Zied Mhirsi is a social entrepreneur and a global health professional. Mhirsi has worked in the Middle East and Africa with several NGOs and civil organizations mostly focusing on strengthening health systems to combat HIV/AIDS and other serious diseases. Dr Mhirsi is the founder of the Tunisian Center for Public Health and a former clinical instructor at the University of Washington department of Global Health.
In 2011, Zied Mhirsi was in the streets of Tunis standing against along the thousands in an uprising that overthrew the dictatorship and started the Arab Spring. In the same year he co-founded a successful Media start up "Tunisia Live", the first Tunisian English-language news outlet. He is also an influential blogger and commentator on various news outlets including CNN, BBC, Aljazeera English and many others. Mhirsi & his associates have also started "Cogite", a Tunis based social business offering coworking spaces and boosting opportunities to social-driven entrepreneurs and innovators.
Dr Mhirsi holds a Medical Doctor degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tunis-El Manar (2005), a Master of Public Health from the American University of Beirut, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. Dr. Mhirsi was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and was a Tutu African leadership fellow. He is the author of a book on the history of mental health in Tunisia and a Tutu Fellow at the African Leadership Institute.