Laila Iskandar

Laila Iskandar

Co-Founder CID CONSULTING and Former Minister of State in the Government of Egypt

Laila Iskandar

Laila Iskandar was the Minister of State for Urban Renewal and Informal Settlements in Egypt from July 2014-September 2015. Before that, she served as Minister of State for Environmental Affairs in the two cabinets following the June 30th Revolution.  Before holding public office, she was a leading civil society member both nationally and internationally, working with youth, women, and children in livelihood programs in informal urban settlements and deprived villages in Upper Egypt.  She was Chairperson of CID Consulting from 1995 - 2013, which was awarded the "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" award in 2006 at the World Economic Forum by the Schwab Foundation for the sustainable recycling school established in partnership with Unesco.  

She studied economics, political science at Cairo University, Near Eastern studies, and international education development at UC Berkeley (Masters of Arts in Teaching), California and Columbia University, N.Y (Doctorate in International Education Development).  Her international assignments have included serving as a jury to UNESCO’s International Literacy Prize, acting as Unesco’sResource Person for the Arab region since 2005 on the United Nations Literacy Decade - UNLD - and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Decade, and served as Canadian CIDA’s Education Advisor in Egypt.

She worked with the garbage collectors of Cairo for over 35 years, focusing on the informal waste sector, building on recycling SME's and value chain analysis. Her work links up to global networks of recycling organizations and informal settlements.