Matthew D. Meredith
Matthew has twenty years of project development and blended finance experience . A serial entrepreneur, Matthew also works as a project manager and advisor. With years of resident experience in emerging markets he understands the challenges and realities of executing on projects. He is passionate about economic growth and takes a very practical approach to every project in order to achieve concrete results. An SME advisory specialist, he plays the role of intermediary between entrepreneurs, communities, capital providers and government. Matthew also has current technical experience in agricultural trade logistics, cold chain, energy markets and energy infrastructure. He has a BA from Tufts University in International Relations and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business. In addition to professional level German and French, he has advanced Arabic language training.
William C. Fellows
Mr. William Fellows has more than 18 years of experience in the MENA region, including 15 years in the Maghreb in entrepreneurship support and financing and impact investment development, impact venture capital investment, and advisory in conceiving and structuring impact risk capital funds in the Maghreb and Francophone Africa. He further has extensive experience in management and development of programs focused on green and circular economy financing.
William holds a BA from Vassar College in Diplomatic History, an MA from Indiana University in Islamic History, and an MA in International Economics & Finance from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (JHU – SAIS). He also holds certificates in advanced Arabic studies from Université Moulay Ismail in Morocco and the American University’s CASA program in Cairo, Egypt. He is fluent in Arabic and French.
Mohamed Saad El Jai
Deputy Managing Director, Senior Economist
Saad has provided program support to LixCap’s Casablanca office since its founding. He has experience in on-the-ground management, assessment and evaluation in Morocco. He has been involved in entrepreneurship in the country since 2011, and previously worked as a full time staff member of the USAID funded Moroccan Economic Competitiveness Program. Following his work experience with USAID, Saad joined LixCap in 2012 and contributed to the development of a cold storage logistics hub at the port of Tanger Med. Between 2013 and 2015, Saad pursued a Master’s degree of Science in Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. In parallel, he continued to support LixCap’s efforts on a retainer basis and also worked as a consultant at Weibold GmbH, in charge of the development of the Middle Eastern and African market. In September 2015, Saad joined the Casablanca office of LixCap on a full time basis. Saad plays an integral role as team leader in LixCap’s ongoing project work. Saad is fluent in Arabic, French, and English.
Najwa El Iraki
Partner at LixCap
Najwa El Iraki is the Founder & Managing Partner of AricaDev Consulting Ltd, a business development and advisory firm dedicated to the African continent. She is also the Managing Director in North West Africa for Opportunity Network, a global business matchmaking platform headquartered in London that connects CEOs worldwide for business opportunities. Prior to this, she was the Head of Business Development at Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA. Previously, she was Senior Manager within Mazars’ Financial Services Group in London.Najwa has accumulated 15 years’ experience and holds a Master’s degree in Business Management and Finance from leading French and British business schools (Kedge Business School & Aston Business School). She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, member of both international accountancy and UK tax leading professional institutes (ICAS & ATT). She holds a certificate in leadership management from Harvard Business School. Najwa speaks fluently English, French, Arabic and intermediate Spanish.
Entrepreneurship and Fisheries Expert
Chad Maxwell has 20 years’ experience developing and managing market-based solutions as an entrepreneur, business professional and management consultant to SMEs and Fortune 500 companies. He is the co-founder and a principal of Happy Marble, a seafood industry consulting firm. Chad recently served as a Director of Enterprise Management for Barrick Gold Corporation, where he led investment identification of greenfield and aquaculture development opportunities for underutilized assets. He is a former Partner and Senior Consultant for Global Mining Corporation and Director of Livestock for Niman Ranch. He has launched, run and exited his own start-up enterprises. He has managed 210 employee operations; controlled USD 20 million operational budgets; structured USD 100 million value chain investment targets for the EU and restructured USD 9 billion entities across several continents and diverse operational environments. Chad has a MBA from the University of South Dakota (Beta Gamma Sigma) and speaks English and French.
Head of Business Development & Development Consultant
Charlie Smith manages business development efforts for LixCap and provides consulting and project management services. Charlie leads client outreach, opportunity sourcing and proposal submissions while also guiding internal systems improvement as LixCap grows. He is a specialist on private sector-focused programming at development finance institutions and US government agencies. Previously, he conducted political risk analysis for advisory firms in Washington, DC, and supported policy research in Beirut, Lebanon with the Issam Fares Institute. Charlie also managed international logistics operations for global consumer good firms, such as LVMH, while based out of New York City. He holds a MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with concentrations in Middle East Studies and Emerging Markets. He is proficient in Arabic.
