Ali Belhaj is a Moroccan businessman and politician. Born in 1961, in the city of Berkane, Belhaj earned a Bachelor’s degree in Morocco before pursuing his higher education in the United States. He earned an MBA from the University of Southern California.
He started out his political career as Mayor of the Commune of Dar Bouazza - a sea-side suburb of Casablanca, from 1992 to 1994. Belhaj has also held a parliamentary seat from 1993 until 2002. On the last year of his tenure, he founded the political party ‘Alliance des Libertés’, which in 2008 merged with a number of other parties in order to create the Parti Authenticité et Modernité (PAM), under the initiative of Fouad Ali El Himma, royal advisor known for being part of current king Mohammed VI’s first circle. Belhaj went on to become the PAM’s General Secretary as well as President of the Moroccan region of l’Oriental, his family's stronghold. Belhaj did not seek a second term as Président de Région in 2015.
On the business side, Belhaj is today President of the holding group Hippone as well as Director of a number of companies involved in the fields of real-estate, agribusiness, olive oil and logistics.
Belhaj is now venturing anew into the fields of medias, by investing in the media company Pulse Media, sole owner of the online outlet Le Desk. This investment is currently underway, according to two of Pulse Media’s current owners Ali Amar and Fatima Zahra Lqadiri. This, however, will not be Belhaj’s first participation in a media company’s capital as he was one of Aujourd’hui Le Maroc key shareholders before selling all his shares to current Minister of Agriculture, billionaire Aziz Akhannouch.