Noha El-Mikawy

Representative, Middle East & North Africa, Ford Foundation

Noha EL-MIKAWY serves as representative for the Ford Foundation's Middle East and North Africa Office in Cairo, where she oversees the foundation's grant making in the region. Dr. El-Mikawy's work concentrates on issues of equity, inclusion and civic engagement by supporting transparency, integrity and accountability; social, economic and cultural rights; creative arts; media; and higher education. Before joining the Ford Foundation, she served as a team leader for democratic governance at the UNDP's regional center in the Arab States Region and led Middle East-focused comparative research on political economy and institutional analysis at the Centre for Development Research at the University of Bonn in Germany. Dr. El-Mikawy holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.


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