Our Team
Rachid Slimi - President

Mr. Slimi has held executive positions in the public and private sectors, academia and diplomacy. In addition, Mr. Slimi has contributed his expertise to economic and political think tanks and policy makers. He has broad experience with specific knowledge of the Middle East and Africa. Most recently, Mr. Slimi was the CEO of CDG Developpement, Senior VP of ONA, and President of the ONA Foundation. He is currently a member of several boards of foundations and public and private companies. Mr. Slimi is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

El Houcine Haichour - Board Member

Dr. Haichour is a renowned expert in the areas of innovation, strategic planning and human capital development strategies. He has worked extensively in many parts of the world including in the US, Middle-East, Europe and Africa. Dr. Haichour has designed, developed, implemented and evaluated many executive learning programs for policy makers, corporate leaders, and non-government organizations professionals.  He has worked on many World Bank and USAID international development projects. Dr. Haichour is a graduate of Georgetown University (Washington DC) and he is the holder of the Harrold Glassman Award for the best research in Social Sciences in 2000. 

Linda Likar

Ms. Likar worked at the World Bank for twenty-five years, in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia, and was assigned to work in Rabat, Morocco.  Ms. Likar was Lead Economist for the World Development Report, “Sustainable Development in a Dynamic World”. She subsequently developed and has been teaching a training program on Sustainable Development in Asia.  Ms. Likar has also worked at the OECD, UN Economic Commission for Europe, and Brookings Institution.  She has a BA from Kent State University, Ohio, and an MA in International Economics and Labor Migration from the University of Denver.

Robert Clement-Jones

Mr. Clement-Jones has thirty years of experience in international development, having worked in the Sudan, Botswana and Papua New Guinea, and at the World Bank. He was seconded to the Agence Francaise de Developpement, and lived in Morocco. After leaving the World Bank, he worked in China and Morocco and with other clients. He has degrees in Anthropology and Archaeology (Cambridge), Economics (School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK) and Organization Development (American University, Washington DC).

Saida Abouid

Ms. Abouid has over ten years of professional experience in the international development sector. She has designed and implemented numerous development projects in Morocco and North Africa on behalf of USAID and UNESCO. Ms Abouid has substantial technical expertise in working with civil society and community organizations and she has supervised and conducted many statistical studies and research in this area. She holds a degree in management, marketing and communication.

Imane Reda

Ms.Reda has extensive experience in project management and financial analysis. As a project management officer within Barclays Bank, she has organized the launch of a new concept of agency in France. She has held financial analysis positions in multinationals such as Cisco Systems and Sony, and conducted a study of the renewable energy sector in Morocco as part of a project funded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. As a consultant at Sherpa Associates, she has conducted projects in London, Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Ms. Reda holds a Master's degree in Management from the Audencia Ecole de Management (Nantes, France) and a certificate in International Business and Trade from American University (Washington DC).

Talal Belrhiti

Mr. Belrhiti is an international political and business consultant based in Washington DC, with a focus on the Middle East and Africa. His areas of expertise include government and strategic communications and renewable energy. Mr. Belrhiti launched the Discovery Channel’s Global Education Partnership in Morocco and helped launch the same in Egypt. He previously served as founding director at the Maghreb Center, a Washington DC think tank, and currently serves on the board of the High Atlas Foundation, which implements development projects in rural Morocco.  Mr. Belrhiti was Director of Economic Development Programs at the MENA Center, and Assistant Editor of the Middle East Journal. Mr. Belrhiti has an MA in Politics from the University of Virginia and a BA in government and international politics from George Mason University.

Fadi Elsalameen

Mr. Elsalameen is director of several internet newspapers in English and Arabic about Palestine, Israel and the Middle East. He is also a partner in a construction company with interests in the United States, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, he has extensive experience in designing investment strategies for youth in the Middle East and South America. Mr. Elsalameen holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is also Fellow with the New America Foundation's American Strategy Program.

Amine Ghoulidi 

Mr. Ghoulidi is a conflict resolution specialist who has worked extensively in both the social and corporate sectors. Mr. Ghoulidi worked for the Washington DC-based leading conflict transformation organization, Search for Common Ground. He has also collaborated with several organizations in three continents, including the Oxford Business Group, the New York Times, Coca-Cola Corp., and Aguirre International. Mr. Ghoulidi is a Fulbright Alumnus and has a graduate degree from the American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC.

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