The Olive Writers Staff

Mohammed EL WAHABI
Program 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 as a 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 workshop. 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.
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 Bentali Gharsallah NUERNBERG
Program Officer
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.
Project Manager
Salma Takky is a Ph.D. candidate at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University in Fez, where she researches the politics of gender and religion though 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.
Communications Associate
Kenza BELADEL is a youth leader and photographer. She majors in English Studies at Ain Shok University in Casablanca. She is an alumna of the MYSEC program for social entrepreneurship. In 2018, she was selected to take part in the Global Ugrad Program in the United States.
Haytham Chhilif
Editor & Publications Manager
Haytham Chhilif is a Masters candidate in gender studies at the University of Fes. 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 new editor and publications manager.
Program Advisor
Soukaina HabibAllah is a Moroccan poet and novelist. She has published four books of poetry, including [A Quarter Century of Sight] (2014), [There Is No Need for You] (2015), and [Five Wingless Butterflies] (2016), as well as a novel, [The Barracks] (2016). She was a recipient of the Buland al-Haidari prize for young poets, an Arab Fund for Arts and Culture grant, an al-Mawred al-Thaqafy grant, and the Nadeen Chamss Prize. In 2017, HabibAllah participated in a reading tour sponsored by the Turkish Ministry of Culture. Her poetry has been translated into French, English, German, Spanish, and Montenegrin.