Industry & New Technologies
- Dr. Zouhair Lazraq – Chair
- Mohamed Belali – Co-Chair
Education/Higher Education & Scientific Research (R&D)
- Dr. Tahar El Korchi – Chair
- Dr. Hicham Fenniri – Co-Chair
Renewable Energy and Environment
- Dr. Mohamed Belkhayat – Chair
- Saad Zouak – Co-Chair
Agriculture & Agro-Food
- Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem – Chair
Health & Biomedical Sciences
- Dr. Karim Touijer – Chair
- Dr. Abdeslem El Idrissi – Co-Chair
- Dr. Rachid Assina – Co-Chair
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
- Tarik Hakkou – Chair
- Dr. Taoufik Ennoure – Co-Chair
- Mekkaoui Law Firm
A Senior Group Program Manager with Microsoft. Mohamed Joined Microsoft in 1993 after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of California San Francisco. Mohamed Belali occupied many positions at Microsoft, including 7 years in Windows as a senior program Manager, Hardware Innovation program Manager and a technical support escalation engineer. Today he is in charge of hardware supply chain intelligence for Windows eco-system. His work takes him to China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan on almost a monthly basis.
He hold 3 patents all of which are computer hardware related.
Mohamed turned 50 in 2013, is a father of two daughters Iman (21) and Sara (15). He lives in Issaquah Washington and serves on few nonprofit boards including Sefrioui-Badissy foundation, American Moroccan International Exchange and Issaquah Sister Cities Commission. Mohamed was instrumental in the creation of Issaquah-Chefchaouen sister city relationship.
In his spare time Mohamed enjoys riding Motorcycles, flying small planes and visiting with friends and family.
Dr. Mohamed Belkhayat
Dr. Mohamed Belkhayat is currently a principal scientist with Huntington Ingalls serving as a power and energy subject matter expert. He has been working in the field for over 20 years. He obtained his Energy Systems Ph D from Purdue University EE department in 1997. He published numerous papers on the stability of integrated DC and AC power systems. He also holds a number of patents in the field of power and energy. His research spans a wide range of energy sources, including nuclear, hydrocarbon, wind, solar, and sea waves. He also researched various conversion processes including thermo-photovoltaics, high voltage power electronics, and rotating machinery. Dr. Belkhayat also taught for over five years, energy conversion, controls, and modeling and simulation at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey California and at Qatar University. He currently lives in Northern VA by the DC area. He is married and has four children.
Dr. Tahar El-Korchi
Dr Tahar El-Korchi is a professor and chair of the civil, architectural, and environmental engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. He has been at WPI since 1987. His teaching and research interests are in the smart materials and structures, structural composites and control,sustainable construction, materials and processes, and pavement engineering and testing. He has authored and coauthored over 80 publications in this area including a textbook on Pavement Engineering. He received and managed research and educational funding through federal and state agencies including the NSF – PYI program. He is active in numerous organizations including TRB, FHWA, ACI, and ASCE. He directs the WPI global educational centers in Panama and Morocco. He initiated the WPI-Al Akhawayn student exchange programten years ago that supports students to complete science and technology projects with at social dimension.
Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem
Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem, PhD, Professor and Chair, Fayetteville State University, USA
Dr. Abdelmajid Kassem received a BS in Plant Biology from Mohamed V University, Morocco in 1992, an MS in Enzymatic Engineering, Bioconversion, and Microbiology from the University of Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France in 1995, and a PhD in Plant Biology from Southern Illinois University, USA in 2003. Dr. Kassem worked as an Assistant Professor at Kean University, NJ (2004-2006) and joined Fayetteville State University, NC in 2006. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006 and Full Professor in 2009. Since July 2010, Dr. Kassem serves of the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Kassem also serves as a CEO of Atlas Publishing, LP, as the Editor-In-Chief of Atlas Journal of Biology, an Advisory Board member of Scientific Journals International (SJI), an Associate Editor of Journal of Forestry, Horticulture, and Soil Science, a member of the Editorial Board and reviewer of several international journals including Journal of Biotech Research, Journal of Plant Genome Sciences, Atlas Journal of Plant Biology, etc.
Dr. Zouhair Lazreq
Dr. Zouhair Lazreq : Vice President, Global
Engineering, Firestone Airide.
Dr. Lazreq started his career in the aerospace industry where he worked on various technical issues related to aircraft engines. After short stints in both Academia and Consulting, he joined Ford Motor Company, and later Dana, a Fortune-500 Tier-1 supplier in the automotive industry. As a global technology leader, he leverages time-tested and emerging technologies to drive revenue growth and meet evolving business demands. Dr. Lazreq’s responsibilities span 118 facilities across 6 continents in 26 countries, and 40+ OEM customers of high-end vehicle manufacturers.
