Rim Hayat Chaif

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Organization: International Foundation of Electoral System
Affiliation: ALAC, Fellowship Program, GNSO
Region: Middle East
Country: Algeria
Email: rimchaif@gmail.com
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Rim H. Chaif is a multilingual investigative journalist with six years of experience in writing for regional, national, and international media. Rim earned her master’s degree in institutional journalism from the National School of journalism and Information science in Algiers. She also holds a second master’s degree in Pedagogy and Media education from Calabria University in Italy.


Currently hosted by the International Foundation of electoral systems in the United States of America, Rim is a program Fellow where she assists the MENA team in program management including finance, reporting, contracting, and research. Prior to that, Rim was part of Global press institute, Washington DC, where she served as a Research and Editorial Fellow conducting research mainly on the Local media market including women journalists, libel, and defamation laws in countries of Francophone Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Rim joined HIVOS in 2014, as an internet policy analyst/contributor in the project “IGMENA” (Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa. In this role, she conducted research and wrote reports about digital rights including privacy and data protection. She participated as well in various regional and international meetings such as ICANN, EuroDig, Global IGF, and Arab IGF as a Fellow, Speaker, and Coach.

Rim is a part of Jeem, a project to shed light on women’s rights violations in the Arab world, as a Women’s Rights Advocate. She has written many stories and reports describing the situation of Algerian women. Rim has also volunteered as a Communication and Social Media Manager at Crossing Borders (CB), an international organization based in Denmark, where she gained experience in project management, website content management, social media strategy, and magazine editing. She produced CB Magazine (Voices of the Move): collecting and editing human-interest stories about migrants and refugees, and their challenges in integration in the new society. Rim’s goal is to direct the world’s attention to unlisted and uncovered stories and events, especially unrepresented communities and minorities. She believes in the power of words as a change factor.

Involvement in Internet Governance

  • Invited by Facebook as an expert to attend the Oversight Board Roundtable organized in Dubai, April 2019.
  • Selected and funded by EURALO[1] board ICANN, to attend the EuroDIG 2017, Tallin, Estonia, June 2017.
  • ICANN Fellow and Coach[2]: at the ICANN57, Hyderabad, India, November 2016.
  • EURALO Member (European Regional At-Large organization) - ICANN, since November 2016.
  • Internet Governance Summit, Speaker "Data protection and privacy in the countries of North Africa", (Case of Algeria and Morocco), Tunisia, September 2016.
  • Tech Camp Algeria,[3] organized by World Learning and the Embassy of the United States in Algeria, Constantine, Algeria, September 2015.
  • An Internet Policy analyst with SamRando Cybersecurity since September 2015[4][5][6].
  • IGMENA Fellow[7]: “Advocacy strategies and arguments ways” facilitated by the international center for policy and advocacy (ICPA) and Hivos. Istanbul-Turkey, September 2015
  • Alumni of the Research Methods for internet policy and advocacy network, organized by USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Pennsylvania, USA September 2015.
  • Internet Policy in the MENA region: Research Methods for advocates conference, organized by USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Pennsylvania and hosted by Kadir University in Istanbul, September 2015[8].
  • NCUC Member (Non-Commercial Users Constituency) - ICANN, Since June 2015.
  • ICANN: ICANN Fellow[9] at the 53rd meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 2015.
  • Alumni of the Middle East and Adjoining Countries School on Internet Governance (MEAC-SIG[10][11]) organized by ICANN and hosted by ISOC Tunisia. Tunis, May 2015
  • IGMENA: contributing as an Internet Policy analyst, since 2014.
  • Arab IGF: Fellow at The Third Arab Internet Governance Forum, Beirut, November 2014.
  • IGF Fellow: selected by Hivos to attend the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, Istanbul, September 2014
  • Online capacity building program on Internet Governance MENA region special edition organized by Hivos, IGMENA in collaboration with DiploFoundation -GENEVA. September to November 2014.
  • IGMENA: participated in the workshop "Internet Governance and Policies in the Middle East and North Africa", organized by HIVOS, Beirut, June 2014.