Ghada Abdel Tawab works from the foundation’s Cairo office. Her grant making has supported civil society, government, and academic institutions in their efforts to promote social justice in the Middle East and North Africa.
Ghada has worked for more than 20 years to advance development and human rights. Before joining Ford in 2013, she was senior regional expert at the German International Cooperation (GIZ) program for economic integration of women in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work included designing and launching program initiatives, developing country strategies, and mapping out key partners and issues at the country and regional levels.
Previously, Ghada was senior adviser and technical team leader for gender equality at the Canadian International Development Agency. As the leader of CIDA’s gender team, she directed the design and implementation of a national program strategy to further the social and economic rights of women and girls. In 2008, she was recognized with the CIDA Presidential Award for Excellence.
In her earlier role as national program coordinator for the Canada Fund, Ghada was responsible for grant making across an array of fields, among them water, sanitation, primary health care, human rights, and the environment. She managed and supervised initiatives, provided technical input and coaching, and commissioned studies and research.
Ghada holds a master’s degree in development studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both from the American University in Cairo.