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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.

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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.

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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.

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Arielle Malard de Rothschild

Managing Director, Rothschild & Cie. She started her career at Lazard Frères. She joined Rothschild in 1999 in the department in charge of emerging markets. She has been Managing director since 2006. She is now a member of the board of Lucien Barrière Group and Imerys in France. She has also been President of CARE France since 2007. She holds a PhD in international economics from the Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris.

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Razvan Nicolescu

Executive Lead Advisor for the Energy & Resources practice in Deloitte. He has more than 15 year experience in the energy sector, holding positions both in the public and private sectors. 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. In 2014, he was the Romanian minister for energy. He has been the Chairman of the Administrative Board of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). He graduated from Solvay Business School, Brussels, Belgium.

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Mohamed Hafnaoui

Deputy Chief Executive Officer of CDG Développement Group since 2014. He joined CDH 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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Nizar Baraka

President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Morocco since 2013. He is also the President of the Scientific Committee of Cop22. He taught at the University of Rabat and the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics, then he joined the Ministry of Finance in 1996 where he held a variety of positions, including that of Deputy Director of the Department of Studies and Financial Forecasts. In 2007, he was appointed Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister for Economic and General Affairs (2007-2012) then Minister of Economy and Finance (2012-2013). He holds a PhD in econometrics from the University of Aix-Marseille (France).

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Saïd Mouline

CEO of the Energy Efficiency Moroccan Agency (AMEE) and Head of the Public Private Partnerships at COP 22 committee. He is also President of the Energy, Climate and Green Economy Commission at the General Confederation of the Moroccan Companies (CGEM) and President of the Moroccan Center for Clean Production. He has in the past worked within the Cabinet of the Minister of Energy and Mines and counseled various national and international organizations like the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental protection, BMCE Bank, World Bank and UNDP. He was advisor to the President of OCP. He graduated from the Institut National Polytechnique (Grenoble, France) and the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).

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Kerry McNamara

Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of OCP Group (Morocco) since 2010. He works on a broad range of international issues for OCP, including African agricultural development and global food security. From 1996 to 2008, while at the World Bank, he played an important role in the international donor community’s efforts to understand and strengthen the contribution of information and communication technologies to economic development and poverty reduction. He also served as Executive Director of the Civic Education Project (CEP) (1993-1996). A political scientist by training, he has held senior positions in NGOs and research organizations and has taught at several U.S. universities.

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Jean-François Girault

Ambassador of France to the Kingdom of Morocco since 2015. He is a member of the board of the Arab World Institute since 2014. He was Director for North African and Middle East at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (2012-2015). He was among others Ambassador of France to Vietnam (2010-2012), to Irak (2006-2009) and to Syria (2002-2006). He graduated from the Institut d’études politiques of Paris, the University of Paris II, the Ecole nationale d’administration.

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Zouhair Mohammed El Aoufir

CEO of Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA) since 2014. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Royal Air Maroc including different executive positions within the company mainly in sales development, maintenance and services (2009-2014). He was also Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Blue, a low cost subsidiary of Royal Air Maroc (2004-2009) and Managing Director of Air Senegal International, a subsidiary of Royal Air Maroc based in Dakar (2000-2004). He graduated from the High Institute of Aerospace Engineering (ENSICA, Toulouse) and from the Mohammedia Engineering School (EMI-Rabat).

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Ana Brnabić

Prime Minister of Serbia. Previously, she served as Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government. She is President of the Serbian government’s Council for Innovative Entrepreneurship and Information Technologies, as well as of the Serbian Council for National Minorities. She is also Vice President of the Serbian Council for Public Administration Reform. Prior to her election in the Serbian government, she was Director of Continental Wind Serbia (CWS). She has more than ten years of experience in working with international organisations, foreign investors, local self-governments and the public sector in Serbia. She graduated in marketing from Hull University, UK.

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Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun

President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises since May 2012, which is the representative of the Moroccan private sector. She was the first woman in the MENA region to have been elected and reelected by her peers. She is one of the most influent entrepreneurs in Africa. She heads one of the largest groups in Morocco operating in multiple sectors. She is Member of several boards including Bank Al Maghrib (Morocco’s central bank), Renault Worldwide, Suez Worldwide, Care International Maroc and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane.

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Edi Rama

Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania. He entered politics in the capacity of the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, in 1998. In 2000, he became mayor of Tirana Municipality. He was re-elected as Mayor of Tirana in 2003 and 2007 and led the Albanian Capital for 11 years. In 2005, he was elected Chair of the Socialist Party of Albania. With a remarkably rich and diverse career path, he counts his contribution in arts, sports and teaching, as a publicist and politician. His involvement in the public and political life of the country starts with the movement for democracy that led to the dismantling of the communist regime in Albania.

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Stefan Mair

Member of the Executive Board, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V. (BDI, Federation of German Industries) since 2010. He was a member of the management of the SWP (2002-2010) and director of research (2007-2009). In 2010, he moved from the Foundation for Science and Politics (SWP) to the Federation of German Industries (BDI). From May to October he was head of the Department of International Markets. He also worked as an advisor on Africa at the SWP, becoming head of the research group Africa and Middle East in 1997. He holds a doctorate in Political Sciences from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.

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Edouard Nattée

Founder and CEO of Foxintelligence. Before founding Foxintelligence, he has been co-Founder and Managing Director at Westwing France. Prior to that, he worked at Bain & Company in France for 4 years. He also worked at Amazon. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from HEC Business School, France.

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Yaroslav Lissovolik

Chief Economist of the Eurasian Development Bank since 2015. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Central Bank of Russia, a member of the Council on Foreign and Defense policy, and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee. He worked at the IMF, where he was Advisor to the Executive Director for the Russian Federation in Washington (2001-2004). In 2004, he joined Deutsche Bank as Chief Economist; in 2009, he became Head of Company Research in Russia, and in 2011 a member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank in Russia. He graduated from Harvard University, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and the London School of Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics and is a professor at the department of World Economy at the Diplomatic Academy.

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Jung Sung-Chun

Vice President, Department of International Macroeconomics & Finance, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). He has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of International Macroeconomics & Finance at Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) since October 2003. He specialized in macroeconomics, Japanese economy and environmental economics. He graduated from Seoul National University and he holds a PhD in economics from Hitotsubashi University.

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Abdou Diop

President of the African and South-South Commission, General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises. He is Managing Partner of Mazars Morocco and in charge of the development of activities in Africa. He has more than 25 years of experience in consulting and advisory across the African continent. He also accompanies numerous Moroccan companies in their development on the African continent. His expertise in many economic sectors is regularly requested (Telecoms, Infrastructure, Health, Agriculture, Finance, etc.) as well as his knowledge of the African continent.

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Omar Aloui

Economist specialized in consulting. His interests and his professional activity encompass natural resource economics (Morocco, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Benin among others) and social policy (Morocco, Sudan, West Africa). He has run a consulting company specialized in the economic sector, in Morocco for twenty years and he is still involved in it. He contributed to several Moroccan economic journals and he published in several reference books of the FAO, the World Bank and the University Mohammed V.

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Mohamed Ait-Kadi

President of the General Council of Agricultural Development. Previously, as Director General of the Irrigation Department, he was in charge of the development and implementation of the National Irrigation Program. He was the chief agricultural negotiator in the free trade agreement between Morocco and the United States. He was chair of the Global Water Partnership Technical Committee. He was a governor and founding member of the World Water Council, and president of the organizing committee of the first World Water Forum held in Marrakech in 1997. He is a member of the Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Technology. He is a professor at the Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine Hassan II, Rabat.

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Aurélien Billot

Head of the Commercial and development policies Unit at the General Secretariat for European Affairs. Former Deputy head of the Paris Club Secretariat at French Ministry of Economy and Finance. Former portfolio manager, French government shareholding agency, French Ministry of Finance. Previously, he served as Deputy Head of Official Development Assistance and Multilateral development Institutions at the French Ministry of Finance (2012-2014). He was worked as project officer at the French Development Agency in Beijing (2009-2010) and as a research assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology (2008). He graduated from Sciences Po, the Ecole Polytechnique and John Hopkins University.

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Naakoshie Mills

African Union and multilateral affairs officer, she is the desk officer for the U.S. Mission to the AU and coordinates non-Africa partner engagement for the Bureau of African Affairs. Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 2015, she worked at Meridian International Center as a program associate and intern coordinator. She has also worked on projects with the Transatlantic Inclusion Leadership Network and the Agence Française de Développement. She graduated from Columbia University and Sciences Po.