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Paul Isbell

CAF Energy Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations

Paul Isbell is the CAF Energy Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at Johns Hopkins University SAIS and the lead energy specialist of CTR’s flagship projects, the Atlantic Basin Initiative (ABI) and the Atlantic Energy Forum (AEF).


He is also a Senior Associate Fellow at the Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies in Madrid. Previously he was Senior Visiting Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, D. C. ; Director of the Energy and Climate Change Program at the Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid; emerging market economist at Banco Santander; and professor of international economics and geopolitics at diverse universities across the Atlantic Basin (including the University of Alcala de Henares; ICADE-Pontificia Comillas; Syracuse University; George Washington University and the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires). His recent work includes an analysis of global flows (“Regionalism and Interregionalism in Latin America: The Beginning or the End of Latin America’s ‘Continental Integration’?” Atlantic Future Scientific Paper, 2015). </p>

Larabi Jaidi

Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Larabi Jaïdi is a former Professor at the Mohamed V University in Rabat- Agdal.


His area of expertise includes Economic Policy, International Economic Relations (Europe and the Arab World) and Economy of the Regions. He is a founding member of the Centre Marocain de Conjoncture and of the Groupement d’Etudes et de Recherches sur la Méditerrannée. He is a member of the Research Group within the Euro-Mediterranian Universities Networks. He has also acted as Adviser to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Economy and Finance. He acts as independent expert to the Moroccan Competition Council and the Moroccan Authority for the fight against Corruption. He is a member of the Adderrahim Bouabid Foundation Board (Body of Research- Action on matters relating to State Reform). Mr. Jaïdi also acts as consultant to Moroccan and foreign entities. He is the author of various publications relating to economic and social development and to international economic relations.


Joseph Olaoyae Jaiyeola

CEO, Nigerian Economic Summit Group

Joseph Olaoye Jaiyeola is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), a private sector led economic think tank and advocacy group in Nigeria.


Worthy of note are his contributions to the Money Market Association of Nigeria (now Financial Markets Dealers Association) when he was the President between 2001 and 2003. Also, he has been an active member of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). He is a Fellow of the Institute, where he became the President and Chairman of Council in 2010. He has made significant contribution to Nigeria’s services sector, notably through his work during the development of Nigeria’s Financial Systems Strategy 2020 (FSS 2020) as well as during the development of Nigeria vision 2020. He served in the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) as the Chairman of the Central Organizing Committee for the annual summit 14 as well as the Chairman of the Technical sub-committee for the annual NES 13. Other Boards on which he sits include Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC), Board of Trustees of Financial Markets Dealers Association and was a foundation Board member of FMDQ OTC Plc.


Omar Amadou Jallow

Minister of Agriculture, the Gambia

Hon. Omar Amadou Jallow is currently the Minister of Agriculture of Republic of The Gambia, an agriculturist with academic and professional education with focus mainly on cooperative management, farmer education on rural savings, agricultural project appraisal and financing, audit of farming societies and rural-based, amongst others.


Over the years, Hon. Jallow has served under the capacities of Minister of Agriculture (first and third Republics), Minister of Water Resources and Environment, Member of Parliament, Administrative and Public Relations Officer at Gambia Commercial and Development Bank, Cooperative Inspector, District Field Officer, United Nations Volunteer under UNATAET, in addition to Consultancy on Natural Resources, Rural Development, Environment and Human Resettlement Programs where Hon. Jallow conducted an FAO consultancy in Accra, Ghana on Technical Support to African NGOs in respect of food security enhancement, poverty reduction and promotion of sustainable use of natural resources. Hon. Jallow served as Minister Coordinator for CILLS, which regrouped nine African countries to share agricultural common goals, coordinated the OMVG, and participated in series of International Conferences. Hon. Omar Jallow has rich political life having served as Acting Secretary General and Party Leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and currently an Executive Member of the National Alliance for Democracy and Development and also an Executive Member of the current Coalition Government that oust the government of the Second Republic. Hon. Jallow participates in many monitoring and observer missions for the Commonwealth and ECOWAS as well as monitored and observed elections in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Seychelles.

Yves Jegourel

Senior Fellow OCP Policy Center

Dr Yves Jégourel is associate professor in finance at the University of Bordeaux (France), and affiliate professor at Toulouse Business School.


