Prof. Dr. Maurizio Casasco

President of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and of CONFAPI

Prof Maurizio Casasco leads since 2012 CONFAPI, the Italian national trade association of Small and medium-sized industries.

He is a contract Professor for Sports Medicine at the Universities of Milan and Pavia, as well as owner and CEO of companies delivering medical analytics, health care services and producing medical technical devices.

Last but not least, he is member of the Italian Olympic Committee.


Mr. Markus Jerger

Co-President of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

Markus Jerger is Federal Executive Director of the Federal Association for Small and Medium Businesses of Germany (THE MITTELSTAND BVMW), and is the acting Managing Director of BVMW INTERNATIONAL uniting the interests of more than 900,000 companies from all business sectors.

The BVMW association operates some 340 regional offices in Germany and 65 international offices with a workforce of some 500 staff, experts, specialists and partners. The BVMW is the largest voluntarily organised and cross-sectoral economic interest group for the German small and medium enterprises.

Markus Jerger had held leadership positions and exclusive partnerships with the International Olympic Committee, the Kempinski Hotels & Resorts Group and was member of the Supervisory Board of Colony Capital´s renowned LaTour Medical Group in Switzerland.

He is a visiting professor for ‘Leadership and Entrepreneurship’ and Co-Chairman of the SME ACADEMY COUNCIL of UNECON State University of Economics of Saint Petersburg, and has served the educational board of the International Center Lomonosov University in Geneva, Switzerland of which he holds an honorary professorship.


Président PACCI

Mr. Youssouf Moussa Dalaweh

President of the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI)

Mr. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh, the current President of the Djibouti Chamber of Commerce, is one of the leading figures of the Djiboutian business community.

In 1988 and after earning a degree in International Business, Mr. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh began to gain experience in business activities. He then established its first company specialised in the import-export of food products.

Then in 1994, attracted by the fish production, he took over the management of the large fish market of Boulaos and started to export fishery products to the countries in the region.

Multilingual, he has a taste for contact and faces many other challenges while diversifying its activities, especially, with the creation of the Dawaleh Construction Company. Thus, beyond its activities in the building and public work, Dawaleh Contruction is one of the companies in Djibouti pioneers in real estate development.

From 1993 to 2003 he was Associate Member in the General Assembly of the Djibouti Chamber of Commerce (CCD) during the presidency of the late Said Ali Coubèche. At that time, Mr. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh pleaded the cause of the private sector in the National Assembly as Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and then as Chairman of that same committee.

Man of action and conviction, Mr. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh, President of the Consular Institution since December 2013, is to use its best endeavours to further the interests of the private sector and contribute to the country’s economic development through the Djibouti Chamber of Commerce.


Mr. Macky Sall (tbc)

President of Senegal

Macky Sall has been President of Senegal since April 2012. He was re-elected President in the first round voting in February 2019 Senegalese presidential election. Under President Abdoulaye Wade, Sall was Prime Minister of Senegal from July 2004 to June 2007 and President of the National Assembly from June 2007 to November 2008. He was the Mayor of Fatick from 2002 to 2008 and held that post again from 2009 to 2012.

Sall was a long-time member of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS). After coming into conflict with Wade, he was removed from his post as President of the National Assembly in November 2008; he consequently founded his own party named APR, and joined the opposition. Placing second in the first round of the 2012 presidential election, he won the backing of other opposition candidates and prevailed over Wade in the second round of voting, held on 25 March 2012. He is the first president born after Senegalese independence from France.


Mr. Luigi Di Maio (tbc)

Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Luigi Di Maio is the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs since 5 September 2019. He previously served as Deputy Prime Minister of Italy and Minister of Economic Development, Labour and Social Policies from 2018 to 2019, and as Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies in the XVII Italian legislature.

Luigi Di Maio was born in Avellino in 1986. He attended the Liceo classico and then he enrolled at the University of Naples Federico II to study engineering, but subsequently changed to jurisprudence. He was among the founders of student societies at both faculties.

In the 2013 election, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament. On 21 March 2013, he became the youngest Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies.

Mr. Kebour Ghenna Desta

Executive Director of the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI)

Mr Kebour Ghenna Desta is currently Executive Director of the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI), a leading organization representing the interests of business and trade associations in Africa, and the President of Initiative Africa, an education focused NGO operating in Ethiopia.

Prior to coming to the PACCI, Kebour was founder and CEO of local technology company (INFOTEC), and a Management Consulting firm (IPD). He served as board member of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Abyssinia Bank, and the National Fertilizer Company. He also served as a staff member and consultant for the UNECA (Addis Ababa), UNDP (New York), the WBI (Washington DC), IDRC (Ottawa) and various other national and international organizations. Kebour has written on a wide array of development and governance issues.

He lectured at the Addis Ababa University and played a key role in the establishment of the School of Information Sciences. A post graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he is a regular contributor to Capital, a weekly newspaper he established in Ethiopia in 1996.

Sergio Arzani

Prof. Sergio Arzeni

President of INSME the International Network for SMEs, former Director OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development

Prof. Sergio Arzeni is President of INSME, a Rome-based International Network for SMEs promoted by the OECD and the Italian Ministry of Economic Development.

He is:
Senior Advisor at Friends of Europe, a Brussels based Think-Thank focusing on issues related to the functioning and perspectives of the European Union
Executive Member of GCEL – Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics, a Geneva-based public-private partnership building a global digital platform to facilitate international trade among SMEs.

Senior Advisor to the Secretary General of Unioncamere, Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce, Rome Former Director of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) in Paris responsible for Entrepreneurship, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), Local Economic and Employment Development and Tourism, and
President of the Scientific Committee for Research and Innovation of the Piedmont Region, in Turin;

Before joining the OECD as a Senior Economist, he served as a policy analyst both in the European Commission in Brussels, in the Italian Parliament and the Italian Trade Unions (CISL) national economic research department in Rome, was member of the Council for Southern Italy of the National Research Center (CNR) and was Co-founder of the Italy-Japan friendship Association.
He holds First Class Honors Degree in Political Science from the University of Rome and specialized in Industrial Economics at the International University Institute of Luxembourg and in International Economic Relations at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., USA.

Prof. Dr. Horst Fischer

(Univ. Leiden & Univ. Columbia), Director for Economic Cooperation European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

Prof. Dr. Horst Fischer is the Associate Director for Economic Cooperation European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME.
After studying law, Prof Fischer earned his PhD in 1984 from the University of Bochum with a thesis on international law and the use of nuclear weapons.
From 1990, he served as member of several diplomatic delegations to conferences and meetings of non-governmental organizations that dealt with the issues of international humanitarian law and humanitarian assistance. He was also consultant on these issues for the United Nations, the European Union, several national ministries and various organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross ( ICRC).

He is served for more than 10 years as director of the Brussels Representation of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit. Since his retirement he continues to teach as senior professor at the Ruhr-University Bochum.

At Leiden University, he occupies the chair of international humanitarian law, he is also an Adjunct professor at Columbia University (SIPA), New York, as well as Visiting professor at the Vesalius College, Brussels. From 2002 – 2016 he had been president of the European Inter University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice.

Mr. Stefan Moritz

Managing Director of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

Since 2014 Mr Stefan Moritz is Managing Director of European Entrepreneur CEA-PME, the Brussels-based confederation of European SMEs associations representing 2 million enterprises with about 16 million employees

Mr  Moritz has many years of experience in EU-funded economic development projects managed by international partner networks all over Europe.

After his studies in Sociology in Germany, he moved to Italy where, in 1999, he founded, together with 4 other partners, the Consulting Firm AREA EUROPA scrl, with seats in Bologna and – since 2013 – in Brussels. He led the company from 1999 until 2013 and, since then, manages the Brussels office.

He is an experienced project manager for regional economic development, European network manager, workshop facilitator and strategic advisor. Stefan Moritz speaks fluently English, Italian and Spanish, plus some French and Dutch.