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Madou Fatchou Sangueh

Former program manager for capacity building in negotiations of trade agreements at the International Organization of La Francophonie. Coordinator of the Chairmanship Support Cell of the Ministerial Platform for Coordination of Strategies for the Sahel.

Rosa Whitaker

The partner of choice for Fortune 500 companies, TWG has facilitated billions of dollars in capital flows and investments across the Continent and recently started making its own direct investments in African companies. Rosa Whitaker was one of the hands-on architects of the historic African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), America’s first comprehensive trade law with African countries. AGOA provides duty -free access to the US market for essentially all African-made products. AGOA continues to be the center-piece of US-Africa economic policy.

William Gumede

He is the Founder & Chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation (
He was former Senior Associate & Program Director, Africa Asia Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Previously he was Senior Associate Member & Oppenheimer Fellow, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. He was Senior Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE); and Course-Leader, New School University, New York.

Mpume Langa

She is the first African woman to be a Head of Private Banking in Absa. She is the Chairperson of Women in Business at Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She was a finalist in the Business Women's Association Regional Business Awards in 2013. Mpume holds a number qualifications from Marketing Diploma, BCom Finance and Strategic Management, MBA in Investment Management and Nexus Leadership From GIBS. She is also a qualified Image, Etiquette and Protocol Consultant from The European School of Protocol in Belgium and Colourworks International.

Michaella Rugwizangoga

Prior to this, she worked for the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and VillageGroup*. Polyglot, she is perfectly fluent in French, English and German. Michaella is a World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper and the Outgoing Curator of the Kigali Shapers Hub. She is a member of the „Davos50“and spoke on matters related to youth, leadership and development at the World Economic Forum 2017.

David Michael

David is also the African Regional Coordinator for Citizens Climate Lobby. David volunteers for several environmental organizations some of which include UNDP GEF Small Grant program, 350 Africa, African Green Movement just to mention but a few. David belongs to several professional bodies, notable among them are: 
1. Member: African Climate Leaders.
2. Member: Nigerian Conservation Foundation.
3. Member: European Energy Commission
4. Senior Professional Member: Institute of Information Management Africa.

Tewolde Gebremeskel Redda

Before he joined IGAD he has served as Executive Secretary of Endowment Foundation and in several government posts in Ethiopia. He was also one of the founders of the International Institute for Peace and Development (IIPD) in Ethiopia. He completed his MA in International Relations at Amsterdam University.

Nicola Hove

Nicola is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and has served  as Zimbabwe Youth Council's Head of Education, Entreprenuership Training and Skills Development. In 2013, she was appointed as Zimbabwe's Secretary for International Affairs under the Organisation of African Youth. During her 4 years as a youth legislator, she served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senator in the Junior Parliament of Zimbabwe. Nicola is a renowned international speaker on issues of sustainable wealth creation through mining in Africa and a vast receiver of leadership awards in the past years.

Yassine Msadfa

Before joining the Moroccan think tank, his research focused on the analysis of the short and long-term dynamics of real estate market in Morocco with an error correction model. Currently his research interest ranges from Commodities market to Trade and industrialization in African countries.

Kurt Volker

He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, a senior advisor at the Atlantic Council, and a Trustee of IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France. He is a consultant to international business, a member of the Board of Directors of Capital Guardian Funds Trust, and had previously served as managing director—International for BGR Group. He has taught Transatlantic Relations at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.


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