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 at the University of Iowa’s International 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 theMorocco Library Project, the flagship program of the Olive Seed Foundation. El Wahabi collaborated with the U.S. Embassy to coordinate the IWP Lines&Spaces workshop, as well as the Moroccan American Poetry Reading. 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 B.A. 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. Jabir aspires to create a nurturing environment for Moroccan NGOs, bringing positive energy through effective communication and management strategies and by fighting corruption and the misuse of status and funds. 
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, on TV5Monde and elsewhere. 
Project Manager

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. Beladel enjoys public speaking, reading and watching football. Beladel combined her passion for photography and social entrepreneurship to launch a custom t-shirt line. In 2018, she was selected to take part in the Global Ugrad Program in the United States.
Khadija GOURRI
& Publications Manager

Khadija GOURRI is a youth leader and holder of a BA in English  from the University of Mohammed I in Oujda. As a student, Gourri was active in organizing youth outreach events as the president of AVENEW. Currently,  she teaches English at the American Language Center in Oujda and at a private language center. Gourri is an alumna of SWUC 4, a social work program based in Ouarzazate. Her interests include writing, reading, entrepreneurship, filmmaking and the arts. Gourri aims to develop her capacities in order to create a positive impact in her community. Gourri joined The Olive Writers's staff after taking part in the 2017 summer camp.