Think • Stimulate • Bridge

Emerging Leaders 2017


Please note that the Call for Application closed on October 24th and that the selection process is ongoing. 


Young leaders from the around the Atlantic basin who have demonstrated leadership and initiative in their fields, who want to contribute to shaping the regional and global agenda in politics, finance, business, civil society and many other areas, who are eager to network with their peers and older, and who seek to foster and strengthen ties across the Atlantic are invited to apply.

Call for Application

Application Process

The applicants must be between the ages of twenty-three and thirty-five (inclusive) on September 8th 2017, the day the applications for the program open. To be considered, the applicants must be citizens of countries located in Africa, North America, South America, Central America, the European Union or the Caribbean. Furthermore, the applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English and guarantee their availability for the full duration of this five days’ program, which will take place December 11th to 15th, 2017 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Interested applicants should submit a copy of their resumes/ CVs in .pdf format, and a personal statement of no more than 250 words detailing their motivations for applying and their prospective contributions and benefits from the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program. The application form can be found below.

More information about the program

For selected applicants, the OCP Policy Center will cover local travel, meals, and hotel expenses for the duration of the conference. Limited international travel assistance for the selected applicants is also available. 

Applications will close on Monday, October 23rd. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Lilia Rizk, Program Officer at .  


Emerging Leaders Program
Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakesh, Morocco
December 12 - 16, 2016

Draft Agenda

All Session topics, titles, times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Monday, December 12

17:00 - 17:30 Registration

Location: Radisson Blu Lobby

17:30 - 18:00  Welcome and AD Connect introduction

Location: Radisson Blu Lila Bar

18:00 - 20:00 Town Hall Meeting: Exchanging Ideas, Experiences and Common Challenges

Location: Radisson Blu Lila Bar

20:00 - 21:30 Opening Dinner and Welcome Address

Location: Lotus Privilege Restaurant

  • Speakers:
  • Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center

21:30- 22:30 Evening Conversation: Navigating Through People, Networks and Society

Location: Lotus Privilege Restaurant

  • Speaker: Reta Jo Lewis, Director of Congressional Affairs and a Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Moderator: Danielle Piatkiewicz, Program Coordinator, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Draft Agenda

All Session topics, titles, times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Tuesday, December 13

10:00 – 11:00 Bus Transfer to Ben Guerir

Location: Radisson Blu Lobby

11:00 - 12:00 Ben Guerir: Ecosystems at the Heart of Innovation, Growth and Development

Location: University Mohamed VI Polytechnic (UM6P)

  • Impacting Generations from the Early Stages of Personal Growth
  • Speaker: Abdellatif Charafi, Director, Africa Business School

12:00 – 13:00 Networking Lunch with University Polytechnic Mohamed VI PhD. Students and Senior Staff

Location: University Restaurant

13:30 – 17:30 Workshops:

  • Exploring Diverse Leadership Styles: Strategies for Maximizing your Impact, Career Growth, and Networking

Location: Student Library

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

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break

  • Design Thinking: Innovation Ecosystems Across the Atlantic

Location: Student Lounge

  • Speaker: Ade Mabogunje, Associate Director, Stanford University Center for Design Research

17:30 - 18:30 Transfer from Ben Guerir to hotel

18:30 - 19:30 Exploring the South Atlantic's Potential: Climbing the Global Economic Ladder

Location: Radisson Blu Foyer

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

20:00 – 21:30 Networking Dinner

Location: Radisson Blu Restaurant

21:30-22:30 Evening Conversation: Thinking through the Unthinkable

Location: Radisson Blu Foyer

  • Speaker: Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster

Draft Agenda

All Session topics, titles, times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Wednesday, December 14

08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast Conversation: Narrating Career Paths: Lessons from Journalistic Storytelling

Location: Radisson Blu Breakfast Lounge

  • Speaker: Richard Lui, Broadcaster, MSNBC/NBC News
  • Moderator: Kelsey Glover, Public Relations Manager, GMF

09:30 - 10:30 Bridging the Generational Divide featuring Emerging Leaders Alumni

Location: Radisson Blu Ras El Hanut Room

  • Speakers:
    • Fatim-Zahra Biaz, General Manager, New Work Lab Casablanca (EL 2013)
    • Raphael Camargo, RGC Consulting, Founder (EL 2015)
    • Stacey Links, South African Doctoral Researcher at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands (EL 2013)
    • Eliot Pence, Director, Africa, McLarty Associates (EL 2015)
    • Landry Signé, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center and Chairman, the Global Network for Africa's Prosperity, Stanford University Center for African Studies (EL 2013)
  • Moderator: Nisrine Ouazzani, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

10:30 – 11:00 Transfer to Mamounia Hotel

11:00 - 12:00 The Role of a New Generation: Leadership and Governance across the Atlantic

  • Speaker:  Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Leader, AgangSA
  • Moderator: Lilia Rizk, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

Transfer to the Atlantic Dialogues 

Draft Agenda

All Session topics, titles, times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Thursday, December 15
The Atlantic Dialogues

Location: La Mamounia Hotel, Marrakesh, Morocco

Draft Agenda

All Session topics, titles, times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Friday, December 16
The Atlantic Dialogues

Location: La Mamounia Hotel, Marrakesh, Morocco

Emerging Leaders Cohort

Nejat Abdella, Analyst, Dalberg Advisers

Sarah Alaoui, PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Noura Alj, Chargée de Mission, Sanam Holding

Irais Aviles Garcia, Head of Multilateral Cultural Cooperation, Ministry of Culture Mexico

Jessica Berlin, Founder and Managing Director, CoStruct

Reda Berrehili, Entrepreneur & CTO, OneFineStay

Cristian Botan, President, Coalition for Digital Economy

Malancha Chakrabarty, Associate Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

Ayman Cherkaoui, Special Advisor to the COP22 President and Chief Negotiator, COP 22 Presidency

Rumbidzai Chisenga, Program Manager, Mandela Institute for Development Studies

Dounia Chraibi, CSR Manager, OCP SA

Sidi Mohamed Dhaker, Director of Strategy, Transformation and Communication, Central Bank of Mauritania

Adrian Fielding, Consulstant, AfricaPractice

Asmaa Guedira, Consultant/ Social Entrepreneur, The Womanity Foundation/ OuiShare / Hyper-Gender

Tameka Hill, Chief Executive Officer, Tameka Hill Foundation

Idia Irele, Social Justice Educator, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Jonathan J. Jackson, Co-founder, Blavity

James Kirchick, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution

Seleman Yusuph Kitenge, External Consultant on Democracy, Governance and Peace Advocacy Programs, Youth of United Nations Association of Tanzania

Dustin Klaudt, Law Clerk, Constitutional Court of South Africa

Blanche Leridon, Fellow, Institut Montaigne

Bio Bertrand Mama, Research Officer, Presidency of Benin

Robel Minassi, Analyst and Contract Consultant, Mckinsey and Co.

Alexis Morin, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Students for Education Reform

Jean Claude Muhire, Founder and President, Love the Kids Foundation

Marie Louise Mujawayezu, Program Manager, Youth and Women Driver of Peace

Mehdi Nassir, Founder and CEO, Bawaba

Malao Ndiaye, Monitoring Specialist, Minister of Energy, Senegal

Ana Jaina Nelson, Corporate Responsibility Director, Latin America, Bacardi

Vicky Ngari-Wilson, Social Innovation Consultant, Good Ambition CIC

Chimaobi Nna, Senior Research Officer, Energy Commission of Nigeria-National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Eric Ntumba, Head of Corporate, Private and Siaspora Banking, Equity Bank Congo

Can Ogutçu, Outreach Countries Officer, International Energy Charter Secretariat

Joana Ama Osei-Tutu, Head of Women Peace and Security Institute, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre

Funlola Otukoya Investor Lead, CDP

Anas Oulmidi, Surgeon, University Hospital Center

Oluseyi Oyenuga, Executive Director, ATMANCorp Nigeria LTD        

Zach Pagovski, Program Officer, Strategic Partnerships, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Avril Perry, Strategy Associate, Africa Expert Network

Amilcar Romero, Founder and President, Ankawa International

Anabella Ron, Strategic Consultant – Analytical Contractual, Inter-American Development Bank

Andrei Serbin Pont, Research Director, Regional Coordination for Economic and Social Research, Argentina

Richard Ahedor Seshie, President, Association 3535 Ivory Coast

Sandiso Sibisi, Open Innovation Africa Lead, Accenture

Selassie Tay, Founder and Director, Tongu Youth Agenda for Development

Sem Mandela Uutoni, Special Assistant to the Advisor of the Chairperson an Regional Integration, African Union Commission

Chika Uwazie, CEO, %TalenBase

Lisa Ventura, Project Specialist, Society and Innovation, World Economic Forum

Gustavo Vidigal, Special Advisor on Creative Economics, Culture Secretariat of the Federal District Brazil