The Foundation Board

The highly competent Board consists of carefully selected individuals who share a rich international experience coupled with aligned values regarding human development, solidarity, and multiculturalism.

Maggie Gu - President

Maggie Gu has more than 18 years of experience in the management of international affairs, excelling in public relations and crisis management.
Ms. Gu began her career in a prestigious international consulting firm, handling strategic issues for large corporate groups. She then moved to the public sector and worked in Europe and Africa for more than ten years, which not only expanded her knowledge of both continents, but also established a tight and unique link with them.
After this experience, she became an expert of international affairs with strong leadership, managing multiple teams across several continents to handle multilateral issues, solve international disputes and coordinate global projects. Since then, she has increasingly emphasized on the research of African issues, studying and advising African countries on the development and execution of national strategies.
As a long-active member of the Fondation pour Genève, Mrs. Gu has always been concerned with human development and heavily involved in the promotion of philanthropy, public welfares and cross-cultural communications.
Targeting the existing social, political and economic problems that Africa is facing in the new era, Ms. Gu has proposed many creative, practical and effective solutions, some of which have resulted in substantial impact. In order to promote an effective transfer of existing techniques and technologies, optimize the utilization of limited resources, increase the transparency and accountabilities of all the sectors in Africa and ultimately reach a fair and long term win-win relation between Africa and other parties, Ms. Gu founded the Tomorrow Foundation.
Ms. Gu has obtained a professional medical degree and a Master of Communication and Public Relations in China, a MBA of Global Management in the United States, and a Master of International Relations and Economy in Switzerland. She is also proficient in ancient Chinese language.

Jean-Christophe Manghardt - Member Secretary

Jean-Christophe Manghardt has more than 10 years of experience in the fields of finance, economic development and technological innovation, and has worked in ten countries for the public and private sectors as well as non-government organizations.

 Mr. Manghardt started his career as an economist and project manager at the Economic Development Office of the State of Geneva, and then worked for a leading international bank in trade and commodity finance. Focusing mainly on Africa and Asia, he has structured numerous transactions that were in total worth of billions of US dollars. Mr. Manghardt also advises companies across different industries, especially on financial structuring in Africa. He recently led the development of a platform that has launched the world’s first physical oil transaction with the blockchain-based technology.

 Mr. Manghardt holds two master degrees, one in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and one in Commodity Trading and Finance from the University of Geneva. He also has received executive education certificates in China and South Africa. He speaks English, French, Spanish, German and Chinese fluently.

Denis Lebsis-Daronnat - Member

With more than 15 years of experience in the banking sector, Denis Lebsis-Daronnat is an expert in asset management, international organizations and financial regulation advisory.

 He started his career as a wealth manager of BNP Paribas, and soon became in charge of the inspection of global private banking and wealth management activities. Then he extended its scope to investment banking activities and risk management, performing multiple assignments across the globe, including MENA region and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

One of his major achievements was the lead of comprehensive sensitive investigations for the Bank regarding financial sanctions and embargoes involving several African countries in order to respond to the US authorities. At that stage, Mr. Lebsis-Daronnat decided that it was the right time to leverage on his extensive experience in the financial sector and international operations by following new business opportunities. He then disengaged progressively from his advising responsibilities to the bank and started leading family business activities in capital investment and asset management domains.

Mr. Lebsis-Daronnat has a master degree in Economy from the European Business Management School of Strasbourg and an Economic License in International Affairs in Austria. He speaks French, English, German and Russian fluently.


Tomorrow Foundation builds on a various pool of talents, personalities and backgrounds to provide exceptional support to its vision and initiatives

Amine Laghidi - Special Advisor

With nearly 20 years of experience in Business development, infrastructures, Agriculture and Global Supply Chains in Africa, Mr. Laghidi has worked with leading multinationals and is a renowned international expert in economic diplomacy, strategic development, Public-Private Partnership and foreign investments. Simultaneously business high ranking executive, international conference speaker, member of Moroccan official delegations, writer, President of business councils, referenced consultant and teacher, he is a highly active and multi-talented individual who dedicates his skills to economic and human development. 

Mr. Laghidi's work focuses on international cooperation, foreign trade enhancement, global supply chain and logistics, agricultural and industrial projects implementation. Active in both public and private sectors, loving history, a strong believer in humanity and committed to the development of his country and continent, he is driven by a contagious passion, strong leadership and management skills, leading all his missions to recognized successes.     

Since 2018, Mr. Laghidi is the general manager of a leading company, providing strategic consultancy, studies and representation of key global investors and multinationals (Financial, Industrial, Agriculture) in the African Continent. Since 2015, he has also served as President of the Central Region and National Vice-President of the Moroccan Exporters & Importers official Board and Confederation. He is also a member of the Geostrategy International Institute and Vice President of the « African Energy and Mining Forum ». Prior to these roles, he was International Director of SNTL Group, the Moroccan public company for transports and logistics and occupied various managing positions and representations within Colas Group, AP Møller Maersk, Jacobs Engineering, and was in charge of large international infrastructures, Global Supply Chain and logistics projects in Africa and other parts of the World (Middle East, Europe, American Continent).

Mr. Laghidi was the leader of official delegations representing Morocco during the first Moroccan Chilean Forum and Moroccan Singapore Forum in 2017. Most recently, Mr. Laghidi won the Diplomatic Award at the 1st edition of the MD - Sahara Forum in Morocco in November 2021. 

He also was part of various Moroccan Official delegations to African Countries (Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Egypt, Congo) between 2014 and 2018. More recently, he was the President of the Moroccan 1st Official Delegation to the USA Investment Summit, in Washington DC in June 2019. 

In addition to his professional and representation activities, Mr. Laghidi takes part as a key speaker for many years at numerous conferences dedicated to African social and economic development, infrastructures, trade, multilateralism, and investments during dedicated summits or in international institutions such as the United Nations (New York HQ). Among his various publications, he recently published a book dedicated to the Emergence of the African Continent, co-written with African experts where he highlighted the development of a new African Model 100% Independent and Sustainable “built by the Africans to Serve the Needs of the Africans”.

Although been a brilliant Professor & International Expert, that graduated from Prestigious Schools and elite programs in the USA, Denmark and Morocco covering Logistics Engineering, Business Strategy and International Management, Mr Laghidi remains humble and easily approachable as a person who can explain very complex and innovative ideas in a fully understandable and simplified manner to any listener, or very eloquently in any of the 8 languages he fluently masters.