Hafsa Halawa is a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. She is a British-Egyptian political analyst, human rights advocate, and development specialist focused on democratic transition across Arab states.
Halawa received her LLB with honors from the University of Exeter and her LLM with honors in corporate and commercial law from University College London and Queen Mary’s University Joint Programme. Following a career in corporate law as in-house legal counsel for multinational groups such as Orascom Construction Industries and Lafarge, she moved into policy and civil society following the 2011 Arab uprisings.
Halawa has experience with the National Democratic Institute, the UN Development Program Regional Office for Arab States, the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, and the EU Delegation to Egypt. Most recently, she served as the regional program manager for the Middle East and North Africa at the Swedish International Development Agency, working in the democracy and human rights sector. Her research focuses are on political developments and democratization across the Middle East and North Africa, that uses her development experience to complement a focus on civil society and judicial and electoral reform.
Halawa is based between Cairo and London.