Barbara Lethem Ibrahim was founding director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement (2006-2014) at the American University in Cairo, and is currently Advisor to the President, AUC. She holds a B.A. from DePauw University, M.A. degree from The American University of Beirut, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University. She served as Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa of the Population Council from 1990 to 2005 and Program Officer at the Ford Foundation (1981-1989). Her publications address philanthropy in the Arab region, challenges to global higher education, youth activism in Egypt, and the closing space for civil society in the Arab transitions. Her most recent book is published by AUC Press, Family Legacies: Wealth and Philanthropy in the Arab World (in Arabic and English, 2017). In April of 2017, she was the lead organizer of a regional conference on Managing Diversity in the Middle East, which will result in a forthcoming edited volume. She serves on the Board of Directors of Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.