Youssef Ezzikhe (’04), General Manager at Pepsi - Oman

My name is Youssef Ezzikhe, Moroccan national with a Bachelor degree from ISCAE in 1993 and an EXMBA from AUI in 2004.

I joined the EXMBA of AUI in 2002 after 9 years of experience in several roles within the CPG industry mainly in a multinational environment. The decision to complete such degree came from a need to be exposed to the latest managerial concepts along with being part of discussion forums and workshops to enhance my leadership and financial skills to be able to take over more challenging assignments in the future.

AUI EXMBA, with its world class professors and diverse class students, was a true immersion for me. During 24 months both at the Casablanca Technopark AUI Executive Education Center and the AUI Ifrane campus, I was lucky to get introduced to very influential people who helped sharpen my personality, my knowledge and gave me the confidence to take over different challenges such as leading a 120 million US$ investment in manufacturing in Jeddah or leading one of the largest CPG companies in the Middle East and ranked as one of the top 20 largest private companies in Oman.

I am proud to be part of the AUI Alumni community and would recommend AUI to any executive looking to enhance his/her career or expand his/her knowledge horizon.


Mounya Elhilali grew up in Meknes and joined Al Akhawayn University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering as part of the first AUI cohort. In 2003, Elhilali received a Master’s of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she also received her PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2004.

She is currently associate professor at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, one of the top research institutions in the United States. She is the director of the Laboratory for computational Audio Perception and is affiliated with the Center for Speech and Language Processing.  Her research is at the interface of engineering and biomedical sciences where her group studies how the brain processes sounds, in an effort to build intelligent sound systems and speech technologies. Her work builds on theoretical and experimental investigations across multiple disciplines spanning engineering, mathematics and neuroscience, impacting both our scientific understanding of how the brain works but also technological advances in communication systems and bioinformatics. Elhilali believes this cross-disciplinary vision for research builds on the educational breadth and depth that she received while an undergraduate student at AUI.

In 2009, Elhilali received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the most prestigious award bestowed by the foundation on junior faculty with outstanding research and education achievements. She was also awarded the highly competitive Office of Naval Research Young Investigator honor in 2009; an award conferred on academic scientists and engineers who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.