President, Arab Media Forum for Environment & DevelopmentRanda Fouad serves as Program Consultant for the Gabr Fellowship. As President of Arab Media Forum for Environment & Development, a writer and a journalist, Randa has over 20 years of national, regional, and global experience in the field of Sustainable Development, Awareness Raising, and Communication through developing and managing the implementation of information dissemination strategies, organizing policy consultations, and mobilizing the mass media around development issues. She has managed the regional information component of the UNDP-funded Urban Management Programme (UMP), one of the largest global technical assistance programs in the urban sector. As the Development Communication Advisor to Egypt's Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, she helped in establishing a development communication unit and assisted in designing the Ministry's National Environmental Information Program in support of Egypt's National Environmental Action Plan. Randa was the force behind the establishment of media NGOs in the Arab world; spearheaded the establishment of a regional media forum linking these NGOs, the Arab Media Forum for Environment and Development (AMFED); and played a lead role in linking the forum to global media networks.
Egyptian Gabr Fellows
Art and Design teacher, House of EnglishReem Soliman presented her first solo- singing performance at the age of six. Singing, Acting, media and performance have always been her one and only passion. After sharing in many workshops and performing on many theaters, Reem chose an Artistic field of study “Architecture”. She holds a Bsc in Architectural Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, but yet, her passion for Arts is never fulfilled. Beside being a freelance Architect, Reem is currently an Art and Design teacher handling many Artistic projects with her students. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt.
Creative Graphic Designer, Al Masry Al Youm newspaperNoha Eid currently works at Al Masry Al Youm newspaper, one of largest Egyptian newspapers, as a creative graphic designer. Also, she is art director at TEDxAlexandriaU and an independent jewelry designer.She participated at many Initiatives and projects related to the Egyptian civil society.Noha studied Architecture at Alexandria university.She was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt.
3D Artist, OpantishAhmed El Habibi is an Egyptian artist who currently practices his trade as a freelancer in the world of 3D modeling. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the El Shorouk Academy in Egypt, Ahmed spent three years as a reserve officer in the Egyptian Military. While in the army, Ahmed improved his skills in digital painting and 3D modeling. Ahmed is also an avid comic book reader and has begun work on his own comic book series, "The Wings of Thebes". Ahmed aspires to be a leading creative director in the future, using his artistic talents to tell stories just as his predecessors have done for thousands of years.
Attorney at law, LL.MAttorney at law, LL.M Mohga Ahmed is a lawyer, with an LL.B - Bachelor degree from Cairo University, and an LL.M degree in international and comparative commercial law from Robert from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University. She was also a corporate coach assistant and a business development at an international teambuilding company where she attended, facilitated and has done assessments for high profile clients in Egypt, in addition to conducting personality profiling programs, and participated in programs for setting mission, vision and values for multinational corporate teams. Mohga is an active volunteer in an NPO where she aims to spread the awareness and fund raising of a project that works on installing water supplies in poor Egyptian villages. Mohga was born and raised in Cairo Egypt.
Moataz El Sayed Hussein El Sayed
Senior Corporate Lawyer, Damac Properties EgyptMoataz Hussein works at a regional real-estate company in the Middle East as a senior corporate lawyer. He is also a social activist who founded several initiatives and projects aiming to develop the Egyptian community through enhancing the capabilities and awareness of youth. He obtained his LL.M degree in international business law from the Robert H. Mckinney School of Law at Indiana University. “Sustainable development of the Egyptian community through investing in youth” is his main lifetime goal. Moataz was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt.
Graphic Designer, FP7/CAIMariam Ibrahim works at FP7/CAI, a multinational advertising company, as a graphic designer and creative team member. She received her bachelors degree in Marketing and Public Relations from the Faculty of Mass Communications in Cairo University. She is a freelance artist and illustrator. She was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt.
Youth Empowerment Program Coordinator, Model of European UnionAmr works at the Academy for International Development where he is the Youth Empowerment Program Coordinator. His responsibilities include managing trainings and traveling throughout Egypt to expand local NGO networks. Prior to this position, Amr worked at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies as a media researcher during the parliamentary elections in 2011. He obtained a Diploma in Civil Society and Human Rights from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. He has a bachelor degree in Political Science from the Faculty of Commerce, Alexandria University, and in his last year in college he was awarded the Ideal Student Award of Alexandria University. Amr is interested in politics, arts and writing. He was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt.
Design Manager – Tenders ConsultingAs an architect with great passion for design, Mohammed Mubarak holds a Bsc in Architectural Design and Urban Planning from Helwan University, Egypt. He has also recently completed a Master of Design at Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. In addition to working as an architectural design studio tutor, he has been involved in different design creative fields for nearly five years. Through years of experience and study, his career has spanned to a broad range of disciplines, including interior design, graphic design, product design, exhibition design and design research. As a design manager at Tenders Consulting Egypt, he successfully completed projects within Residential, Commercial, Hospitality and Retail industries in Middle Eastern, African and GCC countries. He is responsible for managing the delivery of the overall project design requirements starting from the concept design to construction package. His motivation for design stems from his belief that design is about the sensory needs of people as well as their material needs. Therefore, in his work, Mohammed always embraces a people-centered design approach and tries to deliver impressions that evoke emotions and life. He was born in Kuwait and raised in Cairo, Egypt.
