Speakers / Intervenants

Mr. Mohand Laenser, Président du Conseil Régional de la Région de Fès-Meknès - Maroc

Mohand Laenser est un homme politique marocain. Ancien ministre de l'Intérieur marocain, il est élu le 14 septembre 2015président du conseil régional de la région de Fès-Meknès. Lauréat du cycle supérieur de l'École nationale d'administration, Mohand Laenser a effectué des formations professionnelles à l'Institut national des postes et télécommunications de Rabat, l'École nationale supérieure des télécommunications de Paris et l'Institut international d'administration publique. Depuis 1969, il a assumé plusieurs fonctions au sein du ministère des Postes et Télécommunications. En novembre 1981, il est nommé à la tête de ce département. Le 30 novembre 1983, il est nommé Ministre des Postes et Télécommunications, pour être reconduit à ce poste le 11 avril 1985. Du 7 novembre 2002, a octobre 2007, il occupe le poste de Ministre de l’Agriculture du Développement Rural et de la pêche maritime. Secrétaire général du Mouvement populaire, il est élu député, aux élections législatives directes du 25 juin 1993, de la circonscription de Boulmane (province de Boulmane). Le 12 novembre 1994, Laenser est réélu secrétaire général du Mouvement populaire. Le 13 juin 1997, il est élu aux élections communales.Il est élu et réélu député aux élections législatives du 27 septembre 2002 et 7 septembre 2007. Le 29 juillet 2009, il est nommé ministre d'État lors du léger remaniement dans le gouvernement Abbas El Fassi. Le 3 janvier 2012, il est nommé ministre de l'Intérieur dans le gouvernement Benkiran. Dans le « gouvernement Benkiran II », Mohand Laenser est nommé Ministre de l'Urbanisme et de l'Aménagement du territoire national, en octobre 2013. Il est décoré du Wissam Er reda de première classe.

Mr. Hicham Afify, President, City Council of Ifrane - Morocco

Mr. Hicham Afify started his studies in Business Administration in Saudi Arabia and later earned a degree in law from Mohamed V University in Rabat, Morocco in 2019. He has been President of the City Council of Ifrane since 2015. In August 2018, he earned an African prize related to the cleanest city of Ifrane from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) organization. Mr. Afify’s main expertise is in local development and city management.


Driss OUAOUICHA holds a Ph. D from the University of Texas at Austin in USA, a Master’s from the University of Wales in UK, and a ‘Licence’ (BA) from Mohamed V University in Morocco. President of Al Akhawayn University since 2008, Mr. OUAOUICHA was Adviser to Amideast Study Abroad Programs for Arab Studies in the MENA region; prior to which he had served as Executive Director of the international university at sea, "The Scholar Ship". Starting in 1988, Mr. OUAOUICHA had served Dean at Moulay Ismail University; then Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Al Akhawayn University. Secretary General of the Moroccan British Society since 2004; he is member of the National Economic, Social, and Environmental Council, member of the morocco-US Strategic Dialogue Commission, and member of the board of trustees of the National Agency for Evaluation and Quality Assurance of Higher Education and Scientific Research. His research interests are in Higher education Management, Quality Assurance, and intercultural studies.

Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG-Africa

Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi is the Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) since 2007. He has been the Chairperson of the Cities Alliance Interim Management Board till April 2016. He is also Co-Chair of World Cities Scientific Development Alliance-WCSDA, and Deputy Secretary General of the China-Africa forum of local governments. Mr. Elong Mbassi is the man behind the Africities Summit, the largest event of cities, regions and local communities in Africa, where he oversees the organization since the first edition in 1998. Mr. Elong Mbassi has a rich experience of nearly 40 years in the field of urban development and planning, urban services, local economic development, local governance, housing and of slum upgrading. From 1996 to 1999 he was the first Secretary General of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities Coordination-WACLAC at the same time he held the position of Secretary General of the Municipal Development Partnership, MDP from 1992 to 2006. Previously, from 1981 to 1991, Mr. Elong Mbassi was the director of the first urban project financed by the World Bank in Cameroon and which focused on the restructuring and development of a slums area of 300,000 inhabitants in the city Douala. Mr. Elong Mbassi began his career in Paris, France where he was responsible for research and project manager at the Agency of Cooperation and Planning ('Agence Coopération et Aménagement ) from 1973 to 1980.

Dr John Mary Kauzya

Dr. John-Mary Kauzya is Chief of Public Service Innovation Branch (PSIB) of the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York where he has worked since July 1999. Before taking on the management job of Chief of Branch, he worked as Inter-Regional Adviser in Governance Institutions and Systems in the same Division. Prior to joining the International Civil Service at the United Nations, he taught at Makerere University in Uganda and worked as the Deputy Director of the Uganda Management Institute. He also worked as an International Consultant and Adviser in Africa in various fields of governance and Public Administration and Management including; management training and consultancy, strategic planning as well as high-level public-sector leadership capacity building. He has advised governments of Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Liberia, Kenya, the Comoros, Kosovo, Guinee, Niger, Brazil, on governance and public administration and management including: Civil Service Reform, decentralisation and management of local governments, capacity building for conflict management, Parliamentary restructuring, strategic development planning, , public policy design, programming and evaluation, leadership capacity development and others. He has been instrumental in driving forward the United Nations Public Service Awards program through which UNDESA promotes innovations in governance and public administration all over the world. He has worked with the African Association for Public Administration and Management and the Ministries responsible for Public Service in African Countries as well as Human resource Managers in Public Sector Institutions to establish the Africa Public Sector Human Resource Managers Network (APS-HRMnet) through which the values virtues, competences and capacities of Human resources in the public sector are promoted and valorised. He has also worked and established an Africa wide Task force on developing transformational leadership capacities in Public Sector Institutions for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development and achievement of SDGs. He holds a PhD in Law (Doctorat en Droit) from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne. Dr. Kauzya is a member of the International Commission of Accreditation in Public Administration Education and Training Programs (ICAPA), a member of the international Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) Working Group on Administering Global Governance and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Uganda Management Institute, a Member of the Board of African Local Governments Academy (ALGA). In recognition of his work in Public Administration and Public Policy, he was awarded with the O.P DWIVEDI AWARD 2014 by the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) for Outstanding Contribution to Public Administration and Public Policy in the World. He has widely published in various areas of governance and public administration.

Dr Mpilo NGUBANE - Chief Learning Officer, Municipal Institute of the eThekwini Municipality – Durban - SOUTH AFRICA

Chief Learning Officer of the newly established Municipal Academy of the eThekwini Municipality, he has been given the mandate by the city to implement the learning and development vision which includes the establishment and subsequent leading of this institution. He is a seasoned Local Government expert having been a consultant, researcher, a writer, analyst and facilitator in the Local Government sector. He boasts 15 years of local government experience, eight years of which he served as the Municipal Manager of Mandeni and uMngeni Municipalities respectively. He has also worked as the Deputy City Manager of Corporate Services at Msunduzi Municipality. He is currently the Director of Cifal – Durban, a UNITAR network centre providing capacity building programmes and research. He holds 10 qualifications which include two masters and two PhD degrees. His forte has been policy development and implementation in the public sector and has done research and presented a number of papers in various national and international conferences. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the KZN Institute of Local Government Managers and is also serving on its National Executive Committee. He has served in a number of structures, boards and professional bodies and is currently a Board member of capacity building institute of the United Cities in Local Government Africa (UCLGA). He is also a registered professional Executive Coach. ”

Ms. Caroline ODANDI

Caroline is an experienced HR professional with over 15 years practicing in both Public and Private sector in Kenya. Works currently at the Council of Governors as Head of HR influencing, reviewing and advocating that policies are made in consultative, collaborative, inclusive of all the players especially the County Government actors in all our counties. Loves to write and has great interest in improvement of Human Resource for Health (HRH) matters both locally and globally , influencing young people to love the Noble HR profession and to practice with a human face.

Mr Léonard Emmanuel Nick Bomba, Cameroun

Ingénieur/Manager du développement local et de la décentralisation au Cameroun, Mr Bomba est Coordonnateur du Programme National de Formation aux Métiers de la Ville (PNFMV), premier grand Programme de formation des acteurs de la décentralisation et du développement local au Cameroun, Il a obtenu de nombreux diplômes, notamment en Littérature française, Communication, Management public et Management du développement local, Ingénierie de la Formation et des Systèmes territoriaux d’emplois, qui lui ont permis d’acquérir la culture de la démarche stratégique nécessaire à l’acteur de la décentralisation et du développement local qu’il est. Il compte 20 ans d’expérience professionnelle dans le domaine de la décentralisation et du développement local, notamment en tant que cadre communal de l’Association Nationale des Pouvoirs locaux de son Pays, Coordonnateur du premier plus important projet de renforcement des capacités des cadres des grandes villes et des Associations d’Autorités locales d’Afrique Centrale (Projet de Renforcement des Capacités des Collectivités Locales du Cameroun et du Congo ) 2009-2012, ou encore Consultant à de nombreuses études, contribuant ainsi à l’évolution des processus de décentralisation en Afrique et particulièrement au Cameroun.

Madame Marie Seynabou Ndao NDIAYE - Cabinet du Ministre des Collectivités Territoriales et de l’Aménagement du Territoire du Sénégal.

Titulaire du diplôme d’Inspecteur en Animation du Développement et d’un Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées (DESS) en Décentralisation- Aménagement - Développement Territorial. Elle a occupé les postes de Chef de la Division Formation et du Renforcement des Capacités, respectivement à l’ARD de Diourbel et de Dakar (2003 à 2014). Elle est ensuite devenue Chef du Service de la Formation au Ministère des Collectivités territoriales et de l’Aménagement du Territoire (2015 à 2018), après son passage à la Direction des Collectivités Territoriales. Elle est présentement en service au Cabinet du Ministre des Collectivités Territoriales et de l’Aménagement du Territoire du Sénégal.

Syak Mwaondwe - Deputy Director Treasury Management Services with National Local Government Finance Committee (NLGFC)

Mr Syak Mwaondwe holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accountancy. He is a fully qualified Chartered Management Accountant with CIMA/AICPA and is now pursuing an MBA with University of Malawi where he is finalizing his dissertation. Mr Mwaondwe works as Deputy Director Treasury Management Services with National Local Government Finance Committee (NLGFC), a body established by the Constitution, s. 149 to supervise accounts of local governments and ensure their audit. He has worked in the NLGCF for 18 years with 9 years in the post above and the first 10 years as Financial Management Analyst. Before joining the public service in the NLGFC he has also worked in the private sector for 6 years.

Ambassador Akin Oyateru

Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria in 1980 and holds a B.Sc in Political Science and a Master’s degree in International Diplomacy from the Universities of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife and Lagos respectively. Ambassador Oyateru has been deployed to various Departments at the Ministry Headquarters including Protocol, Africa, International Organizations, Policy Planning, Administration, Asia & Pacific and the State House, Abuja among others. He has also served at various Missions overseas among which are Poland, Austria, Namibia and United Kingdom. An accomplished Diplomat, he has also represented the country at many international conferences. Ambassador Oyateru was the immediate past Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya, with concurrent accreditation to the republic of Seychelles. He was also Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), UN – Habitat and UN in Nairobi, Kenya. He retired statutorily from the Foreign Service after 35 years of meritorious service and currently a Consultant in Public and International Affairs. He was until recently a Lead Consultant, Project Management Office (PMO) Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Nigeria.

Eunice Ajambo

Eunice Ajambo is Economic Affairs Officer with the Macroeconomics and Governance Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). She works on economic governance, public sector management and public finance issues, leading and contributing to high level policy development and programme implementation through instruments including the annual Economic Report on Africa (ERA) and the biannual African Governance Report (AGR), among others. Prior to joining ECA, Ms. Ajambo served at UN HQ in New York with UNDESA and UNDP, contributing to high-level intergovernmental support on a diversity of contemporary economic and social issues. She is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Mr. Fernando Santomauro

Chargé de projet au Département d'Apprentissage de CGLU à Barcelone, en Espagne depuis mai 2018, Mr Santomauro a été président du Forum Brésilien des secrétaires municipaux des relations internationales (2016), secrétaire municipal des relations internationales à Guarulhos (2009-2016) et conseiller en relations internationales des villes de São Paulo (2002-2005) et de Belo Horizonte (2007), au Brésil. Il est titulaire d'un post doctorat et d'un doctorat en histoire des relations internationales, d'une maîtrise en histoire sociale et des baccalauréats en sciences sociales et relations internationales.


