Wafa Ben-Hassine

Human Rights Lawyer,

Wafa Ben-Hassine is a New York qualified attorney specializing in international law and technology. She is currently consulting with the International Finance Corporation. Most recently she was the Middle East and North Africa Policy Manager for Access Now, a global non-profit organization defending human rights online. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and a B.A. in Political Science, Public Law from the University of California, San Diego. Ben-Hassine is the Co-Chair of the Global Future Council on Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (World Economic Forum), and a Global Shaper with the WEF’s leadership program. She has also advised several organizations such as UNESCO, Association for Progressive Communications, and International Media Support on matters related to open data, transparency, and gender and technology. Most recently, she consulted the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression (OHCHR). In 2011, Ben-Hassine served as Tunisia’s first-ever legislative aide in assisting a Constituent Assembly member in drafting specific provisions in the Preamble of Tunisia’s Constitution. She is a founding member of the OpenGovTN group in Tunisia and was one of the lead assemblers for Tunisia’s eventual state membership in the Open Government Partnership.

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