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Somachi Chris-Asoluka

Head-Policy and external relations Tony Elemulu Foundation

Somachi Chris-Asoluka is the Head of Policy and External Relationsfor the Tony Elumelu Foundation.


In this role, she conducts the data gathering, analysis, and methodology review for all research publications of the Foundation and oversees the Foundation’s advocacy initiatives – case studies, workshops, roundtables, symposiums, etc. Somachi graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Mary's College of California and received the “Adam Smith” award given to the best performing student in Economics. She also has a Master's Degree in International and Development Economics from Yale University. Prior to joining the Foundation, Somachi worked with the Corporate Governance and Finance division of Phillips Consulting Limited and she served as a research assistant at the Lagos Business School in 2013 and has interned as a columnist with BusinessDay newspaper. She is a member of the Financial Women's Association, San Francisco, the Omicron Delta Epsilon (National Economics Honor Society, USA) and a fellow of the Moremi Initiative for Women's Leadership in Africa – a programme that annually identifies and engages the top 25 most promising young women leaders on the continent. </p>

Gordon Conway

Professor Imperial College London

Professor of International Development, Imperial College London Senior Advisor, Malabo Montpellier Panel Gordon Conway trained in agricultural ecology, attending the universities of Bangor, Cambridge, West Indies (Trinidad) and California (Davis). In the 1960’s he was a pioneer of sustainable agriculture developing integrated pest management programs for the State of Sabah in Malaysia. He joined Imperial College in 1970 setting up the Centre for Environmental Technology in 1976. In the 1970s and 1980s he lived and worked extensively in Asia and the Middle East, for the Ford Foundation, World Bank and USAID. He directed the Sustainable Agriculture Programme at IIED and then became representative of the Ford Foundation in New Delhi.


Subsequently he became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex and Chair of IDS. From 1998-2004 he was President of the Rockefeller Foundation and from 2004- June 2009 Chief Scientific Adviser to DFID and President of the Royal Geographical Society. He is a KCMG, Hon Fell RAEng and FRS. He holds five honorary degrees and fellowships. He is the author of ‘The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the 21st Century' Penguin and Cornell and co-authored Science and Innovation for Development (UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)). Sir Gordon led the Agriculture for Impact programme, advocating for more European government support for agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa. His most recent book One Billion Hungry: Can we Feed the World? was published in October 2012

Adriana Mesquita Corrêa Bueno

Coordinator, Technical Cooperation Coordination, Secretariat of International Affairs, Embrapa

Undergraduate degree in International Relations (2006) and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations (2010). As an undergraduate, was a fellow of Scientific Initiation of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).


Was a member of the Oxfam International Youth Partnerships program as Action Partner between 2007 and 2010. Currently is a PhD candidate in Political Science from the Institute for Social and Political Studies of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (2018 - expected), and is Coordinator of Technical Cooperation at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). Works in the management of Embrapa's technical cooperation policy with Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Has experience in Political Science with an emphasis in International Politics, working in the following topics: Brazilian Foreign Policy, South-South Cooperation, International Technical Cooperation, and Agricultural International Cooperation

Pedro luiz Carvalho da Motta Veiga

Centro de Estudos sobre Integracao e Desenvolvimento

Pedro da Motta Veiga. President of CINDES – Centro de Estudos de Integração e Desenvolvimento, an independent think tank in Rio de Janeiro, non-resident researcher at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy – Latin America Initiative and partner at Ecostrat Consultores, a consulting firm.


He has been working – and publishing in different countries and languages - on issues relating to trade and industrial policies and on international negotiations. He has acted as consultant for many international organizations (OECD,The World Bank, UNCTAD, IADB, ALADI), business organizations and companies in Brazil.

Uri Dadush

Senior Fellow OCP policy center and bruegel

Uri Dadush is a Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Center and non-resident scholar at Bruegel, based in Washington, DC.


He is also Principal of Economic Policy International, LLC, providing consulting services to the World Bank and to other international organizations as well as corporations. He teaches courses on globalization and on international trade policy at the OCP Policy School and at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Dadush works mainly on trends in the global economy and on how countries deal with the challenge of international integration through flows of trade, finance, and migration. His recent books include “WTO Accessions and Trade Multilateralism” (with Chiedu Osakwe, co-editor), “Juggernaut: How Emerging Markets Are Transforming Globalization” (with William Shaw), “Inequality in America” (with Kemal Dervis and others), “Currency Wars” (with Vera Eidelman, co-editor) and “Paradigm Lost: The Euro in Crisis”. </p>

Jessica de Alba

Professor Universidad Anáhuac

Research-Professor of the School of Global Studies, Universidad Anahuac Mexico, member of the National System of Researchers (SIN-I), O’Gorman Fellow of ILAS-Columbia University (NY), Fulbright alumna, SUSI program on National Security &amp; Policymaking 2017, and member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI).


