The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the OCP Policy Center are organizing the 2015 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Program, a unique opportunity for rising leaders, taking place October 28-November 1, 2015, in Marrakesh, Morocco. The program will precede and include The Atlantic Dialogues.
Ilham Ait Bouazza, Head of Partnerships, National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications, Morocco
Ilham Ait Bouazza is head of the partnerships department at the National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications in Rabat, Morocco. Previously, she worked as a program associate at the Multi Country Office of UN Women in Morocco, and as a trade advisor to the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Trade. She holds a master’s degree in customer relationship management from the National School of Business and Management of Settat in Morocco and a master’s degree in international development studies from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. She is a board member of the Moroccan Association of Trade Advisers and the recipient of 2013 KOICA Global Leadership Award.
Damarlie Antoine, Director of Research, GrenCHAP
Damarlie Antoine currently serves as the director of research at GrenCHAP, a human rights advocacy group in Grenada. She is also the founder and coordinator of eARTh, which is a recently formed arts-based group seeking to empower and enlighten Grenadian youth through artistic expressions. Her previous professional experience includes tutoring research courses at the University of the West Indies, Barbados, and working as a project officer at the Ministry of Youth in Grenada. Antoine is also a self-identified feminist, poet, and spoken word performer and artisan. She is currently working on the publication of her book, SKIN.
Felizia Bacall, Consultant, Bridgespan
Felizia Bacall is a consultant in Bridgespan’s Boston office. Before joining Bridgespan, she worked as research analyst for the Finance Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. She has also worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation on their monitoring and evaluation team, and as a financial services associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Her most recent work was for Partners in Food Solutions in Kenya conducting the due diligence and ground work to open a lending facility for food producers in Africa. Bacall earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her bachelor’s in economics, politics, and global studies from Brandeis University. While at Tuck, Bacall was a fellow for the Center for Global Business and Government.
Linda Benkaiouche, Border Services Officer, Canada Border Services Agency
Linda Benkaiouche is a border services officer at the Canada Border Services Agency in Toronto, where she performs both immigration and customs functions. Prior to becoming a civil servant, she worked as a project manager focusing on innovative technology and market research. Her previous professional experience includes being a writer for a Minister’s Cabinet and conducting extensive research on maritime piracy while working for the Ministry of Defence. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and has a master’s degree in international affairs from Sciences Po Paris.
Julie Bleeker, Consultant, Private Investors for Africa
Julie Bleeker is a consultant for Private Investors for Africa (PIA), a business coalition of ethically like-minded companies aiming to tangibly contribute to the African continent’s inclusive economic and social development. In this role, she leads missions to understand and improve the business climate in select African countries. Prior to this, Bleeker worked in Heineken International’s Africa/Middle East Department. Previous experience also includes work with Cape Town’s Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Good Governance Division. She holds a bachelor’s in social psychology from Utrecht University and a masters in political science from the University of Amsterdam.
Prince Boadu, CEO/Co-founder, MapTech Logistics Limited
Prince Boadu is CEO and co-founder of MapTech Logistics Limited, a company that uses the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve business problems by developing and deploying GIS based applications. He also founded EVOLV.Africa, a non-profit that empowers youth with entrepreneurship and leadership skills through seminars, conferences, and workshops. Boadu holds an master’s of business administration in logistics & supply chain management from KNUST-Kumasi and has worked as logistics and supply chain analyst for Clean Team Ghana. He is founding curator of TEDxKNUST, has been named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and was recently named as one of 30 under 30 emerging Ghanaians to watch by Future of Ghana Magazine.