Focus on some
KEY ELEMENTS AND OBJECTIVES OF FORUM PANEL
KEY ELEMENTS AND OBJECTIVES OF FORUM PANEL While the African continent is undeniably on the path of emergence and the middle class represents a powerful vector of growth, the organizers of the Forum considered useful to discuss the situation of five major economic sectors, leading to a strong demand and expected to contribute significantly to future growth.
Radhi MEDDEB is an Engineer who graduated from the “École
Polytechnique” of Paris as well as the “École Nationale
Supérieure des Mines” of Paris. He started his career at the
Gafsa Phosphates Company-Tunisia (1977-1982) before joining
the Tunisian Saudi Investment and Development Company
In 1987, he founded COMETE Engineering, a multidisciplinary
engineering company. COMETE Group has its headquarters in
Tunisia and holds various subsidiaries in Algeria, Libya, Morocco,
Mauritania, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon.
COMETE Group operates in the fields of engineering and
Radhi MEDDEB has founded and managed the Arab Leasing
International Finance (Saudi Arabia) from 1987 to 2006 and the
Algerian Saudi Leasing (Luxembourg) from 1990 to 2006.
M. Radhi MEDDEB has acted as a member of the Tunisian
National Statistics Council (from 2005 to 2010), member of the
Board of the Central Bank of Tunisia (2011). Chairman of the
Board of the Institute for Economic Foresight of the
Mediterranean World (Paris) from 2005 to 2010 and member of
the MENA Advisory Board at the World Bank (2011-2014).
Since 2011, He founded and chaired an NGO: “Action et
Développement Solidaire” (in Tunisia) which works to identify a
new model of development which is more inclusive, anchored in
modernity, solidarity and efficiency.
Radhi MEDDEB chairs the Board of the BTK-Bank (BPCE-France
Group) in Tunisia. He is board member of several financial
institutions such as La Carte Group (Insurance), La Carte-Vie
(Life Insurance) and he chairs the Board of the Financial Center
for Entrepreneurs (Microfinance Institution).
M. Radhi MEDDEB has published:
- In 2011 : Ensemble, Construisons la Tunisie de Demain : Modernité, Solidarité et Performance : ISBN : 978-9973- 02-671- 2
- In 2017 : Tunisie, Hommes et Patrimoines : ISBN : 978 9938 00 206-5 and
- In 2018 : Le désenchantement du Jasmin : ISBN : 978-9938- 00-578- 3
Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol is the CEO of the International Islamic trade Finance Corporation (ITFC).
His career in development Banking started three decades ago where he served in many technical and leading positions across the Islamic Development Bank Group. Eng. Hani accumulated diverse knowledge and experience during his career in positions like Director of the IDBG President’s Office, Director of IDBG Regional Office Morocco, Director Trade Finance and Promotion Department and Deputy CEO ITFC and Acting Chief Executive Officer at Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC).
Eng. Hani is a Saudi National, obtained an Associate of Arts Degree from Mary Mount College, California, USA, in 1980; Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Bluefield State University, West Virginia, in 1984; and Master’s Degree in Engineering Management with honors from George Washington University, USA, in 1987. In addition, he was exposed to a number of distinctive leadership development programs at Harvard University, USA and London Business School England.
Dr. Sidi Ould TAH holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Nice-Sophia-Antipolis University and a D.E.A (Master degree) in Economics, from Paris VII University. He has a post-graduate degree in Economics and a B.A degree in Economics from “Nouakchott” University.
Dr. Ould TAH participated in a number of training sessions conducted by top ranking academic institutions such as Harvard Institute for International Development (USA), London Business School (UK) and Swiss Finance Institute (Switzerland), in the field of Investment, Leadership, Asset Management and Financial Engineering.
He started his career as expert at the Mauritanian Bank for Development and Commerce (BMDC) (1984-1986), then as financial analyst at the Food Security Commission (1986). He held the position of Administration and Finance Manager of the Municipality of “Nouakchott” (1987). During the period 1988-1996, he was assigned the job of Advisor to the Director General and Director of Internal Auditing Department in “Nouakchott” Port Authority. He worked as Financial Analyst at the Khartoum-based Arab Authority for Agriculture, Investment and Development (AAAID) (1996-1999). During the period 1999-2006, Dr. OULD TAH served as Investment Promotion Officer then as Technical Assistant to the President of the Islamic Development Bank.
Dr. Sidi OULD TAH, held a number of other senior posts in his country; He held the position of advisor to both the President and the Prime Minister respectively (2006-2008). In July 2008, he has been nominated as Minister of Economy and Finance. Since August 2008, Dr. Ould TAH, held the position of Minister of Economic Affairs and Development till his appointment as Director General of BADEA.
In his Ministerial capacity, he headed the National Statistics Council. He represented his country in the IBRD Board of Governors as well as in other ten Regional and International Development Finance Institutions (IFC, MIGA IFAD, IsDB, DHMAN, ICIEC, ICD, ITFC, AfDB, AFESD, AAAID, ACBF). He also chaired the 37th BADEA’s Board of Governors Meeting (Marrakech, April 2012), and the 93rd session of the Economic and Social Council of the League of Arab States (2014).
