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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

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

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,

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

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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.

Youssef Tahiri, Project Manager

Youssef Tahiri, Project Manager Youssef Tahiri is from Kelaat M’gouna in the province of Tinghir. He has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech. He started volunteering with HAF in 2021, and in June of the same year, he officially joined the team as Project Manager. He coordinates with farmers and schools

Lahcen Ben Moula

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Lahssan Ben Moula, born in 1988 in the Errachidia Province, gained a Diploma in Basic Studies in Philosophy from the University of Moulay Ismail Meknes in 2016. He served as a volunteer at the Child Protection Center in Oujda from 2017-2020 as a social attendant and educator. Lahssan joined the High Atlas Foundation as a

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

Saad ABDERRAFAI, Financial Manager

Saad ABDERRAFAI, Financial Manager Saad Abderrafai received a Master’s degree in management with a specialty in finance in 2014. Following this, he went on to the UK where he studied Corporate Finance, Trade and Analysis, Risk Management, and Portfolio Management. Once he finished his studies, he came back to Morocco, where he gained experience in

Mohamed Jihazi, Financial Manager | Monitoring Officer

Mohamed Jihazi, Financial Manager| Monitoring Officer Mohamad Jihazi was born and raised in Ouarzazate. He received his Bachelor’s degree in geography from the Kadii Ayyad University of Marrakesh in 2017. While studying, he joined many associations as a volunteer. In 2019, he obtained an accounting and management diploma in “OFPPT” ( Office of Vocational formation

Zineb Laadam

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Zineb Laadam was born in Marrakech. She earned a Bachelor in Biology Environmental Analysis in 2018 from Cadi Ayyad University, Faculty of Science and Technology in Marrakech. In 2020, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development from Hassan II University in Casablanca. Zineb started her volunteer work with the HAF in

Safae Ben Kroum, Project Coordinator

Safae Ben Kroum, Project Coordinator Safae Ben Karroum is from Marrakech. After obtaining her baccalaureate in 2016, she joined the National Institute of Social Work of Tangier and graduated in 2019 as a social worker. The same year, Safae finished her studies with a professional license in management of social institutions at the Faculty of Legal, Economic, and

Amal Mansouri, Field Coordinator

Amal Mansouri, Field Coordinator Amal was born in Er-rich, Morocco. She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from the National Institute of Urban Planning and Regional Development (INAU) in Rabat. As an urban planner, Amal has worked on various projects related to heritage preservation, sustainable development, natural risk management,

Safae Bouhlala, Program Manager

Safae Bouhlala, Program Manager Safae is a Fez native. She graduated from the National School of Management and Trade in Fez (ENCG) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Sciences. She joined the HAF team in 2021 as a Program Manager of the Clinique Juridique de la Faculté de Droit, a pro bono legal aid program

Basma OKBI, Program Training Manager

Basma OKBI, Program Training Manager Basma was born in Khouribga, Morocco, but has spent most of her life in Settat. She obtained her MSc degree in Agricultural Production Improvement from the Faculty of Science and Technology in Settat. Her love of nature and animals influenced her to pursue a PhD in Agronomy. The latter paved

Nabil Bouagba, Program Coordinator

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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

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

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

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

Ellen Hernandez, Writer/Editor

Ellen Hernandez, Writer/Editor Ellen was born in New York City in the United States. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Language from Binghamton University in New York in 1985 and a Master’s in Secondary Education and English Literature in 1987. She has been an educator since 1986 and has taught English at

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

Sofia Ashooh, Director of Operations

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Sofia Ashooh, Director of Operations 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

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

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

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