Press Release — July 01, 2020

Wassim Dhaouadi Honored as One of the 2020 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World


July 1, 2020, St. Louis, USA — For his ingenuity and creative problem solving, Wassim Dhaouadi of Tunisia has been selected as a 2020 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) Honoree in the category of Academic Leadership and/or Accomplishment.

At the age of twenty-two, Wassim Dhaouadi solved a physics problem that had remained a mystery for more than 100 years. As a bachelor’s student at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, he joined the Engineering Mechanics of Soft Interfaces laboratory as a summer research assistant. Here, he was able to observe phenomena that would ultimately lead to his discovery - why gas bubbles in narrow vertical tubes remain stuck instead of rising upwards. Intrigued and motivated by his research, he continued to conduct research on his own volition and eventually found the answer. The discovery was considered a breakthrough in the earth sciences field and made headlines across the world.

Since then, Mr. Dhaouadi has published several journal articles and been invited to both scientific and civilian conferences. He was also invited by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to work on a new planetary exploration mission with robots. Mr. Dhaouadi coordinated an international summit to drive positive change on a global level and also participated in the “Nuit Des Idées 2020” program from an invitation by the Institut Français de Tunisie, which had more than 3000 attendees. As a member of the board of the largest Swiss student think tank, he organized Startup Nights.

His involvement in the scientific community, as well as the broader community, has been recognized through numerous scholarships, fellowships and leadership awards, including the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Leadership and Ethics Award from Columbia Business School.

Mr. Dhaouadi’s curiosity allowed for new opportunities like CO2 and greenhouse gas capture and storage, a promising method to stop climate change. His story inspires innovators of all ages and career stages to continue making valuable contributions and expanding the horizons of human knowledge.

About JCI TOYP: JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and have extraordinary accomplishments regarding individual development, business and entrepreneurship, community action and international cooperation. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young leaders create positive change on a local and global level.

The ten honorees will be recognized at the 2020 JCI Awards Ceremony at the 2020 JCI World Congress in November.

About JCI: JCI, a global leadership organization, provides personal and professional development opportunities to young leaders age 18 to 40. Through its international network of around 110 countries, JCI unites all sectors of society and empowers the leaders of tomorrow to create positive and lasting change today. For more information, visit

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