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5th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit to take place in Morocco

5th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit to take place in Morocco
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The fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (#GES2014) will take place on November 19 – 21, 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco, the first time the Summit will be hosted in an African nation. The Summit, the largest gathering of entrepreneurs in the world during Global Entrepreneurship Week, will be hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco, and held under the High Patronage of his Majesty King Mohammed VI, and brings together over 3000 entrepreneurs, with Heads of state, high-level government officials, global entrepreneurs, small medium enterprises (SMEs), corporate leaders, and young entrepreneurs.

The theme of this year’s Summit, “Harnessing the Power of Technology for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” explores the positive impact of technology on innovation and entrepreneurship. Technology presents entrepreneurs with enormous opportunity and gives them the power to reach beyond local communities and to tap into resources in other cities, countries, and continents.

High-level government officials, business leaders and entrepreneurs at all stages from all over the world will be in attendance in Morocco. Speakers from around the world will discuss issues and insights to inspire, celebrate, and support entrepreneurs, including:

• Financing new ventures • Scaling up enterprises and moving to the formal sector • Turning talent into entrepreneurship • Engaging in social entrepreneurship

Vice President Joe Biden will lead the United States (U.S) delegation to the Fifth Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in addition to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker attending as well with her activities focusing specifically on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. In addition, members of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative will be joining Secretary Pritzker in Morocco to serve as entrepreneurship ambassadors and to share their knowledge and experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs around the world, they are:

• Daphne Koller, Co-Founder and President, Coursera • Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO, Chobani • Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO, LearnVest

Notable speakers from the U.S. include Toni G. Verstandig, Chair Middle East Programs, Aspen Group, Kerry Healey, President of Babson College and John Macomber, Senior Lecturer in Finance, Harvard Business School, Ron Bruder, Founder, Education for Employment, and Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women to Women International.

Speakers from the Moroccan government include Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance, Mbarka Bouaida, Delegate Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Moulay Hafid Alami, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the Digital Economy, Nizar Baraka, President, Social, Economic & Environmental Council (CESE).

Moroccan corporate leaders in attendance include Mohamed El-Kettani, CEO, Attijariwafa Bank, Othman Benjelloun, President and CEO of BMCE, Abdeslam Ahizoune, CEO of Maroc Telecom, Anas Sefrioui, CEO of Addoha Group, and Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun, President, Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM).

The Kingdom of Morocco is the ideal host for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit as entrepreneurship has proven to be a driving force behind diversifying the economy, increasing employment, and successfully integrating women, youth and minorities into the country’s ongoing economic development. Morocco’s unique geographic advantage, straddling the African continent, the Arab world, and Europe leaves it well positioned as a hub for the transfer of technology and innovation at the regional and global level.

The 2014 Summit marks the fifth year of continued U.S. commitment to promoting entrepreneurs through this forum and the first time it is being held in Africa. The original Summit was hosted in 2010 in Washington to identify ways to deepen ties between business leaders, foundations, universities, and entrepreneurs in the US and Muslim communities around the world. In subsequent years, the Summit has expanded to a global event, hosted by the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia.

Please visit the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit’s website ( to register for the event here: A list of global confirmed speakers can be found by clicking this link:

Additional information may be found on the Summit’s Twitter handle: @GESMarrakech14 and Facebook page:

Richard Attias & Associates (RA&A), Part of WPP Group, is the Executive Producer of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014. A global strategic consulting firm that creates and implements idea initiatives and platforms to support the vision of our clients, RA&A’s mission is to help leaders, corporations and nations build their global influence, catalyze innovation and lead the global exchange of ideas. Headquartered in New York, RA&A’s namesake founder is a Moroccan citizen and global influencer.