds a PhD in International relations.
Social entrepreneur working in the fields of International Relations & Development. He is currently working on the post-production of a series of films that aim to explore various global issues concerning politics and economics. Furthermore, he is writing a book for the same purpose. He has worked in the private sector in fields of Information & Communication Technology, Finance, and Outsourcing, with the firms Fidelity Investments, Futures First, and Convergys. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; a master in Creación Literaria from Universitat Pompeu Fabra; a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from R.V. College of Engineering.
Mr. Laurent MARCADIER worked between 1997 and 2004 as a judicial magistrate, in the prosecutor’s office in Créteil (94) in the organised crime department (drugs, weapons, human trafficking and counterfeit). He then held the position of Secretary General of the Paris Regional Court, followed by the Paris Court of Appeal. Appointed Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State for Justice in 2009, he then joined the staff of the Minister of the Interior in 2011. In 2013, he joined the LVMH Group as Assets and Persons Protection Director. He is in charge of protecting the Intellectual property rights of 28 Houses of the Group on physical markets, as on Internet and Social Media.
Former Minister, former member of the French Parliament, Mayor of Crest since 1995 and chairman of the Franco-British Council. Member of the steering committee of the « républicains » party, he was the whip of opposition in the finance committee, special rapporteur for the budget on ecology, energy, transport and agriculture, president of the friendship group with Russia and vice-president with the United Kingdom as well as member of the delegation for overseas territories. He has been Overseas secretary in 2007. He is a Corps des Mines General Engineer. He graduated from the Ecole polytechnique and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.
Prof. Taoufik Marrakchi is a retired Colonel-Major of the Royal Armed Forces. Born in Sfax (Tunisia), he got his PhD in International Law and International relations. He joined the Royal Military academy in Meknes and graduated in 1976 then graduated as a Military Chief of staff in the Military school of Kenitra in 1988. He obtained another certificate from Joint Defense College in Paris in 1997. He taught Geopolitics, Strategy, Security and Defense and its international institutions and History of crises and contemporary conflicts in many institutions, such as: the Moroccan Diplomacy Academy (AMED), the Royal School of Gendarmerie Officers (EROG) and the Royal Naval School (ERN).
Head of the International Economic Department, Bank Al-Maghrib. Since 2007, Hicham Masmoudi has been in charge of the International Economic Affairs Department at Bank Al-Maghrib in Rabat. He was also a statistician at Nielsen Company and a part-time lecturer at Hassan II University in Casablanca: Master 1st year and 2nd year”Econometrics Applied to Macro and Microeconomic Modelling”. He holds a Master (DESA) in Applied Econometrics for Macro and Micro-Economic Modelling from Hassan II University in Casablanca and obtained his Applied Bachelor’s degree in Econometrics at Hassan II University.
Visiting professor at the Graduate School of Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (NUCB) on energy-climate nexus. He also serves as auditor of SOC Corporation in Tokyo, chairman of FairCourt Capital in London and strategic committee member of Elion House in Singapore. He has had an extensive career in energy business and policy making as JAPEX advisor, JNOC vice president and director of the International Energy Agency. He has a strong interest in new dimension of energy and environmental policies and measures. He belongs to the Expert Network of the World Economic Forum.
President and Founder of Casablanca Media Partners Group. Mostapha Mellouk started his career in media with the launch of 2M TV Channel where he managed programs, news and sports. He established and lead Media Com before joining Lagardère Group as Director of educational tv channels owned by Qatar Foundation and the Aljazeera Group. He was President of Medi1Sat TV. He is also Smart Studio’s creator and he co-founded the Copeam. He was designated African Media Leader in 2012, and was elected Member of the International Academy of Television, Arts & Science in New York. He chairs the communication commission of the CGEM.
Ambassador General Director of the Morocco International Cooperation Agency. He was the special advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Chief of Staff of the President of COP22. Previously, he was advisor to the Minister of Economy and Finance in Morocco, and worked in strategy and management consulting at international consulting firms based in Paris.He also advised companies and investors on strategic projects in Morocco and African countries.He has an engineering diploma from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and holds an MBA from College des Ingénieurs in Paris and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Babson College, USA.
Vice President, Advanced Concepts, Airbus, Munich, Germany. Before joining Airbus in 2004, he has worked for 12 years as a self-employed security policy analyst and consultant in Bonn, Germany. Among many other functions, he served as President & CEO of the Institute for Strategic Analyses (ISA) in Bonn, Germany. Over many years, he was a frequent TV and radio commentator, publisher, and lecturer. He is an Honorary Professor for Foreign Policy at the University of Cologne, Germany. He began his professional career in 1986 as a Research Associate at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Foundation for Science and Politics) and served from 1990 to 1992 on the Policy Planning Staff of the German Minister of Defense.
President, CGEM. He was Director and CEO of the Spanish company TAVEX. He served as Chairman of the Moroccan Association of Textile and Apparel Industries for two years and as Chairman of the Textile and Leather Federation within the CGEM. In 2004, he was appointed Minister of Industry, Trade, and Restructuring of the Economy. He served as Minister of Economy and Finance and as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. He is also co-manager of CTC Maroc, Senior Advisor to the AfBD, Senior Advisor to the Fond Africa 50.
Leila Mokaddem joined the African Development Bank in 2002 as Head of the Financial Institutions Division. The current Country Director for Morocco has lead the implementation of the African Guarantee Fund and the Trade Finance Initiative before becoming resident representative to the regional office in Senegal. Prior to ADB, she worked at the Tunisian Ministry of Economy and the IMF. She was also counselor of the Minister of Finance in Haiti before being named counselor of the Presidential Commission in charge of drafting the new Investment Code. Graduate from the Institute of High Trade Studies in Tunis, she also has a Master’s degree in International Trade.
Thierry de Montbrial is Executive Chairman of the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri), which he founded in 1979. He is Professor Emeritus at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. In 2008, he launched the World Policy Conference. He has been a member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques of the Institut de France since 1992, and is a member of a number of foreign Academies.
He serves on the board or advisory board of a number of international companies and institutions.
Thierry de Montbrial chaired the Department of Economics at the Ecole Polytechnique from 1974 to 1992. He was the first Chairman of the Foundation for Strategic Research (1993-2001). Entrusted with the creation of the Policy Planning Staff (Centre d’Analyse et de Prévision) at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was its first director (1973-1979).
He has authored more than twenty books, several of them translated in various languages, including Action and Reaction in the World System. The Dynamics of Economic and Political Power (UBC Press, Vancouver, Toronto, 2013).
He is a Grand Officer of the Légion d’honneur, Grand Officer of the Ordre National du Mérite. He has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun – Gold and Silver Star, Japan (2009) and other state honors by the French and several foreign governments.
Thierry de Montbrial is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, and received a Ph.D. in Mathematical Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
H.E. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Formerly Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain (2004-2010), he also served as Director of the Institute of Cooperation with the Arab World (1991-1993) and was appointed Director General of Foreign Policy for Africa and the Middle East (1993-1996). He held the position of Spain’s Ambassador in Israel (1996). He was the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process (1996-2003). From 2010 to 2011 he joined parliamentary activities and ran to be elected Director-General of the FAO. In January 2012, he joined the team of the Global Dry Land Alliance in Qatar promoting this international treaty for food security. From 2012 to 2013 he was member of the High-level Advisory panel of the president of the 67th UN General Assembly. Prior to his appointment as High-Representative, Mr. Moratinos was the Honorary Chairman of the CIRSD Board of Advisers (Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development), Senior Advisor of Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Honorary President of REDS, the SDSN Spanish network.
Founder, Chairman and CEO of WISeKey. Before founding his company in 1999, he served as United Nations Expert on cybersecurity during 17 years. He is recognized worldwide as an Internet pioneer and has a unique profile, which combines extensive high level international diplomacy experience and emerging technologies expertise. He has received many international awards for his commitment to secure the Internet. He is very active in disruptive cryptotechnology, AI, blockchain, IoT and cybersecurity. He is also an expert in M&A, fundraising, IPOs, and listed companies. He is the coauthor of The transHuman Code bestseller book.
Director of the Pharos Observatory of cultural and religious pluralism and Coordinator of the political group of the OSCE Minsk Process on Ukraine. Former EU Special Representative for Central Asia and for the crisis in Georgia. He began his diplomatic career in 1971. He served at the French Embassy in Moscow. He also served as Diplomatic Advisor to the President of the French Republic. He was Ambassador to the Russian Federation (1992-1996) and was also accredited, while in residence in Moscow, to Georgia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, and to Kyrgyzstan. He served as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and then to the Holy See. He is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris, of the Paris Assas Faculty of Law and of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.
Professor of Business Management and Human Resources at the University Mohammed V, Rabat. She was Advisor to the President of Mohammed V University and consulted on projects pertaining to development, education and governance with NGOs and institutions including the UNDP, Africa Humanitarian Action, the Ministry for Civil Service and Administrative Reform where she served in the Cabinet of the Minister in charge of UN and UNDP projects in the MENA region. Dr. Motii earned her Master’s in Public Affairs at the American University in Washington DC, and her Doctorat d’Etat in Economic Sciences from the Faculty of Juridical, Economic and Social Sciences in Casablanca.
CEO of IDATE DigiWorld since July 1, 2017. From 2011 to 2017, he was Chief Executive Officer of Sofrecom, a subsidiary of the Orange group, specializing in engineering consulting. Prior to that, he headed 11 regional departments and the Human Resources department of Orange France (+ 80,000 employees). Jacques Moulin is a graduate of Political Science. He has a legal background, holds a Master’s degree from the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) and has also completed the “Economics and Business school’s international development” programme at ESSEC.
CEO of the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency. Graduate from the Institut National Polytechnique and University of Pennsylvania, he was President of the Energy, Climate and Green Economy Commission at the General Confederation of the Moroccan Companies. He was advisor to OCP President of and has worked within the Cabinet of the Minister of Energy and Mines and counseled organizations such as the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental protection, BMCE Bank, World Bank and UNDP. He was also Head of the Public Private Partnerships at COP 22 committee. He was also President of the Mediterranean Association of National Agencies for Energy Management.
Marc is Executive Chairman of Global Markets Commodities at Natixis. Previously, he was Managing Director, Vice Chairman of the Commodities Division and Chairman of the firm’s African business at Morgan Stanley. Before joining the finance industry, Marc worked three years for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Cultural Attaché in Hong Kong, and then at Elf Aquitaine (now Total) for over four years as a crude oil trader. He holds a master of science degree in business administration from Sup. de co., Marseille, a D.E.A in business administration from ESSEC/ IAE, Aix en Provence and a D.E.S.S in international trade and transportation from Aix Marseille University.
Former Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. He served as Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation (2008-2011) and as UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus (2006-2008). Between 2001 and 2006 he was Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary-General, while serving concurrently as Deputy Chief of Staff for the last two years of that period. He served as Head of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at UN headquarters (1997-2001). He began his career in 1979 with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University, United States, and the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.
Dean of the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University and Rafael del Pino Professor of Practice of Global Transformation. He is also the Founding Director of IE’s Center for the Governance of Change. From 2015 to 2017 Dr Muñiz was the Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Since 2017 he has been a Senior Associate at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as well as one of the promoters of its Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship. He is also an elected member of the Alumni Board of Directors of the Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Muniz holds a JD (Law) from the Complutense University in Madrid, an MSc in Financial Markets from the IEB, a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, and a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford.
President, ECE Consultants SAL since 1982. Chairman of “Phoenician Fund Holding” (Lebanon), and executive director of the “Mouflon Fund” in Cyprus. He was a consultant at the OECD and professor of economics. He has been Chairman at the National Investment Guarantee Corporation (1993-2018), economic and financial advisor at Qatari Diwan Amiri (2000-2005), He received a Master’s Degree in Economics from the American University of Beirut and a Ph.D. in Economics from Paris.
Patrick Nicolet is Capgemini’s Group Chief Technology Officer responsible for the technology and innovation agenda for the organization. In addition, he oversees company-wide internal information systems and cybersecurity. Throughout his career Patrick has held a number of executive leadership and operational excellence roles such as Chairman of the Board of Capgemini Brazil and Executive Leader for India Operations. It was during this tenure that Patrick successfully led the integration of 30,000 new colleagues into Capgemini following the acquisition of iGate. He started his career in operations by turning around businesses notably as partner of the corporate recovery practice of Ernst & Young Switzerland and later within Capgemini as Group sales director or CEO of the Infrastructure Services business. Patrick has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Global Leader for Tomorrow at Davos (the precursor to the Forum for Young Global Leaders). He is a Member of the Capgemini Group Executive Board – the highest instance of management within the Group.
Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He has been associated with the Institute since 1985. He is concurrently a non-resident Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. He was previously a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. He has held research or teaching positions at several universities, including Yale University, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Southern California and Tokyo University. He graduated from Swarthmore College and he holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University.
Professor of public law at the University Paris Descartes from 2017, she previously has been a professor at the University of Rouen Normandie (2010-2017) and co-director of the Rouen University Center of law studies (2012-2017). She has been Secretary-General of the Société française pour le droit international (French Society for International Law) since 2016. She is also a member of the strategic committee of Ifri. She holds a PhD in law from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Following on from her PhD, she focuses her research on the United Nations, the maintenance of international peace and security as well as the normative power of international organizations. Since 2013, she has also been working on international digital law and co-edited several books in this area, including Cyberattaques et droit international (Cyberattacks and International Law) (Pedone, 2019).
Senior Minister and special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He is the former Mayor of Addis Ababa. He currently serves as Chair of the board of several leading public organizations and international advisory boards. Dr Arkebe was recognized by the New African as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2016 for his work on industrialization and industrial policies, both theoretical and practical. He holds a PhD in development studies from SOAS, University of London, and is research associate at the Centre of African Studies in the University of London. His published works include the path-breaking Made in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2015), How Nations Learn (Oxford University Press, 2019), and China-Africa and an Economic Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2019).
Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center, former Minister of Economy and Finance, Morocco. He was appointed Minister of Economy in 1998 and Minister of Finance in 2002. He is professor at Mohammed V University and chairs the Association of Moroccan Economists and Union of Arab Economists. After over 20 years as member of the Municipal Council, he was Mayor of Rabat from 2009 to 2015. He has authored many books and papers on economic theory, financial economics, international and economic relations, and the Euro-Mediterranean space. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris.
President, Federation of Trade and Services, CGEM and General Manager of the communication consultancy agency Par3com. She has more than 20 years’ experience in audit, marketing and communication strategy. During her career, she has accompanied and advised more than a hundred public and private institutions in the development of strategic projects at the national and international levels. She is both Vice-President and General Secretary of the Moroccan Association of Exporters (ASMEX), a member of the Board of Directors of the Moroccan Student Foundation, and currently President of the CGEM Trade and Services Federation, which has more than 1780 members.
Distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International (2006–2008) and was an unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan (2002–2006). He was on the National Security Council staffs of Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush between 1986 and 1993, as director of Asian Affairs and then as senior director and special assistant to the president. Paal held positions in the policy planning staff at the State Department, as a senior analyst for the CIA, and at U.S. embassies in Singapore and Beijing. He has spoken and published frequently on Asian affairs and national security issues.
Economist on the Korea/Sweden desk of the Economics Department at OECD. She previously worked in the Structural Policy Analysis Division of the same Department at OECD, at the French Ministry of Labour and at the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) in the Short-Term Economic Analysis and in the Economic Studies Departments. Her research interests focus on the subjects of international trade, external imbalances, labour market and digitalization. Presently, she is finishing her PhD in Economics at the Université Paris-Dauphine.
Ana Palacio is a lawyer by training, specializing in international and European law, arbitration, and mediation. She is a member of the Boards of Enagás, PharmaMar, and AEE Power; of the International Advisory Boards of Investcorp and Office Chérifien des Phosphates; and of the Governing Council of the Instituto de Empresa. She is also a member of several think-tanks and organizations and a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. She was a member of the European Parliament (1994-2002), she served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain (2002-2004) and was a member of the Spanish Parliament (2004-2006). She has been Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group, Secretary General of ICSID (2006-2008), member of the Executive Committee and Senior Vice-President for International Affairs of AREVA (2008-2009) and she served on the Council of State of Spain (2012-2018). She holds degrees in Law, Political Science and Sociology.
Volker Perthes has been Executive Chairman and Director of SWP (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, since October 2005. In 2015-2016 he also served as UN Assistant Secretary General and Senior Adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Syria; from 2016 to 2018 he chaired the Ceasefire Task Force (CTF) for Syria on behalf of the UN. Volker Perthes earned his doctoral degree in 1990 and his habilitation in 1999 from the University of Duisburg and he serves on various national and international scientific councils.
Former advisor for energy, industry and innovation in the private office of the French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition. He held various positions in the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, in the fields of energy and corporate financing. He was also a market analyst at Total Gas & Power New Energies USA and Assistant Project Manager at L’Oréal. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and Mines Paristech, Paris, France.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Total. He held various positions in the French Industry Ministry and in ministerial offices from 1989 to 1996, including Environment and Industry Technical Adviser to the Prime Minister (1993-1995) and Chief of Staff to the Information Technology and Space Minister (1995-1996). He joined Total in 1997, as Chief Administrative Officer of Total E&P Angola and became Group Representative in Qatar in 1999. In 2002, he was named Senior Vice President, Finance, Economics and Information Systems in Exploration & Production. In 2006, he became Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and R&D in Exploration & Production. In 2012, he was appointed President, Refining & Chemicals and member of the Executive Committee. He is a graduate of École Polytechnique and an Engineer of the French Corps des Mines.
President of Alcen, group composed of high technology companies in the fields of defense, energy, medical machines and aeronautics. He started his career as President of Tabur Marine and of Dufour. He served at Matra Group as Senior Vice President in charge of 4 departments (car electronics, robotics, computer-aided design and watchmaking). He set up and managed a telecommunication operator, Kaptech and an equipment manufacturer, Cirpack. He studied at the Ecole Polytechnique and at the Insead.
Vice Chairman & Secretary General of Shanghai Development Research Foundation (SDRF). After graduating from Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1987, he entered Harvard Institute for International Development and did research work. In 1995, he returned to China as Chief Representative and Managing Director of New York Life until 2003. Prior to study in the US, he conducted a research as Assistant Director at the Institute of World Economy, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He is the author of “Global Financial Governance: Challenges, Goals and Reforms” (2016), “Global Financial Imbalance: Implications, Impacts and Countermeasures” (2017) and “Changes of Pattern in Global Finance and China’s Integration into Global Financial System” (2018).
Director of Government Affairs for Middle East and Africa at Philip Morris International, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Borhann is responsible for leading and providing strategic advice to 69 countries on public affairs and policy to advance the company’s objective to design a smoke-free future. He started his career in 2002 in Paris, as a Marketing Specialist for Africa at Western Union Financial Services, the worldwide money transfer leader. During his 10 years at Western Union he worked in cross-functional positions with increased responsibility in several markets in Africa, both in Marketing and Business Development. He led the North Africa Region as Senior Country Manager. In 2012, Borhann joined Philip Morris International as the Head of Corporate Affairs for Tunisia and Libya, based in Tunis. In 2015, he was named Regional Sales Manager for Morocco, before moving to Lausanne in 2017.
Director of Research, Partnerships and Events at Policy Center for the New South. Prof. Rahmouni is an international affiliated professor at NYU (USA) as well as a visiting professor at Holy Spirit University (Lebanon) and at International trade and Law Institute of Pusan National University (South Korea). She teaches geopolitics at Grenoble School of Management (France). She contributed to numerous books, such as Femme et entrepreneur: c’est possible ! (Pearson, 2012) , Géopolitique de la Méditerranée and Géopolitique de la condition féminine (PUF, 2013). Bouchra gave lectures in world forums and prestigious institutions in France, Hong Kong, US, South Korea, Lebanon and Switzerland.
Professor of Economics at London Business School. Until 2007, she was at Princeton University as Professor of Economics and International Affairs. Her research focuses on the determinants and consequences of external trade and financial imbalances, the theory of financial crises and the organization of the international monetary system. She received a number of prizes such as the Yrjö Jahnsson Award (European economist under 45 years old) and the Maurice Allais Prize. She is also a member of the High Council for Financial Stability (French Macro Prudential Authority) and the French National Economic Commission. She writes a regular column for the French newspaper Les Echos. Hélène Rey received her undergraduate degree from ENSAE, a Master in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University and her PhDs from the London School of Economics and the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales.
Professor of Crisis Management, and Security Studies and Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South. His area of expertise covers Afro-Asian affairs, strategic and security studies, terrorism, extremism and deradicalization. He got his Ph.D. in Regional & International Affairs from the University of Tokyo and a Doctorate from the University of Mohammed V on the psychological dynamisms of suicide bombers. He is the Executive Director of the Moroccan Observatory on Extremism and Violence, Director of the African Center for Asian Studies, Rabat, Visiting Professor at the University Mohammed V and president of the Moroccan Association for Asian Studies.
Anita Ricquier is a Singaporean lawyer by training. She is an entrpreneur as well as the founder and chief executive officer of Camelot Trust Pte Ltd. This is a corporate services company based in Singapore, with clients drawn from the region and the rest of the world. Camelot provides its clients with advice and services for doing business in Singapore as well as family office matters.
Virginie Robert is the Foreign Desk Editor of Les Echos, the French business newspaper. Previously, she was the daily’s New York correspondent (2008-2012), where she covered the financial crisis and the two Obama presidential elections. Earlier in her career at Les Echos, she held various positions as an IT writer and created in 2000 a special section dedicated to the internet economy and to innovation. Her first job was as a business writer for “01 Informatique”, the leading IT trade magazine in France. She is the author of a book “L’irrésistible montée de l’économie sociale », Editions Autrement, published in March 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Valparaiso University, IN. and a Master of Journalism from Medill School, Northwestern University, ILL. Virginie is the vice-president of the European-American Press Club in Paris and a member of the French Diplomatic Press Association.
Founding Partner of Okan Partners, strategy and financial advisory boutique dedicated to Africa since 2012. Former McKinsey, PAI Partners and Ardian, Benjamin has developed an expertise in financial advisory and fundraising in Africa. At Okan, he mainly leads infrastructure, agriculture and mining sectors. Benjamin graduated from HEC Paris.
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Fertilizer Development Center. Currently he advises several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa on their agricultural sector development. Over the course of his career, Roy has been highly influential in shaping policy decisions, speaking before Heads of State and Ministers of Agriculture. In 2014, he co-edited Sustainable Phosphorus Management: A Global Transdisciplinary Roadmap. In 2012, he was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Global Nutrient Management Project of the UN Environment Program. He received his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.
President of Rozental & Asociados, Andrés Rozental also holds non-executive board position in several important multinational companies in Brazil and Mexico. He is an independent board member of Ocean Wilson Holdings and Wilson Sons in Brazil. Previously, he was a career diplomat for more than 35 years, having served his country as Mexico´s ambassador to the United Kingdom (1995-1997), as Deputy Foreign Minister (1988-1994) and as Ambassador to Sweden (1983-1988). He was Mexico’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (1982-1983), and has held senior responsibilities within the Mexican Foreign Ministry and abroad. Andrés founded the Mexican Council on Foreign Relation and since 1994, has the lifetime Rank of Eminent Ambassador.
The Honourable Kevin Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010-2012). He led Australia’s response during the Global Financial Crisis— the only major developed economy not to go into recession—and co-founded the G20. He joined the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York as its inaugural President in 2015. He is Chair of the Board of the International Peace Institute, and Chair of Sanitation and Water for All. He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House in London and at the Paulson Institute in Chicago, and a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.
President of International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies and Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Forest, Morocco. Doctor of Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Engineer, Dr. Sadiki is also a Professor of Genetics at the Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research and a member of the Scientific Council of the International Center for Agricultural Research and Development. He is Morocco’s representative on the Board of Governors of the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Chairman Emeritus of the Institute for Global Economics; former Minister of Finance (1987-1988). He held several key positions in the Korean government (1979-2011), including Senior Secretary to the President for Economic Affairs (1983-1987), Ambassador for International Economy and Trade (2000-2002), Special Economic Adviser to the President (2008-2009), Chairman of the Presidential Council on National Competitiveness (2008-2009), and Chairman of the Presidential Committee for the G20 Summit (2009-2011). He also served as Special Consultant to the International Monetary Fund (1989-1992) and Chairman of the Korea International Trade Association (2009-2012). He graduated from Seoul National University and received his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of California in Los Angeles. He taught economics at New York University (1969-1973).
Attorney-at-law at Jones Day. His practice focuses on regulatory compliance and encompasses a broad range of government regulations, product safety, installment sales regulations, commercial transactions regulations, foreign direct investment regulation, energy & environment, and competition law. He represents various clients in civil disputes. He spent 35 years at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. During his tenure as Director-General of the Trade Policy Bureau and Vice Minister for International Affairs, he worked in the field of international trade policy. He served as Chief Executive Assistant to Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama (2009-2010).
Mr. Hassane Saoudi is a retired Colonel of the Royal Gendarmerie, Consultant and Director of Securi-Consulting. He held the position of Chief of Studies and Legislation at the Royal Gendarmerie Headquarters as well as the title of Commander of the Royal Gendarmerie Training Centre in Marrakech. He was Commander of the Kenitra and Meknes regions. He obtained his master’s degree in Economic Intelligence and Business Security from the Institut National des Hautes Etudes de la Sécurité et de la Justice in 2012 and a global security diploma from the Institut National des Hautes Etudes de la Sécurité et de la Justice de Paris in 2010 and in the same year, he obtained a certificate of expertise in psychocriminology from the Institut de Hautes Etudes de Criminologie de Paris.
John Sawers is Executive Chairman of Newbridge Advisory, which he founded in 2019 to advise corporate leaders on geopolitics and political risk. He is also a Non-Executive Director of BP. He was Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6 (2009-2014). Prior to that he was UK’s Ambassador to the United Nations and Egypt, Political Director of the Foreign Office and Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair. Since leaving public service he has been advising global companies and investors. John Sawers studied at the universities of Nottingham, St. Andrews and Harvard.
Ambassador of Switzerland to Morocco. Former Ambassador to Ukraine and to Moldova (2015-2019). He entered the Swiss Foreign Ministry in 1992 and held numerous positions including Deputy Head of the Delegation to the Swiss Delegation to the OSCE, Deputy Head of the Swiss Embassy, Washington, D.C., Deputy Head of the political Division for Human Security, Peace Promotion and Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berne and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Swiss Embassy in Tehran. He received his Law degree from the University of Neuchâtel and did his postgraduate studies in International Security at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Head of the Turkey / Middle East program at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri). She joined Ifri in 2002 to work on the European policies in the Mediterranean region and in the Middle East, on the regional political and economic dynamics and on the Arab policy of France. She started the “Contemporary Turkey” research program in 2008, to follow the emergence of Turkey as a global power. Her present research focuses on Turkish diplomacy, new regional conflicts and their impact on Middle East economies. She directed the book entitled La Turquie au Moyen-Orient : une puissance régionale ? (Turkey in the Middle East: a regional power?), published by CNRS éditions in December 2011, and authored La Turquie en cent questions (A Hundred questions about Turkey, Tallandier, 2019). She graduated from Sciences Po Paris. She holds a postgraduate degree in applied economics and a PhD in political science.
Former General Commissioner for Investment (2014-2018). He served as Chairman of the French foreign affairs council until 2017 and currently serves as special representative of the French foreign minister for the franco japanese partnership. He is the President of Initiative France, a not for profit organization whose aim is to finance the creation and development of small enterprises. He was Chairman and CEO of Renault (1992-2005). During his tenure, he was also President of the Management board of Renault Nissan BV (2002-2005). Formerly, he was a Civil Servant at the Budget Department and then served as chief of staff of Laurent Fabius, who was Minister of Budget in 1981, Minister for Industry and Research in 1983, and Prime Minister (1984-1986).
President of IBEI, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. He is also Vice-President de Telefónica Chile and Councillor of Telecomunicaciones de São Paulo S/A –TELESP. Previously, he was President of CIDOB (2000-2012) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. He also served as Vice-President of the Spanish Government, Minister of Defence and Mayor of Barcelona. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Barcelona and a Ph.D. in Economics from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
Former Member of the Israeli Knesset (Member for 30 years). Born in Morocco, he emigrated to Israel in 1957 and served in a number of high-level cabinet positions, including Minister of the Interior, Minister of Housing and Construction, Minister of Finance, Minister of Justice, Minister of Intelligence Affairs and the Committee of Atomic Energy, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Education, Culture and Sports. He was first elected to the Knesset in 1981 and served as Mayor of the City of Yavne. He holds a BA and a MA from Bar-Ilan University. He is Head of leadership & public management in the MBA program at Ruppin Academic Center.
Former Ambassador of Israel to France. During his 27-year long career in Israel’s diplomatic service, he also served as Director of European Affairs, Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry and Consul General in San Francisco. He has extensive experience in European Affairs and has participated in several chapters of Arab-Israeli negotiations, in particular while working with the late Shimon Peres. He has for many years taken part in devising media strategies for the Foreign Ministry and is considered an expert on public diplomacy. Since leaving the Foreign Service, he has been an independent consultant and teaches Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University. He is among the leaders of the Israeli Regional Initiative, a civil society organization working towards a regional settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Professor Robert Sigal is the CEO of the American Hospital of Paris, since 2017. From 2014 to 2016, Robert Sigal has been President and Chief Commercial Officer of InSightec, the leading MedTech company for MR guided Focused Ultrasound. From 2007 to 2013 Robert Sigal spent 7 years at GE Healthcare, first in the Hospital and Healthcare Solutions business unit (2007-2009), then as General Manager and President of GE Healthcare France (2010-2013). Prior to joining industry, Robert Sigal had a seventeen-year career at Institut Gustave Roussy, the largest comprehensive cancer center in France. He was successively staff radiologist, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiology, and finally Executive Medical Director.
Economist and career diplomat. After having worked at the Banque Commerciale du Maroc in Milan, then at the Ministry of Foreign Trade, he was Director of Multilateral Cooperation and Director of European Affairs within the Moroccan diplomacy. In 2003, he was appointed by His Majesty the King of Morocco Ambassador to the EU, then to France. Fathallah Sijilmassi was appointed Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean. Fathallah Sijilmassi has received several decorations including Officer of the Legion of Honor. He holds a doctorate in International Economics from the University of Grenoble and is a graduate of Sciences Po Grenoble (France).
French Ambassador. He worked for the French Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Cooperation as an advisor. He worked in numerous embassies all over the world, notably as Advisor and Consul General before being appointed as French Ambassador to Central African Republic (1996-2001), to Nigeria (2001-2003), to Gabon (2003-2008), and to Côte d’Ivoire (2009-2012). He was a Representative to the ECOWAS and to the ECCAS. He is now alternate deputy of Oise, and Chairman of Eurafrique Stratégies SAS. He graduated from Paris II Assas University in Public Law.
President of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) since August 2010. He is a Civil Engineer graduated from the School of Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ – 1980), MSc in Mathematical Economics from the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics CNPq (1982), PhD in Economics from Princeton University, USA. Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal was also professor of Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Public Finance and Finance in the School of Graduate Studies in Economics (EPGE), General Director of EPGE, and vice president of FGV. Simonsen Leal is also Professor Emeritus of the School of Command of the Army Staff (ECEME).
Co-founder and CEO of Joko. Before co-founding Joko, he worked at the Ministry of Finance in the Treasury Department. Prior to that, he was Managing Director for French-speaking Africa at Jumia Travel. He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and an Engineer of the French Corps des Mines.
Lawyer, Partner, Ionescu si Sava, a law firm based in Bucharest, which provides both consultancy and litigation service active in a wide range of industries, such as banking, financial services, automotive, pharmaceuticals, real estate and infrastructure. Previously, he was the Head of the Prime Minister’s Chancellery (during Victor Ponta government), where he worked, amongst others, at the integration between ministries and acted as coordinator of the projects developed by the prime minister. holds a bachelor’s degree in Romanian Law and is a member of the Bucharest Bar since 2009. He has also taken postgraduate studies in political management.
Deputy Finance Minister of the Russian Federation. Responsible for developing State policy in the sphere of public debt, management of State financial assets, cooperation with the IMF, Multilateral Development Banks, G20. Previously he held the following positions: Deputy Chairman of the Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs of the USSR, Director of Division in the Ministry of Finance. He also worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Second secretary of the USSR Permanent Mission to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva. He graduated from MGIMO University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, specializing in international economic relations.
Manager, Treasury Board Secretariat, Government of Canada. He has worked in consulting for Deloitte and the Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto. He started his time in the public service supporting the Clerk and the Prime Minister at the Privy Council Office. He was selected as a Fellow in the Action Canada public policy leadership program, participating in a yearlong program with leaders and influencers in regions across Canada. He graduated from Dalhousie University.
Agrégé in Public Law, Emeritus Professor of Public Law, University of Paris Panthéon-Assas, where he set up the Master of International Relations (2000-2012). He was Deputy Director of the UNIDIR, Geneva (1986-1996) and ad hoc Judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague (2009-2012). He is the founder and was director (1999-2012) of the Thucydides Center-Analysis and Research in International Relations, and remains director of the French Yearbook of International Relations (AFRI, since 2000). He is also Editor-in-chief of the bimonthly journal Questions internationales since 2003 (Documentation française). In 2008, he received the Edouard Bonnefous Award from the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, Institut de France.
Adjunct fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA). Former Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister of Japan. Previously, he was Director-General for Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Chief Negotiator of the Japan European Union Economic Partnership Agreement Negotiations. He also served as Ambassador of Japan to France. Formerly, he was Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Japan’s G8 Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpa, and Ambassador of Japan to Singapore. He received a law degree LL.B from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo and is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration of France (ENA).
President of Berit International Holding SA, President of Batiliban-France, Franco-Arab Consortium for development, board member of the executive committee of the Franco-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Paris, board member and founding member of the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce, Beyrouth. He was Advisor to the Lebanese President for the French-speaking world (1986-1988) and Advisor to the Minister of Finance for the private sector (1999-2001). He is the author of numerous books and studies on economic development, environment and land-use planning. He graduated from the Institut d’Urbanisme, Paris-Sorbonne University.
Chairman of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation since 2015. Former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) (2007-2011). He began his career in 1973 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Tokyo and has served in a number of high-ranking positions in METI, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department. He served as both Deputy Director and Director for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) of the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Upon return from the IEA, he became Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan and Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
President of Center for International Public Policy Studies (CIPPS) and freelance economic critic specializing in a variety of fields, including international and Japanese economics, politics, and industry. He was previously President of the 21st Century Public Policy Institute. He graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law and finished all coursework for a Ph.D. at the Economic Research Division. His publications include The Great Stagnation of China (2016) and Japan’s Growth Strategy (2013, co-written with CIPPS).
Executive Director of The Better Hong Kong Foundation since 2006. She served as Deputy General Manager of the Chinese Television Network, General Manager of the Hongkong Telecom IMS, Director of Multimedia Services and Director of E-commerce under the Hutchison Whampoa Group. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Director of Communications of the University of Hong Kong. She worked for the Tung Chee-Hwa Election Office in 2001 as the Director of Administration Division; and was Deputy Director of the Leung Chun-ying Election Campaign Office in 2012. She holds a B.A. degree in Social Science and a M.A. degree in Public Administration.
Director and Chief Executive Officer of CDG Capital, Member of the Executive Committee of CDG, Chairman of the Casablanca Stock Exchange, Chairman of Maghreb Titrisation. Mr. Tawfiki was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Avenir Global Investment Advisors and held senior positions within the Suez Group and the Crédit Agricole Group. He is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, Sherpa of the International Development Finance Club and the Long Term Investor Club, member of the Scientific Committee of COP22. A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines de Paris, he also holds a DEA in mathematics (University of Paris Dauphine).
Mehdi Tazi graduated from Télécom Paris Sud in 1999 and received an MBA from INSEAD in 2004. He started his career at KPMG Consulting France. He was successively Director of Development of the Saham Group, Deputy Managing Director and then Managing Director of Isaaf Mondial Assistance. Mehdi Tazi was then appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saham Assurance after having served as its Chief Executive Officer. He also served as interim CEO of GA Angola Seguros and as a director of several insurance companies of Saham Group, Taslif, CAT in Morocco. Since 2017, he has been Head of the Beassur firm. In 2013, Mr. Tazi was recognized by Jeune Afrique among the 25 young African leaders, and in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the Choiseul Institute 7th, 4th and 2nd among the 100 African leaders under 40 years of age.
Chairman and CEO of OCP Group. He was an advisor in the Royal Cabinet and also served as Secretary-General of the MENA Economic Summit. In 1998, he was appointed Director-General of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency. Then, he joined the World Bank as Lead Regulatory Specialist in the Global Information and Communications Department, and headed the World Bank’s Information for Development Program. He holds a MS and a PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received an engineering diploma from the ENPC, Paris.
Prosecutor-General of the Court of Appeal of Rennes, France. He joined the UN International Drug Control Program in Vienna in early 1991 as Senior Legal Adviser, and later became Program Manager of the UN Global Program against Money Laundering. He joined the Legal Department of the IMF to serve as Assistant General Counsel and Head of the Financial Integrity Group that was created following the September 11 attacks. Former Chairman of the National Conference of Prosecutors-General, he is also the President of the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Italy. He was awarded the distinction of Officer of the Legion of Honor.
CEO of Act III Consultants, a management-consulting firm dedicated to digital transformation, and McKinsey Senior Adviser. Previously she was Chairwoman and CEO of Vivendi Universal Publishing (€4B revenue, video games and book publishing), after spending 10 years within the Hachette/Lagardère group and 5 years within McKinsey. She is a board member of Proximus (Belgacom), GBL (Groupe Bruxelles Lambert), Rexel and a member of the supervisory board of Tarkett. She is also a board member of several non-profit organizations such as IDATE , the French American Foundation and chaired the French governance institute (IFA) until June 2019. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University (MBA).
President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Senegal since May, 2019. Former Prime Minister of Senegal (2013-2014). Dr. Aminata Touré also served as Minister of Justice, Attorney General (2012-2013). From February 2015 to May 2019, she was Special Envoy of President Macky Sall for internal and external Affairs. Over the past four years, she also led Observation Missions of the Presidential Elections in Mauritius in 2015 and in Ivory Coast in 2016. In 2017, she co-led jointly with John Kerry Kenya’s Presidential Election First Round Observation Mission for the Carter Center and supervised the Election Observation Mission in Liberia for the EISA and the Carter Center. She was also Director of the Gender and Human Rights World Department of the United Nations Population Funds in New York (2009-2012). She holds a PhD in International Business Administration and Finances from the International School of Management ISM in New York and Paris, a MBA from University of Dijon Business School, at the Institut d’administration des entreprises, France and a Master Degree in Economics from Aix Marseille II University, France.
Director General of the Office of Vocational Training and Employment Promotion (OFPPT). She has been a member of OCP’s Industrial Development Department before being promoted to the head of the public company in 2014. In 2018, she was appointed by the King Mohammed VI as Secretary General of the OFPPT. She was officially installed at the head of the Office in August 2018. She graduated from the Mohammadia School of Engineers (EMI) in Rabat.
Former President of the European Central Bank and Honorary Governor of Banque de France. He is Honorary Chairman of the Group of Thirty, Chairman of the Board of Bruegel Institute and Chairman of the Trilateral Commission (Europe). He was assigned to various posts at the French Ministry of Finance. He was an adviser to the President of the Republic. He was chairman of the Paris Club (sovereign debt rescheduling) from 1985 to 1993. He was Chairman of the European Monetary Committee until his appointment as Governor of the Banque de France in 1993. He graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines de Nancy, of the IEP of Paris, of the Université de Paris (in economics) and of the Ecole nationale d’administration. He was awarded honorary doctorates by several universities.
Dr. Juliette M. Tuakli is United Way Worldwide’s Chair of Governance Committee and a Member of their Leadership Council. She is also the acclaimed medical Director/Founder of Family CHILD & Associates, a Board Member of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, co-Founder of MOREMI Leadership program and a Member of Child Healthcare Information for All. She has more than 30 years of pediatric, family medicine and public health care experience. She was on the Harvard and Boston Medical School faculties, and a Pediatric Professor. As Pediatric/Adolescent medical Director of the Children’s Hospital of Boston affiliated community health center, she initiated seminal cross-cultural, service-directed, operations research (CHILD), for many years.
Baron van Daele joined the Belgian foreign service in 1971. In the seventies and eighties he served twice as a junior officer to Belgium’s Permanent Representation to the EU, as the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, and as his country’s alternate representative in the Security Council. As Undersecretary for Political Affairs, as Permanent Representative to the EU, and later as Chief of Staff to the first permanent President of the European Council he was deeply involved in setting the EU agenda. Both as Ambassador in Washington and as Permanent Representative of Belgium to NATO he focused on the transatlantic relationship. After completing his diplomatic career he served as Chief of Staff to HM the King of the Belgians. On retirement he was made a Minister of State.
Founder and CEO, HelioRec. Polina Vasilenko is a passionate environmental entrepreneur, with two master’s degrees in Chemistry and Renewable Energy. After a successful 14-year career in the oil and gas industry, she decided to make a fundamental career change and do something useful for the planet. She therefore moved into renewable energy technologies. HelioRec company’s mission is producing clean energy through reducing greenhouse gas emission, effective plastic waste management, and land scarcity mitigation. As a winner of the first Women in Green Tech International Awards, she believes that offshore floating solar is the next new sector in the energy industry.
Founder of Hubert Védrine Conseil, a public affairs consultancy that specializes in foreign, economic, and geopolitical affairs. He worked as a diplomatic Advisor, Spokesman, and Secretary-General with French President François Mitterrand (1981-1995). He also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1997 to 2002 under the cohabitation government of President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. In 2004, he was appointed as an Independent Director at LVMH. From 2005 to 2007, he was a member of the High Level Group for an “Alliance of Civilizations” of Kofi Annan. He graduated from the Institut d’études politiques of Paris and the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA).
CEO of Pronutri, Activa and Nutrilab laboratories. He turned Pronutri into a worldwide developed company, bringing it to a new level and making it one of the major players on the market of health dietary supplements. He extended the scope of Pronutri with international subsidiaries in Europe, the USA and Asia, making Nutripuncture™ a worldwide brand. He created in 1999 the Activa Laboratories with the objective to establish a new and innovative set of technologies in the world of health dietary supplements. He graduated from the Dauphine University (Paris, France) with a major in finance and marketing.