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Ettore Greco

Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali

Ettore Greco is director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and also heads the transatlantic program of the institute. He worked as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution from January 2006 to July 2007.

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He taught at the universities of Parma and Bologna. From 2000 to 2006 he worked as correspondent for the Economist Intelligence Unit. From 1993 to 2000 he directed the IAI's program on Central and Eastern Europe. Also he was deputy director of the IAI from 1997 to 2008. From 2000 to 2006 he was editor of The International Spectator. He is the author of a number of publications on the EU's institutions and foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and the Balkans. He has been a freelance journalist since 1988.

Mohamed Horani

CEO, Hightech Payment Systems

Mohamed Horani is founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Hightech Payment Systems (HPS). He is the architect of PowerCARD, a multi-channel payment software developed by HPS, and is a pioneer in the global payment industry, leading HPS to become one of the top payment solution vendors within ten years of its inception in 1995. He holds a degree in engineering from the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economy, Rabat -Morocco (1974).

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HPS is a leading payment software company providing electronic payment solutions for financial institutions, processors and national switches all around the world. Through its all-in-one platform used by more than 350 issuers, acquirers and national switches, HPS solutions process any card type (credit, debit, prepaid, loyalty, corporate and fuel) via any channel (ATM, POS, internet and mobile) for any kind of merchant. HPS operates in over 85 countries in the 5 continents and counts among its clients several top 100 financial institutions worldwide.

Dana J. Hyde

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Dana J. Hyde was nominated by President Obama to serve as chief executive officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in September 2013, and she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in May 2014. As CEO, Hyde oversees a portfolio of roughly $4 billion in economic assistance programs aimed at reducing poverty, spurring growth, and advancing America’s interests around the globe.

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A former State Department and White House official, Hyde brings more than 20 years of experience in law and public policy to MCC. At MCC, she has directed new agency partnerships in Asia and some of the poorest regions in Africa, elevated MCC’s focus on policy reforms to catalyze private investment, and worked to ensure that American aid dollars are efficiently and effectively reaching those in need. Hyde is a graduate of Georgetown Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Yves Jégourel

Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Yves Jégourel is associate professor in finance at the University of Bordeaux (France), and affiliate professor at Toulouse Business School. Jégourel conducts research in commodity economics and financial risk management. His most recent research examines the link between the volatility of the futures market, exchange rate uncertainty and the export of cereals.

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He is also the head of a master program focused on banking, finance and international trading both at the University of Bordeaux and at Vietnam National University (Hanoi, Vietnam). Jégourel has authored several books in the field of finance, including a work studying financial derivatives. He holds a BA from Middlesex University and a MsC and PhD from the University of Bordeaux. Jégourel is a former auditor with the Institute of Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN).

Mats Karlsson

Director, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Mats Karlsson is the director of The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). Karlsson previously served as vice president of external affairs and United Nations affairs at World Bank and as World Bank country director for Maghreb.

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Early in his career, Karlsson worked at the Swedish Foreign Ministry as chief economist. He served as foreign policy advisor to Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson's Commission on Global Governance, as well as the Swedish state secretary for international development cooperation. He began his career in development when he joined the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency in 1983.

Alan Kasujja

Broadcaster, BBC 

Alan Kasujja is widely regarded as one of Africa’s most prominent journalists. At the moment, he presents “Newsday,” the BBC World Service’s award winning flagship news program. It is considered the biggest program of its kind in the world with tens of millions of listeners across the globe. Kasujja has also reported for the U.K.’s most influential breakfast program, Radio 4’s Today, and for BBC TV.

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He recently presented a highly acclaimed three part documentary series, My Africa, exploring the social and economic transformation of the continent. Before joining the BBC, Kasujja was the host of Uganda’s leading morning radio program on Capital FM. He also worked in Nairobi and presented the East African version of the TV series Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Soufiane Khebbaz

Program Assistant, Derb Ghaled Association for Development, Morocco

Soufiane Khebbaz is a professor with the Ministry of Education and a program assistant with Derb Ghalef Association for Development. Khebbaz worked in the nonprofit community in Casablanca as an office manager and a program coordinator for the past six years. Khebbaz is a graduate of SIT Graduate Institute, a program of World Learning, where he received a master’s degree in intercultural service, leadership, and management.

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He was a Fulbright teacher assistant and participated in training for intercultural communication at Stanford University, and has recently joined a Ph.D. research program under the theme “The Intersection of Gender and Ethnic Identities in the Moroccan Tourism Industry.” He also participated in the International Visitors Leaders Program funded by the U.S. State Department and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is working on several articles and other projects that grapple with urban social change and its connections to larger political struggles and the remaking of material space.

Adnan Kifayat

Co-Chair, U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Committee; Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Adnan Kifayat is a senior resident fellow at GMF, where he advises on GMF programs to strengthen leadership development and strategies for engagement in the transatlantic region, as well as GMF’s Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.  He is also Head of Global Security Ventures for the Gen Next Foundation. Kifayat joined GMF following a 15 year public service career at the White House, State Department, and Treasury Department. 

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Kifayat served as Secretary of State John Kerry’s acting special representative to Muslim communities, creating initiatives to broaden and deepen U.S. diplomatic engagement with Muslim communities worldwide. As senior advisor to the under secretary of state for public diplomacy and inaugural director of the Global Strategic Engagement Center (GSEC), he led initiatives to help advance to use of social media tools by the State Department. Kifayat Co-Chairs the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Committee’s Countering Violent Extremism Subcommittee.

Youssef Kobo Aouriaghel

Communication Adviser for the Secretary of Equal Opportunities, Bianca Debaets

Belgian Communication Adviser working for the Christian Democrats. Former Adviser to the Secretary of Equal Opportunities Bianca Debaets.

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Former Television producer for Panenka TV. Opinion leader, publicist, author, public speaker and public commentator. he predominantly write about multiculturalism, migration, islam, Middle East and World Affairs. Author of books on multiculturalism in Europe and the Middle East.

Jim Kolbe

Former Member of Congress; Senior Transatlantic Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Jim Kolbe advises The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) on trade matters as well as issues of effectiveness of U.S. assistance to foreign countries, on the U.S.–EU relationship, and on migration and its relationship to development. From 1985 to 2007, Kolbe served in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a Republican Congressman for Arizona. He now serves as a senior advisor and strategic consultant to McLarty Associates and is president of JTK Consulting.

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He currently chairs a task force funded by the Finnish Foreign Ministry looking at private sector investment to assure food sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa. Kolbe was commissioned in the United States Naval Reserves in 1965 and served for more than ten years before retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Kolbe graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and from Stanford University with a master’s of business administration and a concentration in economics.

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