Soha Ellaithy

Senior Director, Gulf Area Office at Save the Children 

Soha has been working in the non-profit sector since 2001. Since 2010, she has lead Save the Children’s Gulf Office, where her work focused on growing and cultivating Save the Children’s partnerships with Gulf based donors. Since 2010, the Gulf Initiative raised around $43 million of funding for programs that saved the lives of thousands of children across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Prior to her role with Save the Children, Soha worked with a number of UN agencies, including UNHCR where she first worked as a Refugee Status Determination officer for Somali asylum seekers in Egypt and later in the program unit overseeing UNHCR’s partnerships with implementing partners in South Iraq, a $12 million program that focused on the repatriation and reintegration of Iraqi returning refugees in the wake of the 2003 invasion.

Soha also spent considerable time in the private sector including working with McKinsey & Co to set up the GCC Board Directors Institute, a start up in partnership with five major GCC corporates that focused on capacity building for Board Directors to improve Board effectiveness and governance across the GCC.

The role that stayed with her most was working at the start of her career with the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, where she interviewed asylum seekers denied refugee status by UNHCR, helping them prepare an appeal process.

Soha has a BSc. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Cairo University. She has three children and two cats.