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Leila M. Abu-Gheida, MS

Regional Director, West Africa and Middle East Regional Office

Leila M. Abu-Gheida is an international development and conflict programming expert with decades of experience working for the U.S. Agency for International Development and other entities specializing in international development and humanitarian assistance.

An experienced manager, Abu-Gheida has assembled and supervised teams of development and conflict professionals to address difficult problems. She has overseen projects in the areas of strategic analysis, project design, performance monitoring and evaluation, business development and implementation.

Abu-Gheida possesses technical expertise in conflict mitigation, youth, elections and political processes, rule of law, human rights, education, health, civil society strengthening, resilience and media programming.

Abu-Gheida has a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Tufts University and a Master of Science in international development management from American University.