Najwa joined NACTO in 2019 as a Program Manager for the Global Designing Cities Initiative, a multi-year program that works with cities around the world to promote safe, equitable and sustainable public space and street design. She primarily contributes to the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) efforts in São Paulo, Brazil, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Najwa brings over 8 years of experience in conceptualizing and developing a diverse range of architecture, urban design and transportation planning projects. Prior to NACTO, she worked as an Urban Planner & Designer for Arup in NYC, the World Bank Urban Development teams in Palestine and Bangladesh, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Lebanon. She has a particular interest in the effects of forced displacement, participatory-planning processes and how to create well-connected, active, community-led spaces.
Najwa received her Master of Urban Planning degree from New York University where she was awarded the Wagner Public Service Scholarship and selected as a University Transportation Research Graduate Scholar. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia.