Influential Leader

Hayatte Maazouza

Director of Development for Economic Affairs, Employment, and Insertion, Ville de Trappes
Recognition Year(s): 2022
School: EDHEC Business School
Location: France

Hayatte Maazouza holds a Master in Management degree from EDHEC and won the school’s award for Best Research Dissertation for her master’s thesis, Employment Market Discrimination Linked to Social Origin in France: Responses Proposed by Social Innovation. Since graduating in 2015, she has devoted the majority of her career to working on diversity and inclusion for disadvantaged communities in the Paris region. 

While at EDHEC, Maazouza met the founder of the Mozaïk nonprofit employment agency, which assists job seekers from socially disadvantaged areas in finding employment. After graduating, she spent two years developing the agency’s partnerships with large corporations and other nonprofit organizations, then left to work for Boston Consulting Group, building partnerships and focusing on sustainable development issues and economics. After a year, she returned to the nonprofit sector to work more exclusively on diversity and inclusion and employment for disadvantaged populations, first with Positive Planet to foster entrepreneurial skills, and, since July, for the Trappes City Council in a senior developmental role. 

Maazouza has been a fellow in the Transatlantic Inclusion Leadership Network (TILN)—The German Marshall Fund of the U.S.—since 2017. The TILN provides a platform for young, diverse elected leaders and select civil society and business leaders to collaborate, mentor, and educate each other in advancing inclusive policies and increasing social cohesion on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Since 2019, Maazouza has served as a board member of Liberté Living Lab, a French incubator for accelerating tech for startups that have united innovation, technology, and social utility. In 2021, she joined the board at Les DesCodeuses, a social startup dedicated to empowering and training women from disadvantaged areas to code and become developers.

Throughout her career, Maazouza has used her experience to design and create projects that can positively influence decision-makers to engage their companies in more inclusive practices. Projects she initiated or led at Mozaïk include the Top 10 Recruiters of Candidates From Marginalized Groups, and Potential, which aims to use cognitive science, personality tests, and escape games to enable recruiters to focus on candidates’ potential rather than their diploma level. 

Maazouza regularly takes part in discussions, webinars, and conferences to inform and inspire decision-makers about the impact and benefits of positive inclusion. Her audiences come from a wide range of backgrounds, including French political parties and the business community. She recently contributed to an EDHEC podcast on diversity and inclusion as the invited guest of associate professor Hager Jemel, who is head of the EDHEC Open Leadership Innovation Centre for Inclusion and Diversity. This podcast provides listeners with factual information and concrete, practical solutions to encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace.