Achrainer, Christian Dr.

Christian Achrainer is a Berlin-based analyst, consultant, and lecturer. He holds a PhD from Philipps-University Marburg (2021), and studied political science, sociology, and communication science in Düsseldorf, Turku, and Bremen (2003-2009). From 2009 until 2015, he worked as a researcher at the German Council on Foreign Relations’ (DGAP) Middle East and North Africa Program. He lived in Cairo from 2015 until 2020, where he worked as a freelance analyst and consultant. 

Bahi, Riham Dr.

Dr. Riham Bahi is an Associate Professor of international relations at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.  Moreover she is visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo. Dr. Bahi earned her PhD in International and Public Affairs from Northeastern University in US ,  where she also received her MA in International Relations and Comparative Politics. In addition, she worked as the academic coordinator for Amideast Education Abroad Program. She has experience in program- and curriculum development and developing capacity building programs for faculties and students in the areas of gender mainstreaming, diversity management, integrating human rights in higher education, and running short-term study abroad programs in Egypt for American students.    

Bali, Maha Dr.

Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is a faculty developer and teacher educator, and currently teaches on educational game design at AUC. She is an editor at the journal, Hybrid Pedagogy, and is International Director of the Digital Pedagogy Lab. She is also a Prof Hacker blogger on the Chronicle of Higher Education, and co-founder of and She is an avid blogger ( and active Tweeter (@bali_maha).  
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Drewes, Sonja Ms.

 Sonja Drewes holds a Diploma in Arabic Language and International Management. Beside her longstanding working experience she was trained as Business Coach, NLP Master Practitioner and Occupational Test User (Personality & Ability) in Munich, Dubai and Cambridge. Sonja has been living and working for more than 15 years in Dubai and Egypt, thereof more than 7 years as a freelance Trainer for Soft Skills; specialized in Communication, Teambuilding and Change Management.  

El-Fouly, Mohamed Prof. Dr.

Prof. Dr. Mohamed El-Fouly
Prof. Dr. Mohamed El-Fouly is Professor at the National Research Centre and a DAAD and A.v. Humboldt Alumni – Awarded over 50 projects from different academic, international and private sector organizations. Awarded State Appreciation Prize for Agricultural Sciences in 2006.

El-Tobgui, Mona Dr.

Dr. Mona El-Tobgui
Mona Mohamed El Tobgui is an assistant Professor at the National Research Centre and the Senior Advisor of Fraunhofer in Egypt. Dr. El Tobgui delivered training courses to diverse target groups in science, mainly NRC, and public administration institutions, mainly governorates in upper Egypt. 

Galal-Edeen, Galal H. Prof. Dr.

"Prof. Galal Hassan Galal-Edeen is a professor of Information Systems Engineering and Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Computing, Cairo University, and is the holder of Cairo University Chair on Innovation. He is an internationally certified trainer (CT) and has trained in Europe, North Africa and the Gulf on various topics such as Software Engineering, Training of Trainers and Innovation Management and Strategy. He has experience working with several UK universities in different full-time roles for many years, and has won research funding from several agencies including the UK EPSRC, EU, DAAD, AUC and USAid. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of four international journals and served as chief innovation policy adviser to the STDF , as well as a member of the STDF project selection committee. He is is a full professional member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP), and a Certified Usability Analyst (CUA)."

Jud, Andrea Ms.

 Andrea Jud works at the Orient-Institut Beirut Cairo Office and is a PhD candidate in Media and Communication Studies at the Free University Berlin. She has MA degrees in Islamic Studies and Political Science from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg.     

Salama, Heba Dr.

Dr. Heba Salama
Dr. Heba Salama is a DAAD-Alumnaemployed as Associate Professor of Crop Science at the Faculty of Agriculture, Alexandria University. She finished her PhD in Agricultural Sciences in the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany.  In addition, she has long experience in collaborating with recognizable international universities in several countries like Germany, Belgium and the USA, either through postdoctoral missions or carrying out projects. She is an active member in several international scientific societies. In recognition of her outstanding scientific activities, Dr. Salama has won the Ernst-Klapp-Award from the German Society of Crop Science in 2010, and the L’OREAL UNESCO “For Women in Science” Pan-Arab Regional Award in 2013. Currently, she is the president of the communication and international relations office at her faculty.
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Selim, Heba Ms.

Heba Selim is a Management Consultant and Trainer with 25 years of experience in training in communication and soft skills including management and leadership skills. Heba had a wide experience with international organizations working in Egypt and the Arab Countries. Heba is a part time Instructor at The American University in Egypt Management Center and an accredited instructor with Chartered Institute of Public Relations, U.K. Heba also provides training with FORMAT, training arm of German Arab Chamber and Egyptian Banking Insitution.

Shahin, Alaa Mr.

Engineer Alaa has a Master Degree in Construction Management from Brighton University, United Kingdom and a Bachelor degree in Construction Engineering from the American University in Cairo. He trains and consults for international development organizations such as AECOM, GIZ, USAID, UNDP, UNICEF and European Union among others. He has supported research institutes, nonprofit foundations and private sector solutions providers to evaluate their projects, communicate and engage with clients and other stakeholders more relevantly, effectively and impactfully. Engineer Alaa is a lecturer at the American University in Cairo.

Sharaf, Rasha Dr.

 Dr. Rasha Saad Sharaf is an associate Professor of International and Comparative Education and Education Administration at Helwan University and formerly Advisor to the Minister of Education, Egypt for International Cooperation. She was also the Egyptian Educational and cultural Attaché in London for two years. Prior to that, she worked six years as the director of the Strategic Planning Unit at the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt.She has also worked on projects with UNESCO, World Bank, OECD, CIDA, SIDA, USAID, DAAD. She is a certified trainer from European Institute for Public Administration (EIPA), Lisbon, Portugal.

Taha, Mohamed Mr.

Mr. Mohamed Taha
Mohamed Taha has been working in the field of capacity building for more than 20 years. He is an international trainer who delivers different academic and business related training modules in GUC, DHBW in Germany, DAAD Cairo, and TU-berlin Elgouna Campus

Tahoun, Riham Dr.

Dr. Riham Abdalla Ahmed Tahoun is currently working as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts – Helwan University. She was granted at 2004-2006 a PHD scholarship from the DAAD at the Göttingen University in Germany and received many research scholarships from the DAAD. She is trainer of trainers at the Goethe Institute, interpreter (German-Arabic) and is working as certified translator for the German Embassy in Cairo. She has long experience in the field of German as Foreign Language, E-Learning and Translation and is a staff member of the joint Master degree (Teaching German as a Foreign Language) between the Ain Shams University and the Leipzig University. She is furthermore a member of numerous professional bodies such as Internationale Vereinigung für Germanistik (IVG), Mittelmeer-Südeuropa-Germanistik (MSEG), Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Germanistik (GIG). She is a member of the selection committees for many scholarship programs of the DAAD

Tawfik, Tarek Dr.

Dr. Tarek Tawfik
Dr. Tarek Tawfik is Director-General of the Grand Egyptian Museum Project since 2014. Before he worked as a lecturer at the Faculty of Archaeology Cairo University Department of Egyptology for several years. Lecturing on: ancient Egyptian culture, religion, monuments, art, architecture and philology. He did his Ph.D. on the Vignette of the first chapter of the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead at the University of Bonn. Dr. Tawfik is also a Professional trainer expert at the Professional Management Expertise Center (PMEC) since 2010.
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Youssef, Yasmin Ms.

Yasmin Youssef is a certified education & ICT expert for interactive education technology, the CEO & Co-Founder of EduMinds Consulting, an internal Assessor for the European foundation for quality management (EFQM), and a lecturer for master students at the German Excellence Center at the faculty of pedagogy in Ain Shams University. She obtained her master’s degree in "International Education Management" from both PH-Ludwigsburg/Germany and Helwan University/Cairo and got her pedagogical teaching Diploma from Berlin in 2008 after working as a German language instructor at the Goethe Institute in Cairo. During that time, she was able to enrich her knowledge by taking part in several training courses related to interactive technology and e-learning in Europe. Her professional experience in education was gained through several years of managing an e-learning consultant team in the corporate sector and holding several positions as head of department in educational institutions. Yasmin wrote many research and conference papers in this field and has recently published her book in Germany about ”Blended learning and reforming education in Egypt.