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Prof. Thami Ghorfi

Thami Ghorfi is Dean of the ESCA Business School, one of Africa’s leading business schools based in Casablanca, Morocco, wherein he teaches communication strategy and change management.

Prof. Thami Ghorfi has developed an expertise in management practices in Morocco and the region, as well as in entrepreneurship and change management. He is an advisor to several organizations in the fields of strategy, multicultural human resources management, and change leadership.

He edited “Family Businesses, from Paradoxes to Opportunities”- La croisée des Chemins, in May 2016, coedited “Preparing Executives for 2030 (ESCA Publication © December 2015). Prof. Ghorfi authored “Indispensables entrepreneurs africains”, in Constructif N° 47, June 2017, in addition to co-authoring “The Impact of Businesses in the MENA Region” a chapter in Business and Society in the Middle East, Exploring Responsible Business Practice – Palgrave Macmillan Feb 2017.

In 2011, Prof. Ghorfi was appointed expert member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE), a constitutional institution of the Kingdom of Morocco. Through his position as Vice President of the Al-Amana Foundation, a leading microfinance organization in the MENA region, he is strongly involved in charity and in the fight against financial exclusion.

Prof. Ghorfi is also a member of the board of:
  • The Development and Solidarity Council (CDS), a brain trust aiming at harmonizing economic development strategies and social cohesion;
  • The Amadeus Institute, a think tank focusing on geopolitics and geo-economics dedicated to the countries of the Southern Hemisphere.

In addition to chairing the AACSB MENA Advisory Council, he is part of International Academic Member of the EDAF Committee of the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Global Business School Network (GBSN).

His numerous distinctions include France’s Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms) as “Chevalier” (2017), and the Prize of Africa Economy Builders in Côte d’Ivoire (2016). He was also awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the École de Management de Grenoble.

Prof. Ghorfi is a graduate of ISG-Paris and ESSEC Business School.
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