23-24 September 2024

Speaker Biography

Dr. Ahmed Bennis

Managing Director, Tanger Med Zones and

Secretary General, Africa Economic Zones Organization (AEZO)

Ahmed BENNIS is a result driven and accomplished senior director with extensive experience in implementing large
investment projects in ports, industrial and logistics. He acquired a demonstrated expertise in the deployment of
successful business development strategies with strong focus on profitability, cost optimization & establishment of
strategic partnerships.

Ahmed Bennis is actually the Managing Director of Tanger Med Zones (TMZ). He oversees the development,
implementation, and management of Special Economic Zones within Tanger Med Industrial Platform.
He succeeded in the establishment of strategic partnerships, and maintain membership and leadership roles in
international organizations such as International Maritime Organization, UNCTAD, UNIDO, WTO, African Union

Prior to his current position, Ahmed BENNIS led the international business development that consist of designing
investment and partnership agreements with several ports and government authorities in Africa. He was also
appointed director of economic zones since 2011, where he was in charge of the implementation of Tanger Med
Automotive Industrial Platform hosting the Renault Nissan car plant and a comprehensive tier1-n ecosystem.

Ahmed BENNIS played an instrumental role in setting up the Africa Economic Zones Organization (AEZO) and the
African Ports Task Force (APTF), where he currently serves as Secretary General of both organizations. He is also a
founding member of the Global Alliance of Special Economic Zones (GASEZ) , an initiative launched in May 2021 by

Ahmed Bennis began his professional career in 2001, in IT and Financial services at NEC computers International in
Paris, France. Then he moved to Luxembourg for a business development position at FlexFinance – Oracle Group, prior
to joining Thomson Reuters in Dubai in 2007, where he was appointed to drive sales and presales activities, providing
business solutions and consultancy services for large financial institutions in Middle East and Africa.

Ahmed BENNIS holds an MBA in Market Intelligence and Strategic Management from “Ecole de Guerre Economique –
Paris” and was graduated from HEC Business School. He has strong business communication skills in English, French,
Arabic, Italian and Spanish.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ahmed-bennis-4776b39/

Tanger Med: Tanger Med is a global logistics gateway located on the Strait of Gibraltar and connected to more than
180 ports worldwide with handling capacities of : 9 million containers, exports of 1 million new vehicles, transit of 7
million passengers and 700,000 trucks on an annual basis. Tanger Med constitutes an industrial hub for more than
1200 companies representing a yearly export turnover in excess of 13.6 bUSD in various sectors such as automotive,
aeronautics, logistics, textile and trade. Recently, Tanger Med Port has been ranked the largest port in the
Mediterranean and in Africa.

APTF: Initiated by Tanger Med on July 2019, the African Ports Task Force “AFTP” is a cooperation working group of
African Ports that aims to create value added through knowledge and experience sharing.

AEZO: Founded in November 2015 by Tanger Med Group, Africa Economic Zones Organization “AEZO” is a continental
association leading public and private institutions in charge of the Development, Management and Promotion of
Economic Zones in Africa. AEZO is counting 85 members representing 45 countries.

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