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Awazu Pereira Da Silva Luiz

Deputy-Governor, Central Bank of Brazil

Luiz Awazu Pereira da Silva is currently the deputy-governor, in charge of international affairs and of financial regulation, at the Central Bank of Brazil.

Before that he was deputy-finance minister, in charge of international affairs, at the Brazilian Ministry of Finance; chief economist at the Ministry of Budget and Planning; regional country director with the World Bank (Southern Africa Department 2); and advisor to the chief economist of the World Bank, Washington, DC. He also worked as visiting scholar, Institute of Fiscal and Monetary Policy of the Ministry of Finance, Tokyo, and director, Country Risk and Economic Analysis Department at the Export-Import Bank of Japan, Tokyo. He holds a Ph. D. in economics from the Universite De Paris-I Sorbonne, Paris, and a master’s of philosophy from the Universite De Paris-I Sorbonne, Paris. He graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales – Paris and from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques Paris

Awinador-Kanyirige William

Minister, Deputy Representative of Ghana to the United Nations, Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations

William Awinador-Kanyirige is the deputy permanent representative of Ghana to the United Nations.

Prior to his appointment at the United Nations, he was chief of protocol at the Ghana Foreign Ministry and director at the Economic Community of West African States. Mr. Awinador-Kanyirige has been a foreign service officer for the past 25 years, which has seen him serve as counselor for the Ghana Mission in Zimbabwe from 1994-1998 and as minister-counsellor/deputy permanent delegate to UNESCO in France from 2000-2002. Among other assignments, he was district secretary (district chief executive) of the Bolgatanga District, Ghana from 1987-1989, and served as personal assistant to the respective ministers of foreign affairs in 1994 and 1999-2000. Mr. Awinador-Kanyirige is a member of the executive board of the West African Network for Peace-building. He also served on the bureau of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development.

Axworthy Lloyd

Chair, World Refugee Council, Canada

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada (1996-2000), known for his work to ban landmines, former Minister of Employment and Immigration (1980-84), current Chair of the World Refugee Council and Board Chair of CUSO International, a Canadian based international development agency.

Former President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, where he pioneered for 10 years community learning programs for Aboriginal and low income youth.

Ayadi Rym

Honorary Professor, CASS Business School; Founder and Scientific Director, Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies - EMNES

Economist and international expert on inclusive and sustainable socio-economic models, financial architecture and stability. She is Professor at CASS Business School and member of the Centre for Banking Research (CBR)at the City University of London.

She is the founder and President of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), as well as founder and Scientific Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES). Senior Research Advisor at the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) in Piran, Slovenia and Associated Scholar at the Centre for Relationship Banking and Economics (CERBE) at LUMSA University in Rome, she is Academic Member of several high-level expert groups including the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee (ESFRC), the European Banking Authority Banking Stakeholders Group (BSG), the European Commission’s Financial Services Users Group (FSUG), Finance Watch, the European Parliament - Economic and Financial Committee and Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), and an invited expert in international organizations including OECD and IMF, among others. Rym Ayadi holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance from University Paris Dauphine.

Ayadi Rym

Director, International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF), Canada

Professor Rym Ayadi is Honorary Professor at CASS Business School, Founder and President of the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) and Founder and Scientific Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Economic Studies (EMNES).

She is an Academic Member of several high-level international expert groups at international organizations. She authors several books and scholarly articles and is member of several editorial boards. Rym Ayadi holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance from University Paris Dauphine.

Azizi Jamal

Project Manager for Strategy, OCP Group


Azzam, ADEL 2014 Samira

Manager, Global Government Relations, Accenture

" The Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program stands out for its networking. The 2014 Emerging Leaders have stayed in close contact, sharing their accomplishments and opportunities for collaboration. It is an alumni group that I am confident will maintain its strength into the future. "


Ba Hassan

Co-Founder, Femmes Africa Solidarite

The first non-Swiss delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Hassan Ba was actively involved in the management of various crises in Africa, including the war in Somalia, the Touareg conflict, the war in Liberia, and the genocide in Rwanda.

He has worked for the UN, and as Special Advisor to Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade. Ba founded AFRICA Synergies, from which Femmes Africa Solidarité was born. He was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Ba Khadijetou

Founding Member, Leadership-Ethics-Governance and Strategies for Africa, Mauritania

Khadijetou Ba is a citizen activist passionate about pan-Africanism and governance. She is a founding member of Leadership-Ethics-Governance and Strategies for Africa (LEGS-AFRICA), a Senegal-based CSO that promotes leadership qualities for Africans and a thinking model based on African values and principles. 

She is also the Mauritanian chapter head of Africa 2.0, a community of more than 2,000 young leaders across the continent and diaspora, focused on capacity building and the promotion of entrepreneurship. In addition to her community work, Ba has worked on anti-corruption with GIZ in Mauritania, and on public financial management and accountability with the African Development Bank in Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire. She currently works in Nigeria on elections and youth political participation with the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement.

Bacall Felizia

Consultant, Bridgespan, USA

Felizia Bacall is a consultant in Bridgespan’s Boston office. Before joining Bridgespan, she worked as research analyst for the Finance Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC.

She has also worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation on their monitoring and evaluation team, and as a financial services associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Her most recent work was for Partners in Food Solutions in Kenya conducting the due diligence and ground work to open a lending facility for food producers in Africa. Bacall earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her bachelor’s in economics, politics, and global studies from Brandeis University. While at Tuck, Bacall was a fellow for the Center for Global Business and Government.