Soufiane M’sou holds a PhD in Ecology and Phyto-chemistry from Cadi Ayyad University, where he focused on the study and monitoring of biodiversity, ethnobotany and cultural landscapes in the High Atlas, and phytochemistry. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering & Management of Biodiversity and his Masters in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Protection, Conservation and Valorization, in 2011 and 2013 respectively, from the Faculty of Science of Cadi Ayyad University.
Soufiane joined the Global Diversity Foundation in March 2017. In his current role as GDF’s Project and Field Coordinator, Soufiane manages project activities and collects data related to its Ethnobiology Programme. He also focuses on territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCA), and carries out research on policy and governance. Soufiane implements biodiversity conservation actions, including building the capacities of local communities in Ait M’hamed, while pursuing fruitful relationships with GDF’s diverse partners in Morocco, including the local population and municipality, local authorities, associations, cooperatives and institutions in Morocco. As Secretary of the Moroccan Biodiversity and Livelihood Association (MBLA), Soufiane actively contributes towards developing project proposals, and implementing and managing project activities.
Soufiane is a fluent speaker of Tamazight, Arabic, French and English. He is based in Morocco.