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 Bouchra Adyel
Bouchra was born and raised in Casablanca; she attended Groupe Scolaire d’Anfa then moved to the US at the age of 16 to finish her studies. She completed her A.A.S. and B.S. degrees in Computer Science. She also holds an MBA degree with a concentration in International Business from the University of Houston. Bouchra was an active board member of several student organizations; she was even elected as the first student to ever chair a Senate Committee and directly reported to the College President. She was awarded the Who's Who Among Students, Dean’s List, Phi Theta Kappa, Honors List… and about 10 scholarships for her academic and leadership achievements. Bouchra is currently an IT Analyst at UT MD Anderson, the # 1 Cancer Center in the Country. She provides skilled analysis of business and management problems to maximize efficient use of the Pharmacy Informatics applications and Robots. She is a member of HIMS (Health Information Management & Systems). Prior to that, Bouchra was a Project Manager at an International Design Company in Houston. Bouchra

 Mohamed Rali Badissy
Mohamed is an attorney in New York, NY. He is currently a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Walls in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. Prior to becoming a law clerk, Mohamed practiced for two years at Latham & Watkins LLP in their New York and Dubai offices. He practiced in the field of International Law, representing private persons and States in disputes before the U.S. Courts and international arbitration tribunals. Mohamed has also worked at the United Nations as an assistant to the Iraqi Sanctions Committee and as a special education teacher in Los Angeles, CA. Mohamed completed his B.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. He also earned a law degree from the University of Washington where he was awarded high honors and national recognition for his oral advocacy skills. Mohamed was very excited to co-host the first annual AMPA ( http://www.amp-usa.org/) fundraiser in New York on October 25th. The event raised over ten thousand dollars for the education of rural school girls in Morocco. Mohamed looks forward to working with AMPA as its VP of Policy to produce great events like these in the future.

 Mohammed Fdal
For most of his life, Mohammed Fdal has been seeking new challenges. In 1986, he joined Group ONA in Morocco. He held the TQM Division Head position within the Corporation. The position was the first in its kind, and as an independent advisor he offered consulting services in quality management for large and medium size organizations. Mohammed Fdal holds a master in engineering from College of Mines in France. In 1996 he published a book: "Morocco: Quality and Future Challenges" that inspired many companies in Morocco to launch a Total Quality Management Program and ISO Certification. In 1999 he moved to Boston in the U.S., where he earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University, and after only few years, he was been able to held an executive position at Potomac Electric, a General Electric Engineering Services Provider. In 2003 he was among the first 200 engineers in the U.S. to be certified "Six Sigma Black Belt" by the America Society of Quality. In 2004, he founded Omar Financial Services, now a leading provider of tax, financial, accounting and real estate services in the New England area. Since he opened the business, he has helped hundreds to thousands of Moroccans living in the U.S achieve their "America Dream": start a business, buy a house or get a degree or a certificate. These are just a few of the many things he has helped his fellow countrymen achieve.

 Hicham Kabbaj
Hicham is the president of the association of Moroccan Professionals in America http://www.amp-usa.org/, he joined the association in 2005 as Events Vice President and was elected in May 2008 as its second president. Hicham is a Senior Project Controls at one of the world's premier engineering, construction and project management companies. He joined Bechtel after graduating from Purdue University with a BS in Management and Minor in Finance and MIS. Hicham has a vast experience in construction management and energy projects, he was a key member in some of the company signature projects. He was awarded the certificate of achievement multiple times during his 9 years with Bechtel. Hicham obtained his MBA from Istituto de Empresa, and founded www.marocevents.ma, first portal of professional events in Morocco. He enjoys playing Tennis and he is originally from Rabat.

 Hanane Zelouani Idrissi
Hanane has over 9 years professional experience in nonprofit and business. Hanane works with the MENA program at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, a donor organization. Her main responsibility is to develop and coordinate work with civil society in Iraq. She also worked with Vital Voices Global Partnership as a MENA program Manager. She has more than 11 years nonprofit experience in Morocco as a volunteer and board member with Union de L’Action Feminine Association in Casablanca- UAF. Before coming to USA, she worked as a Senior Research Analyst with the multinational Nielsen, as a Liaison and Marketing Coordinator with South Korea Chamber of Commerce in Casablanca, and as a Market Research Executive with LMS Marketing. Hanane was born and raised in Casablanca. She has a Master’s degree in Humanities and Social Sciences from Alakhawayn University in Morocco and a diploma in marketing and communication from ESIG-Casablanca.

