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>Amal Mowafy

About The Speaker

Amal Mowafy

Currently at the American University in Cairo, Amal Mowafy is the incoming Chief of Party of USAID Egyptian Pioneers (a nine-year USD86m grant); outgoing the Chief of Party of USAID Scholars Activity (a ten-year USD 53+m grant providing higher education scholarships to 727 underprivileged young people along with a skills enhancement program). She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Economics Department teaching Labor Economics (a capstone course with a co-created community based learning component) and a research fellow of the AUC Access to Knowledge for Development (A2K4D). She is a board member of Egypt Network for Integrated Development and a trustee of Alkorra Foundation for Sustainable Development.Working with UN for more than ten years in three assignments since 2008; she worked upstream, as the ILO Regional Technical Specialist for Youth Employment in Africa, leading the drafting of the position paper on the ILO Strategy on Youth Employment in Africa from 2020-2030 in collaboration with 13 offices covering 54 countries across Africa which was mainstreamed in the Abidjan Declaration. She also worked downstream managing the flagship ILO/Canada project on Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People (DJEP) where I worked with more than 66 government counterparts, employers’ and workers’ organizations, academia, civil society and youth (through a team of 18 people) delivering results at national, governorate and community levels through interventions that tackle the supply, intermediation, and demand aspects of the labor market. Technical support was provided to 216,000 young people of whom 40% were females.Prior to working with the ILO, she was a project management specialist with USAID/ Economic Growth Office. In her three years with USAID, she worked with the Government of Egypt and contractors to establish both the Egyptian Competitiveness Council and the Consumer Protection Authority; the conclusion of three US university partnerships with both Cairo and Alexandria University; and the provision of technical assistance to the Ministry of Finance in the implementation of the then new income tax law among other areas. Moving from being a research fellow at AUC to government, she worked at the Ministry of International Cooperation for seven years as the desk officer responsible for cooperation with the USA at the Cabinet of the Minister.Mowafy has two degrees with highest honors from the American University in Cairo: a Masters in Public Administration with a specialization in International Organizations (on merit scholarship) and B.A. in Economics. She has completed course work for a PhD in Public Administration at Cairo University/Faculty of Economics and Political Science. Mowafy received a number of awards and recognitions such as: the ILO Centennial Recognition Award for teamwork out of 29 projects and 700 people, an award as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in the Egyptian Economy in 2016 and two USAID on the Spot Cash Awards for developing US-Egyptian university partnerships.