Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly has been appointed Minister of Social Solidarity in Egypt since March 2014, she is the Coordinator of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Social Justice and she chairs The Executive Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs in the League of Arab States.

Her work experience includes 27 years in the field of Poverty Reduction and Social Protection.

In the framework of her position, she is the Chairperson of Nasser Social Bank, a pro-poor developmental financial institution. She chairs the boards of National Center for Social and Criminology Research, National Fund for Drug and addiction Control and the National Authority of Social Insurance which serves 25 million Egyptians. She also sits on the board of the Social Housing Fund in the ministry of Housing and Urban development, the board of the unplanned settlement fund, the board of the youth fund, and the National Management Institute.

Throughout her professional experience, she had leadership positions as Managing Director of Social Fund for Development SFD, a multi-million dollars SME’s Fund. Assistant Resident Representative for Poverty reduction at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) where she was responsible for coordinating the MDGs reports and launched the National Strategy for Micro Finance.She served as Micro Finance and Access to Finance Advisor to the Chairman of Egypt’s Financial Supervisory Authority and Executive Committee Member. She was Program Director of CARE International in Egypt, working in Poverty Alleviation in Upper Egypt. She was elected Co-chair of SMEs donors subgroup for six years.

Ms. Waly sits on the Board of a variety of CS organizations and is an advocate for women economic and social empowerment and SMEs as well as serving as the Vice-chairperson of the Egyptian Red Crescent Association.

Ghada Waly holds an MA and a BA from Colorado State University, USA in Humanities; she also holds a diploma in international development and a diploma in Project Management.

She has been voted the most influential woman in Egypt in 2016 according to Baseera Public Opinion Research Center and has been chosen by Forbes Middle East amongst the ten most powerful Arab women in government for 2015, 2016 and 2017.