Nihal El-Megharbel is currently the Urban Policies, Governance and Legislation Program Manager, UNHABITAT, Egypt program. Dr. El-Megharbel was the Vice Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, for Monitoring. El-Megharbel was also the Senior Assistant to the Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform for Economic Affairs. During the period 2014-2016, she led a group of more than 200 experts, academicians, representatives of civil society and private sector, and government officials to develop the “Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030”, considered as the long term strategy for Egypt aligning national objectives to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dr. El-Megharbel is also responsible for implementing a comprehensive agenda for reforming the planning and monitoring system including developing a new planning law, improving public investment management, enhancing the institutional setup for result based management, inclusive planning, and monitoring and evaluation system. She is also deeply involved in developing a capacity building strategy for planning units within the Ministry and in line Ministries.
Before joining the Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, Dr. El-Megharbel was an Expert, at the Arab Planning Institute (API) in Kuwait. Before joining API, she was the director of the Local Administration Reform Unit, Ministry of State for Local Development. She was a member of the Euro- Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM). Previously, she was the head of the economic affairs unit, Decentralization Support Unit, Ministry of State for Local Development. Dr. El-Megharbel was also Principal Economist in the technical office of the Minister of Trade and Industry. Before joining the Ministry of Trade and Industry, she was a Principal Economist at the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies (ECES). She was also the Studies and Policy Support Unit Manager at the Industrial Modernization Center (IMC).
Dr. El-Megharbel developed and implemented several training programs on measuring poverty, women in development, investment policies, budgeting and planning, among other training programs presented in several Arab countries including Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, Tunisia, and Lebanon. Dr. El-Megharbel has authored several publications on topics including local economic development, competitiveness, labor market policies, industrial policy, distribution services, housing sector policies, corporate social responsibility, public and private investment in Egypt, SME financing, and rules of origin in trade agreements. She produced the report of ARLEM Commission for Economic, Social and Territorial Affairs (ECOTER) on “Technical Education and Vocational Training in the Mediterranean.” Dr. El-Megharbel co-authored Egypt’s National Action Plan for Youth Employment, and contributed to the last three issues of the Egypt Competitiveness Report. El-Megharbel is a board member of the National Planning Institute (INP), the Tourism Development Authority, the General Organization for Physical Planning, and Egyptair Holding Company. She is also a founding member and a member of the board of trustees of the Egyptian Network for Integrated Development (ENID), a civil society organization working in developing Upper Egypt governorates. She was also a research associate of the economic research forum (ERF).
Dr. El-Megharbel carried out several consultancy commissioned by international organizations, among which the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the International Labor Organization, the United Nations Industrial Organization, and the UNHABITAT. Dr. El-Megharbel was a lecturer at Cairo University teaching History of Economic Thought and the French University teaching Microeconomics. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from Cairo University and her Master’s Degree in the American University in Cairo.