Nirvana Shawky

Regional Director for Middle East and North Africa

Nirvana Shawky is the Regional Director for CARE’s Middle East and North Africa Region. She joined CARE in 2018 after spending 8 years at Crisis Action, most recently as International Partnerships and Middle East and North Africa Director based in Egypt and Lebanon. As regional expert on advocacy in conflicts, she has led effective global efforts on the protection of civilians in humanitarian crises in the Middle East, including advocacy campaigns lobbying governments and international institutions on crises in Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Western Sahara and Yemen.

Before joining Crisis Action, she played an integral role in the establishment of Al Shorouk (an Egyptian independent daily newspaper) as their opinion page editor. Prior to that, Ms Shawky was the English section editor and political analyst in Al Ahram Democracy Review, a regional periodical dedicated to democratization, governance, and political development. She also worked as a researcher for Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, and as an academic lecturer on issues of international relations of the Middle East, humanitarianism and protection of civilians, and regional institutions role in peace and security. Nirvana studied political science and international relations at the American University in Cairo and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is an alumnus of Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Center for Security Studies -ETH Zurich and Rockwood Leadership Institute, California. In addition, she is currently a board member at the Arab Forum for Alternatives, a leading independent think tank in the Arab world.