Driss Khrouz: the economist and the intellectual

Driss Khrouz was born in 1950 in Gourrama, a village in the Rich region, into a pure Amazigh family. Before he was six years old, he spoke only his mother tongue.

School life was particularly harsh for him because he had to get up early and travel dozens of kilometers to get to school, but this did not affect his determination to hold on until he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in experimental science. At the age of 18, he enrolled at the Faculty of Science in Rabat, where he managed to obtain a degree without difficulty.

At the age of 21, he went to Lille and got two high diplomas, one in economics and the other in business management.

Driss Khrouz was part of the first class of the Kenitra Military School. His father dreamed of seeing him as an army officer, but fate wanted otherwise. Thus, he became one of the most brilliant Moroccan intellectuals.

On his return from France, he joined Mohammed V University in Rabat before working alongside Habib Malki at the Faculty of Legal and Economic Sciences in Fez.

Despite the fact that his training is economic, Driss Khrouz is passionate about art and culture in all its forms. Thus, it was not surprising to see his name at the top of the list of candidates for the position of Director of the National Library. He was appointed in 2003 and was the director of this establishment for nearly 13 years, until retirement age. His appointment as head of the Fez Spirit Foundation and its famous sacred music festival was not surprising, either.

Driss Khrouz is a left-wing man. During his schooling, he joined the National Union of Moroccan Students and had a political experience with the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP). He ran in the parliamentary elections in a constituency in Errachidia, but failed to obtain the necessary votes to become a parliamentarian. Thus, he was satisfied with his life as a researcher, especially after obtaining his doctorate in economics and management.

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