Dr. Najat Zarrouk, is President to the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (AISIA),and Director of Development Branch, and of the African Local Government Academy of the United Cities and Local Government of Africa (UCLG-Africa) based in Rabat, where she has been working since 2016.
She has 39 years of experience in the Public Service at national, continental and global levels, in particular as a former Civil servant in the Ministry of the Interior of Morocco where she served from 1983 to 2014, including as Governor, Director of Training.
In 2009, she was appointed member of the Board of the Arab Women's Leadership Institute (AWLI) where she served until 2012, as well as member of Women’s Democracy Network (WDN). They are Networks supported by the Government of the United States to empower women and girls in the Arab Region.
From 2010 to 2017, she served as member of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), including as the Chairperson of this Committee in 2012 and 2013. She served also as a member of the Sub-Committee of CEPA in charge of the Evaluation of the nominees to the United Nations Public Service Award (UNPSA).
In August 2018, she was elected Vice-President of the African Public Service Human Resources Managers Network(APS-HRMNet). In July 2019, she was elected member of the Board of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration(AISIA) for the Term 2019-2022. On 21 February 2020, she was appointed Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration (ICAPA) education and training programs of AISIA.
She chaired or served in many ministerial or inter-ministerial committees in charge of devolution, simplification of administrative procedures and moralization of the public service, promotion of investments, promotion of childhood conditions, mainstreaming gender approach, and modernization of human resources management at sub-national level.
She has authored a number of essays and articles on issues related to public administration and public service. In 2008, she published a book on trade and
development, from the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) to the WorldTrade Organization.
She received her Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the University Mohammed V of Rabat (International Relations option) and is also a graduated of the National School for Public Administration of Rabat (Honor Student) and holds a Master degree from the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) in International, European and comparative studies.
She received many national, regional, and international recognitions and awards for her commitment and outstanding for the Public Service, namely: the UN Public Service Award (UNPSA), First Place in Africa (2013), the National Order of Merit – Exceptional Degree from His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco (2013), the OP DWIVEDI Award from AISIA (2015), and the Gold Medal 2018 from the African Association for Public Administration and Management(AAPAM) (2018).