Photo: Linelle Deunk

Photo: Linelle Deunk

Wassila Hachchi was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands on January 6th, 1980 as the daughter of first-generation Moroccan immigrants.

She studied at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Strategic Management. With her diploma in her pocket, she chose to work at the Royal Dutch Navy as a military officer.

After 4 years Wassila took off her uniform and worked at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. In January 2008 she received the award Young Official of the Year 2007, for outstanding performance in public service. The Ministry of Defense offered her a new position in early 2009, not long after that she made the switch to politics.

On June 17, 2010 she was sworn in as Member of Parliament (MP). After almost 6 years as a Dutch MP, she resigned to support Hillary Clinton in her run for President of the United States where she gained valuable insight into American politics and the 2016 presidential election.

During her time as MP she started Dialogue Digital – a tech enabled platform to make an impact on the world. Dialogue Digital is a safe online space for intelligent conversations to drive social change. In 2015 she shared her story at TEDx Amsterdam Women and led a successful crowd funding campaign. Wassila is a social entrepreneur; she is a Speaker, Coach and (Campaign) Consultant at DIALOGUEE.