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Mr. Sergei Guriev

Mr. Sergei Guriev Opening

Ms. Flavia Palanza

Ms. Flavia Palanza Opening

Mr. Antoine Sallé de Chou

Mr. Antoine Sallé de Chou THEMATIC PANEL 1

Mrs. Nathalie Climence

Mrs. Nathalie Climence THEMATIC PANEL 1

 Mr. Jaloul AYED

Mr. Jaloul AYED THEMATIC PANEL 3

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Mr. Jean-Louis Guigou

Mr. Jean-Louis Guigou THEMATIC PANEL 3

Mr. Bassem Loukil

Mr. Bassem Loukil THEMATIC PANEL 3

Mr. Karim Aouij

Mr. Karim Aouij THEMATIC PANEL 3

Mr. Slim Ben Hadj Amor

Mr. Slim Ben Hadj Amor THEMATIC PANEL 3

Mr. Karim Koundi

Mr. Karim Koundi Sectoral Workshop A

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Mr. Alain Ducass

Mr. Alain Ducass Sectoral Workshop A

Mr Walid Abdelaziz

Mr Walid Abdelaziz Sectoral Workshop A

Mrs. Nuria Ackermann

Mrs. Nuria Ackermann Sectoral Workshop B

Mrs. Samia Maamer

Mrs. Samia Maamer Sectoral Workshop B

Ms. Dorsaf Zangar Labidi

Ms. Dorsaf Zangar Labidi Sectoral Workshop B

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Mr. Jean-Paul Pellissier

Mr. Jean-Paul Pellissier Sectoral Workshop B

Mr. Abderraouf LAAJIMI

Mr. Abderraouf LAAJIMI Sectoral Workshop B

Mr. Denis Reiss

Mr. Denis Reiss Sectoral Workshop B

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Mr. Sergei Guriev

Mr. Sergei Guriev

Opening: TIF 2017 Grand Opening

Mr. Sergei Guriev As the EBRD’s Chief Economist

As the EBRD’s Chief Economist, Sergei Guriev is responsible for advising the President and other senior members of the Bank’s management team on economic issues of strategic or operational relevance pertaining to the EBRD region.

He provides thought leadership inside and outside of the EBRD on economic issues related to the Bank’s work in its countries of operation. He fulfils this role through undertaking and presenting his own research, representing the Bank at high-level external policy and academic conferences and workshops, publishing in academic and non-academic outlets, and maintaining strong links between the EBRD and academia.

He and his office ensure that the economics research agenda of the EBRD continues to put the Bank at the forefront of understanding the economic and strategic challenges facing the Bank’s region and to help the Bank formulate effective policy responses.

He is also responsible for macroeconomic forecasting and contributes to the work of the Bank’s Risk Management in building scenarios for identifying and navigating emergent risks and conducting stress testing, as well as assisting regional economists with timely cross-country macroeconomic analysis and economic forecasting.

Sergei Guriev received his Dr. Sc. (habilitation degree) in Economics (2002) and PhD in Applied Math from the Russian Academy of Science (1994), and M.Sc. Summa Cum Laude from the Moscow Institute of Physics in Technology (1993). In 1997-98, Dr. Guriev visited the Department of Economics at M.I.T. for a one-year post-doctoral placement, and in 2003-2004, the Department of Economics at Princeton University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In 2004-13, Dr. Guriev was a tenured professor of economics and rector of the New Economic School in Moscow. In 2013, he was appointed a tenured professor of economics at Sciences Po, Paris

Dr. Guriev’s research interests include contract theory, corporate governance, political economics and labour mobility. Dr. Guriev has published in international refereed journals including American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of European Economic Association, Journal of Economic Perspectives and American Political Science Review.

