Nora Fitzgerald Belahcen
Nora Fitzgerald BelahcenFounding President
Nora is an American-Moroccan who first conceived of Amal due to her desire to help the extremely poor women of Marrakech. She grew up in Morocco and is devoted to improving her community.
Moulay Hassan Aladlouni
Moulay Hassan AladlouniGeneral Manager
Moulay Hassan Aladlouni received his MBA from Zicklin School of Business in 1998. Since then, he has accumulated work experience both in the U.S. and in Morocco. He worked in the banking industry, IT firm, an automotive company and finally at the hospitality sector. Hassan participated in the 5-week long training program PFP to learn how to manage NGOs. He is married to an American and they have two girls and a boy. Moulay Hassan started working at Amal in December 2013.
Annabelle Zeiddar
Annabelle ZeiddarBoard of Directors- Vice President
Annabella has been a member of the Amal board since September 2014. Leaving behind a legal career in London, she moved to Marrakesh thirteen years ago. As well as being a mother to her young son, she runs a successful business here with her Moroccan husband, and also works as an English language teacher.
Younes Merbouhi
Younes MerbouhiBoard of Directors- Treasurer
Younes Merbouhi joined the Amal center in its early days as a volunteer. He serves as the treasurer. Younes grew up in Salé and later moved to the U.S. where he worked in sales and management for multinationals. He currently teaches accounting and economics.
Karim Zein
Karim ZeinBoard of Directors- Advisor
Karim Zein has been a board member at Amal since its founding. He has had an active role in working with international organizations for over 25 years in promoting development and creating environmentally sustainable business practices and conservation. Since 1995, Karim has been the acting president of Sustainable Business Associates, an international NGO based in Switzerland, working in Morocco and other Middle East and North African countries. His professional experiences and personal attention to human development.
Michael Fitzgerald
Michael FitzgeraldBoard of Directors- Secretary
Michael Abdurrahman Fitzgerald has been involved in education in Morocco for the past thirty years both as a teacher and administrator. He is currently the director of the Center for Language & Culture, Marrakesh.
Ahmed Soullam
Ahmed SoullamLogistic Officer
“My job is to make sure all logictical issues are resolved. I transport people to places, documents to the accountant, buy ingredients on time, fix small things like changing light bulbs and do some handyman jobs. In general, I fix what I can to assure a smooth operations for the rest of Amal’s team.”
Zakia Sakrone
Zakia SakroneAdministrative Officer
Zakia has a degree from PIGIER: Ecole de l’informatique et du réseau-IT & networking school and worked many years as an administrative assistant at a local hotel in Marrakesh. She joined Amal in 2014.
Hasna El Hajjam
Hasna El HajjamService and Stock Manager
Hasna holds a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies. She has accumulated work experience in the hospitality service. Hasna is originally from Essaouira, but she loves Marrakesh.
Houda Ismaili
Houda IsmailiService Trainer
Houda was born in Meknes and has spent most of her life in Marrakesh. She has worked in many high-end cafés and restaurants in Marrakesh. Houda comes to Amal because she loves the idea and vision of the Center.
Naima Ezzarhouni
Naima EzzarhouniChef - Moroccan Cuisine
Naima, one of the original founders of Amal along with Nora, has been an integral part of the Amal team since its conception.
Meriem Seddiki
Meriem SeddikiChef
Meriem, one of our youngest staff, joined Amal in January 2014. After the departure of our previous chef Mhamed, she took over his roll as she has a diploma in culinary arts. Meriem manages the kitchen with ease and has successfully handled many major events. She has been Amal’s chef since March 2016. Meriem has a beautiful daughter.
Malika Ait Laalim
Malika Ait LaalimChef Moroccan Pastries
“I thank God and Amal for I have found what I hoped and as I was taught my knowledge, now I am teaching to our trainees.”
Kenza Taarji
Kenza TaarjiAmal-Gueliz Director
Kenza joined Amal in May 2016. Kenza holds a master’s degree from ENCG-Tangiers. Kenza worked in and education agency in Tangiers before joining Amal. Kenza volunteered for 5 years in an ENCG students’ NGO that helps people in rural areas especially the most marginalized. Kenza loves helping others.
Fatiha El Haddad
Fatiha El HaddadChef - Moroccan Cuisine
“I achieved everything I was hoping deep in my heart with my work at Amal. I continue to hope that the NGO will go ahead and strive for the better, as it has always done!”

Oumaima Mhijir
Oumaima MhijirAmal-Targa Director
Born in Beni Mellal and raised in Mohammedia, Oumaima is an engineer. She graduated from ENSA (National School For Applied Sciences) in Marrakech. She became part of the Amal family in May 2015 as a communication manager. She, then, was promoted to the rank of director after just one year. Oumaima’s hobbies include surfing and DIYing!
Abdellatif Bendhoub
Abdellatif BendhoubDaytime Guard
“Amal has given me this opportunity with open arms, where I have developed true friendships and really enjoy my work. My children and I are very proud of the association and its developments.”
Jamila Aamer
Jamila AamerSous Chef - Moroccan Cuisine
Jamila has been with Amal since January 2014. She has learned cooking in her family’s house and has become a great cook. She has been offering cooking classes and making some delicious Moroccan dishes. Jamila is married and a mother of 2.
Loubna Aafir
Loubna AafirSous Chef - International Pastry
Loubna joined Amal’s team after serving as a volunteer for 18 months. She excells at making international desserts and is a good trainer. All our trainees love learning from Loubna. She is married and has one daughter. Loubna joined Amal as a full-time employee in March 2016.
Ayoub Ouahib
Ayoub OuahibNight Guard
Ayoub has been with Amal since February 2014. He spends his time making sure all premisses are safe when no one else is there. Ayoub took a training during the day to become an upholsterer. He got married in May 2016.
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