About the Regional Forum
The second “Union for the Mediterranean Regional Forum. Mediterranean in Action: Youth for Stability and Development” will be held next 23 and 24 January 2017 at the Palau de Pedralbes in Barcelona.
Building on the success of the first edition, held in Barcelona on 26 November of last year, the second UfM Regional Forum, centered around our youth’s potential as driving force for stability and development, will bring together the region’s key players to review the UfM’s action-oriented collective activities and achievements and to discuss perspectives for strengthening our cooperation, synergies and complementarities between main stakeholders, including the promoters and beneficiaries of UfM projects, towards a better future for the Euro-Mediterranean region.
The Forum will be presided by the Co-Presidency of the Union for the Mediterranean, assumed by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms. Federica Mogherini, and by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ayman Al Safadi.
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The UfM Regional Forum is comprised of two segments: (I) a meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the UfM Member States to be held in the morning of 23 January and (II) this Conference, with the participation of representatives of private sector and civil society
Monday 23 January
- Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission
- Ayman Al Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
- Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain
- Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
- Khemaies Jhinaoui, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia
- Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal
- Ditmir Bushati, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania
- Ihab Nasr, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt
- Darja Bavdež Kuret, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
Fathallah Sijilmassi, Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean
- Pietro Grasso, President of the Italian Senate and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean
- Hafez Ghanem, Vice-President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa
- Michael A. Köhler, Director for the Neighbourhood South, DG for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission
- Bertrand Piccard, Chairman, Solar Impulse Foundation
- Imene Bouchair, Mediterranean Youth Climate Network
Moderated by Delphine Borione, Senior Deputy Secretary General for Social and Civil Affairs, Union for the Mediterranean
Tuesday 24 January
Kevin Bortz, Managing Director of Financial Operations, Union for the Mediterranean
- Rosamaria Gili, Head of Division, Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Regional Policies, European External Action Service, UfM co-chair
- Youssef Bataineh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and to the EU, UfM co-chair
- Fathallah Sijilmassi, Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean
- Ignacio Ybáñez , Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs , Spain
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission.
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission since 1st November 2014. She was the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs from February to October 2014 and a Member of the Italian Parliament (Chamber of Deputies), where she was elected for the first time in 2008. During her terms in parliament, she was the Head of the Italian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Vice-President of its Political Committee (2013-2014); member of the Italian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2008-2013); Secretary of the Defence Committee (2008-2013) and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
She also coordinated the Inter-Parliamentary Group for Development Cooperation. She is a member of IAI – Istituto Affari Internazionali – and a fellow of the German Marshall Fund for the United States.
Ayman H. Safadi
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Egypt.
Ayman Safadi has enjoyed an extensive, high-profile career in government, the media and in management, since September 2016, he has served as a member of the senate, where he chairs the communications and National Guidance committee and sits on the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees. Between 2008 and 2011, Mr. Safadi served as advisor to His Majesty King Abdullah II and as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of state, and spokesperson for the Government.
ln 2004, he served as a spokesperson for the united Nations Assistance Mission to lraq. He had also served as director of communications at the Royal Hashemite Court and as press secretary to HRH Prince Hassan.
Mr. Safadi also founder and served as CEO of Path Arabia, a boutique political consultancy that operated out of Abu Dhabi and specialized in producing policy papers and political analysis of regional issues and international affairs affecting the Middle East. He had also served as the CEO of Abu Dhabi Media company, which publishes a number of newspapers and magazines and operates a number of TV stations and media-related businesses. He earlier served as Director General of Jordan Radio and Television Corporation.
He began his professional career in journalism and communications in the mid-1980s. He has edited and written for a number of newspapers, including the Jordan Times and Al-Ghad, in which he published a weekly column till his appointment as Foreign Minister.
Mr. Safadi, who holds an M.A. in international Journalism from Baylor University (WACO, Texas) and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Yarmouk University, has been a regular commentator on Middle Eastern affairs for both regional and international media.
Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Kingdom of Spain.
Throughout his diplomatic career, Mr. Quecedo has subsequently been an executive advisor to the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Counselor at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the United Nations Organization, Advisor to the Office of the President of the Government, Director of the Support Unit of the Organizing Committee of the Presidency Spanish of the European Union of 2002 and Secretary General of European Affairs. In 2004, he was appointed Ambassador of Spain to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In December 2010, he was appointed COREPER Coordinator at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU. Since December 2012, he held the position of Ambas-sador Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Union, Brus-sels. He graduated in Law and entered the Spanish Diplomatic Service in 1983.
Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
From 2014, Johannes Hahn is the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. He has served as European Commissioner for Regional Policy in 2010–2014. Previously, he was Member of the Vienna regional government from 2003 to 2007 and Austrian Minister for Science and Research from 2007 to 2010. In 1997–2003, he was Board member and later CEO of Novomatic AG.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal.
Augusto Santos Silva was born in Oporto in 1956. He has a PhD in Sociology from ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (1992). He is Professor in Faculdade de Economia da Universidade do Porto. Member of the XVIII Government, as Minister of National Defense (2009–2011). Member of the XVII Government as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs (2005–2009). Deputy of the Assembly of Republic, representing Oporto’s constituency (between 2002 and 2005, and in 2011, effectively; with his functions suspended between 2005 and 2011 because he was a member of the Government). Member of the XIV Government, first as Secretary of State of Educational Administration (1999–2000), afterwards as Minister of Education (2000–2001), and then as Minister of Culture (2001–2002). Dean of Universidade do Porto (1998–1999). Chairman of the scientific council of Faculdade de Economia do Porto (1998–1999). Affiliated in Socialist Party since 1990, he is – nowadays – member of its national political commission.
He has several books published related to Sociology and Political Ideas.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tunisia.
Mr. Khemaies Jhinaoui was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs on January 6th, 2016. He was confirmed as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the National Unity Government. Before his appointment, Mr. Jhinaoui was Diplomatic and Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President of the Republic from January 2015 to January 2016. He also held the position of Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from July 2011 to April 2012. In March 2013, Mr. Khemaies Jhinaoui headed the Diplomatic Institute for Training and Studies, and previously held the positions of General Director for Political and Economic Corporation with Europe and the European Union from 2006 to 2007, Director and Chief of staff of the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2004 to 2006, and Special Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of policy planning from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Khemaies Jhinaoui served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia to the Russian Federation, jointly accredited to the Ukraine and former Republics of the Soviet Union, from December 2007 to June 2011.
