Manal Samra holds a Master’s degree in Political Science, and specialized in Development in 1998 from the American University in Cairo; with a Bachelor degree in Mass communication, Journalism from Cairo University. Manal is currently the National coordinator for the Women Policy Center Regional Program operating in Egypt and in 4 other Arab countries. Mrs. Samra has worked as a Youth development and gender advisor at various national and international development organizations. She is a co-founder of Itjah “the Youth and Development Consultancy Institute YDCI” that was established in 2006. Manal is also the Focal Point for the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) chapter in Egypt that is concerned with promotion of science, innovation and technology in Egypt and the African continent; and she represents Egypt in the Steering Committee of (AWFST). As a social entrepreneur who is passionate about sustainable development, community-based actions and collective monitoring; and as an advocate for women and youth empowerment, Manal has worked at and managed several development projects in various national and international organizations to enhance the services and work done in the area of women and youth development. These organizations include the British Council, SRC at the AUC in Cairo, CDS, GIZ and AIDME. Being a development practitioner and a social development advisor has motivated Manal to believe more in all participatory approaches and policies required to eliminate Egypt’s root challenges.