He also chaired the Council of Ministers of the G5-Sahel during 2014-2015.
Omar El Behi has been Minister of Trade since September 6, 2017. He was born on March 14, 1975, in Tunis. El Behi is an agronomist graduated from the National Agricultural Institute of Tunisia (INAT), specializing in crop production. He holds a diploma of advanced studies (DEA) in soil sciences from the National Agronomic Institute Paris-Grignon and a Phd from the University of Montpelier. He held positions of academic responsibility at INAT. He assumed, after the revolution, functions within the Tunisian Union of agriculture and the fishing (UTAP), as treasurer and vice-president in charge of animal production. He is also a farmer in field crops and animal production. On August 20, 2016, Omar El Behi was appointed Secretary of State to the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, responsible for agricultural production, a position he held until his last appointment as Minister of Trade.
Safia has close to 20 years of experience in the investment banking and private equity fields in North America, Africa and the Middle East, where she has contributed to the fundraising and management of over USD 1 billion, from both institutional and individual international investors. During her secondment in the cabinet of the Tunisian Finance Minister, Safia piloted the amendment of the private equity legal framework, and led the development and implementation of public financing tools. She also represented Tunisia in the framework of the Deauville Partnership initiated by the G8 countries.
Président, MED Confederation
Jaloul AYED served as Minister of Finance in the second and third post-revolution governments in Tunisia. He was previously Board Member and President of the Management Committee of the BMCE Group, the second largest financial group in Morocco. He held several other senior positions in FinanceCom, the holding company of the group. He started his early professional career with Citibank where he spent 18 years holding several country management positions in the MENA region, and in the capital markets in London. He presently serves as President of MED Confederation and Vice President of Euromed Capital Forum. He is also an active member in several associations in the Tunisian civil society, and a frequent speaker in professional and academic circles. Mr Ayed is also the founder and Chairman of the Vega Group, a multidisciplinary technological business group in Tunisia. He was the Tunisian candidate for the presidency of the African Development Bank in 2015. He is an author and a classical music composer. His music was played in several prestigious venues such as the Carthage Music Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Carnegie Hall in New York. He holds an MA from the University of Maryland and was the recipient of several academic, professional and political distinctions.
Mr. Taied Baccouche Currently Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), was the former Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs from February 2015 - January 2016. He has a rich and diversified carrier where he held different key positions in his capacity as a politician, a Human Rights activist, a Trade Unionist and an academic researcher. Among the key positions that he held in the Tunisian government was the Minister of Education and Spokesperson of the Council of Ministers between 17 January 2011 and 24 December 2011, The Minister of Foreign Affairs from February 2015 - January 2016. Moreover, he was the Secretary General and a founding member of the Party "Nidaa Tounes" (since 2012) and its vice president since September 2015. As a Human Rights activist, Mr Taieb Baccouche was the President of the Arab Institute for Human Rights (1998-2011) and currently the Honorary President. Between 1996 and 2011, he was the Director of the Arab Journal of Human Rights. He was a founding member of the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights (1976), its chapter Head (1990-1988) and the Chairman of its Scientific Council (1990-1998). In addition, Mr. Baccouche was the Founder and President of the Association of Research Studies for Development (January 2012) and is currently the Honorary Chairman. He was also the founder and president of the Free Thought Association in 1989. As a Trade Unionist, Mr. Baccouche was the Assistant of the General Union of Tunisian Workers Secretary General (1977- 1984) before he became the Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labor Union (1981- 1984). He was also the Director of the newspaper the People (1981 - 1985), the Secretary General of the Association of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the University of Education (during the seventies), Secretary General of the League of Education (1976- 1977) and the Secretary General and a founding member of the Association of Higher Education and Scientific Research (1974- 1976). Mr. Baccouche holds a PhD in Linguistics (Paris Sorbonne University). He held several academic positions such as a Teacher-researcher and professor of Higher Education (1969- 2004), the Secretary General of the Association of Lingual Mediterranean Meetings (since 1998) and the president and founding member of the Linguistic Studies Association (1995- 2002). Mr. Baccouche co-authored and co-edited about twenty-five books (in French and Arabic). He is also the author and co-author of about fifty articles in linguistics in Arabic and French and he published in international journals and encyclopedias. Mr. Baccouche wrote several articles in the socio-political sphere and Human Rights (in French and Arabic).
Francis Mangeni is a development and economic integration practitioner. Currently working as Director of Trade and Customs of The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, focusing on evidence-based policy in the areas of trade in goods and services, customs and trade facilitation, and economic relations with other regional organizations and development partners; as well as innovation, research and capacity building. His work is based on a developmental approach to economic integration, which equally prioritizes large markets, industralisation, infrastructure and agriculture including rural reforms. He has worked with various governments and international organisations including the African Union as Senior Economist and Regional Adviser. His work has assisted Africa’s trade organization with the European Union, and facilitated domestic trade and investment policy reforms. Francis Mangeni holds a doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Economic Law.
