Ambar Zobairi, Deputy Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa
Ambar Zobairi currently serves as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), bringing almost 20 years of experience in the international nonprofit arena. She has worked on numerous democracy and governance projects in the MENA region, including in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. These projects have focused on providing technical election assistance to local stakeholders, such as election commissions and the judiciary; they have also built civil society’s capacity to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, advocate to improve the status of women and mitigate election violence. Zobairi is an accredited facilitator in the Building Resources for Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) methodology, a comprehensive professional development program focused on electoral processes and effective electoral administration.
Prior to joining the MENA team, Zobairi worked at the United Nations Foundation and Centre for Development and Population Activities. She holds a master's in international relations and international economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.