Magda El-Sanousi, is a developmental expert in the Higher Council for Peace in Sudan, and worked previously as the Chief of Women’s Empowerment Section at the United Nations’ Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) which she joined in July 2013 as part of the senior management team. Ms. Elsanousi led on developing strategies to enhance the role of women in the transitional period in Libya focusing mainly of the drafting of the constitution and the National Dialogue. She was Oxfam GB Country Director in Lebanon until June 2013 and has been awarded by Takreem the “Arab Woman of the Year 2012.” El- Sanousi, manages the Arab Region Gender Equality program that covers Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Yemen. El-Sanousi devoted the last 20 years to developing programmes and mobilizing resources to empower women. She worked with Oxfam in Yemen, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. She has worked on promoting gender sensitive budgets and policies in Yemen; on advocating policy change in Iraq to give widows access pensions, and on empowering women in remote villages in Egypt to vote and even stand as candidates in the parliamentary elections. ElSanousi is a graduate of Ahfad University for Women in Sudan and completed two Master’s degrees from Sussex University (U.K) in Gender and Development and Rural Development.