AMRO AL SHAOBKI
Nirvana Shawky is the MENA and international partnerships Director for Crisis Action. As a regional expert on humanitarian advocacy in conflicts, Nirvana has led effective global efforts on protection of civilians in humanitarian crises in the Middle East. Currently, in her current role, she has led international advocacy campaigns on different conflicts over the course of the last 8 years, from Sudans to Palestine, to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Western Sahara to Yemen – lobbying governments and international institutions as the UN, LAS and EU to ensure mitigation of civilian suffering caught in war.
Before joining Crisis Action, she was one of the founding team and played an integral role in the establishment of Al Shorouk (Egyptian independent daily newspaper) as their Opinion Page Editor (2008-2010). Preceding 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 academic lecturer on issues of international relations, as humanitarianism and conflict resolution and influencing powers in multilateral organizations. Nirvana studied political science and international relations in the American University in Cairo (AUC) and University of California, LA (UCLA), and is an Alumnus of Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Center for Security Studies -ETH Zurich (CSS) and Rockwood Leadership Institute, California.