Nour MahmoudiMorocco (Org: Operation Smile)
Nour Mahmoudi had a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and was granted a full scholarship with the EU-METALIC during her last year of study. She also graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with an MBA degree. Working as a Program Manager of Operation Smile Morocco, Nour is responsible for the overall planning and implementation of different programs. This includes participation in developing the yearly planning as well as the 5 years’ plans for the country, visiting hospital sites on assessment/fact-finding trips, overseeing the medical program, and giving detailed follow-up on all activities on the program. She is also responsible for the achievement of the strategic direction, programmatic activities, funding, financial objectives of the foundation. Under these responsibilities, she ensures that the programs are carried out in an effective and timely fashion and promotes active staffing, volunteer participation, and communication.
Rokaya JamalyMorocco (Host: SAP)
Rokaya Jamaly is a Youth Empowerment Specialist from Morocco. She has graduated from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Hassan 1st University with a Master’s degree in Engineering Sciences – Option Quality Engineering. During her 9 years of experience, she has spent more than 7 years serving as a volunteer for non-profits and over 4 years as an employee in the nonprofit sector. While working as a Nonprofit Projects Coordinator, she has led 15 one-shot actions within a national program aiming to promote volunteering amongst the Moroccan youth. Said program was implemented in 5 regions of Morocco in coordination with 22 nonprofits. As an employment adviser in the framework of the UMER project (Mobile Units for the improvement of employability in rural areas) – GIZ, GFA Consulting and ANAPEC (National Agency for the Promotion of Employment and Skills), Rokaya has worked in 3 regions. She has also worked as a Professional integration manager in a local nonprofit called Nahda in the framework of the Danish Arabic Partnership Program led by OXFAM. During those experiences, Rokaya has worked closely with under qualified youth. Her main task was to support them until they found jobs through job search workshops and soft skills sessions. Afterwards, Rokaya started a program in partnership with a Talent Acquisition and Digital Marketing Agency, and a call center where she developed a Training program aiming to recruit underqualified youth within the call center. Later on, she became an account manager within the same agency. Currently, Rokaya is a Product Manager in Digital Place, a Digital Transformation Consulting Firm operating in Consulting, Digital Marketing, and Training. The product she is managing is Sboost.net, a national platform aiming to reinforce and promote skills.
Host Organization: SAP
Role at Host Organization: At SAP, Rokaya will serve as a Project Manager for Digital Skills: Rokaya will be working closely with SAP colleagues and implementing partners of the program, preparing communications assets (including but not limited to newsletters, visuals, social media posts, emailers) and reports, managing and updating the social media accounts and website, creating and managing volunteer opportunities, and more.
Souad Kadi is a native of Agadir, Morocco and an old community leader who is passionate about youth education, women’s empowerment, and celebrating cultural diversity. Souad has six years of experience in the non-profit sector working to foster women’s empowerment through access to education and vocational training. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Souad founded E-Tawjih, a virtual training program to equip young Moroccan students with vocational skills for gainful employment. In tandem, Souad serves as the Training Manager at Amal Women’s Center in Marrakech, Morocco, where she helps economically-disadvantaged women become skilled in the culinary arts to enter the job market. Before joining Amal, Souad participated in a month-long U.S. Department of State fellowship at the American Association University of Women, one of the largest women’s organizations in Washington, D.C. Prior to her fellowship, Souad worked at Dar Si Hmad, where she led programs in youth capacity building and environmental education, as well as taught Moroccan colloquial Arabic to international students and researchers in Agadir, Morocco. Souad earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Ibn Zohr in 2015.
Samah Dahhou has approximately six years of work experience, including two years serving as Senior Program Officer for USAID Career Center Program in Morocco. At USAID, Samah enhanced the employability of Moroccan youth and introduced career services in Moroccan universities and vocational training institutes through the implementation of pilot Career Centers. She was responsible for capacity building and reinforcement for pilot and future Career Centers in Morocco. Prior to this experience, Samah worked in education for “Campus France” in Morocco as a counselor and in human resources management in the private sector. Through these experiences, Samah was able to utilize her background in human resources management and her work with students to support youth workforce development in Morocco and to develop her skills in program implementation and management. These experiences confirmed Samah’s strong interest in workforce development and her desire to help make a change in this area. She is currently serving as Technical Advisor for a program on labor migration governance and labor mobility in North Africa. Samah holds a Master’s degree in Management from Clermont Auvergne University in France and a Vocational Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management. She speaks French, Arabic, and English.
