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Who are the seven women ministers in the new government?

Written by FDM

A number of women ministers were included in Aziz Akhannouch’s new government appointed by HM Mohammed V on Thursday evening. They inherit strategic departments, notably Health, Finance, Housing, and energy and digital transition.

 Fatim-Zahra Ammor, Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts, Social and Solidarity Economy

Since 2013, Fatim-Zahra Ammor has been a consultant and advisor to Ministers and Business Leaders, mainly with regard to business development projects and the design and implementation of major international events. With 9 years of experience at Protect & Gamble, an American multinational specializing in consumer goods, as Marketing Director, Ms. Ammor joined the Akwa group in 2001 and served as Group Marketing Director and member of the committee. executive for 10 years.

In the meantime, she directs the Timitar World Music Festival as General Director for the first 7 editions (2005 to 2011).

 Awatef Hayar, Minister of Women, Family and Social Inclusion

President of the Hassan II University of Casablanca (UH2C), Awatef Hayar has a strong academic background. In 1992, she was the first Moroccan woman to receive the Agrégation in civil engineering from the ENS Cachan. Expert in Smart Cities, she is a senior member of the IEEE, president of the Casablanca IEEE Core Smart City project, and co-founder of E-Madina. She was selected in 2015 by the African Innovation Foundation as one of the 10 best innovative women in Africa.

Fatima Ezzahra El Mansouri, Minister of National Land Use Planning, Town Planning, Housing, and City Policy.

A native of Marrakech, Fatima Zahra is a Moroccan lawyer and politician. She has just been re-elected Mayor of Marrakech at the end of the municipal elections of September 8, 2021 for her second term in this position since 2009. She is also president of the national council of the Authenticity and Modernity Party.

In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked her at the head of the 20 most influential young women in Africa.

Nadia Fettah Alaoui, Minister of Economy and Finance

Business leader and politician, Nadia Fettah Alaoui changes hats within the Executive where she held the post of Minister of Tourism, Handicrafts, Air Transport, and Social Economy since 2019. She is heading now towards Economy and Finance, her favorite field, given that she worked there for a long part of her professional career.

A graduate of HEC Paris in 1994, Nadia Fettah Alaoui made her debut in the audit firm Arthur Andersen. In 2000, she created and managed in Casablanca her private equity company called Maroc Invest Finances Group, before joining, in 2005, CNIA Assurance, then acquired by the Saham Group where she held various positions of responsibility, in particular Deputy Managing Director of Finances and M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) of the Saham Group, until becoming president of the board of directors of Saham Assurance Maroc, in Casablanca, and deputy managing director of Saham Finances.

Nabila Rmili, Minister of Health and Social Security

Trained as a doctor and politician, Nabila Rmili has been Regional Director of Health in Casablanca-Settat since 2017, but before that, her professional career simply started in the emergency department of the Provincial Hospital of Ouezzane in 2002, with a general medicine diploma, before climbing the ladder.

As for her political career, Nabila Rmili is a member of the political bureau of the RNI, prefectural coordinator of the party, as well as president of the association of health professions of the RNI.

Nabila Rmili was elected mayor of Casablanca after the municipal elections of September 8, 2021. Before, she was vice-president of the city council of Casablanca in charge of health under Abdelaziz El Omari.

Leila Benali, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development

International expert in the field of energies, Leila Benali seems to have the perfect profile to support this strategic orientation of Morocco. PhD student in electrical reforms at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in 2003, she worked with large international companies in her career, notably the Saudi Aramco, the World Economic Forum, the Arab Petroleum Investment Company (APICORP) and within the UN Commission of Experts on Fossil Fuels.

In 2019, she was appointed member of the CSMD.

Ghita Mezzour, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of Digital Transition and Administrative Reform

Holder of a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Societal Computing, Ghita Mezzour is a university professor and researcher in Big Data, artificial intelligence, and cyber-security. She is currently piloting projects funded by USAID and NATO around youth employability and Threat Intelligence.

In 2015, she was selected as a Rising Star by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).