Ms Lilia Hachem Naas took up her functions as Director of the ECA Office for North Africa in Rabat (Morocco) on 2 October 2017. A Tunisian national, Ms Hachem Naas has worked for the United Nations for 20 years. Before joining the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Ms Hachem Naas was Chief at the Office for Arab States at the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva, since October 2013. During her tenure at ITC, Ms Hachem Naas was able to strengthen the strategic position of ITC in the Arab region by increasing the portfolio of projects, and by expanding and enhancing relationships with institutions at national and regional levels including with development partners and the donor community. Ms Hachem Naas joined ITC in September 1998 where she held various managerial positions working in the Office for Africa, Office for Asia Pacific, Enterprise Competitiveness Section and Sector Competitiveness Section. She successfully managed one of ITC’s largest programmes, the Netherland Trust Fund II (NTFII) with a total budget of US$ 16 mil. Ms Hachem Naas has extensive experience in coordinating complex trade development programmes to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth, focusing particularly on SMEs competitiveness, regional integration, South South cooperation, women empowerment and youth employment. In 2009-2010, Ms Hachem Naas held the position of Manager, Local Development Programme at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) where she was responsible for the strategic development and overall management of the programme focusing on strengthening the capacity of local authorities to implement the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Prior to joining ITC, Ms Hachem Naas worked with Hewlett Packard Company in the USA and the Tunisian Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX) in Tunisia. Ms Hachem Naas holds an MBA in International Business Management and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from University of Maryland College Park in the USA. Ms Hachem Naas is fluent in Arabic, English and French.
Moustapha Sow is an international experienced banker and a leading Senegalese entrepreneur. After gaining significant corporate and investment banking expertise in Senegal and in Canada, with various positions held at UBA, Diamond Bank, Citibank and BMO-Bank of Montreal, Moustapha returned to Senegal in 2012 and founded SF Capital, an Africa-focus investment banking boutique based in Dakar Taking inspiration from Moustapha’s passion for and belief in Africa’s unique potential, the company provides comprehensive advisory services in Corporate Finance, Structured Trade Finance, and Project Finance across the continent. As a leading proprietary investment group with regional footprint into diverse sectors including financial services, asset management, hospitality & real estate, power & energy, agribusiness and infrastructure in Africa, SF Capital is striving to efficiently address Africa’s infrastructure financing gap and to contribute to building a better Africa. Prior to founding SF Capital, Moustapha has acted for 5 years as Regional Manager for Africa at the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC), member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group. As part of this role, he has significantly contributed to the promotion of trade and foreign direct investment in Africa. Moustapha is strongly committed to keep developing trade and investment between Africa and the rest of the world and the intra-African trade/investment. Moustapha holds a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Montreal and an MBA in Finance from the prestigious McGill University, both in Canada. Eager to share his knowledge and experience and curious to continuously exchange ideas with others, Moustapha participates regularly as speaker or moderator in many high-level international Investment and Trade Summits across the globe on topics relating to investment (Infrastructure, Power, Agriculture, etc.) and trade opportunities in Africa. He also lectures Capital Markets and Corporate Finance classes in several Senegalese business schools.
Minister of Equipment, Housing and Territorial Development in Tunisia
1981: Diploma of principal engineer of the National School of Engineer of Tunis and the diploma of the Presidency of the Republic.
1988 in Japan: Diploma in Civil and Maritime Engineering
1988 in South Korea: Management Diploma
2003: Graduated from the National School of Defense
2009: Graduated from the Institute of Skills Development of Senior Officials of the National School of Management of Electronic Administrative Affairs
Previously President and CEO of the Urban Rehabilitation and Renovation Agency and Former Vice-President of the Habitat and Francophonie Network
Former Director General of Civilian Buildings, Air, and Maritime Services at the Ministry of Equipment
Holds a master degree in Science in Transportation from Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisboa, Portugal
Supervisor for regional policy operations and operations in non-EU countries.
Responsible for complex or at-risk operations inside and outside the EU.
Leads appraisal and portfolio management outside the EU.
Leads mentoring programme of new EIB officers.
Leads post-conflict sub-projects, and coordinates capacity and institutional building activities and governance support.
Supervises and designs TA support to recipient Governments, manages procurement and Supervises consultants. Ensures coordination and joint financing with donors in non-EU Countries.
Mentors new team members.
•2018 onwards (Tunis) – Economic Resilience Initiative (Southern Neighbourhood): PJ Regional Representative for the Maghreb region
•2016 to 2018 (Luxembourg) – Lead Adviser, Regional Policy
•2011 to 2016 (Athens) –EIB representative responsible for technical assistance to Greece and implementation of 3,75 billion loans for the co-financing of EU Structural Funds under the 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF).
•2008-2011(Luxembourg) – Responsible for EIB loan operations in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, and Greece
Walid BEL HADJ AMOR holds degree in civil engineering from the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics in Paris (1986), and a DEA in Geology from the Ecole des Mines de Paris, (1987) and an Executive MBA from the Mediterranean School of Business, obtained in 2009.
He has been practicing engineering and strategic consulting for 30 years. Walid BEL HADJ AMOR is a specialist expert in infrastructure, spatial planning and development economics.
He is an Executive-Partner and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Comete Engineering, leader of engineering in the Maghreb and Africa. He leads the teams of Comete Engineering across the continent in the implementation of projects and in the strategic and technical response that is made daily in the execution of engineering and consulting missions in the fields of transport, education, health, agriculture and many more.
