Dr. Zied MhirsiDr. Zied Mhirsi



Occupational Information

Occupation: Media, Global Health, Entrpreneurship

Occupational Position: Senior Program Officer at Physicians for Human Rights


In March 2011, Zied co-founded Tunisia Live, the first Tunisian English-language news website, which is read by more than 100,000 visitors every month.

Professional History

He has worked in the Middle East and Africa with several NGOs and civil organizations, mostly focusing on strengthening health systems to combat HIV/AIDS and other serious diseases. Zied is an influential radio show host at the Tunisian radio station, Express FM. He hosts a daily health show and a weekly one that brought the voices of the Tunisian blogosphere to the airwaves under the dictatorship. Since the revolution, he has worked extensively with international media analyzing the post revolution political situation, intervening on shows and helping them to produce news stories and documentaries. In March 2011, Zied co-founded Tunisia Live, the first Tunisian English-language news website, which is read by more than 100,000 visitors every month.


- Doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tunis, El Manar (2005) - Master of Public Health from the American University of Beirut where he was a scholar of the Arab Fund for Social Development - Master of Public Health from the University of Washington, where he was a Fulbright scholar. - He is the author of a book on the history of mental health in Tunisia.


2012 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Peter Wilson
14 March 2017

The African Leadership Institute has a strong cohort of candidates for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  Amongst nearly 300 nominees from over 30 African countries, 26 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. Spanning various industries, representing eleven African countries and ranging from 29 to 39 years of age, the selected candidates demonstrate the wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.  The biographies of the 2017 candidates follows:

Norman Smit
02 March 2017

The United Nations has called attention to the wave of attacks in South Africa targeting foreigners living in the country. The attacks in South Africa have spawned calls for retaliation on South African businesses and nationals in Nigeria. The UN news site, the UN Dispatch, reports that youth groups have been the major drivers in this violence, and it goes on to quote an open letter by Ugandan youth leader and Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen. In his open letter, Ochen says that while the youth have been at the center of the attacks, they can also be part of the solution. He called on youth leaders in Africa to embrace non-violence. 

Peter Wilson
10 February 2017

There were 283 nominations of Africa’s finest young leaders from over 30 countries for the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship, which starts on 22nd April. Applications closed on 15th January 2017.  Since then, a selection panel of past Fellows and AFLI Board Members have been working tirelessly to draw up a short list of candidates for final evaluation by the selection panel. The short list of 52 candidates was finalised on 7th February, and the plan is for the final selection of the 2017 Tutu Fellows to be agreed upon by the AFLI Board at the end of February. Only 17 candidates are finally selected.

Norman Smit
07 February 2017

The Bertha Centre, which is run by 2013 Tutu Fellow Dr. Francois Bonnici, has been profiled as one of the top five university-based social impact centres in the world.  The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is at the University of Cape Town and is part of the Graduate School of Business.  The nonprofit organisation the Bridgespan Group published the report which was done by the Skoll Foundation

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI



The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.