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Karen Donfried

President of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

Dr. Karen Donfried is president of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).


Before assuming this role in April 2014, Donfried was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. In that capacity, she was the president’s principal advisor on Europe and led the interagency process on the development and implementation of the president’s European policies. Prior to the White House, Donfried served as the national intelligence officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community’s center for strategic thinking. Donfried first joined GMF in 2001 after having served for ten years as a European specialist at the Congressional Research Service. From 2003-05, she was responsible for the Europe portfolio on the U. S. Department of State's Policy Planning Staff. Her second term of service at GMF was 2005-10, first as senior director of policy programs and then as executive vice president. Donfried serves as a senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. From 2014-16, Donfried served as vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States; in 2016, she became a member of WEF’s Global Future Council on Regional Governance.


Mohamed Rachid Doukkali

Professor of applied economics at Hassan II Agronomy and Veterinary Institute, Senior Fellow at OCP Policy Center

Prof. Mohammed Rachid Doukkali is a professor of applied economics at the department of social sciences at the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Institute Hassan II (IAV – Hassan II) of Rabat, where he teaches production economics, mathematical programming, macro-economic and sectoral policy modeling, since 1981. He is the coordinator of the Economics and Social Sciences Doctorate (PhD) program and the coordinator of the Research Unit of Economics and Social Sciences Applied to Agriculture (UR-SESAA).


He is the actual president of the Moroccan Association of Agricultural Economics (AMAEco) and associate member of the General Council of Agricultural Development of Morocco. Prof. Doukkali performed several consultancies with the Ministry of Agriculture of Morocco, and national and international organizations (World Bank, FAO, UNDP) in Morocco and several Mediterranean and African countries (Syria, Mali, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon). He is coordinator or member of several national and international networks and teams related to agricultural policies, natural resources management, and rural development. Prof. Doukkali collaborates, in his fields of expertise, with several national research institutions, such as INRA-Morocco, and with foreign and international research institutions, such as CIHEAM, CIRAD, CEMAFREF, IFPRI and ICARDA. His working languages are Arabic, French and English.

Kimberly Dozier

Executive Editor of The Cipher Brief/ Global Affairs Analyst CNN

Kimberly Dozier is the Executive Editor of The Cipher Brief, and a Global Affairs Analyst for CNN. She covered intelligence and national security for The Associated Press and The Daily Beast from 2010 to 2017, after 17 years as an award-winning CBS News foreign and national security correspondent. She held the 2014-2015 Bradley Chair at the U.S. Army War College, Penn State Law and Dickinson College—the first journalist and first woman in the post. Dozier covered the war in Iraq for CBS News from 2003, until she was wounded in a car bombing in 2006.


That bombing killed the U.S. Army officer her team was filming–Capt. James Alex Funkhouser, along with his Iraqi translator “Sam,” and Dozier’s colleagues CBS cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan. In her best-selling memoir, Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Survive and Get Back to the Fight, Dozier recounts the attack and journey to recovery, thanks to the troops on the ground and an army of medical professionals who took her from learning to walk again to running road races—pain- and post-traumatic-stress free. The author’s proceeds from the paperback and e-book go to charities for the combat-injured like Fisher House. Dozier has also used fees from speaking to national security forums to donate the paperback to patients and families going through the same medical crisis. Dozier speaks on issues ranging from U.S. counterterrorism and national security policy to her own story of survival and recovery.

Michel Duclos

French Diplomat and Senior Fellow Institut Montaigne

A graduate of the Ecole nationale d’Administration (1976-78), Michel Duclos began his diplomatic career at the Policy Planning Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France, where he served as Deputy Director from 1984 to 1987.


He then became Counsellor at the French Embassy in Moscow (1987-1991) and subsequently in Bonn (1991-1994) during the time of perestroika and the unification of Germany. He directed the MFA’s disarmament section from 1994 to 1998 when France resumed nuclear testing, and was involved in negotiating the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). He was Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York from 2002 to 2006, during the conflict over Iraq and the reform summit of the 2005 United Nations. He served as Ambassador of France to Syria from 2006 to 2009 at a key moment during bilateral Franco-Syrian relations. He subsequently served as Diplomatic Counselor in the Cabinet of the Ministry of the Interior from 2009 to 2012 and as Ambassador of France to Switzerland from 2012 to 2014. In February 2016, he assumed the leadership of the International Diplomatic Academy as Director General. He seeks to guide the ADI activities around global governance issues, economic diplomacy and mediation as a means toward conflict resolution. </p>

Eduardo Alberto Duhalde

Former President of Argentina

Eduardo Alberto Duhalde is a lawyer and politician of Argentina.


