The Atlantic Dialogues Convenes In Marrakech
From October 24-26, leaders from countries around the Atlantic basin came together in Marrakech for three days of spirited discussion and debate. The Atlantic Dialogues convenes about 350 leading public and private sector representatives with the goal of creating open dialogue and cooperation on cross-regional issues. The agenda consisted of panel sessions and smaller break-out sessions designed for frank intellectual exchange and networking. From accountable governance, to health security, to how to build inclusive and sustainable cities, sessions at The Atlantic Dialogues prompted leaders to analyze shared policy challenges.
The Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives (TLI) team executed several successful panels and programs at the conference, including a panel in the main conference session on Leveraging Demographic Change for Growth and Innovation. The session, introduced by TLI Director Kevin Cottrell, featured Ms. Ibone Bengoetxea, Deputy Mayor of the Bilbao City Hall, Councilor for Culture & Education — Bilbao City Council; Dr. Justin Gest, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University; Mr. Mickey Ibarra, President and Founder, Ibarra Strategy Group; Ms. Imane Lahlou, Technical Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit; nad was moderated by Mr. Adnan Kifayat, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States. Discussants debated policies and strategies that serve countries best to gain the economic and social benefits of demographic change. The TLI team also spearheaded an off-the-record night owl discussion of gender quality in the Wider Atlantic context moderated by Ms. Farah Pandith, Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School, that featured Mr. Todd Corley, Founder and Chief Strategist of the TAPO Institute, Ms. Jackie Glenn, Chief Diversity Officer of EMC, Ms. Luana Ozemela, Social Development Specialist at the Gender and Diversity Division of the IDB, and Ms. Barkue Tubman, CEO of MBL Intl Group. The lively dialogue explored the gains made and challenges yet to be conquered for women in leadership across sectors within the Wider Atlantic.
In addition to these conference sessions, the TLI team also conducted leadership training with the Emerging Leaders program of Atlantic Dialogue and worked closely with the OCP Policy Center on new leadership initiatives. Ten alumni of GMF’s leadership initiatives participated across all of these activities at Atlantic Dialogues, engaging in the program as speakers sharing their particular expertise, and as participants contributing to interactive debates. For more information about The Atlantic Dialogues, including session videos and transcripts, please click here http://www.atlanticdialogues.org/