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Zeinab  Badawi

Broadcaster, BBC

Zeinab Badawi has extensive experience working on a range of programs in television and radio. She is one of the best known broadcast journalists working in the field today. In 2009, she was named International TV Personality of the Year by the Association of International Broadcasters. She is the current chair of the Royal African Society, a Queen’s appointment to the Board of the Historic Royal Palaces, a trustee of BBC Media Action (the charitable arm of the BBC), a vice president of the United Nations Association U.K., and a board member of the African Union Foundation. 


She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Africa. Badawi studied philosphy, politics and economics at Oxford University and she was awarded a master’s degree with distinction on Middle East history and anthropology at SOAS London University. Badawi is a former trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. She has been a board member of the British Council,  the Centre for Contemporary British History, a former Chair of the London-based freedom of speech campaign organization, Article 19, and a board member of the Overseas Development Institute.

Bertrand Badré

CEO, BlueOrange Capital; Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Bertrand Badré is CEO of BlueOrange Capital and visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute. He was managing director for finance and World Bank Group chief financial officer and oversaw the finance and risk management units across the Group. His areas of expertise include banking, capital markets, the World Bank Group, and international and development finance, including regulation and crisis management.


His research focuses on developing the "Billions to Trillions" agenda using capital markets, insurance transformation, and infrastructure investment to spur development. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2013, Badré was the group chief financial officer at Société Générale. He also served as the chief financial officer of Crédit Agricole from 2007-11. Badré is a graduate of Ecole Nationale d'Administration and Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He also studied history at Paris IV University (La Sorbonne), and graduated from Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris business school.

Abdelhak Bassou

Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Abdelhak Bassou occupied several offices within the Directorate General of the Moroccan National Security where he was chief of the Borders’ Division from 1978-93. He was the former director of the Royal Institute of Police in 1998. He also served as the chief of regional security (Errachidia 1999-2003, Sidi Kacem 2003-05) and was also head of the Central General Intelligence from 2006-09. 


Bassou also contributed to the output of several international organizations’ endeavours including the Council of Arab Interior Ministers from 1986-92, where he represented the Directorate General of National Security in several meetings. Bassou holds a master’s degree in political science and international studies from the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences of Agdal in Rabat.

Marek Belka

Former Prime Minister, Poland

Marek Belka graduated from the University of Łódź with a master’s degree in economics in 1972 and received his Ph.D. in 1978, which was followed by a postdoctoral degree in economics (“habilitation”) in 1986. Associated with the Institute of Economics of the Polish Academy of Sciences since 1986, Belka was a research fellow at the Columbia and Chicago Universities (1978-79, 1985-86), as well as at the London School of Economics (1990).


He received the title of professor of economics in 1994. Belka has published over 100 scientific papers devoted primarily to the theory of money and anti-inflation policy in developing countries. He specializes in applied economics and contemporary economic thought. From 1990-96, he worked as a consultant and advisor at the Polish Ministry of Finance, and subsequently at the Polish Ministry of Ownership Transformations and at the Central Planning Office. He became a consultant to the World Bank in 1996.

Rafael Benke

Vice-Chairman Emeritus, CEBRI

Rafael Tiago Juk Benke is vice chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Brazilian Center for International Relation. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo and of the Council of Foreign Relations of the Federation of Industries of Rio de Janeiro.


He held several senior positions at Vale, including global head of corporate affairs. He served as legal advisor to Brazil’s Foreign Trade Secretary, consultant to the Organization of American States, and international associate at the World Trade Organization. He is also a former member of Royal Dutch Shell’s External Review Committee on Sustainability. Rafael is an attorney and holds a master’s degree in law of international economic relations, and an LLM in international economic law. He was a visiting scholar at Georgetown University and fellow of the Institute of International Economic Law, in Washington, DC.

Amina Benkhadra

Managing Director, ONHYM

Amina Benkhadra’s career began in 1982 at the Office of Research and Mineral Involvement (BRPM), where she held several positions for the feasibility of mining projects and for the portfolio management of more than 30 subsidiaries.


In 1994, she was appointed director of mines at the Ministry of Energy and Mines and then Secretary of State for Mining Development. In this capacity, Benkhadra led and supervised the implementation of a new strategy for the development of the mining sector and the drafting of the Moroccan coal mining restructuring plan. She became Director of the BRPM in 1998, then Director General of the National Bureau of Research and Petroleum Operations "ONAREP," before being appointed director general of ONHYM. She studied civil engineering of mines at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines in Nancy in 1978 and holds a Ph.D. in mining sciences and engineering (ENSM) Paris.

Assia Bensalah Alaoui

Ambassador at Large of His Majesty Mohamed VI, Kingdom Morocco

Assia Bensalah Alaoui is ambassador at large of His Majesty Mohamed VI, the King of Morocco. She also serves as co-president of the OCEMO and the vice-president of the Association of Moroccan–Japanese Friendship.


She has worked as professor of international law at the University Mohammed V in Rabat, as co-president of the High Level Advisory Group on the Dialogue between Peoples and Cultures in the Euro–Mediterranean Area, as member of the World Bank’s Council of Advisors for MENA, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of ICARDA. She holds a master’s degree in English studies and a Ph.D. in law from Paris II University.

Pascal Boniface

Director, French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs

Pascal Boniface is the founding director of the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), based in Paris. He is professor of international relations in the Institut d’Etudes européennes (Institute for European Studies) in the University of Paris-8. Boniface has published or edited more than 50 books dealing with international relations, nuclear deterrence and disarmament, European security, French international policy, sport in the international relations, and also the conflict in the Middle East and its impact in France.


Boniface publishes several articles in international and strategic reviews, and is regularly present in national and international media. He is a columnist for La Croix (France), La Vanguardia (Spain), and Al Ittihad (United Arab Emirates). He has been made a Chevalier of the French Award for distinguished services in public and private capacity and Officer of the Legion of Honour.

Mohamed Boussaid

Minister of Economy and Finance, Kingdom of Morocco

H.E Mohammed Boussaid is the Minister of Economy and Finance for Kingdom of Morocco. H.E Boussaid has been a Governor of Arab Monetary Fund since November 2013. He serves as a Governor of The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.


He serves as a Governor of Islamic Development Bank. He serves as a Director of S.A OCP. He holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and a master’s of business administration from ENPC's International School of Business. H.E Boussaid has worked as a consulting engineer at Banque Commerciale du Maroc. He subsequently served as deputy managing director of a chemical production and trading company. Mr. Boussaid was a member of the National Rally of Independents (RNI) and, from 1995 to 1998, held the post of chief of staff of the Minister of Public Works and then chief of staff to the minister of agriculture, equipment, and environment.

Mark Brantley

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Civil Aviation, St. Kitts and Nevis

Mark Brantley is currently the minister of foreign affairs and civil aviation in the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis. Brantley is a lawyer by profession; he has practiced extensively before the High Courts and Court of Appeal.


He is a member of the Bar in Anguilla, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, and Dominica and holds membership in several international professional associations such as the Commercial Bar Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Brantley graduated from the University of the West Indies – Cave Hill Campus with a bachelor of laws and from the University of Oxford with a bachelor of civil law. He also attended the Norman Manley Law School where he earned his Legal Education Certificate.