Founder and President, Mobdi’un
Omezzine Khelifa is a Tunisian activist and founder and president of Mobdi’un, a nonprofit that empowers youth by providing tools and skills to build Tunisian democracy. She left her finance job in Paris during the Arab Spring, moving back to Tunisia to take part in transition efforts. There, she volunteered for the social-democrat opposition party, twice ran for parliament, and advised the finance and tourism ministries when her party joined the governing coalition. Khelifa helped set up The’ra, the Arab Women’s Network for Parity and Solidarity. She has been honored with the Project on Middle East Democracy’s Leaders in Democracy Award and was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.