Meet Our Team
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.She has been working in urban development since 2001. She participated in the Rehabilitation Project of the Old City of Aleppo where she was head of the planning section.
She had a vital role in activating Aleppo’s Urban Observatory while she led its Directorate within Aleppo City Council. She also established the “Aleppo a Child Friendly City“initiative as part of the development strategy of Aleppo (Madinatouna).
She also worked as program manager with Syria Trust for Development (citizenship for children and rural development), where her ability to work with a multitude of different social groups and encourage them to work together and participate in community development was vital to achieving successful outcomes.
She is a firm believer in the importance of cooperation between NGOs and private and public sectors. She has volunteered with and helped establish several local NGOs since 1997 and succeed in initiating cooperation projects between the Aleppo City Council and local NGOs and in leading an urban development intervention project between two areas.
Her work was one of the first to introduce the concept of NGO led urban development in Syria.
Recently she was awarded the Livia Foundation Award in recognition for her extensive work to promote peace at time of conflict.