With a career spanning over 30 years, Ms Al-Dalli is a mark of progressive leadership in the issues of development, gender and poverty reduction. Equipped with long-term experience in the international NGO sector, as well as government and intergovernmental agencies in the MENA region, Ms Al-Dalli has successfully led projects in several developing countries in the Middle East Africa, Eastern Europe and central Asia.

Ms Al-Dalli, is currently the International Director - MENA for SOS Children’s Villages International.  Prior to this, Ms Al-Dalli worked as the Director of the UNDP Regional Center in Cairo, where she managed a number of key issues in the region, including gender, governance, environment and poverty.  She was also responsible for the negotiation, and thereafter implementation, of several key regional reforms on these matters.

Her previous postings include UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Morocco, where Ms Al-Dalli was awarded honorary citizenship of the town of Chefchaouen, Morocco, and the Woman of the Year, Morocco (only non-Moroccan to be awarded this honour) in 2012.

Gender issues have been at the heart of Ms Al-Dalli’s development work, reflected directly in her programmes, partnerships and publications through inter-agency coordination and leadership.  In fact, during her early work, Ms Al-Dalli was one of the key people who steered Oxfam’s strategy towards working with rural women.

One of her most recent achievements is the development of a programme specifically targeting young women and girls displaced due to conflict and related violence in Iraq