April 28, 2012Contact: Omneia Elghazali Harb
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El Toukhy and Martiz Named to AUC's Board of Trustees
April 29 , 2012, Cairo, Egypt – The American University in Cairo (AUC) has announced the appointment of Atef Eltoukhy of Cairo, Egypt and Philip F. Maritz of California, the United States of America to its Board of Trustees.
Eltoukhy is the chairman of Aurum Capital Management. He serves as treasurer of the board of directors at the International House, a program center and campus residence at the University of California, Berkeley. Formerly, he was a professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, a scientist at IBM in San Jose and an entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley. Eltoukhy authored many patents and publications in the semiconductor and magnetic thin film deposition technology. He holds a PhD from the University of Illinois, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Cairo University. He was also a graduate student and instructor at the materials science department at AUC in the early 1970s.
“I am delighted to be joining a distinguished group of colleagues as a trustee of The American University in Cairo,” said Eltoukhy. “An institution that has for decades been known for the outstanding caliber of its graduates and its contributions to research and academia, AUC is a University that holds tremendous promise for Egypt and the region.”
“Already a valuable University supporter, having established an endowed fellowship for deserving Egyptian students, Atef Eltoukhy brings great enthusiasm for both AUC and educating bright, young Egyptians,” said Richard Bartlett, chair of the Board of Trustees. “Combining tremendous talent in the areas of science, technology development, entrepreneurship and investment, coupled with a deep passion for philanthropy, Atef is a wonderful addition to AUC’s Board of Trustees.”
Maritz has held positions at AT&T, Morgan Stanley & Co. and Spieker Properties. In 1992, he co-founded Maritz, Wolff & Co. Maritz serves on the board of Rosewood and Dolce hotels, in addition to holding seats on the advisory council of the Princeton University Art Museum and the management board of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Maritz graduated from Princeton University in 1983 with a degree in art and archaeology and received his MBA in 1987, with an emphasis on real estate and finance, from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
“The board is delighted to have Philip Maritz as one of its members,” said Bartlett. “Philip is a remarkable business leader and philanthropist, with extensive experience in serving on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations. I am certain that the board will benefit greatly from his keen business knowledge and deep interest in education and the Middle East.”
Distinguished in their accomplishments in the areas of business, law, education, philanthropy and scholarship, members of AUC’s Board of Trustees are all volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to supporting the University. Primarily Egyptians, Saudi Arabians and Americans, trustees do not receive a salary and provide their own financial support to the University. AUC’s trustees include Moataz Al-Alfi, chairman of the Americana Group, Dina Habib Powell, managing director and global head of corporate engagement at Goldman Sachs, and Ahmed Zewail, Nobel laureate and the Linus Pauling Chair Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology.
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The American University in Cairo (AUC) was founded in 1919 and is major contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab Region. It is a vital bridge between East and West, linking Egypt and the region to the world through scholarly research, partnerships with academic and research institutions, and study abroad programs. An independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal opportunity institution, AUC is fully accredited in Egypt and the United States.