Mrs. Magda Zaki
Magda H. Zaki is a graduate of the American University in Cairo where she majored in Political Science. . During her years of college, she had the chance to participate in an exchange program in Grand Rapid State College –MI-US, as well as to travel intensively for courses in China (1978) and the US (1980).
In 2000, she received her M.A with honors from the same university; her thesis topic was “National Identity in Central Asia in the Post Soviet Era, the case of Uzbekistan” which was partly written while visiting the countries of Central Asia in the late 90's.
Between 1980 and 1990, she joined her family's business working with different international co-operations such as Rockwell Int. (USA) , Mitsubishi (Japan) etc... Around 1993, she made a career change and decided to work in her field of studies where she joined the League of Arab States.
Between 1993 and 2005, she worked in the Arab Fund for Development and Cooperation in Africa, a Fund affiliated to the Arab league focusing on "Development in less fortunate Sub-Saharan African Countries".
Then, in 2005 she joined the department of the Americas, where she was promoted as head of the division of North America focusing and researching US-Arab relations during the Bush II administration.
In 2008 she became director of the department of the Dialogue among Civilizations until 2013 when she became director of the department of Education and Scientific research tilting her focus from political to social affairs.
Her hobbies are Homeopathy and alternative therapies, reading and writing; Art & architecture, focus on Islamic architecture, music, travel and recently gardening.