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Soukeyna Ndiaye

Former Minister of Decentralized Cooperation and Regional Planning of Senegal, Senegal

Former Minister of Decentralized Cooperation and Regional Planning in charge of local economic development for Senegal (2002-05). 


Founding member of ElleSolaire,  President and Founder of FDEA Microfinance, a leading Senegalese women’s microfinance institution since 1985. Senegal representative of the INAFI International Foundation, a microfinance network of more than 146 country members, Vice Chair of Federation of Voluntary Development Organizations (FAVDO) and board member of Grameen Credit Agricole Foundation.

Ferdinando Nelli Feroci

President, Institute of International Affairs (IAI), Italy

President of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), current professor at the School of Government of LUISS, Rome.


Former diplomat (1972-2013) and European Commissioner (2014), Permanent Representative of Italy to the European Union in Brussels (2008-13), Chief of Staff (2006-08) and Director General for European Integration (2004-06) at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, he served in New York at the United Nations, in Algiers, Paris and Beijing.

Mabingue Ngom

Regional Director, West & Central Africa, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Senegal

UNFPA Regional director for West and central Africa since 2015, economist and specialist of public policy.


With UNFPA since 2008, former Director of Programme Division  in New York (USA) and Emergency Director. He has occupied several leadership positions at the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in Geneva (Switzerland), at the International Planned Parenthood Federation Regional Office in Nairobi (Kenya) and in his own country (Senegal) where he was instrumental the development, management and monitoring of the country’s Public Investment Programs for over a decade. 

Bronwyn Nielsen

Editor-in-Chief and Executive Director, CNBC Africa, South Africa

Executive Director of Africa Business News (ABN), owner of Forbes Africa and CNBC Africa among others, since 2012.


She has worked with CNBC Africa since its launch in 2007. Recipient of the 2006 Telkom ICT Journalist of the Year, known for the weekday evening programme Business Tonight. The live CNBC Africa Debate at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2013 was the first time an African broadcaster was represented in the official WEF Agenda.

Eric Ntumba Bukasa

Head of Corporate, Private and Diaspora Banking, Equity Bank Congo, Congo

Head of Corporate, Private and Diaspora Banking, Equity Bank Congo.


Former Manager with Citigroup DRC and the Commercial Bank of Congo. Master degree from the National School of Administration (ENA, France) and Bcc IT Hon. degree from North-West University (South Africa). Choiseul 100 Africa Laureate (2018), Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader and Africa France Young Leader (2017), Mandela Washington Fellow (YALI, 2014).

Enuma Okoro

Communications Specialist, Independent, Nigeria

Award winning writer, editor, speaker, and Communications Specialist whose work focuses on narrative and identity, culture and Africa and the diaspora.


With four books, her articles and photography have been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The UK and US Guardian, CNN Africa, The Guardian Nigeria, The Washington Post, Essence Magazine, The Huffington Post and more. In March 2018 she was recognized on the 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria list and featured in The Guardian Nigerian national newspaper. With an international portfolio, she has been invited to speak globally by TEDx (Brixton), Harvard Business School, Princeton University, Oxford University, The Abu Dhabi Culture Summit, Bloomberg Africa and more.

Ihab Osman

CEO, National Agriculture Development Corporation- Saudi Arabia, Sudan

General Manager of NADEC New Businesses, one of the largest vertically integrated dairy companies in the world with the mandate to make NADEC one of the leading diversified food security companies in the MENA area.


Chairman of the U.S-Sudan Business Council in Washington and previously President and CEO of Sudatel Telecom Group, a leading African telecom group. Previous to that, he was in Private Equity at Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain). Former collaborations include Verizon Communications (USA) GE Power and IBM in New York. Ihab serves on the United Nations Global Compact Business for Peace Steering committee, The Oslo Peace Foundation, and The Khartoum Breast Cancer Center.

Fathallah Oualalou

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South, Morocco

Economist, a Former Minister of Economy and Finance, of Privatization and Tourism, a Former Mayor, City of Rabat, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, previously known as OCP Policy Center who focuses on Macroeconomics, economic growth and development, and economic policies.


Fathallah Oualalou was born in 1942 in Rabat. He graduated in economy from Mohammed V University in 1964 and obtained a diploma on economy in 1966 in Paris. He was appointed Ministry of Economy in 1998 and Ministry of Finance in 2002. He is professor at Mohammed V University and chairs the Association of Moroccan Economists and Union of Arab Economists. After over 20 years as member of the Municipal Council, he was Mayor of Rabat from 2009 to 2015.

Ahmedou Ould Abdallah

Former Foreign Minister and Director of C4S, Republic of Mauritania, Mauritania

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mauritania and Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the EU and the USA, current president of the Think-Tank C4S.


Former Special Representative for the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (2007-10), negotiator of the Djibouti Agreement, and for West Africa (2002-07), President of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (2003-07). Executive Director of the Global Coalition for Africa (1996-2002), an intergovernmental Washington-based forum dedicated to African issues. Special Representative of the Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali in Burundi (1993-95). Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on energy issues, particularly in the field of renewable energies and African issues (1985-93).

Elena Panaritis

Economist and Founder of, Thought4Action, Greece

Former Senior Economic Advisor of 3 Prime Ministers of Greece (2009-15), handling the Euro and Greek economic crisis.


Former special envoy for negotiating the Greek sovereign debt and lending program of in 2015. Appointed in 2015 Alternate Director of the IMF in Italy, Greece, Portugal, Malta, Albania and San Marino, she resigned the same year under political pressures. Author of « Prosperity Unbound: Building Property Markets with Trust » (Palgrave Macmillan), founder of the Panel Group and Thought4Action, teacher at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, INSEAD, and the Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).