Prior to this appointment he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia to the Court of Saint James (United Kingdom) jointly accredited to the Republic of Ireland from March 1999 to October 2004. In the framework of the Middle East peace process, and at the request of the Palestinian Party, he headed the Tunisian interests Office in Tel-Aviv from May 1996 to July 1997. Among his assignments abroad, Mr. Khemaies Jhinaoui served as Counsellor at the Embassies of the Republic of Tunisia in Seoul (1991-1994), Moscow (1987-1988), and New Delhi (1982-1986). Mr. Khemaies Jhinaoui jointed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1979.
He holds Master’s Degree in Public Law as well as a post-Graduate Degree for Doctorate in political sciences and international relations. He is Barrister-at-law, and he graduated from the National Defense College (1997). He headed many Tunisian delegations to bilateral and multilateral meetings, and lectured in various academic Institutions in Tunis, London and Moscow. Mr. Khemaies Jhinaoui holds the Officer of the Republic Distinction.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania.
Mr. Ditmir Bushati is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania since 15 September 2013 Mr. Bushati was born in Shkodra, Albania on March 24, 1977. He is married to Mrs. Aida Bushati and they have two children, Hera and Martin. Mr. Bushati was first elected as a Member of Parliament from the Socialist Party for the Tirana District in 2009, and re-elected in the June 23, 2013 parliamentary elections for the same district. As an MP, he chaired the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration (2011-2013) and was a member of the Joint EU-Albania Parliamentary Committee (2009-2013). In November 2011, Mr. Bushati was elected Member of the Steering Committee of the Socialist Party of Albania. Mr. Bushati graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tirana in 1999 with the highest honours, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public International Law (LL.M) from Leiden University in The Netherlands (2001). Mr. Bushati is the recipient of various fellowships and research grants, including TEMPUS, NUFFIC, Victor Folsom, Kokkalis, TMC Asser Institute, and has been a researcher on European Affairs at the European Centre for Public Law of the University of Athens, Greece.
Furthermore, he has participated in a series of trainings on international affairs at several universities and research centres, including Harvard University, the Academy of International Law in Dallas, USA and the Abo University Academy, Finland. Prior to his political career, Mr. Ditmir Bushati was a civil society leader and a Founding Director of the European Movement in Albania. He then served as Director of Legal Approximation at the Albanian Ministry of European Integration. In that capacity he was part of the team negotiating the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union (SAA). Mr. Bushati has worked as Advisor on European Affairs to the Deputy Prime Minister, as Legal Advisor to the Constitutional Court, the Office of the President of the Republic of Albania and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
He has also served as analyst for Freedom House (2007-2008) for the Nations in Transition Report, National Reporter for the European Society of International Law (ESIL), and National Coordinator of the Open Society Foundation’s project monitoring Albania’s progress in the European integration process (2006-2008).
He has worked as consultant for various projects of the EU, WB, USAID, GIZ, OSI, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, IOM, SNV. Mr. Bushati has lectured on European Law and the EU enlargement process at different institutions and universities in Albania and Kosovo. He has published numerous scientific papers and articles in areas related to the EU enlargement process, public international law and European law. He is fluent in English and Italian, and has good knowledge of French.
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt.
(Bio in development)
Darja Bavdaž Kuret
State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.
Darja Bavdaž Kuret is State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, responsible for multilateral affairs, development cooperation and bilateral relations with non-EU countries. She is a career diplomat who joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia in 1991. In her diplomatic career, she served as Ambassador of Slovenia to Israel and Representative to the Palestinian Authorities (1995 – 1999), to Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia (2002 – 2006), to Hungary and Bulgaria 2009 – 2013 and to India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka (2013-2015). She held numerous positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Head of Department for Neighbouring Countries, Department for non-European Countries and Department for Analysis and Planning. During the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of EU, she was Coordinator and Chair of the COEST Working Group. Between 2006 and 2008, she also served as Secretary General of the Bled Strategic Forum.
Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean.
Fathallah Sijilmassi is the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean since 2012. A career Diplomat for the Moroccan government since 1989, he specializes in economic international relations in particular with regards to Euro-Mediterranean issues. After working in the banking sector, he participated actively to the negotiations of free trade agreements with the European Union, the United States, and several Arab and African countries. From 1999 onwards, he held numerous positions within the Moroccan Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Director of Multilateral Cooperation, Director of European Affairs and Ambassador to the Barcelona Euro-Mediterranean Process. In 2003, he was appointed Ambassador to the European Union (2003-2004) and then Ambassador to France (2005-2009). In 2009, he becomes the CEO of the Moroccan Investment Development Agency, leading its launch and subsequent growth. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and graduated in Political Sciences.
President of the Senate of Italy.
Pietro Grasso was appointed President of the Senate after an illustrious career in the judiciary. His entire life as a judge and a prosecutor was devoted to the fight against criminal organisations to become one of the top international experts in the field. He was involved as a leading expert in many initiatives against organised crime by the United Nations and a number of European and international institutions. On March 16th 2013 he was elected President of the Italian Senate. The President of the Senate is the second highest official of the Italian Republic and stands in for the President of the Republic when the latter is unable to perform the duties of his office. Pietro Grasso started his career at the District Court of Barrafranca to be transferred thereafter to the Public Prosecutor of Palermo.
In 1985 he was appointed judge “a latere” in the Maxi Trial against the Mafia. In February 1989 he was appointed Advisor to the Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Commission, in May 1991 he was called by Judge Giovanni Falcone at the Ministry of Justice where he was in charge of the coordination of activities relating to the General Directorate of Criminal Affairs. After the Massacre of Capaci, he has replaced the Judge Falcone as member of the Central Commission for protection programs for witnesses and collaborators of justice. Since January 1993, he has been part of the National Anti-Mafia Prosecutor. In 1999, he led the Prosecutor of Palermo as Chief Prosecutor. From October 2005, he is National Anti-Mafia Prosecutor giving impetus and coordinating the most important investigations against domestic and foreign organized crime.
From 8 January 2013, he resigned from the judiciary and was elected Senator of the Republic for the Democratic Party. On March 16th 2013, he was elected President of the Senate.
Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa.
Hafez Ghanem, an Egyptian and French national, is the Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa since March 2, 2015. He is a development expert with more than thirty years of experience in policy analysis, project formulation and supervision, and management of multinational institutions. Dr. Ghanem leads the World Bank’s engagement with 20 Middle East and North African countries through a portfolio of ongoing projects, technical assistance and grants worth more than US$13 billion. Eradicating extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity through the creation of opportunities are core to his vision for the Middle East and North Africa Region.
Prior to his appointment as Vice President, Dr. Ghanem was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Global Economy and Development program leading the Arab economies project, focused on the impact of political transition on Arab economic development. Between 2007 and 2012, he served as the Assistant Director-General at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Thus, he was responsible for the Economic and Social Development Department and FAO’s analytical work on agricultural economics and food security, trade and markets, gender and equity, and statistics. In this role he and his counterpart in OECD coordinated the preparation of the International Organizations’ recommendations to the 2011 G20 meeting on how to respond the global food crisis. He also led the reforms of the Committee on World Food Security to make it more inclusive and responsive to country needs. Dr. Ghanem returns to the World Bank where he had already 24 years’ experience (1983-2007), and has worked on Bank operations and initiatives in over 20 countries in Africa, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Southeast Asia.
His previous positions at the World Bank include: Country Director for Nigeria where he led a multinational team of more than 100 professionals, managing the Bank’s loan portfolio of some USD 1.5 billion; Country Director for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles; and Sector Leader for Public Economics and Trade Policy in the Europe and Central Asia Region. Dr. Ghanem joined the World Bank in 1983 as a Young Professional and worked as a research economist before moving on to senior economist roles in West Africa and South Asia.
He has many publications in professional journals and was a member of the core team that produced the World Bank’s 1995 World Development Report. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo and a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Davis. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French.
Michael A. Köhler
Director Neighbourhood, Directorate-General for Development Cooperation, European Commission.
In March 2013, Mr. Köhler was appointed Director for EU-Neighbourhood Policy at the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation, where he is responsible for cooperation with Mediterranean Arab countries and Israel, Eastern Partnership countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus, and Russia. Previously, he had been Head of Cabinet to Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger between 2010 and 2013 and Head of Cabinet to Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Dr. Borg, between 2008 and 2009. Since he joined the European Commission in 1994, Dr Köhler has held several positions, including desk officer for Yemen and Iraq; Assistant to the Director for South Mediterranean, Middle and Near East; Deputy European Correspondent; Deputy Head of Unit in charge of the co-ordination of Common Foreign and Security Policy; Deputy Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Borg; Head of Unit for International Affairs and Law of the Sea at the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and acting Head of Unit for Maritime Policy for the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
Before joining the European Commission, he worked as a representative of Konrad Adenauer-Foundation in Morocco and Tunisia, and later worked in the Policy Planning Department of the Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development in Germany. Michael Köhler holds a Dr. phil. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Hamburg University (1987). He authored about thirty books, articles in international Islamic studies and foreign policy reviews on aspects of the political, economic and cultural development of the Muslim World, on the Arab League and on regional integration in the Maghreb, co-operation in the Mediterranean and development co-operation. Since 1997 he teaches at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and since 2000 he is a senior Fellow of the Center for European Integration Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany.
Chairman, Solar Impulse.
With his dual identity as a medical doctor and explorer, Bertrand Piccard has become an influential voice heard among the most distinguished institutions across the globe as a forward-thinking leader in progress and sustainability. He is independent, not affiliated to a particular party or lobbying group, and as such is a trusted adviser and influencer for the development of new societal solutions, and a very sought-after speaker for private and public audiences. It is in Bertrand’s DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible, like he did when circumnavigating the globe nonstop in a balloon and crossing the Atlantic in a solar airplane. The ocean depths and the stratosphere attracted his father and grandfather; the challenges of our time fascinate him. Rather than new territories, he wants to discover new ways of doing and thinking, in particular in the field of clean technologies for a better quality of life. Bertrand is the initiator and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the very first airplane capable of flying perpetually without fuel. Taking turns at the controls with André Borschberg for the first flight around the world on solar power, his ambition is to leverage pioneering spirit for a useful contribution to the cause of renewable energies. This is why he spent the last 15 years bringing together the major partners providing technology and funds for this adventure. Together with his wife Michèle, he conceived the Solar Impulse project as a now widely recognized platform to raise public awareness and encourage political actions in favour of clean technologies and energy efficiency. The inspiration he received from other explorers and pioneers during his childhood gave him the desire to inspire young generations in return.
Imene Hadjer Bouchair
Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) and Arab Youth Climate Movement (AYCM).
Environmental Engineer, graduated with a master degree from the University Of Constatine, Algeria. She has been very active on the social field since the age of 18 through her civic engagement in environmental, cultural, youth and gender fields. Co-founded some NGOs in Constantine and occupied many leadership positions, former head of events and campaigning regional team of AYCM (Arab Youth Climate Movement) and actual co-coordinator of WECAN MENA (Women’s Earth And Climate Action Network). Ms. Bouchair was recently part Of the Youth Commission of MedCOP22 Steering-Comittee that held the first Mediterranean Youth Climate Forum (MYCF) in which was created the first Mediterranean Youth Climate Forum Network (MYCN).
Senior Deputy Secretary General for Social and Civil Affairs, Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean.
Delphine Borione was appointed Deputy Secretary General in the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean in 2013. She worked on environmental, cultural, development and global issues in the French Ministry of Foreign Af-fairs and in the Office of the President of the French Republic. She had also assignments in the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). She was involved on cultural affairs as Cultural Counsellor in the Embassy of France in Italy and then Director for Cultural Policy and French Language in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was the first Ambassador of France in Kosovo. Delphine Borione studied in the French National School of Public Administration (ENA), and holds degrees in Political Sciences, History and Law. She speaks French, English, Italian, German and Spanish.
Head of Operation Department, European Training Foundation.
Anastasia Fetsi is Head of the ETF’s Operations Department since 01 January 2015. She has been Head of the ETF’s Thematic Expertise Development (TED) Department from 2011 till December 2014. She is an economist and joined ETF in 1996.
Before becoming Head of the TED department, Anastasia worked as senior expert on issues of education and training and its links to the labour market in several ETF partner countries in the regions of Central and Eastern Europe, Western Balkans, Central Asia and North Africa. This included analyses of labour market developments and assessment of skills policies; design of EU funded programmes in the field of vocational education and training and employment; analysis of EU education, training and employment policies and their relevance and applicability in the contexts of transition and developing countries of the European neighbourhood; implementation of innovation and learning projects (eg on transition from school to work, flexicurity and the role of lifelong learning); and policy advice to Ministries of Education and Labour in the ETF partner countries.
Deputy Secretary General for Business Development, Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean.
Sudqi Al-Omoush, from Jordan, has been appointed Deputy Secretary General for Business Development at the UfM in 2016. He has been Minister Plenipotentiary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Mr. Al-Omoush worked for the diplomatic corps of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Jordan for 20 years in missions to Malaysia, Romania and Egypt. His last diplomatic post was Deputy Head of Jordan’s Permanent Mission to the Arab League and DHM at the Embassy of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Cairo.
In 2012 Sudqi Al-Omoush was the Deputy Director of the European Affairs Department, Head of the UfM Unit and Deputy Chair of Jordan’s UfM Co-Presidency. Since 2013, and seconded by Jordan’s Co-Presidency to the UfM Secretariat, he has served as Policy and Diplomatic Adviser.
He graduated from the University of Jordan in Amman with a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Political Science and International Relations and a minor in Economics. He also earned a Masters in Diplomacy from Lancaster University in the UK and speaks English and Arabic.
Deputy Director General, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Christiane Bögemann-Hagedorn holds the post of Deputy Director General for North Africa, Middle East, South-Eastern and Eastern Europe, and Latin America at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Since the beginning of her career in the Ministry, she has mainly focused on development policy strategy and development in Africa. As head of the Directorate for Civil Society and Private Sector during the last four years, she steered the shift in German development policy towards non-governmental actors, including private enterprises, and paved the way for promoting private sector and SME development, jobs and inclusive green growth to get greater prominence in the national and international development agendas (G-20).
Chief, Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, UNOSSC.
Edem Bakhshish has 21 years of cross-practice advisory and leadership experience in various UN-supported sustainable development initiatives. Areas of professional focus include South-South and Triangular Cooperation, local economic development and microfinance, local governance and results-based budgeting, HIV/AIDS prevention, gender mainstreaming and knowledge management.
Prior to joining the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub as the Chief, Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), Edem worked with the UNDP Regional Center in Cairo as the Chief of Division for Arab States with the UNOSSC, and earlier – until June 2012 – Edem was in charge of the South-South Cooperation Advocacy initiative led by the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, UNDP.
President of the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes.
Professor Mostapha Bousmina is also Chancellor of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, based in Rabat, Morocco. At the request of the Moroccan government, he established the Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology in Rabat in 2008 and serves as its Director General. Prior to returning to his native Morocco in 2007, he held faculty and administrative positions at Laval University (Quebec-Canada), including Senior Canada Research Chair on Polymer Physics and Nanomaterials.
Professor Bousmina holds an Engineering diploma in Polymer Engineering from Ecole des Hauts Polymères de Strabourg, France and MSc. and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from University Louis-Pasteur, Strasbourg-France. He is a member of the African Academy of Sciences, a member of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, and Vice-President of the Network of African Science Academies.
President of PIMEC, The Catalan SME employer’s organization.
Mr. González is the current president of the business confederation PIMEC, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises of Catalonia. He studied economics and holds a diploma in senior management from IESE (Barcelona). In the private sector, Mr. González founded and was linked to several companies related to telecommunications, the industrial sector and international trade. Vice-President of UEAPME, European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. 2nd Vice-President of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping. Member of the Board of Directors of the Multisectoral Platform against Late Payments (PMcM). Member of the Board of Trustees of the Rinaldi Foundation (Salesian University School of Sarrià – EUSS). President of the Association for the Promotion of El Pallars Jussà. Vice-President of the XXIst Century Catalonia Club.
President of the Second Chance School of Marseille.
Jean Louis Reiffers is « Professeur Agregé » in International Economics at the University of Toulon-Var and Associate Professor at Euromed Management. He is president of the Second Chance School, president of the Scientific Council of the Institut de la Méditerrannée and coordinator of the FEMISE’s scientific council. Jean Louis Reiffers was born on September 26th 1941 and obtained his PhD in international economics and finance in 1969. He then became “Professeur Agregé” in 1970 and Dean as well as Vice President of the Aix-Marseille II Faculty of Economics. IN 1970 and for the next 10 years Prof. Reiffers was Director of the Centre of Economics and International Finance (CEFI/CNRS). He was also adviser to the French Minister of Education, Mrs. Edith Cresson. With the help of Marseilles’ regional authorities he created the “Institut de la Méditerrannée” in 1993 of which he became president of the scientific council in order to contribute to the definition of the wide euro mediterranean region.
In 1995, he is appointed by the European Commission as president of the working group on education and training. He then contributed to setting of the first Europe’s Second Chance School as he had already proposed in the white paper on education. He is president of the school since 2001. In 1997, in collaboration with Cairo’s Economic Reseach Forum, he created the FEMISE network of which he is president of the scientific council. The FEMISE network gathers today 85 research institutions from the Euromed process. He is author of numerous books and manages the annual reports on the Euromed Partnership published by FEMISE.
Vice President, Forum des Chefs d’entreprise, Algeria. Independent expert and director of the Business Consulting INCOSYN.
Graduate of the Sorbonne Paris I – 3rd Cycle in Business Management and graduate of the Political Sciences University of Algiers. More than 20 years of experience in industrial strategy projects management and in support for economic reforms.
Affiliation to professional organizations:
- Vice-President of the FCE Forum des Chefs d’Entreprises;
- Chair of the Commission for Entrepreneurship Development and Training;
- Vice-President of the Family and Women’s Council 2011/2014; and
- Member of the National Advisory Council for the Development of SMEs.
- Proven experience in carrying out operations related to local development and attractiveness of territories, gender, integration and employability of women and youth through entrepreneurship, and coordination of local actors for local employment, benefitting youth and women.
- Proven experience in the design and implementation of projects in the field of entrepreneurship and creation of companies.
Beneficiary of UfM labelled project « Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes ».
Kiliam Rey is a young beneficiary from the project Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes. Originally from Grenoble, France, he is 17 year old and among the first cohort of students being hosted in the UEMF eco-campus.
After having passed a scientific BAC on Engineering sciences, he decided to move to Morocco for studying at INSA Euro-Mediterranée. He loves discovering every day something new about the culture that it’s hosting him and he feels welcomed. He thinks about the UEMF conception that it is a very positive achievement for the Union for the Meditarranean, as it facilitates the understanding of our own country by living in different ones. This new project facilitates the mixing of different cultures.
Chairman, Spanish Agency for Infrastructure and Engineering, INECO.
Born in Seville in 1962, he’s a Law graduate by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
He has been Ambassador Representative of Spain to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Ambassador Representative of Spain to the Caribbean Community – CARICOM, Ambassador of Spain to Jamaica and Ambassador of Spain to Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Lucia, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Moreover, he has been president of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority.
In addition to this, Silva Fernández has also served as cultural advisor to the embassies of Spain in Berlin and Bonn, and has been Director of Cabinet to the Secretary of State for Cooperation and for Latin America. He has also been Consul General of Spain in Rosario, Argentina. Until 2014, Silva Fernández was Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of Panama.
