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Agenda 2018



  Monday, December 10

 Upon Arrival Registration

17:00-23:00

 Welcome Packs Available

20:00 – 22:30

 Informal Welcome Dinner

 Tuesday,  December 11

9:00- 9:30

 Welcome & Presentation: The Atlantic Emerging Leaders Program: Shaping the present

 Speaker: Lilia Rizk, Program Officer, Policy Center for the New South;

9:30 – 12:00

 Atlantic Community: Build, Connect, Anticipate

 The sense of belonging to a shared community ought to be strengthened in the context of current financial and economic turmoil. The shifting world order calls for a new perspective and stronger transatlantic relations. Youth in the Atlantic region are at the forefront of solutions to some of the world's toughest challenges.

 As part of an innovative exercise, young participants are invited to envision the future of the Atlantic basin. They will be asked to identify the shortcomings and challenges they perceive in the region, suggest potential solutions to overcome them, and collectively design a strategic roadmap and concrete action plans for how to get there.

 Workshop Facilitator: Bouchra Rahmouni, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South Moderators: Ihssane Guennoun, International Relations Specialist, Policy Center for the New South, Zakaria Jouhari, Program Officer, Policy Center for the New South, Maha Skah, Program Officer, Policy Center for the New South

12:00-12:45

 Lunch

12:45

 Departure to Benguerir

13:45-15:45

 Visit of OCP Mine in Benguerir

16:00-16:45

 Visit of Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Benguerir

 Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is engaged in the economic and human development of the African continent through its commitment to research and innovation. Its cutting-edge research, training programs, and unique partnerships are specifically designed to develop the skills, abilities and knowledge needed to fuel economic and social growth in Africa. Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Benguerir is located at the heart of the Green City and aims to serve as a leading platform at the national and international level.

16:45 – 17:00

  Coffee Break

  17:00- 19:00

  Skills Workshops

  Participants are invited to select the workshop of their choice on ADConnect. There are up to 16 spots available in each workshop on a first come first served basis.

 1- Leadership (Yasmina El Kadiri- Leadership Expert)

 This workshop will enable participants to better understand the differences that exist between “leadership” and “management”. This exciting learning opportunity will present various aspects of leadership and practical mechanisms to develop this skill in different fields. By the end of this session, participants are expected to have gained a firm knowledge of and appreciation for leadership along with skills to better contextualize and manage complexity.

2- Entrepreneurship (Touria Benlafqih, Founder & CEO, EM People & Youssef Kobo, Founder & CEO, A Seat At The Table

 Entrepreneurship is often a long and sometimes frustrating path. During this skill-based workshop, young leaders will be invited to discuss concrete challenges that entrepreneurs face on a daily basis. It will allow them to identify different shortcomings and collectively think of ways to overcome these choke points.

3- Design Thinking (Ade Mabogunje, Design Thinking Expert, Stanford University)

 Design thinking can be a powerful tool for leaders to bring together new perspectives and extract optimal solutions. This workshop will take participants one step further by exploring the different steps to make design thinking effective and tap into their innate creativity under the guidance of an internationally recognized expert.

19:00

  Departure to Marrakech

20:30 – 23:00

  Networking Dinner

  Gathered around dinner in a cozy atmosphere, the ADELs will have the opportunity to network with alumni from previous cohorts, as well as staff from the Policy Center for the New South (formerly known as OCP Policy Center)/OCP Group to develop and further deepen the relationships between the individuals that make up the AD community.

 Wednesday, December 12

 8:00

 Departure to Benguerir

 9:00-9:15

 Projection of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University Institutional Video

9:15- 10:30

 Does « Good Education » Mean Good Governance?

 The youth bulge in Africa represents a major challenge for the educational system in the continent. Education is a fundamental tool for lifting people out of poverty and shaping the next generation of leaders. While it might be tempting to assume good education leads to good governance, the link is often times not so obvious. Mechanisms to establish effective governance and investment in education remain a difficult objective. The session will seek to answer the following questions:

 1. What is “good education”?

 2. How do we align education policies with the needs for good governance in emerging economies?

 3. What values and principles must be at the heart of educational systems to foster good governance?

 Moderator: Emil Chireno, Director, Center of Global Studies at the Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo

 Speaker: Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, Former Minister of Education, Nigeria, Founder, Bring Back Our Girls, Senior Economic Advisor, the African Economic Development Policy Initiative

 10:30- 11:00

  Coffee Break

 11:00- 13:30

  Socio-Analytic Dialogue for effective leadership

  Leaders need special cognitive and emotional capacities to assume great responsibilities and be effective agents of change. This session will put an emphasis on the importance of Socio-Analytic Dialogue, focusing on the internalization and ownership of objectives in order to better understand resistance to change and build collective solutions to common problems.

 Speaker: Bruno Boccara, Founder of Socio-Analytic Dialogue, Former Lead Economist World Bank and Director Standard & Poor's

  13:30- 15:00

  Lunch Break

  15:00- 18:00

  OCP Group Workshops

 By launching the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders’ program, the Policy Center of the New South and the wider OCP Group (Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, OCP’s Ben Guerir Mine, etc.) seek to back innovative ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time, positioning Morocco as an innovation hub. “OCP Movement” was launched in 2016 in order to develop the organization’s human capital by providing employees with a range of opportunities to rethink new products and services, and further engage with the larger community. Autonomous working groups are currently designing new products, processes, and systems.

