Oussidhoum Firdaous

Special Adviser of the Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

Firdaous Oussidhoum is the Special Adviser of the UCLG Secretary General, the world institution for Local and Regional Governments advocating for shared values and principles, for the Local Democracy as representative of the citizens. She is also a Member of the UNESCO Chair for Intermediate Cities and World Urbanization. Architect and Urban planner, she developed her expertise in the Sustainable and Resilient Develop Strategies. After finishing her studies between Grenoble and the Barcelona School of Architecture, followed up with a Master in Philosophy of Architecture, and continued completing her doctorate in Philosophy of Architecture in Lyon III University.

Practicing Architecture and Urban Planning for 18 years in her office in Tangier, She has been Consulting for Decision Makers and Development institutions, as a Policy Maker for local policies, housing policies and strategic management policies at international level (Africa, Asia and Europe) as a Senior Expert. Always connected to the International fields and challenges, she has been elected in volunteering positions with a Diplomatic and Strategic relevance, first through the professional structures (Secretary General on Regional Council of Architects of Tangier-Morocco from 2005-2008, in charge of International Relations - Member elected of National Council of Architects of Morocco from 2008-2011, Member elected of International Union of Architects from 2008-2014 and Assistant Secretary General of Africa Union of Architects 2008-2011), and after as a Lecturer and speaker at an international level. She became Director of International&External Relations at the Africa Union of Architects in November 2011 till August 2015.