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Emerging Leaders 2016

This year’s Edition of the Atlantic Dialogues marks an important milestone for this flagship conference launched in 2012 by the OCP Policy Center of Morocco and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, held every year in Marrakesh, Morocco. With the initial vision to underscore the growing importance of Africa and Latin America as actors in the Atlantic space by transforming their mindsets, this fifth edition will provide an opportunity to cement the conference’s vision. To this end, the partner think tanks chose for this year the following theme Changing Mental Maps: Strategies for an Atlantic in Transition.

Changing mental maps and asserting an Atlantic vision can only be reinforced when the next generation of leaders are given a place at the table, to challenge the established perspectives and forward the conversations. To this end, the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program fosters a unique network across generations, continents, and cultures, aimed at stimulating generational dialogue within the conference, and beyond by building a large interconnected community of rising professionals in their respective fields.

The program seeks to bring together rising leaders, in different sectors, who have displayed leadership capabilities, but who also have a strong sense of commitment to social and economic issues facing their communities in particular and the world in general. The Emerging Leaders are chosen not only for their outstanding achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to contemporary development, business and other Atlantic interregional shared issues.

Through discussions and debates with other fellow young leaders as well as with established policy, business and civil decision makers, the selected pace shapers will get the chance to broaden their knowledge, sharpen their skills, and network with the other members of this growing community (an alumni network of 180 rising professionals).

2 days before the conference begins, the Emerging Leaders will join a tailor made policy immersion program, consisting of structured group conversations with decision and opinion makers on key Atlantic development and cooperation issues, a site visit to a major academic center, briefings from think tankers, and informal meetings with innovative community leaders. They then get the unique opportunity to get exposed to the high level policy and business leaders, speak at several panels, and lead the Atlantic Dialogues final plenary session under a theme they get to develop together.

Young leaders from the around the Atlantic basin who have demonstrated leadership and initiative in their fields, who want to contribute to shaping the regional and global agenda in politics, finance, business, civil society and many other areas, who are eager to network with their peers and older, and who seek to foster and strengthen ties across the Atlantic are invited to apply.

Call for Application

Application Process

The applicants must be between the ages of twenty three and thirty five (inclusive) on July 7th 2016, the day the applications for the program open. To be considered, the applicants must be citizens of countries located in Africa, North America, South America, Central America, the European Union or the Caribbean. Furthermore, the applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English and guarantee their availability for the full duration of this five days’ program, which will take place December 12th to 16th, 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Interested applicants should submit a copy of their resumes/ CVs in .pdf format, and a personal statement of no more than 25o words detailing their motivations for applying and their prospective contributions and benefits from the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program. The application form can be found below.

For selected applicants, the OCP Policy Center and the German Marshall Fund will cover local travel, meals, and hotel expenses for the duration of the conference. Limited international travel assistance for the selected applicants is also available.

Applications will close on Thursday, October 20th. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Madeleine Goerg at and Nisrine Ouazzani at  


Emerging Leaders Program
Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakesh, Morocco
December 12 - 16, 2016

Draft Agenda

All Session topics, titles, times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Monday, December 12

17:00 - 17:30 Registration

Location: Radisson Blu Lobby

17:30 - 18:00  Welcome and AD Connect introduction

Location: Radisson Blu Lila Bar

18:00 - 20:00 Town Hall Meeting: Exchanging Ideas, Experiences and Common Challenges

Location: Radisson Blu Lila Bar

20:00 - 21:30 Opening Dinner and Welcome Address

Location: Lotus Privilege Restaurant

  • Speakers:
  • Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center

21:30- 22:30 Evening Conversation: Navigating Through People, Networks and Society

Location: Lotus Privilege Restaurant

  • Speaker: Reta Jo Lewis, Director of Congressional Affairs and a Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Moderator: Danielle Piatkiewicz, Program Coordinator, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Draft Agenda

All Session topics, titles, times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Tuesday, December 13

10:00 – 11:00 Bus Transfer to Ben Guerir

Location: Radisson Blu Lobby

11:00 - 12:00 Ben Guerir: Ecosystems at the Heart of Innovation, Growth and Development

Location: University Mohamed VI Polytechnic (UM6P)

  • Impacting Generations from the Early Stages of Personal Growth
  • Speaker: Abdellatif Charafi, Director, Africa Business School

12:00 – 13:00 Networking Lunch with University Polytechnic Mohamed VI PhD. Students and Senior Staff

Location: University Restaurant

13:30 – 17:30 Workshops:

  • Exploring Diverse Leadership Styles: Strategies for Maximizing your Impact, Career Growth, and Networking

Location: Student Library

  • Speaker: Adnan Kifayat, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break

  • Design Thinking: Innovation Ecosystems Across the Atlantic

Location: Student Lounge

  • Speaker: Ade Mabogunje, Associate Director, Stanford University Center for Design Research

17:30 - 18:30 Transfer from Ben Guerir to hotel

18:30 - 19:30 Exploring the South Atlantic's Potential: Climbing the Global Economic Ladder

Location: Radisson Blu Foyer

  • Speaker: Alfredo Valladao, Professor, Sciences Po Paris and Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

20:00 – 21:30 Networking Dinner

Location: Radisson Blu Restaurant

21:30-22:30 Evening Conversation: Thinking through the Unthinkable

Location: Radisson Blu Foyer

  • Speaker: Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster

Draft Agenda

All Session topics, titles, times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Wednesday, December 14

08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast Conversation: Narrating Career Paths: Lessons from Journalistic Storytelling

Location: Radisson Blu Breakfast Lounge

  • Speaker: Richard Lui, Broadcaster, MSNBC/NBC News
  • Moderator: Kelsey Glover, Public Relations Manager, GMF

09:30 - 10:30 Bridging the Generational Divide featuring Emerging Leaders Alumni

Location: Radisson Blu Ras El Hanut Room

  • Speakers:
    • Fatim-Zahra Biaz, General Manager, New Work Lab Casablanca (EL 2013)
    • Raphael Camargo, RGC Consulting, Founder (EL 2015)
    • Stacey Links, South African Doctoral Researcher at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands (EL 2013)
    • Eliot Pence, Director, Africa, McLarty Associates (EL 2015)
    • Landry Signé, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center and Chairman, the Global Network for Africa's Prosperity, Stanford University Center for African Studies (EL 2013)
  • Moderator: Nisrine Ouazzani, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

10:30 – 11:00 Transfer to Mamounia Hotel

11:00 - 12:00 The Role of a New Generation: Leadership and Governance across the Atlantic

  • Speaker:  Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Leader, AgangSA
  • Moderator: Lilia Rizk, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

Transfer to the Atlantic Dialogues 

Draft Agenda

All Session topics, titles, times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Thursday, December 15
The Atlantic Dialogues

Location: La Mamounia Hotel, Marrakesh, Morocco

Draft Agenda

All Session topics, titles, times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Friday, December 16
The Atlantic Dialogues

Location: La Mamounia Hotel, Marrakesh, Morocco