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Montasser OUAILI
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Candidate to the Post of Secretary-General
Montasser OUAILI, Tunisia

Name Montasser OUAILI
Nationality Tunisian
Date of birth 19 September 1959
Marital status Married, three children

Ministry of Communication Technologies
3bis rue d'Angleterre - 1000 Tunis - Tunisia
+216 71 33 59 59

Present title: Minister of Communication Technologies - Republic of Tunisia



  • Minister of Communication Technologies - Republic of Tunisia, since November 2004

    • Chair of the Tunisian Commission for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), November 2004 - December 2005

  • Secretary of State in charge of Information Technologies and Internet, September 2002 - November 2004

  • Secretary of State for Higher Education, April 2001 - September 2002

  • Secretary of State in charge of Information Technology, november 1996 - January 2001


  • Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Tunisia to some Heads of States

  • Head of Tunisian Official Delegation for WSIS Preparatory Meetings (Geneva, Tunis)

  • Promotion of WSIS to Governments, Business Sector and Civil Society in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, and Latin America

  • Head of Tunisian Official Delegation or Keynote Speaker in several international conferences and fora such as Davos Economic Forum, Arab-American Economic Forum, G77 + China High Level Conference on ICTs...

  • Director, University Mission of Tunisia in Montreal, September 1993 - November 1996

  • DEAN, National School of Computer Engineering, University of Tunis, September 1990 - August 1993

  • University Professor, University of Tunis, since January 1989

  • Visiting Professor, University Paris V, France, April-September 1989

  • Director of Research, Regional Institute of Telecommunications and Informatics, Tunisia, January 1989 - January 1991

  • Researcher and Member of Scientific Staff, Bell Northern Research, Ottawa, Canada, June 1988 - December 1988

  • Lecturer, Pacific State University, Los Angeles, California, USA, February 1986 - June 1988

  • Teaching Fellow, U.C.L.A., Los Angeles, California, USA, September 1986 - June 1988

  • Researcher and Member of scientific Staff, Bell Communication Research New Jersey, USA, June 1986 - September 1986


  • Ph.D. in Telecommunications, June 1988, U.C.L.A, Los Angeles, California, USA

  • Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering, June 1985, U.C.L.A, Los Angeles, California, USA

  • M.Sc. in System Science, June 1984, U.C.L.A, Los Angeles, California, USA

  • B.Sc. Of Mathematics, June 1982, University of Tunis, Tunisia


  • Arabic:  Mother tongue

  • English: Fluent speaking and writing

  • French: Fluent speaking and writing

  • Italian: Little

  • President and Founder of the Tunisian Association for Information Technology, October 1990 - August 1993

  • Member of the board of the Tunisian Association for Employment and Housing



Recipient of

  • «Commander of the Order of the Republic» - Republic of Tunisia - 25 July 2004

  • Officer of the order of 7th of November» - Republic of Tunisia - November 2004


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