Abdelghani Lemsaad has been a member of the LixCap team since its constitution and holds the position of Administrative Manager. He has thirty years of business administration experience in Morocco. He specializes in executing the necessary procedures to successfully interface with government agencies to fulfill permitting and authorizations requirements on behalf of LixCap clients.
Previously, he worked as an accountant in an accounting firm (ACECA) and then as a commercial insurance agent in SAFLOC. His mission was to manage accident records, and litigation case documents throughout the kingdom. Subsequently he worked at FSVC (Financial Services Volunteer Corps) as an administrative agent during the entire Maghreb Financial Sector Modernization program, which spanned from 2004 to2011. He was responsible assuring administrative support, bureaucratic, and travel logistics for field missions with international banking experts, regulators, etc. He is fluent in Arabic and French.
Rym Kharchi joined LixCap in June 2015 as a Program Administrator for the Morocco Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (MorSEFF) program, an EBRD organized Renewable Energy Financing Facility on-lending via local partner banks, which LixCap supports in sub-contract to DAI Europe Ltd. Rym is responsible for managing the middle office loan processing with the partner financial institutions (Group BMCE and Group Banque Populaire) and program reporting for this EUR 110 million facility as well as Consortium reporting. She also is in charge of Qualified Supplier relations, and she ensures a close follow-up with sub-borrowers for projects, starting from the financing request up until project implementation, making sure procedures are respected in a timely and efficient manner. She graduated from the University of Liege with a Masters degree in Management Science, and from University Hassan II with a Master degree in Public Governance & Audit. Rym is fluent in Arabic, French and English.
Maha Filali Mouncef
Director, Operations and Projects
Maha Filali is a dedicated, action-oriented, and results focused senior Project Manager. She joined LixCap in 2013. She has managed an entrepreneurship support program “Gazelles Al Maghrib” (GAM) for the last two years (2017-2019). The program aims to provide technical assistance to targeted Moroccan businesses (start-ups and SMEs) in different business areas to help them grow their businesses, increase revenues, develop core competencies for scale-up, and raise funds. Prior to that, Maha served as program manager of “Fundamental Growth Partners”, and as Junior Project Manager in the development of Friopuerto Tanger S.A, a $11 million multi-phased fresh food logistics hub at Port of Tanger Med, Northern Morocco. Maha has also held consulting and technical assistance roles in assignments related to Funds evaluation in Africa, and SME financing in Morocco. Maha holds a MSc. in Project Management from the University of Westminster in London and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Al Akhawayn University in Morocco.
Internal Finance and Operations Manager
Asmaa Rkizat joined LixCap in April 2016, and she is in charge of assisting the finance manager in managing the accounting and administration of three companies, executing analysis for different projects, reviewing budgets & Contract, reviewing processes,and reporting the results to management. She has also been working on a number of research projects in Africa including a literature review desk study for Development Food Assistance Programs (DFAP) in Uganda and a market demand study of a financing line for Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficient (EE) equipment and goods. In fact, Asmaa has a keen interest in research and used to work as a part-time research assistant during her studies. Her previous work experience includes working in a multinational company operating in the automotive industry, where she was responsible for managing the inventory of three warehouses, monitoring customer accounts, and preparing reports.She graduated from Al Akhawayn University with a BBA in Finance and Logistics. She is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.
Finance and Investment Director
Yassine has 6 years of professional background diversified between corporate banking, venture capital, and financial consulting. Through his carrier, Yassine had the opportunity to interact with different category of clients from entrepreneurs and startups to SMEs and large corporations. He has an advanced understanding of Moroccan entrepreneur’s needs, main constraints, and market pitfalls as well as a confirmed experience in strategic and financial supporting to Moroccan SMEs and entrepreneurs to scale up.Yassine have been leading project finance activities of the firm. He worked on the financial modelling and structuring of different projects; Oil storage station, Gaz infrastructure, Aquaculture farm, etc, and supporting different investors in the study of the financial feasibility of their investment opportunities.Yassine has a Bachelor of Finance from Al Akhawayne University, an Msc in Finance and Investment from Middlesex University, and his currently enrolled on ICCF program (International Certification in Corporate Finance) with HEC Paris.
