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Naila Farouky

CEO, Arab Foundations Forum

With over 20 years of experience in project management, media production and strategic communication, Naila is a Peabody Award-winning executive who has built a career across several continents. With 13 years’ experience at the iconic Sesame Workshop in New York, Naila was responsible for managing the project, content production and creative aspects of Sesame Workshop’s multimedia co-productions in 17 countries over the course of her career.

In 2014, Naila assumed the role of CEO for the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) – a regional, membership-based association of foundations and philanthropic entities working across the Arab Region. Headquartered in Brussels, and with a registered administrative branch in Amman, Jordan, AFF is now a virtual network with team members based across the region in Cairo, Amman, and Tunis.

Naila grew up mostly in Cairo, Egypt, and has lived in Kenya; New York; Washington, DC.; Jordan; Switzerland; and South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the American University in Cairo.