The EFE-Global support network consists of EFE offices in the United States (Washington, DC and New York City), Europe (Madrid) and the UAE (Dubai).  Together, these offices provide assistance, training, expertise and networks to support EFE affiliates in the Middle East and North Africa in implementing youth employment programs.

 

Ronald Bruder

Ronald Bruder

  • Founder, Chair of the Board

Honored by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People for his nonprofit work with EFE, Mr. Bruder began as a serial entrepreneur with businesses in real estate, travel, pharmaceuticals and energy. In 1977, he founded The Brookhill Group, which owns and manages properties throughout the US with a focus on creating investment partnerships to develop or redevelop shopping centers, office buildings and multi-family homes.

Mr. Bruder was an attendee at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. At the World Economic Forum in Tianjin in 2012, he was named a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur for his work in founding EFE. He has served as a delegate of the Council on Foreign Relations to the Jeddah Economic Forum, and a contributor to the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar. He is frequently invited to share EFE's best practices at major international conferences and fora, and has addressed audiences at the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum and the United Nations, among others.

Mr. Bruder earned his bachelor's degree from Adelphi University, a MBA from New York University, and a Post Master in Accounting & Taxation from Iona College.

Brahim Mouamed Slaoui

Brahim Mouamed Slaoui

  • EFE-Maroc Board Chair
    CEO, Mafoder; Founder, YPO Morocco

 

Mr. Slaoui is the President and CEO of Mafoder Group, an international iron and steel foundry. He is at the forefront of several youth empowerment and leadership initiatives and currently serves as President of the “Circle of Progress” foundation, President of AMIDEP on design and innovation, and as a board member of Espace Bidaya for Social Entrepreneurship. Past offices of Mr. Slaoui’s have included board memberships on Injaz and Endeavor Morocco and as President of the International Association for Human Values, Morocco (IAHV).

He is also the founder of Youth President’s Organization – Morocco (YPO), a global network of young chief executives. Mr. Slaoui holds a Masters in Finance from Paris Dauphine University and an MBA from the Columbia University, where he currently serves as a Board Member for its Morocco Alumni Association.

 

Maître Donia Hedda Ellouze

Maître Donia Hedda Ellouze

  • Founder, Cabinet Donia Hedda Ellouze and Lawyer at the Supreme Court of Tunisia

Maître Donia Hedda Ellouze is a lawyer at the Supreme Court of Tunisia. In 1986, she founded the law firm Cabinet Donia Hedda Ellouze, one of Tunisia’s largest corporate law firms and a market leader in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, privatization, and international arbitration. The IFLR1000 guide to the world’s leading financial law firms recommended Cabinet Donia Hedda Ellouze, and the firm was recognized as a leader in corporate and M&A law by Legal500. Maître Donia Hedda Ellouze was profiled as one of the 25 most influential businesswomen from francophone Africa in Jeune Afrique’s May 2013 edition, and in 2014 blogged about Tunisian women’s employment in The Huffington Post. She speaks French, Arabic, English, Spanish, and Italian fluently.

Dr. Shibley Telhami

Dr. Shibley Telhami

  • Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, College Park

 

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has taught at a number of universities, including Princeton University, Ohio State University, Cornell University, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in political science. In the foreign policy arena, he has served as Advisor to the US Mission to the UN (1990-91), as advisor to former Congressman Lee Hamilton, as senior advisor to George Mitchell, President Obama’s United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2009-2011), and as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Trilateral US-Israeli-Palestinian Anti-Incitement Committee. He also served on the Iraq Study Group as a member of the Strategic Environment Working Group. He has contributed to The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times and regularly appears on national and international radio and television.

Among his numerous publications are his best-selling books, The Stakes: America and the Middle East (2002) and The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East (2013). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of the Education for Employment Foundation, several academic advisory boards, and has served on the board of Human Rights Watch (and as Chair of Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch/Middle East). He has also served on the board of the United States Institute of Peace. He was selected by the Carnegie Corporation of New York with the New York Times as one of the "Great Immigrants" for 2013.

