Maryum Saifee

Visiting Senior Fellow
Maryum Saifee

Maryum Saifee is a policymaker and human rights advocate. Most recently, she was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow based at the Human Rights Foundation. As a Foreign Service Officer, she served overseas in Baghdad, Erbil, Cairo, Alexandria, and Lahore, as well as domestic assignments in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues and the Secretary's Office of Religion and Global Affairs.

Saifee was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan and an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Seattle working with South Asian and Muslim immigrant survivors of domestic violence. She was a consultant at the United Nations Development Program Regional Bureau of Arab States, Ford Foundation, Women Deliver, and Acumen Fund.

Saifee is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is a 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar and serves on the advisory boards of the Athena Leadership Project, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security's New York chapter, Too Young to Wed, Sahiyo, and the Center for Women, Faith, and Leadership.