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President of AfricSearch Group & Initiator of the Africa SME Champions Forum

Didier Acouetey is the President and Founder since 1996 of the AfricSearch Group, a firm specializing in Talent detection and Human Resources consulting in Africa. Based in Paris with branches in Washington, Dakar, Lome, Abidjan, Cotonou, Douala and Johannesburg, AfricSearch is recognized as one of the first international firms working in human resource development in Africa and the return of skills on the continent. Before founding the AfricSearch Group, Didier Acouetey had worked in the advertising and packaging industry as Strategic, Sales and Marketing Director. As part of its activities with AfricSearch, Didier Acouetey recruited several hundreds of executives and managers for companies operating on the African continent, and directed several corporate reorganization missions and accompanied the privatization processes of enterprises. In parallel, he formulates proposals for African States and international institutions for the improvement of educational structures and capacity building. Business advisor to several managing directors of Africa’s major companies and institutions, Didier Acouetey is also a columnist for Radio France International (RFI) on the issues of employment, training and business creation in Africa. He received several awards including the 2014 ‘African Entrepreneur Award of the Year’ in France. He has been considered as one the 50 most active Africans in the world for the last 50 years by various international publications. Among his other activities, Didier Acouetey chaired the Education-Training commission of the CIAN (French Council of Investors in Africa) until the end of 2014, and is also active in Think tanks such as ASPEN Institute, Africa Initiative Group and Africa 2.0, a network of several thousand young African policymakers to promote new leadership and to make Africa a world economic power. He launched in 2014 the first African SME financing forum, in partnership with several institutions including African Guarantee Fund, IFC, the African Development Bank and Ecobank. Moreover, Didier Acouetey is co-initiator of the project that led to the creation of the first Africa South East Asia Chamber of Commerce in Singapore whose objective is to promote business partnerships and best practices in development and growth between African and South East Asian private sectors. In this context, he contributes to the mobilization of funds for African businesses and States. Didier Acouetey is a graduate from the ‘Arts et Métiers’ school in Paris, and holds a Bachelor degree and a MBA from “ESCP EAP”, one of the top French business schools, and attended high level programs on strategy and management, including in Harvard Business School.
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Project Manager in the Industry, Energy and Climate Team at I4CE

Marion Afriat is a Project Manager in the Industry, Energy and Climate Team at I4CE. She follows international developments in carbon pricing, and the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency polices world-wide. Some of Marion’s most notable contributions have been as a lead author of carbon pricing case studies, editor-in-chief of ClimasCOPe and project coordinator for a monthly report on climate and energy policies.

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Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Michigan

Yuen Yuen Ang is Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Michigan. She studies adaptation, development, and governance in developing countries, with a regional focus on China. She is particularly interested in the design of “meta” institutions that foster adaptive processes in poor and constrained environments, as well as the variety of non-best institutions that promote early growth. Her forthcoming book, How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (Cornell University Press), examines the strategies that propelled the coevolution of markets and bureaucracies, a process that eventually transformed China’s entire political economy. More recently, Ang looks to extend her interest in building adaptive institutions to the reform of aid agencies. Prior to joining Michigan, Ang was an Assistant Professor at Columbia University SIPA. A native of Singapore, she had previously served in Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry.
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Project manager in the Local Authorities and Urban Development Division, AFD

Sabrina Archambault graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in “Cities, Environment and Transport”. She joined Agence Française de Développement in January 2008 after completing her education. After having held a first position in Réunion, she returned to AFD’s headquarters in Paris as a climate change adaptation officer. Since 2012, she has held an operational position as project manager in the Local Authorities and Urban Development Division, particularly in Madagascar, Cameroon and Senegal.
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President of the “Projection” network

Julie holds a PhD in Urban Development from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC/LATTS) and conducted her thesis on “the militant uses of the right to water in the poor urban quarters of Soweto in South Africa”. Following an experience in Senegal in a decentralized cooperation program, she worked for 4 years in the Water and Sanitation Department of the NGO Action against Hunger (ACF) in Paris as an “officer for the right to water”, and subsequently as an officer at the World Water Council, where she coordinated programs for the right to water for the 6th World Water Forum. Julie is currently a Water and Sanitation consultant at Hydroconseil, a consultancy firm specialized in the water and sanitation sector in countries in the South. She is also President of the Projection network.
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Economist, public health specialist

Laurent Aventin trained in public health (PhD) with a specialty in health economics. He has held positions within various organizations in the sectors of NGOs (Doctors Without Borders – MSF, Partners Against AIDS – PCS) and scientific research (IRD), as well as with national and international institutions (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNFPA…). He is currently a freelance consultant and has specialized in various sectors, such as strengthening health systems, managing infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS), maternal and child health, health financing, as well as public/private partnerships in the health sector.
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Deputy Director for Conservation and the Green Economy at WWF-France

Jean Bakouma is Deputy Director for Conservation and the Green Economy at WWF-France, Chairman of FSC-France, and holds a PhD in Economics, with a major in the economic and institutional aspects of the sustainable management of tropical forests, world timber markets, and the analysis of the risk associated with timber product sourcing. He is also a lecturer for the Masters in Bio-Resources at the University of Paris XII. He has been a contract lecturer at the French National School for Rural Engineering, Water and Forestry, ENGREF-Nancy, and a consultant for international institutions.    

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Forest management by community forest enterprises

For conservation to be synonymous with development, local populations need to be involved in forest management. Traditional community-based forest management is, however, not without its drawbacks. The community forest enterprise approach promotes direct management of forests as assets that require protection. The future of this approach depends in particular on a change in attitudes both at a political level and within the local communities.

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Lecturer at Sciences-Po Paris

Corinne Balleix is a political scientist and author of several publications on European public policies, including: La France et la Banque centrale européenne, PUF: collection « Politique d’aujourd’hui », 1999; L’aide européenne au développement, La Documentation française: collection « Réflexe Europe », 2010, and, La politique migratoire de l’Union européenne, La Documentation française, collection « Réflexe Europe », 2013. While her first publication was based on her Ph.D. in political science, her other books have been informed by her professional experience: as a representative for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels, and subsequently in Paris, she participated in French and European research on the adoption of Community legislation on development assistance. She was formerly an UNHCR assessor for the Refugee Appeals Board, and more recently rapporteur at the National Court on the Right of Asylum, and is confronted with the reality of asylum applications. Corinne Balleix is a lecturer at Sciences-Po Paris and also lectures at the Institute of Economic and Social Development Studies (IEDES) of the University of Paris 1, at the University of Evry-Val d’Essonne, and for the IEP sustainable development certificate in Aix-en-Provence.
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Senior project manager and lead expert in the Local Governments and Urban Development Division

Pierre-Arnaud Barthel is senior project manager and lead expert in the Local Governments and Urban Development Division in charge of operations at the French Agency for Development (AFD) in Paris. Focal point in charge of digital issues in urban development, he is also dealing with a portfolio of urban operations in Egypt, Ethiopia and Myanmar that AFD is financing. He was previously a senior lecturer in urban planning at the Institut Français d’Urbanisme (University of Paris-East) and wrote several papers and edited collective publications focusing on Arab Mediterranean Countries such as: Expérimenter la « ville durable » au Sud de la Méditerrannée (Éditions de l’Aube, 2011, co edited with Lamia Zaki) and “Arab cities, sustainable cities?” (Urban Environment, vol. 7, 2013, special issue co-edited with Éric Verdeil).
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siège au Conseil d’administration de la Banque européenne d'investissement (BEI)

Tamsyn Barton, une spécialiste du développement (diplômée de l’Université d’East Anglia), est aussi docteur en histoire ancienne (Cambridge) et spécialiste d’anthropologie sociale (Ecole des études orientales et africaines de l’Université de Londres). Elle a fait carrière au sein de plusieurs ONG en Inde (1993-97), avant de rejoindre l’ONG britannique Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG), puis en 2001 l’agence de coopération internationale britannique, Department for International Development (DFID), dont elle a été la directrice du département européen. Elle a été nommée en 2007 au conseil d’administration de la Banque européenne d'investissement (BEI).
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Directeur régional pour l’Afrique australe pour Ashoka

Flavio Bassi, jeune Brésilien diplômé d’anthropologie à l’université de Sao Paulo, a fondé en 2002 l’association Ocareté, pour travailler avec les populations indigènes d’Amazonie. Il travaille depuis cinq ans pour Ashoka, il en est le directeur régional pour l’Afrique australe. Ashoka est le premier et plus grand réseau d’entrepreneurs sociaux au monde.
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Directeur général du Conseil mondial de l'eau

Ger Bergkamp est directeur général du Conseil mondial de l'eau, basé à Marseille, France. Il a servi la communauté de l'eau pendant plus de 20 ans. Peu de temps après être devenu conseiller de l'eau pour l'UICN (Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature), il a préparé une étude générale pour la Commission des Nations Unies sur le développement durable, définissant des écosystèmes en se fondant sur les services de base qu’ils rendent à l'humanité, et mettant les gens au centre de la gouvernance de l'eau. Il commença alors à conseiller les gouvernements et les ONG sur la manière de traduire cette approche sur le terrain et d’intégrer la durabilité environnementale dans leurs propres pratiques de gestion de l'eau. S'appuyant sur ces expériences et sur la base des consultations avec des centaines d'organisations, il a dirigé la préparation d'un programme d'action mondial pour la gestion durable de l'eau. La Vision pour l'eau et la nature qui en résulta a mis en avant la notion - en ce temps radicale - qui prône l'utilisation de l'eau pour résoudre les problèmes environnementaux, plutôt que d’accroître constamment l'approvisionnement en eau pour des pratiques de gaspillage. Il a cherché et trouvé des partenaires au sein de 300 organisations prêtes à collaborer et adhérer à une initiative pionnière qui permettrait aux communautés pauvres de disposer des ressources dont ils ont besoin pour prospérer. Les partenariats qu'il a forgés dans plus de 40 pays ont fourni un réseau pour ce qui est devenu l’Initiative de l'eau et de la Nature. Grâce à des centaines de projets dans 35 pays, l'Initiative a aidé les nations à réécrire leur législation nationale sur l'eau, à développer leurs plans d'eau stratégiques, ou à coopérer avec leurs pays voisins de leur propre initiative.
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Président fondateur de la fondation GoodPlanet

En 2012, Yann Arthus-Bertrand invite les spectateurs à un voyage inédit au cœur des océans. Planète Océan, co-réalisé avec Michael Pitiot, associe des images aériennes époustouflantes, signées Yann Arthus-Bertrand, à celles saisissantes offertes par des cadreurs sous-marins primés. Ce documentaire, diffusé en avant-première mondiale à l’occasion de la conférence Rio + 20, en juin 2012, montre la beauté des océans, leur diversité, leur utilité, mais aussi les menaces qui pèsent aujourd’hui sur eux et les solutions que l’on peut y apporter. Le travail de Yann Arthus-Bertrand témoigne de sa volonté d’éveiller une conscience collective et individuelle, et responsable. Dans cette optique de sensibilisation du plus grand nombre, ses photos et ses films sont mis gratuitement à la disposition des réseaux éducatifs, des institutions publiques et des ONG.
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Renaud BETTIN, Climate Solidarity Partnerships Manager at GERES

Renaud BETTIN is responsible for Climate Solidarity project partnerships for the NGO GERES – Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity. He discovered the association in the field in Ladakh, northern India, in 2008. He was initially responsible for the CO2Solidaire carbon offsetting program. He has built up the reputation of GERES and advocates its vision in terms of responsible carbon finance. He was aware of the fact that he was conducting extremely useful action for populations in developing countries and for the climate and became the spokesperson for Climate Solidarity, a principle combining the responsibility of the North with support for communities in the South. He regularly works with public institutions, companies and students. His fields of expertise range from climate change to the carbon economy, including international climate negotiations.
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Expert in charge of Housing Finance, AFD

As a senior legal counsel and project manager, Ms. Bigourdan is in charge of Housing Finance at AFD in  the division supporting financial institutions and the private sector. As such, she manages investment projects related to housing finance in Africa, Asia and Latin America, specifically handling the partnership with Lafarge. Prior to joining AFD in 2005, Ms. Bigourdan worked as an international lawyer on project finance, in particular at the Paris Chamber Commerce of Paris, and in Citelum, a subsidiary of Veolia Environnement specialized in public lighting and civil engineering. She holds the Bar from Paris, has Master’s degrees in international business law, economics, finance and political sciences from Sciences Po, Paris and the Paris University Assas.

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responsable de la Division éducation de l’AFD

Diplômée d’HEC et titulaire d’un DEA de l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris, Virginie Bleitrach a travaillé chez Paribas avant de rejoindre la société Vallourec pour huit années, où elle a occupé des fonctions commerciales, marketing et stratégie avant d’être nommée global contract manager au sein de la division Pétrole et gaz. En poste à l’AFD depuis 2008, elle a été chargée d’affaires senior au sein de la Division Entreprises de Proparco avant d’être nommée conseillère développement au cabinet du Ministre chargé de la coopération de fin 2010 à mi-2012. Désormais responsable de la Division éducation de l’AFD au siège, elle accompagne notamment l’élaboration et la mise en œuvre de la nouvelle stratégie de l’AFD dans les secteurs éducation, formation et emploi : « la jeunesse au cœur du développement ».
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President of EUDN

François Bourguignon is Emeritus Chair at the Paris School of Economics, of which he was director from 2007 to the end of January 2013. He has been Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales since 1985 and is Chairman of the EUDN network. Trained as a statistician, he obtained a Ph.D in economics from the University of Western Ontario, followed by a  doctorate from the University of Orléans in France.  His work is both theoretical and empirical and primarily focuses on the distribution and redistribution of income in developing and developed countries. He is the author of several books and numerous articles in international economic journals. He has received a number of scientific awards during the course of his career and has taught at several international universities. He has long provided advice to various governments and international organisations. From 2003 to 2007 he was Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the World Bank in Washington.
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responsable de la division Eau et Assainissement à l'AFD

Cassilde Brenière, ingénieur du Génie Rural des Eaux et Forêts,  a quinze ans d’expérience dans la gestion des services d’eau et d’assainissement en France mais aussi dans de nombreux pays (Colombie, Roumanie, Jordanie, Philippines, Maroc, RDC…). Au sein du groupe Suez environnement, elle a d’abord été responsable d’études techniques, puis a appuyé le démarrage opérationnel de grands contrats de gestion de l’eau dans le monde tant sur des aspects techniques que opérationnels (pertes d’eau en réseau, organisation de la gestion clientèle, gestion du changement…). Elle a ensuite pris en charge une unité opérationnelle d’exploitation des services d’eau et d’assainissement d’une partie de la banlieue ouest de Paris (560 000 habitants desservis). En 2009, elle a intégré l’Agence Française de Développement en tant que chef de projet Eau et assainissement pour le Maroc, la Colombie, le Congo et la RDC. Depuis 2011, elle est responsable de la division Eau et Assainissement.
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Researcher at IDDRI

Laura Brimont joined IDDRI in May 2015 as a researcher for the New Prosperity program to work on alternative indicators to GDP and on the issues of collaborative mobility. Laura holds a Ph.D. in Economics and graduated in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris. Prior to joining IDDRI, she worked for 5 years on the issues of deforestation in tropical countries, particularly in Cameroon and Madagascar. Her thesis research (AgroParisTech/CIRAD) focused on the cost of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) mechanism in Madagascar.
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Déléguée générale de l’Agence pour l’aide à la coopération technique et au développement (Acted)

Déléguée générale de l’Agence pour l’aide à la coopération technique et au développement (Acted), l’ONG française qui a co-fondé le forum Convergences 2015, Marie-Pierre Caley préside aussi Oxus Development Network, la branche microfinance d’Acted.
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Geographer at CIRAD and President of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security

Patrick CARON was born in 1962 and is a veterinarian, doctor, and holds a certification to direct geographical research. He is a specialist in livestock raising systems and territorial dynamics, and has worked on analyzing the role of the territory in rural transformations, with a focus on Brazil, Southern Africa and the Middle East. He has been at CIRAD since 1988 and was Deputy General Director for Research and Strategy from 2010 to 2016, Director of the Environments and Societies Department from 2007 to 2010, and Scientific Director of the Territories, Environment and Actors Department from 2001 to 2004. He is a member of a number of national and international scientific and institutional bodies, for example, he chairs the AgroParisTech Scientific Committee and is a member of the National Council for Development and International Solidarity (CNDSI). He has managed the organization of a number of international conferences, such as the World Scientific Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (Montpellier, France, March 2015). In November 2015, he was appointed President of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-hlpe/en/) of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS). He is the author of some 200 publications in international journals, books or conference proceedings.
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Head of the Macroeconomic Analysis and Country Risk Division at AFD

Vincent Caupin has been Head of the Macroeconomic Analysis and Country Risk Division since August 2013. He has some fifteen years of experience, mainly focused on macroeconomic and development economics issues.   Vincent Caupin, who holds a DEA and DESS (post-graduate diplomas) and a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from the University of Auvergne (CERDI), joined AFD in 1997. He worked in the Policies and Studies Department, where he prepared economic and financial projections on the Franc Zone (using the Jumbo model) and contributed to AFD’s initial research on the issues of country risk.   In 1999, he joined the International Monetary Fund in Washington, at the Sahel Division of the African Department, and participated in preparing and managing IMF programs for these countries. In 2003, he returned to AFD to the Operations Directorate’s Mediterranean and Middle East Department and conducted studies on the economies of Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey. From 2006 to 2010, he was head of the private sector unit of AFD’s Noumea agency in New Caledonia, where he managed guarantee funds and intermediated loans, while contributing to several CEROM studies on New Caledonia’s economy. From 2010 to 2013, Vincent Caupin was Head of the Economy/Strategy/Communication Unit in AFD’s French Overseas Department.
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Directeur général de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé

Le Dr Margaret Chan était Directeur général de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé. Elle a été nommée à ce poste par l'Assemblée mondiale de la Santé, le 9 novembre 2006. Avant sa nomination, le Dr Chan était Sous-Directeur général, Maladies transmissibles, et Représentant du Directeur général chargé de la grippe pandémique. Avant d'entrer à l'OMS, elle a été pendant neuf ans Directeur de la Santé à Hong Kong. À ce titre elle a notamment été confrontée à la première flambée humaine de grippe aviaire à H5N1 en 1997 et elle est venue à bout du syndrome respiratoire aigu sévère (SRAS) à Hong Kong en 2003. Elle a également mis en place de nouveaux services visant à prévenir les maladies et promouvoir une meilleure santé.
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Directeur de recherche émérite à l’IRD (UMR GRED)

Jean-Pierre Chauveau, socio-anthropologue, est directeur de recherche émérite à l’IRD (UMR GRED). Il est membre permanent du Comité technique « Foncier & Développement » de l’AFD et du MAE. Ses recherches de terrain en Côte d’Ivoire sur l’anthropologie économique et politique du changement social en milieu rural l’ont amené à partir des années 1990 à orienter ses investigations sur la question foncière en Côte d’Ivoire et en Afrique de l’ouest. Il a notamment participé en 1996 à une expertise sur le Plan Foncier Rural, première étape de la réforme en cours de la législation foncière ivoirienne. Il a travaillé récemment avec une équipe de doctorants ivoiriens sur les formes de mobilisation violente des jeunes ruraux durant le conflit ivoirien, en relation avec la question foncière dans la zone forestière. Jean-Pierre Chauveau est par ailleurs enseignant associé à l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales où il a animé avec d’autres collègues divers séminaires annuels sur le thème « Terre, ressources naturelles et conflit dans les pays du Sud ».
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biodiversity project manager at AFD

Guillaume Chiron trained as an economist (Centre for Studies and Research on International Development – CERDI) and joined AFD in 1993, where he has held several operational positions. He has held positions in both the network (Mauritania, Haiti, Mozambique and Brazil) and at headquarters. He has been a biodiversity project manager since 2010 and manages a portfolio of projects for biodiversity protection and natural resources management in Africa (Madagascar, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritania), Asia (China) and the South Pacific. His activity includes working on sustainable financing, in particular conservation trust funds and biodiversity offsets.
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Economist specialised in industrial economics, innovation and intellectual property

Benjamin Coriat est économiste, spécialisé en économie industrielle de l’innovation et propriété intellectuelle. Depuis 1989, il enseigne à la faculté de sciences économiques et de gestion à Paris XIII. Il est par ailleurs membre du collectif d’animation des Économistes Atterrés. Il a été membre de la direction de l’Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Société (IFRIS) de 2009 à 2014.

Il travaille sur les communs depuis de nombreuses années, s’intéressant particulièrement aux communs informationnels. En 2015, il dirige un ouvrage collectif Le retour des communs (Editions Les Liens qui Libèrent, Paris). Il a coordonné le programme de recherche « Propice » qui visait à étudier la création de communs dans les domaines scientifiques, techniques à travers la création d’outils juridiques et organisationnels pour faire face au renforcement des droits de propriété intellectuelle. En 2016, il lance le programme de recherche « En Commun » qui s’interroge sur les nouvelles activités entrepreneuriales liées aux Communs.

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ingénieur agronome et ingénieur du génie rural des eaux et forêts à l'AFD

Naïg Cozannet est ingénieur agronome et ingénieur du génie rural des eaux et forêts. Elle débute sa carrière en 1996 au sein du WWF France où elle créé le premier groupe français d’entreprises du secteur bois-papier engagées en faveur des produits bois-papier certifiés sous le label FSC. Elle rejoint en 99 le Global Forest and Trade Network en tant que coordinatrice du déploiement des partenariats entre le WWF et les sociétés d’exploitation forestière en Afrique, Méso-amérique et Asie du Sud-Est. Consultante au sein du Bureau Proforest, elle a contribué à la rédaction du standard OAB-OIBT de gestion durable des forêts naturelles d’Afrique Centrale et à la mise au point d’une méthode progressive de mise en œuvre de la certification par les concessionnaires forestiers En 2003, elle rejoint l’Agence Française de Développement à la Direction de la Stratégie où elle  co-pilote, de 2004 à 2007, le développement de la Stratégie de Responsabilité Sociale et Environnementale du groupe avant une expatriation comme responsable du pôle secteur public de l’Agence de Nouméa (2008 à 2010). Dans le cadre d’une disponibilité pour formation continue, elle se spécialise en ingénierie écologique et méthodes de compensation, dans une collaboration avec le laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine du CNRS et l’IRSTEA de Grenoble, avant de réintégrer l’AFD en septembre 2013, au sein de la division Agriculture, Ruralité et Biodiversité.    

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Research fellow at IDDRI

Laure Criqui is an international urban development specialist. She is a research fellow at IDDRI (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations). After a master at the London School of Economics, she worked at the French embassy in Morocco on urban policies and at Isted for the European cooperation of the French Ministry of Sustainable Development. She then did a PhD at LATTS / University Paris-Est on the extension of electricity, water and sanitation networks in the popular settlements of Delhi and Lima. Laure is also president of réseau Projection (network of young professionals for urban basic services).
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senior scientist at IRD

Philippe CURY is a senior scientist at IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) in France working in marine ecology and fisheries. He was the Director of the CRH (Centre de Recherche Halieutique Méditerranéenne et Tropicale) based in Sète France, of the Unit of research (UMR-EME 212 between IRD-Ifremer and University Montpellier 2, www.umr-eme.org) between 2004-2014. He is, with Catherine Boyen (CNRS), the scientific Director of Euromarine Consortium that leads research on building scenarios for marine ecosystems at the European level. He has a PHD in Biomathematics (University of Paris VII-Jussieu, Paris - 1989) and an HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches – 2007) from the University of Montpellier 2. Since 1980, he has been working in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, California and South Africa to analyse the effect of climate on fisheries and how to implement the ecosystem approach to fisheries. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles in the main international journals (Science, TREE, Ecology Letters….) and produced 19 books or book chapters. He has organized several International symposia (e.g., FAO - Coping with global change in social ecological systems, Rome, SCOR-IOC-UNESCO WG 119 on indicators for ecosystem approach to fisheries), ICES ‘Ecosystem effects of fishing’, Montpellier-1999). Philippe Cury has received several distinctions such as The National Scientific Philip Morris Prize obtained in 1991 (Life Science Prize), The National Scientific “Médaille d’Océanographie Française” obtained in 1995 from the scientific committee of the Prince Albert Monaco Museum of Oceanography, the Gilchrist medal obtained in 2002 (South African Marine Award) and the Trophee 2012 for best scientific achievement at Ifremer and the IRD scientific achievement in 2013. He is the author of ‘Une mer sans poissons’ published by Calmann-Levy and translated into Japanese, Chinese and Catalan in 2008 and of ‘mange tes méduses’ published by Odile Jacob with Daniel Pauly in 2013. He is presently policy officer for IRD  at the CLORA-Bruxelles.
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Membre de l’Académie Brésilienne des Sciences et de la Third World Academy of Science

Après avoir suivi l’enseignement de Claude Levi-Strauss, elle a été successivement professeur d’anthropologie à l’Université de Campinas, de São Paulo et de Chicago. Ses travaux portent sur l’ethnologie amazonienne, sur l’identité ethnique, sur l’histoire des indiens et des lois de l’Etat brésilien envers les populations indiennes et enfin, sur les savoirs traditionnels et sur les droits intellectuels qui leur sont associés. Depuis 1978, Manuela Carneiro Da Cunha a pris une part active dans la défense des droits des populations traditionnelles. Elle est membre de l’Académie Brésilienne des Sciences et de la Third World Academy of Science, et elle a reçu le prix de la Francophonie de l’Académie Française.
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Research Associate - Industry, Energy & Climate at I4CE

Lara Dahan is a Research Associate in I4CE’s Industry, Energy and Climate Team.  Lara focuses her research on carbon pricing in the context of international negotiations. Some of Lara’s most notable contributions have been as a lead author of carbon pricing case studies, a project coordinator for the COPEC research program and as the team communications advisor.

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Economist, AFD

A graduate of the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), Slim Dali held the position of economist in the Treasury of the Ministry of Finance, for 3 years. During that time, he also held a teaching position at Dauphine University in Paris. In 2009, he joined the economics division of  Instituts d’Emission d’Outre-Mer (issuing bank for overseas territories). In September 2012, he was appointed to the position of economist in the Macroeconomic Analysis and Country Risk Unit of AFD. In this unit, Slim analyses economic and financial vulnerabilities in countries where AFD operates. Slim’s work focuses particularly on links between energy vulnerability and macroeconomics.
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chef de projets « Méditerranée »

Diplômée en sciences politiques et relations internationales, Pauline de La Cruz intègre l’ONG française BATIK International en 2004. Elle y développe ses compétences de formatrice et d’évaluatrice et anime des projets  internationaux dans le domaine de l’autonomisation économique des femmes. Aujourd’hui chef de projets Méditerranée, elle pilote la mise en œuvre de programmes multi-pays du bassin méditerranéen. Ces programmes de renforcement des capacités favorisent la mise en réseau et l’échange d’expériences entre les acteurs des pays des deux rives et entre les pays du sud au bénéfice des femmes défavorisées. Depuis juin 2010, Pauline de La Cruz est membre élue du comité de pilotage du Programme Concerté Pluri-Acteurs Algérie, programme du MAE et de l’AFD, qui appuie la coopération entre les sociétés civiles algériennes et françaises dans le domaine de l’insertion économique et sociale des jeunes.
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ODA Expert at AFD

Hubert de Milly is an agricultural engineer and holds a PhD in Economics. He is a development practitioner who gradually moved from operational positions to strategic management. He has in-depth knowledge of the world of international assistance and today follows issues concerning the redefinition of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and loan concessionality for Agence Française de Développement, after having worked for over five years at the OECD.
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Vice-President, Public Policy and Regulation, AXA Group

Amélie de Montchalin, Vice-President, Public Policy and Regulation, AXA Group Amélie de Montchalin is responsible for coordinating the AXA Group’s positions on regulatory and public policy issues at a global level. She holds a degree in history and applied economics as well as two masters degrees: management science (HEC) and public administration (Harvard Kennedy School).
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Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Nathalie Delapalme is presently Executive Director and Board member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation (London). Before that, she was Inspecteur general des finances at the French Ministry of Finances and Economy, between 20007 and 2010. She headed there several general audits on French public policies, namely on foreign action, development policy and development agency. During the first part of her career as a high civil servant, she worked for the French Senate, mostly at the Audit Committee on Public Finances and Budget. She also served as deputy-chief of office of the French Minister in charge of Development( 1995-1997), and as Africa Advisor of several French Foreign ministers( 2002-2007).
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Professor emeritus at the Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal

Hélène Delisle is now professor emeritus at the Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal. She trained in public health nutrition more than 40 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students from French-speaking Africa. As head of TRANSNUT, a WHO Collaborating Centre on Nutrition Changes and Development until 2014, her research has primarily focused on the nutrition transition in West Africa. She was recently in charge of a Canada-funded university partnership project in West Africa on the double burden of malnutrition, with the aim of strengthening training, research and advocacy capacity to address the issue (2008-2014).
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Vice-Président et directeur du programme de développement et d'économie mondiale de l'Institut Brookings

M. Kemal Dervi? était jusqu’à février 2009 dirigeant du Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement, le réseau mondial des Nations Unies pour le développement. M. Dervi? était également Président du Groupe des Nations Unies pour le développement, un comité constitué des responsables de tous les fonds, programmes et départements des Nations Unies travaillant sur les questions de développement. Il est actuellement vice-Président et directeur du programme de développement et d'économie mondiale de l'Institut Brookings.
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M. Eckhard Deutscher a été Président du Comité d’aide au développement (CAD) de l’OCDE de janvier 2008 à janvier 2011. M. Deutscher possède une vaste expérience de la politique et de l’économie de l’aide internationale. Il a été le représentant de l’Allemagne au Conseil d’administration de la Banque mondiale de 2002 à 2008, et le doyen de ce dernier à partir de 2006. Il a aussi occupé le poste de Directeur du Centre d’études démocratiques pour l’Amérique latine, basé au Costa Rica, et donné des conférences dans des universités mexicaines et péruviennes. De 1991 à 2000, il a dirigé la Fondation allemande pour le développement international (aujourd’hui INWENT). M. Deutscher est titulaire de doctorats en études sur le développement et en sciences sociales et philosophie de l’Université de Francfort.
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Economiste en chef de la région Afrique à la Banque mondiale

Shantayanan Devarajan est économiste en chef de la région Afrique à la Banque mondiale. Il a rejoint cette institution en 1991 en tant qu'économiste et directeur de la recherche d'économie publique du Groupe de recherche sur le développement. Il a également été directeur du Rapport mondial en 2004. Il est l’auteur ou co-auteur de plus de 100 publications qui traitent de l’économie, de la politique commerciale, de l’utilisation des ressources naturelles et de l’environnement. Né au Sri Lanka, M. Devarajan est titulaire d’un diplôme en mathématiques de l’Université de Princeton et est docteur en économie de l’Université de Californie, à Berkeley.
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Organisatrice à ONG

Mame Tacko Diallo Gaye a organisé pour l'ONG française Eau Vive un Forum national sur l'eau, au Sénégal, en décembre 2011 à Dakar.

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Director General, African Model Forests Network

Chimère Diaw heads the African Model Forest network and is a member of the International Model Forest Network. He has contributed to thinking about the post 2015 agenda of the United Nations as a member of the panel of independent experts from the least developed countries. He is also a member of the Board of EcoAgricultural Partners and the Coordinating Lead Author of an African assessment of biodiversity and ecosystemic services. Chimère Diaw has mainly focused on common goods in Africa, such as fisheries or forests and their interactions with the private and public spheres.
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Representative of the International Movement ATD Fourth World at the United Nations in New York

Cristina Diez Sagüillo has been a member of the International Movement ATD Fourth World's full-time volunteer corps since 2003. Prior to that she worked in the financial sector as a fund administrator. She has a degree in Education in Deusto Jesuit University in Bilbao, a masters in Theater and Social Education in Ramon Lull University in Barcelona and training in Family Constellations in the Ecole Hellinger in Paris. From 1997 to 2000 she worked in grassroots projects with children and young people in poverty in disadvantaged urban areas of Spain. In 2003 she joined the Movement’s international center outside of Paris, France, where her principal responsibility was in international policy and advocacy, representing people in extreme poverty to international organizations. In 2008 she joined the Spanish branch of the International Movement ATD Fourth World to coordinate recruitment and training. She has worked in partnership with Professor Jona Rosenfeld (Myers JDC Brookdale Institute of Jerusalem) to introduce the methodology of Learning from Success and Ongoing Learning as a tool for organizational planning and training. Since 2010 she is the main representative of the organization to the United Nations and the Director of International Relations Training in New York. In her role she coordinates a team that follows sustainable development, social development, financing for development and human rights.
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World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region

Makhtar Diop was born in Dakar in 1960 and graduated in Economics from the Universities of Warwick and Nottingham in the UK. He also studied finance at the Paris ESLSCA Business School. He started his career in the banking sector, prior to joining the IMF and subsequently the World Bank. He has also held government positions, including as Minister of Economy and Finance in Senegal from 2000 to 2001.

