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Heba Handoussa

Managing Director, Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID) and Member of the Board of Trustees, The Egypt Foundation for Integrated Development (El Nidaa)

Prof. Heba Handoussa is the Founder and Managing Director of the Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID), a ten-year project of UNDP founded in 2012 with the purpose of designing, developing, and implementing effective social and economic development strategies in Rural Upper Egypt, namely Qena, Luxor, and Sohag Governorates. In 2016, Dr. Handoussa established the El Nidaa Foundation to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the ENID interventions. Dr. Handoussa was the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of El Nidaa Foundation between 2018 and 2019 and is currently a Member of the Board. Dr. Handoussa was previously the lead Author of the Egypt Human Development Report (EHDR) 2010 titled Youth in Egypt: Building our Future which was awarded by UNDP Headquarters in New York a commendation for best National Human Development Report across over 50 countries. She was also Director and Lead Author of three previous EHDRs from 2004-2007. In 2006, she served as the Research Director of the regional Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis (GERPA) initiative of the World Bank MENA region. She has also served as an advisor to the Egyptian government and is a member of the World Bank Chief Economist’s Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) in 2015. She has written about structural adjustment, industrial policy, productivity growth, foreign aid, institutional reform and comparative development models.