Lena was the Minister of Labour and Social Development in the Sudan government post-revolution in 2019 until February 2021. She is a co-founder of Impact Hub Khartoum since 2015 and was recently appointed as a board member of the Impact Hub Association Board. In addition, Lena also established the CSR Department in DAL Group in 2009 and was the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Manager for Sayga/DAL Food until Aug 2014. Lena supported in winning international awards for Sayga/DAL Food; namely the CSR Arabia Awards (Dubai) in 2010 and UN/PSI Awards for social investment (Colombia) in 2013 and CSR Arabia again in 2013. She was the Sudan advisor for the UN Global Compact Office in New York and launched the Sudan network in 2008.
Lena holds an MA (ECON) in Development Studies from the University of Manchester and a BSC (Business Administration) from Ahfad University for Women (AUW). With over 20 years of work experience and having worked as a lecturer for Ahfad University for Women, senior programme officer for CARE International, followed by a short consultancy for the EU and then as the External Affairs Manager for the Shell Company of the Sudan Ltd.; she is a firm believer in the vast opportunities a partnership between the different stakeholders can bring and how that can contribute to the SDGs and creating the societal impact needed to bring about positive change. She has joined Ubuntu Lab Africa as a national coordinator since 2017 and is also a member of the Global Transformation Thinkers Network which focuses on democracy and good governance.