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:
Attorney, Professor of Law
Kettani Law Firm
Partner in Charge
Price Water House
Citibank Maghreb s.a.
*MSD – Merck Sharp & Dohme – a subsidiary of Merck & Co.
Chairman and CEO
Diana Holding SA
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
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.
Country Manager Morocco, West & Central Africa
Mehdi Alami, Board Member
The Coca Cola Company
Pascal Leprou, Board Member
Hyatt Regency Casablanca