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Rafat is a thought leader and practitioner passionate about addressing political and economic challenges in situations of fragility and conflict. He has over 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors in Yemen and internationally, including in senior government positions. Since 2016, Rafat has been a fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford where he has led the school’s multiple initiatives in the field of state fragility including the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, the Council on State Fragility, and the DFI Fragility Forum. He has previously served as Minister of Youth and Sports in the Government of Yemen, and prior to that was leading the Policy Reforms team at the Executive Bureau for Acceleration of Aid Absorption and Support for Policy Reforms.
Rafat has successfully led multiple large-scale social and economic research studies in Yemen, and is an advisor to Yemeni and international stakeholders on political, peace building, and economic issues in Yemen. He previously held senior positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM in Canada.
Rafat earned his second Master degree in Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, UK. His first Master degree was in Business Administration (MBA) from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Montréal, Canada.
Malak Jehad Al Akiely
Malak Al Akiley is Founder and Managing Director of Golden Wheat for Grain Trading, Ltd., represent international Grain Trading companies in Jordan. She is the sole young female owner of such company in the MENA region with over ten years of experience in agricultural commodities trading with focus on food security.she has become the official liaison for worldwide grain international companies
Malak is co-Partner in Golden Kayan for Marketing Consulting Co. for Oil, Energy & Renewable Energy.
Adviser and MENA development Manager for Swiss Co. Cerealia Co. Blockchain platform for Agri-commodities Trading and Financing.
Have been selected as one of the top ten young persons of the world by Junior Chamber International (JCI) in August 2019
Founding Member in FutureTalks, Norway and went to the Arctic Expedition with 100 brilliant people from all sectors and all continents, exploring the Arctic and engaging in the most important discussions of our time which made her the first Jordanian women to cross 80 degrees' north pole.
Founding Member of Jordan Economic Forum, a forum consist of prominent economic figures & parliament members to foster economic growth and moving towards the objectives of sustainable development.
Partner and Business Development consultant on Oil and Aviation investment projects in East Africa.
Have been selected by U.S. Deparment of States, United States of America to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program, “Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability: Women Fostering Economic Security.
She was also the youngest member of both the Public Financial Policies Committee, Economic Committee for Jordan’s Vision 2021 in his Excellency Dr.Talal Abu Ghazaleh Knowledge Forum.
Malak is the Manager and Director of "Women BeeBuzzers" project in Jordan, Women BeeBuzzers, is a project that aims to introduce beekeeping as a secondary and main source of income for women in rural areas in Jordan.
Nabeel M. Al-Amudi
HE Nabeel Al-Amudi is the CEO of the Olayan Financing Company which is one of the largest, family-owned business in the Middle East. Formerly, he was the Minister of Transport for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 2017 to 2019. Prior to that, the was the President and Vice Chairman of the Saudi Port Authority from 2015 to 2017. Before moving into government, HE had a distinguished career at Saudi Aramco in the legal field, as the head of the long-range planning and finally as the President of Saudi Aramco's subsidiary in North America. He is currently the Chairman of Mobily (2nd largest mobile operator in the KSA) and the board of Trustees of the Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University and a board member on the Olayan Saudi Holding Company. He has served and chaired a number of boards including, Saudi Aramco, Hapag-Lloyd, Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Services Company, Saudi Arabian Railway Company, United Arab Shipping Company, Tabadul and Aramco Services Company.
Nabeel has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. He also completed Stanford Business Executive Program in 2009. He is a member of the NY State Bar.
Abdelmalek Alaoui is an Economist, a Best-Selling Author and the Founding CEO of Guepard Group (www.guepardgroup.com ).
During his career, he has served over 100 missions for top African and European clients, including S&P 500 and CAC40 firms as well as Government leaders. M. Alaoui also elaborated several government sectorial strategies.
He is featured regularly in “La Tribune” and “Forbes” as a columnist. The World Economic Forum of Davos named Mr Alaoui one of its Young Global Leader (class of 2015). His latest book “Le Temps du Maroc” (2021), is the Best-Selling Book in Morocco for this Year. His previous Book “Le Temps du Continent” (2017) addressing the issue of Africa’s development, received the Turgot Award for best Economics book of the year on march2018. Mr Alaoui is a graduate from Sciences Po Paris in Political Sciences and holds an MBA from HEC Paris. On an associative level, he is the Chairman of one of Morocco’s leading Liberal Think Tanks, Institut Marocain d’Intelligence Stratégique (www.imis.ma). Since the end of 2020, he is a member of the Strategy Group on Digital of the Africa-EuropeFoundation (https://www.africaeuropefoundation.org/ ).
Nesreen M. Al Barwari
Dr. Nesreen Barwari is Chief Executive Officers of KWS for Education, Learning and Capacity Development, and Founder and President of Breezes of Hope. Barwari was Minister of Municipalities and Public Works in the Government of Iraq from 2003 to 2006, and the only and first woman appointed to a ministerial position in Iraq after the regime change in 2003. Prior, she was Minister of Reconstruction and Development in the Kurdistan Regional Government. Her professional career started in 1991 with UNHCR and continued with several UN agencies from 1991 to 1998. In recognition of her work, the United Nations awarded her a UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour in 2003. The Arab League also honoured her with a distinction in public participation in 2004 as one of the top 10 distinguished women from the Arab world. Barwari earned her undergraduate degree in Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning from Baghdad University. Her graduate studies, in Public Policy and Management, were completed at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She has a PhD in Political Sciences with focus on Development Planning from Dortmund University.
Fahad K. Al Dhubaib is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Market Analysis at Aramco.
Prior to his current role, he was the General Manager of Public Affairs. During which, Al Dhubaib led the transformation of the Company’s communication, marketing and Citizenship functions and programs. In addition, he was involved in the company’s first global advertisement program and its venture into global sports sponsorships like Fromula1.
From 2014 to 2017, Al Dhubaib served as a Director in Aramco’s New Business Development where he led teams in developing and executing commercially strategic multibillion-dollar transactions related to Maritime Development, Energy Industrial City, Third Party Projects, and in Aramco’s Planning and Performance Management Department, before joining Investor Relations.
Al Dhubaib spent his early career as an Engineer in Project Management. He moved to strategic and transformational management after joining Corporate Planning with a focus on economic and energy outlook. Al Dhubaib supported the company’s senior leadership in the Corporate Strategic Review that led to the energy industry’s most ambitious program, the Accelerated Transformation Program (ATP). This enabled him to play a key role in the Strategic Transformation Office overseeing the 15 initiative teams formulating and implementing their respective game changing strategies and plans.
Al Dhubaib was seconded to the Supreme Economic Council at Saudi Arabia’s Royal Court. As the Director of National Strategic Programs, he oversaw a variety of government-led investment programs; policy analysis and formulation; and an integrated view on socioeconomic issues, including diversification, labor market and subsidy reforms, and entrepreneurship.
Al Dhubaib holds a B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and a M.A in Economics from the University of Southern California – both with highest honors. He also completed several executive programs at Stanford University; the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and Oxford University. He also completed the General Management Program, and is an alumni, at Harvard Business School.
Al Dhubaib was a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on Energy, and selected as a WEF Young Global Leader (YGL) in 2015, and served as a member of the YGL Advisory Board. He was also President and
co-founder of the Saudi Association for Energy Economics, and a board member of the International Association for Energy Economics.
Alberto is the Jean Monnet Professor of Law & Public Policy at HEC Paris, and permanent visiting professor at Tokyo University School of Public Policy and the College of Europe, Bruges. Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, he is the founder of The Good Lobby, the leading advocacy movement democratizing lobbying as a legitimate, healthy practice of democratic life capable of equalizing access to power.
Alberto is Schwab Foundation Social Innovators of the Year (2022), Ashoka Fellow (2019), WEF Young Global Leader (2015), European Young Leader (2014) and BMW Responsible Leader (2018).
He regularly provides advice to governments across the world, leading and emerging philanthropies, nonprofits, progressive companies, as well as grassroots movements as well as international organizations, such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the OECD, the World Health Organization.
Alberto is a regular contributor to The Guardian, Bloomberg, Politico Europe, Le Monde, Le Grand Continent and a frequent commentator on Euronews, France24, Al-Jazeera, and TV5Monde.
He has been involved in dozens of campaigns, ranging from the first European Citizen Initiative putting an end to international roaming to the drafting of the EU whistleblower directive, mandatory plain-packaging for tobacco products, and designed the Ukraine Corporate Index aimed at tracking businesses' responses to Russian invasion so as to make them re-assess their engagement with the Russian market.
Originally from Italy, Alemanno is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the College of Europe. He holds a PhD in International Law and Economics from Bocconi University. Prior to entering academia fully time, he clerked at the Court of Justice of the European Union, worked as a Teaching Assistant at the College of Europe in Bruges and qualified as an attorney at law in New York.
Among his latest books, 'Citizen Participation in Democratic Europe' (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), 'Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society' (Iconbooks, 2017), 'Nudge and the Law' (Hart Publishing, 2016) and 'Regulating Lifestyle Risks - Europe, Alcohol, Tobacco and Unhealthy Diets' (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Alberto's MOOC Understanding Europe is available on Coursera. Launched in 2014, it gathered more than 300k participants from all over the world in its first edition.
Alberto lives in Bilbao, with his family, teaches in Paris and advocates from Brussels all across the EU and beyond.
Mr. Samuel "Sam" Alemayehu is the co-founder and General Partner at C1 Ventures (C1V). C1V exists to catalyze the emergence of carbon-negative and resource-efficient industries by investing in science and technology. Sam leads the commercialization of cutting-edge technologies and innovations that aim to reimagine large-scale industrial processes with deep decarbonization and efficiency at the core.
Sam started his entrepreneurship journey in Silicon Valley as a serial entrepreneur launching two companies while a student at Stanford University. He first got introduced to venture capital at Venrock Associates, where he focused on consumer media services. Sam has also spent significant time in Africa, founding and investing in numerous companies across the continent and in various industries. For example, he built a mobile gaming platform in 18 countries with over 50m customers before exiting the startup in 2013. In addition, Sam has partnered with leading investment banks to develop large health infrastructures in Africa. He then co-founded Cambridge Industries Ltd (CIL) to accelerate the implementation of pioneering infrastructure projects in emerging cities. As Managing Director, Sam led the development of the first municipal waste-to-energy Facility in Africa, designed as a multi-purpose plant with numerous functions, including recycling, brick production, industrial steam, and modern insect farming. Sam is currently Chairman of CIL.
Moreover, Sam is an active angel investor globally and sits on the board of numerous companies as an investor. He also sits on three non-profit boards: the Ron Brown Scholars Program, KID Museum, and VC Include. He is the World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Technology Pioneer.
Omar K. Alghanim
1997, BS in Business Commerce, NYU Stern School of Business; 2002, MBA, Harvard Business School. Currently, Group Chief Executive Officer, Alghanim, a Kuwait-based company that owns and operates businesses, investments and assets all over the world, with more than 30 businesses in 40 countries. Chairman, Gulf Bank, a leading financial institution in the region.
Former Chair, MENA Regional Business Council, World Economic Forum. Chair, A New Vision for Arab Employment; Co-Chair, World Economic Forum on MENA 2015; Young Global Leader alumnus, World Economic Forum. Member of the International Business Council. Ongoing UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) partner, signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to educate and train Syrian youth and children. Member: Board of the Dean’s Advisors and the MENA Advisory Board (MENAAB), Harvard Business School. Member: Leadership Council for Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. Chairman, Family Business Council – GULF (FBCG), a nonprofit membership organization established to improve long-term governance among family-owned businesses, which account for 90 percent of the regional private sector economy. Co-founder and first Chairman, INJAZ Al ARAB, a regional NGO that helps to equip young people with entrepreneurial and financial skills, and part of Junior Achievement Worldwide.
MA in Journalism and MA in Political Science, Peshawar University, Pakistan. Journalist specializing in Pakistan's tribal belt along the Afghanistan border. Formerly, with English language newspapers: The News; Dawn. 2001, with Pashto Service, BBC; reported on Pakistan's military operations against al-Qaeda militants in tribal region. 2006-07, Knight Journalism Fellow, Stanford University; 2008, World Fellow, Yale University. Author.
Bachelor's in Chemistry, Tufts University; Master's in Environmental Studies, Yale; PhD in Urban Studies and Planning, MIT. Author of books, including: Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future (2010); Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan's Madrassas (2009). Member of United Nations International Resource Panel
Samar S. Ali is a skilled mediator, a careful listener, and a compassionate teacher. Pulling up a chair to tables around the world, Ali engages in some of the most entrenched conflicts of our time, always with the intent of finding positive resolution through common ground.
In this pursuit, Ali is a Research Professor of Political Science and Law at Vanderbilt University, the founding President and CEO of Millions of Conversations, and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy with Jon Meacham and former Governor Bill Haslam.
Ali has nearly two decades of experience in international relations and national security. Working at the intersection of national security, human rights, and economic development, Ali served as a White House Fellow in President Obama’s administration and as Assistant Commissioner of International Affairs in Tennessee Governor Haslam’s administration. While at the White House, she worked closely with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, gaining experience in bilateral negotiations on behalf of the U.S. government. As a conflict resolution practitioner and mediator, Ali joined an international mediating team in Syria from 2013-2016.
Ali recently cowrote the opening ceremony on "Unity" for the 2022 World Cup with Laeta Kalogridis and Gregg Hurwitz, and co-produced the Heartland to Holy Land series in Bethlehem with music producer T Bone Burnett. Ali, T Bone Burnett, and Callie Khouri also co-produced “John Lewis Celebration of Life” at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in 2021.
Ali is currently working on a memoir, "Sweet Tea, Sacred Land", about one family's century-long quest for peace through belonging.