Wided Bouchamaoui

Wided Bouchamaoui is the first female president of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA). In 2013 Bouchamaoui, along with the heads of three other civil society organizations, formed the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet in hopes of countering rising tensions in the country. The quartet was instrumental in bridging the divide between Islamists and secularists and sparing Tunisia from a violent and turbulent transition in the wake of its Jasmine Revolution. In 2015 Bouchamaoui and the quartet were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work. She has also received the highest recognition in Tunisia, the Grand Officer of the Order of the Republic First Class as well as the Legion d’honneur from France and the Royal Honor of the Polar Star from Sweden.

Bouchamaoui is the founding member of “Connecting Group,” a women’s leadership network, and holds Masters Degrees in international business and international trade law from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion of Tunis. Bouchamaoui was named “Best Business Woman of the Arab World” in 2013 and “Business for Peace Award” honoree in 2014.

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