Deputy Secretary General for Water and Environment, Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean
Miguel García-Herraiz is the Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean in charge of Water and Environment since July 2016.
García-Herraiz is a Spanish career diplomat who has served the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the past twenty years, holding positions as Deputy Director General for International Affairs of Terrorism and Disarmament, and, lately, as Counsellor in charge of the relations between the European Union and Southern Mediterranean countries in the Permanent Mission of Spain to the European Union.
He has also been First Secretary and Head of Consular section, in charge of the Spanish Cultural Centre in Nicaragua at the Embassy of Spain in Managua; Head of section for International Affairs of Terrorism; and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Spain in Bucharest.
Mr. García-Herraiz has a wide experience in negotiations and has been involved in the drafting of all recent UfM Ministerial declarations as well the revision of the European Neighbourhood Policy prior to his appointment as Deputy Secretary General of the UfM.
Director of Green Economy Unit, Jordanian Ministry of Environment.
Has a PhD in Environmental Science and Health from University of Nevada-Reno, USA. A senior environmental researcher for 11 years at the Royal Scientific Society.
Director of Environment and Director of Ben Hayyan-Aqaba International Laboratories for 10 years at the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA).
Currently Director of Green Economy Unit at the Ministry of Environment.
Mayor of Beit Sehour, Co-President of Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly.
Mr. Hani Abdelmasih Al-Hayek was born on November 20, 1953 in Beit Sahour. He is an economical activist and a founder of many important institutions, Mr. Al-Hayek received his Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Economics from Al-Mustansiriah University- Baghdad in 1978.
Mr. Al-Hayek attended several conferences and workshops regarding economical and resources development in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Spain, Holland, France, Italy, China, Barcelona, Marseille, Morocco, Kuwait and Jordan.
Mr. Al-Hayek is one of the founders of the Union of the Palestinian Textile Industries, and a board member in the General Union of Palestinian Industry. In addition, he is a member in the Water Supply and Sewage Authority Council and a Board Member of the Jerusalem District Electricity Co. LTD. Before taking office on May 23, 2005, Mr. Al-Hayek was the General Director for several leading companies in ceramics and textiles, also he owns a private Consulting Office for Accounting and Auditing.
Mr. Al-Hayek is an active participant in all facets of community life; civil society groups, town educational and cultural activities and the socio- political life. His dedication to the municipal vision and role in serving the community earned him the council and the citizens’ trust and respect. Since assuming his post as a Mayor of Beit Sahour, Mr. Al-Hayek has worked hard to implement projects that would serve the city and its inhabitants. Mr. Al-Hayek was reelected in 2012.
Manager of Waste Management Planning and Control Department of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.
Sinem Savtekin is the Director of Waste Management Planning and Control Department of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality since January 2015. Her previous work experience was as Environmental Engineer at Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, from 2006 to 2017 in IZSU and, from 2007 to 2015 in the Solid Waste Department.
Ms. Savtekin has a Bachelor of Science from the Environmental Engineering Department of the Faculty of Engineering of Mersin University, as well as a Master in Science on Technologies of Environment Engineering of the Environmental Engineering Department of the Faculty of Engineering of Dokuzeylül University.
Director of the Israeli Centre for Transboundary Water Management, Arava Institute.
Mr. Lipchin currently serves as director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies’ Center for Transboundary Water Management where he oversees research and development projects, workshops and conferences that focus on transboundary water and environmental problems facing Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. His specialty is in water resources management and policy. Clive also consults for a number of international water agencies such as the World Bank, EU, UNDP and USAID and has been involved most recently with the European Union’s Water Initiative project for the Mediterranean region and the USAID Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) program.
Mr. Lipchin‘s research and development work has recently focused on cross-border stream restoration and waste water management issues between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and on integrated food, energy and water systems for off-grid communities in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority and the developing world. This work is currently being supported in part by the EU, USAID, the British Council, the Israeli Ministry for Regional Cooperation and the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture as well as private donors.
Mr. Lipchin is also well integrated in the Israeli water tech sector. He serves on the advisory board of the Israeli Water Association and works closely with Mekorot’s Watech program and the Israeli Ministry of Economy’s Israel NewTech program. He has also helped arrange panels, sessions and speakers for the biannual Watech conference and exhibition and the biannual Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Conference.
Mr. Lipchin, a native from South Africa has been living in Israel for over twenty years. He received a BSc degree in zoology at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, a BSc Honors in wildlife management from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, a MSc in desert ecology from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel and a PhD in resource ecology management from the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan.
Mr. Lipchin has over twenty years’ experience in integrated water resources management under transboundary conditions with a special focus on Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. He has extensive experience in project management for community development projects in water, wastewater and renewable energy management. He has successfully managed complex food, energy and water projects for off grid communities where he has successfully integrated aspects of governance, capacity and finance in setting up sustainable water and associated resources cooperative and management structures. Many of these cooperatives operate in complex socio-economic and socio-political environments with diverse stakeholders.
Chairman, NEWES, New Energy Solutions.
Jorge Vasconcelos is Chairman of NEWES, New Energy Solutions, a company acting in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Europe. Consultant to several international organizations and national authorities. Invited Professor at the Technical University of Lisbon. Alternate member of the Administrative Board of ACER nominated by the European Parliament.
First chairman of the Portuguese Energy Regulatory Authority. Founder and first chairman of the Council of European Energy Regulators. First chairman of the European Regulators’ Group for Electricity and Gas. Co-founder of the Ibero-American Association of Energy Regulatory Authorities. Founder and member of the Executive Committee of the Florence School of Regulation. Member of several national and international advisory committees on energy matters, including the 2011 EC Advisory Committee on the Energy Roadmap 2050. He graduated in power systems from Porto University and got the Dr.-Ing. degree from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
President of the Association for the Protection of the Environment and Sustainable Development of Bizerte (APEDDUB).
NAJWA BOURAWI is President of the Association for the Protection of the Environment and Sustainable Development of Bizerte (APEDDUB) since 2010 and member of the Executive Bureau of the Tunisian Association for the Protection of Nature and Environment (ATPNE), responsible for Gender and Water dossiers since 1990.
Additionally, she is Vice-President of the Tunisian Association for the Children Rights, Section of Bizerte (ATUDE of Bizerte), responsible for the Environmental Protection dossier since 2003; National Coordinator for the Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED) since 2010 and for the African Network Pan Africaine Climat Justice Alliance (PACJA) since 2013 and of the Climate Action Network (CAN) Arab World since 2016.
She is a doctor.
Vice President, European Investment Bank.
Román Escolano has been a Vice President of the European Investment Bank since September 2014. He is a member of the EIB’s Management Committee which draws up the Bank’s financial and lending policies, oversees its day-to-day business, and takes collective responsibility for the Bank’s performance.
Mr. Escolano has particular responsibility for the Bank’s activities in Spain, Portugal, Maghreb countries and Latin America. Internally, he is responsible for a range of control functions, such as Risk Management and implementation of Best Banking Practices, amongst others. Mr. Escolano is also chairman of the Marguerite Fund, a pan-European equity fund.
Mr. Escolano has held a range of posts in both the private and public sectors. He was previously Chairman of Instituto de Crédito Oficial, the Spanish national promotional bank. Amongst other positions, he has been Director of Institutional Relations at BBVA and Director of the Economics Department at the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office.
In 1989, Mr. Escolano became “State Economist and Trade Expert” of the Spanish Administration through an open competition exam. He holds an Economics degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Deputy Secretary General for Transport and Urban Development, Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean.
Ambassador Ihab Fahmy is the Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean in charge of Transport and Urban Development since July 2016.
He is an Egyptian career Diplomat with 25 years of experience, specialized in European and Mediterranean Affairs and was involved in several negotiation rounds including the Barcelona Declaration of 1995, the Barcelona Summit in 2005, and the African Unity.
He occupied several positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, ranging from Deputy Director of the EU and Western Europe Affairs; Chief of Cabinet of the Vice Minister for European Affairs to Director of the EU and Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Department until December 2014. He served in many Mediterranean capitals, including Rome, Paris and Algiers.
Amb. Fahmy also occupies the position of Political Advisor to the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean since December 2014.
Head (Minister) of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA).
Minister Ghunaim graduated from Paris University in 1993, specializing in electrical and industrial engineering. Prior to returning to Palestine, he worked as an industrial engineer in Jordan, and in the energy generation sector in Tunisia.
In 1997, he was appointed as Deputy to the Director General of the Palestinian Energy Authority. In 2003, he was promoted to Director General of the Ministry of Energy and Nature Resources and two years later to Director General of Nature Resources Sector.
In 2008, he was appointed by the Palestinian President as Deputy Minister in The Ministry of Local Government, where he was responsible for the development of the Palestinian local governmental sector. The Ministry under his leadership then developed its strategic and investment plan. He also headed the program that amalgamated small village councils into joint-village councils for development, planning and services and then into municipalities.
Currently, Minister Ghunaim is the Head of Palestinian Water Authority, and besides being a member of the Arab Council of Ministers, he also leads the Negotiation Committee on the permanent status of water with Israel.
Head of Financial Cooperation, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation .
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Manager, Center for Mediterranean Integration, World Bank
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Adviser to the EBRD Managing Director of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region.
A seasoned banker with over 20 years of experience, Ms Kravchenko is currently involved in managing the EBRD’s operational activities and policy dialogue in the SEMED region, covering Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.
Previously, she served as head of lending to local enterprises and co-financing with local banks. Ms Kravchenko designed and implemented financial products for small and medium-sized companies in the early transition countries and led equity and debt investments across various sectors in Eastern Europe and CIS countries. She also acted as the EBRD’s nominee director on the boards of investee firms in Belarus and Ukraine.
Prior to joining the EBRD in 1995, Ms Kravchenko was Head of the Foreign Reserves Department at the National Bank of Ukraine, and an economist at the National Institute of Economic Programmes. She holds a degree in economics from the Kiev National Economic University and completed a post-graduate course at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Head of Unit Regional Cooperation Neighbourhood South.
Born in 1968, of French and German background, is a lawyer by education. She studied in Paris and Heidelberg, and has been working for the European Commission since 1993. Assignments within the Institution included the Directorate-General for Industry (dealing with free movement of goods within the Internal Market – 1993-1997); for Information, Culture and Audiovisual (as political assistant to the Director General 1998-1999). She was seconded to the EU Pillar of UNMIK (Pristina, Kosovo) as the EU spokesperson in 1999-2000. She then returned to EC headquarters to work on communication strategies in preparation of EU Enlargement, (until 2004). She then moved to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) as Head of Governance / Civil Society for four years.
Subsequently she worked as Head of Development Cooperation in Amman (Jordan) from 2008 to 2013, including a period as EU Chargée d’Affaires between June 2011 and January 2012. In September 2013 she was appointed Head of Unit of the unit responsible for Regional Programmes Neighbourhood South in the Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) of the European Commission.
Head of Unit/Director, Regional Unit MENA, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.
Anders Frankenberg is the Director of MENA unit at the Department for Asia, North Africa and Humanitarian Assistance at Sida, Sweden. Mr. Frankenberg has also worked as a method coordinator at the Department for organisational development at Sida HQ. He has previously also been posted in Tanzania at the Swedish Embassy as the Deputy Head of development cooperation and Senior Officer for education between 2006 and 2010. Additionally, Mr Frankenberg has worked in Cambodia as the Program Officer for education (1999 -2002).
Field Marketing Manager Maghreb at Schneider Electric Morocco.
Imane BEJJA is a Senior marketing and communications Manager with over 10 years of experience, with a track record of both fulfilling business plan objectives and reach a superior level of visibility for company’s brand, its solutions, products and a positive perception of these in the local market and managing Multi Business units budgets across both different and developed Markets.
Imane joined Schneider Electric in 2011 as Marketing and Communication Manager for Morocco, in charge of Internal communication and Sustainability activities. In February 2016 she has been appointed as Maghreb Field Marketing Manager, based in Casablanca, Imane is leading the marketing and communications aspects for Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, for all Business units (Buildings, Homes, Infrastructures, Data centers, Industries)
Prior to this, Imane had a large experience in IT sector, holding different positions: Marketing, Communication, CRM, amongst others.
Executive President. European Institute of the Mediterranean – IEMed, Spain, and President of the EuroMeSCo Steering Committee.
Senén Florensa has been the Executive President of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) since 2013. Previously, he was Secretary General for Foreign Affairs of the Government of Catalonia (2011-2012). From 2006 to 2011, he was Director General of the IEMed. During his diplomatic career, he notably served as Spanish Secretary of the Spanish-Moroccan Averroes Committee (1996-2000), as General Director of the Institute for Cooperation with the Arab World, the Mediterranean and Developing Countries (ICMAMPD) of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (1996-2000), and as Spanish Ambassador to Tunisia (2000-2004).
Ambassador Florensa holds a Degree in Economic Science and in Law from the University of Barcelona and studied for his doctorate in Economics at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, at New York University, and at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he presented his doctoral thesis. Senén Florensa also holds a Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
Deputy Secretary General for Energy and Climate Action, Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean.
Jorge Borrego was appointed Deputy Secretary General for Energy and Climate Action at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean in 2016. Of Portuguese nationality, he holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Senior Member and Energy Specialist of the Portuguese Engineers’ College. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Before joining the Secretariat, Jorge Borrego was General Manager of REN (Redes Energéticas Nacionais), between 2010 and 2015 heading International Affairs and supervising Labor Relations. He was executive member of the Board of Galpower, SA. (Business Unit of Galpenergia for Power Generation and Commercialization) in two terms, 2000-2001 and 2005-2010, and previously performed several directorate responsibilities within Galpenergia.
In the public sector, Jorge Borrego has been Secretary of State for Transport and Communications (2004-2005); General Director of Energy (2001-2004); Deputy General Director for Energy (1988-1996) and National delegate for the High Level Group of Energy of the European Union (EU) Council; the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency and several Management Committees for R&D EU Programs.
He has also worked as independent consultant -inter alia with several international multilateral agencies- with experience in Energy Policy and Administration in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa.
Secretary for Foreign and European Union Affairs, Generalitat de Catalunya.
She studied Business at the Acadèmia Pràctica in Barcelona and English Philology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She taught English at primary schools in Sabadell, Catalonia. In 1975 she entered the Socialist Convergence of Catalonia – embryonic movement of today’s Socialists’ Party of Catalonia (PSC).
She served as the coordinator for the PSC First Secretariat, coordinator for the PSC Secretariat for International Relations, and head of Secretariat of the President of the Parliament of Catalonia Joan Reventós i Carner. In June 2000 she was elected to the PSC Governing Board and head of the Secretariat for European and International Policy – a function she was re-elected to in 2004 and 2008.
She was elected member of the European Parliament in 2004 and 2009, and ascribed to the Committee on Culture & Education, Industry, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, as well as to the Delegations for EU Relations, Caribbean & Pacific states Parliamentary Assembly, and of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly. She is vice president of the European Parliamentary Group Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.
At present she is secretary for Foreign and European Union Affairs of the Ministry for Transparency and Foreign and Institutional Relations and Affairs of the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya). She is member of the Left Movement (Catalan: Moviment d’Esquerres – MES) Governing Board and member of the Bureau of the European culture network A soul for Europe.
Ambassador and current Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation.
Coming from a rich diplomatic background, he was the Tunisian ambassador in several countries including US, UK, South Africa and Ethiopia. He was also the Permanent Representative to the African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa, UNEP and UN-Habitat, in addition he was appointed as Diplomatic Advisor to the Head of the Tunisian Government until February 2015.
Ambassador Atallah participated in numerous summits of the African Union, United Nations and the Arab Maghreb Union and ministerial meetings adding up to his organization of many cultural activities: exhibitions of paintings, Cinema Days, musical performances, lectures on history and heritage, and debates on inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue.
El-Erian Fellow, Carnegie Middle East Center.
Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck is an El-Erian fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where her work examines political and extremist violence, radicalization, Islamism, and jihadism with an emphasis on Algeria. She also focuses on the participation of women in jihadist groups. Ghanem-Yazbeck has been a guest speaker on these issues in various conferences and a regular commentator in different Arab and international print and audio-visual media.
Before becoming an El-Erian fellow, Ghanem-Yazbeck was a research analyst at the Carnegie Middle East Center. Prior to joining Carnegie in 2013, she was a teaching associate at Williams College in Massachusetts and she also served as a research assistant at the Center for Political Analysis and Regulation at the University of Versailles.
Ghanem-Yazbeck is the author of numerous publications, including most recently: “Obstacles to ISIS Expansion in Algeria” (Cipher Brief, September 2016); “Algeria on the Verge: What Seventeen Years of Bouteflika Have Achieved” (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, April 2016); “Why Is AQIM Still a Regional Threat?” (New Arab, March 2016); “The Female Face of Jihadism” (EuroMeSCo Joint Policy, February 2016); “Running Low: Algeria’s Fiscal Challenges and Implications for Stability” (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, February 2016); “Women in the Men’s House: The Road to Equality in the Algerian Military” (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, November 2015); and “Despite Shakeups, Algeria’s Security Apparatus Stronger Than Ever” (World Politics Review, September, 2015).
Vice-Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali.
Nathalie Tocci is Deputy Director of Istituto Affari Internazionali, Editor of The International Spectator and Special Adviser to EU HRVP Federica Mogherini, on behalf of whom she drafted the EU Global Strategy and is currenrly in charge of overseeing its implementation. She is honorary professor at the University of Tübingen. Previously she held research positions at the Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, the Transatlantic Academy, Washington and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence.
Her research interests include European foreign policy, conflict resolution, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Her major publications include Turkey and the European Union, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (co-author); Multilateralism in the 21st Century, London and New York, Routledge, 2013 (co-editor), Turkey’s European Future: Behind the Scenes of America’s Influence on EU-Turkey Relations, New York and London, New York University Press, 2011 (author); The EU and Conflict Resolution, Routledge, London, 2007 (author); and EU Accession Dynamics and Conflict Resolution: Catalyzing Peace or Consolidating Partition in Cyprus?, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2004, (author).
Nathalie is the 2008 winner of the Anna Lindh award for the study of European Foreign Policy.
Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme & Second Century Initiative
Dr Claire Spencer is Senior Research Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Programme and Second Century Initiative at Chatham House in London, specializing in Euro-Mediterranean and North African geopolitics. Over the previous decade, she led and oversaw the expansion of the Middle East and North Africa Programme, having set up the Middle East and Central Asia Policy Unit at the development agency Christian Aid from 2003-05.
She previously served as deputy director of the Centre for Defence Studies, King’s College, University of London from 1995-2001 where she was also head of the Mediterranean Security Programme which she established at the Centre. Claire’s recent publications and commentary include ‘The old ways have had their day. Peace-making will look very different in the era of Trump’ in Fathom, November 2016; ‘The EU’s Global Strategy is very Much a Work in Progress’, Prospect Magazine, July 2016; (with Saad Aldouri:) ‘Young Arab Voices: Moving Youth Policy from Debate into Action’ Chatham House Research Paper, May 2016.
She received her BSc in Politics from Bristol University and PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Research Fellow, European University Institute.
Hamza Meddeb is a Research Fellow at the Middle East Directions Program at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies. He was a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in 2015–2016 and a Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute between 2013 and 2015. He received a PhD in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris in 2012.
