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Aya Chebbi

2021 Fellow

Former Special Envoy on Youth, African Union

VVEngage 2021

Aya Chebbi is a multi award-winning Pan-African feminist. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy and shot to global fame as a political blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. She also served as the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet.

Over the span of the past decade, Aya has single handedly transformed the youth participation space across Africa and created various online and offline platforms including Afrika Youth Movement, one of Africa’s largest youth-led movements and Afresist, a think tank documenting youth work in Africa. She served at Oxfam Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Generation Unlimited Board, Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, the Council of the Africa Public Health Foundation among others.

Aya is 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 the 2019 Gates Foundation Campaign Award and was named in Forbes’ Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women and New African Magazine List of 100 Most Influential Africans.