|African Union (AU) Special Envoy for Youth|
November 2018 – November 2021
|Succeeded by||Chido Cleopatra Mpemba|
1988 (age 34–35)
Aya Chebbi (Arabic: آية الشابي Aya al-Chebbi; born 1988), is a Tunisian diplomat, and a pan-African and feminist activist. She became the first appointed African Union Envoy on Youth in November 2018. Appointed by the chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki in November 2018, as the youngest senior official in the history of the African Union and youngest diplomat in the chairperson's cabinet. She supports the Chairperson in addressing his thematic priority of working with and for young people and advocate to Silencing the Guns by 2020. 
Early life and education
Born in Dahmani, Chebbi earned a BA in International Relations from Tunis El Manar University. She went on to receive a Masters in African studies with Distinction from SOAS University of London, where her research focused on state-youth relation linked to their subscription to Jihadism, with a dissertation titled “Youth Radicalisation, a comparative Study of Tunisia- Kenya”.
Her blogs were published on OpenDemocracy and Al-Jazeera among numerous media outlets. She subsequently traveled across the African continent to support and train thousands of social movement leaders and activists on mobilization, blogging, leadership and non-violence as a scholar, mentor, speaker and activist.
In 2013, Chebbi co-founded with her feminist friends and bloggers, Konda Delphine from Cameroon and Rose Wachuka from Kenya, the Voice of Women initiative (VOW-I), a feminist collective that empowers women through advocacy and access to the digital space. VOW-I trains correspondents in various cities around the world to document the stories of ordinary women doing extraordinary things. The platform published about 200 stories, trained 35 correspondents and successfully implemented field projects on health, peace and the safety of women.
In March 2015, she was invited as the Youth Speaker for UN Women's celebratory event for the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, to an audience of some 2,000 people including world leaders, celebrities and activists.
In November 2018, Chebbi was appointed as the first African Union Special Envoy on Youth by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat for a two-year mandate to serve as a representative and advocate for the voices and interests of African youths. In this capacity, she also works with various AU organs, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), governments, civil societies, and academia to enhance, empower and strengthen the position of young people within and outside of the African Union. Chebbi started her mission by launching the game changing 2019/2020 Action Plan outlining four Models of Action ; (1) Innovation, (2) Advocacy, (3) Intergenerational & Policy and (4) Communication.
In June 2019, Chebbi was featured in the Visual Collaborative Polaris catalogue, under the Voyager series for humanities, she was interviewed alongside 25 people from around the world such as; Seun Kuti, Berla Mundi and Dawn Okoro.
Since 2020, Chebbi has been serving as a member of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR), an independent group examining how the World Health Organization (WHO) and countries handled the COVID-19 pandemic, co-chaired by Helen Clark and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Awards and recognition
- 2019 – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campaigner Award 
- 2019 – MIPAD 100, a list of the Most Influential People of African Descent
- 2019 – Ten Young African Changemakers by YouthhubAfrica
- 2018 – Young Talent Of The Year By UNLEASH
- 2017 – UNAOC fellowship, awarded by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)
- 2016 – Huffington Post’s List of Inspiring Young Women from Around the World 
- 2016 – List of Formidable Women Leading Change
- 2016 – Member of the Crans Montana Forum of New Leaders for Tomorrow
- 2016 – Arabian Business list of 100 under 40 Most Influential Arabs in the world
- 2015 – Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship Award
- 2012 – Fulbright Scholarship Award
- 2011 – MENA Democracy Fellowship, awarded by the World Affairs Institute (WAI)
Chebbi became a world renown blogger and commentator since Tunisia's Revolution and her pieces have been published by numerous Regional and Global media outfits.
Jeune Afrique: il n’y aura pas de révolution durable sans féminisme
Der TagessPiegel: Was wir Afrikanerinnen uns vom dem Treffen erhoffen
Africa.com Don't you Dare Leave us Behind
CNBC Africa: Op-Ed: World Poverty Day: An opportunity to reimagine the future of African youth
All Africa: Africa: World Poverty Day - An Opportunity to Reimagine the Future of African Youth
Daily Maverick Every one of us must act to combat gender-based violence
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