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Alexis-Thomas Caroline

Health Consultant, Trinidad and Tobago

Caroline Alexis-Thomas is an independent health consultant who has worked with the government of Trinidad and Tobago, Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Population Fund, Pan American Health Organization, and International Labour Organization in the areas of HIV and AIDS, chronic non-communicable diseases, and sexual and reproductive health.

She lectures in the Behavioral Department at the University of West Indies, Trinidad, and the Masters of Health Administration Program at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. Her research interests are in sociology of health, tobacco control, and diabetes management. She is a registered nurse by profession and has previously served as director of the National AIDS Program in Grenada and as policy analyst and hospital administrator at the Ministry of Health. Dr. Alexis-Thomas is a Fulbright scholar and has a Ph. D. in sociology from the University of West Indies and master’s in public health.

Ali Asim

Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State (USA)

Asim Ali has an extensive background in the Middle East, human rights, countering violent extremism, and public private partnerships. Asim is currently working as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. Department of State.

Prior to this role, he served as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. In this capacity, he developed policy for senior officials, created and implemented democracy, human rights policies and programs. He also worked in the Secretary Kerry’s Office of Global Partnerships, where he led the engagement with private sector and civil society to develop innovative public-private partnership to promote economic growth in Middle East and North Africa.

Alj Noura

Chargée de Mission, SANAM Holding, Morocco

Noura Alj is currently project manager for a leading food industry group in Casablanca, Morocco. Prior to this she was part of a business unit implementation at Henry Schein, a leading medical distributor present in over 190 countries, that offers industry-leading solutions and services for dental practices in the UK.

Her previous professional experience includes coordinating conferences in Africa to promote tourism. While completing her Bachelors of Science Degree with a concentration in Tourism Development at New York University, Noura worked for a restaurant group with ambitions to grow and develop internationally.

Almquist Knopf Katherine

Director, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, U.S. Department of Defense

Kate Almquist Knopf is director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, an academic institution within the U.S. Department of Defense. She has spent most of her career focused on the intersection of security and development in Africa. She held several senior positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Knopf has also been a senior advisor for the Crisis Management Initiative, a conflict mediation organization founded by former Finnish President and Nobel Laureate Martti Ahtisaari, and a visiting policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. She was chief of staff for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She holds an master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Alves Cordeiro Vasco

President, Regional Government of the Azores, Portugal

President of the Regional Government of the Azores, an Autonomous Region of Portugal, since 2012.

He is also the President of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions of Europe (CRPM), an organization representing more than 150 European Regions and around 200 million citizens from 28 European States. Former Regional Secretary for the Economy (2008-10), the Presidency (2004-08) and Agriculture and Fisheries (2003-04). Member of the Assembly of European Regions or « R20- Regions of Climate Action ».

Ama Osei-Tutu Joana

Head of Women Peace and Security Institute, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana

Joana Ama Osei-Tutu is the Head of the Women Peace and Security Institute at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana. Prior to this she was a Deputy Program Head and Research Associate at the Peace and Security Studies Program of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the KAIPTC.

Joana’s research work has focused on maritime (in) security; transnational organized crimes; the protection of civilians; and natural resource management and its security implications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from the University of Ghana, and a Masters in International Studies (Development Cooperation) from the Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. She has also worked with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Ghana as an administrative officer on an educational reform committee and later as a Confidential Executive Assistant to the Permanent Secretary. Joana speaks English fluently and minimal French.

Ama Osei-Tutu Joana

Research Associate, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center

Joana Ama Osei-Tutu is a research associate at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center in Accra, Ghana.

She works specifically on the Conflict Peace and Security Programme at the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research. Ms. Osei-Tutu’s work focuses on maritime piracy, transnational organized crimes, the protection of civilians, and natural resource management and its security implications. She holds a bachelor of arts in English and psychology from the University of Ghana, and a master’s in international studies in development cooperation from the Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. She has also worked with the Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport of Ghana as an administrative officer on an educational reform committee and later as a confidential executive assistant to the permanent secretary

Amado Luis

Chairman, Banif - SGPS, SA

Luis Amado is the chairman of Banif (Banco Internacional do Funchal, SA,) non-executive member of the board of Sociedade de Desenvolvimento da Madeira, guest professor at Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, and at the business school of Universidade de Lisboa.

Mr. Amado is also councilor to the Economic and Social Council. Previously, he was an auditor for the National Defense Institute, Court of Accounts, and a visiting professor at Georgetown University. Mr. Amado has served in the regional parliament in Madeira and the national parliament in Lisbon. During his political career, he has held key positions such as deputy minister for internal affairs and deputy minister for external affairs and development cooperation. His final appointment was minister of state and foreign affairs, a position he held for five years. Mr. Amado has a degree in economics from the Technical University of Lisbon.

Amakrane Kamal

Chief Adviser to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Côte d’Ivoire

Kamal Amakrane assists with coordinating UN’s peacekeeping and political engagement in Côte d’Ivoire.

Prior to his appointment in Abidjan, Amakrane led the Office of the UN-AU Joint Special Representative for Darfur & Head of the UN-AU Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), where he oversaw the crafting and implementation of UNAMID’s strategy for the protection of civilians and assisted with the implementation of the Doha peace agreement. Previously, he served as special assistant to the UN envoy to Myanmar, where he was tasked to negotiate the release of Nobel Laureate Aung San Syu Kyi and advance the democratic transition in Myanmar. Mr. Amakrane also supported the UN engagement towards the stabilization of Iraq, assisting with the negotiation and implementation of the International Compact with Iraq. He is an architect by training and holds master’s degrees in public policy from Sciences Po and international relations from Columbia University.

Amegroud Tayeb

Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Tayeb Amegroud is the founder of GPower Consultants and an expert in energy planning, and projects development, valuation, financing, and structuring. He is also a non-resident fellow at the OCP Policy Center in Morocco. In his last position, Amegroud was director in charge of renewable projects development, planning and strategy at Office National de l’Electricite (ONE) and member of its executive committee.

Prior to that, he was executive director at Swiss Re in New York and London, and held the same position at Lehman Brothers and various other international financial institutions. Amegroud is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, and holds an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées - Paris, France. Additionally, he holds a master’s of sustainable energy technologies from Southampton University and a DEA (Diplôme des Etudes Approfondies) in mathematics from Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris.