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Ahmed El Zorkani 

Ahmad is the manager for instructional multimedia at the Center for Learning & Teaching at The American University in Cairo. His role is to provide faculty members with pedagogical and technical assistance in implementing technology to enhance teaching and learning.  He has been in IT and education for over nineteen years. In the last thirteen years, he focused on Teaching/Learning technologies, coupled with acquiring considerable knowledge of Pedagogy over the past seven years. He is a holder of an MA in international and comparative education and is an instructor in the Professional Educator Diploma at AUC. He holds a BA in business administration and a Diploma in management of information systems. 

Basma Salem
Basma holds a master’s in elementary education from the College of New Jersey. She has been working at Cairo American College for 18 years, acting as the head of circulation in the main library and a coordinator for the Teachers’ Resource Center. She currently works at the K-2 Elementary Technology Department. She collaborates with the K-5 technology integrator and the K-2 teachers to implement technology into core curriculum areas. She supports teachers in the development of lessons and provides training on new technologies such as smart boards, Moodle and Google apps. Her job includes many other aspects, ranging from troubleshooting hardware and software in the computer labs and classrooms, updates, cloning and resolving network issues. She has witnessed a variety of teaching styles, which provides her with greater insight on how to shape students to become responsible and involved global citizens. 

Conchita Añorve-Tschirgi
Conchita is a licensed architect who holds two Master of Arts degrees, one in education and another one in Islamic art and architecture. She has been actively teaching at the university level since 1993. Her experience accredited her to be the founder and curator of the Regional Architecture Collections at AUC for longer than a decade. At AUC she has taught in the Department of the Arts, and she is currently teaching in the Program of Education Diploma (PED) at the Graduate School of Education.

Dalia Fouad

With a background of more than 20 years in the field of education, Dahlia Fouad started her career in kindergarten teaching, then became an adviser for students at these stages of schooling. She later taught in middle and high school at an international school and worked as an instructor of the ESP program for adults. Currently, she is the director of educational content and training in the leading publishing company in the Middle East, Nahdet Misr, and is an instructor at The American University in Cairo.Dahlia holds a BA in business administration, an MA in TEFL and a PhD in education.

Dalia Khalil
Dalia  has a professional experience in education, leadership, policy, international development and people's diplomacy. She has a BSc in economics from Cairo University, an MA in quality management in education from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kindom and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix. In addition, she has a TEFL certificate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is also an Eisenhower Fellow and subsequently Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow and a fellow at the Aspen Institute. Currently, Khalil is the chair of the Egyptian Association for Educational Resources. She is also an instructor at the Graduate School of Education at The American University in Cairo. She teaches different courses related to teaching adolescent learners and educational leadership pillars. In addition, she leads the Core Program at the Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development. 

Deena Amiry
Deena earned her BS from Georgetown University with a certificate in education and a medal for outstanding achievement in student teaching. She earned her master’s degree from Middlebury College and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania from the Department of Romance Languages, where she also served as a lecturer of French language and literature. Deena also worked in several private schools in the United States, including the prestigious Dalton School in New York City. At Dalton, alongside teaching responsibilities, Deena served as department chair of the middle and high school foreign languages, a department of twenty teachers. In Egypt, Deena Amiry cofounded and headed the International School of Egypt in New Cairo in 2008. In her three years of leadership, she earned the school its accreditation, with a recommendation from the accrediting team that deemed the school “highly functional” (a score reserved for only a select few schools) for its vision and mission, resources and support services. In 2011, Deena founded Young Scholars of Egypt (YSE), a micro-school program that serves thirty-five KG- G9 children in New Cairo. Through YSE, Deena has piloted programs for alternative models to traditional education. In the future, Deena hopes to expand the YSE program, so that more children may benefit from its innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Dina Ghalwash

Dina holds a Master of Arts in comparative and international education from The American University in Cairo, specializing in teaching. She majored in sociology and minored in psychology in her undergraduate years at AUC. In addition to this, she is an internationally certified life coach and has been practicing coaching since August 2014. Dina has several years of teaching experience in different international schools around Cairo. Her main areas of teaching are psychology and a character-building course called the Building Pioneers Program that she founded and initiated, for grades 5 to 11 in two private schools. Since February 2015, She is also the professional development manager at Educate Me, an innovative NGO that works on developing education in the underprivileged area of Talbeya, Giza. Aside for her passion for education, Dina is a voracious reader and writer. She has published several articles in different magazines around Cairo, such as TeenStuff and Campus Magazine, whilst having published a book in 2011 called, Diaries of an Egyptian Girl. She is currently working on her second novel.

Eman Allam
Eman holds a Bachelor of Science in medical and dental surgery from Alexandria University. She also holds many professional certificates in education. Allam has been in the field of education for more than 25 years. She is highly skilled in teaching science and possesses extensive experience and great success in planning, teaching and supervising different science curricula. She has been actively involved in science fairs and is a member of the judging committee of the MSA Science Technology and Engineering Fair. Allam has a friendly and gentle approach, which is appreciated by members of her team. She constantly participates in educational programs that keep her on top of new developments and technology and ensures that she is always offering state-of-the-art services. She is a strong believer in the value of continuing education and training.

Eman Abou El Atta

In her previous life, Eman studied Computer Science at The American University in Cairo and held a career at Microsoft Egypt, until she decided to pursue her passion: nurturing future change-makers. She earned her MA in Education Innovation & Leadership from Stanford University, where she received intensive coaching in Human-centered Design at Stanford’s Design School ( Eman then founded and led School Innovation Labs – a San Francisco-based school innovation consulting company, which allowed Eman the opportunity to work with some of the most innovative schools and leading educators in California. She currently leads innovation in a startup innovative K-12 school in Cairo, Egypt.


Farah Abdel Kerim
Farah has a master's in international and comparative education from The American University in Cairo. With a concentration in educational leadership, she believes that teachers and school administrators are among the most important actors in the development of students as future leaders. Abdel Kerim chose to do her thesis on the importance of teacher professional development and its impact on student’s learning because she is a firm believer that this equips teachers with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to reach all students while maximizing the benefits of their educational process. Abdel Kerim works in an international school as a middle and high school history and psychology teacher. She also has experience in teaching KG and lower elementary students. She worked as a research fellow in the Comparative and International Education Center at the AUC. Farah has been an instructor at the Professional Educator Diploma (PED) for the past two years teaching in the early years track. She was also a part of the curriculum review team that worked on rewriting the curricula for the PED.


Fatma Radwan
Fatma has over 15 years of experience in education in both the United Kingdom and Egypt. She has a solid commitment to the standards of practice and the social, emotional and academic growth of children. She has a particular interest in fostering a child-centred curriculum and nurturing student critical thinking, as well as creativity through coaching and offering professional development opportunities to teachers.  Fatma holds a master’s in linguistics from Westminster University and received her training as an early childhood educator in the United Kingdom. Fatma founded and managed her preschool in Reading, United Kingdom for ten years and is currently the assistant principal for early childhood at Hayah International Academy. She has been serving as an instructor for the Professional Educator Diploma for two years.


Hala Tadros
Hala has a working experience of over 25 years in the field of Training. She taught at ITI and did training to many multinationals and educational institutions; including advertising agencies, Banks, Service companies and NGOs. Mrs. Tadros lectures and consults on a variety of topics, including Positive Attitude, thinking patterns, public speaking, presentation skills, negotiation skills, leadership, organizational communication, development communication as well as marketing skills. Her education was at AUC; BA in economics (’86) then MBA  (’91) and lastly her Master's degree in Education (’16).

Heba Mahmoud
Heba has been an early childhood educator for 10 years. She has experience as a teacher in a private preschool in Egypt, as well as with the British International School in Cairo, where she worked in foundation stage classrooms. She is currently working as the head of the English department in Urban Toddlers Preschool in the neighborhood of Zamalek. Heba holds a master’s in international and comparative education from AUC, with a concentration in educational leadership (2012), as well as a professional educator’s diploma in early literacy education (2008). Her thesis research topic was about the effect of early childhood education on gender relations and women empowerment. She believes in a teaching philosophy that allows for structured freedom, creativity, self-expression and knowledge acquisition. With capable, well-trained teachers and reformed curricula, she knows that schools can produce empowered Egyptians with a sense of citizenship that is urgently needed for Egypt’s development.
Heidi Selim

Selim earned a Master of Arts in special and inclusive education from the University College of London (UCL), Institute of Education (IOE) in 2015. She has 10 years teaching experience in mainstream international schools. Selim has worked with students from nurseries, up to grade five. Currently, she is working as a SEN teacher in a mainstream international school, in addition to being the curriculum specialist and partner at Little Hands preschool and nursery. She also has experience in teaching literacy for adults.

Maged Habashy

Maged holds an MA in international and comparative education from The American University in Cairo, with school leadership concentration. Habashy has been in the field of education for more than 15 years. He has experience in K-12 teaching and administration. He has a teaching and administrative experience in higher education and teaches in both undergraduate and post graduate MBA programs, research paper writing and critical thinking courses. Additionally, he holds a coordinating administrative position at the English and Scientific Methods Department in a renowned private university in Cairo. He participated in several training programs for teachers in public schools. Internationally, he is a frequent participant in educational conferences including Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE). With a passion for transforming the public educational system, Habashy believes in the transcending impact of school leadership on the professional development of teachers.  

