Washington D.C - The Association of Moroccan Professionals in America (AMPA) and the Middle East and North African Consultants Association (MENACA) joined forces in co-hosting a well attended iftar dinner at Mazagan Restaurant on the outskirts of Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
Washington D.C – The Association of Moroccan Professionals in America (AMPA) and the Middle East and North African Consultants Association (MENACA) joined forces in co-hosting a well attended iftar dinner at Mazagan Restaurant on the outskirts of Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
The event was MENACA’s first iftar event, and one of eight concurrent iftar events held by AMPA around the U.S. and in Morocco on the same day. AMPA members gathered in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Washington, and Casablanca to share a traditional Moroccan iftar.
The Association of Moroccan Professionals in America (AMPA) is a non-profit organization for networking and carrier development among Moroccan professionals living in the U.S., facilitating trans-Atlantic business opportunities. As a strategic bridge between the US and Morocco, AMPA is active in projects that highlight the value Moroccan professionals can bring to bear in business. AMPA’s strategic initiative is designed to capitalize on growing commerce and trade between the U.S. and Morocco for the benefit of its members and to provide an opportunity to “give back.”
A new AMPA management team was elected a few months ago, headed by President Chaouki Zahzah. “We are looking at taking AMPA to the next level, by providing the membership with increased value and benefits, and in return encouraging more engagement by our members,” he said. At this time of increased charity during Ramadan, AMPA has partnered with the Morocco Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization based in the U.S. and Morocco, and has encouraged its members to support several school renovation projects that are underway in the Chaouia area in Morocco.
MENACA is a coalition of highly experienced professionals doing business in the MENA region. Led by President and Executive Director, Laura Lombard, MENACA’s members range from individual consultants specializing in a specific country or sector to medium-sized consulting firms with a strong MENA focus. Like AMPA, MENACA seeks to promote cooperation among its members and the business community, creating business opportunities with respect to the MENA region. MENACA also facilitates collaborative initiatives with governments of the region.
MENACA has established a Women’s Entrepreneur Initiative focused on developing opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the MENA region, chaired by Elisabeth Myers, and recently announced the formation of a new Morocco Committee, chaired by Said Temsamani.
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