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The Emerging Leaders Program is held under Chatham House Rule and is not open to press.

 

Agenda 2016



Monday, December 12

Registration

Registration and AD Connect Introduction

18:00-20:00

Town Hall Meeting: Exchanging Ideas, Experiences and Common Challenges

 

Entrepreneurial spirit is often unanimous with emerging talent especially throughout their careers and demonstrated through their ability to significantly and positively impact the environments in which they work in. This exercise aims at providing the opportunity to present and pitch project ideas and concepts (oriented in business or nonprofit) and receive constructive feedback from a diverse crowd.
Emerging Leaders will have the opportunity to volunteer and introduce in brief, a short mission statement, vision, or proposal on a component of their work and discuss the obstacles and challenges they face. After each short presentation, the group will provide constructive suggestions that aims to explore the wide array of ideas and common challenges that occur across different backgrounds and discover the common perceptions and interpretations that can help advance the presented projects.

20:00-21:30

Opening Dinner and Welcome Address by Karen Donfried, President, GMF and Karim Al Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center

21:30-22:30

Evening Conversation: Navigating Through People, Networks and Society

Speaker: Reta Jo Lewis, Director of Congressional Affairs and a Senior Fellow, GMF

Moderator: Danielle Piatkiewicz, Program Coordinator, GMF

In today’s globalized world, leaders often face the challenge of navigating through the complex and multifaceted society we live in today – often becoming disconnected and on the periphery of key issues driving unrest across the globe. Today, more than ever, it is vital to steer through the challenges and obstacles that leaders face by exploring the value of working and engaging across sectors, bridging the generational divide and looking forward to the new leadership being formed today. As the former special representative for global intergovernmental affairs, U.S. Department of State, during the Obama administration, Ms. Lewis, director of Congressional Affairs at the German Marshall fund of the United States has navigated and drove these initiatives through her immense experience with leadership development, outreach, programming, and thought pieces on global engagement strategies to strengthen the next generation of transatlantic leaders. Since beginning her tenure, she has been very active in engaging Congress through GMF’s Transatlantic Congressional Staff Salon Series, briefings on Capitol Hill, study tours, testimony from GMF experts, and engagement with European Parliamentarians. 

Tuesday,  December 13

11:00-12:00

Ben Guerir: Ecosystems at the Heart of Innovation, Growth and Development

 

‎Innovation and sustainable economic growth stand as two of the most important and vital pillars needed in developing countries today. In order to address future challenges within resilient economies, developing countries must develop models and networks of their own capacity in order to achieve these targets – often by creating the infrastructure themselves. Launched in 2009 by His Majesty the King Mohammed VI under OCP’s large-scale strategic projects, The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is a future world-class university located in the Green City of Ben Guerir, offering an exceptional way of life in an ecosystem of knowledge. The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, which is at the heart of this new Green City, will play a major role in the national industrial emergence initiative due to its educational programs and contribution to research and development through its industry oriented scientific research center and a start-up incubator. Together with the Green City, they offer a model where knowledge, innovation, entrepreneurship and environmental best-practice are the heart of the city’s values, set to promote urban, economic and social development.

12:00-13:00

Networking Lunch with University Polytechnic Mohamed VI PhD. Students and Senior Staff

13:30-15:00

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

Speaker: Adnan Kifayt, Senior Fellow, GMF

Effective global leadership in today’s world requires a keen sense of one’s own leadership style and strengths, and the know-how to navigate and innovate in the face of unexpected challenges. Drawing on the Emerging Leaders’ diverse set of experiences and aspirations, this session will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and professional development through group and individual exercises. This interactive coaching session will guide participants through a process of developing their ideas, providing tools to further their vision and maximize their impact and effectiveness in their home communities.

15:30-17:00

Design Thinking: Innovation Ecosystems Across the Atlantic Workshop

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

When design principles are applied to strategy and innovation, the success rate for innovation dramatically improves. Design-led private sector organizations such as Apple, IBM, Nike, have outperformed the S&P 500 over the past 10 years by an extraordinary 219%, according to a  2014 assessment by the Design Management Institute. Design thinking is at the core of effective strategy development and organizational change.

