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Abdel-Latif Jalal

Senior Fellow OCP Policy Center

Jalal Abdel-Latif is currently the Governance and Human Security cluster head at the Capacity Development Division at the UNECA.

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JALAL has over 25 years of professional experience in the areas of corporate social responsibility, civic engagement, grant making, project design and enhancing the capacities of non-profit organizations. He began his career as researcher and capacity analyst at UCLA African studies center. He then worked as Grants manager for USA for Africa (the We Are the World project) in California. He was a co-founder and CEO OF Inter-Africa Group, regional think thank. He was appointed by the late prime minister to serve on the Ethiopian telecommunication Board of directors to assist in its modernization and expansion.

Abdelaziz Maged

Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations

Prior to his appointment at his current post in September 2017, he was the UN Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Africa (2012-17) and Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN (2005-12).

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In that capacity, he was the African member of the Bureau of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development which laid the foundation for the UN 2030 Agenda and the African Agenda 2063. Vice President of the Economic and Social Council (2011-12) and Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly (2008-09) representing Africa, Mr. Abdelaziz enjoys an intimate knowledge of the UN and the AU’s intergovernmental processes and multilateral diplomacy. As Chair of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (2009-12), he played a leading role in coordinating developing countries position in the UN along with the G77 and China. Diplomatic Adviser to the President of Egypt and Official Spokesman of the Presidency (1999-2005), Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN (1995-99), Political Counsellor in the New York Mission (1995-97), he joined the Foreign Ministry in 1979 and was among other posts the Political Counsellor at the Egyptian Embassy in the USSR (1989-93). Mr. Abdelaziz graduated from the Ain Shams University School of Law in 1973.

Abdella Nejat

Analyst, Dalberg Advisers, Ethiopia

Nejat Abdella works as an analyst at Dalberg Advisers, a leading strategy consulting firm focused on international development based in Addis Ababa. At Dalberg, Nejat specializes in the areas of humanitarian assistance, food security and migration.

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Nejat is also the co-deputy of Dalberg’s global Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance practice area (CSHA). Her recent engagements at Dalberg include carrying out a business review for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Community Based Complementary Feeding Program in Ethiopia and conducting a Sustainability Assessment of NTD programs in Ethiopia for the Ministry of Health. Prior to joining Dalberg, Nejat worked with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN), International Labor Organization (ILO), Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA) and the African Union Commission (AUC).  She also maintains active involvement in her community, currently serving as one of the co-founders of Megengana- a professional development platform aimed at fostering career development, matching demand and supply for skilled talent, promoting valuable career advice, building networks, and delivering social enrichment to its members. Nejat was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics and a Global Citizen Scholar at Trent University, Canada.

Abegunde Olufemi

Board Member, Deloitte Africa

Olufemi Abegunde is a member of the board of Deloitte Africa and was formerly the chairman of the Deloitte West Africa Board.

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He is also the industry leader of energy and resources in Deloitte West Africa. In his role, he leads and manages the Energy and Resources Unit. Abegunde is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he received his bachelor’s degree in management & accounting and a master’s degree in business administration. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and an associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in Nigeria. He is also a graduate of the Pan Atlantic University (AMP) in Lagos.

Abhyankar Rajendra

Adjunct Professor, SPEA, Indiana University

Rajendra Abhyankar is currently an adjunct professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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He retired from the Indian diplomatic service in August 2005 as India’s ambassador to the EU, Belgium, and Luxembourg after more than 37 years of multi-faceted diplomatic assignments. He was the secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs for the government of India, from 2001-2004. He has served as India’s high commissioner to Cyprus and ambassador to Syria, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. He was India’s deputy high commissioner in Sri Lanka and consul general of India in San Francisco. His other diplomatic postings have been in Geneva, Brussels, Baghdad, and Rome. Since retirement from the diplomatic service, Amb. Abhyankar has been involved in academics, track II dialogues, philanthropy and consultancy.

Abhyankar Rajendra

Adjunct Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

Rajendra Abhyankar is currently an adjunct professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He retired from the Indian diplomatic service in August 2005 as India’s ambassador to the EU, Belgium, and Luxembourg after more than 37 years of multi-faceted diplomatic assignments.

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He was the secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs for the government of India, from 2001-2004. He has served as India’s high commissioner to Cyprus and ambassador to Syria, Turkey, and Azerbaijan. He was India’s deputy high commissioner in Sri Lanka and consul general of India in San Francisco. His other diplomatic postings have been in Geneva, Brussels, Baghdad, and Rome. Since retirement from the diplomatic service, Abhyankar has been involved in academics, track II dialogues, philanthropy and consultancy.

Abiola Hafsat

President & CEO, Women in Africa Initiative, Nigeria

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Aboudrar Abdesselam

President, Central Authority for Corruption Prevention, Morocco

Abdesselam Aboudrar was appointed president of the Central Authority for Corruption Prevention in Morocco in August 2008.

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In 1998, he joined the Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion, the main financial public institution in Morocco, where he was in charge of the savings, insurance and pension department from 1998-2003. In November 2002, he was nominated as secretary general of CDG, then, in March 2006, as deputy director general. Mr. Aboudrar is a civil engineer with a degree from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, an economist with a degree from the University of Rabat, and has a master’s in business administration from the ENPC, Paris. He has extensive experience as a civil engineering consultant, especially in the field of project appraisal, project management, and project finance. He is an active member of a number of scientific, professional, and citizenship organizations.

Aboutaleb Ahmed

Mayor, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Ahmed Aboutaleb was born in Beni Sidel, Morocco and graduated in telecommunications in 1987.

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He was a press officer at the Ministry of Welfare, Health and Cultural Affairs, head of information at the Social and Economic Council (SER) and manager of the Communications and Publications Sector at Statistics Netherlands (CBS), before he became director of the FORUM Institute for Multicultural Development and director of the Social, Economic and Cultural Development Sector of the municipality of Amsterdam. In 2004, Aboutaleb was appointed to Amsterdam's municipal executive as alderman for work and income, education, youth, diversity and urban policy. In February 2007, he was appointed state secretary for social affairs and employment, and in January 2009 became the mayor of Rotterdam.

Abouyoub Younes

Director of the Governance and State-Building Division for the MENA Region, United Nations

Former head of the political office of the UN Under-Secretary General for Conflict Prevention and Senior political advisor to the UN Secretary General Special Envoy to Burundi. He directed the political office of the UN Secretary General Special Envoy to Yemen and acted as his Senior special advisor.

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He also was the Senior political officer in charge of the regional affairs in the UN political mission to Libya (UNSMIL) and head of office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Libya. He also served as Senior Regional Expert in the Un Security Council Panel of Experts on Sudan (Darfur) and worked for the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (New York) and the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi. Mr. Younes Abouyoub holds a Ph.D. in political sociology (Paris Sorbonne/Columbia University) and M.A. in Geopolitics and Law.

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