Before creating the Fondation Orient-Occident, Yasmina Filali was the director of Communications at Drouot in Paris and the Head of Projects for the Union of Mediterranean Universities in Rome. She has a PHD in Art History from La Sorbonne, Paris. Yasmina is a consultant for RSE enterprises. She founded the Fondation Orient-Occident in 1994 to address the need of the underprivileged Moroccan youth. In light of the current crisis, she extended the Foundation’s advocacy work and expanded its expertise in order to work with refugees and migrants. In 2008, the Foundation Orient-Occident was awarded the Human Rights Prize by the French Republic, and in 2016 Yasmina was awarded with the prize for Social Entrepreneurship of the Year 2016 by the Foundation Schwab in partnership with the World Economic Forum. Since 2017, Fondation Orient-Occident is also present in Italy in the city of Lecce.