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Pedro da Motta Veiga

Director, Center for Studies in Integration and Development – CINDES

Director of CINDES, an independent think tank based in Rio de Janeiro, working on trade, investment and global issues, he is also Senior Fellow at the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI),


a non-resident fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy - Latin America Initiative, and a partner at Ecostrat, a consulting firm.

Uri Dadush

Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Uri Dadush is a Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South in Rabat, Morocco and a non-resident scholar at Bruegel. He is based in Washington, DC, and is 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. He was previously Director of the International Economics Program at Carnegie and, at the World Bank, Director of the International Trade, Economic Policy, and Development Prospects Departments. In the private sector, where he was President of the Economist Intelligence Unit, Group Vice President of Data Resources, Inc., and a consultant with Mc Kinsey and Co.

Jean-François Daguzan

Vice President, Choiseul Institute; Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research – FRS

Former Deputy Director of Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS, 2011-19), director of the Maghreb-Machrek review, co-founder and editor in chief of the review Géoéconomie. Former associate Professor at University of Paris Panthéon-Assas (2000-15), member of the Scientific Council of Defense (2008-14), director of studies of Fondation méditerranéenne des études stratégiques (FMES), teacher at Centre de recherche et d’études sur les stratégies et les technologies de l’Ecole polytechnique (CREST), and advisor at Secrétariat général de la défense nationale (SGDN).


Author of numerous books and papers on the Arab world, Mediterranean, terrorism and security, such as Le terrorisme non conventionnel (dir. avec Olivier Lepick, PUF, Paris, 2003), Les Forces armées arabes et Moyen-orientales après les printemps arabes (dir. avec Stéphane Valter, ESKA, Paris, 2014) and La fin de l’Etat-nation ? De Barcelone à Bagdad (CNRS Editions, Paris, 2016).

Richard Danziger

Regional Director for West & Central Africa, International Organization for Migration – IOM

With the IOM since 1994, he was Chief of Mission in Afghanistan (2013-16) before his current post. From 2005 to 2010 Mr. Danziger was Head of IOM’s Counter Human Trafficking Division based in Geneva.


He was IOM’s original focal point for the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime, and was a founding member of the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UNGIFT). Former chairman of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Council on Illicit Trade, current member of the WEF’s Board on the future of migration, he lectures extensively on human trafficking and migrant protection.

Borzou Daragahi

International Correspondent, The Independent

Former Bureau Chief of The Los Angeles Times in Bagdad, this international  journalist has been covering for several media, among which the Financial Times and BuzzFeed News, the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and Europe since 2002, with stints in Tehran, Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, and now Istanbul.


He covered the 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent civil conflict, the 2006 war in Lebanon, the 2008 conflict in Georgia, the 2009 uprising in Iran, the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, the 2013 coup in Egypt,  the 2014 rise of ISIS and the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. He has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist three times. He serves as a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank.

Luiz Felipe de Alencastro

Professor; Director of the Center for South Atlantic Studies, São Paolo School of Economics – FGV

Professor of Brazilian and South Atlantic History, Sorbonne Emeritus Professor at Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) since 2014, member of the Academy of Europe, he is also Director of the Center for South Atlantic Studies at the São Paulo School of Economics (FGV) in Brazil.


Among his recent works feature  “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 ; “The African Slave Trade and the Construction of the Iberian Atlantic”, in Kerry Bystrom and Joseph R. Slaughter  (eds.) ; The Global South Atlantic, 2017 ; The Trade in the Living - The Formation of Brazil in the South Atlantic, Sixteenth to Seventeenth Centuries (US edition, 2018). He holds a Ph.D. in History at the Université Paris X (Nanterre). 

Adil Diani

Chief Engineer and Former Advisor to the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the Digital Economy

Mr. DIANI has, to his credit, more than 17 years of experience, in the field of International Trade issues, Energy Economics and Government Affairs, during which he held several relevant senior positions such as an Advisor to the Minister of Energy, Mines, Water & Environment, Advisor to the Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies, and Advisor to the Secretary General & Senior Official in charge of the Regional & Multilateral Trade Relations Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Trade.


He holds a Master of Science in Agribusiness Management and Economics of Natural Resources from the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (France), and an Agricultural Economist Engineer Diploma (M.Sc.) from the Agronomic and Veterinary Institute of Hassan II (Morocco). Mr. DIANI is author (and co-author) of many policy papers and publications/studies related to the role of the public policy reforms in association with key issues like regional economic integration, energy transition, trade in services, and industrial competitiveness. He was also a part-time teacher of international trade courses at the Agronomic and Veterinary Institute Hassan II, and has supervised several academic researchers in different fields.

Serigne Gueye Diop

Minister Advisor to the President of the Republic, Mayor of Sandiara, Senegal

An agronomist and holder of several patents in the agri-food sector, Dr Serigne Guèye Diop was the Director of the Nestlé Research Center in Africa. Currently Mayor of Sandiara, he is experimenting a local version of the Emerging Senegal Plan through the creation of an industrial zone which groups several companies.


Dr. Diop’s vision relies heavily on education which he considers essential for developing countries. Dr. Diop is very committed to social entrepreneurship. He is currently sponsoring the 3rd edition of “Voix des Jeunes Sénégal”. This competition brings together Senegalese students from public universities and private institutions who ensure social change through the resolution of social problems and challenges. Among prestigious educational institutes, Dr. Diop had pursued his studies at the National Institute of Higher Agronomic Studies – SUPAGRO (Montpellier, France) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT (Boston, USA).

Birame Diop

Special Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic, Senegal

Previously Chief of staff of Senegalese Air Forces, General Birame Diop occupies currently the function of Security advisor to the President of the Republic and from January 1st 2020 he will become the Chief of the General staff of the Senegalese Armed Forces. His training courses started with the preparatory classes at the Prytanee military junior school of Saint-Louis in 1974 and Pilot officer training course at the Royal Academy of Morocco in 1985.


Genaral Diop pursued his trainings in USA, France, Singapore and he is since 2015 a Doctoral student in diplomacy and international relations at CEDS, in Dakar. General Diop has published among others Reinforcing air transport capabilities in Africa: a strategy to improve the military efficiency(2012) ; A review of the peacekeeping operations in Africa, International Journal of Peacekeeping (2009) ; Peacekeeping in Africa: focus on the Artemis mission (DRC), CSIS Newsletter (2009).

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele

Senior Advisor, International Republican Institute; Professorial Lecturer in African Studies, SAIS Johns Hopkins University

Writer, foreign policy analyst from RDC, he is also a lecturer in African studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), author of the forthcoming biography, Mobutu: The Rise and Fall of the Leopard King(Random House).


He has published in the Journal of Democracy, New York Times, Newsweek International, International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, etc. With the Pulitzer Center, he produced Congo’s Bloody Coltan, a documentary report and served as an election monitor with the Carter Center in DRC in 2006 and 2011. He was also embedded with UN peacekeepers in Congo's Ituri district and South Kivu province as a reporter. Dizolele holds an International M.B.A. and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago, a B.A. in Political science and French from Southern Utah University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, fluent in eight European and African langages.