In 2006, he was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2011, he was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Europe, in 2012-14 – a co-chair of the Global Agenda Council on the New Economic Thinking, and in 2014-15 – a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Geo-Economics. In 2000 and 2005, he was awarded Gold Medal for the Best Research in Development Economics by the Global Development Network. In 2001, he was announced the Best Academic Manager in Humanities by Russia’s Science Support Foundation. In 2009-11, he was included in the top 100 of the President of Russia’s Cadre Reserve. In 2009, he was also awarded the Bill Maynes Award by the Eurasia Foundation. In 2009 and 2010 he received the Independent Director of the Year prize from Russia’s National Association of Independent Directors. In 2010, he received a Certificate in Company Directorship from the Institute of Directors (UK) and was voted the Best Independent Director by the Association of Managers of Russia and the Russian Institute of Directors.

He has been a board member of Sberbank (2008-14), E.ON Russia (2013-14), Alfa-Strakhovanie Insurance Company (2009-13), Russia Venture Company (2009-13), Russian Home Mortgage Lending Agency (2008-12) and Russian Agricultural Bank (2008-09), a member of the President of Russia’s Council on Science, Technology and Education (2008-12), and a member of the board of the Dynasty Foundation (2007-2015). He is a member of the Scientific Council of the BRUEGEL think tank (Brussels), of the Advisory Council of the Peterson Institute on International Economics (Washington, DC), and of the Academic Advisory Board, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.

Between 2006 and 2013 he wrote a monthly column in Forbes Russia. Between 2003and 2013 he was also a biweekly columnist for the leading Russian business daily Vedomosti and contributed columns to the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Project Syndicate, and Moscow Times.

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Ms. Flavia Palanza

Ms. Flavia Palanza

Opening: TIF 2017 Grand Opening

Mrs Palanza, who holds a Master’s degree in Economics, joined the Bank in 1984. She has spent most of her career working in different regions outside the EU, initially as an economist in the Projects Directorate, and since 2001 in the Directorate for Lending outside the EU, where she was successively Head of Strategy, Associate Director for Lending in East and Central Africa and the Pacific and Director for Lending in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Subsequently, she headed the Department for Lending in Central and South Eastern Europe. She was appointed Director for Lending in EU Neighbouring Countries in September. Prior to joining the EIB, Mrs Palanza worked in the Asian Department of the International Monetary Fund.

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Mr. Antoine Sallé de Chou

Mr. Antoine Sallé de Chou

THEMATIC PANEL 1:  TUNISIA 2020: Promising Outlook

Mr. Antoine Sallé de Chou - EBRD Head for Tunisia

The EBRD has appointed Antoine Sallé de Chou as the new Head of the Bank’s offices in Tunisia.

Based in Tunis, Mr Sallé de Chou will assume his role on 27 March, succeeding Marie-Alexandra Veilleux-Laborie. He will be responsible for the EBRD’s investments and operations in the country and report to Janet Heckman, the Bank’s new Managing Director for the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region.

A French national, Mr Sallé de Chou joined the Bank in 2013 as Senior Counsellor for Strategy and Policy. He was in charge of developing the EBRD’s strategy for some of its largest countries of operations, such as Turkey and Egypt. In addition, he worked on equity transactions in the Equity Risk team and oversaw regional-portfolio stress testing.

Before joining the EBRD, Antoine was in management consulting where he advised senior corporate executives, mainly in the financial and industrial sectors. He was also Financial Attaché at the French Treasury, based in Moscow, covering Russia as well as eastern Europe and the Caucasus, and teaching economics at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a master’s degree from Sciences Po.

Mr Sallé de Chou said: “I am honoured to take on this new responsibility. I am committed to building on the successful track record the EBRD has achieved in Tunisia. The country has great potential, and together the EBRD team will work to strengthen the economy through investment, advice and support for reforms.”

Since September 2012, when EBRD operations in Tunisia began, the Bank has invested €350 million through 25 projects in the country.

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Mrs. Nathalie Climence

Mrs. Nathalie Climence

THEMATIC PANEL 1:  TUNISIA 2020: Promising Outlook

Nathalie Climence holds a master in business administration from Kedge business school Marseilles and started her career as IT project coordinator in the Industry. After a few months as external auditor at Price Waterhouse-Coopers Paris, she joined the EIB as internal auditor in 1994. In 2001 she became Loan officer in charge of private sector projects in West Africa. After 3 years spent at Proparco Paris as investment officer in charge of the Banking sector, she was appointed in 2007 as Senior Loan Officer for Mediterranean countries in charge of Morocco.

Since 2015, Nathalie Climence is heading the Corporate financing in EU neighboring countries (22 countries across Maghreb, Mashrek, Eastern Europe and Central Asia) with the objective of actively developing and strengthening the corporate activity of the EIB in the area.
Mrs Climence is French, married with 2 children.

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 Mr. Jaloul AYED

Mr. Jaloul AYED

THEMATIC PANEL 3: Look toward Africa – Positioning TUNISIA as a Regional Hub

Mr. Jaloul AYED served as Finance Minister in the second and third governments that were formed following the Tunisian revolution. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the BMCE Group Executive Management Committee in Morocco. He has held several other senior positions in the FinanceCom Group, including that of Vice-Chairman of the supervisory Board of RMA Watanya. He is the founder of Capital Invest, one of the pioneering companies in Morocco in the field of private equity.

He started his professional career at Citibank where he spent 18 years, holding senior management positions in MENA countries, and capital markets in London. He is the founder of the local subsidiary of Citibank Tunisia.

He currently works in several associations and organisations in Tunisia and abroad. He is President of MED Confederation, based in Brussels; and Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Euromed-Capital Forum (Paris). He was Honorary President of Carthage Business Angels between 2012 and 2015. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Tunisian Belgian Chamber of Commerce as well as the Tunisian -Kuwaiti Chamber. He is also a director at the Centre for Studies and Economic and Social Research of Tunisia (CERES). He is co-founder of the Tunisia-African Business Council (TABC) where he holds the position of Honorary President. He holds other positions in Tunisian civil society associations.

In 2015, Mr. Ayed was Tunisia's candidate for the presidency of the African Development Bank. Mr. AYED is also President and Founder of the Vegatech Group, a multi-sector group operating in technology.

He holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Maryland where he was elected to the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honour Society.
He was decorated with the order of the Republic of Tunisia in November 2011. In May 2014 he was granted the 'Distinguished Alumni Award for Leadership and Ingenuity ' by Citibank New York. He published a book in 2013 (Tunisia: The Jasmine Road) at Editions la Difference, Paris.
Mr. Ayed is a renowned composer of classical music. His musical compositions have been performed at the Carthage Festival and the El-Djem Classical Music Festival, the Kennedy Centre in Washington (2012) and Carnegie Hall in New York in 2015.

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Mr. Jean-Louis Guigou

Mr. Jean-Louis Guigou

THEMATIC PANEL 3: Look toward Africa – Positioning TUNISIA as a Regional Hub

Jean-Louis Guigou is a university professor and former delegate to DATAR (Spatial Planning and Regional Action Agency) (1997-2002). He founded IPEMED (Economic Foresight Institute for the Mediterranean Region) in 2006 and since 2015, he has been President of this think tank whose objective is to use economics to move the two sides of the Mediterranean closer.

After a particularly brilliant academic career, he held the post of Project Manager in the ministerial cabinet of Michel Rocard (Minister of Territorial Development) (1982), then Project Manager at the Spatial Planning and Regional Action Agency (Datar) (1983-88). After a brief return to university education (Professor at the University of Avignon (1985-90)), he was Director (1990-97) then Delegate (1997-2002) to the Spatial Planning and Regional Action Agency (Datar), Inspector General for Education (2002-04) as well as President of the Institute of Advanced Studies in European Territorial Planning and Development (Ihedat) (2000-02). He was Delegate-general of IPEMED (Economic Foresight Institute for the Mediterranean Region) from 200 to 2015.

Jean-Louis Guigou is the author of several works, notably:
- Une ambition pour le territoire, Edition de l’Aube (1995)
- France 2020, mettre les territoires en mouvement, La Documentation Française (2000).
- Le nouveau monde méditerranéen, Co-Editions Descartes & Cie et Casa Express, (2012)
- Afrique-Méditerranée-Europe : La Verticale de l’avenir, éditions Nevicata, 2017

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Mr. Bassem Loukil

Mr. Bassem Loukil

THEMATIC PANEL 3: Look toward Africa – Positioning TUNISIA as a Regional Hub

Bassem Loukil, a 52-year-old Tunisian businessman, is the Chief Executive Officer of the LOUKIL Group and President of the Tunisia Africa Business Council. Bassem Loukil, who had studied at the Georgia State University starting from 1984, has a PhD in Industrial Management, in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences and an MBA in International Finance.
Before returning to Tunisia, he decided to have an experience on the other side of the Atlantic, and thus integrated the American giant: Coca Cola Company.
Since 1998, he has been acting as Managing Director of the Group. Among his achievements were: the creation of the largest mobile phone sales network Fono, the acquisition of GIF Filter (the Tunisian leader in filters’ manufacturing), the acquisition of AMS (a market leader in the field of tap fittings founded in 1962) and the acquisition of the Renault Trucks and Citroën dealerships, which he placed at the head of the automobile sales in Tunisia (The only country in the world where Citroën is N1° in sales).
The Loukil Group is now made up of 35 subsidiaries employing more than 4,500 people in various sectors: industry, automotive, agribusinesses, construction and public works, trade and services, ICT, and renewable energy.
Besides his group activities, Bassem Loukil is an active participant in his country’s development: he was the Executive Director of The US Tunisian Business Council, he took part in the creation of The Tunisian American Chamber of Commerce, he was a member of the Executive Board of the Arab Institute of Business Leaders, he was a member of the Executive Board of the Tunisian-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Since 2015, he has been acting as President of the Tunisia Africa Business Council

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Mr. Karim Aouij

Mr. Karim Aouij

THEMATIC PANEL 3: Look toward Africa – Positioning TUNISIA as a Regional Hub

Karim Aouij is a Tunisian businessman specialized in corporate identity implementation. Born on November 3, 1976 in Tunis, he is married and has two children. He graduated from the Higher Institute of Management in Tunis where he obtained his Bachelor degree in Management in the year 2000.

Karim Aouij is specializes in managing projects of Brand implementation and deployment. In 2006, he created the industrial steel and plastics transforming company SORAN SIGNALETIQUE who became one of the African leaders in building Petrol Station. His company benefits from a large track record in brand implementation for corporations throughout the whole continent. He is Vice President of CONECT INTERNATIONAL

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Mr. Slim Ben Hadj Amor

Mr. Slim Ben Hadj Amor

THEMATIC PANEL 3: Look toward Africa – Positioning TUNISIA as a Regional Hub

Slim Ben Hadj Amor
1998-2000 L&B Account Manager
2000-2005 L&B Key Account Manager ( Modern Trade )
2005-2006 L&B Sales Manager ( TT & MT )
2006-2008 L&B Key Account & Trade Marketing Manager
2008-2011 Laundry Key Account Manager & Project pilot MEA
2011-2017 Laundry Business Development & Export Manager ( Training Manager Sales unit )

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Mr. Karim Koundi

Mr. Karim Koundi

Sectoral Workshop A - Digital Economy: Tunisia's competitiveness engine

Mr Karim Koundi has 18 years of international experience in ICT management & consulting. He is specialized in consulting operators and public authorities in the ICT sector including several African countries for developing and implementing their national digital economy strategy and digital transformations.
He has a Telecommunications engineering degree from INSA Lyon (France) as well as an MBA in Technology management from TSM Business School in the Netherlands.
He first joined Shell Services International in the Netherlands to define a strategic plan for developing a Telecommunications business in Nigeria. He then joined, for 10 years, the international consulting firm Accenture, in France, where he participated and lead numerous technology consulting, management and integration projects for clients in the ICT sector in several countries and mainly Telecommunications operators and internet service providers (ISPs) in Europe.
In 2008, he has taken the role of CIO at Tunisie Telecom Group where he also lead the IS transformation program of the operator.
Since 2013, he is a partner at the international audit & consulting firm Deloitte, based in Tunis, and leading the Telecom, Media & Technology (TMT) industry in the Africa Francophone region.

