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Alumni Achievements

Siham Kharbouche (’06 & ’08) defends her doctoral dissertation: Siham Kharbouche graduated in 2006 from Al Akhawayn University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and in 2008 with an MBA. She has recently defended her doctoral dissertation at Ibn Tofail University, Kénitra. The title of her dissertation is "Responsabilité Sociale des Entreprises et Performance Financière: Cas des banques Marocaines cotées en bourse". Kharbouche currently holds the position of MEA Area Sales Manager at Microsoft, where she has been evolving since her entry date in 2007.


Mohamed Erguigue (’98) Heads the Organizational Development at Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation in Dubai graduated from Al Akhawayn University School of Humanities with a bachelor degree in international studies. In 2001, Erguigue got his master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Westminster University – UK. He then joined the London Office of Government Commerce as HR Corporate Development Advisor. From 2003 to 2006, Erguigue held different positions in the UK government administration. In 2006, he moved to Dubai where he worked in Dubai government Administration previously as the Senior HR Consultant at the Executive Council, Dubai Government and currently as Head of Organizational Development at Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation – a government Agency.

Aomar Boum (’98): An excellent researcher and faculty member of University of California launches the SHSS Scholarship Fund graduated from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1998 and joined the University of Arizona to pursue his PhD studies, where he also held his first teaching position. Boum is currently an assistant professor at University of California LA. He launched the SHSS Scholarship Fund with his first donation of $1,000 to Al Akhawayn School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The SHSS Scholarship Fund aims at providing financial assistance to strong candidates whose economic and financial situation would not otherwise allow them to attend Al Akhawayn. President Driss Ouaouicha committed the University to match all incoming donations, and SHSS Dean encourages all alumni to contribute to this fund.

Ezzoubeir Errhaimini (’98): CEO of CTM, the leading and oldest transport company in Morocco graduated from Al Akhawayn University School of Business and Administration with a bachelor degree in finance. Errhaimini completed an EXMBA from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He was appointed in early February 2012 CEO of “Compagnie de Transport au Maroc” (CTM), the leading and oldest transport company in Morocco. Previously General Director of Locasom Group, a subsidiary specialized in long-term vehicle rentals; Ezzoubeir then became Director of Investment of Finance Com group before joining CTM as CEO of its package delivery subsidiary in 2010.

Yassir Touhami (’99): Global Head of Content & Editorial, Intellectual Property & Science at Thomson Reuters - UAE graduated from Al Akhawayn University School of Science and Engineering with a bachelor degree in general engineering.  In addition to many professional certifications, Yassir has recently completed a master’s degree from the London School of Business. He is currently holding the position of Head of Strategy & Business Development - Middle East & Africa at Thomson Reuters.

Fadel Abdellaoui (’99): A successful Entrepreneur Socially Engaged AUI alumnus Fadel Abdellaoui graduated from  the School of Business Administration in 1999. He launched his own business Efficient Technology (the leader in Morocco in geo-location and remote fleet management solutions), Abdellaoui recently set off “100 DH Pour Aider” (100DH To Help) operation on Twitter to provide physical and practical support to victims of the floods that raged south of Agadir last fall 2014. The campaign aimed to raise 100,000 MAD. In five days, the goal was reached in less than 24 hours, resulting in the sum of 712,000 MAD. The operation ended on December 7, 2014 at midnight, scoring a total of 1048 contributors.

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Reda Dalil (’01): Awarded the Fifth Annual “La Mamounia” Literary Award graduated from AUI in 2001. Since his graduation, he has been working in the Media sector. On September, 2014, Reda Dalil received the fifth annual “La Mamounia” Literary Award for his first novel, “Le Job.” Out of eight novels, his work was quickly chosen as the jury’s favorite, designating it the best Moroccan Francophone literary work for the time period between June 2013 and May 2014. 

Ghizlane Ezziani (’00): Nominated “Top Under Forty” of Airport Business Magazine graduated from Al Akhawayn University Business School with a major in finance. She has achieved a master’s degree with an emphasis in marketing at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. She has completed several other professional certifications in addition to her formal education. She is currently holding the position of Consultant Senior with the Business Assurance Division at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA). She was recently named to the “Top 40 Under Forty,” of Airport Business magazine.

Kaoutar EL Maghraoui (’00) and (‘01): A successful Research Scientist at IBM, NY - USA graduated from Al Akhawayn University with a Bachelor in Computer Science in 2000 and Master in Computer Science in 2001. She then joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in NY where she earned her PhD degree in 2007. She currently holds the position of Research Scientist at IBM Research.

Houda Chakiri (’03): Receives the WISTEM 2015 Award for Best Middle Level STEM Executive in Dubai, UAE graduated from Al Akhawayn University School of Science and Engineering with a master degree in computer networks. Houda Chakiri created her own start up “Enhanced Technologies” in 2005. It was first incubated at Al Akhawayn University and now is currently in the phase of business development working on projects with public administrations in many cities in Morocco such as Casablanca, El Jadida, Safi, and others. The enterprise offers developing web application for governmental offices and different types of software that manage their human resources, financial status, and other services as well.  Chakiri received the WISTEM 2015 Award for Best Middle Level STEM Executive in Dubai, UAE this past January 2015.

Jalila Morsli ('03 and '06): Elected a member of the Moroccan Parliament is the first Al Akhawayn University graduate to be elected to the Moroccan parliament. She received her bachelor's degree in business administration at Al Akhawayn University in 2003, and a master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy in 2006. She was actively involved in student-run clubs, in particular the Diplomacy Club, of which she was president in fall 2004 and spring 2005, and the Future Entrepreneurs club in 2002. Morsli is one of 60 women who nationally won a seat in the Moroccan elections of November 25, 2011 among a total of 395 contested seats.

Tayeb Sbihi (’03): A passionate entrepreneur who innovates After earning a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering (’03), a Master of Science in Computer Networks (’05) at Al Akhawayn University and an Executive MBA at ENPC Paris Tayeb founded his first company, B2N Consulting. The company offers a wide range of telecom services and solutions to its customers in Morocco and Africa. He is a member of CEED (Center of Entrepreneurial and Executive development) and co-founder of; an application that won a Microsoft 4Africa Innovation Grant Award. is a mobile app that uses geo-location technology, allowing users to send their location and transport details to available taxi drivers in the area and track their progress.

With his experience and technical mastery of the telecom market in Morocco and Africa after nearly 10 years of professional experience in various multinational companies specialized in ICT, Tayeb is very passionate about bringing universal and quality internet access to Africa.

Khadija Idrissi Janati (’04) represents Morocco in the “Obama Initiative Standing with Civil Society” was part of a delegation of 11 representatives from several countries who took part in the “Obama Initiative Standing with Civil Society”.  Janati, the only Moroccan, along with other delegates, were received by President Obama and attended a session of the Security Council at the United Nations Headquarters. Janati graduated from the Business School of Al Akhawayn University in 2004. After considerable professional experience, she launched her own company in the media and advertising sector. As a student, she was very active in community work, and as a woman entrepreneur, she continues to be involved in many associations and organizations dedicated to women development and societal work.

Houssam Haitof (‘05) A brilliant researcher at the Technical University of Munich graduated from Al Akhawayn University School of Science and Engineering with a combined bachelor and master’s degree of Science, Computer Networks. In January 2012, Haitof successfully completed his PhD degree from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He is currently holding the position of Researcher at the Technical University of Munich.

Wadia Ait Hamza (’05): Senior Manager & Global Leadership Fellow at World Economic Forum graduated from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane with a Bachelor degree in international Studies. Currently, he is the Public Affairs Manager at the Rabat School of Governance & Economics. He holds a master degree in Euro- Mediterranean Affairs (Università degli Studi di Perugia in Terni, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Université Hassan II in Casablanca & Universidad de Granada), and. He worked in Toyota Morocco as Training & Human Resources Development coordinator, as well as in the European Institute for the Mediterranean in Barcelona. He is a former member of the Youth Consultative Committee of the League of Arab States Youth. He served as well as a Youth Trainer with the Council of Europe & the League of Arab States during many events (Euro-Arab Youth Coordination Meeting, League of Arab States Youth Forum, Euro-Arab Youth Conference and so on...). As a former member of the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament, Wadia launched, with his peers, different projects such the Meda Youth Parliament & Euro-Med Academy for Young Journalists which became a successful project. Nowadays, he is launching, as part of the World Economic Forum initiative, the Rabat hub of the Global Shapers. Wadia is also the Vice President of the Mediterranean Forum for Youth (FOMEJE). Wadia Ait Hamza is a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellow for 2012. He is currently holding the position of Senior Manager & Global Leadership Fellow at World Economic Forum.

