Curriculum vitae

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Ms. Nile Regina El Wardani, MPH, MPhil, PhD

EXPERTISE & QUALIFICATIONS: Twenty-seven years experience conceptualizing, planning, implementing, funding, publicizing and evaluating projects in the areas of: human rights, public health policy and education; women’s empowerment and development; and cultural diplomacy.

SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE: Advocacy and public speaking; grant portfolio management; public policy, civil society and governance research and promotion; community organizing, coalition-building, radio and TV journalism; grant writing and evaluation; media and publicity; training and human resource development, Arab and Islamic culture and societies, MENA and Africa experience.

2007 PhD – University of London – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Public Health and Policy Department – Dissertation: Procedural justice within the policy process in Egypt: An analysis of health sector reform from 1983 to 2001.
2001 Master of Philosophy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Public
Health and Policy Department
1994 Master of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles, School of
Public Health, Focus: International Public Health Management and Policy
1979 Bachelor Degree, University of California San Diego, Double Major Sociology
and Linguistics, Minor Scientific Perspectives

NATIONALITY: American and Egyptian

FRENCH Professional Competency
ARABIC Good Basic
SPANISH Good Basic

Middle East Award for Social Science Research – Funded by Ford Foundation, Population Council and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (2000-2002)


Sept 2012 Adjunct Professor, Public Policy and Administration Department, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, American University in Cairo, Egypt; Teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Global Health Policies and Strategies and Communications for NGOs.

-2005-2012 Levantine Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA – Vice President – As a pan-cultural center for the Middle East in Southern California, the work of LCC combines peace-building with arts and media outreach. I oversee programs, develop strategic plans; provide technical assistance, grant writing and overall management.

-2005-10 Pacifica Radio KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, CA – Producer/ Host Radio Intifada – A weekly one hour radio review of politics, social issues and culture from the Middle East and North Africa. I produce, research, identify program topics and experts for interview, write scripts and host live radio shows with guests throughout the MENA region and experts worldwide.

-2002-4 The Pacific Institute for Women’s Health, Los Angeles, CA – Senior Program Officer for Africa and Middle East – Oversaw programs contributing to the health and empowerment of women and girls. Overall management of PIWH programs in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya and Burkina Faso working in the areas of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, Community Based Participation models, Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Girls. Supervised team (program officer, program assistant, consultants, and national colleagues) in achievement of program objectives. Provided technical support to African NGO partners (on-site) in design, implementation, and evaluation of programs addressing women’s empowerment, violence against women and curbing FGM. Served as a resource on African women’s and adolescents’ RH and rights in professional forums.

-1999-2000 UNESCO, Cairo, Egypt – Consultant – Developed joint project with UNFPA and UNICEF on Meeting the Needs of Adolescent Health: The Participation by Adolescents in Reproductive Health Information, Education and Communication (MOHP, Supreme Council of Youth and Sport, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Information)

-1998-9 Ministry of Health and Population, Egypt and USAID – Consultant Content and Applications Specialist – Technical Needs Assessment of Continuing Education and Distance Learning. Target audience all primary health care providers in Egypt.

-1993-8 World Health Organization, Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, Alexandria, Egypt -Consultant- Established Extra Budgetary Fund Raising (EBFR) program for EMRO. Established database of possible funding agencies and protocol for EBFR. Standardized project proposals. Trained regional advisors and WHO country representatives in EBFR and proposal writing.

-1995-7 Children’s Television Workshop, Cairo, Egypt – Development Advisor
Initiated and oversaw the development phase (3.5 years) of the Egyptian indigenous production of Sesame Street or Alam Simsim. Researched, campaigned, and solicited financial, political and technical support for CTW to come to Egypt. Led all CTW fact-finding-missions to Egypt for technical needs assessment. Recruited Egyptian experts in children’s education, health, rights, psychology and development. Recruited Egyptian teachers, artists, sociologists, anthropologists, producers and the Egyptian Ministers of Health, Education, Information and Culture. Alam Simsim airs throughout Egypt on terrestrial TV.

-1996-7 Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population, Cost Recovery for Health Project funded by USAID – Information, Education, Communications (IEC) & Marketing Director
The focus of CRHP was to enhance affordability, accessibility, sustainability and quality of MOHP hospitals throughout the country. Established IEC systems, wrote and directed trainings and implemented marketing programs in MOHP hospitals and polyclinics. Directed and carried out qualitative and quantitative research.

-1995-6 The Center for Development Communications, Cairo, Egypt – Producer/Project Coordinator
Coordinated a thirteen part soap opera television series funded by Ford Foundation, Danida and Finnida addressing major social and health issues facing Egyptians. Raised 2/3 funds. Worked with the MOHP and donors to determine the educational content and goals. Wrote treatment of television series. Bread and Water aired on Egyptian television during Ramadan 1998 and 1999.

