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Kathy Wirtanen
Administrative, Facility
& Conference Assistant

P:  (540) 464-7361
F: (540) 464-7396

Center for Leadership & Ethics
VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

Ambassador MekouarAmbassador H.E. Aziz Mekouar
Born November 13, 1950, in Fez, Morocco

Education:
1974  Graduated from HEC Paris, Graduate Business School, France
1968  Baccalaureate in Sciences, French High School Charles Lepierre in Lisbon, Portugal

Professional background:
2002   Ambassador of His Majesty to the United States of America  
2001 - 2005  Independent Chairman of the FAO Council (Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN )
1999 - 2002  Ambassador of His Majesty to Italy, Malta, Albania and Sovereign Order of Malta
1993 - 1999  Ambassador of His Majesty to Portugal
1986 - 1993  Ambassador of His Majesty to Angola
1985 - 1986  Minister Plenipotentiary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Rabat
1978 - 1985  Permanent Representative of Morocco to the International Bureau for Information Technology - BII
1977 - 1985  First Counselor, DCM, Embassy of Morocco in Rome
1977  Counselor of Foreign Affairs, Rabat
1974  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Rabat

Other activities:
2000 - 2005 Chairman of the African Group of the UN Organizations in Rome
1999 - 2005 Elected Chairman of the Financial Committee of the FAO Member and Head of Moroccan Delegations to several international conferences

Publications:
1983  30 years of Italian Domestic Policy
1983  30 years of Italian Foreign Policy
1974  Studies on "Asia-Dollar" and its future impact on the development of Southeast Asia
1973  Thesis on Fisheries and their contribution to the development of Argentina
Studies and Analysis of the situation in Angola

Conferences and seminars:
Moderator of several Seminars and Conferences on investment opportunities and development prospects in Morocco
Lectures on Morocco's Political, Economic and Foreign Policies in several Portuguese and Italian Institutions
Lectures on Euro-African and Euro-Mediterranean Relations

Decorations:
Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Portugal
Grand Cross of the Military Order of Christ (Portugal)
Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Italy

Other:
Fluent in Arabic, English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese