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Emerging Leaders Bios 2015

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Ilham Ait Bouazza, 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. 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.


Damarlie Antoine, Director of Research, GrenCHAP
Damarlie Antoine currently serves as the director of research at GrenCHAP, a human rights advocacy group in Grenada. She is also the founder and coordinator of eARTh, which is a recently formed arts-based group seeking to empower and enlighten Grenadian youth through artistic expressions. Her previous professional experience includes tutoring research courses at the University of the West Indies, Barbados, and working as a project officer at the Ministry of Youth in Grenada. Antoine is also a self-identified feminist, poet, and spoken word performer and artisan. She is currently working on the publication of her book, SKIN.


Felizia Bacall, Consultant, Bridgespan
Felizia Bacall is a consultant in Bridgespan’s Boston office. Before joining Bridgespan, she worked as research analyst for the Finance Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. She has also worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation on their monitoring and evaluation team, and as a financial services associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Her most recent work was for Partners in Food Solutions in Kenya conducting the due diligence and ground work to open a lending facility for food producers in Africa. Bacall earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her bachelor’s in economics, politics, and global studies from Brandeis University. While at Tuck, Bacall was a fellow for the Center for Global Business and Government.


Linda Benkaiouche, Border Services Officer, Canada Border Services Agency
Linda Benkaiouche is a border services officer at the Canada Border Services Agency in Toronto, where she performs both immigration and customs functions. Prior to becoming a civil servant, she worked as a project manager focusing on innovative technology and market research. Her previous professional experience includes being a writer for a Minister’s Cabinet and conducting extensive research on maritime piracy while working for the Ministry of Defence. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and has a master’s degree in international affairs from Sciences Po Paris.


Julie Bleeker, Consultant, Private Investors for Africa
Julie Bleeker is a consultant for Private Investors for Africa (PIA), a business coalition of ethically like-minded companies aiming to tangibly contribute to the African continent’s inclusive economic and social development. In this role, she leads missions to understand and improve the business climate in select African countries. Prior to this, Bleeker worked in Heineken International’s Africa/Middle East Department. Previous experience also includes work with Cape Town’s Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Good Governance Division. She holds a bachelor’s in social psychology from Utrecht University and a masters in political science from the University of Amsterdam.


Prince Boadu, CEO/Co-founder, MapTech Logistics Limited
Prince Boadu is CEO and co-founder of MapTech Logistics Limited, a company that uses the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve business problems by developing and deploying GIS based applications. He also founded EVOLV.Africa, a non-profit that empowers youth with entrepreneurship and leadership skills through seminars, conferences, and workshops. Boadu holds an master’s of business administration in logistics & supply chain management from KNUST-Kumasi and has worked as logistics and supply chain analyst for Clean Team Ghana. He is founding curator of TEDxKNUST, has been named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and was recently named as one of 30 under 30 emerging Ghanaians to watch by Future of Ghana Magazine.


Alexandru Cosmin Buteica, Operations Analyst, World Bank
Alexandru Cosmin Buteica is the operations analyst for the World Bank office in Romania, part of the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice for Europe and Central Asia, focusing on climate change and sector investment lending programs. Prior to this, he worked in corporate banking for ING in Amsterdam as well as in Romania, focusing on corporate social responsibility, financial markets, and wealth management. Buteica received his master’s in global business and stakeholder management from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He also studied in Santiago at the MBA program of Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.


Felipe Cala Buendía, Global Advocacy and Policy Advisor, ChildFund Alliance
Felipe Cala Buendía is currently the global advocacy and policy advisor for ChildFund Alliance, a worldwide child-focused development organization with $600 million in investments in programs for children in 58 countries. Prior to this, he was engaged in advocacy, communications, and policy work with different civil society organizations and the Colombian government. Cala Buendía has a Ph.D. in Latin American studies from Princeton University. His book Cultural Producers and Social Change in Latin America was launched by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. His research has also been published by several academic journals, and by the United Nations, for which he co-authored a report on youth engagement and human rights.


Raphael Gheneim de Camargo, Master’s Candidate in Management of Governance Networks, Erasmus University
Raphael Camargo is a master’s candidate in management of governance networks at Erasmus University, Netherlands. Prior to that, he worked as an international advisor at the Office of Foreign Affairs of São Paulo State Government, Brazil, responsible for articulating international cooperation projects between the state and foreign governments and international organizations. Camargo also worked as an international advisor at São Paulo State Secretariat of Metropolitan Development. He attended several international missions as part of the state official delegation. He graduated in international relations from the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation – FAAP, Brazil, he holds an executive education from ESADE Business School and completed executive courses from London School of Economics.


