The presidency of the Tunisian Republic therefore announced on September 29, 2021 the appointment of Najla Bouden as head of government, making her the first woman to hold this position in Tunisia and in the Arab world.
It will be “responsible for forming a government as soon as possible” according to the press release from the presidency. President Kaïs Saïed said that the main mission of the future government will be “to end the corruption and chaos that has pervaded many state institutions”.
Doctor in geology, Najila Bouden taught this discipline at the national school of engineers of Tunis. She has also spent a large part of her career in the Ministry of Higher Education. Since 2016, she was in charge of the management of a project subsidized by the World Bank to reform higher education.
She was also in charge of Mission to the Cabinet of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Chiheb Bouden in 2015, and she was appointed Director General in charge of quality at the Ministry of Higher Education in 2011.