Maya Morsy’s career spans more than twenty years of dedicated service to the advancement of women and defending their fundamental rights. Morsy took office as President of Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) on 1 February 2016. Upon reformation of the NCW on 19 January 2016, members of the council elected her to serve as the third president of the NCW since it was established in 2000.
Prior to joining the NCW, Morsy had served, since 2013, as Regional Gender Practice Team Leader in the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Regional Centre for Arab States in Cairo.
She has also occupied the positions of Head of the Egypt Country Office of the United Nations Fund for Women – UNIFEM (2000-2013); UNIFEM Project Coordinator (1999-2000); Consultant for the Girls Education and Empowerment Project of the Ministry of Education in Egypt (1998-1999); and Project Officer in the Sustainable Human Development Platform for Action and Monitoring, implemented by UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Administration in Egypt (1995-1998).
Moreover, she served as Academic Facilitator in the Public Administration and Communication Joint Program between City University of Seattle and the Arab Academy of Science and Technology of the League of Arab States (1997-1998).
In 2008, Morsy received a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a focus on the human security of Arab women from the Institute of Arab Studies and Research of the League of Arab States. She completed two Master’s degrees at the City University of Seattle, USA, in Public Administration (1998) and Business Administration (1997), after receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (1995), with a minor in Mass Communication (Journalism).