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Abdelilah Ghmiza, HAF Nursery Caretaker at the Salam Primary School in Ifrane

Abdelilah Ghmiza, HAF Nursery Caretaker at the Salam Primary School in Ifrane Abdelilah was born and raised in Ifrane. He joined the High Atlas Foundation in 2018 and is responsible for irrigating plants and seeds; collecting, storing and preserving seeds; and grafting plants. He trains students and visitors, oversees seasonal workers, purchases supplies and seeds, and tracks

Jamal Chalal, HAF Nursery Caretaker at the USMBA nursery in Fes

Jamal Chalal, HAF  Nursery Caretaker at the USMBA nursery in Fes Jamal Chalal received a certification from the Arachade Association of Agriculture in 2000. Since then, he has worked in many centers as a gardener. He also worked in agriculture in the Sultanate of Oman. Jalal joined the High Atlas foundation in 2019. He oversees

Lahcen ben Sghir, HAF Nursery Caretaker of Ouaouizerth Nursery in Azilal

Lahcen ben Sghir, HAF Nursery Caretaker of Ouaouizerth Nursery in Azilal Lahcen is from the Ouaouizerth Commune. He is responsible for planting seeds and irrigating saplings, overseeing seasonal workers, purchasing supplies and seeds, and tracking nursery production.

Khalid Naji, HAF Nursery Caretaker at the Abdelaaziz Ben Driss Child Protection Center in Fes.

Khalid Naji, HAF Nursery Caretaker at the Abdelaaziz Ben Driss Child Protection Center in Fes. Khalid received a diploma of gardening and tree planting from the Higher Institute of Applied Technology in Fes in 1998. He has worked in many nurseries and has 16 years of experience in agriculture. In 2017, he joined the High

Abdeljalil Ait Ali, Agricultural Technician

Abdeljalil Ait Ali, Agricultural Technician Abdeljalil was born and raised in Oukaymeden, Al Haouz Province. He has a baccalaureate in Experimental Science and a diploma in agriculture. Abdeljalil worked with many associations in Al Haouz and held many different positions. He worked as a Secretary General of the provincial association of agriculture in Al Haouz,

Hassan Ait Ba, HAF Nursery Caretaker in Imagdal Nursery, Al Haouz Province

Hassan Ait Ba, HAF Nursery Caretaker in Imagdal Nursery, Al Haouz Province Hassan Ait Ba has worked as a nursery caretaker with HAF since 2014.  His background is in agriculture. In 2004, he received a diploma to become a technician of fruit trees. In 2014, he received another diploma in medicinal and aromatic plants (PAM)

Abderrahim Beddah, Nursery Caretaker in Akrich, Tameslouhte, Al Haouz Province

Abderrahim Beddah, Nursery Caretaker in Akrich, Tameslouhte, Al Haouz Province Abderrahim has been planting and taking care of trees since he was a young boy. He joined the High Atlas Foundation in 2012 as a nursery caretaker in Akrich, Tameslouhte, in the Al Haouz Province where he has planted and nurtured tens of thousands of

Omar Outazki, Nursery Caretaker

Omar Outazki, Nursery Caretaker Omar was born and raised in Aljamaane village in the Setti Fadma commune. He has worked with Morocco’s High Commission of Water and Forests many years ago, particularly in tree nurseries, Through this work experience, he has been a part of HAF’s team since 2009 as a caretaker in Tadmat nursery.

Mohamed El Kadiri, Tree Monitoring Officer

Mohamed El Kadiri, Tree Monitoring Officer Mohamed El Kadiri is from Ouarzazate. He has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech. He started volunteering with HAF in 2019, and in September 2020 he officially joined the team as Tree Monitoring Officer. He coordinates with schools and farmers for tree planting initiatives.

Hassan Ait Ouatouch, Project Assistant

Hassan Ait Ouatouch, Project Assistant Hassan was born near the town of Aguim in the Province of Ourzazate. He has been part of the HAF team since 2014. As HAF’s driver, he is familiar with all the project sites in the different regions of Morocco, and therefore plays an important coordination role as well. hassan@highatlasfoundation.org

Kaoutar Ait Lahaj, Program Coordinator

Kaoutar Ait Lahaj, Program Coordinator Kaoutar, 23 years old, is from Marrakech. She will earn her MA in Applied Foreigner Languages for Business, Media, and Culture from Cadi Ayyad University. She started working with HAF in August 2020 as a Program Coordinator. She is passionate about writing, translation, and discovering cultures. Kaoutar is working alongside

Naima Benazzi

Naima Benazzi Naima was born and raised in Oujda. She has a PhD in Physics from the University of Metz as well as a Moroccan Ph.D in Physical Sciences from the University of Mohammed I in Oujda. Naima is a Professor of Higher Education, Grade C. Since 2015, Naima has held the position of Pedagogical

Nabil Bouagba, Program Coordinator

Nabil Bouagba, Program Coordinator A native of Fez, Nabil obtained his Master’s degree in Business Law from the Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences at University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah. Nabil is ambitious and motivated to work in a group. He hopes to help Moroccan youth integrate into the world of professional work while

Safae Bouhlala, Programs’ assistant

Safae Bouhlala, Programs’ assistant Being a part of the High Atlas Foundation is an honor for me because I could be at least a part of its future development and environmental engagement. Helping society to be involved in their decisions by actions is a primary concern of the organization. The foundation will support our community

