Dr. Mohammed Masbah – Director
Director of the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis (MIPA) and Associate Fellow at Chatham House in London. He was a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.
His recent publications include, “Rise and Endurance: Moderate Islamists and Electoral Politics in the Aftermath of the ‘Moroccan Spring’” in Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), and “ What Protest in Morocco Reveals about Public Trust in Political Parties”, IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2018 .
Rachid Aourraz – Fellow
Mr. Aourraz is an adjunct professor at Mohamed V University and Mohammed VI Institute for Imams. He is an economist whose work focuses on political economy, education, and development. He is a regular contributor in media and he has edited several translations of books on Economics.
Mustapha Hadji – Associate Fellow
Mr. Hadji holds an MA in Global Affairs from George Mason University – USA. While in the United States, Mustapha worked, for 5 years, as an adviser at an Arab Embassy in Washington DC. Then, an Africa researcher with a USG contractor in Virginia. And for the last 3 years, a field protection delegate (in several African countries) with a prominent international organization. Mustapha’s research interests include African Affairs, conflict resolution, and Human Rights and Democratization.
Yasmina Abouzzohour – Associate Fellow
Abouzzohour holds a PhD. From the University of Oxford, and currently works as a Political Risk Analyst at Oxford Analytica. Her dissertation investigates the causal mechanisms behind regime survival in modern Arab monarchies. Before joining the University of Oxford, Ms. Abouzzohour got her B.A. (Hons) from Columbia University in 2014. Her broader research interests include oil and subsidies, authoritarian persistence, democratic transitions, regime legitimacy, and experimental political science (list surveys).
Sawsene Nejjar – Associate Fellow
Ms. Nejjar is a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include Morocco’s domestic and foreign policies and counterterrorism approaches in the Maghreb and Europe. Ms. Nejjar got her MA degree from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane where she researched the use of Islamic discourse to improve women’s legal rights in Morocco. Her most recent publication is ‘Morocco’s Political Use of Islam and its Religious Diplomacy’, EuroMeSCo, Policy Brief, November 2018.
Souad Ahmadoun – Associate Fellow
Ms. Ahmadoun is a research associate at the MIPA Institute working on issues related to migration and refugees, sociopolitical dynamics in Morocco and more specifically on justice sector reform as well as Jihadism and Countering Violent Extremism strategies. She was a research assistant at Carnegie Middle East Center and during her internship with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, she worked on a project related to Syrian refugees in Turkey and their impact on the whole region. Souad is also a PhD student at Galatasaray University on the topic of Turkish civil movement’s role in political decision-making process. She was a fellow with United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and served previously as political adviser at a ministerial cabinet in Morocco and before at an Arab Embassy in Turkey.
Nour-Sadate Benhima – Research Assistant
Nour-Sadate is currently a research assistant at the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis and a doctoral candidate whose work examines the impact of mosques based literacy programs on women in rural Morocco. He received his BA in Linguistics in 2015 and his MA in Cultural Studies in 2017. Since February 2018, Nour-Sadate has been a research fellow of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Project “The Maghreb in Transition: Media, Knowledge and Power” researching new forms of cultural activism in Morocco and Tunisia since 2011. He is a member of the German-Moroccan-Tunisian research group “Social Visibility, Affect & Epistemics of Protest in Morocco and Tunisia since 2011” and the “German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO)”.