Founder & CEOHoussem, founder and CEO of the companies Wasabi and Afkar, is an experienced manager of media, social, and cultural projects, particularly those dedicated to promoting the free exchange of ideas. Houssem is also co-founder of Cogite Coworking Space, the first coworking space in Tunisia, a Stanford University fellow, and curator of TEDxCarthage, the biggest TEDx event in Tunisia.
COACH IN RESIDENCEAdel is resident coach at Afkar. He is a sociologist and worked in various Tunisian and international private companies before creating “CREDO”, a consultancy firm, “BOOST”, the first equity-based accelerator in the Maghreb region, and “DOORA”, a bike sharing operator. Adel is also a coach and mentor in several entrepreneurial and employability initiatives, an entrepreneurship teacher, a consultant for the world bank and co-founder of “Tunisian Startups.”
project assistantMaguelone, intern at Afkar, is currently a business and administration undergraduate student at ESSEC Business School. Maguelone is the co-founder and member of several associations and clubs such the AtlasESSEC that promote trekking and ecotourism. She also completed an internship as a junior assistant at the department of public relations at AHK TUNISIE.
co-founderKevin, COO of Wasabi, specializes in non-profit project implementation and evaluation. Kevin has a degree in international affairs from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and has been based in Tunisia since 2013.
Project ManagerNesrine Aouinti is a Project Manager at Wasabi. She previously worked at Al Bawsala as a project assistant specializing in access to information, and as a consultant for I Watch and other NGOs. Nesrine is also a mentor with Mercy Corps in their MicroMentor Program. Nesrine has a bachelor’s degree in French language, literature and, civilization from the University of Humanities at Tunis.
project assistantShadi, Project Assistant Intern at Afkar, is currently a master’s student at Grenoble School of Management. Shadi has several internship experiences as a client service manager at CEPAC, as sector manager at Smartbox Group, and as a commercial consultant at Citroen & DS Automobiles.
COOBefore joining Afkar, Walid was serving for more than two years as COO of Cogite Coworking Space, the first and the biggest coworking space in Tunisia. He has a background in finance, which he developed both in Tunisia and abroad working at institutions such as the National Bank of Canada and Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec. He co-founded Linxae, an IT startup specialising in point of sales solutions.
Project ManagerAmani is a Project Manager at Wasabi who specializes in non-profit project management and event planning. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a diploma in Media Communication from the American University of Beirut (AUB). She is also a MEPI-Tomorrow’s Leader program alumna, and a graduate from the International Institute of Bentley University. While studying in Lebanon, Amani has worked extensively on the Syrian refugees crisis in Lebanon.
project assistantJihene is an intern at Afkar and an ACST leadership scholarship alumna. She has an International Baccalaureate diploma from the American Cooperative School of Tunis. She also works as a translator and a student affairs manager at UWC Tunisia.
Financial managerOns Hamza is Financial Manager at Afkar where her experience with process management and financial planning are brought together to assure a long-term sustainable growth strategy for the project. Ons has received her bachelor degree in Business Administration from Tunis Business School in June 2018 with honors. She has also worked as a financial planning and Quality Specialist at Cogite coworking space, the first coworking space in Tunisia.
PROGRAM ASSISTANTSoufiene, Assistant Project Manager at Wasabi and Program Assistant at Afkar, is also a Microsoft Technology Associate, team member of TEDxCarthage and the organizer of TEDxDjerba. Soufiene received his Bachelor of Computer Science from FST Manar, and he is currently preparing his thesis to receive a master’s degree in Computer Research.
Launched in 2015, Afkar is an initiative dedicated to catalyzing individuals with great ideas for social change. Since that time, we have tested out different formats adapted to the needs of change makers at all levels of society.
Some may know Afkar for it’s high-level conclaves for diverse groups of decision makers. These day-long round table discussions bring together leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector to tackle a specific problem that can only be solved through high level collaboration. Others may know Afkar for its Fellows program dedicated to supporting innovative leaders in creativity and freedom of expression. These cohorts of 15 leaders from across North Africa take part in a unique year of retreats, capacity development, and individualized support. And others still have know Afkar for its video series and talks program that puts the spotlight on a specific agent of change and lets the public hear what they have to say.
Afkar Incubator is the latest in this family of programs aimed to support new leaders of social change. This time, our targets are the entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial-minded who will be leading the change of tomorrow.
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