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    Moises D. Santana, professor, entrepreneur, and author
  • You cannot think different when you cannot challenge orthodoxy. You cannot think different where you cannot speak your mind.
    Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States of America
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    Nasseam ELKARRA, Entrepreneur, San Francisco
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    Lamia Boutaleb, CEO, Capital Trust
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    Barbara Rwodzi, Founder and CEO, BarRue Knitwear
  • Be ambitious and confident but do it with the right intentions.
    Shazia Salem, Founder, ieatfoods
  • 12% of women run their own businesses compared to 31% of men, and that's the largest gender gap in the world.
    SalahEddine Bentalba, IT Consultant, Atos
  • It's always the right time to start a company because there are always things to improve. Anything is possible.
    Nasseam Elkarra, Entrepreneur, San Francisco

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GES Marrakech 2014 Speakers

  • Joe BIDENVice President of the United States of America,
  • Salaheddine MEZOUARMinister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco
  • Penny PRITZKERSecretary of Commerce, United States Department of Commerce, USA
  • Mohamed BOUSSAIDMinister of Economy and Finance, Morocco
  • H.E. Mamoun BOUHDOUDMinister Delegate to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Investment and the Digital Economy, Morocco
  • Moulay HAFID ALAMIMinistry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the Digital Economy, Morocco
  • Aziz AKHANNOUCHMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Morocco
  • Mbarka BOUAIDADelegate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Morocco
  • Nizar BARAKAPresident, Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE), Morocco
  • Miriem BENSALAH-CHAQROUNPresident, Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM), Morocco
  • President Pedro PIRES Former President, Republic of Cape Verde,
  • Hamdi ULUKAYAFounder, President and CEO, Chobani Inc.; PAGE Ambassador, USA
  • Othman BENJELLOUNChairman and CEO, BMCE BANK Chairman of the Advisory Board, RMA WATANYA Insurance Co. Chairman, FinanceCom Holding Chairman, GPBM –The Moroccan Banking Association, Morocco
  • Alexa VON TOBELFounder and CEO, LearnVest; PAGE Ambassador, USA
  • Mohamed EL-KETTANIChairman and Chief Executive Officer, Attijariwafa bank Group, Morocco
  • Daphne KOLLERFounder, Coursera; PAGE Ambassador, USA
  • Anas SEFRIOUICEO, Addoha Group, Morocco
  • Samir ABDELKARIMFounder and Blogger, StartupBRICS.com, France
  • Hamza ABOULFETH,
  • Adnane ADDIOUIChair, Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship & Country Leader Enactus, Morocco
  • Lanre AKINOLAEditor of This is Africa, Financial Times, UK/Nigeria
  • Akon Recording Artist, Songwriter, Record Producer, USA/Senegal
  • Willy Conrad ASSEKOCEO, Les Transports Citadins (LTC), Gabon
  • Abood AL SAWAFIVice Chancellor, A’Sharqiyah University, Oman
  • Hicham AMADIChairman & CEO, 2WLS and President, Association of Moroccan ICT Companies, Morocco
  • Richard ATTIASFounder & Executive Chairman, Richard Attias & Associates, Morocco
  • Jeff MARTINCo-Founder and CEO, Tribal Planet, USA
  • Kinvara BALFOURCreative Director, Producer, Writer, Entrepreneur, UK
  • Bob DIAMONDCEO, Atlas Mara, USA
  • Stephane BACQUAERTManaging Director, Wendel, France
  • Akram BENMBAREKEntrepreneur, Morocco
  • Kola KARIMCEO, Shoreline Energy, Nigeria
  • Naif AL-MUTAWACreator, THE 99, United States
  • Chinwe EFFIONGPresident, Junior Achievement Africa, Ghana
  • Tas ANVARIPOURCEO, Africa 50 Fund - Africa Development Bank, Tunisia
  • Koffi Fabrice DJOSSOUAfrica Liaison, ZACR (South African Central Registry), South Africa
  • Élé ASUJournalist and TV Presenter, Canal +, France
  • Khalid ABDULLA-JANAHIGroup Chief Executive, Dar Al Mal Al Islami Trust (DMI Trust) and Chairman, Faisal Private Bureau, Switzerland
  • Mohammed EL MOURIDRegional Coordinator for North Africa, INCARDA, Tunisia
  • Ethel COFIEFounder, Women in Tech, Ghana
  • Ron BRUDERFounder and Chairman, Education for Employment (EFE), USA
  • Tarik YOUSEFCEO, Silatech, Qatar
