Directrice Exécutive, Observatoire National des Droits de l’Enfant ONDE
Lamia BAZIR is the new Executive Director of the National Observatory for the Rights of the Child, the organization chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem and a true reference, federator and impetus for structural projects in favour of children in Morocco. At only 28 years old, this young laureate from Columbia University in New York, and Sciences Po Paris, and more recently from Harvard University, already has a rich professional experience.
She worked for the Head of Government of Morocco for more than three years on the development of programs focused on education, employability, and inclusive growth. She was a representative on the United Nations Economic and Social Council in New York during the elaboration of the Sustainable Development Goals and also worked for the Ambassador of the Arab League in Paris, and with the Transparency International Organization in Africa, particularly in Niger. In parallel to her career, Bazir is also an activist in rural Morocco. She is the founder and President of Empowering Women in the Atlas, a foundation that promotes and strengthens the leadership of rural women and girls as a catalyst for development.
His efforts and the sincerity of his commitment are recognized. In 2015, she was honoured by the United Nations with the United Nations Volunteer Award. In 2016, she was the youngest to be selected among the "60 Most Influential Women in Morocco" by Challenge Magazine.
Program officer - World Secretariat of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
Project officer within the World Secretariat of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) since 2015, its scope combines decentralized cooperation and peer learning methodologies with a specific focus on localizing the SDGs, migration and the Mediterranean area. He contributed to the dissemination of the localizing modules on SDGs, in particular by training trainers. These sessions were directed to national associations of local authorities in West Africa (Ouagadougou 2017) and the Eurasia region (Cheboksary 2018). He also promotes internationally the role of local governments in the 2030 agenda, as for instance in the 2018 United Nations Public Services Forum (Marrakech 2018). Holder of a Master degree in Applied Mathematics for Social Sciences, with a specialization in Sociology, he also has a European Master in Inter-Mediterranean Mediation and a Master in Science of Organizations and Institutions, focusing on the international action of local authorities and their role in global agendas and development processes.
Holds a Master's degree in Philosophy in June 1979 at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Bamako.
Anthropologist, heritage manager.
Head of the Cultural Mission of Bandiagara: 1994 - 2013
National Director of Cultural Heritage of Mali since May 2013
Expert in heritage and local development & Senior consultant of UNESCO since 2016
Several internships and professional training courses in the field of heritage (France, Canada, USA). Scholarship at the Getty Conservation Institute (2008 - 2009)
National coordinator of the program for the rehabilitation of the cultural heritage and the safeguarding of ancient manuscripts of Mali (project of reconstruction of mausoleums and the rehabilitation of the cultural heritage of Timbuktu)
Expert of the feasibility study team for the EU's support to the cultural sector in Mali in 2007.
* Expertise and evaluation of programs in West Africa: UEMOA and FSP cultural policy - Mali and "Africa and the Caribbean in Creation"; ECOWAS.
* UNESCO Expert and Mentor for the Periodic Reporting of World Heritage Sites in French-speaking and Portuguese-Speaking West Africa
* Expert of the 2005 Convention (diversity of cultural expressions)
* Designated expert member of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS); Vice President of ICOMOS Mali
Participation in several meetings and seminars on "culture and development" in Africa and elsewhere including the AIMF's General Assembly in Beirut in September 2016 and the 2nd UCLG Culture Summit commitments and actions for culture in sustainable cities, Jeju (REPUBLIC OF KOREA) 10-13 May 2017.
Several articles and papers published on heritage and cultural tourism
National Director of Cultural Heritage of Mali,
Expert in heritage and local development & Senior consultant of UNESCO
Leader of the City Planning, Extension and Design Unit at UN-Habitat
Laura leads the work of UN-Habitat in the field of city-wide planning, city extension, and site design. The Unit hosts the Urban Planning and Design Lab of UN-Habitat, as well as the Global Public Space Programme, and a capacity building team, all important mechanisms for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and for the support to local and national governments. She trained in Italy as an architect and specialized in urban and territorial planning in developing countries.
She has 25 years of experience initially in research and then at UN-Habitat, where she has worked on slum upgrading, has overseen a major programme on Safer Cities (2002-2010) and has established the City Planning Extension and Design Unit (2012). She coordinated technical cooperation and the preparation of global guidelines by UN-Habitat on urban planning, on public space and on slum upgrading.
She has worked in project implementation and advised national and local governments on urban development and urban planning in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe and has been involved in international policy making on urban development issues.
Laurent Bossard is a geographer who has devoted his professional career to development issues in West Africa. He joined the European Commission’s Directorate General for Development in 1982, where he was posted to Burkina Faso as Technical Adviser for regional co-operation in Sahel countries - a post he held until 1988.
From 1989 to 1994 he worked for the FAO Investment Centre on World Bank programmes mainly in Benin and Niger. He collaborated with a non-governmental organisation for international solidarity and with research centres working on livestock, West African grain markets and international trade. He also facilitated a series of reflections for the OECD on food security in the Sahel.
Mr. Bossard joined the OECD in 1995 and was appointed Director of the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat in March 2011.