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CMI Team

Mourad Ezzine

Mourad Ezzine, a Tunisian national, has long since been engaged with the CMI: As Sector Manager for Education, the post he held prior to joining the Center, Mourad was a prime driver of the CMI work program not only in his field, but for our knowledge economy approach, as well as for our overall strategic objectives. After joining the World Bank in 1992 as an Education Specialist in the MNA region, he has since held various positions of increasing responsibilities in Africa and MNA. Before joining the Bank, he was Director of Planning and Information Systems in the Tunisian Ministry of Education and held management level positions in a Tunisian private development bank.  

Janette Uhlmann
Senior Operations Officer

Janette Uhlmann is the Senior Operations Officer of the Center for Mediterranean Integration since December 2013. She currently leads the Mediterranean Refugees and Host Communities Knowledge Action Program and works on fragility questions. Prior to this assignment, Janette worked as Senior Country Officer in the Middle East Department, and Central Africa Department at the World Bank for 6 years. Janette started her career with the German Technical Cooperation on a regional program promoting good governance in North Africa. Janette holds an M.A. in International Relations and completed a Postgraduate Program in International Affairs with a focus on the Middle East. Her Ph.D. in International Comparative Politics discussed tradeoffs for European donors in Algeria’s democratic transition process

Giulia Marchesini
Senior Partnership Specialist

Giulia Marchesini joined the CMI in March 2014 as Senior Partnership Specialist. She maintains and explores liaison between the Center’s founding members and partners, while managing new partnerships. In addition, Giulia manages the Center’s newly installed business area, the Mediterranean Dialogue Forum. Before joining the Bank, Giulia worked for the French Development Agency (AFD) in the Partnerships and Mediterranean departments. From 2012 to 2013 she was advisor to the French Ministry for Development where she was notably in charge of dialogue with the MENA region. Her experience in the MENA region also includes coordinating MENA economic and commercial issues for the French Ministry of Economy and Finances (2007-2009). Giulia holds master degrees in Public Administration from Ecole Nationale d'Administration in France, and International Affairs and Diplomacy from the University of Bologna in Italy. 

Zein Nahas
Communication Officer

Zein Nahas joined the CMI in January 2014 as communication officer, where she manages the visibility of the CMI through various online and offline channels. In addition, Zein manages the Center’s newly installed business area, the Mediterranean Knowledge Platform. Before joining the Bank, Zein worked as Media and Communication Associate at the United Nations Population Fund’s Lebanon country office for 4 years. Her experience in communication includes coordinating the Arabic Editions of Le Monde Diplomatique, elaborating digital strategies for the Lebanese ministries of Labor and Telecommunications and freelance journalism (As Safir newspaper, Monte Carlo Douwaliya radio, Al Jazeera Children’s Channel). Prior to that, she worked as Research Analyst on UNDP’s 2009 Arab Human Development Report. She holds master degrees in Political Sciences (Sciences Po Paris) and in Cultural Mediation (Sorbonne). She is proficient in Arabic, English and French.

Cynthia Faure
Program Assistant and Transaction Specialist

Cynthia, a Malagasy and French national worked for the WB Office in Antananarivo, Madagascar before joining the CMI in 2011. She is in charge of processing financial transactions, ensuring that all activity complies with the WB guidelines. She holds a master’s degree in International Management from the Montpellier University.

Farah Abdul Sater

Farah Abdul Sater joined the CMI in August 2015 as communication consultant, where she provides technical support and input to help enhance the visibility and outreach of the CMI. In her former assignments Farah’s worked as the Media and Communication Associate at the United Nations Population Fund’s Lebanon country office, Information Assistant at the International Labour Organization’ Regional Office for the Arab States, Social Media consultant for the Population Policies and Expatriates and Migration Department at the Arab League, as well as having managed the Communications and Fundraising unit for the United Nations Youth Association of Lebanon. She’s produced two short independent documentaries, and has been published in local and regional media outlets (Al Arabiya English, Assafir, Your Middle East, Tactical Tech, Common Ground News etc.). Farah holds a Bachelor in Laws (Lebanese University) as well as a diploma in Political Culture (Saint Joseph University, UPT). She’s laureate of the first online Francophone writing award (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, Quebec 2008).

