Mwanda Phiri-Mwewa is an economist with expertise in research and policy advisory work. With a strong understanding of Africa’s socio-economic context, Mwanda is dedicated to driving economic prosperity and transformation across the continent. At Africa Lead for the Charter Cities Institute, Mwanda supports the development of new thriving cities across Africa that foster investments, jobs and inclusive economic transformation.

Max Koffi is a prominent advocate for Africa’s economic decolonization. He is the founder and CEO of Africa in Motion, a non-profit organization that aims to increase the impact of the African Diaspora on the sustainable and economic development of the African continent. Additionally, he is the founder and chairman of the Equal Trade Alliance (ETA). ETA aims to bring together European and African professionals, students, and civil society actors to reflect upon the current trade relations between Europe and Africa, as well as the challenges that arise.

Mahmoud Arbouch is an economist at the Policy Center for the New South. He is a graduate engineer from the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics, Rabat. Mahmoud is currently a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Governance, Economic & Social Sciences of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, working on place-based industrial policies in Morocco. He previously worked on topics related to infrastructure development and financing in Sub-Saharan Africa, regional economics in Morocco, the economic aspects of migration, as well as some sectoral policies in Morocco.