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Emerging Leaders Speaker Bios 2016






Fatim-Zahra Biaz, General Manager, New Work Lab Casablanca (EL 2013)

Fatim Zahra founded New Work Lab, a working and learning environment built to awaken entrepreneurial spirit and spread start-up culture. New Work Lab offers a co-working space where entrepreneurs can work side by side, collaborate, learn from each other, and develop their business network. In addition to the co-working space, New Work Lab organizes events and weekly workshops to promote Moroccan talent. Since its opening, New Work Lab has become the venue of the start-up community in Casablanca and plays a major role in the start-up scene.


Raphael Camargo, RGC Consulting, Founder (EL 2015)

Raphael Camargo is currently working as a consultant for Brazilian local governments. He focuses on urban and metropolitan development, as well as on housing policies. Prior to that, he worked as an international advisor at the Office of Foreign Affairs of the São Paulo State Government, Brazil, where he was responsible for managing international cooperation projects between the state, foreign governments, and international organizations. Camargo also worked as an international advisor at the Department of Metropolitan Development of São Paulo State. As part of the official state delegation, he participated in several international missions. In 2015, he was selected to take part in the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program. He is a graduate in international relations from Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation — FAAP, Brazil and he also holds an executive education degree from ESADE Business School, and a master’s degree in public administration from Erasmus University, The Netherlands.


Abdellatif Charafi, Director, University Polytechnic Mohammed VI Business School

Dr. Abdellatif Charafi has taught mathematics at Portsmouth University and financial mathematics at King’s College London (University of London) at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He also has extensive experience working in the City of London, as a trader, risk manager, and partner in a hedge fund. He has recently been put in charge of Mohamed VI Polytechnic University’s Business School. Dr. Charafi has a BSc in Mathematics (ENS), PhD in Computational Mathematics (Southampton, UK), and MSc in Financial Mathematics (KCL, UK).


Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Dr. Karen Donfried assumed the leadership of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in April 2014. Donfried most recently was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. Prior to the White House, Donfried served as the national intelligence officer for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community’s center for strategic thinking. Donfried first joined GMF in 2001 after having served for ten years as a European specialist at the Congressional Research Service. From 2003 to 2005, she was responsible for the Europe portfolio on the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff. Her second term of service at GMF was 2005 to 2010, first as senior director of policy programs and then as executive vice president. She has a Ph.D. and MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Magister from the University of Munich, Germany. She holds a bachelor’s degree in government and German from Wesleyan University.


Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center

Karim El Aynaoui is currently managing director of OCP Policy Center, a think tank based in Rabat. He also serves as advisor to the CEO and Chairman of OCP Group, a global leader in the phosphate sector. From 2005-12, he worked at Bank Al-Maghrib, the Central Bank of Morocco. He was the director of economics and international relations, where he provided strategic leadership in defining and supporting monetary policy analysis and strategy. He was also in charge of the Statistical and International Relations Divisions of the Central Bank, led the research division and was a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Before joining Bank Al-Maghrib, El Aynaoui worked for eight years at the World Bank as an economist. El Aynaoui is a board member of the OCP Foundation, a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and a member of the COP22 Scientific Committee.


Kelsey Glover, Public Relations Manager, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Kelsey Glover is GMF’s public relations manager, where she oversees the organization’s press portfolio and public relations efforts based in Washington, DC. Prior to GMF, she did independent communications consulting and was the communications director for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC. She also currently serves as the spokesperson and a global board member for the Digital Diplomacy Coalition, a volunteer organization focused on bringing together the diplomatic, international affairs, and tech communities to share ideas and best practices in order to use digital technologies for diplomacy. She graduated from Elon University with a degree in strategic communications and international affairs and volunteers on the board of her local alumni chapter.


Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster

Nik Gowing was a main presenter for the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News from 1996 to 2014. He has presented on “The Hub with Nik Gowing,” “BBC World Debates,” “Dateline London,” plus provided location coverage of major global stories. For 18 years, Gowing worked at ITN where he was bureau chief in Rome and Warsaw, and diplomatic editor for Channel Four News. He has been a member of the councils of Chatham House, the Royal United Services Institute, the Overseas Development Institute, the board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and the advisory council at Wilton Park.


Adnan Kifayat, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Adnan Kifayat is a senior resident fellow at GMF, where he advises on GMF programs to strengthen leadership development and strategies for engagement in the transatlantic region, as well as GMF’s Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.  He is also Head of Global Security Ventures for the Gen Next Foundation. Kifayat joined GMF following a 15 year public service career at the White House, State Department, and Treasury Department. Kifayat served as Secretary of State John Kerry’s acting special representative to Muslim communities, creating initiatives to broaden and deepen U.S. diplomatic engagement with Muslim communities worldwide. As senior advisor to the under secretary of state for public diplomacy and inaugural director of the Global Strategic Engagement Center (GSEC), he led initiatives to help advance to use of social media tools by the State Department. Kifayat Co-Chairs the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Committee’s Countering Violent Extremism Subcommittee.


Reta Jo Lewis, Director of Congressional Affairs and a Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Reta Jo Lewis is GMF’s director of Congressional Affairs.  Lewis draws on her immense experience and GMF’s intellectual resources and European networks to connect the U.S. Congress and GMF. Lewis joined GMF in January 2015 as a Senior Fellow with Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives (TLI), where she focuses on leadership development, outreach, programming, and thought pieces on global engagement strategies to strengthen the next generation of transatlantic leaders. Since beginning her tenure, GMF has been very active in engaging Congress through its Transatlantic Congressional Staff Salon Series, briefings on Capitol Hill, study tours, testimony from GMF experts, and engagement with European Parliamentarians. Lewis has also worked with TLI to develop the Transatlantic Subnational Diplomacy Initiative (TSDI) to enhance diplomacy at the state and local levels.


Stacey Links, South African Doctoral Researcher at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands (EL 2013)

Stacey Links is a doctoral researcher at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Her research is focused on the “Discourse on Human Rights in Sino-African engagement” in which she takes a postcolonial and twail scholarship perspective.  Her research interests include critical International Relations (IR) theory, the role of identity, culture and race in IR, as well as South-South cooperation.  Having completed her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Stellenbosch University (South Africa) she moved on to complete a double Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) in conjunction with Clingendael Institute of International Relations (The Hague).  Links has worked in the fields of African development, security, and human rights in South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, and Haiti. She currently also acts as Commissioning Editor in International Relations Theory for E-International Relations (E-IR), the world’s leading open access website for students and scholars of international politics.


Richard Lui, Broadcaster, MSNBC / NBC News

Richard Lui is news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News, reporting on the ground for stories from terror attacks in France to slavery in Africa. Previously he was at CNN Worldwide, where he became the first Asian male in U.S. history to anchor a daily national cable news program. With over 20 years in the tech industry, Lui co-patented and founded a global bank-centric payments carve-out with Citibank. He currently helps a Silicon Valley artificial intelligence firm, and sits on four boards of directors and advisors. Business Insider named Lui one of 21 careers to watch and Twitter Counter ranks him top 1 percent. Lui has received civil rights awards from the National Education Association, Advancing Justice, and AAJA. Lui is a policy fellow at the University of California, Riverside, UN Women Spokesperson, U.S. State Department traveling speaker, and ambassador for several gender equality and human trafficking nongovernmental organizations.


Ade Mabogunje, Associate Director, Stanford University Center for Design Research

Ade Mabogunje conducts research on the design thinking process with a view to instrumenting measuring the process, and giving feedback to design thinking teams on ways to improve their performance. He works in collaboration with partners in the engineering education, design practice, and investment community as a participant-observer in the practice of building and developing ecosystems that support accelerated and continuous innovation in products and services. Prior to this he was the associate director of the Stanford Center for Design Research (CDR). He was also the lead of the Real-time Venture Design Lab program (ReVeL) in the school of Humanities and Sciences. His industry experience includes engineering positions at the French Oil Company Elf (now Total) and research collaboration with Artificial Intelligence Scientists at NASA Ames. He has publications in the areas of design theory and methodology, knowledge management, emotions in engineering, design protocol analysis, and engineering-design education.


Nisrine Ouazzani, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

Nisrine Ouazzani Chahdi is a program officer for OCP Policy Center’s Young Professionals Network, where she contributes to developing and sustaining a network of emerging leaders across sectors in the southern Atlantic. She manages various initiatives designed to enable dialogue, exchange, continual learning, and experience-sharing for a new generation of decision-makers dedicated to Africa’s transformation. As part of her projects at the think tank, she also manages partnerships, events and projects centered on international relations and entrepreneurship. Prior to this, she was a research assistant at the Research Center for Economic, Social, and Managerial Studies (CESEM). She graduated in 2014 from HEM Business School with a Masters of political sciences and governance, in partnership with Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence.


Eliot Pence, Director, Africa, McLarty Associates (EL 2015)

Eliot Pence leads McLarty Associates’ Africa practice and helps companies originate structure and implement investment plans on the continent. Prior to joining McLarty Associates, Pence worked at the Whitaker Group and African Virtual University (AVU). A senior fellow at the American Security Project, a Washington, DC-based think tank, Eliot has written extensively on doing business in frontier markets in outlets including Financial Times, Reuters, CNN and the National Interest. 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 the cofounder of Africa Expert Network (AXN), an online information brokerage focused on building a peer-to-peer knowledge network across the continent. He is on the boards of the Africa Leadership Network, the Pan-African Network and U.S.–Nigeria Council. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria.


Danielle Piatkiewicz, Program Coordinator, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Danielle Piatkiewicz is a program coordinator for GMF’s Asia program.  In this role, she is responsible for managing and coordinating GMF’s Asia program in managing ongoing conferences in Europe and Asia. Her range of expertise includes transatlantic relations, emerging economies, security, defence, international affairs, and leadership development. Previously, she worked as a program assistant in GMF’s Wider Atlantic program in Brussels and worked for the European Institute of Peace in Brussels (EIP) where she assisted with the logistical and operational set up of EIP as well as provided research and analysis on future peace mediation actors and regions.She holds a master’s degree in international and political studies with a concentration in transatlantic studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She received her bachelor’s in political science with an emphasis in international relations and a minor in German studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).


Mamphela Ramphele, Leader, AgangSA

Dr. Mamphela Aletta Ramphele studied medicine at the then University of Natal, has a bachelor of commerce degree, a diploma in tropical hygiene, a diploma in public health and a Ph.D. in social anthropology. She went on to become vice-chancellor of UCT, then one of four managing directors of the World Bank, based in Washington, DC. Dr. Ramphele has served as chairperson of Gold Fields, Circle Capital Ventures (Pty) Limited, Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), as a director of Medi-Clinic Corporation Limited and Remgro Limited, and is currently a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She was founder of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and the Citizens Movement. In January 2013, Dr. Ramphele became the leader of Agang SA, a party for all South Africans which won two seats in the national elections held in May 2014.


Lilia Rizk, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

Lilia Rizk is currently a program officer Jr. at OCP Policy Center, where she manages international partnerships in France, the U.K. and the United States, and contributes to designing and planning international relations programs and events. Prior to that, she interned at the Burkle Center for International Relations in Los Angeles as a program and events coordinator. She obtained a dual degree in Political Science and International Development from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012, and followed her academic career completing a Master’s degree at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane in International Relations and Diplomacy in 2014.


Landry Signé, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center and Chairman, the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity, Stanford University Center for African Studies (EL 2013)

Landry Signé is a senior fellow at OCP Policy Center. He is a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies, founding chairman of the award-winning Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity, faculty in emerging African markets at the Business Department of Stanford Continuing Studies, Andrew Carnegie Fellow at the Andrew Carnegie Corporation of New York; professor of Political Science at UAA; and partner and Chief Strategic Advisor at a small African-focused emerging markets strategic management, investment, and government affairs firm. Recognized as a World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the World, Private Investors for Africa Fellow, and Tutu Fellow that “drives the transformation of Africa,” he is an award-winning transformational leader and special adviser to world leaders on international and African affairs. Previously, Landry was founding president of a business strategy and development firm based in Montreal and a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford.


Alfredo Valladao, Professor, Sciences Po Paris and Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

Dr. Alfredo Valladão is a professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and a Senior Fellow at OCP Policy Center. He is also the president of the advisory board of EUBrasil Association, a member of the board of trustees of the UN Institute for Training and Research, and a senior research associate at the European Union Institute for Security Studies. As a journalist, he is a columnist for Radio France International and contributes regularly to the BBC and CBN (Brazil), as well as being a former diplomatic and defense correspondent for Libération (France). Valladão is the director of the Latin America Research Chair and member of the Scientific Board of the Centre d’Etudes Sociales, Economiques et Managériales of the Institut de Hautes Etudes du Management.