The LDI Recognizes Excellence in Leadership in the Fez-Meknes Region
On April 4th 2018, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane’s (AUI) Leadership Development Institute (LDI) held its tenth consecutive “Leader of the Year” Award Ceremony, a ceremony which aims to recognize and reward Fès, Meknès, or Ifrane-based organizations who exemplify exceptional leadership qualities. During the ceremony, the LDI—whose mission is the development and implementation of effective leadership in the MENA region by encouraging values such as ethical reflection, team spirit, hard work, and responsibility—awarded three major awards and five recognition ones to organizations who they believe demonstrated these values.
In order to be considered for the LDI’s Leadership Awards, all candidates were asked to tender their candidature by submitting an application, which, following their submission, underwent a stringent review process. In their applications, these organizations were asked to detail their operations, as well as how they exemplify leadership in their respective domains’ quotidian. The finalists were ultimately chosen by a panel of student-judges, all of who had previously undergone vigorous training during their time at the LDI.
The top three leadership awards distributed during the ceremony took the form of cash prizes and were and went to organizations who seek out the betterment of their locales. The first prize was given to “l’Association des Oeuvres Sociales des Employés des Cimetières” (Social Works by Cemetery Employees), a Meknes-based organization that fixes up cemeteries which have fallen into disrepair; the second prize went to “l’Association Espoir pour le Développement et la Formation” (Hope for development and Training), another Meknes-based organization that fights poverty and illiteracy, supports orphans and single woman, provides health education, and improves the quality of schools and other educational sites; and “Smile Makers”, yet another Meknes-based organization that aims to help poor and marginalized communities.
The funds gathered for the prizes—which were granted in the hopes that these organizations might continue to fight the good fight—were entirely raised by the LDI student-members during the multitude of leadership events they hosted on campus during the course of this past year. At the event’s conclusion, Dr. Duncan Rinhart, the LDI’s director and founder, thanked the tenacious students who ensured the project’s success and the participants for leaving the world a better place than they found it.