  • Barclay Paul OKARICEO and Founder, Impact Africa Industries, Kenya
  • Abdulhasan AL-DAIRIChairman of Bahrain SMEs Society, Bahrain
  • Catherina BALLOUTOperations Manager/Levant & GCC Lead at the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab,
  • Kingsley BANGWELLFounder, Youngstars Foundation, Nigeria
  • Karim BERNOUSSIChief Executive Officer, Intelcia Group, Morocco
  • Iman BIBARSRegional Director, Ashoka Arab World, Egypt
  • Hicham BOUZEKRICo-Founder and President, Morocco Microelectronics Cluster, Morocco
  • Candida BRUSHProfessor, Babson College, United States
  • Jaime MALETChairman, AmChamSpain, Spain
  • Ajay CHATURVEDIFounder, HarVa; Young Global Leader, India
  • Yassir CHAKIBFounder, Etoile Capital, France
  • Ibrahima CHEIKH DIONGFounder and CEO, Africa Consulting and Trading, Senegal
  • Issam CHLEUHFounder & CEO, Africa Impact Group, United States
  • Omar CHRISTIDISFounder and CEO, ArabNet, Lebanon
  • Amine CHOUAIEBCEO and Founder, Chifco, Tunisia
  • Youssef CHRAIBI,
  • Maria CONTRERAS-SWEETAdministrator, U.S. Small Business Administration, USA
  • Isabel DOS SANTOSBusinesswoman and Entrepreneur, Angola
  • Tebogo DITSHEGOPresident and CEO, Ditshego Media, South Africa
  • CAMILE SAID EDDINEFounder & CEO MOOR'S surfboards, Hong Kong/Morocco
  • Dr. Ndubuisi EKEKWEChairman, FASMICRO Group, Nigeria
  • Walid EL ALAOUI MRANIFounder and CEO of Azur Systems, Morocco
  • Mourad ELAJOUTIFounder, Green Schools and Waste Collectors Program, Morocco
  • Mohamed Touhami EL OUAZZANIGeneral Manager, Morocco and Francophone Africa, VISA, Morocco
  • Marilyn DIAMONDHonorary Consul General for Morocco in Chicago, USA
  • Nawal EL MOUTAWAKELOlympic Hurdles Champion, Morocco
  • Guido GHEDINManaging Partner, Young Digitals, Italie
  • Sam GOLDMANCo-Founder, d.light, Canada
  • Asmaa GUEDIRAConnector, OuiShare, Morocco/France
  • Anas GUENNOUNDirector, The Abraaj Group, Morocco
  • Chonchol GUPTAFounder & CEO, Rebirth Financial, Inc., USA
  • Roy HADDADDirector, WPP MENA; Chairman, WT MEA, Lebanon
  • Habib HADDADFounding CEO, Wamda, UAE
  • Mark HALPERINManaging Editor, Bloomberg Politics and Host, Bloomberg TV’s “With All Due Respect” , USA
  • David HAMODPresident and CEO, National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, USA
  • Cathy HANCEO, 42 Technologies, USA
  • Harry HAREExecutive Producer, DEMO Africa , Kenya
  • Rahaf HARFOUSHFounder, Red Threat, France
  • Kerry HEALEYPresident, Babson College, USA
  • Mazen HELMYFounder, The District, Egypt
  • Moratuoa HLONGWAFounder, Image Evolution Chartered Accountants, Lesotho
  • Jean-Michel HUETPartner, BearingPoint , France
  • Dana HYDECEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation, USA
  • Andrew G. INGLISChief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kosmos Energy, USA
  • Rafa JIMENEZFounder, Ahorro Libre, Mexico
  • Jessyca JOYEKURUNFounder, Expand Human Resources, Mauritius
  • Eric KAKOUCo-Founder and CEO, Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners, Cote D'Ivoire
  • Dennis KARPESFounder, Dance4Life; Co-Founder, Naga Foundation, Netherlands
  • Dan KEELEREditor, Wall Street Journal - Frontiers, USA
  • Christine KELLYJournalist, Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA), France
  • Karen KERRIGANPresident & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, USA
  • Othman LARAKICo-Founder, MixerLabs and Founder, Color Genomics, Morocco
  • Will MACNAMARADirector, Infusive, USA
  • John MACOMBERSenior Lecturer in Finance, Gloria A. Dauten Real Estate Fellow, Harvard Business School, USA
  • Henri MALOSSEPresident, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Belgium
  • Verone MANKOUFounder and CEO, VMK, Republic of Congo
  • Tarafa MAROUANE Chairman & CEO of SOMED (Société Maroc Emirats Arabes Unis de Développement), Morocco
  • Abdoulaye MBAYE, Senegal
  • PANAGIOTIS G. MIHALOSSecretary General for International Economic Relations, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Greece
  • Nick MOONFounding Director, Kickstart International, Kenya
  • Rhett MORRISDirector, Endeavor Insight, USA
  • Tarek MOUGANIEFounder, Affinity, Ghana
  • Marcel MUTSINDASHYAKAFounder and CEO, UMUSEKE IT, Rwanda
  • Joel MWALEFounder, Gigavia.com, Kenya
  • Bertin NAHUMPresident and Founder, Medtech, France
  • Nadim NAJJAR Managing Director, Thomson Reuters, UAE
  • Mima NEDELCOVYCH President and CEO, Initiative for Global Development (IGD), USA
  • Christian NGANFounder and CEO, Madlyn Cazalis Group, Cameroon
  • Thione NIANG Founder, GIVE1PROJECT and Founder and CEO, TN Consulting Group, Senegal
  • Hans NICHOLS Correspondent, Bloomberg Television, Germany
  • Kivanc ONAN Regional Director, Turkey, Middle East & North Africa, PayPal, Turkey
  • Jonathan ORTMANSPresident, Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kauffman Foundation, USA
  • Yaw OWUSU Managing Director, Ghana Cyber City, Ghana
  • Farah PANDITHSenior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Special Representative to Muslim Communities (2009-2014), USA
  • Uche PEDROFounder, BellaNaija, Nigeria
  • Anxo PéREZ Founder, 8belts.com, Spain
  • Allon RAIZFounder and CEO, Raizcorps, South Africa
  • Rahier RAHMAN Founder and CEO, Pangea, USA
  • SAOUSSANE RIFAI Executive Partner, IDEVOM, Morocco
  • Milton Duncan RINEHART Assistant Professor of Management, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco
  • Stéphanie RIVOAL President, Action Against Hunger, France
  • Amy ROSENCEO and President, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, USA
  • Arad ROSTAMPOURCEO and Founder, Zen Health, USA
  • Fokke DE JONGFounder and CEO, Suitsupply, Netherlands
  • Claude ROCHETProfessor, Aix Marseille University, France
  • Soraya SALTISenior Vice President, MENA, Junior Achievement Worldwide, Jordan
  • Chafik SABIRY President and Director, HP CDG IT Services Maroc, Morocco
  • Zainab SALBI Founder and Former CEO, Women for Women International, USA
  • Bruno Sánchez-Andrade NUñOChief Scientist, Mapbox, USA
  • Abdelhameed Ahmed SHARARAFounder, RiseUp Summit, Egypt
  • Fathallah SIJILMASSI Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean, Morocco
  • Shanker A. SINGHAMManaging Director of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project, Babson Global, UK/USA
  • Carlos ST. JAMESManaging Director, Santiago & Sinclair LLC, USA
  • Karim SYChief Catalyst, Jokkolabs, Senegal
  • Amine TAZI-RIFFIDirector, McKinsey & Company, Switzerland
  • Yosr TAZIProducer and TV Presenter, Entreprendre, France
  • Andrew TORCHIAEconomics Editor,
  • Howard A. TULLMANCEO, 1871, USA
  • Alfonso VEGARAPresident, Fundación Metrópoli, Spain
  • Evans WADONGOFounder, SDFA-Africa and Co-Founder, GreenWize Energy Ltd, Kenya
  • Charlie Batchanzi WANDJI Founder, 1task1job, Cameroon
  • Benjamin WEGG-PROSSERManaging Partner, Global Counsel, UK
  • Fahim ZAKARIAPresident, HUB Africa; Managing Partner, BDO, Morocco
  • Patrick ZHONG Senior Managing Director, Fosun Group, China
  • Zoltan ACSProfessorial Research Fellow, The London School of Economics and University Professor, George Mason University, USA

GES 2014 brought together over 3000 entrepreneurs, together with heads of state, high level government officials, global entrepreneurs, small medium enterprises (SMEs), corporate leaders, and young entrepreneurs. There was also be an "Innovation Village" where entrepreneurs and innovators from Africa and around the world were able to promote their projects and share new ideas on myriad topics including ICT, water management, and alternative energy

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GES was launched by President Barack Obama in 2009 as a global platform to "empower entrepreneurs with the skills and resources necessary to compete and thrive in the 21st century."
Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
Kingdom of Morocco
His Majesty King Mohammed VI and President Barack Obama agreed during the Royal Visit to Washington in November 2013 to organize the 5th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the Kingdom of Morocco. The selection of Morocco to host the Summit, organized for the first time in an Arab-African country, reflects the active role that the Kingdom of Morocco plays in the overall economic development of the African continent, and its leadership in supporting entrepreneurship and integration of youth and women in the economy.
Kingdom of Morocco
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
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