Yassine BentalebMorocco (Host: Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship)
Yassine is an Entrepreneur and Consultant, with a strong interest in Youth Empowerment, Civic Engagement, Social Innovation, and 4th Industrial Revolution. He holds a Master of Engineering in Information Systems from Mohammedia School of Engineers (2010) and a Certified Executive Coach from Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholders Centered Coaching (2017). Since 2018, Yassine is also a US Professionnel Fellow on Civic Engagement. After the completion of his Master’s degree, he joined IBM for 5 years as a Consultant in the MEA Consulting By Degrees program, before taking on the role of Project Manager on IBM’s ITS team. Then, he became a Sales Leader with IBM’s STG Department. Between 2015-2016, Yassine joined Enactus, then Amideast, as Entrepreneurship Consultant and Program Manager to teach and coach hundreds of youth about entrepreneurship and to manage all aspects of the programs with all stakeholders. Those experiences enabled him to sharpen his entrepreneurial and analytical skills, and tailor his business acumen. In April 2017, Yassine founded “Millennials Consulting”, which aims to provide integrated solutions (consultancy, training and coaching) for a better understanding, integration, and impact of millennials in schools, companies, and society. In June 2018, Yassine founded “CitizenUp”, a “CivicTech” startup that provides a citizen social platform that helps brands switch CSR, SDGs & philanthropy into an awarded, managed, tangible, showcased, and reported social impact. Yassine is a member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. He is currently founder of #TheMoroccanButterfly initiative: a Digital Identity to empower and inspire youth throughout small actions, initiatives, and thoughts (Butterfly Effect).
Host Organization: Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Role at Miller Center for Social EntrepreneurshipAt Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University, Yassine will serve as the 2019-2020 GSBI Women’s Economic Empowerment Fellow: building a stronger pipeline of program-ready, female-led and/or female-focused social entrepreneurs.
Wissal KhadroufMorocco (Host: Microsoft)
Wissal has a master degree in 2009 in computer sciences from INPT, an engineering school in Morocco. She has over 8 years of experience in the IT field and works now as an IT project manager. Besides, Wissal is a very active citizen as she loves to volunteer to make a positive impact in her community. She has joined JCI CasaImpact (Junior Chamber International CasaImpact) in 2014, and ever since has occupied various positions and led many social projects. Today she is the Communication Vice President and a mentor to new members. She is a certified JCI trainer and has organized and facilitated many trainings tackling active citizenship, interpersonal skills as well as successful project management. Prior to that, she was a training director in the same NGO. She also was a facilitator in Injaz Al-maghrib, another NGO aiming to inspire and prepare a generation of youth to become business leaders and promising entrepreneurs of tomorrow. She works hard in the youth capacity building and empowerment field because she strongly believes in the power of one person and especially the power of youth, if one has enough motivation and finds the right mentoring, he can change the world. Moreover Wissal is a fan of meditation. She is country coordinator and peace agent at Peace Revolution peace program, and had two training of meditation and mindfulness in Goergia and Thailand. Wissal has a master degree in 2009 in computer sciences from INPT, an engineering school in Morocco. She has over 8 years of experience in the IT field and works now as an IT project manager. Besides, Wissal is a very active citizen as she loves to volunteer to make a positive impact in her community. She has joined JCI CasaImpact (Junior Chamber International CasaImpact) in 2014, and ever since has occupied various positions and led many social projects. Today she is the Communication Vice President and a mentor to new members. She is a certified JCI trainer and has organized and facilitated many trainings tackling active citizenship, interpersonal skills as well as successful project management. Prior to that, she was a training director in the same NGO. She also was a facilitator in Injaz Al-maghrib, another NGO aiming to inspire and prepare a generation of youth to become business leaders and promising entrepreneurs of tomorrow. She works hard in the youth capacity building and empowerment field because she strongly believes in the power of one person and especially the power of youth, if one has enough motivation and finds the right mentoring, he can change the world. Moreover Wissal is a fan of meditation. She is country coordinator and peace agent at Peace Revolution peace program, and had two training of meditation and mindfulness in Goergia and Thailand.
Host Organization: Microsoft
Role at Microsoft: At Microsoft, Wissal will be a central player in making sure the team closes great deals, that partners achieve milestones in a timely fashion, and key metrics like expansion, revenue projections are met. The Fellow will support the Program Manager and the wider Airband team to evolve global project engagements, partnerships, processes, tools, research, and thought leadership.
Safa HajjajMorocco (Host: Meridian International Center)
Safa is a woman entrepreneur who has more than five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing in 2007, from the “Ecole Nationale de Commerce et Gestion” (ENCG) of Settat in Morocco. While working as Citizenship and Public Affairs Coordinator for Microsoft Middle East, Africa, and Pakistan, in Istanbul she supported over fifteen local teams reaching their goals in empowering nonprofit organizations and youth through technology. In Morocco she started her own handicraft venture in October, 2012, to support Moroccan artisans and cooperatives in reaching international markets and spreading the Moroccan design. Safa is currently President at Junior Chamber International (JCI) at her local committee of Marrakesh. JCI is a worldwide organization of young leaders and entrepreneurs that provides young people with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, social responsibility, and entrepreneurship and networking opportunities necessary to create positive change. She also represents JCI at Marrakesh’s Regional Counsel of Human Development. Through all these experiences, she developed strong regional project coordination, networking and coalition skills and team leadership skills. Safa enjoys focusing on the topics of entrepreneurship, economic development, and has a strong passion for capacity building.
