Aya Chebbi

African Youth Movement

Aya Chebbi, an award-winning Pan-African feminist. She is the first African Union Youth Envoy and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet. She is the founder of multiple platforms such as Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring (YPHEM) coaching the next generation to be positive change agents, Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), one of Africa’s largest Pan-African youth-led movements and Afresist, a youth leadership program and multimedia platform documenting youth work in Africa.

She served on the Board of Directors of CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the World Refugee Council and Oxfam Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct. Chebbi became a world-renowned blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution running Proudly Tunisian.

Her blogs were published at OpenDemocracy and Al-Jazeera among others. Since then, she has been travelling across the African continent to support and train thousands of social movement leaders and activists on mobilization, blogging, leadership and non-violence and continues to travel the world as a scholar, mentor, speaker (including TEDx) and activist.

She was recognized in 2018 Apolitical List of The World’s 100 Most Influential Young People in Government and 2016 List 100 Under 40 Most Influential Africans in the World.

She received Inspirational Woman of the Year by Women4Africa Awards, Pan-African Humanitarian Award by Pahawards and Young Talent of the year by UNLEASH Festival. Chebbi’s extensive experience over the past decade made her an influential political voice known for rebranding Africa and commitment to youth empowerment, Peacebuilding and Africa’s integration.

Conference sessions

Rollercoaster against an evening sky

Aya Chebbi talks about how her experience of the civil protests in Tunisia inspired her to bring together youth civil society organisations across Africa, and Dr Danny Sriskandarajah discusses how we rise to the challenges of organising civil society across the globe.



Mon, 02/29/2016 - 09:30 to 10:30

From #BringBackOurGirls to climate justice, a range of movements and campaigns around the world are calling for change. This "Ted Talks" session will give voice to six approaches.



Mon, 02/29/2016 - 14:30 to 16:00