Mary Victor
Mary earned her BSc in computer science and her MA in international and comparative education, both from The American University in Cairo. She has taught web design using HTML, CSS and Web 2.0 tools to high school, middle school and elementary school students. She has delivered sessions in using technology to educators from both the private and public sectors in both English and Arabic. She presented papers at the Comparative International Educational Society Annual Conference (CIES, Toronto, March 2014) and the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES, Buenos Aires, June 2013). Victor is particularly passionate about educational reform in Egypt, especially through empowering educators. Her research interests include action research, school improvement, guidance counseling and use of technology in the classroom among other topics. She aims to pursue her doctoral degree in educational studies. 
Mohamed El Nagdi
Mohamed is an expert in STEAM Education. He has an MA in international and comparative education with a leadership concentration. He started his education career as an English teacher in several Egyptian public schools. His professional development journey took him to different countries and academic institutions; Moray House School of Education in Scotland, Northern Kentucky University in the United States, Minnesota University STEM Center and Stockholm University in Sweden. He is the director of a Misr ELkheir sponsored project that seeks to create a petrochemical department in a Suez vocational school using the STEM approach. In his previous position, he was the coordinator of the main projects (capstone) in the Maadi STEM School of Girls, where he left an unforgettable legacy. He is a senior fellow of the STEAM Center at AUC. 

Mona Makramalla
Mona majored in chemistry and graduated from The American University in Cairo with highest honors. She later married an Egyptian diplomat and joined him on different posts in several countries. Mona was unable to work abroad as that would have contradicted the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs directives. However, she remained active by serving in many volunteer organizations, dedicated to serving children and youth. When in Egypt, she worked in the Maadi British School in Egypt, supporting primary school learning. She was finally able to attain her dream of pursuing graduate studies in education. She earned her MA in education and society from McGill University, one of the top universities in Canada, in 2013. She immediately enrolled for a Ph.D. Mona is currently a Ph.D. candidate at McGill University. Her research interest is in adult literacy in Egypt, with a specific focus on teaching perspectives.  

Naglaa Fawzy
Naglaa holds a master’s in international and comparative education from AUC. She is an instructor in GSE's Leadership Diploma and teaches instructional leadership and assessment courses, facilitating the fieldwork requirement. With more than 20 years of experience in education, Fawzy has experience as a K-12 teacher and administrator. She is one of the founders of the BBC International School American system, where she currently serves as academic director and head of teachers. Fawzy has earned several professional graduate diplomas and certificates related to education. She is a frequent participant in educational conferences.

Nahed Shalaby
Nahed earned her MA in international comparative education, majoring in leadership, from The American University in Cairo (AUC). She also holds a Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers, from the British Council in Egypt and Bain English Language from King Saoud University in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In addition to teaching as an instructor in the Professional Educator Diploma program, Nahed is also an English instructor in the International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE) curriculum.


Nihad Rifaat 

Nihad gained her BA in Political Science and her Masters in TEFL from the American University in Cairo (AUC). She has extensive experience in teaching, training, designing and testing curriculum for General English, English For Special Purposes (ESP) mainly in the field of Medical Research Writing, Banking, Legal, International Trade and Marketing, and Technical Business Report Writing. She tailors material and content to meet the needs of the prospective clients. She not only worked in different departments at the American University such as USAID, Business and English Partnership Programs but also was a trainer and consultant in International and national institutions, AMEDST, Fulbright, and Banking Institute. She presented workshops held in International and national organizations: TESOL, IATEFL, and American University in Cairo. She has higher diplomas in HR and management from the Management Institute at the American University in Cairo and from School of Continuing Education Wisconsin University. At present is a teacher trainer at the Partnership Program at the AUC Continuing Education.


Nevine El Seoufi
Nevine has been working in the educational field for more than 20 years. She has vast experience in both national and international education in Egypt and the Middle East. She has had different positions with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) Currently, she is an MYP-IB Middle Years Program (MYP-IB) international trainer, consultant and a team member for authorizing schools for the MYP. She has delivered IB training sessions in Italy, Spain, Jordan, Turkey, Kuwait, Belgium, Morocco and England. She is the IB consultant for the International School of Breda, in Holland. Nevine is also certified as an international trainer by Lynn Erickson for concept-based curriculum and instruction. She has delivered training and consultations for different educational systems in Egypt and the Middle East in the areas of teaching strategies, learning in the early years, language teaching, concept-based curriculum and instruction, and leadership skills for subject supervisors. Nevine holds a master degree in teaching English as a foreign language from The American University in Cairo. She was one of the committee members designing the new English language framework for the Ministry of Education in Egypt (2010 - 2012).


