AWLI Founding Member Receives International Award for Career in Public Service

Paris, France – For her commitment to public service, Dr. Najat Zarrouk, a founding member of the Arab Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI), received the 2015 OP Dwivedi Award at the annual conference of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration, held in Paris, France July 10, 2015.

Zarrouk is the first Arab Moroccan woman to receive the OP Dwivedi Award and said upon receiving the honor, “I am honored as the first Arab woman to receive such an award.  However, much work remains to support Arab women who are fighting daily against all forms of discrimination that still undermine women in our region.”

A dedicated public servant, Zarrouk received the award as a result of her long career of service in Morocco.  She has worked for the Ministry of the Interior for more than 30 years in various positions, most recently as the director of training for administrative and technical staff.  She served as the ministry’s division chief for organization and connections, as well as the director of legal affairs.  She also served as the ministry’s secretary general for 17 years.  In 2011, Zarrouk played a leading role in the Forum of Tangiers, bringing together hundreds of locally elected female leaders from more than 40 African countries to discuss the implementation of good governance, as well as the role and responsibilities of female leaders.

In 2009, Zarrouk was appointed by the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to the U.N. Committee of Experts on Public Administration.

As a founding member of AWLI, Zarrouk has been instrumental in the Leadership Institute and has led training workshops in Morocco and supported the development women leaders throughout the Arab world.

The OP Dwivedi Award is named in honor of Professor Onkar Prasad Dwivedi, a professor emeritus of the political science and public administration at the University of Guelph.  Dwivedi was distinguished in the field of public administration most notably for his work in environmental policy.  The OP Dwivedi Award was established in 2008 to honor distinguished international researchers or practitioners, recognizing their significant contribution to public administration and to the advancement of public policy globally.

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