Celebrating Achievements: TAYP Semi Annual US Reception


Following the quarterly board meeting, TAYP members, the board of directors, supporters of TAYP, and the executive team gathered at the residence of the Tunisian Ambassador to celebrate recent achievements and kick off an exciting new year! Thanks to the generosity of the Tunisian embassy, the night was a resounding success, with introductions of expanded executive team members, awards for members who played a significant role in TAYP’s success over the past six months, and networking opportunities.

The evening began with introductory remarks from Ambassador Mohamed Ezzine Chleyfa, who graciously served as our host for the evening. He commended TAYP’s track record of programmatic success and praised our promotion of the US’ role in Tunisia’s development, especially at this critical juncture in the country’s history. Following that, Chairman Mohamed Malouche reiterated TAYP’s commitment to strengthening the relationship between the United States and Tunisia, and highlighted the organization’s goal to take TAYP’s initiatives to the next level in 2015.

In addition, he presented three new members of the TAYP executive team: Ikbel Achour, VP of Development; Mahmoud Hachicha, VP of Operations; and Courtney Joline, Director. As TAYP prepares for an expansion of existing programs and the creation of new activities, Ikbel, Courtney and Mahmoud will provide the necessary support to the executive team, and guarantee that TAYP retains its role as a driving force behind strong US-Tunisian relations, especially through the lens of economic development.

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Per tradition, Mr. Malouche also recognized key members of the TAYP community who went above and beyond expectations and truly impacted TAYP’s programming. Hajer Hmila, a member of the Tunis chapter, was commended for her role in coordinating legal matters for the Tunis chapter and acting as a link between Tunis and US-based members. Furthermore, Mohamed Bouras was acknowledged for his support during the highly successful ACYPL trip and his continued support in TAYP’s entrepreneurial activities. TAYP is only successful as its membership, and individuals within the community play an integral in ensuring that the organization has a significant impact within Tunisia and the United States.

Following those remarks, attendees had the opportunity to network with one another, meet with old friends, and connect with other members of the TAYP community. The attendees were diverse, with representatives from non-governmental organizations, the private sector, universities, the US government, and much more. The TAYP community continues to grow, attracting individuals from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to playing a role in the continued development of Tunisia. With such diversity comes even greater organizational impact and TAYP is pleased to welcome even more individuals into the ever-expanding community.

With great conversation, celebration, and brainstorming for the future, this reception cemented TAYP’s short and long-term goals and committed its members to reinforcing their own roles in strengthening the future of Tunisia. As TAYP continues to develop and set its goals, it is inspiring to see the passion and commitment of TAYP members and friends. One month into the new year, and already 2015 is looking like it will be a great one for TAYP!

Courtney Joline

Washington, DC, USA