Nada Belhassen joined IREX in 2018 bringing over 8 years of multi-sector experience in the private and nonprofit sectors, international education and development, and academia. She is currently the program manager for the Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program and supports Tunisian youth in developing skills for contributing to Tunisian’s development.
Prior to joining IREX, Nada worked with Deloitte DC’s Emerging Markets team, contributing to the international development field through the USAID TADAEEM - Tunisia Accountability, Decentralization, and Effective Municipalities program in addition to entrepreneurship programs through the Halcyon Incubator Fellowship Program.
Nada is experienced in program management, youth-led programming, and community development. She spent more than five years working for AMIDEAST Tunisia where she simultaneously led multiple international education programs mainly funded by the U.S. Department of State providing over 500 Tunisian students and professionals with scholarship programs based in the U.S. and the Middle East (Fulbright, YES, MEPI, Legacy International). While at AMIDEAST, Nada also worked on youth and economic empowerment through building workforce skills by managing various grants and organizing workshops and conferences aiming to connect the private sector and nongovernmental organizations with the technology community to co-create solutions to the most pressing challenges faced in the areas of youth employment in Tunisia while increasing digital literacy, growth and outreach potential.
Nada is an alumna of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, Five Colleges, Amherst, MA, and the White House Initiative Emerging Global Leaders - Atlas Corps Fellowship, Washington DC, US. Nada served as board member of various State Alumni Associations in Tunisia. She founded and served as president of the Tunisian American Alumni Association – TAAN which is an initiative that aims at engaging USG alumni across Tunisia within their communities to develop them through sharing and applying the knowledge and expertise they acquired during their exchange programs.