It has also been used to address one of the most pressing issues of our time, which is achieving sustainable growth. Whether they are public sector operators, business leaders or academics, growth – in the broad term- has become one of the priorities.

Global economies are grasping for new ways to operate more inclusively, create jobs, raise productivity, and elevate standards of living. But why do certain communities like Silicon Valley generate so much wealth continually over time, while other places—even those with talented people, capital resources, valuable assets, and free markets—languish? To attempt to provide an answer to this complex issue, Ade Mabogunje has observed an emerging model of economic thinking characterized by the following five features of human interaction: social networks, teams, trust, identity and environmental conditions.

This workshop will aim to explore the implications of an ecosystem-based approach for leaders to design sustainable projects, and to value a new economic framework—one that respects the role of individuals and their interactions with one another in shaping their ecosystems. 

18:30-19:30

Exploring the South Atlantic’s Potential: Climbing the Global Economic Ladder

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

The financial and economic crisis that unfolded across the globe after the 2008 sub- prime meltdown was not just another cyclical bump in the conquering advance of modern capitalism. It was — and still is — a symptom of the exhausted 20th-century way of envisioning the best path to economic growth, consumer satisfaction, and efficient production of goods. The other, and crucial, part is the ongoing technological revolution and its impact on manufacturing processes, the organization of production value chains, and on consumption itself. The analogic mechanical conveyor-belt, so prevalent during the last century, is rapidly being superseded by a new digital computational conveyor-belt. The consequences will be huge for the world’s geographic distribution of economic activity as well as for the authority and perquisites of nation-states and governments. The new digital industrial economy will entail a new distribution of wealth and power around the world. Disruptions will indeed be pervasive. The new technological dynamics are already leading to profound changes regarding the beneficiaries of corporate, social, political, and geographical value- added. Countries from the South Atlantic will have to seize this opportunity to climb the global economic ladder and reposition themselves on global value chains.

20:00-21:30

Networking Dinner

21:30-22:30

Evening Conversation: Thinking through the Unthinkable

Speaker: Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster

From the financial crisis of 2008 to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, an unprecedented amount of crises and unforeseen events have erupted in recent years around the world. These events leave us wondering how and why the experts seating at the highest levels of corporate and public service did not anticipate important events shaping the world’s order. The proliferation of these ‘unthinkable’ events has exposed the vulnerabilities of our leaders when it comes to identifying and handling unprecedented situations.

It isn’t due to a decrease in the quality or skills of the people that govern us; rather it is deeply connected to the dramatic acceleration of the pace of changes around the world. In the disruptive age of digital public empowerment, big data, and metadata, leadership has failed to engage these issues in time to find the right answers and solutions.

Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon conducted a series of interviews with 60 of the highest level leaders and their advisers from business and finance, government, the military, and the humanitarian sector, as well as members of the coming generation of leaders, the millennials. The result of these interviews is the report ‘Thinking the Unthinkable: a new imperative for leadership in the digital age’ that tries to find the reasons behind the incapacity of our leaders to address and foresee crises in our time.

Wednesday, December 14

08:30-09:30

Breakfast Conversation: Narrating Career Paths: Lessons from Journalistic Storytelling

Speaker: Richard Lui, Broadcaster, MSNBC/NBC News

Moderator: Kelsey Glover, Public Relations Manager, GMF

Many business, government, and not-for-profit leaders struggle with storytelling. When it’s time to communicate a quarterly report, a drop in revenue or an organizational re-positioning, they freeze. How to tell the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” when communicating to internal and external audiences is not a necessary, skilled craft mastered by many business professionals. Yet the story told will be judged, quoted, and everlasting —especially in the age of social media. But this skill is not only important organizationally. Storytelling when it comes to one’s personal brand is just as important. What is your story? Did you write it yet? Strangely, few of the smartest people do the obvious: write their own story, on their terms. Marketing departments and agencies painstakingly craft a brand story to create an emotional connection between the customer and organization. Yet still, the story lines are confusing. As a network journalist and storyteller for the nation’s leading broadcast companies and as a seasoned voice in business marketing, Richard Lui sits at a nexus of storytelling. Lui explains how to tell stories that deliver impact and emotion, that are practical, relatable, and perhaps most importantly – effective and repeatable.

09:30-10:30

Bridging the Generational Divide featuring Emerging Leaders Alumni

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

The road to development takes different paths and is at the heart of the policies of developing countries. This session aims to explore the various aspects of this challenge, and through the voices of our Emerging Leaders Alumni, look at the input that each sector can bring to the table. Having all addressed the issue of development through different mechanisms, they will share their respective expertise and panel a discussion on this topic. With diverse professional backgrounds (private sector, public sector, entrepreneurship, academia), the EL Alumni will be able to provide a complete overview of the role that the leaders of tomorrow can play to shape the development strategies of developing countries.

11:00-12:00

he Role of a New Generation: Leadership and Governance across the Atlantic

Speaker: Mamphela Ramphele, Leader, AgangSA

Moderator: Lilia Rizk, Program Officer, OCP Policy Center

The current political developments around the world have led to the questioning of the contemporary political status quo. Globalization and the ongoing technological revolution have created social and political cleavages that have divided countries on many issues. Age has shown to be a key factor when casting votes in recent significant political events such as Brexit or the U.S. presidential election, illustrating a mutual lack of understanding between young people and the political establishment. Nevertheless, political systems are experiencing changes around the world as people seek for better governance. At the heart of these changes should be a new generation of young initiative-risk takers, problem solvers, and innovators that will challenge the existing frameworks and carry energizing visions. The Emerging Leaders will discuss the issues of governance and leadership across the Atlantic Ocean, emphasizing the potential role that youth should be playing in shaping global agendas with a prominent leader and active citizen.

Transfer to Atlantic Dialogues Conference

Agenda 2015

Wednesday, October 28

 

Registration and AD Connect Introduction

19:00-20:00

Ice Breaker – Exploring Leadership Values

 

What makes a great leader? Many have pondered this question for some time. While some argue that one is born a leader, others believe that leadership skills and abilities can be developed with time and experience. What can be agreed upon is that a great leader has a certain set of qualities that inspire and challenge people. Leadership qualities can be interpreted in many different ways. The program’s opening will give emerging leaders an opportunity to discuss the values that make up their ideal leader. Participants will then reflect on their leadership qualities and how they relate to their own experiences. This interactive session will help participants get to know each other and engage with other cultures and backgrounds.

20:00-21:00

Networking Dinner            

21:00-22:30

Night Owl Session: Seeking Investment Opportunities in Africa ; Conversation with Ezana Bocresion, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center

The ongoing economic transformation and growth of the African continent is making it an emerging force. Optimism surrounding the Africa Rising narrative is supported in many countries by a growing middle class, increasing purchasing power, returning diaspora members, new discoveries of natural resources and minerals, relative political stability, and large infrastructure spending. International economic and financial actors now recognize the potential that the continent represents for the world economy. How is the growing international interest in Africa translating on the ground? What opportunities do a growing middle class, closing infrastructure gap, and improved business environment present? What role could Africa play in a changing economic order? Bocresion will share his insights on leadership as seen through the lens of the African investment landscape with the emerging leaders.

Thursday October, 29 

08:30-20:00

Simulation Exercise – Responding to a Pandemic in the Atlantic Space

 

‎Recent events have shown that health challenges in an interconnected world spread far beyond national borders. Using the Atlantic space as a “laboratory,” the simulation will explore responses to a pandemic and possible cooperation among countries in the Atlantic. The emerging leaders will take part in a day-long simulation exercise during which they will be encouraged to find coordinated solutions to common challenges. Each emerging leader ‎will be assigned to a team representing a specific country, which will be different from that of their nationality. Together, they will have to define their positions, understand the perspectives of their peers, negotiate, and reach pre-set goals and objectives. The aim of the simulation is to stimulate cooperation within teams, as well as with the larger group of participants. It will also seek to examine immediate policy choices as well as the impact of them 5-20 years later. This exercise will enable emerging leaders to delve deeper into a series of policy questions and broaden their understanding of other Atlantic countries.

20:00-21:30

Dinner Conversations chaired by representatives of OCP Policy Center and the German Marshall Fund

Friday, October 30

9:30-11:30

Strengthening Your Leadership Portfolio: Strategies for Maximizing Your Impact, Career Growth, and Networking

 

Effective global leadership in today’s world requires a keen sense of one’s own leadership style and strengths, and the know-how to navigate and innovate in the face of unexpected challenges. Drawing on the Emerging Leaders’ diverse set of experiences and aspirations, this session will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and professional development through group and individual exercises. This interactive coaching session will guide participants through a process of developing their ideas, providing tools to further their vision and maximize their impact and effectiveness in their home communities.

12:00-12:30

Address by Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO, OCP Group and President, OCP Foundation

 

The Atlantic Basin has had historical, economic, and cultural links for centuries. With the rebalancing of Atlantic geopolitics and broader, changing power dynamics comes an unparalleled opportunity to rethink geographies and find commonalities across societies. The emerging leaders will address the redefinition of connections across the Atlantic Ocean and will discuss the challenges and opportunities in this space with a great reformer and innovative thinker.

12:30-13:30

Networking lunch

13:30-15:00

Workshop – Emerging Leaders Town Hall

One of the first qualities of leaders is the entrepreneurial spirit they exude and projects within their working life. The power of these rising leaders lies in their ability to significantly and positively affect the environments in which they evolve. This session provides the emerging leaders with a platform to present their projects and gain constructive feedback from their peers. Emerging leaders can use this session to advance ideas, discuss challenges, and find ways of connect projects to a broader context. Projects pitched will benefit from the wider array of expertise and experiences present in the group. The aim of the session is to provide tools and concrete outcomes building on the group’s intellectual capital.

Afternoon

Joining The Atlantic Dialogues Conference

Friday, October 30: Joining the Atlantic dialogues Conference

Sunday November 1st

Emerging Leaders final Plenary Session: Thinking Through the Unexpected

Agenda 2014

Wednesday, October 22

 

Registration and AD Connect Introduction

18:45-19:00

Welcome Remarks by Khalid Berradi, COO, OCP Policy Center and Ian Lesser, Senior Director, Foreign and Security Policy and Executive Director, Brussels Office, The German Marshall Fund

 

What makes a great leader? Many have pondered this question for some time. While some argue that one is born a leader, others believe that leadership skills and abilities can be developed with time and experience. What can be agreed upon is that a great leader has a certain set of qualities that inspire and challenge people. Leadership qualities can be interpreted in many different ways. The program’s opening will give emerging leaders an opportunity to discuss the values that make up their ideal leader. Participants will then reflect on their leadership qualities and how they relate to their own experiences. This interactive session will help participants get to know each other and engage with other cultures and backgrounds.

19:00-19:45

Conversation with Karen Donfried

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

19:45-21:30

Dinner Conversations chaired by representatives of OCP Policy Center and the German Marshall Fund

Thursday October, 23 

10:00-12:00

Hubs, Clusters, and Ecosystems: The Case of OCP in Ben Guerir

 

‎Innovation and sustainability are often touted as key pillars for competitive economic growth. In working to develop their own models and capacity, state and non-state economic actors must contend with how to build networks and configurations that generate new and sustainable ideas, capable of overcoming future challenges and developing resilient economies in the South. Ben Guerir, a small town in central Morocco, is attempting to answer that question. With mining activities at its core, Mohammed VI Green City is positioning itself as an ecosystem of knowledge, innovation, entrepreneurship, and environmental best-practices. The Green City, along with the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, an academic project that combines a higher education institution, an industry-oriented scientific research center, and an incubator for start-ups, are central to Morocco’s Emergence Plan. In this context, efforts are also made to contribute to the socioeconomic development of the region and strengthen local capacity.

  • What combination of hubs, clusters, or ecosystems can contribute to the development of resilient economies in the South?
  • What kinds of partnerships will contribute to creating larger hubs and clusters, in order to develop knowledge-based economies?
  • How can the private sector be associated to cluster creation?
  • How do education and training centers contribute to addressing inequalities?

13:00-14:30

Lunch and site visits

Friday October, 24

9:30-11:30

Strengthening Your Leadership Portfolio: Strategies for Maximizing Your Impact, Career Growth, and Networking

 

Effective global leadership in today’s world requires a keen sense of one’s own leadership style and strengths, and the know-how to navigate and innovate in the face of unexpected challenges. Drawing on the Emerging Leaders’ diverse set of experiences and aspirations, this session will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and professional development through group and individual exercises. This interactive coaching session will guide participants through a process of developing their ideas, providing tools to further their vision and maximize their impact and effectiveness in their home communities.

12:00-12:30

Address by Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO, OCP Group and President, OCP Foundation

 

The Atlantic Basin has had historical, economic, and cultural links for centuries. With the rebalancing of Atlantic geopolitics and broader, changing power dynamics comes an unparalleled opportunity to rethink geographies and find commonalities across societies. The emerging leaders will address the redefinition of connections across the Atlantic Ocean and will discuss the challenges and opportunities in this space with a great reformer and innovative thinker.

12:30-13:30

Networking lunch

14:30-16:30

Workshop – Re-Defining Boundaries: The Future of the Atlantic Basin

The idea of the Atlantic as a single political, cultural, and economic entity or ecosystem is relatively new, driven by the emergence of new economies and the changing contours of international security following the end of the Cold War. North and South, East and West no longer hold the same meanings today that they once did. And thinking in terms of traditional regions — Europe and Africa, North and South America — is inherently limiting in a globalizing world.

 

But what does a new Atlantic world mean? Will the Atlantic Basin be primarily conceived as an economic system, defined by physical connectivity, commercial interdependence, and the flow of capital? Is a common security agenda possible given the disparate threats, from extremist violence and drug cartels to conventional national security concerns? Will the flow of people across the Atlantic lead to the creation of a shared Atlantic identity? Or will the entire basin be identified with a set of shared values? Finally, what institutions are most needed to advance any shared objectives across the Atlantic Basin and beyond?

 

A more robust discussion on these issues, concerns, and ambitions requires stakeholders from the four continents, and across the public, private, and non-profit sectors. A deeper conversation should help to identify what is possible, and what is desirable, in a fluid and rapidly changing Atlantic world.

16:30-17:00

Coffee Break

17:00-18:00

Brainstorming – Emerging Leaders Mystery Session

 

This brainstorming session will combine the group’s perspectives and experiences, as well as the outcomes of debates within the Emerging Leaders program. The group will be tasked with developing the final session, thinking through content and structure in order to challenge current thought and better reflect the reality and visualize the future of the region. The final product will be presented to senior officials, thinkers, and business leaders at the closing session of the Atlantic Dialogues.

9:00-12:30

 

Strengthening Your Leadership Portfolio: Strategies for Maximizing your Impact, Career Growth and Networking

 

Effective global leadership in today’s world requires a keen sense of one’s own leadership style and strengths, and the know-how to navigate and innovate in the face of unexpected challenges. Drawing on the Emerging Leaders’ diverse set of experiences and aspirations, this session will facilitate peer-to-peer learning and professional development through group and individual exercises. This interactive coaching session will guide participants through a process of developing their ideas, providing tools to further their vision and maximize their impact and effectiveness in their home communities.

12:30-13:00

Break

13:00-13:30

Conversation with Dr. Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres, Senior Advisor to the Director General, World Trade Organization

13:45-15:00

 

Networking Lunch

Friday October, 24: Joining The Atlantic Dialogues Conference

Saturday, October, 25: Joining The Atlantic Dialogues Conference

Sunday October, 26:

Epilogue: Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Final Plenary Session