Dr. Yonov Frederick Agah
Yonov Frederick Agah was appointed as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the WTO in 2005. In that capacity, he served as the Alternate Chief Negotiator for the Doha Round and Head of Nigeria's Trade Office to the WTO in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva. The Trade Office is responsible for Nigeria’s participation in Geneva-based trade-related international organizations, particularly the UN Conference on Trade and Development, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the International Trade Centre and the WTO.
Mr Agah served as Chair of the WTO's General Council in 2011. He was responsible for organizing the Eighth WTO Ministerial Conference, which was acknowledged to be successful despite the prevailing stalemate in the Doha Round. He has also served as Chair of the following WTO bodies: Dispute Settlement Body in 2010, the Council for Trade in Services in 2009, the Trade Policy Review Body in 2008, the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights in 2007, and the Council for Trade in Goods in 2006. He was also the Chair of the Council for TRIPS, Special Session, in 2013.
Mr Agah has previously worked as a lecturer at Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna (1979-81), senior features writer/circulation manager, Benue Printing and Publishing Corporation (1982-84), Sales Manager, Benue Bottling Company Limited (1984-87), Field Manager, UTC Nigeria PLC (1990-91), Deputy Director (multilateral) (1991-2001) and Director (external trade) (2002-05).
Mr Agah holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He obtained a Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (International Trade) from the University of Jos, Nigeria, in 1989 and 2007 respectively. His doctoral dissertation was on “Trade Policy Reform and Economic Growth in Nigeria Since 1986”. Mr Agah also obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Abuja, Nigeria, in 2009. He has contributed to various books and journals.
Dr. Nadir Mohammed
Nadir Abdellatif Mohammed is the Country Director of the GCC Countries in the Middle East and North Africa region of the World Bank. He joined the Bank in 1998 as Country Economist for Egypt and then Yemen. He joined the ECA region as Country Manager (Albania) and returned to the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region as Operations Director in 2007. During 2010-2012, Dr. Mohammed was on external assignment from the Bank where he served as Acting Director of Strategy for the Prime Minister’s Office, State of Kuwait. He also served as Senior Advisor in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) network during 2009-2010 and also from 2012-1013.
Before joining the Bank, Dr. Mohammed worked in two multilateral development banks, the African Development Bank (1994-1996) and the Islamic Development Bank (1996-1998). Mr. Mohammed started his career in academia as a lecture and research officer in the universities of Khartoum (Sudan), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Cambridge (UK), and Oxford (UK).
Dr. Mohammed is a graduate of the University of Khartoum (BS in Economics) and has two post-graduate degrees in Economics from the University of Cambridge (MPhil and PhD). Dr. Mohammed has published widely on issues of economic development, public finance, conflict and civil wars, natural resource management, poverty reduction, governance, and defense economics.
Ms. Zeinab Badawi
Zeinab was born in the Sudan - her family moved to London when she was two years old. Zeinab studied Philosphy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University and took a Masters Degree (awarded with a distinction) on Middle East History and Anthropology at SOAS London University. In 2011 Zeinab was awarded an honorary doctorate by SOAS, London University for her services to international broadcasting. In 2015 she received a second honorary doctorate for journalism from the London College of Communications - University of the Arts London.
Zeinab has extensive experience in television and radio, working on a range of programmes. She is one of the best known broadcast journalists working in the field today. In 2009 she was awarded International TV Personality of the Year by the Association of International Broadcasters, and was named in Powerlist 2012 and 2015 as one of Britain’s top 100 most influential members of the black community. In 2016, Zeinab received the May Chidiac Foundation lifetime achievement award. She is the current Chair of the Royal African Society, a Queen’s appointment to the Board of the Historic Royal Palaces, a trustee of BBC Media Action (the charitable arm of the BBC), a Vice-President of the United Nations Association UK, and a board member of the African Union Foundation. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Africa. Zeinab is a former trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. She has been a board member of the British Council, the Centre for Contemporary British History, a former Chair of the London based freedom of speech campaign organisation, Article 19, and a board member of the Overseas Development Institute.
Hard Talk for the BBC: this programme has, and continues to feature some of the best known personalities and politicians in the world. Zeinab also presents Global Questions and World Debates on BBC World TV featured on both BBC radio and television. Through her own production company she has produced and presented many programmes, including currently the definitive tv series of African history in association with UNESCO. She has four children.>
Mr. Rui Barros
Mr. Rui Barros is the CEO and Executive Member of the Board of Barclays Bank Mozambique S.A.. Rui has more than 15 years of diverse financial services experience, with the last 7 focused in Africa. Previously to joining Barclays, Rui held executive positions as Risk Head at Standard Bank in Mozambique and Atlantico Europa, the Lisbon- based operation of the Angolan’s banking group.Prior to that, he was based in London where he served as Director of Structured Finance for Lehman Brothers and as credit analyst at Fitch Ratings.
Earlier in his career Rui worked in capital markets, namely at the Portuguese stock and derivatives exchange (currently Euronext Lisbon), and lectured in financial markets at several Portuguese universities in post- graduate programs. Rui was also the Secretary-General of the Portuguese Association of Financial Analysts.
He graduated in Economics at UTAD, in Portugal, and holds a Master of Science in Finance from the Catholic University of Portugal. He studied and engaged in academic research in the USA, at Arizona State University, and more recently completed the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Insead, in Singapore.