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CEO, Suez Environnement
Jean-Louis Chaussade is the CEO of Suez Environnemment. He first joined Degrémont in 1978 and was subsequently appointed Chief Operating Officer of Degrémont Espagne in Bilbao in 1989. During this period he was appointed director of Aguas de Barcelona. Mr. Chaussade was also appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dumez Copisa Espagne in 1992. In 1997 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Lyonnaise des Eaux in South America, and Chief Operating Officer of SUEZ for South America.
He was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Degrémont in 2000 and, in 2004, Executive Vice-President of SUEZ and Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT. Mr. Chaussade is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lyonnaise des Eaux (France) and of Sita France. He has been Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT COMPANY since July 23, 2008. Mr. Chaussade has been a member of the GDF SUEZ Management Board from May 1, 2011 to 22nd July, 2013 and is Director of Criteria Caixaholding S.A.U. since October 19, 2011. Mr Chaussade has an engineering degree from ESTP (1976) and holds a Master’s degree in Economics (Sorbonne, 1976). He is also a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1980) and of AMP at Harvard Business School (1988).
Moulay Hafid Elalamy
Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy
Moulay Hafid Elalamy (born 1960) is a Moroccan businessman and politician. He is the founder and owner of the Saham Group. He serves as the Minister of Industry, Trade, & New Technologies.
MAYOR OF PARIS
Anne Hidalgo is a French politician who is the current Mayor of Paris. She is the first woman to hold the office.She has been a member of the Socialist Party (PS) since 1994, previously serving as former National Secretary for Culture and Media. She was the First Deputy Mayor of Paris, under Bertrand Delanoë (March 2001–March 2014). She was elected as a Councillor in 2001 for the 15th arrondissement and ran again in the French municipal elections, 2008. She was elected mayor at the March 2014 municipal election.
CEO, Azalaï Hotels
CEO of the Malian Azalai Hotel group, Mossadeck Bally, aged 54, built from scratch a West Afri- can hotel chain with 700 rooms and as many employees. He owns four hotels in Bamako, as well as the legendary Hôtel de l’Indépendance in Ougadougou, completely ransacked during the political uprisings of 30 October 2014.
He also owns the Hôtel de la Plage in Cotonou and the 24 de Setem- bro Hotel in Bissau.
Economist, Former Prime minister of Benin
Lionel Zinsou is a Beninese Statesman and an economist. He has served as advisor and speechwriter to french prime minister Laurent Fabius, and has worked in numerous banks ( BSN, Rothschild & Cie) before joining Private Equity Firm PAI Partners in 2008.
In June 2015, he is appointed prime minister of Benin. In November 2015, he became candidate for the following presidential election.
Chairman of the Business & Climate Summit
Mr. Brice Lalonde is president of the Business & Climate Summit that he founded. He chaired the first Business & Climate Summit, prior to the COP21 in May 2015 Paris (6 million companies represented, a dialogue of more than 1600 policy-makers and business representatives each day) and in June 2016 he chaired the second edition in London.
Prior to this, Mr. Lalonde had been UN Executive Coordinator for the Rio+20 conference during two years, from the preparation of the conference to the beginning of its implementation. Mr. Lalonde is a former French Ambassador for climate change international negotiations.
Prior to this, he served as French Minister for the Environment from 1988 to 1992, Chairman of the Round Table for Sustainable Development at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Senior Advisor for the Environment to the French Government. In addition, he held the position of Director of the Paris office of the Institute for a European Environment Policy. Mr. Lalonde graduated from the Sorbonne University with a degree in classics and law.
As French Minister for the Environment, he was very strongly involved in global issues and contributed to the Basel Convention; Madrid Treaty on Antarctica; Whale Sanctuary; Ban on Ivory Trade; management of the Rio Climate Convention; world NGO meeting before Rio; creation of the GEF; contribution to the European Union Environmental Policy (water, waste, nature protection, lead-free gasoline, catalytic converters). At the national level included: setting up French laws on water and waste, coastline and mountain conservation regulations, setting up the French Agency for the Environment and Energy Efficiency (the ADEME), among others.
Managing Director, Strategy and Sustainability, Accenture
Jessica Long was formerly with: Accenture Development Partnerships (Africa, Americas, Asia); Accenture Government & Digital Strategy; Office of United States Senator Paul Wellstone (D – Minnesota).
She is Currently: Managing Director, Accenture Strategy & Sustainability; Member, Global Leadership Team, Accenture Strategy & Sustainability, which helps organizations leverage their assets and capabilities to drive innovation and profitable growth while striving for a positive economic, environmental and social impact; leads sustainability strategy across North America.
AHMEDOU OULD ABDALLAH
Ahmedou Ould Abdallah is the CEO of the Centre Stratégique pour la Sécurité au Sahel Sahara (Centre4S http://www.centre4s.org/), a regional African Think-Tank. Prior to that, he held numerous Senior positions within the UN.
Between 1985 and 1993, Ould-Abdallah worked as adviser on energy, including renewable energies and African issues, to the United Nations Secretary-General.
From 1993 to 1995, he wasSecretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s Special Representative in Burundi, during the first part of the Burundi Civil War. Between 1996 and 2002, he served as the Executive Secretary of the Global Coalition for Africa, a Washington D.C. based intergovernmental forum dedicated to African issues.
In 2002, Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed him Special Representative for West Africa at the head of the United Nations Office for West Africa.
From 2003 to 2007,Ould-Abdallah was jointly Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and Chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission. In 2006, the United Nations Secretary-General sent him on a mission as Special Envoy to.
Director, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector
Farid Masmoudi is Director of Direct Investments & Financing Department at the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD). Prior to that, Mr Masmoudi held managing positions at Natixis, FM Capital and Deutsche Bank before joining ICD in 2009. His area of expertise covers Investment Banking; project financing, and business development. He also teaches at Kedge Business School.
Maire de Dakar, Sénégal
Khalifa Sallis a Senegalese politician, member of the socialist party, who held several ministerial positions under the presidency of AbdouDiouf. He is Mayor of Dakar since 2009.
He is also the chairman of Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis d’Afrique (CGLUA), the international organization for local actors.
CEO Investment Banking Africa, Citibank
Miguel Azevedo is the head of investment banking for Africa (excluding Egypt and South Africa) at Citi. He joined Citigroup in 2010 as corporate and investment banking head for Portugal. In mid-2012, he was appointed to his current position. Prior to working at Citigroup, Azevedo was a senior country advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and an executive director at Goldman Sachs.
Azevedo has an M.B.A. in finance from the Cass Business School at City University London and an economics degree from the New University of Lisbon in Portugal.
Former prime minister of Mali
Moussa Marais a Malian politician who was Prime Minister of Mali from 2014 to 2015.
Previously he served in the government as Minister of Town Planning, and he was a candidate in the 2013 presidential election.
Public Policy Manager, Airbnb
Policy professional with ten years’ experience in highly regulated industries and start-up ventures. Currently working on sharing economy policy for Airbnb in the Nordics, Central Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Background includes planning and delivering complex projects with multiple deliverables and varied partners – including Government Departments. Main areas of experience include: sharing economy, digital policy & outreach, online communities, open data, product innovation and behavioral change.
CEO and Chairman
Since his appointment in 2011, as Chairman of the SMIT, Imad Barrakad works actively on the development of the tourism product in Morocco both by raising investment capital as well as through tourism development engineering.
Indeed, Mr. Barrakad contributes to the development of the tourism sector through the implementation of projects under the national strategy. Accordingly, several programs have been initiated in order to diversify the Moroccan tourism offer: the program for the conversion of the ksours and kasbahs into charming accommodations “SMVK”, nature oriented product development program “qariati” as well as the culture focused product development, “mdinti”. All of these programs enable Morocco to have a sustainable tourist product of foreground.
Prior to joining the SMIT, Mr. Barrakad has held several key positions at the Center for the Development of Renewable Energy, the Ministry of Interior Affairs and the National Office of Electricity and Potable Water, ONEE. In 2000, he joined ONEE where he is in charge of the program of demand aide management : in this position, he is in charge of relations with various Departments and more specifically the Department of Tourism. Then he handled the development of services and the diversification of products to reduce energy waste, greenhouse gas emissions and energy insecurity before taking on the Management of the Regional utility company covering The north region, in 2006.
In 2009, he was appointed Sales and Marketing Director of ONEE. A position he held for 2 years before being called as a CEO of SMIT.
Mr. Barrakad is an industrial engineer and holds a Masters Degree in project management.
Spanish entrepreneur. In 1996, she set up Rusticae to promote small family high-end hotels. Nowadays operates in the Mediterranean countries and Latin America providing services to more than 300 hotels.
Member of the Advisory Board of LASALLE Business School Member of the Experts Committee of “Spain Startup (The South Summit)” Mentor at “Wayra” & “Lanzadera” Woman of reference by the Afro-Hispanic Forum “MUJERES POR UN MUNDO MEJOR” Entrepeneurship Speaker Guest lecturer at several Business Schools and Universities (UEM, URJC, UCM, I.E., ICADE) Awards & Distinctions: “Best Tourism & Travel website Award”, “START-EX Award” (2014), “Entrepreneur Award” (IESE 2012), “EMPRENDE MADRID Award” (Madrid City Council 2011), “Entrepreneur of the year Award” (FEDEPE 2009), “Best Entrepreneur Award” (ESIC 008). 2011-2013 Listed among the Top 100 Women Leaders in Spain Worried about the environment, launched de “Sustainable Suite ” to demonstrate to the building industry that there were other formulas to develop building projects less aggressive for the planet.
High commissioner of « Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du fleuve Sénégal (OMVS) », Former PM of Guinea
Kabine Komara is a Guinean Statesman. From 1995 to 2008, he was Senior Director for Projects & Administrative Services at the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in Cairo, an organization dedicated to improving trade between African nations.
In December 2008, he was appointed as Prime Minister of Guinea, a position he held for about a year. He is Currently the High commissioner of « Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du fleuve Sénégal (OMVS) ».
Prof. Mark Vlasic
Georgetown University; Principal, Madison Law & Strategy Group; Co-Executive Producer, Propagate Content
Mark V. Vlasic is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, a Senior Fellow at Georgetown’s Institute for Law, Science & Global Security, and its Institute of International Economic Law, and leads the international practice at Madison Law & Strategy Group. He is a Co-Executive Producer with Propagate Content and serves as an outside pro bono advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and the Director-General of UNESCO.
As public sector specialist at the World Bank Group, Mark served as the first head of operations of the StAR Secretariat, a joint United Nations-World Bank presidential initiative to help developing countries recover stolen assets from past dictators. Before joining the Bank, he served as a White House Fellow/special assistant to the Secretary of Defense and advisor to the President’s Special Envoy to Sudan, and was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service by Secretary Robert Gates.
Prior to his government service, Mark practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and served on the Slobodan Milosevic and Srebrenica genocide prosecution trial teams at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
He has taught the Iraqi judges that tried Saddam Hussein, served on the U.S. Delegation to the Pan Am 103 “Lockerbie” terrorist bombing trial in the Netherlands, provided commentary to BBC, CNN, FOX, CBS, Al Jazeera English, and NPR, and is published widely.
Mark studied business, theology and government at Georgetown University while on an Army ROTC scholarship, and received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Georgetown Law Center. He holds Certificates in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law, conducted post-doctorate research at Universiteit Leiden as a NAF-Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands, and completed the World Economic Forum’s executive leadership programs at Oxford and Harvard.
As a U.S. Army officer, he has been attached to Capitol Hill and the Defense Attaché Office at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. He is a Fellow with the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations, a member of the Bars of California, the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States, and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Mark serves as co-chair of the YGL SDG Advisory Council and has advised numerous boards, including the White House Fellow Foundation, Humanity in Action, Inc., the NCAC Fulbright Association, the Center on Sanctions & Illicit Finance and the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology
CEO, VOODOO Group
Fabrice Sawegnon is a publicist and a communicator, CEO of Voodoo Group, one of the leading communication agencies of West Africa. He is also known as being one of the most influential political strategist of the region and a specialist of branding nations and territories.
Senior Advisor of President Alassane Ouattara
Mr. Lacina Kone, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, in charge of Information Technology and Communication. Mr. Kone is a professional ICT industry with over 20 years experience in the telecommunications, satellite and intelligent transport system. Prior to that, Mr. Koné held during his career several high level technical and managerial positions with prestigious firms such as Booz Allen Hamilton and Intelsat. Mr. Kone is a graduate of three continents. United Arab Emirates, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering, in the UK, it has validated its Polytechnique rank at the University of Brunel, and the United States, his MBA from George Washington University.
Director ESSEC Impact entrepreneurship Center
Hamid Bouchikhi heads the center for “Impact entrepreneurship Center ” at ESSEC Business School. He is also a professor of Management at Essec. His area of research includes Entrepreneurship, organizational identity, and managerial innovation.
Mr Bouchikhi Holds a DEA and Doctorat en Méthodes Scientifiques de Gestion, Université Paris IX-Dauphine, a DESS en Méthodes Scientifiques de Gestion, Université Paris IX-Dauphine.and is a graduate from l’Institut Supérieur de Commerce et d’Administration, Casablanca.
Administrateur, BCI Banque
Yves Delafon is a French entrepreneur, member of the Board and co-founder of Banque du Commerce et de l’Industrie (BCI), a regional west-african bank with headquarters in Nouakchott (Mauritania).
He is also a columnist and is engaged in various charities.
ExecutiveDirector, Dalberg Group
Executive Director, Dalberg Group, a collection of impact-driven businesses that seek to champion inclusive and sustainable growth around the world.As a consultant, has advised senior public, private and social sector leaders on issues of inclusive and sustainable growth frontier markets, particularly in Africa.
