Hend Nafea

Senior Program Coordinator, Middle East and North Africa, Human Rights

Hend is the Senior Program Coordinator, Middle East and North Africa for the Human Rights Team. In her role, she supports the Voices Against Violence: The Gender Based Violence Global Initiative with specific focus on providing case management for the urgent assistance component of the program as well as regional and linguistic expertise for the Initiative’s projects. She also advances the Human Rights team’s advocacy work as a member of the Girls Not Brides Coalition. Prior to joining Vital Voices, Hend was a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy. Hend is also the founder and former executive director of the U.S.-based NGO Human Rights Port, an organization working to provide support and protection for human rights defenders and civil society activists in Egypt.

Prior to relocating to Washington, DC, Hend worked as the director of the Human Rights Defenders Program at Hisham Mubarak Law Center in Egypt, where she designed and implemented programs to provide legal assistance and protection for at-risk human rights activists and advocates. Hend also conducted research and published reports on human rights abuses that occurred after the Revolution in Egypt and documented instances of gender-based violence. As a journalist, she also reported on the human rights situation in Egypt in the aftermath. She has been profiled in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair and in the 2015 documentary feature film The Trials of Spring. Hend’s activism led her to receive the Civil Society Leadership Award from Open Society Foundation in 2017. In 2019, Hend graduated from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University with a dual degree in MA in Conflict Resolution & Coexistence and MA in Sustainable International Development.