Marco Pasqualini

Marco Pasqualini joined the CMI in April 2015 working for the Center’s Coordination Unit. He has experience in inter-regional cooperation and regional integration, with a focus on the Mediterranean, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the European Union. Before joining the CMI, Marco worked at the Delegation of the European Union in Saudi Arabia, at Marseille-Provence 2013 / European Capital of Culture and at the Office of Economic Cooperation for the Mediterranean and the Middle East. He holds a Master’s Degree in Law and Policies of European Integration from the Universities of Montpellier (France), Barcelona (Spain), Milan (Italy) and Szczecin (Poland) and a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and International Relations with a specialisation in History and Institutions of the Muslim World from the Catholic University of Milan (Italy). Marco is fluent in French, English, Italian, Spanish and Catalan.

Marion Wahl

In 2012 Marion Wahl joined the CMI  as a Project Assistant providing support to the programmes of the CMI. Together with a small team she is looking after all the organisational and logistical aspects of the conferences in Marseille and also in the partner countries while  ensuring compliance with budgetary and administrative policies of the World Bank.  Prior to her current position she worked for 2 years at the International Relations Department at the Sciences Po in Aix en Provence coordinating their worldwide academic exchange programmes. Before moving to France she spent 10 years in London, Bruessels and Berlin working as a Project Coordinator at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a German political foundation and think tank. 

Myriam Ben Ghazi

Myriam Ben Ghazi joined the CMI in August 2015 as a communication consultant where she works on reinforcing the communication strategy of the CMI and on supporting the newly-established Mediterranean Knowledge Platform business area.


Prior to joining, she worked as a country local expert for Brainville, a German think-tank advising on the political and social situation of the North African region. For over two years she has conducted multiple interviews with diversified profiles and produced extensive country analyses Myriam has over four years of experience in the field of media and communication having worked as a journalist with both local and international organizations and covered important events in Tunisia and abroad.

Sandra Hassan
IT and Multimedia Analyst

Sandra Hassan joined the CMI in September 2014 as the IT and Multimedia Analyst, lending support to Communication and IT. Prior to her Master in Public Health from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique in Paris, Sandra was involved in the Lebanese Red Cross as a paramedic, and has developed solutions for public and private sector entities, including hospitals and think tanks.

Sara Boughedir

Sara Boughedir, Tunisian and French National, is working as a World Bank consultant on the Cities & Climate change program. She holds a Master in Urban Planning from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences-po Paris) and a Masters in Sociology from the Ecole Normale Superieure of Cachan where she was a student in Social Sciences. After a one year research stay at the Political Science Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she specialized in urban sociology and urban planning, with a focus on community development and local participation to urban projects. She’s had experiences in the field in several private urban planning agencies in France and worked in Tunisia at several occasions: she conducted a review of Land Policy in Tunisia in 2012 for the CMI. She speaks French, Arabic, English, and is proficient in German and Italian. 

Agnes Wiedemann
Program Coordinator

Agnes Wiedemann is coordinating the learning network of the GIZ program CoMun “Strengthening municipal structures”. After accomplishing a B.A. in European Cultural History, she obtained her Master´s degree in International Development Studies with the focus on democracy processes in Africa. Since 2007 she is working with GIZ. From 2008 to 2010 she was component leader for health decentralization processes in Malawi. Afterwards she undertook assignments as consultant, applying project management tools for improving decision-processes.  

Axel Baeumler
Senior Infrastructure Economist

Axel Baeumler is Senior Infrastructure Economist at the World Bank. Axel has worked at the World Bank for the past fifteen years, most recently in the Middle East and North Africa and before that in the East Asia and Pacific Region where he has lead a large number of lending and policy advice activities across different infrastructure sectors, with a particular focus on water and urban development issues. He has also published policy research papers on infrastructure finance and is Co-editor or a book on Sustainable Low Carbon City Development in China. At the CMI, Axel has been leading the urban and risk management programs since 2013. Before joining the Word Bank worked as a Strategy Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Axel read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and holds Masters degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics and the European University Institute.  

