Heba Raouf Ezzat, convener from the Middle East and North Africa, has taught political theory at Cairo University since 1987 and at the American University in Cairo since 2006. She has been Visiting Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), University of Westminster (1995-6) and Associate Researcher at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (1998).
At Cairo University Heba is coordinator of the Civil Society Program for Research and Training; Foreign Relations Coordinator of the Centre for Political Research and Studies; Foreign Relations and Academic Events Coordinator of the Program for Dialogue between Civilizations; and Deputy Director of the Centre for European Studies.
Her publications in Arabic include: Women and Politics: An Islamic Perspective (Washington DC: IIIT, 1995); ‘The Political Imagination of Islamists: A Conceptual Analysis’ in : Islamists and Democrats (Al-Ahram Center for Strategic Studies, 2004). She edited the two volumes of "Egyptian Citizenship" published by the Centre for Political Research and Studies-Cairo University, as well as Globalization: New Visions for a Changing World (Department of Political Science, Cairo University, 2002). She wrote background papers for the UNIFEM Report on Women in the Arab World 1994-2004 (2004); and to the UNDP Arab Human Development Report 2006.
Her publications in English include chapters in the following books: ‘Islam and Equality: Debating the Future of Women's and Minority Rights in the Middle East and North Africa’ (LCHR, 1999); ‘Islam and Secularism in the Middle East’ (New York University Press, 2000); Globalization, Gender and Religion (Palgrave 2001),and Islam in Transition (Oxford University Press 2006).She contributed twice to the Global Civil Society Yearbook published annually by the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics.
Heba is a columnist , contributes actively to the mass media and online debates and has worked with a variety of civil society groups the Egyptian Federation for Youth Associations and many inter-faith initiatives. She was chosen by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader 2005. She has also promoted the work of Transparency International in Egypt.
When asked why she joined the Building Global Democracy Programme and what her aspirations for the programme were, Heba replied:
“Global democracy and global citizenship – as well as their contributions to justice and peace – interest me both academically and in my existential endeavour as a Muslim. I am keen to think collectively on these issues with scholars from all over the world. Multiculturalist approaches are indeed needed in building such a theory. My aspiration is that the BGD program will become a space of dialogue, combining conceptualization and activism in the service of humanity at large. This might sound romantic, but what is wrong with romanticism?!!”