The International Steering Committee is annually elected body consisting of individuals from each country, where the Stakeholder Institutions operate.The main responsibilities of the International Steering Committee are to facilitate the activities of the Executive Committee in each country by seeking funds and providing expertise, and to ensure geographical representation and the active participation of Stakeholder Institutions in the activities of the network.

Berkin Şafak Şener

Berkin Şafak Şener

Born in Izmir, he graduated from Izmir Ataturk High School, continued his education at Bilkent University, graduating as a high honour student from the Department of International Relations. During his BA, he was an Erasmus exchange student at Aston University, Birmingham. He has publications in refereed journals such as Turkish Review and E-International Relations. He speaks fluent English and continues to advance his French and Russian. He is currently a member of the Executive Board in Youth Deal Cooperative, Turkey’s first youth-led cooperative working in the field of youth employment and social development. He has been providing consultancy for local projects related to development and political campaigning. He will pursue his master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies specialising in International Development. He loves gastronomy, gardening, literature and history.

Dina Magdi

Dina Magdi completed her major program in Economies of Foreign Trade at Helwan University, Cairo. Also, her Post-Graduate Diploma is in the same field, and currently she is pursuing her masters in the field of Euro-Mediterranean Studies at Cairo University. She attended the Summer School at Maastricht University, Netherlands. She was a part of the “Young Leaders Forum” between Germany, Egypt & Tunisia, which was focusing on resource management, community leadership, political consulting, policy evaluation, and social media campaigning. She has been working as a Cross Culture Communication Specialist on “Global Citizen” in Germany. She delivered speeches at many international conferences on “Global Learning”. In addition, she is the focal point in Egypt for the Civil Education Academy project between Egypt & Tunisia. She has been working at the Twining Project between the Netherlands, Finland & Egypt. Currently, she is working as a Junior Economist, Associate Consultant at Oxfam GB.

Émna Mizouni

Emna Mizouni

Emna Mizouni is a Tunisian, Maghrebian woman. She is the Founding President of Carthagina organization and holds the position of Communications – Media officer at the British Council in Tunisia. She is also a member of the Association for the Free Digital Culture “CLibre” and “Wikimedia TN User Group” as well as other Tunisian associations. She received her master’s degree in Communications and a diploma in management and business practices from The High School of Business Tunis “ESC”.

Hend Hassassi

Hend Hassassi worked for over a year as a journalist in an English speaking news website based in Tunisia called Tunisia Live. She has been cited as a contributing reporter in the New York Times and the Washington Post several times. Hend worked as a researcher for the Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, American University of Cairo, on an exploratory study of active youth perceptions and challenges following the Arab Spring. She also worked as a cover press and public affairs officer at the British Embassy in Tunis. She is currently working as consultant on a youth Civil Society Organizations and stakeholder mapping aimed at establishing an online directory of the latter. The project is managed by the Arab League of States and funded by the World Bank. She also has been working for over two years as an outreach consultant for the New Arab Debates.


Houda Mzioudet

Houda Mzioudet is a Tunisian journalist, commentator and researcher on Libyan and Tunisian affairs. She has carried out research for the Libyan think-tank Sadeq Institute and the Brookings Doha Center since 2013. She has contributed to several media outlets since 2011 in Tunisia and Libya including Tunisia Live, Libya Herald, Al Jazeera English, Thomson Reuters Foundation, the BBC, and Radio Canada. She earned her MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Manouba in Tunis, Tunisia in 2005. She was a British Council Foreign Language Teaching Assistant tutoring French in Scotland from 2005 to 2006. From 2007 to 2008, she served as Fulbright Foreign Language teaching assistant for Arabic at Christopher Newport University, Virginia. Mzioudet also taught at the University of Tunis for 3 years. Since 2009, she has been supervising US students in their dissertations on global cultures in Tunisia at the US-based School of International Training. In 2014, she was a recipient of the International Visitor Leadership Program in Conflict Sensitive Reporting Award of the US State Department in the US and UNESCO, in Paris.

Karima Rhanem

Karima Rhanem’s areas of expertise are communications and media, public diplomacy and governance with special focus on the  youth and civil society She has experience in civil society and volunteering actions for over 18 years, and in public diplomacy for about 5 years. She received several awards for her creativity in communications, management of youth and civil society programs, and for efforts in promoting good governance & peace in the MENA region. She is a Moroccan citizen, she speaks Arabic, French and English fluently and Spanish at the intermediate level. She holds BA in communication studies and MA in Governance and Public policy.


Matthieu Torbey

Matthieu Torbey is from Lebanon. He represents “Offre joie” association. He is 23 years old and pursues his BA in telecommunication engineering at Antonine University in Beirut, Lebanon He has been a volunteer of “Offre joie” since 2003. He has contributed to the organization of numerous camps and workshops to the aim of the unity of the Lebanese nation specially the Lebanese youth. He also belongs to the Rotaract family in Lebanon.

Nidal Benali

Nidal Benali is from Morocco. He is a public law student at Mohammed V University at Agdal. He is the president of the Local Youth Council of Asilah, which allows him to be the chairman of the National Network of the Local Youth Councils. He participated in many trainings about leadership and social work in Morocco and other countries.

Nidal Benali