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.