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Malak Jehad Al Akiely

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Golden Wheat for Grain Trading Ltd, Jordan

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

Member of the Board, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia

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.

Abdelmalek Alaoui

Chief Executive Officer, Guepard Group, Morocco

Graduate, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris; Master's, Economic Warfare School (École de Guerre Économique); MBA, HEC Paris. Currently, Chief Executive Officer, Guepard Group (, an African media investment holding. Chairman, La Tribune Afrique ( Chairman, Huffington Post Maghreb ( 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

Country Representative, Advisor and Consultant, Friends of Waldorf Education, Iraq

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

Head of Public Affairs, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia

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 Alemanno

Founder & Director, The Good Lobby, Spain

Alberto is the Jean Monnet Professor of Law & Public Policy at HEC Paris, Tokyo University 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 has been nominated Ashoka Fellow, Young Global Leader, European Young Leader and BMW Responsible Leader.

His clients include leading philanthropies, NGOs, such as Amnesty International, WWF, Transparency International, as well as grassroots and governments across the world as well as international organizations, such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the OECD, the World Health Organization.

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, and advocated for EU transnational lists.

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' (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 200k participants from all over the world in its first edition.

Alberto lives in Bilbao, teaches in Paris and advocates from Brussels.

Samuel Alemayehu

Managing Director, Cambridge Industries Ltd, USA

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

Professor, Business, Government and International Economy Unit, Harvard Business School, USA

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

Board Member, Gulf Bank, Kuwait

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.

Lamya AlHaj

Assistant Professor, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman, Oman

Lamya Al Haj holds a PhD in Structural and Molecular Biology from UCL and an MSc in Environmental Science and Technology from UNSW. She is a researcher on biodiesel alternatives to oil, and an Assistant Professor at the Sultan Qaboos University. Lamya founded a speakers platform in GCC region “Jalasat Mulhimoon” to showcase role models and inspire younger generations. She has spoken at conferences and corporate events including Harvard and IMD Middle East Alumni conferences on leadership. She was recently selected as a judge for an MIT based competition “Innovators under 35” organized by MIT Technology Review. She is the founder of “Coach4Change” where she worked alongside and supported senior government officials, CEOs, business leaders and boards around the country. She received numerous awards & recognitions including the “Boban Marcovic Prize in Environmental Science”, The “Gulf Intelligence - Occidental Award”, “National Research Award”, “Omani Woman Award 2019” for her innovation, and the prestigious “L’Oréal UNESCO award for women in science- Middle east fellowship award”- 2018. She is also a Fellow at The World Academy of Science (TWAS 2019-2023 affiliate).

Ahmed Ali Al-Hammadi

Head, Active Investments, Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar

Ahmed Al-Hammadi serves as the Chief for Europe, Russia and Turkey at the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). He oversees the fund's investments in Europe. He served as the Head of Active investments overseeing direct and fund investments from 2015 to 2020. He served as an associate in the asset management department from 2010 to 2014 and was responsible for reviewing and recommending investments for the QIA hedge fund portfolio, the venture capital programme, and for attracting asset managers to Qatar. He serves as non-independent non-executive director at Pavilion REIT Management. He also is a board member of Heathrow Airport and SoFi since 2018. From 2008 to 2010, he served as vice-president, asset management, EFG-Hermes Qatar, where he oversaw the asset management business in Qatar. Prior to that, he was an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and worked on the restructuring and strategy recommendation for several financial service firms in the Middle East and was a financial reporting analyst from 2003 to 2005.

Al-Hammadi graduated with a BSc in economics, finance and accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA, and an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.

Imtiaz Ali

Researcher, Analyst and Fellow, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), USA

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.