Faten is a senior consultant in the field of development, with particular expertise in parliamentary development and governance. Since 2004, she worked in several Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan, and others outside the region like Fiji. She held the positions of Deputy Director and Head of MENA Programme at GPG prior to becoming an Associate in 2013. As Deputy Director she was part of the senior management team that established and implemented the organisation’s governance structure, and led on strategic development and financial planning. She also led on staff management and development, and represented GPG with high-level UK government and international stakeholder. As Head of MENA, she led on the design, financial management and delivery of projects in the Middle East, in stable, conflict, and post-conflict countries. In 2012, Faten set up the Egyptian company, Global Partners Egypt (GPE), amidst ingrained bureaucratic and legal obstacles, and political instability.
In 2014, Faten started her PhD in the medical/health humanities at King’s College London, looking at social and cultural attitudes towards health and illness in Arab countries, and the links between failure in health systems and the larger political context. She published on her work for the American University in Cairo, and Routledge among others. She recently undertook a secondment to the House of Common’s International Development Committee as a committee specialist, where she led on briefing for the evidence sessions scrutinizing the Department of International Development’s (DfID) work for the year 2015-16, and the Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s (ICAI) reviews of the Prosperity Fund, and the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF).
Before joining GPG, Faten worked on a variety of projects. At the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies of the American University in Cairo, she researched refugee related issues, trained and professionalised consecutive interpreters for UNHCR Cairo, and was responsible for managing a network of organisations advocating for better rights and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees in Cairo. In the United Arab Emirates, she worked on an educational reform project aimed at improving schooling and curricula in Abu Dhabi, and influence education policy reforms through showing results. She also spent six months at the European Parliament, where she conducted research to inform decisions on EU neighbourhood policies.
Faten is bilingual Arabic/English, and speaks basic to intermediate Spanish, French and Italian.