Essma Ben Hamida

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, enda inter-arabe

For over 15 years, Essma Ben Hamida travelled extensively as a journalist and UN consultant, specializing in political, humanitarian and development issues. Frustrated with the slow pace of development despite innumerable UN resolutions and development programmes, Essma returned to Tunisia in 1990 and co-founded enda inter-arabe with her British husband, Michael Cracknell. She is also a founding member and former chair of Sanabel, the Microfinance Network of the Arab countries, with 83 MFI members in 14 Arab countries.