Bassam Najjar (‘07)Awarded the 2014 Golden Microphone was awarded the "Golden Microphone" for the best sports coverage (Medi1TV) - at the 5th Festival of Moroccan Sports Journalists, held by the Moroccan Association of Sports Press (AMPS) on Jan. 27th at Mohammed V Theater in Rabat. Najjar holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and is currently a journalist at Medi1TV.

Siham Lekchiri ('08): A brilliant graduate student and PhD candidate at Indiana State University graduated from Al Akhawayn University School of Business Administration with a bachelor degree in management. Lekchiri was honored on April 20, 2012 as the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year 2011-2012 at the Department of Human Resource Development and Performance Technologies at Indiana State University, U.S., where she is currently pursuing her graduate studies.

Sonia Terrab ('08) publishes her second novel graduated from the school of Humanities and Social Sciences of Al Akhawayn University in 2008. She has recently published her second novel "La Révolution n'a pas eu lieu" four years after the publication of her first novel « Shamablanca ». The novel is themed around the idea of revolution, following the life of Ylias, a young political sciences student based in Paris who finds pride in his origins after the start of the Arab Spring. Despite the story being set during the time of the revolution, both in Morocco and the Arab world on a whole, it is more about personal revolutions, and getting to know and change oneself.

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Hamza Essakhi (’09): Minister in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad in the Moroccan Youth Government graduated from Al Akhawayn University School of Business Administration with a bachelor degree in finance. Essakhi holds the position of Procurement Operations Excellence Manager North Africa at Unilever and was selected on June 2, 2012 to serve in the Moroccan Youth Government. In addition to 25 other young Moroccan citizens, each holding a 'minister' position equivalent to real one in the Moroccan government, Hamza will be playing the role of Minister in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad.

Mohammed El Harrak (‘09)earns his Master’s degree from University of Cambridge Al Akhawayn alumnus Mohammed El Harrak got his Bachelor of Business Administration in 2009. Immediately after, he joined the International Monetary Fund in Washington where he is currently holding the position of Research Analyst. In 2013 El Harrak earned a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), Energy and Environment from the University of Cambridge.

Mariam Dahbi (’11): prepares her Master’s degree of Education, Language and Literacy at Harvard  Al Akhawayn alumna Mariam Dahbi got her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in 2011. After 3 years of professional experience, Mariam joined the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she is currently preparing for her Master’s degree of Education, Language and Literacy

Lamia Bazir (’12) wins the UN Volunteering Award was the Moroccan winner of the UN Volunteering Award, awarded to her by the United Nations Volunteer Program joined hands with MBC Hope Doing Good Competition in Dubai, UAE on 18 January, 2015. This award came in recognition for her role in supporting projects that deal with women’s empowerment and the development of their role in society.

Among 4 other participants, Bazir received her award from Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, the United Nations Secretary- General’s Special Envoy on Youth, at the MBC Hope award ceremony hosted by United Nations Volunteer Program (UNV) and MBC Group in Dubai.

Alia Lahlou (’13) Community Manager for Action Without Borders graduated from Al Akhawayn University with a Master in International Relations. She has worked with Seeds of Peace, an NGO devoted to conflict resolution and leadership, as a UN-certified dialogue facilitator and the social empowerment-focused NGO YES!.

She was recently appointed as community manager for Action Without Borders (Idealist). Lahlou will work with Action Without Borders to connect people around the world with work, volunteering and social action positions.

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Rita Lahlou (’08): A Harvard Business School Fulbright Scholagraduated with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in 2008. Then, she went to the Harvard Business School as a Fulbright Scholar to earn her MBA degree in General Management. She is currently working as Senior Marketplace Manager at Amazon, UK.

Maha laziri (‘13): Outstanding Role in Promoting Access to Quality Education in Morocco was honored with the 17th spot on the list, published on March 3, 2014, by Arabian Business. The magazine cites Laziri’s role as the founder and leader of Teach4Morocco as her reason for inclusion. Founded in 2011, Teach4Morocco is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) with the goal of improving access to quality educational opportunities in Morocco. Objectives of the organization include performing maintenance projects on dilapidated schools, financing the building of new schools from scratch, supplying volunteers to provide guidance and assistance to schools, and more.


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