From a very young age, he held various political positions in his career, starting as mayor in Lomas de Zamora city. He was governor-elect of the Province of Buenos Aires, and years after occupied the vice presidency of the Nation. His highest political position came with the position of Senator of the nation when he assumed the presidency of the Argentine Republic. He is working from the position of President in the development in a sustained way for growth of the Mercosur and Unasur that are the great project of integration of the South American countries. Former President Duhalde has a big writing production of books on politics/economy under a broad perspective in social points of view. He is currently the President of the M. P. A organization, Argentine Productive Movement where he develops an activity as a political and research consultant. He maintains a constant political and educational activity in the main organizations and Universities of the world.


Miguel Angel Rodriguez Echeverria

Former President of Costa Rica

Miguel Angel Rodriguez Echeverria is an Economist, Entrepreneur, University Professor and Politician of Costa Rica.


His first public position was as Minister of Planning and President of the Central Bank during the presidency of José Joaquín Trejos Fernández, later in an electoral process he was elected Deputy of the Nation, coming to preside over the Legislative Assembly. Years later in General Elections he assumed the Presidency of Costa Rica for a presidential term. He was elected Secretary General of the OAS Organization of American States, during the 34th ordinary session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States, held in Quito, Ecuador, in June 2004. He is currently a Universities speaker and international consultant.


Karim El Aynaoui

Managing Director, OCP Policy Center

Karim El Aynaoui is Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University. He is also Managing Director of OCP Policy Center, a think tank based in Rabat and serves as advisor to the CEO and Chairman of OCP Group, a global leader in the phosphate sector. From 2005 to 2012, he worked at Bank Al-Maghrib, the Central Bank of Morocco. He was the Director of Economics and International Relations, where he provided strategic leadership in defining and supporting monetary policy analysis and strategy. 


He was also in charge of the Statistical and International Relations Divisions of the Central Bank, led the research division and was a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Before joining Bank Al-Maghrib, Karim El Aynaoui worked for eight years at the World Bank, both in its Middle Eastern and North Africa, and Africa regions as an economist. He has published papers, books and articles in scientific journals on macroeconomic issues in developing countries. Recently, he co-authored a book outlining a growth strategy for Morocco and was the guest editor of a special issue on food price volatility in Oxford Economic Papers. Karim El Aynaoui is a board member of the OCP Foundation, a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and a member of the COP22 Scientific Committee. He also participates in the Malabo-Montpellier Panel. Karim El Aynaoui holds a PhD in economics from the University of Bordeaux, where he taught for three years courses in statistics and economics.

Rachid El Houdaigui

Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Rachid EL Houdaïgui is professor of International Relations at Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tangier's Law Faculty and Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Center.


He is also professor at Royal College of Advanced Military Studies (Kenitra) and professor invited at Cergy-Pontoise University (Paris),Cadix University (Spain) and at La Sagesse University (Beirut, Lebanon). Mr. EL Houdaïgui is the author of numerous books and articles dealing with International relations and geopolitics: the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Arab world. Also, he is co-director of the Moroccan-Spanish review “Peace and International Security” and in charge of the Observatory of Mediterranean Studies (Abdelmalek Essaadi University).

Enrique Bravo Escobar

Political analyst and consultant, Georgetown University, USA

Enrique Bravo is a Program Officer in the Latin America Programs team at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), where he coordinates the grantmaking work for Southern Cone countries, Cuba and regional programs.


He focuses on democracy strenthening, transparency, accontability, foreign policy and elections. Previously, Enrique was the Senior Advisor for Policy Planning at the Mexican Embassy in the United States. Prior to that he was a Latin America analyst of the Eurasia Group, a political risk consulting firm, covering Mexico and Cuba, and earlier he worked as an advisor to the Immigration Commissioner in Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior. He has participated and coordinated teams in several International Electoral Observation Missions with the Organization of American States and The Carter Center. Enrique holds a BA in International Relations from ITAM, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown, and has been awarded numerous grants and scholarships, including a Fulbright. He is also a member of the Mexican Council on International Affairs (COMEXI). He is an avid traveler and a keen photographer.

Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili

Senior Advisor, Africa Economic Development &amp; Policy Initiative

Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili is a chartered accountant, former Nigerian Minister of Education, and former Vice President for the World Bank.


Dr. Ezekwesili served as Vice-President for the World Bank's program in Africa and was responsible for a portfolio of about $40 Billion and the delivery of projects, economic and sectoral work in 47 Sub-Saharan countries. She was until recently the Senior Economic Advisor to Open Society, aimed at building vibrant and tolerant societies with democratically accountable governments. She currently runs the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI), which provides policy expertise and advisory support to African Heads of Government and their cabinets. In 2006 she had been decorated with the Nigerian national award of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR), holds the Robert F. Kennedy Award of Excellence in Public Service of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Tuft University EPIIC Jean Meyer Awards and other numerous local and international awards.