M. Zied Ladhari

Tunisian Minister for Development, Investment and International Cooperation

After primary school, he went to M’saken Mixed-gender High School. As an activist, he was arrested and sentenced at the age of 16 and expelled from high school, forcing him to continue his course at a private high school. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree at the age of 19 with a very good mention, he obtained a master’s degree in law and a postgraduate degree in private law at the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences in Tunis.

Banned from travelling for nine years, he then went to study in France in December 2000, where he obtained a postgraduate degree at the Sorbonne, focusing on international and comparative law and Arab law and a second postgraduate degree in banking and financial law.

He also obtained the Lawyer’s Certificate at the Lawyers Training School in Paris and was auditor of the Academy of International Law at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Acknowledged as a lawyer to the National Bar Association of Tunisia in 2001, he works in law firms in Paris and as a lawyer at the Paris Court of Appeal.

Elected on 23 October 2011 to the Constituent Assembly in the constituency of Sousse, belonging to the Islamist party Ennahdha, he became the party’s spokesman on 25 October 2013.

On 26 October 2014, during the legislative elections, he was elected to the Assembly of People’s Representatives.

On 2 February 2015, he was appointed Minister of Employment and Vocational Training in Habib Essid’s government.

On August 20, 2016, he was appointed Minister of Industry and Trade in the government of Youssef Chahed.

On September 6, 2017, he was appointed Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation.