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Profile: Faten Aggad-Clerx
Faten Aggad-Clerx is a Business Associate with Maendeleo Group. A national and citizen of Algeria her passion and interests are in fostering pan-Africanism and regional integration through strengthening democratic governance, continental trade and sustainable development. She is an international development expert, facilitator and connector with experience covering North and sub-Saharan Africa as well as Europe. In the last 5 years, she developed and managed the Africa programme of an EU-based Think and Do Tank, the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), where she collaborated with the African Union Commission and other African regional groupings on initiatives related to governance, early warning, relations with the EU especially in relation to strategic cooperation frameworks. In this capacity she also served as a facilitator and expert in a number of technical engagements within the framework of the EU-Africa partnership. She also initiated efforts to position her organisation in North Africa.
With 13+ years of experience, Faten worked at several Think Tanks including the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) where she served as a civil society trainer on the African Peer Review Mechanism in several countries (Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zambia). She also consulted for international agencies such as the UNDP. Faten was part of the Secretariat that supported the Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano to launch the leadership initiative of former African Heads of States and Government in 2005 – the Africa Forum.
Faten has acted as a team leader for several studies and project evaluations especially on governance, peace, security and sustainable development. She has served as an evaluation team member on several evaluations. Clients included the European Union, the African Development Bank and the Netherlands’ Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Faten has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Pretoria. She is also trained in Personal Leadership at the Institute of Personal Leadership at Columbia University, NYC. Faten is tri-lingual and is proficient to work in English, French and Arabic.