The Olive Writers Staff

 
Mohammed EL WAHABI
Program Director
mohammed@olivewriters.org
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 theMorocco 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.
 
Hasna JABIR
Program Officer
hasna@olivewriters.org
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@olivewriters.org
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.
 
 
Salma TAKKY
Project Manager
salma@olivewriters.org
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’Audiovisuelin Rabat, Morocco and has worked for a number of NGOs to promote education, media literacy, women's empowerment and youth entrepreneurship.
 
Kenza BELADEL
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.
 
 
Khadija GOURRI
Editor & 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 organized youth outreach events as the president of AVENEW. Currently,  she teaches English at the American Language Center in Oujda. Gourri is an alumna of SWUC 4, a social work program based in Ouarzazate.
 
 
Soukaina HABIBALLAH
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.