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50 young professionals from Africa, Europe and the Americas to join the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders (ADEL) network


Because the future lies in the hands of the next generation, the OCP Policy Center wishes to associate young professionals to the high-level conference Atlantic Dialogues (AD 2017, December 13-15th , Marrakech), in spirit and in action.

Fifty young professionals aged 23 to 35, are arriving from 25 countries on December 10th 2017 in Marrakech for three days of workshops before the Atlantic Dialogues conference. On their schedule features one full day at the Mohamed VI Polytechnic University (Benguerir). They will also meet 20 Alumnis of the ADEL network, which has grown from 35 to 250 members between 2012 and 2017. 

Half of them women, half of them African

Who are they ? Nejat Abdella is an analyst with Dalberg Advisers in Ethiopia, for instance. Malao Ndiaye a monitoring specialist at the Ministry of Energy in Senegal. Irais Aviles Garcia leads the multicultural cultural cooperation at the Ministry of Culture in Mexico. Jean-Claude Muhire manages the NGO Love the Kids Foundation he has launched in Rwanda.

The AD 2017 Emerging Leaders show very diverse profiles : 23 women and 27 men in 2017, with a total of 27 Africans (of which 6 North-Africans), 8 South-Americans, 7 Europeans, 7 North-Americans et 1 Asian. They mostly come from the private sector (15), think tanks and academia (11), NGOs (11), public sector (11) and international organizations (4).


A very successful appeal for candidates

Nearly 1000 young professionals have applied this year. The OCP Policy Center has selected them on their submission files. The 50 selected Emerging Leaders for the 2017 cohort have shown initiative abilities, a leadership potential and vision in their field – whether it be politics, finance, business, academia or civil society. All of them also want to reinforce their transatlantic links.

They will be encouraged throughout the Atlantic Dialogues to think independently, if not in a “provocative” manner. They will have the opportunity to meet the conference speakers and participants from December 13 th to 15 th . They will also be propelled in an unique way in the conference, where they will present idea and project pitches focused on change and development.

More on the Emerging Leaders 2017 program :

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Press contacts

Lilia Rizk, OCP Policy Center,
+212 (0) 6 66 93 89 06

Sabine Cessou, Atlantic Dialogues,
+ 33 (0) 6 70 87 20 05 / + 212 (0) 6 13 05 25 52

About the OCP Policy Center :

OCP Policy Center, a Moroccan think tank launched in 2014 in Rabat, with 39 associate fellows from the South and the North, wants to share knowledge and to contribute to a richer reflexion on economics and international relations. Through a Southern perspective on the main questions at stake for developing countries, it offers a real added value. It aims at helping strategic decisions processes in a meaningful way, through its four research programs : agriculture, environment ans food security ; economics and social development ; raw material economics and finance ; geopolitics and international relations. Website's OCPPC


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