Regional Director, Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Programs
Based in Tunis, Abou El Mahassine Fassi-Fihri is Regional Director, MENA, with over nine years of experience with NGOs and multilateral agencies, including the World Bank and the European Commission. Abou brings extensive experience on designing and managing conflict prevention and institution-building programs focused on mediation, alternative dispute resolution, youth and media. Abou headed our European office, where he served as our representative in Brussels and was responsible for overseeing country programs. He is a former board member of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), the largest alliance of peacebuilding organizations in Europe. Abou began working with our office in Rabat, Morocco in 2004 and served as Morocco Country Director from 2005 to 2008. Abou holds a Master’s Degrees from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) in International Humanitarian Assistance. He has published articles on international affairs and mediation in newspapers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Abou is a dual Moroccan-Belgian citizen and speaks French, English and North African Arabic.