Mayada El-Zoghbi is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist leading CGAP’s strategy, research and development unit. She is leading CGAP’s research on women’s financial inclusion, financial services in crisis environments and other emerging topics.
Before joining CGAP, she founded and managed a development consulting firm working with funding agencies such as the IFC and USAID. She 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.