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Leadership & Administration
Student success is a Leadrship, Staff and Faculty effort

The School is led by Director Aziz YASRI PhD., MBA. Chair of The RUFORUM Principals and Deans Committee & Sub-Committee. With support from his project managers & consultant leadership team.

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Faculty Director

Abdallah Oukarroum is a plant physiologist with a strong research interest in the functional plasticity of plants under stress.

Through his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, Abdallah Oukarroum acquired extensive experience in the study of alterations in the photosynthetic apparatus of plants under drought and heat stresses.

At the University of Quebec in Montreal in Canada, Abdallah Oukarroum has been interested in understanding the inhibitory effects and bioaccumulation of metals and metallic nanoparticles at the membrane and cellular levels on aquatic plants.

Currently, at University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P) in Morocco, Abdallah Oukarroum’s research group focuses on the elucidation of the biochemical-physiological mechanisms underlying adaptation and acclimation responses of plants to environmental stress. and also occupies the position of director of the School of Agriculture, Fertilization & Environmental Sciences (ESAFE-UM6P).

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Accredited Masters Coordinator

Khalid OUFDOU is a full professor (C grad ) at Cadi Ayyad University. He supervised 13 PhD theses, published more than 60 publications with high impact factor and 04ongoing supervised Doctorate. He developed several research projects with Spain, France, Germany, Tunisia, Portugal and Sweden (3 IFS grants). He was the founder and President of the Moroccan Association of Biotechnologiesand Protection of Natural Resources (MICROBIONA) from 2009 to 2013. He is elected member of the scientific committee of Faculty of Sciences, Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University(2018-2020). He is a scientificexpertof the CNRST (Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique et Technique), Morocco (2019-2022).

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Consultant & Executive Masters Cordinator

Mohammed BOULIF started his career as a faculty member at the National School of Agriculture (ENA) after obtaining his Ingénieur Agronome Diploma (MSc equivalent) in 1975 from IAV Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco. He completed his PhD degree in Plant Pathology in 1986 at the university of Minnesota (USA) and was promoted to the rank of Professor at ENA where he taught several plant protection disciplines for more than 30 years and supervised few dozens of student research projects. He also served respectively as secretary general and director of ENA for 16 years. His main concern during the past decade was to extend to farmers agricultural best practices for integrated crop production and integrated pest management through Farmer Field Schools (FFS).

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Administration Staff

Director Aziz is supported by the Project Managers leadership team.

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Accredited Masters Program Officer

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Oumaima DIANI

Executive / Continuous trainings Project Manager

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Digitalization Project Manager

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Soukaina LAMHANI

Pedagogical and Scholarity Assistant

ESAFE Partners

ESAFE is supported also by UM6P & AGBS department Business Parners.

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Business Partner Communication

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Logistic and Administrative Partner

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Abderrahim TOUFIK

Purchase Manager / Management Controller

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Campus Life at UM6P & ESAFE

the campus combines modernity and tradition and provides new and well-equipped infrastructures, which allows students to benefit from a living environment conducive to learning, community life and personal growth.

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What Makes ESAFE Special

Empowering Science in Agriculture For Excellence


ESAFE, Missions and Values

The Schools’s mission is to develop skills, Promote research, and agricultural sciences, Create and Make the World Ever Better.

Embedded in that ideal are the values we share: Excellence, equity, leadership, Passion, Openness, Audacity, Equality & Meritocracy, Commitment & Responsibility.

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