Portrait image of Tawfik Jelassi

Dr. Tawfik Jelassi was appointed UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication
and Information on 1st July 2021. In this position, he is responsible for the Organization’s
programmes on building inclusive knowledge societies, leading digital transformation,
strategizing the role of ICT in education, and fostering freedom of expression.
Dr. Jelassi holds a Ph.D. doctorate in information systems from New York University (USA)
and postgraduate diplomas from the University of Paris Dauphine (France).
Dr. Jelassi has extensive experience in higher education, scientific research, and information
& communication technologies. He held academic, corporate and government leadership
positions in Europe, the USA, and Tunisia.
Among others, he was Programme Director and Professor of Strategy and Technology
Management at IMD Business School in Lausanne (2015 – June 2021). 
Prior to that, he served as Minister of Higher education, Scientific Research and Information & Communication
Technologies in the democratic transition government of Tunisia (2014 – 2015). Prior
appointments included being Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ooredoo Telecom in
Tunisia, Dean at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris), and Professor & Chairman
of the Technology Management Department at INSEAD (Fontainebleau).

AMLD Africa 2021 / Speakers

Walid Daou

AI Lead, OCP

Carolina Odman

Associate Professor, University of the Western Cape

Stefano Ermon

Assistant Professor, Stanford

Aisha Walcott-Bryant

Research Manager, IBM Research Africa

Karim Beguir

CEO and Co-Founder, InstaDeep

Tawfik Jelassi

Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO

AMLD / Global partners