Paula de Castro, Project Manager, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)
Paula de Castro is project manager of the Atlantic Future’s Project, which is funded by the EU’s 7th Framework Programme. Prior to this, she served as assistant project manager of “The Northern Africa Security Continuum: The Dynamics of Instability and the Search for Effective Responses” initiative, co-directed by CIDOB and the Stimson Center of Washington, DC. She has also served as an assistant analyst on political and security issues at Spain’s Ministry of Defense and collaborated with the European Council on Foreign Relations in Madrid in the “European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2014.” Her professional areas of focus include foreign policy analysis, international security, and transatlantic relations.


Sophie Dembinski, Government and International Relations, International Chamber Of Commerce U.K.
Sophie Deminski manages the International Chamber of Commerce U.K.’s relations with government and international organizations, and leads its policy work and national committees. Previously, she worked at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Brussels, where she covered EU-Asia relations. She continues to serve as U.K. coordinator for GMF’s Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF). Deminski has authored a number of blogs and op-eds and is co-founder of ValuableWorld. Prior to joining GMF, she worked for the Eurasia Group and Proméxico, and was a Rotary humanitarian ambassador of goodwill. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics, and a master’s degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.


Marième Diop, Desk Manager, President’s Delivery Unit, Senegal
Marième Diop is currently a desk manager at the President of Senegal’s Delivery Unit, where she is in charge of coordinating and monitoring five of the country’s twenty-seven flagship development projects. A graduate of Telecom Paris, she worked as an analyst for BearingPoint Consulting before joining the telecommunication giant, Orange, as a business consulting manager. In her current role with the government, Diop is tasked with leveraging Senegal’s advantageous geographical location to attract top investors and tourists from around the Atlantic Basin.


Nerys Dockery, Senior Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, St. Kitts and Nevis
Nerys Dockery is presently a senior foreign service officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis. Prior to this, she was a special assistant in the Office of the Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) acting as special advisor on the strategic foreign policy directions that should be taken by the Member States of the Organisation in order to effectively leverage their collective voice and vote on the international stage. Her professional experience also includes working as a program officer in the International Relations Unit of the OECS as well as Desk Officer for Caribbean Community (CARICOM), OECS and ACS Matters in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis. Dockery has a master’s in advanced international studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.


Teocah Arieal Ainka Dove, Director of Donors and Partnerships, Caribbean Youth Policy Institute
Teocah Dove’s work and research focuses on at-risk and vulnerable youth, women, and communities through designing and leading youth intervention, inclusion, and leadership programs. She serves as Trinidad and Tobago’s representative in the United Nations Development Program’s Caribbean Youth Think Tank, and as director of donors and partnerships with the Caribbean Youth Policy Institute. A Chevening Scholar, Dove holds degrees in media and communications from the University of Greenwich, and gender and international relations from the University of Bristol. In 2015, she received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for 10 years of substantial commitment as a leader in youth and community development.


Imane El Andaloussi, Legal Counsel, OCP
Imane El Andaloussi is an attorney currently serving as Legal Counsel to OCP in Casablanca, Morocco. Prior to this, she was an associate at a Washington, DC-based law firm. Her previous professional experience includes work with the National Democratic Institute in Washington, DC, and the (now defunct) People’s Mirror in Rabat, Morocco. She holds a bachelor’s from Yale University and a J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law.


Halima El Joundi, Founder and Business Developer, DisAbled
Halima El Joundi is the founder and business developer of DisAbled, a social media platform in progress that attempts to rethink advocacy in light of recent breakthroughs in communication technologies. She has a master’s in innovation from Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden, and has worked as a consultant for the Council of Europe’s Office in Rabat in charge of activities related to human rights, freedom of speech, and the independence of justice. She has published a series of articles about new media and democracy in the MENA region. El Joundi is also an independent filmmaker who has directed and co-directed TV shows for Moroccan television. She is currently working on her first full-length documentary.


James Elias, Deputy Chief of Staff, Foreign Trade Secretariat, Brazil
James Elias is currently a foreign trade analyst with the Brazilian government, advisor to the secretary of foreign trade, and deputy chief of staff of the Foreign Trade Secretariat. Most of his previous professional experience was in AIESEC (2007-11), the world’s largest student-run organization, where he was president of the Local Committee of Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 2011. He holds a major in business administration from the University Center UNA (2011) and a law degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2012). He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in public administration at the University of Brasília.


Eve Fofana, Deputy Country Manager, General Electric Côte d’Ivoire
Eve Fofana is deputy country manager for General Electric in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Her primary role is to identify and translate commercial opportunities into bankable projects for all the different businesses of GE in Francophone sub-Saharan Africa. She co-led the new implantation of GE in Côte d’Ivoire and continues to be involved in the daily operations. Prior to this, she spent seven years with GE Capital France where she held several positions. Her professional experience includes finance work with American Express in France and operations handling with Air France – KLM in the United States. She completed her graduate degree in marketing and business administration at Baruch College in 2006.


Jeffrey Gelman, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of State
Jeffrey Gelman is currently a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State working on policy issues for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Previously, he worked at the White House National Security Council from 2010 to 2014 as a special assistant in the Nonproliferation Directorate. Prior to joining government, he worked as a research assistant in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution from 2005 to 2009. During the 2008 presidential elections, he worked on arms control and non-proliferation issues for the Obama campaign. Gelman holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master’s degree in security policy studies from George Washington University.


Veronique Hob-Hob, Marketing Manager, Bridge Africa
Veronique Hob-Hob is marketing manager at Bridge Africa, a tech start-up that promotes African-generated content by enabling people to create professional websites for their business. Prior to this, she served as a business development assistant at FHI360 in Washington, DC. She also served as EducationUSA country coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon. Hob-Hob has been name a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and is founding curator of the Global Shaper’s Yaounde Hub. She is also a founding partner of New Frame Limited, a mobile app development startup that seeks to help businesses in Cameroon improve their brands. Hob-Hob holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Williams College.


Gina Jones, Special Advisor, Defense Intelligence Agency
Gina Jones serves as a special advisor in the Office of the Deputy Director at the Defense Intelligence Agency, where she leads the development and implementation of strategic initiatives. She served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jones spent several years as a consultant for U.S. Army operations in Latin America before joining U.S. Africa Command. She played a critical role in instantiating socio-cultural analysis into operational planning, and her efforts directly shaped the command’s security cooperation activities with African partner-nations. Jones has advanced degrees from Boston University, the University of Kansas, and the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies.


Sara Kadaoui, Project Management & Business Development, M2t
Sara Kadaoui graduated from Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris where she studied economic and political development. After graduating, she joined the international organization Endeavor, which supports high-impact entrepreneurship in emerging countries, as a project manager. Two years later, she joined the Moroccan Endeavor Enterprise M2t, the leading provider of payment services for non-banked populations in Morocco and Senegal. Kadaoui writes about entrepreneurship-related topics as a freelance contributor to Wamda.


Michael Leibeck, Senior Policy Advisor to the Financial and Economic Policy Spokesperson, Greens/EFA Group, European Parliament
Michael Leibeck is currently senior policy advisor to Sven Giegold, the financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament. He is responsible for coordinating and advising on multiple legislative processes with an emphasis on EU key reforms. He is involved in negotiating and implementing key financial market regulation and economic governance reforms, and has examined EU–MERCOSUR trade relations and provided policy advice on the EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership. Leibeck holds a master’s degree in political science and economics from the University of Tuebingen and a master’s degree in European political economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Carlos León, Economics Consultant, Inter-American Development Bank
Carlos León is an economic consultant in the Inter-American Development Bank’s Fiscal and Municipal Management Division in Washington, DC. He focuses on public-private partnerships, fiscal risks, financial instruments, and trust funds for the public sector. Previously, León worked as assistant manager of sub-national public debt at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico. He also worked in the Public Debt Department at the Grupo Financiero Banorte and in the Departments of Economic Research of CEMEX-Mexico and the Central Bank of Mexico at Monterrey. He studied economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.


Cecilia Lopez Pablos, Lawyer, UNDP Argentina
Cecilia Lopez Pablos is a lawyer specializing in commercial and corporate law; she works at the United Nations Development Program in Argentina, specifically with the 12/012 Project for institutional strengthening and the AIDB Project, known as BECAR (science and technology scholarship program), directed by the Argentine chief of cabinet in Buenos Aires. Prior to joining the government, she worked for different law firms in Buenos Aires and her own law firm. She focused on commercial, corporate, and anti-trust law while getting her masters in law and economics at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. She teaches law at Universidad Nacional de Moreno and Universidad del Salvador.


Ayoub Mamdouh, Head of Strategic & Quantitative Research Department, OCP Group
After graduating from the Ecole des Mines de Paris (current Mines ParisTech), Ayoub Mamdouh decided to return to Morocco in order to contribute to the country’s economy. He has since worked in several areas including quantitative finance, human resources, marketing, and strategy consulting at BCG and quantitative research before joining OCP Group. Prior to his current position with OCP Group, he was one of the company’s vice presidents. He is a past president of the Tariq Ibnou Ziyad Initiative, a Moroccan initiative that promotes both the participation of young people in politics and political leadership in Morocco. He was selected among 2014’s “Espoirs” and was granted a training session in Harvard Kennedy School on Emerging Leaders. Mamdouh is also a public speaker (TEDx and other events) and has lectured at several Moroccan schools.


Pablo Medina, Latin America Research Analyst, Wood Mackenzie
Pablo Medina joined Wood Mackenzie in 2012 as part of the Latin America Upstream Research team focusing mostly on Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil. He is responsible for valuing upstream assets as well as following the energy markets, fiscal regimes, and future developments in the region. Medina is a member of COMEXI, the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations. He is also part of the Energy Workgroup within COMEXI. The group published the report “Mexico and the Energy Revolution,” which was quoted in Mexican President Peña Nieto’s energy reform proposal. Medina holds bachelor’s in economics from the University of Texas – Austin.


Hicham Mhammedi, Co-Founder, Experience Ventures, Morocco
Hicham Mhammedi is an entrepreneur based in Casablanca, Morocco. He started his career at Google, where he spent four years in product and sales marketing roles based in Silicon Valley and Singapore. Mhammedi left Google to complete his MBA and then moved back to Casablanca to co-found Experience Ventures, a group of innovative start-ups operating across different industries in Morocco. The group currently has projects in tourism and education, with more under development. Mhammedi holds a bachelor’s in international relations from Princeton University (2008) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (2014).


Yassine Moustanijdi, Architect and Urban Planner, Klaus Müller GMBH
Yassine Moustanjidi is a Berlin-based urban planner and architect. He holds a master’s degree in urban design from the Technical University of Berlin, a master’s degree in architecture from Tongji University, Shanghai, and a diploma in architecture from Ecole Nationale D’architecture, Rabat. Moustanjidi is a practitioner and researcher on the issues of urban sustainability and mega-urbanization. He has worked intensively on urbanization challenges within the Middle East and North Africa region, China, and Europe, and has actively participated in a variety of international conferences, competitions, and workshops on the topic. He also took part in regional leadership programs, including the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative in Washington, DC and Young Arab Leaders in Kuala Lumpur.


Nicolas Simel Ndiaye, Founder and Managing Director, L’Afrique des Idées
Nicolas Simel Ndiaye is the founder and managing director of L’Afrique des Idées, a think-tank dedicated to economic, social, and political issues related to Africa, which includes about 110 young professionals and researchers from 15 nations. He also headed the Sciences Po for Africa Society and organized conferences with African top political leaders from different countries (Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Senegal, Burundi, etc.). In parallel, Ndiaye works as a strategy and management consultant with Kurt Salmon’s office in Paris. His previous professional experience includes Deloitte Consulting in Paris, as a SFR financial analyst in Paris, and a research fellow with the French Business Council in Morocco. Ndiaye holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Sciences Po Paris, and a master’s degree in corporate management from HEC Paris.


Nereo Peñalver Garcia, Foreign Policy Advisor, European Parliament
Nereo Peñalver Garcia is policy advisor at the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. He has worked for front-rank European politicians such as Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, and Josep Borrell, former president of the European Parliament. He also served senior officials such as the spokesperson of Javier Solana, EU high representative for the common foreign and security policy, the Parliament’s director general for external relations, and the UN’s communications director for Western Europe. Peñalver has also worked in the EU’s Delegation in Tunisia. He has a master’s from the College of Europe in Bruges and another from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is the author, together with Sir Julian Priestley, of the book The Making of a European President, on the first pan-European presidential campaign (Palgrave Macmillan, May 2015).


Eliot D. Pence, Director for Africa, McLarty Associates
Prior to joining McLarty Associates, Eliot Pence served as a director for the Whitaker Group, where he advised multinational companies on their strategies in over 20 markets throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He was recognized by Diplomatic Courier as a Top 99 foreign policy leader and was selected by the Global Public Policy Institute as a Global Governance 2022 Fellow. Pence is also the founder of the software start-up Upstream Analytics and the Africa Expert Network (AXN). He is on the boards of the Africa Leadership Network, Market Atlas, and the Pan-African Network. He holds a master’s in international relations from Yale University and a bachelor’s from the University of Victoria.


Andrea A. Richter, Chief of Staff, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State
Andrea Richter serves as chief of staff to the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs in the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the U.S. Department of State. In this capacity, she oversees the day-to-day activities of the special envoy as ENR seeks to shape foreign policy engagement at the critical nexus of energy and national security. Richter has held numerous roles at the Department of State, including covering the United Nations and G8 portfolios for the under secretary for economic growth, energy, and the environment. She completed her bachelor’s at Hamline University and received her master’s in European studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.


Hiba Rizk, Senior Project Manager, Transcarbon Africa Middle East
Hiba Rizk is currently a senior project manager at Transcarbon Africa Middle East where she is not only in charge of leading large-scale projects but is also involved in business development and operations management for the head office in Casablanca. She graduated from Stanford University in 2007 with a bachelor’s in civil and environmental engineering and obtained her PMP certification in June 2012 from the Project Management Institute. Prior to working for Transcarbon, Rizk worked in construction for two years as a junior project manager for Europtima (Morocco), then three years as a project engineer for TGCC (Morocco), followed by a year as a project engineer for Habitat for Humanity (Dominican Republic). She speaks English, French, Arabic, and Spanish.


Mayecor Sar, Policy Advisor, President’s Delivery Unit, Senegal
Mayecor Sar is currently a policy advisor with the President’s Delivery Unit in Senegal where he coordinates and monitors reforms to his country’s civil service and business environment. Before joining the government, he was a contributing analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and a consultant for the Korea Institute for Development Strategy (KDS). A graduate of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore and the University of York in the U.K., Sar was also a management consultant in both Singapore and Dakar, where he helped firms from across the world invest in Africa.


Qing Song, Researcher and Program Officer, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies
Qing Song is a program officer at Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS) where he is in charge of international exchanges and media contact. He is also in charge of coordination of conference such as the Stockholm China Forum 2014 done in collaboration with The German Marshall Fund of the United States, the CICA summit, and the New Development Bank (NDB) of the BRICS launch ceremony in 2015. As a researcher, he mainly focuses on North African politics, sino-francophone relations, and global governance. He holds a double bachelor’s degree in French language studies as well as in teaching Chinese as a foreign language from Fudan University (Shanghai), and a master’s degree in international relations from Sciences Po Bordeaux.


Michael Stock, Europe Analyst, Crumpton Group LLC
Michael Stock is an international economic analyst, with a focus on Europe and Germany in particular. Prior to joining Crumpton Group, Stock was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow, assigned to Deutsche Bank Research in Frankfurt and the German Federal Finance Ministry in Berlin. His research at the bank resulted in two published reports, one on the European Union’s (EU) balance-of-payments facility and one on Eurozone migration trends and their subsequent effect on the real economy. In addition, Stock served as a fellow of the German Parliament. Recently, Stock contributed to the publication of the Atlantic Council’s “Through a New Prism: A Next Generation Strategy for the U.S.-German Relationship.” Stock speaks German and holds a master’s in foreign service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Kansas and has also studied at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.


Adaeze Umolu, Technical Advisor, Business Resource Development, Management Sciences for Health, Nigeria
Adaeze Umolu is a member of the Management Sciences for Health Nigeria country leadership team. Prior to this, she was an information officer at the National Institute for Legislative Studies, National Assembly Nigeria, and served as the societies and activities coordinator for the University of East London Students’ Union. Her previous roles include responsibility for communications and campaigns at the University of Leeds; as a writer with BBC World Service Trust, Nigeria; and as a British-based reporter for the Project Survival Media Group on Climate Change. Umolu has a degree in theatre arts from the University of Lagos and a master’s in gender management and organisation from the University of Leeds. She is a pioneer alumna of LEAP Africa.


Sabri Youcefi, Analyst, Meridiam Infrastructure
Sabri Youcefi joined Meridiam Infrastructure in 2013. Meridiam is a global developer, investor, and asset manager specializing in public and community infrastructure delivered through public-private partnerships. As a member of the Corporate Development Team, Youcefi is actively involved in various key activities such as the fundraising process for Meridiam’s first Africa-focused fund. He has also spearheaded the creation and the development of the Meridiam Foundation, whose main objective is to foster and nurture young and talented individuals. Youcefi holds a master’s degree in corporate finance from Paris Dauphine University.


Mbuih Zukane, Teacher, University of Dschang and CEO ICAD
Mbuih Zukane has 11 years of experience, working as a senior youth worker and an international cooperation expert. He lectures youth leadership as a transversal course in the University of Dschang-Cameroon and is a co-founder of the African Network of Youth Policy Experts. Zukane is also the founder and CEO of a youth-led organization dubbed InterCultural Alliance for Development. He has diplomas from UNDP, UNICEF, UNWomen, and POTI, USA. His numerous professional publications focus on his research and clinical interests in youth development and international cooperation.