Media Personality, Activist and Philanthropist, Middle East Broadcasting Center
Muna Abusulayman has been honored as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims and Arabs in recognition for her work in media, corporate social responsibility, ethical leadership and Human Development. Focusing on addressing society’s most pressing problems she implemented many global cross-sectoral solutions to projects dealing with interfaith dialogue, natural disaster relief, female empowerment, community development and poverty alleviation. Furthermore, she pursued these issues through her work as the first Saudi United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) goodwill ambassador and 2011 United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) tetanus ambassador. She is best known in the Arab world for her work as co-host of “Kalam Nawaem.” As co-host she has worked on public campaigns such as Stopping Domestic Violence in the Middle East, Literacy for Women, and also Reading as 1st Step for Child Education. A member of Young Presidents’ Association, an Aspen Institute fellow, A Yale Global fellow, and a World Economic Forum young global leader.
Media Personality, Activist and Philanthropist
Middle East Broadcasting CenterView Bio
Founding Chairman, STARS Foundation
His Excellency Amr Al-Dabbagh is the chairman and CEO of Al-Dabbagh Group. He has launched a 2020 goal focused on achieving a “20x20” target across the three principles, giving, earning, and sustaining, which are governed by 10 golden rules and fortified by five core values. Al-Dabbagh has served in public office as the Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), elected for the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and appointed to the Makkah regional council. He is currently the chairman of the board of directors of The Centennial Fund based in Riyadh. He also sits on the board of trustees of the Eisenhower Fellowship based in Philadelphia and is a member of the Cleveland Clinic international leadership board and is a governor of the London Business School. He co-authored his first book, “Governpreneurship” in 2012 and will publish his second book, “Give, Earn, Sustain” in December 2015.
STARS FoundationView Bio
President Bill Clinton
Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States
Elected president of the United States in 1992 and 1996, President Bill Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice. Under his leadership, the United States enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in its history. His administration resulted in moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses; the creation of over 22 million jobs; low levels of unemployment, poverty and crime; and the highest home ownership and college enrollment rates in history. He also increased investment in education, expanded access to technology, encouraged investment in underserved communities, protected the environment, and countered the threat of terrorism while promoting peace and strengthening democracy around the world. After leaving the White House, President Clinton founded the Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the U.S. and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.
President Bill Clinton
Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United StatesView Bio
Vice Chair, The Clinton Foundation
Chelsea’s work at the Clinton Foundation emphasizes improving global and domestic health, creating service opportunities, and empowering the next generation of leaders. Chelsea focuses especially on the Foundation’s health programs, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which strengthens health care and access to lifesaving services in the developing world; the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which fights childhood obesity in the United States; and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which addresses preventable disease in the United States. She also established – and continues to lead – the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program, which identifies and organizes meaningful service opportunities for Foundation staff, friends, and partners and for the wider Foundation community. To help advance the full participation of women and girls around the world, Chelsea and Secretary Clinton, co-lead the Foundation’s newest initiative, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project. As one of the strongest champions of the Clinton Global Initiative University, Chelsea works to empower the next generation of change makers to take action on some of the world’s most urgent challenges. In addition to her Foundation work, Chelsea is a special correspondent for NBC News. She previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. Chelsea also serves on the boards of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media, the Africa Center and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Of Many Institute at NYU. Chelsea holds a B.A. from Stanford, a MPhil from Oxford, a MPH from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and a Doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University. She and her husband, Marc, live in New York City.
The Clinton FoundationView Bio
Founder and Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Sudanese-born Mo Ibrahim is the founder and chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Established in 2006, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation supports good governance and exceptional leadership on the African continent. Ibrahim has a distinguished business career and is founding chairman of Satya Capital Limited, an investment fund focused on Africa. Ibrahim has received numerous honorary degrees and fellowships from a range of academic institutions as well as awards. Ibrahim is member of the B-Team, the Clinton Global Initiative, The Giving Pledge, the Global Philanthropist Circle Synergos, Mercy Corps Global Leadership Council, as well as a member of the United Nations (UN) Conference on Trade and Development’s panel of Eminent Persons. In February 2014, Ibrahim was made commander of the Order of the Lion by President Macky Sall; and in July 2014, was made commander of the Wissam Arch by His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
Founder and Chairman
Mo Ibrahim FoundationView Bio
Chief Executive Officer, Shanduka Group (Pty) Ltd
Phuti Mahanyele is the chief executive officer of Shanduka Group. Mahanyele joined the group in 2004 as the managing director of Shanduka Energy. Mahanyele has previously also served as the head of the project finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of South Africa and as vice president at Fieldstone, an international firm specializing in the financing of infrastructure assets. Mahanyele mentors young professionals and students through her involvement in the Dignity Day program. Dignity Day focuses on re-enforcing values of dignity in young people and is led by young global leaders of the World Economic Forum. Mahanyele has been recognized and honored for her work, most recently, she received the Platinum Award by Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards and the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year award in 2014. Mahanyele holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Rutgers University, and a Master of Business Administration from De Montfort University.
Chief Executive Officer
Shanduka Group (Pty) LtdView Bio
Chairman, Econet Wireless
Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and executive chairman of South Africa-based Econet Wireless, a global telecommunications group with operations, investments, and offices in more than 15 countries around the world. The company's activities include mobile cellular telephony, fixed networks, enterprise networks, fiber optic cables, and satellite services. Masiyiwa has been very active as a philanthropist in the areas of education and smallholder agriculture development in Africa. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to join a delegation of global business leaders to meet with Group of Eight leaders, and African leaders at Camp David to discuss ways to achieve food security in Africa. Masiyiwa has been recognized numerous times for his business leadership, including being named in Forbes 2011 "20 Most Powerful Business People in African Business" and Fortune Magazines "World 50 Greatest Leads, 2014". Masiyiwa is a long standing member of the board of trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation, the advisory board of the Council of Foreign Relations, and the United States Holocaust Museum's committee on conscious.
Econet WirelessView Bio
Chairman and CEO, OCP Group
Mostafa Terrab is the chief executive officer of the OCP Group and chairman of the board of directors. Prior to OCP Group, Terrab served as lead regulatory specialist in the global information and communications department of the World Bank, heading the World Bank’s Information for Development program. He was the first director general of Morocco’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency and was an advisor in the Royal Cabinet, during which time he also served as secretary general to the executive secretariat of the Economic Summit for the Middle East and North Africa. Terrab was an assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a fellow for Draper Laboratory, and an analyst at Bechtel Civil and Minerals. Terrab obtained a diploma in engineering from l’École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, a master’s degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and doctorate in operational research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Chairman and CEO
Chief Executive Officer, Future Energy Corporation
Sherife AbdelMessih is the chief executive officer of Future Energy Corporation (FEC), a leader in the renewable energy industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Initially, AbdelMessih built FEC as a research and development startup designing disruptive solar energy technologies catered for MENA, and then grew it into a renewable energy company with project development, construction, advisory and research and development divisions. He expanded business beyond the MENA region, into the Americas, Europe and Asia. AbdelMessih was selected by Yahoo! as one of the top 10 social entrepreneurs in Egypt, profiled as one of the 500 most influential people in the Middle East by Arabian business magazine, and was also chosen as one of the top 200 economic leaders in Africa by L'Institut. He was the youngest on all three lists. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Chief Executive Officer
Future Energy CorporationView Bio
General Manager Israel Country Transformation, Cisco
Zika Abzuk currently leads Cisco’s new country transformation initiative in Israel, which focuses on improving citizens services in health, education, welfare and citizens inclusion based on implementation of Broad Band and Technology. Prior to leading the Country Transformation Initiative, Abzuk led Cisco’s corporate social responsibility efforts in Eastern Europe, Israel, Palestine, and sub-Saharan Africa. At Cisco, she managed the implementation of social investments, which included a $10 million commitment in five African countries and a $10 million commitment in the Palestinian Territories. Abzuk designed, initiated, and led projects that emphasized collaboration, building leadership skills, and promoting economic opportunities such as MYTecC, the [email protected] program, Ma’anTech and KamaTech.
General Manager Israel Country Transformation
Najla Mohammad Al Awar
Secretary General of the United Arab Emirates Cabinet
Najla Mohammad Al Awar
Secretary General of the United Arab Emirates CabinetView Bio
Noura Al Kaabi
Chief Executive Officer, twofour54
Noura Al Kaabi is chief executive officer of twofour54, a free zone that provides support to Abu Dhabi’s growing media industry. Al Kaabi also sits on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal National Council and its Economic Development Committee. Through her role as chief executive officer and other board appointments, Al Kaabi works to enable a new generation of creative leaders and a sustainable media industry that contributes economically and culturally to the Middle East and Africa region. Al Kaabi is the first UAE National to be ranked on Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers List”. In 2014, she was named as one of Forbes Middle East’s “30 Most Influential Women in Government” and was awarded “Business Woman of the Year” at the Gulf Business Industry Awards.
Noura Al Kaabi
Chief Executive Officer
Chief International Correspondent, CNN
Christiane Amanpour is CNN's chief international correspondent and anchor of the network's award-winning, flagship global affairs programme "Amanpour". Amanpour rose through the organization, beginning as an entry-level assistant, becoming a reporter at the New York and later, one of the network's leading international correspondents. Amanpour is also an active rights campaigner and currently a member of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Centre for Public Integrity and the International Women's Media Foundation. Amanpour has earned every major television journalism award including eleven News and Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards and the Courage in Journalism Award. She has received nine honorary degrees, has been named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and was this year inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. Amanpour graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.
Chief International Correspondent
Aïcha Bah Diallo
Chair, TrustAfrica; Founding Member, Forum for African Women Educationalists
Aïcha Bah Diallo is the former Minister of Education in Guinea, and former assistant director general for education at The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Bah Diallo is also known as a champion of girls' education. She is a founding member of Forum for Africa Women Educationalists, the chair for TrustAfrica and the Network for Education for All, as well as the treasurer of Aide et Action International. She is a member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for Good Governance and Leadership, and a founding member of the Réseau des femmes pour l'Egalité Femme-Homme. Bah Diallo is also a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Women Advisory Panel and the IDB President Advisory Panel. Various private as well as public schools in Guineau are named after Bah Dialo. She has received many distinctions and speaks six languages including three foreign, French, English and Spanish and three African.
Aïcha Bah Diallo
Chair, TrustAfrica; Founding Member, Forum for African Women EducationalistsView Bio
Chief Sustainability Officer, Netafim
Naty Barak is a pioneer and global leader in drip irrigation solutions and has been with Netafim since 1975. Prior to his role at Natifim, he served as director of marketing, treasurer, executive vice president of Netafim United States, and president of Netafim South Africa. Barak is a member of the steering committees of the United Nations (UN) Chief Executive Officer Water Mandate and the UN LEAD initiative. Barak studied international relations and political science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at the Recanati School of Business at Tel Aviv University.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Head of Public Affairs and Communications, Equatorial Africa, The Coca-Cola Company
Ama Bawuah heads Coca-Cola’s public affairs and communications for the North and Equatorial Africa region with responsibility for 13 countries including Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Ghana. Her portfolio includes stakeholder engagement and implementing the company’s sustainability commitments in the region. Before joining Coca-Cola, she was a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) advisor on aid and funding coordination to the government of Ghana. She previously worked as vice president for Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank’s global transaction services in New York and West Africa director for the Whitaker Group. In her work on behalf of United States fortune 500 companies in the banking, agri-business and consumer goods industries, Bawuah has consistently delivered and executed cutting edge solutions to reduce barriers to business and improve the livelihoods of communities in the region. She currently serves on the boards of GCB Bank Ltd and Zawadi Girls Education Fund, both in Ghana.
Head of Public Affairs and Communications, Equatorial Africa
The Coca-Cola Company
Co-founder, She Leads Africa
Yasmin Belo-Osagie is the co-founder of She Leads Africa, a social enterprise that supports the growth of African female business leaders. Belo-Osagie attended primary school in Lagos, Nigeria before going to boarding school in the United Kingdom for eight years. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 2011, majoring in history and minoring in finance and attended the Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in London and Paris before working as a trainee-chef in the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. After working as a trainee-chef she joined McKinsey and Company's Lagos office, where she focused on developing long term, large scale growth strategies for local and international corporations. Belo-Osagie started She Leads Africa with a colleague from Mckinsey. The two were recently nominated by Forbes as two of the 20 youngest power women in Africa.
She Leads AfricaView Bio
Essma Ben Hamida
Co-founder and CEO, Enda Inter-arabe
Essma Ben Hamida co-founded the first microfinance institution, Enda Inter-arabe in Tunisia. Enda Inter-arabe was ranked among the top 100 Microfinance Institutions in the world by the Microfinance Information market. Ben Hamida holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and history from the University of Tunis and a post graduate degree in urban planning from University of Paris. Prior to her career in microfinance, Ben Hamida worked as a journalist in Tunisia, New York, Rome and Geneva and as a consultant for the United Nations (UN). She is a founding member of Sanabel, the microfinance network of Arab countries, and was elected twice to Sanabel’s board, serving as chairperson from 2006 to 2008. She received several national and international awards, including the distinction of Outstanding Social Entrepreneur in the Middle East and North Africa, by the prestigious Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Essma Ben Hamida
Co-founder and CEO
Enda Inter-arabeView Bio
Chairman and CEO, BMCE Bank
Othman Benjelloun is the chairman and CEO of BMCE Bank and the chairman of FinanceCom. He also chairs the Moroccan Banking Association and also chaired the Union of Maghreb Banks. Benjelloun was nominated “Banker of the Year 2007” by the Union of Arab Banks. Benjelloun is the founder of BMCE Bank Foundation, to which he assigned two main priorities, education, particularly the fight against illiteracy with the program of construction and management of rural community schools in Morocco and across Africa, and environmental protection. Benjelloun is also a honorary trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Benjelloun was decorated by the Kingdom of Morocco, His Majesty the King Mohammed VI and the Kingdom of Sweden, by the President Abdulaye Wade, and by His Majesty the King Juan Carlos, and by President of France. Benjelloun is an alumni of l’Ecole Polytechnique d’Ingénieurs de Lausanne in Switzerland.
Chairman and CEO
BMCE BankView Bio
General Director, The National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines
Amina Benkhardra is trained as a civil engineer of mines from the National Superior School of Mines of Nancy and earned a doctorate in engineering from the National Superior School of Mines of Paris. Previously, Benkhadra worked at the Mines Research and Participation Office (BRPM) in various roles, eventually becoming director of BRPM in 1998. After working at BRPM she was hired as general director of the National Office of Oil Research and exploitation (ONAREP) and was also appointed as Minister of Energy in 2007, particularly focusing on renewable energy.
The National Office of Hydrocarbons and MinesView Bio
Chair, General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises
Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun is the president of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM). She is the first woman to be elected to that position in Morocco and in the Middle East and Africa region. She is the director of Holmarcom Group, her family-run, multi-industry group that holds a leading position at the forefront of the Moroccan business community. She is also the chief executive officer of Eaux Minerales Oulmes. Bensalah-Chaqroun is also a member of a variety of advisory boards including board member and chair of Bank Al Maghrib’s audit committee, as well as board member of Mohammed VI Foundation for Environment. She chairs the Euro-mediterranean board for Mediation and Arbitration, member of the Economic Social and Environmental Council, the High Body of Justice Reform and the High Council for Education. She is also a board member of Eutelsat Worldwide and the board of Initiative for Global Development (IGD-United States).
General Confederation of Moroccan EnterprisesView Bio
Regional Director, Ashoka Arab World, Ashoka, Innovators for the Public
Iman Bibars is vice president of Ashoka Global and regional director of Ashoka Arab World. She is an outspoken voice for socio-economic justice and the empowerment of underprivileged communities and women, and has worked to heighten national and international awareness of urgent social development issues throughout the Arab World. Bibars participated in the Obama Presidential Summit on Leadership, serving as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and working with Amr Moussa both when he was Egyptian ambassador to the United Nations and during his recent presidential campaign. She is also the co-founder and current chairperson of the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW). Bibars is the author of several books on gender issues including “Victims and Heroines: Women, Welfare and the Egyptian State" and also published one of the first books written in Arabic on US President Barack Obama “Dreams of a Good Fellow.”
Regional Director, Ashoka Arab World
Ashoka, Innovators for the PublicView Bio
President, Ericsson Maghreb
Ericsson MaghrebView Bio
Founder and CEO, Neolab Technology
Takunda Chingonzo is a 22 year old entrepreneur who is passionate about entrepreneurship in Africa and expanding entrepreneurship, to create sustainable and successful organizations. He is the co-founder of Neolab Technology P/L, a multi award winning company known as the “Startup factory” and is currently working on creating accessible internet access in Zimbabwe with his most recent startup Saisai Wireless, which won the SWELL Innovation award at DEMO Africa 2014. Chingonzo’s Vision is to see a connected Africa, leveraging on technology built by Africans. He recently had the opportunity to interview President Obama regarding issues related to enterprising African entrepreneurs. He is a Mandela Washington fellow, as well as a Youth and Youth fellow.
Founder and CEO
Noella Coursaris Musunka
Founder and CEO, Malaika
Noella Coursaris Musunka was born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo. At age five, she sadly lost her father; her mother, lacking the resources to raise her, sent Coursaris Musunka to live with relatives in Europe. After achieving a degree in business management, she pursued a career in international modelling. Her modelling career brought her to New York, where she started the Georges Malaika Foundation in 2007. Her determination to help improve the lives of Africa’s youth has made her an international advocate for their welfare. She has addressed a variety of organizations including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Congolese Parliament. She has hosted two Cinema for Peace events and spoke at the 150th anniversary of TEDx Société Générale. She received an award for her work as an international advocate of youth at the African Society of Cambridge University event’. Coursaris Musunka has been named one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2014 by New African magazine.
Noella Coursaris Musunka
Founder and CEO
Chairman and CEO, Meridiam, Chairman, Long Term Infrastructure Investment Association (LTIIA)
Thierry graduated from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées engineering school in Paris and began his career in Malaysia with the construction firm of GTM International. He then joined France’s Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations where he held several positions within the engineering subsidiary Egis Projects, moving up from project manager, then director of concession projects to his appointment as chief executive officer of Egis in 2001. Déau also led international operations for the Egis Group executive committee and served on its risk management committee. Déau founded Meridiam in 2005 with the support of the Crédit Agricole group. He is currently Meridiam’s chairman and chief executive officer, as well as its main shareholder, along with several members of the team.
Chairman and CEO, Meridiam
Chairman, Long Term Infrastructure Investment Association (LTIIA)View Bio
Director of Global Sustainable Development, HEINEKEN
Michael Dickstein is a seasoned business support professional with a proven track record in strategic corporate social responsibility (CSR) management and stakeholder engagement. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing and further integrating HEINEKEN’s approach to sustainable development, including the Brewing a Better World-programme. Sustainability is part of HEINEKEN’s six strategies. Brewing a Better World-programme focuses on four key areas, protecting water resources, reducing energy consumption, finding innovative solutions for renewable energy, sourcing sustainably and advocating responsible consumption.
Director of Global Sustainable Development
President and CEO, Junior Achievement (JA) Africa
Chinwe Effiong is the Africa Regional President for Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide. In this position, she oversees and provides strategic direction for JA operations in sub-Saharan Africa. She also works closely with government, civil society and private sector stakeholders to raise awareness and promote support for programs that enable young people in Africa to improve their livelihoods and take control of their future. Dr. Effiong is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining JA, Dr. Effiong was the Director of Programs for Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership in Silver Spring, MD. She also worked for several years as Country Director for Nigeria and Regional Director for East and West Africa at Africare, a D.C. based, Africa-focused international development organization, addressing a wide range of development needs across the continent.
President and CEO
Junior Achievement (JA) AfricaView Bio
Chief Executive Officer, Barefoot College International
Meagan Fallone is responsible for the expansion and impact of the Barefoot College approach internationally. She has been a field presence in more than 52 countries since joining Barefoot College in 2011. Her current role also includes directing the establishment of seven regional training centers being built across Sub Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. These centers will triple the size of the Barefoot College by 2017. Meagan speaks regularly on the power and urgency of placing women at every juncture in the development process, including the design and implementation of technology. She advocates for a revolution in access to learning that is inclusive to the more than 600 Million illiterate rural women aged 15 plus who are our untapped potential in raising quality of life for all, in the developing world. She was educated in the United States and the United kingdom from where she holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Masters degrees.
Chief Executive Officer
Barefoot College InternationalView Bio
Founder and Group CEO, Channel IT Group
Bassim Haidar was born and raised in Nigeria until the age of 10, when he and his family moved to Lebanon. After attending Beirut University College, Haidar returned to Nigeria in 1991 and co-founded his first company: Intercomm Ltd., specializing in telecom equipment and radio links. Whilst at Intercomm, Haidar also co-founded GMT in 1995, now the leading integrated procurement, finance, and logistics provider in West Africa. To maintain his focus on GMT, Haidar sold his shares in Intercomm in 1997 and founded Channel IT Group in 2003 to cater and provide supplies and services to the telecommunication industry in Nigeria. Headquartered in Dubai, the group comprises of four brands that enable operators to run networks efficiently and offer innovative and profitable services to their subscribers. Today, the Channel IT Group is a diverse organization active in the fields of telecom infrastructure, value added services for the mobile industry, IT distribution, and power solutions.
Founder and Group CEO
Channel IT GroupView Bio
Co-founder and CEO, Nuru Energy
Sameer Hajee is the co-founder and CEO of Nuru Energy, a growth-stage social enterprise that aims to eliminate energy poverty in less than two dollars per day markets. Nuru Energy’s unique approach is to set up portable, pay-as-you-go recharge stations at the village level, powered by solar and/or pedal-power and operated by local micro-entrepreneurs, who sell and recharge (for a fee) portable LED lights, mobile phones and other USB devices. Nuru Energy has won over 15 global and regional awards and Sameer and his work have been covered by CNN, Forbes, Fortune Magazine and BusinessWeek to name a few. Nuru Energy has been profiled in two books, Entrepreneurial Solutions for Prosperity in BOP Markets and The Decentralized Energy Revolution, as a leading example of a highly replicable and scalable, pro-poor, pro-profit, business model. Sameer has received numerous personal awards for his work including Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Africa by the Schwab Foundation/World Economic Forum. Early in his career, Sameer worked as a microprocessor design engineer in Silicon Valley and as a telecom engineer for Afghanistan’s first mobile phone network provider, Roshan, in Kabul. Sameer has a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in Canada and a MBA from INSEAD, where he is current a Social Entrepreneur-in Residence (SEiR).
Co-founder and CEO
Nuru EnergyView Bio
Co-founder and President , CFA Maroc
Graduated from ESSEC Bussiness School, Nezha Hayat is chairperson and CEO of Sogelease (Société Générale Morocco group), after having been the first woman appointed on the management board of a bank in Morocco, Société Générale Maroc. She started her career in Spain at the international division of Banco Atlantico, responsible for international risks and restructured debt portfolio. She eventually worked in corporate finance, including positions such as branch manager for Banco Inversion and then to deputy director of Banque Nationale de Paris. She was also elected president of the Association of Stockbrokers in Morocco during two mandates and was nominated global leader for tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. Some of her other achievement include co-founding the Association of Women Business Leaders in Morocco and receiving an award for her “outstanding contribution to financial and professional services”, by the Group of Eight (G8). Hayat was decorated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI , Officer of Wissam Al Arch.
Co-founder and President
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Peterson Institute for International EconomicsView Bio
Executive Director of Strategy and External Relations, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Hadeel Ibrahim is the founding executive director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which was established in 2006 to support leadership and governance in Africa. In addition to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Ibrahim is a member of the boards of Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, the Clinton Foundation, Synergos Institute, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the Governing Board of the African Governance Institute (AGI) and the co-chair of the Africa Center in New York. Ibrahim is a member of the Advisory Boards of Africa 2.0, a member of Amnesty International’s Secretary General’s Global Council and Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Royal African Society Council, a member of the British Council Provocation Group and is a patron of Restless Development, a youth led development agency.
Executive Director of Strategy and External Relations
Mo Ibrahim FoundationView Bio
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Attijariwafa Bank
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Attijariwafa BankView Bio
Chief of Staff and Director of Cabinet, African Development Bank
Anne Kabagambe is the chief of staff and director of cabinet at the African Development Bank. She has worked at the institution for over 20 years, in positions of increasing management responsibilities. Kabagambe is a member of the senior management team, responsible for the oversight of day-to day operations of the executive office, advisory and support to the president, and representing the African Development Bank at external meetings. Kabagambe holds two masters’ degrees from Columbia University and George Washington University, in public policy and international affairs. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the Universityof California (UCSD) at San Diego. She also holds diplomas from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University in strategic negotiations; and from the Cranfield School of Management in leadership and management.
Chief of Staff and Director of Cabinet
African Development BankView Bio
Vice President and Managing Director, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, Medtronic
Majid Kaddoumi is responsible for the overall operation of Medtronic in the Middle East and Africa region, the second largest operation in the emerging markets globally. His responsibility includes building local capabilities, draw market strategies, and implementing action plans to ensure focus on the Medtronic mission statement. Kaddoumi believes that expanding access of care to those who need it can only be achieved through true partnerships with local and international stake holders, experts and interest groups. Collaborating with government bodies in the region to develop master plans is a priority for Kaddoumi and the Medtronic leadership. Kaddoumi was the country general manager previously for GE Healthcare in Saudi and held many leadership positions in GE and other regional companies in the same field. Kaddoumi is a Jordanian National. He holds a master’s degree in international law from the American University and a Bachelor’s degree in public administration and economics.
Vice President and Managing Director, Middle East, Africa and Turkey
Founding Member and Managing Director, South African Agri Academy
Lina Keyter is the funding member and managing director of SA Agri Academy, building capacity of small holder farmers in South Africa towards sustainability. She obtained her Bachelors of Commerce from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth and her Master’s degree in commerce, marketing from the University of Stellenbosch. She also completed an internship in entrepreneurship at the George Mason University Small Business Centre. She spent her career in the field of business training on secondary as well as tertiary education levels in South Africa. In addition to this, she has also as an accredited International trade tutor with the International Trade Council. Lina also attended various international development courses and act as implementing consultant with CBI and the United Nations Industrial Developing Organisation (UNIDO). Lina served on the board of Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and as a member on the National Agricultural Marketing Council.
