About me / Resume

I am a Mason Fellow in the mid-career Master of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School. I have been a consultant and a journalist for the last ten years in Tunisia, working for major international media like Reuters, AFP, and Le Monde. I’ve also worked as a trainer with German and French public media agencies where I organized, managed, and trained colleagues from all over the Arabic-speaking world. In 2015, I co-founded Barr Al Aman Research Media, an NGO, based in Tunisia whose mission is to create bridges between academic research and journalism. We have addressed many challenges: economy, judiciary, local government, food sovereignty. Barr al Aman was also a space to reflect on how public policies are intermingled.

(Ci-dessous en français)

I have been working as a foreign media correspondent for major news outlets for several years like ReutersTV, AFP or Le Monde. I was covering not only elections, wars, demonstrations but also, the constitutional process and the fights for freedom and rights. I wanted to play a role in my community as a journalist and help to decode complex issues like the different ways decentralization could be set, the role of the State in the Second Republic or the vital understanding of the Libyan and Algerian recent events, etc. Besides, I noticed that debates in the public sphere and precisely media had been disconnected from existing academic knowledge and expertise.

Given this personal and national context, I founded in 2015 a Tunis-based media and think tank called “Barr al Aman for Research and Media”. This a first-of-its-kind project in my country and even in North Africa. In fact, I managed to combine the skills of researchers and journalists to assess public policies and explore how decisions are being taken and how they impact society. I developed and worked on making this concept a concrete project.

I have produced +60 hours of radio shows graciously offered to national public radio and regional associative radios across Tunisia. This all started without any external funding for more than a year. I tried to find out technical and practical economical solutions. We have also published more than 200 papers mainly in Arabic, French and some in English. As an Editor-in-chief, I have reviewed and edited all and wrote some of them. My challenge has been to handle out-of-the-agenda issues far from ephemeral buzzes and polemics.

In Spring 18’, Tunisia held its first free and democratic municipal elections. Their role was sometimes unknown, often misunderstood by both candidates and voters. We decided to help voters to choose by organizing an electoral debate in the biggest and oldest municipality: Tunis. My challenges were: having main candidates on-the-stage, raising funds within a month, preparing the questions based on various sources: Court of Auditors reports, municipal minutes for the last 10 years, budgets, academic research, etc.

Mohamed is 32 years old. He obtained his master’s degree in journalism at the Institut de Journalisme Bordeaux Aquitaine (France) and is happily married to his partner in life and work.

Mohamed Haddad hosting the municipal electoral debate on May 2019; © Thierry Brésillon for Barr al Aman

Je suis Journaliste Reporter d’Images (JRI) et reporter Radio et presse écrite en freelance.

J’ai travaillé en Tunisie pendant un an et demi en tant que reporter texte et JRI au sein de l’Agence France Presse, bureau de Tunis. Depuis 2013, je suis le correspondant de l’agence Reuters TV et de différentes radios francophones RTBF, DW, Radio Vatican, Radio Fribourg (Suisse). J’ai eu l’occasion de couvrir toutes les étapes de la transition délicate que vit la Tunisie. J’ai également été envoyé à plusieurs reprises en mission en Libye, durant et après le conflit. En août 2012, j’ai effectué une mission au nord de la Syrie à Alep.

Dans le cadre associatif, je produis et co-présente “Barr al Aman – برّ الأمان” une émission de radio qui traite de l’impact des lois sur le quotidien des citoyens. Elle est diffusée sur la radio Nationale tunisienne tous les mercredis ainsi que sur d’autres radios associatives (K-FM à Kasserine, Nefzawa FM à Kebili). Voici la page: www.fb.com/barralaman/

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