I am also a telecommunications engineer, activist, former politician, founder and CEO of “Mobdiun – Creative Youth”, a social impact & civic innovation organization that inspires youth to lead change and help build a peaceful democracy in Tunisia.
Using arts, sports and technology, Mobdiun works with young people in marginalized communities targeted by violent extremists and provides them with opportunities to build skills and gain access to resources and networks to foster their creativity as builders of the Tunisian society. Mobdiun mobilizes government, private sector and civil society groups in order to foster policy dialogue and lead change around youth issues and priorities.
I am also an actress, singer, and guitar player.
I believe in the power of the arts, music, and film to touch the hearts and souls of people no matter where they come from, and deeply transform them.
I left my finance job in Paris during the Arab Uprisings, moving back to Tunisia to take part in the transition efforts from dictatorship to democracy. I volunteered for the social-democratic party Ettakatol, twice ran for Parliament, and advised the Finance and Tourism ministers when my party joined the governing coalition between 2011 and 2014. In charge of portfolios such as open governance, state budget, and tax system reforms, I also championed women’s leadership, gender equality, and youth participation in the 2014 Constitution.
After my cabinet and political party leadership experience, I became a consultant working with multilateral organizations, such as the World Bank and the European Delegation in Tunisia. In my role, I participated in policy dialogues and technical assistance projects that shaped major reforms in the financial sector, governance, youth inclusion, and peace and security.
I helped set up a regional and a global women networks called Thae’ra, the Arab Women’s Network for Parity and Solidarity and WASL, the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership. I have been honored with the Project on Middle East Democracy’s Leaders in Democracy Award in 2012, named the first Tunisian woman World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2014, New Voices Aspen Institute Fellow in 2017, and member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network the same year. In 2018, I was selected as one of the inaugural Obama Foundation Scholars at Columbia University.