Francesca Ciriaci-Sawalha

Francesca Ciriaci-Sawalha

Country Director
Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Civil Society, Gender Equality & Inclusion, Youth

Francesca is the country director of IREX’s Jordan office. Concurrent with this position, she is program director of two MEPI-funded programs: the Regional Assistance Program (RAP)—rapid-response mechanism to provide grants and technical assistance to organizations across the Middle East and North Africa—and the Social Media | Social Action for Good Governance program.

Prior to holding this position, Francesca was Chief of Party of IREX’s Jordan Media Strengthening Program, funded by USAID. She started her professional life as a journalist, and it was on assignment that she moved from Florence, Italy, to Amman. She also worked for the EU Delegation to Jordan and headed the international media department at the Office of King Abdullah II of Jordan.