 Amine Benneftah
Amine is a Sr. Project Manager with Art.com, a leading internet retailer, managing multiple IT projects including international brand expansion, affiliates networks, search engine optimization, back office systems and order fulfillment. Prior to joining Art.com, he spent seven years with AT&T, a global Telecom leader, where he led and delivered projects ranging from Member Acquisition, Billing and CRM to Member Support and Online Applications for Internet Services. Amine is currently Fundraising Director and Treasurer for Morocco Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to children schooling and education in Morocco. He played a key role in organizing the November 2006 San Francisco Fundraising event sponsored by Morocco Foundation and AMPA (Association of Moroccan Professionals in America) to benefit the "Schools Without Borders" project in Essaouira.

 Hakim Benmoussa
Hakim emigrated to the United States in 1994, Hakim worked as a dish washer and waiter while learning English, he then studies political sciences at UNCC and fire sciences at the Columbia Southern University. Hakim worked as an operations manager for Loomis Fargo Armored Services in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA after which he decided to join the fire service as a firefighter with Dekalb County Fire and Rescue in GA and graduated from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Hakim moved to Arizona in 2003 where he worked as a fire inspector/investigator and was a member of the Maricopa County Arson Investigation Task force. Hakim currently is an Acting Captain with the fire department. He is also an elected member of the executive board of the International Association of Firefighters. Hakim has pursed many educational and training opportunities in the field of Aircraft Crash Rescue, Hazardous Materials and fire service management through the National Fire Academy.

 Benyounes Tahiri
Benyounes Tahiri was born and raised in Berkane. He studied tourism in the Tangier Institute of Tourism. After a brief journey that started in Nice ville Franche sur-mer in the summer of 1969, then London in 1970 then Montreal one year later, he moved to Indianan on October 25 1971. In 1972 he moved to San Fransisco , 1973 Hawai till 1974 where he worked as a life guard in Sheraton Waikiki. 1974 was the start of special journey around the world, visting over 30 countries (he started from Honoloulou to Tokyo for 20 days then Korea, Taiwan then Hong Kong, one month later Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia then back to Thailand. One a moth later he visited Singapore then back to Thailand to see Cambodia, Laos. Then Burma & India, Bangladesh, Nepal Ceylone where he spent three months.

 Tarek Hoballah
Tarek emigrated to the United States in 1979 from Casablanca, Morocco. He received his Bachelor in Civil Engineering From the University of Southern California at Los Angeles in 1984 and his Masters of Engineering with a Structural Emphasis from California Polytechnic University at Pomona in 1986. He joined the workforce in 1984 and became licensed in the state of California as a Professional Engineer in September 1987. He formed a partnership and founded A Structural Engineering firm in October 1987 DBA: Landmark Engineering Design. The partnership was dissolved in 1993 and he Incorporated in 1993 DBA: Landmark Structures Inc., Currently in Long Beach, CA. They specialize in seismic studies of low to mid-rise buildings in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional construction.

 Sanaa Belbagri
Sanaa Belbagri, 32, born in Morocco. Ms Belbagri is an Information Technology professional with over 10 years experience in the computer science and management fields covering data modeling/database design, data management, web applications implementation, and project management. Sanaa left Morocco at the age of 18 to pursue her graduate studies in France. After a sterling academic journey, she earned a Master degree in IT and Management and an Engineering Certification from the IUP MIAGe of Bordeaux in 1998. Sanaa currently works for Pfizer Inc. in NJ and has been appointed recently to a Senior Management role where she'll be responsible for heading and leading Pfizer Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) Master Data Management initiative as well as Pfizer Product Master Data Management across Pfizer divisions.

