Previously the Executive Director of (Sir) Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation and before a political advisor to the Chairman of the Information & Decision Support Centre of, Egyptian Cabinet. Previously held the position of the Director General of “Egypt’s International Economic Forum” and before worked as Assistant General Manager at “Egypt Iran Development Bank”. Holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science, started her career as a diplomat with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs followed by the League of Arab States. Lectured at both the Diplomatic Institute,Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Banking Institute,Central Bank of Egypt.
Hassouna, who writes regularly on public affairs, is the Vice – Chair of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs & the Treasurer of the Egyptian Pugwash Society. She is a member of the Executive Council of the “Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs” that won the Nobel Prize in 1995.A member of Global Women, USA and 1000 Women for Peace, Switzerland. She is a member of the Consultative Board of the “Arab Thought Foundation”, Beirut, Lebanon.
She is the Founder & Chairperson of “Enlightened Egypt Foundation” which promotes the values of citizenship and gender equal rights, a founding member of the “Think Tank for Arab Women”and the “Forum for Arab Citizenship in Transition Democracies
In 2014, Hassouna was named on the annual list of the renowned Arabian Business & CEO Middle East magazine as one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women”.
Last publication: A contributor to the book “In the Wake of the Arab Spring – Conflict and Cooperation in the Middle East”, Sverre Lodgaard (Editor), publisher Scandinavian Academic Press, Norway, September 2013