Casey Weston
Migration Specialist

Casey Weston joined the Center for Mediterranean Integration in 2013 as a Migration Specialist working with the International Labor Mobility Program. He has focused on the analysis and evaluation of migration policies in the Gulf Coordination Council Countries, as well as the design and replication of urban policies aimed at fostering migrant inclusion. Prior to his work with the CMI, he conducted urban policy research with the New Cities Foundation and the City of New York. He obtained his Masters in Urban Planning from New York University.

Céline Dubreuil
Water Program Officer

Céline Dubreuil has 10 years experience in the water sector. After initially focusing on oceanographic research she moved into the field of international water policy. Ms. Dubreuil obtained a PhD in Marine Environmental Sciences before working for eight years for the World Water Council on a range of issues such as the right to water and the strengthening of local government and its capacity in the management of water and sanitation services. She subsequently coordinated the political process of local and regional authorities for two World Water Forums, firstly in Istanbul (2009) and thereafter in Marseille (2012). In May 2012, she joined Plan Bleu as Water Program Officer and is responsible for the development and implementation of water projects in the Mediterranean. Ms. Dubreuil and Plan Bleu support the work of the CMI on the Water Demand Management program. 

Céline Gratadour
Project Manager

After graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Celine Gratadour first worked at the Ministry of Employment in France (DARES) on assessing the impact of active labor market policies and public employment services implemented in Europe, also subject of her doctoral thesis defended in 2009 at the University of Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne. From 2010 to 2012, she joined the research organization IPA (Innovation for Poverty Action) in Kenya to develop and oversee a randomized impact evaluation on access to safe drinking water in rural areas. Back in Paris, she joined the OECD as Labor Economist and then, in 2012, the Education, Vocational Training and Employment Division of the French Development Agency. Within this division, as Project Manager, she is in charge of the direction and supervision of projects on vocational training, youth employment and social protection in different countries (Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Congo, Philippines). Celine is also in charge of managing different studies with other divisions and partners on various subjects as skills for green jobs, women’s access and retention in the labor market.

Charlotte Jacquot
Direction des Relations Institutionnelles et de la Coopération Européenne et Internationale

Charlotte Jacquot, geographer, works on urban development issues in the Mediterranean region and in Brazil at the French Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC). As a Programme Officer at the CDC - Direction of Institutional Affairs and European & International Cooperation, she runs the Network of Urban developers for Sustainable Cities in the Mediterranean, bringing together 12 developers of large urban projects and International Financial Institutions (IFIs) representatives on specific urban and sustainable development challenges. The Network of Urban Developers is co-lead with the CMI and Marseille Euromediterranée Authority (EPAEM).

She also follows up on urban programmes and studies on urban development in the MENA region, in cooperation with IFIs and multilateral institutions (SUpM), and is now in charge of the implementation of CDC – Brazilian Caixa Econômica Federal bilateral cooperation.

Charlotte Jacquot formerly worked as a consultant (SCET, Caisse des Dépôts Group) on numerous missions in France and Morocco, leading or taking part in multidisciplinary teams in the field of economic development, urban design and real estate strategies (feasibility studies, masterplans, urban or real estate strategic plans, road maps, architectural & technical programs). She previously joined the Lyonnaise des Eaux de Casablanca (LYDEC, Suez Environment Group) for the follow-up of complex urban development projects.

Dominique Rojat
Coordinator of AFD Programs

Dominique Rojat has a 30 years experience in development aid including operations, research and capacity building activities. He has been working with research institutions, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for which he was a resident in Senegal, Madagascarand Cameroon, and joined the French Development Agency (AFD) in 1999. He held different positions as project or sector manager, training unit manager as well as teacher and lecturer in project economic analysis and environmental economics. He has an extensive knowledge of the Mediterraneanwhere he conducted many missions for AFD. Is currently coordinator of AFD-led partnerships at CMI, Marseille, including programs on Water Demand Management; Sustainable Urban transport, and Employment and Social Protection.

Dominique Rojat a une expérience de 30 ans en matière d’aide au développement, dans des activités opérationnelles, de recherche et de renforcement de capacités. Il a travaillé auprès d’institutions de recherche, au Ministère des Affaires étrangères pour lequel il a été résident au Sénégal, à Madagascar et au Cameroun, et il a rejoint l’Agence française de Développement (AFD) en 1999. Il a occupé différentes fonctions en tant que chef de projets ou responsable sectoriel, manager d’une unité de formation et enseignant ou formateur lui-même en analyse économique de projets et économie de l’environnement. Il a une connaissance étendue de la Méditerranée où il a réalisé de nombreuses missions pour l’AfD. Il est actuellement coordonnateur des partenariats menés par l’AFD au CMI, à Marseille, comprenant des programmes sur la gestion de la demande en eau, les transports urbains durables, et l’emploi et la protection sociale.

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Francisco Marmolejo
Tertiary Education Coordinator / Lead Tertiary Education Specialist

Francisco Marmolejo is the Tertiary Education Coordinator and Lead Tertiary Education Specialist at the World Bank, where he provides advice and support to country-level related projects in more than 60 countries. From 1995 to 2012, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, an international network of more than 180 higher education institutions, based at the University of Arizona, USA where he also served as Assistant Vice President, Faculty Associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Research Associate at the Center for Latin American Studies. He has served as Vice President of the University of the Americas in Mexico, as well as professor at the University of San Luis Potosi and the National University of Mexico. He has been International Consultant at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and has been part of international peer review higher education teams in Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East, Africa and Asia. He serves or has served on advisory boards at a variety of universities and organizations, including the International Association of Universities, NAFSA, World Education Services, and the Centre for Higher Education Internationalization at UNICAT in Milan, Italy. 

Frédéric Maurel
Senior Water Resources Specialist

Frederic Maurel is a senior Water resources specialist at AFD, Paris. He joined AFD in 2009 after having worked for major international engineering companies in the water sector. He is responsible for AFD projects portfolio in the MENA region, and leader of the Water Demand Management program at CMI. His main duties include following the initiative for depollution of the Mediterranean Sea, reflected in several water and waste water projects funded by in the main cities, and development of sound economic and sustainable solutions for management of scarce water resources and water demand.

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Gerry Muscat
Senior Urban Specialist, Regional and Urban Development

Gerry Muscat is a Senior Urban Specialist at the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) Project Directorate, where he is responsible for the appraisal of urban and regional development projects in the EIB’s countries of operation – in particular within the European Union and in the Mediterranean Region.  He also coordinates the technical side of the Bank’s cooperation with the CMI, and is actively involved in the Medinas 2030 and Urban Project Finance Initiative.

Gerry previously worked at JASPERS, a project preparation facility to support the preparation of EU-funded infrastructure project in central Europe, where he headed the urban team and later became responsible for strategy development and coordination with other IFIs and the European Commission.  Prior to that he held various positions in the Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure Team of the EBRD, in its London headquarters and Warsaw office, where he had a banking role leading projects in urban transport, water, district heating, urban redevelopment, social infrastructure, and solid waste, and working with sovereign, municipal, utility, PPP and intermediated financing instruments.

Gerry has degrees in Geography (MA Oxford University) and Remote Sensing and GIS (MSc London University).  His mother tongue is English, he is fluent in Polish, operational in French, and is learning Arabic (level 4).

Gloria La Cava
Senior Social Scientist (GSURR)

Gloria La Cava has been involved with the CMI since its founding, launching both the World Bank Arab Youth Initiative program as well as the first WB Youth Conference on Youth Opportunities and Participation, at Ecole de la Deuxième Chance (Marseille, April 2010). As a MENA Youth Coordinator, Gloria has vast regional experience dealing with Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen, as well as a range of other low, middle and high-income countries, among other fragile and conflict-affected situations worldwide.

Hassan Mouatadid
Programme Manager

Hassan Mouatadid is a Programme Manager at Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in Paris. He is a Senior Urban Specialist in the Local Authorities and Urban Development Division, with more than 15 years’ work experience, mainly in the urban and financial sectors, including leading partnerships with International Financial Institutions

Hervé Levite
Senior Environmental Specialist

Hervé Lévite graduated from ENGEES Strasbourg and then ENGREF AgroParistech. For 15 years was engaged in developing projects across Africa: Initially working as a researcher in South Africa at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), he went on to serve as an advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and water  in Djibouti. Whilst in Niger, Hervé focused on rural domestic water supply. He has recently been based in Burkina Faso initially conducting applied research on irrigation performance before going on to promote IWRM for the Economic Community of West African States. As well as holding posts in Europe working principally with municipalities in Corsica and later at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France on water and desertification, he also served at the FAO Headquarters in Italy addressing the dissemination of agricultural water innovations. Currently at the CMI, Hervé is advising the Director on issues relating to sustainable development, focusing specifically on green growth.  

Jacques van der Meer
Program Leader

Jacques van der Meer is Managerial Adviser at the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) Project Directorate, where he is in charge of the assessment of R&D and Innovation projects that are proposed for EIB-financing in industrial sectors (in particular automotive, steel, glass, fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals) as well as in the public sector research infrastructures (like Syncrotrons, Laser Installations and the European Extreme Large Telescope) and S&T-parks, in line with the Bank's support for Europe's Lisbon Strategy and the Horizon 2020 policy.

In 2010, Jacques was seconded to EIB's technical assistance unit JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions), where he led a team of experts that provide technical assistance for project preparation in the Knowledge Economy (Education and Research Infrastructures, Science Parks, specialised healthcare, ICT and e-society projects).

His interest in Intellectual Capital and R&D dates back from his Ph.D.-study (1987), which addressed the key issues for successful R&D-strategies in the semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries. Before joining the EIB in 1991, Jacques van der Meer lectured Strategic and Innovation Management at the Rotterdam School of Management of the Erasmus University and the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Lyon (nowadays EM de Lyon).

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Laetitia Erny

Laetitia Erny joined the CMI in February 2014 as an intern for the GIZ CoMun program. As of September 2014 she has been working as a consultant in the coordination of CoMun program activities, which aims to strengthen municipal structures in the Maghreb region. She holds a Master’s degree in political science and local development from the Paris Sorbonne-Pantheon University, with a focus on urbanization and governance. Prior to that, Laetitia spent a year in Jordan where she worked as a consultant on citizen participation and youth engagement for a Danish NGO.

Lamia Zaki

An urban development specialist, Lamia Zaki holds a PhD in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Her dissertation (defended in 2005) dealt with the political mobilizations of slum-dwellers in Casablanca (Morocco) during the 1990s and early 2000s. She was Visiting Fellow at Harvard and Georgetown Universities in 2003-2004 and 2010-2011. Between 2007 and 2010, she was a researcher for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain (IRMC) in Tunis, where she coordinated a collective research program on the role played by urban practitioners in the conception and implementation of urban policies in North Africa and the Middle East. She edited two collective books related to urban issues in the MENA region : L’action urbaine au Maghreb. Enjeux progressionnels et politiques (Paris, Karthala, 2011) and (with Pierre-Arnaud Barthel) Expérimenter la “ville durable” au sud de la Méditerranée. Chercheurs et professionnels en dialogue (La Tour-d’Aigues, L’Aube, 2011). Lamia has been working for the World Bank since 2011, working on projects related to housing and youth in Tunisia, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. She joined the CMI in Marseille in April 2013.

Lida Bteddini
Public Sector Specialist

Lida is a Public Sector Specialist in the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank. In her role, she is responsible for the management of technical assistance projects, primarily in Morocco and Tunisia, on open government reforms. She is also engaged in projects focusing on service delivery improvement, government restructuring, and civil service reform on a range of countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. Previously, she was Information Officer in the Embassy of Lebanon in Washington D.C. and has civil society experience having worked in a non-governmental organization focused on civil rights issues. Lida holds a Masters degree in International Development and dual-Bachelors degrees in International Relations and Philosophy from the American University of Washington D.C.

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Manjula Luthria
Senior Economist

Manjula Luthria leads the International Labour Mobility program at the CMI. This program focuses on providing the analytical and technical basis for labor origin and host countries to engage in greater liberalization of international labour markets in ways that are truly win-win for the people who move as well as the places they move to and from. She has worked on  core economic growth and development issues and has a PhD in economics from Georgetown university, USA. 

