Heba Morayef is the MENA Regional Director at Amnesty International, overseeing offices in Beirut and Tunis. Prior to that, she was the Tunis Head of Office for Amnesty, directing research work on North Africa. Before joining Amnesty, Morayef worked for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights in Cairo as Associate Director with a focus on criminal justice work.
She also worked with International Crisis Group as their Senior Egypt Analyst in 2015. She was Human Rights Watch’s Egypt director in Cairo from 2008-2014 and also HRW’s Libya researcher from 2008-2011. Morayef worked at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat from 2006-2008 covering Tunisia and Libya as North Africa Campaigner. Before that, she worked for Article 19 in London and at UNDP’s Human Rights Capacity Building Project in Cairo. Morayef holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a specialization in Public International Law from the American University in Cairo and an LLM in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was named as one of Foreign Policy’s 2013 Global Thinkers, Forbes’ 12 Women to Watch for 2014, and was a Time 100 nominee for 2013. She speaks English, Arabic, French, and German.