One day, three ideas met: a good idea, a cunning idea and an incomplete idea. “I am a good idea”, said the good idea, “I was born in the mind of a little girl who was looking for a solution to the poverty...Read More
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I am a Tunisian Iraqi writer and international speaker with two records in Guinness Book for World Records as the youngest writer in the world in 2000 and the youngest most prolific writer in the world in 2002. My first book was published at the age of 10. Since then, I have been advocating for children, youth, women and marginalised people to become storytellers of their own narratives.
I wrote over a hundred stories, published 15 books and delivered speeches in 30 countries including a keynote speech at the United Nations and several TED talks. My books were quoted by the Chair of the Nobel Prize at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in 2015.
In 2018, I became the first Tunisian to receive a PhD from the University of Cambridge in any field ever (in more than 800 years). My books and activism earned me several awards and an appointment by the United Nations as a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals. I was nominated by the BBC as one of the 100 most inspiring women, and classified as one of the most influential Arab women and one of the most important young leaders in the Arab region.
My research aims to examine the representation of Muslims in British newspapers from 1998 to 2009. The research conducts a comparative analysis between mainstream newspapers and those that cater to Muslim and Jewish communities in the United Kingdom. It looks at the similarities, differences, consistencies and changes in the discourses of these newspapers throughout this time frame.
I received the prestigious Chevening Scholarship to complete my postgraduate studies. I read Discourse analysis, media, and intercultural communication amongst other courses. My dissertation looked at the reconstruction and negotiation of Tunisian national identity through multimodal and discursive Analysis.
I studied psychology in Tunisia with a focus on organizational and occupational psychology. During my studies, I was an intern at recruitment and selection agencies Cogerh Selection (2009/2010) and Al Amouri Selection (2009).
I provided guidance and advice for the organization's Civil Society and Youth strategies by supporting it in defining its strategic goals and in adapting to changing contexts. I also facilitated the organization's strategic planning, provided assistance in developing its programs, and informed decision making with data collected and analysed with a variety of methodological tools. In 2015, I lead a regional team of debate trainers and project managers to produce a debate training manual used by the largest debate program in the Middle East and North Africa.
I supervised 18 undergraduate students at the University of Cambridge studying Arabic at the department of Middle Eastern Studies. With a team of lecturers and supervisors at the University of Cambridge, I provided content for the supervisions and contributed in designing the curriculum.
I advised the organisation on initiatives, programs and forums that employ intellectual discourse forthe benefit of development. I actively worked on establishing and developing a youth program at the organisation that brings young people as its ambassadors and build their creative and critical thinking, entrepreneurship and communication skills.
I had a lead role in managing youth and civil society programmes, implementing strategic action plans and conducting monitoring and evaluation exercises. I also coordinated with development stakeholders to exchange knowledge and build partnerships and provided technical support to national partners.
I managed and reinforced youth and civil society programmes: setting strategic plans; building partnerships and implementing Arab Partnership Initiative projects. In Tunisia, I managed and developed the first and biggest debate project in the Middle East and North Africa, coordinating a team of trainers, delivering trainings on debates and public speaking skills and mentoring debaters to international competition standards.
I lead the international steering committee developing the programme of CIVICUS Youth Assembly and inputting directly to the development of the CIVICUS World Assembly, both taking place in Montreal, Canada.
I was a member of a consultative committee advising the League of Arab States on its youth policies and programmes, providing data analysis and assisting on the follow up of the regional strategic decisions on youth issues.