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Aguiar Matos Sergio

Director of New Business Development & Consulting, Brasilinvest Group

Sergio Aguiar Matos is director for New Business Development & Consulting for Brasilinvest Group, Brazil’s foremost merchant and investment bank. He is also head of projects for Fórum das Américas, the group's NGO. He graduated, respectively, from Fundação Casper Libero, the country’s first school of journalism, and Mackenzie Presbyterian University, one of Brazil’s most prestigious law schools founded in 1870. He holds an MBA degree from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado.

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He also attended a Political Philosophy Program, through the Continuing Education Division, at Harvard University. Sergio is the co-founder of Better Brazil, a think-tank that promotes nation-branding and helps develop business and human resources geared at providing Brazilian institutions with tools to compete in international trade. He has also organized and participated in a number of investment summits worldwide.

Ahanda Patricia

Founder and CEO, Lydexperience, France

Patricia Ahanda is an entrepreneur, consultant in leadership, and founder of Lydexperience, a training platform focused on Leadership coaching.

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Patricia is also Deputy Mayor in charge of Digital and Vocational Training in the Paris region, in the city of Champigny-sur-Marne. Committed to the issues of Women's Leadership, Women's Entrepreneurship and to fight against social, economic and gender inequalities, she has been named Forbes Under 30 Fellows in 2018.

Ahanda Patricia

Deputy Mayor in charge of Digital and Vocational Training, Champigny-sur-Marne, Paris Region

" En 2018 j'ai eu l'opportunité de faire partie de la promotion 2018 des Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders. Ce programme de qualité mis en place par Policy Center for the New South était une véritable formation intensive qui m'a permis de bénéficier d'outils, d'acquérir de nouvelles compétences en leadership, design thinking, prise de parole en public mais aussi de novelles connaissances en matière de relations internationales. 

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Le travail collaboratif avec mes brillants collègues de promotion venant de différents horizons et pays,  a aussi contribué à l'enrichissement de mon réseau professionnel et personnel. Cette expérience m'a donné à la fois une plateforme unique pour faire entendre ma voix de millennial engagée pour plus de coopération entre les différentes nations, mais aussi permis de partager mon expertise dans un cadre de haut niveau. Je tiens à remercier toute l'équipe en charge de l'organisation, les différents intervenants aux parcours d'excellence mais aussi toutes les personnalités avec qui j'ai pu échanger pour leur disponibilité, écoute et conseils. Je suis fière d'avoir pu participer à ce programme et je suis impatiente de voir l'impact positif qu'aura la prochaine génération de jeunes leaders en 2019  ! "

Ahlers Theodore

Economist

Theodore Ahlers is an economist with extensive experience in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. He recently led the preparation of Africa 2050: Realizing the Continent’s Full Potential (Oxford University Press 2014) for the Emerging Markets Forum.

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Over the past 25 years, he held numerous economist and senior management positions at the World Bank, including strategy and operations director for Europe & Central Asia (2007-12), Maghreb department director (2002-07), strategy and operations director for Africa (2000-02), country director for Benin, Niger, and Togo (1996-2000), and lead economist in West and Central Africa (1994-96). He holds a Ph.D. in development economics from Tufts University, Fletcher School.

Ahlers Theodore

Senior Associate, Emerging Markets Forum

Former Economist at the World Bank, including Strategy and Operations Director for Europe & Central Asia (2007-12), Maghreb Department Director (2002-07), Strategy and Operations Director for Africa (2000-02), Country Director for Benin, Niger, and Togo (1996-2000), and Lead Economist in West and Central Africa (1994-96).  

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He advises numerous countries and institutions on strategic economic issues and recently edited Africa Reset: A New Way Forward(Oxford, 2017) and contributed to Central Asia 2050: Unleashing the Region’s Potential (Sage, 2016). He holds a PhD in Development Economics from Tufts University, Fletcher School.

Ahmed Masood

Former Director of the Middle East and Central Asia, International Monetary Fund

Masood Ahmed will become the president of the Center for Global Development as of January 2017. He obtained his graduate and post-graduate degrees in economics from the London School of Economics, where he also served on the economics faculty. Until recently, he was director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department, a position he held from November 2008 to October 2016.

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Ahmed had also been the director of the External Relations Department in the IMF from May 2006. From 2003-06 Ahmed served as director general for Policy and International Development at the U.K. Government's Department for International Development (DFID). In 2000-03, Ahmed was deputy director in the IMF's Policy Development and Review Department. In this role, he served as senior staff focal point for taking forward the IMF's policy work in support of low income member countries and its relationship with the World Bank and other development agencies.

Aidi Hisham

Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs, SIPA Columbia University

Hisham Aidi's research interests include cultural globalization and the political economy of race and social movements.

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He received his PhD in political science from Columbia University, and has taught at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and at the Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Redeploying the State (Palgrave 2008) a comparative study of neo-liberalism and labor movements in Latin America; and co-editor, with Manning Marable, of Black Routes to Islam (Palgrave 2009). In 2002-2003, Aidi was a consultant for UNDP's Human Development Report. From 2000-2003, he was part of Harvard University's Encarta Africana project, and worked as a cultural reporter, covering youth culture and immigration in Harlem and the Bronx, for Africana, The New African and ColorLines. Since 2007, he has been a contributing editor of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics and Society. Aidi is the author most recently of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture (Pantheon 2014), a study of American cultural diplomacy.  

Ait Bouazza Ilham

Head of Partnerships, National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications, Morocco

Ilham Ait Bouazza is head of the partnerships department at the National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications in Rabat, Morocco.

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Previously, she worked as a program associate at the Multi Country Office of UN Women in Morocco, and as a trade advisor to the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Trade. She holds a master’s degree in customer relationship management from the National School of Business and Management of Settat in Morocco and a master’s degree in international development studies from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. She is a board member of the Moroccan Association of Trade Advisers and the recipient of 2013 KOICA Global Leadership Award.

Ait Hamza Wadia

Admissions & Student Life Manager, Rabat School of Governance and Economics

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Ait Hamza Wadia

Head of the Global Shapers Community, World Economic Forum, Morocco

Head of the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

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Former member of the Youth Consultative Committee of the League of Arab States, he has worked at the Rabat School of Governance and Economics, Toyota and the European Institute for the Mediterranean (IEMed) in Barcelona.

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