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UM6P side events

2023 World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings

Tuesday, October 10
Food Security & Sustainability


Expert meeting
How to contribute to food security/ sovereignty in Africa


  • Rachid Serraj Director of Strategy and African Initiative, UM6P
  • Pierre Jacquemot : Former ambassador, economist
  • Bikenga Martin ISSA, former Minister of Agriculture of Burkina Faso, former Deputy Executive Secretary of CILSS.
  • Raphaël Mergui, Director, Willagri (Moderator)

Expert meeting:

Hydrogen: Myths & Realities


  • Daniel Nahon Founder, CEREGE

  • Edward Zaayman, Partner & Associate Director London, BCG

  • Alexandre Alonso, Senior Adviser, Embrapa


Campus visit & Networking

Openning speech & Solutions Village inauguration
Hicham El Habti, President, UM6P

4:30pm-5:30pm | AUDITORIUM 2017

High level Dialogues – Food security

Rattan Lal, Professor of soil science, The Ohio State University, 2020 World Food Prize laureate


  • Jacques Attali Fondation Positive Planet

  • Daniel Nahon Founder – CEREGE

  • Rattan Lal Professor of soil science, The Ohio State University, 2020 World Food Prize laureate

  • Terry Roberts, Former President – IPNI

  • Ilias El Fali, Head of Corporate Strategy, Sustainability and Innovation, OCP

  • Dimitris Bertsimas, Boeing Professor of Operations Research and Associate Dean of Business Analytics at the MIT Sloan School of Management

  • Leonardus Vergütz, Chief Innovation Officer, OCP (Moderator)

5:30pm-5:45pm | AUDITORIUM 2017

Launch of UM6P J-Pal Agriculture Lab for Africa

5:45pm-6:30pm | AUDITORIUM 2017

High level Dialogues – Sustainability

How to unlock Africa full potential to contribute to a more sustainable world?


  • Salim MOUSSADDYKINE, Directeur Business Development, INNOVX
  • Erin Grover – Climate Advisor and Blockchain expert
  • Alpha Barry, CEO, Atos Afrique
  • Klaus Leisinger – Global Values Alliance
  • Ismail Tekin – Founder, World impact Forum
  • Hanane Mourchid, Chief Sustainability Officer, OCP
  • Manal Bernoussi, Founder, Leaders On Purpose (Moderator)
6:30pm-7:15pm | AUDITORIUM 2017

Agrichain Investment in Africa Forum
by INNOVX and OCP Africa


  • Hicham El Habti, President, UM6P

  • Youssef El Bari, CEO, INNOVX

  • Younes Addou, Vice President Agribusiness & Sustainability Solutions, INNOVX

  • Mohamed Hettiti, Chief Operating Officer & Senior Vice president East Africa, OCP Africa

  • Salma Seetaro, CEO, Cashew Coast

All day

Solutions village

Art performances throughout the campus

Come to my Home Festival

Wednesday, October 11

3pm-5pm | AUDITORIUM 2017

Climate Finance Conference:

Leveraging Private sector and Institutional investors for Climate Finance: A Holistic Strategy for Transformation and Risk Management in Africa.


  • Said Hanchane, Full Professor of Economics at UM6P, Membre du Directoire du Laboratoire et de la Chaire de l’Economie Industrielle et de l’Emergence de l’Afrique « EIEA »- UM6P-Mines-Paris-tech , Member of the UM6P Centre of Financial Excellence (CEFI) (Moderator)
  • Mohamed Chafiki, Président du Collège des Référents Académiques du MAPAM /ABS/UM6P
  • Driss El Abbasi, Full Professor Université Mohammed V Rabat Chef de Département des Sciences Economiques
  • Sanmit Ahuja, Founder and CEO of Impact IRR
  • Christopher Caldwell, CEO United Renewables
  • Erik Payen, Senior Client Manager – Disaster Risk Finance & Infrastructure | Public Sector Solutions, Swiss Re Managemen
  • Jacob Kirkegaard, Senior Fellow – Peterson Institute For International Economics
  • Mohamed Amrani, Affiliate Professor at Africa Business School/UM6P, Co-director of the UM6P Centre of Financial Excellence (CEFI)
5pm-6pm | AUDITORIUM 2017

