Manal is a Free Open Source Software advocate; her main interest is adapting and delivering technology to non-techies and training them to use it on their own. She has extensive experience in facilitation, community building, and working on web technologies and new media with NGOs, human rights activists, and children. She co-founded the Egyptian GNU/Linux Users Group (EGLUG) in 2004, the Arab Techies Collective in 2008, and Open Egypt in 2013. Throughout her efforts in building Egyptian and Arab tech communities, she was always concerned with women’s participation in the technology field and has actively worked on how to create environments, communities, and spaces that are safe and welcoming to women.
She co-founded Motoon in 2013 and served as its Executive Director for 7 years, in which she acquired a lot of experience in organization management and operation processes. Pursuing her passion for training and community building, she now works as Motoon's Program Development Officer.