In May 2012, he was appointed World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region. From 2009 to 2012, he held the positions of World Bank Country Director for Brazil, where he managed the institution’s largest portfolio. Prior to taking up these positions, he was successively Director of Strategy and Operations, and Sector Director for Finance, Private Sector and Infrastructure, both in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. Between 2002 and 2005, he was the Bank’s Country Director for Kenya, Eritrea, and Somalia, based in Nairobi.

In 2014, Jeune Afrique named Makhtar Diop as “one of the 50 most influential Africans” in the world and he is recognized as being an opinion leader in the field of economic and social development. African Business named him among the 100 most influential personalities in Africa in 2014 and 2015. In March 2015, he received the Regent’s Award from the University of California, Berkeley, a prestigious award acknowledging the work of internationally-renowned experts.

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Chief of Staff

From the Ecole Nationale de la France d'Outre-mer, in 1960, senior regional officer and the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal, Abdou Diouf was Minister of Planning and Industry (1968-1970), Prime Minister (1970-1980), then President of the Republic of Senegal (1981-2000). Elected Secretary General of la Francophonie Summit in Beirut in October 2002.
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Advisor for the Climate and COP21 at Caisse des Dépôts Group

Pierre Ducret is Special Advisor for the Climate and COP21 at Caisse des Dépôts Group. He was previously Chairman and Chief Executive of CDC Climat, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts working on the ecological and energy transition of the economy. He holds a DEA Master’s Degree in Philosophy and graduated from IEP Paris (Sciences Po). Since he graduated from ENA (French National School of Administration) in 1982, he has held various management functions at Caisse des Dépôts Group. He has extensive experience in territorial management and sustainable development.
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Technical Committee Land and Development, AFD & French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Alain Durand-Lasserve was Senior Research Fellow with the Centre National de le Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France. He is currently attached to the Laboratory Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM), a joint research center between the University of Bordeaux, the CNRS and the National Foundation for Political Sciences, France. He is currently a member of the Technical Committee Land and Development (French Development Agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Over the last two decades, he has been involved in research and consultancy on land and tenure issues in Sub-Saharan African countries with bilateral cooperation agencies and with multilateral development agencies. He has published extensively on tenure formalization and urban land and housing policies.
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Research Director at CNRS (IMBE)

Thierry Dutoit is Research Director at CNRS, in the Mediterranean Institute for Biodiversity and Ecology in Avignon and also a scientific advisor at the Institute of Ecology and Environment. His research focuses on the restoration of Mediterranean ecosystems by using the concepts and techniques of ecological engineering. The aim is to ensure that these operations are more sustainable. Thierry Dutoit holds a PhD in Science from the University of Rouen devoted to the dynamics and conservation management of the dry grasslands of limestone hillsides. Prior to joining CNRS in 2012, he was a lecturer at the University of Aix-Marseille, then from 2003, a university professor at the University of Avignon. He is the author of over 200 publications, including 70 in indexed international journals and 50 book chapters in the field of the ecology of plant communities and conservation sciences. Since 2011, he has been scientific advisor to the Directorate of the CNRS Institute of Ecology and Environment to promote research conducted in the field of ecological engineering to professionals and the general public.
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National President of the French Red Cross

Jean-Jacques ELEDJAM is a medical doctor and university professor – a hospital practitioner specialized in anesthesia-resuscitation and emergency medicine. He has devoted his entire career to the public hospital system in the region close to his heart, Languedoc-Roussillon. He was senior registrar and subsequently hospital practitioner in Nîmes and went on to join the Montpellier University Hospital Centre (CHRU) in 2001. From 2008 to 2012, he was in charge of the University Department for accidents and emergencies and admissions by the ambulance service (SAMU) and became coordinator of the “Emergency” Unit. Jean-Jacques Eledjam also became a member of the French Hospital Federation (FHF) and was appointed member of the Public Health Council (HCSP). He is innately close to emergency-rescue services and social action and in 2004 joined the French Red Cross. He headed the Languedoc-Roussillon regional delegation prior to being elected national administrator in June 2011. On 22 June 2013, he was elected National President by the Board of Directors. On 1 January 2014, he was made Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor.
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Confédération européenne des ONG d'urgence et de développement

CONCORD est la Confédération européenne des ONG d'urgence et de développement. Ses 18 réseaux d'ONG internationales et 24 associations nationales représentent plus de 1600 ONG européennes auprès de l'Union européenne. L'objectif principal de la Confédération est de renforcer l'impact des ONG européennes auprès des institutions européennes, en combinant expertise et représentation. Plus d'informations sur www.concordeurope.org.
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Honorary President, World Water Council

Loïc Fauchon was born in Villequier and has been living in the South of France for over fifty years. He graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Aix-en-Provence in 1970, and subsequently prepared a PhD in Economics and Tourism Law.   He initially had an eclectic career in the civil service. This career path led him to the Verdon Joint Association at the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Regional Council, then to the Bouches-du-Rhône Regional Council, and to the General Secretariat of the City of Marseille. He was also Director of the Office of the Mayor in the City of Marseille.   He also underscored his desire to serve the public by becoming Mayor of Trets, a municipality in the Bouches-du-Rhône region, in 1989 and until 1997.   He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Marseille Water Authority (SEM) in 1991 and became its Ch                airman and CEO in 1997, heading a group of 17 companies and 1,900 employees.   He is fully aware of the vital importance of water through the many missions he conducts around the world – and particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa – for “TransSahara”, a humanitarian association he created in 1977 to help emergency-affected populations   He further developed this humanitarian aspect in SEM by creating an entity called “Waterhelp”, which intervenes in both crisis situations and for development actions.   Loïc Fauchon has also demonstrated this vocation to serve the “water cause” at international level via the actions of the World Water Forum, which he chaired for nearly ten years (2005-2012) and where he is currently the Honorary President.   He also has many responsibilities in the water and environment sectors and advises various international organizations and governments for the preparation of water policies. He is Chairman of the Morocco Water Authority and Board Member in various organizations, such as the Rhône Mediterranean Corsica Water Agency, and the Institute of Political Studies of Aix-en-Provence. He is also a member of the United Nations High Level Panel on Water and Disaster.   He has been Chairman and CEO of SAFIM since October 2014.   He was made Knight of the Legion of Honor in 2003. He was born on 20 June 1948 and is married with three children.
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Membre du Conseil d'administration de la fondation Chirac, Directrice du développement durable chez Veolia Environnement

A la fin de ses mandats en 2007, le Président Jacques Chirac déclarait son intention de « servir autrement ». Ses engagements, bâtis sur une vision particulière de l’Homme et du monde, se prolongent aujourd’hui à travers la Fondation qu’il a créée en 2008 et qui est reconnue d’utilité publique par décret du 7 mars 2008. A la différence des organisations non gouvernementales, auxquelles elle n’entend pas se substituer mais qu’elle souhaite au contraire accompagner dans leurs projets de terrain, la fondation Chirac consacre la plus grande part de ses ressources en plaidoyers et à l’élaboration de programmes fédérateurs.
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Economist and founding partner of R.M.D.A.

A graduate from EDHEC Business School, Martin Fleury is the founder of R.M.D.A., a consulting firm focusing on issues pertaining to socio-economy, private sector development and territory planning in emerging countries.  He is also a member of FADEV (Fonds Afrique Développement), an impact investment fund dedicated to African SMEs.
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Ingénieur environnement et chargé des projets Africompost et Madacompost.

Baptiste Flipo est ingénieur environnement. Après une première expérience sur un projet de diffusion de réservoirs à biogaz en Chine, il travaille au sein de la fondation GoodPlanet au développement et au suivi des projets de compensation carbone (biogaz familial, fours solaires, compostage de déchets). Depuis août 2012 chez Etc Terra, il est en charge des projets Africompost et Madacompost.
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président du directoire du groupe PLUS

Pierre Fonlupt est diplômé d'HEC et intègre, après une première expérience chez Peat Marwick Mitchell, le groupe PLUS dont il est aujourd'hui Président du Directoire. Le groupe PLUS est organisé autour de deux pôles : un pôle Ressources Humaines comprenant trois filiales PLUS Intérim (Recrutement temporaire et permanent), EOS Conseils (Outplacement) et PLUS Formation, un pôle Gestion Documentaire et Archivage comprenant deux filiales : LOCARCHIVES (Gestion et conservation d'archives) et PARKER WILLIBORG (Conseil en organisation documentaire).

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Head of AFD’s Climate Division

Pierre Forestier is the head of the Climate Change Division of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD – French development agency) since 2009. Engineer graduate from the Institut National Agronomique Paristech (Paris National Institute of Agronomy), he holds a Master of Business Administration from school of international management of the École nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. The Climate Change Division is in charge of driving and managing the AFD’s strategy and activities in the fight against climate change. The AFD is one of the leading International Financial Institution in this field with more than euro 17 bn invested in climate projects since 2005. Pierre Forestier also participates in the international negotiations on climate change. Previously senior officer in charge of European financial instruments at the Directorate General of the French Treasury, he held the position of deputy member of the European Council Development Bank’s board and served as desk officer at the European Investment Bank. Beforehand he followed a diversified career within AFD’s group and within various private finance and services companies.
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General Delegate of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation

Caty Forget is General Delegate of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, after having been International Solidarity Director at Sanofi. She has been working in the health sector for 34 years. Her career has been marked by the commitment to innovating for the benefit of others: in 1995 she participated in the creation of the first Rhône-Poulenc Foundation, launched an internal solidarity and volunteering network in 1996, set up the “Springboards for New Business Creation in Human Health” in 1998 to help young teams to create their start-ups, participated in the creation of the European Science Generation program with the Academy of Science and launched the “My Child Matters” initiative to fight against childhood cancer in developing countries. Its mission, as part of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, is to develop programs that contribute to reducing health inequalities. Caty Forget holds a Master’s in Biology, a Master’s in Genetics and an MBA in International Food Management from ESSEC Group Business School.

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Researcher at ÖFSE

Livia Fritz has been junior researcher at ÖFSE - Austrian Foundation for Development Research. She studied Development Studies in Vienna and Paris (Sciences Po Paris) and holds a Master-equivalent degree from the University of Vienna (2013). Prior to joining ÖFSE she gained experience in the field of technology, business and investment at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Her current research interests focus on international development policy and finance, export promotion policies and transformation processes in the CIS region.
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President, Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute

Richard Fuller has dedicated his talents to solving the problem of toxic pollution afflicting the poorest communities in low-income countries - one that engages local stakeholders and the international community. Why? After travelling to dozens of locations across the globe and witnessing the devastation wrought by toxic pollution, he knew this was one global problem that had relatively simple solutions, if approached one community at a time. Richard’s priority is to find the most effective methods to reduce the health threat, clean up the pollution, educate communities and build government capacity to avoid recontamination and safeguard health and the environment. Since 2000, the team has cleaned up 80 sites affecting 4.2 million people, 835,800 of those under age six. They are currently working on 22 projects, affecting 591,500 people.
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économiste au CIRAD

Franck Galtier est un économiste, travaillant actuellement au CIRAD au sein de l’unité mixte de recherche "Marchés, organisations, institutions et stratégies d'acteurs" (UMR MOISA). Ses recherches portent sur les marchés agricoles des pays en développement, avec un intérêt particulier pour les marchés céréaliers africains. Ces dernières années, il a beaucoup travaillé sur la question de l’instabilité des prix alimentaires, analysant ses causes, ses conséquences et les moyens de la gérer. Ayant auparavant travaillé en Afrique de l’Ouest et dans les Caraïbes, il est à présent basé à Montpellier.
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Senior Lecturer in Management Science at the Paris-East University

Shérazade Gatfaoui is a PhD, Senior Lecturer in Management Science at the Paris-East Marne La Vallée University (University Technology Institute, Marketing techniques – Meaux site and Masters 2 in Management/ MIPI-MITIC at IFIS – Ile-de-France Environmental Engineering Institute – IFIS). In addition to the Paris-East University, she has worked for Degrees in Banking and at NEGOCIA-Paris as an associate professor. She is an affiliated professor-researcher at IRG, the Institute of Management Research of the Paris-East Marne La Vallée University, and member of the Institut Confiances (Confidence Institute). Her main research, conducted in partnership with the banking sector, concerns the construction of interpersonal and institutional trust in client/bank relations. Her recent research focuses on the development of the deviant behavior of clients in service activities and on building the trust of citizens towards institutions and politicians. Her research includes what management science can contribute to politics.  She is also a consultant for issues relating to building trust in client relations in the banking sector or building citizens’ trust towards institutions and politicians in crisis-hit countries (particularly for Central African political parties).
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Anthropologist, Leader of ethnoSource

The anthropologist Maud Gauquelin, 38, has lived in Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria. She is a Doctor at the Practical School of Advanced Studies (EPHE), and has worked on the political and religious conflict in the city of Jos, in Northern Nigeria, in the Federal Plateau State with the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA). Maud is a researcher at the Institute of the African Worlds (IMAF), a multidisciplinary laboratory on Africa, part of which is housed at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS). She set up and manages the expertise and advice agency, ethnoSource, and is preparing to publish a novel entitled Chemins de traverse à Yaoundé, une enquête de l’inspecteur John Kindany, at Edilivres.

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chairman of African Diaspora Forum

Marc Gbaffou is the Chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), founded in 2008 in Johannesburg following an initial wave of xenophobic violence. He was Secretary of the Ivorian Popular Front Youth League (Ligue des jeunes du Front populaire ivoirien - FPI) from 1991 to 1993, in Agboville, Côte d’Ivoire. He began his chemistry studies at the University of Abidjan and became involved in student movements as Secretary-general of a student union in Yopougon (Abidjan) from 1994 to 1996. He had to leave Côte d’Ivoire for political reasons and finished his studies in South Africa, where he was awarded a technical diploma in food science from the University of Johannesburg. He created an agri-food business that produces flavors and created the Association of Ivorians of Johannesburg, which he chaired from 1999 to 2002. He then enlarged this association to the Ivorian community of South Africa (and chaired this association from 2003 to 2006 and from 2010 to 2014).
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Head Civil Society Technical Advisor.

