Bio

Mona Hamdy is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow in Applied Ethics. A native of Egypt and the United States, her research examines modern morality for the 21st century—one based on common values of meaning, story, and holistic existence in our hyperconnected machine age.

Prior to co-founding the Al Baydha Society and Development Corporation in Saudi Arabia in 2009, Mona served as the Executive Director of the Mosaic Foundation. Comprised of the spouses of the Arab ambassadors posted to Washington, DC, Mosaic was dedicated to improving the lives of women and children around the world and increasing cross-cultural understanding between the peoples of the Arab World and the United States. She was the Director of Development of the Arab American Institute, and served as the Director of the Middle East Text Initiative and Islamic Translation Series at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. 

Mona's active board memberships focus on technology, education, and culture in social development and poverty eradication. They include: Global Blockchain Business Council, XPrize AI for Good, Bretton Woods Committee, World Bank SDG1 Special Council, UN Global Council on Poverty Eradication, Center for Democracy and Technology, and the Harvard 3D: Women in Defense, Diplomacy and Development.

She holds a Special Jesuit Liberal Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Scranton, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Art History from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Arts in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.

She is currently found studying the cello and photography.