 

Yorick van Slingelandt

Yorick van Slingelandt

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    Managing Director and Head of MENA, Moelis & Company

     

 

Yorick van Slingelandt is a Managing Director and Head of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at Moelis & Company. Mr. van Slingelandt has over 19 years of investment banking experience in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He specializes in cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions across a broad range of industries, including aerospace, defense, transport, infrastructure and telecommunications. Prior to joining Moelis & Company, Mr. van Slingelandt worked at J.P. Morgan for 15 years in a variety of senior roles in Dubai, London and Hong Kong. Mr. van Slingelandt holds an engineering and business degree (Ingénieur Commercial et de Gestion) from Université Catholique de Louvain and a Masters in Management from the Community of European Management Schools.

 

Frederic Sicre

Frederic Sicre

  • Managing Director, The Abraaj Group

Frederic Sicre has over 20 years of experience in engaging the private sector on global issues, regional development agendas and community building. He spearheads the Abraaj Strategic Stakeholder Engagement Track (ASSET) at The Abraaj Group that works with leaders from all fields, including governments, private sector, media and culture.

Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Sicre spent 16 years as Managing Director and Member of the Executive Board at the World Economic Forum where he first established the Forum’s activities in Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Sicre was made responsible for the Center for Regional Strategies, with a particular focus on global growth markets and the Annual Meeting in Davos. He also acted as the Editor of South Africa at Ten, a book celebrating the first ten years of democracy in the country.

Mr. Sicre is the Chairman of the Mustaqbali Foundation and serves on the board of Dubai Cares, Education for Employment and Junior Achievement’s MENA Board. He is also a member of the United Nations Global Compact Business For Peace Steering Committee and a member of the World Presidents’ Organization.

Mr. Sicre holds an MBA from IMD, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Villanova University, Philadelphia and is a fellow of Stanford University.

Aldo Olcese

Aldo Olcese

  • Chairman, Fincorp Mediacion

Mr. Olcese is Doctor “Cum Laude” in Economics and Business at the Autónoma University of Madrid, Member of the Royal Academy of Economics and Chairman of Fincorp Mediacion (Merchant Bankers). He is also a board member of AC Hotels, founder of the investment fund Kincubator, Senior Advisor of N+1 Investment Bankers and Independent Director of the National Council for Corporate Social Responsibility. Previously, Mr. Olcese served as Chairman of Societé Generale Bank, Deutsche Telekom-TSystems and Bain&Co in Spain and sat on the board of Ericsson. Mr. Olcese also served as Chairman of the Spanish Institute for Financial Analysts and the Financial Studies Foundation.

Mr. Olcese was awarded the Civil Merit Highest Cross by H.R.M. the King of Spain, recognizing his special contribution to the good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. In addition, he has received honors including the Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine del Mèrito by the Republic of Italy, the Commander of the Order of Wissam Al-Alaoui by the Royal Throne of Morocco, and the Commander of the Order of Civil Merit by the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. Nominated by “Dirigentes” as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009, he also received the “Golden Award” from the Foro de Alta Dirección.  Mr. Olcese is Chairman of Education For Employment in Europe (EuropEFE).

Samer Khoury

Samer Khoury

  • President, Engineering & Construction, Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC)

Mr. Samer Khoury is the President, Engineering & Construction, of Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), one of the largest Arab international construction companies operating throughout the Middle East, Africa, CIS, Europe, and the U.S. For more than 20 years, Mr. Khoury has been highly involved in business, social and educational activities in the Middle East and Europe. He is co-chair of the Aspen Institute's Middle East Strategy Group.

Badr Jafar

Badr Jafar

  • Chief Executive, Crescent Enterprises

 

Badr Jafar is CEO of Crescent Enterprises, a multinational conglomerate operating across several industry sectors. He is also Managing Director of the Company’s parent Crescent Group, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates for 44 years and President of Crescent Petroleum, the Group’s oil and gas subsidiary. Within the energy sector he is also Chairman of Gas Cities LLC, and Chairman of Pearl Petroleum. Additionally, Mr Jafar serves as Chair of the Executive Board for Gulftainer, and sits on the boards of The Abraaj Group and GrowthGate Capital.

 

 

Mr Jafar is an active member of the Young Presidents' Organisation, serving as Ex-Officio of the YPO Emirates Chapter. In 2010, he also co-founded the Pearl Initiative, a non-profit venture in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Partnerships to promote a corporate culture of transparency and accountability across the Middle East. He is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the American University of Sharjah, Chair of the Alumni Advisory Council of the Cambridge University Judge Business School and a board member of their International Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Research and Innovation Advisory Council for The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training (CERT) at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi. Mr Jafar was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011 and is Co-chair of their Family Business Community and a Global Agenda Trustee for Economic Growth and Social Inclusion.

You can connect with Badr Jafar on twitter @BadrJafar and online at badrjafar.com.

 

Tariq Hassan

Tariq Hassan

  • Senior Vice President, Global Brand Strategy and Marketing, Bank of America

 

Tariq Hassan brings more than 20 years of experience in global marketing working across diverse categories, customer segments and international markets, helping to build such notable brands as PepsiCo, P&G, GM, Mercedes, Emirates, J&J, Visa, Morgan Stanley, Coors and Lowe’s.

Mr. Hassan began his career with D’Arcy, progressing through domestic and international assignments with Leo Burnett and FCB Worldwide until joining Element79 Partners as a founding partner and Chief Strategic Officer of the Omnicom start up. He went on to lead HP global marketing for the Imaging and Printing division and later Corporate Marketing.

In 2012, Tariq returned to the Middle East as Omnicom’s the first President of the Middle East & Africa managing holdings for the region with a focus on integrating capabilities across a broad range of marketing services.

Mr. Hassan holds degrees from Northwestern University and University of Western Ontario.

 

Dr. Alton Frye

Dr. Alton Frye

  • Presidential Senior Fellow Emeritus

    Former president of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C

Dr. Frye is the Presidential Senior Fellow Emeritus and a former president of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C. A widely published author who provides frequent testimony before the U.S. Congress, Dr. Frye has taught as a visiting faculty member at Yale University, the University of California (Los Angeles) and Harvard University.

Nayla Rizk

Nayla Rizk

  • Consultant

Nayla Rizk currently consults with start-ups in Silicon Valley and New York City. Previously she was a Senior Director at Spencer Stuart, the leading global executive search firm, where she was a core member of the firm’s North American Technology, Communications & Media and Board Practices, based in Silicon Valley. Earlier, Nayla was director of strategic planning and reengineering at Network Equipment Technologies. She served as an engagement manager with McKinsey & Company in New York and, before that, began her career as an operations research analyst for Chevron U.S.A. in San Francisco.

Nayla has been active with, and led, a number of non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisory board member of the Harvard Business School California Research Centre. Formerly, she was a trustee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California; board member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association, board chair of the Harvard Business School Club of Northern California (over 20 years on the board), member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women, and board member of TechWadi. Nayla received a B.S. degree in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is fluent in French and Arabic and speaks conversational Spanish.

 

 

Carol Bellamy

Carol Bellamy

  • Chair of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) Board of Directors

    Chair of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) Board of Directors

Carol Bellamy is the Chair of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) Board of Directors. GCERF is the first global effort to support local, community-level initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience against violent extremist agendas.

Prior to this, Ms Bellamy served as Chair of the Global Partnership for Education where she oversaw a significant transformation of the Partnership, including a highly successsful rebranding and replenishment campaign, the development of a long-term strategic plan and the appointment of the Partnership's first ever Chief Executive Officer.

Previously, Ms. Bellamy served as President and CEO of World Learning, a private, non-profit organization promoting international understanding through education and development. Bellamy also served 10 years as Executive Director of UNICEF, the children's agency of the United Nations and she was the first former volunteer to become Director of Peace Corps.

Ms. Bellamy has worked in the private sector at Bear, Stearns & Co., Morgan Stanley, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She spent 13 years as an elected public official, including five years in the New York State Senate. In 1978, she became the first woman to be elected to citywide office in New York City when she was elected President of the NYC Council, a position she held until 1985. Bellamy was named one of Forbes magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2004. In 2009, Bellamy was awarded the Légion d'Honneur by the Government of France.

David Arkless

David Arkless

  • President, International, CDI Corporation

David Arkless is President, International of the Philadelphia based CDI Corporation.  David took up this appointment in October 2014.  He is also the CEO and Founder of ArkLight Consulting Ltd.  Established in early 2013, it follows nearly 25 years within ManpowerGroup where he held office as President of Global Corporate and Government Affairs.  David is a world-renowned expert on labor market trends and has widespread experience of helping countries to develop their labor market strategies.  As well as being a regular advisor to the US Department of State, and various EU departments, he regularly works with the ILO and various offices within the United Nations.

David also holds office as a Development Board Member of the Centre for Social Justice and Board Member of the Arab International Women’s Forum, both in the UK.  David works tirelessly on humanitarian issues where he was the former president of the End Human Trafficking Now organization and is currently a member of the global Business Coalition Against Trafficking (gBCAT).  In 2014, David also joined the Board of the Durham University Business School and has created an ArkLight Lecture Series for students.

Waleed ALBanawi

Waleed ALBanawi

  • Chairman & Founder, JISR Venture Partners

 

Waleed ALBanawi is the Founder & Chairman of JISR Venture Partners, an investment company focused on early and growth stage investments led by high impact entrepreneurs who provide cutting edge digital solutions that also contribute to positive social impact.

As a former shareholder, director and C-suite executive of the Banawi Industrial Group, a diversified manufacturing corporation in Saudi and MENA, Waleed is well acquainted with typical corporate needs in the areas of attracting and maintaining talent. He has faced a variety business challenges in the fast growing Middle East economy and chose to be proactive about delivering solutions to alleviate the gap between education and employment among the Arab youth.  

In addition to his corporate background, Waleed has actively led and participated in several not-for-profit and educational organizations and initiatives. He has been a strong voice amongst leading thinkers in business, academia and policymaking about education development to address the workforce skill set gap including empowering and supporting progressive entrepreneurs.

Waleed has spearheaded the "Next Generation Conference" covering topics such as the youth bulge, and educational and employment challenges facing the Arab World, which was held under the patronage of Queen Rania Al-Abdullah. He was a presidential delegate from Saudi Arabia to attend the U.S Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington D.C in 2010. He is also a frequent conference speaker on the subject of Education for Employment challenge in the Arab World and Strategic Philanthropy.

Waleed takes on active participation and leadership role in the following key organizations: Chairman MENA, YPO , 2009-2011; Founding member, Advisory Board Ashoka Arab World among many others.

Waleed attended schools in Beirut, Switzerland, France, Germany and the U.S. He is a graduate of Rice University in Texas in managerial studies and political science and an alumnus of the world’s leading business school INSEAD (AMP).

 

Anis Aclimandos

Anis Aclimandos

  • President, TransCentury Associates; Chairman, Egyptian-American Chamber of Commerce

Anis Aclimandos is the president of TransCentury Associates (TCA), which manages development projects worldwide. He is also president of Woodies, a subsidiary of TCA, which is the import agent for Eastman-Kodak. Mr. Aclimandos has handled large merger and acquisitions projects in the Middle East, attracting foreign direct investment to the region from many countries.

Mr. Aclimandos serves as the chairman of the Egyptian-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Egypt). He first joined the AmCham Egypt board in 1987 and has served as chair of AmCham Egypt's Customs, Investment & Trade and International Donor Programs committees, and as vice president of membership from 2001 to 2005. A certified accountant, Mr. Aclimandos earned a Bachelor's of Arts in accounting from Cairo University and holds Egyptian and U.S. certification in financial management and analysis.

Mr. Aclimandos is the chairman of EFE|Egypt

Isam Salah

Isam Salah

  • Senior finance partner in King & Spalding’s New York and Dubai offices, head of King & Spalding's Middle East & Islamic Finance Practice Group

Isam Salah is a senior finance partner in King & Spalding’s New York and Dubai offices and heads up the firm’s Middle East & Islamic Finance Practice Group.

His practice covers a broad range of international and domestic finance and investment matters, with particular emphasis for nearly twenty years on the structuring of Shari’ah-compliant finance and investment transactions, particularly finance and investment transactions in the United States. His work in this area has included the first, and more than a dozen, Shari’ah-compliant financings for private equity investments, dozens of Shari’ah-compliant real estate investment funds that have invested in a broad range of property sectors, the utilization of a Rule 144a high-yield note offering to fund the Shari-ah-compliant financing of a private equity investment, the implementation of the first Euro-Sukuk transaction on behalf of a corporate issuer, the structuring of mezzanine and junior secured property financings (securitized and rated), and the structuring of a home mortgage product. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topic of Islamic finance and investment. He is a former President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America.

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Mr. Salah received his law degree from Cleveland State University, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review. He received his LL.M from Georgetown University, where he held a fellowship at that University’s International Law Center.

  • Aldo Olcese Santonja

    • Chairman, EuropEFE

    Mr. Olcese is Doctor “Cum Laude” in Economics and Business at the Autónoma University of Madrid, Member of the Royal Academy of Economics and Chairman of Fincorp Mediacion (Merchant Bankers). He is also a board member of AC Hotels, founder of the investment fund Kincubator, Senior Advisor of N+1 Investment Bankers and Independent Director of the National Council for Corporate Social Responsibility.  Previously, Mr. Olcese served as Chairman of Societé Generale Bank, Deutsche Telekom-TSystems and Bain&Co in Spain and sat on the board of Ericsson.  Mr. Olcese also served as Chairman of the Spanish Institute for Financial Analysts and the Financial Studies Foundation.

    Mr. Olcese was awarded the Civil Merit Highest Cross by H.R.M. the King of Spain, recognizing his special contribution to the good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.  In addition, he has received honors including the Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine del Mèrito by the Republic of Italy, the Commander of the Order of Wissam Al-Alaoui by the Royal Throne of Morocco, and the Commander of the Order of Civil Merit by the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.  Nominated by “Dirigentes” as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009, he also received the “Golden Award” from the Foro de Alta Dirección.

    André Azoulay

    • Advisor to King Mohammed VI, Kingdom of Morocco

    André Azoulay is adviser to King Mohammed VI of Morocco. He previously advised Mohammed's father, King Hassan II. He currently presides over the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures and he is also member of the Committee of Wise Men for the Alliance of Civilizations at the United Nations. He is the President of the Foundation for the Three Cultures and the Three Religions, administrator of the Mediterranean Forum and of Shimon Peres’ Center for Peace, Mr. Azoulay currently enjoys an aura that made him becoming a figure of the Mediterranean and the Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue in Europe as well as in the Maghreb and the Middle East.

    Andrea Brentan

    • Chairman, FTI Consulting

    Andrea Brentan is currently the Chairman (non-executive) of FTI Consulting Spain, part of FTI Consulting, the global business advisory firm quoted on the NYSE. Between 2009 and 2014, he served as CEO of Endesa, the leading electrical utility in Spain and Latin America, part of the Enel group. Andrea led Enel’s international expansion in Eastern Europe, Russia, Spain and Latin America. Andrea is a recognized expert in the fields of energy and engineering and contracting.

    Ronald Bruder

    • Founder, EFE; Chairman, EFE-Global

     

    Honored by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People for his nonprofit work with EFE, Mr. Bruder began as a serial entrepreneur with businesses in real estate, travel, pharmaceuticals and energy. In 1977, he founded The Brookhill Group, which owns and manages properties throughout the US with a focus on creating investment partnerships to develop or redevelop shopping centers, office buildings and multi-family homes.

    Mr. Bruder was an attendee at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. At the World Economic Forum in Tianjin in 2012, he was named a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur for his work in founding EFE. He has served as a delegate of the Council on Foreign Relations to the Jeddah Economic Forum, and a contributor to the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar. He is frequently invited to share EFE's best practices at major international conferences and fora, and has addressed audiences at the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum and the United Nations, among others.

    Mr. Bruder earned his bachelor's degree from Adelphi University, a MBA from New York University, and a Post Master in Accounting & Taxation from Iona College.

     

    Ricardo Diez Hochleitner

    • Honorary President, Executive Committee member, Club of Rome

    Mr. Diez-Hochleitner is currently Honorary President of the Club of Rome and member of its Executive Committee as well as Honorary President of its Spanish Chapter. He also serves as advisor to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and is a member of the Board of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace, the Bertelsmann Foundation Spain and the Foundation for the Future as well as a member of the Advisory Committee of FRIDE. Mr. Diez-Hochleitner has been a university professor in Salamanca and Bogota, Inspector General for Industrial Professional Education in Spain, General Coordinator of the Ministry of Education in Colombia and Principal Education Advisor for the Organization of American States. He also served as Director for the Department of Investments in Education at the World Bank, and Director of the Department of Educational Policies and Reforms at UNESCO. Mr. Diez-Hochleitner has also been Technical Secretary-General, later Under Secretary of State for Education and Science, in Spain. Furthermore, he has been Vice President of the Fundación Santillana and of the holding Timón, as well as Board member of PRISA. He is a Full Member of the Real Academia de Ciencias Económicas y Financieras of Spain.

    J Christer Elfverson

    • Special Adviser to Secretary-General of UN World Tourism Organization

    Mr. Elfverson has devoted most of his career to the United Nations system, serving in a number of senior positions including that of Director in the Iraq Programme. In cooperation with the World Health Organization he established and managed the MENTOR Foundation, a private initiative working in the field of substance abuse prevention among young people in many countries of the world. He has also served in the Swedish Foreign Service and has held executive positions with the Axel Johnson Group in Sweden, Mexico and Australia, and the Nordic American Banking Corporation in New York. He has been Senior Diplomatic Advisor to Concordia21, Club of Madrid, Dara, FRIDE and EuropEFE.

    Diego Hidalgo

    • Co-founder & Board Member, El Pais

    Dr. Hidalgo is a co-founder and member of the board of El Pais, the leading Spanish daily newspaper. He is also the President of FRIDE and DARA Evaluation, Founder of the Club of Madrid and the Toledo International Center for Peace. Dr. Hidalgo is also President and Founder of the Foundation Los Santos de Maimona; Advisor of the United Nations Commission on “Legal Empowerment of the Poor”; Founding member and Senior Fellow of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America (GFNA) and member of the Advisory Committee of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He is a Board Member of PRISA, SOGECABLE and SER. He recently founded the European Council for Foreign Relations with George Soros.

    Trinidad Jiménez García-Herrera

    • Director of Global Strategy and Public Affairs at Telefónica

    Trinidad Jiménez García-Herrera is a Spanish politician who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs beginning in 2010, and as Minister of Health and Social Policy under PM Rodríguez Zapatero in 2009. Elected Secretary of Social Policy of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party PSOE, Jiménez entered Parliament in April 2008, working on Commissions of Equality, Disability, Health and Foreign Affairs. She has been responsible for political relations with America in the Office of International Affairs of the PSOE and served as Secretary of State for Latin America since 2006 to 2009. In 2000 Mrs. Jiménez was elected Secretary of the International Policy Committee of the PSOE Federal Executive, and was reelected to the office in 2004.

    Cristina Manzano

    • Editor-in-Chief, esglobal

    Cristina Manzano is editor-in-chief of “esglobal”, the former Spanish edition of Foreign Policy magazine, the leading digital publication on global affairs in Spanish. She is also a regular contributor to other Spanish and international media, such as El Periódico de Cataluña, or Open Democracy. Ms. Manzano writes a blog for The Huffington Post and participates as a speaker or lecturer in events and seminars on different topics related to international affairs, with a special focus on Spanish and EU foreign policy; communications; and, philanthropy.

