Noha El-Mikawy is Ford's representative for the Middle East and North Africa office in Cairo. She oversees all of the foundation's grant making in the region.
Before joining the foundation 2012, Noha served as a team leader for democratic governance at the United Nations Development Programme’s regional center in the Arab States region and as a global policy adviser who connected governance and poverty reduction themes to social and economic rights. She supervised a number of global and regional UNDP initiatives in the areas of nationally owned governance assessments and legal empowerment. She helped produce a number of UNDP knowledge products, including a guide for gender-sensitive measurement of social services.
Previously, Noha led Middle East-focused comparative research on political economy and institutional analysis at the Centre for Development Research at the University of Bonn, in collaboration with the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran, and Turkey. She began her career lecturing and writing on politics of the Middle East at the American University in Cairo, Free University of Berlin, and Erlangen-Nuremberg University. Noha has written two books on politics of reform in Egypt and edited another on comparative processes of economic reform, participation, and legislation in Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco.
Noha holds both a PhD and a master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.