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Carolina Abrusci

Professor, School of Political Science, Central University of Venezuela

Carolina Abrusci is a professor at the Central University of Venezuela’s School of Political and Administrative Studies. She has a master's degree in international politics from the Complutense University of Madrid and is currently a Ph.D.

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candidate in Latin American studies at the Ortega and Gasset Institute, located in Madrid, Spain. Carolina has been policy advisor and consultant while also actively participating in politics. She is the current national deputy secretary for the Youth of Democratic Action (Acción Demoncrática), an opposition political party in Venezuela. In addition, Carolina is the delegate in Venezuela to the Fundación Ciudadanía y Valores in Madrid, a columnist in several digital portals in Venezuela, as well as a host of a weekly radio program.

Sergio Aguiar Matos

Director of New Business Development & Consulting, Brasilinvest Group

Sergio Aguiar Matos is director for New Business Development & Consulting for Brasilinvest Group, Brazil’s foremost merchant and investment bank. He is also head of projects for Fórum das Américas, the group's NGO. He graduated, respectively, from Fundação Casper Libero, the country’s first school of journalism, and Mackenzie Presbyterian University, one of Brazil’s most prestigious law schools founded in 1870. He holds an MBA degree from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado.

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He also attended a Political Philosophy Program, through the Continuing Education Division, at Harvard University. Sergio is the co-founder of Better Brazil, a think-tank that promotes nation-branding and helps develop business and human resources geared at providing Brazilian institutions with tools to compete in international trade. He has also organized and participated in a number of investment summits worldwide.

Lina Alaoui

Senior Consultant, Advisory Services for Program and Risk Management, Ernst & Young

Lina Alaoui is currently a senior consultant in program risk management with Ernst & Young Advisory Services in Atlanta, Georgia. She is responsible for conducting independent program reviews for large IT implementations across multiple industries. She also conducts complexity and maturity assessment for IT projects and sales deals. Prior to this position, she was a senior consultant in telecommunications with Capgemini.

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Lina managed business intelligence projects and business process improvement initiatives. She held key analyst roles in large IT systems implementations, customer experience improvement, and enterprise IT strategy initiatives. She also worked in mobile computing for Coca Cola Enterprises and healthcare manufacturing. Lina’s education includes a bachelor’s in computer science and a master’s in human computer interaction from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Lina is also certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Sihame Arbib

Strategic Director, Victory Consulting

Sihame Arbib is currently the chief executive officer of Victory Consulting, advisor to the undersecretary general of United Nations and partner of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Economic Forum.

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Prior to this, she was the political advisor at the World Health Organization, political advisor of former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, advisor of the Minister for Defense, MENA expert for the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), and founding member of the Union for the Mediterranean — training, dialogue of cultures, immigration, and economic partnership — in Morocco in 2008. Sihame has a master’s degree from Sciences Po in political science and international relations, specializing in conflicts and security issues.

Nicola Barker-Murphy

Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jamaica

Nicola Barker-Murphy is currently the Africa, Caribbean, and the Pacific Group of States –European Union (ACP-EU) desk officer in the Foreign Trade Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, where she provides analysis on ACP-EU issues including the European Development Fund (EDF) and coordinates activities involving the various stakeholders.

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An International Relations practitioner with 11 years of experience working for the Government of Jamaica, her areas of specialization include coordination of bilateral and multilateral negotiations, documentation of trade policies and analysis of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) issues in the context of the ACP-EU partnership. She holds an honors master’s degree in international politics and an honors bachelor’s degree in international relations/public administration/gender studies.

Fatim-Zahra Biaz

General Manager, New Work Lab in Casablanca

After working for several years as a business consultant in major French consulting firms, Fatim-Zahra Biaz decided to become an entrepreneur in the start-up scene. She took part in a European project of coworking, a space to gather start-ups from across Europe. 

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This project led her to create a coworking space in Casablanca, which has become a venue to promote start-ups and knowledge sharing, a place for learning, networking and to facilitate business conversations. They have started projects with local start-ups, providing them with a work location and space collaboration. She plans to take part in the creation of the start-up ecosystem and social business in Morocco.

Enrique Bravo

Political Analyst and Consultant

Enrique Bravo is currently finishing a Ph.D. in government at Georgetown University. For the past three years, he has been the senior advisor for policy planning at the Mexican Embassy in the United States. Prior to that he was the Mexico analyst of the Eurasia Group, a political risk consulting firm. He has also worked as an advisor to the immigration commissioner in Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior.

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He has participated and coordinated teams in several international electoral observation missions with the Organization of American States (OAS) and The Carter Center. Enrique holds a bachelor’s in international relations from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a master’s in government from Georgetown Univeristy. Enrique was awarded a Fulbright fellowship and is a member of the Mexican Council on International Affairs (COMEXI).

Dina Buchbinder Auron

Director, UN Youth Association Mexico

Dina Buchbinder Auron is a young Mexican social entrepreneur on a quest to change static and rigid education systems around the world. In 2009, Dina was selected as a YouthActionNet global fellow from the International Youth Foundation and won the University of the Mexican Valley award for social development.

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In 2010, she was selected for a two-year term as youth advisor of the World Federation of UN Associations. Since 2011, she has been an Ashoka fellow as well as a fellow for TED associate, INK. During 2012, Dina was awarded with the Women’s Mexican National Award for philanthropy, named Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and Cordes Fellow for Opportunity Collaboration. Currently, she is the director of the UN Youth Association in Mexico with two education programs: Deport-es para Compartir (Sports for Sharing) and Iniciativas para Compartir (Initiatives for Sharing).

Santiago Caramés

Councilman, City Council, Montevideo, Uruguay

Santiago Caramés is an active political and volunteer social worker. He is currently serving as councilman for the city of Montevideo. He is a member of the Human Rights and Social Development, Environment and Health, Legislation and Appeals, Estate and Accounts, and Budget Commission for the period 2011-2015.

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He has been an ambassador of the International Young Leaders Foundation in Uruguay since 2012. Santiago attends ORT University and will obtain his degree in international studies in 2014.

Sylvia Croese

Ph.D. Candidate, Stellenbosch University

Sylvia Croese is a freelance researcher, consultant, and a Ph.D. candidate in sociology. She holds both Angolan and Dutch nationality and speaks Portuguese and English fluently.

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She has an interest in social, political, and economic development in Angola. Croese has carried out extensive research concerning the dynamics of local governance and postwar urban development for her doctorate thesis as well as previous research assignments.

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