She is currently Chief Office for the Arab States at the International Trade Centre in Geneva. From 2017 to 2019, she served as Director North Africa Office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa based in Rabat, Morocco. Lilia has extensive experience in economic transformation, strengthening partnerships, implementing sustainable development goals, designing development strategies, working with the public and the private sector as well as civil society to ensure inclusiveness and sustainability.
She has been extremely active in the MENA region and particularly in Maghreb countries where she coordinated and managed several technical assistance programs to enhance regional integration, promote private sector development, and ensure employment creation in particular for women and youth.
She has previously held many other leadership roles within and outside the United Nations organization, where she was involved in supporting developing and least developed countries to use trade, investment, finance, and technology as vehicles for inclusive and sustainable development, and providing innovative learning solutions to enhance country-level decision-making and support actions by local authorities for shaping a better future.
She has an MBA in International Management and an MS in Management Information Systems from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has a bachelor’s degree from “Institut des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (IHEC)”, Carthage, Tunisia. She is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, and Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship
In her free time, she loves walking, reading, discovering places, and meeting people.