Noha Shaaban
Noha has been working in the educational field for 20 years. She obtained her master’sin special and inclusive education from the Institute of Education (IOE), the University of London in 2010. For the past six years, Noha has been heading the special education department in one of the reputable international schools in Egypt, facilitating the inclusion of students with learning difficulties into mainstream education. Noha has also been working as a freelance teacher trainer and instructor for the past 10  years. She has been presenting interactive and hands-on workshops for teachers in international schools, colleges, and conferences, in several countries. She also works as a reviewer for the proposals presented at the TESOL annual international convention. 


Nermeen Nora Salem
Nora holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in secondary education from Brooklyn College. She earned a master’s in literacy education from St. John’s University in New York. She is currently working on her doctorate degree in education leadership from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Salem started out her career in education in the NYC public schools, teaching elementary as well as high school students. She continued her education experience in international schools in Egypt as a teacher, a curriculum coordinator and finally, as head of a school. Her passion is helping teachers realize their potential in making a positive impact on their students.


Ola Hosny
Ola earned her master’s in international and comparative education from The American University in Cairo in 2014. She carries over 18+ years of working experience in the research and development area. Hosny’s work demonstrates an advanced application of different research methods and strategies, especially when it comes to examining policies and practices pertaining to education development in local and global contexts. Her strength lies in synthesizing information from various sources, views, research, and opinions to produce well-crafted, thoughtful, data-driven, analytical research that acknowledges the influence and power of cultural, political, economic and social issues.


Rasha Essam
Rasha is working as a full-time computer-aided language learning director, technology enhanced learning trainer and Arabic as a foreign language instructor at The American University in Cairo. She is a Ph.D. candidate in technology enhanced learning at Lancaster University. She also holds two masters in educational leadership and teaching Arabic as a foreign language from The American University in Cairo. Finally, she has a BSc in computer science and information systems from Ain Shams University. Her research interests include the following: technology and its role in learning, technology and pedagogy, technology orchestration, language learning, teaching methodologies and learners’ different learning styles, a community of practice, networked learning, lifelong learning, learning by design, design-based research, action research, and multimedia design principles.  


Reham Refaat

Reham is a pedagogy and assessment officer at the Center for Learning and Teaching at The American University in Cairo. Her role is to provide faculty members with pedagogical and assessment related consultations. Reham has been working in the field of education for more than 10 years. She is a holder of an MA in International and Comparative Education from the Graduate School of Education at AUC, and is an instructor for the Professional Educator Diploma. Reham received her BA is from the Faculty of Arts, English Literature, and Linguistics at Cairo University.


Soha Elzalabany
Soha holds a Master of Arts in special education and inclusion from University of London, Institute of Education. She has been teaching and accommodating students with different learning difficulties for ten years in the mainstream. Three years ago, Soha has received intensive gifted education training at Johns Hopkins University in the United States. Currently, her focus is to promote the best education for both ends of the educational spectrum: special and gifted education. 


Shaimaa Awad
Shaimaa is a research associate at the Department of International and Comparative Education and an instructor at the Professional Educator Diploma program in the Graduate School of Education at The American University in Cairo. She holds a master's in international and comparative education, with a concentration in educational leadership from the same university. She holds a BA in English language and literature. She has fifteen years of experience in teaching English as a second language for young learners. She participated in several international conferences. Her research interests focus on civil society support to educational development, global citizenship education, character education and reflective teaching and practice in teacher education.  


Sherine Aly

Shereen has an MA degree in International and Comparative Education from AUC and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. She has participated in several research projects in the field of education, especially peace education. She is currently working as an independent consultant and trainer for educational institutions. Shereen has over 9 years' experience in multi-national corporations before she decided to shift career to education, in these years she realized the huge gap between the skills needed in real life and what the educational institutions are offering their students. Therefore she shifted towards education with a strong belief that the road to real development is a powerful learning experience.


Yasmine Khorshid
Yasmine holds a Master of Arts in international and comparative education, with a concentration in educational leaders. She has ten years of experience in teaching elementary students. She has taught literacy, numeracy, science and drama in international schools in Cairo. She attended a workshop on STEM education at the University of Minnesota in 2013. Believing that learning is an ongoing process, she completed the requirements of three certificates: (1) Fundamentals of English Language Teaching certificate (FELT) from AUC, (2) Cambridge International Certificate for International Teachers and Trainers (CICTT) and (3) The Professional Certificate in Written Translation from AUC.


Yasmine Nagi
Yasmine holds a master's in international and comparative education (AUC), with a concentration in educational leadership, as well as a Professional Educator Diploma (AUC) for teaching early years learners. Yasmine has been working for three years in an international school as a lower elementary Math teacher. She also has six years experience in teaching early years learners, as well as training early learners’ teachers. She participated in the TEMPUS peer learning activity that focuses on practicum in teacher education in Malta.