Priscille Geiser is Handicap International's Head of Technical Unit on “Support to Civil Society”. Her work involves providing technical assistance to improve participation of people with disabilities in development processes. She is a political science graduate and has been working for over 12 years in the areas of accessibility, strengthening disabled people’s organizations and developing inclusive policies. She currently leads the International Disability and Cooperation Consortium’s (IDDC) working group on Community-based Rehabilitation and lectures at the EHESP School of Public Health in Rennes for the Master’s 2 in “Disability and Social Participation”.
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Director General of WWF France

Philippe Germa, Director General of WWF in France, comes from Alès in the Gard region and was born in 1952. He is the twin brother of Jean-Michel Germa, a pioneer in wind energy in France, and says that he is part of “the generation of an important and realistic ecologist trend in the 1970s”. He is a former student of Sciences Po, holds a PhD in Economics, and accompanied the politician Brice Lalonde, with whom he participated in the ecologist presidential campaign in 1981. In 1990, he co-founded the Génération Ecologie political movement. He was appointed technical advisor to the Minister of the Environment from 1988 to 1992 and handled major issues, such as the reduction of phosphates in washing powder, the establishment of legislation concerning the elimination of CFC, water quality and waste and the creation of Eco-organizations. In 1993, he became one of the pioneers of the green economy by creating Natixis Environment where he was managing director. The company develops investment funds in the fields of ecology, renewable energies and sustainable development. From 1999 onwards, he set up FIDEME (Investment Fund for the Environment and Energy Management) to finance renewable energies, headed the CDC climate mission, and in 2005 founded the European Carbon fund. He has been a member of WWF France since 2008. He became a board director then treasurer in 2012, prior to being appointed Director General of WWF by Isabelle Autissier in February 2013.
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Deputy Director of AFD’s Water and Sanitation Division

Céline Gilquin has been Deputy Director of the Water and Sanitation Division at Agence Française de Développement (AFD) since September 2014. She was previously in charge of supervising projects in various Sub-Saharan African countries, in South Asia and in the French overseas territories. She is also an expert on the issue of financing the water and sanitation sector. Prior to joining AFD in 2005, Céline worked in an investment bank for five years. She is an agricultural engineer, an engineer in Rural Engineering, Water and Forestry and holds a Masters in Finance.
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Chief Economist at AFD

Gaël Giraud is a French economist, specialized in general equilibrium theory, game theory, finance and energy issues. He is Chief Economist at the Agence Française de Développement, affiliated with University of Paris 1-Sorbonne Economic Center (CES) and associated researcher at Paris School of Economics (PSE). He is also member of the Scientific Committee of the “Laboratoire d'Excellence” devoted to financial regulation (LabEx ReFi) and member of the Steering Committee on the Energy Shift within the French government and of the Research team “Riskergy" (M. Lepetit) on Energy resilience and sovereign debt. He holds the chair “Energy and prosperity” supported by Ecole polytechnique, Paris Sorbonne university and Louis Bachelier’s Institute. He is also a member of the European NGO Finance Watch, the Nicolas Hulot Foundation. A former fellow of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, of ENSAE (Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique) and of CORE (Center of Operations Research, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), he earned his Ph.D. at the Laboratoire d’Econométrie de l’Ecole Polytechnique in 1998. In 2009, he was nominated as Best French young economist by Le Monde/Le Cercle des économistes.
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South African economist and political scientist

William Gumede, 46, a South African economist and political scientist, from a modest Cape Town family, is Associate Professor in the Public and Development Management Department at the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He was formerly a student union leader at the time of the fight against apartheid, is former assistant editor of the Black daily newspaper The Sowetan, and in 2014 set up the think tank Democracy Works, which has been designed as an Internet platform and research laboratory on democracy in Africa. He is the author of several essays, including the best-seller Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC (2008, Zed Books, London & New York), has co-signed, with Leslie Dikeni, Poverty of Ideas: South African Democracy and the Retreat of the Intellectuals (2009, Jacana Media, Johannesburg) and published critical reflection on South Africa’s place in the group of emerging markets, South Africa in BRICS: Salvation or Ruination? (2013, Tafelberg, Cape Town).
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Head of Programs of the association Batik International

Sarahi Gutierrez joined the BATIK International team in 2011, to work on the economic and social integration of vulnerable people. As Head of Programs, she contributes to the development of the association’s activities, working with technical and financial partners. She holds a dual Master’s in International Relations from the Rennes Institute of Political Studies (IEP) and Sorbonne Nouvelle.
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Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies

António Guterres a pris ses fonctions de Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés le 15 juin 2005, devenant ainsi le 10e Haut Commisaire du HCR. Avant son entrée en fonction au HCR, Monsieur Guterres avait passé plus de 20 ans dans les services gouvernementaux, occupant le poste de Premier Ministre du Portugal de 1996 à 2002.
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Head of the Infrastructure Desk at NEPAD Business Foundation

Laetitia Habchi has been an officer at Agence Française de Développement since 1995. From 2010 to 2013, she was seconded to DBSA (Development Bank of Southern Africa), prior to becoming Head of the Infrastructure Desk at NEPAD Business Foundation in South Africa in 2014. With her passion for this continent and her confidence in the future, she has acquired extensive experience in organizing complex operations and coordinating activities and initiatives between development agencies, the private sector and the public sector. The BRICS are five countries associated in an economic partnership: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, which has only been a member since 2011. The group’s aim is to handle international affairs without Westerners. It positions itself as a spokesperson for emerging countries, especially Southern countries. It organizes summits every year. Together, these countries account for a fifth of global wealth for two-fifths of the population.
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Ancienne dirigeante du Parti Vert (1987-1991), ex-députée européenne, elle a été nommée ministre en juin 2011 dans le gouvernement du conservateur Jyrki Katainen.

Ancienne dirigeante du Parti Vert (1987-1991), ex-députée européenne, elle a été nommée ministre en juin 2011 dans le gouvernement du conservateur Jyrki Katainen.
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Directeur Exécutif d’Oxfam International

Jeremy Hobbs est le Directeur Exécutif d’Oxfam International depuis octobre 2001, après avoir fait partie du Conseil d’administration d’Oxfam International depuis sa création en 1996 en tant que Directeur Exécutif d’Oxfam Australie. Il représente Oxfam sur les questions clés de développement et de sécurité auprès de l’ONU, de l’OMC, du G8 et d’autres institutions multilatérales, sur le commerce, l’efficacité de l’aide, le changement climatique et les questions humanitaires (y compris le contrôle des armes). Il a aussi représenté Oxfam sur les questions de responsabilité des entreprises dans de nombreux secteurs et sur celles du déplacement des communautés et des droits fonciers, du droit du travail et du changement climatique. Enfin, il a participé pendant plusieurs années au Conseil consultatif pour le Pacte mondial de l’ONU. Il a coeur de promouvoir et de développer la responsabilité des ONG et préside le Conseil d’administration de la Charte internationale de responsabilité des ONG. Enfin, il est membre du Conseil d’administration du Centre de la société civile de Berlin, dont l’objectif est d’appuyer et d’améliorer la performance des ONG.
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Journaliste reporter

Nicolas Hulot, journaliste-reporter, fils de chercheur d’or qui s’est fait connaître par son émission de télévision Ushuaïa, a lancé en 1990 une Fondation pour la nature et l’homme (FNH), qu’il dirige toujours aujourd’hui. Candidat à la présidentielle de 2012 sous la bannière des écologistes, il avait été battu lors des primaires par Eva Joly. Il est le co-auteur du film intitulé Le syndrome du Titanic (2009) et ne cesse d’insister sur “l’urgence écologique”.
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financial sector expert at AFD

Thomas HUSSON has been in charge of the financial sector at AFD’s Bangkok hub since 2010. He has 10 years of experience in development, mainly in the banking and microfinance sector. He has been responsible for a number of programs in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, which involved helping local banks to develop an environmental credit activity. He has also contributed to strengthening microfinance sectors, particularly in Cambodia and Vietnam. He is project manager for AFD’s green microfinance program in Cambodia. He graduated from Sciences-Po Paris and ESCP Europe.
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Economist, AFD

Vanessa Jacquelain est économiste au Département Afrique subsaharienne de l’Agence Française de Développement depuis 2009. Après un passage au Ministère de Économie et des Finances à la Direction générale du Trésor et des Politiques économiques, en tant qu’économiste en charge des nouveaux États membres de l’Union européenne, elle a rejoint l’AFD en 2005. Après un premier poste au Département Caraïbes - Amérique du Sud - Océan Indien, elle couvre actuellement, au Département Afrique subsaharienne, les pays d’Afrique centrale, de l’est et australe. Ses travaux portent principalement sur l’analyse des trajectoires de croissance, les dynamiques socio-économiques, les questions d’endettement ainsi que diverses thématiques transversales, dont la gestion des ressources naturelles.
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President of Global Development Network

Pierre Jacquet is the fourth President of the Global Development Network (GDN), a public international organization headquartered in New Delhi (India) whose mission is to support economists and social scientists in developing countries so that their work can inform better local development policies. Before GDN, he was between 2002 and 2012 Chief Economist of the French Development Agency (AFD) and also served as its Executive Director in charge of strategy from 2002 to 2010. Preceding AFD, he was Deputy Director of the French Institute on International Relations (IFRI), where he was responsible for the economic program and was Chief Editor of IFRI's quarterly review Politique Etrangère. From 1994 to 2012, Pierre Jacquet was President of the Department of Economic and Social Sciences and Professor of International Economics at the Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, a renowned French graduate engineering school. He has also lectured in various business schools and universities such as INSEAD and CEDEP, Sciences-Po, the Paris School of Economics (PSE) and Ecole nationale d’ Administration (ENA). His major research interests are in international relations and issues, international economics, collective action and policymaking, development, the provision of global public goods, trade and finance, and sustainable development. Pierre Jacquet is a former (elected) Chairman of the OECD Development Assistance Committee Poverty Reduction subsidiary body (POVNET) on pro-poor growth, where he presided over work programs focusing on agriculture, infrastructure, the role of the private sector, social policies and employment. He has published more than 80 articles or book chapters and 200 press columns, and co-authored the textbook Economic Policy: Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2010).    

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The volatility of agricultural prices undermines food security in developing countries

The volatility of agricultural prices undermines food security in developing countries. It is a well-known issue which calls for proactive, consistent agricultural policies that address the various risks facing producers and consumers – policies that include an analysis of the risks, strengthen agricultural sectors, encourage the formation of producer groups, build up emergency contingency stocks, collect and analyse data, and provide access to various types of insurance and risk cover.
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Social Mission Manager, Lifebuoy, Unilever

Avinish Jain is a Social Mission Manager working for Unilever. He is based out of Kenya and works closely with country, regional and global brand teams to craft and execute their social missions across hygiene and nutrition brands. He firmly believes that all brands have a social commitment and that brands can be great by doing good. Prior to that he was working with Danone in a division called Danone Communities which invests in NGOs and transforms them into social businesses. He was in the global team helping and steering the social businesses in India and Bangladesh towards financial and social sustainability. He has also worked with Ogilvy in India and Vietnam, managing multi-million dollar clients, helping them develop rural marketing approaches, behavior change programs and consumer activation. He was head of division in Vietnam. He has 13+ years of experience working in South Asia, South East Asia and Africa from rural marketing to social entrepreneurship to meaningful brand social missions. @UnileverWorld  @lifebuoysoap
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spécialiste du développement rural et de l'agriculture à l'AFD

François Jullien a consacré toute sa carrière au développement rural et à l’agriculture. Après un parcours à la Satec (Société d’aide technique et de coopération) et à la Banque Asiatique de Développement, il a œuvré depuis 1983 à l’AFD, comme chef de projet dans le domaine du développement rural et de l’environnement (forêts, aménagement de bassins versants, agro-écologie, climat) .Il est depuis un quinzaine d’années, le principal promoteur des projets pastoraux novateurs menés sur financement de l’AFD au Tchad et au Niger.
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former Director of Advocacy for Food Security at Action against Hunger

Etienne Junon-Duvachat holds a Masters in International Relations from the Sorbonne University in Paris. He has worked for several humanitarian and development NGOs in France, at European level in Brussels and West Africa, on public policies in the fields of agriculture, food and nutrition security, aid, and trade. He has extensive experience of working with various actors from civil society, including several grassroots organizations of farmers and pastoral communities, local NGOs, human rights organizations, as well as national and international NGO networks, on advocacy programs and initiatives. He was formerly Director of Advocacy for Food Security at Action against Hunger (ACF) in Paris, where he mainly worked on mainstreaming nutrition into agricultural and food security policies, and on strengthening resilience in the context of recurrent crises. Etienne left ACF in December 2013 and currently works for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
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Energy Project Manager at AFD

Fabrice Juquois is Energy Project Manager at AFD and manages a portfolio of financing for low-carbon energy infrastructure projects in several parts of the world (Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus). Following studies in engineering and commercial management, he worked on a rural electrification project in the South Pacific, was responsible for the development of the French national photovoltaic program, and renewable energies and energy efficiency in the French overseas territories for the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). Over the past 15 years, he has also worked as an expert for the European Commission on renewable energies, energy efficiency in buildings and Smart Cities.
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Président de la Banque africaine de développement

M. Donald KABERUKA est le 7ème président élu à la tête du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement. En sa qualité de Président du Groupe de la Banque, M. KABERUKA préside les Conseils d’administration de la Banque africaine de développement et du Fonds africain de développement, le guichet concessionnel du Groupe.
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T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs at Cornell University

Ravi Kanbur is T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs at Cornell University and President of the Human Development and Capabilities Association from September 2016 to September 2018.

He is well known for his role in policy analysis and engagement in international development. He has served in the senior staff of the World Bank including as Chief Economist for Africa. He has written on International Public Goods and their implications for Aid Agencies. He has published in the leading economics journals, and published several books on development issues, most recently International development: ideas, experience, and prospects in 2014 (Oxford University Press).

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PDG de la Société malienne de gestion du secteur de l'eau potable

Boubacar Kane, PDG de la Société malienne de gestion du secteur de l'eau potable (Somagep), une entité séparée depuis 2009 de la société nationale d'électricité et chargée de la distribution et de la facturation de l'eau à Bamako. La Somagep travaille en cheville avec une autre société publique, la Société malienne de patrimoine de l'eau potable (Somapep), en charge des infrastructures, toujours à Bamako.
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Head of Africa, World Economic Forum

Elsie S. Kanza is a national of Tanzania, who was born and raised in Kenya. Elsie  serves as the Senior Director, Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum. At the Forum the Africa Team is responsible for the Forum’s Africa Strategy and champions multi-stakeholder regional initiatives, such as Grow Africa partnership initiative, Africa Strategic Infrastructure Initiative, Water Resources Group Partnership initiative, and Responsible Mineral Development Initiative in collaboration with regional organisations. Previously she served as Personal Assistant to H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania responsible for Economic Affairs from 2006 to 2011. Prior to that, she worked with the Ministry of Finance and central Bank of Tanzania in various capacities from 1997 to 2006. Elsie holds a BSc (cum laude) in International Business Administration from the United States International University – Africa, an MSc in Finance from the University of Strathclyde and an MA in Development Economics from Williams College. She is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2011) and an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow (2008).
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Senior Economist, Chief, Strategic & Policy Unit at UNDP

Nicolas Kazadi, 50, has been a senior official at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 2003. He was previously economic advisor and head of strategy for Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Madagascar and Togo, where he has been posted since 2012. A former executive of the Central Bank of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), he was a member of the team in charge of designing and implementing the monetary reform in his country in 1998. He was economic and financial advisor to the Minister of Finance from 1994 to 1997, the three years preceding the fall of Marshal Mobutu, and was subsequently appointed Director General of the Franco-Congolese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFC). In January 2002, he joined the African Development Bank (AfDB) as advisor and temporary alternate governor, representing five Central African Countries (DRC, Cameroon, Congo, Burundi and the Central African Republic). Nicolas Kazadi is the author and co-author of several works on economics, poverty reduction and governance. His publications include “La lutte contre la corruption en Afrique : défis et enjeux”, in L’Afrique et les défis de la gouvernance, Maisonneuve & Larose, Paris, 2008. He holds a postgraduate degree in economics from Paris-I Panthéon Sorbonne University (1990), and is an alumnus of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in France (Averroès class, 2000).
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Directeur Exécutif du Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludism

Michel Kazatchkine a été élu Directeur Exécutif du Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme en avril 2007. Le Fonds mondial est la première institution multilatérale de financement de la lutte contre le VIH/SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme. Le Professeur Michel Kazatchkine a été depuis 25 ans un acteur important de la lutte contre le sida en tant que médecin, chercheur, administrateur, porteur de plaidoyer, décideur et diplomate. Michel Kazatchkine a poursuivi ses études de médecine à la faculté Necker-Enfants-Malades à Paris, étudié l’immunologie à l'Institut Pasteur et complété sa formation postdoctorale au St Mary's Hospital à Londres et à la Harvard Medical School à Boston. L’implication de Michel Kazatchkine dans le sida débute en 1983, lorsqu’il est amené à traiter un couple de français de retour d’Afrique souffrant de fièvre inexpliquée et d’un déficit immunitaire sévère. En 1985, il ouvre une consultation spécialisée sur le sida qui traite aujourd’hui plus de 1600 personnes. Trois ans plus tard, il ouvre la première consultation du soir à Paris pour les personnes séropositives, permettant un accès aux soins confidentiel en dehors des heures de travail.
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Strategic adviser and head of growth management at Innovision Consulting

Ray Kennedy lives in Bangladesh and works for Innovision Consulting. Previously he worked at DFID in their research and evidence division and latterly in the Global Funds Department. He graduated from Oxford University in 2009 with a degree in history and politics and also holds a master's degree jointly from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Secretary General of the NGO WAHA International

Dr. Sinan Khaddaj is Secretary General of the NGO Women And Health Alliance (WAHA) International. He is a general surgeon and has spent fifteen years of his career working on and developing health programs in Asian and African countries that are victims of natural disasters or conflict-affected. Prior to participating in the WAHA International Foundation, he crossed the path of Doctors Without Borders in the field and at the headquarters, where he held positions as the referral physician for the surgical center and then Communication and Fundraising Director. Since it was created, the main objective of WAHA International has been to provide high-quality maternal care and treat postpartum complications in poor and low-income communities all over the world. The association works in Guinea and Liberia in the fight against Ebola and also develops innovative systems to strengthen health systems in developing countries.
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chargé de l’innovation et du développement de la mission Etalab

Romain Lacombe est chargé de l’innovation et du développement de la mission Etalab (data.gouv.fr) pour l’ouverture des données publiques aux services du Premier ministre (Secrétariat général à la modernisation de l’action publique). Il dirige les relations internationales de la mission, construit ses liens avec l’écosystème de l’innovation, et assure l’expertise technique de la France dans les travaux diplomatiques sur la Charte Open Data du G8.
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formatrice et chargée d’études au CIEDEL

Corinne LAJARGE est chargée de mission, de formation au CIEDEL, et expert en développement local avec une expérience de près de 20 ans dans la coopération internationale.  Elle est depuis 1992 au CIEDEL, où elle a suivi et accompagnée la création du programme RESACOOP (Réseau Rhône-Alpes d'appui à la coopération internationale) dont elle a assumé la responsabilité entre 1999 et 2001.  Elle a ensuite été mise à disposition du Groupement d'intérêt public (GIP) RESACOOP en tant que chargée de mission. Au sein du CIEDEL elle est formatrice depuis  10 ans et réalise des expertises. Elle est actuellement en responsabilité des thématiques suivantes  : coopération décentralisée, éducation au développement, politique publique concertée.
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Economic Advisor to the Head of the Government of Morocco

Abdelghni Lakhdar has been Economic Advisor to the Head of the Government of Morocco since February 2012. He is also national coordinator for the Morocco-OECD country program and national coordinator for the second compact between Morocco and the USA’s Millennium Challenge Corporation. He previously held several responsibilities at the Ministry of Finance, where he managed the economic and financial partnership between Morocco and the European Union and participated in negotiations over the Morocco/USA free trade agreement, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meetings, trade negotiations in the context of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and various United Nations international conferences on development. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (New York), a post-graduate qualification from the Rabat National School for Public Administration, and a State engineer qualification from the Hassania School of Public Works in Casablanca.
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economist and lecturer at Lille 1 University

Benoît Lallau is an economist and a lecturer at Lille 1 University (Clersé). In 2012, he also co-founded (with Emmanuel Mbétid-Bessane, an agro-economist from the Central African Republic) LERSA, the Laboratory for Rural Economy and Food Security of the University of Bangui. He regularly goes to the Central African Republic, a country he has known since 1990, and contributed to the creation in Bangui of a Masters of training in Humanitarian Professions for young graduates in the Central African Republic, as well as to various studies conducted in partnership with humanitarian actors in the country. His research mainly focuses on rural poverty, on the impact of the notion of resilience in the field of social sciences, and on agricultural development models. In addition to Lille 1 University, he also works at the Lille Institute of Political Sciences, and in engineering schools for agriculture. He manages several doctoral theses on the issues of agricultural development and post-crisis trajectories in CAR, but also in other African countries and in France.
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Conseiller spécial sur le développement durable auprès du Pacte mondial des Nations unies

Le Secrétaire général des Nations unies Ban Ki-moon le nomme Coordonnateur exécutif de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le développement durable, Rio+20, le 2 décembre 2010, au rang de Sous-Secrétaire général. Une fonction qu’il occupe pendant toute la préparation de Rio+20 jusqu’à la conférence à Rio de Janeiro du 20 au 22 juin 2012, puis pendant la première phase de suivi et de mise en œuvre de Rio+20 jusqu’en janvier 2013 au siège des Nations unies à New York, au sein du Département des Affaires économiques et sociales. Le 15 février 2013, M. Lalonde est nommé à New York conseiller spécial sur le développement durable auprès du Pacte mondial des Nations unies.
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Project Manager – Health insurance at AFD

Before joining AFD, Aurore Lambert worked for an insurance group and consulting firm, both based in France. She also headed up a health micro-insurance scheme in the textile sector in Cambodia. Aurore holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School.

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Directeur général de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce

M. Lamy a antérieurement occupé les fonctions de Commissaire européen chargé du commerce, de Directeur général du Crédit Lyonnais et de Directeur du Cabinet du Président de la Commission européenne. Il a pris ses fonctions de Directeur général de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce en septembre 2005.
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Ministre des Postes et de l’Economie numérique du Togo

Ancienne consultante pour la Banque mondiale, Cina Lawson, 43 ans, a travaillé pour Alcatel-Lucent et le groupe Orange à Paris, avant d’être nommée ministre des Postes et télécommunications en 2010 par le président togolais Faure Gnassingbé. Reconduite dans ses fonctions au ministère des Postes et de l’économie numérique en 2013, elle mène une politique active qui passe notamment par l’organisation d’un Forum annuel des jeunes entrepreneurs. Titulaire d’une maîtrise d’histoire de l’Université de Paris X (Nanterre), elle est diplômée de l’Institut d’études politiques (IEP) de Paris, où elle a obtenu en 1997 un Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) en économie appliquée, avant de faire un master à la J. F. Kennedy School of Government, l’école de politiques publiques de l’Université de Harvard (Massachussets, Etats-Unis).
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Fondateur du Comité technique « Foncier & Développement »

Etienne Le Roy est membre fondateur du Comité technique « Foncier & Développement » et  Professeur émérite d’anthropologie du droit à l’Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris 1,  Il a été, entre autres, directeur de la revue Politique africaine de 1985 à 1988, directeur du Laboratoire d’anthropologie juridique de Paris de 1988 à 2007 et président de l’Association pour la Promotion des Recherches et Etudes foncières en Afrique (APREFA) de 1987 à 1997.
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Head of Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services Division at PROPARCO

Julien Lefilleur joined PROPARCO in 2004. After having occupied several positions, he opened in 2010 PROPARCO’s regional office for West Africa, based in Abidjan. Julien Lefilleur is also the founder and editor-in-chief of PROPARCO’s magazine Private Sector & Development. He is a graduate of École centrale de Paris with a PhD in Economics from the Sorbonne University.
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Biodiversity Research Programme (AFD)

Tiphaine Leménager is a doctor in Environment Management and an agronomist engineer. Concerned by the difficulty of linking development issues with environmental preservation, she joined AFD at the beginning of 2008 and the Research Department at the end of 2009 in order to work on this topic. Currently in charge of the Biodiversity Research Programme, she manages and leads research that aims to ensure the environment is better integrated into development models.
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ingénieur agronome, spécialisé en développement agricole au Gret

Laurent Levard est ingénieur agronome, spécialisé en développement agricole (INA-PG, 1984). Il travaille depuis 2010 au Gret, principalement sur les questions des politiques agricoles et commerciales, des négociations commerciales internationales et de l’agro-écologie. Il a auparavant exercé diverses fonctions dans le domaine de l’appui au développement agricole, de la formation et de la recherche universitaires en développement agricole (au Nicaragua), de l’analyse et du suivi des politiques agricoles européenne et française et du commerce équitable. Il a été récemment en charge de la rédaction, avec Frédéric Apollin (AVSF), du rapport de la commission Agriculture et Alimentation (c2a) de Coordination Sud « Répondre aux défis du XXIe siècle avec l’agro-écologie : pourquoi et comment ? ».
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CEO of CARE France

Philippe Lévêque has been CEO of CARE France since May 2000. He graduated from the HEC Paris Business School in 1982 and began his career at IBM in 1984, where he held marketing and commercial positions. In 1989, he joined the software package publisher SYSTAR, where he was Marketing Director until 1993. Following a year in Africa, he opted for the humanitarian cause. He was a volunteer worker at Doctors of the World France in 1993, where he subsequently became Development Director and Deputy CEO. His responsibilities covered marketing, communication, finance and human resources. In June 2011, he was awarded the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur by Alain Juppé.
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Specialist in financial regulation

Laurent Lhériau holds a PhD in Law and is a specialist in financial regulation. For 16 years, he has been participating in most of the research to prepare inclusive finance regulations in French-speaking countries, on behalf of supervisors or development agencies. He advises supervisors and financial institutions on topics related to inclusive finance (microfinance, remote banking & mobile banking), AML/CFT, consumer protection, and the supervision of market practices. He is the author of a Microfinance Regulation Handbook (AFD, 2nd edition in 2009, 3rd edition forthcoming in 2015) and about fifteen articles, mainly published in the journal “Techniques Financières & Développement”. He lectures for a Master’s program at the University of Lorraine and Protestant University in Congo (Kinshasa), as well as for a “Boulder” Microfinance Training Program.
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Advocacy Officer at Action against Hunger (ACF)

Christina Lionnet is Advocacy Officer at Action against Hunger (ACF), where she studies the policies implemented by France to combat undernutrition in the context of France’s Official Development Assistance. She has been working in the field of the fight against hunger for four years, after several years in journalism, where she especially handled international and development affairs.
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Directeur de la Direction de la coopération pour le développement de l'OCDE

Jon Lomøy est le Directeur de la Direction de la coopération pour le développement de l'OCDE depuis avril 2010. A ce titre, il dirige le travail de la coopération pour le développement en apportant une direction stratégique et définira les politiques requises pour promouvoir le développement durable, en vue d’atteindre les Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement.
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Chercheur au Cirad

Géraud Magrin est né en 1972. Ancien élève de l’ENS de Fontenay Saint Cloud, agrégé (1995), docteur (2000) et HDR (2011) en géographie, Géraud Magrin est chercheur au Cirad depuis 2001. Il y mène des recherches sur les dimensions territoriales des trajectoires du développement en Afrique de l’Ouest (notamment au Sénégal) et du Centre (en particulier au Tchad), avec une approche de géographie politique déclinée sur des objets divers (activités extractives, décentralisation, politiques agricoles, aménagement des hydrosystèmes, relations villes campagnes).
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Managing Director of Tyathumzi Advisory

Luvuyo Mandela (grandson of Thembi Mandela, the eldest son who Nelson Mandela had with his first wife, Evelyn Mase) is a social entrepreneur and consultant. He manages Tyathumzi Advisory, an agency which works on youth empowerment and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. He is involved in a number of South African initiatives focused on education (Skew Circle, Legacy Project, One Young World, Drop the Why, Play Your Part), and in various townships in South Africa, including Claremont in Durban and Soweto in Johannesburg.
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Ph.D. student in economics at University of Geneva & consultant for FERDI and UNCTAD

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coordinator of the IUCN Program on African Protected Areas

Geoffroy graduated veterinarian in 1990 and started working in Africa in 1992, in Burkina Faso, on animal health and development. He is specialized on conservation issues and has worked in different places, in Western and Eastern Africa mainly. Since 2011, he heads the IUCN Program on African Protected Areas & Conservation (PAPACO) and is based in Pretoria (South Africa). He was previously (2006 – 2010) the coordinator of the IUCN regional program on protected areas for West and Central Africa, based in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Through these programs, he aims at supporting managers and management bodies to improve the governance and the management of protected areas across Africa. This is done through trainings, tools and guidelines development, small to medium-size projects implementation, fundraising for and funding of PAs, networking, sensitization, information etc. Support to Conservation Trust Funds for African Protected Areas is also part of the objectives of the program. The development of these activities has benefitted from the instrumental support of AfD and FFEM, along with other donors, from the very beginning. More on www.papaco.org
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visiting Scholar at the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Washington, DC

John May holds a Master in Demographics from the Catholic University of Leuven, which he later completed with a PhD at the University of Paris-V in 1996. He has devoted most of his career to studying population policies: demographics, development, family planning programs, with both operational and academic positions. He notably worked for the United Nations (UNFPA, UNICEF...) in Haiti from 1976 to 1979, then in New Caledonia, prior to returning to Belgium for a few years at the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. In 1987, he went to Washington, where he worked successively for Futures Group International, the World Bank and the Center for Global Development. In 2012, he joined the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) as a Visiting Scholar. He is also an associate professor at Georgetown University and an associate member of the Royal Academy of Belgium.
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Ethiopian Minister of Industry

State Minister of Industry, Ethiopia

Dr. Mebrahtu Meles has more than 15 years of management experience, at both the senior and executive levels. He has extensive experience in managing and organizing various regional and federal private-sector supporting institutions, and other private-sector programmes and projects. He earned a Ph.D. in Research Private Sector Development and a Master of Science degree in Economics and Management in the Agro-Industrial Complex.
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Agro-economist at AFD

Zacharie Mechali is an engineer (project manager) in Agence Française de Développement’s Agriculture, Rural Development and Biodiversity Division. He was previously a project manager for Agriculture at AFD’s agency in Lao PDR, then a project officer for Agriculture, Water & Sanitation and Environment at the agency in Tunisia. Prior to joining AFD, Zacharie Mechali worked for NGOs from 2004 to 2006 (Centro de Estudios Rurales y Agricultura International, CERAI and ENDA Maghreb), where he was in charge of agricultural development programs in the Moroccan Rif. Before that, he started his professional career as an agricultural worker on a farm in the South of France. Zacharie Mechali is an agro-economist and graduated from AgroParisTech (Class of 1999).
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Senior Advisor in UNDP

Artak Melkonyan serves as Senior Advisor in UNDP and works on several breakthrough initiatives targeting social entrepreneurship and impact investments under UNDP framework. Artak has over 20-year track record of exposure to businesses and non-profit organizations in 35 countries (US, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Southern Asia). Prior to joining UNDP, he was CEO of RVVZ / IDEA Foundation and led innovative venture philanthropy projects in tourism, education, regional development.
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directeur de l'association internationale pour contribuer à l'Amélioration de la Gouvernance de la Terre, de l'Eau et des Ressources Naturelles (AGTER)

Michel Merlet est ingénieur Agronome, cofondateur et, depuis 2005, directeur de l'association internationale pour contribuer à l'Amélioration de la Gouvernance de la Terre, de l'Eau et des Ressources Naturelles (AGTER) www.agter.asso.fr, et enseignant contractuel à l'Institut d'Étude du Développement Économique et Social (IEDES) - Université Paris I, et ponctuellement dans d'autres institutions de formation, en France et à l'étranger. Il s'est spécialisé dans l'étude des politiques foncières rurales, l'analyse des systèmes agraires et la gouvernance des ressources naturelles. Il travaille à la fois en Europe, en Asie, en Afrique et en Amérique Latine. Il est membre du Comité Technique « Foncier & Développement » de la coopération française.
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Director, African Development Bank

Simon Mizrahi is the Director for the Department of Quality Assurance and Results at the African Development Bank (AfDB).  His job is to ensure that the Bank’s operations achieve the greatest development impact. Under his stewardship, the US Treasury awarded AfDB three Development Impact Awards—the highest number of awards given to a multilateral development bank. Prior to joining AfDB, Simon worked at the OECD where he was in charge of building international consensus around the aid effectiveness agenda. In this capacity, he authored the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action that were adopted by more than 110 countries and organisations around the world. Simon also worked for Médecins du Monde and was in charge of the organisation’s emergency relief campaign in Rwanda in 1994. He holds an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge (UK) and l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
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President of Women Entrepreneurs of Morocco (AFEM)

After graduating from the Higher Institute of Commerce and Business Administration (ISCAE) in Casablanca, Asmaa Morine-Azzouzi studied on a postgraduate course in International Trade and obtained an MBA in Economic Intelligence and Strategic Management from the Paris School of Economic Warfare (EGE). After having set up ACTIFORM, a business development and event management company, in 2001, she founded CAIS Consulting, and in 2016 Lead4Leaders http://www.lead4leaders.com/, two consulting firms specialized in economic intelligence for investors who want to set up in business in Morocco or Sub-Saharan Africa.

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travaille sur les systèmes d’information et de gestion des institutions de microfinance (IMF) partenaires de l’ONG française Entrepreneurs du Monde

Camille Moureaux travaille depuis 2009 sur les systèmes d’information et de gestion des institutions de microfinance (IMF) partenaires de l’ONG française Entrepreneurs du Monde. Elle représente aussi un investisseur, Microfinance Solidaire, qui a choisi de se mettre au service des partenaires d’Entrepreneurs du monde.
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food security specialist at Agence Française de Développement

After working in the operational field, Florence MOUTON now works on food security in AFD’s Research and Development Division. Florence MOUTON spent 10 years as a consultant working on agri-food sectors in France, Europe and Latin America. She subsequently joined AFD as a project manager for rural development in West Africa. While she was posted at CEFEB (AFD’s corporate university), she developed capacity building projects on sustainable development: Master’s with CERDI, training program on carbon credits with the World Bank for African project initiators… She was responsible for AFD’s activities in the Pacific and particularly focused on biodiversity protection. She draws on all this experience in her current activity of knowledge production on food security. Florence Mouton is an agricultural engineer and holds a Master’s in Agrifood Management from the ESSEC business school.
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senior negotiator for the of DRC on climate issues

Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, 41, a senior negotiator for the Democratic Republic of Congo on climate issues, began his career as advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of his country. In 2010 and 2011, he led the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) during the Cancun and Durban climate summits. He is also a member of the Green Climate Fund Board, which is based in South Korea, and has co-chaired the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group during the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP 21).
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Statisticien et économiste

Jean-david Naudet est statisticien et économiste. Il a travaillé un dizaine d’années au sein du département de la recherche de l’AFD, et notamment dirigé le service évaluation de l’AFD. Il est actuellement en poste au sein de l'agence AFD d'Antananarivo. Il a auparavant occupé différentes fonctions dans le domaine du développement dans différentes organisations internationales: chargé de programme, économiste, consultant, chercheur. Il est l’auteur de nombreuses publications dans les domaines de l’évaluation et de l’efficacité de l’aide.
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Fondateur du cabinet de conseil Performances Group

Victor Ndiaye, diplômé des Hautes études de commerce (HEC) de Paris, est retourné dans son pays, le Sénégal, après deux ans de banque chez Morgan à Francfort (Allemagne) et huit ans de conseil chez Charles Riley (Paris). Il a fondé en 1995 à Dakar le cabinet conseil Performances Group.
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directrice de l'équipe d'Evaluation et de mesure stratégique de la Fondation Bill & Melinda Gates

Experte américaine, Jodi Nelson est la directrice de l'équipe d'Evaluation et de mesure stratégique de la Fondation Bill & Melinda Gates dans les domaines de la santé, du développement et des programmes américains. Docteur en Sciences politiques de l'Université de Columbia (New York), elle a passé huit ans à l'International Rescue Committee (IRC).

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Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University.  She is also Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell.  Her research examines scientific and societal influences on food choice, obesity, and food safety, emphasizing the role of food marketing.  She is the author of many prize-winning books, among them Food Politics, What to Eat, and most recently, Soda Politics. She blogs at www.foodpolitics.com and is on Twitter @marionnestle.

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Regional Director for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Mabingué Ngom, Regional Director for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the 23 West and Central African countries, is based in Dakar, in Senegal. This 57 year-old Senegalese specialist in development and public policies, who trained in Dakar (Senegal) and Washington (USA), was Program Advisor at the International Planned Parenthood Federation in Nairobi (Kenya), and subsequently Portfolio Manager for Africa and Team Leader for West and Central Africa at the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in Geneva, Switzerland. He joined UNFPA in New York in 2008 as Director of the Program Division and Emergency Director.
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Deputy Director of the IMF's African Department

En tant que directeur adjoint du Département Afrique du FMI, Roger Nord supervise les relations du FMI avec l’Afrique de l’Ouest et l’Afrique de l’Est. Il a travaillé pour cette institution en Tanzanie, en Ouganda et au Gabon notamment. Plus tôt dans sa carrière, il a occupé les postes de représentant régional du FMI en Europe centrale et de conseiller du Directeur général, Horst Köhler. Il est l'auteur principal de l’ouvrage « Tanzanie : Histoire d'une transition en Afrique » (2009),  a un diplôme en économie de l'Université de St. Gallen en Suisse, et un MBA de l'Université de Chicago.
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ancien Directeur général du SIDA

Anders Nordström a été le Directeur général de SIDA, l'agence de coopération suédoise de janvier 2008 à mai 2010. Avant de rentrer dans ses fonctions au SIDA, il était Sous-directeur général à l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). Anders Nordström a une solide expérience dans la coopération internationale et le développement : depuis 2003 il travaillait à l’OMS à Genève, puis il a assuré les fonctions de directeur général par intérim de mai 2006 à janvier 2007. Avant cela, il a travaillé pour le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme, à Genève, pour SIDA à Stockholm et en Zambie, et pour la Croix Rouge au Cambodge et en Iran. Anders a également exercé la profession de médecin.
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Maître de conférences en démographie et sociologie

Laurent Nowik est maître de conférences en démographie et sociologie à l’Université François-Rabelais de Tours, membre de l’UMR CITERES et chercheur associé à l’INED. Il travaille depuis sa thèse sur des questions en lien avec le vieillissement démographique, initialement dans le contexte des pays occidentaux. Ses travaux récents portent sur la mobilité résidentielle et l’habitat des retraités.
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analyste des politiques d'innovation et d'intégration sociales

Antonella Noya est analyste senior du programme  de Développement économique et création d'emplois locaux (LEED) de l’OCDE. Elle est également en charge du Forum de l’OCDE / LEED sur les innovations sociales. Elle analyse et évalue la politique internationale dans divers domaines, dont : le rôle du secteur à but non lucratif, l'économie sociale et les entreprises dans le développement local, le rôle de la culture dans le développement local ; la constitution d'actifs pour les personnes à faible revenu, l'innovation sociale; le renforcement des capacités, la responsabilité sociale des entreprises vers les collectivités locales, et l'entrepreneuriat féminin. Elle conseille les gouvernements dans l’ensemble de ces domaines. Elle est co-auteur de la publication de l’OCDE Social Enterprises, et est rédactrice des publications suivantes : Culture and Local Development; Asset-building for Low-income People: A New Policy Debate; The Changing  Boundaries of Social Enterprises . Elle a également co-rédigé Entrepreneurship as a Catalyst for Urban Regeneration; The Non-Profit Sector in a Changing Economy, Social Economy: Building Inclusive Economies and Community Capacity Building: creating  a better future together. Enfin, elle est l’auteur du chapitre "Social entrepreneurship and social innovation" de la publication de l’OCDE "SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovation" et co-rédactrice de l’ouvrage "L’entreprenariat social en France. Réflexions et bonnes pratiques" ( June 2013) (CAS, centre d’analyse stratégique et OCDE). Antonella est co-fondatrice et ancienne membre du conseil de MOUVES, le Mouvement des Entrepreneurs Sociaux français, siège au conseil de Convergences 2015, au sein du comité scientifique RELIESS, un réseau canadien de politiques publiques en économie sociale et solidaire, et de l’Observatoire national de l’économie sociale en France. Elle est enfin co-fondatrice et ancienne présidente de DIRE, le seul réseau regroupant des femmes professionnelles italiennes à Paris.
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Président du Groupe intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC)

Le Dr R.K. Pachauri a été élu Président du Groupe intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC) en avril 2002. Sous sa direction, le GIEC a reçu en 2007 le Prix Nobel de la paix conjointement avec Al Gore, ancien Vice Président des Etats-Unis.Le Dr Pachauri est également le Directeur général de TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), basé à New Delhi. TERI est un institut menant des recherches sur l’énergie, l’environnement, la sylviculture, la biotechnologie et la conservation des ressources naturelles pour le compte de gouvernements, institutions et entreprises privées de par le monde.

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chargé de mission Histoire à l'Agence Française de Développement

François Pacquement est chargé de mission Histoire à l’AFD. Son parcours professionnel, commencé dans le développement en 1979, l’a conduit tant sur le terrain (Caraïbe, Afrique de l’Ouest, Pays d’Europe centrale et orientale, Asie) qu’au siège de l’AFD ou auprès d’institutions françaises (notamment le Trésor et le Ministère des Affaires étrangères) et de la Commission européenne. Il a une expérience des opérations (États étrangers et Outre-mer) comme de la réflexion stratégique.
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Economist at European Affairs Department

Stéphanie Pamies holds a PhD in Economics from the Universities of Birmingham (UK) and Bordeaux-IV and has worked on the analysis of budget adjustment channels in currency areas, in particular applied to the case of the European Economic and Monetary Union. After having worked as an economist at the General Directorate of the Treasury in the Macroeconomic Policies and European Affairs Department, she held various positions as an economist at AFD (in the Economic Observatory Division of the Institut d’Émission des Départements d’Outre-mer (IEDOM), Evaluation and Capitalization Division and, more recently, Macroeconomic Analysis and Country Risk Department). In September 2014, she joined the European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, where she works on the analysis of public finance sustainability in European Union countries.

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Secrétaire général de la CNUCED

M. Supachai Panitchpakdi a entamé son mandat de Secrétaire général de la CNUCED, d’une durée de quatre ans, le 1er septembre 2005, à la suite de sa nomination par l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies. Il avait auparavant exercé les fonctions de Directeur général de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce et de Vice-Premier Ministre et Ministre du commerce de la Thaïlande. M. Panitchpakdi est titulaire d’un doctorat en planification économique et développement de l’Université Erasmus (Rotterdam).
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Head of AFD’s Health Division

After studying medicine in France and epidemiology in the USA, Dr. Christophe Paquet conducted several humanitarian missions with Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Central America, Thailand and the Sudan. He specialised in communicable and tropical diseases and participated in the creation of Epicentre, an MSF epidemiology research group and WHO Collaborating Centre, which he headed until 1999. Christophe Paquet subsequently joined the National Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS) where he managed the International and Tropical Department, while participating in several missions for WHO during epidemics of international importance, such as SARS in 2003. In 2007, he joined Agence Française de Développement (AFD), where he was Project Manager in the Health and Social Protection Division for 6 years, prior to becoming Director of this division in August 2013.
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Chargée d’Affaires Microfinance Senior à Proparco

Élodie Parent, Investment officer Proparco. Élodie Parent began working at Agence française de développement in 2004 in Morocco where she was in charge of developing microfinance activity. She is now an investment officer at Proparco where she coordinates the microfinance unit which has committed some 50 million euros of financing to the sector.    

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Striking a balance between affordable rates and satisfactory profitability in microfinance institutions

The interest rates charged by microfinance institutions (MFIs) are calculated on the basis of their financial situations and profitability targets. To make these rates more affordable for their low income clients, MFIs can conduct an analysis of their financial situation using four key criterias – the aim is then to optimize them. MFIs’ profitability targets are set by their shareholders and could be better assessed and more transparent.      
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FoodSecurity Advocacy Officer for Action against Hunger

Peggy PASCAL is Food Security Advocacy Officer for Action against Hunger. She is an agricultural engineer and spent several years in the field devising, implementing and evaluating food security and rural development programs (including 4 years in Afghanistan). She is following the climate negotiations concerning food and nutrition security for ACF.
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deputy director of the Africa's department of AFD

Thierry Paulais is deputy director of the Agence Française de Développement’s Africa Department. He is an economist and an urban planner. He began his career in different engineering consulting firms.  He then joined the Caisse des dépôts et consignations, the French financial institution, where he was the head of a team in charge of a credit line and loans for municipalities. In 2000 he joined the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), to establish and manage the Urban Development Division. He subsequently led a research programme for the Cities Alliance supported by the World Bank. He is an author of several books, notably Financing Africa’s Cities, published in 2012 by AFD and the World Bank.
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Member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation

Gérard Payen has been working for nearly 30 years to resolve water-related issues all over the world. Today, he works on mobilizing the international community on global water issues, mainly as Member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) and as Honorary President of AquaFed, the international federation of private water services operators. He is also a Board Member of the INTERNATIONAL WATER ASSOCIATION, the global association of water professionals. In France, he is Vice-President of ASTEE, the association of French public and private water professionals, member of the FRENCH WATER PARTNERSHIP, an association for French actors concerned by water issues outside France, a Board Member of the WATER ACADEMY, and member of the ACADEMY OF TECHNOLOGIES. He was astounded by the number of misconceptions over the nature of water-related problems, which hamper public authorities in their decision-making, and published a book in 2013 to refute these preconceived ideas. Previously, after having been on the Management Board at Degremont, a global group specialized in water treatment, he headed all the Water activities of the group called Lyonnaise des Eaux, then Suez, and turned it into the world leader for drinking water and sanitation services (120 million people supplied with water every day) under the name Ondeo, today Suez Environnement. During this period, thanks to companies under his responsibility, 7 million people have gained access to safe drinking water in developing countries.
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Economist and statistician

Serge Péano, a statistician-economist, worked as an expert at the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) until 2013. His research focused on issues related to the costs and financing of education. He has also spent part of his career at the Evaluation Department of the French Ministry of National Education. Serge Péano is today continuing his activities as a freelance consultant.
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Conseiller technique pour la santé sociale pour Handicap International

Docteur en sociologie et psychologue clinicien de formation, Guillaume Pégon chemine depuis neuf années dans le monde de l’humanitaire. A partir d’expériences cliniques et de recherches universitaires développées en France auprès de populations migrantes et en situation de précarité, il appuie actuellement depuis le siège de Handicap International l’ensemble des équipes déployées sur le terrain travaillant dans les programmes de santé mentale, soutien psychosocial et protection, tant en contexte de développement (Bangladesh, Algérie, Maroc, Ethiopie) qu’en contexte de post-crise suite à des conflits ou des catastrophes naturelles (Haïti, Sud Soudan, Pakistan, Liban, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya). Il est également Secrétaire Général de l’Association Française de Psychologie Communautaire, association qui vise à promouvoir en France le développement des approches participatives et de mobilisation communautaire dans le champ de la psychologie dans un souci d’amélioration du bien-être des individus et des communautés.
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Vice-président de Convergences et DG de la Fondation Grameen Crédit Agricole

Né en 1952, Jean-Luc Perron a commencé sa carrière au ministère français de l’Agriculture, comme chef du bureau du budget, puis conseiller financier auprès du ministre de l’Agriculture. En 1985, il est entré à la Caisse Nationale de Crédit Agricole (aujourd’hui Crédit Agricole SA), organe central du Groupe Crédit Agricole, où il a occupé successivement les fonctions de Directeur du financement de l’agriculture, du logement et des PME (1985-1986), Responsable de la Mission Tourisme et Loisirs (1986-1991), Directeur général de Crédit Agricole Consultants (1992-1997), Directeur des Participations Internationales (1997-2002) et Responsable des Affaires européennes (2002-2009). En 2007 et 2008, Jean-Luc Perron a joué un rôle moteur dans la création de la Fondation Grameen Crédit Agricole, à l’initiative du Crédit Agricole et du Professeur Yunus, Prix Nobel de la Paix. Il en est le Délégué Général depuis sa création en 2008. Dotée de 50 millions d’Euros par Crédit Agricole SA, la Fondation intervient en prêts, participations en fonds propres et assistance technique auprès de 45 institutions de microfinance et 13 entreprises de social business dans 24 pays en développement, principalement en Afrique Sub-Saharienne et en Asie du Sud.

Jean-Luc Perron est ancien élève de l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration (promotion Voltaire, 1980) et diplômé du Stanford Executive Program (1992).

 
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doctor and cholera specialist

Since 2008, Renaud Piarroux has been a professor at the University of Aix-Marseille and head of the Parasitology and Mycology Service at the Public Hospital of Marseille. He is a pediatrician specialized in infectious diseases and tropical medicine. He set up the Parasitology and Mycology Service of the University Hospital of Besançon and managed it from 1996 to 2008. Renaud Piarroux has taken part in several missions and research studies in Africa, including the study of the dynamics of cholera epidemics in the Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo and West Africa, the prevention and management of parasitic diseases in Morocco, and the implementation and coordination of a program to combat water-related diseases in Côte d’Ivoire. He has taken a special interest in analyzing risks of epidemics and defining health priorities after natural disasters or in the event of conflict (conflict in Afghanistan and in the former Yugoslavia, cyclone in Honduras, volcanic eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo…). More recently, at the request of the Haitian authorities, he conducted an investigation on the origin of the cholera epidemic in this country since October 2010 and identified that it started in a military camp. Since 2012, he has regularly been carrying out epidemiological studies on the course of the cholera epidemic in Haiti in order to guide the anti-cholera activities conducted by UNICEF and its partners in the field. He has contributed to the research of the French Society of Parasitology (SFP) and of the French Society of Medical Mycology (SFMM). He was regional delegate for Franche-Comté for the association Médecins du Monde and was in charge of various missions in Grande Comore and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Senior project manager for digital technologies within the Direction of Operations of AFD

Gwenael Prié is senior project manager for digital technologies within the Direction of Operations of AFD. He is in charge of managing ICT projects in several African countries, supporting other sectors in leveraging digital technologies and facilitating the adoption of a new digital strategy for AFD. An engineer from Telecom ParisTech, Gwenael Prié began his carrier as a telecommunications consultant, before launching an independent activity to raise awarenessness about ICT4D and help NGOs adopt mobile applications in Africa. He is also the co-founder of the “Start-Up Africa Paris” collective and the co-author of “The Water Travelers”, an award-winning book about his travel around the world to raise awareness of water-related issues.
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Executive Director of FUNDEPPO

Jeronimo Pruijn was born in the Netherlands and has a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology. He has lived in Mexico for more than 25 years. He began his work with fair trade in the late 1980s as a volunteer at Max Havelaar Netherlands. From 1991 to 1994, he worked for community development and gender parity at a coffee producers’ cooperative, La Selva, in Chiapas, Mexico. He then became an Executive Director for a number of small producer-owned initiatives: Café La Selva coffeehouses, the Network Against Extreme Poverty, Fair Trade Mexico, the Mexican Network of Small Fair Trade Producers, the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Fair Trade Producers (CLAC), the Agromercados trade company, and the service agency, SERJUSTO. From 2007 to 2013, he represented the CLAC on the FLO Standards Committee. Beginning in 2010, he became Executive Director of FUNDEPPO, based in Mexico City; it is the operator of the Small Producers' Symbol, SPP.
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Vice President, EMEA, BSR

Peder Michael leads BSR’s activities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa as well as the organization’s global Research and Partnership Development teams. A member of BSR’s executive team, he also leads BSR’s Program Committee, which sets the organization’s programmatic priorities.
An experienced sustainability executive, Peder Michael works with the world’s leading companies in consumer, financial services, transportation, healthcare, and energy sectors on business strategy and operations to help them manage sustainability risks and opportunities. He is a member of several sustainability advisory boards, including the Kingfisher Net-Positive Advisory Board and the Melton Foundation Advisory Board, and he is a member of the UN Women/UNGC Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group. Prior to joining BSR, Peder Michael was a key player in growing PricewaterhouseCoopers' sustainable business solutions practice in Copenhagen. He also spent five years with the Danish Foreign Service, where he worked on human rights in international development and foreign policy and served on the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women. Peder Michael served on the Danish Government’s Council on Corporate Responsibility from 2009-2012. He speaks English, French, Danish, and Swedish, and holds an international M.B.A. and a B.S. in business administration, both from Copenhagen Business School.
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Director General of ATD Fourth World

Isabelle Pypaert Perrin has been an ATD Fourth World Volunteer Corps member since 1981 and currently serves as the organization's Director General. Partnering with families who face persistent poverty and exclusion, ATD Fourth World works to mobilize society to put an end to poverty. With teams in over 30 countries, ATD Fourth World's approach makes it possible for people from all walks of life to think and act together to promote the dignity and human rights of all. Ms. Pypaert Perrin has been part of ATD Fourth World teams in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Guatemala, Haiti, and Southeast Asia. Since joining ATD Fourth World’s International Leadership Team in 2008, Ms. Pypaert Perrin has helped lead ATD Fourth World in the spirit of the Haitian Creole term “tèt ansanm”: starting with those whose lives are the most difficult, moving forward together with the ideas, intelligence, and courage of ATD Fourth World's members in all their diversity. Her team supports members in designing their responsibilities, in strengthening their links among one another, and in assuring an evaluation and planning process that gives rise to sustainable actions and the creation of innovative projects. Among such grass-roots initiatives are Street Libraries, Peoples Universities, and economic solidarity initiatives like “Working and Learning Together.” At an international level, Ms. Pypaert Perrin's team has impulsed action-research projects inspired by a Merging Knowledge approach: the UN's Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights; the international colloquium and report, “Extreme Poverty is Violence – Breaking the Silence – Searching for Peace;” and the evaluation of the MDGs, Challenge 2015: Towards a Sustainable Development that Leaves No One Behind.
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Innovation and leadership strategist

Navi Radjou is an innovation and leadership strategist based in the Silicon Valley. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, serves as a faculty member for the World Economic Forum (WEF) and on the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation, and writes as a regular columnist for the Harvard Business Review. In 2013, Radjou received the prestigious Thinkers50 Innovation Award (in both its Indian and global editions) for being a management thinker who is re-shaping the way we think about and practice innovation. He is a co-author of the bestselling Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth. The Economist calls it “the most comprehensive book yet to appear on the subject” of frugal innovation. Jugaad Innovation was shortlisted for the 2013 Thinkers50 CK Prahalad Breakthrough Idea Award. Radjou is currently working on his next book, Frugal Innovation: How Business in the Developed World Can Create More Value With Fewer Resources (Profile/Economist Books, 2014; Public Affairs/Economist Books, 2015), which sheds light on the big macro-economic and socio-cultural trends that are irreversibly shifting Western societies towards frugality—and how Western businesses can effectively respond to these trends. Until 2011, Radjou served as Executive Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Previously, he was a longtime vice president and analyst at Forrester Research in Boston and San Francisco, advising senior executives worldwide on breakthrough growth strategies. Radjou has consulted on innovation and leadership strategies for major international organizations such as Ernst & Young, General Motors, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, SAP, Sprint, and TCS. Featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Business Week, and Financial Times, Radjou has also published articles in MIT Sloan Management Review and strategy+business. He is also coauthor of From Smart To Wise (Jossey-Bass, 2013). A sought-after keynote speaker, Radjou has addressed the World Economic Forum, The Council on Foreign Relations, CII, The Asia Society, and other organizations. An Indian-born French national, Radjou studied at Ecole Centrale Paris and the Yale School of Management. He lives in Palo Alto, California.
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Director of ÖFSE

Werner Raza, is director of ÖFSE – Austrian Foundation for Development Research since 2010. Dr. Raza is an economist by training, with a specialisation in international economics and development. Dr. Raza has been at lecturer at various universities in Austria, and a visiting professor at the University of Buenos Aires. He has served as advisor the Austrian government on development finance and on external trade. His areas of work include: international trade, development economics and development policy.

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Economist in the Research Department at Agence Française de Développement

Françoise Rivière, an economist in the Research Department at Agence Française de Développement, is in particular responsible for the research program on development models in the French overseas territories. She also coordinates studies on “gender and development”, including on the economic empowerment of women. She holds a PhD in Development Economics from the University Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her initial research focused on the link between public expenditure on infrastructure and education and endogenous growth, from a macroeconomic and microeconomic perspective. She subsequently conducted several missions for various institutions (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Research, DATAR – Directorate for Town and Country Planning and Rural Action, Réunion Region…) and has published several articles on economies in the southwest Indian Ocean (including Mauritius and Madagascar) and the economies of the French overseas territories. Prior to joining the Research Department, Françoise Rivière was deputy director of the Economic Observatory Division at the French Overseas Departments Issuing Institute (IEDOM-IEOM) where, from October 2008 onwards, she drafted and coordinated several studies (cyclical, macroeconomic, thematic), some of which were prepared under the CEROM partnership (AFD, INSEE, ISEE, ISPF, IEDOM-IEOM).
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Economist at AFD

Thomas Roca is an economist and statistician at Agence Française de Développement (AFD). Thomas is developing a research program covering the measurement of wellbeing and human development, as well alternative development indicators and big data. His field of research covers data visualization and programming. He has established research partnerships with UNDP, UNU-MERIT, Data-Pop Alliance (ODI-MIT-Harvard), and the University of Paris I – ESSEC Business School. Thomas also develops the data visualization portal “AFD Country Dashboard” and designs data visualization tools for STATA. Prior to joining AFD in 2011, Thomas was a cooperation officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – French Embassy in Hungary. He has lectured in Economics in Hungary, Vietnam and Kurdistan for the University of Picardy. During his PhD course, Thomas worked on two occasions for the United Nations Development Programme  (Rabat, Morocco, Governance Program – 2006 and New York at the Human Development Report Office – 2010).
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ONE France Director

Friederike Röder is ONE France Director. Friederike earned her degree in political science from Sciences Po Paris and Freie Universität Berlin. Since then, she has worked in development: first within the OECD on good governance and fragile states, then as an advisor on the same matters to the German ministry of development cooperation. She then moved to South Africa to work with the African Union, most notably the Pan-African Parliament. Upon her return to Europe, she joined the Arab Reform Initiative, a think tank working on political reforms in North Africa and the Middle East. Other initiatives she was involved with include the German President’s Initiative for a Partnership with Africa and the European Former Leaders’ Group mediating in the Israel-Palestine conflict. She has been with ONE since April 2011, first as advocacy and policy manager and since November 2013 as director. ONE is an international campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 6 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa… because the facts show extreme poverty has already been cut by 60% and can be virtually eliminated by 2030, but only if we act with urgency now.
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President of FORIM

Khady Sakho Niang trained as a computer engineer and has been President of FORIM since 2013. She is of Senegalese origin and arrived in France in 1978 to continue her studies at the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes) and Ecole Supérieure d’Informatique. In the context of her association, the Supervisory Committee for the Symposium of Senegalese Abroad (CSSSE), which was set up in 2002 and is part of FORIM, she has worked on integration, assistance and counselling for jobseekers, with a focus on training women for new occupations.
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Expert in Health and Social Protection at AFD

Pierre Salignon joined the Health and Social Protection Division at Agence Française de Développement as a project manager in early October 2013. His responsibilities include the follow-up of projects for Chad, the Comoros and Indian Ocean, as well as the crosscutting Universal Health Coverage project. A lawyer by training, he has been working for international solidarity and public health in fragile countries for over 20 years. His previous positions include Executive Director of the association Doctors of the World in France (2009/2013), Project Manager for the World Health Organization in Geneva (2008/2009) and, finally, Executive Director of the French Section of Doctors Without Borders (2003/2007).
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Director of the African Futures Institute (AFI)

Alioune Sall, who was born in Senegal in 1951, holds a Ph.D. in Sociology. He was regional coordinator for the National Long Term Perspective Studies project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 1997 to 2003 in Abidjan and is a recognized specialist in prospective foresight in Africa. He is Executive Director of the African Futures Institute (AFI), the pan-African think tank he founded in Pretoria (South Africa) in 2003 and, as an expert, supports a number of prospective foresight programs launched in various countries. He has edited several collective publications, which include, with Jacques Giri, Africa 2025: What Possible Futures for Sub-Saharan Africa? (Unisa Press, Pretoria, 2003).
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Director of the Institute of Archaeology of New Caledonia and the Pacific (IANCP)

Christophe Sand is Director of the Institute of Archaeology of New Caledonia and the Pacific. His interest has mainly focused on prehistory, traditional society, and the colonial history of the archipelago and West Pacific. He works on the mechanisms of appropriation of the past in processes to build contemporary identities and the development of traditional commons. In this context, he has studied the Pacific Islands as a collective structuring of space and joint organizations.
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Writer , Professor of Economics at at the University Gaston Berger (Senegal)

Felwine Sarr was born in Senegal in 1972 and grew up between Strasbourg, Kaolack, Tambacounda and Dakar, following the assignments of his father who was in the army. A Professor of Economics, he trained at the University of Orléans and has been lecturing at the Gaston Berger University of Saint Louis since 2007. He has published the meditative essay Dahij (Gallimard, Paris, 2009), the collection of short stories 105, rue Carnot, the philosophical text Méditations Africaines (Mémoire d’encrier, Montréal, 2011 and 2012), and subsequently Afrotopia (Jimsaan-Philippe Ray, Paris-Dakar, 2016). He cofounded the Laboratory for the Analysis of Societies and Powers/Africa-Diasporas (LASPAD) in Saint Louis, as well as the publishing company Jimsaan in Dakar. At the end of October 2016 he will be organizing, along with the Cameroonian political scientist Achille Mbembe, the first annual edition of “Thinking Workshops” in Dakar and Saint Louis. The objective is to take stock of current thinking in French-speaking Africa and stimulate a “non-colonial” school of thought, able to make proposals other than criticizing the colonial period.
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Chief of the Social Policy Branch at ILO

Valerie Schmitt is the Chief of Social Policy, Governance and Standards Branch, Social Protection Department, ILO Geneva. She was until recently a Social Protection Specialist of the ILO regional office in Bangkok where she was providing policy and technical support to 20 countries in Asia and the Pacific. Valerie has in the past been working for an ILO programme focusing on the extension of social protection to informal economy workers (in Africa and Asia), in the field of micro-insurance (in Africa) and in the social protection sector in France. She holds a Master of Advanced Studies (first year of doctoral studies programme) in quantitative economics from Paris Sciences Economiques (Laboratoire du Delta) and a Master of Business Administration with honours from HEC Paris. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Paris IV – La Sorbonne.

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Social Security Expert at ILO

Helmut Schwarzer is Senior Social Security Specialist for the Americas, Social Protection Department, ILO Geneva, since 2010. Before joining the ILO, he was the Secretary of Social Security of Brazil during the two mandates of President Lula da Silva (2003-2010) and researcher of the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), Brasilia (1998-2002). Helmut holds a Dr. rer. pol. in Economics from the Freie Universität Berlin and a Master in Economic Development from the Federal University of Paraná (Curitiba, Brazil).
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Project director for “Climate Finance Day” at Caisse des Dépôts Group

Maria Scolan is project director for “Climate Finance Day” at Caisse des Dépôts Group. She was previously Communication and Institutional Relations Director at CDC Climat and has held various positions in communication, in particular in the field of sustainable development and relations with the elected officials and partners of Caisse des Dépôts Group. Maria Scolan graduated from IEP Paris (Sciences Po).

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Chairman of Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P)

Since 2011, Jean Michel Severino has headed a set of impact investment Funds dedicated to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa. He is also a Senior Fellow of FERDI and a member of the Technologies Academy. Among other job positions, he has been director of development at the French Ministry of International Cooperation, vice-president for East Asia at the World Bank (1996-2000) and Director General of the French Development Agency (AFD) from 2001 to 2010. During this period, he extended the AFD's mandates to a large number of new countries and emerging challenges (climate change, biodiversity, growth, etc.) and promoted the concept of global public goods as a new engine of official development assistance. In 2012 and 2013, he was a member of the high level Panel on the post 2015 agenda of the Secretary General of the United Nations. He has published several books on development assistance, including L'’Aide Publique au Développement in 2007 (Editions La Découverte) and Idées Reçues sur le Développement in 2010 (Edition Le Cavalier Bleu).
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Directrice générale adjointe au Fonds Monétaire International (FMI)

Nemat (Minouche) Shafik occupe le poste de Directrice générale adjointe au Fonds Monétaire International (FMI) depuis le mois d'avril 2011. Elle avait jusqu'à présent occupé le poste de Secrétaire permanente du Department for International Development (DFID - Ministère britannique pour le développement international), ministère responsable de la direction de la lutte menée par les pouvoirs publics britanniques contre la pauvreté dans le monde. Elle était alors responsable des programmes de développement et de la formulation des lignes de conduite afférentes au système des Nations unies, aux institutions financières internationales, à l’Europe, à l’aide aux pays, à la société civile, au commerce, aux politiques et à la recherche, à la prévention des conflits et au changement climatique. Avant de rejoindre le DFID, Minouche était Vice-présidente de la Banque mondiale, Secteur privé et Infrastructure.
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Vice-présidente du Forum économique mondial

Josette Sheeran, une diplomate américaine née en 1954, est, depuis avril 2012, vice-présidente du forum économique mondiale. Elle fut sous-secrétaire d'État aux affaires économiques, commerciales et agricoles dans l'administration Bush, un poste qu'elle occupa à partir du 23 août 2005 jusqu’à quelle soit nommé onzième directrice générale du Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations unies de mars 2007 à avril 2012. Elle a été nommée à ce poste par le secrétaire général, Kofi Annan, et le directeur général de la FAO (Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture), Jacques Diouf, le 7 novembre 2006. Elle est actuellement vice-présidente du Forum économique mondial.
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Associate, BSR

As a member of the BSR HERproject team, Lauren supports implementation of the farm program in East Africa. She facilitates partnerships with multinational retailers, farm suppliers, and local NGOs for program expansion in Kenya and Ethiopia.
Previously, Lauren worked at the Social Science Research Council in New York, where she contributed to interdisciplinary research projects on migration, development, and human rights. With experience in agricultural value chains, Lauren has conducted fieldwork on fruit and vegetable production and food security in Vietnam, which she presented to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Lauren’s consulting experience includes an analysis of best practices in monitoring and evaluation for the Center for Socio-Economic Development and recommendations on the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals agenda for the United Nations Development Program. Lauren holds an M.A. in Public Affairs from Sciences Po and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.

