I am a 24-year-old Moroccan graduate student at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. I am a fellow of the American Association of University Women in Washington DC and the Resolution Project in New York. I was also a graduate student at Sciences Po Paris, where I studied International Development and specialized in the Middle East. During my undergraduate studies, I was student Valedictorian at Al Akhawayn University (Morocco), where I earned a Bachelor's degree in International Studies -obtained with Summa Cum Laude. Elected representative of my class, I had the honor to deliver the graduation speech “We are all potential heroes” in 2012 (posted on youtube). I speak four languages: English, Arabic, French, and Spanish, I am also learning Tamazight in order to better communicate with the population of the Atlas mountains. I currently represent the High Atlas Foundation at the United Nations in New York. Indeed, I am interested in participatory development, politics, and international relations. I participated and spoke in international conferences at the UN, the UNESCO, the International Studies Association, Stanford University, and other fora in Dubai, London, Tunisia, Paris, Singapore and the USA. Last but not least, I am also the founder of the social resolution “Empowering Women in the the Atlas”, that aims to help the population of a small village of the Middle Atlas to improve their conditions of life, by empowering women- who I regard as “key poverty fighters”.