Ibtissam Niri was born in Marrakech, Morocco, and received her bachelor’s degree in Political Studies, Public Law, from Cadi Ayyad University in 2013. She received a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomatic and Consular Law from Hassan II University in 2017, and is currently working towards her PhD in Cyberspace at Mohammed V University in Rabat. Ibtissam has volunteered for several associations dedicated to health, education, and sustainable development. In 2013, she became a volunteer at the High Atlas Foundation in Mohammedia, working on participatory democratic planning and management of development projects in Mohammedia City. She is now HAF’s Office Manager and a women’s empowerment facilitator in Marrakech.