Discover the Board of Directors of AmCham Morocco
The American Chamber of Commerce in Morocco is governed by a Board of Directors, comprising the presidents of leading U.S. companies established in Morocco, Moroccan companies doing business with the U.S., the AmCham Managing Director, and two honorary members representing the U.S. government in Morocco. Board members are elected by the membership of the Chamber at a general assembly.
2017 AmCham Board of Directors:
Azzedine Kettani, President
Attorney, Professor of Law
Kettani Law Firm
Azzedine Kettani is an attorney and Professor of Business Law at Hassan II University. He is also a visiting Professor at several national and international universities. He serves as an international arbitrator and is actively involved with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) as well as the Swiss and British Chamber of Commerce. Azzedine Kettani is a member of the panel of arbitrators of ICSID in Washington appointed by the President of the World Bank and is also a member of the panel of arbitrators of Dubai International Arbitration Center.
Aziz Bidah, Vice President
Partner in Charge
Price Water House
Aziz Bidah started his career with Pricewaterhouse as an Associate and later was promoted to Partner in Charge of Morocco. Aziz Bidah is a CPA by training. He lectures at several Business Schools including ISCAE. He sits on several Boards of Directors including the American Schools in Morocco, Sife Morocco (Enactus), the Rotary Club and Lalla Salma Association for Cancer Prevention.
Citibank Maghreb s.a.
Taoufik has been appointed CEO of Citibank Maghreb S.A. since August 2017 while continuing to manage Treasury and Trade Solutions for Citigroup in North Africa countries. Taoufik started his career with Citi Morocco in 1997 where he held several positions in Product Management. His last assignment in Morocco was Senior Country Operations officer, which he occupied for four years. He then moved in 2006 to Citi’s newly opened Kuwait franchise to set up Global Transaction Services (GTS) there and acted as GTS Head for two years before moving to Egypt, the second largest franchise in Middle East, where he headed GTS there for three years. From 2011 till June 2013, Taoufik headed Client Sales Management for Middle East, Egypt and Pakistan out of Dubai.
Taoufik has a Masters’ degree in Computer Science from Al Akhawayn University and is married with two young sons.
Danielle Tobias, Secretary General
Danielle Tobias holds a doctorate in Pharmacy from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Lebanon. She has a wealth of experience in exports of Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products in Africa and the Middle East spanning Management, Sales, Marketing, Regulatory Affairs, business development and strategic planning. She started her career as the Regional Sales Manager of Bristol-Myers Squibb/ Convatec responsible for Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. She was then promoted to Regional Manager for Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Danielle Tobias serves today as the Export Director of the leading Moroccan pharmaceutical company LAPROPHAN and is responsible for 40 markets in Africa, latin America,Europe and the Middle East. She is also the President of “America commission” ( Latin America and the U.S.A) at ASMEX.
Alain Barry, Board Member
Alain Barry is the Managing Director of MSD* Morocco since August 2018, based in the Casablanca office. He started his career with Merck in Canada and has served in several countries in Africa, Europe and North America. Prior to his move to Morocco, Alain has held several positions including Director of Vaccines for Sub Saharan Africa, based in Morocco, Global Marketing Director based in Pennsylvania and Regional Marketing Lead for the Middle East Africa based out of Switzerland. Alain is currently the President of the Board of Directors of MSD Morocco and the Vice-President of LEMM (Les Entreprises du Medicament au Maroc). Mr. Barry holds an MBA from HEC in Montreal, Canada.
*MSD – Merck Sharp & Dohme – a subsidiary of Merck & Co.
Julianne M. Furman, Board Member
Julianne M. Furman assumed the Presidency of Polydesign Systems SAS in March 2009. Prior to this nomination, Furman served as the General Manager for the Tangier operation. She oversaw the start-up and construction of this company in the Tangier Free Zone and now directs the marketing and sales network that is based in Europe. Furman founded and was also elected as Tangier Free Zone Investors Association’s first President in 2002, for which she was re-elected for a second term in 2004 and is now Honorary President. Furman is a vice president of AMICA (Moroccan Automotive Association), and on the Board of CGEM-Nord. She was appointed in 2006 by the U.S. government to serve on the Board of Directors of the Moroccan American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange.
Rita Maria Zniber
Chairman and CEO
Diana Holding SA
Since April 2014, Rita Maria ZNIBER has been the Chairman and CEO of Diana Holding SA, one of Morocco’s largest private conglomerates with a turnover of more than USD 330 million and over 7,200 direct jobs.
After obtaining her baccalaureate under the French educational system “Mission française” she continued her legal studies at the “Université Panthéon-Sorbonne” in Paris, France.
Rita Maria ZNIBER is ranked by Forbes Middle East Magazine as one of the Top 100 most powerful women in the Arab World and as one of the Top powerful women of the African Continent by Jeune Afrique Magazine.
Rabia El Alama, Ex-officio Board Member
Rabia El Alama has over 20 years experience in U.S.-Morocco business relations, international trade, negotiation, mediation, mentoring, project management, entrepreneurship and counseling in management and strategy. She has played a key role in explaining the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to Moroccan and American entrepreneurs. She has given over 30 workshops on FTAs and exporting to the US and has organized promotional trips to the US to promote Morocco as a platform for production and export to Africa, Middle East, Europe and the U.S. Rabia received her Masters in International Trade and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Institut Supérieur du Commerce et d’Administration des Entreprises (ISCAE) in Casablanca, Morocco.
Lawrence M. Randolph, Ex-officio Board Member
Consul General, U.S. Consulate Casablanca
Lawrence Randolph assumed responsibilities as United States Consul General in Casablanca on January 4, 2021.
A United States Diplomat since 2003, Lawrence last worked for the Director General of the Foreign Service where he helped her establish a worldwide employee resilience and well-being program called TalentCare. Prior to that assignment, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Algeria where he helped lead an interagency team of over 400 people. He arrived in Algiers from Frankfurt, Germany, where he was Public Affairs Section Chief. Before moving to Frankfurt, he spent a year in Kabul, Afghanistan leading the External Affairs Unit of the Political Section responsible for reporting on Afghanistan’s relations with its neighbors, donors, and multilateral organizations. He was also part of a small team of diplomats and military officers charged with negotiating a Bilateral Security Agreement between the U.S. and the Afghan governments.
Before Afghanistan, Lawrence served as a Special Assistant in the office of both Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry. He also served a year as a Special Assistant in the office of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, advising the Under Secretary on public diplomacy in the Middle East and North Africa during the Arab Spring. His first of two assignments in Algeria was in 2009 where he led the Public Affairs Section, managing a staff of Americans and Algerians that increased the American foot-print in cultural, educational, and media/public relations matters.
Lawrence’s first assignment in the Foreign Service was in Cairo, Egypt where he managed the Immigrant Visa Section for one year and worked as Staff Assistant to Ambassador Francis Ricciardone for a year. After Cairo, he moved to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as a reporting officer focusing on human rights and economic issues. He then served in the Operations Center of the State Department where he was one of 25 officers responsible for briefing and alerting then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior officials on breaking foreign affairs matters.
He has done temporary duty assignments in Libya, Syria, Brazil, and Mozambique.
He graduated from Morehouse College with a BA in International Studies and received a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University. Lawrence was a recipient of the R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. After four years at the State Department, Lawrence spent a year studying advanced Arabic at the American University in Cairo. He is a native of Boston, MA and is married with a young daughter. He speaks Arabic, French, German, and Spanish.
Shakir Farsakh, Ex-officio Board Member
Senior Commercial Officer, FCS Casablanca
Shakir Farsakh began his assignment in Casablanca, Morocco in August 2020, for a three-year tour as Senior Commercial Officer for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, the trade and investment promotion arm of the U.S. government. Here, he is responsible for supporting trade and investment between the United States and Morocco. From August 2017 to August 2020, he served as the Principal Commercial Officer in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). During that time, Shakir and his staff of five provided international business development and advocacy support for new and established American companies in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Also, he helped UAE companies invest in the USA via the SelectUSA program, bringing the largest ever delegation of UAE company investors to the SelectUSA Summit in June 2019. Previously, he served for three years as the Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, Canada.
Shakir joined the Foreign Service in May 2014 after an eight-year tenure as the Director of the Long Island Export Assistance Center, for the U.S. Commercial Service, where he helped New York area companies succeed internationally. In the private sector, he managed strategic partnerships for one of the pioneer cloud computing companies in the Boston area, creating the template for strategic partner interaction.
Shakir has an MA from the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and has studied advanced Arabic in Egypt and Jordan. He also speaks French and very limited Russian.
Meryem Medaghri Alaoui
Country Manager Morocco, West & Central Africa
Meryem Medaghri Alaoui is the Country Manager for Morocco, West & Central Africa of Cisco. She has held several positions within Cisco including Partner Manager for Morocco and Tunisia/Channel Lead for North Africa & WCA and Account Manager for North Africa and WCA.
Meryem Medaghri Alaoui started her career with Lucent Technologies as Software Developer then as Radio Frequency Engineer. She has also worked for Meditelecom as Expert Special Messagerie and Director of Operations of Orbcomm.
Meryem Medaghri Alaoui received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Boston University and a Masters in Electrical Engineering in the field of Telecommunication from Columbia University.