The Olive Writers Staff

Mohammed EL WAHABI
Executive Director
Mohammed El Wahabi founded The Olive Writers in 2016, inspired by his experience at the Between The Lines youth writing program. El Wahabi is the winner of two national short story contests, and his work has been published in Arabic and English at Borderless, Yarakat, and elsewhere. The co-founder of Lotus Association for Culture and Creativity, El Wahabi also served on the Youth Advisory Council of World Oceans Day (The Ocean Project) and the Morocco Library Project. El Wahabi has worked with the U.S. Embassy to coordinate the IWP Lines&Spaces tour. In 2017, El Wahabi was named a Stanford AMENDS Fellow at the University of Oxford, where he is a member of the Arts and Culture Committee.
Hiba Bikisse
Events & Communications Coordinator
Hiba Bikisse is an olive writers’ alumna and an MA student at ENCG Tangier, where she pursues International Trade. Hiba has served as club coordinator at ASEM club for two years, and is the co-founder of the khidmaty project- a platform that links jobbers with their respective clients/niche. During her three years in college-where she built her experience working with NGOs and clubs- she explored her passion for project management and helping people in need, which is why she likes to combine between the two by working on similar projects that offer new opportunities for the youth of Morocco.
Haytham Chhilif
Editor & Publications Manager
 Haytham Chhilif holds a Masters in gender studies from the University of Dhar El Mahraz. His creative writing has been published in Youth Magazine and his news reporting has appeared with Daily Morocco. After interning with MasterPeace's online platform, he is now currently completing the ETII's teacher training program. An alumnus of The Olive Writer's 2019 Summer Camp, Haytham is committed to furthering TOW's mission as our editor and publications manager.
Hasna Jabir
Program Officer
Hasna Jabir is a Moroccan social activist and trainer. She holds a diploma in software engineering and a BA in Organizational Communication. She is the co-founder and former president of Lotus Association for Culture and Creativity. Jabir volunteers with the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment and with the Family School in Casablanca. 
Hodna Nuernberg
Program Advisor
 Hodna Bentali Gharsallah Nuernberg holds an MFA in Literary Translation and an MA in Francophone World Studies, both from the University of Iowa. She has taught languages, literature and translation at universities in France, the U.S. and Morocco, where she served as a Fulbright English Teaching Fellow at the ENS-Rabat. Her translations from French and Arabic have appeared with Two Lines, Anomaly, Asymptote, QLRS, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Her co-translation of Madam St. Clair: Queen of Harlem is forthcoming with Diálogos Press in January 2020.
Salma Takky
Project Coordinator
Salma Takky is a Ph.D. candidate at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University in Fez, where she researches the politics of gender and religion through documentary films. In 2017, Takky served as a visiting scholar at Granada's University Women and Gender Studies research institute. She has studied journalism at the Institut Spécialisé du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel in Rabat, Morocco and has worked for a number of NGOs to promote education, media literacy, women's empowerment, and youth entrepreneurship.