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Biography

Currently: international media analyst (writings appeared on UPI, World Affairs Journal, Al Arabiya.net, Gulf News and other publications).

Positions held in Tunisia:

  • Minister of Communication: January-December 2010.
  • Acting minister of communication and relations with Parliament: October 2009 –January 2010.
  • Director General of the Tunisian External Communication Agency: December 1995– January 2010.
  • English-Arabic and Arabic-English interpreter at meetings with foreign leaders (1990-2010).

Positions held in the United States:

  • Deputy Ambassador of Tunisia to the United States. Washington D.C.:1994-1995.
  • Director of the Tunisian Information Office. Washington D.C.: 1992-1994.
  • Bureau Chief of the Tunisian News Agency (TAP). Washington D.C.: 1989-1992.
  • Press counselor at the Tunisian Embassy in Washington D.C.: 1983-1988.
  • Correspondent of the Tunisian News Agency (TAP) in Washington D.C.:1982-1983.

Lectures and media appearances:

Lectured extensively in the United States at the invitation of several organizations and institutions (including: the U.S. Library of Congress, The World Affairs Council, the American-Tunisian Association, The Center of Strategic and International Studies, The Middle East Institute, The American National Newspaper Association Foundation, the U.S. Defense University, The United States Foreign service Institute,..). Lectured, also, at the Royal Institute of International Affairs “Chatham House”, United Kingdom.

Appeared on several radio and television networks in the United States, Europe and the Middle east, including Fox News (USA), CNN (USA), NPR (USA), the BBC (the UK), LBC (Lebanon), and Abu Dhabi TV (UAE).

Participation to summits and conferences

  • Member of Tunisian official delegations to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) summits in Amman (1994) and Casablanca (1995).
  • Member of the Tunisian official delegation to the Middle East and North Africa Development Bank project (1995: Washington, D.C.), and Tunisian delegations to Middle East and Mediterranean Travel and Tourism Association (Casablanca, Cairo and Tunis: 1994-1996).
  • Member of the Tunisian official delegation to the Doha Arab League Summit (2009).
  • Member of the Tunisian official delegation to the Algiers African Unity Organization Summit (1999).

Awards and distinctions:

  • Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Award, from the United States Foreign Service Institute (USA).
  • Blue Pencil Award of the National Association of Government Communicators (USA).
  • Presidential Award in English literature and civilization. The University of Tunis.
  • Several national medals.

Education:

  • Secondary education graduation diploma (Baccalauréat). Carthage Secondary School. Carthage, Tunisia.
  • American High School graduation diploma (A.F.S Exchange Student). Erie, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • University diploma in Sociology of Arts and Literature. Tunis University.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in English literature and civilization (Maitrise en Littérature et Civilisation Anglaises). University of Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Fulbright Research Scholar at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA: Research conducted on the “the Image of the Arabs in American Popular Culture”.
  • Doctoral degree in English literature and civilization (major in American studies). University of Tunis, Tunisia.

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