Naila Farouky, CEO & Executive Director

With over 15 years of experience in Project Management, Media Production and Strategic Communication, Naila Farouky is a Peabody Award-winning executive who has built a career across several continents.

With over 13 years of experience at the iconic Sesame Workshop, Naila was responsible for managing the production and creative aspects of Sesame Workshop’s multi-media co-productions in 17 countries over the course of her career.

She has worked as a Media and Communications consultant on a wide range of projects, including a project funded by USAID and the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) focused on a Decentralization and Local Administration Reform initiative to introduce and secure the inclusion of democratic governance principles in the Egyptian Constitution. In this role, Naila was the Project Director responsible for creating a Media and Communications strategy around the initiative.

As a consultant for the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo, Naila co-authored a scan narrative on philanthropic giving in post-January 25th revolution Egypt – part of an 83-page paper highlighting case studies of different forms of philanthropic giving and the current state of philanthropy in Egypt vis-à-vis the political environment post the political uprising. The scan was published in January 2013.

Naila grew up mostly in Cairo, Egypt, and has lived in Kenya, New York, Washington DC, Jordan, Switzerland and South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the American University in Cairo.

Mohammad Al Azraq, Capacity Building & Network Development Manager

Mohammad has over 10 years of experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining AFF, he was the Head of Capacity Building, Philanthropy and Social Investing at The American University in Cairo (AUC). In that position he managed the capacity building for the Gerhart Center at AUC. Mohammad was born in Kuwait, and raised in different countries in the Middle East. Previously, he was a project manager at Saafconsult BV, a consultancy that specializes in water, energy and environmental management in the Middle East. Azraq holds a bachelors of science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan. He has done two post-graduate research programs since earning his degree: Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and the War Studies Department of King’s College London.

Mohammad is interested in renewable energy and sustainability, peace and conflict, and  the interplay between politics, economics and the environment in international relations. He has extensive knowledge and experience in project management, research, web content management, renewable energy design and management.

Haneen Khatib, Membership Relations & Network Development Manager

Haneen has over 8 years of experience in the non-profit sector, focused mostly in humanitarian relief and emergency response and has worked with various international NGOs including IRC, Heartland Alliance, Care International, UNOCHA and UNOPS.

Prior to joining AFF in 2013, Haneen worked in project management, fundraising and managed finance and compliance of complex projects and programs funded by multiple U.S and European donors in the sectors of refugees & IDPs, social work & case management, electoral support, human trafficking, GBV, health, protection, sub grants, partnerships and capacity building.

Haneen holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Jordan.

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