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Emerging Leaders 2019



Asserting an Atlantic vision and filling in the generational and perception gaps can only be reinforced when the next generation of leaders are given a seat at the table, to challenge the established perspectives and forward the conversations. To this end, the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program (ADEL) fosters a unique network across generations, continents, and cultures, aimed at stimulating generational dialogue within the conference, and beyond, by building a large interconnected community of rising professionals in their respective fields.

Every year, the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program brings together 40 to 50 young leaders, aged 23 to 35, from around the Atlantic basin and Africa, who have demonstrated leadership and initiative in their fields and who aim to shape the regional and global agenda in politics, finance, business, civil society, academia and the media. These rising leaders have displayed leadership capabilities, and have a strong sense of commitment to social and economic issues facing their communities in particular and the world in general.

This yearly program is held two days prior to the Atlantic Dialogues conference, and is a tailor-made policy immersion program that consists of structured group conversations with decision and opinion makers on key Atlantic development and cooperation issues, as well as informal meetings with innovative community leaders and think tank representatives. The ADELs join the Atlantic Dialogues Conference immediately after the program as full participants, and are presented with the unique opportunity to attend this high-level event, network with leading figures of the Atlantic Basin, and speak in different sessions as well as the final plenary dedicated to that specific year’s cohort. Initially, the aim of this program was to increase intergenerational dialogue within the conference itself, but this notion has been evolving throughout the years.


Monday, December 9th

Upon Arrival Registration

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakech – space in front of elevators

15:00-23:00 Welcome Packs Available

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakech – ADEL Welcome Desk- space in front of elevators

17:00 – 17:30 Welcome Coffee

Location: Business Center, Radisson Blu Hotel

17:30 18:15 Welcome & Presentation: The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program: Shaping the present

Location: Ras El Hanout, Business Center, Radisson Blu Hotel


Lilia Rizk, Program Coordinator-Emerging Leaders, Policy Center for the New South


Karim El Aynaoui, President, Policy Center for the New South

18:15- 18:30 ADEL Intention and Program


Lilia Rizk, Program Coordinator-Emerging Leaders, Policy Center for the New South

18:30 – 19:00 Introduction Round of Participants

19:00 - 20:30 Story Telling and the Power of Narrative for Social Transformation

Location: Ras El Hanout, Business Center, Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakesh

We are living in a time where people’s central locus of identity is being challenged and redefined. Nationalist politics and immigration and migration debates are creating more borders geographically, socially and intellectually. “Who am I?” “Where do I belong?” “Whose stories value or devalue me?” “By whose narrative do I define myself?” “What stories have I used to define others?” Understanding the power of story and narrative is necessary for thinking through any transformative steps in bringing change to our local and global communities. And there are many creative ways in which people seeking change are exposing and telling stories, and expanding and shifting narratives. This interactive lecture and group dialogue will lead reflection on the following vital question: “How can our understanding of the role of story and narrative affect the way we engage in identity politics, and help us understand why learning to tell our own stories is of primary importance?


Enuma Okoro, Writer, Lecturer, Creative Consultant

20:30 – 22:00 Dinner Cocktail

Location: Restaurant Lilas, Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakesh

Tuesday, December 10th

8:00 Transfer to Benguerir, Morocco

9:00-9:45: Visit of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Committed to economic and human development, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University puts research and innovation at the service of development on the African continent. This positioning allows it to emphasize Morocco's forward-looking position in these areas through the implementation of a unique partnership approach and the strengthening of the training offer in skills relevant to Africa's future.

Located in the town of Benguerir, near Marrakech, and housed in the heart of its Green City, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University aims to shine nationally, continentally and internationally.

10:15-11:00 Collective Intelligence

Location: Salle Polyvalente, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Just as computer science came to shape the last half-century, a changing planet is requiring us to transform our institutions, because what worked before is not working now. In this short workshop, you'll learn how the new science of collective intelligence is bringing together cognitive science with systems design, organizational change, ethics and team facilitation to solve the most complex problems of this century.

Speaker :

Lex Paulson, Director, UM6P School of Collective Intelligence

11:00 – 13:00 Atlantic Community: Build, Connect, Anticipate

Location: Salle Polyvalente, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Faced with financial and economic difficulties as well as a changing landscape in world politics, the sentiment of belonging to the Atlantic community have to be strengthened. A new dynamic must be instilled to promote a solid transatlantic relation. The young population of this region is a valuable resource, and youth are the first actors of the new transatlantic innovation; they are the ones who will face the coming challenges of the region.

In a daring format, we invite the participants to look at the future. With this exercise, participants pinpoint the shortcomings of the present and are encouraged to propose proactive solutions to the challenges of the region. In a common roadmap designed collectively, the emerging leaders will determine a precise plan of action, presented at the end of the Atlantic Dialogues.

Workshop Facilitator: Lex Paulson, Director, UM6P School of Collective Intelligence

Moderators: Ihssane Guennoun, International Relations Specialist, Policy Center for the New South, Maha Skah, International Relations Specialist, Policy Center for the New South, Imane Lahrich, Program Officer, Policy Center for the New South

13:00- 14:00 Lunch

Location: VIP Restaurant- Mohamed VI Polytechnic University

14:00 Transfer to Green Energy Park

14:15-16:15 Visit of Green Energy Park and Green Smart building park

The Green Energy Park is a solar energy testing, research and training platform located in the green city of BenGuerir. It was developed by the Research Institute of Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) with the support of the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment and the OCP Group. The Green Energy Park is the first platform of its kind in Africa and allows for the creation of synergies and the pooling of research infrastructures as well as the acquisition of knowledge and know-how by different partner universities as well as industrialists.

16:15- 16:45 Transfer to UM6P & Coffee Break

16:45- 18:00 Climate-Energy Policies for a Low Carbon Transition

Location: Salle Polyvalente, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Climate change is the defining issue of our time. While the world had experienced a stagnation in CO2 emissions between 2014 and 2016, the dynamics have since shifted. Energy-related CO2 emissions increased by 1.7 percent in 2017 and a further 2.7 percent in 2018. If the world aims to achieve the goals under the Paris Agreement and SDGs, around 70% of the global energy supply will need to be low-carbon by 2050. Pursuing such an energy transition requires a range of ambitious policy and structural reforms to support the adjustment of sectors, firms and workers that could be negatively affected by it.

  • - What are examples of low-carbon solutions? How can we accelerate low-carbon technology development and scale up their deployment?

  • - What is hindering the low-carbon energy transition in the countries of the South Atlantic?

  • - How can countries boost private-sector investment in energy efficiency and clean energy?

  • - How can we minimize the trade-offs of an ambitious energy transition and address its negative impacts on energy affordability, jobs and competitiveness, particularly in areas where carbon-intensive industries are dominant employers?

Moderator: Rim Berahab, Economist, Policy Center for the New South


Badr Ikken, General Director, Research Institute in Renewable and New Energy (IRESEN)

Hanane Mourchid, Head of Circular Economy Program, OCP

Valeria Aruffo, Director of External Relations, Dii Desert Energy

18:15 Transfer to Marrakesh

19:30 – 20:30 Dinner

Location: Restaurant Lilas, Radisson Blu Hotel

21:00-22:00 Evening Conversation: Collective Memory and Reconciliation: Peace Building in Communities

Location: Ras El Hanout, Business Center, Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakesh

After major political changes, especially those where severe violations of human rights have occurred, the transition is not complete without a reconciliation process. This process is influenced and guided by the nation’s collective memory in terms of methods and mechanisms used to make peace with the past. In this sense, the healing of memories becomes a necessary step towards state and citizenship building.

The peace building processes launched in many countries with violent pasts – each in its own way- are crucial in ensuring their stability and avoiding future violent tensions.

  • - How can countries overcome their past conflicts, be honest with their previous mistakes and engage in the peace building process?

  • - What mechanisms are necessary to enable and effectively enforce a reconciliation process? (Transitional Justice)

  • - What can be the role of institutions in the preservation of collective memory?

  • - How can culture promote the idea of reconciliation and peace building?

Moderator: Sara Mokaddem, International Relations Specialist, Policy Center for the New South


Leonardo Párraga, Director, Bogotart

Thomas Richter, Associate Director at Political Risk Consultancy, Avisa Partners

Kidane Kiros, Professor-Researcher, School of Humaniteis, Economics and Social Sciences, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University’s

Wednesday, December 11th

08:00 Transfer to Benguerir

09:00- 10:30 Skills Workshops

Location: Ibn Sina, Ibn Tofail, Mohamed VI Polytechnic University

  1. Leadership : Strengthening Your Leadership Portfolio: Strategies for Maximizing Your Impact, Career Growth, and Networking

The goal of this workshop is to learn the difference between leadership and Management. During an exciting learning experience, this workshop will shed a led on the different aspects of leadership and how to develop it in different fields. By the end of this activity, you will have a more holistic view of leadership and skills to better contextualize and manage complexity.

Speaker: Wadia Ait Hamza, Head of the Global Shapers Community, World Economic Forum

Location: Ibn Tofail, Mohamed VI Polytechnic University

  1. Design Thinking: Innovation Ecosystems Across the Atlantic

In a fast-paced world, design thinking has proven to be a powerful tool that helps us come up with viable solutions in an efficient way. When design principles are applied to strategy and innovation, the success rate for innovation dramatically improves. Design thinking is at the core of effective strategy development and organizational change. It has also been used to address one of the most pressing issues of our time, which is achieving sustainable growth. Whether they are public sector operators, business leaders or academics, growth – in the broad term- has become one of the priorities. This workshop will aim to explore the implications of an ecosystem-based approach for leaders to design sustainable projects, and to value a new economic framework—one that respects the role of individuals and their interactions with one another in shaping their ecosystems.

Ade Mabogunje,
Senior Research Scientist, Center for Design Research, Stanford University

Location: Ibn Sina, Mohamed VI Polytechnic University

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

Location: Patio, Mohamed VI Polytechnic University

11:00- 13:00 Incorporating Psychosocial Dynamics into Public Policies

Location: Salle Polyvalente, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

As the world around us keeps showing fractures, in large part due to increasingly unbearable anxieties, incorporating systems and psychosocial dynamics in our collective thinking can go a long way towards decreasing the incidence of regressed psychosocial dynamics.

This groundbreaking session is aimed at overcoming the bereft anxieties of our world. With an increasing unconsciousness of our environment needs, perverse psychosocial dynamics deepens the ineffectiveness of public policies. Incorporating the concept of reparative leadership in almost any governance structure will put a great emphasis on empathy and the necessity of building collective solutions to common problems.


Bruno Boccara, Founder of Socio-Analytic Dialogue, Former Lead Economist World Bank and Director Standard & Poor's 

13:00- 14:30 Lunch Break

Location: VIP Restaurant- Mohamed VI Polytechnic University

14:30 -15:45 Gender, Race and Culture : Social Responsibility in the 21st Century

Location: Salle Polyvalente, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Gender and race issues fortunately took a preeminent place in recent debates. Engaging women and minorities in global governance and implementing principles of inclusiveness and mutual respect in workplaces and societies is paramount for young leaders. Despite significant progress, structural inequality based on gender, race, class, disability and/or ethnicity persists around the world. It is further complicated by the fact that most of these concepts are rooted in our cultural system. We count on young leaders and their collective energy to transform today’s challenging realities, and deconstruct how popular culture shapes discourses on race and gender.

  1. How can we overcome the negative cultural bias ?

  2. What is the definition of an inclusive society/company?

  3. What is the responsibility of young leaders in changing mindsets about gender and race ?

Moderator: Chika Uwazie, HR Strategist & Founder, Career Queen


Nouzha Chekrouni, Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South

Sarah Glover, President, National Association of Black Journalist

Maximo Plo Seco, Business Development and Client Engagement Manager, Cultural Infusion

Richard Lui, Journalist and News Anchor, MSNBC

15:45 – 16:00 Transfer to Library

Location: Library, Mohamed VI Polytechnic University

16:00 – 16:30 The Private Sector: a catalyst for sustainable development

Location: Library, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

This discussion will enable the Emerging Leaders to learn more about OCP Group’s vision and sustainability related investments as well as the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P)’s ambition to become a world-class innovative hub.

16:30- 18:00 Society 2.0: A new Equilibrium?

Location: Library, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

Societies are witnessing structural changes due to demographic shifts, technology advances and several other exogenous factors. These changes have been manifesting in different forms around the world, from Colombia to France, Lebanon to the United States. This prompts a need to perhaps look deeper into the causes of these shifts and find the link with the underlying sets of rules and norms that govern different societal components.

Being written, rules tend to be static while the unwritten norms are more dynamic resulting in a gap between the two that needs to be filled. Youth, being one of the most important components of societies, play an important role and share the responsibility of shaping the new set of rules and norms as they are expected to abide by them for the foreseeable future.

To this end, this session will help give the stage to young representatives of the Atlantic basin to share their thoughts on how these commonly agreed rules and norms should look and what needs should they answer to reach a new societal equilibrium.

- Do we need a new social contract in an attempt to rethink society?

- Is there a need for a new set of rules and norms?

Lex Paulson, will frame the discussion, and this will be followed by an interactive debate moderated by Alan Kasujja.


Alan Kasujja, Lead Presenter, BBC News

Lex Paulson, Director, UM6P School of Collective Intelligence


Aminata Touré, President, Economic Social and Environmental Council, Former Prime Minister, Senegal

Dominique Guillo, Dean, African Center for Behavioral Sociology, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

18:00 – 19:30 Closing Cocktail

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

19:30 – 20:30 Transfer to La Cour des Lions, Essaadi Palace, Marrakesh

 20:30 – 00:00 Networking Dinner

Location: La Cour des Lions Restaurant, Essaadi Palace Hotel

In a cozy atmosphere at one of the best gourmet Moroccan restaurants in town, the ADELs are invited to have dinner, meet and mingle with ADEL alumni from previous cohorts as well as the Policy Center for the New South Staff to deepen ties between the individuals building this community.

Keynote Speech: The Role of a New Generation: Leadership and Governance across the Atlantic

Speaker: Najat Vallaud Belkacem: Former Minister for Women’s Rights, Former Minister for Urban Planning, Youth and Sports and Former Minister for Education, Higher Education and Research, Republic of France

Presentation of ADEL Certificates:

Karim El Aynaoui, President, Policy Center for the New South

Lilia Rizk, Program Coordinator-ADEL, Policy Center for the New South

Adel Cohort

List of Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders 2019

Foster Awintiti Akugri, President Founder, Hacklab Foundation. Ghana

Katrina Amupolo, Founder, Empowering Erongo Young Women Project. Namibia

Eric Asmar, CEO, Happy Smala. Morocco

Jonatan Beun, Director for Capability Building and Innovation, Federal Government of Argentina. Argentina

Hanae Bezad, CEO, Le Wagon Morocco. Morocco

Nicola Bilotta, Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). Italy

Jihad Bnimoussa, Psychologist and CEO, InspireCorp. USA

Selin Bocio Richardson, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Medical Foundation Bocio (FUMEBO). Dominican Republic

Max Bouchet, Research Analyst, The Brookings Institution. France

Chaimae Bourjij, National Project Coordinator, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Morocco

Charlotte Brandsma, Senior Program Officer, The German Marshall Fund of the United States. The Netherlands

Chiara Maria Cocchiara, System Operations Engineer, EUMETSAT. Italy

Jessa Coleman, Programs Manager, PACE Financial Servicing. USA

Francisco Cordoba, Co-Founder & CEO, NaaS (Fintech). Colombia

Teresa Danso-Danquah, Manager of NextGen Initiatives, Disability:IN. USA

Teresa De Almeida Braga Rossi, Project Analyst, Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI). Brazil

Bushra Ebadi, Youth Advisory Group and Executive Committee Member, Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Canada

Adil El Madani, Private Sector Development Expert, Enabel. Belgium

Iskander Erzini Vernoit, Researcher, E3G. Morocco

Joana Flores, Strategy Manager, Cancer Research UK. Portugal

Aziza Geleta, Minister Plenipotentiary for Political Affairs and the United Nations Office, Ethiopian Embassy in Kenya. Ethiopia

Roger Hilton, Defence and Security Stream Manager, GLOBSEC. Canada

Meriem Idrissi Kaitouni, Senior Account Manager, Edelman Montreal. Morocco

Omayra Issa, Journalist, Radio-Canada/Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Niger

Naimah Jabali-Nash, Field Producer. USA

Rami Khoriaty, Political Attaché and Director of Operations, Parliament of Canada. Canada

Kwamboka Kiangoi, Legal Counsel - Office of the Chief Justice, Judiciary of Kenya. Kenya

Jordan Kronen, Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Liz Lovelett, Washington State Senate. USA

Emmanuel Lubanzadio, Manager for Global Government Relations. Germany

Zakaria Mamou, Co-founder and President, FIDEA (International Forum for African Entrepreneurship Development). Morocco

Doreen Mashu, Development Consultant, Founder of The Good Heritage. Zimbabwe

Ruth Mariana Mejia Padilla, Founder & CEO, Global Center of Social strategy. Mexico

Adauto Modesto Junior, Chief Economist, Development Bank of Minas Gerais. Brazil

Sarala Morusupalli, Founder & Treasurer, EmpowerLife & U.S. Democratic Party. USA

Juan Diego Mujica Filippi, Researcher, Harvard Law School. Peru

Gwen Ngwenya, CEO, Techpol. South Africa

Brent Oglesby, Lieutenant Commander, NSD-S HUB. USA

Ritika Passi, Associate Fellow and Project Editor, The Observer Research Foundation. India

Antonella Pelizzari Eyheramonho, Advisor on International Relations, Office of the Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers of Argentina, Government of Argentina. Argentina

Maximo Plo Seco, Business Development and Client Engagement Manager, Diversity Atlas at Cultural Infusion. Spain

Matteo Pugliese, Associate Research Fellow, ISPI. Italy

Daniel Saka Mbumba, Vice President – International Sanctions Project Manager, BNP Paribas. France

Sahil Shah, Project Lead, Kenya Business Guide. Kenya

Adaku Ufere, Deputy Chief of Party, USAID West Africa Energy Program. Nigeria

Edna Liliana Valencia Murillo, Journalist, France 24. Colombia

Ronald Van Den Heuvel, Political Advisor, Ministry of Defence. The Netherlands

Kheston Walkins, CEO / Chief NeuroInnovation Officer, Allegori. Trinidad and Tobago

Denica Yotova, Programmes Coordinator, European Council on Foreign Relations. Bulgaria