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DR. NEZHA BARAKATE

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Dr Nezha Barakate holds a PhD in Electrochemistry and Analytical Chemistry. Dr. Barakate currently works at the National Institute of Hygiene in Rabat, Morocco where she holds the position of Chemical Safety and Security Manager in addition to her technical contributions as responsible for the analysis of chemicals. Since January 2022, Dr. Barakate has been appointed  to the Advisory Board on Education and Awareness (ABEO) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Dr. Barakate has a profile of a research supervisor and trainer and a member of several national committees: member of the National Commission for the Convention on Chemical Weapons, member of the National Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (RNBC) Committee, regional expert and member of the steering group of European Union Centers of Excellence Project 35 relating to waste management, member of the National Committee for the Homologation of pesticides and chemical safety officer at her institute. 

Recently, she participated as member of the international organizing committee for the 6th International CBRN Safety and Security conference held in Baghdad, Iraq. Additional positions not yet mentioned include International Inspector/Chemical Weapons & Munition Specialist, OPCW/United Nations, The Hague, Netherlands (2007-2010), Chief of Coordination Branch/International Cooperation Department, Directorate of Strategic Planning, GHQ-JAF (2010-2013). Head of International Cooperation Dept., Directorate of Strategic Planning. GHQ-JAF (2013-2015), and Director of Strategic Planning & Head of National Technical committee to Counter WMD (2015-2017).  

Recently she has participated in multiple workshops. She participated in the Swiss Basic Course in July 2023 in Spiez, Switzerland.  In August in Mombasa, Kenya, she participated in the International Working Group to Develop Law Enforcement Risk Mitigation Guidance for Physical Security of Chemical Facilities, organized by Sandia National Laboratories. In September, Dr. Barakate participated in the Joint CBRN Defense Centre of Excellence for the CBRN Awareness for First Responders Course in the Czech Republic. In Paris, France she participated in Basic Training Course for nominated experts on the roster for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Mechanism (UNSGM) for the investigation of alleged use of chemical, biological and toxin weapons. Most recently, in November, Dr. Barakate participated in Chemical Security Curriculum Development for Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. 

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