Dr. Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah

Dr. Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah started his career with IBM France in 1967. In 1973, he founded with other engineers the first Moroccan consulting firm in information technology. In 1978 he was the co-founder and president of the subsidiary of Parsons Brinckerhoff engineering company (New York) in Morocco, today CID.

From 1980 to 1995 he served as Visiting Professor at the Mohammedia School of Engineering.  In 1995, he was appointed by Late King Hassan II as Minister of Education and in 1998 as President of Al Akhawayn University in Ifran.

In July 2006 he was appointed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI as chairman and president of the National Observatory for Human Development.

He is also Vice-chairman of the Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Innovation and Research (MAScIR), member of the Economic and Social Council of the Kingdom of Morocco, member of the Hassan II Academy for Science and Technology, member of the board of the “Foundation of Three Cultures of the Mediterranean” (Spain), and member of the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA, University of Tsukuba, Japan).

He also served as Chairman of the scientific committee of the Fifty Years of Independence Report on Human Development (2003-2006), as member of the Advisory Board of the World Bank Institute (1998-2001), and as member of the United Nations Committee of Experts in Public Administration (2001-2009).

Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah is a Higher Institute of Aeronautics and Space Engineering (Toulouse) and an International Institute of Management Development (IMD Lausanne, Swisserland) alumnus.