2009 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow and Member of the Board, African Leadership Institute. Member, United Nations Global Entrepreneurs Council.
journalist in enregy/climate change/green growth/smart city/sustainable development at La Tribune
Dominique Pialot (who owns an MBA from HEC, and a Master in sustainable development from Université Paris Dauphine) has been writing on energy, climate change, green growth, smart cities and new models like circular or sharing economies. After covering COP21 for La Tribune, she is now folowing up with COP22 and the transition at stake in various parts of the world.Since it was created in 2008, she has been in charge of a daily page in La Tribune dedicated to challenges and opportunities linked to the ecological transition for all kinds and sizes of economic players. As such, she owned a weekly chronicle on BFM Business radio then TV. She has written « 101 idées reçues sur l’écologie » (Editions L’Express – 2011).
Chief Executive Officer Hotels Asset Management Century Hotels Group
Frans-Jan Soede has more than 30 years’ experience in the hotel management of hotels, resorts & related industries e.g. HILTON International, INTERCONTINENTAL Hotels Group, STARWOOD Hotels, LEADING HOTELS OF THE WORLD etc. He graduated from Michigan State University’s Educational Institute of Hotel & Lodging Association. He has 14 years’ experience in the reorganization, restructuring and development of hotel & tourism portfolios as e.g. RAIFFEISEN Bank, UNICREDIT, and AUSTRIA SPECIAL BUILDINGS (ASB) and many others. Since 2002 he has worked independently and has defined his core business in hotel advisory and development as Managing Director and Founder of HOTELS ASSET MANAGEMENT (Hotel Consultancy, Advisory Services, Asset Management and Development). He is also founder and Chairman of the Board of CENTURY HOTELS GROUP,a newly established third party management group for CEE/CIS countries and Africa. In 2016 H.A.M. signed a cooperation agreement with INHOSS Maroc with the objective to provide services to hotel & tourism developers in Morocco starting in spring of 2017.
Harmen De Jong
Partner – Development Consultancy & Research
Harmen is a Partner at Knight Frank, responsible for the Development Consultancy service line and covers all real estate sectors including hospitality. He advised Clients on optimum investment strategies pertaining to capital projects with a combined value of over USD 50 bn. in geographic markets such as the Middle East,North Africa, Asia, CIS and South America on behalf of investment funds, real estate developers and hotel management companies.
He has been based in the Middle East since 2006 and has been involved in a number of large scale mixed-use projects with leading real estate developers and (semi) government authorities. His strengths include real estate development strategy, feasibility assessments and highest and best use analyses and he is a wellversed
financial modeler. The size of projects he advised on varied from standalone hotel resorts to large townships with an anticipated population in excess of 30,000 inhabitants.
His key responsibility with Knight Frank is to grow the firm’s development advisory footprint in the region whilst establishing specialist advisory practices in the areas of hospitality, retail and healthcare amongst others.
Harmen holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from RSM Erasmus University with a concentration in corporate finance and is currently working towards attaining RICS membership. In addition to Dutch, his mother tongue, he is proficient in German and Indonesian.
Chief Technology Officer MEA, Microsoft
Nasser Kettani is graduated from French Orsay University, in Computer Engineering and Cognitive Science. He has 30 years of experience in the IT and software industry working for leading IT companies including Rational Software, IBM and Microsoft. He spent most of his career in Europe. His background includes Software Architecture, Design and Development, Project Management, Consulting, International Standardization, Sales and Marketing, and Technology Leadership.
In 2005, Nasser Kettani joined Microsoft as General Manager for North. After few years, he was appointed as the Director of the Technology Office for the Middle East and Africa (MEA). As the Chief Technology Officer for MEA, Nasser Kettani is the Microsoft Ambassador in the region; he supports and advises Governments, Customers and Partners, in their journey to digital transformation, as they assess the impact of major technology shifts and as they build national ICT policies, strategies, frameworks and regulations that allow them to make the best out of these major ICT developments. He also works with the Microsoft Engineering teams to advise on regional government requirements. His areas of expertise spans,amongst other things, Innovation, Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Data Privacy,
IoT, Spectrum, Accessibility, Interoperability, e-Government, Smart-Cities, e-Education, Internet Governance, …
Nasser is currently is the Rapporteur of the ITU-D Study Group on the Access to Cloud Computing for Developing Countries. Nasser has an extensive experience on the development of International Standards; he has authored many articles and a best-selling book on Software Design and Modeling “De Merise à UML”. He was lecturer on Software development best practices at Dauphine University, Paris France and delivered hundreds of lectures at ICT conferences around the globe.
Directrice Mastercard Advisors Afrique du Nord
Nadia Ghissasi is Business Leader North Africa at Mastercard Advisors. Before that she was, an advisor to the Minister of industry, trade and digital economy. She has previously held management positions at Deloitte Monitor Group and A2 consulting. A graduate from EM Business School, Nadia specializes in digital strategies, investment planning and monitoring and business development.