Dr. Hynd Bouhia
She was nominated by Forbes among the 100 most influential women in the world in 2008 and among the most influential women in Business in the Arab World in 2015, and honored as a member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in 2018. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in high-level and leadership positions, covering investments, financial structuring, entrepreneurship and sustainable development strategies. With a PhD from Harvard University (GSAS 1998), an Engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris (1995) and a Master from Johns Hopkins SAIS (2000), Hynd Bouhia started her career at the World Bank in Washington before joining Morocco’s Prime Minister as an economic advisor.
She was appointed in 2008 as the Managing Director of Casablanca Stock Exchange. After that she structured and managed several investment funds for clean energy and a venture capital fund for startups. As the CEO of Strategica, she advises entrepreneurs, companies and institutions on economic intelligence, sustainable finance and growth strategies. Dr. Hynd Bouhia is a Professor of Sustainable Development and author of the motivational book for women entitled “Africa Girl, African Woman.” Ever positive and optimistic, Dr. Hynd Bouhia says “this speech of hope is our reason for … waking up in the morning.” Her piece of advice for the Moroccan and African youth is to “be sincere with oneself, to work hard, and to always maintain a positive mindset… It is only with this mindset that we can succeed.”