H.E. Dr. Amel Karboul serves today as CEO of The Education Outcomes Fund. An initiative to raise $1 billion of innovative finance to support governments around the world to improve the education and skills of 10 million children and young people.
Amel has held leadership positions across the corporate, political and not-for-profit sectors for more than 25 years. She is known for her dynamic presence, and her innovative and entrepreneurial style, which combines decisiveness with an ability to grasp the ‘big picture’. Amel was the first woman in history to occupy Tunisia’s Minister of Tourism position and co-led the country’s transition after the Arab Spring, leading to Tunisia’s Nobel Peace prize in 2015. She received the Presidential Citizens Medal as recognition for her exemplary deeds and services to her country and fellow citizens.
She is passionate about nurturing a new generation of responsible leaders and building bridges between the private, public sector and civil society to solve global challenges – particularly in the fields of Tech, AI and Education (Please watch her TED talk on the learning generation here). She is also committed to reducing women’s under-representation in leadership and actively mentors women leaders. Her cabinet was the first to be inclusive and gender-equal.
Amel received a Master’s degree with honours in Mechanical Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany and holds a Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom. She has held leadership roles at numerous organisations including The Maghreb Economic Forum, Mercedes-Benz, DaimlerChrysler and worked in senior consultant roles at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Beratergruppe Neuwaldegg.
Amel is a recognised and published thought leader in written and digital media. She recently published the 2nd edition of her book, Coffin Corner, outlining a new leadership culture suited to the complexity and dynamics of the 21st century.
Proud mother of two, she practices yin yoga and mindfulness, loves deep conversations and is moved by beauty in art, architecture, nature and poetry.