About the Foundations

Shafik Gabr has founded two foundations in Egypt and the United States. The foundation in Egypt focuses on education (over 17 primary schools sponsored by the foundation and several initiatives involving support to the American University in Cairo, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore and other educational programs), health (over 60,000 patients treated), human trafficking, emergency aid, food, sports, culture and women's issues.

The Shafik Gabr Foundation in the United States is a non-governmental philanthropic organization that supports the East-West: The Art of Dialogue initiative (www.eastwestdialogue.org). Both foundations sprung from Shafik Gabr's conviction that non-governmental institutions can affect real change and that each citizen must play a role in building bridges towards peace and the improvement of people's lives.

Mr. Gabr drew his inspiration for the Gabr Fellowship from his experience as an Egyptian whose worldview was transformed by travel and the friendships and lessons that resulted. Moreover, he was inspired by collecting and studying the art and lives of 19th century American and European Orientalist traveller painters whom he calls "early globalists." The Fellowship is designed to provide unique insights for participants into their respective societies and a foundation for developing professional and personal relationships across cultures.

About Shafik Gabr

M. Shafik Gabr, Chairman and Managing Director of the ARTOC Group for Investment & Development, is an international business leader, philanthropist and one of the world's leading collectors of Orientalist art.

ARTOC Group for Investment Development is a multi-disciplined investment holding company with subsidiaries operating in the fields of industry, automotive, airport terminals, consumer products, energy, publishing, real estate and construction.

Mr. Gabr is Chairman and a founding member of Egypt's International Economic Forum, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, and serves on the Yale University President's Council on International Activities. He is a Global Leadership Council Member at the Brookings Institution and serves on the Jackson Institute Council at Yale University, the Advisory Board of the Center for International Studies at MIT, the Zurich Financial Services Advisory Board, and is a member of the Advisory Board at Stanhope Capital.

Mr. Gabr ranks among Arabian Business and The Middle East magazines' 2012 'Most Influential Arabs' and 'Our Top 50 Arabs'. He has a BA in Economics and Management from the American University in Cairo and an MA in Economics from the University of London.