Philip Duku Osei is a professor of Public Policy and Management, and currently the Deputy Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He previously served as the first Dean of the School of Public Service and Governance at GIMPA, and as a Senior Fellow of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He has written and consulted on Local Government Reform, Social Protection, Urban Regeneration, Poverty Reduction, Public Sector Reform and Capacity Strengthening. His clients have included the Government of Ghana, the Government of Jamaica, Government of Belize, Government of St Kitts and Nevis, other Commonwealth Caribbean Governments, the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, the Commonwealth of Learning, the European Commission, the Canadian International Development Agency, and many more.


Titulaire d’une Licence Es Lettres, Langues et Civilisation Etrangères puis Administrateur Civil ; Evaluateur bilingue (français/Anglais) après un stage au CEFEB en France, Adiza LAMIEN/OUANDO totalise 31 ans d’expérience professionnelle d’abord comme Cadre à la Direction Générale de la Coopération, Directrice du Projet de Promotion du Petit Crédit Rural, Responsable des aspects genre et femmes au Projet BIT d’appui aux petits Producteurs et Productrices de Ouagadougou ; puis Directrice et consultante Senior du Bureau Renforcement Femmes et Société, période pendant laquelle elle a appuyé le Volet Femmes de la Commission Nationale de Décentralisation ainsi que le Service d’Appui à la Gestion et au Développement des Communes, SAGEDECOM ainsi que le Volet Formation en tant que membre du Noyau de Formateur. Madame LAMIEN OUANDO Adiza a une expérience internationale à travers les multiples missions d’évaluation et un Poste au Mali en Tant que Senior Programme Manager Genre. Enfin très active dans les organisations de la Société Civile au niveau international et National.

Mr Claude AUDINET - Membre du Bureau National du Syndicat des Directeurs Généraux des Collectivités de France, Conseiller technique pour les relations internationales avec l’Afrique et le Maghreb

Claude AUDINET, assuma différentes direction de collectivités dont celle de la ville de JAUNAY-CLAN et d’une communauté de communes de 20 000 habitants qui accueille le siège du Parc du FUTUROSCOPE (près de POITERS-FRANCE) situé au sein d’une technopôle regroupant instituts de formation universitaire et entreprises high-tech. Il est aujourd’hui membre du Bureau National du Syndicat des Directeurs Généraux des Collectivités de France, Conseiller technique pour les relations internationales avec l’Afrique et le Maghreb.

Henri-Séverin ASSEMBE – Directeur de l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes sur la Gouvernance Territoriale et la Décentralisation (CAMEROUN)

Titulaire d’un Master en Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication, il s’intéresse à la Gouvernance et à l’Evaluation des Politiques Publiques. A cet effet, il exerce au Cameroun comme Président de l’Agence de développement « Collectivités & Territoires », Administrateur Directeur de l’Ecole des « Hautes Etudes sur la Gouvernance Territoriale et la Décentralisation » qui développe avec l’Université de Yaoundé II-Soa des Exécutive Masters en Ingénierie du développement des Territoires et assure la fonction de Président de l’Institut des Politiques Publiques, un think tank qui questionne l’action et les politiques publiques. Avant cela, il a été Directeur du Programme Supérieur de Spécialisation en Finances Publiques après avoir été Secrétaire Général Technique du Réseau Normalisation et Francophonie en 2014 et 2016. Il a fait une carrière administrative aux côté du Recteur de l’Université de Yaoundé II de 2003 à 2012.

Mr Vinesh CHINTARAM - Secretary General of Africa Union of Architects (AUA)

Vinesh Chintaram was trained as architect and urban planner in France and Germany respectively. He has won several awards and recognitions for his achievements amongst Germany’s “BDA Nachwuchs & Förderpreise” (2006). He is a RIBA Charted Architect and Partner at VISIO , one of the leading architectural firms based in Mauritius. Since more than 15 years, Vinesh focuses on creative, innovative and sustainable solutions to address the challenges of African cities both as a professional and at the level of NGOs. He is a Past President of the Mauritius Association of Architects and held the post of the Chairperson of the Strategic Planning and Development Commission of the Africa Union of Architects (AUA). Vinesh currently serves as the Secretary General of the AUA. Vinesh is further actively involved at the level of AU-ECOSOCC (Mauritius) to contribute towards meeting the objectives of the AU Agenda 2063.”

Madame Bindu C. Brewer- Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Paynesville

Bindu C. Brewer is currently the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Paynesville. She has a Master’s in Community Planning (MCP), specializing in Land-use Planning, received from the University of Maryland in 2003. Her primary and secondary education was obtained in Liberia at the American Cooperative School. She traveled to the United States to complete high school, college and her master’s program.

Professor Johnson BADE FALADE

Professor Johnson Bade Falade is a member of many professional bodies and an accomplished academician and professional. He is presently the MD/CEO, Gotosearch.Com Ltd and International Advisor to the UCLGA, Rabat. He has accomplished many important international consultancy services in the areas of high-level advocacy and advisory services, urban planning, policy formulation on urban development, housing, climate change, presented technical papers in many international conferences (2012-2019). Previous employment history includes (i) UN-Habitat Programme Manager for Nigeria (2003-2012); (ii) Professor of Geography and Regional Planning in at the Department of Geography and regional Planning, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (2005-2007); (iii) Programme Analyst Governance for UNDP (1998-2003, (iv) UNDP Zonal Officer for North-East Zone of Nigeria (1998-2000), (v) UNDP Programme Officer for projects in economic planning, water and sanitation and information management (1991-1998); (vi) Senior Lecturer, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Obafemi Awolowo University (1987-1991) and Lecturer 1, OAU (1985-87). He has over 100 publications in books, journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He is happily married with four children and has four grandchildren.

Dr. François Paul Yatta

François Paul Yatta holds a MPhil in Urban and Regional Economics Paris, University of Paris XII – Val de Marne (France), a Master’s Degree in Urban Engineering, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, ENPC, Paris, (France), and a PhD in urban and regional economics, University of Paris XII – Val de Marne (France). He also holds an Accreditation to Lead Researches (Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches, HDR), University of Paris XII – Val de Marne (France). His researches focuses on urban economy, macroeconomic implications of urbanization, local finance, and fiscal decentralization in France and Africa. He also provides training and teaching at the international level.

Monsieur Abdoulaye CISSE

Abdoulaye Cisse est Chercheur, Ingénieur et Conseiller en Formation. Il est également titulaire d'un Master en Géographie Urbaine et d'un MBA en Management des Entreprises et Organisations. M. CISSE est Responsable du Pôle Développement des Capacités, qui regroupe les Programmes de formation, le Renforcement Organisationnel et le Développement Institutionnel dans l'ONG ECOPOP "Espaces de Co production des offres Populaires pour l’Environnement et le Développement en Afrique".

Mayor Ethel Pam Belcher-Taylor

Mayor Ethel Pam Belcher-Taylor was born in 1963 in the Republic of Liberia where she grew up and completed her primary and secondary education. She continued her education in the United States, earning her college degree in business management, and a professional diploma in cosmetology. Mrs. Taylor returned to school in 2010 and studied Biology and obtained a Career Diploma in Landscape Design. She was appointed Mayor of the City of Paynesville in February 2018. In 1998, Mayor Taylor was hired as the International Coordinator for the Office of the First Lady of the Republic of Liberia, that same year she founded Elijah’s Hair Studio in Monrovia, Liberia. She worked with the First Lady and owned and operated the full-service Beauty Salon and Spa for three years before joining the Liberian Diplomatic Corps in 2001 as the Cultural Attache for the Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in Ghana, where she lived for three years before returning to Liberia. In 2006 she worked as the Deputy Project Coordinator for the Africa Aid Program in Monrovia, Liberia providing vocational training to participants with emphasis in cosmetology, tailoring and hygiene, while simultaneously working as a Managing Partner for Kpatawee Fresh Safe Drinking Water Company. In 2014 she became the Managing Partner/CEO for Africa Accommodation Providers where she currently manages industrial hospitality and provides catering services for over 1000 persons. Mayor Taylor has served as President of the Liberian Water Producers Association, Member of the Liberia Copyright Board, Member of the ECOWAS Manufacturers Association and Member of the Order of Eastern Star. Mayor Belcher-Taylor is married to Boimah S. Taylor and together are parents to four children.