Former Deputy General Secretary, (1995 to 1997), then President of the Association of Tunisian Consulting and Engineering Offices, (1997 to 2000), he is now a member of the Board of Directors and Vice-President of the Arab Institute of Business Executives, Think-Tank, whose activities focus on various business-related issues, such as investment, entrepreneurship, competitiveness or employment. He is the author of several publications and articles related to these different subjects.
Mr. Mohamed Ammar named in April 2012 Managing Director of STEG International Services was born in 1961, in Sfax (Tunisia). He holds an engineering degree in Electromechanics of the National Engineering School of Tunis "ENIT". He was successively in charge of the Regional Directorate for the Distribution of Electricity and Gas and Central Director of the Electricity and Gas Distribution Department at the Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas "STEG ". Mr. Ammar has conducted several research and development projects under bilateral or multilateral cooperation programs. He is a member of several sectoral committees for developing and monitoring development plans and also for several think tanks within STEG. Mr. Ammar is also an expert in several areas including Management & Leadership, Strategic Studies, Performance Management, Communication Techniques and Teamwork. Mr. Ammar is married and has three children. He has also been successively President of the Social Committee of STEG and President of the sports association GAZELEC. Mr. Ammar is also a member of the following institutions: CLUB-ER (African Association for Rural Electrification) ASEA (Association of African Electricity Companies) TABC (Association Tunisia-Africa Business Council) AFRICA CEO FORUM CONECT INTERBATIONAL AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT CLUB
Khaled Igué is the Head of Public and Institutional Partnerships for Africa of OCP. Prior to become Head of Public Partnerships, Khaled Igué led businesses in strategy at EUROGROUP Consulting, a European leader in strategy and organization and was Project Manager at AREVA, a leader in the nuclear, renewable energy and mining. Mr Igué is the Founder & President of the Think Tank Club 2030 Africa. Club 2030 Africa focuses on the sustainable economic and social development of African countries working to improve citizen well-being by designing and enabling better policy. Uses cutting-edge economic theory to help policy actors deliver public services more effectively, efficiently, and sustainably. Mr Igué has been designated as an Emerging Leader of the German Marshall Fund of United States and Young Leader of AfricaFrance Foundation. He earned an MPP from Sciences Po Paris, an MBA from Sorbonne Graduate Business School and an MSC in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Applied Sciences.
Hichem Ben Yaïche is Chief Editor of NewAfrican and African Business. Prior to his current position, he worked for several media giants, including Radio France Internationale, France 3, La Vie magazine and Méditerranée Magazine. He was also a researcher at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), as an expert in geopolitics. NewAfrican and African Business belong to the press group IC PUBLICATIONS, which is based in London and Paris. It publishes eight magazines in French and English
H.E. Dr Mohamed Anouar Maarouf is the Tunisian Minister of Technology and the Digital Economy. He is a graduate of the Institut National des Télécommunication à Paris. He holds a Master of Change Management from Université Paris-Dauphine and a PhD in Mathematics from the University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble (France). He began his career as a consultant to numerous prominent companies including France Telecom, Bouygues Telecom, SFR and Nokia on topics such as network architecture and engineering, before eventually directing several projects in these domains. He joined the Department of Information Technology and Communication as Adviser to the Minister and was in charge, among other responsibilities, of the steering of the National Strategy Tunisia Numérique 2018. He also participated in the work of the Intelligence Unit and Strategic Foresight of the Presidency of the Government.
Engineer in Telecommunications, graduated from the national school of Engineers of Tunis, PhD student in telecommunications and applied mathematics from the University Paris Descartes.
Mr. Moez Chakchouk is internationally known as an expert in the information and communication technologies, regulation and internet governance.He is involved with different global organizations, in several forums and conferences, working on such issues; locally, regionally and worldwide. Since January 2014, he’s commissioner within the prestigious Global Commission on Internet Governance.
As a speaker, he is particularly brilliant through his international advocacy for an inclusive governance model for cyber security.
Moez Chakchouk, as member of the non-profit NGO (CLibre) for the promotion of free digital culture, has helped the implementation of the first MESH Network in Tunisia, in the city of Sayada.
On March 29, 2018, he joined the Unesco as deputy director general for communication and information.
Alioune SARR current Minister of Commerce has been Director General of the Senegalese Export Promotion Agency (ASEPEX). In this position he has launched important projects to improve the competitiveness of "Origine Sénégal" products and services, and leads missions in many countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and America, to improve their positioning. He allowed to Senegal to win the "Golden Award" at the Yeosu International Expo in South Korea and certain sectors such as the Senegalese mango or cosmetic products have gained market share internationally.
Born in Ghana, Robert AOUAD studied in France and lived and worked in the United States for several years. A born entrepreneur, he moved to Benin since 1995, where he set up various distribution and sales companies for consumer products. In 2000, he created a company specializing in the marketing of mobile terminals, SIM and recharge cards. This was his first step in the world of telecommunications. From that date, he wanted to devote himself entirely to his new passion and as a self learner, he took several initiatives to deepen his knowledge in this field. He always had the vision to promote better access to the Internet, especially for young people and low-income groups. He is the main promoter of ISOCEL Telecom, which became the leading private Internet Service Provider in Benin. A success story that relates a unique experience in the subregion through the innovation it has brought to the digital economy of this country. During the 2nd quarter of 2018, ISOCEL will begin deploying a Next Generation Access Network that will use FTTx technologies, fixed wireless, Wi-Fi hotspots and KA Band satellite.
Neila dirige une équipe de 380 personnes, experts en analytique, en CRM et en transformation numérique. Neila met en œuvre dans ces secteurs clés du digital, des stratégies innovantes, des mises à niveau des systèmes d'information, des missions de conduite du changement, de nouvelles opérations, etc. En tant qu'entrepreneur, elle a créé sa première entreprise en 2000, en partenariat avec le Groupe Business & Decision qui a acheté une partie de ses actions en 2004. Elle est à nouveau en cours de signature avec une société cotée du CAC 40. Son objectif d'avantage concurrentiel est basé sur le développement du capital humain. Elle a initié la collaboration et la coordination d'un écosystème public / privé et s'implique dans les contributions sociales et civiques. Elle est active dans plusieurs associations, think tanks et initiatives publiques: Présidente du French Tech Hub Tunis; Membre du conseil d'administration du Digital Digital Strategic Council pour la Tunisie; Président de l'Association tunisienne pour la communication et les technologies dont l'objectif est la création d'emplois dans les nouvelles technologies en attirant des acteurs internationaux, en travaillant sur l'écosystème en promouvant principalement le capital humain par l'éducation / les meilleures pratiques RH; Membre du conseil d'administration d'AmCham, etc. Elle a été décorée en 2015 en tant que Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, sélectionné en 2017 parmi les 50 femmes les plus puissantes d'Afrique par Jeune Afrique..
Workshop Higher Education
Sonia Bahri holds a Ph.D in Economics from Pantheon-Sorbonne University. She also graduated in Political Sciences from Science Po Paris, in Applied Economics from Paris-Dauphine University and has an advanced degree (DEA) in Contemporary History. She occupied several functions at UNESCO where she notably headed from 2000 to 2006 the Secondary Education Section, then subsequently the UNESCO Chairs-UNITWIN Programme till 2011 and the Science Policy Section as well as the L’Oréal-UNESCO Programme For Women in Science till the end of 2015. She is the author of articles and has initiated, directed and participated in numerous publications and international conferences in the field of education including Higher Education and research. She is a member of several advisory boards and scientific committees such as the International Advisory Board for the transdisciplinary Programme "Peace Studies" recently set up by LAMSADE at the University of Paris-Dauphine, where she also lectures on Social Responsibility of Higher Education. Sonia Bahri presently serves as an international expert and independent senior policy advisor in the fields of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation with a particular focus on Sustainable Development and Gender Equality related issues.
Co-founder of AfricInvest. He has over 20 years of experience in the private equity industry both in the Maghreb region and in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has participated in raising around US$1 billion in private equity funds as well as structuring and executing more than 50 equity transactions on the investment and divestment sides. He acts as a board member for several investee companies in the Maghreb region, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. Between 1991 and 1994, he was the General Manager of two industrial companies, ILVA Maghreb and Tunisacier International (which are affiliates of ILVA, a large Italian conglomerate), having held various management positions in these companies since 1988. Aziz is a graduate of the engineering university École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, France.
Amine Bensaid is currently President of Mundiapolis University in Casablanca and President of Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE). He holds a BS in Information Systems, an MS in Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, Florida. He’s held research positions at USF (90-94), and at the Technical University of Delft (1995). He was a computer science faculty member at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) from 1995 to 2009. In 1999, he was a Visiting Professor at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. As a computer scientist, his research interests, publications, funding and industrial consulting have been in the areas of intelligent systems, data mining and Arabic computing. He was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics from 1999 to 2010.
His current interests and projects fall in the areas of (i) University leadership, management, and quality assurance, and (ii) research-based technology innovation in Morocco. From June 2001 to Feb. 2007, Amine served as Dean of AUI's School of Science & Engineering (SSE). From Feb. 2007 to Feb. 2009, he was Vice-President at AUI, in charge of academic affairs and research. He has served as a UNDP expert on quality assurance (2002-2007) and has been a member of the founding team of MAScIR – a national initiative devoted to science & technology research as an instrument for economic development in Morocco.
Amine has served on and/or chaired numerous committees for international research conferences, national R&D initiatives and project evaluations. He is a Fulbright Scholar and past President of the Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association (MFAA). He is a member of ACM and of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, Tau Beta Pi honor societies.
Since 1985 member of the Board of Directors of several companies.
- AZALAÏ HOTELS GROUP: Hotels (about 1000 employees).
- BALLY S.A .: International Trade.
- SCI BALLY: Real Estate Development.
- BALLY INVEST: Investments.
Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco in Bamako.
Knight of the National Order of Mali.
Officer of the National Order of Mali.
Knight of the Order of Grimaldi of Monaco.
Coach and Mentor of young entrepreneurs.
Knight of the National Order of Merit of France.
Member of the West African Enterprise Network -Mali
Member of the Mali-Tunisia Friendship Association.
Actually, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Tunisian Republic, since July 2016. Also, Minister of National Education, between April and September 2017. Slim Khalbous is a university professor in business management, he teaches since 1995 in Tunisian universities, and as visiting professor at several universities in France, Morocco and Lebanon. Professor Slim Khalbous was elected general director of HEC Carthage (Institute of Higher Commercial Studies - University of Carthage) between 2011 and 2016. He holds a PhD in management sciences in 2000, a DEA in business management in 1994, and a DEA in Political Science in 1996 at the University of Toulouse (France). He has held many university responsibilities, including head of department, coordination of master, president of national sectoral accreditation commission, jury recruitment of university teachers, national commission of reform... . He is also very active in associations and civil society. He is the founder and editor-in- chief of the Tunisian marketing research journal. He has published several articles and research in the field of intercultural management, entrepreneurship and marketing communication. In addition, Slim Khalbous is an entrepreneur and founder of two companies in the field of strategic development, market research, communication and ICT.
Amina is Chief Executive Officer of Paris-Dauphine University I Tunis, the first international campus of Paris-Dauphine University. She holds a Ph. D. in Mathematics Applied to Finance from the same University and an MBA. She completed her training with an Executive MBA and then a Certificate in Security and Leadership from INSEAD. She began her career as a Trader at the Deposit and Consignation Office (Paris) before joining university education in Paris, then in Tunis via Chicago (Kellogg School of Management) and New York (Columbia Business School). Amina works to develop close relationships between the business world and training by adapting the university's educational programs to the real skills needs of employers in an increasingly digital world. It has thus deployed the orientation of young people to the digital professions and initiated the concept of "the Inverted University" on the Tunisian campus for better employability of its students. she is ranked among the 100 managers of the year in Tunisia by the magazine "Enterprises" for the last three consecutive years. Wish to contribute to meet the challenges of higher education in the Maghreb and Africa, her latest publication focuses on “How we fundamentally change the way we educate students in the MENA region”, co-written with the former Tunisian Higher Education Minister, Tawfik Jelassi and the Dean of Mazars University, Tyra Malzy. Amina is also a member of the jury of the High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) in France. Her civic commitment is part of the promotion of Tunisian democracy and the role of women in the democratic transition after the 2011 Revolution. She was, in this sense, a member of the CEO of the Women Forum Champions in Dubai, ambassador of a delegation of Tunisian women of this Forum in Deauville then representative of Tunisia at the United Nations exhibition during the week of democracy in Geneva. Her TEDx in Aix-en- Provence where she speaks about "Tunisia, country of oxymorons" was seen more than 70,000 times in 4 days. Amina is president of INAAM, a microfinance investment company in partnership with Advans SA. She is also a director in Tunisian family companies.
Alexia LEVESQUE is a Skills Development Specialist at AFD (French Development Agency). Graduated from Paris Pantheon-Assas University in Human Resources Management & Industrial Relations, she worked on skills development strategies in industry at regional, European and international levels during 15 years and joined AFD in 2016.
Didier ACOUETEY is the President of the AfricSearch Group he founded in 1996, a structure specialized in talent detection and human resources management for Africa. With offices in Paris, Washington, Dakar, Lome, Abidjan, Cotonou, Douala and Johannesburg AfricSearch is recognized as one of the first international firms working in human resource development in Africa and the return of skills on the African continent. Didier ACOUETEY is also a columnist for Radio France International (RFI) on the issues of Training- Employment and Business Creation in Africa. He has received several recognition awards including the 2014 prize for "Best African Entrepreneur of France". He was also considered one of the 50 most active African in the world the last 50 years by various international publications. He launched in 2014, the first financing forum for African SMEs, in partnership with several institutions including African Guarantee Fund, IFC, the African Development Bank and Ecobank. In addition, Didier ACOUETEY is co-initiator of the project that led to the creation of the first in Singapore Chamber of Commerce South East Asia and Africa, whose objective is to promote partnerships and best practices in development and growth between African and Southeast Asian companies. In this context, it helps to mobilize funding for African Business and African States. He holds an MBA from the Business School of Paris, two postgraduate courses in International Trade and Industry Marketing and participated in several high-level management development cycles in different international universities including Harvard Business School.
A graduate of SciencesPo Paris and Lyon, he began his career as a journalist in 1973, in the newspaper Le Progrès de Lyon, while he is still a student. Since then, the defining character of his career has been the large number of media he founded or helped to create. Here are some examples: Normandy News (daily, 1976), the magazine Paris Diplomatie (1983, Editor-in- Chief), the telematic journal of Liberation (1985, Rchef), the newspaper L'Avancée médicale (1988, Rchef), Courrier International (1990, Rchef), Eurostar Magazine (1995, Rchef), the magazine and site VoxLatina (2000, publisher), Challenge Hebdo Morocco (2004, designer consultant), the site leJmed.fr - the Journal des Méditerranéens (2008, editor ), La Tribune Hebdo (2012, Editor-in- Chief) and La Tribune Afrique (2016). With the creation in October 2017 of the site www.AfricaPresse.Paris, dedicated to the abundant African economic news in the French capital, Alfred Mignot confirms his professional interest and his personal commitment to a strong and renewed cooperation, participative and co-productive between the two shores of the Mediterranean, and more widely between Europe and Africa.
