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Andresen Guimarães Fernando

Head, United States and Canada Division, European External Action Service

Fernando Andresen Guimarães has served in the European External Action Service since its inception and is currently head of the United States and Canada Division.

Previously, he was the EEAS advisor for multilateral relations. From 2004 to 2010, he was the diplomatic advisor to the president of the European Commission. He has also served in the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations and with the Portuguese Foreign Service at the Permanent Mission to the UN in New York. He earned a Ph. D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1992). His book, The Origins of the Angolan Civil War, was published by Palgrave in 1998.

Angel Moratinos Miguel

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain

Miguel Ángel Moratinos has committed his professional and political activity to international relationships and development cooperation. He graduated in Law and Political Sciences at the University Complutense in Madrid, then in Diplomatic Studies at the Spanish Diplomatic School, and entered Spain’s diplomatic service in March 1977.

He began his diplomatic career as the head of the Coordination Section for Eastern Europe between 1977-80. At the end of 1980, he was appointed First Secretary of the Spanish Embassy in Yugoslavia After years of diplomatic activity; he engaged in politics and was elected Member of Parliament for the constituency of Córdoba. In 2004, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; and in 2012, he joined the Global Dry Land Alliance in Qatar and promoted an international treaty for food security in over 15 countries. From 2012-13 he was member of the high level advisory panel of the president of the 67th UN General Assembly.

Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé Miguel

Professor, Sciences-Po

Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé has held several senior positions in Spain’s diplomatic service, including general director of foreign policy for Africa and the Middle East (1993-96); EU special representative for the Middle East Peace Process (1996-2003); and minister of foreign affairs and cooperation (appointed 2004), during which he held the presidency of the United Nations Security Council and the chairmanships of the OSCE, the Council of Europe, and the Council of the European Union.

In 2012, he joined the Global Dry Land Alliance in Qatar and promoted this international treaty for food security on all continents. Today, he continues to promote the Dry Land Alliance and serves on the advisory panel of the president of the UN General Assembly. Since 2011, he has taught at Sciences-Po Paris.

Angenendt Steffen

Senior Associate and Advisor, 'Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Politik

Since 2006, Steffen Angenendt has been the senior associate at the Berlin-based Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, the foreign and security research institute of the German parliament and the German federal government.

Within the Global Issues research unit, he is responsible for researching demography, migration, climate change, and security. Currently, he is an advisor for migration and development to the federal minister for economic cooperation and development. Before joining the Institute, he worked at the German Council on Foreign Relations on international migration issues and was editor of the Yearbook on International Relations. Mr. Angenendt also has worked as a consultant for UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, the German Federal Government’s Independent Commission on Immigration Reform, the Council for Asia-Europe Co-operation, the High Council on Migration and Integration of the German government, and the World Bank.

Anna Bathily Nayé

Head of Global Parliamentary Relations, The World Bank Group

Senior international affairs expert and Head of the World Bank Parliamentary Engagement, she has served as the Bank’s first full-time parliamentary staff member, and currently leads advocacy and high-level outreach activities to parliamentarians for the institution at the global level. Bathily has actively contributed to the creation of the Parliamentary Network in the World Bank, and IMF, a unique platform for policy dialogue on key development issues.

She also led partnership efforts on behalf of the World Bank, providing strategic input to heads of states for major development roundtables in Africa. In 2015, she was nominated in the Choiseul 100 of the Young African Leaders of Tomorrow. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Women in Africa Initiative (WIA),the Women Investment Cluband the Siècle des Femmes, as well as being a founding member of a network of African professionals from the diaspora Espace Jappo.She recently launched Shine to Lead/ Jiggen Jang Tekki,an NGO dedicated to mentoring and supporting marginalized high school girls in the poorest suburbs of Dakar. She earned a master’s degree in public administration, at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2009, and was a Mason Fellow.

Anyaegbu Francis

Founder and CEO, Farm Allure, Nigeria

Francis Anyaegbu is the founder and CEO of Farm Allure, a Nigerian agricultural start-up company, and the African regional representative to the UN-HABITAT’s Youth Advisory Board. He is a seasoned youth development trainer and development consultant who has worked in multiple capacities for a host of international organizations.

Previously, Anyaegbu worked as a team leader on the National Citizen Service, a civil society-focused initiative funded by the government of the United Kingdom. He has an academic background in environmental biology, and he holds several international certifications related to development work. He is an associate fellow with the Nigeria Leadership Initiative, a 2012 Crans Montana Forum New Leader of Tomorrow, and the recipient of a 2009 Nigerian Youth Leadership Award.

Aouriaghel Youssef Kobo

Strategic Innovation Consultant

Youssef Kobo is a Strategic Innovation Consultant. CD&V politician. Former advisor to the Brussels Secretary of Digitalization. A Belgian author, publicist and public speaker. 

Who predominantly writes about International Relations, MENA, Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Member of the Think Thank Vrijdaggroep and member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers. A social entrepreneur and founder of several non-profit programs around the world.

Applefield David

Special representative Africa Financial Times

David Applefield, Executive Publisher of Kiwai Media, is a seasoned communications specialist, editor, writer, and media strategist, highly focused on creative and innovative solutions for leaders in industry, heads of state, Ministries, NGOs, and Foundations. Highly experienced in book publishing, Applefield is energized by helping interesting and compelling individuals, especially those motivated by value-based causes, to gain impact by developing their voices in eclectic forms of shareable media, including books, journalism, native advertising, and original strategies. 

Founder of, the highly-renowned pre-blog newsletter My Mercredi, and the literary journal FRANK, Applefield is the author of two novels and several guide books to Paris, as well as an English-language method. Committed to combating ethnocentricity, Applefield has aligned Kiwai Media with designer William McDonough's vision for "waging peace with commerce." Since 1998, Applefield has worked for the Financial Times as its commercial Special Representative for Africa, the Middle East, and Emerging Markets, developing special reports on countries and themes including Investing in Nigeria, Mauritania, Senegal, Leading Business Women in Emerging Markets, African Farming, African Power, and Combating Malaria. Iu Originally from Boston, and a graduate of Amherst College and Northeastern University, Applefield who has lived in France for decades, works between Europe, North America, and Africa, where he has been advising and training leaders and media professionals for 20 years.  

Araba Adebisi

Director - Africa Region, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Nigeria

Director for Africa at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel, former Senior Technical Adviser on Environmental Policy to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria and team leader of the Environment and Climate Change Unit in the Ministry (2012-15).

Regular columnist for the Mexican daily El Financiero, the Spanish daily El País and The New York Times. In 1997, he was appointed Global Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at New York University. Board member of Human Rights Watch (HRW) since 2003.

Araba Lade

Africa Region Representative, Finance Convergence, Nigeria

Africa Region Representative at Convergence Finance and Co-Chair of the Board of EED Advisory.

Technical Adviser to the former Minister of Finance of Nigeria and former Head of the Strategic Monitoring Unit. She was also an Adviser in the Power Sector Team at the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF), a Technical Assistance Program funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Prior to NIAF, she was Technical Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) where she advised on the building blocks for financing regional infrastructure projects and promoting intra-African trade. Former Senior Investment Officer at the African Development Bank and Enterprise Development Specialist at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).