In 2014-2015, Dr Tawfik Jelassi suddenly found himself in the spotlight. A respected academic, he was given the opportunity to become a Minister in Tunisia's transition government. He presents, with humour and insight, the challenges he faced as he entered the high-stakes, high-risk world of politics. He shares the lessons of leadership he learned as Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Information and Communication Technologies, in a highly turbulent environment characterized by upheavals, chaos, setbacks, and nation-wide protests against some of the decisions he made. Read also here an article in Harvard business review about his story https://hbr.org/2016/05/what-i-learned-from-leading-a-tunisian-ministry-during-the-arab-spring
Tawfik Jelassi is Professor of Strategy and Technology Management at IMD Business School in Lausanne. In 2014-2015, he was Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and ICT in the transition Government of Tunisia. Between 2000 to 2013, he was Professor and Dean at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. He was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ooredoo Tunisia, the leading mobile telecom operator in the country. In the 1990s, he was Associate Professor and Chairman of the Technology Management Department at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. Dr. Jelassi earned his Ph.D. doctorate from the Stern School of Business at New York University. His research focuses on digital business transformation and leadership in turbulent times. He published numerous books and research articles, and taught extensively on MBA and executive education programs around the world. He was granted several research and teaching awards and two presidential decorations.
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