Angela El-Fayez

Angela El-Fayez is a PhD student in Government in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies. She is a Jordanian-American of Bedouin heritage from the Bani Sakher tribe of Jordan and has personal and professional experience in both the US and Jordan, having lived extensively in both countries. Angela has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Jordan, a master’s in Business Administration, and a second master’s degree in Global Sustainability from the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida. Her capstone research project was with the Jordan Environmental Union (JEU), a national lobbying organization for 9 of Jordan’s most active environmental NGOs whose work focused on a variety issues ranging from marine life protection to cultivating food sovereignty. Her research and work focused on bridging knowledge gaps between civil-society organizations (CSOs) and national government, to implement policies that met climate change adaptations as recommended by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

Angela has four years’ experience working as an elementary teacher in both the US and Jordan. She also worked with the Hashemite Fund for the Development of the Jordan Badia (HFDJB), an organization aimed at creating local agricultural projects, offering small business loans and capacity building training in Jordan’s Badia regions, an underserved population that makes up a significant portion of the Jordanian population. Based on her personal and professional experience, Angela believes economic and social progress in Jordan and the Middle East can come about through policy change by raising awareness of environmental and social issues.