The ERC-funded project 'Past and Present Musical Encounters across the Strait of Gibraltar' at the Faculty of Music presents a distinguished lecture delivered by André Azoulay, Counsellor to HM Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, President of the Foundation of Three Cultures.
Born in Essaouira-Mogador (Morocco) in 1941, André Azoulay was educated in Paris where he studied economics, journalism and international relations. As Counsellor of His Majesty the late King Hassan II from (1991to1999), and since then of His Majesty Mohammed VI, André Azoulay has largely contributed to the implementation of economic reforms which have been applied throughout the Kingdom since their inception in the early 90s. André Azoulay is also known for his historical input in the follow-up of the peace process in the Middle East and the many initiatives he has been involved in the perspective of deepening the logic of reconciliation between Jews and Muslims. In addition to his professional responsibilities André Azoulay has always fought for peace and dialogue between the Arab Muslim World and that of the Jewish communities in Europe, the United States, Morocco as well as the Arab and Jewish diasporas worldwide. Co-President of the Executive Committee of the Foundation of the Three Cultures and the Three Religions based in Seville (Spain) he is one of the founders of the Aladin Group (Paris) created to promote mutual knowledge and intercultural relations among Islam and the Others.
André Azoulay is fervent in the promotion and the revival of Essaouira his home town, a town which has an important place in the historical, cultural and spiritual heritage of the Kingdom. He is President of the Association Essaouira-Mogador which has established an original approach to the durable development of the town based on its cultural and artistic heritage. The town is justly proud to host seven music festivals a year, ranging from jazz classical and lyrical. They include the renowned Gnawa and World Music Festival and the rich judeo-muslim repertory of the Andalusian-Atlantic Festival, the only world music festival where the stages are exclusively dedicated to the musicians, singers and dancers, muslim and jewish. His wife Katia, also born in Essaouira, has published two books 'Essaouira-Mogador, Fragrances of Childhood' and 'Essaouira-Mogador, Passions partagées'.
Member of the Board of Al Akhawayne University (Ifrane), the Mediterranean University (Fès) and the High Council of the Alliance Israelite Universelle (Paris), André Azoulay is the President of the board of the Institute Pierre Mendès-France (Paris) and President of the Universities Research Center for the Engineering Sciences (Casablanca).
Belonging to the Board of several economic and financial institutions, André Azoulay is a member of the Royal Academy of Morocco (Rabat), the Royal Academy of Spain for Economic and Financial Sciences (Barcelona) and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Vienna). He has been honoured with the titles of 'Commandeur dans l’Ordre du Trône' (Morocco) and he has received many awards and titles of honour in France, Spain, Italie, Germany, UK, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.