Master's Degree (2012, International Development, University of Birmingham) and Currently pursuing a PhD (expected 2025, Development Studies, Institute of Development Studies - University of Sussex)


Maha Gaad is a dynamic professional with over 14 years of experience in the fields of international and community development, humanitarian assistance, corporate social responsibility, and communications, working in international organizations and charities, government entities, and the private sector. Most recently Maha was a Senior Specialist in Policies & Strategies at Abu Dhabi Government’s Department of Community Development where she developed, implemented, and monitored public policies, strategies, and programs that enhance and support Abu Dhabi’s social sector and community. Maha has previously worked for Oxfam GB in Lebanon as part of the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis response and as a Regional Programme and Policy Officer at the UN World Food Programme. Maha is currently a Doctoral Researcher in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex) UK and works as an independent Social Development consultant and Gender Equality trainer. Maha is also a Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex University Dubai and an Adjunct Instructor at Zayed University’s College for Interdisciplinary Studies.


Dubai Academic City, F-L2-016

Teaching Areas

International Development; Social Policy; Research; Gender Equality

Research and Professional Activities

Gaad, M. (2012). The roles of women in the egyptian revolution and their perceptions of the effects of the revolution on their future roles: A sociological analysis (Order No. 1524570). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1493902125). Retrieved from