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Farkhonda Hassan (born 1930) is a professor of Geology at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and is chair of the Commission on Human Development and Local Administration of the Shura Council.

Prof. Farkhonda Hassan has a B.Sc. in Geology and Chemistry from Cairo University, an M.Sc. in Solid State Science from the American University in Cairo, and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh (USA). She also holds a Diploma in Psychology and Education from Ain Shams University in Egypt.

Prof. Farkhonda is co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development and Secretary-General (2001) and Member of the National Council for Women in Egypt since 2000. As a scientist, politician and development specialist, her career has centered on women's causes in policies, public services, sciences, information and technology, social work at grass roots level, education and culture, and other disciplines. Her affiliations with national and international organizations, non-governmental organizations, research and knowledge institutions have been directed towards women's empowerment.

Prof. Farkhondahas served as a short-term consultant and expert to several international and regional programs organized by various UN Organizations such as UNIFEM, UNDP, INSTRAW and UNESCO.