Moez Chakchouk has served as UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information since May 2018, where he is responsible for the Organization’s programmes on fostering freedom of expression and building inclusive knowledge societies.
From 2015 to 2018, Mr Chakchouk was Chairman and CEO of the Tunisian Post, a leading institution for social and financial inclusion in Tunisia.
A graduate of the Sup’Com Engineering School, Moez received an MS in Telecommunications from ENIT Engineering School in 2001. In 2009, he obtained a PhD in telecommunications and applied mathematics, under the joint tuition of El Manar University, Tunisia and Paris Descartes University, France.
He started his career as a research engineer in CERT, the Tunisian Center for Research and Studies in Telecommunications. In 2005 Mr Chakchouk joined the Tunisian Telecommunication Regulation Authority (INT), first as chief of the technical department, later becoming the Head of Interconnection & Access. In March 2010, he was appointed as Adviser to the Minister of Communications Technology in charge of internet development.
In February 2011, after the Tunisian revolution, Moez was appointed Chairman and CEO of ATI (the former Tunisian Internet Agency), the leading internet operator in Tunisia since 1996. After his nomination, despite the difficult transitional situation in his country and with the support of the Tunisian internet community, he made significant progress in the development of the internet in Tunisia. In June 2013,while organizing and hosting the Freedom Online Conference, he launched an open innovation labs in Tunisia (404Labs) in the same place that used to host online censorship equipment.
Moez is a strong defender of human rights online, has participated in numerous international forums and conferences and was selected in 2015 to serve as a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance.