Dr. Josephine Zgheib

Policy expert and activist

Dr. Josephine Zgheib has been an elected member of the municipal council of Kfardebian, Lebanon, since 2010. She was re-elected in 2016 and ran for the 2018 parliamentary elections. She is a member of the Kulluna Watani coalition of social activists.

Working for the public as a local female leader, she launched a women’s development prototype bureau in her town, which has now expanded to 12 units across Lebanon. She is an expert in governance and a consultant in sustainable development, and worked on the development and implementation of environmental and ecotourism programmes.

She is the Vice-President of the Arab affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA), a World-Bank funder network of activists from seven MENA countries. Additionally, she is a Board member in the Lebanon eco-movement network which gathers over 60 NGOs to protect the Lebanese environment, as well as a board member in the Middle-East Partnership Initiative Lebanese Alumni Association (MEPI-LAA).

Dr. Zgheib is a certified trainer in communication, leadership, social accountability, anti-corruption, and citizenship. She holds a PhD in Local Development from the University of Birmingham in the UK.