Radhia BEZZINE was born in Nabeul, Tunisia in 1992. In 2012, she joined the Department of Mathematics and Physics in the Preparatory School of Engineering Studies in Nabeul, Tunisia. Six years later, she received her Engineering degree in Industrial Computer Science from the University of Sfax.
In 2016, she started working as a big data engineer for Focus where she took part in an end-to-end application based on Isilon- a Hortonwoks and SAP ecosystem to create a platform for turnover prediction. The specific goal here was to predict whether an employee will stay or go on voluntary leave. In 2017, she worked for Concord Project Technologies where she designed the architecture of a project management platform based on advanced work packaging approach and including a semantic search engine. The main goal here was to align planning and execution activities across the project lifecycle. In 2018, she worked for a Business and Decision company where she collaborated with several customers in public and private sectors in many projects, including social media analysis, digital transformation, and data reliability. Radhia is operating now as a consultant in the finance sector for Cyber Criminality Prevention.
In parallel, she has been active in many international organizations. In 2006, she joined the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) to work in various projects related to digital transformation and human rights. In 2008, she was called to join the Arab youth parliament in Egypt. In 2009, she started a volunteering experience in the south of Tunisia. This initiative intended to form young women and help them to boost their career. In 2010, she got certified in Electoral Processes and Conflict Prevention respectively from Tunisian state, United Nations, Isesco, Confejes and OIF. The year 2012 marked her transition from political to digital transformation projects, where she worked for the OIF in social media, and on a search engine marketing initiative in Senegal. The year 2015 was a period for her to quantify the impact of social network in industrial cultures. A first proposal was submitted in Liege, Belgium in the international Francolia meeting. In 2016, she was called to collaborate with OIF team and UNFCCC in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco where she launched the Green Cloud project.
In 2017, she got nominated as ambassador of NEF in partnership with AIMS, Robert Stiftung and the UNESCO. The mission of this programme is to lead the transformation of Africa through innovative scientific training, technical advances and breakthrough discoveries which benefit the whole of society. She joined AfricaCos – the African community of scientists – in 2018. In 2019, she took part in “Big Data and Sustainable Development”, a big data initiative launched by Data Pop Alliance in partnership with MIT and the United Nations of Tunisia.
Why did you get into STEM?
I like mathematics! It makes you learn three things:
- Modesty: the more you know the more you realize that you don’t know anything at all
- Mathematical proof that beauty is in simplicity
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
It is a big question! Till now, I don’t consider that I have made a big achievement but I would be happy if I see myself as one of those who launched Africa’s new technological valley .
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?
I really feel lucky because I worked with many experienced people who helped me to gain more knowledge in my field. Sometimes, communication is not so obvious. The challenge in STEM is how to translate knowledge in a comprehensible language (STEM democratization).
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
Firstly, I would like to congratulate them. Secondly, I would advise them and myself that as M. Robin S. Sharma said, “Leave your ego at the door every morning and just do some truly great work. Few things will make you feel better than a job brilliantly done.”