On March 22nd, 2018, France’s “Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique” (Foundation for Strategic Research) held a seminar centered on the “Daesh dans la bande saharo-sahélienne” (the Daesh in the Sahel-Saharan Region). Given his expertise on the subject, the Foundation extended an invitation to Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) Professor Djallil Lounnas. The various addresses given at the conference discussed the presence of Jihadi groups in the Sahel. Similarly, Professor Lounnas’ presentation focused on “[les] relations entre les affilies d’Al Qaida au Sahel et l’État Islamique du Grand Sahara (IEGS) dans le contexte de la chute de daech au moyen orient: quelles perspectives" (the relationship between Al Qaeda affiliates in the Sahel and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the context of the Daesh’s downfall in the Middle-East: which perspetives), exploring whether patterns of intense competition, patterns of cooperation, or a merger between Al Qaeda affiliates and the IESG will occur in the Sahel.
Al Akhawayn School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS) Professor Djalil Lounnas’ has recently published a paper for the EU-MENARA Project. His paper, entitled “The Transmutation of Jihadi Organizations in the Sahel and the Regional Security Architecture”, offers an analysis of the recent evolution in Jihadi organizations in the Sahel and the regional powers’ responses to them, most notably the G5 Sahel.
AUI Alumnus Oussama Berrada Gouzi—SBA, Class of 2004—was recently named Country Manager of Hyundai. A business student during his time at AUI, Mr. Berrada Gouzi graduated with both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Finance, and went on to work at Bugshan Maroc Group in 2010. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to earn his recent promotion.
AUI alumna Nadia Tazi—SSE Class of 1998 —has recently been named the Director of Renault’s Systems and Information in Africa, the Middle-East, and India, with direct oversight of Moroccan operations. Ms. Tazi graduated from AUI with a Master’s in Artificial Intelligence and joined Renault in 2010 as Technical Director. Since then, she has climbed the ladder, becoming the Director of Systems and Information in Morocco.
AUI Alumnus, M'hamed Chraibi, has recently been appointed Country Manger of Dachser in Morocco. Dr. Chraibi graduated from AUI with a BS in General Engineering in 2003 and went on to get a Master Degree Management of Information System from Toulouse Business School. Dr. Chraibi joined Dachser in October 2011 and was General Manager of the south area of Dachser Morocco for three years.