Markus Lücke
Environmental Management Expert

Mr. Markus Lücke is an Environmental Management Expert from Germany, with more than 25 years of professional experience. Between 1986 and 2001 he worked with the public and private sector in different positions on infrastructure, urban planning and environment. He has been working in Germany, Yemen, Syria, Indonesia Palestine and Tunisia. Since 2001 he has been working with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). He currently heads the regional network “SWEEP-Net” that cooperates with nine partner countries in the MENA-region in the field of resource efficiency and solid waste management.

Mariem Malouche
Senior Economist

Mariem Mezghenni Malouche is a Senior Economist in the World Bank Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) in Washington, DC. She is currently leading trade and competitiveness projects in Morocco and Tunisia as well as a MENA regional integration activity. Her professional areas of interest include trade and competitiveness, economic integration, trade policy and nontariff measures, trade finance, and diaspora. She joined the World Bank in 2004 as an economist in the MENA region then in the World Bank International Trade Department (PRMTR). She is a co-author of Streamlining Non-Tariff Measures: a Toolkit for Policy Makers (World Bank 2012); co-editor of Non-Tariff Measures - A Fresh Look at Trade Policy's New Frontier; and co-editor of Trade Finance during the Great Trade Collapse (World Bank 2011). She also led and contributed to a number of country level policy dialogue, development policy loans and reports in MENA, South Asia and Africa Regions, notably in Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, and Lao DPR. Before joining the Bank, Malouche earned a PhD in international economics from Université Paris-Dauphine, France, and a master degree in business from University of Tunis III with the highest honors.

Meinolf Spiekermann
Senior Urban Development and Local Governance Expert

Meinolf Spiekermann is a senior expert for urban development and local governance at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ (GmbH).

From 2001 to 2008 Mr. Spiekermann has led the German contribution to the “Rehabilitation of the Old City of Aleppo” ( in Syria. Before, he has managed various urban and regional development projects in Africa and lectured at German universities.

At present he is director of GIZ’s CoMun program, strengthening municipalities of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia for local and national development. The program supports innovative approaches of local authorities on urban development and on democratic governance as well as learning networks. More at

M. Spiekermann is co-editor and co-author of “My Aleppo” (2011), a collection of individual stories about Aleppo and its society which are accompanied by authentic pictures from his and other photographers’ collections, among them some of the first ever made. More at

Jasmin Atwaa
Advisor - GIZ CoMun Program

Jasmin Atwaa is working as an advisor in the GIZ’s CoMun program, strengthening municipalities of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia for local and national development. The program supports innovative approaches of local authorities on urban development and on democratic governance as well as learning networks. For more information, please see She is also taking care of the cooperation between GIZ and the CMI as well as the coordination of regional conferences between the Maghreb countries, Germany and Marseille. After she finished her Islamic Studies in Bamberg, Germany in 2012, she started working in 2013 with GIZ. From 2013 -2015, she was junior advisor in the project “Sustainable Economic Development in Iraq”. 

Philippe Marin
Senior Water & Sanitation Specialist, Global Water Practice

Philippe Marin is an expert on water utilities reform and Public Private Partnerships, with 20 years of experience working on water projects in more than 40 countries. He holds a MSc in Agricultural Sciences from Institut National Agronomique Paris Grignon and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau in France. His work currently focus on water utilities in the Mediterranean, and he leads the WB participation in the CMI water program.

René Solano
Senior Social Protection Specialist, Social Protection and Labor Global Practice

Rene Leon-Solano is a senior social protection specialist in the Social Protection & Labor Global Practice of the World Bank. He works on issues related to labor markets and social assistance in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), with a special focus on post-revolution Tunisia, Morocco and Lebanon. As the youth co-coordinator of the World Bank in MENA, he is in charge of overseeing the youth agenda in the region. He is the task team leader of several lending and technical assistance operations, and has authored various journal articles and reports on employment services and active labor market programs. Before joining the World Bank in 2010, he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States, where he designed, implemented, and supervised loans and grants in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.