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Asmaa Guedira

Consultant/Social entrepreneur, The Womanity Foundation (Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader, 2017)

Asmaa Guedira is passionate about gender, and very interested in the impact of social innovation enabled by digital technology and the shifts happening in our societies, especially in developing countries. She believes that collaborative and creative communities offer new alternatives to social and economic development. Today she thrives in exploring the links between gender, digital feminism, the new economy and creative communities.


She currently leads an edutainment program in MENA for the Womanity Foundation, is a connector for OuiShare and founded the Hyper-Gender project. Asmaa spent the last 3 years working with entrepreneurs, artists and social change networks around the world, especially in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; writing, speaking, organizing and facilitating conferences, retreats and workshops. Since her "job-out" her focus has been on creating synergies in the areas of gender, digital collaborative innovation and social entrepreneurship between Europe and MENA.

She has been working and consulting for various organizations involved in the MENA region, such as MitOst, SwitchMed, or the Womanity Foundation. In 2015 she started living as a digital nomad, travelling between Berlin, Paris, Morocco, Brazil, the US, South East Asia and many MENA countries. Asmaa worked 3 years as a business consultant for PwC in Paris, She then changed life in 2013. to become freelance.

She first joined the OuiShare network, as a core member, and more recently also collectives like Amanitas, Neotribes, Global Innovation Gathering, ou the "Crazy Toads". Asmaa grew up in Rabat in Morocco until I was 18. and then moved to France to study business and management, and spent 12 years studying and working between Lyon, New York, Istanbul and Paris, before starting a nomadic life in 2015.

William Gumede

Associate professor, School of Governance, Witwatersrand University

William Gumede is Associate Professor, School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; and the Director & Founder of the Program for the Management of Public Enterprises (PMPE), University of the Witwatersrand...


He is the Founder & Chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation (
He was former Senior Associate & Program Director, Africa Asia Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Previously he was Senior Associate Member & Oppenheimer Fellow, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. He was Senior Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE); and Course-Leader, New School University, New York.
He was former Managing Editor, The Sowetan newspaper.
He is the author of a couple of number 1 bestsellers in South Africa.

Lilia Hachem Naas

Director of the ECA Office for North Africa

A Tunisian national, Ms. Hachem Naas has worked for the United Nations for 20 years. Before joining the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Ms. Hachem Naas was Chief at the Office for Arab States at the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva, since October 2013.


Ms. Hachem Naas joined ITC in September 1998 where she held various managerial positions working in the Office for Africa, Office for Asia Pacific, Enterprise Competitiveness Section and Sector Competitiveness Section. In 2009-2010, Ms. Hachem Naas held the position of Manager, Local Development Programme at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) where she was responsible for the strategic development and overall management of the programme focusing on strengthening the capacity of local authorities to implement the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Prior to joining ITC, Ms. Hachem Naas worked with Hewlett Packard Company in the USA and the Tunisian Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX) in Tunisia. Ms. Hachem Naas holds an MBA in International Business Management and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from University of Maryland College Park in the USA.


Eduardo Haddad

Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center/ Professor and Chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of Sao Paulo

Eduardo A. Haddad is Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center and Full Professor and Chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he also directs the Regional and Urban Economics Lab (NEREUS). He also holds a position as Affiliate Research Professor at the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory – REAL – at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. 


Professor Haddad received his B.A. in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1993 and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign in 1997. In 1998 he held a post-doctoral position at the University of Oxford. He has served as the president of the Brazilian Regional Science Association (2008-2010), and as the first president of the Regional Science Association of the Americas (2008-2010). He was the Director of Research of the Institute of Economic Research Foundation – FIPE – from 2005 to 2013. He has spent the period January 2014 to June 2015 on sabbatical as a visitor at the Department of Economics (International Economics Section) at Princeton University, and at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy and Planning at Rutgers University.

Professor Haddad has published widely in professional journals on regional and interregional input-output analysis, computable general equilibrium modeling, and various aspects of regional economic development in developing countries; he has also contributed with chapters in international books in the fields of regional science and economic development. His research focuses on large-scale modeling of multi-regional economic systems, with special interest in modeling integration applied to transportation, climate change and spatial interaction. 

