Mayada El-Zoghbi is a senior financial sector specialist covering several cross-cutting themes at CGAP including gender, fragile states and market facilitation. She also manages CGAP’s work in the Middle East and North Africa region, under which she leads CGAP’s research agenda on Shari’a compliant microfinance.
Before joining CGAP, she founded and managed a development consulting firm working with funding agencies such as the IFC and USAID. El-Zoghbi led numerous technical assistance, evaluation, and research assignments and also served as a research director for a USAID knowledge management initiative on microfinance and conflict, where she authored numerous papers and facilitated many industry learning events. Prior to this, she supported the start-up and growth of financial institutions in Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo.
From 2006 to 2008, she was an adjunct associate professor at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) teaching courses on microfinance. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from SIPA at Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Minnesota. She is bilingual in Arabic and English.