Country Chair: Wafa Ben-Hassine
Hello from Tunisia! We fought for dignity in 2011, and countless other times in our collective history. For us, dignity is all about the pursuit of justice, prosperity, and peace — for the individual and for society. We hope to share our fiery spirit with the rest of the world and to join forces with others to build just and dignified societies.
Country Chair For Tunisia
Wafa Ben-Hassine is a New York qualified attorney specializing in international law and technology. She is currently the Middle East and North Africa Policy Counsel for Access Now, a global non-profit organization defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk. In her current role, she manages a regional Policy and Advocacy team and guides the organization’s strategic direction in the region. She is also a regular contributor to various UN processes on questions associated with human rights and technology.
Ms. Ben-Hassine has considerable experience in international human rights law, human rights policy and innovation in the Arab world, and transparency in government. She holds a J.D. from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and a B.A. in Political Science, Public Law from the University of California, San Diego. Ms. Ben-Hassine is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum’s leadership program.
In 2011, Ben-Hassine served as Tunisia’s first-ever legislative aide in assisting a member of the Constituent Assembly in drafting specific provisions in the Preamble of Tunisia’s Constitution. She is a founding member of OpenGovTN, a group that advocated for a transparent and accountable Tunisian state, effectively leading to the development of several procedures in government that aim to increase citizen participation in public affairs.
Ben-Hassine is a member of the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) Advisory Network, and a board member of the Arab World Internet Institute.