Mr. Othman BENJELLOUN
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Mr Othman BENJELLOUN is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Africa – BMCE Group, formerly Banque Marocaine du Commerce Extérieur, which was privatised in 1995. He is also 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 Bank of Africa Foundation with a two-fold mission:
- Education, primarily fighting illiteracy by building and managing community schools in rural areas in Morocco and Africa and
- Environmental protection.
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.
Since 1981, he has been an Adviser to the Washington-based Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) that was formerly overseen by Dr Henry Kissinger. In 2013, the CSIS conferred upon him the prestigious title of Honorary Trustee.
Mr BENJELLOUN has received a number of decorations including 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.
Other distinctions include Commander of the National Order of the Republic of Senegal, Commander by Number of the Order of Isabella the Catholic by His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain, Commander of France’s Order of Arts and Letters and, more recently, Commander of the Order of the Grand Star by the Republic of Djibouti.
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.
Born in 1932 in Casablanca, he is a graduate of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
Mr BENJELLOUN is married to Dr Leïla Mezian BENJELLOUN who is an ophthalmologist. They have two children, Dounia and Kamal.