Born in Gabes in 1961, Ouided Bouchamaoui holds a DESS (master’s degree) in International Business from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion of Tunis (ISG Business School) and a DESS in International Trade Law from the Faculty of Juridical and Political Sciences of Tunis 2.
A shareholder and administrator of the Hedi Bouchamaoui Group (HBG Holding), she is also a founding member of the Connecting Group (a network of women leaders) and has been the Vice President of the Tunisian Foundation of Control and Governance since 2009.
Since May 2011, Ouided Bouchamaoui has been the President of UTICA, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (a confederation of private employers), the first woman ever elected to the position.
In 2013, UTICA, with the UGTT, the Tunisian General Labor Union, the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers, formed The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 2015.
In 2013, Ouided Bouchamaoui was named Best Business Woman of the Arab World and was a Business for Peace Award honouree in 2014.
In January 2015, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi made her a Grand Officer of the Order of the Republic – First Class – and His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, decorated Ms. Bouchamaoui with the Royal Order of the Polar Star in November 2015.
In December 2015, she also received the Legion of Honour from French President François Hollande.