Sofia Ashooh, Program Manager

Sofia Ashooh, Program Manager Sofia’s connection to Morocco begins as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Sefrou Province from 2017-2019. During that time, Sofia collaborated with local leaders to implement various community development projects ranging from literacy programs to women’s empowerment initiatives. Prior to her time in Morocco, Sofia managed international collaborative leadership programs for

Abdelhadi Kastih, Computer and Technology Consultant

Abdelhadi Kastih, Computer and Technology Consultant After receiving a bachelor’s degree in IT management from Institut Kiram Info in Marrakech, Abdelhadi started volunteering for the High Atlas Foundation in 2018, when he took on responsibilities in social media.  He joined the staff full time in 2019. His primary responsibilities include publishing information about HAF in all

Sanae Benaadim, Office Manager | Volunteer Coordinator

Sanae Benaadim, Office Manager| Volunteer Coordinator Sanae Benaadim holds a Bachelor Degree in English studies. After volunteering at an animal shelter and then at the High Atlas Foundation, she joined HAF in 2019 as an office manager. Sanae loves helping everyone get the information they need. She loves walking and watching movies. sanae@highatlasfoundation.org

Hajiba Boumasmar, Program Coordinator

Hajiba Boumasmar, Program Coordinator Hajiba Boumasmar is from Loudaya village outside of Marrakech. She completed her masters (2019) and bachelors (2017) degrees in biotechnology and sustainable development at the Faculty of Science and Technology in Marrakech. Hajiba is an ambassador at the Career Center of Cadi Ayad University, and a life coach certified by the

Elizabeth Jay, Program Manager | Digital Strategist

Elizabeth Jay, Program Manager | Digital Strategist Elizabeth holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from DePauw University and an MA in Applied Sociology from the University of Indianapolis where she was an adjunct professor in the sociology department at the University of Indianapolis. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from January

Said Bennani, Project Manager

Said Bennani, Project Manager Said El Bennani is from Kalaat M’Gouna and joined HAF in 2016 as a volunteer. His undergraduate degree is in Human Geography at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech. Since 2017, he has been a project manager supporting the rapidly growing tree nursery program with farmers, students, teachers, school administration staff, members

Katie Bercegeay, Director of Development

Katie Bercegeay, Director of Development Katie is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in the Sefrou province of Morocco 2016-2018. During her service, she was involved in gender & development initiatives and conducted programs and classes with children, youth, and women of all ages. Katie also served as a Response volunteer in Tbilisi, Georgia

Imane Akhezzane, Project Manager | Marketing

Imane Akhezzane, Project Manager | Marketing Imane Akhezzane is a Project and Marketing Manager at the High Atlas Foundation. Her primary responsibilities include: developing marketing strategies that promote experiential learning opportunities; merchandising cooperative partners’ products and services; and coordinating environmental projects with national and international partners that encourage community participation. imane@highatlasfoundation.org

Hana Ezaoui, Project Manager, Southern Provinces

Hana Ezaoui, Project Manager, Southern Provinces Hana Ezzaoui was born in Boujdour, in the Moroccan Sahara. She received her Bachelor’s degree in institutional development from the University of Layoune. Hana has been working with HAF as a participatory facilitator in the province of Boujdour since 2013. She has experience working with local associations, establishing cooperatives,

Ibtissam Niri, Women’s Empowerment Trainer

Ibtissam Niri, Women’s Empowerment Trainer Ibtissam Niri was born in Marrakech, Morocco, and received her bachelor’s degree in Political Studies, Public Law, from Cadi Ayyad University in 2013. She received a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomatic and Consular Law from Hassan II University in 2017, and is currently working towards her PhD in

Errachid Montassir, Project Manager

Errachid Montassir, Project Manager Rachid was born in Rhamna, Morocco. He had studied in OFPPT Center for business management and received his Bachelor’s in English Studies from Cadi Ayyad University. He started as a HAF volunteer, and became a staff member in 2016. Errachid has been leading youth projects, focusing on building empowerment and project

Karam-Yane Azzabi, Program Coordinator

Karam-Yane Azzabi, Program Coordinator Karam-Yane Azzabi is a university student, earning a Master of Social Economy and Sustainable Development. He started as a  HAF volunteer in 2016 and joined the staff in August 2019 as the Finance Manager. In January 2020, he became a program coordinator. His role involves conducting workshops about climate change with

Fatima Zahra Laaribi, Financial Manager and Women’s Empowerment Trainer

Fatima Zahra Laaribi, Financial Manager and Women’s Empowerment Trainer Fatima Zahra is a Marrakech native. She graduated from Cadi Ayyad University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and business management. Fatima Zahra has been working with HAF since October 2012. She has great experience working with rural women on different projects, mainly in the field

Hassan Aladlouni, Country Director

Hassan Aladlouni, Country Director Hassan Aladlouni received his MBA in 1998. Since then, he has accumulated extensive work experience in both the U.S. and Morocco in the banking, IT, automotive, hospitality and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Hassan served as Country Director for CorpsAfrica/Maroc. Before that, he was the General Manager of Amal Women’s Training Center

Amina El Hajjami, Director of Projects

Amina El Hajjami, Director of Projects Amina was born in the Al Haouz Province, near Marrakech. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in geography from Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech in 2012. While studying, she volunteered with associations in Marrakech and Al Haouz that were involved with local sustainable development. After graduating, she worked with Association

Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D., President

Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D., President Yossef Ben-Meir has been dedicated to the field of international development since he joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco in 1993. In 2000, he co-founded the High Atlas Foundation and served as president of the Board of Directors until January 2011, and since