 Amine Hammoumi
Amine Hammoumi graduated from the Royal Air Maroc Airlines Flight and Maintenance Crew Technical Training Center in Casablanca as a Certified Airplanes Mechanic (1996). Amine also graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering (December 2003). He also graduated this year with a Master Degree in Business Administration from the City University of Seattle (2007). Before moving to the United States from Morocco, Amine worked as an Airplane Mechanic Trainee for RAM specialized in Electrical and Avionics Systems. In June 2005, Amine joined Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle, Washington with the position of 787 Flight Deck Systems Engineer

 Iman Belali
On Sunday April 19th, 1992 at 11:45 PM Iman Belali made her way to this world to Moroccan born parents, Malika Belali and Mohamed Belali. Even in kindergarten Iman was often described as a social butter fly. She made friends every where she went. Simply put Iman was destined to be a people’s person. At age 12, Iman took action. She saw negative stereotyping of Arabs (in American media) and of Americans (in Arab media) and decided to make a change – at her level. Iman used a portion of her college fund to provide school supplies for 80 students in Chefchaouen, Morocco (where her grandparents were born) – the first step toward educating teens in Morocco and the US about the kindness and generosity of people in both countries.

 Mehdi Bousfiha
Mehdi Bousfiha is Co-Founder and Vice President of the Association of Moroccan Professionals in America (AMPA), in charge of Membership. Currently, Mehdi is a Vice President at Overture Financial Services LLC, an Asset Management Company based in New York City. His responsibilities include project management and development of business requirements for the Overture Wealth Management Platform. Prior to joining Overture Financial Services LLC, Mehdi was an Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch where he was responsible for the investment strategies and analytics behind the International Wealth Management Process. He supported more than 1,000 Financial Advisors across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East and helped them build investment proposals for their clients’ portfolios.

 Kaoutsar Entifi
A highly motivated, goal-oriented and energetic professional with entrepreneurial spirit and work experience in the Sales and Marketing Departments of world-renowned international corporations. Especially skilled at analytical thinking, problem solving, strategy as well as implementation. Excellent leadership and team building skills. Highly fluent in English, Arabic and French. Basic knowledge of Hindi/Urdu. Relocated from Morocco to the United States in 2000 in order to complete a Master in Business Administration. Then, after graduation, moved to Paris, France to join my husband, who is a senior diplomat with Unesco. Was not able to work in the US due to F1 Visa limitations so volunteered for different associations and became Head of the Cultural Committee of the Washington DC chapter of the Network of Arab American Professionals (www.naaponline.org) during 2002 and 2003. Presently benefiting from diplomatic status in France so turned to Morocco to start a promising business with a partner in Marrakech in 2006, promoting my home country as a new land of opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs and assisting foreign businesses in entering the Moroccan market.

 Abdellatif Belfessa
Born and raised in Casablanca, Abdellatif Belfessa came to the U.S. with little more than high hopes and a lot of ambition. As a boy, he had worked side by side with his father in a small, family-owned cafe, and dreamed of opening his own some day in America. He began the journey of realizing that dream by landing an entry-level job with a steak house in Oklahoma City. From there he migrated to Florida where he put himself through college by waiting on tables. After earning a degree in hotel/restaurant management, he left Tampa for New York where he worked his way up the proverbial food chain to Manager.

 Hamid Ainkorer
Hamid Ainkorer was born and raised in Casablanca and has been an active member of various non-profit organizations in Morocco. He currently lives in the US and is the owner and managing partner of Amazighe LLC, a management consulting and technology services company. Hamid has an extensive professional background in technology project management, process improvement, and training services. He holds two Masters in Engineering Management, and in Business Administration, as well professional certifications in Lean Six Sigma and in Project Management.

 Abderrazzak Nouhaili
Born and raised in Casablanca, Abderrazzak Nouhaili grew up in a family of ten people. Being the sixth born of eight kids, he started his preschooling like most of his brothers and pairs in the neighborhood’s mosque where he learned his ABCs and the Koran. Then he went to the private and public schools of the districts of Benmsik and Derb Sultan where he got the rest of his education until his late teens. Politically active from an early age, he got arrested few weeks after his 18th birthday and was kept in captivity in the infamous secret jail of Derb Moulay Shrif, where he spend nearly four years for belonging to a subversive organization.

 Dr. Aicha Lahlou
Dr. Aicha Lahlou attended Al-Akhawayn University from 1995 to 1997, and then transferred to Houston, Texas, where she attended the University of Houston and Rice University and completed her Ph. D in International Relations and received a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. She is currently an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Houston where she has taught several courses in the Politics of the Middle East and North Africa and the Politics of Developing Areas since August 2003.

