Alia MOSSALAM has two passions. One is working with children using colors and the other is listening to people tell stories. Alia has recently completed a PhD that explores a popular history of Nasserist Egypt, through the stories told, and songs sung by the people behind the 1952 revolution, namely the workers who built the Aswan High Dam, the Nubians displaced by it, and the members of the resistance in Port Said and Suez, in 1956 and 1967 respectively. This is part of her continued research and interest in the stories behind the popular movements and revolutions that make Egyptian history but are seldom told. She is now engaged in a number of projects teaching youth inside and outside of academic institutions all over Egypt - and occasionally beyond - to dig deeper into their own personal and communal histories and explore ways to re-tell them creatively. She continues to look for these stories, and songs, in an attempt to recover a lost history of popular movements; and in hopes that one day, we may write our own.
Anne MISHKIND is passionate about education as a holistic transformative process, and as a means to increase opportunity, economic mobility, and meaningful participation in the political process. As an undergraduate at NYU's Gallatin School she concentrated in philosophy; a graduate student at the University of Cambridge she studied political thought and intellectual history. Anne is interested in the role of education in shaping shared social and cultural values, political identity, and a common sense of political purpose. Her past experience includes education policy analysis, working with at-risk middle and high school students, and teaching basic education courses for adults. In addition to her role as visiting fellow at CILAS, she works as an education policy analyst at the American Institutes for Research, focusing on issues of equity and access for low-income, minority, and first-generation college students in the US.
Ayesha MUALLA obtained a Master's degree in Media and Cultural Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai after graduating from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Ayesha has worked as a Research Fellow at TISS, Hyderabad. She also had a short stint with journalism contributing to Deccan Chronicle and Tehelka magazine. Ayesha joins CILAS with three years of experience with the Ministry of Higher Education in Oman serving as faculty member at the College of Applied Sciences, Nizwa. Her research areas include Art, Popular Culture, Identity and Social Media. A keen photographer, she tries to capture the unexplored in her frames and discover spaces through photo walks. As a fellow at CILAS she coordinates the field of study Arts and directs CILAS' Media Lab.
Farida MAKAR obtained a graduate degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford. In her Master's thesis she looked at teacher training in Egypt at the turn of the 20th century. As an undergraduate at AUC, she double-majored in political science and history focusing primarily on the history of formal education in Egypt. Farida has conducted research on nationalism in Egyptian textbooks throughout the twentieth century. She is interested in the interplay between nationalism and education, methods of self-organisation, alternative education, music and socio-economic rights. She is naturally drawn to anything remotely related to modern Egyptian history or earrings. Farida returns to CILAS as visiting fellow in the field of study Culture to coordinate the thematic course History of Education.
Karim-Yassin GOESSINGER studied political philosophy and urban governance in the Netherlands, Brazil and France. He has worked with a range of development agencies in Latin America and the Middle East in fields including micro-finance, informal housing and local governance. In addition to his strong interest in social and political theory, Karim-Yassin is passionate about designing educational experiences. A Dalai Lama Fellow, he enjoys martial arts, language, world music and tea. After his graduate studies at Sciences Po Paris, he set out to create the Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CILAS). As a fellow at CILAS, he coordinates the field of study Social Sciences and co-directs the yearlong study programme in the liberal arts.
Nayera ABDEL RAHMAN studied in the French section of the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences at Cairo University. She pursued further study in Political Sociology at the Sorbonne in Paris where she obtained a Master's degree in 2013. In her thesis she looked at the 'associative actions' taken to promote education in Egypt between 2000 and 2011. Nayera co-founded of Education Square - a social initiative aiming at providing space for education practitioners in Egypt to network, share knowledge, collaborate and promote creative solutions to educational problems. She is a firm believer in bottom-up approaches to development. Her research interests are alternative education, social activism, youth and historical approaches. Nayera is joining CILAS as visiting fellow in the field of study Culture to coordinate the thematic course History of Education.
Nermine WALLY holds a BA in Political Economy from the American University in Cairo and a MA in Public Affairs from the Sciences Po Paris. She is a policy professional with more than a decade of experience in gender issues, poverty mitigation and participatory initiatives. As Programme Officer with the UN in Egypt her portfolio focuses on reporting, monitoring and evaluating key initiatives linked to the World Food Progra. Nermine has also served as President for the African Evaluation Association, a pan-African organisation dedicated to strengthening evaluation theory and practice in Africa. From 2010 to 2013 she served as Secretary for the International Organisation on Cooperation for Evaluation (IOCE) and is a founding member of both the Egyptian Evaluation Network and the Middle East and North Africa Evaluation Network. Nermine joins CILAS as visiting fellow offering a course on evaluation theory and practice.
Pam LABIB completed graduate studies in environmental science at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her mind has boggled with questions about who we are in relation to the world around us - questions that are contextualised in the worlds we imagine of birds, dolphins, coral reefs and sea turtles. Pam has employed both experiential and inquiry based methodologies in her teaching. At CILAS she will adopt phenomenological and relevance approach to education incorporating reflexive ethnographic approaches to uncover nuances of power relations when it comes to the worlds we inhabit and imagine. As a fellow at CILAS, Pam coordinates coursework in the field of study Natural Sciences and serves as Space Director.
René BOER holds a Master's degree in Urban Studies from University College London's Urban Laboratory. He works as an urban and architectural researcher in Cairo and is affiliated with the Amsterdam-based research foundation Failed Architecture; and various urban social movements. His work focuses on grass root urban practices, architecture's urban afterlife and artistic representations of the built environment. In the past, he has worked as a freelance journalist for a number of media outlets in Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. He has also been associated with the urban research collectives Citymine(d) in Barcelona, ICAHD in Ramallah/Jerusalem and Archis/Volume in Amsterdam. René joins CILAS as visiting fellow in the fields of study Arts and Natural Sciences, and will coordinate the thematic courses Art and the City, and Urban Resilience.
Shaimaa MAGUED is lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. Previously she served as Research Fellow at the Center of Migrations and Refugees Studies at the American University of Cairo (AUC) in 2012. Shaimaa obtained a PhD degree from SciencesPo Aix in France in International Relations after pursuing post-graduate studies at Sciences Po Paris. She was awarded a 'Building Next Scholars’ Fulbright scholarship as well as a French Government Scholarship to pursue her studies. Her research interests and publications look at Middle East politics, Political Islam, Egyptian Foreign Policy, Turkish politics, Turkish-Arab relations and the Arab Uprising. Shimaa has been affiliated with the French Institute of Anatolian Studies (IFEA) in Istanbul, the CEDEJ in Cairo and the National Security Department at the Arab League in Cairo. A visiting fellow at CILAS in the Social Sciences, Shaimaa will be coordinating the thematic course Rethinking Morality in International Relations.