The maroc-o-phile site was conceived and is managed by Lynn Sheppard, a British woman based mainly in Essaouira, Morocco (and partly in Edinburgh, UK). Lynn is a self-motivated and extremely well-organised individual with strong transferable skills and a keen eye for marketing opportunities and business systems improvement. Throughout her working life, she has developed a strong track record in team management, strategic thinking, problem solving and customer focus. Her career has also featured a consistent thread of promotional, public diplomacy, marketing and events work. As a civil servant for 13 years, she worked in a number of politically charged areas with strong media interest and involving high profile protagonists. Through this experience, she cultivated an ability to stay calm under pressure, pull her team together to provide solutions and adapt her style to a range of interlocutors. She has lived and worked in a number of countries across Europe, Africa and Asia as well as in multi-national environments such as the EU and UN. Through this experience, she has built an understanding of intercultural issues as well as the ability to speak a number of foreign languages.
As well as writing, researching, sourcing and photographing for the maroc-o-phile site, Lynn is available for partnership and collaboration.
As well as her professional skills, Lynn is a knowledgeable expert on Moroccan culture, cuisine and travel. In particular, having known the city for over 12 years, she is a well-networked and multi-lingual mine of information about Essaouira, local sights and attractions, events, history and expat life. She is co-founder and major contributor to the Facebook group Essaouira Expats & Friends.
Potential areas of collaboration include:
– writing, web content provision and journalism in accurate, persuasive English
– guest blog posts
– translation (from French or German into English)
– relief management for your guesthouse, riad or holiday home
– social media marketing, communications and strategy
– fixing, scouting or search functions in Essaouira
– sourcing, buying or export of Moroccan goods, crafts and design items
– quality images of or interesting articles about Essaouira or Marrakech for your publicity or website
– advice on foreign investment, property purchasing or expat life in Morocco.
Got a business idea or project you’d like to turn into reality in Essaouira? Contact Lynn for further information on how she could support your project.
“I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for your time, professionalism and hard work… From a guy who has started his own businesses many times, I do wish you the very best of luck in Morocco. It’ll be a challenge I’m sure, but it will be one hell of an adventure. I know that it takes a lot of spirit to quit a well paid, secure job and to go and set up by yourself and I admire you for doing this, especially abroad! Having met you, I know you will take all of the challenges to come in your stride and I am sure that you will make the new venture a great success.”
Lee Fish, Director, Illuminant Brands
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you had done for us over this past month. You have been a great asset to us and it is with much sadness that we are going to lose you. Your efforts and achievements during this past month had been tremendous and most impressive! I am sure your business will strive under your guidance!”
Marianna Fossick, Founder, Gain Investments Group
“Lynn has given HAF not just a new and greatly enhanced level of social media presence but also a foundation upon which to build for much greater performance. Essentially Lynn has placed HAF on the social media map.
“Lynn is a truly reliable professional….HAF is genuinely grateful for her service and will remain strongly supportive of her ongoing professional path. [I am] absolutely confident that she will bring lasting benefit to wherever she lives and works in the future.”
Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, President, HIgh Atlas Foundation