Nada Elattar

Nada Elattar

Vice Chair / Secretary
Early Childhood Development Specialist - Emergencies

Nada Elattar serves as the Team Lead - Early Childhood Development - UNICEF, Uganda.  As former Early Childhood Development (ECD) Specialist at UNICEF, Headquarters in New York, she focused on ECD in emergency contexts globally. Nada has also served as former Senior Director of Educational Programs, International Social Impact at Sesame Workshop. With a background in education, public health and communications, Nada has lead teams that develop and implement large scale early childhood initiatives that span across the globe.

In addition to her roles at UNICEF and Sesame Workshop, Nada has worked for a number of prestigious international organizations. Namely, as a communication and research advisor at the UN World Health Organization’s - Mediterranean Center for Disaster Risk Reduction in Tunis, Tunisia. While in Tunisia, Nada also served as an English Language Instructor for the America Middle East Education and Training Services Inc. (AMIDEAST) and as a writer/editor for the local UNICEF office in Tunis. Other positions include Communications Advisor in Cairo, Egypt for the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Communication Program’s - Communication for Healthy Living project, and Communications Officer for the UN’s World Food Programme. Nada has also worked for various higher education organizations including the University of California – San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University and the American University in Cairo.

Nada holds a Bachelors of Science in Health Education from San Francisco State University and a Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University-Blomberg School of Public Health. Nada speaks English and Arabic fluently and has basic knowledge of French and Spanish. Nada’s interests include Early Childhood Development, Public Health, Peace Building and Social Cohesion and hobbies include hiking, biking, soccer, volleyball, creative writing, drawing and walking her dog.

Ms. Ellatar’s support staff is Aditi Shrikhande,


  1. Elattar, N., & Murphy, K. M. (2017). Early learning and nurturing care for children displaced by conflict and persecution. Early Childhood Matters, Bernard Van Leer Foundation. (126), 29-31. 
  2. Elattar, N. (2016). Empowering Girls and Boys to be Life-Long Learners: Gender Equity Lessons from Sesame Street Programs in Egypt and Palestine. In The Sesame Effect: The global impact of the longest street in the world (C. F. Cole & J. H. Lee, Eds.). 135-153.
  3. Sesame Street & International Rescue Committee. (2017). Early learning and nurturing care for children displaced by conflict and persecutionBringing invaluable early learning, laughter, and hope to millions of refugee children.  
  4. Sesame Workshop & Metlife Foundation (2016). Dream, Save, Do: A global initiative from Sesame Workshop and MetLife Foundation
  5. MBI Foundation. (2015). Sesame Workshop Arabic literacy conference: Executive summary of meeting results
  6. Kwauk, C., Petrova, D., & Robinson, J. P. (2016). Sesame Street combining education and education and entertainment to bring early childhood education to children around the world. Washington D.C.: Brookings.
  7. Widmer, J., Forum on Investing in Youth Children Globally, Board of Global Health et al. (2016). Examples of tools for reducing violence and promoting citizenship engagement and peace (pp. 39-48). In National Academy of Sciences Investing in young children for peaceful societies: Proceedings of a joint workshop. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press. 

News articles / Blogs

  1. aPolitical. (2018). Could Muppets change the lives of refugee children in the Middle East?
  2. Elattar, N., & Murphy, K. M. (2017). A street for all: Connecting with the community. MacArthur Foundation. 
  3. Elattar, N., & Murphy, K. M. (2017). Lessons learned from community engagement. MacArthur Foundation. 
  4. Justmeans. (2017). In Collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Community Development, Metlife Foundation and Sesame Workshop Launch “Dream, Save, Do: Financial empowerment for families
  5. Reuters. (2017).  YOUR MONEY-Sesame Street goes global to teach kids about money
  6. Elattar, N., & Moskowitz, A. (2017).  Sesame Street Muppets take on financial empowerment: How Sesame Workshop’s “Dream, Save, Do” program helps children and families build a better future. CGAP – The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor - Micro Finance Gateway
  7. Elattar, N., & Moskowitz, A. (2017). عرائس سمسم والتمكين المالي. CGAP – The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor - Micro Finance Gateway
  8. Dispatch Live News. (2016). Sesame Workshop to provide resources to promote healthy living
  9. Health 24. (2016). Takalani Sesame: New project to combat child mortality
  10. Health-E News. (2016). South African Health News Service: Play used to boost kids’ learning skills
  11. ShowMe, East London. (2016). New Takalani Sesame initiative that develops children’s skills through play launches in one of South Africa’s lowest educationally resourced provinces
  12. Sesame Workshop. (2015). Dream, Save, Do: Financial empowerment for families


  1. Health Matters. Radio interview with Nada Elattar: Takalani Sesame in South Africa


  1. Child Youth Finance International Summit. Act for Impact, CYFI International Summit, Bucharest, Romania
  2. Early Childhood Matters. (2017) (Journal)
  3. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health:  MPH Capstone Projects (Nada Elattar)
  4. MacAurthur Foundation $100 Million award recipient: Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee
  5. San Francisco State University class notes: Nada ElattarSesame Workshop refugee response
  6. United Nations, World Humanitarian Summit – Side event
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