Ahmed Nagy Ahmed
Senior E-Business & IS Security, ARTOC Group for Investment and DevelopmentAhmed works for ARTOC Group, one of the biggest investment holding conglomerates in the Middle East as Senior E-Business & IS Security in the IT Team. After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Information Technology, Cairo University, Ahmed became an MBA holder from ESLSCA. Besides him being a member of The Egyptian Society of Technical Analysts (ESTA), he has also received CFTe Certificate from The International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA), Ahmed has assisted in the production of the "East and West Art of Dialogue” Event that was held in London. He was born in Saudi Arabia and raised there, then came back to his home country Egypt were he continued his studies there.
Graphic Designer, FP7/CAIHeba Safwat works at Fortune Promoseven Cairo (part of McCANN World Group) as a Graphic Designer. Working in advertising, Heba is tasked with the responsibility of producing high-end creative work in both a design and concept capacity. She received her bachelor degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Helwan University, specializing in mosaic, stained glass and collages. Heba furthered her advertising education afterwards by graduating from the Dubai Lynx Academy. She was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt.
American Gabr Fellows
Elizabeth (Beth) Cartier
Assistant Director, Council on Foreign RelationsBeth Cartier is the assistant director of New York Meetings at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Before working in the Meetings program, Cartier was an intern for CFR's Women and Foreign Policy program. Previously, she worked with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Striking Viking Story Pirates. Cartier received an MA in Politics and International Relations from New York University and a BA in theater from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Beth is originally from Southboro, Massachusetts.
Chief of Staff, Office of City Councilmember Richard AlarconBecca Doten works as the Chief of Staff to a Los Angeles City Councilmember. In this capacity, she manages staff at four offices, oversees the legislative and constituent service agenda for the Councilmember, is a key strategic advisor for politics and policy, and handles media and communications. Issue areas she has focused on include entertainment/film policy, job creation, environmental protection and reducing poverty. Prior to this position, she worked for blogger/activist Arianna Huffington during the launch of the Huffington Post. Becca recently completed the LAPD Reserve Officer Training Program and will be sworn in on as a LAPD Reserve Officer on April 19, 2013. She serves on the Board of Directors of Students Run LA, a local non-profit, and she is the only Young Democrat elected to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from California. Becca holds a B.A. degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California. She was born and raised in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.
Plans & Programs Analyst, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)Christina Fallon is a defense policy analyst focused on countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Prior to that, she served as a US naval officer working on security-related education and training. Christina graduated with a BS in English Literature from the United States Naval Academy, and earned her MA from Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies where she concentrated on the intersection of technology with world security issues. Originally from Virginia Beach, she lives in the District of Columbia.
Senior Producer, WNYC - New York Public RadioAlex Goldmark is a journalist and public radio producer covering social enterprise, technology, sustainability, transportation and noteworthy whimsy. His work has appeared across the public radio spectrum on shows including: NPR’s Morning Edition, On The Media, APM’s Marketplace, the BBC World Service as well as WNYC - New York Public Radio where he is a Senior Producer in the newsroom. Among his duties at WNYC is editing the Transportation Nation reporting project, a partnership with several public radio stations to cover the social and environmental impacts of transportation and infrastructure policies. Alex is also a Visiting Assistant Professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a co- founder of Longshot Radio, an experiment in technology and collaborative storytelling. Previously, he helped launch two national political talk radio programs for the erstwhile Air America Radio Network. Before that adventure, he served as a researcher and consultant for the World Bank and the Aspen Institute, studied (and tried to end) poverty and violence in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown. Born and raised in New York, Alex lives next to the Brooklyn Bridge.
ASPH/CDC Global Health Fellow – Global Program Management, CDC-ZambiaHaroun is a leader with a passion for global health, social entrepreneurship, social justice issues and fostering coalitions that empower others to improve their lives. He is currently an ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Zambia, where he is focusing on Global Program Management. Prior to joining CDC-Zambia, Haroun worked as a Policy Support Officer at the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State and a Communications Specialist for an international development consulting company and as an Analyst at a state public health nonprofit organization. He earned an MPH with a concentration in international health from the Boston University School of Public Health in 2007, and he received a BS in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a public health professional, he has experience in a diverse range of health policy issues on the local, state, national, and global level, from HIV/AIDS, to health disparities and minority health, to injury prevention and control, to refugee health and human rights. Born in California, raised mostly on the east coast of the U.S., and with a family background from Sierra Leone, West Africa, Haroun considers himself a global citizen and has a keen interest in international affairs, dialogue, and cooperation.