Daniel S. Hamilton

Executive Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University

Professor at the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation and Director of the Foreign Policy Institute’s Program on “The United States, Europe, and World Order” at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


He was the Founding Director of the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations and served 15 years as Executive Director of the American Consortium for EU Studies. He is the Director of the Atlantic Basin Initiative, a network of Eminent Persons, research institutes and private sector leaders. Leading member of the Jean Monnet Network on Atlantic Studies, he sits on the advisory board of the Atlantic Dialogues. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs and Associate Director of the Policy Planning Staff for two U.S. Secretaries of State.

Claire Hassoun

Co-Founfer & Executive Director WAZA

Claire Hassoun is an engineer, specialising in transport and logistics. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, as well as a Masters in Civil engineering (Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, 2008), specialized in the provision of basic services in developing countries. Claire has more than six years’ experience working as a project director and consultant in international development in the infrastructure sector, having led the implementation of projects in the water, energy, transportation sectors, as well as in mining.


She has worked with private companies in their public-private partnerships, with international institutions, and on government projects. Claire has also worked extensively with international donor institutions (EU, World Bank, GIZ) supporting the development strategies of partner countries such as Benin, Ukraine, and Niger. Her strong experience of working in Africa has included project managing the feasibility study of the construction and rehabilitation of a 3,000 km railway loop in West Africa. Since graduating from HKS in May 2015, she has co-founded and managed WAZA, a think tank in Mozambique, focused on public policy research, discussions and project implementation. Claire is currently developing a logistics platform: AppLoad. This solution is a digital service that connects logistics companies with their customers to plan and book cargo shipments in Mozambique and Southern Africa, fostering infra-African trade and supporting more inclusive growth in the region.

Greg Horowitt

Co-Founder, Managing Director T2 Venture Creation

Greg Horowitt is a serial entrepreneur, investor, author, and innovation systems architect.


He is currently a partner at Kai Capital and a founding partner in their innovation incubator, Kai Labs. He was also the co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Creation. Presently, he is the Director of Innovation for the University of California, San Diego, and is a visiting lecturer at Stanford University. He is the co-author of the bestselling book, The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley and is a trusted advisor to such notable organizations as the US State Department, Aspen Institute, University of California, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank, in addition to being a Senior Fellow with the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils and Kauffman Fellow. He is a former director of the CONNECT program in San Diego, and was a co-founder of Global CONNECT, which has grown as a global network of accelerator programs in over 25 countries around the world. </p>

Nicola Hove

Chief Executive Officer, G26 Investment Group

Nicola is a mining entrepreneur and law student. She currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of G26 Investment Group/ Uhuru Gold, a holdings company with investment interests in mining and its related trades. She sits on the board of Malayalam Mining and holds directorship in a number of medium scale mining companies in and around Zimbabwe. She has 9 years of experience working with youth and women as a champion for socio-economic development through her various leadership capacities.


Nicola is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and has served  as Zimbabwe Youth Council's Head of Education, Entreprenuership Training and Skills Development. In 2013, she was appointed as Zimbabwe's Secretary for International Affairs under the Organisation of African Youth. During her 4 years as a youth legislator, she served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senator in the Junior Parliament of Zimbabwe. Nicola is a renowned international speaker on issues of sustainable wealth creation through mining in Africa and a vast receiver of leadership awards in the past years.

Khadija Ihsane

Journalist Anchor Medi 1 TV / Medi 1 TV Afrique



Uzoma Ikechukwu

Associate Sahel Capital

Uzoma Ikechukwu is an Associate at Sahel Capital Agribusiness Managers, a leading private equity firm that is focused on the food and agriculture sector in Nigeria.


Sahel Capital Agribusiness Managers is a member of the Sahel Capital group which also includes Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory, a consulting firm that partners with key stakeholders to conduct research, analyse policies, develop strategies and implement programs that promote sustainable food security and improved nutrition in Africa. As an integral part of the investment team at Sahel Capital, Uzoma supports deal sourcing, transaction execution and value creation for FAFIN, Sahel’s debut fund investing in middle market companies in the food and agriculture sector. Investors in FAFIN include the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), KfW Development Bank, CDC Group the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF).