Mr. Othman BENJELLOUN
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Mr Othman BENJELLOUN is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of BMCE Bank Of Africa Group and Chairman of FinanceCom, the Bank’s holding company. He has been the Chairman of the Moroccan Banking Association (GPBM) since 1995 and was Chairman of the Union of North African Banks from 2007 to 2009.
Mr BENJELLOUN founded BMCE Bank Foundation with a two-fold mission – environmental protection and education, primarily fighting illiteracy by building and managing community schools in rural areas in Morocco and Africa.
Since 1981, Mr BENJELLOUN he has been an Adviser to the Washington-based Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), formerly preside over by Dr Henry Kissinger. In 2013, the CSIS conferred upon him the prestigious title of Honorary Trustee.
Mr BENJELLOUN was appointed as Chancellor of Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane between 1998 and January 2004 by His Majesty the late King Hassan II. In 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by King’s College, London.
Mr BENJELLOUN has received a number of decorations. On 7th April 2010, Mr BENJELLOUN was elevated to the rank of Commander of the Order of the Throne by his Majesty King Mohammed VI.
Mr BENJELLOUN had been made an Officer of the Order of the Throne by His Majesty the late King Hassan II and Commander of the Order of the Polar Star by His Majesty the King of Sweden. He was made a Commander of the National Order of the Republic of Senegal by President Abdoulaye Wade, Commander by Number of the Order of Isabella the Catholic by His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain and Commander of France’s Order of Arts and Letters. More recently, he received the decoration of Commander of the Order of the Grand Star by the Republic of Djibouti.
Born in 1932 in Casablanca, he is a former pupil of Lausanne’s École Polytechnique Fédérale. He is married to Dr Leïla MEZIAN BENJELLOUN, an ophthalmologist and father to two children, Dounia and Kamal.