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Biola Alabi is an award winning filmmaker, entrepreneur, investor, public speaker, and television anchor. The media icon heads Biola Alabi Media, a fast growing media company dedicated to telling authentic African stories to the world.
She is also the founder of “Grooming for Greatness” a leadership development and mentorship program for a new generation for African leaders and a Non- Executive Director of Unilever Nigeria. Named one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes Magazine, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and CNBC Africa’s AABLA West African Business Woman of the Year. For over five highly successful years, Biola Alabi held the high-profile position of Managing Director for M-Net Africa, part of the globally renowned Naspers Group. Prior to this, she was based in the United States where she was part of the executive team at the influential children’s television brand Sesame Street.
Rafat Ali Al-Akhali is a Fellow of Practice – Strategic Projects at the Blavatnik School of Government. From 2017 to 2018, Rafat has managed the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development. From 2018-2019, he led the secretariat of Pathways for Prosperity Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development.
Rafat 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. In that position, Rafat led the planning and implementation of key reforms in Yemen including fuel subsidies, power sector, and civil service reforms. He also led business environment reforms and government efforts in private sector development.
Prior to joining the Yemeni government, Rafat worked as a Senior Consultant and Analyst for organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM in Canada. He has also worked in the field of development with a number of international development agencies in Yemen, and was a member of the Accessions Division at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva where he participated in the accession process of several countries including Yemen.
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.
In addition to his professional career, Rafat has been active in the field of youth development and youth political inclusion since 2004. He is the Co- Founder and Chairman of Resonate! Yemen, a leading non-profit foundation that specializes in the field of engaging youth in public policy in Yemen. He sits on the board of advisors of Rowad Entrepreneurship Foundation in Yemen, and is a trustee of Silatech Qatar, the leading foundation working on tackling youth unemployment in the Arab world. Al-Akhali was selected as a Young Global Leaders in 2015 by the World Economic Forum. He was previously a non-resident fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the “GCC in Transition” project at Chatham House.
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 female owner of such company in the MENA region with over ten years of experience in agricultural commodities trading with focus on food security.
Malak is co-Partner in Golden Kayan for Marketing Consulting Co. for Oil & Energy, Business Consultant for (ENOC) Emirate National Oil Company in Jordan.
Business Development Consultant on Oil and Aviation investment projects in East Africa.
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.
Additionally Malak is currently working on launching “Believe in Jordan,” initiative to embark on Jordanian women business intelligence and their role in knowledge sharing & creation.
She was also the youngest member of both the Public Financial Policies Committee, Economic Committee for Jordan’s Vision 2021 and currently a member in the Investment Encouragement committee 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.
Malak holds an MBA in Management Business Administration from the German-Jordanian University.
Nabeel M. Al-Amudi
1995, Bachelor’s (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, Stanford University; 2001, JD, Harvard Law School; 2009, Stanford Executive Program. Formerly: from 1995, roles with Saudi Aramco, including 2011, General Counsel, Aramco Services Company (ASC), US; 2012, President, Saudi Refining, US; then President, Aramco Services Company, overseeing all of operations in North America; Chairman, Tabadul, which oversees the digitization of the import and export processes in the Kingdom; ; President, Saudi Ports Authority (SPA), responsible for the strategic direction of port and shipping facilities to meet the Kingdom’s present and forecasted future needs; 2015-17, Chairman, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), guiding its merger into Hapag-Lloyd in May 2017; then Member of the Board, Hapag-Lloyd. Since October 2017, Minister of Transport of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Former Member: Advisory Board, Center for Global Business Studies, Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business; Board of Trustees, Awty International School, Houston; Executive Committee, Harvard Law School Association of Arabia. Member: New York State Bar Association; Advisory Board, Dhahran Ahliyya Schools, Saudi Arabia. Chairman, Misk Fellowship Program. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
Graduate, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris; Master's, Economic Warfare School (École de Guerre Économique); MBA, HEC Paris. Currently, Chief Executive Officer, Guepard Group (www.guepardgroup.com), an African media investment holding. Chairman, La Tribune Afrique (www.latribuneafrique.com). Chairman, Huffington Post Maghreb (www.huffpostmaghreb.com). Columnist, La Tribune. Contributor, Forbes. Editorialist, Le Nouvel Observateur. Author of Intelligence économique et guerres secrètes au Maroc (2009). Co-Author: Le Maroc stratégique (2015); Une ambition Marocaine, des experts analysent la décennie 1999-2009; Le Maghreb dans les relations internationales (2011).
