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 .

Dr. Rachid Aourraz – Senior 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.

Dr. Yasmina Abouzzohour – Associate Fellow

Abouzzohour holds a PhD. From the University of Oxford, and currently works as a reasearcher at Brookings Doha Center. Previousely she was 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.

Said SaddikiDr. Said Saddiki – Associate Fellow

Said Saddiki is currently a professor of international relations at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco. He served as professor at Al-Ain University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE, from September 2012 to July 2019. He is the author of six books, including “World of Walls: Structure, Roles and Effectiveness of Separation Barriers” (2017) and “The State in a Changing World: Nation-State and New Global Challenges” (in Arabic) (2008). He has received a number of international awards and grants, including Fulbright Visiting Scholarship, Research Fellowship at the NATO Defense College in Rome and the Arab Prize in the Social Sciences and Humanities. He is currently interested in separation border barriers, foreign policy analysis, the Western Sahara dispute and Moroccan political issues.


Francesco Colin  – Associate Fellow

Francesco is a PhD researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS/EUR) in The Hague, with a research project on civic engagement and active citizenship. The focus of his research are institutional petitions to local councils in Morocco, while his expertise revolves around political participation, decentralisation and local governance in the Maghreb. After obtaining an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Inter-Mediterranean Mediation, he also collaborated with the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Rabat as a Junior Expert. Most recently, he worked with MIPA on the first edition of the Trust in Institutions Index..

Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis

MIPA is a non-profit independent research institution based in Rabat, Morocco. Founded by a group of transdisciplinary researchers, MIPA’s mission is to produce systematic and in-depth analysis of relevant policy issues that lead to new and innovative ideas for solving some of the most pressing issues relating to democracy.


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