The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, appointed on November 1st, 2018, Ms. Aya Chebbi as the Special Envoy on Youth, with the mandate to serve as a representative of and advocate for the voices and interests of African youth to the relevant African Union decision-making bodies; advocating for the implementation of the African Youth Charter, the Demographic Dividend Roadmap and Agenda 2063.
The AU Youth Envoy embodies the space for African youth to engage with and influence the work of the AUC and its affiliate organs.
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.