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Project Manager at I4CE

Igor Shishlov is a Project Manager at I4CE – Institute for Climate Economics. He leads research projects focused on the assessment of climate finance instruments such as green bonds, green credit lines and carbon crediting mechanisms. Igor regularly contributes to climate policy debates with academic and non-academic publications and presentations at various conferences. He is also an affiliate professor at HEC Paris, where he teaches courses on climate economics. Igor holds a PhD in Environmental Economics from Paris-Saclay University, an MSc in Sustainable Development from HEC Paris and an MSc in International Business from St. Petersburg State University.
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Chairman of the Development Assistance Committee - OECD

Erik Solheim has been Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 2013. He is also the United Nations Environment Programme’s special envoy for environment, conflict and disaster. In Norway, he was Minister of International Development from 2005 to 2012 – but also of the Environment from 2007 to 2012. From 2000 to 2005, Erik Solheim was the main negotiator in the peace process in Sri Lanka. He has also contributed to these processes in Burundi, Nepal, Burma and Sudan.
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President and CEO of the World Resources Institute (WRI)

Dr. Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research organization that works in more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and Europe. Dr. Steer joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2010 - 2012. In this role he guided Bank Group efforts on climate change in more than 130 countries, oversaw the $7 billion Climate Investment Funds, and led the World Bank's engagement on international climate negotiations. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Director General at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London. Dr. Steer serves on the Executive Board of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative; is Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Natural Capital; and is a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and IKEA’s People and Planet Positive Advisory Group. He is also Non-Resident Professor of Practice of Climate Policy and Development at the Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment & Resource Policy at Tufts University. Prior to joining the UK Government, Andrew held several senior posts at the World Bank, including Director of the Environment Department, where he oversaw a major expansion of the Bank's environmental program and a number of important innovations, including natural capital accounting and the introduction of carbon trading at the World Bank. He was also a long-time resident in Southeast Asia, where he directed World Bank operations in Vietnam and Indonesia. In earlier years, he was Chief of the Bank's Country Risk Division, and was also Director and Chief Author of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development, the Bank's flagship report to the Rio Earth Summit. Andrew was educated at St Andrews University, Scotland, the University of Pennsylvania, and at Cambridge University. He has a PhD in Economics, has written widely on sustainable development issues, and has taught at several universitie
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Directeur général du Programme des Nations unies pour l'environnement

En 2001, il a été nommé Directeur général de l’UICN qui est considérée comme l’une des plus respectables et influentes organisations opérant dans le domaine de la préservation de l’environnement et de la gestion des ressources naturelles. En tant que Chef exécutif, il a eu la responsabilité de la gestion et de la supervision de plus de 1 000 personnels dans 42 pays.
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chef de projet agriculture et biodiversité à l'AFD

Marie-Cécile Thirion est ingénieur agronome. Après un passage au Bureau International du Travail sur le suivi de projets, elle a animé au sein de l’ONG Solagral divers programmes autour de la sécurité alimentaire et l’aide alimentaire, la libéralisation des marchés, et la prise en compte des questions environnementales dans les négociations commerciales, pour le milieu associatif, la Commission européenne et les institutions publiques françaises. Au ministère des Affaires étrangères, elle a contribué à la réforme de l’aide alimentaire et participé aux travaux sur l’aide au commerce. Entrée à l’AFD en novembre 2008, elle suit plus particulièrement les dossiers Commerce et développement, Agriculture et Sécurité alimentaire dans les pays en développement.
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Deputy Director of AFD’s Agriculture, Rural Development & Biodiversity Division

José TISSIER is an agronomist and agro-economist. After spending a few years as a military aid volunteer in Tunisia, then as a shepherd in Poitou-Charentes, he spent most of the first part of his professional career in France in professional organizations responsible for development (Corrèze Chamber of Agriculture in utility services for agriculture-livestock raising and economics and management) or for applied research (Technical Institute of Livestock Raising). He subsequently worked in New Caledonia in public entities responsible for land reform (New Caledonia Land Office) and local authorities responsible for regional economic development (Northern Region, the so-called “Fabius-Pisani” region, after the Prime Minister and Minister responsible for New Caledonia at the time). In 1993, he joined Caisse Française de Développement at the age of 40, where he successively held positions as head of agricultural and rural development in the agencies of Yaoundé, Rabat and Ouagadougou. At the end of 2006, he joined AFD’s headquarters in Paris in the Agricultural and Rural Development Division as chief project engineer. In early 2010, he was appointed Deputy Director of this division.
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Associate Professor at the University of Lille 1

Franck Tognini holds a DEA post-graduate diploma in European Economics and a DESS post-graduate diploma in Economic Intelligence Engineering. He has worked for a number of public and private institutions operating in the field of territorial and economic development. Franck Tognini founded the Vigilances network, which provides methodological support to companies for Economic Intelligence, and is also Associate Lecturer at Lille 1 University. He created the Master’s II “Intelligence, Strategy and International Trade “ (ISCI), which gathers dozens of nationalities every year. This course is also given in Cameroon, Morocco and Senegal. Franck Tognini is very active in Africa and his dual professional identity gives him the ability to lead highly operational projects in the fields of the vocational integration of young people, entrepreneurship, university-business partnerships and the creation of clusters.
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Researcher at CIRAD

Emmanuel Torquebiau is a senior scientist with CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development. He has been involved in research and training in forest ecology, agroforestry, biodiversity and the landscape approach since 1980. His experience covers Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa and many other tropical countries. He presently holds the position of Climate Change Correspondent in Montpellier, France. He holds a PhD in ecology from the University of Toulouse, France.
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Research Associate in the Industry, Energy and Climate team at I4CE

Manasvini Vaidyula is a Research Associate in the Industry, Energy and Climate team at I4CE. Manasvini’s research work lies in the field of international carbon, energy and climate policy. Her primary research, conducted within the COPEC research program, examines how the billions in EU ETS auction revenues are currently being spent by member states and is identifying the best potential use of these revenues. She has also been a regular contributor for the ClimasCOPe publications.
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co-animateur du Network for Applied Research on Mining, Oil and Gas Activities

Geert van Vliet (1954), a obtenu un Master en sciences économiques à  l’Université Libre d’Amsterdam et présenté sa thèse doctorale  à l’Université de Paris I (1997, sous la direction de René Passet).  Ex-fonctionnaire de la Banque Interaméricaine de Développement (IADB) et de la coopération néerlandaise (DGIS). Spécialisé dans le domaine de la gouvernance publique et d’entreprise, M. van Vliet est chercheur au Cirad depuis 2002. Ses recherches au sein de l’UMR Artdev portent sur le rôle des rentes (générées par les activités extractives mais aussi par l’aide internationale) et leurs effets dans les situations caractérisées par la basse-gouvernabilité. Il est co-animateur du Network for Applied Research on Mining, Oil and Gas Activities (NARMA).

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Economist at the OECD Development Centre

Juan Vazquez Zamora is an Economist at the Latin America and Caribbean Unit of the OECD Development Centre. He works on the team that produces the annual flagship report, “Latin American Economic Outlook,” and has been working on various issues affecting Latin America, such as inequalities, education, skills, and labour markets. Previously, Mr. Vazquez Zamora worked for other organizations, such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Commission, and the Bank of Spain. He holds a Masters in International Development from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, and a Masters in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe, in Belgium.

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directeur du Département des politiques opérationnelles de la BaD

Economiste du développement, je travaille sur les questions d'actualités des pays africains. Je suis actuellement directeur du Département des politiques opérationnelles de la Banque africaine de Développement.
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Economist at AFD

Clémence Vergne holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Auvergne (CERDI). In her thesis, she took a multidisciplinary approach combining economics and political science, with the aim of giving a more thorough understanding of issues related to the political economy of development. Her research focused on political and economic cycles, media influence on electoral turnout and the impact that development assistance has on the likelihood of governments being reelected in developing countries. Detailed biography Prior to arriving at AFD, she worked at the World Bank for three years. Following a placement in the Research Department, she was an economist for the World Bank’s MENA (Middle East and North Africa) regions. She has participated in projects and analyses on public finances, the political economy of reforms and governance. She joined the Macroeconomic Analysis and Country Risk Division at Agence Française de Développement in July 2012 to contribute to the analysis of the economic and financial vulnerabilities of the countries where AFD operates and develop an analytical framework to assess socio-political risk.
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Senior Economist at the World Bank

Paolo Verme, Economiste senior à la Banque mondiale, a obtenu son doctorat à la London School of Economics (LSE). Il a été professeur invité à l’Université Bocconi de Milan, de 2004 à 2009, ainsi que l’université de Turin, de 2003 à 2010, avant de rejoindre la Banque mondiale en 2010. Il a été conseiller principal et chargé de projets pour des organisations multilatérales, des sociétés privées et des gouvernements, dans les domaines du marché du travail, ainsi que des politiques de protection sociale. Ses recherches font l’objet de publications à l’international sous forme d’articles et de livres.
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Chairman of the Fondation de France’s French Committee for International Solidarity

Jean-Bernard Véron is currently Chairman of the Fondation de France’s French Committee for International Solidarity and Editor-in-chief of the review Afrique Contemporaine. Most of his professional career has been spent at Agence Française de Développement, where he held the positions of: •    Officer at the Brazzaville agency •    Officer in the Economic Studies Division •    Geographical Officer for Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea •    Geographical Officer for Madagascar, Somalia, Djibouti •    Officer in the Macroeconomic Studies Division •    Head of the Macroeconomic Studies Division •    Head of the Agricultural and Rural Development Division for Central, Eastern and Southern Africa •    Director of the Asia, Caribbean, Pacific Department •    Head of the Crisis Prevention and Post-conflict Unit Jean-Bernard Véron graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Science (International Relations Section). He holds a DEA post-graduate diploma in Economics and a DEA post-graduate diploma in political science, as well as degrees in History, Geography, Anthropology and American Literature.
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Conseiller en sécurité alimentaire auprès du ministère des Affaires étrangères à La Haye

Paul Verschuren a longtemps travaillé pour la multinationale anglo-néerlandaise Unilever, avant d’être nommé en 2012 conseiller en sécurité alimentaire auprès du ministère des Affaires étrangères à La Haye.
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délégué général du CFSI

Jean-Louis Vielajus, 63 ans, est délégué général du Comité Français pour la Solidarité Internationale (CFSI), ONG qui regroupe 24 organisations françaises engagées dans la solidarité internationale. Depuis 2009, il assure la présidence de la coordination des ONG françaises d’urgence et de développement (Coordination Sud). Il a contribué à la création du F3E (1994) et assuré en 1995-96 le secrétariat général de la Commission coopération développement, instance interministérielle de concertation avec les ONG françaises. Économiste et statisticien de formation, il a acquis une expérience de développement forgée au sein de plusieurs organisations françaises de solidarité internationale françaises (Cimade, GRET, CFSI). Ceci l’a conduit à monter, suivre ou évaluer de nombreux programmes d’appui au développement en Afrique, Asie et Europe de l’Est (notamment agriculture, alimentation, micro crédit, artisanat et petite entreprise), en accordant une attention particulière à la participation des acteurs locaux dès la conception de ces programmes. Jean-Louis Vielajus a enseigné en 2005/2007 comme maître de conférences à Sciences Po Paris (master carrières internationales / conférence sur les pratiques, acteurs et politiques du développement).

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Associate researcher, IFRI

Thierry Vircoulon is a former student of the National School of Administration (ENA) and holds a DEA post-graduate diploma in Political Science from the Sorbonne University. He has worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the European Commission in Africa. He has worked in several post-conflict countries (East Timor, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, etc.), which has included opening the EU office to support reconstruction in Ituri, in the East of DRC, during the war (2003/2004). His research focuses on the analysis of conflicts and the political economy of governance reforms, especially in Central Africa. He is currently Director for Central Africa for the think tank International Crisis Group.
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Research fellow at Iddri and Cirad

Tancrède Voituriez, PhD is research fellow at Cirad and director of Global Governance program at Iddri. His research focuses on trade and green innovation relationships, and on the causes of inertia in the implementation of sustainable development policies. He has coordinated research projects funded by the European Commission, the European Parliament, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. He has been lecturer at Sciences Po since 2005.
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Disaster Risk Management Technical Advisor at Handicap International

Véronique Walbaum holds a Master’s degree in Political Science in International Cooperation from the Sorbonne University. She rapidly specialized in the field of Disaster Risk Management and is the author of a thesis entitled “Natural Disaster Risk Prevention: A Challenge for Development and Humanitarian Actors”. She subsequently worked at the international Red Cross movement for 6 years in various regions and on various Disaster Risk Reduction operational projects (tsunamis, floods, cyclones, volcanic risk), prior to joining Handicap International as Technical Advisor on this theme of inclusive Disaster Risk Management. Consequently, she actively brings the messages of the institution to all the areas of operation, i.e. Asia, Africa, but also Latin America, in order to promote the inclusion of disabled people in its projects and among all actors in this sector.
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Head of Government Relations and Public Policy at Better Than Cash Alliance

Tidhar Wald, a  is the Government and Corporation Relations Specialist at the Better Than Cash Alliance. He previously worked in the Political Affairs and Government Relations Departments of several institutions: United Nations, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Oxfam International. He graduated from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and holds a Master of Public Policy and International and Global Affairs from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
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Première Vice-présidente de la Commission européenne responsable de la Stratégie de Communication et des Relations Institutionnelle

Margot Wallström est une femme politique suédoise appartenant au Parti social-démocrate. Elle a été commissaire européenne de 1999 à 2010 dans la commission Prodi, puis dans la première commission Barroso. Depuis 2010, elle est représentant spécial du Secrétaire général de l'ONU sur la violence sexuelle touchant les femmes et les filles dans les conflits armés.
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Head of Emerging Customers, AXA Group

Garance Wattez-Richard, Head of Emerging Customers, AXA Group Garance Wattez-Richard is in charge of developing the insurance offering for middle-class customers in emerging economies. After working at the EU Commission and the EBRD, Garance joined the AXA Group in 2005 as Executive Assistant on communications matters before being appointed Head of Media Relations and Reputation in 2012.

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Sociologue de renom

Jean-Pierre Worms, sociologue de renom, a aussi bien travaillé sur le “capital social”, les bassins d’emplois que sur les préfets et la démocratie locale. Homme d’analyse, il a souvent quitté les bureaux du Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) pour aller sur le terrain dans un rôle d’acteur. Cet ancien député socialiste de Saône-et-Loire (1981-1993), proche de Michel Rocard, est aussi l’un des fondateurs, en 1980, du réseau d’associations Initiatives France. Cette plateforme d’initiatives locales accorde des prêts à des créateurs ou repreneurs d’entreprises dans les territoires les plus fragilisés, du point de vue économique.
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Lead Economist at The World Bank

Ruslan Yemtsov is a Lead Economist and Global Lead  for Solutions Group on Social Safety Nets in the World Bank Social Protection and Labor Global practice. Prior to his current position, he worked as a poverty economist in the Middle East and North Africa region, and in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. His experience includes: preparing poverty assessments (Egypt, Georgia, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and more than a dozen others), working on targeting and social assistance projects (Morocco, Russia, Croatia), fuel subsidy reform dialogue (Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco) and leading regional flagship reports on poverty, subsidy reforms and statistical capacity. He has also worked on operations focused on food crisis response (Djibouti), structural adjustment credits (Georgia), energy sector reform, social funds, and social welfare development projects. He is the author and co-author of over 30 research papers, articles reports and book chapters.
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Economist and sociologist

This Cameroonian economist and sociologist was born in Bordeaux and has been deeply marked by the arts, handicrafts and material culture of the Bamileke country, where he lived during part of his childhood. He is a former consultant of the Ouagadougou International Arts and Crafts Fair (SIAO), a member of the editorial committee of the review Présence Africaine, and published the essay In-dépendances, discours sur le colonialisme après la colonie (Teham Editions, Paris, 2012). He is a member of UNESCO’s editorial committee for the General History of Africa project, and is participating in this major encyclopedic work launched by Amadou Mahtar M’Bow, former Director General of UNESCO, for which there will be a textbook version for the general public.
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Co-Director of the World Development Report on Governance and the Law

Yongmei Zhou is a co-Director of the World Development Report on Governance and the Law. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley before joining the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1999. She has extensive operational experience with governance reform and institutional development in Africa, South Asia and the fragile and conflict-affected states. Her research has focused on the issues of corruption, legislature, decentralization, and service delivery. She also played leadership role as the Manager of the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group, which advocated for a wide range of corporate reforms and provided technical assistance to country teams in fragile and conflict-affected states.
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