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Special Lecture: North Africa’s Young Civil Society

Plenary / Panel
in englischer Sprache
Journalist and Author, Cairo
Author, Cairo
Filmmaker, New York/Cairo
General Manager, Softec International, Cairo
Ambassador ret.; Author, Vienna Chair


Journalist and Author, Cairo

 Yasmine El Rashidi is a Cairo-based writer and journalist. Formerly a staff reporter and Middle East & GCC Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, she is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the author of the first narrative record of the Egyptian revolution, The Battle for Egypt: Dispatches from the Revolution, published by Random House/NYRB. Her writing has appeared in publications including TIME magazine, The Washington Post, Al-Ahram, Moncole, Newsday, and she has commentated on the region for Al-Jazeera, BBC and NPR.


Author, Cairo

 Tarek Osman, an Egyptian writer, is the author of "Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak" (Yale University Press, 2010). His writings have appeared or been cited widely, including in the Economist, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Boston Globe, the Independent, the Guardian, the Times, the Cairo Review, OpenDemocracy, among many others. He is a regular commentator on the Arab world for leading international news stations such as the BBC, Al-Jazeera, and CNN, and was the keynote speaker at conferences organised by leading universities and think tanks. Tarek lives in Cairo and London.


Filmmaker, New York/Cairo

2002 Internship, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Cairo
2008 Volunteer, Al Nadeem Center for Treatment of Torture Victims, Cairo
2004-2005 Assistant Director, Arab Radio & Television (ART), Cairo
NYFA Diploma, New York Film Academy, London
2007 "Fusion Arts Exchange Program" on Screenwriting and Film Production, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles
German Filmmaker Andres Veiel, Documentary Workshop
Organizing Committee, Department of Panels and Special Events, Cairo International Film Festival 2007
  Game Writer and Creative Director,  Bezra (3D Interactive Online Game), Silverkey Technology
2009 BA, Political Science, American University in Cairo
BA, Filmmaking, High Institute of Cinema in Cairo, Summa cum Laude with Distinction
Tokyo Documentary Project, The Japan Foundation
2010 Artistic Director/Writer/Filmmaker, Zad Communication & Production llc
2013 Expected Graduation, MFA, Film & TV Production, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

B.Sc. M.Sc. Nour SHAWKY

General Manager, Softec International, Cairo

2000 Internship, Hödlmayr International, Schwertberg, Austria
2001 German Abitur, Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule, Cairo
Internship, Infineon Technologies, Villach, Austria
2002 Egyptian German Telecommunication Industries, Cairo, Egypt
2004 Vordiplom in Computer Science, Universität Passau
2005 Bachelor of Science (with Excellence) in Computer Science - Highest faculty grade in 2005
2006 Master of Science (with Distinction) in Software Systems Engineering / Financial Stream, University College London, United Kingdom
2006-2007 Teaching Assistant, Computer Science Department, German University in Cairo
Software Engineer/Consultant, Aptec Kiosk Services
2006-2008 Project Manager, GoNow Aviation
2008-present Co-Founder & General Manager, Softec International
 Founding member of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party
 Public speaker on politics, economics and social democracy

Political Symposium

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