Was a member of the Oxfam International Youth Partnerships program as Action Partner between 2007 and 2010. Currently is a PhD candidate in Political Science from the Institute for Social and Political Studies of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (2018 - expected), and is Coordinator of Technical Cooperation at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa). Works in the management of Embrapa's technical cooperation policy with Latin America and Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
Before assuming the position of World Bank Country Director for the Maghreb and Malta on July 1st, 2015, Ms. Marie-Nelly spent four years as Country Director for Nigeria, and previous to that held a number of posts including Country Director for the two Congo (Brazzaville and DRC) from 2008 to 2011, Director for the World Bank Group Program related to the Chad Petroleum and the Chad-Cameroon pipeline project from 2004 to 2007 and Director for the regional integration program in Africa from 2000 to 2004. A native of Martinique, Ms.
Dr Yabi spent seven years as senior political analyst and later as project director for the West Africa Project of the International Crisis Group, a think-tank dedicated to conflict prevention and resolution. Holding a Ph.D in Development economics from the university of Clermont-Ferrand in France, Gilles also worked as a journalist for the weekly magazine Jeune Afrique in Paris. Since November 2013, Gilles has been working as independent consultant in the fields of conflict analysis, security and political governance in West Africa, while setting up WATHI.
He has been working – and publishing in different countries and languages - on issues relating to trade and industrial policies and on international negotiations. He has acted as consultant for many international organizations (OECD,The World Bank, UNCTAD, IADB, ALADI), business organizations and companies in Brazil.
He focuses on democracy strenthening, transparency, accontability, foreign policy and elections. Previously, Enrique was the Senior Advisor for Policy Planning at the Mexican Embassy in the United States. Prior to that he was a Latin America analyst of the Eurasia Group, a political risk consulting firm, covering Mexico and Cuba, and earlier he worked as an advisor to the Immigration Commissioner in Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior.
He also contributed to the output of several international organizations endeavors including the Council of Arab Interior Ministers from 1986 to 1992, where he represented the Directorate General of National Security in several meetings. Abdelhak Bassou holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Studies from the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences of Agdal in Rabat.
Subsequently he became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex and Chair of IDS. From 1998-2004 he was President of the Rockefeller Foundation and from 2004- June 2009 Chief Scientific Adviser to DFID and President of the Royal Geographical Society. He is a KCMG, Hon Fell RAEng and FRS. He holds five honorary degrees and fellowships. He is the author of ‘The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the 21st Century' Penguin and Cornell and co-authored Science and Innovation for Development (UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)).
He was also Ambassador of Morocco in Hungary, Bosnia – Herzegovina and Croatia (1995-1999), Ambassador Coordinator of the Government of Morocco with MINURSO (1999 – 2001), Ambassador of Morocco to the United Nations in Geneva (2006-2008) and New York (2001-2003 and 2008-2014), as well as President of the Security Council (December 2014). Mr.
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, Karim El Aynaoui worked for eight years at the World Bank, both in its Middle Eastern and North Africa, and Africa regions as an economist. He has published papers, books and articles in scientific journals on macroeconomic issues in developing countries.
He is a laureate of the US Department of State “MEPI Student Leaders Program” (’09) at Roger Williams University, a “Technology Entrepreneurship” program graduate from Stanford University (’11), and a Fellow at the “Hesselbein Global Academy for Leadership and Civic Engagement” (’12) at the University of Pittsburgh. In late 2016, Mehdi founded “Bawaba”, a TravelTech (Travel Technology) startup that customizes travel experiences based on interest and passions. He is currently based between Spain and Morocco where he aspires to grow his venture.