Our Team

our team

Mustapha Ezzarghani

Founder & Executive Director

Mustapha is a native of Marrakech. Mustapha has several years’ worth of teaching and tutoring experience in both Arabic and English. he tutored students in rural areas of Marrakech through a program run by Morocco’s Ministry of Education. He also taught English at the American School Language Institute in Fes, Morocco, , he studied English at two different intensive language programs in Athens, GA and in Cambridge, MA. Mustapha currently resides in the United States.

Lalla Amina Bachiri

Financial Director

Lalla Amina  is a native of Errachidia, Morocco and has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Management from the Academy of Paris – Creteil and an advanced degree in Accounting and Finance from the Academy of Paris. Since 1995, Lalla Amina has worked in finance for several construction and development companies in Rabat and Meknes. She has a deep interest in improving the educational opportunities for Moroccans and foreigners in Morocco. Lalla Amina currently resides in Rabat, Morocco.

Khalid Chaioui

Acting Director, Lead Teacher & Community manager

Khalid Chaioui, a passionate English/ Moroccan Arabic teacher, is originally from Ain Chegag, a small town south Fez. After getting his Baccalaureat  certificate, he studied English studies at University Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah/ Fez where he got his BA in English/ Linguistics stream. He worked for American Peace Corps as a Moroccan Arabic teacher and a training assistant as well. Further, Khalid completed  100 hours  of teaching English for handicraft students as part of a teaching internship at the American Language Center in Fez.

Elizabeth Jay

University Counselor

Elizabeth comes to us after serving in the Youth Development sector of the US Peace Corps for the past four years in a small community. Before she came to Morocco, she was an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis, teaching “Intro to Sociology” and “Social Problems” courses. She holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from DePauw University and an MA in Applied Sociology from the University of Indianapolis. Much of her academic background focused on women and cross-cultural examinations of society. This greatly influenced her decision to join Peace Corps and work with disadvantaged populations across the country, namely girls and women. Elizabeth currently resides with her husband in Morocco.

Sarah Quinn

Study Abroad Representative

Sarah is the co-Founder of the Safir  Study Abroad. Sarah occupied position of the director of the American School Language Institute. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia in Art History and Fine Arts and a Master’s Degree from Harvard University in Education. Prior to joining ASLI, Sarah taught English in rural Morocco as a United States Peace Corps volunteer. She has several years of experience working as a museum educator, designing educational programs and materials for a variety of audiences at the Georgia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Harvard Art Museums. Sarah currently resides in the States with her husband Mustapha.

Badr Allouche

Study Abroad Counselor

Badr Allouche is the former Acting director and the Community Relations Manager at the Safir Company, and our current study abroad counselor. He is a native of Sale, but grew up all over Morocco. He holds a degree in business and a BA in English Studies from the University Ibn Tofail in Kenitra, Morocco. Badr has four years of extensive experience as a Language and Culture Facilitator with the United States Peace Corps, teaching immersive Moroccan Arabic, and years of teaching life skills programs, employability skills, and other Community activities that benefited  the youths in Morocco.

Paul Fischer

Study Abroad Representative

Paul is the West Coast Representative of the Safir Company and the Noon Arabic Program. Paul is a native of California. He graduated in 2013 from The George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs, concentrating in Conflict Resolution and Latin America. Afterwards, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he taught English and worked with the United Nations Development Programme. From 2015-2016, Paul was a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Agourai, Morocco. Afterwards, he taught math at the American School of Fes and worked as an English instructor at the American School Language Institute in Fes, Morocco. Paul currently resides in the United States.