Ebba Augustin, a Political and Social Scientist, is CEO of the Amman based SAANED for Philanthropy Advisory in the Arab region. Her engagement in the Middle East started in the late 80s with her PhD research in the region. For eight years she managed poverty alleviation, gender and youth employment projects and programs for the German Agency for Technical Cooperation GIZ in the Middle East, Europe and Africa and later provided consultancy services for international and national organizations in the Balkans, Asia, Europe and the Maghreb. From 2001 to 2015 resident of Amman-Jordan she has worked with public, private and development institutions on strategic planning processes and policy development primarily in the water sector and employment promotion. Ms. Augustin has served as board member, provided voluntary and mentoring services to Arab philanthropic and civil society organizations. SAANED is member of several worldwide and regional networks, including World-wide Initiative for Grantmakers Support (WINGS), and the founder of the Arab Foundation Forum.