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486 high-level senior officials, business leaders, academics, opinion shapers and civil society actors. Morocco has been host to these gatherings given its location and close relations to all countries bordering the Atlantic.

Maged Abdelaziz

Permanent Observer to the UN, Arab League

Younes Abouyoub

Director, Governance and State-Building Division for the MENA Region, United Nations

Didier Acouetey

President and Founder, AfricSearch Group

Theodore Ahlers

Senior Associate, Emerging Markets Forum

Laura Albornoz

Former Minister of State of Chile for the National Service for Women, Professor and Research Fellow, School of Law, University of Chile

Uduak Amimo

Journalist and consultant, Uduak Amimo Coaching and Consulting

Debisi Araba

Director for Africa, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Samuel Arnaud

Political Analyst, NATO Strategic Direction South Hub (NSD-S Hub)

Rudolph Atallah

CEO White Mountain Research, Senior Fellow (Africa Center), Atlantic Council

Canan Atilgan

Director of political dialogue South Mediterranean Program, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung – KAS

Rym Ayadi

Founder and Scientific Director, Euro- Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies – EMNES

Zeinab Badawi

Director, Kush Communications

Abdelhak Bassou

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Mohamed Benaissa

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs (Kingdom of Morocco), Secretary General, Assilah Forum

Bruno Boccara

Founder, Socio-Analytic Dialogue

Dominique Bocquet

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Victor Borges

International Consultant, Insituto Pedro Pires

João Bosco Monte

President, Brazil Africa Forum

Maria Eugenia Brizuela de Avila

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs (El Salvador), Director, Inversiones Vision

Bronwyn Bruton

Director of Programs and Studies; Deputy Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council

André Caillé

Senior Strategic Advisor, Former Deputy Minister of the Environment of Quebec, Junex

Otaviano Canuto Dos Santos Filho

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Jorge Castañeda

Former Foreign Minister of Mexico, Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, NYU, New York University

Khalid Chegraoui

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Mohamed Cherkaoui

Emiritus Research Director, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Doru Costea

Former President, United Nations Human Rights Council

Abdoullah Coulibaly

President, Bamako Forum

Alfredo Da E Abreu Valladao

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Pedro Da Motta Veiga

Director, Center for Studies in Integration and Development – CINDES

Uri Dadush

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Jean Francois Daguzan

Vice President, Choiseul Institute

Richard Danziger

Regional Director, West & Central Africa, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Borzou Daragahi

International Correspondent, The Independent

Luiz Felipe De Alencastro

Professor; Director of the Center for South Atlantic Studies, São Paolo School of Economics, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV)

Marcus Vinicius De Freitas

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Adil Diani

Chief Engineer & Former Advisor to the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Morocco

Bineta Diop

Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, African Union Commission

Birame Diop

Special Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic

Mvemba Dizolele

Professorial Lecturer in African Studies, SAIS Johns Hopkins University

Karim El Aynaoui

President, Policy Center for the New South

Obiageli Ezekwesili

Former Minister of Education (Nigeria), Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI)

Matthias Fekl

Former Minister of the Interior; Former Minister for Foreign Trade, Republic of France

Maria Teresa Fernandez De La Vega

President, Council of State, Spain

Kassie Freeman

President & CEO, African Diaspora Consortium

Renato Galvão Flores

Director of the International Intelligence Unit; Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV)

Linus Gitahi

Executive Chairman, Tropikal Brands (Africa)

Sarah Glover

Manager of Social Strategy, NBC Owned Television Stations

Tesfahun Gobezay Kinfie

State Minister, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Anabel Gonzalez

Former Minister of Foreign Trade (Costa Rica); Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics – PIIE

Claude Grunitzky

Founder, TRACE and True Africa

Serigne Gueye Diop

Minister Advisor to the President of the Republic, Mayor of Sandiara, Republic of Senegal

Dominique Guillo

Professor, Université Mohammed VI Polytechnique (UM6P)

Karim Hajji

Managing Director, Casablanca Stock Exchange

Daniel Hamilton

Professor, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation

Jesko Hentschel

Country Director for the Maghreb and Malta, The World Bank Group

Brigette Tasha Hyacinth

International Keynote Speaker; Author; Founder & Director, MBA Caribbean Organization

Paul Isbell

Chief Editor and Senior Writer, Global Alumni Education; Adjunct Professor, IE University School for Global and Public Affairs

Len Ishmael

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Larabi Jaidi

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Joseph Olaoye Jaiyeola

Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Economic Summit Group – NESG

Sunjoy Joshi

Chairman, Observer Research Foundation (ORF)

Muhammadou M.O. Kah

Vice President For Academic Affairs & Provost; Professor of Information Technologies & Computing, The American University of Nigeria.

Mats Karlsson

Special Advisor, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Alan Kasujja

Lead Presenter, Newsday, BBC News

Hassan Kawa

Vice President, Middle East and North Africa Program, Eastwest institute

Harinder Kohli

Founding Director and Chief Executive, Emerging Markets Forum

R. Andreas Kraemer

Founder and Chairman, Ecologic Institute

Pushpam Kumar

Chief Environmental Economist and Senior Economic Advisor, United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP

Vera Kwakofi

Editor, Africa TV, BBC

Dominique Lafont

Founder and CEO, Lafont Africa Corporation

Abdelghni Lakhdar

Directeur Général, Millenium Challenge Account Morocco

Mosunmola Layode

Executive Director, African Philantropy Forum

Candide Leguede

Founder and Managing Director, ARCANDIA and INNOV’UP

Ian Lesser

Vice President, Foreign Policy; Executive Director, Transatlantic center, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

Reta Jo Lewis

Senior Fellow; Director of Congressional Affairs, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

Moubarack Lo

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Angel Losada

EU Special Representative for the Sahel, European Union

Mohammed Loulichki

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Richard Lui

Journalist and News Anchor, MSNBC

Rida Lyammouri

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Ade Mabogunje

Senior Research Scientist, Stanford University

Eniola Mafe

International Development Strategist, Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum

Youssef Mahmoud

Senior Adviser Africa, Middle East and Peace Operations programs, International Peace Institute (IPI)

Jamil Mahuad

Former President, Republic of Ecuador

Noura Mansouri

Senior Research Associate, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center – KAPSARC

Greg Mills

Director, The Brenthurst Foundation

Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo

President, NATO Defense College Foundation

Pol Morillas

General Director; Senior Research Fellow, Barcelona Center for International Affairs – CIDOB

Saïd Mouline

Directeur Général, Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE)

Nkosana Donald Moyo

Founder and Chairman, Mandela Institute for Development Studies – MINDS

Michelle Ndiaye

Director of the Africa Peace and Security Program, Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS)

Paulo Neves

President, Institute for the Promotion of Latin America and the Caribbean – IPDAL

Mabingue Ngom

Director, Regional Bureau for West and Central Africa, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Gregory Nguyen Tien Hung

Former Minister of Economic Development and Planning (Vietnam), Professor Emeritus of Economics, Howard University

Thione Niang

Co-founder and Co-CEO, Akon Lighting Africa

Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of Nigeria, Board Member, Africa Progress Panel

Diya Obeid

Founder and CEO, JobDiva

Martin Obermaier

Expert International en Economie des Ressources Naturelles et Communication, GOPA

Francis Ofori

Commandant, The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center – KAIPTC

Mehmet Öğütçü

Chairman, Global Resources Partnership

Olisaeloka Okocha

Managing partner and Co-founder, PS Nutraceuticals International

Ihab Ibrahim Osman

General Manager, NADEC New Businesses

Ana Palacio

Member of the Council of State, Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Kingdom of Spain

Alioune Paloma Sall

Executive Director, African Futures Institute

Lex Paulson

Director, School of Collective Intelligence, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Francis Perrin

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

J. Peter Pham

United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa; Vice President for Research and Regional Initiatives; Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council

Federico Ramón Puerta

Former President; Ambassador to Spain, Republic of Argentina

Hung Q. Tran

Senior Fellow, Global Business & Economics, Atlantic Council

Yvonne Quahe

Founder and President, Reimagine Life

Nicholas Remillard

President and CEO, International Economic Forum of the Americas – IEFA

Andrés Rozental

President, Rozental & Asociados

Paulo Sacadura Cabral Portas

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Former Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal, Founder & Partner, VINCIAMO

Lourival Sant Anna

Foreign Affairs Reporter and Analyst, CNN Brazil, Brazil

Ana Santos Pinto

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies, NOVA University of Lisbon

Jean-Louis Sarbib

Director for Africa and the Middle East, Centennial Group International

Andres Schipani

Brazil Correspondent, Financial Times

Edward Scicluna

Minister of Finance, Government of Malta

Dimakatso Sekhoto

Co-Founder, GrowthShoot

Nuno Severiano Teixeira

Director, Portuguese Institute of International Relations ; Former Minister of Defense, Portugal, Instituto Português de Relaçoes Internacionais

Trisha Shetty

President of the Steering Committee, Paris Peace Forum

Mohamed Znagui Sid ’Ahmed Ely

G5 Expert of Defense and Security

Bernardo Sorj

Director, The Edelstein Center for Social Research

Sergio Suchodolski

President, Development Bank of Minas Gerais - BDMG

Hinh T. Dinh

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South


Deputy Director, Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS)

Torsten Thiele

Senior Advisor, Blue Natural Capital Finance Facility

Aminata Toure

Former Prime Minister of Senegal, President, Economic Social and Environmental Council (Senegal)

Isabelle Tsakok

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Chika Uwazie

HR Consultant Founder, Career Queen

Joao Vale De Almeida

EU Ambassador to the United Nations, European Union

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

Former Minister for Education, Higher Education and Research of France; Global Affairs CEO, Ipsos

Hubert Védrine

Former Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs of France , President, François Mitterrand Institute

Antonio Villafranca

Research Coordinator and Co-Head of the Center on Europe & Global Governance, Italian Institute for International Political Studies – ISPI

Ignacio Walker

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Chile

Richard Werly

European Affairs Correspondent, Le Temps

John Yearwood

President and CEO, Yearwood Media Group

Tigist Yeshiwas Engdaw

Assistant Professor, Research Coordinator for the Academic Programs, Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) Addis Ababa University

William Zartman

Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor Emeritus, SAIS Johns Hopkins University

Yali Zhao

Former Ambassador of China to Uganda, The People's Republic of China