Multiculturalism and Human Rights


Khalid Chegraoui, PhD
Khalid Chegraoui is a full professor of history and political anthropology at the Institute of African Studies, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco, and senior fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, previously known as OCP Policy Center.

He began his teaching and research career in 1992 as a research assistant professor at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah University in Fez after earning his first doctorate in African studies from the Mohammed V University in Rabat, focusing on West Sub-Saharan Africa. He also earned a doctorate of state in African studies from the same university in 2002, where he focused on contemporary West Africa. In 2003 he become professor of history and political anthropology at the Institute of African Studies, Mohammed V University, consultant on African and Middle East issue and strategic studies.

He is currently director of Research Group: African Politics, a doctoral supervisor at the Mohammed V University; professor of African history in EGE School of Governance and Economy of Rabat, Polytechnic Mohammed VI University; and director of Africa and Middle East Centre Studies at the AMES Centre.

Driss Maghraoui, PhD
Driss is a professor of history and international relations at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane and teaches North African immigration in Europe, modern imperialism and its culture, history of the Arab world, and history and memory in twentieth-century Europe. He has been a visiting professor at Yale and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His most recent publications include “Secularism in Morocco: A Stagnant Word in Motion,” “Northern Africa: Historical Links with Sub-Saharan Africa,” “Perceptions of External Pressure to Democratization: The Moroccan Case,” and “The ‘Grande Guerre Sainte’: Moroccan Colonial Troops and Workers in the First World War.”

Fatima Ait Ben Lmadani, PhD
Fatima is an associate professor of sociology at the Institute of African Studies in Rabat. She has conducted extensive fieldwork on migrant women in France and Morocco relating to socioeconomic integration, retirement and aging, solitude, and return to home country. She is now working on African migration to Morocco.

Alpha Camara, MA
Alpha Camara  obtained his MA in Private Law from Université Général Lansana Conté of Sonfonia – Conakry  in  Guinée Republic and is one of the most important human rights activists in the domain of Sub-Saharan Migration in Morocco. He is  the  treasurer of the Sub-Saharan Communities Platform (ASCOMS) and the General Secretary of ALECMA (Association Lumière on Migration in Morocco). He is a founding member of ADESGUIM (Association for the Development and Sensitization of Guinean Migrants in Morocco).

Said Bennis, PhD
Said is Professor of Social Sciences at Mohammed V University in Rabat. His research examines cultural and linguistic diversity, social media, hate speech, civil society, cultural and linguistic rights, identity policy, minorities, ethics and values, media anthropology and research methodology. His career is driven by the desire to decompartmentalize research on the MENA region, and construct bridges among separate fields of study. He has lectured at different academic institutions, both in Morocco and abroad, and served as an expert for social cohesion in the Arab world for the UNDP. Among Dr. Bennis’s published works are the book, “Territoire, région et langues au Maroc”, a contribution to “Arabic Varieties: Far and Wide,” and the articles ”The Amazigh Question and National Identity in Morocco,” “Discours islamiste, pluralité linguistique et diversité culturelle au Maroc,” and “Territorialisation linguistique et culturelle au Maroc.” He holds a doctorate in Sociolinguistics from the Mohamed V University in Rabat.

Mohammed Hassar, MD
Mohammed obtained his MD from Mohammed V University Rabat, and as an internist and clinical pharmacologist, is an emeritus professor at the Rabat School of Medicine and Pharmacy, Morocco. He also served as director of the National d’Hygiene, Rabat from 1989-1993, and director of the Institut Pasteur de Maroc (IPM), Casablanca from 2001-2010. During his tenures, he started and developed an anti-poison and pharmacovigilance center (now a WHO collaborating and training center for Arabic- and French-speaking countries), genetic units, a food, water, and environment safety center, as well as the first and only BSL3 laboratory of the Moroccan ministry of health. Mohammed has been active in global public health for the past two decades. He has served on several WHO committees and panels. He is also a former board member of IANPHI, the Public Health Institute of the World. He is currently a member of the Eastern Mediterranean Advisory Committee for Health Research. His interests include rational drug use and drug safety, food safety, biosecurity and biosafety, as well as capacity building in health research. He developed training programs at the medical schools of Morocco and abroad, and is also the author of several publications and conferences.

Stephanie Willman Bordat, JD
Stephanie has a J.D. with honors from Columbia University Law School, an MA degree in Law with  honors from the Paris I-Sorbonne Law School, and is a founding partner at MRA Mobilising for Rights Associates.  She has lived in Morocco for more than 20 years, where, as an international human rights lawyer and activist, she works with NGOs, local development associations, and lawyers throughout the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya) to promote women’s human and legal rights. At MRA, Stephanie collaborates in the design, implementation and evaluation of our multifaceted women’s rights programs, including grassroots-level human and legal rights education, legal accompaniment, monitoring and documentation of the justice system, action research, strategic litigation, national law reform, and international advocacy. Her work involves developing, organizing and facilitating training workshops on women’s rights, as well as writing practical guides and other tools and resources for local NGOs. She writes action research reports and shadow reports to United Nations mechanisms, and conducts hands-on learning and advocacy missions to international bodies. She provides needs assessments, and co-manages fundraising, reporting to the funder, and media relations. Stephanie is also a consultant to international actors, and writes academic and opinion articles on women’s rights issues.  Since 2015, she has served in several capacities for the Everywoman Campaign for a Global Treaty to end violence against women, notably on the Governing Bodies Expert Committee for Treaty Content, the Core Platform Drafting Committee, and the Global Working Group. She is a professor for university study abroad programs, and gives classes and lectures to students of all levels in the English and French systems. Stephanie has previously lived and worked on violence against women and family law issues with women’s rights NGOs in France, Spain, England, the Netherlands, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Yemen and Afghanistan.  In the United States, she worked as a sex worker outreach volunteer, sexual assault crisis counselor in a hospital, and appellate court law clerk. She was a Fulbright Fellow at the Mohammed V University Law School in Rabat, and completed studies at the University of Grenoble, France and the Instituto Internacional in Madrid, Spain. She speaks English, French, the Moroccan dialect of Arabic, and Spanish.

Mourad Mkinsi, PhD
Mourad has a  Ph.D.  in Literary and Cultural Studies, the Open University, England, and is a lecturer in literary and cultural studies at Ibn Tofail University in Kenitra. He also lectures at the Faculty of Governance and Economics in Rabat. He is the current coordinator of the “Etudes Pluridisciplinaires” research lab affiliated to Ibn Tofail University and a member of the Gender Studies research group. His academic interests include cultural studies, gender and politics, civil society, and social movements, and he has published several articles on these issues.

Youssouf Amine Elalamy
Youssouf is an important and widely acclaimed Moroccan writer. He received the prize of best travel account from the British Council International for his book Un Morocain à New York, and the Grand Prix Atlas 2001 for his novel Les Clandestins. His novels have been translated into Arabic, English, Spanish, German, Greek, and Dutch. His collection of short stories, Gossip (2004), is the first book entirely written in Darija (Moroccan Arabic). He is a founding member and ex-president of PEN Morocco and an artist with several exhibitions to his credit in Morocco and abroad. He is also a professor in the English Department at Ibn-Tofail University.