Editorial Board

Editorial Board

Samir Bennis – Co-Founder/Editor-in-Chief

Samir Bennis is a political analyst. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Provence in France in November 2005. He also holds a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Toulouse I, a Master’s degree in Iberian studies from the University of Toulouse II, a Master’s degree in diplomatic studies from Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies in Paris and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish studies from the University of Fez. He pursued a post-doctoral research at the Diplomatic School of Madrid. His areas of academic interest include, relations between Morocco and Spain and between the Muslim world and the West, as well as the global politics of oil. He has published over a 200 articles in Arabic, French, English and Spanish, and authored Les Relations Politiques, Economiques et Culturelles Entre le Maroc et l’Espagne: 1956-2005, which was published in French in 2008. He is the co-founder of Morocco World News. He lives in New York.

Adnane Bennis – Co-Founder/Managing Editor

Adnane Bennis is a national of Morocco, obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Information Science from East west University in Chicago. He also holds an associate Degree in English literature from the University of Fez. Mr. Bennis has worked with international companies including IBM and Motorola as a software testing engineer. Adnane’s commitment to international affairs, international public policy, human rights advocacy and diplomacy provided him with experience and determination for positive, sustainable change.

Ahmad Azizi – Analysis Editor

A physicist by training, Ahmad’s work experience has been with the United Nations and International Affairs. He has eight years under his belt as a political advisor in New York, over which he has acquired experience in a wide range of diplomatic and political affairs, most notably in connection with the work of the Security Council. His current research interest focuses on the “responsibility to protect” as an emerging global principle. But as a Syrian-American, he has been equally active in the Arab-American and American Muslim community in New York. Having recently become a father, Ahmad’s passion is to work towards a safe, secure and equitable world for this and future generations.

Elisabeth MyersElisabeth Myers- Analysis Editor

Elisabeth R. Myers, a Washington lawyer with more than 20 years experience in large law firms, is the founding principal of Myers Energy International, an independent energy law and policy firm that provides legal, consulting and alternative dispute resolution services, and energy regulatory and compliance training. In addition, Elisabeth is the CEO of Andalusia Trade International, LLC, a company that facilitates trade between the U.S. and Morocco. Elisabeth is also a founding member of the Middle East and North Africa Consultants Association (MENACA), and chairs the Coordinating Council for MENACA’s Women Entrepreneur Initiative, a business leadership program designed to focus on practical training, mentoring, and business opportunities for current and aspiring women entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to her law practice and business endeavors, Elisabeth is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. She is also a member of the faculty for Lawline.com and an on-call subject matter expert for the Gerson Lehrman Group and ExpertConnect. 

Elisabeth has a longstanding interest in the language, culture, music, dance, fashion, and cuisine of Morocco and has a residence just outside of Marrakech.

Elisabeth is a graduate summa cum laude of Hunter College of the City Univiersity of New York, where she was a reporter and Advertising Manager for the student newspaper, and received her Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law at American University.


Larbi Arbaoui Larbi Arbaoui – Assistant Editor/ Web-manager

Dedicated free-lance journalist with three years of experience as a news correspondent, translator, and editor. Larbi has been working as a journalist, reporting and conducting interviews for more than two years for international on-line publication Morocco World News. He has covered and spoken at many regional, national, and international events focusing on education, environment, and economics.

Larbi was a guest on BBC World Service’s morning show, Newsday, the world’s largest breakfast radio show. He earned his B.A. in Linguistics from Ibn Zohr University in Agadir, Morocco. He recently wrote a short play entitled “Aicha, the Talented Student,” that was performed in Dar Athaqafa, Zagora. Larbi Arbaoui is a correspondent for Morocco World News. Contact: Email: [email protected]

Timothy Filla, Morocco World News associate editorTimothy Filla- Assistant Editor

Tim Filla recently graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, with a BA in Political Science and International Studies and minors in Arabic, Public Policy, History, and Economics. His studies focused on the Middle East, US foreign policy, and international organizations. In 2012, he studied Arabic at Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2013, he interned for the Middle East & North Africa Consultants Association (MENACA) in Washington, DC, through a fellowship sponsored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. He currently lives in Arlington, VA and works for the Jordan Program at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in Washington, DC.
 Ghita Benslimane

Ghita Benslimane- Editor

Ghita is a Moroccan native and a graduate of Boston University’s Film and Television program. She has worked as an editor for Snapchat, curating and producing international and regional stories. She has previously held positions at Larry King Now and Vox Television. She currently lives in New York.


Sharanjit Deol

Sharanjit Deol was our former Chief web designer and project manager for Morocco World News. Responsible for management of the development life cycle which includes the conception, design, development, testing, documentation and implementation of our online-based news site. Sharanjit provided support to our business operations which includes; reporting for daily analysis, monitoring trends, researching new technologies and aiding in marketing strategies. Sharanjit helped the founders of Morocco World News to build this platform from ground up.

Bushko Katrina

Katrina Bushko – Assistant Editor

Katrina Bushko is a senior at Princeton University majoring in Political Philosophy with minors in Arabic and Near Eastern Studies. Her love for Morocco came about in the summer 2012, when she attended the ARANAS program at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. Enchanted by the beautiful country and its amazing people, Katrina returned to study at AUI for the 2013 spring semester. After graduation, she hopes to go back to Morocco and teach English. In addition to her studies, Katrina is the president of the human rights organization Princeton Against Sex Trafficking and writes for the Princeton Progressive Nation and American University’s International Relations blog. She is fluent in English and Portuguese, proficient in Arabic and Russian, and knows a little French, Spanish, and Tamazight.

Hicham Zerhouni – Manager of Analytics

Hicham Zerhouni is a 2015 New Leaders Council Fellow. He graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Board of Governors BA in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Political Science with focus on International Relations. Hicham has an experience of over a decade as an analyst. His experience ranges from banking, media and cultural marketing. During the Arab Spring, Mr. Zerhouni worked as a Global Media Analyst, where he provided subject matter expertise, cultural knowledge, and provided insights about the turmoil in the Middle East. After that he worked as a market researcher providing expertise to global companies on how to attract global consumers using digital technologies. He left that job to start TransCultures, a globalization services company headquarter in the USA, with a presence in France and Morocco. Hicham is a voting member of the American Translators Association. He speaks at conferences on many issues regarding leadership, diversity, political participation, cultural and language access issue.

Hicham spends his time between Fez and Chicago, he is a regular contributor to Morocco World News, and he oversees our Analytics group, where he uses social media and new technologies to analyze audiences and content.


Morocco World News assistant editor Kelsey Fish

Kelsey Fish-Assistant Editor 

Kelsey Fish is a graduate student at George Washington University studying Global Communication with a concentration in Middle East and North Africa Studies. She has a BA in Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Religious Studies from the College of William & Mary. During her undergraduate studies she spent time in Amman, Beirut and Tangier learning Arabic. Kelsey currently lives in Rabat where she is conducting research for her master’s thesis about the online news consumption habits of young Moroccans.