 Karim Chaqchaq
Karim is originally from Casablanca. He came to San Francisco in 1989 right after high school. Karim is a Certified Novel Engineer (CNE) and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and holds a BS in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. Karim has been working with AT&T for about eight years as a Network Engineer maintaining private data lines for Global client accounts and government agencies with changing tasks such as Lucent/Alcatel Switches and Cisco Router support, Transmission of VBR video over ATM support, Circuit and Packet switching, maintenance of fiber optic links across WANs and Internet services. Karim is highly involved in his community. He was a Webmaster for the San Francisco city Ballet School Website and organized a few summer outdoor gatherings for the Moroccan community that attracted over 100 people in the bay area.

 Ghizlane Mouflih
Ghizlane is currently managing the Quality Control department for a Talent Management Software Company in Virginia. She offers more than 5 years of experience in the IT field with 3 years of hands-on in Management. Ghizlane started her first experience in the IT industry as an Oracle Developer for Base Technologies Inc. before the J2EE community at Plateau systems welcomed her into a challenging Quality Control Engineer position. She gained tremendous amount of knowledge on various cutting edge technologies while working toward analyzing and solving customers’ needs and issues. Her ambition allowed her to quickly climb the ladder of management moving from leading and managing projects, to dictating methodologies, implementing QC life cycle strategies, and overseeing the execution of the testing plan of the product.

 Mohamed Fandi
Mohamed Fandi was born in Casablanca. The descendant of an Arab and Berber family, Mr. Fandi came to the United States and eventually graduated with honors in the field of Tourism and Hospitality Management. He and his family now reside in Chicago, Illinois. Mr Fandi just published a book called “Alien... Arab... and Maybe Illegal in America”. In his book, Mohamed Fandi writes a fascinating account of what it means to be a foreigner and an Arab living day-to-day in America, particularly after September 11. The author also answers some important questions: Why would an Arab choose to overstay his visa and risk deportation? And why he prefers to live here, with all of the concomitant post-9/11 racism, when he could remain in, or return to, his native country and live in

 Fahd Ayoubi
Fahd is an Oracle Database Administrator for National Instruments. The 30-year old public company specializes in Virtual Instrumentation and focuses on test and measurement software such as Labview and hardware such as PXI boards. National Instruments has been selected among the best 100 Places to work for again this year, making it the 8th time in a row. Fahd's responsabilities include Code reviews, managing releases, maintaining databases as well as supporting large scale oracle production environment. Fahd lived through his teenage life in Casablanca, went to Moulay Idriss high school where he focused on math, physics and other sciences.

 Imad Mouline
Imad Mouline is a Chief Technology Officer at Gomez, an Internet Performance Management Intelligence company. Imad brings years of software architecture, research and development experience to Gomez where he works with customers, analysts, industry groups and internal resources to help drive Gomez’ technology and business strategy to meet customers’ needs in the face of new business and technology trends. Prior to Gomez, Imad held the position of Chief Technology Officer at S1 Corporation.

 Hassan El Asraoui
Mr. El Asraoui is currently the President and Managing Partner of Native Intelligence Inc., a consulting firm focusing on the legal and professional services industry. He offers more than 15 years of management and technology consulting experience providing strategic consulting, process improvement and technology-related solutions.

 Karim Meliani
Karim has been working in Information Technology within Financial Services and Investment Banking since 2001. He holds a BS in Computer Science and is planning to pursue an MBA in Finance in the near future. Currently, Karim is a Senior Software Engineer at Credit Suisse First Boston in Raleigh. He relocated from New York in July 2005 to devote more time to his graduate studies. Prior to that, Karim worked for Bloomberg where he developed Fixed Income Credit Derivatives applications and analysis tools. His Mathematics background pushed him to switch focus to the challenging Financial side of his work. In his free time, Karim enjoys playing soccer, mastering chess, exploring performance cars and biking.

 Shems Laghmari D
Shems is a Business Process Analyst for Austin Energy, the community-owned electric utility of the City of Austin, Texas. Her responsibilities include strategic planning and conducting research and business intelligence for long-term corporate planning. Shems has been with Austin Energy for over six years. She worked for Vice Presidents over Customer Care & Marketing and the Legal Department. She conducted organizational and procedural analysis, implemented process improvements, participated in reengineering efforts, and assisted with the budget process.

 Adil Mhammed Naji
Adil came to the United States in 1996 to pursue a business degree. He was awarded a full athletic scholarship from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) for his soccer abilities. He graduated Magna Cum laude from UDC with a B.S. in Business Administration and Management in 1999. While at UDC, he was recognized by the National Honor Society in Business Administration, the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, and named All American Scholar for his superior academic achievement. He became an American citizen in early 2004.