-1995 Kidney Cancer Program Patient and Research Coordinator, UCLA Medical Center, Division of Urology, Clark Urological Center – Patient Care and Research Coordinator
Oversaw patient research and clinical schedules, maintained patient charts and records, scheduled patients radiology, pathology, surgery and education. Screened new patients. Organized clinic conferences. Reported daily to medical staff re: patient status.

-1995 RAND CORPORATION, Los Angeles, Calif. – Writer – Re-wrote complex medical research findings, published by i.e. JAMA and NEJM, into lay language for press and public consumption.

-1993-94 UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles – Teaching Assistant
Provided graduate teaching support for Department of Health Services. Assisted in developing course curriculum, class lectures, discussion groups. Wrote and graded exams.

-1992 PRIME 9 NEWS, KCAL – TV, Los Angeles, Calif. – Researcher/Story Editor
Researched and produced stories dealing with health and social issues for prime time news. Oversaw Research Library. Executed Lexis, Nexis and video searches.

-1983-1990 Rheedlen, Harlem, New York – Volunteer – Rheedlen provided at-risk children a safe and productive environment and caring adults to guide them towards a more promising future by focusing on a holistic approach to child development involving mental and physical health, social behavior, academic and cultural education and self-esteem. My years of volunteer work at Rheedlen led to a career change from cultural production work to public health and development.

-1986-91 NILE PRODUCTIONS, New York, Paris, Montreal – Producer
Independent Production/Communications Company Produced concerts, video, television and special events. Created and produced the first Pediatric AIDS benefit in the U.S. in January 1989 at Carnegie Hall. Televised on NBC (Children Will Listen) the benefit concert featured more than 180 artists and raised national awareness of Pediatric AIDS and $250,000 for four NGOs providing care for HIV+ children in NYC. Dr. Ayre Rubenstein and twelve HIV+ children and their families were honored. Executive Produced videos for public awareness of Pediatric AIDS. Created and implemented cultural events in France and New York for UNESCO, Radio France, Shang Dance Co. and Primerica Corp.

-1984-86 RITZ PARIS INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, New York, Paris, London – Development, Communications and Public Affairs Director – Established charitable Foundation for the Sultan of Brunei managing the allocation of $120 million in aid for refugees, women children and the elderly. Supervised outside PR agencies for inauguration of Brunei for UN membership. Oversaw PR and media for Ritz Hotel, Paris and Harrod’s, London. Established the Ritz Paris Hemingway Award for literature (project budget of $750,000). Responsible for monthly budget ranging from $75-300,000.

-1983-84 METROPOLITAN OPERA ASSOCIATION, New York – Assistant Public Affairs Director, Member of development team that raised $100 million endowment and executed over 60 Metropolitan Opera Centennial events.

-1979-82 LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, Los Angeles – Assistant Director of Marketing
SANTA FE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL, New Mexico – Assistant Producer
Wrote and produced press releases, quarterly newsletters and public service announcements. Developed subscription and group sales campaign increasing sales by 40%. Developed educational projects for public school system. Coordinated physical production and logistics.

-2005-present Levantine Cultural Center – Board Member, VP
-2005-present UCLA School of Public Health Alumni Association, Board Member
-2005-6 Pacifica Radio KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles, Board Member

Ongoing Membership: American Public Health Association, Amnesty International, Code Pink, National Council for International Health, Muslim Public Affairs Council, ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International

-2005-present Frequent community panelist, moderator and presenter of Middle East cultural events including human and social rights activists, authors, poets, musicians, filmmakers and academics.

-2011-present Regular guest on KPCC 89.3 FM for segments on the Egyptian revolution

-2005-10 Host/Producer – Pacifica Radio KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, CA – Radio Intifada is a weekly hour radio show. Topics: Political Reform in Egypt, The Future of Iraq: A Viable Exit Strategy, Women’s Reproductive Health in North Africa, Spying on Arab Americans and much more.

-Nov. 2004 Presenter – American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Women’s NGOs and their ability to impact national policies regarding reproductive health issues in Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey.

-Nov. 2004 Panel Organizer/ Moderator – American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Health Impacts of War in the Middle East

-Feb. 2003 Guest Lecturer – University of Arizona Tucson, Law School, Lectured on International Development and Procedural Justice

-Aug. 2002 Guest Lecturer – California State University, Hayward, Calif. Lectured on Development Work in Egypt 1970-2000, under Anthropology Dept. Middle East Studies.

References Available Upon Request

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