Tarak Chérif holds a Master’s degree in Law, and a Diploma in Management from ISG Paris and International Politics from IHEI Paris Sorbonne. Mr Chérif is a Tunisian businessman and the head of the ALLIANCE GROUP, whose companies are active in several sectors including tourism, chemicals, distribution and household appliances. Furthermore, he is the President of the Confederation of Citizens’ Enterprises of Tunisia. In addition, to his professional activities, Chérif holds responsibilities in sports organizations such as President of the African Tennis Confederation and the Olympic Committee of the International Tennis Federation. Among other things, Chérif is also Honorary Consul of the Republic of Turkey in Tunis and, more recently, he was elected Vice-President of the Federation of Arab Businessmen.
As a committed artist, Lacroix is known for her commitment to fighting for freedom of expression and the emancipation of women and minorities. Attracted by the theatre and film trades, in 1979 she founded the group Djurdjura in Paris that has released several albums. Lacroix is the first woman of Maghreb culture to direct films including Algeria Colors and Cinema and Ali in Wonderland.
She is the first woman to testify publicly about the tragedy she experienced in her family through two books – The Veil of Silence and The Narcissus Season which sold over 2 million copies and has been translated into several languages. Djhoura is decorated with the National Order of Merit and the Legion of Honor in France.
Dr. Fadia Kiwan holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Paris I , Sorbonne. She was working as a Professor and Honorary Director of the Institute of Political Science from 2002 to 2018. Dr. Kiwan is the founder and director of the Observatory of Public Service and Governance at Saint Joseph University, as well as a visiting professor at several universities in France, Italy, Spain, Egypt, and Tunisia. Dr. Kiwan was a member of the UNU Council from 2007 to 2013 and acted as a researcher and consultant to several international organizations. Dr. Kiwan was also appointed as representative of the President of the Republic of Lebanon to the Permanent Council of la Francophonie 2013- 2017.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has served as the Managing Director of the Centre International de Développement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research and Innovation, as well as Professor of Organic Chemistry with an endowed chair at the University of Mauritius. Gurib-Fakim earned a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Surrey and a Ph.D. from the University of Exeter. As the Elected Fellow of several academies and societies, Gurib-Fakim received several international prizes including the 2007 l’Oreal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science, the African Union Commission Award for Women in Science in 2009, 1st among the Top 100 Women in Africa Forbes List 2017 and 2019.