Abdallah El Maaroufi

ECON­O­MIST, AM­BAS­SADOR

The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Ti­mothy R. Smith

Abdallah El Maaroufi, 66, a se­nior World Bank econ­o­mist who was Moroc­can am­bas­sador to the United States from 2000 to 2002, died Jan. 8 of a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der at his home in Chevy Chase.

Mr. El Maaroufi started at the World Bank in 1969 and fo­cused on eco­nomic devel­op­ment is­sues in Africa and the Mid­dle East. In one of his over­seas as­sign­ments to Oua­gadougou, Burk­ina Faso, he co­or­di­nated the World Bank’s cam­paign against river blind­ness. He was also as­signed to Is­lam­abad and Riyadh.

In the 1990s, dur­ing the Bos­nian war, Mr. ElMaaroufi co­or­di­nated hu­man­i­tar­ian aid ef­forts in the Balkans for the World Bank.

He di­rected the World Bank’s Euro­pean of­fice from 1995 to 1998, then left to run a large bank in Morocco.

Af­ter serv­ing as Morocco’s am­bas­sador to the United States, Mr. El Maaroufi was an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant on African and Mid­dle East­ern eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

Abdallah bin Ji­lali, a Chevy Chase res­i­dent, was born in Casablanca, Morocco. His brother later adopted the tribal name El Maaroufi as the fam­ily name.

He was among the first for­eign stu­dents ac­cepted to the pri­vate St. Paul’s School in Con­cord, N.H. Ac­cord­ing to a 1958 Time mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle, he said his dream was to be­come an am­bas­sador be­cause he was “weak in math­e­mat­ics.”

He re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in eco­nom­ics from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity in 1967 and a mas­ter’s de­gree in pub­lic af­fairs from Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity in 1969.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 37 years, Kath­leen McKim El Maaroufi of Chevy Chase; and two sons, Karim El Maaroufi of Washington and Omar El Maaroufi of Lugano, Switzer­land.

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