Nasra A. Ismail (USA)

Senior Director, Global Strategy & Operations, GivingTuesday

Nasra A. Ismail brings over 10 years of international development experience in Africa and Asia to her role as Senior Director, Global Strategy & Operations with Giving Tuesday. In this role, Nasra leads the organisation’s overall strategic direction for Global Hubs, with a particular commitment to strengthening its support to grassroots movements, proximate leaders, and partnerships.

She previously served as Associate Director with Co-Impact, working across programmes and operations focusing on organisational structure and team engagement efforts as well as curating meaningful engagement with feminist leaders and global south advisors. Nasra was also Director of the Somalia NGO Consortium, a network of 80 national and international NGOs working in Somalia and engaged in humanitarian relief. She was the Somalia Country Director for Oxfam International and worked with the US government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation in managing public sector programmes.

Through both her personal and professional engagements, Nasra puts a premium on gender-inclusive programme design and advancing women’s representation and leadership. She continues her pursuit to find core meaning in her work across development, humanitarian, and philanthropic sectors, utilising her inclusive leadership style and bridge-building skills to arrive at sustainable and long-lasting change in some of the world’s toughest places. Nasra holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and has engaged in multiple professional programmes at Harvard, Oxford, and University of California, Berkeley. Nasra is fluent in Somali and English. After living in East Africa for 5 years, Nasra now lives and works from Columbus, Ohio.