Who is Aya?

African Union Youth Envoy

Short Bio

Ms. Aya Chebbi, an award-winning Pan-African feminist. She is the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy and shot to global fame as a political blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. She recently received 2019 Gates Foundation Campaign Award and was named in Forbes’ 50 Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women.  

She is the founder of multiple platforms such as Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), one of Africa’s largest Pan-African youth-led movements — Afresista youth leadership program and multimedia platform documenting youth work in Africa and — Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring (Y-PHEM) coaching the next generation to be positive change agents.

She served on the Board of Directors of CIVICUS, World Refugee Council, Oxfam Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Women’s Alliance for Peace Advisory Board, Council of the Africa Public Health Foundation among others.

She was recognized in 2018 Apolitical World’s 100 Most Influential Young People in Government and 2016 among 100 Most Influential Young Africans in the World. She received multiple awards including 2018 Young Talent of the year by UNLEASH Festival, 2017 Pan-African Humanitarian Award by Pahawards and 2016 Inspirational Woman of the Year by Women4Africa Awards.

Sheis 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. Chebbi’s extensive experience over the past decade made her an influential leading voice known for rebranding Africa and commitment to peacebuilding, gender equality and Africa’s integration. 



2015 -2016

Mo Ibrahim Scholar -MA African Studies – SOAS, University of London.

Summer 2014  

The Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston  


Fulbright scholar – Georgia Southern University


BA English and International Relations- Tunis El Manar University