High level Dialogues – Entrepreneurship

Advancing sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa: empowering entrepreneurs, mobilizing Global Capital, expanding market opportunities


  • Maiko Miyake Acting Manager – International Finance Corporation – World Bank Group
  • Irene Boghdadi Head of Entrepreneurship & Msme Support Services, Chemonics Egypt
  • Youssef Mamou CEO, YOLA FRESH
  • Omar Laalej Managing Director, AL MADA
  • Yassine Laghzioui, CEO, UM6P Ventures
  • David Hayes, Director, UM6P/ABS Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • Lahcen Haddad, Minister, writer, UM6P Adjunct Professor, and Entrepreneurship Expert (Moderator)
6pm-7pm | AUDITORIUM 2017

Mining sustainability in Africa

Navigating the future of sustainable mining in Africa’s economic, social and environmental landscape


  • Victoria R Nalule CEO , Nalule Energy and Minerals Consultants (NEM Energy)
  • Professor Raphael J Heffron Professor in Energy Justice, the Social Contract and Sustainability at the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, TREE, Pau, France
  • Theophilus Acheampong Associate Lecturer at The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, United Kingdom
  • Mohamed Bousseta, Director INNOVATE FOR INDUSTRY at UM6P & CEO of MOL SA
  • Paul Ebert, Group Director Sustainability & Energy Transition Leadership, Worley
  • Alaka Lugonzo, Extractives strategist, Oxfam (Moderator)
All day

Solutions village

Art performances throughout the campus

Come to my Home Festival

Thursday, October 12
African Diaspora & Innovation

2:30pm–4pm | AGORA

Diaspora Startup Hub – Open Innovation Program Demo day

Campus visit & Networking

Campus visit & Networking

4:30pm-7pm | AUDITORIUM 2017


African Diaspora & Innovation

4:30pm-5pm | Welcome remarks and presentation of the “1.5 Million Leaders” study results

  • Hicham El Habti, President, UM6P

Introductory Keynote

  • Fathallah Sijilmassi, Director General – African Union Comission

5pm-6pm I Panel 1

Dotting the i’s of Innovation

  • Bippin Makoond, CTO Infosys Strategic Large Deals and Founder Linkology Inc
  • Reza Zain Jaufeerally, CEO – noHunger
  • Anthony Nathan, CEO – Tamara Group (TBC)
  • Ali El Amrani, Founder – iBTIQUAR Innovation Lab
  • Radouane Oudrhiri, Managing Partner – Inherent Capital Partners (Moderator)

6pm-7pm I Panel 2

Innovation Management

  • Imad Mouline, Managing Partner – Akmazo Partner
  • Mehdi Daoudi, Professor, CEO & Co Founder – Catchpoint System
  • Habib Attaoui, Group Master Black Belt – Orange
  • Brett St Clair, CEO – (TBC)
  • Anthony Nathan, CEO – Tamara Group (Moderator) (TBC)
All day

Solutions village

Art performances throughout the campus

Come to my Home Festival

Friday, October 13
Cultural and Creative Industries


Campus visit & Networking


ICC Bootcam “Le Grand Atelier”



  • Presentations by cultural operators and students who benefited from the training and attended the bootcamp workshops.
  • Chahrazad Zahi, independent curator, cultural operator, and doctoral candidate at Boston University

Art meets Tech



  • Dominique Moulon, Independent digital art curator
  • Syham BELKHADIR- WEIGANT, autrice, éditrice, curatrice indépendante
All day

Solutions village

Art performances throughout the campus

Come to my home

Saturday, October 14
Cultural and Creative Industries

10:30am-11:30am | TAROUDANT ROOM

Rbah! Panel discussion

Morocco and Africa have been providing the world top class talents in every sports. From humble beginnings, those talents have proven unbelievable resilience and determination, fighting against all odds to become the best in class. This panel will celebrate them all. Speakers include sporting talents from basketball, football, boxing in both male and female categories. Nurturing talents takes uncredible skills-set, we will bring on fantastic characters who have been developing talents for years.

