Rima Sghaier

Hermes Center

Rima Sghaier is an international citizen born in Tunisia and currently based in Milan, where she leads outreach and localization efforts at the Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights, managing and contributing to projects to support NGOs, media, and investigative journalists to create secure whistleblowing platforms. She is the program manager of Digital Whistleblowing Fund, a small-grant project by the Hermes Center and Renewable Freedom Foundation that enables investigative journalism groups and human rights grassroots organisations to apply to receive financial, operational and strategic support in starting a secure digital whistleblowing initiative.

Rima holds degrees in Public Law and Political Science from the Faculty of Juridical, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis. She has been active in various Tunisian and international human rights NGOs with a focus on youth empowerment, citizen journalism and the use of technology for social change.

As an independent researcher, she has been collaborating with the Hermes Center on Safe First Contact, a research project that aims to audit and improve digital security skills of communities at risk in MENA, being independent journalists/media, bloggers, religious minorities, civil society/political activists, sexual minorities and human rights NGOs/HRDs, for what relates to their first contact and community-building methods.

In July 2016, she was nominated by The Guardian as one of Africa’s top 10 emerging talents to lead the continent’s digital transformation. In November 2017, she was nominated as one of 20 youth from the MENA region to participate in the 2017 edition of “SafirLab” by the French Institute and CFI, a social innovation “accelerator” program that supports project leaders from North Africa and the Middle East in addressing the issues facing civil society and the media.

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