Malak Altaeb is an independent consultant, writer, and researcher based in Paris, France. She is an Environmental Policy master’s graduate from Sciences Po in Paris, with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tripoli, Libya. She currently works as an information analyst with a company called Storyzy in Paris, where she conducts in-depth analysis of the digital ecosystem with a focus on the MENA region.

She previously worked as an intern with the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) in Paris from July to December 2020. Since her graduation in 2020, she has focused on environmental policy in Libya from a policy analysis lens, tackling different topics linked to the environment in Libya and the connections/learnings from other MENA countries, especially Egypt and Tunisia.

She is a graduate of the North African Policy Initiative’s Young Policy Leaders Program, during which she researched and wrote a policy paper on local agribusiness development in Tripoli, Libya. She also co-authored a policy paper on renewable energy in Libya published on the Policy Corner and researched a paper on water politics in Libya with the Arab Reform Initiative.

She won second in the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) Marseille’s water heroes contest and participated in the E-Hackathon on Water and Climate Change Entrepreneurship with CMI and CEWAS Middle East. She has also taken part in Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s (KAS) water journalism academy workshop and participated as a speaker in a panel discussion about ‘’Solution-driven Water Journalism.” Along with other water professionals from the region, Altaeb worked with CEWAS Middle East to design and implement a media campaign for a water-solution based start-up called SOLVillion in Jordan.

She also has a personal website ‘’Libyan Wanderer’’ where since 2017 she has published articles linked to Libya’s history, culture, and traditions, as well as the artistic scene in Libya and the greater MENA region. Altaeb participated in the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in the U.S. in 2015 and the MENA Academy on climate diplomacy with KAS and MEDRC in Berlin in 2019. She is a member of the Libyan Youth Climate Movement (LYCM) and the Association Sciences Po pour l’Afrique. She has contributed to a number of different publications, including sister-hood magazine, Alfusaic, Unootha magazine, and Libya’s Herald.

Education
BA, University of Tripoli; MA, Sciences Po.

Countries of Expertise
Libya

Issues of Expertise
Environmental policy linked to Food Security, Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Water Governance and Management

Languages
Arabic, English, French

Contact Information

Please contact MEI’s media relations manager, Rachel Dooley, at rdooley@mei.edu or 202-785-1141 ext. 241 for assistance contacting this expert.