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SOHA EL LEITHY Humanitarian
Global Sustainable Development
Social Development


Soha is an engineer-turned-aid worker, passionate about ensuring aid reaches full impact for those who need it most.

As a resource development professional, Soha’s work has focused on growing partnerships with some of the Middle East and the USA’s most strategic foundations, generating funding of more than $30 million that went to support Save the Children’s programs in more than 10 countries.

Prior to her role with Save the Children, Soha worked with a number of UN agencies, including UNHCR. Among the many hats that she wore during her time with UNHCR, she served as a program officer working with implementing partners in South Iraq to repatriate and reintegrate Iraqi returning refugees in the wake of the 2003 war.

Soha also spent a number of years in the private sector including working with McKinsey & Co to set up the GCC Board Directors Institute, a start up that focused on building the capabilities of Board Directors to improve Board governance and effectiveness across the GCC.

The role that stayed with her most was working at the start of her career with the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, where she interviewed asylum seekers denied refugee status by UNHCR, helping them navigate the appeal process.

Soha has a BSc. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Cairo University.

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