 Imane Bentaouet
Imane bentaouet was born and raised in Tangier. She has over six years experience in business management, marketing, communications and economic development. Ms. Bentaouet's experience includes market analysis, communication strategies, financial analysis, and public relations. Before coming to Washington, DC for her MBA she Worked with International Atlantic Group in Rabat, Morocco managing the company’s supply chain operations for the distribution of major apparel brands in Morocco and Europe.

 Omar Tazi
Omar Tazi, 33, is an experienced high tech executive with 10 years of experience in enterprise software and a special interest in free and open source software (FOSS) communities. Omar is currently Chief Open Source Evangelist with Oracle Corporation where he is responsible for Open Source software strategy and fostering developer communities focusing on the areas of middleware and tools. Prior to rejoining Oracle, Omar was the CEO of Orbeon where he created a successful business model based on services using Open Source Software.

 Hassan Hakmoun
North Africa has long been a crossroads. The Gnawa people of Morocco descend from slaves from West Africa, but they claim spiritual descent from Bilal al-Habashi, an Ethiopian who was the Prophet Mohammed's first muezzin (caller to prayer). Gnawa music’s integration of African rhythms and sensibility has been compared to the Blues and Santeria. But the Arabic context produced a unique sound. Not until Hassan Hakmoun’s upcoming CD, The Gift, on Triloka Records (May 7, 2002) has the Arabic milieu of Gnawa been musically brought to the fore. Hassan Hakmoun has street smarts. By age four, he performed alongside snake charmers and fire-breathers on Marrakech streets.

 Khalil Jai Hokimi
Khalil Jai Hokimi, 33, is an experienced marketer with a focus in college marketing, B2B and B2C sales. He has over 10 years of revenue-generating expertise in the areas of customer acquisition, sales management, marketing, and business development. Khalil has played instrumental roles in helping numerous small companies grow to become multi-million dollar producers. He has also acted as a college market advisor for franchisees of corporations such as McDonald's, Domino's Pizza,

 Hatim Smouni

First of all I would like to say that I am very humbled to be selected as a Moroccan of the month. It is a privilege to be recognized among such a successful and elite group of fellow Moroccans that are working hard everyday in pursuit of nothing but the best in their respective careers. I look at all of you as an inspiration for me to succeed in my profession and to be among the best ambassadors of our country in the United States.


 Michael Kim 'Jamal' Riegelman

Michael Kim Riegelman is elected as Moroccan of the Month for his outstanding services for the Moroccan community. Wafin would like to thank people who show respect and affection for Moroccan people and Moroccan culture, and build paths and bridges to communicate their knowledge to others.

As the Modir of the NYC Arabic Language & Culture Club, Michael Kim Riegelman has been fulfilling the third goal of the Peace Corps’ mission ever since returning home to NYC from Morocco in April, 2003. ‘Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of all Americans’ – at a time when so many Americans have misconceptions and negative stereotypes of Muslims and ‘Arabs’, this third goal has never been more important.


 Aziz Elbehri

I grew up in Rabat where, like everyone else, I attended public schools, including Hassan II High School and then to the Institute Agronomique et Veterinaire (IAV) Hassan II in 1979. It was still a period of relative opportunity in Morocco; and with a baccalaureate on hand one could still hope to go further. I still remember the night of the Baccalaureate results when we had to anxiously wait for hours in front of the newspaper offices in Rabat to grab that special edition which lists students who passed the baccalaureate. Of all the possible degrees, the Baccalaureate held a certain mystic, as it was more than a degree but was a kind of right of passage (something I am sure other Moroccans can identify with). Since then my education and academic pursuits took few twists and turns.


 Professor Abderrahman Beggar

Professor Abderrahman Beggar (Department of Languages and Literatures, Wilfrid Laurier University) has participated as a jury member in the 2005 Governor General Awards, the most prestigious literary awards in Canada. Dr. Beggar is the author of three books (two already published, and the third under press). He holds a PhD from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in French and Spanish media discourse.


 Kamal Essalhi - DJ Kimo

Audio Programmer and Music Editor of Radio Sawa.

I have involved with music when I was seven years old. I still remember the song that I learned for the first time; it was the hit song of those days by Najat Ataboo-Shoufi Ghiro. I used to hear it everywhere. It had a simple, catchy melody. That song has single handedly initiated my journey into land of music. As we all know, in middle-class Moroccan tradition, it is hard to convince the parents to study music, let alone to get their support to become a musician. However, to my great surprise, my parents did support my heart’s desires for music.


 Dr. Samah Chadli

I was born in Fez Morocco in 1972. My primary,secondary and collegiate studies were achieved in the same city. I earned my Doctorate of Arts and a Masters degree in linguistics from the University of INALCO Paris, France in 2000. Since then, teaching has been part of my life. During my teaching career I’ve had the opportunity to work with different age groups and different nationalities. My goals as a teacher are to personalize my elaborate teaching methods and communicate my passion for languages and its culture in a very professional way at the college level. I believe that "Language is power." I also worked for the French Embassy in Morocco as a Linguist Coordinator to overcome the "Arabisation" issues that college students faced in studying all aspects of science.


 Yasmine Hasnaoui

Yasmine Hasnaoui was born in 1979 in Marrakech, Morocco. In 2002 she earned her BA in English Literature at Hassan II faculty in Mohammedia.In 2000 she represented Morocco at the English Public Speaking Union in London where her main theme was Money’s impact on the world. Right after getting her BA in 2002 She prepared the CELTA certificate (Certificate of English Language to Adults) through Cambridge University. She had a nine months theoritical training in Human Resources at the Management Business School in Mohammedia .


 Wahiba Benloughmary Estergard
Wahiba Benloughmary Estergard was born and raised in Taza, Morocco. She married an American Peace Corps Volunteer and they moved together to the United States. Wahiba immediately enrolled into English as Second Language classes and then decided to study Pharmacy and went all the way through the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy Doctorate Program. After receiving her doctorate, Wahiba pursued a post doctorate fellowship with Eli Lilly and Company and then went on to work for them as a Neuroscience Medical Liaison. Wahiba serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the High Atlas Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the community development of Morocco.

 Aziz Abbassi
Aziz Abbassi was born during a snow storm in Sefrou, Cherry Capital of Morocco, a few years before the Big Flood. He spent part of his childhood there and later moved to Rabat where he attended, and graduated from, Lycee Moulay Youssef, then the "Faculte des Lettres" and the "Ecole Normale Superieure". He subsequently taught English at the American Language Center in Rabat and Casablanca, as well as at Lycee Lahlou, College l'Hermitage, Royal Air Maroc, and "Ghbila City Prison" in Casablanca. He first came to the US as a Fulbright grantee in 1970, spending a summer program in Linguistics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

 Laila Lalami
Laila Lalami is a fiction writer based in Portland, Oregon. Born in Rabat, she received a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Mohammed V University, a M.A. in Linguistics from University College London, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Southern California. She taught language and linguistics at the University of Southern California and California State University-Northridge before working in industry, first as a thesaurus editor at the Getty Information Institute, then as a project manager for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (a NASA contractor) and finally as a director of data and development for Applied Semantics, which was later acquired by Google, Inc.

 Hassan Baami
Hassan was born in Tighza,a little town to the North East of Khenifra in 1975. After getting his high school diploma in English Language, Hassan was enrolled to the University of Meknes, Engilsh literature where he obtained his Associate degree in Humanities & Arts. Two years later, Hassan was admitted to the High International Institute of Tourism in Tangier ( ISITT). In 1999, he graduated with a degree in Travel Management. Being one of the most successful students, Hassan was offered an internship with Resort Recreation & Tourism Management, and American Hospitality Academy. Hassan Passed successfuly his training and was nominated the Best Intern of the Semster, and appointed as National Top Gun Winner on september 2000.

 Nacir Assaadi
Nacir Assaadi was born and raised in the seaport city of Agadir, Morocco. His ancestral home lies in the small Berber village in Tioute, in the region of Taroudant. He attended Takkadoum elementary in the Talborjt section of Agadir followed by middle school Prince Heritier Sidi Mohammed and Lycee Youssef Ben Tachefine. Nacir participated in the Royal Moroccan Boy Scouts throughout his childhood. He fondly remembers long days of camping by Taghazout beach, singing, campfires, many adventures and a big pan-Arab conference of troups taking place in the Maamoura forest outside of Rabat. His experience with the scouts provided invaluable training in learning how to relate to people from all walks of life and always to be prepared or ready for opportunities as well as setbacks. He can hear the echo of the motto, “Boy Scouts always ready!”

