Ikram Ben talha
Facilitation Fellow Spring 2020; Senior Facilitator
Country of origin: Morocco
Date started with Soliya: 2016
Education and field of work: Masters in English Literature and the History of Ideas. I work as the vice president of a local organization (MADS) that focuses on the
development of a clean and healthy environment. I am also very active in the pedagogical field working to support a good quality education. I am a public speaker, debate team leader, and facilitator.
One accomplishment you're proud of: Being part of a network that is bigger than me. I have formed small cross-cultural families with every Soliyan group that I facilitated and I am very happy to say that I managed to stay in touch with almost all of my participants up to this very day. Seeing them continue to grow outside of Soliya makes me see the magic that dialogue can work.
What about Soliya inspires/motivates you to be involved? There is a recipe that makes me unable to skip a semester and not be involved with Soliya. One tablespoon of empathy, a full cup of critical awareness, and spices of activation towards change. Once you know what a Soliyan family tastes like, you always come back for more.
What can you be found doing when not working/facilitating/training? Studying, singing, reading, debating, or volunteering.
Favorite food: Italian food and hummus.