Mrs. Zeina Adra, holder of Social Sciences degree in Marketing/Management from the Lebanese American University (formerly known as Beirut University College), has over 18 years of practical, management and research experience. As a Partner and Executive Director for Information International, Ms. Adra leads the Beirut-based research and consultancy firm in survey research, database collection and analysis of projects for the Arab World and the Near East in the areas of health, education, agriculture, infrastructure facilities and demographic and socio-economic studies (including project evaluation and impact assessment).
In addition to working with Information International, Mrs. Adra is Founder and Program Director of the Social and Cultural Development Association (INMA), a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was established in 1997 and services clusters of villages and specific neighborhoods throughout Lebanon. For INMA, Mrs. Adra directs national, sustainable projects in tourism and agriculture that focus on health, education, environment, cultural and income generating activities.
Prior to 1995, Mrs. Adra worked for 8 years with Save The Children Federation (USA), where she occupied many supervisory and administrative positions. She became a food coordinator responsible for a $16 million USAID funded Food for Peace Program, supervising shipping, warehousing, transporting and disbursing 2,000 metric tons of commodities on annual basis. Her promotions led her to a Finance/Administration and External Relations managerial position. At the same time, she was appointed as Acting Field Office Director for Save the Children Federation (USA) in Lebanon.
Mrs. Adra has significant experience working on international development and donor-funded projects, through which she has conducted needs assessment, reviews of literature, qualitative and quantitative studies, structured questionnaires for surveys based on random sampling, field visits, training and supervising of field surveyors, analysis of data and preparation of reports. She has also established and maintained close contacts with international donors, NGOs and UN agencies, local banks, financial institutions, auditors and Government of Lebanon ministries and local municipalities, which provide her with the ability to coordinate and meet with key stakeholders and city officials throughout Lebanon.
During her professional years, Mrs. Adra has assisted in a variety of workshops and seminars organized by major NGOs in Ethiopia, Egypt, USA and Jordan covering management and strategic planning, compliance methods, budgeting, credit finance, as well as gender issues.