    Ambassador Dr. Henning Wegener

    • Former German Ambassador to Spain; Member, Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo Abogados

    Former German Ambassador to Spain, Dr. Henning Wegener is member of Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo Abogados (Madrid); Honorary President of the Advisory Council; Chairman of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Information Security of the World Federation of Scientists; Managing Director of AEMEC (the Spanish Association for the Defense of Minority Shareholders); Member of the Board of Directors of Euroshareholders and Member of the Club of Rome. He holds distinctions from various countries, among others the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, and he is author of several publications in the field of foreign and security policy, currently with emphasis on cybersecurity.

    Nisrine H. Shawwa

    • Director, G4S Jordan

    In 1983, she graduated from high school after attending 9 different schools in 4 countries due to the diplomatic career of her father. Nisrine earned diplomas in office administration and interior design. In 2012, she also earned an executive degree in the owners and entrepreneurs management program from Instituto Empresa business school in Madrid, Spain. Nisrine inherited a security firm in Jordan and assumed executive responsibility in 1996. In 2004 she was key in the merger of the firm with the multinational G4S. Today, G4S Jordan has over 1300 employees. She is now a partner and director on the board of G4S Jordan. She is also a board member of the International Women’s Forum in Spain as well as being on the board of the Arab Ladies Diplomatic Association in Madrid. She has been active in several fundraisers for charity and has also volunteered as a teacher at a UNRWA school in Amman Jordan. Nisrine is married to Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNWTO, a specialized agency
    of the United Nations. She has five children.

    Hassan Al-Damluji

    • Head of Middle East Relations, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Hassan Al-Damluji is Head of Middle East Relations at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he is responsible for strategy and engagement across the 22 countries of the Arab League, as well as Turkey. He is also lead Middle East adviser to Bill and Melinda Gates. Prior to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Hassan worked for the consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, where he led large-scale transformations for governments and philanthropy in the Middle East. He co-founded and sits on the Board of the Lives & Livelihoods Fund (LLF), a $2.5 billion fund based in the Islamic Development Bank. He is a lead expert on education, and is actively involved in many educational initiatives in the UK such as the New Schools Network, Free Schools in England, Achievement for All, and One Degree Academy.

    Hassan holds a double-first class BA from Oxford University and an MA from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Von Clemm Fellowship. He has been named by Arabian Business as one of the 100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40.

     

  • Mary Goudie

    • Baroness, Senior Member of the British House of Lords

     

    Baroness Mary Goudie is a senior member of the British House of Lords and a global advocate for the rights of women and children. She is involved in promoting gender equity with both the G8 and G20 and is also the Chair of the Women Leaders’ Council to Fight Human Traffi cking at the United Nations. She is actively engaged in numerous philanthropic organisations including her role as a member of the Executive and Board of Directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership. In this role she has been involved in training community and business leaders and parliamentarians.

    In the UK she is a founding member of the 30% Club steering committee, which aims to infl uence chairman into bringing more women onto UK corporate boards. She is also a trustee of the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation, based in the US, whose aims are to foster interfaith dialogue and to establish common ground and solutions to global challenges aff ecting mankind. She shares perspectives on her blog - www.baronessgoudie.com.

    She has served as a member of the EuropEFE Board of Directors.

     

    Ambassador Raniero Vanni d’Archirafi

    • Former European Commissioner

    Ambassador D’Archirafi began his career at the Ministry of Foreign Aff airs in 1956. In 1957, he served at the Italian embassy in Munich. He became representative of Italy to the European Economic Community (ECC) in Brussel in 1961. From 1966 to 1969, he worked at the Italian embassy in Buenos Aires. He was Italian ambassador to Spain (1984-1987) and to the Federal Republic of Germany (1987-1989). Then he began to serve as general director of economic aff airs at the government led by Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti in 1989. He then became general director of political aff airs in 1991. He served as a member of the European Commission from 1993 to 1995. During this period, he was the European commissioner for internal market and services together with Martin Bangemann. D’Archirafi was responsible for enterprise policy as commissioner. He has served as a member of the EuropEFE Board of Directors.

    He has a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Rome. In 1954, he received a PhD in Law. In 1994, D’Archirafi was awarded the Robert Schuman medal.