Younes Maamar

Founding Partner of the Quattro Group and Partner of eONE Global Investments LLP (an advisory and investment outfit in Energy/Africa). His work experience started in 1995 with the World Bank Group in Washington DC where his last held position was Investment Officer in the IFC’s Oil and Gas Department. He joined The AES Corporation in 2001, the World’s largest independent power producer, working on business development and restructuring in the EMEA region. In 2006, he was appointed as the CEO of the Office National de l’Electricité. He is an electrical engineer by training, graduated from Ecole Centrale de Nantes and holds a post-Masters’ degree in economics from the French Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique.

Marie Françoise Marie-Nelly

World Bank’s Country Director for the Maghreb and Malta, Middle East and North Africa. She joined the World Bank in 1994 and has held a variety of positions focused on the restructuring of public enterprises, support to private sector development, regional integration, and management of the oil sector. Prior to her current position, she spent four years as Country Director for Nigeria, and previous to that held a number of other positions. She graduated of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Nantes and Bowling Green University (Ohio, USA). She has also completed several management programs at Harvard University in the US. She worked for many international firms and was advisor to several governments before joining the World Bank.

Larbi Belarbi

Honorary Consul of Japan in Morocco, a member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, Chairman of the Academic Committee at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Vice-President of the Moroccan Association of Competitive Intelligence, and Director of several public and private companies. He began his career at “Editions Hachette” as Head of the Maghreb Educational Center. He then joined the textile group ICOMA as a Sales Director and later the Moroccan subsidiary of ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph) as General Director.

Driss Ouaouicha

President of Al Akhawayn University. He had previously served at Al Akhawayn as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Interim Dean of the School of Business Administration, and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is General Secretary of the Moroccan British Society, and former Secretary of the EuroMed Permanent University Forum. He holds a Ph.D in Linguistics and Education from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching from the University of Wales, and a Bachelor of Arts from Mohamed V University.

Anouar Benazzouz

General Manager of the National Highway Company of Morocco. He began his career as a Project Manager Engineer, then held several management positions at UNILEVER in Casablanca, London, Singapore, before being appointed Chief Financial Officer of Unilever Egypt. He has also held the position of General Manager of “Savola Morocco”.  In 2012, he returned to Morocco to assume the position of Chief of Staff of the Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics before being appointed in January 2014 General Manager of the National Highway Company of Morocco. He is an engineer from the Ecole Centrale de Paris and also graduated from Imperial College Business School in London where he prepared an MBA in Finance and Strategy.

Othman El Ferdaous

Secretary of State for investment, Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Kingdom of Morocco. He began his career as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers Paris, between 2003 and 2006. He subsequently, held the position of Director Special Advisor at Mena Media Consulting-Rabat between 2008 and 2016. He became Manager of Europa Conseil-Casablanca in July 2016. He has been President since January 2017 of, a think tank dedicated to promoting the anchoring of the Maghreb in the European project. He also held the position of Secretary General of Sciences Po Alumni Morocco between 2012 and 2016. He holds a Master’s degree in journalism from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, an Executive Master’s from the National School of Administration, Post Graduate Course of European studies. He is also a graduate of the ESC Nantes-Atlantique business school (Audencia).

Brahim Bouabid

Member of the National Control Commission for the Protection of Personal Data. Lawyer by profession, he has served successively as advisor to the Secretary of State to the Prime Minister in charge of the Post and Information Technologies, and adviser to the Minister of Justice, in charge of international cooperation. As such, he participates in several international negotiations with the USA and the EU. Also, he is the author of specialized studies and legal articles, published in various law journals.

Fatima Harrak

Historian and political scientist. She is a research professor of the University Mohamed V Institute of African Studies (IAS) where she served as director from 2003 to 2008. She is an active member of the pan-African Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, which she served as vice-president then president from 2009 to 2015. She has been visiting scholar at a number of African, European and US universities and authored numerous books and studies on themes of Islamic reform in North and West Africa, African women in the transmission of Islamic learning, trans-Saharan slavery and Africa in the world. She graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) in Paris and the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Loubna Tricha

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.

Hynd Bouhia

CEO of Global Nexus, a private equity fund dedicated to clean energy infrastructure in Morocco. Prior to that, she was the Head of Investment Strategy of Morocco’s Public Pension Fund, and a Director General of the Casablanca Stock Exchange. She went back to Morocco in 2004 after eight years at the World Bank in Washington to become the Economic Advisor to Morocco’s Prime Minister. She received her Ph.D. in Environment Engineering from Harvard, an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Diploma of Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris.

Ahmed Abaddi

Member of the Council of Qaddi Ayyad University since 2002, he was appointed Directeur of Habous and Islamic Affairs in April 2004. Secretary General of Rabita Mohammadia des Oulémas (Mohammadia League of Scholars) since April 2006. He holds of a PhD (doctorat d’Etat) in Islamic studies from the Qaddi Ayyad University of Marrakech, and has been teaching, since 1988, compared history of religions (Faculty of Arts and Humanities) and the Islamic thought (English department) within this university. Since 1995, he has delivered lectures as professor of sociology of North Africa within the framework of a programme of cooperation between Qaddi Ayyad University and DePaul University of Chicago.

Valeria M. Aruffo

Regional manager for West and North Africa for EnergyNet. She currently works with governments across West and North Africa promoting investment into the energy, electricity, and infrastructure sectors with a clear focus on energy access and economic development in Africa through project implementation, climate finance, technology transfer, and capacity building. With an emphasis on North and West Africa development and regional cooperation, she has led high level investor’s summits promoting energy access around the world, most recently in Marrakech where she led the EnergyNet’s Africa Renewable Energy Forum (ARF), the officially labelled side event of COP22. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the University of Rome, two master’s degrees, one in the history of Africa and one in political studies from the EHESS in Paris.

Veronique Hob-Hob

Marketing manager at Bridge Africa, a tech start-up that promotes African-generated content by enabling people to create professional websites for their business. Prior to this, she served as a business development assistant at FHI360 in Washington, DC. She also served as EducationUSA country coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon. She has been named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and is founding curator of the Global Shaper’s Yaounde Hub. She is also a founding partner of New Frame Limited, a mobile app development startup that seeks to help businesses in Cameroon improve their brands. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Williams College.

Karin Kneissl

Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs since December 2017. Since 1998 she has worked as an independent lecturer in the areas of international law, Middle Eastern history and the energy market at various universities. She is co-founder and vice president of Whistleblowing Austria as well as vice president of the Society for Politico-Strategic Studies, STRATEG. She plays an active role in numerous non-profit organisations in Austria and Lebanon. She speaks various foreign languages: Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Hungarian and Spanish.

Fathallah Sijilmassi

Doctor of International Economics and postgraduate in Political Science, Fathallah Sijilmassi is an economist and career diplomat. He has been Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the European Union (2003-2004) and in France (2004-2009), Director General of the Moroccan Investment Development Agency (2009-2012) and Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (2012-2018). Fathallah Sijilmassi has received several decorations: Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit (France), Officer of the Legion of Honour (France), Encomienda de numero de l’Ordre d’Isabel la Catolica (Spain), Star of Merit (Palestine).

Georgy Toloraya

Prof. Georgy Toloraya holds the position of Executive Director of Russian National Committee on BRICS Research, a legal entity created under the auspices of Russian government for Track 2 activities. He is also Director of Program analysis at “Russkiy Mir” Presidential Foundation, dealing with programs in Asia and Africa. Prof. Toloraya is concurrently the Director of Asian Strategy Center at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a professional diplomat (rank of Minister) with decades-long experience in Asian affairs, having served two postings in North Korea (1977-80 and 1984-87), then in South Korea as a Deputy chief of the Russian Embassy (1993-98) and later as the senior Russian Foreign Ministry official (Deputy director-general) in charge of the Korean Peninsula (1998-2003). He later worked as the Consul General of Russia in Sydney, Australia (2003-2007). Prior to that, he worked for trade promotion agencies related to Asia.

Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe

Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He previously served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2010-2012). He was appointed as Prime Minister and Chair of the ruling party EPRDF in September 2012. He also served as the Chairperson of the African Union from 2013 to 2014. Former Dean of the Water Technology Institute. He served in the Government in different positions including as the President  of the SNNPRS (Southern Nations and Nationalities and People’s Regional State) for five years; Chairman of SEPDM; Member of the House of People’s Representatives; Social Affairs and Civic Societies Mobilization & Participation Special Advisor to the PM; and Government Chief Whip, with a Ministerial portfolio.

Tarek Ouertani

Head of Marketing, ProGlove, Germany. He worked as a freelancer for international broadcast companies covering stories in Bolivia, Mongolia and Papua New Guinea among other countries. After founding a textile brand in Bolivia, he executed marketing and innovation consultancy projects for German industry leaders. With ProGlove he combines his industry and brand experience to establish the most successful industrial wearable brand worldwide. He studied applied media science in Ilmenau, Germany & entrepreneurship in Brazil.

Souleymane Diarrasouba

Minister for Trade, Industry and SME Promotion, Ivory Coast. Before joining the Government, he was General Manager of the Atlantic Business International (ABI) group, a subsidiary of the Banque Centrale Populaire du Maroc group, the third largest banking group in the UEMOA; President of the Professional Association of Banks and Financial Institutions of Côte d’Ivoire (APBEF-CI). He has also been vice president of General confederation enterprises (companies) of Côte d’Ivoire (CGECI in French).

Ekaterina Trofimova

General Director of Analytical Credit Rating Agency (ACRA). Prior to this from September 2011, Ms. Trofimova worked at Gazprombank (Russia), namely as a Member of the Management Board and supervised the Ratings Advisory Centre, the Centre for Economic Forecasting and the Corporate Communications Department. From June 2000 to July 2011, she worked as a financial analyst, Director and Head of Standard & Poor’s Russia and CIS Financial Institutions Rating Group (Paris, France). Ms. Trofimova graduated from the International Economics department of St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance in 1998 and the Finance and Tax Administration department of the University of Sorbonne (Paris, France) in 2000.

Yury Shamara

First Vice-President of Investment & Engineering company KNGK-Group since 2014. He was CEO of Ilsky Oil Refinery between 2010-2014. During the period 2007-2010, he was Deputy Financial Director at Kuban Oil and Gas Company. Between 2001 and 2007 he worked at the commercial bank “Rasschetniy Dom”. He graduated from Kuban State Technological University and has a MBA degree from MGIMO University in International Oil and Gas Business in 2004.

Bayu Krisnamurthi

Senior Lecturer within the Department of Agribusiness of the Faculty of Economic and Management, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia. Among his various positions within Indonesian public service, he has served as Vice Minister of Trade Republic of Indonesia (2011-2014), Vice Minister of Agriculture Republic of Indonesia (2009-2011) and Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Marine, coordinating Ministry For Economic Affair Republic of Indonesia (2005-2009). He holds a BSc in Agribusiness/Agriculture (1987), a MSc in Agriculture Economics (1991) and a PhD in Agriculture Economics (1998) from Bogor Agricultural University/BAU.

Sergey Storchak

Deputy Finance Minister of the Russian Federation. He started his career as a research assistant, senior researcher at the Institute of World Economy and Foreign Affairs of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in 1981. From December 1988 to February 1992 he served as second secretary of the USSR Permanent Mission to the UN Office and other International Organizations of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the USSR. From August 1994 to April 1998 he served as Deputy Director of the Foreign Credit and External Debt Department of the Finance Ministry of the Russian Federation. From September 2004 to October 2005 he served as Director of the Foreign Finance Relations, State Debt and State Financial Assets Department of the Finance Ministry of the Russian Federation. In 2005 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation. He also represents the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation in the Plenary of the Financial Stability Board and has held the position of the co-chair of the RCG CIS since 2012. In 1981 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, specializing in international economic relations.

Konstantin Kosachev

Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council. In the period 1984-1998, he promoted from Embassy Duty Officer to Deputy Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He was a member of the group of advisers of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. In 1998-1999, he was assistant, then Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the Prime Minister, responsible for the unit of international issues. From 1999 to 2012, he was Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. In the 2004-2011 years, he was Chairman of the State Duma International Affairs and Head of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). He was appointed as Head of the Russian Cooperation and Russian President’s Special Envoy for relations with CIS member-states in 2012. In 1984 he graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

Azer Talybov

Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation since January 2017. He served in various positions of the Ministry of Economic Development and trade of the Russian Federation. He was Assistant Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Head of the Russian President’s assistant apparatus and Head of the Secretariat of the President of the Bank of Russia. He graduated in 2002 from Moscow state Institute of International Relations.

Abdessamad Sekkal

President of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra Regional Council, Morocco. He is also President of the United Regions Organization (ORU Fogar). Before this, he was Treasurer of the Association of Moroccan Regions (ARM). He was also President of the working group “Economic Development” of the International Association of Francophone Regions (AIRF). He is a graduate of both the Moroccan National School of Architecture and of ISCAE, Rabat, Morocco.

Chiedu Osakwe

Director General and Chief Negotiator of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations. He chaired the Negotiating Forum of the African Union (AU) from June 2017 to March 2018, during which time the negotiations were concluded on the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Previously, he was on the staff of the World Trade Organization Secretariat (1998–2017) and was director of a number of WTO divisions. Prior to the WTO Secretariat, he was a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer (1979 to 1998).

Salaheddine Mezouar

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.

Abderrazzak Laassel

Director for the Maghreb, the Maghreb Union and the African Union Affairs. Deputy Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations headquarters in New York. He held the same position in Geneva in 2007. In 2005, he was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the UN in New York. In 2000, he joined the National Steering Committee for Nuclear Affairs. He was appointed Deputy Governor of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency.  

Laaziz Kadiri

President of the Economic Diplomacy, Africa and South-South Committee of the CGEM. He graduated in Finance and started his career as an entrepreneur and consultant in Morocco and various countries of Africa and Middle East.  He is the founder of LK Invest and cooperates with many African countries to implement structuring projects.