Omayma El Ella is the Project Associate for the Just and Inclusive Society Project at Democracy Fund, an independent foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Omayma supports the Just and Inclusive Society Project in its mission to protect vulnerable and impacted communities facing the brunt of racism and hate. Omayma supports strategy development and grantmaking, and provides expertise and guidance to grantees and more.
Omayma join us from the UK and was the senior lead on Muslim leadership development and public engagement grant-making at the Aziz Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in London. She has over 8 years’ advocacy, policy, organizational development, and research experience in relation to international humanitarian aid and development, conflict sensitivity, civil society space, and facilitating trainings and knowledge-share. She has predominantly worked in the UK Muslim civil society space, engaging in, amongst other things, global advocacy efforts concerning counter-terrorism measures and its impact on aid, and strengthening Muslim civic engagement. Her humanitarian and advocacy work have taken her to Sri Lanka, Libya, Lebanon, the Central African Republic, and Bosnia.
Omayma holds an M.A from the School of Oriental and African Studies in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and has a B.A in War Studies from Kings College London.