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Theme: Redefining Education

This event occurred on
April 9, 2012
10:00am - 7:30pm EET
(UTC +2hrs)
Cairo, C
Egypt

Although Egypt's educational system suffers from severe drawbacks, blaming the government and its educational policies will not take us forward. To be improved, education must be tackled through many different approaches besides formal education reform. We miss what is so-called "the learning culture". We teach children that formal education is what matters and that learning is only inclusive to it. Our culture promotes the idea that in order to get a job and make a living, one has to get a college degree and that's it. Learning is a very broad concept; one does not even have to go through school in order to learn and succeed. We cannot succeed in development and reform unless we redefine education to go beyond institutions.

Through our event, we bring in Egyptians with initiatives, success stories, and inspiring ideas that are capable of getting us started. The event will host students, university professors, researchers, educators, businessmen, authors and entrepreneurs who have a unique perspective on how redefine education.

The American University in Cairo
American University in Cairo, Helwan, Egypt
Cairo, C, 00000
Egypt
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Amr Mohamed

Amr is the regional winner of the YouTube Space Lab competition; the global science competition that challenges 14 to 18-year-olds to design a science experiment that can be performed in space. YouTube Space Lab received thousands of video submissions from more than 80 countries, with only Amr in the finalists hailing from the MENA region. Amr is the now the regional winner of Europe, Middle East and Africa. Given the unique challenge of designing an experiment that could actually be carried out in space -- something that has traditionally been the mission of qualified astronauts and scientists, winning the YouTube Space Lab competition is considered a life time achievement. Amr believes that no one is too young to be involved and encourages other young people to seize opportunities and take risks. He, also, is very passionate about science, technology and mathematics, and, believes that they are the ultimate tools that can be used to develop our country.

Reem Al-Olaby

Reem is currently a doctoral student at AUC who is receiving a Yousef Jameel doctoral fellowship since September 2010. Her PhD project is to develop a smart drug against Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) under the supervision of Professor Hassan Azzazy (AUC), Professor Rod Balhorn (SHALs Technologies inc.), Professor Brett Chromy (UC Davis) and Professor Shoshana Levy (Stanford University) and in collaboration with California Institute of Technology (Caltech), The Scripps Research Institute , NBCR (UC San Diego) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reem obtained her Bachelor degree in Pharmacy from Ain Shams University in 2007 followed by a Masters degree in Biotechnology from the AUC in 2010. She was awarded The Nadhmi Auchi Young Arab Leaders fellowship at AUC in 2008-2010. She also obtained several awards including being selected as the ideal student over all students in Ain Shams University (~200,000 students). While studying for her Masters at AUC, she was the second to receive the best presentation award in Novartis Biocamp Egypt 2009, and her team’s business plan was chosen as one of the top 3 business plans in Novartis International Biocamp held in Boston, USA. She coauthored several papers on the current technologies and clinical applications of molecular diagnostic assays of HCV. Reem is a mother of a three-year old daughter (Mariam) and a 1 month old son (Yousif).

Seif Abou Zaid

Seif Abou Zaid is a Political Strategist and Learning Consultant whose work focuses on building grassroots organizations that work on empowering people. He is currently the CEO of Nabadat Foundation; a non-profit that uses technology to improve education, increase political awareness and fight poverty. He is also a co-founder of Protect Your Voice (احمى صوتك); a voting bloc that aims at protecting the basic rights of Egyptians and has been holding several leading positions within big political movements such as Masrena. In addition to his professional and political capacities, Seif writes frequently for different papers and publications. He is also a certified trainer, speaker and learning facilitator with a portfolio of more than 1000 speeches, talks and trainings done in more than 7 countries. Abou Zaid is 27 years old and graduated with a degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, in which he was the President of the Student Union during the academic year 06-07.

Hesham Wahby

Hesham Wahby is Co-Founder and CEO of Innoventures. Based in Cairo, he is responsible for the company's strategy and organization, creating and maintaining partnerships, access to potential ventures, and coaching entrepreneurs. In addition, Hesham is also Principal, Egypt & Middle East for Mercator XXI, a professional services firm helping clients engage the global economy. He represents Mercator XXI in the Middle East, and supports a platform for the firm’s programs in the region. Hesham has a background of 10 years in the technology industry, as well as experience with entrepreneurial ventures. At Human Network Labs, he took part in developing a market entry strategy, and seeking strategic partners, for a novel wireless location technology. AtScenario Design Services, he provided consulting services for clients in the semiconductor industry. His earlier career also includes 5 years with Mentor Graphics as a Software Development Engineer. Hesham has also been involved since 2002 in economic development initiatives in Egypt and the Arab region through his affiliation with theIEEE activities in the Middle East, as well as the Global Entrepreneurship Week. In 2004, he acted as Chairman for the Egyptian Engineering Day, and has since served in a marketing and public relations capacity for the annual event and its related programs, which promote entrepreneurship and industrial development in the region. In 2009, he also started the BusinessNEXUS, a platform for business matchmaking for start-ups and SMEs. Hesham obtained an MBA from the Wharton School in 2009, with a major in Entrepreneurial and Strategic Management, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Cairo University.

Amr El-Fass

Amr is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker and a former senior executive in multinationals in the Middle East. In 1993 he started his career in sales with Janssen Pharmaceutica which is a leading European company subsidiary, At the time of Janssen merged with Cilag to form Janssen-Cilag, Amr survived the acquisition and was promoted to the business development department, marketing then general management. In 2001 Amr joined Abbott as a franchise manager to establish their operation business in Egypt. In April 2006 he was heading the sales and marketing team as pharma division manager leading a team of seniors, middle and junior's managers to achieve corporate goals. He grabbed extensive hands-on experience in virtually every stage of business with multinational approaches, large array of innovative business solutions due to work experience in various countries and segments. Along his practical journey Amr completed his MBA studies, major marketing in 2002 at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, Advanced Management Institute where he worked as teaching assistant as well. Currently, Amr is the founder and CEO of ZAD group.

Amr Mohamed

Amr is the regional winner of the YouTube Space Lab competition; the global science competition that challenges 14 to 18-year-olds to design a science experiment that can be performed in space. YouTube Space Lab received thousands of video submissions from more than 80 countries, with only Amr in the finalists hailing from the MENA region. Amr is the now the regional winner of Europe, Middle East and Africa. Given the unique challenge of designing an experiment that could actually be carried out in space -- something that has traditionally been the mission of qualified astronauts and scientists, winning the YouTube Space Lab competition is considered a life time achievement. Amr believes that no one is too young to be involved and encourages other young people to seize opportunities and take risks. He, also, is very passionate about science, technology and mathematics, and, believes that they are the ultimate tools that can be used to develop our country.

Reem Al-Olaby

Reem is currently a doctoral student at AUC who is receiving a Yousef Jameel doctoral fellowship since September 2010. Her PhD project is to develop a smart drug against Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) under the supervision of Professor Hassan Azzazy (AUC), Professor Rod Balhorn (SHALs Technologies inc.), Professor Brett Chromy (UC Davis) and Professor Shoshana Levy (Stanford University) and in collaboration with California Institute of Technology (Caltech), The Scripps Research Institute , NBCR (UC San Diego) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reem obtained her Bachelor degree in Pharmacy from Ain Shams University in 2007 followed by a Masters degree in Biotechnology from the AUC in 2010. She was awarded The Nadhmi Auchi Young Arab Leaders fellowship at AUC in 2008-2010. She also obtained several awards including being selected as the ideal student over all students in Ain Shams University (~200,000 students). While studying for her Masters at AUC, she was the second to receive the best presentation award in Novartis Biocamp Egypt 2009, and her team’s business plan was chosen as one of the top 3 business plans in Novartis International Biocamp held in Boston, USA. She coauthored several papers on the current technologies and clinical applications of molecular diagnostic assays of HCV. Reem is a mother of a three-year old daughter (Mariam) and a 1 month old son (Yousif)

Seif Abou Zaid

Seif Abou Zaid is a Political Strategist and Learning Consultant whose work focuses on building grassroots organizations that work on empowering people. He is currently the CEO of Nabadat Foundation; a non-profit that uses technology to improve education, increase political awareness and fight poverty. He is also a co-founder of Protect Your Voice (احمى صوتك); a voting bloc that aims at protecting the basic rights of Egyptians and has been holding several leading positions within big political movements such as Masrena. In addition to his professional and political capacities, Seif writes frequently for different papers and publications. He is also a certified trainer, speaker and learning facilitator with a portfolio of more than 1000 speeches, talks and trainings done in more than 7 countries. Abou Zaid is 27 years old and graduated with a degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, in which he was the President of the Student Union during the academic year 06-07.

Hesham Wahby

Hesham Wahby is Co-Founder and CEO of Innoventures. Based in Cairo, he is responsible for the company's strategy and organization, creating and maintaining partnerships, access to potential ventures, and coaching entrepreneurs. In addition, Hesham is also Principal, Egypt & Middle East for Mercator XXI, a professional services firm helping clients engage the global economy. He represents Mercator XXI in the Middle East, and supports a platform for the firm’s programs in the region. Hesham has a background of 10 years in the technology industry, as well as experience with entrepreneurial ventures. At Human Network Labs, he took part in developing a market entry strategy, and seeking strategic partners, for a novel wireless location technology. AtScenario Design Services, he provided consulting services for clients in the semiconductor industry. His earlier career also includes 5 years with Mentor Graphics as a Software Development Engineer. Hesham has also been involved since 2002 in economic development initiatives in Egypt and the Arab region through his affiliation with theIEEE activities in the Middle East, as well as the Global Entrepreneurship Week. In 2004, he acted as Chairman for the Egyptian Engineering Day, and has since served in a marketing and public relations capacity for the annual event and its related programs, which promote entrepreneurship and industrial development in the region. In 2009, he also started the BusinessNEXUS, a platform for business matchmaking for start-ups and SMEs. Hesham obtained an MBA from the Wharton School in 2009, with a major in Entrepreneurial and Strategic Management, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Cairo University.

Amr El-Fass

Amr is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker and a former senior executive in multinationals in the Middle East. In 1993 he started his career in sales with Janssen Pharmaceutica which is a leading European company subsidiary, At the time of Janssen merged with Cilag to form Janssen-Cilag, Amr survived the acquisition and was promoted to the business development department, marketing then general management. In 2001 Amr joined Abbott as a franchise manager to establish their operation business in Egypt. In April 2006 he was heading the sales and marketing team as pharma division manager leading a team of seniors, middle and junior's managers to achieve corporate goals. He grabbed extensive hands-on experience in virtually every stage of business with multinational approaches, large array of innovative business solutions due to work experience in various countries and segments. Along his practical journey Amr completed his MBA studies, major marketing in 2002 at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, Advanced Management Institute where he worked as teaching assistant as well. Currently, Amr is the founder and CEO of ZAD group.

Raghda El-Ebrashi

Dr. Raghda El Ebrashi is currently a lecturer of Strategic Management at the German University in Cairo (GUC). She earned her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration in 2004 from the American University in Cairo (AUC), and acquired her Master Degree in Professional Development from the AUC as well in 2006. She acquired her PhD in Strategic Management from the GUC, and wrote her PhD thesis on Social Entrepreneurship. Raghda is currently working on national and international researches related to economic and social development. She first founded the Alashanek ya Balady student club at the American University in Cairo in 2002, and she was able to expand it to Ain Shams and Cairo Universities in 2003 and 2004. Raghda later founded Alashanek ya Balady Association for Sustainable Development (AYB-SD) as a registered NGO in 2005. Raghda received numerous local and international awards for her community development efforts. In October 2007, Raghda was awarded from World Business Magazine (London) and Shell International the award of “35 under 35” for being one of the 35 influential international social entrepreneurs under the age of 35. Raghda is a professional trainer and consultant in the field of social entrepreneurship, and strategic management and financial sustainability for NGOs and social enterprises. She participated in international and local conferences related to entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, as well as shared in the design of national policies related to poverty reduction and social justice.

