Gabr Fellows 2014

American Gabr Fellows

Jeremiah J. Bowden

Jeremiah J. Bowden
PhD student in Secular Studies and Religion, Claremont Graduate University
Jeremiah J. Bowden is a Ph.D. student at Claremont Graduate University in a new interdisciplinary degree in Secular Studies and Religion. He has earned an M.A. in Theology from Marquette University and a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Jeremiah has served as the assistant to the director at the Center for Global Peacebuilding at Claremont Lincoln University and as a member of the editorial board for the Claremont Journal of Religion. Born in a small farming community in Wisconsin, Jeremiah now resides in California with his wife Alysson and their son Gabriel.

Chase Bowman

Chase Bowman
Artist
Chase Bowman, the son of coal miners, was raised in Matoaka, West Virginia. He did his undergraduate work at The Cleveland Institute of Art, The San Francisco Art Institute, and Marshall University. Chase was awarded an exchange residency at The University of Oxford's Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. In 2014, he received his MFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design. Chase's current body of work, Radioactive Dog-Faced Boy, is a series of paper sculptures investigating dehumanization, human frailty, and Appalachia's unembarrassed culture by transforming them into Cold War-era comic book and horror movie-inspired adventures.

Stephanie Cate

Stephanie Cate
Executive Director, The Batonga Foundation
Stephanie S. Cate is the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization that aims to expand economic and educational opportunities for women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has been recognized by the National Society for Collegiate Scholars and American University for her leadership and has been selected for fellowships at the Atlantic Council and National Council for Research on Women. Stephanie also serves as the CGI U Women and Girls Commitment Mentor for the Clinton Global Initiative. Stephanie is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and earned a Master’s Degree from American University's School of International Service.

Sarah Derdowski

Sarah Derdowski
Director of Operations, Global Energy Management Program University of Colorado Denver Business School
Sarah is the Director of Operations for the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Prior to the University she worked with the Canadian Consulate and interned with the UNFPA in Sarajevo, Bosnia . Derdowski received her MA in International Administration from the University of Denver and her BA in International Relations from Wesleyan College. Sarah is originally from Savannah, Georgia, however, she has made Denver, Colorado her home.

Michael Goff

Michael Goff
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University
Michael Goff is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Vanderbilt University. He earned his doctorate from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2010 and has published nine papers in the area of discrete mathematics. Michael has taught mathematics for ten years and likes to volunteer by teaching and tutoring math to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Michael also volunteers for political and civic causes and served as the Advocacy Chair for the Cordell Hull Chapter of the United Nations Association. He lives in downtown Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in the Pacific Northwest.

Nathan Thomas

Nathan Thomas
Educational Programs Associate, William J. Clinton Foundation
Nathan is an educational programs associate at the Clinton Foundation. He was as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in Australia, Finland, South Africa, and India. Nathan serves on the steering committee of Create Little Rock, the young professional division of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. Nathan received his B.A. in Anthropology & Sociology from Hendrix College as an Odyssey Scholar in Education through his work with the "Above the Line" project which studied third graders in Forrest City, Arkansas, to prove a roadmap for improving test scores in struggling school districts. Nathan grew up in Virginia and Arkansas.

Elizabeth (Liz) Trapp

Elizabeth (Liz) Trapp
Art Critic, and Art History Instructor, Columbus College of Art and Design
Liz Trapp found her passion for art history in Pont-Aven, France during a post-baccalaureate program in painting. Liz has studied in the UK and traveled to South Africa. She teaches Contemporary Art History at Columbus College of Art and Design and works as a freelance art critic for The Columbus Dispatch, publishing exhibition reviews. After studying Postwar European and American Art in graduate school, Liz is interested in Contemporary Art in the Middle East, particularly produced by women. She holds her BFA in painting, MA in the history of art, and MFA in painting. Liz is a Rochester, NY native.

Erika Witt

Erika Witt
Gradute Student, Museum Studies, Southern University at New Orleans
Erika is a graduate student in Museum Studies at Southern University at New Orleans, focused on the arts of Africa and the African diaspora, with interest in Egyptian visual expressions from the pre-pharonic times to the present. Erika has conceived and developed numerous exhibitions of art and history at the New Orleans Public Library, McKenna Museum of African American Art, Southern University at New Orleans, and the Andrew Johnson Museum and Library. Erika graduated with her Bachelor degree in Museum Studies with a concentration in History from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee. She was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia.

Suzanne Youngner

Suzanne Youngner
Teacher, English as a Second Language
Suzanne Youngner lives in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, where she teaches English as a Second Language to academic-bound foreign students. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Language and Literature and recently received her CELTA certification in Seattle, Washington. She has worked with refugee populations in her area and strives to create a community for them after their resettlement. Her work abroad focuses on Palestinians living in refugee camps in Lebanon.

