Wafa Ben Haj Omar (MA, Fulbright alumna) is currently Senior Program Coordinator at the Heinrich Boell Stitfung – North Africa. From 2015-16, she held the position of Capacity Development Advisor at Creative Associates International in Tunis. She was the Director of International Programs at Al-Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center (KADEM) in Tunis from 2013-2015, of which she is also a founding member. From 2008-2012, Ben Haj Omar occupied the position of Director of Research and Programs at the Doha- based Arab Democracy Foundation (ADF). In 2007-2008, Ben Haj Omar served as a Program Officer at Freedom House. Before changing careers and joining international NGOs, and in 2006, Ben Haj Omar earned a Fulbright scholarship to Brown University in the US, where she conducted research on US postwar fiction. Ben Haj Omar was Research fellow and taught Contemporary US and GB Literatures for 7 years (2000-2007) at the University of Tunis. She holds a Master's degree in US Literature from the University of Tunis and is a Ph.D candidate.
Ben Haj Omar’s areas of interest are democratic transitions in the Arab region, women’s rights and women’s political participation, strengthening civil society, individual and collective liberties in the Arab region, building the capacities of democratic political parties’ leaders, Transitional Justice, and dialogue between political forces, media, and civil society. Since January 14th, 2011, Ben Haj Omar has been very active in providing technical support to political and civil society activists in Tunisia, as well as other Arab countries going through political transformation processes.
Ben Haj Amor writes in Arabic, French, and English about the Tunisian experience of democratic transition from her personal perspective of a woman who enjoyed so far the comparatively progressive and liberated status of the women in Tunisia, who refuses to give up their rights, looks for ways to further promote them, and has no intention to surrender them to obscurantism and extremism. She lived, the US, England, and Qatar, and is now based in Tunis, and worked in several countries in the Arab region, Europe, the US, and Canada.