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Leila Ghandi

Award winning TV host and producer

Leila Ghandi is an award winning TV host journalist, producer, commentator, book author, speaker, photographer and civil society activist. She has become a key figure of the media landscape. She produces and hosts a monthly prime time television show broadcast on the most popular Moroccan TV channel (2MTV and 2M World). Viewed by over 2 million people each month, episodes are filmed internationally with guests that include presidents and women activists and is an inspirational speaker in locations such as the European Parliament and the UNESCO. Her photographic work is exhibited worldwide.

Educated in France with a Masters degree from Sciences Po Paris, an Executive Program from Harvard, a B.A (Hons) in European Management from the University of Portsmouth. Leila is Moroccan-French binational and speaks five languages. Through her expansive media presence she promotes the representation of free Arab muslim women, women’s empowerment, human rights, and aims to build and promote dialogue between cultures. Leila is also committed to working with NGOs, state agencies and international Fondations such as King Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and the Department of International Cooperation of Monaco.

She has been named opinion leader by the UN organization Search for Common Grounds, she has won media awards including the Anna Lindh Journalist Award, and awards for leadership and career achievement, including the Euro-Mediterranean Woman Success Trophy, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the Republic of France, and the TIZI Leadership Award. She has been chosen to represent North Africa at the exhibition Summit of the African Union in Adis Ababa, and ranked by Jeune Afrique Magazine among the 50 people with most influence in Morocco

Fathia Bennis



After studying at the Lycée Lyautey Casablanca Fathia Bennis joins the Mohammed V University in Rabat, where she obtained a BA, a DES in Political Science and a PhD in International Economic Relations.

She began her career as a director of a company Office (1981-1983) and between as a Senior Executive at Bank Al-Maghrib (1984). She then occupied different functions : Management Framework (1992) in charge of the IMF folder, the Credit Committee of the Secretariat and the Financial Market, which became the National Council of Money and Savings ; Head of Money Market (Refinancing of Banks Auctions of Treasury bills and negotiable debt securities) ; General Manager of the Stock Exchange of Casablanca (1998 to 2000) ; Director General of ONMT (until 2005) ; MAROCLEAR General manager (May 2005-July 2007) ; MAROCLEAR CEO (since July 2007).

Fathia Bennis is also Member of the National Council of the CGEM; Founding member of the AFEM; Treasurer of the Moroccan Association for the Study of International Relations; Deputy Secretary General of the Royal Moroccan Golf Federation ; Treasurer of the Association for Aid Emergency Rabat; President and co-founder of the Association Women’s Tribune; Member of the Board of the think tank CDS (Council for Development and Solidarity) ; Vice President of the Collectif Democracy and Modernity ; President of ALM Ecology Trophy ; Member of the Ameda (African & Middle East Depositories Association) ; and member of the UBA (The Union of Arab Stock Exchanges).
She was made Chevalier of the National Order of Merit of the French Republic.

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