Dr. Tarek Chehidi has over eighteen years of experience in education across Africa and the Middle East. He is a recognized leader in developing and implementing information and communications technology in education strategies, strengthening capacity of ministry leaders, creating regional platforms for cooperation and policy dialogue and enabling transformative partnerships across ecosystem actors.
At Results for Development, Dr. Chehidi is a senior fellow working with and support education leaders in Africa with their policy priorities and implementation challenges. Throughout his career, Dr. Chehidi has focused on strengthening the capacities of ministries of education to achieve policy objectives and on aligning education systems’ goals and programs with social and economic development goals. Before joining R4D, Dr. Chehidi worked for the Ministry of Education of Tunisia where served as an advisor to the Minister and coordinated analytical work that informed decisions pertaining to the implementation of the July 2002 Education Act.
In 2007, Dr. Chehidi led the Ministry’s general review of ICT strategies and programs and the development of the new strategy (2009-2014), re-organized the ministry’s departments in charge of the integration of new technologies, and led the efforts to establish Tunisia’s National Educational Technology Center. In 2011, he joined ADEA, where he founded and led the continental ICT in Education Task Force and the organization of the “African Ministerial Forum on ICT integration in education and training,” the leading continental high-level policy dialogue platform on ICT in Education and Training. In 2015, he joined GESCI and led the organization’s expansion into francophone Africa and North Africa, coordinated the development of GESCI’s new strategy and led its engagement with governments and international organizations.
Dr. Chehidi holds a PhD in comparative area studies from Sophia University Tokyo, an MA in international relations from the International University of Japan and a B.Sc. in business administration from the American College of Greece. He is a native speaker of Arabic and speaks English, French and Italian.
Board affiliations and titles:
- Member of the African Union Commission CESA-ICT in Education Cluster
- Member of the UNESCO Advisory Group on Best Practices in Mobile Learning
- Member of the program committee of the Pan-African University’s E-University Project
- Knight of the Tunisian National Order of Merit for Contribution to Education – (Presidential Decree 2008).