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About Louisa Mammeri
Louisa Mammeri came to the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt in 2018 to further expand the regional network in the MENA region. She has long been enthusiastic about connecting and bringing together the most diverse people. In 2016, she, for example, worked for the social tech start-up Kiron Open Higher Education, advancing its expansion to Jordan and Lebanon and creating partnerships on the ground.
During this time, she discovered her passion for building solid networks that bring together good ideas in order to inject innovation into existing systems. In the case of Kiron, it was the higher education system, which was difficult to navigate for refugees. While she loves dismantling such hurdles, she also loves the bouncy roads in the villages of the southern Mediterranean, the discussions with the cab drivers, and Knafeh, a Levantine cheese pastry.
She also feels connected to other places in the Mediterranean. Her father’s family comes from Algeria, where Louisa worked for the German-Algerian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, bringing together entrepreneurs and politicians from both countries. This experience at the interface of politics and business inspired her to study International Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. During her studies, she moved back to Algeria to study state-diaspora relations using the example of remittances. Here, she learned that curiosity and sensitivity to existing networks quickly help you get in touch with the right people. Besides Algiers, Louisa also lived in the French Mediterranean city of Menton, where she studied the Arab world at SciencesPo Paris.
As a consultant in the Paris office of UNESCO, where she helped organize the 25th edition of the World Press Freedom Day in Ghana, she already engaged with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda – in particular with SDG 16: “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.”