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Foster Awintiti Akugri

President Founder, Hacklab Foundation (Ghana)

Foster Awintiti Akugri heads a non-profit organization, focused on preparing the youth for future jobs. Impacting over 3000 youth since its inception and through its partnership with IBM, Hacklab Foundation hopes to reach over 100,000 youth by 2021.


He is currently the Manager for the Stanbic Bank Incubator (Ghana), an subsidiary of the Standard Bank Group. He was the youngest participant at the World Economic Forum (WEF)  48th Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland in 2018. He serves as a member of the Malaika Coalition, a committee mandated by the Africa Regional Strategy Group of the WEF to work on the Africa 4.0 Initiative. He also serves on the Expert Network for the Africa Growth Platform launched by the WEF during the 2019 Africa Meeting in Cape Town to support entrepreneurship in Africa. He serves as chairman of the board for the Africa Digital Awards. He was listed among 30 under 30 Future of Ghana Pioneers Class of 2019.

Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr

Founder, She ROARs (Nigeria)

She ROARs is empowering female leaders across Africa. Having lived and worked across 5 continents, Chidiogo speaks 7 languages (Chinese, English, French, German, Igbo, Italian and Spanish). She is a World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow; and Associate Fellow of Nigerian Leadership Initiative.


She has been named among the « 100 most inspiring women in Nigeria » by The Guardian ; « 100 most influential Young Africans» by Africa Youth Awards ; « 100 most Influential Nigerians » by Avance Media ; and « Young Professional of the Year » by Future Awards Africa. She completed her M.A in International Relations & Economics at SAIS Johns Hopkins 2012.

Asim Ali

Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State (USA)

Asim Ali has an extensive background in the Middle East, human rights, countering violent extremism, and public private partnerships. Asim is currently working as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. Department of State.


Prior to this role, he served as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. In this capacity, he developed policy for senior officials, created and implemented democracy, human rights policies and programs. He also worked in the Secretary Kerry’s Office of Global Partnerships, where he led the engagement with private sector and civil society to develop innovative public-private partnership to promote economic growth in Middle East and North Africa.

Katrina Amupolo

Founder, Empowering Erongo Young Women Project. (Namibia)

Katrina Amupolo is the founder of the Empowering Erongo Young Women Project. She is also the Business Development Coordinator for the Swakopmund Community Skills Development Centre in Namibia.


She has experience in empowering youth and women through entrepreneurship, skills training and mentorship. Her previous project experience ranges from the Old Mutual Women Micro-Business Project with the Centre for Enterprise Development in Namibia, the Aspire Namibia Women Project and the House of Women Summit. Katrina recently worked on programs aimed at developing girls with Girls Inc. of Long Island in New York through the Community Solutions Program. She holds an Entrepreneurship Honours Degree from the Namibia University of Science and Technology, and is currently studying for an MBA in Management Strategy.

Eric Asmar

CEO, Happy Smala (Morocco)

Eric Asmar is the CEO of Happy Smala, a consulting firm and startup studio in Rabat, Morocco specialized in innovation and collaborative finance. Prior to this, he served as Director of Programs at the Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, where he launched Dare Inc., Morocco’s first social enterprise incubator.


His previous professional experiences include UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and the International Labour Organization (ILO). He also collaborates with numerous startup support programs as a jury member, mentor, and trainer, and lectures on entrepreneurship at ESSEC Business School.

Jonatan Ol Beun

Director for Capability Building and Innovation, Cabinet Office of the Argentinian Government. (Argentina)

Jonatan Beun serves as Director for Capability Building and Innovation at the Cabinet Office of the Argentinian Government. He is also Professor of Innovation at Torcuato Di Tella University and Visiting Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina.


Moreover, he is a member of Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and is part of the Advisory Board of Apolitical. Jonatan holds a Bachelor in Business Economics of Torcuato Di Tella University, completed a Master in Finance at the same institution and is part of the 2020 cohort of the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program of Georgetown University.

Hanae Bezad

CEO, Le Wagon Morocco. (Morocco)

Hanae Bezad is the founder and CEO of Le Wagon in Morocco, founder of Douar Tech and Moroccan representative of the Africa Innovation Task Force of i4policy.


After 4 years of experience in strategy consulting and digital transformation, she learnt coding in such an intensive way that it was an empowering experience which taught her how to translate any idea into a not-so-capital intensive business and prepared her to be an entrepreneur with a developer mindset.  She set up Le Wagon, the #1 coding bootcamp worldwide, in Casablanca, the first African location of the network. Prior to founding Le Wagon Morocco and the social initiative Douar Tech, Hanae worked as influence consultant at Altermind and digital strategy consultant at Eleven in Paris, participating in setting up one of the first Parisian startup studios. She’s also taken part in the board of Led By HER, a social incubator that helps women entrepreneurs that have suffered violence. Hanae holds a Bachelor in Sciences and Social Sciences from Sciences Po Paris with a year-program at Wharton School of Business, a Bachelor in Science and Technology from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, a Bachelor of Law from Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), a Master in Management from HEC Paris and a Master in Public Administration from Sciences Po Paris. 

Nicola Bilotta

Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI, Italy)

Nicola Bilotta is currently researcher at IAI where he works on international political economy, digital economy and geo-finance. 


Prior to this he worked as a research analyst at the Banker Research Team (Financial Times), with which he still collaborates as consultant analyst. In addition, he was Associate Fellow at the Seven Pillar Institute of Finance & Ethics and researcher at the Istituto di Alti Studi di Geopolitica e Scienze Ausiliarie (IsAG). He co-authored the book “The Rise of Tech Giants. A Game Changer in Global Finance and Politics” published by Peter Lang in 2019. Nicola holds a MSC in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Jihad Bnimoussa

Psychologist and CEO, InspireCorp (Morocco)

Jihad is a Moroccan American Psychologist and CEO of InspireCorp, the first prevention-focused mental health social enterprise in the MENA region and Africa. 


She worked internationally in the UAE and Turkey, starting therapeutic programs, before moving to Morocco to address mental health issues. Her work centers around the psychological immunization of youth and building psychological resilience. Her work on various youth issues is on track to impact 7 Million young people in the next 3 years. She is a Stanford AMENDS Fellow and has presented her work in UK Parliament, MISK Global Forum, TEDxYouth, BBC radio, Women in Leadership Magazine, Morocco World News and Hespress.

Selin Benjamin Bocio Richardson

DDS, Executive Director of FUMEBO (Dominican Republic)

Dr. Benjamin Bocio is an accredited dentist in the Dominican Republic. Currently, he is completing the process to become a licensed dentist in the USA. When he was 14 years old, he co-founded FUMEBO (Bocio Medical Foundation), an NGO dedicated to providing health resources to the underserved rural communities in the Dominican Republic.


In the last 9 years, FUMEBO has served over 68,000 patients without access to primary healthcare, medicines, and vaccines. Dr. Bocio owns a private company of dental clinics called Odontoimágenes Cráneo-Facial, where underprivileged patients receive multidisciplinary dental treatment at affordable prices. He was one of the 6 delegate speakers who addressed 2,000 young leaders on Poverty Alleviation at the One Young World Summit 2019.