Karim Saleh

Karim is a researcher interested in fields of economy, politics and education who worked in various projects related to those fields. He is the coordinator of the Student Ambassador Program at AUC and likes to dedicate time to help with general matters that relate to student life and culture. Although Karim isn't a researcher in the field of Education, most of his work at AUC involves training, teaching, and mentoring students. Karim believes in the creativity of delivering education and new methods of learning, a “humble” activist as he likes to call himself. He does a lot of social work with several NGO’s. Karim is a graduate of London School of Economics and is currently doing his graduate studies in the field of international economics. Karim can be best described as dynamic, passionate and enthusiastic.

Ahmed El-Shahawy

Ahmed is responsible for solution architecture and technical sales activities in IBM. He graduated from the Faculty of Computers and Information (FCI) Cairo University June 2005. Ahmed co-founded Andalus Community in FCI that performed social and educational activities; he also co-founded CSMath Scientific Group, and established scientific workshops and computer science courses. Ahmed is the founder of Hayah community which gave birth to the project of Information Technology Renaissance in Egypt, through which he started educating children from age of 10 to 14 years old, and performed advanced technical education for FCI Students. To extend the Information Technology Renaissance project outside university, he founded Life Voice Association for development (LVAD) at 2009. LVAD, having Ahmed as its vice president, trained hundreds of children in the age of 7 years old and also university students and established a genuine educational curriculum that has been distributed in some schools in the US.

Azza Faiad

Azza is the "EFDA-JET" prize winner in the 23rd European Union Contest for Young Scientists; an initiative from the European Commission that was set up to promote the ideals of co-operation and interchange between young scientists between 14-21 years old. The Contest is the annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievements in which she was nominated to for her environmental project on producing hydrocarbon fuel by catalytic cracking of plastic waste utilizing a new cheaper type of catalyst. Provided the distinct opportunity to compete with the best European students in the first time participation of Egypt in the EU contest and discussing her science project with some of the most prominent scientists in Europe is what she calls the BIGGEST LIFE LESSON. A lesson that made Azza a different girl, someone who dares to dream BIG, fights for what she believes in, pursues her goals and shows her passion. After participating in the science fair, if someone comes to Azza and says there was never something called wonderland, she'll hold a smile on her face and say out loud" “Never say never!”.

Hend Hammam

Hend's lifetime passion is writing poetry. Hend's poetry and community service activities focus on reflecting the everyday sufferings of the Egyptian people. With her distinguished style and ability to express complex political interactions in clear simple words, she has become one of the youngest poetry performers in the Cairo area and has been invited to participate in international poetry festivals twice; the first time was at the international poetry festival in Berlin, "Poesiefestival Berlin", in April 2011, and the second time was at the international poetry festival in Dresdner, "Poesiefestival Bardinale", in June 2011. Hend's style is inspired by the great role model, the famous poet and lyricist, Salah Jahin. She writes poems about politics, education, and economy, religious and social abuse. Hend is currently working as an administrative assistant at Bavarian Auto Group.

Mohamed Mamdouh

Mohamed is an electrical engineer who was born, raised and currently living in Cairo. He got his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering in 2008 from the Faculty of Engineering, Helwan University, Department of Electrical Power and Machines. Mohamed joined ABB Egypt October 2008 till October 2011 as a Technical Support, Technical Trainer and Service Engineer for Power Electronics and Drives, with specialization on Motion Control. During this period he participated in several projects inside and outside Egypt. Moreover, he conducted technical trainings to several multinational companies. Mohamed is the founder of the Engineering Support Society (ESS) association On January 2012, Mohamed joined The American University in Cairo, School of Science and Engineering as the first official Science Communicator in Egypt. His message is to simplify different fields of science in addition to creating public engagement strategy with scientists and engineers. His aim is to erase scientific illiteracy from the Egyptian society through outreaching and creating educational revolutionary activities inspired by Arvind Gupta and Sir Ken Robinson, which will lead to establishing the foundations of a Decision Maker Society. Mohamed’s main catalyst is his passion for creating a change through defined strategies and methodologies that suites the Egyptian culture and economic states. He believes that these strategies and methodologies will take Egypt to its place in the new flat world if only we focused on what our value add to the whole world not to ourselves.

Organizing team

Amr
Ashraf

Cairo, Egypt
Organizer
  • Hagar Omar
    Co-Founder