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 Aldhubaib is the General Manager of Public Affairs at Saudi Aramco. He oversees a diverse portfolio of corporate communication and citizenship programs including King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, also known as iThra.
Fahad’s primary professional and personal focus is to support the economic management and transformation of Saudi Arabia. He has been working with corporate leaders and policy makers on leveraging the Kingdom’s natural resources to diversify the economy, accelerate growth and job creation. Fahad played a leading role in the design and implementation of the Energy Industry’s most ambitious transformation, the Accelerated Transformation Program of Saudi Aramco.
Fahad holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Southern California.
Alberto is a legal scholar, civic advocate and academic entrepreneur. He is the Jean Monnet Professor of Law at HEC Paris and Global Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, he is the founder of The Good Lobby, a non-profit civic start up connecting experts with non profit organizations working on the most important social and political issues. The Good Lobby intends to train the next generation of civic advocates, engaged academics, reformers, activists and citizen lobbyists by promoting public engagement and participation through an unconventional mixing and matching of academic research and consultancy in the public interest. His clients include leading NGOs, such as Amnesty International, WWF, Transparency International, and grassroots, philanthropies, governments across the world as well as international organizations, such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the OECD, the World Health Organization.
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, 'Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society' (Iconbooks, 2017), 'Nudge and the Law – A European Perspective' (Hart Publishing, 2016) and 'Regulating Lifestyle Risks - Europe, Alcohol, Tobacco and Unhealthy Diets' (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Alberto's MOOC (Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You) is available on Coursera. Launched in 2014, it gathered more than 200k participants from all over the world in its first edition. It is now available on demand.
Alberto was nominated European Young Leader 40 under 30 in 2013 and Young Global Leader in 2015 by the World Economic Forum
Mr. Samuel Z. Alemayehu is Global Managing Director at Cambridge Industries Ltd. and co-chairman of Moonee Investment Group. Sam started his career in Silicon Valley as a serial entrepreneur.
He was the founder of three successful tech ventures based in California and after that, he was an Associate at Venrock Associates (The Rockefeller Family Venture Firm) investing in consumer media services around the world. Sam incubated a mobile apps platform, 4AFRI Media, at Venrock and moved to Africa to run it. Sam has always believed that infrastructure is the bottleneck for growth in emerging cities. To address this bottleneck, he then helped co-found Cambridge Industries Ltd, to develop and construct sustainable infrastructure in emerging cities starting with those in Africa.
Sam and his team at Cambridge designed an ambitious infrastructure model starting with a facility which can process over 1,000 ton of waste per day and produce over 100,000 MWhr of electricity per year while supporting the direct and indirect employment of over 10,000 people within a single city. Cambridge envisioned a sustainable city park that was a path to self-sufficiency for cities. In August 2018 Cambridge has helped develop and construct a facility that surpassed the goal with a capacity to process 1,400 tonnes per day of waste in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with a capacity to produce up to 185,000 GWhr per year. Waste management in the city of Addis Ababa supports over 15,000 jobs. Cambridge Industries Ltd. is aiming to deploy $750 million USD to build six additional facilities throughout Africa.
Samuel is on the board of Contingent Technologies Inc a company in which CIL is a lead investor to develop and own wind energy projects throughout Africa with a focus on East Africa. He is an expert on technology investments and development of renewable energy projects in Africa with emphasize in sustainable cities. He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Engineering.
Laura Alfaro Maykall is the Warren Alpert Professor in the Business, Government and the International Economy Unit of Harvard Business School. Her expertise includes international economics, international capital flows, foreign direct investment, sovereign debt and development. Alfaro Maykall also serves as a Faculty Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a Faculty Research Fellow with the International Macroeconomics and Finance Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Between 2010 and 2012, she served as Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy of Costa Rica. Alfaro Maykall earned a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999, received her Licenciatura from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Chile in 1994, and earned a BA in Economics from the Universidad de Costa Rica in 1992.
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.
Majid Saif Al Ghurair
Majid Saif Al-Ghurair is Chief Executive Officer of the Al-Ghurair Group of Companies, one of the main business groups of the United Arab Emirates, with businesses spanning trade, real estate and manufacturing. He is also the Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry; a Board Member of National Cement Co and NASDAQ Dubai. He was previously involved in the formation of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centers. Al-Ghurair was voted Business Leader Personality of the Year 2004 in the United Arab Emirates. He holds a BA in Accounting from UAE University.