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Mr. Alain Ducass

Mr. Alain Ducass

Sectoral Workshop A - Digital Economy: Tunisia's competitiveness engine

Independent French expert dedicated to e-Transformation of emerging countries with a good balance of experience between energy, connectivity, innovation and e-Governement including e-ID, e-transactions and Cybersecurity.
Hundreds of references of projects for donors and emerging countries governments, in connexion with the European Commission or the Worldbank, in the fields of digital strategy, cybersecurity, eGovernement, eBusiness, e-Transactions and digital economic development.
40 years of experience as a French civil servant
- Chairman of energeTIC, www.energeTIC.fr
- Director of Digital economy at Adetef www.adetef.fr (ministries of economics & finance)
- Head of digital country planning unit at the French Prime minister (DATAR)
- Regional and international manager at Ademe www.ademe.fr
- Head of the public policy bureau within the IT ministry
- Head of the economic development service at the Paris Ile-de-France Region
- Secretary general of the Paris-Ile-de-France Teleport
- Deputy regional director at Anvar www.anvar.fr (National agency for innovation in SMEs)
Researcher graduated from:
Paris Polytechnique engineering school, (Sciences & Economics)
Paris VII University : Master in Energy and sustainable development
Adetem and Banque-de-France training center (Business administration)
Strasbourg University : Master in law.
Awarded as:
Member of the French professional association of e-confidence (FNTC)
Ingénieur général des mines (the highest technical level of French civil servants)
Chevalier de l'ordre national du mérite (France 2013)
Person of the year 2005 in Digital economy (prix de l'économie numérique France.)

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Mr Walid Abdelaziz

Mr Walid Abdelaziz

Sectoral Workshop A - Digital Economy: Tunisia's competitiveness engine

I am Walid Abdelaziz, the General Manager of Vistaprint/Cimpress Tunis. I firstly joined the company as a Technology operations Senior manager for 6 years managing over 40 Global ITs based on different locations across 6 continents including Tunis, Berlin, Mumbai, London, Barcelona, Paris, Ahmadabad, Sydney, Massachsetts, Montego Bay.
My career as an IT manager has started years before where I worked as IT Site Manager with TÜV Maghreb & Sellbytel. In Sellbytel company, I have managed complex roles including team of IT managers / IT specialists / IT trainees with 24x7 support operations. I have also managed IT and infrastructure related projects - and organize a follow-up with project teams.
I am now leading a site of over a 1000 staff member, influencing leaders & solving complex organizational problem. I am constantly improving communication and knowledge transfer with internal and external teams by optimizing processes and workflows. Among the different roles that I endorse, growing the site while creating opportunities across regions is one of them. As well as collecting/reporting metrics, managing scope, prioritizing work and resources, ensuring the team added value in their communication and deliverables with an Agile background.

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Mrs. Nuria Ackermann

Mrs. Nuria Ackermann

Sectoral Workshop B : Tunisian Agriculture, Allying Tradition and Innovation

Nuria Ackermann has been working for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Tunisia since 2014. She is the project coordinator of the PAMPAT project, which promotes quality labels and market access for traditional, origin-based food products.

She joined UNIDO in 2008 and was initially based at the organization’s headquarters in Vienna (Austria), where she worked on the design and implementation of private sector and rural development projects, especially in Latin America and the Arab region. Before she worked as a Trade Advisor at the Spanish Embassy in Amman (Jordan).

She holds Masters degrees in International Business Management and Political Sciences and is the author of different publications on export promotion, clusters and promotion of origin-linked food products.

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Mrs. Samia Maamer

Mrs. Samia Maamer

Sectoral Workshop B : Tunisian Agriculture, Allying Tradition and Innovation

General Director of Organic Agriculture - International Expert in organic agriculture

Samia Maamer is the founder of the General Direction of Organic Agriculture at the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture of Hydraulic Resources and Fishing in 2010.
She has been actively involved in sustainable development throughout her multifaceted professional life. She has been in charge of the national olive sector (1988-2001) and has been the founder of the organic farming sector in Tunisia since 1997.
She put in place in Tunisia: the first organic regulations in Africa and in the Arab countries, the control and traceability system, the institutionalization and the credibility of the organic Tunisian sector. This has given her the honor to be the interlocutor of the European Commission for the equivalence of Tunisia as a third country since 2009: the only African and Arab countries to benefit from it.
She is at the initiative of the creation of the first organic farm school in the world (2004)

In addition to being General Director, she teaches organic agriculture, control, regulation for master students. She is Chair of the Audit Committee of the Control and Certification Bodies , a Trustee of the Technical Center for Organic Agriculture and representative of the authorities of 80 countries in the Impartiality Committee of the largest international certification body .
Samia Maamer is a founder-active member, in the Mediterranean organic network since 2006(MOAN) and an international expert in harmonization of organic regulations in the world in ITF (International Task Force for the Harmonization of Organic Agriculture Regulations FAO-UNCTAD-IFOAM) since 2005.

Fiery believer of “The Organic Tunisian Model to the horizon 2030” and its adaptation to all African and Arab countries, she has undertaken expert missions to develop South-South cooperation in organic agriculture beginning from the request of Republic of Seychelles and Algeria.
Agricultural Engineer from the National Agronomic Institute of Tunis since 1987, and "CHEVALIER" of the National Order of Merit in the field of agriculture since 2007, she is also a family organic farmer for the remaining time.

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Ms. Dorsaf Zangar Labidi

Ms. Dorsaf Zangar Labidi

Sectoral Workshop B : Tunisian Agriculture, Allying Tradition and Innovation

Ms. Dorsaf Zangar Labidi, appointed, since September 2017, as UNIDO Country Representative for Tunisia; holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from National School of engineers of Tunis (ENIT) – as well as graduates degree in Quality - Metrology engineering from School of Mines of Douai – France.
Prior to joining UNIDO Tunis Office, she served as UNIDO Technical Chief Advisor in Gabon for a Quality Infrastructure Program covering seven counties in Central Africa (funded by EU), as well as UNIDO Expert with Arab Accreditation Cooperation (ARAC) program (funded by SIDA). She has furthermore served as General Director of the Tunisian Accreditation Council for four years. She has also held various positions in Tunisian Ministry of Industry in charge of Quality, Standardization and Industrial Development.
Ms. Zangar Labidi has more than 23 years’ experience in the Industrial Development, at the national and international level.

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Mr. Jean-Paul Pellissier

Mr. Jean-Paul Pellissier

Sectoral Workshop B : Tunisian Agriculture, Allying Tradition and Innovation

Jean-Paul Pellissier has worked in the field of agriculture and rural development for more than 20 years.
He has held the position of Deputy Director of CIHEAM-IAMM for 10 years.
His various assignments led him to be instrumental in the design and implementation of institutional strategies for African and Mediterranean countries.
He has acquired an in-depth regional vision of issues linked to agricultural policies in the Euro-Mediterranean Region and of the relationships between the EU and the Mediterranean countries of the Southern Neighbourhood.

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Mr. Abderraouf LAAJIMI

Mr. Abderraouf LAAJIMI

Sectoral Workshop B : Tunisian Agriculture, Allying Tradition and Innovation

Abderraouf Laajimi is Director General of Financing, Investments and Professional Organizations, in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries and was until then, since 2014, Director General of the National Observatory of Agriculture (ONAGRI). He graduated as an Agricultural Engineer in Tunisia and was awarded a Master of Science in Agro-Food Marketing by CIHEAM-Zaragoza in 1991. In 1995, he completed his PhD in Applied Economics at the University of Zaragoza (Spain).
Abderraouf Laajimi brings a rich agricultural experience, through various dimensions. He has held several positions, as counsellor to the Minister of Agriculture and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia where he also works as a Professor. He has collaborated with many international institutions and universities in several projects and networks and has published extensively on topics related agriculture and food policies.

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Mr. Denis Reiss

Mr. Denis Reiss

Sectoral Workshop B : Tunisian Agriculture, Allying Tradition and Innovation

Is graduated in 1987 as an agro-economist specialised in animal production. He spent most of his career in developing countries in Central and Western Africa and in the Indian ocean (Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Madagascar), involved in the implementation of research and development programmes to improve livestock husbandry and natural resources management. Since 2002, he has been working as a program officer at the European Union Delegation in Madagascar, Mauritius and Tunisia. He brings his contribution in supporting the implementation of agricultural and fisheries development policies and related action plans of their partner countries, aiming at improving the enabling environment for agricultural investments in the value chains where the EU cooperation offers an added value (market access, expertise and private/public investment capacities) and where employment and livelihood of small scale farmers are at stake.

Mr. Mohamed Malouche

Mr. Mohamed Malouche Opening

Mr. Noureddine Hajji

Mr. Noureddine Hajji THEMATIC PANEL 1

Mrs. Christina Rosendahl

Mrs. Christina Rosendahl THEMATIC PANEL 3

Mr. Jaime Pérez-Seoane de Zunzunegui

Mr. Jaime Pérez-Seoane de Zunzunegui Sectoral PANEL

Mr Frederic Dubessy

Mr Frederic Dubessy Sectoral Workshop B

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Mrs Zouhour Karray

Mrs Zouhour Karray THEMATIC PANEL 4

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Mr. Mohamed Malouche

Mr. Mohamed Malouche

Opening: TIF 2017 Grand Opening

Mohamed Malouche is the board chairman of the Tunisian American Young Professionals (TAYP), the largest Tunisian diaspora professional organization in the United States, whose goal is to increase economic cooperation, ties and exchanges between the two countries. Under his leadership, TAYP has launched several programs in education, exports, entrepreneurship and exchanges designed to create economic opportunities for Tunisian youth, foster the development of an entrepreneurial culture in Tunisia through mentorship, soft skills development, technical and financial support and promote technology innovations.

Mohamed has been a management consultant for the past 20 years as a Principal at American Management Systems Inc. until 2006 and subsequently with Deloitte Consulting LLP where he currently leads the donors clients’ digital modernization unit, a practice dedicated to the organizational, process and technological transformation of international financial institutions and development agencies. For the past 5 years, Mohamed has been managing an institutional capacity-building program in Tunisia aimed at enabling regional chambers of commerce to become the catalyst of local economic activities. He currently oversees the implementation of a large local governance and service delivery improvement program in 30 Tunisian municipalities. In 2016, Mohamed was appointed as the special economic envoy for the Tunisia 2020 investment conference in the United States with the mission to promote Tunisia’s investment value proposition and attract investors and SMEs to Tunisia.

Mohamed graduated from Telecom Paris Sud in France, and holds a Master in Telecommunications from Michigan State University. He serves on the board of the Tunisian American Enterprise Fund, a $100M SME investment fund. He is a frequent speaker in numerous US-Tunisia conferences including at the State Department, Clinton Global Initiative, the World Bank, several universities and think tanks and in media such as CNN, NPR or Al Jazeera English.

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Mr. Noureddine Hajji

Mr. Noureddine Hajji

THEMATIC PANEL 1:  TUNISIA 2020: Promising Outlook

Mr. Noureddine Hajji - CEO, EY Tunisia

Noureddine Hajji is the founding Partner in 1987 of an Audit & Advisory firm, which became since 1994 the Tunisian EY firm, now a leading professional services practice with over 250 people including 9 partners. He is the firm’s CEO. During his 30-year-experience, Noureddine Hajji has led significant Audit & Business Advisory engagements in Banking, Financial Services, Investment Companies and family businesses. He has served in many IPOs, significant buy-side and sell-side transactions on behalf of large international companies and Private Equity houses as well as for the Government authorities in the context of privatizations. In recent years, he has been involved in many studies and advisory services relating to Foreign Direct Investment attractiveness and Business Regulation. Noureddine Hajji is married and has 2 children

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Mrs. Christina Rosendahl

Mrs. Christina Rosendahl

THEMATIC PANEL 3: Look toward Africa – Positioning TUNISIA as a Regional Hub

Christina Rosendahl has 9 years of experience in the field of private sector development. After her studies of political science and international relations in Germany and a traineeship at the German Development Institute in Bonn, she joined GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH), an agency mandated by the German government to implement its development policy in the field of technical cooperation. She worked for several projects in Namibia and Germany. Since 2015, she has been working for GIZ in Tunisia, where she has since recently been responsible for the preparation of the project “Employment intensive export promotion in new markets in Africa”, with the Ministry of Commerce and CEPEX as its main partners.

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Mr. Jaime Pérez-Seoane de Zunzunegui

Mr. Jaime Pérez-Seoane de Zunzunegui

Sectoral PANEL - Industry 4.0 : A Growth Opportunity for Tunisian Companies

Jaime Pérez-Seoane de Zunzunegui - Regional Editor for North Africa and The Americas- Oxford Business Group

Jaime worked at Oxford Business Group (OBG) for the last six years. In this capacity, he has worked in emerging markets throughout the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, conducting field research and speaking with stakeholders in the public and private sectors. As Managing Editor for The Americas and North Africa, Jaime oversees OBG’s research in those regions, conducting one to one interviews with top tier CEOs and personalities as well as speaking in and moderating macroeconomic and sectorial conferences on a regular basis from Argentina to Tunisia. Prior to joining OBG, Jaime built up extensive experience working in the fields of finance and journalism. As a founder of three start-ups, he is familiar the challenges facing business owners in new markets. Jaime has a BA in Law and Journalism from the University Carlos III of Madrid and a Master in Public Law from the University of Nanterre, Paris. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

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Mr Frederic Dubessy

Mr Frederic Dubessy

Sectoral Workshop B : Tunisian Agriculture, Allying Tradition and Innovation

Mr Frederic Dubessy is the co-founder and editor in chief of econostrum.info which is unique in providing economic information on the entire Mediterranean basin, with a particular emphasis on the western Mediterranean. This website, powered by professional journalists, aspires to be an independent information tool allowing readers to analyse real-time economic news.
Mr Dubessy (53 years) is a french journalist. He had a degree in journalism from the Ecole supérieure de journalisme in Paris and is a former correspondent of the economical french newspaper “La Tribune” (from 1993 to 2002).
He used to leads debates since 1988.

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Mrs Zouhour Karray

Mrs Zouhour Karray

THEMATIC PANEL 4 - Regional Development and Corporate Social Responsibility

Dr. Zouhour Karray is a citizen of Tunisia. Currently, she is a Full Professor of Economics at High School of Economics and Trade (University of Tunis). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from University of Sfax, a Master's degree in Industrial Economics and Ph.D. in Economics from University of Toulouse I (currently Toulouse School of Economics). She is specialized in Industrial Organization, International Trade, and Spatial Economics.
Zouhour Karray has professional experience with government in Tunisia. She was member of the committee in charge of the preparation of the guideline for the strategic development plan 2016-2020, (February- June 2015) with the Ministry of Development, Investment and International Cooperation. In 2014, she worked at the Cabinet of the Ministry of Economy and Finances, as an advisor of the Minister, in charge of the development model design and the new economic vision through the strengthening of the competitiveness of the priority clusters (with higher added value).
Since December 2015, Zouhour Karray joins the World Bank Group as Trade Economist-Consultant for the coordination of the Third Export Development Project. Before that, she participated in several research projects and performed commissioned studies with international institutions such as African Development Bank (AfDB), Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), Economic Research Forum (ERF) and Arab Institute of Business leaders (IACE).
Zouhour Karray is also active in civil society and research international organizations. She was program manager in 2015 in the Maghreb Economic Forum as. She is also a research associate at the Economic Research Forum, a membership of the Ifrikya for Economic Dialogue and a research at the UAQUAP research center.
She has a great capacity of teamwork and remarkable coordination capacity. Her fields of expertise and intervention in fields of the industrial economy and more exactly the study of issues related to innovation capacity of firms, technological spillover, agglomeration effects and competitiveness will allow her to bring an added value to this program. She has several academic publications in international revues and books.

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