Business Development Associate
Nibrass is a Business Development Associate joined LixCap in May 2016, she drives company growth and development for expansions by identifying new potential opportunities. Nibrass helps LixCap in building and maintaining solid relationships with different donors, clients, and partners. In addition, she is responsible on developing business strategies and pitches, managing a variety of opportunities through market research and partnership outreach. At the same time, Nibrass works on various project developments as Business Consultant; she worked on entrepreneurship and agriculture development projects. Prior to joining LixCap, She was as a project supervisor in a B2C enterprise. Nibrass obtained BAA concentration in Finance and Logistics (2014) and MBA (2019), both from Al Akhawayn University. She is fluent in Arabic, English, and French, and has a basic skills in German (A1).
Ahmed Al Azhar Zahid
Finance & Investment Analyst
Ahmed joined the LixCap team in February 2015 and he currently serves as a Senior Finance and Investment Analyst and Consultant. After a short spell as an Administrator in the MorSEFF program, Ahmed held leadership positions in several projects and studies that LixCap conducted; in particular, the feasibility study of the storage and transhipment terminal for petroleum products at Nador West Med, the analysis of several value chains in the United States in the agricultural and agri-food sector, and the strategic study to inform decision-making investment in a temperature-controlled warehouse in Cambodia. Thanks to his multidisciplinary skills, Ahmed plays a key role in the success of LixCap projects. Ahmed is also involved in the development of LixCap’s internal systems and has led numerous internal development projects. Ahmed holds a BBA from Al Akhawayn University and has an international experience having lived and worked on several different continents.He speaks fluently the Moroccan dialect of Arabic, French and English.
Program Support, Operations
Soukaina Chakir joined LixCap in September 2017 as a Program Assistant in Gazelles Al Maghrib which targets Moroccan businesses with a high-growth potential that are in the second- stage of their development.
Prior to this role as a Junior Research Analyst, Soukaina had internships in logistics and marketing. Her last experience was in a business development company named Develop Greece and that is located in Athens, Greece.
She holds a bachelor degree in Business and Administration from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, with a major in Management and a minor in Logistics. She is fluent in Arabic, French, and English.
Oum Keltoum Badalla
Associate Program Officer
Oum Keltoum Badalla joined LixCap in September 2017, over these two years, she occupied different positions first acting as an Assistant Operation Analyst;then as a human resource and procurement analyst. Following that Keltoum joined the consulting team as a marketing consultant on the Gazelles Al Maghrib program and is currently acting as a Program Administrator for the MorSEFF/GEFF program.Prior to her role in LixCap, Keltoum was an Administrative and Accounts Manager in a Print Agency in Morocco in which she was in charge of the client accounts, measurement of cash flows, and management of the different financial activities of the company.Oum Keltoum Badalla earned a master’s degree in Marketing Communications (Class 2016) from the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom, and holds a Bachelor in Business Administration concentrated in Finance and Marketing from Al Akhawayn university in Ifrane. Keltoum is fluent in Arabic, French and English.
Program Support, Admin
Douha Mounir joined LixCap in July 2018 as a Program Administrator in the MorsEFF Program” Morocco Sustainable Energy Financing Facility “. She is responsible for providing back support and middle office to the customer’s operational team which includes all the support, control, administration and currently acting for the Green Economy Financing Facility Grogram (GEFF). Previously, Douha had internships in International Business and Finance. Her last experience was in the International Trade Department at Banque Populaire, during the internship period she was responsible for the study of credit files, their feasibility and compliance with the Moroccan exchange regulation and participation in credit granting decisions to exporting companies within a credit committee. Douha earned a Master’s degree in International Management from the University of Legal, Economic and Social sciences in Fez.She is fluent in Arabic, French
Fatima Zahra El Mansouri
Fatima Zahra integrated LixCap’s team in October 2017 as a Junior Research Analyst. Her tasks revolve around guiding clients’ decision-making through in-depth market research and analysis.Her prior experiences were mainly in the automobile industry. With an internship in the Finance department of Fiat Chrysler Automobile in Casablanca, she helped forecast automobile sales per model, version and series. She was also involved in variance analyses of past, real and forecasted, monthly net incomes.With an Associate in Arts degree in Engineering, from Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, she went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Management Science with a concentration in Finance at Al Akhawayn Univerity in Ifrane. She is fluent in French, English, and Arabic
Finance & Investment Analyst
Manal Kamil joined LixCap Advisory & Capital in 2018 as an Investment Analyst. She is in charge of financial analysis, forcasting and financial modeling in the framework of various programs and projects including Gazelles Al Maghrib, MorSEFF and LNG feasibility study in Morocco. Manal is also involved in researching, analyzing and interpreting different types of information supporting the company’s business development.