 This workshop begins with a concise presentation of the OCP Group’s vision and the rationale that prompted such an initiative. Afterwards, leaders are invited to brainstorm and present their interventions to solve the challenges facing the OCP Group. Brainstorming sessions are organized around two main themes: (a) How do we communicate in a more innovative and effective way, and (b) How can Mohammed VI Polytechnic University become a leading university recognized for its quality teaching, research on issues ranging from entrepreneurship, digital innovation, education and skills, communication, and new partnerships across public, private, and non-profit sectors. The discussions held will serve as the back-bone for the upcoming session with Mr. Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO of OCP Group, that will take place on December 14th. The Emerging Leaders will be granted the opportunity to present their proposals and suggestions on how to address the issues at hand, allowing for a fruitful exchange through an interactive approach.

 Moderator: Lex Paulson, Attorney, Professor, Sciences Po Paris

  18:00- 18:30

  Coffee Break

  18:30- 20:00

 Gender, Race and Culture : Social responsibility in the 21th century

 While gender and race have taken a preeminent place in recent political debates, it is paramount to engage more women and minorities in entrepreneurial, digital, and engineering pursuits. Given the latest populist developments, youth are expected to lead the way toward a brighter and more open world. This session will discuss the following questions:

   1- How can we overcome negative cultural biases?

   2- What is an inclusive society and/or organization?

   3- What are young leaders’ responsibilities in changing mindsets about gender and race?

 Moderator: Youssef Tobi, Research Officer, Policy Center for the New South

 Speakers: Enuma Okoro, Colomnist, The Guardian Nigeria

                  Richard Lui, Anchor, MSNBC

                  Youssef Kobo, Founder, A Seat At The Table (ASATT)

                  Jessica Berlin, Founder & Managing Director, CoStruct

  20h00- 22h00

  Closing Cocktail

  22h00

  Departure to Marrakech

 Thursday, December 13

 Free Morning

 ADEL 2018 Cohort joins the Atlantic Dialogues Conference as participants

 Participants will be provided with a shuttle schedule on their ADConnect phone application.

  Saturday, December 15

14:30- 17:00

 Fireside Chat with Mr. Mostafa Terrab, Chairman & CEO, OCP Group (time tbd)

  This meeting follows up on the OCP Group workshops organized on December 12th. During this casual exchange with Mr. Mostafa Terrab, ADELs will be invited to share their ideas and experiences in order to identify next steps for the issues discussed during the workshops and gain a better understanding of the values and principles that drive the work of OCP Group.

 Final Plenary- Atlantic Community: The Role of Youth in Building, Connecting and Anticipating

 Moderated by Zeinab Badawi, Presenter, BBC Global Questions and HardTalk, Director, Kush Communications Chair, Royal African Society

During the ADEL program, and until December 14th, ADELs will be able to vote for four of their peers to represent the cohort during the final plenary of the conference. They will be picking the theme of the discussion via ADConnect. This will be the opportunity to read the declaration elaborated during the first session of the program on the role of youth in building and maintaining a strong Atlantic Community.

Agenda 2017



  Sunday, December 10

 Upon Arrival Registration

20:00 – 22:30

 Informal Welcome Dinner

  Monday, December 11

9:00- 9:30

 Welcome and AD Connect introduction

 Speaker: Yassir Essyagi, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

                 Lilia Rizk, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

9:30 – 10:30

 Ice Breaker- Exploring Leadership Values

 This session will explore leadership characteristics and will answer the question: what makes a great leader? Many have pondered this question, and while some argue that one is born a leader, others believe that leadership skills and abilities can be developed with time and experience. What can be agreed upon is that a great leader has a certain set of qualities that inspire and challenge people. Leadership can be interpreted in many different ways, and the program’s opening will give emerging leaders an opportunity to discuss the values that make up their ideal leader. Participants will then reflect on their leadership qualities and how they relate to their own experiences. This interactive session will help participants get to know each other and engage with other peers from other regions, sectors, fields and backgrounds.

 Moderator: Lilia Rizk, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

10:30 – 12:00

 Town Hall Meeting: Exchanging Ideas, Experiences, Common Challenges, and Shared Priorities

 One of the first qualities of leaders is the entrepreneurial spirit they exude throughout their substantial careers and projects within their working life. The power of these rising leaders lies in their ability to significantly and positively impact the environments in which they evolve. This exercise aims at primarily providing this edition’s unique cohort with the opportunity to present and pitch their projects (oriented business or nonprofit) in order to receive feedback from an impressive multicultural crowd. Each EL would in turn introduce the group to the mission statement and vision of their proposal or, the obstacles and challenges faced. After each pitch, the group would share its honest feedback and constructive suggestions. The added value would be the emergence of a wide array of ideas representing different backgrounds, perceptions and interpretations that can help advance the presented projects. Ultimately, this session is acting as a lasting bond between the members of EL through a fundamentally creative experience, combining the value of their intellectual capital with their awareness of the importance of cultural diversity

12:00 - 13:30

 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00

  Technological Advances, Skills, and the Jobs of Tomorrow

 Technology has been changing the way we work and the skills we need. Ever since the steam machine was invented in 1765, our societies have witnessed rapid human and social transformation in an era called the First Industrial Revolution. Today and following nearly a half century of unprecedented technological and digital progress, we are well into what experts call the Second Machine Age or a new Industrial Revolution. With computers performing what was once Human’s “mental work”, robots are substituting human labor, introducing new dimensions to our economies and societies. The established standard educational system is not offering nor teaching children a set of skills efficient enough to handle the needs of the future. Policy makers and political leaders do not yet fully grasp what the future holds for us in terms of labor market structures and job opportunities. More approaches linked to this shift are necessary in order to better understand what different policies will be needed to address this Second Machine Age.

  • What are these specific set of skills that will be useful in the near and distant future?

  • How can we transform our educational systems to better prepare us for a rapid transformation of labor markets?

  • How can we assess these transformations in labor markets? What are the aspects that we have to emphasize upon or criticize? Are there any positive changes than we praise?

  • How does context matter in addressing this global issue?

 Moderator: Thomas Pereira da Silva, Visiting Fellow, OCP Policy Center

 Speakers : Ade Mabogunje, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Design Research, Stanford University, Martine Kappel, Founder, True North Leadership 

15:00 – 15:15

  Coffee Break

15: 15 – 16:45

  Energy and Climate Change: Innovative Approaches and Policy Reforms

  Environmental changes are increasingly becoming more apparent in many aspects of human life: rising temperatures and sea levels are only one part of this alarming equation. Other factors such as changing precipitation patters and storm and hurricane intensities have now become a new reality. Human related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are resulting in irreversible consequences. In parallel, most economies are indeed looking to increase their production and consumption of renewable energy. If GHG emissions is not reduced to significantly lower levels within the next few years and or decades, further warming and sea-level rise will dramatically affect our planet, human health, natural ecosystems, and the world economy.

  • How can current and future policies be useful in adjusting to the near and distant future?

  • Can policy reform be undertaken at a fast-enough rate to reverse the current estimation and trends?

  • What are the main barriers to more efficient and impactful enterprises?

 Speaker: Badr Ikken, General Director, Research Institute in Renewable Energy (IRESEN) (TBC).

  16:45 – 17:00

  Coffee Break

  17:00 – 18:30

 Civil Society, NGOs, and Entrepreneurial approaches for Development

 In a context where development assistance is losing popular support and public financing, various roles can be taken by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and Entrepreneurs to push for development agendas. Civil society organizations can work on: collecting and analyzing information to help better target scarce financial resources; assessing environmental conditions and monitoring compliance with environmental agreements; and advocating environmental justice. NGOs on the other hand can be a stronger partner and advocacy voice (e.g., Gates Foundation, etc.), supporting respect for human rights and corporate social responsibility. Finally, entrepreneurs can combine innovation with rapid growth and risk taking, using their respective business associations across-borders to make development projects more targeted and efficient. All actors should use both top-down and bottom-up approaches to capture both the political reality of change with the population’s most urgent needs.

  • How can these actors reach their full potential when addressing their respective agendas?

  • What major roadblocks are they currently facing (in their specific context)?

  • What recent initiatives exists based on a collaboration between these three actors?

 Moderator: Sara Mokaddem, International Relations Specialist, OCP Policy Center

 Speakers: Marcus Vinicius de Freitas, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center,

                   Lamia Bazir, Director of South-South Cooperation, Groupe Credit Agricole of Morocco, Founder and President, Empowering Women in the Atlas

20:00 – 22:00

  Networking Dinner and Welcome Address

 Speakers: Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center

  Tuesday, December 12

8:45-9:45

  Mohammed VI Polytechnic University-Visit

  9:45 -10:00   Coffee Break
  10:00 – 11:30

  Workshop 1: Panel of EL Program Alumni – Bridging the Generational Divide Lessons learned from EL Program

 The road to development takes different paths and is at the heart of the policies of developing countries. This session aims to explore the various aspects of this challenge, and through the voices of our Emerging Leaders Alumni, look at the input that each sector can bring to the table. Having all addressed the issue of development through different mechanisms, they will share their respective expertise and panel a discussion on this topic. With diverse professional backgrounds (private sector, public sector, entrepreneurship, academia), the EL Alumni will be able to provide a complete overview of the role that the leaders of tomorrow can play to shape the development strategies of developing countries.

 Moderator: Lilia Rizk, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

 Speakers: Ciré Dye Ba, Executive Director, CIRTECH-CTC

                 Prince Boadu, MapTech Logistics Limited

                 Teocah Dove, The Teocah Dove Legacy Foundation

                 Pablo Medina, Senior Mexico Analyst, Wood Mackenzie

                 Hiba Rizk, Senior Environmental Specialist, Jacobs Engineering

  11:30 -11:45   Coffee Break
 11: 45 -12:30

  Presentation of Workshop Rationale

 Coach: Ade Mabogunje, Associate Director, Stanford University

  12:30 – 13:30   Lunch
13:30 – 16:30   Workshop 2: Vision for incoming ELs – How to maximize the Program’s Impact / Conversation: Time for Action – What roles for, and which ideas from, the new generation
13: 30 -16:00

  Parallel Workshops and Facilitations

 The goal of these workshops will be to take stock and think about how we can continue building the community of Emerging Leaders while providing a framework, rationale, and vision for the program. Through these workshops, we hope to note Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader’s (ADEL) expectations, learn from the ADEL alumni experiences, and help establish a basis for future discussions. In four simultaneous workshops, facilitators will guide the discussions to 1) help identify a common cause that the Emerging Leaders can carry by discussing the most serious issues that the countries represented are facing; 2) assess where we are now, where we want to be and how we can get there; and 3) revisit how to align the Emerging Leaders Program with OCP Policy Center’s motto (Think, Stimulate, Bridge). The desired workshop output is a strategic framework for the ADEL program and a roadmap that we will be presented to OCP’s Chairman and CEO, Dr. Mostafa Terrab in an informal discussion.

 The above mentioned will be achieved by involving 20 ADEL alumni from the past 5 editions in the process along with 10 additional African Young professionals recommended by OCP (in addition to the 50 ADELs selected for this year’s cohort), which will bring up the total number of Emerging Leaders involved in the workshops and in the development of the “Common Cause” to 80. 

   

  Group 1

Facilitator: Eniola Mafe   

  Group 2

Facilitator: Amanda Mathe  

  Group 3

Facilitator: Njoya Tikum  

  Group 4

Facilitator: Youssef Kobo  

4 EL Alumni (TBD)

12 Current EL (TBD)

3 Young Professional

4 EL Alumni (TBD)

13 Current EL (TBD)

3 Young Professional

4 EL Alumni (TBD)

12 Current EL (TBD)

3 Young Professional

4 EL Alumni (TBD)

12 Current EL (TBD)

3 Young Professional

 

16:00 -16:30   Reporting
  16:30 -18:00

  Presentation of Workshop Results, Informal Discussion with OCP Chairman and CEO

 Moderator: Lilia Rizk, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

 Speaker: Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO, OCP Group

 In order to propel the Emerging Leaders community beyond the conference, the younger generation of leaders needs to identify a common cause to carry. This common cause will be brainstormed during a series of workshops organized within the 2017 Emerging Leaders program. They will be presented to the Chairman of OCP, Mr. Mostafa Terrab, during an informal discussion in order to allow for experience sharing and an ability to have a comprehensive look into involving youth in bridging the generational gap present in policy and decision-making.

  18:00– 19:30   Dinner Cocktail
 19:30 – 20:30

  A discussion with Laoye Jaiyeola

 Speaker: Laoye Jaiyeola, CEO, Nigerian Economic Summit Group

 20: 30– 22:00

 Workshop 3: Preparation for Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders 1 min pitches

 Moderators: Amanda Mathe, Managing Director Ndlovukazi Online Media

During a town hall meeting organized at the start of the Emerging Leaders program, the ADELs will be presenting their projects and ideas for social, economic and political change. The cohort will then proceed to voting for the 15 best ideas, that will then be presented during the Atlantic Dialogues conference in a series of pitches. The Atlantic Dialogues high level audience will engage with the ADELs in a system of feedback enabled by the Spotme application Word Cloud. This session will help the selected ADELs prepare for their pitches with the assistance of Amanda Mathe and Laoye Jaiyeola.

  ADEL 2017 Cohort joins the Atlantic Dialogues Conference as participants 

Participants will be provided with a shuttle schedule on their ADConnect phone application.

 Wednesday, December 13

11:00 – 11:15

  Emerging Leaders 1 minute Pitch

 Five emerging leaders will be pitching their ideas to the Atlantic Dialogues audience, who will in turn engage with them through a voting system enabled by the SpotMe Application. Each pitch will last one minute, and ADELs will present their ideas one after the other before leaving the floor to the following panel.

 Speakers: 5 Selected ELs (TBD)

  Thursday, December 14th

14:00 – 14:15   Emerging Leaders 1 minute Pitch Five emerging leaders will be pitching their ideas to the Atlantic Dialogues audience, who will in turn engage with them through a voting system enabled by the SpotMe Application. Each pitch will last one minute, and ADELs will present their ideas one after the other before leaving the floor to the following panel. Speakers: 5 Selected ELs (TBD)
  21:45-23:15

  AD Evening Session: Documentary Projection followed by a discussion with Zeinab Badawi, Journalist, BBC & Abdoulaye Bathily, Former Special Representative

   Participation of all Emerging Leaders

  Friday, December 15th

11:00 – 11:15

  Emerging Leaders 1 minute Pitch

 Five emerging leaders will be pitching their ideas to the Atlantic Dialogues audience, who will in turn engage with them through a voting system enabled by the SpotMe Application. Each pitch will last one minute, and ADELs will present their ideas one after the other before leaving the floor to the following panel.

 Speakers: 5 Selected ELs (TBD)

 17:30 – 18:45   Emerging Leaders Closing Plenary – Discussion with Zeinab Badawi
Agenda 2016



Monday, December 12

Registration

Registration and AD Connect Introduction

18:00-20:00

Town Hall Meeting: Exchanging Ideas, Experiences and Common Challenges

 

Entrepreneurial spirit is often unanimous with emerging talent especially throughout their careers and demonstrated through their ability to significantly and positively impact the environments in which they work in. This exercise aims at providing the opportunity to present and pitch project ideas and concepts (oriented in business or nonprofit) and receive constructive feedback from a diverse crowd.
Emerging Leaders will have the opportunity to volunteer and introduce in brief, a short mission statement, vision, or proposal on a component of their work and discuss the obstacles and challenges they face. After each short presentation, the group will provide constructive suggestions that aims to explore the wide array of ideas and common challenges that occur across different backgrounds and discover the common perceptions and interpretations that can help advance the presented projects.

20:00-21:30

Opening Dinner and Welcome Address by Karen Donfried, President, GMF and Karim Al Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center

21:30-22:30

Evening Conversation: Navigating Through People, Networks and Society

Speaker: Reta Jo Lewis, Director of Congressional Affairs and a Senior Fellow, GMF

Moderator: Danielle Piatkiewicz, Program Coordinator, GMF

In today’s globalized world, leaders often face the challenge of navigating through the complex and multifaceted society we live in today – often becoming disconnected and on the periphery of key issues driving unrest across the globe. Today, more than ever, it is vital to steer through the challenges and obstacles that leaders face by exploring the value of working and engaging across sectors, bridging the generational divide and looking forward to the new leadership being formed today. As the former special representative for global intergovernmental affairs, U.S. Department of State, during the Obama administration, Ms. Lewis, director of Congressional Affairs at the German Marshall fund of the United States has navigated and drove these initiatives through her immense experience with leadership development, outreach, programming, and thought pieces on global engagement strategies to strengthen the next generation of transatlantic leaders. Since beginning her tenure, she has been very active in engaging Congress through GMF’s Transatlantic Congressional Staff Salon Series, briefings on Capitol Hill, study tours, testimony from GMF experts, and engagement with European Parliamentarians. 

Tuesday,  December 13

11:00-12:00

Ben Guerir: Ecosystems at the Heart of Innovation, Growth and Development

 

‎Innovation and sustainable economic growth stand as two of the most important and vital pillars needed in developing countries today. In order to address future challenges within resilient economies, developing countries must develop models and networks of their own capacity in order to achieve these targets – often by creating the infrastructure themselves. Launched in 2009 by His Majesty the King Mohammed VI under OCP’s large-scale strategic projects, The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is a future world-class university located in the Green City of Ben Guerir, offering an exceptional way of life in an ecosystem of knowledge. The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, which is at the heart of this new Green City, will play a major role in the national industrial emergence initiative due to its educational programs and contribution to research and development through its industry oriented scientific research center and a start-up incubator. Together with the Green City, they offer a model where knowledge, innovation, entrepreneurship and environmental best-practice are the heart of the city’s values, set to promote urban, economic and social development.

12:00-13:00

Networking Lunch with University Polytechnic Mohamed VI PhD. Students and Senior Staff

13:30-15:00

Exploring Diverse Leadership Styles: Strategies for Maximizing your Impact, Career Growth, and Networking Workshop

Speaker: Adnan Kifayt, Senior Fellow, GMF

Effective global leadership in today’s world requires a keen sense of one’s own leadership style and strengths, and the know-how to navigate and innovate in the face of unexpected challenges. Drawing on the Emerging Leaders’ diverse set of experiences and aspirations, this session will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and professional development through group and individual exercises. This interactive coaching session will guide participants through a process of developing their ideas, providing tools to further their vision and maximize their impact and effectiveness in their home communities.

15:30-17:00

Design Thinking: Innovation Ecosystems Across the Atlantic Workshop

Speaker: Ade Mabogunje, Associate Director, Stanford University Center for Design Research

When design principles are applied to strategy and innovation, the success rate for innovation dramatically improves. Design-led private sector organizations such as Apple, IBM, Nike, have outperformed the S&P 500 over the past 10 years by an extraordinary 219%, according to a  2014 assessment by the Design Management Institute. Design thinking is at the core of effective strategy development and organizational change.

It has also been used to address one of the most pressing issues of our time, which is achieving sustainable growth. Whether they are public sector operators, business leaders or academics, growth – in the broad term- has become one of the priorities.

Global economies are grasping for new ways to operate more inclusively, create jobs, raise productivity, and elevate standards of living. But why do certain communities like Silicon Valley generate so much wealth continually over time, while other places—even those with talented people, capital resources, valuable assets, and free markets—languish? To attempt to provide an answer to this complex issue, Ade Mabogunje has observed an emerging model of economic thinking characterized by the following five features of human interaction: social networks, teams, trust, identity and environmental conditions.

This workshop will aim to explore the implications of an ecosystem-based approach for leaders to design sustainable projects, and to value a new economic framework—one that respects the role of individuals and their interactions with one another in shaping their ecosystems. 

18:30-19:30

Exploring the South Atlantic’s Potential: Climbing the Global Economic Ladder

Speaker: Alfredo Valladao, Professor, Sciences Po Paris and Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

The financial and economic crisis that unfolded across the globe after the 2008 sub- prime meltdown was not just another cyclical bump in the conquering advance of modern capitalism. It was — and still is — a symptom of the exhausted 20th-century way of envisioning the best path to economic growth, consumer satisfaction, and efficient production of goods. The other, and crucial, part is the ongoing technological revolution and its impact on manufacturing processes, the organization of production value chains, and on consumption itself. The analogic mechanical conveyor-belt, so prevalent during the last century, is rapidly being superseded by a new digital computational conveyor-belt. The consequences will be huge for the world’s geographic distribution of economic activity as well as for the authority and perquisites of nation-states and governments. The new digital industrial economy will entail a new distribution of wealth and power around the world. Disruptions will indeed be pervasive. The new technological dynamics are already leading to profound changes regarding the beneficiaries of corporate, social, political, and geographical value- added. Countries from the South Atlantic will have to seize this opportunity to climb the global economic ladder and reposition themselves on global value chains.

20:00-21:30

Networking Dinner

21:30-22:30

Evening Conversation: Thinking through the Unthinkable

Speaker: Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster

From the financial crisis of 2008 to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, an unprecedented amount of crises and unforeseen events have erupted in recent years around the world. These events leave us wondering how and why the experts seating at the highest levels of corporate and public service did not anticipate important events shaping the world’s order. The proliferation of these ‘unthinkable’ events has exposed the vulnerabilities of our leaders when it comes to identifying and handling unprecedented situations.

It isn’t due to a decrease in the quality or skills of the people that govern us; rather it is deeply connected to the dramatic acceleration of the pace of changes around the world. In the disruptive age of digital public empowerment, big data, and metadata, leadership has failed to engage these issues in time to find the right answers and solutions.

Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon conducted a series of interviews with 60 of the highest level leaders and their advisers from business and finance, government, the military, and the humanitarian sector, as well as members of the coming generation of leaders, the millennials. The result of these interviews is the report ‘Thinking the Unthinkable: a new imperative for leadership in the digital age’ that tries to find the reasons behind the incapacity of our leaders to address and foresee crises in our time.

Wednesday, December 14

08:30-09:30

Breakfast Conversation: Narrating Career Paths: Lessons from Journalistic Storytelling

Speaker: Richard Lui, Broadcaster, MSNBC/NBC News

Moderator: Kelsey Glover, Public Relations Manager, GMF

Many business, government, and not-for-profit leaders struggle with storytelling. When it’s time to communicate a quarterly report, a drop in revenue or an organizational re-positioning, they freeze. How to tell the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” when communicating to internal and external audiences is not a necessary, skilled craft mastered by many business professionals. Yet the story told will be judged, quoted, and everlasting —especially in the age of social media. But this skill is not only important organizationally. Storytelling when it comes to one’s personal brand is just as important. What is your story? Did you write it yet? Strangely, few of the smartest people do the obvious: write their own story, on their terms. Marketing departments and agencies painstakingly craft a brand story to create an emotional connection between the customer and organization. Yet still, the story lines are confusing. As a network journalist and storyteller for the nation’s leading broadcast companies and as a seasoned voice in business marketing, Richard Lui sits at a nexus of storytelling. Lui explains how to tell stories that deliver impact and emotion, that are practical, relatable, and perhaps most importantly – effective and repeatable.

09:30-10:30

Bridging the Generational Divide featuring Emerging Leaders Alumni

Speakers:

- Fatim-Zahra Biaz, General Manager, New Work Lab Casablanca (EL 2013)

- Raphael Camargo, RGC Consulting, Founder (EL 2015)

- Stacey Links, South African Doctoral Researcher at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands (EL 2013)

- Eliot Pence, Director, Africa, McLarty Associates (EL 2015)

- Landry Signé, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center and Chairman, the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity, Stanford University Center for African Studies (EL 2013)

Moderator: Nisrine Ouazzani, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

The road to development takes different paths and is at the heart of the policies of developing countries. This session aims to explore the various aspects of this challenge, and through the voices of our Emerging Leaders Alumni, look at the input that each sector can bring to the table. Having all addressed the issue of development through different mechanisms, they will share their respective expertise and panel a discussion on this topic. With diverse professional backgrounds (private sector, public sector, entrepreneurship, academia), the EL Alumni will be able to provide a complete overview of the role that the leaders of tomorrow can play to shape the development strategies of developing countries.

11:00-12:00

he Role of a New Generation: Leadership and Governance across the Atlantic

Speaker: Mamphela Ramphele, Leader, AgangSA

Moderator: Lilia Rizk, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

The current political developments around the world have led to the questioning of the contemporary political status quo. Globalization and the ongoing technological revolution have created social and political cleavages that have divided countries on many issues. Age has shown to be a key factor when casting votes in recent significant political events such as Brexit or the U.S. presidential election, illustrating a mutual lack of understanding between young people and the political establishment. Nevertheless, political systems are experiencing changes around the world as people seek for better governance. At the heart of these changes should be a new generation of young initiative-risk takers, problem solvers, and innovators that will challenge the existing frameworks and carry energizing visions. The Emerging Leaders will discuss the issues of governance and leadership across the Atlantic Ocean, emphasizing the potential role that youth should be playing in shaping global agendas with a prominent leader and active citizen.

