Meriem El Hilali

Diplomatic Adviser to the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean in Barcelona

CV summary

Diplomatic Adviser to the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean in Barcelona, Meriem works closely in the Division of Social and Civil Affairs, whose objective is to advance the regional agenda on Youth and Women empowerment while developing concrete initiatives and projects aiming for the socio-economic integration of young people in the region.
Following the recent changes in the Southern Mediterranean, the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean is determined to understand and respond to the region’s population needs with the active participation of Youth to promote human, social and economic development. A strong emphasis is placed on youth employability by bridging the gap between the education offer and the labour demand. Particular attention is given to providing the region’s women with a stronger role in society, paving the way for women empowerment and gender equality.

Meriem had also worked as Vice Consul in Strasbourg on cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Council of Europe. As a diplomat, Meriem first dealt with Euro-Mediterranean cooperation dossiers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Rabat after having completed her training at the Moroccan Academy of Diplomatic Studies and obtained a Master in Management Sciences. Prior to joining the Moroccan Diplomatic Corps, she has founded and represented several networks of young people active in the fields of entrepreneurship and social innovation, civic engagement and public policy analysis.


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government