Chair of Global Business
Dr.Ahlam Al-Zoubi holds a Ph.D. in Business Management from Girne American University and an MBA in E-Business Management from Mu’tah- Ohio University. She was the head of the Business Department and assistant professor at Akdeniz Karpaz University in Cyprus, additionally; she served as research assistant at Girne American University and assistant professor at SP Jain School of Global Management in Dubai. Her main research interests are: the relationship between strategic management and performance in higher education, brand management and consumers’ cultural contradictions, and marketing management across countries. Dr. Al-Zoubi is the chair of the Global Business Program at American College Casablanca.
Modern Language Instructor
Ms. Kaoutar Benchouk holds a Master’s of Translation Technology and Specialized Translation and a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics (English studies) from Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakesh. She began her career as a primary school french teacher in Morocco. She taught Arabic at Sam Houston State University, and also taught English as a Second Language for five years. Ms. Benchouk also served previously as a Fulbright visiting teacher, and as a freelance interpreter and a translator for Morocco World News. Ms. Benchouk is an instructor in Modern Languages at American College Casablanca.
Chair of Global Communications
Dr. Hamdi Echkaou earned his Ph.D. in Humanities from Mohamed V University of Rabat. His research focuses on the protest movements’ discourses in cyberspace. He served prior as a Teaching Associate in the Communications Media Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). He is also affiliated with the Communications Media and Instructional Technology program at IUP. Dr. Echkaou was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (EUP). He coordinated several field researches, particularly about the urban youths, insecurity realities of Atlas mountain dwellers, and electronic media in Morocco with the support of the Orientalisch Institute at Leipzig University. He is the Chair of Global Communications at American College Casablanca.
MOHAMED EL BOUCHIKHI
Chair of Global Studies
Dr. Mohamed El Bouchikhi holds a Ph. D. degree in International Studies majoring in International Relations from Sogang University, Korea. He served as a professor of International Relations and Islamic Politics and Culture at Sun Moon University, Korea, and the coordinator of international cooperation with universities in the Arab & Islamic region. Additionally, he worked as a Market Researcher on the Arab and African markets at Pohang Iron and Steel Company (POSCO). He is also an active media political analyst with various media outlets on Northeast Asian, Arab & Islamic Issues. Dr. El Bouchikhi is the Chair of Global Studies and an assistant professor at the college.
MOHAMED BADINE EL YATTIOUI
Chair of Global Development
Dr. Mohamed Badine El Yattioui holds a PhD in Political Science with a specialty in International Relations from the University of Lyon (France). His lines of research cover geopolitics, global governance, international development and international security. He served prior as a professor and researcher in Mexico and a visiting professor for postgraduate seminars at the University of Lyon, France. He served prior as Coordinator of the masters degree in “Governance and Globalization” of the UDLAP (Mexico). He was also the founder and coordinator of the Permanent Seminar on Studies on Islam, ILM based in UDLAP. He was previously a researcher at the universities of Oxford (United Kingdom), Havana (Cuba) and Medellín (Colombia).
Mr. David Flaschberger received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois in Secondary Education and his Master's Degree in Education Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He has been in education for thirty years, serving in eight countries and in a wide variety of roles. Currently he is the Head of School at American Academy Casablanca, along with the High School Principal. Mr. Flaschberger is an adjunct faculty member in the Global Education program.
Global Studies Professor
Dr. Yasmine Hasnaoui holds a Ph.D. in Human Sciences from Mohammed V University, and has 17 years of professional experience at the national and international levels in the fields of education, communication and public relations. She served prior as the Chair of the Council of International Organisations at Global Ties US, Washington DC. In addition to her role as a faculty member in the Global Studies program, Dr. Hasnaoui serves as the Provost of the College.
Global IT Instructor
Ms. Karima Kaddouri holds a Master's of Science in Software Engineering and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration from Al Akhawayn University (AUI). She also has 5 years experience teaching various Computer Science courses at AUI and other international institutions. Ms. Kaddouri is an Instructor in the Global IT program.
Mr. Sean Licata began his career in NYC as a middle school English Teacher, Data Specialist, Literacy Coach, Team Leader and UFT Chapter Leader. As a graduate of the Fordham University Masters program, Mr. Licata was able to put into action many theories of urban education. As a graduate of the New York City Leadership Academy, he developed a keen understanding of the need to work collaboratively with all stakeholders and the need to ensure each learning community has high expectations for students, staff and parents. Mr. Licata is currently the Deputy Head of School at American Academy Casablanca, and is Adjunct Faculty in the Global Education and Leadership program.
Ms. Sara Maderious holds a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Sonoma State University and a Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from San Francisco State University. She was first introduced to Morocco by serving in the Peace Corps. She has since returned to work and reside there for over eight years, five of which have been teaching academic English at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane.
Chair of Global IT
Dr. Asmae Mesbahi El Aouame holds a PhD. in Computer science and Software Engineering from Auburn University. In addition to her experience in academia as a professor and a researcher in developing mechanisms of improving software quality and software processes, she is a professional practitioner of Orthomolecular Medicine and Personalized Neuro Emotional Support. She is also a Fulbright scholarship recipient and a founding member of the Association of Alternative and Preventive Medical Sciences in Morocco. Dr. Mesbahi is the chair of the Global Information Technology program and an assistant professor at the college.
Dr. Connell R. Monette holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto, and has 19 years in teaching, research, and administration at universities in Canada and Morocco. Dr Monette is the Vice President of the American Academy Universal Education Council. He also serves as Vice-Chancellor of the College, and Chair of the Board of Governors. Dr. Monette is an adjunct faculty member teaching in the humanities.
Mr. Folu Ojutalayo earned his B.Sc. (Hons) in Information and Communications and Cultural Studies at Metropolitan University, and his Post Graduate Diploma at the City University, London, UK. He is currently working towards his PhD in Supply Chain Management at the University of West Scotland. With almost 30 years of professional experience in Library and Information Science in universities in Europe, North America, and North Africa, he is the College Digital Librarian.
Chair of Global Education
Dr. Brian Seilstad holds a Ph.D. in Education from The Ohio State University, and has 16 years of experience in development and education in Morocco and the United States. In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Seilstad served for several years with the Peace Corps in North Africa. In addition to his role as Dean of Global Engagement, he currently serves as the Chair of the Global Education and Leadership program, and is a member of the College faculty.