Member of the Anahuac Center for Research in International Relations (CAIRI) and the CAMOS, Faculté Jean Monnet, Paris Sud-Saclay, France. Jessica de Alba is coordinator of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Mexican International Studies Association (AMEI); member of the International Studies Association (ISA). Since 2015 she is part of the Council of the National Assessment Center for Higher Education (CENEVAL) in charge of the General Exam for Graduation for BA on International Relations in Mexico. She has been coordinator of the Association for Accreditation and Certification in Social Sciences (ACCECISO). Was an advisor to the Undersecretary of Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry (SRE), to the Commissioner of the National Immigration Institute and Delegate of the Mexican mission to UNESCO. She Holds a BA in international relations from UDLA; a Master in Diplomacy and Negotiation; and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Paris XI, in France, (French government and Conacyt grants). </p>

Luiz Felipe de Alencastro

Professor Sao Paulo School of Economics - FGV &amp; Université de Paris Sorbonnes

LUIZ FELIPE DE ALENCASTRO is emeritus professor, Université de Paris Sorbonne, professor and Director of the Center for South Atlantic Studies at the São Paulo School of Economics–FGV (Brazil).


Main works : O trato dos viventes: formação do Brasil no atlantico sul, seculos xvi e xvii (2000), translated as The Trade in the Living -The Formation of Brazil in the South Atlantic, Sixteenth to Seventeenth Centuries, SUNY Press, N. Y, 2018; “Le versant brésilien de l’Atlantique Sud 1550-1850”, in Annales, 61 (2),2006; “La cogestion lusitanienne et luso-brésilienne de l'Empire portugais dans l'Atlantique Sud”, in L. Felipe de Alencastro and F. Bethencourt , L’Empire portugais face aux autres empires XVIe - XIXe siècles, 2008, “South Atlantic Wars: the Episode of Palmares”, Portuguese Studies Review, v. 19, 2011; “Mulattos in Brazil and Angola: A Comparative Approach, Seventeenth to Twenty-First Centuries”, in Francisco Bethencourt and Adrian Pearce, Racism and Ethnic Relations in the Portuguese-Speaking World, 2012; « La Traite des Noirs et la construction de l'Atlantique ibérique », in Françoise Dartois, La péninsule Ibérique et le monde : années 1470-années 1640, 2014; « The Ethiopic Ocean – History and Historiography 1600-1975”», Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies, n. 27, 2015; “The Formation of economic history in Brazil: from the South Atlantic to South America”, in F. Boldizzoni and Pat Hudson, Routledge Handbook of Global Economic History, 2016, "Le commerce maritime dans l'Atlantique Sud et le développement de la flotte luso-brésilienne à l'époque moderne, in C. Buchet and G. Le Bouëdec, The Sea in History, v. 3, 2017.


Marcus Vinicius de Freitas

Senior Non-Resident Fellow OCP Policy Center

Marcus Vinicius de Freitas teaches international law and international relations at the undergraduate and graduate levels at The Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation.


His professional experience included the Inter-American Bank and Occidental Petroleum Corporation, where he worked in governmental affairs. He was president of the Sao Paulo Directorate of the Progressive Party, having run for vice governor of the State of Sao Paulo in 2010, where his party polled in third place with more than 1. 2 million votes. He also served as the Administrative Director of the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Housing Company until December 2015. Currently, he is the Director for Obelisk Global Fund. Mr. De Freitas holds an LL. B. (Bachelor of Laws) degree from the University of Sao Paulo, a master of laws from Cornell University and a master of arts in economics and international relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega

President the Women for Africa Foundation

As the first female Deputy Prime Minister in Spanish history, Ms. Fernández de la Vega has inspired many women to pursue politics and defend the rights of women.


Shortly after obtaining her law degree and becoming a judge, she entered politics where she took on various roles as Secretary of State of Justice, parliamentarian and general secretary of the Socialist Parliamentary Group. Maria Teresa has also been a member of the Civil Society Advisory to UN Women. Presently, she serves as permanent member of the Council of State of Spain and is founder and President of the Mujeres por África Foundation, for the purpose of contributing to the development of Africa through the drive of its women.

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele

Senior Associate, Center for strategic and International Studies, Independent Journalist

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele is a writer, foreign policy analyst and independent journalist.


He is a professorial lecturer in African Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He is a senior associate in the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a member of the DRC Affinity Group. Previously, Dizolele was the Peter J. Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellow and a National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. He is the author of a forthcoming biography: Mobutu: The Rise and Fall of the Leopard King (Random House UK). A frequent commentator on African affairs, he has been a guest analyst on PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, NPR's On Point and the Diane Rehm Show, the BBC World News, Al Jazeera’s The Stream and the Voice of America. Dizolele was a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and covered the 2006 historic elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With the Pulitzer Center, he produced Congo’s Bloody Coltan, a documentary report on the relation between the Congo conflict and the scramble for mineral resources.