While completing her studies, Manal had different internships in finance and accounting that provided her with a range of practical capabilities and skills, the most relevant one was in Al Omrane Casablanca, her responsibilities in this role included cash management and financial reporting.Manal graduated from The National School of Business and Management with a degree in accounting and financial management. She is fluent in Arabic, English, French, and has basic knowledge in Spanish.
Amine El Mourabit
Amine El Mourabit joined LixCap in 2018 as a Research Analyst.His main role consists of analyzing qualitative and quantitative data of the company’s different projects. Amine has participated in the latest phase of the IFC funded Temperature Controlled Logistics feasibility study in Kenya, and he iscurrently working on the USTDA funded LNG feasibility study in Morocco. Amine has been able to develop strong analytical skills in finance and econometrics, from both his professional experience and college education. Aminehad an internship in Groupe Crédit Agricole du Maroc – Department of Finance, where he was executing tasks related to the financial analysis of corporate clients. He has also had previous internship experiences in accounting. Amine is also passionate about theoretical and empirical research as he carried out several research topics.Amine holds a Master’s in Management Science from University Hassan 1st – ENCG Settat. He is fluent in Arabic, French and English.
Zineb El Mottaki
Finance & Investment Analyst
Zineb ELMOTTAKI joined Lixcap in November 2018 as an Investment Analyst. In her role, she works on various tasks including financial modeling of infrastructure projects as well as the design and structuring/restructuring of the business model for startups.In parallel with her financial tasks, Zineb also works on collecting, processing and analyzing information as part of Business Development.Prior to joining Lixcap, Zineb gathered experience through several internships, including two internships in the Structured and Project Finance department at the BMCE.Zineb has pursued a five-year course at the Mundiapolis campus in Casablanca, and in 2018, she obtained a master’s degree in financial engineering awarded by IAE of Nice.
Research Analyst, Economist
Ritahi Oussama joined LixCap’s team in May 2019 as Junior Research Analyst,he worked on multiple projects including Feasibility Study for Temperature Controlled Logistics Services in Cambodia performing a macroeconomic analysis, research and forecasting. He is currently working as researcher in “Gazelles Al Maghrib”Program that targets high-growth potential Moroccan businesses being in the second-stage of their development. Prior to Lixcap, He worked as Statistician and transport modeler for an engineering consulting group, where he contributed in developing transport planning for Moroccan cities and regions, his role was designing and developing the database and Geographic Information System applications,working on traffic analysis and optimization specially for public transport,projecting future years traffic volume and developing coordinated signal plans based on socioeconomic data.Then he joined Euro Information Direct Services as Data Miner where he contributed in the exploration of the data, elaborate weekly and monthly reportings and forecast multiple of indicators. He graduated from the University of Mohammed-V Rabat with a master’s degree in Econometrics, statistics and applied modeling. He is fluent in Arabic and French.
Junior Finance and Operations Analyst
Sara Zaynoune joined LixCap in April 2019 acting as an Operation Analyst Assistant; Sara is in charge of the bookkeeping of two companies, her main duties are: reconciling the accounts, managing the two accounts in QuickBooks and presenting outcomes to company management. She is also assisting the operations analyst in the daily operations of the company to build and reinforce key company systems.
Sara Zaynoune earned a master’s degree in Accounting audit control (Class 2018) from “Graduate School of Information Engineering, Telecommunications, Management and Civil Engineering» in Casablanca.Her previous experiences were mainly in the administrative, accounting and financial sectors. With internships in “Banque Populaire” and an accounting firm as well as an economy service in Idou Anfa hotel, she was able to develop her skills and her operational management potential. Sara is fluent in Arabic, French and a medium level in English.
Meryem Bougdem joined LixCap in April 2019 as a graphic designer. She executes tasks supporting the marketing department Providing graphical support with high-quality visuals as well as building brand identities,creating promotional materials and digital products for the company.Previously, Meryem did an Internship in Communication design at Minimal creative agency in Agadir and worked as a designer in a Startup called Cameleo Services in Casablanca.Meryem graduated from The National Institute of Fine Arts of Tetouan with a degree in design. She is fluent in Arabic, English, French, and has basic knowledge of Italian.