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Araba Adebisi

Director - Africa Region, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Nigeria

Director for Africa at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel, former Senior Technical Adviser on Environmental Policy to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria and team leader of the Environment and Climate Change Unit in the Ministry (2012-15).

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Regular columnist for the Mexican daily El Financiero, the Spanish daily El País and The New York Times. In 1997, he was appointed Global Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at New York University. Board member of Human Rights Watch (HRW) since 2003.

Arbache Jorge

Secretary of International Affairs, the Ministry of Planning of Brazil

Jorge Arbache is Secretary of International Affairs in the Ministry of Planning of Brazil, Professor of Economics at the University of Brasilia, Executive Secretary of the Brazil-China Investment Fund and of the Federal Government External Financing Commission (Cofiex), member of the Board of Directors of BNDES and Logigas, business columnist at Valor Econômico, book author and blogger.

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His previous appointments include Chief Economist in the Ministry of Planning, Senior Economic Adviser to the Presidency of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), and Senior Economist in the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Mr Arbache is especially interested in economic growth, trade, investment, productivity, innovation, technology, competitiveness, services and the digital economy. Mr. Arbache holds a Ph.D in Economics and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and in Law.

Arbib Sihame

Strategic Director, Victory Consulting

Sihame Arbib is currently the chief executive officer of Victory Consulting, advisor to the undersecretary general of United Nations and partner of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Economic Forum.

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Prior to this, she was the political advisor at the World Health Organization, political advisor of former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, advisor of the Minister for Defense, MENA expert for the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), and founding member of the Union for the Mediterranean — training, dialogue of cultures, immigration, and economic partnership — in Morocco in 2008. Sihame has a master’s degree from Sciences Po in political science and international relations, specializing in conflicts and security issues.

Argilagos Ana Marie

Senior Advisor, Ford Foundation

Ana Marie Argilagos is currently a senior advisor to the Ford Foundation’s Just Cities and Metropolitan Opportunities initiatives and adjunct professor of international urban planning at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

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Previously, she established the Office for International & Philanthropic Innovation at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development where she served as its first deputy assistant secretary and also as Secretary Shaun Donovan’s deputy chief of staff. Argilagos received her bachelor’s in international relations from American University and her master’s in public administration from Harvard University.

Arieal Ainka Dove Teocah

Director of Donors and Partnerships, Caribbean Youth Policy Institute, Trinidad and Tobago

Teocah Dove’s work and research focuses on at-risk and vulnerable youth, women, and communities through designing and leading youth intervention, inclusion, and leadership programs.

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She serves as Trinidad and Tobago’s representative in the United Nations Development Program’s Caribbean Youth Think Tank, and as director of donors and partnerships with the Caribbean Youth Policy Institute. A Chevening Scholar, Dove holds degrees in media and communications from the University of Greenwich, and gender and international relations from the University of Bristol. In 2015, she received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for 10 years of substantial commitment as a leader in youth and community development.

Arnas Neyla

Senior Research Fellow, Center for Applied Strategic Learning, National Defense University

Neyla Arnas is a senior research fellow at the Center for Applied Strategic Learning at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.

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Her current focus is on education and training activities related to women, peace, and security. She coordinated the 2015 publication, Women on the Frontlines of Peace and Security. She is also the editor and author of Fighting Chance: Global Trends and Shocks in the National Security Environment. Arnas is a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds a master’s degree in political science. She has previously worked at the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the European Parliament.

ARNAUD Samuel

Political Analyst, NATO Strategic Direction South Hub

At his current post, in Italy, he contributes to studies focusing on the northern part of Africa. His studies also covered the influence of external actors in Africa.

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Before being posted in Naples, he served in several positions in central services and Joint Staff Headquarters in the French Army. He attended a 2 years course at Inalco (National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations). In 2004, he graduated from Grenoble Management Business School where he obtained a master’s degree in international business.

Arnaud Samuel

Political Analyst, NATO Strategic Direction South Hub

At his current post, in Italy, he contributes to studies focusing on the northern part of Africa. His studies also covered the influence of external actors in Africa. Before being posted in Naples,

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he served in several positions in central services and Joint Staff Headquarters in the French Army. He attended a 2 years course at Inalco (National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations). In 2004, he graduated from Grenoble Management Business School where he obtained a master’s degree in international business.

Arnold Tom

Director General Institute for International and European Affairs

Tom Arnold is a member of the Agriculture for Growth Malebo Montpellier Panel.

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In addition, he is a member of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, and of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. He has served as Interim Director of the SUN Movement (2014- 16), Director General of the Irish Institute of International and European Affairs, and as Chairman of the Irish Constitutional Convemtion. He was Chief Executive of Concern Worldwide, Ireland's largest humanitarian organisation, from 2001-13 and had earlier served as Chief Economist and Assistant Secretary General in the Irish Department of Agriculture and Food and as Administrator with the European Commission, serving in Brussels and in Africa. He has chaired or being a member of a number of governmental and non-governmental bodies at Irish, European and international level, including the UN's Millennium Project Hunger Task Force, the Irish Hunger Task Force, the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the Board of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the OECD Committee of Agriculture, the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice and the Irish Times Trust and Board. He is a graduate in agricultural economics from University College Dublin (UCD) and has Masters degrees from the Catholic University of Leuven and of Trinity College, Dublin.

Aslan Ali

TV Host and Journalist

Ali Aslan is a seasoned journalist and television host who has worked for global news networks such as CNN, ABC News, and Channel News Asia.

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Since 2012, he has been the host of the international talk show “Quadriga” on Deutsche Welle TV. In addition to his distinguished career in journalism, Aslan has also served for two terms as a policy and media advisor to the German government, including the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Aslan holds a master’s of international affairs and a master’s of journalism from Columbia University. He received his bachelor’s in international politics from Georgetown University.

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