Transfer to Atlantic Dialogues Conference

Agenda 2015

Wednesday, October 28

 

Registration and AD Connect Introduction

19:00-20:00

Ice Breaker – Exploring Leadership Values

 

What makes a great leader? Many have pondered this question for some time. While some argue that one is born a leader, others believe that leadership skills and abilities can be developed with time and experience. What can be agreed upon is that a great leader has a certain set of qualities that inspire and challenge people. Leadership qualities can be interpreted in many different ways. The program’s opening will give emerging leaders an opportunity to discuss the values that make up their ideal leader. Participants will then reflect on their leadership qualities and how they relate to their own experiences. This interactive session will help participants get to know each other and engage with other cultures and backgrounds.

20:00-21:00

Networking Dinner            

21:00-22:30

Night Owl Session: Seeking Investment Opportunities in Africa ; Conversation with Ezana Bocresion, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

The ongoing economic transformation and growth of the African continent is making it an emerging force. Optimism surrounding the Africa Rising narrative is supported in many countries by a growing middle class, increasing purchasing power, returning diaspora members, new discoveries of natural resources and minerals, relative political stability, and large infrastructure spending. International economic and financial actors now recognize the potential that the continent represents for the world economy. How is the growing international interest in Africa translating on the ground? What opportunities do a growing middle class, closing infrastructure gap, and improved business environment present? What role could Africa play in a changing economic order? Bocresion will share his insights on leadership as seen through the lens of the African investment landscape with the emerging leaders.

Thursday October, 29 

08:30-20:00

Simulation Exercise – Responding to a Pandemic in the Atlantic Space

 

‎Recent events have shown that health challenges in an interconnected world spread far beyond national borders. Using the Atlantic space as a “laboratory,” the simulation will explore responses to a pandemic and possible cooperation among countries in the Atlantic. The emerging leaders will take part in a day-long simulation exercise during which they will be encouraged to find coordinated solutions to common challenges. Each emerging leader ‎will be assigned to a team representing a specific country, which will be different from that of their nationality. Together, they will have to define their positions, understand the perspectives of their peers, negotiate, and reach pre-set goals and objectives. The aim of the simulation is to stimulate cooperation within teams, as well as with the larger group of participants. It will also seek to examine immediate policy choices as well as the impact of them 5-20 years later. This exercise will enable emerging leaders to delve deeper into a series of policy questions and broaden their understanding of other Atlantic countries.

20:00-21:30

Dinner Conversations chaired by representatives of OCP Policy Center and the German Marshall Fund

Friday, October 30

9:30-11:30

Strengthening Your Leadership Portfolio: Strategies for Maximizing Your Impact, Career Growth, and Networking

 

Effective global leadership in today’s world requires a keen sense of one’s own leadership style and strengths, and the know-how to navigate and innovate in the face of unexpected challenges. Drawing on the Emerging Leaders’ diverse set of experiences and aspirations, this session will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and professional development through group and individual exercises. This interactive coaching session will guide participants through a process of developing their ideas, providing tools to further their vision and maximize their impact and effectiveness in their home communities.

12:00-12:30

Address by Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO, OCP Group and President, OCP Foundation

 

The Atlantic Basin has had historical, economic, and cultural links for centuries. With the rebalancing of Atlantic geopolitics and broader, changing power dynamics comes an unparalleled opportunity to rethink geographies and find commonalities across societies. The emerging leaders will address the redefinition of connections across the Atlantic Ocean and will discuss the challenges and opportunities in this space with a great reformer and innovative thinker.

12:30-13:30

Networking lunch

13:30-15:00

Workshop – Emerging Leaders Town Hall

One of the first qualities of leaders is the entrepreneurial spirit they exude and projects within their working life. The power of these rising leaders lies in their ability to significantly and positively affect the environments in which they evolve. This session provides the emerging leaders with a platform to present their projects and gain constructive feedback from their peers. Emerging leaders can use this session to advance ideas, discuss challenges, and find ways of connect projects to a broader context. Projects pitched will benefit from the wider array of expertise and experiences present in the group. The aim of the session is to provide tools and concrete outcomes building on the group’s intellectual capital.

Afternoon

Joining The Atlantic Dialogues Conference

Friday, October 30: Joining the Atlantic dialogues Conference

Sunday November 1st

Emerging Leaders final Plenary Session: Thinking Through the Unexpected

Agenda 2014

Wednesday, October 22

 

Registration and AD Connect Introduction

18:45-19:00

Welcome Remarks by Khalid Berradi, COO, OCP Policy Center and Ian Lesser, Senior Director, Foreign and Security Policy and Executive Director, Brussels Office, The German Marshall Fund

 

What makes a great leader? Many have pondered this question for some time. While some argue that one is born a leader, others believe that leadership skills and abilities can be developed with time and experience. What can be agreed upon is that a great leader has a certain set of qualities that inspire and challenge people. Leadership qualities can be interpreted in many different ways. The program’s opening will give emerging leaders an opportunity to discuss the values that make up their ideal leader. Participants will then reflect on their leadership qualities and how they relate to their own experiences. This interactive session will help participants get to know each other and engage with other cultures and backgrounds.

19:00-19:45

Conversation with Karen Donfried

Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States         

19:45-21:30

Dinner Conversations chaired by representatives of OCP Policy Center and the German Marshall Fund

Thursday October, 23 

10:00-12:00

Hubs, Clusters, and Ecosystems: The Case of OCP in Ben Guerir

 

‎Innovation and sustainability are often touted as key pillars for competitive economic growth. In working to develop their own models and capacity, state and non-state economic actors must contend with how to build networks and configurations that generate new and sustainable ideas, capable of overcoming future challenges and developing resilient economies in the South. Ben Guerir, a small town in central Morocco, is attempting to answer that question. With mining activities at its core, Mohammed VI Green City is positioning itself as an ecosystem of knowledge, innovation, entrepreneurship, and environmental best-practices. The Green City, along with the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, an academic project that combines a higher education institution, an industry-oriented scientific research center, and an incubator for start-ups, are central to Morocco’s Emergence Plan. In this context, efforts are also made to contribute to the socioeconomic development of the region and strengthen local capacity.

  • What combination of hubs, clusters, or ecosystems can contribute to the development of resilient economies in the South?
  • What kinds of partnerships will contribute to creating larger hubs and clusters, in order to develop knowledge-based economies?
  • How can the private sector be associated to cluster creation?
  • How do education and training centers contribute to addressing inequalities?

13:00-14:30

Lunch and site visits

Friday October, 24

9:30-11:30

Strengthening Your Leadership Portfolio: Strategies for Maximizing Your Impact, Career Growth, and Networking

 

Effective global leadership in today’s world requires a keen sense of one’s own leadership style and strengths, and the know-how to navigate and innovate in the face of unexpected challenges. Drawing on the Emerging Leaders’ diverse set of experiences and aspirations, this session will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and professional development through group and individual exercises. This interactive coaching session will guide participants through a process of developing their ideas, providing tools to further their vision and maximize their impact and effectiveness in their home communities.

12:00-12:30

Address by Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO, OCP Group and President, OCP Foundation

 

The Atlantic Basin has had historical, economic, and cultural links for centuries. With the rebalancing of Atlantic geopolitics and broader, changing power dynamics comes an unparalleled opportunity to rethink geographies and find commonalities across societies. The emerging leaders will address the redefinition of connections across the Atlantic Ocean and will discuss the challenges and opportunities in this space with a great reformer and innovative thinker.

12:30-13:30

Networking lunch

14:30-16:30

Workshop – Re-Defining Boundaries: The Future of the Atlantic Basin

The idea of the Atlantic as a single political, cultural, and economic entity or ecosystem is relatively new, driven by the emergence of new economies and the changing contours of international security following the end of the Cold War. North and South, East and West no longer hold the same meanings today that they once did. And thinking in terms of traditional regions — Europe and Africa, North and South America — is inherently limiting in a globalizing world.

 

But what does a new Atlantic world mean? Will the Atlantic Basin be primarily conceived as an economic system, defined by physical connectivity, commercial interdependence, and the flow of capital? Is a common security agenda possible given the disparate threats, from extremist violence and drug cartels to conventional national security concerns? Will the flow of people across the Atlantic lead to the creation of a shared Atlantic identity? Or will the entire basin be identified with a set of shared values? Finally, what institutions are most needed to advance any shared objectives across the Atlantic Basin and beyond?

 

A more robust discussion on these issues, concerns, and ambitions requires stakeholders from the four continents, and across the public, private, and non-profit sectors. A deeper conversation should help to identify what is possible, and what is desirable, in a fluid and rapidly changing Atlantic world.

16:30-17:00

Coffee Break

17:00-18:00

Brainstorming – Emerging Leaders Mystery Session

 

This brainstorming session will combine the group’s perspectives and experiences, as well as the outcomes of debates within the Emerging Leaders program. The group will be tasked with developing the final session, thinking through content and structure in order to challenge current thought and better reflect the reality and visualize the future of the region. The final product will be presented to senior officials, thinkers, and business leaders at the closing session of the Atlantic Dialogues.

9:00-12:30

 

Strengthening Your Leadership Portfolio: Strategies for Maximizing your Impact, Career Growth and Networking

 

Effective global leadership in today’s world requires a keen sense of one’s own leadership style and strengths, and the know-how to navigate and innovate in the face of unexpected challenges. Drawing on the Emerging Leaders’ diverse set of experiences and aspirations, this session will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and professional development through group and individual exercises. This interactive coaching session will guide participants through a process of developing their ideas, providing tools to further their vision and maximize their impact and effectiveness in their home communities.

12:30-13:00

Break

13:00-13:30

Conversation with Dr. Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres, Senior Advisor to the Director General, World Trade Organization

13:45-15:00

 

Networking Lunch

Friday October, 24: Joining The Atlantic Dialogues Conference

Saturday, October, 25: Joining The Atlantic Dialogues Conference

Sunday October, 26:

Epilogue: Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Final Plenary Session