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Katherine Hudak

Junior Consultant, African Development Bank, South Africa

Katherine Hudak is a Junior Consultant at African Development Bank. Before that she served as a researcher for Kaiser Economic Development Partners, an economic research and strategy consultancy based in South Africa. 


At Kaiser, she has worked on a variety of projects, including a recent World Bank initiative to increase local procurement in the mining industry in West Africa. Prior to this, Hudak was an associate with The Tony Elumelu Foundation, where she worked with the newly formed National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria to devise a plan for a new sub-national competitiveness index. Hudak holds a bachelor’s degree in French and business from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s of business administration in finance and healthcare management from The Johns Hopkins University.

El Mostafa Jamea

MENA Renewables and Sustainability (MENARES), Morocco

Dr. El Mostafa Jamea is a senior researcher and consultant at the MENARES research institute in Casablanca. 


He currently works on a range of projects in partnership with international development organizations and academic institutions. He is an experienced researcher and consultant who holds a Ph.D. from the Università Politecnica delle Marche, and a certificate in re-grid management from the German Renewables Academy. Prior to working at MENARES, he was an analyst at Flo Cert, a development organization based in Germany.

Arba Kokalari

Member, Stockholm City Local Government, Swedish

Arba Kokalari is currently a member of the Stockholm City Local Government, the international secretary of the Moderate Party Youth League, and group leader for the Moderate Party in the Cultural Committee. 


She also works with several international foundations and institutions on democracy promotion, and is involved with the youth organization of the European People’s Party. She has been active in international politics for many years across multiple issue areas, and was a candidate in both the 2014 European parliamentary and national parliamentary elections. Kokalari has worked as a political advisor at the Minister’s Office in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She speaks Swedish, English, and Albanian fluently.

Samira Kristina Azzam

Manager, Global Government Relations, Accenture

Samira K. Azzam is a manager of global government relations at Accenture, a Fortune Global 500 consulting and technology company. 


In her role, based in Accenture’s office in Brussels, she is responsible for government relations in the Nordics and Accenture’s growth markets, including the Middle East. Previously, Azzam handled U.S. federal and state government relations based in Washington, DC. She joined Accenture in 2007 from government relations firm Fabiani & Company, where she advocated on behalf of clients before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies. She holds a bachelor’s in international economics from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Imane Lahlou

Technical Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Imane Lahlou is currently the technical advisor for GIZ’s Economic Integration of Women in the MENA Region program in Morocco. 


Prior to this position, she worked with the French Development Agency in East-Jerusalem to refine its strategic interventions in the local development sector in order to enhance the resilience of the most vulnerable communities. In 2011-12, she co-led a post-revolution project in Cairo for GIZ to promote civic engagement and political participation among the youth in low-income areas. Some of her professional experience includes organizing successful advocacy campaigns for an international women’s rights organization in New York City, advising the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education on cross-national partnership-building, and running an award-winning university-based consulting company. Lahlou holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Sciences Po Paris, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Olivia Lazard

Impact Evaluation Consultant, and Co-Founder of Trailing Seeds

Olivia Lazard currently works as an international impact evaluation consultant on multiple humanitarian, development, and peace-building projects.


She is the co-founder of Trailing Seeds, a project to assess permaculture and holistic management’s relevance to development programming, and she is poised to begin a Ph.D. project with the Catholic University of Louvain on mainstreaming agro-ecology within food and nutritional security projects. Her thematic focus is the political analysis of conflict and international interventions in fragile, transitioning, and developing countries, with a specific emphasis on using agro-ecological tools for conflict mediation. Lazard has worked for various NGOs, and with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international development from McGill University, a master’s degree in international security from Sciences Po, and a master’s degree in international political economy from the London School of Economics.

Margot Le Guen

Senior Research Staff Assistant, International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Margot Le Guen is currently a senior research staff assistant with International Research Institute for Climate and Society’s Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City.


In this role, her work focuses on building resiliency to climate change through climate risk management and capacity building projects. She is also the co-founder of CliMates, an international youth-led think tank on climate policy. Her past professional experience includes working for the U. S. Agency for International Development and for a French professional trade union, where she conducted public relations for European energy efficiency companies. She holds a master’s degree in climate and society from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in international relations from Sciences Po in Paris.

Romain Limouzin

Associate Director, Meridiam

Romain Limouzin is the associate director at Meridiam, a leading long-term investment company specializing in public infrastructure. 


Since joining Meridiam in 2010, he has been involved in the development and financing of a number of transportation, environmental, and social building projects across Europe. In his previous experience, he worked at Veolia, where he focused on water infrastructure projects. Limouzin holds an engineering degree from the Ecole des Ponts and a master’s degree in project finance from the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense.

Kahi Lumumba

Founder and CEO, Totem Experience

Kahi Lumumba is the founder and CEO of Totem Experience, an online media group based in France and Benin that promotes African culture across the world.


In this role, he also directs the operations of, a digital agency focused on Totem Experience’s commercial activities that support the communication and branding of a wide range of companies to Africa’s youth population. Previously, he was a procurement consultant specializing in information technology and telecommunications cost reduction strategies. He has also carried out contract negotiations on behalf of General Electric and GDF Suez. Lumumba holds a master’s degree in management from Kedge Business School.

Abrão M. Árabe Neto

Advisor, Secretariat of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Brazil

Abrão Neto is a foreign trade analyst with the Brazilian government; he currently serves as an advisor to the secretary of foreign trade. 


Prior to this, he worked as a coordinator in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade at the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo, and as an international trade lawyer at Felsberg and Associates. He holds a Ph.D. in international law from the University of São Paulo and a master’s degree in international economic law from the Catholic University of São Paulo. He was a visiting researcher at the Georgetown University Law Center in 2012, and a participant in the 2008 program for lawyers at the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the WTO.