Nourredine Bessadi is a researcher, and a freelance consultant and translator. His areas of interest are human rights, minority rights, gender, education, and internet governance.
He has been working as a French lecturer at the University of Bejaia then at the University of Tizi Ouzou for more than 13 years.
In spring 2013, he attended a Civic Education and Leadership Fellowship at Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, USA. When he came back to Algeria, he founded a think tank called Education in Algeria with a unique focus on the issues of education in Algeria, taking the initiative to set up and run pieces of training for young people, including journalists, on human rights and citizenship.
From March 2014 to May 2015, he was the director of a project supported by MEPI (Middle East Partnership Initiative) entitled: “Teaching Civic Education through Language Teaching (TCELT)” at Babel Language School in Bejaia, Algeria. The program aimed at integrating notions of active citizenship, democracy and participation, and human rights in language teaching.
Between August and December 2015, he was the director of a project supported by Minority Rights Group entitled ” How to fight hate speech in the Algerian media”. The project aimed at training 20 journalists on tools and techniques to tackle hate speech against religious minorities in Algeria.
From June 2015 to September 2018, he worked as a MENA Programme online tutor at Minority Rights Group. The training aimed at enhancing the skills of minority rights activists from the MENA region.
From January to September 2018, he worked as a Training Manager at BBC Media Action, Tunis. He was responsible for the development, implementation, and management of all radio, television, digital and mobile training, and output that BBC Media Action delivers for different partners in Algeria. He liaised with the BBC Media Actions Research department and the Project Manager to ensure the training plan was in line with the project objectives and the training needs of the project partners.
Between September and December 2018, he completed a three -month consultancy with OHCHR, where he was assisting the coordination team for the Minorities Fellowship Programme.
Nourredine’s mother tongue is Tamazight. He is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.