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Belarbi Mohamed Amine

Co-founder & CEO, VUL9 Security Solutions, Morocco

Mohamed Amine Belarbi is a New York University alum and currently co-founder and CEO of VUL9 Security Solutions, the region’s fastest growing cybersecurity company currently helping UAE tech giants better secure their platforms and data, as well as assisting various marquee brands in the MENA region better defend against cyber attacks and cyber breaches.

Mohamed is also co-founder of millennial publication Gulf Elite based in Dubai with over 30,000 monthly readers, as well as author of Amazon Kindle Best selling Book The Art of the Grind: What they don't Teach you in College. Mohamed has been recognised "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" by Arabian Business, "10 top African change leaders" by African Leadership University and was the youngest entrepreneur to ever be featured on the cover of Forbes Middle East Magazine.

Belhaj Zahi, ADEL 2018 Ali

CEO and Co-Founder, EVOCRAFT, Tunisia

" L’expérience que je viens de vivre dans le cadre de ce programme Emerging Leader va constituer une source d’inspiration dans ma vie professionnelle de jeune élue locale et d’entrepreneure. C’est la toute première fois que je participe à un programme qui offre autant de thématiques et qui met en liaison des jeunes de différents horizons. "


Belka Marek

Former Prime Minister, Poland

Marek Belka graduated from the University of Łódź with a master’s degree in economics in 1972 and received his Ph.D. in 1978, which was followed by a postdoctoral degree in economics (“habilitation”) in 1986. Associated with the Institute of Economics of the Polish Academy of Sciences since 1986, Belka was a research fellow at the Columbia and Chicago Universities (1978-79, 1985-86), as well as at the London School of Economics (1990).

He received the title of professor of economics in 1994. Belka has published over 100 scientific papers devoted primarily to the theory of money and anti-inflation policy in developing countries. He specializes in applied economics and contemporary economic thought. From 1990-96, he worked as a consultant and advisor at the Polish Ministry of Finance, and subsequently at the Polish Ministry of Ownership Transformations and at the Central Planning Office. He became a consultant to the World Bank in 1996.

Bellamy William

Warburg Chair in International Relations, Simmons College

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Bellamy (ret. ) became the director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in October 2008. At the time of his appointment, he was a resident senior fellow in the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. Previously he served as senior vice president of National Defense University. A career diplomat, Ambassador Bellamy was U. S. ambassador to Kenya from 2003 to 2006. He served as principal deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs (2001-2003) and as deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs (2000-2001). His earlier diplomatic assignments include deputy chief of mission in Canberra, political minister-counselor in Paris, and political counselor in Pretoria and Cape Town. Ambassador Bellamy holds a bachelor’s in history from Occidental College and a master’s in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University).

Bello Abdoul Salam

Special Advisor to the Executive Director for Africa, The World Bank Group, Niger

Visiting Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Africa Center since 2015 and Advisor to the Executive Director at the World Bank since 2014.

Former Chief of Staff to the African Union New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AU-NEPAD) Agency in South Africa (2012-14). Co-author of a domestic resource mobilization study with ADB, UNECA and UNDP.

Belmahi Mohammad

Adviser to the Chairman and CEO of OCP Group and Chairman of the OCP Foundation, OCP Group/ OCP Foundation

Mohammed Belmahi is an advisor to the chairman and CEO of OCP Group, and has been chairman of the OCP Foundation since April 2009.

He also served as the Moroccan ambassador to the U. K. from 1999-2009 and as Morocco’s ambassador to India and Nepal from 1996-1999. He was previously an executive at the ONA Group (Casablanca) from 1988-1995, serving mainly as the director general of its real estate and tourism sector, which he set up. Mr. Belmahi has held various high-level positions in the Moroccan government such as the director general of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (1986-1988) and the director of tourism at the Ministry of Tourism (1982-1986). He served both as a consultant and as a staff member at the United Nations Centre for Housing, Building, and Planning (1974-1976). Mr. Belmahi has master’s degrees in urban planning and public administration, both from New York University.

Belrhiti Imane

Market Analyst, OCP Group


Benaissa Amal

Contributing Expert at Mouseion Limited, London School of Economics


Benaissa Mohamed

Secretary General, Assilah Forum, Morocco .

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco (1999-2007), former Minister of Culture (1985-92), Founding Member and Vice-President of the Council of Arab and International Relations (Kuwait 2009).

Elected Mayor of Assilah since 1983, he sits on the advisory boards of the Bahrein Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (DERASAT), the Arab Forum Thought, the Aspen Foreign Affairs Forum, the Aspen Institute Food Security Strategy Group and the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD).

Benaïssa Mohammed

Secretary General, Assilah Forum; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Morocco

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (1999-2007), Ambassador of Morocco to the United States (1993-99), Minister of Culture (1985-92), he was an elected member of Parliament (1977-92) and elected Mayor of Assilah his home town in 1983, a position he has held for 27 years to date. He formally began his career as a Press Officer for the Moroccan Permanent Mission to the UN.

He joined the United Nation as an Information Officer in New York and Addis Ababa (1965-67) and the FAO as Regional Information Advisor for Africa and Communication Advisor (1967-73), where he became Director of the Information Division (1974-76). In 1978 he co-founded The Al-Mouhit Cultural Association (presently the Assilah Forum Foundation) a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to social and economic development through cultural and art exchange. Laureate of the Aga Khan Award for Islamic Architecture for the rehabilitation of Assilah (1988), of the Foundation of Arab Thought (Cultural Man of the Year 2003) and of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. In 2008 he received a Honoris Causa Doctorate in Law and Public Services from the University of Minnesota. He is currently an active member of several national, regional and international organizations and an active international consultant in development communications and international relations.