Docteur Malika Ghefrane/Giorgi - Experte internationale en égalité de genre et gouvernance locale, Conseillère spéciale du réseau des femmes élues locales d’Afrique (REFELA), Commission permanente de l’égalité de genres de l’organisation panafricain Cités et Gouvernements locaux unis d’Afrique (CGLU Afrique)

Un parcours professionnel de plus de 20 ans d’enseignement universitaire de psychologie appliquée et de méthodologie de recherche en sciences humaines; experte internationale en égalité de genre et gouvernance locale, ayant réalisé des études de recherche stratégiques et significatives pour organismes gouvernementaux et locaux et des organisations internationales (ACDI, USAID, ONU-Femmes…), au Maroc et dans d’autres pays, portant sur la promotion des droits des femmes et de l’égalité de genre, la lutte contre la violence fondée sur le genre et l’intégration de l’approche genre dans la gouvernance et le développement local. Pour le REFELA, Dr Malika Ghefrane/Giorgi est en charge de la gestion de son Secrétariat à CGLU Afrique, la documentation, la planification, la mise en œuvre et le suivi évaluation des axes stratégiques de son Agenda 2019-2021: Systématiser l’information sur le REFELA, implémenter les Chapitres Nationaux, planifier et réaliser les actions liées aux 3 Campagnes dont celle ‘’Des Villes africaines sans enfants en situation de rue’’ parrainée par la Princesse Llla Meryem, mobiliser autour du Pacte Europe-Afrique de Marrakech pour l’égalité, ainsi que pour la rédaction de la Charte des Villes et Gouvernements Locaux Unies pour l’égalité et se mobiliser avec les femmes maires et élues locales d’Afrique pour une contribution significative dans la mise en œuvre des agendas africains et mondiaux.

Dr. Najat Zarrouk - Director of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of the United Cities and Local Government of Africa (UCLG-Africa)

Dr. Najat Zarrouk was appointed on 1th August, 2016 as the Director of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of the United Cities and Local Government of Africa (UCLG-Africa) based in the Kingdom of Morocco - Rabat. She has 31 years of management experience in the Public Service and was appointed several times by His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Her last position in this Ministry was Governor, Director of Training. In 2009, she was appointed by His Excellency the former General Secretary of UN as a Member of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) where she served from 2010 to 2017, including 2 years as the Chair of the Committee and also in the Sub-Committee in charge of the evaluation of the nominees for the UNPSA. In August 2018 in Kampala (Uganda), she was elected as the Vice-Chairperson of the African Public Service-Human Resource Managers Network (APS-HRMNet). She has a Ph.D. in Political Sciences and is also graduated of the National School for Public Administration in Rabat (Honor Student) and of the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) in International, European and Comparative Studies, among other certificates of training. Author of many essays and articles on issues related to public administration, Public Service, Local Governance, Capacity Building, éthics, and several official documents for the United Nations published on UNPAN, she also published, in 2008, a book on “Trade and Development: from GATT to the World Trade Organization -WTO” forwarded by the Former Director General of the WTO, Mr Pascal Lamy.

Madame Muriel DESGEORGES

Muriel Desgeorges est chargée de projets internationaux au sein de l’Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maitrise de l’Energie. Diplômée de Sciences Po Rennes en ingénierie des services urbains, elle a orienté son parcours professionnel vers le développement durable des territoires, en particulier sur les sujets de l’environnement, de la lutte contre le changement climatique, et de l’accès à l’énergie. Elle travaille aujourd’hui pour le renforcement de capacités des autorités locales et le développement d’outils d’aide à la décision pour la mise en œuvre des politiques publiques environnementales. Elle veille à l’échange d’expertise française à l’international, dans le cadre de coopérations multilatérales.