Dr. Lazreq is married with two children. He holds a private pilot license and enjoys flying in his free time.
Dr. Karim Touijer
Karim Touijer is an Attending Surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer and Professor of Urology at The Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. Dr Touijer is an expert in the use of advanced laparoscopic /robotic surgical techniques to treat patients with genito-urinary cancers (prostate, kidney, bladder, testis and adrenal cancers). He teaches advanced laparoscopic urologic oncology at the European Association of Urology, the American Urological Association Annual Meetings and the European Institute of Telemedicine.
Dr Touijer’s research focuses on the development of innovative minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy, robotic assisted surgery, and image guided interventions, the comparison of minimally invasive surgery to conventional open surgery with regards to cancer control and impact on the quality of life, and the implementation of quality outcome metrics to objectively measure and assess surgical performance. His laboratory research focuses on studying lymph node metastases for genitourinary malignancies using cancer targeted nanotechnology probes.
After a fellowship in urologic oncology and advanced laparoscopic oncology at MSKCC, he joined the MSKCC Urology faculty in 2004. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and member of the Society of Urologic Oncology, the American Urological Association, the European Association of Urology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and other national and international societies; additionally he serves on the editorial board and as a reviewer of a number of peer-reviewed urology and cancer journals. Dr Touijer has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapter. He is the editor of a book chapter on the management of genito-urinary malignancies and a regular visiting professor and guest speaker to numerous meetings and symposia around the world.
Dr. Abdeslem El Idrissi
Dr Abdeslem El Idrissi is a professor of Neuroscience at the City University of New York. He has been at CUNY since 2003. Prior to joining CUNY, he worked at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities in the department of Human Genetics. Dr El Idrissi has served as a chair of Neurosciences at CUNY graduate School and a Chair of Biology. He also directed the Medical technology program at CSI/CUNY and Co-directed the Physician Assistant Program at the same institution. Currently he is the vice-president of the International Taurine Society. His teaching and research interest are focused on developmental disorders and the role of environmental toxins play in the etiology of autism spectrum disorders. Dr El Idrissi has authored many scientific articles, chapters and books. He is a recipient of funding from the DOD and NSF as well as other foundations. Dr El Idrissi directs the CUNY-CHU medical internship program where students from American Universities intern at Center Hospitalier Universitaire of Fes and Marrakesh.
Mr. Saad Zouak is the founder and President of Airtek Environmental Corp., a prestigious environmental consulting firm which provides high quality services in New York metro region. He is a Board Certified Industrial Hygienist and holds a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Zouak has over 20 years of industrial hygiene and environmental experience in managing a wide variety of environmental issues. As the current President of Airtek, he oversees the firm’s Environmental Site Assessment, Indoor Air Quality, Subsurface Investigation, and Waste Characterization services. Mr. Zouak also serves as the Director of Training, supervising Airtek’s environmental training operation, and as the Laboratory Director, supervising the Firm’s hazardous material laboratory analytical services.
Dr. Taoufik Ennoure
Taoufik Ennoure is a full-time Professor of Computer Science at CCP, he also teaches part-time at NYIT and Baruch College. He has extensive experience in teaching Technology and Computer Science since 2006. His educational background is diverse, encompassing Applied Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science. Dr. Ennoure's research interests center around algorithm optimization, Machine Learning, and AI Quantum Computing. Currently, he holds multiple roles including Web and App Development Program Director, Advisory Board Coordinator at CCP and Graduate Research Advisor at NYIT.
Dr Hicham Fenniri
Dr. Hicham Fenniri received his BSc, MSc, and PhD from the University of Strasbourg, France.
After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute, CA, USA, he moved to Purdue
University, IN, USA, as an assistant professor, where he established the Purdue Laboratory for
Chemical Nanotechnology. He then joined the National Research Council as a founding member
of the National Institute for Nanotechnology and as Full Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical
Engineering at the University of Alberta. In 2013, Dr. Fenniri joined Northeastern University,
Boston, MA, USA as a Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemistry & Chemical
Biology. In 2022, Dr. Fenniri joined University Mohammed VI Polytechnic where he holds
several roles, including, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Chemistry,
Technology Development and Business Transformation Chair holder, Founding Director of the
Division of Research and Innovation, and Scientific Director and vice-President (for MAScIR
Foundation). IN addition, he holds the position of Chief Science and Technology Officer for OCP
Group (Strategic Business Unit Learning, Research, and Innovation).
Dr. Fenniri’s contributions appeared in over 250 publications, 21 patents and patent applications, and over 500 contributed national and international conference papers. Dr. Fenniri has also lectured extensively around the globe and has been an invited professor at several institutes and universities.