Sid Boubekeur

Senior Fellow


Sid has more than 25 years of experience in the management and coordination of EC programmes in Africa, in support of governments, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) through the development of trade and investment that generate income and contribute to employment creation. Sid managed multidisciplinary teams mandated to implement national and regional integration programmes related to institutional strengthening and private sector development ensuring ownership and sustainability. Sid has strong capacity in designing trade and investment policies and strategies, organizing public and private dialogues, leading negotiations, and coordinating activities related to business and investment reforms.

He has outstanding experience in communicating and collaborating with development institutions (African Union Commission, ACP Secretariat, EC), RECs (COMESA, ECCAS, ECOWAS, SADC secretariat), development banks (AfDB, EIB) and international development agencies (UNCTAD, ITC). Sid is a strong team player using a participatory approach for engaging the stakeholders and beneficiaries in the programme’s implementation and led successful projects combining credit to SMEs with technical assistance to upgrade their capacity in management, finance, operations, quality of products, marketing, branding and export.

He has a perfect command of project cycle management, EU formulation process and implementation procedures and strong expertise in starting programmes, including the setting up the governance structure, the monitoring and evaluation support system, the communication and visibility strategy and plan.

Over the years, he accumulated experience in the support of women and youth entrepreneurs, in collaboration with Tech-Labs, innovation hubs, accelerators, incubators and Business Angels interested in supporting start-ups.

Sid is familiar with EC cooperation and development instruments in ACP: Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), Sustainable Business for Africa (SB4A) platform, External Investment Plan…) and possesses an extensive EU network of business development and finance agency organizations (EUROCHAMBRE, EBCAM, ETPO, EDFI) willing to collaborate with ACP private sector organizations (chambers of commerce, investment promotion agencies, sectoral professional associations).