His research focuses on the democratic transition and state-society relations in Tunisia as well as on the future of political Islam and the new geopolitical dynamics in North Africa. He is co-author of L’Etat d’injustice au Maghreb. Maroc et Tunisie, Karthala, 2015 (with Irene Bono, Beatrice Hibou and Mohamed Tozy) and “Market for Jihad. Radicalization in Tunisia”, Carnegie paper, 2015 (with Georges Fahmi).
Bureau member, European Youth Forum.
Tina Hočevar is a youth activist coming from Slovenia, although she considers herself a global citizen. She holds a bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of Ljubljana and is in the final stage of her Master’s degree on Security Studies with special focus on human and environmental security. She has been involved in youth work since her early age. In 2014 Mrs Hočevar was elected as a Vice-President of the National Youth Council of Slovenia responsible for international cooperation.
Among other she was a member of the National working group on Structured dialogue, National Coordinator of the UN Youth Delegate Programme and responsible for Inter-regional cooperation like Euro-Mediterranean and Euro-African cooperation. Her successful work in youth sector was widely recognized and from January 2017 she advocates for youth rights as a Board Member of the European Youth Forum.
International Relations Specialist, OCP Policy Centre.
Sara Mokaddem is an International Relations Specialist in the Geopolitics and International Relations’ research program at the OCP Policy Center. Prior to that, she has worked as a research analyst in charge of specific due-diligence reporting and risk analysis on private placements for a London-based investment fund focused on the mining and energy sectors. She has also worked with firms and individuals on attaining FCA authorization and regulation in the United Kingdom. Her previous professional experience includes a position as a visiting researcher at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in 2011 and 2012 where she has produced research on the post-revolutionary situation in Tunisia and Libya and on the security of the Sahel. Having written modules on corporate forensics and on employee protection as part of the certificate in corporate security policy, Sara was a member of the RUSI academic team for the ACTIS center for security policy.
She holds a MBA in Finance and International Management supported by an analysis on the piracy off the coast of Somalia and its effects on the insurance business, and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Security with a dissertation on the Northern Mali conflict (2012) completed at Westminster University.
Managing Director of Financial Operations, Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean.
Kevin Bortz has been appointed Managing Director of Financial Operations of the Business development Division of the Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat on 20 May, 2013, being seconded from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
He started his career on Wall Street in 1984 and moved to Paris in 1987 working in the banking sector. In 1993 he joined the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) where he held the position of Director of Natural Resources Team, Energy Business Group, responsible for the Business Plan and the Budget, establishing the Team’s Operations Policy, marketing, portfolio management, and pipeline building for the Natural Resources Team.
Mr. Bortz holds a Master of International Affairs – International Business/International Political Economy, from the Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts – Economics and International Affairs, from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Head of Division, Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Regional Policies, European External Action Service.
Rosamaria Gili (born in Italy) started her carrier in the European Institutions in 1994.
With a Master degree in Law from the Naples University, and after a brief stint as a Lawyer in Italy, she joined the Directorate General for Exterior Relations (RELEX) in the Directorate for Multilateral Relations in 1994, moving four years later to the Western Balkans team where she negotiated the first Agreement between EU and Croatia and was part of the team starting the accession process.
She left the Head Quarters in 2002 to become the Head of the Political, Economic, Trade, and Press section in the European Commission Delegation in Rabat, followed in 2006 by a new position as Head of the Political and Media Section in the EC Delegation in Indonesia.
After a stay in Lebanon she has re-joined the European External Action Service headquarters in 2012 as the Deputy Head of Division for the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran. As from the 1st of September 2016, she is the Acting Head of Division for Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Regional Policies.
Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, the European Union and NATO.
Dr. Yousef Bataineh assumed his office in Brussels in February 2015. He began his career in 1991 as a Diplomatic Attaché at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amman. Since then, Dr. Bataineh has held a number of posts abroad. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Jordanian Embassies in Islamabad, The Hague, Berlin and Athens.
At the Ministry, Dr. Bataineh held various positions, serving as Chief of Cabinet of the Minister, Director for European Affairs, the EU, UfM & NATO, and Head of the Disarmament Desk.
Dr. Bataineh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language & Literature, a Master’s Degree in Political Translation & Linguistics, and a Ph.D. in Political Science. He carries the Grand Cordon of the Order of Independence medal.
Secretary of State, Sapnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Born October 6th, 1962, in Nevilly sur Seine (Paris), Ignacio Ybáñez Rubio graduated in Economy and Business Administration and entered the Diplomatic Career in 1989. He has held since then different diplomatic posts (Tanzania, Egypt, Guatemala), headed the Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy in the Dominican Republic and served as a Counsellor of the Spanish Permanent Mission to the European Union.
He has also been working in other units of the Spanish Public Administration, as a Director of International Organizations of Agriculture, Food and Environment or as an advisor in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister. In May 2012 he was appointed Director General for Maghreb, Africa and the Middle East and since May 2013 Director General for Foreign, Global and Security Policy. November 2014 he was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
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Address: Av. Roma, 31, 08029 Barcelona, Spain
Metro: Line 3 to stations “Les Corts” / “Sants Estació”
Contact: +34 93 410 13 52
Rate: 90€ + VAT – Breakfast not included – Upon availability
Address: Plaça Espanya , 6-8, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
Metro: Line 3 to stations “Plaça de Espanya”
Rate: 100€ + VAT – Breakfast not included – Upon availability
> 100€ / night
Address: Beltran i Ròzpide, 7-9 · Barcelona, Barcelona 08034 España
Metro: Line 3 to stations “Palau Real” or “Maria Cristina”
Contact: email@example.com, +34 93 206 99 00
Rate: 137€ + VAT – Breakfast included – Upon availability
Address: Sabino de Arana 22-24, 08028 Barcelona
Metro: Line 3 to stations “Maria Cristina”
Rate: 110€ +VAT – Breakfast included – Upon availability
Address: Capitán Arenas no. 20, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
Metro: Line 3 to station “Maria Cristina” and walk 5 minutes
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +34 932 800 303
Rate: 110€ – Breakfast included – Upon availability
Address: Passeig Manuel Girona, 7-21 08034 Barcelona, Spain
Metro: Line 3 to stations “Palau Real” or “Maria Cristina”
Contact: email@example.com, +34 93 204 65 73
Rate: 140€ + VAT – Breakfast included – Upon availability
Address: Av. Diagonal, 661-671 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Metro: Line 3 to station “Zona Universitària”
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +34 933 644 040
Rate: 145€ (with the password “Evento UpM”) – Breakfast included – Upon availability
How to reach the Palau de Pedralbes