Zaynab Nawaz

Zaynab serves as interim program officer for the NoVo Foundation’s Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women. She was most recently a program officer with the Foundation for a Just Society (FJS). Her portfolio included grant making to advance women’s, girls’ and LGBTQI movements in South and Southeast Asia. Zaynab was also a program officer for the International Women’s Rights Program at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), working in Asia and the Americas. Her grants worked to increase access to justice and to end violence and discrimination against women. 

 Prior to OSF, Zaynab was a campaigner and researcher with Amnesty International in London, New York, and Washington, DC. She worked on global stop violence against women campaigns, including domestic violence in Turkey and sexual assault in Native American and Alaska Native communities.

Zaynab holds a B.A. in International Relations and French from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London-School of Oriental and African Studies, and a certificate in International Legal Systems from the Institute of Human Rights in the Netherlands. 

When not on a plane or train, Zaynab can be found on a yoga mat or running in Prospect Park, listening to 90s hip hop.