Lina Abou-Habib

Interim Director Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut

Region(s): Middle East
Country of focus: Lebanon, Morocco, Syria
Based in Beirut, Lebanon

Lina Abou-Habib (@LinaAH) is the Interim Director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut. She is also the Strategic Advisor of the Doria Feminist Fund for MENA – Middle East and North Africa.

Her work focuses on feminist mobilisaton, women’s political participation, invisible care work, economic contribution in rural communities and access to markets, faith-based organizations, migrant women and refugees, and women in post-war Lebanon.

Lina has published extensively on the impact of the denial of citizenship rights to women in the Middle East and North Africa.

Previous positions include Senior Policy Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, Executive Director of the Women Learning Partnership and the Collective for Research and Training for Development – Action.

Lina is also a strategic Middle East and North Africa Advisor for the Global Fund for Women, an NGO that funds grassroots women-led movements. She serves of the Boards of Gender at Work, Marsa for Sexual Health and Haven for Artists. She currently consults for Kvinna till Kvinna, Arab Reform Initiative, and UNWomen.

Previously positions include a Senior Policy Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, Executive Director of the Women Learning Partnership and the Collective for Research and Training for Development – Action

Her work focuses on feminist mobilisaton, women’s political participation, invisible care work, economic contribution in rural communities and access to markets, faith-based organizations, migrant women and refugees, and women in post-war Lebanon.

Lina has published extensively on the impact of the denial of citizenship rights to women in the Middle East and North Africa.

She holds an M.A. in public health from the American University in Beirut and was formerly a PhD candidate in gender and public policy at AUT in New Zealand.