Dr. Amel Karboul

Politics & Development

The way that many managers in companies and institutions try to keep pace with developments – by establishing new rules or defining new processes – not only saps both their own productivity and the productivity of their colleagues, it also narrows their room for manoeuvre, until they reach a point of complete standstill.
Dr. Amel Karboul

In many spheres, politics and economics are very similar to each other. Both are concerned with the “Whys?” and “What direction should we take?” Pressing ahead with developments in these realms requires clear sight and vision, and also an economic way of reasoning, plus precise, wise, and, at the same time, agile implementation of new capacities, reforms and projects.

Successful development processes and change processes have at their core four central factors: sustainability, holistic and humane cooperation, and also networking, social entrepreneurship and efficiency. Providing support in the realms of politics, business and organisations and creating sustainability fascinates me. Within the bounds of this process it is equally valid to take into account the potential for economic growth, sustainable development in society, technical opportunities and changes, the corresponding political contexts and, not least, the human factor – all to the same degree. This is at the same time both demanding and exciting.

Having been born in Tunisia, I was offered the position of Minister of Tourism within the provisional government that came to power following the outbreak of the 2014 Arab spring, making me the first woman in the government and also its youngest member. The goal was clearly defined: to promote the country of Tunisia by means of strategic restructuring. Not a trivial task, as tourism is one of the most important economic sectors in Tunisia. My vision was to rebuild the bridges that have been torn down, to cast a new light on the image that Tunisia has in the world, and to contribute towards increasing education and creating more jobs within that country. During my year-long period of office I was able to implement many of these goals in a pragmatic fashion, or at least get them onto a good footing.

I’m currently engaged as general secretary for the think tank ‘Maghreb Economic Forum’ in Tunisia. My job is to give a face to both Tunisian research and development and to the implementation of democratic, social and economic reforms and strategies, and also to network the institution with other bodies, instigate cooperation and gain supporters, so as to promote progress and development for Tunisian society and the country itself.