Y. Jégourel conducts research in commodity economics and financial risk management. His most recent research examines the link between the volatility of the futures market, exchange rate uncertainty and the export of cereals. He is also the head of a master program focused on banking, finance and international trading both at the University of Bordeaux and at Vietnam National University (Hanoi, Vietnam). Dr. Jégourel has authored several books in the field of finance, including a work studying financial derivatives. He holds a BA from Middlesex University and a MsC and a PhD from the University of Bordeaux, and is a former auditor with the Institute of Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN). </p>

Reta Jo Lewis

Senior Fellow and Director of Congressional Affairs, German Marshall Fund

Reta Jo Lewis is GMF’s director of congressional affairs.


Lewis joined GMF in January 2015 as a senior fellow with Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives (TLI), where she focuses on leadership development, outreach, programming, and thought pieces on global engagement strategies to strengthen the next generation of transatlantic leaders. Lewis has also worked with TLI to develop the Transatlantic Subnational Diplomacy Initiative (TSDI) to enhance diplomacy at the state and local levels. Previously, she served as the State Department’s first-ever special representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, under secretaries of state Hillary Clinton and John Kerry from 2010-13. Lewis led the office charged with building strategic peer-to-peer relationships between the U. S. Department of State, U. S. state and local officials, and their foreign counterparts. She was the principal architect that led the global engagement of U. S. state and local government leaders’ integration into and strategy regarding sustainability and climate change to RIO+20, COP-16, COP-17 and COP-18. In 2013, she was awarded the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award

Sunjoy Joshi

Chairman of the Observer Research Foundation

Sunjoy Joshi has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Allahabad University, India, as well as in Development Studies from University of East Anglia, Norwich.


He heads the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi as its Chairman. He began his career with the Government of India as a member of the Indian Administrative Service in 1983, serving in various capacities for 25 years when he left to join the ORF to pursue his primary interests in energy and environment. His last posting with the Government of India was as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. He has been Director of the Board of National Energy Companies such as ONGC, OVL, OIL and MRPL and has had wide experience in administering fiscal and contractual regimes for oil and gas. He has been Visiting Associate at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, London and Distinguished Visitor to the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, University of Stanford.


Mats Karlsson

Director, The Swedish Institute of Internatonal Affairs (UI)

Mats Karlsson has worked for international development cooperation, the management of global issues and regional integration over thirty years.


Since 1999 he has been in the senior leadership of the World Bank, as Vice President External Affairs contributing also to the UN system, and has had twelve years in country and regional operations in Africa and the Middle East. He was Swedish state secretary for development in the ministry for foreign affairs, also working with European integration, as well as previously its chief economist. His experience as WB country director spans working for fragile states, strong low-income countries, and diverse middle income and emerging economies, with a focus on economic growth, jobs creation, social equity, and sustainability challenges in climate change and energy. He also draws on economic policy experience in responding to Sweden's and Europe's economic challenges in the 1990s. Throughout, he promotes the role of knowledge, its generation and accessibility, its use in dialogue and deliberation, and its practical applications in public policy choice.


Alan Kasujja

BBC Newsday Presenters

Alan’s journalistic career started in his late teens, when he joined Uganda's New Vision newspaper as a freelance writer and photographer.


His began working at Sanyu FM in Kampala in the mid-1990s. He also worked at Capital FM in Nairobi, Kenya, before returning to Uganda to present the Big Breakfast on Capital FM in Kampala. Alan has also made his name as a television presenter – he hosted Uganda's version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? He anchored The Fourth Estate, an influential political talk show in Uganda. </p>

R. Andreas Kraemer

Founder &amp; Chairman Ecologic Institute

R. Andreas Kraemer, Founder & Director Emeritus of Ecologic Institute in Berlin, Germany, and Chairman (pro bono) of Ecologic Institute US in Washington DC, is currently Mercator Senior Fellow as well as Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam (Germany) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo (Ontario), non-executive Director of the Fundação Oceano Azul in Lisboa (Portugal), and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of German Studies at Duke University.


R. Andreas Kraemer is also Manager (pro bono) of the Konrad von Moltke Fund and active as Co-Chairman of the Advisory Boards of OekoWorld, which sets global investment criteria for ethical and 'green' investment funds or mutual trusts and Oekom Research. Further, he serves in the Steering Committee of the British German Environment Forum (BGEF), is a Board Member of the Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces (Our Spaces), Advisory Board Member of Worldwatch Institute Europe, Councillor of the Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS), Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and Advisory Board Member of The Arctic Institute and of the German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF), and Member of the Practice Board for the Master Course on "Strategic Sustainability Management" at the University of Applied Sciences in Eberswalde (HNE Eberswalde). From 1995 to 2015, R. Andreas Kraemer served as Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ecologic Institute, Berlin, Germany and concurrently from 2008 to 2013 in the same function at Ecologic Institute, Vienna, Austria.