Born and raised in Tunisia, North Africa, I left to the U.S for college at the age of 19. I attended the University of Rochester on a full scholarship, and studied Computer Science and Business. During these 4 years, I had the opportunity to do research on Human Computer Interaction, and intern at Electronic Arts (E.A) and Microsoft.
Having developed an interest and a passion for emerging markets, I took a job with the Swiss investment group Seedstars as their associate for Africa. There, I got the opportunity to travel to 16 African countries to identify the best and most investable early stage startups, and worked with corporates, governments, and startups on growing the entrepreneurship ecosystems, sharing success stories and opportunities, and attracting further investment in the region.
This tour furthered my belief that Tunisia has a lot more to offer to the world, and encouraged me to move back home in 2018 as the Co-Founder of a FinTech company called Kaoun – كون (Universe, in Arabic) working on identification, Payments and Credit.