Our People

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Amira Hossam

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Organizational Culture and Social Policy Lead

Amira Abdel-Aziz has 15 years of experience in the fields of Public Policies, alternative care for children, youth development, social entrepreneurship, and organizational culture. Throughout these years, Amira acted as a researcher, facilitator, and manager to multiple projects in different national, regional, and international organizations, i.e., ILO, GIZ, Save the Children, Oxfam.


Currently, Amira acts as the lead technical advisor with UNICEF Egypt to develop a "National Strategy for Alternative Care for Children in Egypt." Also, starting 2020, Amira is leading a technical mission with Care Egypt on assessing their own organizational culture and co-creating new ones using participatory and storytelling techniques.


Amira holds a master's degree in Economic development and international cooperation from Tor-Vergata University, Rome, Italy.


Countries of experience: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, Libya, and Yemen.

Youth Development and Participatory Research Lead

Yassein has over 13 years of experience as a development practitioner, participatory researcher, and learning designer. His experience covers youth development and participation programming, designing capacity development programs, setting up youth enabling spaces, using qualitative and participatory methods in social research, facilitating Participatory Action Research (PAR), conducting participatory evaluations and impact assessments of development projects, and analyzing youth policies.


Yassein has collaborated with multiple national, regional, and international organizations - such as UN Women, UNDP, Save the Children, GIZ and Plan international - in fields of child rights, adolescents development, youth empowerment, youth organizing, civic leadership, social accountability and gender equality across MENA countries.


Yassein holds an MA degree in Participation, Power and Social Change (2016) from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, United Kingdom.


Countries of experience: Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Kuwait, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, and Saudi Arabia.


Mohamed Yassein

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Shaimaa Atef

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Learning and Culture for Development Lead

Shaimaa has 9 years of accumulative experience in the field of Civil Society, especially in cultural management, heritage development, social entrepreneurship, capacity building, youth development and urban management. Throughout those years Shaimaa has worked with various organizations as a researcher and program manager; among them; UNESCO Regional Office for Egypt, Sudan and Libya, The British Museum, Mahatat for Contemporary Art, Action for Hope and 10 Tooba for Applied Research on the Built Environment.

Shaimaa had her master’s degree in Cultural Heritage Management (CHM) in 2014 from Sorbonne, Paris 1 and she published her thesis on the architectural preservation of the vernacular heritage of Siwa Oasis in Egypt. Also, she had a specialized Diploma in Research Methods and Skills from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands in 2015.


Countries of experience: Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, Libya, Ghana and England.

Research and Learning Support


Ayman has 6 years of experience as a practitioner, researcher, and learner in the field of alternative education. As a practitioner, he contributed to designing learning experiences in different alternative education projects. In the last 4 years, his interest in Social Sciences and Humanities education was yielded in Mubtadaa’ initiative, which aims at introducing critical Humanities and Social Sciences to teenagers through alternative pedagogies. In 2019, Mubtadaa’ was awarded Arab-German Young Academy (AGYA) Humanities Award.


Ayman has worked as a research assistant in different consultancies and M&E assistant at CARE International, as a Lazord Fellow in 2019. Since 2016, Ayman has also been working as a freelance translator and proofreader with multiple local and international organizations and platforms – such as DEDI, CARE, Mada Masr, 7iber, Jadaliyya, and others.


Ayman has a BSc degree in Political Science from Cairo University and a year-long program in Liberal Arts from Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences.




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