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 Lt. Adam Taifouri
Lt. Adam Taifouri was born in Tanalt, Morocco and grew up in Casablanca. He finished his High School in Casablanca in 1986. He then attended University Hassan II for two years studying Economical Sciences. in early 90s he immigrated to USA and lived in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. He attended The Technical Career Institutes, New York University and got his AOS degree in Electronic Technology in 1998.

 Wafa Faith Hallam
Wafa Faith Hallam was born and raised in Morocco, lived in Europe and traveled through more than 35 countries before she moved to the United States in 1980 to attend college. A graduate of the University of Florida, she attended New York University where she earned a master's degree in international relations and Middle Eastern studies. Wafa currently resides in Sag Harbor and is the author of the acclaimed book "The road from Morocco".

 Kaoutar El Maghraoui, PhD.
Dr. Kaoutar El-Maghraoui is a Systems Research Scientist at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. Her research interests include operating systems, distributed and HPC systems, and the applications of analytics in systems research. She is currently leading a research project to apply IBM Watson cognitive technology to speed up problem diagnosis and resolution for IBM's flagship POWER systems. Kaoutar obtained a PhD in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

 Rachid Moukhabir
Rachid Moukhabir was born in Casablanca, Morocco. After completing High School at Lycee Moulay Idriss in math major in 1993, he was accepted in “Les Class Preparatoire aux Grands Ecole des Ingenieur” at Lycee Mohamed 5 in Casablanca. There, he completed 2 years of Math Sup/ Math Spe. Later on, Rachid had to take some time off from college to attend to personal medical matters and that prevented from going back to the engineering school due to the school strict and stringent rules and regulations.

 Hicham El Filali
Hicham El Filali was born in Rabat, Morocco. After obtaining a baccalaureate degree in France, he moved to the U.S. to complete his education. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and shortly after pursued a Master’s degree in Taxation from the same University. After working in the corporate world as a financial advisor with American Express, a mutual funds accountant with Bank of New York and a tax accountant with a local CPA firm, Hicham created GreenRock Financial, a professional firm providing clients with personalized guidance in the areas of accounting, payroll, and tax services.

 Anthony Idmalk
Anthony Idmalk was born in Benguerir, Morocco in 1980. He immigrated to the United States in 2004 to New York. His passion is painting, but he also is very interested in the art of music. He has exhibited his art in the Chelsea area of New York and has worked at the New York Metropolitan Museum. His art is influenced by his Moroccan culture and many artists he has been introduced to since he began painting at the age of 7.

 Hassan Abourouaine
Hassan Abourouaine is a Moroccan-American whose name is no stranger to enthusiasts of Morocco’s late 80s and the 90s soccer. His talent and dribbling skills earned him a spot on Morocco‘s national cadet team before junior team. His career spanned about 15 years that started at his home team Chabab Mohammedia before taking him to Renaissance de Settat, Olympic Casablanca, where he collected lots of hardware, a professional season with Ittifaq of Saudi Arabic, before closing out his career at his original home team. Abour

 Samy Omari
Born on December 11, 1996, Samy Omari started singing since he was 7 and finished the second place when participating in a local singing competition. Other people in the competition had been taking singing lessons for a while and had vocal coaches. Samy wasn't taking it too seriously at the time; He would just sing around the house and entertain his parents and friends at home or family gatherings. It was not until the age of 14, that his family hired a vocal coach.

 Nawal Nahid
Nawal Nahid was born and raised in El Jadida. She completed her early education at the Groupe Scolaire d’Ange Bleu. At 17 years of age, she moved to the States to pursue higher degrees. Her academic accomplishments include a B.A. in Management Information Systems, and an MBA in International Business and Project Management. She also holds a postgraduate certificate in construction management from New York University.

 Sarah K
Sarah K is a 26 year old R&B singer, and former Miss BC contestant from North Vancouver, Canada who first started singing and writing songs at 13. Her aspirations quickly grew from writing, to performing, to where she is now as an acclaimed recording artist. Sarah K would say that her most influ- ential singer has always been Mariah Carey. “Her vocal ability, inspirational lyrics and Cinderella story continue to give me the hope and confidence to achieve all my dreams.”

 Tatik Bakkal
Tatik Bakkal, better known by his stage name, YungT aka Ytm50C was born in Casablanca, Morocco. He later immigrated with his family in 1999 to the Bronx in New York. YungT aspired to be a recording artist, so he decided to take a traditional approach to get his foot in the door. In 2008, YungT made his first video as a means to showcase his talent as a HipHop artist and a new voice from the Boston streets.

 Kaoutar Nihad
Kaoutar is a young Moroccan singer-songwriter. She was born and raised in El Jadida, Morocco where she attended Groupe Scolaire l'Ange Bleu before moving to New York, USA to complete her studies. She holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration and Marketing and communication, and is currently completing her MBA in Marketing at Brooklyn College, New York.

 Rachid Tajiouti
Mr Rachid Tajiouti Is a Chef and restaurant owner. He owned 'Le bistro' in Revere, Boston, 'Caprichiol' , 'Carbonara' and 'Pastability' in Montreal. Mr Rachid Came to New York in 1987 from Casablanca (Morocco) where he pursued his education. He got his TOEFL in 1988, then he completed SERVE SAFE PROGRAM at The National education Restaurant association in Boston 1995. He also graduated as a travel agent from Travel Education Centre in Cambridge (Mass), but his love of the culinary world brought him where he is today as a renowned Restaurateur. Rachid worked side by side with TV star chef Geoffrey Zackarian in the opening of Royalton Hotel in NYC (1992).

 Mohamed Aitali
Almost 25 years ago I started my new life in California. At the time it wasn't easy for a guy with only 200 dollars in his pocket and lots of dreams.I told myself that I would work hard and be smart about it. I started school at night and worked during the day. I did all kinds of jobs to survive. Now after all those years, I'm trying to give back. I do that by helping different communities in any way I can: By giving kids computers for schooling; helping Haiti rebound; working with Oakland Sister cities project; sending medicine, shoes and

 Dr. Ahmed Yanouri
Mr. Ahmed Yanouri, Ph.D., is a businessman in the hospitality sector. Married for 17 years to Lourdes, with whom he had 3 children, Lamia, Omar and Yahya, he is also a community volunteer and has a passion for humanity. Mr. Ahmed Yanouri was born in Berkane, Morocco , where he grew up and received his early education. He then moved to Rabat where he got his bachelor’s degree from Mohamed V University, in 1983. Soon after that, he moved to the USA to pursue his graduate studies. In 1990, he graduated with a PhD in Molecular Biology from UNT & TWU in Denton, Texas. Immediately after graduation, he worked as a Post Doctoral fellow at SMU in Dallas, Texas. His research concentrated on the study of Penicillin Binding proteins in the bacterium Bacillus subtilis. The results of the research were published in the journal of Bacteriology and were presented in multiple conferences in both the US and internationally.

 Sara Amiri
Sara is from Casablanca and has moved to the United States when she was 17 years old. She graduated in May 2011 with a Bachelor in Finance & Business Law and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is currently a candidate for an MBA in Finance and IT Management. Sara is also Bloomberg certified as of March 2012.

 Iman Oubou
Iman currently holds the title of Miss Colorado U.S International and will be representing the state of Colorado in the Miss United States International pageant held in Orlando, Florida this coming june. Graduated from Colorado State University in May 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. She is now currently completing her Masters of Science in biomedical engineering along with a certificate in Bio-innovation entrepreneurship at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus after coming back from her Internship in Germany.

 Anass Lahlou
Anass Lahlou's 18 years of experience in Business development, training and Project management includes services as a professor, Training director, and director of business development. Prior to creating Ameritech Management Solutions, he served as vice president international operations for Automation Research Systems in Washington DC.

 Dyna Stephens
Dyna Stephens PA, formerly Dyna Loukach, is from Tetouan (Tetúan/Tittawen), Morocco. She grew up in a conservative and prestigious family of Moors and Fassi descendants. Her great grandfather Loukach (Lucas) was a philosopher and doctor who came from Spain in the 14th century to settle in Tetouan. He founded “Madrasat Loukach” in the old Medina which was the first private school/college in the country.

