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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.

 

 

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

Frederic de Dinechin
Senior Knowledge Management Officer
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Frederic de Dinechin joined the Center for Mediterranean Integration in April 2019 as Senior Knowledge Management Officer. He works on CMI resilience pillar: mitigation and adaptation to external stresses and shocks mainly climate change. Prior to this assignment, Frederic worked in multilateral development banks including the World Bank and the Council of Europe Development Bank and had experiences in the private and public sectors in France. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in France and holds masters’ degrees in Geographic Information Systems, and Urban Planning. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Zein Nahas
Senior Communications Officer
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Zein Nahas joined the CMI in January 2014. As Senior Communications Officer, she manages the center’s external relations and visibility through various online and offline channels. Before joining the World 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 newspaper, freelance journalism (As Safir newspaper, Monte Carlo Douwaliya radio, Al Jazeera Children’s Channel), and digital strategies for Lebanese ministries of Labor and Telecommunications. Prior to that, she worked as Research Analyst on the United Nations Development Program’s 2009 Arab Human Development Report on Human Security in the Arab Countries. She holds master degrees in Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris) and in Cultural Mediation (Sorbonne) and a BA in Middle Eastern History (American University of Beirut). She is proficient in Arabic, English and French, and has basic knowledge of Spanish.

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.

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).  

Astrid Maria Ohnfeldt
Consultant
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Astrid joined the CMI in February 2019, working on the Refugees and Host Community Program and providing support on the CMI Resilience Projects. Prior to this, Astrid worked as a consultant for the International Organization for Migration in Ghana on reintegration programs for returning migrants. She has also worked in Sri Lanka with capacity building and social protection of female migrants in the rural parts of the country and three years as Asylum Case Officer at the Swedish Migration Agency, specializing on child specific persecution. Astrid holds a master’s degree in Crisis Management and International Cooperation from the Swedish Defence University, where she defended a thesis on the topic of gender-based violence in armed conflict. After finalizing her studies, she joined the European Parliament’s section for External Policies as a trainee, where she worked on Gender and Security and Defence Policy.”

Constantin Tsakas
Senior Policy Analyst / Fundraising Consultant
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Constantin Tsakas joined the CMI in 2020 as Senior Policy Analyst / Fundraising Consultant. He contributes to the Center’s fundraising & partnerships strategy. In addition, he produces policy-relevant research feeding into the CMI’s knowledge creation component. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was the General Manager of Institut de la Méditerranée working for the emergence of sustainable models of development and for a greater involvement of civil society in public policies. As General Secretary of the FEMISE think-tank network he also worked on the reinforcement of dialogue and research on economic and social issues in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Dr Tsakas is also lecturer at SciencesPo. His thematic interests and publications include issues related to : Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, Education, Women Empowerment, Climate Change and Trade Integration. He holds a PhD in International Economics from Aix-Marseille University (France). 

Cyprien Younes Butin
Consultant
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Cyprien Younes Butin joined the CMI in 2017 as a consultant for the Territorial Cohesion and Urban Development program where he supported CMI's capacity building and knowledge sharing activities targeting Mediterranean counterparts involved in the urban and territorial development sector in the Mediterranean region. In 2019, he joined the team working on the Territorial Resilience to Climate Change (TRCC) program where he facilitates the territorial resilience hub, a tool for joint programming among partners working towards climate adaptation in the Mediterranean region. Cyprien also works as a consultant on the preparation of urban development and infrastructure projects in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Cyril Gourraud
Consultant
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Cyril works as a consultant within the CMI’s Water Program. He coordinates the CMI Water Expert Hub and provides project management support on a 2-years project looking into the Water Security Nexus in North Africa. He is also working on raising water awareness amongst youth in the Mediterranean. Prior to joining CMI, Cyril worked at Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI) as a project manager and Urban Resilience specialist in South and South-East Asia as well as in MENA. He graduated from the National Institute of Applied Science (Rennes, France) with a Master’s degree in computer engineering. Currently involved in a Master’s degree from the Regional Institute of Urban Planning of Marseille-Provence, he is fluent in French and English.

Dani Harake
Consultant
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Dani Harake joined the CMi in October 2019 as a Climate Change Consultant. He currently works on the Territorial Resilience for Climate Change Program.  Prior to that, Dani worked as an Urban Analysis Officer with UN-Habitat in Lebanon, and as Urban Planner with Dar Group on some of the most important development projects in the MENA region, notably the Suez Canal Area Development Project in Egypt. His early experience in the development field was with UNESCO in Bangkok, Thailand, in the Education for Sustainable Development unit. He completed his master’s degree in Urban Management and Development at IHS-Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, with a specialisation in Environmental Management. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Fabien Hanna
Consultant
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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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Sara Doré
Consultant
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Sarah Doré joined the CMI in August 2019 to work on the Territorial Resilience to Climate Change program. She is responsible for the development of a community of climate practitioners in the Mediterranean region. Prior to joining the CMI, Sarah has worked and volunteered for NGOs in France and Germany in the fields of migration, integration and public relations. Sarah holds a Master’s Degree in Public Management and Sustainable Development from the Aix-Marseille University and a Bachelor in German and English literature from the Sorbonne University, Paris. She speaks French, German and English and has basic knowledge of Spanish.

 

Silvia Pariente-David
Senior Advisor on Energy
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Silvia Pariente-David is a Senior Advisor on energy at the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI). She helped create the CMI Forum on Energy and Climate Change. She has 40 years of experience in managerial positions in financing, advisory and consulting activities in the fields of energy project evaluation, energy market analysis, regional energy market integration and climate policy assessment. Throughout her career, she has thrived to promote regional energy market integration, be it the EU Single Market, the Common Maghreb energy market or the nascent Euro-Mediterranean energy market.

 

While a Senior Energy Specialist at the World Bank, Dr Pariente-David was one of the leaders of the MENA CSP scale-up program, funded by a $750 million grant from the Clean Technology Fund, and the Task Team Leader for the first project under that program, the Noor-Ouarzazate plant in Morocco. Previously, she was leading a consulting team advising major energy companies on their renewable energy strategy, conducting power plant valuation studies and assessing natural gas market value. She also directed DRI/McGraw-Hill (now IHS) World Energy Service, providing clients with oil, natural gas and electricity price forecasts.

 

She holds a PhD in Operations Research from MIT and an Eng. Deg. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from ENSIMAG at Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble.

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.