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Lahcen Ben Sghir, Nursery Caretaker in Ouaouizerth

Lahcen Ben Sghir,  Nursery Caretaker in Ouaouizerth. Lahcen was born and raised in the Ouaouizerth commune. 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, tracks nursery production, and assists

Khalid, Nursery Caretaker

Khalid, Nursery Caretaker Mr. Khalid Naji was born and raised in Oulad Tayeb, Fes in northern Morocco. He earned a gardening diploma after two years of training related to nursery trees and plants. Khalid has worked in many nurseries and joined the High Atlas Foundation in the summer of 2017 as a nursery caretaker in

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, Nursery Caretaker

Hassan Ait Ba, Nursery Caretaker Hassan was born in Imgdal. He has a background in the agricultural domain and began working with HAF four years ago as a caretaker in the Imgdal nursery. He has participated in several of HAF’s trainings concerning organic agriculture.

Abderrahim Beddah, Nursery Caretaker

Abderrahim Beddah, Nursery Caretaker 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 Akraich, Tameslouhte, in El Haouz Province where he has planted and nurtured thousands of trees at HAF nurseries. He is responsible for irrigating

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.

Touria Errazi, Office Assistant

Touria Razi, Office Assistant Touria joined the High Atlas Foundation in 2017. Since then, she has been the heart of the Foundation, responsible for the wellbeing of the team. She takes exceptional care of HAF staff members, volunteers, and guests day in and day out, offering daily meals and tea time that have been prepared

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

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

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

Sanae Benaadim, Office Manager 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, Tree Monitoring Officer

Hajiba Boumasmar, Tree Monitoring Officer 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

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

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, Financial Manager

Karam-Yane Azzabi, Financial Manager Karam is HAF’s Financial Manager and he works in collaboration with the HAF Executive staff and Board of Directors to ensure sound accounting and financial management principles, practices, and procedures within the Foundation. Financial Manager Karam compiles accurate and timely financial reports and helps to ensure compliance with US GAAP accounting

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