Mariam Farag is leading the CSR program at MBC Group, which is responsible for driving its corporate responsibility vision and strategy in the region & globally. Farag brings to MBC Group over 20 years of experience working in both public & private sectors in the fields of sustainable development, humanitarian relief, corporate communication and CSR in the MENA region. Prior to joining MBC Group, Farag was developing strategic partnerships and community outreach programs at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), aligning with AUS strategic goals in the UAE and the GCC region. In addition, Farag lead the Partnerships & CSR department for the Community Development Authority, Dubai Government, where she focused on building strategic partnerships between the private and public sector to mainstream initiatives, spreading CSR awareness and maximizing impact in Dubai. Prior to that, Farag spent two years with Weber Shandwick PR Agency in Dubai, managing brands such as Coca Cola, P&G, Nestle, Sony and MAF Fashion starting their journey on humanizing their brand communication.
In 1999, after receiving her master’s degree, Farag started her career with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), where she managed a nationwide campaign focusing on the social and economic empowerment of female heads of households in 22 governorates in Egypt. After the campaign was kicked off and achieved nationwide success, Farag followed her passion for humanitarian relief and joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) part of the International Protection Legal team where she was part of various regional and international missions working on refugee status determination, protection issues, advocacy and vulnerable cases.
Mariam currently serves on multiple Boards such the regional board of Injaz Al Arab, the UAE Advisory Board of Education for Employment (EFE), the regional board of Marwa Fayed Toy Run Foundation, the SOS Global Villages Strategic Advisory Network and the Sustainable Humanitarian Board of UNHCR.
She is active in the entrepreneurial, youth development & women empowerment scenes focusing on building strategic partnerships between the private & public sector to mainstream initiatives, spreading CSR awareness and maximizing impact in the region & globally. Farag is very passionate about spreading hope, inspiring individuals to pursue their dreams, the art of storytelling and humanizing the brand.
Mariam Farag received her B.A in Political Science specialized in International Relations from The American University in Cairo (AUC) and completed her M.A in International Relations and Political Theory from University of Westminster in London, UK.