Senior Vice President of Strategic Development, Microclinic InternationalLeslie Lang is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Development at Microclinic International (MCI), a global health non-profit that addresses chronic disease and health behavior change. Leslie oversees MCI's strategic development by identifying new partnerships and strategic opportunities. She also assists with MCI's program management and policy initiatives. Prior to joining MCI, Leslie worked for the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell and the World Bank. As a John Gardner Fellow at the World Bank, Leslie coordinated access to finance initiatives in the Africa region and worked with the legal department on several insolvency law projects. Leslie has also spent time at governmental institutions such as the United Nations, the African Development Bank, and the Supreme Court of Rwanda. While attending university, Leslie established a program with the Alameda County Social Services Agency that provides social workers with volunteer interpreters to better serve the non-English speaking community. Leslie received her B.S. in Business Administration and B.A. in Rhetoric (Phi Beta Kappa and Highest Honors) from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Leslie was born in Scottsdale, Arizona and raised in Los Angeles, California.
Fellow at the Comparative Constitutions ProjectDaniel Lansberg-Rodríguez is a fellow at the Comparative Constitutions Project where he specialized on issues involving constitutional transitions and institutional design. A Venezuelan-American, Daniel writes a weekly column for El Universal, Venezuela’s highest circulating independent newspaper and he is a regular contributor to ForeignPolicy.com. His analyses on law and international affairs have appeared in media outlets such as the New York Times/IHT, the Financial Times, the New Republic, Foreign Policy, the Economist, and Radio Free Europe; and he is likewise a frequent commentator on national and international media outlets. Daniel is a graduate of Carleton College and holds a masters degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Daniel grew up between New York City, Connecticut and Caracas, and he currently lives in Chicago,Illinois.
Vedrana (Veda) Partalo
Brand Strategy Director, Droga5 AdvertisingVeda Partalo is a Brand Strategy Director with Droga5, a global advertising network recently recognized as one of the most innovating companies in the world. During her nine years as a strategist, Veda has developed campaigns for American Express, Porsche, Coca Cola, Puma, Hennessy and Cadillac. Her unique approach to advertising strategy has been profiled by Fast Company magazine and The Globe and Mail, among others. She received her BSB in Marketing from The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Veda was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and has climbed the Great Wall of China once.
Daniel (Dan) Sullivan
Regional Representative, United Nations Association Steering CommitteeDaniel Sullivan served for over a decade as Aide to the Dean of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He serves as Regional Representative to the United Nations Association Steering Committee and as North American Representative to the Youth Advisory Board of UN- HABITAT. Daniel is a Truman National Security Project Partner, Fellow of the New Leaders Council, and Volunteer at the Clinton Global Initiative. He received his ALB in Government from Harvard University Extension School, a Certificate in Health and Human Rights from the Harvard School of Public Health, and is a graduate of the Leadership for Change program at the Winston Center on Leadership & Ethics at Boston College. He is an Education Policy Fellow, American delegate to Young Turkey/Young America, and a Pundit at policymic.com. He hails from Plympton, Massachusetts.
Freelance graphic designerJeff is a designer and artist based in Portland, Oregon. Jeff is originally from Michigan and attended the University of Michigan's School of Art and Design as an undergraduate, majoring in Visual Communication and Illustration. After graduation Jeff lived in Chicago, Illinois for several years and worked as a web and graphic designer at the Art Institute of Chicago. Jeff relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2011 and works as a freelance designer and art director for clients including Adidas and eMusic. Jeff is particularly interested in the continuing evolution of aesthetics and cultural signifiers in the digital age. In his free time Jeff plays in a band and enjoys cycling and the outdoors.
Co-Founder & President/CEO, Biochar Solutions, Inc.Morgan Williams is a current member of The Environmental Systems Dynamics Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley where he is a Chancellors Fellow pursuing a PhD in Anthropedometrics; the quantitative analysis of human processes that lead to the creation or destruction of soils and the ecosystem functions they provide. Prior to joining Berkeley, Morgan co-founded Biochar Solutions Inc, where he developed technologies that convert sequestered carbon from the atmosphere into soil products for land restoration. In this role, he was recognized by Sir Richard Branson as 1 of 11 Global Pioneers in The Virgin Earth Challenge, a $25M science prize to sustainably remove a gigaton of carbon from the air in the effort to reverse climate change. Morgan has presented his work at professional and scientific conferences in five countries, and believes that international collaboration in ecological and atmospheric restoration can serve to strengthen solidarity between environmental and social justice movements. He is originally from Carbondale, Colorado.
Bessie (Bes) Young
Mitchell Scholar, University of Ulster Belfast, School of Art & DesignBessie Young is currently studying for her MFA in Photography at the University of Ulster Belfast as a Mitchell Scholar. Her driving passion is for aging and using the visual arts as a way to document, understand, and advocate on behalf of the elderly in a cross-cultural context. From 2011-2012, Bessie lived as a Henry Luce Scholar in Nishinomiya, Japan, photographing group homes for elderly Japanese living with Alzheimer's and dementia. This work was a continuation of her honors thesis at Amherst College for which she photographed senior living facilities in Turkey, France and the United States and received summa cum laude honors. Bessie was born in Tewksbury, New Jersey.