Meriam Al-Rashid (Partner, U.S. Chair Public International Law & International Arbitration at Eversheds Sutherland)

Meriam Al-Rashid

Partner, U.S. Chair Public International Law & International Arbitration at Eversheds Sutherland

Meriam Al-Rashid represents and advises clients across the globe on complex international disputes with a focus on public international law including issues related to human rights, international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration, and foreign investor risk management. Her practice spans multiple industries and her experience includes participation in arbitrations before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), International Court of Justice (ICJ), Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

H.E. Moulay Hafid Elalamy (Minister of Industry, Trade, Green and Digital Economy at Kingdom of Morocco)

H.E. Moulay Hafid Elalamy

Minister of Industry, Trade, Green and Digital Economy at Kingdom of Morocco

Graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in information systems, Moulay Hafid Elalamy began his career in Canada as a Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance of Québec before joining Saint-Maurice, a Canadian insurance company, where he held the responsibility of Director of Information Systems. Back to Morocco in 1988, Moulay Hafid Elalamy joined the African Insurance Company, a subsidiary of the ONA Group, as CEO. In 1995, he created the SAHAM Group currently operates in four business segments: Insurance, Offshoring, Education and Real Estate. A personality recognized in the economic and social Moroccan world, Moulay Hafid Elalamy was President of the Moroccan General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco from 2006 to 2009.

On October 10, 2013, he was appointed Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy. On April 5th, 2017, he was appointed Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy and on October 9th, 2019, he was appointed Minister of Industry, Trade, Green and Digital Economy.

Ambassador Tom McDonald (Partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease)

Ambassador Tom McDonald

Partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

Former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Tom McDonald is a partner in the Vorys Washington, D.C. office and leads the firm’s administrative and regulatory law, and governmental policy practice. He provides strategic business and government relations counsel to clients. During his career, he has represented US, UK and South African companies in 18 Sub-Saharan African countries on various legal matters ranging from litigation and contract disputes to lobbying. He is also a Corporate Council on Africa board member. Tom received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and B.A. from George Washington University.

Ali Seddiki (Managing Director Industry, Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy at Kingdom of Morocco)

Ali Seddiki

Managing Director Industry, Ministry of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy at Kingdom of Morocco

Ali Seddiki is General Director in charge of Industry. Prior to this, He was Director in charge of Aeronautics, Rail, Naval and Renewable Energies in the Ministry of Industry and Project Leader for the Boeing Ecosystem in Morocco. He was a member of the Minister’s Office. He was Advisor to the Minister for the Aerospace industry.
Mr. Seddiki was in charge of setting up the Industrial Acceleration Plan (IAP), a 5-year strategy for boosting the Moroccan industry launched in 2014. He was in charge of setting up the IAP for Aerospace, Naval, Rail and Renewable Energies.

Prior to that, Mr. Seddiki worked in a Strategy Consulting firm based in Paris, France and specialized in Aerospace Defense & Space, Energy and Mobility. His former assignments include Corporate Strategies and Corporate Reorganization for leading industrial firms.