 Khadija Benzrou McNitt
I am originally from Meknes, Morocco, came to the US in NOV1991. Like most immigrants, I worked hard, different jobs including hospitality ( restaurants, hotel and Travel agencies), then I worked for Suntrust bank for years but in the back of my mind I always wanted to be in the health field and I didn't want to go to medical school in my thirties so I finally got the courage to leave the comfort of a nice steady income and went back to school to become a Registered Nurse.

 Sofia Elfarissi
My name is Sofia Elfarissi, 28 and work as an Enrollment Counselor for Saint Leo University in Tampa, Fl I have been in the US since 2005 after completing my first year university at ESIG in Casablanca where I also obtained my French High School diploma from Universite la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, worked in different fields such as banking

 Hicham Souisse
Mohammed "Hicham" Souisse was born and raised in Safi, Morocco. As a child, he played soccer in the streets of Safi which fueled his passion for the sport. By the age of 7 he was a thet academy, honing his skills for the next 8 years. At the age of 15, Olympic of Safi signed a contract with Hicham and he played for the next seven years. During that time, he was called up several times to the U18 National team of Morocco. In 1999, he signed a contract with Raja Casablanca which he played for 6 months until family circumstances forced him to return to Safi. He continued playing with OCS until 2005 when a knee injury forced him to retire from professional play.

RS-LOU was born in Casablanca morocco. During his childhood he struggled, but found joy playing soccer. He spent his days finding his place among his 11 brothers and sisters. At the age of 14 he left his parents to pursue his first dream of playing soccer. His pursuit led him to Italy, where he ended up staying for 9 years. During his time

 Mohamed El Aouad
Mohamed El Aouad was born in Casablanca Morocco, with his parents coming originally from the Souss Amazigh Area. Mohamed pursued his education in Pennsylvania State University , Pennstate and earned his second BS in Network Engineering , after achieving his first BS in Casablanca at ESI in 1998. He joined the Group of Wells Fargo Bank, Merchant Services, where he occupied a position of Product Solution Advisor and Specialist until, in 2011 He finished his Master Degree of Information System Engineering and Management at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

 Malika Zarra
Moroccan singer/composer/producer, MALIKA ZARRA is a multi-cultural shape-shifter, an enchantress who leaps effortlessly between seemingly unconnected languages and traditions, uniting them while utilizing each to further enrich the others. The exotically beautiful artist with the velvety, sinuous mezzo-soprano voice has demonstrated a rare ability to communicate both powerful and subtle ideas and feelings in Berber, Moroccan Arabic, French and English now a much-in-demand headliner at concert halls and festivals the world over.

 Abderrahim Mahjoubi
Abderrahim Mahjoubi is a Moroccan-American writer and movie director who participated in many movie series, movies and theatrical plays. He is well known for his constant participation with Firka El Badawi especially in "Rass Darb (The corner of the street) and Wa halka fiha wa fiha (This series has and has). He also directed the play: Lmachach (cats)" that was responsible for the launching careers of both: Mr. Hassan Foulane and Abdellah Chakiri.

 Tahar Mjigal
Tahar was born in Taza and moved to Sale-Rabat where he was raised and earned his B.S. in Engineering Statistics and Applied Economics from the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics. He then went on to receive his MBA with an emphasis in Finance and International Business from Oklahoma City University, completing his thesis on Portfolio Risk Management.

 Hicham Sbihi
Hicham Sbihi 34 years old, was born and raised in Sale, Morocco. He came to Virginia in 1997 with a desire to succeed in business. He took several computer courses, while working in a French restaurant. His ambition and drive led to uncountable hours spent on the computer building his knowledge of various programs and software, working as many hours as he could at the restaurant.

 Asma Samy Chabbi
Asma (Samy) is the Owner and Executive Pastry Chef of “Moroccan Biscotti” (, an online gourmet treat business. Since 2004, her gourmet biscotti have been a favorite gift for local corporate clients and have enjoyed a loyal following amongst “treat-lovers” in South Florida and around the country.

 Alia Al-Kasimi
Alia Al-Kasimi was born and raised in Rabat. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Al-Akhawayn and Master’s in Computer Science from the University of India. She is currently the director of process management in a Fortune 500 insurance company. Prior to her current role, Alia was a consultant at Deloitte, one of the Big Four US consulting companies.

 Driss Marbou
Driss Marbou was born in Fes and grew up in Sefrou Morocco. Sefrou is a small city best known for its annual cherry festival. In the summer of 1987, through a program organized by AMIDEAST and funded by YMCA, Driss took part of a group of young Moroccans who came to the US to work as camp counselors. In 1989, shortly after his graduation from University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Fes with a B.A. in English Literature, Driss relocated to the United States.

 Dr. Mohammed Errihani
Dr. Mohammed Errihani was born and raised in Fez. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and a diplome des Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in English Literature from the University of Fez, a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and a Ph.D. in English Language and Rhetoric from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently director of the ESL program and professor of linguistics at Purdue University Calumet.

 Nidal Ibourk
Nidal Ibourk is a virtuous singer and a multi-talented artist based in Chicago. Nidal was born and raised in Morocco and moved to the U.S. to continue her postgraduate studies. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development.

 Saida Fikri
Saida Fikri is a Moroccan singer-songwriter well known in North Africa and Western Europe for expressing powerful personal and social themes in an original, cosmopolitan style of music.

 Abdul Aitboukil
I was born in Aitourir, small Berber village outside of Marrakesh close to the high Atlas mountains. I graduated from high school, then I went to Marrakesh University where I graduated with a bachelor degree in English Literature.

 Mohamed Seddiki
Mohamed Seddiki, Dean of the Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Essex County College, is an accomplished professional with a distinguished record of service that has reaped untold benefits for students, faculty and staff.

 Jamal Laoudi
Originally from Mohammedia Morocco, Jamal Laoudi resides in the greater Washington DC area. He completed his studies at the University of Maryland College Park where he received degrees in Computer Science and Economics. He is employed as a Researcher with the Adelphi Research Laboratory.

 abdelouahid bourhim
Often referred to as Teacher Extraordinaire, Abdelouahid takes great pride in creating methods that works for students. He is passionate about discovering what makes kids joyful with regards to Mathematics and Science in general, and then making it happen for them.

 Merieme Rhout
Merieme Rhout was born and raised in Casablanca. She moved to New York in 2002 to pursue her college studies. She graduated with a degree in International Business-Trade and Commerce from Berkeley College. Since then, Merieme has held Sales and management positions in the diamond industry with Jay-Bee Jewelry Corp. In 2006 Merieme decided to pursue a Master of Science in Information Systems, and she has developed over the last few years a great deal of interest in the United Nations and its agencies. The role of the UN in the social, educational and humanitarian spheres appealed to her most, and for the last year she has been a Representative (Volunteer) in the United Nations at the World Federation of the United Nations Association (WFUNA).

 Tarik Banzi
TARIK BANZI (Composer, Multi-instrumentalist & Visual Artist) traces his roots back to Al-Andalus, Spain (711-1492). He was born to one of the old Andalusian families in Tetouan, Morocco and grew up immersed in the Andalusian musical tradition. Tarik has performed for such notables as Queen Sofia of Spain and Princess Haifa Al-Saud while his musicianship has complimented the albums of flamenco and Jazz masters such as Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar, Enrique Morente and Jorge Pardo where Tarik introduced such mainstays the darbuka (clay or metal drum) and Udu (clay pot drum).

 Adnan Ouassini
Adnan Ouassini was born and raised in Tangier, Morocco. He has over 6 years of experience in the Automotive Sales and Finance industry. Adnan completed his undergraduate studies in Electronic Engineering at the Universidad Politecninca of Madrid and has pursued graduate studies at San Francisco State University. Adnan first started his career in the US as a Customer Service Manager in both Northwest Airlines and America West Airlines before moving to the automotive industry where he held Management positions in Sales and then Finance. Adnan worked as a Finance

 Amal Lafhal
Amal Lafhal, born and raised in Rabat, graduated from ESIG in 1996 and soon thereafter created an Import/Export Company. Her plans led her to come to the United States in 1999 to earn her Master’s Degree in Management. While going to school, she met her husband. Amal joined her partner's floor covering business and helped grow sales from 2000 to 2005. Upon building a niche market, she discovered her passion for Real Estate and when one of her friends said “Why don’t you become Realtor? You have the perfect personality for it”.

 Mohamed Zefzaf
At the age of 21, Mohamed Zefzaf moved to America and started a new life. He attended the University of Massachusetts, graduating with undergraduate degrees in Human Geography and Sociology. He then obtained a Master’s degree in ESL/Linguistics.He has been teaching English as a Second Language for nearly 20 years at Massbay Community College. In between that he also went on sabbatical and taught at the International Institute of Tourism in Malabata, Tangier in 1996-97.

 Fatiha Jillali
I was born in 1978 in Casablanca but I grew up in a small city called Khouribga where my father worked as a civil engineer. Absent the internet at the time and given the scarce learning resources in town, I was blessed with having a mother determined to make me succeed amidst adversity. An example of my mum’s determination was going above and beyond to persuade a catholic nun to give me private French and English lessons and saving money secretly to enroll me in distant classes with a school located in France to master both languages.

 Sondra Barker
Sondra Barker was originally born in Morocco, Africa and raised in NY. She eventually moved to Oahu, Hawaii and studied for 5yrs at The University of Hawaii Manoa majoring in Sociology and Women's Studies. While in Hawaii Sondra got her first start in the Entertainment Industry acting in short and feature Independant Films Showcase in the Hawaii Film Festival. Her first large Theatrical productions was The HoneyMooners at The Hawaii Theatre starring Pat Sajak. Sondra also began modeling after winning the Venus Swimwear model search and soon after hosted an Episode of Wild on E's Tropical Paradise.

 Zine Mazouzi
Born in Mohammedia Morocco in 1972, Zine Mazouzi studied management in Rabat prior to his move to New York to pursue his education. In 1996, He graduated from IONA College’s Hagan School of business with a Bachelor degree in Finance and International Business. Zine was then offered a full academic scholarship, a graduate assistantship and went on to complete his MBA in 1998.Zine graduated with a summa cum laude distinction, made the Dean’s honor list every single semester and was inducted to the National Scholastic Honor Society. Immediately after graduation, Zine joined the International department of Nine West Footwear Corp in New York. In 1999, Nine West was acquired by Jones Apparel Group and Zine’s career launched forward. He was promoted to Financial Analyst in 2000, Senior Analyst in 2001, Director of Financial Planning in 2002, Vice President in 2006 and finally Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance & Financial Reporting in 2008

 Leila Hanafi
Leila is a recent Moroccan-American Honors graduate from American University and Georgetown University in Washington DC. Leila is currently a lawyer working on judicial reforms to strengthen the rule of law worldwide, and pursuing post-graduate studies in international law and development at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Leila’s background and interests are broad in nature. She grew up in part in Southern Africa as the daughter of a diplomat. Since then, she has continued to pursue her international interests. Living abroad has given her the skills necessary to adopt new languages and adapt to new cultures, at the same time demonstrating the interrelatedness of all cultures, politics, and economies all around the globe. Leila is a strong advocate for women and youth’s rights and empowerment. Her work through various University campus organizations and as the Director of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area’s International Law Committee, Co-Chair of the UNA Andrew Rice for Global Education Fund, Director of the Maghreb Center Youth Committee, United Nations fellow, and founder of an Arab Young Women Legal Development Network is testimony of her dedication.

 Nada Elmajdoub
Nada is a Deputy Project Manager at Alliance Wood Group Engineering. She provides guidance and support for all aspects of execution of multimillion dollars offshore engineering projects. Before joining Alliance, she worked as a Mechanical Engineer at one of the world’s premier engineering, procurement and construction management companies (JE). Nada holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from LSU and a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Constructions Aéronautiques (ENSICA) in Toulouse, France. She entered l’ENSICA after two years of Math Sup/ Math Spé in Casablanca and obtained her Baccalauréat with Honors in June 2000.

 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 ( 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.

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