Muzna Shihabi Barthe is currently coaching several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in Lebanon, in building their institutional capacity and expanding their reach. She is advising heads of NGOs on policy issues, and assisting in program development, fundraising and communications in fields such as education, health, youth and humanitarian assistance, among others. She also works on assessing international accreditation programs for NGOs in the MENA region. Muzna previously worked for the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab as a Resource Development Advisor and for the International Medical Corps as a Regional Communications Officer for the Middle East, in Beirut. In Paris, she worked as a Program Development Officer at the Arab Reform Initiative, an NGO that engages a wide range of civil society organizations and activists in Arab countries to generate policy recommendations that encourage political leaders to advance reform.
Muzna also has experience working in Palestine, where she worked as the Communications Adviser to the Negotiations Support Unit at the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from 2007 to 2010. Through her hard work and dedication, she was promoted to head of the department in 2011. Through her work at the PLO, she designed and implemented communications strategies and wrote a number of analytic publications, including fact sheets, opinion articles, and talking points. She has also given hundreds of briefings to a wide range of audiences, ranging from Foreign Ministers, Parliamentarians, editors of major Western media outlets to European high-level delegations, and members of the United States Congress.
She holds a Master’s of Science in Media and Communications Regulation and Policy from the London School of Economics and is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Muzna would love to give back to Palestine and work with young entrepreneurs to help them further their business endeavors. She is interested in getting touch with entrepreneurs who could benefit from her mentorship in areas such as business development, proposal writing, pitching, and communications and marketing strategies.