Aya Chebbi, is an award-winning Pan-African feminist. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy as a political blogger and activist during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. She is the founder of multiple platforms such as Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), one of Africa’s largest Pan-African youth-led movements — and Afresist, youth leadership programme and multimedia platform documenting youth work in Africa. She is also the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet.
She served on the Board of Directors of CIVICUS, World Refugee Council, Oxfam Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Women’s Alliance for Peace Advisory Board, and recently joined the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.
She is a graduate of University of Tunis El Manar with Bachelor in International Relations, Fulbright scholar at Georgia Southern University and Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholar for her Masters in African Politics at SOAS, University of London.
She received 2019 Gates Foundation Campaign Award and was named in Forbes’ Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women.