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João Bosco Monte

President, Brazil Africa Institute

General Coordinator of the Brazil Africa Forum and President of the Board of Trustees of the Youth Technical Training Program (IBRAF). In 2018, he was madeComendador da Ordem de Rio Brancoby the government, for promoting relations between Brazil and Africa.


He was a Brazilian delegate to the 2013 edition of the BRICS’ Academic Forum. Visiting professor at Brazilian and African universities, he acts as an international consultant for Brazilian and foreign organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from the Federal University of Ceará and Postdoctoral studies from the University of Brasilia (UNB), with a research on the African integration.

María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, El Salvador

She currently heads Inversiones Vision, her executive coaching and consulting firm. Founder of Internacional de Seguros in 1997, she became the first woman President of an insurance company in her country.


Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999-2004), then elected first woman president of a private bank, Banco Salvadoreño and Banistmo. She forged a strategic alliance and was elected CEO, keeping this position even when HSBC acquired a controlling majority in 2006. She pioneered a new function in the region becoming Corporate Sustainability Head for HSBC Latin America (2007-15). When she witnessed the number of elderly clients in the Bank who could not read or write, she helped launch a national literacy campaign and became member of the Consejo Ejecutivo del Trienio de la Alfabetización. She sits on numerous boards and has received many awards.

Bronwyn Bruton

Director of Programs and Studies; Deputy Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council

Author of many reports, journal essays and special reports on the Horn of Africa, including the widely-read 2010 Council on Foreign Relations special report Somalia: A New Approach.


Her articles are regularly featured in Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and Foreign Policy magazine. She provides regular expert commentary on African political affairs for major international media outlets (including the BBC, PBS, NPR, ABC, NBC, USA Today, CTV, CCTV, Bloomberg, the London Financial Times, Newsweek, The Economist and others). She has lectured at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), Harvard University, the Brookings Institute, Carnegie Endowment, the National Defense University, Chatham House (London), the US Africa Command (Commander’s Speaker Series), the World Bank, and the World Affairs Council. She holds a master of public policy, with honors, from the University of California at Los Angeles. She was born in Mbabane, Swaziland.

Jamira Burley

Head of Youth Engagement and Skills, Global Business Coalition for Education

Her current work aims at a collaborative relationship between youth, bilateral agencies, governments, and business leaders and to enable innovative ways to educate, engage and activate young people around the world.


She managed the US justice portfolios at Amnesty International USA and still consults with a number of public/private entities on how to authentically engage impacted communities. She hosts a show on SiriusXM, titled HSTRYRemastered where she and leading youth/young adult experts reexamine the US history and the reemerging of past conflicts, to generate a fresh perspective and create real change through solution-driven dialogue. Recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change and a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree.

André Caillé

Senior Strategic Advisor, Junex

Chairman of the World Energy Council (WEC, 2004-07), former Deputy Minister of the Environment of Quebec, President and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Hydro-Québec, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Métro Inc.


formerly known as Gaz Métropolitain Inc. Involved with a number of charitable organizations, he has a Master and Doctorate in physical chemistry from Université de Montréal.

Molly C. Campbell

Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University

She is currently a 2019 Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) Fellow, to enhance the skills of already-accomplished leaders for significant impact on pressing social problems. She joined the Port Authority in 2015 following a nearly 28-year career with the City of Los Angeles in various roles (Planning, Transportation, Recreation and Parks, and the creation of the first department of Environmental Affairs for the City).


She spent more than half of her tenure at the Port of Los Angeles, where she first served as the CFO and later Deputy Executive Director responsible for the day-to-day administration at the nation’s busiest port complex. During her three years overseeing the Port of New York and New Jersey – the largest port on the East coast and the third largest US port, She oversaw record cargo volumes and achieved major milestones, such as the arrival of the largest neo-Panamax container ship to call on the East Coast following the completions of the 50-foot channel deepening program and the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project. She holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Otaviano Canuto

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, principal at Center for Macroeconomics and Development and non-resident fellow at Brookings Institute.


Former Vice President and Executive Director at the World Bank, Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Vice President at the Inter-American Development Bank. He was also Deputy Minister for international affairs at Brazil’s Ministry of Finance, as well as professor of economics at University of São Paulo (USP) and University of Campinas (UNICAMP).

Jorge G. Castañeda

Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, NYU; Former Foreign Minister, Mexico

Jorge Castañeda was foreign minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003, focusing on United States-Mexican relations, joint diplomatic initiatives on the part of Latin American nations and the promotion of Mexican economic and trade relations globally.


He is since 1997 a professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University (NYU) and since 2003 a member of the Board of Human Rights Watch (HRW). He has published more than 20 books and is a regular columnist for the Mexican daily Milenio, TIME Magazine and Spanish daily El País. Castañeda received undergraduate degrees from Princeton University and Université de Paris-I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), a master’s degree from École Pratique de Hautes Études, Paris I, and his Ph.D. in economic history from the University of Paris-I.

Doru Costea

Former President, UN Human Rights Council – UNHRC

He has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania (1990-2017) as Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa (1990-91), head of the Policy Planning Group (1995-97), director of Analysis and Information Coordination Department (2001-03) and Secretary of State for Global Affairs (2009-11).



He was Romania’s Ambassador to the State of Kuwait and the Sultanate of Oman (1991-95), Egypt (1997-2001), UN and other international organizations in Geneva (2003-09) and to China and Mongolia (2012-17). While in Geneva, Costea was the first representative of an EU Member State to be elected President of the UN Human Rights Council (2007-08) and steered the setting up of HRC new mechanisms (the Universal Periodic Review, the Review of Mandates of Special Procedures and others).
He lectured, inter alia, at the American University of Cairo, the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies at Columbia University (New York), Tsinghua University, the Institute for International Studies, the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies with Renmin University China Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and at the Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou (Canton). Costea is a guest lecturer of the Romanian Diplomatic Institute and was a panelist and moderator at several editions of the Bucharest Forum organized by the Aspen Institute Romania and the German Marshall Fund; likewise, he was speaker at meetings of the China Strategy Group with European Center on Foreign Relations. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French and has a Ph.D. in political science (2009) with the National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest, on democracy building in the Middle East.

Abdoullah Coulibaly

President, Bamako Forum

He has launched in 2000 the Bamako Forum, and was nominated in 2015 President of the National Organization Committee of the French-Africa Summit, gathering more than 35 Heads of State in Bamako. Since 2014, he is an independent board member of Banque Internationale pour le Commerce et l'Industrie au Mali (BICIM).


He launched in 1998 in partnership with Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) the Executive MBA Program at the Institut des Hautes Études en Management (IHEM) in Mali. He created in 1996 the consulting firm International Business Network (IBN), having passed an MBA in Geneva in 1992 and joined DACS, a consulting firm in Paris. Trained as an engineer in France, he worked from 1981 in Mali at Industrie textile du Mali (Itema) and left for Rwanda in 1985 to launch the UN Voluntary program.