Team in Morocco

Project documentation | 09 April 2021
Gilles Cols
Chief Technical Advisor

Gilles Cols joined ILO in 2018 as a Technical Expert in private sector development based in Nouakchott, and moved to Rabat to take the position of Chief Technical Advisor of the project ProAgro Maroc on 1 November 2020. Gilles has an extensive experience in private sector development-related areas including industry competitiveness analysis, value chain development, SME support and public-private dialogue.

Before joining ILO, he worked at the World Bank Group for five years, mostly designing and implementing analytical work and technical assistance projects focused on job creation, access to finance and private sector support. Previously, Gilles worked at UNDP as an Economist, based in Kigali, conducting research on poverty measures and managing development projects. He also worked for a consulting company in Brussels (ADE) as a Macroeconomic and Regional Development Specialist and at the European Parliament in the Special Committee for the 2008 financial, economic and social crisis.

Gilles holds a Master of Sciences in Economics from the University of Louvain and a Postgraduate Degree in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe.

Ahmed Ben Hammou
National Expert in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development

Ahmed Ben Hammou joined ILO in January 2021 as the National Enterprise Development Expert for the project "ProAgro Maroc: Promotion of decent work in the agribusiness sector in Morocco". Ahmed has more than 9 years of experience in agricultural and rural development with international bilateral and multilateral development organizations.

Before joining ILO, Ahmed worked as a monitoring and evaluation officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He also worked as project manager for an IFAD-funded development project of the Atlas Mountains aiming at the integrated development of several animal and plant value chains. He worked also as National Technical Assistant in a development project of two agribusiness value chains in Draa-Tafilalet and Souss-Massa regions. Ahmed also has extensive experience in the private sector as a forecaster and a sales manager.

Ahmed holds a State Engineer Degree in Agricultural Economics from the Meknes National School of Agriculture (ENA-Meknes) in Morocco and a Master of Sciences in Value Chains and Agro-logistics from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier (IAMM) in France.

Mustapha Ziroili
National Expert in Employment and Vocational Training

Mustapha Ziroili is the National Expert on Employment and Vocational Training for the project ‘ProAgro – Promotion of Decent Work in Agribusiness’ in Morocco. Mustapha has more than 15 years of experience in Labour Market Information Statistics, Labour Economics and development project management.

Before joining ILO, he worked as manager of employment observatory in Millennium Challenge Account where he was responsible of managing 8M$ to help government in improving labour market observation. He was leading a research program based on many data sources for in-depth analysis of labour supply and labour demand in nexus with education, vocational training, structural transformation, poverty, inequalities and development. Before that, he worked for High Commission for Planning (the National Office of Statistics) on official statistics and was involved and leading researches and analyses related to social and economic development issues, especially on labour market outcomes, inequalities, poverty, informality and precarity.

Mustapha holds a Master of Sciences in Applied Economics from the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics in Morocco and a Master in Applied Labour Economics for Development (MALED) from ITC-ILO, University of Turin and Sciences-Po Paris (joint program). He is currently in the final stage of a PhD program in Economics in Aix-Marseille University in France. His thesis is on labour market segmentation, labour market mobility and state dependence to informality and the impact of minimum wage on labour market outcomes in the context of a labour market characterized by the widespread of informality.

Nabil Mnider

Nabil has an extensive experience as a driver in Morocco. Before joining ProAgro team, he worked on two ILO projects (in 2004 and 2016) and for UNWOMEN from 2011 to 2016. Before joining the UN agencies, Nabil worked as a truck and taxi driver. Nabil holds a training certificate in mechanics, in security and safety in the field, and in first aid. He holds a driving licence for cars, motorbikes and trucks. Nabil is passionate about motorbikes, bicycles and farming. He owns a small farms outside Rabat where he enjoys spending his free time.

Safaa Es Salhi
Admin and Finance Assistant

Safaa joined ILO in July 2021 as an administrative and finance assistant of the project “ProAgro Maroc”. She has an extensive experience in financial and administrative management of programmes, as well as procurement and logistics management.

Before joining ILO, she worked at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Rabat for four years, as a finance assistant providing financial, administrative and technical management for “Migration, Development & Governance” (MDG) & “Voluntary Return and Reintegration” (AVRR) programmes. Furthermore, Safaa has a large experience in organizing events, managing grants/implementing partnerships, audit, development of SOPs and statistics. She worked also on humanitarian and medical assistances provided for returned migrants, including logistical support & reintegration follow up in coordination with origin missions.

Previously, Safaa worked for “Axa assurance” as general agent and for Search for Common Grounds as finance assistant.

Safaa holds a master's degree in finance and management from “Ecole des Hautes Etudes de Management (HEM)” in Rabat in double degree with master degree in corporate finance from IAE Lyon, Jean Moulin 3 and a bachelor degree in economics and management from the University of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences Mohamed V Agdal of Rabat.