Aziz Mekouar is Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Republic of China, who focuses on International Relations and geopolitics. He was the ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United States from June 2002 to September 2011. He then embarked on a new career as an advisor for major Moroccan groups and multinationals. During his tenure as ambassador in Washington, DC, Amb. Mekouar oversaw the negotiation and signing of a Free Trade Agreement between Morocco and the United States, and managed the compact between Morocco and the United States’ Millenium Challenge Account. Previously, Amb. Mekouar served as the Moroccan ambassador to Italy, Malta, and, Albania, and the permanent representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Portugal, and Angola. He was the elected chairman of the Council of the FAO from November 2001 to November 2005. He holds a baccalaureate degree from the French Lycée Charles Lepierre in Lisbon, Portugal, and graduated from the HEC Graduate Business School in France in 1974.