Dr. Carlota Tovar Pérez - Vice- Rector for Innovation and Research, University Camilo José Cela (Madrid, Spain)

Dra. Carlota Tovar is currently Vice-Rector for Innovation and Research at University Camilo José Cela (Madrid, Spain). She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a specialization in Strategies and Technologies for Sustainable Development. She has had a long and successful career in the field of Research, Development, and Innovation. Since 2015 she has been working in different strategic areas to foster the Sustainable Development Goals: implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (Spain); promoting the appropriation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in SMEs; measuring the social impact at Corporate Social Responsibility departments. Title of the Topic: "The role of university in new urban management models"

Dr. Rafael Hernández López - UCJC School of Technology and Science. Professor and Master Degree Director in Urban Mobility, Technology, Eco-transport, Environment and Sustainability.

Dr. Rafael Hernández López, Urban Planning Architect, E.T.S.A.M., Master in Architecture and Bioclimatical Urbanism, E.T.S.A.M., PhD in Architecture, DPA (Department of Architectural Projects (Polytechnic University of Madrid). Technician in Renewable Energy, E.T.S.I.M., UPM. Principal researcher of PielSen Project. Title of the Topic: "The role of university in new urban management models" .

Mamadou S. DIALLO, Formateur, Consultant, Chef Département Formation Continue et Chargé de Cours au Centre de Formation et d’Appui Conseil pour le Développement Local (DELTA-c) Bamako - MALI

Doctorant en Management et Développement des Collectivités Territoriales à l’Institut Supérieur de Formation et de Recherche Appliquée (ISFRA) à Bamako, 3ème cycle en Gestion, Mamadou DIALLO est titulaire d’un master en Décentralisation et Ingénierie de Développement Local (2009 – 2011), un master en Gestion Administrative et Financière des actions de développement (2013 – 2015), un master en gestion du cycle des projets, programmes et politiques de développement (2015 – 2016). Ses champs d’intervention couvrent les domaines suivants : Elaboration de projets de développement, Gestion Administrative et Financière des organisations de la société civile, Diagnostic organisationnel et Renforcement organisationnel, Management, leadership et coaching des organisations, Suivi-évaluation des projets, Décentralisation et Développement local.

Jules Dumas Nguebou

Président du Bureau Exécutif de l’ONG ASSOAL, à l’initiative de l’Ecole de la Gouvernance et du Centre d’Appel Citoyen pour la démocratie et les droits de l’homme au Cameroun. Auteur de plusieurs ouvrages et articles sur la société civile et la participation, il est lauréat du Prix RFIN et Afrique 2005.

Pr. Joseph Pierre ASSI-KAUDJHIS Directeur Général du Centre Africain de Management et de Perfectionnement des Cadres (CAMPC) – REPUBLIQUE DE COTE D’IVOIRE

Professeur titulaire en géographie et Enseignant-chercheur à l’Université Alassane OUATTARA de Bouaké (Côte d’Ivoire), le Pr. Joseph Pierre ASSI-KAUDJHIS a soutenu son Docteur en Sciences, orientation Géographie humaine à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles. Par ailleurs, il a assuré de hautes responsabilités aussi bien au niveau gouvernemental qu’au niveau universitaire notamment au poste de Directeur de Cabinet du Ministre de la Fonction Publique et de la Réforme Administrative de la République de Côte d’Ivoire et de Directeur de Cabinet du Président de l’Université de Bouaké. La qualité de son travail lui a valu d’être élevé au grade de Commandeur dans l’Ordre du Mérite de l’Education Nationale et Officier dans l’Ordre du Mérite Ivoirien. Il est auteur de plusieurs articles et contributions dans le domaine du développement local et de l’aquaculture en Afrique subsaharienne.

TOKELY Justin - Directeur Général de l’Institut National de la Décentralisation et du Développement Local (INDDL) à Madagascar

Administrateur Civil en Chef, 3ème échelon avec 15 années de service auprès du Ministère de l’Intérieur et de la Décentralisation et ayant suivi plusieurs formations relatives à l’Administration publique à l’étranger, il a constitué un réseau de partenariat qui a valu à l’INDDL d’être classé au rang de Direction Générale en 2018 et de contribuer au renforcement des capacités à de nombreux agents des Collectivités Territoriales dans tout Madagascar. En plus d’être un grand pilier dans la promotion de la Décentralisation et du Développement Local à Madagascar, qui est l’une des principales missions de l’Institut qu’il représente, il est aussi un époux et un père dévoué à sa famille.