Host Organization: Meridian International Center
Role at Host Organization: Safa will join Meridian International Center’s Global Connect division, focusing on shaping Meridian’s Social Action Development program curriculum and honing training facilitation skills by presenting the developed modules for different youth and academic exchange programs as well as training Meridian staff on facilitation. Safa will have the opportunity as well to understand and learn how international exchange programs are developed.
Najoua SoudiMorocco (Host: Affinis Labs)
Najoua has more than eight years of experience in the venture philanthropy and nonprofit field, and she earned an MBA from Al Akhawayn University with concentrations in Finance and Business at the Bottom of the Pyramid. She recently wrote a research-backed paper about underprivileged women’s entrepreneurship that was commissioned by the European Union. Before this, she served as program manager for the Drosos Foundation, a Switzerland-based venture philanthropy, where she reviewed funding proposals and was involved in carrying out design, monitoring, evaluation, and learning to support programmatic and financial decisions. She also led the development of the Enactus Morocco program, inspiring and monitoring teams to develop and run entrepreneurial projects that improve the lives and standards of living of people in need. She is dedicated to inspiring new entrepreneurial approaches to solve global poverty issues, as well as conducting research on impacts measurements. She is persuasive and recognized for her ability to train, lead, and be part of effective teams. Her skills build on her eagerness for new learning, a genuine compassion for vulnerable children and people, and a belief that anything is possible if we can actively imagine it into existence.
Host Organization: Affinis Labs
Role at Host Organization: Najoua will apply her skill set to managing entrepreneurship projects primarily in the Middle East and North Africa region, including startup hackathons, prize competitions, and the supervision of the Minbar online entrepreneurship platform.
Mohsin El HallouatiMorocco (Host: GlaxoSmithKline)
Mohsin is passionate about raising awareness and educating young Moroccans about gender equality, environmental issues, intercultural education, and Amazigh rights (the indigenous culture of North Africa). He is a 2015 Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Moulay Ismail in Errachidia. In addition to his background in mathematical and analytical skills, Mohsin maintains a passion for foreign languages. He speaks Arabic, English, French, German, Tamazight, and Spanish. He has taught these languages in both a formal classroom setting and as a volunteer. Additionally, he has partnered with U.S. Peace Corps volunteers to teach Model United Nations, life skills, and journalism curricula. In 2016, he served as a Language and Cultural Facilitator with U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco, assisting youth development volunteers in gaining the linguistic and cultural knowledge crucial to their success. While working with the Peace Corps, he developed lesson plans and adapted them to various learning styles and age categories. Additionally, he served as a bridge between trainees and their host families, assisting in overcoming cultural gaps and misunderstandings. Mohsin is an avid writer, contributing articles to the local all-English publication Morocco World News. His writings cover a variety of subjects, such as gender, Amazigh culture, education, and the environment.
Host Organization : GlaxoSmithKline
Role at Host Organization: Mohsin will help manage global volunteers and NGO partners and work on Employee Experience and Strategy Development. He will also help researching the Volunteer Opportunities, Employee Value Propositions, and best practices in corporate social responsibility in order to develop recommendations for the organization
Mouna BoujmalMorocco (Host: MIT D-Lab)
Mouna is a social impact enthusiast and catalyst who has spent the past five years developing and implementing strategies that enable a strong ecosystem for social and economic development in Morocco. She earned a Masters Degree in Environment and Water Management Engineering. Mouna has worked at NUMA Casablanca, the first accelerator in Morocco for mission driven startups, as an Acceleration Program Manager. Additionally, she founded and managed Bold Impact, an educational business that helps individuals, teams and organizations to stimulate innovation and improve their creations with Human-Centered Design. She co-founded and was the operations manager of Moroccan CISE, an NGO dedicated to promoting social change through social entrepreneurship. Mouna also worked on social entrepreneurship development with international organisations including Ashoka India, Ashoka Arab World, British Council Morocco, and Adam Smith International. Mouna is a community member of IDEX fellowship, Ashoka Changemakerxchange, JCI, and Global Shapers. Through these experiences, Mouna has developed strong skills in design, management and implementation of programs aiming for social and economic development.
Host Organization: MIT D-Lab
Role at Host Organization: Mouna will serve as a Summit Coordinator Fellow. She will lead the planning and execution of MIT D-Lab’s Practical Impact Alliance (PIA) co-design summit and preceding Creative Capacity Building (CCB) trainings in collaboration with local partners and in accordance with MIT D-Lab methodology and principles.