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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.

Reta Jo Lewis

Ambassador for Women


Ms. Lewis is a Senior Resident Fellow at GMF, where she focuses on U.S. Leadership and Transatlantic Subnational Diplomacy initiatives. Ms. Lewis also specializes in leadership development curriculum, outreach, convening, and thought pieces on strategies to strengthen the next generation of transatlantic leaders.
She has been a global business affairs adviser since leaving government in April 2013, and specializes in working with U.S. governors, mayors, legislators as well as provincial leaders across the Atlantic.
She most recently served in the Obama Administration as the State Department’s first-ever Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, where she led the office charged with building strategic peer-to-peer relationships between the U.S. Department of State, U.S. state and local officials, and their foreign counterparts. In her post, she served as the State Department’s lead interlocutor in negotiating and executing the first historic agreements to solidify subnational cooperation and engagement efforts with BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries and with targeted countries in the European Union.

She was the principal architect that led the global engagement of U.S. state and local government leaders’ integration into and strategy regarding sustainability and climate change to RIO+20, COP-16, COP-17 and COP-18.
In 2013, she was awarded the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award by Secretary Hillary Clinton.
Prior to the State Department, Lewis served in senior positions in the public and private sectors, including political appointments in the Clinton Administration, and served as the Director for Business Outreach for the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.
She served as the Vice President and Counselor to the President and CEO at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation and director of the Chamber’s effort focused on small business and outreach to women and minority-owned businesses.
Ms. Lewis was the Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs in the Clinton White House from 1993 to 1995 and the Director of the Northeast and Southern Regions. She was Of Counsel at Edward Widman Palmer LLP prior to joining the Obama Administration and a 2014 Mayoral candidate in Washington, D.C.
Lewis holds a BA in political science from University of Georgia, a MSAJ from American University, and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Lewis is a member of the D.C. and the State of Georgia Bars.

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