AIM 2019 Speakers

Conference and Workshop Speakers


Dr. Lassaad LACHAAL

Senior Advisor to the President-MENA Region & Algeria Res. Rep.

African Development Bank Group

Dr. LACHAAL, a Tunisian citizen, is a globally respected thought leader and scholar in the field of development economics. A challenge oriented person with a background in development economics and over 25 years of professional experience in economic policy, management, as well as, field experience in humanitarian work. He has worked with UN development agencies, government, MDBs and academia.

Before his appointment in March 2018 as the President Special Advisor for the MENA region and country Director for Algeria, he served as Director for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. In this role, he supported the Government of Niger to design and implement programs for eradicating poverty and hunger, fostering livelihoods and building resilience. He mobilized resources to provide emergency assistance to refugees and victims of terrorism and internally displaced persons.

From 2014 to May 2015, LACHAAL was the Minister of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries in Tunisia during which he provided strategic leadership to the agricultural sector transformation in the areas of value chain development, market access, as well as, veterinary and sanitary surveillance among other areas.
In his past career, he worked as Chief Development Economist at the African Development Institute between 2010 and 2014, in which role he contributed to the development and delivery of capacity building programs for public sector officials across Africa and served as the Managing Editor of the African Development Review.
Between 2008 and 2010, Dr. LACHAAL was Deputy Director at the Joint Africa Institute jointly founded by
the IMF, the World Bank and the Africa Development Bank.

Dr. LACHAAL holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, a Master of Arts in Economics and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA. He also holds a certificate in Innovation for Economic Development from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. He has a proven publication record in peer-reviewed outlets (two of which won Research Contribution Awards).

Country Presentation Speakers


Mikheil Khidureli

Chief Executive Officer
Enterprise Georgia

H. E. Nabeela F. Tunis

Minister of Planning and Economic Development
Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Sierra Leone

H.E. Mr. Husin Bagis

Ambassador of The Republic of Indonesia to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Ridwan Hassan

Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Consulate General of Indonesia

D. Rizky Novihamzah

Indonesia Investment Promotion Centre (IIPC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Anthony Nkinzo Kamole

Managing Director
National Investment Promotion Agency (ANAPI), DR Congo

Patient Sayiba TAMBWE

Managing Director
Multimodal Freight Management Office - OGEFREM, DR Congo

Mr. Omphitlhetse Bobo Senosi

Director, Investment
Botswana Investment & Trade Centre (BITC)

Dwianto Eko Winaryo

Deputy Chairman
Business Facilities of Batam FTZ- Riau Islands Province, Indonesia

Paola Maccani

Head of Unit Territorial Development and Attractiveness
Ervet, Emilia Romagna Regional Agency, Italy

Francesca Chieti

Head of Institutional Investors Business Development
London Stock Exchange Group, Italy

Patrizia Celia

Head of Large Caps, Investment Vehicles & Market Intelligence
Borsa Italiana, Italy

Stefano Nigro

Director of the Foreign Direct Investment Department
ITA Agency, Italy

Alessandro Bonfiglioli

Chief Executive Officer
Agriculture and Food Centre of Bologna, Italy

Jaba Phutkaradze

Minister of Finance and Economy
Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Georgia

Nino Mghradze

Deputy Head of Municipal Department of Economic Development
Tbilisi City Hall, Georgia

Tengiz Tsereteli

Senior Investment Officer
JSC Partnership Fund, Georgia

Otar Dikhaminjia

Supervisory Board Member
JSC Axis Towers

Davit Ebralidze

Chief Executive Officer
Poti Free Industrial Zone, Georgia

Mariam Asatiani

RE/MAX Capital, Georgia

Ibrahim Ahli

Director of Investment Promotion Division
Dubai FDI, United Arab Emirates

Marwan Ben Hareb

Director of Investment & Promotion Department
Chamber of Commerce, United Arab Emirates

Neville Matjie

Chief Executive Officer
Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN)

Hamish Erskine

Chief Executive Officer
Dube TradePort Corporation

Russell Curtis

Non-Executive Director
Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Emad Aubry

Business Development Specialist – Director of Investment Promotion Department
Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ras Al Khaimah

Mohammad Juma Al Mashrekh

Executive Director
Sharjah Investment & Development Authority (Shurooq)

Valentina Setta

Consul General
Consul General of Italy in Dubai

Mr. Lasha Chikovani

Investment Projects Adviser
Colliers International Georgia

Minister Paul Tasong

Minister Delegate in Charge of Planning, Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development

Zeng Yan

Deputy Director General
Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Commerce

Aubrey Shabane

Chief Executive Officer
KZN Growth Fund

Juma Al Kait

Assistant Undersecretary
Foreign Trade Affairs at Ministry of Economy

Sharief Habib Al Awadhi

Director General
Fujairah Free Zone Authority (FFZA), Fujairah

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