Founding Member and Managing Director
South African Agri AcademyView Bio
Executive Curator, Next Einstein Forum
Nkem Khumbah is a mathematics lecturer with the Comprehensive Studies Program at the University of Michigan. He holds a doctorate in information technology from George Mason University. Khumbah was an assistant professor of mathematics at North Georgia College and State University. He also held research fellowships at Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of California Los Angeles and the Mathematical Science Research Institute University of California Berkeley. His research has been on development and application of mathematical structures that facilitate the compression of massive data sets with minimal distortion to the statistical structure of the data. At the University of Michigan, his professional interests have centered on teaching mathematics, and working with high schools to deliver mathematics instruction that is aligned with college expectations. Khumbah is founder and chair of the Buea International Conference series on the mathematical sciences, and co-coordinator of the STEM-Africa Initiative at the University of Michigan. He currently serves as executive curator of the Next Einstein Forum.
Next Einstein ForumView Bio
Country Director, Kenya, Clinton Climate Initiative
Jackson Kimani is the Regional Director, Africa with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). Mr. Kimani is an accomplished manager of community development projects in Africa, with experience in integrated rural development and land-use planning. From 2006 to 2008 Mr. Kimani served as a Deputy Director, CFO and Procurement Director for a $100M Initiative focused on effecting economic development in rural communities. In these positions, Mr. Kimani was part of the leadership team that launched the overall program and established the Malawi and Rwanda operations. In 2008, he helped set up the CCI programs in East Africa and initiated joint planning with multiple government and other partners to develop national systems to track fluxes of greenhouse gases within a framework of national development priorities. Mr. Kimani first joined the Clinton Foundation as a Consultant where he participated in building Africa-relevant fact bases and models for fertilizer production, use and transport.
Country Director, Kenya
Clinton Climate Initiative
Co-founding Partner and Chairperson, Mkoba Private Equity Fund
Frannie Léautier is chairperson and co-founding Partner of Mkoba Private Equity, a fund offering growth capital to small and medium enterprises in Africa. Previously she served as World Bank vice president and chief of staff to the president of the World Bank, executive secretary of the african capacity building foundation (ACBF) and founder and managing partner of the Fezembat Group. She served as co-chair for World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa and is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Councils. Léautier holds a masters and doctorate from MIT, a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from University of Dar es Salaam and she graduated Harvard University’s executive program. She holds an honorary degree in humane letters from North Central College. Léautier was distinguished professor at Sciences Po Paris and is well published, including a well-acclaimed book on “Leadership in a Globalized World.”
Co-founding Partner and Chairperson
Mkoba Private Equity FundView Bio
Senior Director, Programs, West Africa, World Cocoa Foundation
Paul Macek is the Senior Program Director for West Africa for the World Cocoa Foundation, where he manages WCF flagship’s portfolio of projects and programs. He brings with him nearly 20 years’ experience in community based development and humanitarian work. Before joining WCF, Mr. Macek was the Senior Director for food security and livelihoods with World Vision US (WVUS), a large, international relief and development NGO, where he led a team responsible for the acquisition and implementation of more than 30 programs and projects worldwide. The annual $85 million portfolio of projects comprised a diverse range of technical areas that included food security, agriculture, humanitarian assistance, climate change and adaptation, and economic develop. Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI) with a BA in History and Political Science and holds an MA in International Affairs from American University (Washington, DC).
Senior Director, Programs, West Africa
World Cocoa FoundationView Bio
Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Education for Employment, Maroc
Layla Madihi has a master’s degree in public and social communication from Hassan II University Mohammedia. As well Madihi is a graduate from Education for Employment, receiving workplace success training. After working as project coordinator at Education for Employment, Maroc, she was promoted to monitoring and evaluation coordinator at the same foundation.
Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator
Education for Employment, MarocView Bio
President and Co-founder, Tunisian Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Asma Mansour is the co-founder of the Center for Tunisian Social Entrepreneurship. Mansour is passionate about grassroots innovation, economic progress, and youth and women participation. Mansour studied accounting at the Institut Superieur de Comptabilite and was elected an Ashoka fellow in January 2014. During her time at university, she was involved in the Junior Chamber International (JCI) and AIESEC, and also ran university-level campaigns to support her peers. In 2010 Mansour founded the People’s Movement for Human Right’s Learning (PDHRE). In 2011, she began focusing on social entrepreneurship and innovation, based on the need for sustainable economic reform. In 2011, Monsour created the Center for Tunisian Social Entrepreneurship to lead Tunisia in a more sustainable, citizen-oriented direction that will generate positive social change with youth at the forefront of decision-making and innovation.
President and Co-founder
Tunisian Center for Social EntrepreneurshipView Bio
Co-founder, Gigawatt Global
Chaim Motzen led the successful development of the first utility scale solar field in East Africa in record time, an 8.5 Mega Watts plant in Rwanda which reached full production in September 2014 and increased Rwanda's generation capacity by approximately six percent. Motzen is a former consultant at McKinsey and Company. He received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. Motzen is on the board of directors of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, a world leader in facilitating bone marrow transplants for children and adults suffering from life threatening diseases.
Gigawatt GlobalView Bio
Veterinary Surgeon, Entebbe Animal Care Center; Farmer, Fodder Solutions
Emma Naluyima is a smallholder farmer and a private veterinarian who focuses on clinical medicine and herd health. She has previously worked for the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank, as well as served as an officer in Entebbe, leading the Livestock Environmental Station. Naluyima has also worked for the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. YoweriKaguta Museveni. She worked on his personal dairy farm, to improve the genetics of his herd through artificial insemination. Naluyima has served as the chairman of Red Cross Mbarara. She earned a Bachelor of Science in veterinary medicine and Masters of Health Services Research from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She is the vice chairperson of the Green and Fresh Farmer’s Cooperative and the Chairman of the national multistate holder’s pig value chain platform. Naluyima is also the 2015 Aspen New Voices fellow.
Veterinary Surgeon, Entebbe Animal Care Center; Farmer, Fodder SolutionsView Bio
Summer Nasief was the first IBM Saudi female industry executive to be appointed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She has over fourteen years experience in the technology matrix across the globe and in her most recent post she lead the Healthcare and LifeScience vertical working with government agencies such as the Saudi Ministry of Health on the quality of care transformation throughout Saudi Arabia. She has also become a prominent ambassador for change working with the Ministry of Labour and new enterprise cells empowering women to become active agents in the ever evolving Saudi female workforce. She was awarded a fellowship in 2014 with the Middle East Leadership Institute headed by Aspen and was named the 47th most powerful Arab Women in the region by Arabian Business 2015. Nasief has an undergraduate degree from Boston University school of management and sits on various boards including the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Summer NasiefView Bio
Chief Executive Officer , Hidrolution Kenya
Grace Obado joined Hidrolution in 2009 as the international business director. Hidrolution is a leader in technology for eco-friendly water purification. As international business director she was responsible for developing new markets and successfully led both the marketing and technical team to introduce Hidrolution’s ecofriendly technology in Africa, the Americas and Europe. In her new role, as the chief executive officer of Hidrolution Kenya, she will be working to improve access to potable water in Africa, with particular emphasis on sustainable funding for water treatment and restoration of contaminated natural water bodies. Obado also lectures international relations and sustainable development at the Madrid Campus of Schiller International University. She has published various articles and coauthored a book entitled “Laws of Success,” adapted for Africa. She sits on the board of Africa 2.0 International Foundation, and she is also the chapter head for Spain.
Chief Executive Officer
Founder and CEO, Shining Hope for Communities
Kennedy Odede is founder of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). A former street child who lived most of his life in Kibera, Africa’s largest slum, he founded SHOFCO with savings from his one dollar per day factory job. SHOFCO’s programs will collectively serve 70,000 individuals in 2015. The organization is scaling across Kenya’s slums with a model that links free schools for girls to holistic community services for all, currently focused on the Kibera and Mathare slums. Odede was named a Forbes “30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur” and recently won the Mohammed Ali Humanitarian Award. The New York Times, CNN, and Project Syndicate have published his opinion articles on urban poverty. His work has been featured by President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and on five occasions by Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist. Odede received a full scholarship to Wesleyan University, where he currently serves on the board of trustees.
Founder and CEO
Shining Hope for CommunitiesView Bio
Operations Director, Akirachix Association
Judith Owigar is an African entrepreneur who uses technology as a tool to empower youth and young women. Owigar is the co-founder and operations director of Akirachix. Owigar seeks to increase the number of women in the technology industry and in effect change women’s perception of technology. Owigar is also the founder of JuaKali an online platform that links skilled manual laborers in Kenya’s informal sector with employers in the construction industry. Owigar has been recognized on numerous occasions for her work. She was named an East African Acumen fellow and an International Focus fellow in 2014. In 2012 and 2009 Owigar was named one of the Top 40 under 40 women by the Business Daily newspaper in Kenya. In 2011, Owigar was recognized for Akirachix’s work with women and received the Anita Borg Change Agent Award by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.
Akirachix AssociationView Bio
President and CEO, ACWA Power
President and CEO
ACWA PowerView Bio
President and CEO, Middle East Investment Initiative
Jim Pickup is president and CEO of the Middle East Investment Initiative (MEII) and General Counsel of the Aspen Institute. He is also a founding partner of Impact Capital Strategies, a consulting firm focused on impact investing. MEII is an nonprofit organization that designs and implements innovative development finance initiatives in the Middle East and Africa region. Jim was formerly a partner at DLA Piper, an international law firm; and in 2000-2001, he served as Senator George Mitchell's representative when the Senator chaired the Sharm el-Sheikh Fact-Finding Committee, an international committee established to examine the crisis between the Israelis and Palestinians. Jim graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, received a master in international affairs degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and graduated with an honors master’s degree from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is also an Aspen Institute Henry Crown fellow.
President and CEO
Middle East Investment InitiativeView Bio
Founder and CEO, Bluedrop Performance Learning
Emad Rizkalla is founder and chief executive officer of Bluedrop Performance Learning. He is a recognized pioneer and leader in eLearning, entrepreneurship and corporate leadership. He co-founded his first company in 1992 before finishing his degree in mechanical engineering. His third company, Bluedrop, was released in 2004 with a mission to revolutionize workforce training for the organizations and people left behind by the eLearning industry. In addition to publishing numerous articles about learning organizations, corporate leadership, and consulting excellence, Rizkalla has been featured in publications and media for his thoughts on learning and credentials in the workforce. Rizkalla has chaired several not-for-profit boards and sits on an advisory board for the National Research Council. Among other accomplishments, he was honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and was honoured as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40″ before he was 30.
Founder and CEO
Bluedrop Performance LearningView Bio
Founder, Nida'a Productions and Women for Women International
Zainab Salbi is an Iraqi-American humanitarian, entrepreneur, author, and media commentator that has dedicated herself to international women’s rights and freedom. At the age of 23, she founded Women for Women International, a grassroots organization that serves women survivors of wars, which, under 18 years of Salbi’s leadership, has helped more than 400,000 in 8 conflict areas, and raised more than $100 million in aid and loans. Salbi has been listed as one of the Most Influential Women by Harper's Bazaar, Newsweek, The Guardian, and Fast Company. Salbi is the author of three books, including the national bestseller “Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam.”
Nida'a Productions and Women for Women InternationalView Bio
Core Child Program Manager, Tomorrow's Youth Organization
Niralee Shah manages the alternative early childhood education program at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO), a multigenerational, education, and women’s empowerment focused community center in Nablus, Palestine. Shah holds a Bachelors of Arts in mathematics and arabic studies from Williams College. Previously, Shah taught math at King’s Academy, an independent boarding high school in Jordan. In 2013, Shah joined a Ramallah-based startup Souktel, managing the company’s mobile-phone-based development projects in the Middle East and Africa. While at Souktel, she became increasingly involved in local grassroots entrepreneurship and education initiatives, leading her to TYO. Shah is a math and education enthusiast with a passion for social change work. She is interested in alternative math and early childhood education, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment in the Middle East, and improving education as a means of social and economic change.
Core Child Program Manager
Tomorrow's Youth OrganizationView Bio
Chairman and General Manager, Bank of Palestine
Hashim Shawa joined Bank of Palestine as chairman and general manager in 2007 and has continued its strategy of growth and expansion. After obtaining his Bachelors of Science honors from University College London, Shawa began his banking career at Citigroup in 1997 where he held various management positions in corporate and private banking working in the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. In 2005 he joined HSBC in Switzerland as a director of the group’s Middle East and North Africa business. His role was to develop the company’s private banking business in the Gulf and establish HSBC’s onshore presence in Kuwait. Shawa is a member of the emerging markets advisory council at the International Institute of Finance Washington District of Columbia, a member of the board of directors of the Palestine Institute for Financial and Banking Studies. Shawa is also a member of the board of trustees of Bethlehem University.
Chairman and General Manager
Bank of Palestine
Chief Executive Officer, Africa Leadership Initiative
Chief Executive Officer
Africa Leadership InitiativeView Bio
Founder and CEO, Institute of Imagination and Ingenuity
Hayat Sindi earned a degree in pharmacology from King’s College London and became the first woman from the Gulf to obtain a doctorate in biotechnology from Cambridge. Sindi co-founded Diagnostics For All. She has invented a machine combining the effects of light and ultra-sound for use in biotechnology. She also launched i2, the Institute for imagination and Ingenuity, to encourage innovation among young people. Sindi was one of the first women to be appointed the Shura Council, and is one of 26 global experts selected by United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to be a member of the newly constituted UN Scientific advisory board providing advice on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development. Among many awards Sindi was named one of Newsweek's "150 Women Who Shake the World" and was named by Forbes number 2 the most powerful Arab women in kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Sindi also received Clinton Global Citizen Awards "Leadership in Civil Society.”
Founder and CEO
Institute of Imagination and IngenuityView Bio
Chief Executive Officer, Co-creation Hub
Olatunbosun Tijani is an innovation expert with a keen interest in knowledge application for economic and enterprise competitiveness. Tijani is the chief executive officer of Co-Creation Hub, Nigeria’s foremost social innovation center dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity. He has over 15 years of experience across public and private corporations including Pera Innovation Network, Hewlett Packard, and International Trade Centre. Tijani holds a Bachelor’s of Science in economics and a Master of Science in information system and management from the Warwick Business School.
Chief Executive Officer
Co-creation HubView Bio
K'naan Warsame is a Somali-born singer, songwriter, and poet. He made a powerful mark in music with his sophomore album “Troubadour." His first album, "The Dusty Foot Philosopher," was included in The Guardian's 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die. With his thought-provoking lyrics in the tradition of great folk singers, Warsame has widened the traditional hip hop music perspective. His song "Wavin’ Flag" reached No. 1 in more than 20 countries as the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) 2010 World Cup Coca-Cola theme song. Turning his attention to film and television, Warsame won the 2015 Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award for his screenplay "The Poet" and is the creator of an upcoming television series.
K'naan WarsameView Bio
Founder and CEO, Innovation Africa
Sivan Ya’ari is the founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa. Born in Israel and raised in France, she brings sixteen years of knowledge and expertise working on the African continent. Ya’ari first traveled to Africa while working with a major multinational corporation in 1999. Following two years in the finance world, she worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on diesel energy development. It was during this time that she realized the tremendous need for sustainable energy solutions for Africa’s rural poor, and developed the groundwork for what would become Innovation: Africa. Ya’ari graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in finance from Pace University and holds a Master’s degree in International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Ya’ari sits on the advisory boards of the Israeli Fund for UNICEF and the Pears Challenge.
Founder and CEO
Innovation AfricaView Bio
President, GSMA Foundation
Lawrence Yanovitch is the president of the GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation which promotes life changing mobile enable services to the underserved in emerging markets. The foundation brings together the mobile industry, adjacent industries and the international development community in order to advance commercial business models in health, education, banking, women’s empowerment, agricultural productivity, identity, and renewable energy. Yanovitch was previously an officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he managed a portfolio of investments in financial services for the unbanked targeted to reach 80 million households. Prior to that, Yanovitch had a long career in microfinance and philanthropy. He is a former member of the management team at FINCA and of the faculty of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.