Ms. Myrna Atalla

Myrna Atalla is executive director of Alfanar, the Arab region’s first venture philanthropy organisation. With offices in London, Cairo and Beirut, Alfanar provides strategic grants and management support to social enterprises in the region to increase their self-reliance and their ability to transform people’s lives, long into the future. Alfanar concentrates on making sustainable, strategic social investments in education and women’s economic empowerment. Prior to Alfanar, Atalla worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in Beirut, managing its civil society strengthening partnership. Atalla also contributed to regional initiatives, including international election observation missions to Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Yemen. Atalla holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University and a dual-degree Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Columbia University and the London School of Economics.