Leila Hessini

Leila Hessini

Steering Committee

Leila Hessini serves as the Vice President of Programs at Global Fund for Women and oversees its strategic grantmaking, movement-strengthening, global advocacy and funder collaborative efforts. She is a global feminist leader and social justice advocate with over 20 years of organizing and grantmaking experience promoting an intersectional lens to advancing human rights, gender equality, and economic and reproductive justice in the United States and globally. Leila worked with local activist groups in North Africa for over 13 years. Leila served on the senior leadership team of Ipas, co-founded a feminist consulting firm Strategic Analysis for Gender Equality (SAGE), and led the Ford Foundation Cairo office’s gender work. She is a receipient of the Ford Foundation’s Op-ed Public Voices Fellowship. Leila currently serves as Treasurer of Prospera’s Board of Directors, is Vice-Chair of the Center for Constitutional Rights board and serves on the board of the Highlander Center for Research and Training. Leila holds an MPH in public health and a MA in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, studied Islamic law in Morocco and pursued doctoral studies in sociology in France.