Noha El-Mikawy has a bachelor's degree in political science from The American University in Cairo (AUC). She holds a master's degree in comparative politics and international relations and a PhD in comparative politics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). El-Mikawy is returning to AUC following a 30-year professional career that combines academic service, publication, policy advising, and knowledge production, as well as strategic and management experience in a leading US funding agency.
El-Mikawy is coming to AUC following 10 years as the regional director of the Ford Foundation for the Middle East and North Africa. Her tenure at Ford helped create university partnerships between the region and North and Central America, the UK, India, and South Africa, as well as helped provide institutional support to various universities and think tanks in the Arab region, including AUB, AUC, Cairo University and the Arab Council for Social Sciences. She previously worked with UNDP's Bureau of Development Policy and Regional Bureau of Arab States as the regional policy advisor, providing technical advice on governance programs of UNDP offices across the Arab region. In addition to being a policy practitioner, El-Mikawy's academic background includes research development and management at the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn, Germany, as well as teaching at UCLA, AUC, the Free University of Berlin and the University of Elangen. She has published two books on Egypt with AUC press and several articles and book chapters on governance and institutional reform in Egypt and the Arab region, including with Oxford and Cambridge University Press.
- Bachelor's degree in political science from The American University in Cairo.
- Master's degree in comparative politics and international relations from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
- PhD in comparative politics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
- 2022 (forthcoming) Institutional Constraints and Opportunities in The Egyptian Economy in the Twenty-first Century: The Hard Road to Inclusive Prosperity, eds. Khalid Ikram and Heba Nassar, Cairo: American University in Cairo Press.
- 2021 The Primacy of the G Word: Governance, Not Only Growth in Thinking MENA Futures: The Next Five Years and BeyondMiddle East Institute, Washington D.C.
- 2020 From Risk to Opportunity: Local Governance in the Southern Mediterranean Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB)
- 2018 Egypt: Protracted Transition from Authoritarianism to Democracy and Social Justice in Democratic Transitions in the Arab World, Makdisi & El-Badawi eds. Cambridge University Press, p. 133-183.
- 2009 Judicial Reform in the Arab Region in A.Dias & G. Welch eds. Justice for the Poor: Perspectives on Accelerating AccessOxford University Press, p. 516-553.
- 2009 A User's Guide to Measuring Gender-Sensitive Social Service Delivery UNDP and UNIFEM (predecessor to UNWomen) publication, 128 pages.
- 2002 Institutional Reform and Economic Development in Egypt American University in Cairo Press, 197 pages.
- 2002 Labor Representation in the Age of Globalization in Employment Creation and Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa Handoussa and Tzannatos eds. American University in Cairo Press, p. 49-94.
- 1999 Building Consensus and the Politics of Transition in Egypt Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 160 pages.
- 1999 The Informal Sector and the Conservative Consensus in Egypt in H. Afshar ed. Globalization and FragmentationMacmillan, p. 77-90.