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Bassou Abdelhak

Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Abdelhak Bassou occupied several offices within the Directorate General of the Moroccan National Security where he was chief of the Borders’ Division from 1978-93. He was the former director of the Royal Institute of Police in 1998. He also served as the chief of regional security (Errachidia 1999-2003, Sidi Kacem 2003-05) and was also head of the Central General Intelligence from 2006-09. 

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Bassou also contributed to the output of several international organizations’ endeavours including the Council of Arab Interior Ministers from 1986-92, where he represented the Directorate General of National Security in several meetings. Bassou holds a master’s degree in political science and international studies from the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences of Agdal in Rabat.

Bassou Abdelhak

OCP Policy Center Senior Fellow

Abdelhak Bassou occupied several offices within the Directorate General of the Moroccan National Security where he was Borders’ Division Chief from 1978 to 1993. He was the former Director of the Royal Institute of Police in 1998.

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He also served as the Chief of Regional Security (Errachidia 1999-2003, Sidi Kacem 2003-2005) and was also Head of the Central General Intelligence from 2006 to 2009. He also contributed to the output of several international organizations endeavors including the Council of Arab Interior Ministers from 1986 to 1992, where he represented the Directorate General of National Security in several meetings. Abdelhak Bassou holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Studies from the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences of Agdal in Rabat.

Bathily Abdoulaye

Former Special Representative United Nations Secretary-General for Central Africa

Mr. Bathily held various ministerial positions in the Senegalese Government, notably as Senior Minister in charge of African Affairs (2012-2013), Minister for Energy and Hydraulics (2000-2001) and Minister for the Environment and the Protection of Nature (1993-1998).  Elected to the National Assembly in 1998, he served as Deputy Speaker from 2001 to 2006. Elected to the National Assembly in 1998, he served as Deputy Speaker from 2001 to 2006.

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During that period, he was also a Member of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, and a member of the African Union Contact Group on the crisis in Madagascar.  He participated in various conflict-resolution missions to countries in West Africa, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Guinea and Mali. Having taught history for more than 30 years the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal, Mr. Bathily has also lectured in several universities around the world.  He has published extensively on African history, politics and the military, and is a member of the Board of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CODA), besides belonging to a wide network of academic and civil-society organizations. Mr. Bathily holds a Doctor of Philosophy in history from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom as well as a doctorate from the Université Cheikh Anta Diop.

Bathily Nayé Anna

Head, Global Parliamentary Engagement, World Bank Group

Nayé Anna Bathily is a Senior International Affairs Expert and the Head of Global Parliamentary Engagement at the World Bank.  She has actively contributed to the creation of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF, which is a unique parliamentary platform for policy dialogue on key development issues. 

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For the past years, she has engaged hundreds of elected representatives worldwide on international development issues. She also contributes to partnership efforts in Africa on behalf of the World Bank providing strategic input and advice to Heads of States and Governments for major development roundtables.  In June 2009, she graduated with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and as a Mason Fellow from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  In 2016, she was selected as part of the Choiseul Africa 100 young economic leaders. In 2017, she was listed by New African Magazine as part of the 100 most influential people in Africa.

Batista de Moura Ziebarth José Antonio

Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, Australia

José Antonio Batista de Moura Ziebarth is an experienced professional with expertise in regulation, competition policy, infrastructure, M&A, and project finance. 

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He has been a university lecturer and a senior advisor at the Brazilian Competition Authority, where he also led the agency’s internship program. He holds a master’s degree in competition, innovation, and information law from New York University, a master’s of law degree from Universidade de São Paulo, and a master’s degree in business economics from the Getulio Vargas Foundation São Paulo School of Economics. He is a recipient of the Vanderbilt Medal and the President’s Service Award, and has published research on regulatory issues, competition law, policy coordination, and Latin American development strategy.

Bazir Lamia

Founder, Empowering Wo-men in the Atlas, Morocco

Lamia Bazir is the founder of Empowering Wo-men in the Atlas, a non-profit organization focused on community development and women’s empowerment. 

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Currently, she works for the head of the government of Morocco on the second compact of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and sits on the board of directors for the High Atlas Foundation. Her professional experience includes working as an analyst for the Arab League, as a consultant for Transparency International, and as a field researcher in Niger. She is the recipient of several awards and has delivered speeches at the UN Youth Assembly, Al Akhawayn University, and Stanford University. Bazir has been an American Association of University Women fellow and served as a representative to the UN. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in international development from Sciences Po in Paris.

Beighle Yldiz

Head of CARICOM Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Suriname

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Beinart Peter

Author and Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

Peter Beinart is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, and senior political writer for The Daily Beast-Newsweek.

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He is also the author of The Crisis of Zionism, which expands his New York Review of Books essay, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment. ” Mr. Beinart has written for several American, British, and German newspapers, including The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Die Zeit. He has appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week, Charlie Rose, The McLaughlin Group, The Colbert Report, MTV, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and many other television and radio programs. Mr. Beinart graduated from Yale University in 1993, winning a Rhodes scholarship for graduate study at Oxford University.

Bejarano Germán

Director, Institutional International Relations

Germán Bejarano is the director of Institutional International Relations and the assistant to the chairman of Abengoa.

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He was with the Spanish Civil Service for many years, where he was employed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, at the Technical Secretariat and the Treasury. From 1992 to 1998, he represented Spain at the boards of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Group as the executive director and alternate director. In 2000, he was appointed the director general for International Economic Relations within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He then became the ambassador from Spain to Malaysia and to Brunei. He holds a degree in economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a degree from the Université de Nancy. He obtained a diploma of high European studies from the European Center of Nancy

Bekri Dana

NATO Security Investment Program, NATO, Canada

Dana Bekri is a member of the International Staff of the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. She is currently working in resource management for the NATO Security Investment Program, reinforcing the delivery of common-funded Alliance capabilities. 

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Prior to her position at NATO, Dana was working in community development for a Canadian public education institution managing an adult literacy program. She supported various community initiatives aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion, as well as the integration of new Canadians through government and civil society partnerships. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from Western University, and a master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics. Her main areas of interest are public sector integrity and improving transparency and accountability through institutional capacity building.

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