Sustaining Democracy in Time of Pandemic- Q&A with Hedi Larbi- Tunisia Newsreel 2020 (1)


Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 5:00pm to 6:00pm




The Tunisia Office of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University invites you to the opening session of its fall 2020 webinar series:

Tunisia Newsreel 2020 - Tunisia in the Post-2011 Era - Notes From Ground

A Q&A on:




Economist, Tunisia’s Former Minister of Economic Infrastructure, Regional Planning and Sustainable Development (2014-15)

Former Regional Director and Advisor to the Middle East and North Africa Vice President at the World Bank

Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Middle East Initiative and former Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar (2015-2016)


Introductory remarks by:  Prof. William Granara

Discussant:  Aytug Sasmaz, PhD candidate at Harvard University Government Department. Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative.



Wednesday, October 7, 2020 // 12:00-1:00 PM (EDT)

12:00PM Boston-time // 5:00 PM Tunis-time

This webinar will be premiered as part of:

24 Hours of Harvard,  Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020


This event will be held on Zoom. Registration details will be available as the date approaches.


Hedi Larbi is an associate at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative and former Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar (2015-2016). He served as Advisor to the MENA Vice President at the World Bank, and from January 2014 to February 2015 served as both the Minister of Economic Infrastructure and Sustainable Development and the Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, Tunisia. Mr. Larbi has over 35 years of professional experience in economic and social development as both a policy advisor and policy maker, with more than two decades of high level work in the World Bank Group, the private sector (in Europe and Middle East and North Africa), and the Tunisian transition government. Mr. Larbi holds an MSc in Civil Engineering from the Ecole des Mines de Paris, and an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School. Read Hedi Larbi’s biography and publications on the Belfer Center Website.


In this Q&A, Mr. Hedi Larbi will provide a general overview of the political and economic situation in Tunisia, nearly ten years after 2011 and in the midst of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. He he will answer questions on the political transition and consolidation process, and how a sanitary crisis may affect Tunisia’s young democracy.

Tunisia Newsreel 2020 is a webinar series on Tunisia in the post-2011 era. Themes to be discussed are the country’s economy, international and regional politics, public health, crisis-management, policy making, social justice, race, gender, history, heritage, art... Discussions are structured as 60-minute interviews with a selected guest speaker. They are co-hosted by CMES and CMES Tunisia, monthly on zoom, on Wednesdays, starting at 12:00 Boston-Time, 5:00pm Tunis Time.