Douja Ben Mahmous Gharbi, President of the Entrepreneurship Center and Endogenous Development, has been appointed as High Commissioner for Tunisia. High Commissioner Gharbi represents Tunisia in the Global Woman Leaders Committee of the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.
Douja Gharbi is a serial entrepreneur, business and entrepreneurship consultant and mentor with a strong community development motivation. She is a UNIDO expert on entrepreneurship and investment promotion. She is President of the Entrepreneurship Center and Endogenous Development, Vice President of the Confederation of Citizen Companies in Tunisia, and Vice President of Finance Participative en Méditerranée. Douja Gharbi was a board member of the National Young Entrepreneurs Association and the National Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs from 1996 to 2011 and served as Tunisian Hub Manager to the MENA Business Women’s Network. She is a speaker on entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurs, investment promotion and development. She spoke at the Presidential Obama Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC in 2010; at the US-Maghreb Entrepreneurship Conference in Algiers; at the WIEF Business Women Forum 2010 in Malaysia; at the OCDE Conference 2008 In Kuwait; at the WED Conference in Jordan in 2009 and many other international conferences across Africa and around the world. Douja Gharbi specialises in project management, entrepreneurship and employment projects. She volunteers as a mentor for various business organizations and associations, including the CEDE, CONECT, CJD, CNFCE and FPM. She also consults for UNIDO. Douja Gharbi has a master’s degree from the University of Economics and Management of Tunis. She also has condensed training in business administration through the Beyster Institute of the University of California; training in export techniques, management and capacity development of women in Africa via the ICT and Trade Facilitation Office Canada program; and business training and counselling from UNIDO (ARCEI Program).