Dr. Boutheina Guermazi is a Practice Manager of the Digital Development Unit in the Transport and ICT Global Practice of the World Bank. Under her management the unit designs and implements activities and programs aimed at supporting countries in Africa and MENA unleash digital opportunities for inclusive development. These include policies and programs relating to broadband infrastructure, mobile networks, digital government, ICT skills and industry development. Previously she worked as Lead regional integration specialist in the Africa region focusing on creating regional solutions to the continent and as a Sr. Regulatory Specialist for the telecom sector. She led complex connectivity projects in West Africa and supported the creation and strengthening of a number of regulatory authorities and led complex policy and regulatory reforms in a number of countries.
Before joining the Bank, Boutheina was Assistant Professor at the University of Law and Political and Social Sciences of Tunis and worked at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
Boutheina holds a PhD in Telecommunications Law and Policy from the Faculty of Law at McGill University, Canada, an LLM in International Law from Indiana University and a Bachelor Degree in Public Law from the University of Tunis. She held a Fulbright Scholarship and was a research scholar at the University of Michigan, the Social Science Research Council (USA) and the Center of Studies for Regulated Industries (Canada). She wrote and published a number of articles and book chapters on trade law, telecommunications policy and regulatory reform.