Early life and education
Mbarek was born in Strasbourg on 31 May 1980 to Tunisian parents who had emigrated from Bir Ali Ben Khélifa in the 1970s. She has a Masters in Economic and Social Administration from the University of Strasbourg and an MBA from the Reims Management School.
After the Tunisian Revolution, Mbarek joined the Congress for the Republic in Montreal and was elected to the National Constituent Assembly representing the constituency of the Americas and Europe (except France, Italy and Germany). She was a member of the Committees on Internal Rules and Immunity, Finance, Planning and Development, and the Constitutional Draft Committee. She also advised President Moncef Marzouki on issues of debt and transparency. In 2012, Mbarek tabled a bill calling on Tunisia to repay debts contracted under the previous dictatorship as part of the democratic transition. She was responsible for the creation of an open government initiative called the CopenGovTN taskforce, which advocates for a more participatory government, the rebuilding of a democratic model, and universal human rights.
In 2014, Mbarek was named one of Harvard Law School's "Women Inspiring Change." In 2016, she taught a course on Tunisia and the Arab Spring at Middlebury College. She has written opinion pieces for Tunisia Live, and CNN.
- "Mabrouka Mbarek : L'élue qui vient des Amériques". Leaders (in French). 19 January 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
- "Mabrouka M'barek". Harvard Law School. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
- Mandraud, Isabelle (17 July 2012). "La Tunisie refuse les dettes héritées de la dictature". Le Monde Afrique (in French). Retrieved 4 April 2017.
- "Mabrouka M'Barek". Middle East Institute.
- "PSCI 1153 Tunisia and the Arab Spring". Middlebury College. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
- Mbarek, Mabourka (7 April 2016). "Opinion: Enough With the "Jasmine Revolution" Narrative!". Tunisia Live. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
- Mbarek, Mabrouka (20 March 2015). "After terror attack, my city will never be the same". CNN. Retrieved 4 April 2017.