Based in the foundation's Cairo office, Moushira Elgeziri works on youth education, learning, and reproductive health. Her grant making focuses on addressing inequality in secondary and higher education, and expanding young people’s access to quality health services. Moushira works with educational institutions to prepare young people to be fully engaged members of their societies and economies. Her works also aims to reduce harmful social and cultural practices that affect the health and well being of women and girls—in particular, early marriage—and to connect young refugees with comprehensive services.
Moushira joined the foundation in 2013. Before being named program officer, she worked with Ford as a consultant for more than two years. Previously, Moushira managed the Middle East Research Awards Program (MEAwards) of the Population Council’s regional office in Cairo, serving most recently as deputy director. Her job with MEAwards encompassed building social science research capacities among researchers and academic institutions across the Arab countries. Moushira has also been a consultant to such organizations as the Woman and Memory Forum (Cairo), the Middle East Research Program (Tunis), and the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (Beirut).
Moushira’s research and commentary on women’s education and employment and the status of social science in the Arab region have appeared in Feminist Formations and other academic journals, and in publications such as UNESCO’s World Social Science Report. She served as co-editor of two Arabic volumes that resulted from major conferences on the state of social science in the Arab world and the role of education in building citizenship. She also translated, from English to Arabic, several books on subjects including violence against women in Algeria, people and pollution, and gender inequalities in the Arab world.
Moushira earned her PhD in development studies from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University in the Netherlands and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the American University in Cairo.