Mehrinaz El Awady, a national of Egypt, is the Director of the Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development Cluster at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission (ESCWA). Previously, she was ESCWA Director for the Centre for Women. She also served as ESCWA Senior Coordinator in charge of mainstreaming gender within the organization. She has a long record in development organization and management at the grassroots and the policy levels. Prior to her career as an International Civil Servant, she was the Youth and Women Regional Advisor for Save the Children, where she conducted research, situation analyses and designed proposal on gender equality and human rights issues in the Arab region. Before joining Save the Children, El Awady worked for several international development organizations such as Education Development Center, Center for Development and Population Activities, and Care International. She holds a bachelor in Economics from Cairo University, a Masters in International Development from the American University in Cairo, and a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Leeds, UK. Her current research areas include gender mainstreaming, combating violence against women, and gender justice in the Arab World.