Our Team










Alim El Gaddari, Programs Director.

Alim Al Gaddari, psychologist and sexologist by training, has joined the organization’s staff team as new Programs Director. Alim has been working on HIV field for 15 years in France. Before joining ITPC-MENA he was in charge of International Programs at Sida Info Service, a french organization. During his past experience, Alim successfully managed several HIV-related programs in sub-saharan Africa. He worked in collaboration with several partners and donors such as UNICEF, UNAIDS, the European Union, the City of Paris and France Expertise. The projects focused on West, Central and Northern Africa.


Alia Amimi, the Advocacy and Research Strategy Manager

Alia Amimi has just joined ITPC MENA as the advocacy strategy manager. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations in 2014 and holds a Master’s degree in International Governance and Intelligence from the International University of Rabat in dual degree with Sciences Po Grenoble. She has previously held internships in the UNDP Office in Côte d’Ivoire in the Electoral Process Support Department and a one-year internship with the African Development Bank in Morocco She participated in the development of the Bank’s new five-year strategy 2017-2021 by working on the identification of the main sectoral needs and projects, namely in the health sector, but also in support of the Bank’s actions In the framework of its participation in the Cop22.
Ms. Amimi is very interested in health-related issues, and it is in this light that her Bachelor’s thesis has focused on the public health challenges facing global governance.


FORSS Program Manager 

Dr. Talal MAAROUF is the previous coordinator of the Global Fund’s civil society communication and coordination platform for the MENA region. Talal did his bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery and basic medical training at Alexandria University, Egypt. He recently obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Health for Development at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), The United Kingdom. He has been involved in promoting HIV, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and youth mobilisation in the MENA region for nearly a decade. 

Islème Mejri, MENA Regional Global Fund Platform Manager

Islèm Mejri is an intersectional LGBTQI+ activist. They previously worked with the Tunisian organization Mawjoudin (We Exist), – that promotes and defends LGBTQI+ rights in Tunisia, – as the Advocacy & Communications officer. They were also a board member and a project coordinator for the Tunisian Coalition for LGBTQI+ rights, and they have been working on advocacy planning and coordination, in partnership with civil society organizations. Islèm is also the regional coordinator for “Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide” (TvT), an ongoing, comparative qualitative-quantitative research project initiated by Transgender Europe (TGEU), to provide an overview of the human-rights situation of trans and gender-diverse people, in Africa & the Middle East. As a psychology graduate and a recognized LILO counsellor, Islèm has been using their knowledge in Psychology to provide counselling and active listening sessions to LGBTQI+ individuals, victims of violence and violations, to help them start their healing journey. They have also been developing multiple projects and activities, especially in capacity and community building to settle a healthy culture of SOGIESC. They have joined recently the International Trans* Fund as a member of the grant making panel, and they are a professional trainer and facilitator on multiple topics, such as, Advocacy, UPR mechanism, and many other fields.

Please don’t hesitate to contact him for all issues related to the Global Fund via email :islem.mejri@itpcmena.org


Zakaria Bahtout, Head of Communication and Partnerships.

Zakaria Bahtout, 34 years old, working as a Communication and Program Partners Officer for the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition in Middle East and North Africa-ITPC MENA and also member of the Youth Advisory Forum of UNAIDS. Moroccan involved in the HIV response to the HIV epidemic since he was teenager. He started as a volunteer at the ALCS (Association de lute Contre le Sida) branch in Marrakech Since 2007. He have learned a lot to the point that He wanted to make a passion for activism become his job. After finishing his university studies, He joined ALCS as staff member where He was serving as a coordinator of prevention activities among youth, workers and tuck drivers. With the support of his organization, He helped developing innovative approaches to reach out to youth in Marrakech and Morocco: we set a funfair (Kermesse) mixing games and knowledge on HIV, launched an SMS platform to answer youth’s questions about sexual and reproductive health, organized sport events (Mini Coupe d’Afrique de Football), concerts etc.

With ITPC MENA his implementing several capacity building and support programs targeting peoples living with HIV/Aids and key populations at higher risk. This enabled him to have extensive links with communities of peoples living with HIV/Aids, sex workers, MSM and People who inject drugs especially the youngest among them who have specific needs in Comparison to the oldest.

As Program and Communication Officer of ITPC MENA, He have developed connexions with local activists and organizations throughout the MENA region.

Imad EL OUALIDI, Administratif & Financial Director

Born in 1983 in Marrakech, he joined the team of ITPC MENA, as a new financial administrative director, he is preparing for his second Master in Accounting, Control, Audit (CCA), holder of a Master in Management Control and Information System (MCGSI), he was an administrative, accounting, and financial director, in a higher education school, where he held several assignments as accounting chief, accounting firms.


MENA Regional Platform Advisor
Charlie BARAN is provides technical support to the MENA platform. He holds a Masters degree in Public Health and has been working in the fields of HIV, health, and development, with an emphasis on key populations and civil society, for more than 12 years. Charlie brings to the team a deep understanding of the Global Fund model, organization, and priorities. While complementing all activities of the platform, Charlie’s focus is on analysis and content development, monitoring of developments and publications by the Global Fund, and advising the ITPC-MENA team on strategy and approach.
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