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CMI Team

Blanca Moreno-Dodson
Manager
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Mrs. Blanca Moreno-Dodson is the Manager of the Center for Mediterranean Integration, the World Bank, Marseille, France.  She is an experienced development economist with more than twenty four years of World Bank service, including operational work worldwide, with deeper regional expertise in Africa and Latin America.  She is accomplished in macroeconomics and fiscal policy for developing countries, with a focus on growth, inequality and poverty reduction.  She is skilled in public expenditure analysis, fiscal sustainability, public finance, tax policy reforms and transfer pricing.  Previously, she worked as junior economist at the European Union (European Commission and European Parliament). 

 

She has published three World Bank books: “Reducing Poverty on a Global Scale”, 2005, “Public Finance for Poverty Reduction”, 2007, and “Is Fiscal Policy the Answer? A Developing Country Perspective”, 2012, as well as numerous papers on macroeconomics, public expenditures, tax policy and growth, and other development issues, at the National Tax Association Journal, Banca d’Italia Fiscal Policy Annual Volume, Hacienda Pública Española Journal,  Bulletin of Economic Research, and the World Bank Working Papers series.  She has been guest lecturer at the Duke University Tax Executive Program and at John Hopkins University, and a frequent speaker in a variety of international Development Conferences and Workshops.

 

Blanca obtained her PhD in International Economics and Finance from the Aix-Marseille II (Université de la Méditerranée) in France and her Masters in Economics from the Autónoma University of Madrid, Spain. She is fluent in Spanish, French, English and Portuguese.

 

 

Janette Uhlmann
Senior Operations Officer
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Janette Uhlmann is the Senior Operations Officer of the Center for Mediterranean Integration since December 2013. She currently leads the Mediterranean Refugees and Host Communities Knowledge Action Program and works on fragility questions. Prior to this assignment, Janette worked as Senior Country Officer in the Middle East Department, and Central Africa Department at the World Bank for 6 years. Janette started her career with the German Technical Cooperation on a regional program promoting good governance in North Africa. Janette holds an M.A. in International Relations and completed a Postgraduate Program in International Affairs with a focus on the Middle East. Her Ph.D. in International Comparative Politics discussed tradeoffs for European donors in Algeria’s democratic transition process

Giulia Marchesini
Senior Partnership Specialist
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Giulia Marchesini joined the CMI in March 2014 as Senior Partnership Specialist. She maintains and explores liaison between the Center’s founding members and partners, while managing new partnerships. In addition, Giulia is in charge of the “Empowering the Population” dimension along with the energy component of the “Creating Economic Opportunities” dimension. Before joining the Bank, Giulia worked for the French Development Agency (AFD) in the Partnerships and Mediterranean departments. From 2012 to 2013 she was advisor to the French Ministry for Development where she was notably in charge of dialogue with the MENA region. Her experience in the MENA region also includes coordinating MENA economic and commercial issues for the French Ministry of Economy and Finances (2007-2009). Giulia holds master degrees in Public Administration from Ecole Nationale d'Administration in France, and International Affairs and Diplomacy from the University of Bologna in Italy

Zein Nahas
Senior Communications Officer
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Zein Nahas joined the CMI in January 2014. As senior communication officer, she manages the visibility of the Center through various online and offline channels. In addition, Zein manages the Center’s newly installed business area, the Mediterranean Knowledge Platform. Before joining the Bank, she worked as Media and Communication Associate at the United Nations Population Fund’s Lebanon country office for 4 years. Her experience in communication includes coordinating the Arabic Editions of Le Monde Diplomatique and freelance journalism (As Safir newspaper, Monte Carlo Douwaliya radio, Al Jazeera Children’s Channel). Prior to that, she worked as Research Analyst on UNDP’s 2009 Arab Human Development Report. She holds master degrees in Political Sciences (Sciences Po Paris) and in Cultural Mediation (Sorbonne). She is proficient in Arabic, English and French.

Cynthia Faure
Program Assistant and Transaction Specialist
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Cynthia, a Malagasy and French national worked for the WB Office in Antananarivo, Madagascar before joining the CMI in 2011. She is in charge of processing financial transactions, ensuring that all activity complies with the WB guidelines. She holds a master’s degree in International Management from the Montpellier University.

Fabien Hanna
IT and Multimedia Analyst
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Fabien Hanna joined the CMI in April 2017 as the IT and Multimedia Analyst, lending support to Communication and IT. In addition to his BS in Business Computing, Fabien has worked on web and mobile apps development. Fabien is fluent in English, Arabic and French.

 

Gilda Borriello
Consultant
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Gilda joined the CMI in September 2016 working for the Refugees and Host Community Program, where she supports the Host Municipalities Network’s activities and conducts research on the economic and social integration of refugees in host countries. Prior to that, she interned for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (anti-discrimination section) in Geneva, Switzerland, and volunteered in an asylum seekers’ reception center in Rixensart, Belgium. Passionate about migration issues and the Middle East, she holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, a Summer School degree in International Politics from the London School of Economics, and a Master Degree in Development Studies from the University of Bologna, where she defended a thesis on the economic integration of the Mediterranean region through migration. Gilda is fluent in Italian, English, and French, and has a basic knowledge of Arabic and Spanish.

Hend Hassassi
Consultant
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Hend joined the CMI in October 2017 as a consultant on Partnerships and Dialogue. She is part of the coordination unit of CMI’s Human Capital and Energy themes. Prior to that, Hend worked as a consultant for the Arab League and the New Arab Debates on youth focused projects in Tunisia and the Middle East. She also worked as a researcher for the American University of Cairo, on an exploratory study of active youth perceptions and challenges following the Arab Spring. She held the position of cover Press and Public Affairs Officer at the British Embassy in Tunis. Hend worked as a journalist and reporter for several newspapers and outlets. 

 

Hend holds an Erasmus Mundus Master Degree in Mediterranean Migration, Integration and Mediation (MIM). The Master program is jointly offered by Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III. 

 

She speaks Arabic, English and French and has a basic knowledge of Italian, Spanish and Turkish.

Holly Johnstone
Consultant
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Holly joined the CMI in January 2018, and works on the education, employability and prevention of violent extremism themes, as well as partnerships. Holly brings extensive experience of working and volunteering in education in North and East Africa, and she has worked for several charities and organizations in the UK in the fields of migration and refugees and international development. Holly holds a master’s degree in Intercultural Mediation and Migration in the Mediterranean (Ca’ Foscari, Venice; UAB, Barcelona; Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier), and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (University of Bristol). A British national, she is also fluent in French and has a basic knowledge of Arabic and Spanish. 

Marion Wahl
Consultant
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In 2012 Marion Wahl joined the CMI  as a Project Assistant providing support to the programmes of the CMI. Together with a small team she is looking after all the organisational and logistical aspects of the conferences in Marseille and also in the partner countries while  ensuring compliance with budgetary and administrative policies of the World Bank.  Prior to her current position she worked for 2 years at the International Relations Department at the Sciences Po in Aix en Provence coordinating their worldwide academic exchange programmes. Before moving to France she spent 10 years in London, Bruessels and Berlin working as a Project Coordinator at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a German political foundation and think tank. 

Michael Karner
Consultant
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Michael works as a consultant within the CMI’s Water and Refugee and Mobility Programs. He coordinates the CMI Water Expert Hub, conducts research and is working on raising water awareness amongst youth in the Mediterranean. He also curates the Refugees and Host Communities online Knowledge Base.

Prior to joining CMI, Michael worked at ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and worked as a freelance environmental consultant, with a focus on permaculture applied to areas threatened by desertification. 

A Franco-Austrian binational, he holds an MA in Sustainable Development from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva),  a MA in Social Sciences from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and a BA from the University of York (History and Politics).  Michael speaks French, German, English, and Spanish. 

Myriam Ben Ghazi
Consultant
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Myriam Ben Ghazi joined the CMI in August 2015 as a communication consultant where she works on reinforcing the communication strategy of the CMI and on supporting the newly-established Mediterranean Knowledge Platform business area.

 

Prior to joining, she worked as a country local expert for Brainville, a German think-tank advising on the political and social situation of the North African region. For over two years she has conducted multiple interviews with diversified profiles and produced extensive country analyses Myriam has over four years of experience in the field of media and communication having worked as a journalist with both local and international organizations and covered important events in Tunisia and abroad.

