WISeKey Appoints Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ouided Bouchamaoui to its Advisory Board to Advise the Company on its Journey to Protecting 4th Industrial Revolution Humans and Their Digital Identity
Geneva, Switzerland – October 20, 2022 – WISeKey International Holding Ltd (“WISeKey”) (SIX: WIHN, NASDAQ: WKEY), a global leader in cybersecurity, blockchain and IoT platform, today announced the appointment of Ouided Bouchamaoui, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2015, member of the Tunisian National Quartet, to its Advisory Committee to guide the company in its journey towards the protection of individuals and their digital identity.
WISeKey’s Advisory Board members come from a wide variety of industries that are critically important to WISeKey’s growth strategy, including cybersecurity, IoT, blockchain, and information technology.
Ouided (alias Wided) Bouchamaoui is co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. As elected president of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Commerce and Handicrafts (UTICA) in May 2011, the first woman elected this position in the Arab world, and a member of the National Dialogue Quartet, she played a historic and legendary role in helping her country through a great period of crisis during the Arab Spring and in moving Tunisia towards a more transparent and transparent society. collaborative with democratic processes, a constitutional framework and transparent elections.
Business leader, visionary, peace activist and philanthropist, Ms. Bouchamaoui became co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. She launched the Tunisian National Dialogue which initiated, as part of a national collaboration, negotiations that led to a peaceful solution for Tunisia. political crisis that followed the 2011 revolution. Bouchamaoui played a historic and legendary role in transforming his country from a potential civil war to a pluralist democracy resolutely centered on human rights.
Born in 1961 in Gabès, Tunisia, Ms. Bouchamaoui obtained her master’s degree in international trade from the Higher Institute of Management of Tunis, and her specialized graduate degree (DESS) in international trade law from the University of Tunis II. , Master in Public Administration Harvard-Kennedy School. His father, the late Hédi Bouchamaoui, was an entrepreneur who set up hydraulic infrastructures and arranged and developed agricultural land throughout Tunisia. His grandfather, Ahmed, created a civil engineering company at the beginning of the 20th century which his father later transformed into the Hédi Bouchamaoui Group (HBG), specializing in the oil, textile and other sectors. Ms. Bouchamaoui has been a shareholder and director of the company since 1988. HBG has made the group a holding company operating in Tunisia in automobile distribution, agriculture, real estate development, specialized distribution and financial services.
Ms. Bouchamaoui was named “Best Businesswoman in the Arab World” in 2013 under the auspices of the G8 Deauville Partnership. In 2015, Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi named her Grand Officer of the Order of the Republic, and His Majesty, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, decorated her with the Royal Order of the Star. Polar. She was also awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Hollande in December 2015. At the 2018 Annual Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) in India, she received the WEF’s highest award for legendary leaders of peace of the decade. Bouchamaoui received honorary doctorates from Paris Dauphine University and FON University, Macedonia, American University of Beirut, CEDS, France.
Ms. Bouchamaoui is also recognized as one of Africa’s most influential businesswomen. She was elected in 2017 Vice-President of the European Center for Peace and Development in Belgrade, a partner institution of the United Nations University for Peace. She is also a committee member of the Oslo Business for Peace Prize. Member of the board of San Jose University for Peace.
From May 2011 to January 2018, Bouchamaoui was president of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Commerce and Handicrafts (UTICA). She was the first woman elected to this position. Under her presidency of UTICA, and alongside the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT), she launched the national dialogue initiative in 2013. They were joined by the League for Human Rights and the Tunisian Bar Association to form “Le Quatuor”. These four most powerful institutions in Tunisia entered into negotiations with all parties involved in Tunisia’s major political crisis in 2013, creating an almost impossible alliance that would lead to a peaceful solution and save Tunisia’s democracy. For this successful endeavor, they received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.
Ms. Bouchamaoui is renowned for her decisive contribution as a member of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet to her country’s transition in times of crisis towards a more transparent and collaborative society with democratic processes, a constitutional framework and transparent elections.
Ms. Bouchamaoui has been involved in various foundations for many years, including the Business for Peace Foundation, Fundación Cultura de Paz and the Global Hope Coalition. She also sits on the board of Leaders For Peace and is a founding member of the Connecting Group, a network of women leaders. In 2016, his family created the Hédi Bouchamaoui Foundation to continue their father’s commitment to education and culture.
“I am delighted to welcome Ouided to our advisory board and look forward to his valuable input and extensive guidance in strengthening initiatives to protect 4th Industrial Revolution humans and their digital identities as a human right. It is hard to imagine anyone who has been more prolific, deep and influential in the protection of human rights,” said Carlos Moreira, Founder and CEO of WISeKey and Founder of the OISTE.ORG Foundation.
“I look forward to supporting WISeKey’s leadership team and being part of the company’s continued success by bringing my experience to the advisory board,” said Ms. Bouchamaoui.
WISeKey (NASDAQ: WKEY / SIX Swiss Exchange: WIHN) is a leading global cybersecurity platform company currently deploying large-scale digital identity ecosystems for human-friendly people and things as a backbone of internet. The WISeKey IoT technology stack includes a range of technologies such as Semiconductors, eIDs, Blockchain, NFTs, Post Quantum, Pico Satellites and Trust acting seamlessly as a platform that secures the simple connection of things to the Internet to the most complex applications who use them. connected objects, the data they collect and communicate and the different steps required to feed these applications.
WISeKey Semiconductors Secures the pervasive computing that shapes today’s Internet of Everything. WISeKey IoT has an installed base of over 1.5 billion microchips in virtually all IoT sectors (connected cars, smart cities, drones, agricultural sensors, anti-counterfeiting, NFT, smart lighting, servers, computers , cell phones, crypto tokens, etc.)
Our technology is endorsed by the Swiss-based OISTE/WISeKey Cryptographic Root of Trust (“RoT”) which provides secure authentication and identification, in physical and virtual environments, for the Internet of Things. The WISeKey RoT serves as a common trust anchor to ensure the integrity of online transactions between objects and between objects and people. For more information, visit www.wisekey.com.
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