Azza El-Abd has served as USAID’s mission director in Lebanon since August 2012, after serving two years in Kosovo as deputy and acting mission director.
With over 20 years of international development experience, El-Abd has designed and managed a broad range of programs pertaining to infrastructure, private-sector development, and democracy and governance, in addition to conflict and post-conflict programs in Central America, Africa, the Middle East, and South and East Asia.
Prior to her Kosovo assignment, El-Abd served in Washington, D.C., as the Agency’s acting director of the Office of Central America and Mexico Affairs, where she provided strategic direction for various programs in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Panama. She also provided guidance for the Central America Regional Program as well as limited programs in the non-presence countries of Belize and Costa Rica.
From 2008 to 2009, El-Abd served as the supervisory program officer in Pakistan, providing policy and program guidance for more than $1 billion in assistance. Her other overseas tours include Uganda, Hungary, Nepal and Indonesia. She also served in Washington as deputy director of the Office of Middle East Affairs and as general development officer in the Asia and Middle East Bureaus.
El-Abd holds a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alexandria and a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She speaks both Arabic and Spanish.
Last updated: May 22, 2013