AUI Alumna Sarah Kerroumi Ranked One of the 50 Most Influential Businesswomen in Africa

Al Akhawayn University alumna Sarah Kerroumi ('03) was ranked 16th in the Jeune Afrique standing of the continent's 50 most influential business women for her work as Secretary General of Ynna Holding of the Chaabi Group.

Sarah Kerroumi is a 2003 graduate of the School of Business Administration at Al Akhawayn University. Upon graduation, she briefly worked for the Veolia Group in Rabat before pursuing a master’s degree in Business and Global Affairs from Johnson & Wales University in the United States.

Starting in 2009, Kerroumi directed the Audit and Control Department for the Al Karama subsidiary of the Chaabi Group and was subsequently appointed to the position of Secretary General of Ynna Holding in December 2013.

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Dr. Elliott Explores the Microhistory of Charles Anderson in Faculty Brown Bag Series

In the fourth Faculty Brown Bag talk of the semester, SHSS professor Dr. Derek Elliott delivered a lecture entitled: “‘I strove hard for Liberty but failed in it’: the Historical Memory of the Convict Charles Anderson.”

Dr. Elliott discussed the various sources contributing to the subaltern narrative of the 19th century convict in his talk. Anderson was a prisoner of the British Empire, transferred around its penal colonies and subject to its violence. In an exploration of Anderson’s life, Dr. Elliott addressed the inconsistencies between his sources and raised the question: How do researchers reconstruct the past when sources are conflicting? Dr. Elliott’s talk provided his audience with the opportunity to consider the relationship between truth and politics in the development of histories and the value of individual stories in shaping the historical imagination.

INKOMPASS: I want a job before I graduate !

INKOMPASS, a personalized 2- cycle internship program, offers a journey of self-discovery which provides personalized development and tailored training programs for building your professional and personal skills. The program will allow you to learn through engaging and challenging live business projects, interact with senior leadership team, share your experiences, as well as develop a two way dialogue in a culture of collaboration and sharing.

The goal of this program is to prepare you to fulfil a career; giving you a chance of receiving a job offer with Philip Morris International even before you graduate!


You are invited to visit and interact with the INKOMPASS team to learn more about the program in building 4’s main entrance for the upcoming 2 weeks (March 20 - 31).

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IEAPS Dean Publishes Paper Analyzing Factors Underlying the Role of Younger Generations in the Changes of Arab Countries

Dr. Ahmed Driouchi and Tahar Harkat of IEAPS recently published a paper in the in the Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA), titled: “Granger Casuality and the Factors underlying the Role of Younger Generations in Economic, Social, & Political Changes in Arab Countries.”


This paper examines the causality between social, technological, and political variables with macroeconomic variables in 19 Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Palestine, and Yemen. It uses the Granger causality test to determine causal relationships using data between years 1962 and 2015. Empirical findings reveal unique causality profile for each of the Arab countries. Results also suggest the most important variables in the determination of the economic growth in Arab economies, separately. Variables related to the demography of the new generation, ICTs and use of social media appear to be playing important causal roles, in the sense of Granger tests. This implies that economic, future social and political decisions need to account for these findings and that policies need to be geared towards for further inclusion of the aspirations and expectations of the youth. 

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IEAPS Dean Publishes Paper in the Munich personal RePEc Archive (MPRA)

Dr. Ahmed Driouchi and Tahar Harkat of IEAPS recently published a paper in the MPRA, titled: “An Empirical Descriptive Analysis of the Factors underlying the Role of Younger Generations in Economic, Social, & Political Changes in Arab Countries.”


This is to provide empirical evidence on the likely roles of knowledge, social networks and Information Technologies (IT) besides governance in shaping the characteristics of the current generation of youth in comparison with the oldest ones. The framework of intergenerational mobility provides promising grounds for the empirical analysis.  Series of hypotheses require empirical testing under the above framework. The data are mainly time series from international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Labor Organizations and United Nations. In addition, results from previous studies assessing educational mobility and income are used. Several statistical methods provide the grounds for the testing of the retained hypotheses. The attained results show that the effects of annual demographic growth is not established clearly for all Arab countries as most economies have had immobility in demographic population growth over the period 1960-2015 but the total population of youth in the current generation is higher than the population that prevailed for the older generation. The overall openness of the Arab economies besides their democratization measured by series of indices appear to have been stable over the period 1996-2015. Other results are related to social mobility in income, education attainment and to the unemployment trends. They all show with the progress in ICTs and the increasing reliability on social media, that the current generation has more features that are different from those of the oldest generation.

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