Partial speaker and panelist list (as of 4/15/15. Not in order of title or appearance, and subject to some change)

  • H.E. Dr. Nabil Mohamed Ahmed, Minister of Higher Education and Research, Djibouti
  • H.E. Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh, Minister for the Economy, Finance, Industry and Planning, Djibouti
  • H.E. Gnenema Mamadou Coulibay, Minister of Justice and President of the Commission of Ministers, OHADA, Cote D’Ivoire.
  • Ambassador Alain Niame, Burundi
  • Hon. Abdourahman Abdillahi, Legal Adviser to the President of Djibouti
  • Mr. Simon Sindayihebura, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Water & Environment, Burundi
  • H.E. Mr. Belete Tafere Desta, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Ethiopia
  • H.E. Mr. Ahmed Hassan Gabobe, Minister of Agriculture of the Federal Government of Somalia
  • H.E. Deputy Minister of Environment, The Republic of South Sudan
  • Mr. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh, President, Djibouti Chamber of Commerce
  • Ambassador Jean-Marc Châtaigner, CEO, IRD Institut de recherche pour le développement
  • Mr. Don Dussey, Senior Africa Marketing Manager, Coca Cola
  • Ms. Hana Dalmur, Head of CSR, Africa-Middle East, DP World (Dubai Ports World)
  • Dr. Mohamed Osman Awaleh– CERD
  • Mr. Samwel O. Marigi, Acting Director, Meteorological Application Services, Nairobi
  • Dr. Monem Alyaser, CEO, Enventix
  • Mr. Andrew Otis, Partner, Curtis Mallet-Prevost, LLP (New York)
  • CEO, the Homan Group
  • Dr. William Ogara, Director of International Programs, University of Nairobi
  • Dr. Araya Asfaw, Director, Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N)
  • Mr. Wilfran Moufouma-Okia, Climate Expert, UNECA
  • Mr. Quentin Kelly, CEO, WorldWater (New Jersey)
  • Mr. Charles Buderi, Partner, Curtis Mallet-Prevost, LLP (Istanbul)
  • Mr. Andy Glass, CMO/CTO, Jet Recycling America, LLC
  • Dr. Salim Al-Moghrabi, Environmental Expert, PERSGA (Regional Organization for the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (Saudi Arabia))
  • Dr. Ethan Chorin, CEO, Perim Associates
  • CEO, Horizon Terminals (TBD)
  • Mr. Christophe Chenot, Coubeche Industries
  • Mr. Abdirahman Ahmed, Deputy Director, Horn of Africa Environmental Network (HoA-REN)
  • Mr. Stephen Hayes, President, The Corporate Council on Africa
  • Mr. Manish Sood, CEO, Smart Data Science (New York)
  • Ms. Corine Mbiaketcha, Sr. Regional Sales Manager – Africa, Oracle
  • Mr. Houssein A. Rayaleh, Technical Advisor for Bioversity Conservation, Djibouti
    & Management at the Ministry of Housing, Urban affairs and Environment
  • Dr. Djama Mohamed Hassan,  President of the University of Djibouti
  • Dr. Jalludin Mohamed, Director, CERD
  • H.E. Mohamed Moussa, Minister of Habitat, Urbanism and Environment, Djibouti
  • H.E. Ali Yacoub Mahamoud, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Djibouti
  • Dr. Dante Quaglione, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group (London)
  • H.E. Salvador Namburete, Minister of Energy, Mozambique
  • Dr. Bertrand Lafrance, Director, DECAN
  • Dr. Mark Pagani, Director, Yale Climate & Energy Institute (YECI), Yale University
  • Dr. William Boos, Yale University
  • Dr. Matthew Huber, University of New Hampshire
  • Mr. Abdi Asis  Ahmed Bile, Technical Expert, Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Government of Somalia
  • Dr. Araya Asfaw, Executive Director, Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre & Network (HoA-REC&N)
  • Ms. Ledet S. Abera,  Public Relations and Communications Coordinator,  HoA-REC&N
  • Mr. Fitsumbrhan Tsegaye, Programme Coordinator, Energy Partnership,  HoA-REC&N
  • Ms. Rita Effah, Africa Programme Coordinator, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
  • Dr. Rob DeConto, University of Massachusetts
  • Mr. Ricardo Sagarminaga van Buiten, President, ALNITAK
  • Ambassador Lange Schermerhorn (Ret.), Perim Associates, LLC
  • Mr. Michael Sweet, Partner, Fox-Rothschild, LLP (San Francisco)
  • Mr. Reginald Jones, Partner, Fox-Rothschild, LLP (Washington, D.C.)
  • Dr. Lee Wallis, President, African Federation for Emergency Medicine (South Africa)
  • Dr. Andi Tenner, U.C.S.F. Global Health 
  • Dr. Jorge Cuadros, U.C. Berkeley Department of Optometry and CEO, EyePACS
  • Dr. Marian Chertow, Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program, Yale University



H.E. Dr. Nabil Mohamed
Minister of Higher Education and Research, Republic of Djibouti

Dr. Nabil Mohamed was appointed Minister in May, 2011, from his position as the Director of the Life Sciences Institute at CERD, 1995-2011. In that capacity,...

Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh
Minister of Economy and Finance, in charge of Industry

“Mr. Ilyas Dawaleh Moussa, 49, holds a Bachelor in Economic and Social Administration, Speciality Business Management from the University François Rabelais of Tours, France, and a...

Dr. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh
President, Djibouti Chamber of Commerce

Currently President of the Djibouti Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh is one of Djibouti’s leading business figures.

After earning a degree in International Business in...

Dr. Mohamed Osman Awaleh
The Center for Research and Study of Djibouti (CERD)

Dr Mohamed Osman Awaleh is Director of the Earth Science Institute and Head of the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory at the Center for Research and Study of...

Mr. Stephen Hayes
President and CEO of The Corporate Council on Africa

Stephen Hayes is president and CEO of The Corporate Council on Africa. In his 13-year tenure as president, he has led CCA to become fully engaged...

Andy Glass
Co-founder and Chief Marketing & Technology Officer of JET Recycling America, Inc.

Andy Glass is the co-founder and Chief Marketing & Technology Officer of JET Recycling America, Inc. As the founder and Executive Director of the Plastic...

Mr. Reginald M. Jones
Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

Mr. Reggie Jones is the Chair of the Fox Rothschild LLP’s Federal Government Contracts and Public Procurement Practice Group based in Washington, D.C.  He has a...

Michael Sweet
Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

An experienced litigator and bankruptcy attorney, Michael employs a client-centric approach to provide strategic solutions to complex legal matters. In practice for more than 15 years,...

Dr. Lee Wallis
President of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Wallis is the head of emergency medicine for the Western Cape Government, and Professor and Head of the Division of Emergency Medicine at...

Dr. Mark Pagani
Yale University, Department of Geology and Geophysics; Climate & Energy Institute (YCEI)

Dr. Mark Pagani (Yale) is a Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. His research group studies the character of ancient climates by reconstructing patterns...

Matt Huber
University of New Hampshire

Dr. Matthew Huber (University of New Hampshire) is a Professor of Earth Sciences and a leading expert on using information from climates of the past to...

Marian Chertow
Yale University, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Marian Chertow is Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management and has been Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program at the Yale School of Forestry and...

Manish Sood
CEO & Chief Product Manager at Smart Data Science LLC

Manish Sood is the CEO & Chief Product Manager at Smart Data Science LLC (www.smartdatascience.com), a New York City...

Dr. Ricardo Sagarminaga van Buiten

Spanish-Dutch biologist and mariner, Dr. Ricardo Sagarminaga van Buiten has dedicated his 30 years of professional life to the investigation and conservation of the marine environment....

Claire Putnam
Obstetrician & Gynecologist Kaiser Permanente

Ambassador Jean-Marc Châtaigner
Deputy Director - IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement)

Born in 1964, Jean-Marc Châtaigner is a Foreign Affairs counsellor of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. He was appointed Ambassador of France...


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