Chaima Bouhlel

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme

Chaima Bouhlel


Chaima Bouhlel is an independent consultant to civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations, both local and international, focusing on local governance and decentralization, governance and rule of law, and citizen engagement, in Tunisia and Libya.

Chaima was a member of Barr Al Aman’s team, a Tunisian CSO focused on the intersection of research and media as a way to form public policy, as its Programs Director. Prior to that, she was part of Al Bawsala’s team, a Tunisian watchdog that monitors the activities of parliament and municipalities, first as the Municipal Observatory Project Manager, and later, as the organization’s president.

Chaima has contributed to multiple radio and TV shows as a commentator on public policy and political events.

She is a former Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy non-resident fellow, and Ford Global Fellow.

Chaima holds a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, with a Secondary in Government, from Harvard University.

Past experience

2019-present Independent Consultant on Decentralziation, Governance, and Citizen Participation
2017-18 Program Director, Barr Al Aman (Tunisian NGO)
2016-17 President, Al Bawsala
2014-16 Project Manager Municipal Observatory, Al Bawsala
2013 Marketing and Research Officer, Enda Inter-Arabe Microfinance Institution