As Executive Director of Mentor Arabia, and previous senior specialist at the UNDP, she has worked in strategic planning, team building, partnership development, fundraising, advocacy, and of course, youth mentorship. Throughout her career, she has worked with leading figures, media and art celebrities. Under her guidance, Mentor Arabia has expanded horizontally and vertically across the region, with bases in twelve different countries. It has also increased its network of strategic partners, now up to 90, and a roaster of experts, crossing the 100 benchmark. Additionally, she has built a solid team, attracted reputable board members and public figures; as well as raised millions of dollars through major programs and events reaching around 1.5M beneficiaries.
As a passionate supporter of youth empowerment and a strong believer in the value of art in addressing social and humanitarian issues, Thuraya has leveraged art and innovation in various regional initiatives such as the “Films and Songs Youth Empowerment Competition” and the “Youth Social Entrepreneurs Award” reaching more than 3M users. Furthermore, she was appointed as the Ambassador of “El Gouna Film Festival for Humanity” in 2018, head of Jury for the “Beirut International Women Film Festival”, and a Jury member in the United Nations’ global “Plural+ Youth Video Festival”. She is also a Board Member of Takreem Award and Egypt Entrepreneurs Award, and the first Arab to win the “Leading Practitioner Honor” award from the “European Union Society for Research”. Finally, Thuraya was selected as one of the top 25 women leaders across the globe to join the esteemed “Eisenhower Fellowship” advocating for world peace and prosperity.