Lamia Bazir is a young social entrepreneur dedicated to women and youth in Morocco. She launched in 2012, Empowering Women in the Atlas, which is a non-profit organization that aims to promote the leadership of rural women as a catalyst for the fight against poverty and the territorial and sustainable development in the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco and beyond. She says:” I have chosen to focus a significant part of my energy and work on the cause of gender equality and women’s empowerment”.

She has an exceptional academic career. Indeed, in 2008, she obtained a Baccalaureate in Economic and Social Sciences with the Highest Honors from the Lycée Jean Charcot in El Jadida. Then, she enrolled in Al Akhawayn University (Ifrane, Morocco), where she specialized in Political Science and the Middle East and North African region, and chose a minor in Women’s Studies. In 2012, she obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Studies with Summa Cum Laude, being both the Student Valedictorian and the Speaker for her Class. Lamia got accepted to an intense dual degree program and continued her education. She earned a Master’s in International Development from Sciences Po Paris, and a Master’s in International Affairs, with a specialization in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University.

During her stay in New York, Lamia showed an exceptional sense of ethics and dedication to others. Hence, she was selected to win the prestigious “Harvey Picker Prize for Public Service” awarded by the School of International and Public Affairs in 2014. She was on the list of the 60 Women Leaders of Morocco and she won the United Nations Volunteering Award. Moreover, she was on the list of “the 20 hopes for Morocco” and “the 50 Emerging Leaders of the Atlantic.

She is currently the Director South South Cooperation for Groupe crédit agricole du Maroc and the Government Office for the Office of the Head of Government of Morocco.