About Us

About

HAPPIH is an association that emerged following a contest sponsored by the government of Monaco. Broadly, HAPPIH aims to reduce gender inequality in different regions of the world such as the Maghreb and Europe. Currently, HAPPIH is conducting activities in Morocco and France. HAPPIH’s current projects aim to distribute re-usable pads in order to ensure that women and young girls from lower classes have access to the same opportunities as their male counterparts without being limited by their menstruation cycle.

The Team

Rita Sekkat

Rita Sekkat

Co-Founder and President

Rita is one of the five founders of HAPPIH. She grew up in Morocco before coming to France. She is currently student at Sciences Po Paris in Master of public policy and she is doing the gender equality and public policy certificate between Sciences Po and Harvard. She is committed in favor of women’s right. She aims to reduce gender inequality towards the world and break down the menstruation taboo. Rita is also a football player and a football lover and wants to break stereotypes about women playing football.

Charles Culioli

Charles Culioli

Co-Founder and Vice-President

Charles Culioli is a law student at Sciences Po Paris. He holds a bachelor in political sciences from Sciences Po Paris as well as a bachelor in History and Legal Studies from UC Berkeley. He is passionated about issues of social justice, development, and ethics in politics. Charles loves soccer and is an avid squash player.

Denizalp Goktas

Denizalp Goktas

Co-Founder and Vice-President

Denizalp is a computer science PhD student at Brown University. His research is on algorithmic game theory, computational economics and aritificial intelligence. He previously worked as a researcher under the guidance of Professor Seth Goldstein creating an agent based model of technological automation using C++. He has also worked at Der Norske Bank and Hikma Pharmaceuticals as part of the M&A teams. Denizalp holds a BA in Computer Science-Statistics from Columbia University and a BA from Sciences Po in Political Science and Economics.

Walid Ben Hamadi

Walid Ben Hamadi

Co-Founder and Vice-President

Walid Ben Hamadi is a Management and Public Policy student at HEC Paris and Sciences Po Paris. He holds a bachelor’s in social sciences from Sciences Po Paris with a focus on the MENA region. He is particularly interested in the role education, youth empowerment and political awareness can play in reducing inequalities and fostering economic and human development. Walid is also a car enthusiast, and enjoys go-kart racing.

Cassandra Broadwin

Cassandra Broadwin

Community Manager

Our Community Manager Cassandra is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Morocco, where she focused on women’s empowerment, youth development, and health education programming in the High Atlas Mountains. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her dog, Au Lait. In her free time, she is a marathon runner and yoga teacher.

Maha Naamaoui

Maha Naamaoui

Project Manager: Morocco

Maha is our Project Manager for Morocco! She is a medical student at Mohammed Vi University of Health Sciences in Casablanca, Morocco. She belives ensuring quality education and healthy lives for all is a development driver. Maha has worked for various NGOs in that sense. She is passionated about issues regarding development especially gender equality and access to quality education & health. She enjoys reading and traveling.

Mariyem Sqalli

Mariyem Sqalli

Fundraising Manager

Mariyam is our Fundraising Manager. She is a Bachelor in Business Administration student at Esade Business School in Barcelona. She worked as a part time project manager for more than two years at oikos International, an international NGO that seeks to strengthen sustainability-oriented entrepreneurship.

Our Supporters

INSAF (L’Institut national de solidarité avec les femmes en détresse)

The National Institute for Solidarity with Distressed Women (INSAF) contributes to promoting the rights of women and children in the Moroccan civil society.



Monegasque Cooperation for Development (DCI)

The Monegasque Government’s Development and International Cooperation Deparment, supports more than 130 projects every year in 11 partner countries, primarily least developed countries.



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