 Ahmed Ameur
I was born in Casablanca Morocco on June 25, 1963. After I failed to received my high school degree in Casablanca and could not do much there I decided to move out of the country and not be a burden on my family. So I immigrated to the United States after an unsuccessful attempt to settle in Canada. I arrived to the US on August 9, 1988. My destination was Orlando but somehow It did not go well, so I changed my course to Denver after 3 days in Florida.

 Ahmed Ben Thami Raiss
For two years prior to my graduation from Lycee Moulay Youseff in 1962, I was lucky to be asked to be a tutor of both classical and colloquial Arabic for some officials at the American Embassy in Rabat. [One of those officials was Mr. Jeff Corydon, author of an article in the last issue of Tingis!] It was through my contact with these wonderful Americans that I received an invitation to join the Arabic Research program of Georgetown University, assisting with Dr. Richard Harrell for two years. During that time, the friends I had made while tutoring in Rabat worked to help me obtain a State Department scholarship to study in the U.S. And in 1964 I was able to enroll at the University of Arizona, where I majored in International Relations.

 Hasna El Badaoui
Hasna El Badaoui is a well known stage and television actress in Morocco. She is the daughter of the celebrated playwright and actor, Abdelkader El Badaoui. She has a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Drama Therapy from Hunter College of the City University of New York. Her Master's thesis examines the use of sociodrama in building and maintaining self-esteem in individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Hasna El Badaoui is a member of the National Association of Drama Therapy. From 2000 to 2004, Hasna El Badaoui worked, in New York city, as the coordinator of the Susan and Jack Rudin Multimedia Center at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, a long term health care facility for persons with AIDS, individuals with chronic disabilities such as Hunthington's disease and Multiple Sclerosis, elderly individals who need daily nursing care, and children with chronic special needs.

 Adil Marzouk
Born in 1971, Adil grew up in the Ben M’sick Province, Casablanca. After attending first year at Hassan II University, School of Humanities, Adil was selected to represent Morocco in the Morocco Showcase at EPCOT Center, Florida. Later into the program Adil became a Disney Trainer. He helped train new cast members and assisted in ensuring a smooth transition for new candidates into the Disney life. After completing his 12-month assignment in Orlando, Adil chose to go back to Morocco to continue his undergraduate studies. In 1993, Adil was offered a full time position at The American Language Center, Casablanca and continued to attend college on part-time basis.

 Hakim belabbes
I was born on Feb. 20th 1961, in Bejjaad -a small town in central Morocco- where my father owned the only movie theater in town. I also received my primary and secondary education in Bejjaad. After a Bachelor of Arts in American and African Literature from Mohamed V University in Rabat, Morocco (1983), and a Diplôme des Etudes Approfondies in African Literature at Lyon University, France (1986), I traveled to the United States where I received a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video from Columbia College in Chicago (1993). Between 1994 and 1996 I headed the Audio Visual Dept. at Hassan II Foundation in Rabat, Morocco, where I produced/directed a series of

 Madani Sadek
Mr. Sadek is one of those success stories that inspire. He hails from a small village in the Sousse region, close to Tiznit. He immigrated to the United States when he was 15. At 21 he had already started his flower business. He was one of the first importers of Moroccan flowers in the U.S. Mr. Sadek engaged in other business ventures at the same time including women clothing and leather products of Moroccan make and design. By the time he reached 26 years, he plunged into the real estate world in New York, constructing several commercial and residential buildings in the tri-state area.

 Najat Fares Kessler
Najat Fares Kessler is a hypnotherapist & a motivational speaker, she conducts seminars, teaches Classes and workshops and leads and organizes overseas healing retreats. Najat comes to us from Casablanca, Morocco. She traveled Europe in the 90’s and did many soul searching trips, she came to America in 1998, met her husband Jay in Minneapolis, got married and settled in the North Metro area where she operates her practice Achieve with Hypnosis. Najat comes from a family of Spiritual leadership; her grandfather was a great spiritual leader, healer and hypnotist. She speaks fluently several languages and dialects including Berber, Arabic, French and English she enjoys being multicultural and views herself as a citizen of the world. “From the amphitheatres of University of Sciences in Casablanca

 
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