1990: Erick RAJAONARY graduated as a Chartered Accountant in Lyon (France) July 1997-October 2002: Financial expert at the Privatization Committee of Madagascar for the privatization of 47 Malagasy companies, including companies like SOLIMA (petroleum) and TELMA (telecom)- financed by the World Bank Erick RAJAONARY founded Guanomad in 2006. Its main activity is the production and commercialization of organic fertilizer from bat mineralized droppings. Guanomad has progressively become the largest producer and exporter (Indian Ocean Region, Africa, Europe and the United States) of organic fertilizer from the African continent. In 2013: Year of international recognition. Erick RAJAONARY is voted Best African Entrepreneur out of more than 1,000 candidates in 35 countries by the African Leadership Network (ALN) As a successful entrepreneur, Erick RAJAONARY is active on several fronts. In the rural world, he promotes the development of agriculture, the improvement of the life of the farmers, as well as the preservation of the environment. The Guanomad group: • 5 companies (organic fertilizer, hotels, real estate, services) • more than 120 permanent employees, • more than 400 seasonal employees Convinced of the need to contribute to the development of his country, Erick RAJAONARY is keen to share the recipes of his success with his fellow citizens. He is frequently invited to speak at conferences, and has participated in several radio-TV talk shows. Thanks to Guanomad's exemplary success, Erick RAJAONARY also got recognition from abroad, and he is regularly invited to share his views on entrepreneurship and business in international forums. A fervent supporter of the Made in Madagascar label, he has committed to defend the interests of the private sector and Malagasy SMEs by taking the leadership of the FIVMPAMA Entrepreneur association in 2015. Under his leadership, the association turned to other regions of the country, with a presence in 10 out of 22 regions in 2017. It has also expanded internationally, through the creation of branches by the Malagasy Diaspora in several countries such as France, the United States, Canada, Seychelles, and Germany. Erick RAJAONARY has become a role model for many Malagasy, particularly the youth, and is regularly invited to sponsor promotions of students in high schools and higher education institutions. Through GUANOMAD, he also supports several socio-economic events.
Engineer agronomist graduated from ENSAT Toulouse, holder of two licenses in chemistry and biology, Mr. ABDELWAHEB BEN AYED was entrepreneur of the year 1985 by Jeune Afrique, retained business entrepreneur with a human face and elected entrepreneur of the 1996 by the Association of Alumni of Toulouse.
He was awarded the gold medal by the deputy mayor of the city of Toulouse 2004 and the medal of poultry merit awarded by the Tunisian Scientific Society of Veterinary Medicine in December 2009.
Mr ABDELWAHEB BEN AYED is the chairman of the largest holding company in Tunisia, namely Poulina, leader in its activities. The holding company operates in various fields: poultry farming, agribusiness, industry, ceramics, packaging and real estate. The group is also present in several African countries.
Hon. Vincent MUNYESHYAKA, is the Minister of Trade and Industry (MINICOM) since 30th August 2017, 52 years old and married. Before joining the Ministry, he served as the Minister of State in charge of Socio - Economic Development (from 4th October 2016 to 29th August 2017) and the Permanent Secretary (from 31st August 2012 to 4th October 2016) in the Ministry of Local Government. Also, he has served in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning respectively as Director of Corporate Planning (from January 2007 to September 2009), Coordinator of Government Investment Portfolio Management Unit (from October 2009 to 12th August 2011) and Executive Secretary of the Financial Sector Development Program (from August 13th, 2011 to August 30th, August 2012). In addition, Hon. Vincent MUNYESHYAKA has an outstanding professional background of more than 14 years in the Rwandan Banking Sector (Union of Popular Banks of Rwanda, Central Bank of Rwanda, Coordinator of Rwanda Financial Sector Development Program including Commercial Banks, Micro finance Institutions, Insurance Companies, and Rwanda Capital Markets -Capital Markets Authority and Rwanda Stock Exchange-, serving on the Board of Directors of one of the biggest commercial bank in Rwanda). Finally, Hon. Vincent MUNYESHYAKA is a holder of DEES (Specialized Graduate Degrees) in Banking and Finance and a Bachelors' Degree in International Economics.
Issad Rebrab founded Cevital in 1998. Initially focused on the food industry, the privately owned company has diversified into automotive, household appliances, transport (road, sea), float glass production and large-scale retail, to become Algeria’s largest conglomerate. Cevital has distinguished itself in recent years by taking over a number of industrial companies (aluminium, household appliances, steel, etc.) in France (Oxxo, Brandt), Spain (Alas) and Italy (Aferpi).
Dr. Slim Feriani was appointed Minister of Industry and SMEs in November 2017. He was previously Secretary of State at the Ministry of Industry and SMEs. Dr. Feriani has 20 years’ experience in global financial markets across all asset classes. He held senior positions, including those of Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, in a number of financial firms in the United Kingdom such as Nomura International, Martin Currie Investment Management, Advance Emerging Capital and GCA Asset Management. Dr. Feriani holds an MBA (1989) and a PhD (1995) in Finance, Investment and International Finance from The George Washington University, where he taught Finance and International Finance courses and sat on the Board of Directors of its Business School. He is also a Finance graduate from the Higher Institute of Management (ISG – Institut Superieur de Gestion) in Tunis. Dr. Feriani is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Professional journalist for more than ten years, Dounia Ben Mohamed was very early interested to Africa. And to perfect her knowledge of the continent, she will not hesitate, once graduating journalist in pocket with five years of experience in the French press, and a year in Africa. The opportunity for her to touch at most the realities of a rapidly changing continent, to build a network, to become known as a specialized journalist. Upon her return, she worked for French and pan-African media, before having strong expertise and address book, is challenged to accompany the media in their coverage of a continent at a turning point in its history. This is the vocation of the Africa News Agency. The first international news agency, and the only one to date, specializing in African economies. Present in Paris and Africa through its regional offices in Dakar, Libreville, Tunis, Casablanca and Kigali, and with a network of about 30 correspondents, photographers and professional JRIs, on French-speaking and English-speaking, the Agency is putting focus on personalities and projects, public and private, that really change the face on the continent. Its slogan: "" Change the look on Africa is our challenge! "
Since 2014: Member of the Board of Directors of COPHARM MUTUELLE,
Since 2014: President of the National Council of the Order of Pharmacists,
Since 2013: Member of the Board of Directors of the New PSP,
2012-2014: Vice-President of the National Council of the Order of Pharmacists, 2005-2012: Secretary General of the National Council of the Order of Pharmacists
2009 - 2012: Member of the Management Committee of the National Public Health Laboratory,
2006 - 2012: Member of the Management Committee of the National Blood Transfusion Center,
2005 - 2012: Member of the management committee of the PSP,
2003 - 2012: Secretary General of the Cooperative of Private Pharmacists of Côte d'Ivoire (Copharm),
2000 - 2005: Member of the Board of Directors of Pharmivoire Nouvelle (Manufacturer of infusion fluids),
1998 - 2000: Deputy Director General: DPCI (Pharmaceutical Distribution of Ivory Coast),
1992 - 1998: Deputy General Manager of GOMPCI (wholesale distributor of medicines in the private sector)
1990 - 1992: Director of GOMPCI (Pharmaceutical Group of Côte d'Ivoire): Gagnoa Agency
Sara is graduated from the Ecole Nationale d'Ingenieurs de Tunis (1994) and the École Polytechnique de Montréal (1996) in Industrial Engineering (information systems and change management
Elected in November 2017 President of President of National Union of Manufacturers of Pharmaceuticals of Tunisia
Sara Masmoudi is also:
President of Pharma In : Cluster of Public and Private pharmaceutical stakeholders for collaborative projects (research and business)
Member of the Board - Kilani Group (Tunisian leader in healthcare activities)
Mr. Adel Goucha joined Abraaj in 2011 from Amundi Private Equity Funds where he was an investment director since 2007.
Prior to that, M. Goucha was the head of the MENA coverage team at NATEXIS PRAMEX INTERNATIONAL, a subsidiary of Groupe Natexis Banques Populaires between 2002 and 2007.
Mr. Goucha also worked in sales for PRUDENTIAL BACHE SECURITIES between May 1997 and December 1998.
As an Investment Director at Amundi Private equity funds Mr. Goucha closed two deals in the pharmaceutical sector: Opalia pharma: a fast growing generic drugs maker with best in class production facility and growing market share in the Tunisian market. Unimed pharma; a generics maker specialized in sterile forms such as injectables and eye drops. Unimed is a major player in the sterile products segment in North Africa.
He also completed a deal in plastic car components industry and a deal in consumer goods in Tunisia.
Mr. Goucha holds a Master Degree in economics and international finance from the university of Paris Dauphine and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Commerciales at Carthage, Tunisia.
Nejib SOUSSIA is a Professional on “Local Assistance to individuals”, “MEDEVAC” and “Travel For Treatment” topics in Africa for 30 years. He founded a first-class company in this domain in Cameroon then in some other countries where were treated more than 3.000.000 assistance requests. With innovative services adapted to each market, Néjib SOUSSIA believes in the respect of ethics and liability as the real support of this activity. Recognized as a reference in his domain by the public authorities and private sector, the company he manages, Cameroun Assistance Sanitaire as CAS, employs more than 100 professionals (half of them are from the Medical domain) on full time basis. Since January 2018, CAS was authorized to implement the first Clinic at KRIBI, city of the future.
Born on April 19, 1964 in Beni Khaled. Married, three children. Education Engineer major - National School of Engineers of Tunis Parliamentary experience (2011 - 2014) Member of the National Constituent Assembly, President of the Committee of Public, Regional and Local Authorities, Member of the Coordination and Drafting Committee of the Constitution Government experience Minister of Health (since November 2017) Minister of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises (September 2017 to November 2017) Minister of Vocational Training and Employment (August 2016 to September 2017) Professional experience: More than 20 years engineering in the field of training and purchasing, procurement, marketing and production in addition to quality and work safety. Expert in the implementation of quality management systems for small and medium enterprises in the services and manufacturing industries. Director of industrial rehabilitation file for many national and foreign institutions