Business & Future of Work

Hanae Bezad

Founder of Douar Tech

Founder of Douar Tech


Hanae Bezad


Douar Tech

Hanae is an impact tech entrepreneur and certified international project manager with 8 years of overall professional experience, including 5 years in social impact stewardship at a non-profit and 2 years of operational stewardship at a high growth tech hub. She developed a fluency across borders and sectors with an understanding of how different sectors (governments and international development institutions, civil society, business, and finance) impact systems-change, both locally and globally. Her areas of interest and expertise are at the intersection of technology, sustainability, inclusion, entrepreneurship, and international development.

Hanae is the founder of Douar Tech, an inclusive tech hub that helps build the resilience of vulnerable youth, especially women, from precarious backgrounds in rural and peri-urban areas, empowering them with digital skills.

She recently helped define the strategy of the pan-African organization Smart Africa for Startups and Innovation Ecosystems on the continent, to support member countries to create favorable conditions for startups.

Previously, Hanae was also the executive director of Le Wagon coding school in Morocco, bringing the innovative bootcamp to its first African market.

Before launching Le Wagon in Morocco and founding Douar Tech, Hanae worked as a digital strategy consultant at Eleven in Paris. She was also a member of the board of directors of Led By HER, a social incubator that supports women entrepreneurs who are victims of violence.

Hanae is a public speaker and participated at a dozen international conferences as a keynote speaker, panelist, or moderator (Demo Africa Oct 2018, House of Beautiful Business Oct 2019, AU-EU Meetup Jul 2020, AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub Jul 2020, Make-IT Africa Sept 2020, AEDIHB Congress Oct 2020, EBN Congress Nov 2020, Emerging Valley May 2021, IEEE Sept 2021, MTL Connecte Oct 2021, etc.)

Hanae is a member of the Harambeans Alliance, a member of the Responsible Leadership Network of the BMW Foundation and a member of the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders and resident of the House of Beautiful Business, and previously a member of the pan-African i4policy taskforce.

Hanae holds a Bachelor of Science and Social Sciences from SciencesPo Paris, a Bachelor of Science and Technology from Pierre and Marie Curie University, a Bachelor of Law from Panthéon Paris Sorbonne, a Master in Management from HEC Paris and a Master in Public Administration from SciencesPo Paris. She was recipient of a 5-year Scholarship for Excellence granted by the French Government.