Transatlantic Economic Forum

Day 1
Dec 05 2016

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Introduction:
Sasha Toperich, Senior Fellow and Director of the Mediterranean Basin Initiative, CTR - SAIS

Greetings:
Mujo Selimovic, MIMS group CEO, Chairman of the Corporate Advisory Board of the Mediterranean Basin Initiative, CTR - SAIS

Opening remarks:

Mujo Selimovic
Sasha Toperich

Doing business in Maghreb

Speakers:
Hisham Fahmy, CEO AmCham Egypt INC
Hafida Benchahida, Senator, (Algeria)
Husni Bey, CEO, HB Group, Libya
Younes Lahrichi, Investment Promotion Manager at the Moroccan Investment Development Agency (AMDI), Morocco

Moderator:
Sasha Toperich, Senior Fellow and Director of the Mediterranean Basin Initiative, CTR - SAIS

Hafida Benchahida
Hisham Fahmy
Husni Bey
Sasha Toperich
Younes Lahrichi

Doing business in the Balkans

Speakers:
Dusko Knezevic, President of Atlas Group / President of Mediterranean University
Edin Karabeg, CEO, Sberbank, (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Ilija Studen, President, Studen & Co. Holding
Michael Barbero, US Army General (ret.)

Moderator:
Michael Haltzel, Senior Fellow, CTR - SAIS

Dusko Knezevic
Edin Karabeg
Ilija STUDEN
Michael Barbero
Michael Haltzel
13:00-14:00

Lunch break

TURKEY: UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL

Speakers:
Erkan Erdoğan, General Manager, Turkish Airlines
Mustafa İlbeyli, Senior Advisor, the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT)
Dan Beattie, The Dow Chemical Company

Moderator:
Khush Choksy, Senior Vice President, Middle East and Turkey Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Khush Choksy
15:30-15:45

Coffee Break

DIVERSIFYING ECONOMIES: THE PRIVATE SECTOR AS THE KEY TO BUILDING PROSPERITY

Speakers:
Ali Haddad, The Forum of Entrepreneurs, President and ETRHB CEO, (Algeria)
Goran Mirascic, Advisor to the Prime Minister, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)
Jansen T. Jones, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, HMT Group (USA)

Moderator:
Ismael Chikhoune, President & CEO, US - Algeria Business Council

Ali Haddad
Goran Mirascic
Ismael Chikhoune
Jansen T. Jones

CTR SAIS MEDITERRANEAN LEADERSHIP AWARD CEREMONY

Awardees:
Ali Haddad, The Forum of Entrepreneurs, President and ETRHB CEO, (Algeria)
Dusko Knezevic, President of Atlas Group / President of Mediterranean University
Hisham Fahmy, CEO AmCham Egypt INC
Husni Bey, CEO, HB Group, Libya
Ilija Studen, President, Studen & Co. Holding

Moderator:
Sasha Toperich, Senior Fellow and Director of the Mediterranean Basin Initiative

Ali Haddad
Dusko Knezevic
Hisham Fahmy
Husni Bey
Ilija STUDEN
Sasha Toperich
Day 2
Dec 06 2016

Keynote address

Mirko Sarovic, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mirko Sarovic

REFORMS: WHAT HAS BEEN DONE AND WHAT STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE?

Speakers:
Fayçal Gouia, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia in the United States
Mehdi Bendimerad, CEO, SPS- Système Panneaux Sandwichs
Josko Paro, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in the United States
Driss Alaoui, Chargé D’affaires, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in the United States

Moderator:
Samy Boukaila, Mediterranean Basin Fellow, CTR - SAIS

Driss Alaoui
Fayçal Gouia
Josko Paro
Mehdi Bendimerad
Samy Boukaila
11:30-11:45

COFFEE BREAK

THE MEDITERRANEAN BASIN: THE LARGEST GLOBAL TOURISM DESTINATION

Speakers:
Abdelkarim Milad Mgeg, Deputy Director, The Higher Committee for Major Tourism Investment Projects, (Libya)
Mladen Filipovic, Head of Regional Representative Office in Austria, Republika Srpska, BiH

Moderator:
Aylin Unver Noi, Non-Resident Fellow, CTR - SAIS

"Historical Tourism: Walk Through The Centuries in Bosnia and Herzegovina", short movie presentation by:

Dejan Radmilovic, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, America - Bosnia Foundation

"Morocco - A Tourism Destination" short movie presentation by:

Anouar Benichou, Economic Counselor, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in the United States

Abdelkarim Milad Mgeg
Aylin Unver Noi
Dejan Radmilovic
Mladen Filipovic
13:00-14:00

LUNCH

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: REFORMS IN PROGRESS

Speakers:
Ajka Barucic, Institute for Youth Development KULT
Fadil Novalic, Prime Minister, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Zeljka Cvijanovic, Prime Minister, Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Zlatan Dedic, Svjetlostkomerc d.d., CEO

Moderator:
Edward Joseph, Senior Fellow, CTR - SAIS

Ajka Barucic
Edward Joseph
Fadil Novalic
Zeljka Cvijanovic
Zlatan Dedic
15:30-15:45

COFFEE BREAK

SECURITY AND MILITARY COOPERATION: SAFEGUARDING THE MEDITERRANEAN

Speakers:
Abderrahim Makri, Colonel, Assistant Attaché, (Tunisia)
Fatmir Mediu, Former Minister of Defense, Head of Republican Party (Albania)
Fathi Noah, Former Foreign Policy Advisor to Dr. Al-Mugariaf, first GNC President, Libya
James J. Townsend, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy

Moderator:
Hans Binnendijk, Senior Fellow, CTR - SAIS

Fathi Noah
Fatmir Mediu
Hans Binnendijk
James J. Townsend, Jr.

CLOSING REMARKS

Sasha Toperich, Senior Fellow and Director of the Mediterranean Basin Initiative

Sasha Toperich