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Maged Abdelaziz

In that capacity, he was the African member of the Bureau of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development which laid the foundation for the UN 2030 Agenda and the African Agenda 2063. Vice President of the Economic and Social Council (2011-12) and Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly (2008-09) representing Africa, Mr. Abdelaziz enjoys an intimate knowledge of the UN and the AU’s intergovernmental processes and multilateral diplomacy.

Isabelle Tsakok

She holds a PhD in Economics. Dr. Tsakok has worked on development issues for over twenty-five years, first as World Bank staff and since retirement as a consultant. She has specialized in policy analysis, program and project formulation and evaluation, research and training activities in agriculture, agro-business, rural development and poverty reduction. She has worked in most regions of the developing world: Africa, Asia - South, Southeast and East, North Africa and the Middle East and Latin America.

kidane kiros

Prior to joining Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Dr Kidane served as the Director of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University (AAU) from March 2014 – June 2019. In his capacity as the Director of IPSS, he had directed the successful conduct of six (6) annual conferences of Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa that took place from 2014 – 2019.

Lilia Rizk

She is now the Program Coordinator for the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program, a youth leadership program that brings together, on an annual basis, 40 to 50 rising stars from around the Atlantic and across Africa who have a strong sense of commitment to social and economic issues facing their communities in particular and the world in general.

Maximo Plo Seco

Last year, Máximo studied a M.Ed of Human Development and Psychology at Harvard University thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship. During that time, he consulted for the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program, designing a teacher evaluation tool for the Ministry of Education of Côte d’Ivoire and writing a case study that was read by ministers about Criança Feliz, the largest home-visiting program in the world.

Chika Uwazie

Chika believes that sharing knowledge on the intersection between technology and HR as well as advocating for women in technology encourages other women to take a seat at the table.

Jesko Hentschel

He co-authored the 2013 Report on development in the world, focused on the job market. He is a former Sectorial Director for Human Development in Southern Asia and Director of the Department for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Trained as an economist, he has a Ph.D. in International Trade and Development from Constance University (Germany), a Master in Social Science and Planification in developing countries from the London School of Economics (UK), and a Master in Agroeconomy from University of Wisconsin (Madison, USA).

Torsten Thiele

Torsten is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (Potsdam), a Visiting Fellow at the LSE Institute of Global Affairs, a Senior Advisor to the IUCN Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility and a Member of the Scientific Committee of the Ocean-Climate Platform. Recent publications address innovative High Seas finance, Blue bonds, Deep sea governance and Ocean climate finance.

Eniola Mafe

Eniola has also guided the adaptation of the global Internet for All methodology across multiple countries, helping government to align these country-level projects with their national development plans.

Didier Acouetey

As business advisor to several African major corporations and governments, he has built an extensive network. Active member of several think tanks and promoter of the “Youth Excellency Program”, he has also co-founded the first Africa South East Asia Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. In this context, he contributes to the mobilization of funds for African businesses and States. He launched in 2014 the first African SME financing forum, in partnership with African Guarantee Fund, IFC, the African Development Bank and Afreximbank.


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