Mdm. Ouided Bouchamaoui served as the President of UTICA, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts from May 2011 to January 2018, the ﬁrst woman to be elected to this position.
In 2013, under her presidency UTICA along with the Tunisian General Union of Labour (UGTT) launched the initiative of the National Dialogue. They were joined by the League of Human Rights and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers, forming ‘The Quartet’. The Quartet initiated negotiations with all parties involved in deep political crisis in Tunisia, resulting in a peaceable solution. For this successful endeavor they were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.
In January 2015, the Tunisian President, Mr Beji Caid Essebsi made her Grand Ofﬁcer of the Order of the Republic, and His Majesty, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, decorated her with the Royal Order of the Polar Star in November 2015. She also received in December 2015, the “Legion d’Honneur” from the French President, Mr François Hollande.
In October, 2017, Mdm Bouchamaoui was elected Vice-President of the European Center for Peace and Development, United Nation’s mandated University for Peace in Belgrade. She has also actively participated in several Foundations like the Business for Peace Foundation, Cultura de Paz Foundation, Global Hope Coalition and Leaders for Peace Foundation.
Mdm Bachamaoui is the shareholder and director of Hedi Bouchamaoui Group (HBG Holding) since 1988 and is also the founding member of the Connecting Group (Network of women leaders). In 2013, under the auspices of the G8 Deauville Partnerships, she was awarded the “Best Business Woman of the Arab World” award. She is currently identified as one of the most influential business women in Africa.
Born in Gabes in 1961, Mdm Ouided Bouchamaoui holds a Master Degree in International Business from Institut Supérieur de Gestion of Tunis and a DESS in International Trade Law from Faculty of Juridical and Political Sciences of Tunis 2.