Smithsonian Journeys Experts
Alia has lived and worked in half a dozen countries throughout the world, cultivating a career which revolves around social innovation, community development, and experiential education. She is the owner of Kantara, a fair-trade design business that specializes in Moroccan rugs. Through Kantara, Alia works directly with weaving cooperatives in Morocco and is committed to fostering economic development of the women artisans through ethical business practices.
After 18+ years of living, working, and traveling in Morocco, Alia has a nuanced understanding of the nation’s history, politics, economy, and customs. She uses her in-depth knowledge of Morocco, its cultural landscape, and her language skills (French, Spanish, English, Arabic, and Tachelhit) to share insights through formal lectures and informal conversations with guests.
Alia was thrilled to join Smithsonian Journeys in 2019 after a decade of leading educational tours for teens and college students. She holds an executive MBA and is a graduate of Oberlin College where she studied international Relations with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.
What Our Travelers Say
- Lynn L., Splendors of Morocco
Her input was extremely vital. Her passion for Morocco and its people was evident in her presentations.
- Nancy V., Splendors of Morocco
Knowledgeable, sociable, excellent at both keeping us informed and watching out for participants' needs. Would happily go on another trip with her!