AUI Mourns the Loss of Ahmed Driouchi

A man whose exceptional scholarly productivity was matched by his considerate and thoughtful soul.

 

In the twenty-three years since AUI was first established, no student has graduated, nor has any faculty or staff member come and gone without having met Dr. Ahmed Driouchi. Dr. Driouchi touched all of our lives, and it is with this in mind that we regret to inform you, dear community, that Dr. Driouchi passed away on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018.

 

Dr. Driouchi was a great man who lived a great life. Born in 1948 in the coastal city Safi, Dr. Driouchi graduated from L'Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire (IAV) Hassan II, Rabat in 1973 with a « Diplôme d'Agronomie générale. » Over the next fifteen years, Dr. Driouchi went on to acquire a « Diplôme d'Ingénieur d'Etat » in Agronomy with Specialization in Rural Economics from IAV Hassan II, a Doctorate in Economic Sciences, from IAV Hassan II, and a Ph.d., in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota in the United States.

 

Long before his time at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI), Dr. Driouchi had a well-established career in academia, having taught both at his alma mater and at the École Nationale d'Agriculture in Meknes. However, in 1993, he found himself amidst a group of individuals who were bound together by a common dream. It was that dream—coupled with the wills of Their Majesties the late King Hassan II of Morocco and the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia—that led to the creation of our dear institution. But simply reifying this dream was never enough for Dr. Driouchi: over the last twenty-three years, Dr. Driouchi has become a pillar of the AUI community, helping shape the institution he so loved, its students, faculty, and staff, and the lives of so many other people.

 

After 1993, Dr. Driouchi went on to become the Dean of the School of Business Administration (SBA), while still retaining his teaching post. In 2004, he dedicated himself to the Al Akhawayn Institute of Economic Analysis and Prospective Studies (IEAPS) by becoming its dean, hoping, in doing so, to continue to guide students and the school towards the bright futures he saw before them. After 2004, Dr. Driouchi’s final efforts on our behalf culminated in IEAPS’ acquisition of the Euro-Mediterranean based Forum of the Economic and Social Institutes (FEMISE) 2015 International Competition and many other achievements. In the twenty-three years he was at AUI, Dr. Driouchi also acted as a member of the Editorial Board of the African Journal of Agricultural Economics (AfJAE), as an honorary professor at the International Albert Schweitzer University and Diplomatic Academy of London (beginning in 2000), as editor in chief for the Advanced Series on Finance, Economics and Accounting (AFEA) for the IGI publishing company in Pennsylvania, USA (beginning in 2013), all while contributing to the “50 Years of Human Development Study on morocco” in Morocco. These are only some of his many, many achievements.

 

None of these victories ever came as a surprise: Dr. Driouchi was an extremely conscientious, dedicated, and hard-working man: he was never one to think small. Indeed, his accomplishments never limited themselves to the Ifrane locale, but rather spanned the length of the globe. Over the course of his career, Dr. Driouchi performed research in Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq, to name a few; he had research partners in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Tunisia, and Morocco; he consulted on over nineteen projects, participated in innumerable conferences, and published over seventy journal articles, three book chapters, and nine books. Regardless of his station in life, he always dedicated himself to his passions—quantitative economic methods, economics of knowledge, economics of migration of skilled labor, applied behavioral economics to poverty and human development, risk analysis, developmental knowledge—and to the people in his life.

 

Dr. Driouchi is survived by his wife, his three children, and the many friends he made along the way. Our thoughts and our prayers are with his family and with the man who was a model for all those who value the meaning of integrity and devotion. We offer our condolences to those who were close to him and insight into the wonderful man he was to those who never had the chance to meet him.