Azza Koura has worked in the financial sector for more than 17 years. She is the chapter president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for Egypt, and helps colleagues in other Arab countries create their own national chapters.
Koura lectures on NGO funding, and she helped the Association of Friends of the National Cancer Institute create a fund-raising plan for a children’s cancer hospital.
Upon her return to Egypt, Koura organized the conference “Egypt and Future Paths: Reviving Trust Funds in a Modern Context,” which focused on solutions to Egypt’s economic problems. Tapping into her new network, Koura collaborated with other Women’s Initiative fellows to plan the conference. Nora Haleem’s company produced printed materials; May Hassan designed the website banners; Amany Eid escorted the guest speaker and helped plan the budget; and Enas Lotfy photographed the event.
In part thanks to media training she received during her fellowship tour, Koura won broad attention for the conference, with coverage by ten Egyptian newspapers and four television stations. The event’s sponsor signed a pledge of $200,000,000 EGP ($32 million USD) to the new Egyptian National Cancer Institute, as well as one of $600,000 EGP ($98,500 USD) for a new hospital extension.
Koura has also recently worked with the ALROWAD Initiative, a non-profit entity supported by USAID to help create jobs in Egypt.