H.E. MR. Mohamed Benaissa
Mr. Benaïssa is former Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Kingdom of Morocco (1999–2007) and previous Ambassador to the United States. He is currently Mayor of Asilah and Secretary General of the Assilah Forum Foundation. He previously held the post of Minister of Culture and was a member of the Moroccan House of Representatives from 1977 to 1992. Mr. Benaïssa has also served with the United Nations and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (1965–1976), and is a Founder and Vice President of the Council for Arab and International Relations. He is a holder of the Aga Khan Award for Islamic Architecture for the rehabilitation

of Assilah (1988), and was the Laureate of the Foundation of Arab Thought, Beirut (2003) (Cultural Man of the Year); the Laureate of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (2008); and the Laureate of the Sharjah Prize of Arab Culture (2011). Mr. Benaïssa is member of many regional and international organizations, including the Aspen Foreign Affairs Forum and the Aspen Food Security Strategy.

He is also a member of the Nomination Committee for the Isa Award for Service to Humanity in Bahrain. Mr. Benaïssa received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Minnesota, USA and in 2007 was granted a Doctorate of Laws Honoris Causa, also from the University of Minnesota.