In mid-1999, Dawood joined the Open Society Foundation for South Africa as the Deputy Executive Director, and in June 2001, she was promoted to the position of Executive Director. She headed up the Open Society Institute [OSI] New York’s efforts in Indonesia as Country Director.
Dawood is involved internationally in the major issues related to human rights and international justice, social, economic, legal reform and the promotion of independent media.
She has a degree in African Government and Administration and a Master’s Degree in Economic History. She is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute.