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Aya Chebbi

Aya Chebbi







Who Is Aya Chebbi

Ms. Aya Chebbi, 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, and served as the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet (2018-2021). Aya received the Gates Campaign Award and was named in Forbes Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women, New African Magazine List of 100 Most Influential Africans, and Top 20 List of Apolitical 100 The World’s Most Influential Young People in Government. Her story and talks have been critically acclaimed by the Guardian, Huffpost, Jeune Afrique, France24, Deutsche Welle and more.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission appointed, on November 1st, 2018, Ms Aya Chebbi as the first Special Envoy on Youth, with a mandate to serve as a representative of and advocate for the voices and interests of African. In her role as African Union Envoy on Youth, she met and advocated to over 30 Heads of State and Governments and to over 190 global leaders on the youth agenda in Africa and the diaspora which resulted in policy changes continentally, globally and increase in youth appointments nationally. Aya has mobilized the Youth Silencing the Guns Campaign which has become African Union’s largest youth campaign, including the adoption by AU Peace and Security Council of the premier Continental Framework for Youth, Peace and Security. She has curated the internationally acclaimed concept of Intergenerational Co-leadership and engaged millions of young people during COVID-19 pandemic, documented in the Africa Youth Lead Policy Paper. 

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 with a holistic focus on youth and women leadership, and impacted over 1 million young people. From running an award winning blog Proudly Tunisian and a popular Mentorship Programme Y-PHEM, to building Afrika Youth Movement, one of Africa’s largest pan-African youth-led movements and Afresist, a think tank training the next generation of Pan-African peacebuilders.

On gender advocacy, Aya has also widely mobilized young women resulting in a groundbreaking political document, which is the Africa Young Women Manifesto and established the first of its kind Nala Feminist Collective bringing together 17 acclaimed African feminists to unite behind Africa’s agenda nationally and globally.

Aya served on the Board of Directors of CIVICUS, World Refugee Council, Oxfam Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation Advisory, Generation Unlimited, Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, the Council of the Africa Public Health Foundation among others.

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.

Aya’s extensive experience made her an influential leading voice known for rebranding Africa and commitment to peacebuilding, gender equality and Africa’s integration. Although she was blacklisted and banned from entering Egypt between March 2014 and December 2019, she continued to travel the continent organizing thousands of young people in non-violent mobilization and Pan-African activism.

Aya is supporting and working with thousands of women groups, artists and activists on youth empowerment projects and trained them in Mobilisation, blogging, leadership and non-violence in over 30 African countries, She is frustrated at the mainstream medias negative portrait of Africa, diffusion of misinformation and under-reporting of key narratives. 

Keynote Topics:

  • Pan-Africanism & Everything Africa

  • Feminism & Gender Quality

  • Youth Empowerment & Leadership 

  • Activism & Movement Building 

  • Blogging, Social Media & Tech 

Workshop Topic:

  • Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring (YPHEM)


2018 - Current

2020 - 2021

2018 - 2021


2017 - 2018

2012 - 2018

2013 - 2017

Founder & CEO of Afresist

Panellist - Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response for (WHO) World Health Organization

Special Envoy on Youth at African Union

Commissioner - Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct at Oxfam

Councillor - World Refugee Council at Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Founder & Chair at Afrika Youth Movement

Director of Programs, Africa and the Middle East at World Peace Initiative

Achievements and Accolades

2016 Among 100 Most Influential Young Africans in the World by Africa Youth Awards

2016 Inspirational Woman of the Year by Women4Africa Awards

2017 Pan-African Humanitarian Award issued by Pahawards

2018 Among 100 Most Influential Young Africans in the World by Africa Youth Awards

2018 Young Talent of the year by UNLEASH Festival


“Aya, as a young woman, is an absolute inspiration to us Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.” 

- Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala -

“Knowing how inspired, encouraged, comforted we are by the work you carry out, your stamina and drive! Merci Aya Former Governor General of Canada.” 

- H.E. Michaëlle Jean -

“Aya Chebbi has really stepped up for leadership globally and her work is very hard, it's very imaginative, and the legions of young people and older people like myself who look to Aya for the direction that for example UNFPA will take Executive Director of UNFPA.” 

- Dr. Natalia Kanem -

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