Professor Rafea founded the Human Foundation in 2011. She is a professor of Anthropology at Ain Shams University, Womens College. She makes use of anthropological perspectives for understanding issues related to religion, politics and culture. She wrote and edited books, that were published in India, Japan, Morocco, Canada, and USA. She worked as an expert for an Arab League Project that aimed at empowering Arab Youth. She is active in several Egyptian NGOs. She is a co-founder of the womens group at the Egyptian Society for Spiritual and Cultural Research. Prof. Rafea wrote tens of opinion pieces in Egyptian Newspapers. In 2002 she was a visiting professor at Randolph-Macon Women College. She is a member in various academic societies. She joined the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW) in 2011, and traveled with them to different parts of the world, and joined the Spirit of Humanity Forum gathering in Iceland in April 2014.
Dr. Maya Morsy
President, The National Council for Women in Egypt
Dr. Maya Morsi took office as President of Egypt?s National Council for Women (NCW) on 1 February 2016. Upon re-formation of the NCW on 19 January 2016, members of the council elected her to serve as the third president of the NCW since it was established in 2000. The NCW is the highest national machinery entrusted with formulating and monitoring national plans for the advancement of women in Egypt, and providing policy options and advice in all fields related to the development and empowerment of women to enable them to play their rightful and essential roles in society and integrate their efforts in comprehensive national development programs. Prior to joining the NCW, Maya Morsi had served, since 2013, As Regional Advisor on Gender Policies and Programmes in the United Nations Development Programme?s (UNDP) Regional Centre for Arab States in Cairo. She was responsible for providing policy advice and technical support for women?s empowerment and gender mainstreaming in planning and public budgets, as well as the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of regional and national strategies and plans for the advancement of women acrossthe Arab region. Maya Morsi?s career spans more than twenty years of dedicated service to the advancement of women and defending their fundamental rights. She served as Head of the Egypt Country Office of the United Nations Fund For Women ? UNIFEM (2000-2013); UNIFEM Project Coordinator (1999-2000); Consultant for the Girls Education and Empowerment Project of the Ministry of Education in Egypt (1998-1999); and Project Officer in the Sustainable Human Development Platform for Action and Monitoring, implemented by UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Administration in Egypt (1995-1998). Prior to that she served as Academic Facilitator in the Public Administration and Communication Joint Program between City University of Seattle and the Arab Academy of Science and Technology of the League of Arab States (1997-1998). In 2008, Maya Morsi received a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a focus on the human security of Arab women from the Institute of Arab Studies and Research of the League of Arab States. She completed two Master?s degrees at the City University of Seattle, USA, in Business Administration (1998) and Public Administration (1997), after receiving a Bachelor?s of Arts degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (1995), with a minor in Mass Communication (Journalism).
Prof. Dr. Adel El-Beltagy
International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC)
Prof. Dr. Adel El-Beltagy is currently Chair of the International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC), Professor, Arid Land Agricultural Graduate Studies & Research Institute (ALARI), Ain Shams University, Egypt. Board member, the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Chair, the Food and Agricultural Research Council, Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology. Former Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, President of the Governing Board of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), Member of the Advisory Board of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Prof. El-Beltagy has also served as Vice Chair/Member of the board, the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) (2007-2011), Member, the CGIAR change steering team (2007-2008), Council member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) (2006- 2011), Chair, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) (2006-2010), Member, the FAO High-Level Committee addressing the implementation of the UN millennium development goals (MDGs) (2006-2011), Board Member, the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Board (2004-2005), Director General, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) (1995-2006), He is Foreign member of national Academy of sciences, 1999, Russia & Georgia, 2001, Kyrgyzstan, 2002, Tajikistan, 2004, Azerbaijan, 2006, Kazakhstan. Chairman, the Scientific/Technical Council of the Int?l Sahara and Sahel Observatory (SSO) (1993-2002). He received numerous honors and awards including: 2015, Golden Medal of CIHEAM, 2014, Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit, (France) in recognition to his efforts in the Int?l Agriculture Development, particularly in the Mediterranean countries, 2009, The Sultan Qaboos ?First Class? Order for Culture, Sciences and Arts for his contribution to the development of agriculture in the dry areas, 2005, Al-Istiklal Medal by His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of Jordan, 1993, Fellow of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, U.K., and 1982, Golden Pen of the International Society for Horticultural Science.He has authored/co-authored more than 180 scientific publications. Website:
MP Dr. Marianne A. Azer
Member of Parliament, International Parliament for Tolerance & Peace (IPTP)
Doctor Engineer Marianne Amir Azer is a member of the Egyptian Parliament, Member of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace (IPTP), Chair of Women and Youth Committee in the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace. Member in the Parliamentary Assembly Union for the Mediterranean (PA-UFM). President of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) board in Egypt. Member of Foreign Affairs Committee and Scientific Research Committee, National Council for Women, Egypt. Cofounder of the Arab Women in Computing (ArabWiC) International Organizaion Honored in 2018 by the Ministry of Culture among the top 10 public figures at the national level. Ranked among the Top 50 influential women in Egypt for the year 2017. Ranked among the Top 10 Public Speakers in Egypt in the year 2010. Associate Professor, Nile University (NU). Associate Professor, and the director of information center at the National Telecommunication Institute. Before joining the parliament, she was the Advisor of the Minister of Communication and Information Technology for Strategic Initiatives. She holds a PhD in Electronics and Communications Engineering. She holds many certificates from the USA in Human Development. Received a lot of awards and recognitions both on the international and national Levels. Member of International and National organizations in Diverse fields such as Politics, Women, Science, Technology, Culture, angel investment, and governance. Has Championships in Swimming and awards in singing.
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