11:30am-12:15pm | AGORA

Fire Side Chat: More than a Game! Investir dans la jeunesse Africaine pour réussir

High-level panel discussion to celebrate, shed more light on the successful sustainable sports strategy developed by Morocco over the past decades and the plans to stay at the forefront of African sports by investing in youth development and education

  • Hicham El Habti, President, UM6P
  • Will Mbiakop, ASCI Executive Chairman
12:30pm-2:30pm | MULTI-SPORT FIELD

JR.NBA League Launch x

UM6P will be hosting the 2023 – 2024 JR.NBA Gantour League launch.

3:00pm | Congress Center Hall

Opening of Art Meets Tech

Art Exhibition

3:30 pm

Welcome and Main Event Kick Off

  • Akunna Cook, Founder of Next Narrative Africa

Art Factory program documentary screening by UM6P

‘Kizazi Moto’ screening teaser by Triggerfish

3:45 pm | AUDITORIUM 2017

Welcome Speeches

  • Hicham El Habti, President, UM6P
  • Sergio Pimenta, Regional Vice President Africa, IFC

Introductory Keynote

  • H.E.M. André Azoulay, Advisor to HIS MAJESTY the King Mohammed VI
  • H.E.M. Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid, Moroccan Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication
  • Neila Tazi, President of A3 Communication and President of the Moroccan Federation of Cultural and Creative Industries

Panel 1

Private sector investment in the Creative Industries – what are the bankable business models

In 2023, private investors finally took notice of the potential of the Creative Industries in emerging markets but have failed to understand the sector’s business models and growth trajectory. What are some of the creative sector’s success stories in Africa and other emerging markets that can help guide investors’ decision-making processes and unleash private investment?

  • Bill Sonneborn, Global Director and Chair of the Investment Committee, International Finance Corporation
  • Antonio Avitabile, Managing Director, Sony Innovation Fund (TBC)
  • Moulaye Taboure, CEO, ANKA
  • Laureen Koussou-Olson, Birimian Ventures
  • Marie Lora-Mungai, investor, strategic advisor, and entrepreneur specialized in the African Creative Industries and Sports Business (Moderator)

Panel 2

The Creative Industries in Morocco: Challenges and opportunities

Morocco has emerged in the last decade as a catalyzer for many African ICCs. While attracting international production and content, the country has worked to strengthen its captive market and reform cultural institutions and policies. This panel featuring private and public sector speakers, aims to highlight the sector’s challenges and ambitions…

  • Brahim El Mazned, Founder & Director General of «Visa for Music” and “Anya Culture»
  • Sofia Alaoui, Director and Screenwriter
  • Meryem Sebti, Director of publication – Diptyk Magazine
  • Sabrina Kamili, Cultural Entrepreneur
  • Lotfi AOULAD, Codirecteur of Nejma Magazine and program management at UNESCO (Moderator)

Panel 3

How can smart public policy help unleash the potential of creatives – focus on the Audiovisual sector

The audiovisual sector globally is an important driver of revenue and jobs in many regions. But to realize the sector’s potential in emerging markets, governments need to foster an enabling environment through clear policies and regulations, in particular, the protection and valuation of Intellectual Property.

  • Jonathan Olsberg, Chairman, Olsberg SPI
  • Stan Mccoy, President and Managing Director, Motion Picture Association
  • Kenneth Kim, South Korea/Hallyu expert speaker
  • Isioma Idigbe, Nigerian Entertainment lawyer and IP expert
  • Siham El Faydi, General Director, Concept MENA Group
  • Maiko Miyake, Manager, Creating Market Advisory Unit for North, West, and Central Africa, IFC (Moderator)

Fireside Chat

  • Makhtar Diop, Managing Director, IFC
  • Neila Tazi, President of the Federation of Cultural and Creative Industries (FICC)
  • George Gachara, Co-Founder and Board Chair, HEVA Fund

Closing remarks

  • Hicham El Habti, President, UM6P

Cocktail & Networking

Beyond 7pm | AUDITORIUM 2017

Final show

Jazz concert by “African Women in Jazz” produced in residency at UM6P prior to the event on the thematic of resilience

All day

Solutions village

Art performances throughout the campus

Come to my Home Festival


Entrepreneurship Roundtable « Attracting Global Capital for a Sustainable and Inclusive Startup Ecosystem in Africa: Tackling Challenges and Advancing Solutions for the Benefit of People, Profit, and the Planet.»


Signing ceremony of an MoU between UM6P, CGEM, & AMDIE, focusing on the theme of the African diaspora and innovation.



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