Mona Zulficar
EgyptFounding Partner, Zulficar and Partners Law Firm

Mona Zulficar Photo Credit:Todd France Photography, 2012

As a founding partner and Chair of its Executive Committee, Mona Zulficar oversees the performance and business development of the Zulficar and Partners Law Firm.

A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, she is a specialist in major restructuring, project finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions, and has successfully led negotiations for the most important international transactions that took place in Egypt during the last three decades.

She continues to play a key role in drafting and developing legislation as a distinguished member of the national drafting committees on many important new laws, such as the Telecom Law, the Capital Market regulations, the Special Economic Zones Law and the Banking regulations.

She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt for two terms, until November 2011, and has been directly involved in the Egyptian institutional and regulatory reform program of the banking and finance sector since 2004.

With a commitment to community activism, she has been an advocate for human rights and women’s rights in Egypt and internationally. She has led several successful campaigns resulting in new laws or legal reforms that assert basic human rights, and equality and justice for all, particularly for women and children. These include the “New Marriage Contract”, the Equal Right to Divorce Law “Khul”, the Family Courts Law, the NGO Law and the Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Law.

She has founded and chairs Al Tadamun Microfinance Foundation, focused on empowering poor women; and also chairs the Women’s Health Improvement Association in Cairo, as well as the EFG Hermes Foundation for Social Development.

She has recently been elected an expert member and Deputy Chairperson of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and is a member of the National Council for Human Rights in Egypt.

She has recently led and participated in fact finding commissions on violations of human rights and has chaired the Maspiro fact finding commission.

Ms. Zulficar obtained her political science and law degrees from Cairo University and Mansoura University and an honorary doctorate degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Zurich.