Azza is Professor of Religion & Development at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Previous positions have been with International Institute for Democracy & Electoral Assistance (Stockholm), Queens University (Belfast), UNDP and UNFPA (New York).
Her books include Religion and Development Post 2015 (2014; UNFPA); Religion, Development and the United Nations (NY: SSRC; 2012), Transnational Political Islam (Pluto; 2004), Women in Parliament: Beyond Numbers (IIDEA; 2004); A Woman’s Place: Religious Women as Public Actors (WCRP; 2002); and Women, Islamisms and the State: Contemporary Feminisms in Egypt (Macmillan/Palgrave; 1998).
Azza founded the first Global Women of Faith Network while also advising on inter-faith development work in Muslim-majority countries. During this time, she served also as President of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations.
In 2019, Azza was appointed Secretary-General of Religions for Peace, at its 10th World Assembly.