Amadou Gon Coulibaly

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). Director of Economic and Financial Studies at the Direction du Contrôle des Grands Travaux (DCGTX) and Deputy Director General (1994-1995). He has been mayor of Korhogo since 2001.

Mustapha Bakkoury

President of Masen. Through the development of the Noor Solar Plan, Masen is now a reference on the regional and international scene of renewable energies. Before joining Masen, he has led one of the major institutions of Morocco, Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion. Previously, he occupied senior positions in the banking sector, within the BNP Paribas group. He was also in charge of the development and financing of the activities of the National Urban Development Company (SONADAC). He is a graduate from the “Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées of Paris”and holds a degree in Banking and Finance in one of the leading French universities. He is currently President of the Casablanca-Settat region.

Sebastiaan Debrouwere

Consultant at McKinsey & Company in Brussels, Belgium. Former President of the King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) (2013-2015). 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).


Leung Chun-ying

Mr Leung graduated from King’s College Hong Kong; Hong Kong Polytechnic and Bristol Polytechnic UK. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees by four universities in the UK, HK and Shandong. Between 1984 and 2011, he held senior positions in the entire political transition to the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, served as a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong and was the Convenor of the non-official members. In 2012, Mr Leung was elected the fourth-term Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He became Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and he founded the Belt and Road Hong Kong Centre and the Greater Bay Area Centre in 2017.

Yoichi Suzuki

Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister of Japan. Former 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 and Former Ambassador to France. Previoulsy, he was Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Japan’s G8 Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpa, and Ambassador 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).

Karl Brauner

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.

Carlos Ghosn

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault. Chairman, Nissan Motor Company and Mitsubishi Motors. Mr. Ghosn joined Renault as Executive Vice President in 1996. After the Renault-Nissan Alliance was formed, Mr. Ghosn joined Nissan Motor as Chief Operating Officer in 1999 and was named Chief Executive Officer in 2001. CEO of Renault since 2005, he was appointed President and CEO of Renault in 2009, while keeping the same responsibilities at Nissan.  Mr. Ghosn has been the industry’s leading advocate for sustainable transportation; Renault and Nissan were the first automakers to launch a range of affordable zero-emission cars and commercial vehicles. Mr. Ghosn is also establishing the Alliance as a leader in the development of future automotive technology, such as autonomous drive and connected vehicles and services. Before Renault, Mr. Ghosn held several positions in Michelin, the last being Chairman and CEO of Michelin North America starting 1989. Having obtained degrees from École Polytechnique and École des Mines in Paris, Mr. Ghosn started his career at Michelin in 1978.

Khalid Alyahya

Deputy Secretary-General, G20-2020 Saudi Secretariat and Sous-Sherpa, Saudi G20. Board member at the National Center for Strategic Development in Saudi Arabia and Riyadh Economic Forum. Previously, he held several senior positions including Associate Professor and Director of the Governance and Public Policy Program at MBRSG- UAE, a fellow at Harvard University and Assistant Professor at ASU in the USA, a Partner and Managing Director of Accenture Strategy and Public Sector Transformation Lead in the Middle East as well as KPMG. He also served a senior advisor to several international organizations including World Bank, UNDP, OECD, Swedish International Development Agency, Bill Gates Foundation, Shell, and Citi Foundation. He completed his post-doctoral study at Harvard University, a Ph.D. from University of Connecticut in Comparative Public Policy and Management.

Robert Sigal

Appointed Chief Executive Officer of the American Hospital of Paris on March 1, 2017, Robert Sigal, MD, PhD, was formerly with Institut Gustave Roussy for 20 years, where he served as Executive Medical Director, after practicing as a physician, chief of radiology, and university professor. In 2007, he joined the Hospital and Health Solutions department of General Electric Healthcare France, later taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, he was President and Chief Commercial Officer of InSightec, a medical technology company and the market leader in MRI-guided Focused Ultrasound.


László Trócsányi

Minister of Justice of Hungary since 2014. Dr László Trócsányi is a lawyer by profession. He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Eötvös Loránd University in 1980 and was admitted to the bar in 1985. He served as an assistant professor, then a reader (1991-1994) and a senior lecturer (1994-2000) at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Szeged. Since 2000, he is professor and head of department at the same university. Since 2004, he serves as Director of the European Studies Centre of Szeged University. Dr Trócsányi has been appointed Hungarian Ambassador to both Belgium and Luxembourg between 2000 and 2004 and to France between 2010 and 2014. He holds various awards that he received from France, Belgium and Hungary.

Ian Johnson

Pulitzer-Prize winning writer focusing on society, religion, and history. He works out of Beijing, where he also teaches university classes. He has spent nearly twenty years in the greater China region, first as a student in Beijing (1984-1985), and then in Taipei (1986-1988). He later worked as a newspaper correspondent in China (1994-1996) with Baltimore’s The Sun, and with The Wall Street Journal (1997-2001), where he covered macro economics, China’s WTO accession and social issues.

Ronnie Chan

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.

Gilles Carbonnier

Vice-president of the International Committee of the Red Cross since 2018. Professor of development economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), where he also served as director of studies and president of the Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, he worked with the ICRC in Iraq, Ethiopia, El Salvador and Sri Lanka (1989–1991), and served as an economic adviser at the ICRC’s headquarters (1999–2006). Between 1992 and 1996, he was in charge of international trade negotiations (GATT/WTO) and development cooperation programmes for the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.

Olivier Blanchard

A citizen of France, Olivier Blanchard is a 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, president-elect of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Academy of Sciences.

Geoffrey Bouquot

Group Vice President Corporate Strategy & External Relations VALEO. Previously, he was technical advisor for Industrial Affairs at the Office of the French Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian (2014-2016). He was also project manager at the Aerospace & Defence Unit, French Government Shareholding Agency (2011-2014), advisor for Industry at the Office of the Chairman and CEO of OCP Group (2009-2010). He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, Paris.

Mirza Al Sayegh

Deputy Chairman, Oilfields Supply Center. He started his career as Third Secretary and Head of Information and Translation Section, Political Dept., Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi. He also served as First Secretary at the UAE Embassy in New Delhi, India.  In 1974 he became Head of UAE Consular Mission in Bombay, India. In 1979 he represented the UAE on the Political Committee of the United National General Assembly session. In 1983, he took charge of investment affairs of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Government of Dubai.  He graduated from University of Jordan.

Elena Daly

Founder and Principal of EM Conseil, an independent consultancy which provides strategic and legal risk assessment advice to institutional clients. She served in General Counsel, strategy and risk-related senior positions at alternative investment funds at Citigroup, Fortress Group and Nomura International PLC. She advised the NYSE board on international issues. The first Russian lawyer to graduate from a U.S. law school (Berkeley), she started her career at Sullivan & Cromwell and Cleary Gottlieb.

Nasser Bourita

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Kingdom of Morocco. He held previous positions such as Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ambassador, Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Prior to that, he served as General Director of Multilateral Relations and Global Cooperation Directorate. He also held the position of Director of the United Nations and International Organizations Directorate. His diplomatic career includes postings to Austria and Belgium (1995-2000 and 2002-2003). He graduated from the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Studies, Rabat.

Dongsil Park

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Morocco since 2015. He was among others Ambassador to the Dominican Republic (2011-2014) and to Italy (2008-2011). He was also seconded to the Supreme Court of Korea (2006-2008). He held different positions in Canada, Sweden and Indonesia. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) in 1981. He graduated from Korea University, Seoul, from the University of Illinois and from the University of Michigan.

Leila Mokaddem

Country Manager for the Central Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office, African Development Bank. She joined the AfDB in 2002. In 2011, she became Resident Representative of the Senegal Regional Office and then Resident Representative to Egypt (2014). Earlier, she worked at the Tunisian Ministry of Economy (1984-1996). She worked variously as a consultant for different international organizations, including the World Bank and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (1998-2002). She has a master’s degree in international business and foreign trade policy from the Institut Superieur de Gestion, Tunisia.

Arielle Malard de Rothschild

Managing Director, Rothschild & Co. She started her career at Lazard Frères in 1989. She joined Rothschild in 1999 where she started the emerging markets division Managing director since 2006, she he is also a member of the board of Lucien Barrière Group, Rothschild & Co and Electrica S.A. She has also been President of CARE France from 2007 to 2018 and sits currently on the Supervisory Board of CARE International. She holds a PhD in international economics from the Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris and a DEA in Monnaie Banque  Finance from Université de Paris  II Assas.

Razvan Nicolescu

Energy and Sustainability Industry Leader of Deloitte Central Europe. He has almost 20 year experience in the energy sector, holding positions both in the public and private sectors. In 2014, he was the Romanian minister for energy. Between 2006-2008 he was the Energy Attaché of Romania to the European Union. From 2008 to 2014 he held the position of director for Public and Regulatory Affairs of Petrom. He has been the Chairman of the Administrative Board of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). He graduated from Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Brussels, Belgium.

Mohamed Hafnaoui

Deputy Chief Executive Officer of CDG Développement Group since 2014. He joined CDG Développement in 2007. He began his professional career in 1989 as Technical Director at Pechiney in Morocco. In 1996, he became General Manager of SOMACOPA. From 1999 to 2002, he held the position of General Manager of the Compagnie Industrielle des Fibres in Tangiers. He was appointed Deputy Director of the Tanger Med Special Agency (TMSA) and member of the Management Board in 2002. He graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (ENSTA) in Paris. He obtained a DEA in Fluid Mechanics from Paris VI University.

Abdellatif Zaghnoun

General Director of Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion (CDG) since 2015. He began his career in 1982 at Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP) where he held several executive positions. In 2004, he was named Director General of the Customs and Indirect Taxes Administration. In parallel, he was elected in 2007 Vice-President of the World Customs Organization (WCO), President of the Organization for the MENA region, and in 2008 he was also elected Chairman of the Audit Committee of the WCO. In 2010, he was General Director of the Directorate General of Taxes. He graduated from the Mohammedia Engineering School (EMI), Morocco.

El Mostafa Rezrazi

Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center, co-coordinator of the OBOR China-Morocco Research Group and President, Moroccan Association for Asian Studies. He is the executive director of the Moroccan Observatory on Extremism and Violence as well as Director of the African Center for Asian Studies, Rabat. He is also Visiting Professor at the University Mohammed V, Rabat. He is member of the Advisory Board of The Euro-African Studies Institute, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. He was a Visiting Fellow in Princeton University, USA. He holds a PhD 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.

Jean-Paul Kimonyo

Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the President of Rwanda. He is also the representative of Rwanda to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). He has just completed a book on Rwanda’s post-genocide reconstruction released in October 2017 in French, untitled “Rwanda Tomorrow: A long Walk to Transformation” (Editions Karthala).

Nezha Hayat

President of AMMC, Morocco’s Capital Market Authority, since 2016. She was chairperson and CEO of Sogelease (Société Générale Morocco group). She started her career in Spain at the international division of Banco Atlantico as responsible for international risks and restructured debt portfolio (1985-1988). In 1999, she was elected President of the Association of stockbrokers in Morocco during two mandates. She was nominated global leader for tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2001. She also co-founded AFEM, the association of women business leaders in Morocco, in 2000. She created le “Club des femmes administrateurs au Maroc” in 2012, to promote women in corporate boards. She graduated from ESSEC Paris.

Karim Hajji

Managing Director of the Casablanca Stock Exchange and member of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE). In 2011, he was appointed member of the Global Board of Advisors of the Operation Hope Foundation and Chairman of the executive committee of the Association of African French-speaking Exchanges (ABFA). Before joining Casablanca Stock Exchange in 2009, he was CEO of Atlas Capital Group, which he set up in 1999. In 1990, he joined the ONA Group as advisor to the Chairman and then became chief financial officer in 1994. He graduated from New York University, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and Paris IX Dauphine University.

Salim Dehmej

Head of the financial stability unit at the Research Department of Bank Al-Maghrib (Central Bank of Morocco). He published several articles in academic journals (International Economics, Revue Economique, Revue d’Economie Politique) and recently a study for the European Parliament. He obtained his PhD from Paris 1 Sorbonne University and visited many international institutions (Bank of England and Bank of International Settlements).

Khalid Chegraoui

Professor of History and Political Anthropology, Institute of African Studies, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco. He is currently a professor of Master’s Saharan Studies, as well as a doctoral supervisor at the Mohammed V University and Director of Africa and Middle East Centre Studies. In 2014, he became Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies, Rabat, Morocco, and consultant on African and Middle East issue and strategic studies for national and international institutions, Moroccan and foreign media. He began his teaching career in 1992 as a Research Professor at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah University in Fez. He holds a doctorate in African Studies from the Mohammed V University in Rabat.