Egyptian Gabr Fellows

Ahmed EL-Assal

Ahmed EL-Assal
Regional Programs Officer at the Academy for International Development - (AID-ME)
Ahmed El Assal is regional programs officer at the Academy for International Development - Middle East (AID-ME) with 6 years of community development experience in the MENA Region. In addition to being a graduate from the Faculty of Business Administration of Helwan University, he is studying for his Masters degree in International Business Administration. As part of the Steering committee for the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) - Egypt Chapter as well as a member of the Arab Federation for Youth and Civic Participation (AFYCP), Ahmed’s passion for social, cultural, and political change is never far from his thoughts.

Zeyad El-Kelani

Zeyad El-Kelani
Political Science Teaching Assistant at Cairo University
Zeyad Elkelani is Political Science teaching assistant at Cairo University and CMEPS MA candidate at American University-Cairo and Tübingen University, Germany. He serves as vice-president of the Political Science Graduate Student Association, research assistant to the chair of political science, and was junior instructor at Education Abroad Program at AMIDEAST. He earned a BA in political science/minor in public administration before securing tenured professorship at Cairo University. Zayed was a research assistant at the Future Studies Unit at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, organized the Arab Turkish Congress on Social Sciences, and studied at Moscow State Institute of International Relations and in Berlin.

Ahmed El-Naggar

Ahmed El-Naggar
Site Planner, Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs
Ahmed graduated from Benha University in 2008, majoring in Public Civil Engineering. Following one year in the private sector, he joined the Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs in 2009. For the past 5 years, Ahmed has engaged in cultural heritage development projects in Giza Plateau and Saqqara Archeological site. Similarly, he has taken part in field projects in Zimbabwe and the Republic of Mauritius. Currently, he contributes to founding a new NGO, "Kwame Nkrumah Organization for African Culture,” concerned with promoting African culture in Egypt. Ahmed is a master’s candidate in Cultural Heritage Management at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University.

Shehab Farouk

Shehab Farouk
Senior Lawyer, Sharkawi Law Office - Egypt, L.L.B , L.L.M , PhD Candidate
Shehab Farouk is a senior lawyer since 2009 at El Sharkawi Law Office. He earned his LL.B and LL.M from Faculty of Law - Cairo University. Currently, he`s a PhD candidate in Commercial Law. He has memberships & certificates relating to International Commercial Contracts & Arbitration from international institutions ( e.g. ICC - Paris , LCIA - London , CRCICA – Cairo ). Shehab is an instructor with the American Bar Association- Role of Law Initiative, teaching Contract Drafting and International Arbitration for the Young Egyptian Lawyers & Judges. Shehab was born in Alexandria , Egypt.

Yasmin Galal

Yasmin Galal
Social Activist and Media Producer
Yasmin is a social activist and media producer with 5 years of professional and volunteer experience in civil society organizations and social enterprises, including The Alliance for Arab Women, Injaz Egypt and Bamyan Media; working mainly on issues related to youth, education, gender and entrepreneurship. Yasmin holds a Masters degree in International Law from the University of Westminster in London, and a Bachelor of Political Science from Cairo University.

Dina Gamal

Dina Gamal
Corporate Lawyer, Azmi & Associates
Dina Gamal was born in 1990 in Cairo, Egypt. She has received her Bachelor degree in law from Cairo university. She is currently working as a corporate lawyer in a reputable law firm located in Cairo. In her current job, she deals with well-known clients from all over the world. She is a social activist in the field of helping the Syrian families who moved to Egypt after the Syria crisis. Her hobbies are drawing, reading and photography.

Nancy Habib

Nancy Habib
Editorial Secretary, “Al-Tahrir” newspaper
Nancy earned a BA at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science and completed pre-masters work. Nancy started in 2004 at the website Boswtol, a youth electronic magazine as head of the political department and editorial secretary. In 2006, she entered print journalism at Al-Dostor newspaper. In 2009, Nancy left Boswtol to become managing editor of Al-Dostor Al-Asly website. In 2011, she joined Al-Tahrir newspaper as editor secretary. Nancy released the book, I Love Cinema in 2009 and co-edited The Book of Al-Dostor. Nancy joined Journalists Syndicate in 2010 as the first female editorial secretary in a daily newspaper.

Ahmed Naguib

Ahmed Naguib
Digital Painter, Freelancer
Ahmed Naguib is an Egyptian artist who developed his digital painting skills over years of self-learning. He is currently a freelance digital painter and graphic designer besides his work at Cairo International Airport as a quality control inspector at Cairo Airport Company (CAC). He uses a physics-dependent way in making high quality realistic paintings. He also has his own online portfolio with very good reviews from artists. Ahmed obtained his bachelor’s degree in computer science from El Shorouk Academy in Egypt.

Nourhan Nehady Moussa

Nourhan Nehady Moussa
Attorney at Law
Nourhan is a property contract controller for a multinational telecommunications company. She holds a master’s degree in international legal and commercial transactions and is pursuing a PhD in Cybercrime at AWU. Nourhan is an instructor with the ABA and part-time Teacher Assistant in the AASTT. She is an attorney with an LL.B from Alexandria University and an active volunteer in an ASCML association. Nourhan researches international arbitration, mediation, intellectual property, and cybercrime. With yoga, meditation, and listening to music, she seeks to reach an inner balance of compromise between family, friends, herself, and her relation to God.