Dr. Ghada Howaidy
Founder, Egyptian Women on Boards Observatory
Ghada Howaidy is leading a growth strategy and restructuring a multimillion dollar executive education operation at the School of Business. She has extensive experience in organizational change and strategic management in local, regional and international organizations in the areas of higher education, human rights, management development, information technology and export promotion.
Before joining AUC in 2008, she was the founding director of international relations at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt. In that role, she developed the strategy for bilateral and multilateral partnerships as well as initiating and managing DFI funded national ICT development programs.
She has MA and MSc degrees in Middle East Studies and public management from AUC and the London School of Economics, as well as senior executive training at Harvard Business School. She holds a professional doctorate in Organizational Change from Ashridge School of Business. She is adjunct faculty in the core curriculum of the American University in Cairo, teaching Organizational Change.
She is the founder of the Women on Boards Observatory that produces an annual monitoring report and compiles the Egyptian Board Ready Women database. She is both a certified director and a certified corporate governance trainer for SMEs and Women in Business by IFC.