Dimagi West Africa

Oussama Zekri

Senior Project Analyst

About Oussama Zekri

Oussama [Ouss] joins the Dimagi West Africa team after spending two years in the US. Though originally from Tunisia, he has lived in both Chad Republic and Senegal, but family is currently based in Washington D.C- a place that he considers to be his second home.

Ouss graduated from the University of Monastir in Tunisia as a doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). During dental school, he participated in a three-year merit-based exchange program to the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. Upon graduation, he worked for the public hospital system and led a public health and epidemiology research project for The Tunisian Association of Geriatric Dentistry that assessed the oral health status of elders living in long-term care facilities.

Afterwards, he was awarded two of the most competitive scholarships in the world: Monbukagakusho from the Japanese Government and The Fulbright program from US Department of State.  It was then that he decided to move west and, in 2016, graduated as a Fulbright alumnus of the Master of Health Administration program from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health.

Ouss also worked temporarily for the Emergency Recruiting team of a major humanitarian responder in Washington D.C. streamlining the Emergency Response Unit’s Talent Pipeline and staffing for large scale responses including the refugee crisis in Serbia and Greece, the conflict-affected Yemen, as well as two earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan.

Despite describing himself as a citizen of the world and a global nomad, Ouss is particularly in love with Africa. His passion for the continent incentivized the creation of his own non-for profit, the Africa Fulbright Network (AFN). AFN is a think-tank style organization co-founded with a fellow Fulbright mate from Benin and an amazing team of Fulbright alumni from across the five regions of Africa.

In joining Dimagi West Africa, Ouss hopes to achieve a better understanding of the development challenges in Africa, and the future of IT applied to global health and other sectors. In the distant future, he aspires for a career as a diplomat within the international arena advocating for low-income communities and vulnerable populations.