Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Hind Benbihi

Al Akhawayn General Engineering student Hind Benbihi ('13) won on February 23, 2012 the Best Paper Award of the 20th ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays for the paper entitled Rethinking FPGAs: Elude the Flexibility Excess of LUTs with And-Inverter Cones, which she co-authored with Hadi P. Afshar, David Novo, and Paolo Ienne from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. According to Benbihi, the Symposium described the paper as "the finest venue for architectural innovation on FPGA fabrics."

Ezzoubeir Errhaimini

Al Akhawayn alumnus Ezzoubeir Errhaimini (’98) was appointed in early February 2012 CEO of Compagnie de Transport au Maroc (CTM), a leading transport company in Morocco. Previously General Director of Locasom Group, a subsidiary specialized in long-term vehicle rentals; Ezzoubeir then became Director of Investment of Finance Com group before joining CTM as CEO of its package delivery subsidiary in 2010. Ezzoubeir earned his BBA in Finance at Al Akhawayn University.

IEAPS- Local Universities as Engines for Innovation

Al Akhawayn Dean of the Institute of Economic Analysis & Prospective Studies, Ahmed Driouchi, and Al Akhawayn alumna Nada Zouag ('04), published an article on Local Universities as Engines for Innovation, Take-Off and Expansion of Regional Development in Southern Economies in the African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development 3, no. 2 (2011): 101-126. To read the abstract, click here.


Ahmed Driouchi, Dean of the Al Akhawayn Institute for Economic Analysis and Prospective Studies; Amal Achehboune, Research Assistant; Antonio Andrès Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Economics at Al Akhawayn; and Cristina Boboc, Emilia Titan and Daniel Pele researchers at the Academy of Economics at the University of Bucharest, Romania launched a new research project entitled "Economic Policies and the Outcomes Expected for MENA Countries and Comparisons with Central and East European Economies," within the framework of the 2011 FEMISE (Forum Euroméditerranéen des Instituts de Sciences Économiques) Competition.


Ahmed Driouchi, Dean of the Al Akhawayn Institute for Economic Analysis and Prospective Studies; Karim Malki and Nada Zouag, both Al Akhawayn alumni and researchers; published a chapter entitled "Market Pitfalls and New Health Issues in Developing Countries"(chapter 21) in Disruptive Technologies, Innovation and Global Redesign: Emerging Implications, edited by Ndubuisi Ekekwe and Nazrul Islam, and published by the Information Science Reference - IGI Global.