Lise Barbotte
Consultant
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Lise Barbotte joined the CMI in October 2015 as an intern providing support to the CMI programs. As of April 2016, she has been working as a consultant for the Center’s Coordination Unit. Prior to that, Lise she was an intern with the coordinator of AFD programs at the CMI for 4 months, working on AFD-led programs at the CMI; and has worked as an administrative employee for the PACA Region. She holds a Master’s Degree in Growth and Development with a specialization in Development Economics from the Aix-Marseille School of Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Economics. She spent one year in Finland studying Economics at the University of Helsinki.

Sara Boughedir
Consultant
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Sara Boughedir, Tunisian and French National, is working as a World Bank consultant on the Cities & Climate change program. She holds a Master in Urban Planning from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences-po Paris) and a Masters in Sociology from the Ecole Normale Superieure of Cachan where she was a student in Social Sciences. After a one year research stay at the Political Science Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she specialized in urban sociology and urban planning, with a focus on community development and local participation to urban projects. She’s had experiences in the field in several private urban planning agencies in France and worked in Tunisia at several occasions: she conducted a review of Land Policy in Tunisia in 2012 for the CMI. She speaks French, Arabic, English, and is proficient in German and Italian. 

Thalia Rahme
Consultant
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Thalia is part of CMI communication’s team since January 2018. Prior to joining CMI, she constantly switched between journalism, communication and management of humanitarian or development related projects. In addition to that, she worked as a freelance liaison interpreter for refugees in Beirut. Thalia is fluent in Arabic, French and English but also working on improving her Spanish and Turkish. She holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology and an MA in Information and Communication. She has a keen interest in citizen journalism and new medias. 

Cécile DUQUESNAY
Coordinatrice des programmes AFD / AFD Program Coordinator
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Cécile DUQUESNAY has worked as an International Economist for 8 years. After completing her Master’s Degree in Economics and Statistics, she joined the Economic Research Department at Crédit Agricole S.A. (CASA). In 2012, she started working for the French Agency for Development (AFD) as an expert in issues related to French Overseas Territories. In this role, she was responsible for the balance of payments of French Polynesia and New Caledonia. She has also piloted, managed and contributed to several publications focusing on how French overseas firms manage financial/social crises, tourism strategy and the blue economy. She is currently the AFD Program Coordinator at the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI).  

Céline Dubreuil
Water Program Officer
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Céline Dubreuil has 10 years experience in the water sector. After initially focusing on oceanographic research she moved into the field of international water policy. Ms. Dubreuil obtained a PhD in Marine Environmental Sciences before working for eight years for the World Water Council on a range of issues such as the right to water and the strengthening of local government and its capacity in the management of water and sanitation services. She subsequently coordinated the political process of local and regional authorities for two World Water Forums, firstly in Istanbul (2009) and thereafter in Marseille (2012). In May 2012, she joined Plan Bleu as Water Program Officer and is responsible for the development and implementation of water projects in the Mediterranean. Ms. Dubreuil and Plan Bleu support the work of the CMI on the Water Demand Management program. 

Céline Gratadour
Project Manager
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After graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Celine Gratadour first worked at the Ministry of Employment in France (DARES) on assessing the impact of active labor market policies and public employment services implemented in Europe, also subject of her doctoral thesis defended in 2009 at the University of Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne. From 2010 to 2012, she joined the research organization IPA (Innovation for Poverty Action) in Kenya to develop and oversee a randomized impact evaluation on access to safe drinking water in rural areas. Back in Paris, she joined the OECD as Labor Economist and then, in 2012, the Education, Vocational Training and Employment Division of the French Development Agency. Within this division, as Project Manager, she is in charge of the direction and supervision of projects on vocational training, youth employment and social protection in different countries (Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Congo, Philippines). Celine is also in charge of managing different studies with other divisions and partners on various subjects as skills for green jobs, women’s access and retention in the labor market.

Francisco Marmolejo
Tertiary Education Coordinator / Lead Tertiary Education Specialist
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Francisco Marmolejo is the Tertiary Education Coordinator and Lead Tertiary Education Specialist at the World Bank, where he provides advice and support to country-level related projects in more than 60 countries. From 1995 to 2012, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, an international network of more than 180 higher education institutions, based at the University of Arizona, USA where he also served as Assistant Vice President, Faculty Associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Research Associate at the Center for Latin American Studies. He has served as Vice President of the University of the Americas in Mexico, as well as professor at the University of San Luis Potosi and the National University of Mexico. He has been International Consultant at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and has been part of international peer review higher education teams in Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East, Africa and Asia. He serves or has served on advisory boards at a variety of universities and organizations, including the International Association of Universities, NAFSA, World Education Services, and the Centre for Higher Education Internationalization at UNICAT in Milan, Italy. 

Frédéric Maurel
Senior Water Resources Specialist
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Frederic Maurel is a senior Water resources specialist at AFD, Paris. He joined AFD in 2009 after having worked for major international engineering companies in the water sector. He is responsible for AFD projects portfolio in the MENA region, and leader of the Water Demand Management program at CMI. His main duties include following the initiative for depollution of the Mediterranean Sea, reflected in several water and waste water projects funded by in the main cities, and development of sound economic and sustainable solutions for management of scarce water resources and water demand.

Hassan Mouatadid
Programme Manager
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Hassan Mouatadid is a Programme Manager at Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in Paris. He is a Senior Urban Specialist in the Local Authorities and Urban Development Division, with more than 15 years’ work experience, mainly in the urban and financial sectors, including leading partnerships with International Financial Institutions

Jonathan Sinton
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Josef Perera
Consultant
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Josef Perera joined GIZ’s CoMun- Program in October 2017 and is working as a consultant on urban governance and knowledge management. He coordinates regional program activities among CoMun’s three country offices in Algiers, Tunis and Rabat. Josef holds an MA in Economics with a specialization on Public Policy Analysis from Aix-Marseille School of Economics, a BA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from Philipps-University Marburg and studied for one year at Ain-Shams University, Cairo.  He is fluent in English, French and German and has intermediate level knowledge of Arabic.   

Lamia Zaki
Consultant
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An urban development specialist, Lamia Zaki holds a PhD in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Her dissertation (defended in 2005) dealt with the political mobilizations of slum-dwellers in Casablanca (Morocco) during the 1990s and early 2000s. She was Visiting Fellow at Harvard and Georgetown Universities in 2003-2004 and 2010-2011. Between 2007 and 2010, she was a researcher for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain (IRMC) in Tunis, where she coordinated a collective research program on the role played by urban practitioners in the conception and implementation of urban policies in North Africa and the Middle East. She edited two collective books related to urban issues in the MENA region : L’action urbaine au Maghreb. Enjeux progressionnels et politiques (Paris, Karthala, 2011) and (with Pierre-Arnaud Barthel) Expérimenter la “ville durable” au sud de la Méditerranée. Chercheurs et professionnels en dialogue (La Tour-d’Aigues, L’Aube, 2011). Lamia has been working for the World Bank since 2011, working on projects related to housing and youth in Tunisia, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. She joined the CMI in Marseille in April 2013.

Meinolf Spiekermann
Senior Urban Development and Local Governance Expert
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Meinolf Spiekermann is a senior expert for urban development and local governance at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ (GmbH).

From 2001 to 2008 Mr. Spiekermann has led the German contribution to the “Rehabilitation of the Old City of Aleppo” (www.udp-aleppo.org) in Syria. Before, he has managed various urban and regional development projects in Africa and lectured at German universities.

At present he is director of GIZ’s CoMun program, strengthening municipalities of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia for local and national development. The program supports innovative approaches of local authorities on urban development and on democratic governance as well as learning networks. More at www.co-mun.net.

M. Spiekermann is co-editor and co-author of “My Aleppo” (2011), a collection of individual stories about Aleppo and its society which are accompanied by authentic pictures from his and other photographers’ collections, among them some of the first ever made. More at www.edition-et.de

Philippe Marin
Senior Water & Sanitation Specialist, Global Water Practice
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Philippe Marin is an expert on water utilities reform and Public Private Partnerships, with 20 years of experience working on water projects in more than 40 countries. He holds a MSc in Agricultural Sciences from Institut National Agronomique Paris Grignon and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau in France. His work currently focus on water utilities in the Mediterranean, and he leads the WB participation in the CMI water program.