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Luiz Felipe de Alencastro

Director of the Center for South Atlantic Studies, Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Brazil

Emeritus Professor at Université de Paris Sorbonne, Director of the Center for South Atlantic Studies at the São Paulo School of Economics–FGV (Brazil).


Author of many papers and books, the latest in French :  « Le commerce maritime dans l'Atlantique Sud et le développement de la flotte luso-brésilienne à l'époque moderne », in C. Buchet and G. Le Bouëdec, The Sea in History, v. 3, 2017.

Neelam Deo

Founder and Director, Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, India

Former Ambassador to Denmark and Ivory Coast, Consul General in New York and prior to this, Political Officer in the Indian embassies in Rome, Bangkok and Washington.


In the course of assignments in the Ministry of External Affairs, she dealt with neighbours Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Maldives as well as South East Asia and the MENA region. She writes for Gateway House a is a board member of Oxfam India and Breakthrough.

Bineta Diop

Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, African Union Commission, Senegal

Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace, and Security.


She is the Founder and President of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), an international NGO fostering the leadership role of women in conflict prevention, management and resolution in Africa. She played an instrumental role in achieving gender parity within the African Union Commission’s leadership and in the adoption of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa as well as the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. She co-chaired the World Economic Forum on Africa in 2014.

Birame Diop

Special Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic, Senegal Armed Forces, Senegal

Director of Partners Senegal, Center for Change and Conflict Management.


He designed and manages the Guinea Citizen Security Project with funding from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). He is seconded from the Senegalese Air Force, where he served as an adviser to the chief of staff. In 2009, he served as a Reagan-Fascell Democracy fellow with NED and a public policy scholar fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. His research is focused on reforming Africa’s armed forces.

Mvemba Dizolele

Professorial Lecturer, School of Advanced International Studies- Johns Hopkins University, USA

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele is a writer, foreign policy analyst and independent journalist.


He is a professorial lecturer in African Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He is a senior associate in the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a member of the DRC Affinity Group. Previously, Dizolele was the Peter J. Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellow and a National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. He is the author of a forthcoming biography: Mobutu: the Rise and Fall of the Leopard King (Random House UK). His analyses have been published in the Journal of Democracy, New York Times, Newsweek International, International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Forbes, St Louis Post-Dispatch and other outlets. A frequent commentator on African affairs, he has been a guest analyst on PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, NPR's On Point and the Diane Rehm Show, the BBC World News, Al Jazeera’s The Stream and the Voice of America. He has testified before several subcommittees of the two chambers of the United States Congress, and the United Nations Security Council. Dizolele was a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and covered the 2006 historic elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With the Pulitzer Center, he produced Congo’s Bloody Coltan, a documentary report on the relation between the Congo conflict and the scramble for mineral resources.

Mohammed Rachid Doukkali

Vice dean, Policy Center for the New South, Morocco

Vice Dean of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South. Previously, he was a professor of applied economics at the department of social sciences at the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Institute Hassan II (IAV – Hassan II) of Rabat where he teaches economics, mathematical programming, macro-economic and sectoral policy modeling, since 1981.


Prof. Doukkali is also was the coordinator of the Economics and Social Sciences Doctorate (Ph.D.) program and the coordinator of the Research Unit of Economics and Social Sciences Applied to Agriculture (UR-SESAA). He is the actual president of the Moroccan Association of Agricultural Economics (AMAEco) and an associate member of the General Council of Agricultural Development of Morocco. 

He performed several consultancies with the Ministry of Agriculture of Morocco, and national and international organizations (World Bank, FAO, UNDP) in Morocco and the several Mediterranean and African countries (Syria, Mali, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon). He is a coordinator or member of several national and international networks and teams related to agricultural policies, natural resources management, and rural development. Prof. Doukkali collaborates, in his fields of expertise, with several national research institutions, such as INRA-Morocco, and with foreign and international research institutions, such as CIHEAM, CIRAD, CEMAFREF, IFPRI, and ICARDA. His working languages are Arabic, French, and English.

Kimberly Dozier

Senior National Security Correspondant, The Cipher Brief, USA

CNN Global Affairs Analyst, contributor to The Daily Beast since 2014.


Former executive editor of the intelligence-focused online startup The Cipher Brief (2017-18). She covered intelligence and national security for The Associated Press (AP, 2010-14) after 17 years as an award-winning CBS News foreign and national security correspondent. She held the 2014-2015 Gen. Omar Bradley Chair at the U. S. Army War College, Penn State Law and Dickinson College, being the first journalist and first woman in that post.

Christopher E. Craige

Director of Strategy, Engagement, and Programs; U.S. Africa Command; USA

Director of Strategy, Engagement and Programs of the U.


S. Africa Command, Stuttgart- Möhringen, Germany. Former Chief of Staff, U. S. Air Forces in Europe-U. S. Air Forces Africa. A command pilot with more than 3,900 hours of flight, he served at the White House as a Military Aide, had staff experience at Headquarters of U. S. Air Force and U. S. Joint Forces Command. He has been a Commander in the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan and at 39th Air Base Wing, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

Karim El Aynaoui

Managing Director, Policy Center for the New South, Morocco

Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University. He is also Managing Director of the Policy Center for the New South, previously known as OCP Policy Center, a think tank based in Rabat and serves as advisor to the CEO and Chairman of OCP Group, a global leader in the phosphate sector.


From 2005 to 2012, Mr. El Aynaoui worked at Bank Al-Maghrib, the Central Bank of Morocco. He was the Director of Economics and International Relations, where he provided strategic leadership in defining and supporting monetary policy analysis and strategy. He was also in charge of the Statistical and International Relations Divisions of the Central Bank, led the research division and was a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Before joining Bank Al-Maghrib, Karim El Aynaoui worked for eight years at the World Bank, both in its Middle Eastern and North Africa, and Africa regions as an economist. He has published papers, books and articles in scientific journals on macroeconomic issues in developing countries. Recently, he co-authored a book outlining a growth strategy for Morocco and was the guest editor of a special issue on food price volatility in Oxford Economic Papers. Karim El Aynaoui is a board member of the OCP Foundation, a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and a member of the COP22 Scientific Committee. He also participates in the Malabo-Montpellier Panel. Karim El Aynaoui holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Bordeaux, where he taught for three years courses in statistics and economics.

Othman El Ferdaous

Secretary of State in charge of Investment, Ministry of Industry Trade and Foreign Investment, Morocco

Secretary of State for Investment, assistant to the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy of the Kingdom of Morocco.


Public affairs and strategic communication professional, listed among the 50 most influential Moroccans under 40 by Tel Quel Magazine. He releases a monthly newsletter covering Moroccan issues read by +7000 subscribers. Strong advocate for EU-Maghreb integration, he founded, a non-profit organization focusing on European policy and institutions matters regarding the Mediterranean and Africa.