Faiza Jama Mohamed, Director of the Africa Office, led the effort to open Equality Now’s first regional office in 2000. She has more than 20 years of experience working with international organizations and was an active member of the women’s movement in Somalia for many years before joining Equality Now. Ms. Mohamed was instrumental in the coalition-building of women’s organizations with a focus on promoting peace, gender equality and advocacy for women’s rights. In 1998, she received the Hundred Heroines award for recognition of her activism in support of the human rights of women in Somalia. In 2008, she was awarded the Africa prize of the Hunger Project . She serves on numerous committees and Boards dealing with women’s rights issues and closely supports the work of the African Union Commission. Ms. Mohamed holds a Masters in Business Administration from the California State University at Fresno, and a human rights diploma from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at The Hague, The Netherlands.