Shireen Zayed

Fellowship year

2013 - 2014



Placement when a fellow

Program Coordinator - Nahdet El Mahrousa

Current employment &/or degree seeking

Program Officer - Oxfam

Higher education

Political Science MA - Comparative Middle East Politics and Societies

Current country of residence



Shireen Zayed is a project coordination, proposal writing professional, and a John D. Gerhart center alumna with 4+ years of experience in the development field. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from  the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University (Egypt) and a master’s of Comparative Middle East Politics and Societies granted by the joint master’s program of the American University in Cairo (Egypt) and The Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany) that was funded by The DAAD in Egypt and the American University in Cairo.  Her thesis focused on the development of activism under the title of, “Latent Heat: Changing Forms of Activism under Repressive Authoritarian Regimes: A Case Study of Egypt, 2000-2008,” and she continues to conduct research under the subject of change of the social and political behavior in Middle Eastern countries.

Shireen  is recognized by her organizational managers, peers, and beneficiaries as a dedicated coordinator, organized, visionary, and creative leader who has distinctive abilities in strategic planning, logistic organizing and project monitoring. Also, she is reviewed by her professors and researching peers as a promising scholar and recognized by distinctive research skills. As a proposal writer, she wrote winning proposals approved by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Arab Women Enterprise Fund (AWEF) to promote the working conditions of blue collar segment through matching and placing blue collar job seekers in fair and decent jobs.

Currently, Shireen works with Oxfam as a program officer in The Work in Progress Alliance (WiP), with the aim to improve the economic prospects of young people in Egypt by building their skills to find a job and stimulating entrepreneurship.