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 Council of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region. Abdessamad Sekkal, who graduated as an architect from the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture (ENA) in 1993, held several positions, including Director of the Agadir Urban Agency (2000-2004), Director of the Centre d’études et recherches en aménagement et urbanisme (CERAU, 2007-2008) before taking up the position of Director of Urbanism at the Agence pour l’aménagement de la Vallée de Bouregreg (AAVB) in October 2009. In 2012, Mr. Abdessamad Sekkal was appointed Director of the Urban Planning and Architecture Department of the Bouregreg Valley Planning Agency.

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.

Miklós Erik Tromler

Ambassador of Hungary to the Kingdom of Morocco since 2015. Prior to this, he was Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Hungary in Rabat after serving as Deputy Head of Mission. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, he first served as Protocol Officer and then as Senior counsellor for Australia and New-Zealand at the Department for Asia and Pacific Region. Mr. Tromler – prior to his diplomatic carrier – had an international private sector background experience and also had been a professional sportsman. He graduated with an Executive MBA from Corvinus University Budapest and owns a Master Professional of Management, International Economics, Sport Economics from the Université Aix-Marseille II.

Alexandre Medvedowsky

Alexandre Medvedowsky is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, holder of a DEA (Diploma of Advanced Studies) in Macroeconomics (Paris 1) and a former student of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (Denis Diderot Class, 1984-1986). From 1998 to 2001 he was an associate professor at the University of Aix-Marseille III, and he taught at the IEP in Paris until 2006. He was a councillor of the Bouches-du-Rhône from 1998 to March 2015. He was named a Councillor of State in July 2001 and joined ESL & Network Holding that same year, serving on the Board of Directors. In 2005, he was named President of ESL & Network France and was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2013. One year later, he was elected president of SYNFIE, the French syndicate for economic intelligence.

Sladjana Prica-Tavciovska

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia to the Kingdom of Morocco since August 2014. Prior to this, she was Ambassador in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Assistant Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Deputy Assistant Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), President of the Working Group for the cooperation with OIF. She was a professor at the Diplomatic Academy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Head of the Serbian delegation and Permanent Representative to UNESCO-WHC and Special Envoy to IHRA.

Abderrahmane Semmar

Manager of the Department in charge of State Owned Enterprises and Privatization at the Ministry of Economy and Finance. He is a member of the National Commission of Corporate Governance. He represents the State as a shareholder in several Public State Owned Enterprises Boards and Boards’ committees. He is Chairman of the Inter Ministerial Committee of the Public-Private Partnership and Chairman of the Permanent Committee of the National Accounting Council. He is a lecturer at high institutes such as International University of Rabat, Moroccan Institute of Board members, and High Institute of Administration. He is a graduate in Business Management from the University of Casablanca. He holds the second certificate in Economics from the University of Rabat and a Diploma of the 3rd cycle of the National School of Public Administration of Rabat.

Khalid Safir

Wali, Director general of local governments at the Ministry of Interior. Prior to this, he was Wali of the Greater Casablanca region, of the Casablanca-Settat region and Secretary-General to the Ministry of Economy and Finance. After serving as Director of compensation and pensions, Director of Modernisation, Resources and Information system at the General Treasury of the Kingdom, and Chargé de mission at the Office of the Minister of Finance and Foreign Investments, he was appointed governor in the Al-Fida-Mers-Sultan district prefecture, then governor in the prefecture of the Casablanca-Anfa district in 2006. He is also President of the Alumni association of the Ecole Polytechnique (X-Maroc). He also served as President of the Association marocaine de prospective.  

Nizar Messari

Vice President for Academic Affairs at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. After teaching for 10 years at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he joined Al Akhawayn University in January 2010, first as an Associate Professor in International Studies, before he was appointed Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in June 2012. He is the author of academic articles in English, French and Portuguese in various IR journals. He is the author with João Pontes Nogueira of Teoria das Relações Internacionais: Correntes e Debates, which is in its 10th Edition, and the editor of a forthcoming volume with L.H.M. Ling and Arlene B. Tickner, International Relations Theory: Views Beyond the West. He holds a Phd in International Studies from the University of Miami, Florida.

Fatim Zahra Biaz

Entrepreneur and founder of New Work Lab, an innovation lab for entrepreneurs, students and corporations. She develops new creative models in education and has created startup accelerators and coworking spaces in Morocco. She just started a career accelerator that aims at empowering employees and develop their intrapreneurial mindset: School of Changes. She is a disruptive thinker who is committed to the economic and social development of Morocco.  Before NWL launching, Fatim Zahra Biaz worked for a few years as a change manager consultant in Paris. She graduated from Edhec Business School and Harvard Kennedy School.

Mathilde Pak

Economist in the Structural Policy Analysis Division of the Economics Department at OECD. She previously worked 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, digitalization, and fiscal policy. Presently, she is finishing her PhD in Economics at the Université Paris-Dauphine.

Eduardo de Campos Queiroz

After 11 years working in investment banking, from 2000 until 2008 Eduardo Queiroz dedicated his career to improve the lives of children and families in different countries by serving as an Instructor, Executive Director and Counselor of Outward Australia, Outward Bound Brazil and Outward Bound Mexico. From 2009 to 2011, Eduardo acted as the Special Advisor to the Secretary of Education of the State of São Paulo. Subsequently, from 2011 until October 2018, Eduardo led the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation in Brazil as the Chief Executive Officer. In the past 5 years, he has also served as a volunteer member of the Board of United Way Brazil, ESPRO and Outward Bound Brazil. Eduardo holds a degree in Business Administration, a Specialization in Finance from Getúlio Vargas Foundation, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he was a Mason and Lemann fellow.

Natasha Franck

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EON, which aims at pioneering the future of connected and circular fashion with a global Internet of Things framework for Digital Identity and embedded RFID technology. Before launching EON, she was the Senior Vice President of Global Business Development at Delos, a technology and real estate start-up. After supporting the launch of Delos’ International WELL Building Institute in the US, she lead the global expansion of WELL Building Standard through strategic partnerships in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Delos, she worked at Jonathan Rose Companies where she consulted on smart cities and urban design and development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University.

Jasna Atanasijević

Director of Public Policy Secretariat of the Republic of Serbia, since its establishment in 2014. She is Assistant professor in finance and mathematical introduction to economics at the Department of Mathematics and Informatics of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad. She previously worked as chief economist in a bank and researcher in a think tank as well as a consultant in the area of finance and economic policy topics. Since December 2015, she is presidency member of the Serbian Association of Economists. She obtained her Master degree in finance from the University Toulouse 1 in 2003 and her PhD in applied economics from University Paris 1 Sorbonne in 2013.

Chittaranjan Kaul

Director of the Centre for Learning Resources in Pune, India. He has run banking businesses around the world; run and set up residential and day schools; been a nonprofit manager; coached senior corporate and non-corporate executives in enhancing personal and organizational effectiveness; worked with and coached management teams, parents and teachers of educational institutions; and provided strategy advice to for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from the National Institutes of Technology (NIT), Srinagar and a PGDM from the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

Bojana Tosic

Acting Director of the Public Policy Secretariat of the Republic of Serbia since January 2018. In 2008 she entered the Register of Lawyers with the Bar Association of Belgrade. Between 2007 and 2011, she was a legal adviser at the Secretariat of the Council for Regulatory Reform and Regulatory Impact Assessment. Between 2008-2010 she worked as a coordinator of the legal team of the Unit for the Implementation of Comprehensive Regulatory Reform of the Government of the Republic of Serbia. She was Deputy Director of the Government Office for Regulatory Reform and Regulatory Impact Assessment and acting Deputy Director of Public Policy Secretariat. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Belgrade University.

M’hammed Dryef

Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center and Consultant in Strategy and Urban and Territorial Governance at MD&Associés. He was Wali from several Moroccan cities like Casablanca and Fes, Wali to the Central Administration of the Interior Ministry in Rabat, and Wali Director General of Internal Affairs to the Interior Ministry. He was also Governor/Director General of Urban Planning, Land Planning and Environment at the Interior Ministry in Rabat, Governor of the Benslimane Province as well as Director General of National Security. At the beginning of his career, he was Head of Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Housing, Urban Planning, Land Planning and Tourism, Head of the Legislation Division in Parliament and Chief of Staff of the Interior Minister.