CEO, Integrity Action
"I contracted Mona in 2020 to facilitate the development of a Theory of Change for a 4-member consortium. We were proposing a highly complex programme and we needed support to unearth the shared value proposition. We also needed to do this work as quickly as possible and Mona delivered in record time. I was particularly impressed by her ability to keep the discussion moving while tackling ‘meaty’ issues - not to mention how calm she was throughout the process! As a facilitator who brings expertise and experience into the process, Mona earns my highest recommendation."
November 18, 2020
Director, International Human Rights Programme, Oak Foundation
"Mona recently took on the challenging task evaluating the operations of various offices of an international NGO across 3 continents. She executed the assignment competently, intelligently and punctually. Her conclusions were rigorous and fair and reflected sound judgment. She delivered her findings to both the organisation and our Board and was highly engaging, nuanced and tactful in her presentations. Unlike many evaluators, Mona grounds her work in the experiences and operational contexts in which activists work. She has their and our confidence. Mona is quick to master a brief, is intellectually curious and has an authentic, personal commitment to social justice issues. She is a pleasure to work with and I would have no hesitation in working again with her."
August 8, 2017
President, Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network
Mona organized a workshop for impact assessment for 3 major non-profits two based in the UK and one in the US - Al-Shabaka, Makan, and PSC. The two-day workshop was excellent in all respects. The material was carefully selected and made available at each session to support learning and discussion. The sessions were very well-phased and the presentations authoritative. Mona is an excellent listener and has information and expertise at her fingertips when responding to questions. My colleagues and I are delighted that an area of work we had found so challenging in the past, especially for a think tank, is now something we can really get to grips with. Thank you!
June 20, 2018
Director of External Relations, Center for Victims of Torture
"At the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), we engaged Mona to assist with development of multi-year strategic and operational plans for our New Tactics in Human Rights Project. We were thrilled with this six-month partnership engagement, which involved desk research, internal and external stakeholder interviews, meeting facilitation, consultations, and creation of strategic and operating plans for the project.
The products were first-rate; the plans we developed with Mona continue to guide project implementation. And the process was also first-rate. It was a pleasure working with Mona; she worked well with all CVT stakeholders. She was on time and provided good value. She is thoroughly knowledgeable, creative, and a person of the highest integrity. I'm pleased to recommend Mona without hesitation, without reservation, and without qualification. I hope to have the opportunity and the honor to work with her again in the future.”
March 22, 2014
Executive Director, Open Society Foundations - Arab Regional Office
"Mona undertook consultancy assignments for our office. These included review and analysis of a highly complex and multi layered program across a number of countries in the region as well as strategy development exercises. I highly recommend Mona for any short or long-term consultancy assignments.
Her knowledge of the region is profound and she is always open to new ideas and viewpoints while contributing to debates and analysis. Her disciplined time management, meticulous planning and excellent attention to detail make her the first choice for any assignment – an assurance of timely delivery and quality to appreciate. She is passionate about her work and more than once went beyond requested tasks with complementary and value added contributions."
April 7, 2014
Retired President, El-Hibri Foundation
"In fall 2014, I hired Mona as a consultant to guide the El-Hibri Foundation in its development of a framework for assessing its work, including identifying key goals and indicators to assess progress. She truly was outstanding. She worked quickly to master information about EHF and its work; listened closely to staff to appreciate their needs and perspectives; and skillfully managed extended discussions among staff that resulted in the production of very high quality, clearly written documents that will guide future EHF action. She invested more time than promised and finished the process on time. EHF staff found her highly knowledgeable, skillful, resourceful, humorous and extremely pleasant to work with. I recommend her in the highest possible terms."
April 10, 2015
Executive Director, Crisis Action
New York, NY
"Mona was a delight to work with and provided us with a detailed and strategic report about the future direction for the Human Rights Defenders program [of Human Rights First]. Mona's political analysis, synthesis and communication skills were exceptional."
April 3, 2014
Interim Director, AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program
"Mona is a creative and strategic thinker, adept at identifying unique organizational strengths and opportunities for impact. She can design robust programs of action and galvanise networks of collaborators to join in the development and management of a shared vision. Strongly process as well as goal oriented, she takes the time necessary to build relationships, trust and mutual understanding towards a common end. Her commitment to human rights is not only a professional but a deeply personal one. She serves as a fearless and tireless advocate. As a result, she garners deep respect from her staff and peers."
January 12, 2017
Regional Manager, Open Society Foundations
New York, NY
"I’ve worked with Mona variously over the last four years, first, as a peer in the field of philanthropy, and later our office hired her for a consultancy. Mona is a top-notch professional with strong competencies in strategy development, monitoring and evaluation, and brings unique knowledge and networks from the Arab region. She’s detailed, extremely hard-working, and delivers quality on time. She is well-respected in the field. And she is an absolute delight to work with. I give her my highest recommendation for any consultancy work being considered."
January 8, 2015
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