Salem
Senior Resident Director, National Democratic Institute (NDI)
2019 Speaker • 2022 Speaker

Washinton, D.C.

Maggie Mitchell Salem is NDI's senior resident director in Tunisia. Maggie has more than 25 years of experience providing assistance to civil society organizations and other groups engaged in civic education; elections; political transitions; and human rights. As the regional director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at IFES, Maggie oversaw the implementation of various election-focused programs, including support to Iraqi parliamentarians debating electoral law reforms, skills training for poll workers in Jordan, and the development of a groundbreaking online election resource in Farsi.

During her 11 years serving as the founding executive director of Qatar Foundation International, Maggie partnered with major global media companies to produce civic education materials and launch online debate programs viewed by millions. In addition to her work with international development organizations, Ms. Salem served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in Mumbai and Tel Aviv, and as staff in the Executive Secretariat of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Maggie was a Fulbright Scholar in Syria while studying for her Masters in Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. She received a Bachelor's degree in political science and psychology from The Johns Hopkins University.