Senior Program Officer, Middle East North Africa
Sherif Mansour is the Senior Program Officer for Freedom House’s Middle East North Africa programs. He has ten years of experience working on democracy and human rights issues in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East. Mr. Mansour was a program manager for the Cairo-based Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies for three years where he led a national coalition of NGOs as they monitored the Egyptian elections in 2005. He worked as a visiting fellow with the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy where he researched Challenges of Democracy and Women Rights in the Muslim World. He is a co-founder of the International Quranic Center in Washington, DC, an organization devoted to empowering moderate voices of Islam around the globe. He is a member of Network of Democrats in the Arab World and the Global Academy Network for Applied Strategic Nonviolent Conflict. Mr. Mansour has written many articles, reports, and book chapters on democracy and human rights in Egypt and the Arab world, including Annual Reports on Development of Civil Society, Democratization and Minorities in the Arab World (2003, 2004). He was honored by the Word Center for Human Rights in Egypt for promoting Freedom of Speech in 2004. Mr. Mansour earned his Bachelor’s degree in Educational Technology from Al-Azhar University in Cairo and his Masters degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.