Officers 2017-2018


mouradzghal_webMourad ZGHAL

Prof. Dr. Mourad ZGHAL is actually Professor at the University of Carthage, Tunisia. He received his Ph.D in electrical engineering from Tunis El-Manar University in 2000. His scientific activities are mainly focused on integrated optical devices, design and characterization of photonic crystal fibers, and nonlinear propagation of ultrashort pulses. He served at numerous program or steering committee of international scientific conferences. He was co-chair of the 2013 edition of the ETOP (Education and Training in Optics and Photonics) conference. In addition to his research activities, Prof ZGHAL has been extremely active in promoting photonics in Tunisia and Africa. He is the co-founder in 2002 and actual president (2012-2015) of the Optical Society of Tunisia, a member of the ICO family. He also co-founded the African Laser Center, an organization encouraging exchange of researchers and students across Africa. He was elected as Vice President of the ICO International Commission for Optics (2014-2017). Prof Zghal has been awarded the 2008 ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo prize for “his original work in the development of numerical modelling techniques for photonic crystal fibres, and for his active commitment aimed at the diffusion of research in optics in Africa”. Prof Zghal is senior member of OSA and Fellow of SPIE.



Dr. Rim CHERIF is an Associate Professor at the »Institut supérieur des études technologiques en communications de Tunis, Tunisia ». She received her PhD degree in Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Carthage (Tunis, Tunisia), Engineering School of Communication (Sup’Com) in 2009. She has published more than 70 papers in the areas of optical characterization of photonic crystal fibers and photonic nanowires, supercontinuum generation, ultra-fast and nonlinear optics, optical sensors for all optical new generation networks (h-index 9). She founded the SPIE and OSA Tunisia Student Chapter in 2010 and 2009, respectively. Today she is a chapter advisor. She has been invited to serve on the SPIE scholarship committee for 2017. She has organized several conferences and workshops in optics, photonics and women in science. In 2015, she co-organized the first North African FOCUS and IONS Tunis. In 2014, she was Elsevier Foundation New-Scholar Grant holder for Career Building Workshops for STEM Women Scientists in collaboration with Prof. G. Richmond (COACh, University of Oregon). She received the Elsevier Foundation New-Scholar Grant in 2012 for the project Get Ahead with Optics : Career Development for Women in Science. In 2015, she has been awarded the 2015 ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award for her « achievements in the field of nonlinear optics and in particular for her contributions to the design of highly nonlinear fibers for supercontinuum generation, as well as for her active commitment aimed at the diffusion of research in optics and photonics in Tunisia ». She has been nominated 2017 OSA ambassador.


President :Ameni BEN KHALIFA


Ameni BEN KHALIFA received her engineering degree in Telecommunications in 2012 from the engineering School of Communications of Tunis (SUP’COM), Tunisia. In 2014, she started her PhD in GRESCOM lab. at Sup’com on modeling and simulation of the propagation for multimode waveguides: application to optical functions in high-speed transmission systems.


Vice President : Latifa GUESMI


Latifa GUESMI received her Engineering degree in networks and communications in 2011 from the National Engineering School of Gabes, Tunisia. Currently, she pursue her PhD. studies at the Engineering School of Communication of Tunis. Her current research focuses on the estimation of the performance in optical switched network.

Secretary : Rim FARHAT


 Rim FARHAT eceived her engineering degree in Telecommunications in 2012 from the engineering School of Communications of Tunis (SUP’COM), Tunisia. In 2014, she started her PhD in GRESCOM lab. at Sup’com


Treasurer : Mohamed BOUBAKER

Mohamed Boubaker is a telecommunications engineering student at the Engineering School of Communications of Tunis (Sup’Com). He is profoundly interested in optics, radio, embedded systems and software development. He is also an electronics hobbyist and a DIY enthusiast.



Amine BEN SALEM: OPTSC 2012 President.

Dr. Amine BEN SALEM received his engineering diploma in Telecommunications in 2009 from the Engineering School of Communication of Tunis (SUP’COM), Tunisia, and his MSc and PhD degrees from SUP’COM in 2010 and 2013, respectively. He is actually Assistant Professor at SUP’COM. His current research focuses on the study of the nonlinear optical effects in photonic nanowires. Amine’s core expertise includes fiber optics, modeling, and linear and nonlinear characterizations of photonic crystal fibers and photonic nanowires. readmore


Amor GUEDDANA: OPTSC 2014 President.


Dr. Amor GUEDDANA received his engineering degree in Telecommunications in 2007, his MSc degree in 2008 and his PhD in 2014 from SUP’COM. He is an assistant professor at the Higher Institute of Computing, el Kef, Tunisia. He is working on studying and modeling Quantum Controlled-NOT gates and their applications to quantum cryptography and quantum information encoding. He is an active member in the Green, Smart Communication System Lab (GRESCOM), where Mr. GUEDDANA is conducting research activities since 2008 in the areas of single photon generated by quantum dots, quantum cryptography, quantum photons entanglement, quantum computing, quantum databases, quantum query langages, quantum algorithms and quantum probabilistic logic CNOT gates. readmore