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Esther Brimmer

J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University

Dr. Esther Brimmer is the J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Her career includes serving at the U. S. Department of State three times, most recently as the assistant secretary for international organization affairs from April 2009 to June 2013.


She was deputy director and director of research at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies from 2001 to 2009 and was a member of the faculty. She also taught at the College of Europe in Belgium. From 1995 to 1999, she was a senior associate at the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. Earlier she served on Capitol Hill as a legislative analyst for the Democratic Study Group in the U. S. House of Representatives

Camilla Adelle

Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation

Camilla Adelle is a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation.


She is also a senior research associate at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, U. K. ) and a research associate at the Institute for European Environmental Policy in London and Brussels. Her current research interests include EU-Africa relations in the field of environment and natural resources, policy integration and coordination, and transnational networks. Ms. Adelle also has considerable research experience in the governance aspects of policy level (regulatory) impact assessment, especially with regards to its potential to integrate sustainable development into the policy making process. She is co-editor (with Andrew Jordan) of Environmental Policy in the European Union: Contexts, Actors and Policy Dynamics (2012).

Idelphonse Affogbolo

Founder and Chairman, Africa Capital

Idelphonse Affogbolo has been involved in numerous privatizations in Africa and is an advisor for several African governments.


He created Africa Capital — an independent investment bank — in 2007, after a 20 years career in investment banking. Prior to creating Africa Capital, Mr. Affogbolo cofounded the Merchant Banking Division of Banque Belgolaise (a former subsidiary of Fortis Group), where he served as managing director from 1998 to 2006. From 1995 to 1998, he was the head of French-speaking African countries at Natexis. Mr. Affogbolo started his career in public administration as an official for the UN Development Programme and he served as a technical advisor to the cabinet of the President of Sénégal, in charge of the policy for the strengthening of public finances. Mr. Affogbolo is a graduate from Université Paris Dauphine Business School.

Pierre-Richard Agénor

Hallsworth Professor of International Macroeconomics and Development Economics, University of Manchester

Pierre-Richard Agénor is the Hallsworth Professor of International Macroeconomics and Development Economics, University of Manchester, and co-director of the Centre for Growth and Business Cycle Research.


He has published widely in leading professional journals and made contributions to a wide range of fields in economics, including international macroeconomics, development economics, growth theory, labor economics, and poverty reduction. He is the author of The Economics of Adjustment and Growth (Harvard University Press), Development Macroeconomics (with P. J. Montiel, Princeton University Press), and more recently Public Capital, Growth and Welfare (Princeton University Press)

Abdelmalek Alaoui

Executive President, AMIE Center for Policy

Abdelmalek Alaoui is an author and founder of Global Intelligence Partners and also the executive president of AMIE Center for Policy, a Moroccan think tank.


Global Intelligence Partners is a leading African consulting firm, specialized in business intelligence, strategic insight monitoring, and crisis communication. Mr. Alaoui is an editorialist and political analyst for French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur and a regular contributor to Slate, The Huffington Post, and Atlantico. As a business intelligence specialist, he is recognized for his significant contribution in enhancing Morocco’s strategic watch capabilities and competitive skills, especially with regards to its African economic strategy. Mr. Alaoui received his master’s in business administration from the HEC Business School and studied public policy at Sciences Po Paris. He is the author of the acclaimed book “Intelligence economique et guerres secretes au Maroc. ”

Emiliano Alessandri

Non-Resident Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Emiliano Alessandri is a Non-Resident Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where he develops GMF's work on Mediterranean, Turkish, and wider-Atlantic issues.


Prior to joining GMF, Dr. Alessandri was a visiting fellow at the Center on the U. S. and Europe (CUSE) of Brookings Institution where he conducted research on European security. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the intellectual origins of the idea of an “Atlantic community. ” From 2008-2009, he worked in the Directorate General for Enlargement of the European Commission. In 2009, Alessandri was a visiting fellow at The Center for European Studies of the Middle East Technical University (CES-METU) in Ankara, where he conducted research on Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East and its impact on European perceptions of Turkey. Alessandri is also an associate fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) of Rome and serves on the board of the IAI-based The International Spectator.

Caroline Alexis-Thomas

Health Consultant, Trinidad and Tobago

Caroline Alexis-Thomas is an independent health consultant who has worked with the government of Trinidad and Tobago, Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Population Fund, Pan American Health Organization, and International Labour Organization in the areas of HIV and AIDS, chronic non-communicable diseases, and sexual and reproductive health.


She lectures in the Behavioral Department at the University of West Indies, Trinidad, and the Masters of Health Administration Program at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. Her research interests are in sociology of health, tobacco control, and diabetes management. She is a registered nurse by profession and has previously served as director of the National AIDS Program in Grenada and as policy analyst and hospital administrator at the Ministry of Health. Dr. Alexis-Thomas is a Fulbright scholar and has a Ph. D. in sociology from the University of West Indies and master’s in public health.

Joana Ama Osei-Tutu

Research Associate, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center

Joana Ama Osei-Tutu is a research associate at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center in Accra, Ghana.


She works specifically on the Conflict Peace and Security Programme at the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research. Ms. Osei-Tutu’s work focuses on maritime piracy, transnational organized crimes, the protection of civilians, and natural resource management and its security implications. She holds a bachelor of arts in English and psychology from the University of Ghana, and a master’s in international studies in development cooperation from the Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. She has also worked with the Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport of Ghana as an administrative officer on an educational reform committee and later as a confidential executive assistant to the permanent secretary

Kamal Amakrane

Chief Adviser to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Côte d’Ivoire

Kamal Amakrane assists with coordinating UN’s peacekeeping and political engagement in Côte d’Ivoire.


Prior to his appointment in Abidjan, Amakrane led the Office of the UN-AU Joint Special Representative for Darfur & Head of the UN-AU Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), where he oversaw the crafting and implementation of UNAMID’s strategy for the protection of civilians and assisted with the implementation of the Doha peace agreement. Previously, he served as special assistant to the UN envoy to Myanmar, where he was tasked to negotiate the release of Nobel Laureate Aung San Syu Kyi and advance the democratic transition in Myanmar. Mr. Amakrane also supported the UN engagement towards the stabilization of Iraq, assisting with the negotiation and implementation of the International Compact with Iraq. He is an architect by training and holds master’s degrees in public policy from Sciences Po and international relations from Columbia University.

Dr. Astrid Bonfield

Chief Executive, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

Dr. Astrid Bonfield was appointed chief executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in June 2012. The purpose of the Trust is to enrich the lives and opportunities of Commonwealth citizens — across generations and geographical boundaries — in order to provide a lasting legacy for Her Majesty The Queen.


Dr. Bonfield was director of the Zimbabwean NGO, Inter-Country Peoples’ Aid, and then a program development specialist at the Bernard van Leer Foundation in the Netherlands, focusing on HIV/AIDS and growing up in indigenous societies. In October 2005, she joined The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund as chief executive from the Aga Khan Foundation, where she was director of policy. Dr Bonfield was appointed as a board member for the Big Lottery Fund in October 2012, where she sits on both the U. K. Funding and International committees.