loujainLoujaina Abdelwahed is a third year economics PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She obtained her BA and MA in economics from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Prior to starting her PhD, Abdelwahed was an Economist in the Macro Fiscal Policy Unit at the Egyptian Ministry of Finance.

Abdelwahed grew up in Cairo, where she has been involved in community service activities. She was mostly involved in charity and development work for the vulnerable groups of the society.