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Luis Osvaldo Hurtado Larrea

Former President, Republic of Ecuador, Ecuador

Former President of Ecuador, entrepreneur.


Former lawyer and Professor at the Catholic University of Quito, founder of the Ecuadorian Democratic Christian Political Party (EDCPP) and elected president of the National Congress.

Larabi Jaidi

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South, Morocco

Larabi Jaïdi is Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, who focuses on International Economy, Social Development, International Relations, and Mediterranean Studies. He is a former Professor at the Mohamed V University in Rabat- Agdal. His area of expertise includes Economic Policy, International Economic Relations (Europe and the Arab World) and Economy of the Regions. He is a founding member of the Centre Marocain de Conjoncture and of the Groupement d’Etudes et de Recherches sur la Méditerrannée.


He is a member of the Research Group within the Euro-Mediterranean Universities Networks. He has also acted as Adviser to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Economy and Finance. He acts as independent expert to the Moroccan Competition Council and the Moroccan Authority for the fight against Corruption. He is a member of the Adderrahim Bouabid Foundation Board (Body of Research- Action on matters relating to State Reform). Mr. Jaïdi also acts as consultant to Moroccan and foreign entities. He is the author of various publications relating to economic and social development and to international economic relations.  

Joseph Olaoye Jaiyeola

CEO,The Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Nigeria

Profile Joseph Olaoye Jaiyeola is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), a private sector led economic think tank and advocacy group in Nigeria.


He started his career with the apex bank (CBN, in 1979) where he rendered his dedicated and meritorious services till he joined Kakawa Discount House Limited in 1995. Through a journey of determination, focus, grace and strength, he developed himself technically and professionally through formal education and hands on training. An orator, executioner and a visionary, he held many offices in the course of work. His office credentials are listless, but worthy of note are his contributions to the Money Market Association of Nigeria (now Financial Markets Dealers Association) when he was the President between 2001 and 2003. Also, he has been an active member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). He is a Fellow of the Institute, where he was entrusted with many responsibilities before he became the President and Chairman of Council in 2010. He has made significant contribution to Nigeria’s services sector, notably through his work during the development of Nigeria’s Financial Systems Strategy 2020 (FSS 2020) as well as during the development of Nigeria vision 2020. Kakawa Discount House Limited leveraged on his technical, managerial and leadership competences all through his career in the Organization. He is indeed a resourceful human capital that any Organization would desire, as he climbed the ladder from a Dealer to the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer.

He is a graduate of Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and holds a master’s degree in Banking and Finance from University of Lagos. In addition to these academic qualifications, he obtained an MBA from Bangor University in the United Kingdom. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Nigeria, Associate Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland and Member, Instituted of Directors (MIoD). An Economist, Chartered Accountant and Treasurer par excellence, he has vast experience with international perspectives in financial and economic systems. He served in the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) as the Chairman of the Central Organizing Committee for the annual summit 14 as well as the Chairman of the Technical sub-committee for the annual NES 13.

He continued to serve the NESG as a Board Member until his appointment as CEO of the Group. Other Boards on which he sits include Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC), Board of Trustees of Financial Markets Dealers Association and was a foundation Board member of FMDQ OTC Plc. He has attended conferences with world business leaders where ideas and directions were shared. He sits on the Board of different Organizations, and he is a member of reputable professional Institutes and Organizations.

Mohcine Jazouli

Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in charge of African Cooperation

Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in charge of African Cooperation, a former consultant at Ernst & Young, founder in 2005 of Valiant Consulting, the first Moroccan consulting firm specialized in strategy, organization, and operational support.


During his 25 years of experience, Mohcine Jazouli has advised large institutions and state-owned companies. He has also advised African governments in the design and deployment of their sector strategies.

Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer

Director, Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l'Ecole Militaire (IRSEM), France

Director of the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM, French Ministry of Defense).


Previously a member of the Policy Planning Staff (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), he was a member of the French delegation at the UN Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems in 2014, 2015 and 2016. A former attaché at the French embassy in Turkmenistan, he was a postgraduate fellow of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, a postdoctoral fellow at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Ulm) and at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, where he taught international humanitarian law, and a Lecturer in international relations at the Department of War Studies of King’s College London. Author of 15 books, recipient of the Académie Française prize for La Guerre au nom de l’humanité. Tuer ou laisser mourir (PUF, 2012).

Sunjoy Joshi

Chairman, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India

Chairman of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi.


Former Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, former Director of the boards of national energy companies (ONGC, OVL, OIL and MRPL), former Visiting Associate at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, London and Distinguished Visitor to the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, University of Stanford.

Alan Kasujja

Presenter, BBC News, Nigeria

Journalist, Presenter of Newsday, the BBC World Service’s award winning flagship news program, former reporter for Radio 4’s Today, influential breakfast program, and for BBC TV.


He recently presented a 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 presented from Nairobi the East African version of the TV series Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Jeff Koinange

Senior Anchor, Citizen Television, Kenya

Journalist, broadcaster, and television news anchor, formerly for CNN and currently hosting the Talk Show, Jeff Koinange LIVE #JKL broadcast on Kenya’s Television Network, KTN.


He also a keen and energetic Master of Ceremonies and has hosted numerous Bilateral and Multilateral events for the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Health Organization (WHO), The Economic Commission of Africa (ECA), the East African Community (EAC), the African Union (AU) and various United Nations (UN) Organization agencies. He is the first African recipient of an Emmy, a Peabody, a Vernon Jarret Awards and the Prix Bayeux.

R. Andreas Kraemer

Founder and Chairman, Ecologic Institute, Germany

Founder and Director Emeritus of the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, pro bono Chairman of Ecologic Institute US in Washington DC, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam (Germany) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo (Ontario), non-executive Director of the Fundação Oceano Azul in Lisboa (Portugal), and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of German Studies at Duke University.


He also sits in a number of boards (OekoWorld, Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces, Worldwatch Institute Europe among others).

Dominique Lafont

Founder and CEO, Lafont Africa Corporation, France

Founder and CEO of Lafont Africa Corporation, a private consultancy and investment firm.


Former Executive Chairman of NHV group, specialized in B-to-B helicopter services in Europe and Africa. Executive Chairman of Smart City Africa, a new co-investment project between Lafont Africa Corp. and Parkéon, the leading worldwide operator in urban parking solutions. Former positions at the Bolloré Group (1997-2014) include President and CEO of Bolloré Africa Logistics (2011-14), Managing Director for Africa (2005-11), Managing Director for Anglophone Africa and Financial Director for Africa. He worked as the Director of Industrial Participations of the Rivaud Group (1995-97).