Transition Assistance Practice Group / Director, Middle East and North Africa, at the Ford Foundation

Noha El-Mikawy

Noha El-Mikawy is representative for the Ford Foundation’s Middle East and North Africa office in Cairo.  The work concentrates on issues of inclusion in social, economic and cultural rights; creative arts; and the role of local philanthropy in the region. The work in the region aims to achieve results with long-lasting impact through grants for research and networking with government and non-government organisations. The sectors we focus on are workers in informality and vulnerable youth refugees and host communities, esp. Jordan and Lebanon.

Between 2005-2012 Noha served as team leader for governance at the UNDP regional centre in the Arab region and as policy adviser at UNDP’ Oslo Governance Centre in Norway. She supervised global and regional UNDP initiatives in the areas of governance assessments and legal empowerment. She helped produce and review a number of UNDP regional and national knowledge products on various aspects of governance.  Between 1999-2005, Noha led comparative research on the political economy of the Middle East and North Arica at the Centre for Development Research of the University of Bonn in Germany and in collaboration with the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo. She lectured on politics of the Middle East at the American University in Cairo, Free University of Berlin and Erlangen-Nuremberg University in Germany. Noha holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in Political Science and published three books and multiple articles.

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