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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.

sharanjit-deolSharanjit 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.

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.

Leila Hanafi, Doctor in LawLeila Hanafi, Doctor in Law

Washington DC based Moroccan-American international development qualified lawyer and avid Moroccan Diaspora advocate, currently with the World Bank Group and the United Nations Operations Services. Leila is Founder and Principal of international law firm Alliance of Rule of Law Promotion and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Senior expert with the United Nations ESCWA. She has also served as Middle East and North Africa legal focal point for the International Criminal Court’s Coalition, based in Rabat, Morocco. Leila was selected to serve in leadership positions at a young age at the intersection of international law, public policy and international development, spanning international organizations, Government, and international non-governmental entities. In 2013, Leila was selected by the Moroccan Government as Commissioner in the National Inter-Governmental Commission for Policy Dialogue. As staff attorney & programs manager of the ABA’s World Justice Project to becoming a World Bank young professional, Leila’s experience consists of work in comparative legal systems, international law, alternative dispute resolution, rule of law, and international organizations. Leila was the winner of the World Bank Middle East and North Africa Innovation Fund.

Leila is Lecturer in Law and was awarded several awards for academic and professional accomplishments, including  her selection as Recipient of the Leadership & Innovation Award by the Society for International Development. Leila is a graduate of American University Georgetown University, and George Washington University Law School in Washington DC.