Dr. Mouhamed Lemine Kettab was born in 1950 in Ouadane, Northern Mauritania. He holds a master’s degree in English language and literature from the University of Mohammed V in Rabat. He participated in seminars and academic conferences in several American universities.
Dr. Kettab taught at the Faculties of Arts in both the University of Mohamed V and the University of Nouakchott, and at the College of Education, before he was appointed as the Director of Higher Education, then President of the University of Nouakchott. He later served as an ambassador for Mauritania for a period of ten years.
Dr. Kettab has written a number of books in English, French and Arabic, in children’s literature and other areas. He has published several studies and articles in the Mauritanian and Arab press. He is currently active within civil society organizations as Chairman of the Mauritanian branch of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, and Chairman of the Club of Mauritanian Intellectuals for Democracy and Development.
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