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Class 20 (2021-2023)

Abdedaim Battioui, Morocco

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Energy Transition | Climate Change | Policy | Social Innovation | Management

Sponsoring Rotary District: 9220
Degrees from: Cadi Ayyad University – Morocco

Abdedaim Battioui boasts an impressive 9-year track record of project management experience, spanning government, non-profit organizations, academia, and the private sector. This wealth of experience has honed his skills in orchestrating and delivering successful initiatives across various sectors, further solidifying his expertise in addressing complex global challenges.

Abdedaim stands as an accomplished professional, unwavering in his commitment to advancing global energy transition and addressing the critical challenges of climate change. With a rich academic background, including a Master of International Development Policy from Duke University and a Master's degree in Urban Policy and Territorial Engineering from Cadi Ayyad University, his educational journey is a testament to his profound dedication to sustainability and energy transition. During his academic pursuits, he conducted an influential field research project on Urban Mobility Policy, exploring sustainability dimensions and eco-friendly mobility solutions in Marrakech. Furthermore, while at Duke University, Abdedaim undertook a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the Moroccan-UK energy project in the context of their energy transition policy, showcasing his analytical prowess and commitment to addressing complex global issues.

Abdedaim's passion for driving positive change transcends his academic achievements and extends into a diverse range of professional and social endeavors. He has consistently played pivotal roles in various social projects, studies, and discussions, both in the limelight and behind the scenes. His remarkable contributions span empowering individuals with legal knowledge, nurturing the capacities of civil society and youth, mediating in conflicts, and spearheading environmental initiatives and training programs.

In 2011, Abdedaim's commitment to transparency was exemplified through his meticulous observation of the constitutional referendum process in Morocco, underscoring his unwavering dedication to democratic values. In 2017, he was elected to lead a groundbreaking NGO focused on bridging the knowledge gap between academia and civil society, with a specific emphasis on legal understanding and climate change awareness. His proactive approach to societal issues continued to flourish as he assumed the role of the primary vice president of the Association of Technicians at the Center Hospitalo-Universitaire Mohammed VI of Marrakech in 2018, demonstrating his versatility and commitment to diverse causes.

Abdedaim's dedication to fostering positive change gained international recognition in 2019 when he was selected as one of only 13 community leaders in the MENA region by the U.S. State

Department through a highly competitive process. This prestigious honor allowed him to participate in the Leaders for Development Fellowship Program in North Carolina and Washington DC, further solidifying his status as a global influencer in the field. This experience enriched his understanding of climate change and energy transition from diverse perspectives.

Notably, Abdedaim's thirst for knowledge and commitment to conflict resolution led him to the Peace Academy in 2020, where he engaged with individuals from diverse cultures, honing his skills in mediating complex conflicts. Eight months later, he joined the editorial board of the Arab Journal of International Law (ARJIL), signaling his growing impact on the academic landscape.

In 2021, Abdedaim was selected for the prestigious Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Fellowship, during which he demonstrated exceptional skills in investigating the intersection of energy transition and peace. This was particularly evident during the Duke-UNC Rotary Annual Conference on April 1st, 2023, where he presented his outstanding contributions on harmonizing energy and peace to a diverse audience that included academics, private sector professionals, and nonprofit leaders.

Looking ahead, Abdedaim remains resolute in his determination to push the boundaries within the research community, making substantial contributions to the expansion of human knowledge. He is well-positioned to provide invaluable support to environmental policymakers in the U.S. and the MENA region, offering data-driven insights and expertise to drive sustainable change and pave the way for a brighter future. Abdedaim's commitment to energy transition and climate change issues serves as a beacon of hope for a more sustainable and resilient world.

Currently, Abdedaim is making a tangible impact as a Program Manager with TRC Companies, Inc., actively contributing to the realization of the U.S. energy transition in the realms of clean transportation and renewable energy. His work on the ground is helping to shape a more sustainable and greener future.

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