Saloua Karkri-Belkeziz

Saloua Karkri-Belkeziz

MOROCCO

Manager of GFI Informatique Maroc and Founder of AFEM (the Moroccan Women&Business Owners&Association)

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Sub-Saharan Africa

Saloua Karkri-Belkeziz (Morocco), began her career creating Professional System, a data processing service company acquired later by the French group GFI and later renamed GFI-Maroc. Saloua Karkri-Belkeziz presently runs GFI-Maroc and has been recognised "Business Woman of the year in Morocco" (2004) by l'Express, a French weekly magazine. GFI-Maroc has established itself as one of the leading data processing companies in Morocco. Mrs. Belkeziz is also famous for creating the AFEM, the Moroccan Women Entrepreneurs Association, of which she held the presidency during six years. She is now Emeritus President of the AFEM. In recognition of her activism in favour of women's empowerment, she was decorated by His Majesty the King Mohammed VI of Wissam al Arch, and received the French National Order of Merit. Saloua Karkri holds various positions within the General Confederation of Enterprises of Morocco, (CGEM) as member of the Executive Committee and Vice President of the Federation of New Technologies. She is very active both locally and on the international level: • Former President of the IT GIAC. • Vice-President of the Ouezzane Association for Development and Culture. • Member of the "Groupe d'impulsion France-Maroc", a committee devoted to foster economic relations between France and Morocco and presided by the Prime Ministers of both countries. • Member of the OECD Taskforce for the promotion of women's entrepreneurship in the Middle-East and North-African (MENA) region. • Member of the Word Bank committee of the Consultative Council for gender (CCG) for the MENA Region. Saloua Karkri-Belkeziz is 45, married and has three children.