Dr. Najat Zarrouk





Dr. Najat Zarrouk

Dr. Najat Zarrouk was appointed on 1th August, 2016 as the Director of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of the United Cities and Local Government of Africa (UCLGAfrica) based in the Kingdom of Morocco - Rabat.


She has 31 years (1983-2014) of management experience in the Public Service and was appointed several times by His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Her last position in this Ministry was Governor, Director of Training.


In 2009, she was appointed by His Excellency the former General Secretary of UN as a Member of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) where she served from 2010 to 2017, including 2 years as the Chair of the Committee and also in the Sub-Committee in charge of the evaluation of the nominees for the UNPSA.


In August 2018 in Kampala (Uganda), she was elected as the Vice-Chairperson of the African Public Service-Human Resource Managers Network (APS-HRMNet).


She has a Ph.D. in Political Sciences and is also graduated of the National School for Public Administration in Rabat (Honor Student) and of the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) in International, European and Comparative Studies, among other certificates of training.


Author of many essays and articles on issues related to public administration, Public Service, Local Governance, Capacity Building, éthics, women’s leadership, and several official documents for the United Nations published on UNPAN, she also published, in 2008, a book on “Trade and Development: from GATT to the World Trade Organization -WTO” forwarded by the Former Director General of the WTO, Mr Pascal Lamy. She received many national and global recognitions, namely:


  • “The National Order of Merit - Exceptional Degree” (Meritorious Service Award) by His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco (2013);
  • The Directorate she leads from 2006 to 2014 was the Winner of the UN Public Service Award, First Place in Africa (2013) for the integration of the gender approach in the Strategic Plan of Training and Capacity Building in Public Administration, in particular at local level and in Africa.
  • She received in 2015 from the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA), the OP DWIVEDI Award for her Outstanding Contribution to Public Administration and Public Policy in the World, being the first Arab and Moroccan woman to receive such global recognition.
  • She Received on 6 November 2018 from the African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) in Gaborone, Botswana, the AAPAM Gold Medal 2018, as an African recognition for her active participation and contribution in various ways towards the enhancement of the public service of Africa. With these attributes, among many others, she has set standards of excellence that act as reference points of aspirations for others to achieve in their own careers in the Public Service of Africa.

Dr Zarrouk has one daughter.