Amatalim Alsoswa is a Yemeni leader and activist, who was a member of Yemen's National Dialogue Conference (2013-2014) and Managing Director of the Executive Bureau for the Acceleration of Aid Absorption and Support for Policy Reforms (2014-2015). She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Director of its Regional Bureau for Arab States, where she served from 2006-2012. In this post, Mrs.Alsoswa led UNDP's 18 programme offices in the Arab region in their efforts to develop national capacities for poverty reduction, democratic governance, sustainable development, crisis prevention and recovery, and women's empowerment. She also provided regional thought leadership through the launch of two editions of the Arab Human Development Report, in 2006 and 2009. In these efforts, Mrs.Alsoswa has built on decades of first-hand experience in public engagement, institution-building and governance issues in the region, in particular in her native Yemen, where she had previously served in as Yemen's first Minister of Human Rights and as Ambassador to Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Ginny Hill is an independent consultant, who has covered politics and conflict in Yemen for more than a decade. She is the founder and former convenor of the Yemen Forum at the influential foreign affairs think-tank Chatham House in London. She has also served on the United Nations Panel of Experts on Yemen. A former journalist and filmmaker, Hill has produced and reported news and current affairs for al-Jazeera English, the BBC, Channel 4 News and ITV1. Her first book, ‘Yemen: The Road to Chaos’, will be published in 2016.
Hedi Larbi is a visiting scholar at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs within the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Mr. Larbi has most recently served as Advisor to the MENA Vice President at the World Bank, and from January 2014 to February 2015 served as both the Minister of Economic Infrastructure and Sustainable Development and the Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, Tunisia. He has over 35 years of professional experience in economic and social development as both a policy advisor andpolicymaker including more than two decades of high level work in the World Bank Group, the private sector, and the Tunisian transition government. He has developed, negotiated and supervised major economic and institutional development programs, as well as public and private investment operations in various social and economic sectors including major infrastructure projects and economic reforms. Mr.Larbi holds an MSc in Civil Engineering from the Ecole des Mines de Paris and an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School.