Board Members


The Commission is managed by a board of six Moroccans and six resident Americans who all serve without compensation. Board Members are appointed respectively by the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and the American Ambassador to Morocco, both of whom serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Commission board.

The board meets several times each year to set policy and review Commission activities. A sub-committee of the board is responsible for the screening and selection of candidates.

The J.William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, a Presidentially-appointed committee of twelve, establishes general policy guidelines and oversees the final selection of all grantees. In addition, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State (ECA) and MACECE are assisted in the administration of the program by the following co-operating agencies: The Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the Institute of International Education (IIE), The International Research & Exchanges Board IREX and AMIDEAST.

MACECE Secretariat:

  • Dr. James A. MILLER, MACECE Executive Secretary.
  • Mr. Khalid BAALOU, MACECE Deputy Executive Secretary.

Moroccan Board Members:

  • Dr. Amine Bensaid, President (2013), President, Mediapolis, Casablanca
  • Dr. Hassan Mekouar, Treasurer (1988), Professor (ret.), English Dept., Faculty of Letters, Rabat
  • Dr. Wail Benjelloun, (1988), Past President, Mohamed V University-Agdal, Rabat
  • Dr. Mokhtar Annaki, (2000), Regional Senior Vice President for Development, Whitney International
  • Mr. Yassir Touhami, (2014), Global Head of Content & Editorial, Intellectual Property & Science, Thomas Reuters
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation (Post vacant)

American Board Members:

  • Mr. Gary Butzbach, Vice President (1993), Director (ret.), American Language Center, Rabat
  • Ms. Erica Thibault, Vice Treasurer (2015), Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, Rabat
  • Ms. Julianne M. Furman, (2006), General Manager, Polydesign System, Tangier
  • Mr. Brian George, (2017), Public Affairs Officer, PAS, U.S. Embassy, Rabat
  • Mr. John Davison, (2014), Director, Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM)