Full Name
Marwa Abdou
Job Title
Senior Research Director
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Speaker Bio
After over 12 years of multidisciplinary experience abroad, taking on this unique role at the Canadian Chamber is an opportune and fitting homecoming for Marwa. Prior to her role at the Chamber, Marwa served as the Advisor to the Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt for Private Sector Engagement where she managed a portfolio of projects totaling over $3 Billion USD. She also worked directly with and within some of the world’s most renowned multilateral organizations, private sector organizations, and country governments including the World Bank Group, Commonwealth Secretariat, APEC, OECD, Ernst and Young, Nathan Associates and the Asian Development Bank. In addition to leading dozens of capacity and technical assistance projects, consulting on regulatory, legal and policy reforms with these institutions, she also co-authored a number of publications and working papers. Marwa’s journey has seen her through a number of professional pit stops spanning the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region where she’s worked on trade facilitation, gender equity, equality, social, and financial inclusion as well as the enablement, engagement and empowerment of the private sector. Still, one driver and common thread has always remained: championing, advocating and catalyzing impactful interventions for vulnerable groups, including businesses and SMEs, through rigorous data analysis, inventive research and storytelling. Marwa received her master’s degree in international relations and international economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She received her bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Queen’s University Smith School of Business in Canada.
Marwa Abdou