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2017-2018 Technical Experts and Coaches

Emna Jemmali

Emna Jemmali_CroppedEmna Jemmali holds a Doctorate in Management Sciences from the University of Montpellier, France, with a focus on Entrepreneurship. She began her career at the European Center for Enterprises and Innovation (CEEI) of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole where she coached young technology start-ups. Upon her return to Tunisia, she was mandated by international organizations including the World Bank, UNDP and UNIDO for missions relating to the establishment of an ecosystem conducive to entrepreneurship.

Her knowledge of the Tunisian ecosystem has led her to support structures that support entrepreneurship with the implementation of their strategy and programs, such as the APII Bizerte Free Zone, as well as the BFPME for which she designed a manual for young entrepreneurs.

With 24 years of experience in consulting, she has coached many companies from various sectors of activity, within the framework of international programs financed by the European Union.

A trained trainer, she is certified in the field of communication. Specialized in andragogy, she assists populations with low literacy skills in management. Currently, she is a consultant to national and international structures that work for entrepreneurship (GIZ, Conect, …) as part of support programs and transfer of knowledge in entrepreneurship in many regions.


Walid Kallel

Walid KallelWalid Kallel is currently Master Technologist at ISET Sfax and professional coach and an internationally certified staff member. He has managed to develop throughout his 19 years of experience a position of listening and exchange, and great pedagogical and andragogical skills for coaching.

His commitment to the professional world has enabled him to provide solutions (targeted tools, techniques and skills) adapted to the needs of the socio-economic environment and to gain the confidence of the main national and international actors.

With the strength of this experience and knowledge, he has succeeded in guaranteeing the successful support of over 500 entrepreneurs with project ideas and established companies, both privately and through national and international support structures and programs, for support in business creation and development.

He has led several training courses on capacity building for the benefit of project leaders and coaches, including methodologies and effective coaching techniques (University of Jendouba, FSEG Sfax, Facilitators ANETI, THNITI, GIZ … ).

His integration in the socio-professional environment has allowed him to participate in several steering committee projects supporting entrepreneurship.




Mehdi BaccoucheAfter studying international cooperation and development, Mehdi Baccouche became involved in social innovation projects in Lebanon, Benin and France. For 3 years he directed a program of strengthening associations and an incubator of social enterprises in Tunisia. Co-founder of “SHANTI”, he currently works to share experiences with actors who want to develop innovative solutions to social challenges in the Mediterranean.




Leila Ben-GacemLeila Ben-Gacem is an Ashoka Fellow who designs socio-economic impact projects aimed at preserving craftsmanship, culture and historic urban spaces through Blue Fish. Leila founded Dar Ben Gacem, a boutique hotel and social enterprise that creates shared cultural and economic opportunities in the Tunis Medina. Leila also initiated Sougha, for the Khalifa Fund in the UAE, a social enterprise that has improved the socio-economic inclusion of Emirati craftswomen through the creation of self-employment opportunities. Before deciding to change careers, Leila held various positions in multinationals and earned a master’s degree in biomedical engineering.


Lobna Saidi

Lobna SaidiAn agricultural engineer by training, Lobna Saidi began her development career in 2010 with APAD (Sustainable Agriculture Association) as Project Manager for Sustainable Agriculture in Tunisia. In 2011, she directed the Fondation de France program, “Mediterranean from One Bank to Another” in Tunisia for two years. In January 2013, she joined the LAB’ESS team as head of the BAC (Bureau Associations Conseil) and then as Director. After two and a half years working with social and solidarity economy actors, she joined Oxfam as Program Manager for Public Policy Governance.

Previous Master Trainers

  • Rym Baeoundi, Home-Based Business and E-Commerce Trainer, Director and Co-founder, Medina Works & Cogite
  • Nejiba Bouzaiane Khalfallah, Entrepreneurship Trainer and business development expert
  • Widad El Hanafi, Entrepreneurship Trainer, Founder & Managing Director, Consulting for Success
  • Barbara Fittipaldi, Leadership Trainer, President and CEO, Center for New Futures
  • Chema Gargouri, Business Planning for Sustainability Trainer, Country Director, Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES); CEO, Center for Applied Training (CAT) and Founder and President of the Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability (TAMSS)
  • Ahlem Ghazouani, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Trainer
  • Ahmed Hamza, Social Media Trainer and Program Coordinator, Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES)
  • Beth Kantor, Social Media Trainer, Consultant and Adjunct Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • Tarek Lamouchi, Financial Education Trainer, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung