AUC100 doesn’t just reflect on the countless memories made in every corner, every class and on every occasion, whether then or now, but it’s also about the global impact that its people are making in the world.
Ahmed El Attar '93
Theatre director, playwright and cultural manager, Ahmed El Attar is the founder and general manager of Orient Productions which hosts diverse arts and culture projects, including studio Emad Eddin and the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival. In 2018. El Attar was granted the title of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.
Rami Imam '98
Rami Imam made his debut as an actor in Al Noum Fi Al Asal. Since then he worked as an actor, director and producer establishing the production company Magnum and directing films and television shows such as Hassan Wa Morcos (2018) and Al A'raaf (2013).
Hisham Abbas '88
Singer and performer Hisham Abbas has been a hit since early 1990's with popular songs including Wana Wana Wana, Ta'ala, Shoofi and Habibi Dah, among many others. He received multiple awards including Orbit's Arabic Song Awards in 1997 and AUC 2012 Distinguished Alumni Volunteer Award.
Amina Khalil '09
After graduating from AUC, Amina Khalil continued her theatrical studies at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and further at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia.
Her work include the popular TV show Grand Hotel (2016) and Layali Eugenie (2018) and movies such as El Badla (2018), Al Khaliya (2017), Khanet El Yak (2015) and her critically acclaimed performance in Sukkar Mor (2015) and 122 (2018).
Yosra El Lozy '07
Yosra El Lozy's relationship with AUC goes back to when she was 6 attending theatre rehearsals held by her father, Professor Mahmoud El Lozy '76 '79, and watching his students perform. She is now a successful actress with awards under her belt for her roles in Qobolat Masrouqa (2018), Bel Alwan El Tabeaya (2009) and Heliopolis (2010).
Tarek El Ebiary '12
In 2012, Tarek El Ebiary became the youngest artist to write, act and direct in a commercial Egyptian film - his senior project at AUC - which was released in Egyptian cinemas. He acted in more than 40 professional productions ( 4 films, 18 TV series, 15 plays, 2 radio programs, and 1 cartoon series). He is the founder of AUC Theatre and Film Club.
Engy Wegdan '04
Journalism and Mass Communication
After two years of working as a film editor at Rotana, Engy Wegdan started her acting career in 2006 with the situational comedy, Tamer Wi Shawkeya. Her works include the popular TV show Tel'et Rohy (2018) and Saheb El Sa'ada (2014), and movies such as H Dabbour (20028).
Nesma Mahgoub '13
Musical Arts in Performance
Nesma Mahgoub solidified her stardom after winning the eight season of Star Academy Arabic in 2011. Mahgoub has a successful singing and teaching career, voicing Elsa in the Arabic dub of Disney's Frozen and teaching at the Department of Arts at the AUC. Mahgoub who started singing at the age of 10 is currently the AUC Pop Ensemble which performs a range of genres inlcuding pop, rock and gospel. Mahgoub sings in a variety of languages, including Arabic, English, Italian, Latin, French and Hindi. Her singing genres include opera (soprano), jazz, pop, musical and oriental. She was named Best Female Youth Singer by the Middle East Music Awards. She is currently the musical director of CineMania and working on her original songs.
Abu Bakr Shawky '10
Abu Bakr Shawky is an Egyptian-Austrian writer and director whose globally renowned film Yomeddin was elected to participate in the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and compete for the Palme d'Or. The film also received the Francois Chalais Award and was Egypt's official submission for the 91st Academy Awards. Shawky is known for his work on Things I Heard on Wednesday (2012) and the Looming Tower (2018). Recently Shawky won the Variety's MENA Talent of the Year Award and El-Gouna Film Festival. In 2018 he was listed by Forbes Middle East among the Top Five Arab Directors on the Global Stage.
Gala El Hadidi '05 07'
Philosophy, English and Comparative Literature
A week before her freshman year, international mezzo-soprano Gala El Hadidi joined the Cairo Opera House as its youngest singer at age 18 and went on to perform as a solo artist in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria and the United States. After graduation El Hadidi received scholarships to attend the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart, Germany and to study a Master of Music at Yale University. In 2018, she was awarded an outstanding achievement prize and recognition by Egypt's Minister of Culture. She is the first Egyptian to receive an achievement award by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2010 as well as the first Egyptian to be nominated for the BBC Cardiff singer of the world in 2013. In 2013, El Hadidi became the first Egyptian opera singer to perform the title of Carmen internationally.
Seif Abou Zaid '08 '17
Political Science; Public Policy
Seif Abou Zaid is the co-founder and CEO of Mavericks School in Egypt, which utilizes personalized and self-directed learning, real life experiences and hands-on activities - celebrating students strengths. "I was always interested in education as a vehicle for liberation and empowerment" said Abou Zaid, who previously worked in two education startups including being co-founder and CEO of Tahrir Academy one of the regions biggest online educational platforms.
Amin Ashraf Marei '11
Amin Marei is the associate director of the Professional Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) as well as co-founder and director of the Middle East Professional Learning Initiative, one of the largest international initiatives at HGSE. A teaching fellow at Harvard, Amin developed HGSE's professional education multiplier model, the MEPLI fellowship and managed the development of Harvard University's first professional education courses in Arabic.
Yousef Gamal El-Din '07 '10
Journalism and Mass Communication
A Bloomberg TV anchor Youssef Gamal El-Din has been the host of Daybreak: Middle east since 2016. Over the years he has interviewed heads of state ministers, CEOs and billionaires around the world. He first gained global recognition at CNBC, and is he author of the best seller, The Art of Executive Appearance.
Ramy Radwan '06
Journalism and Mass Communication
Ramy Radwan is the presenter of 8 El Sobh on DMC - which previously received audience ratings as the most viewed and morning popular show. Prior to that he was a presenter on Ten TV, OnTV and OTV.
Radwa Hamed '17
Computer Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering
During her time at AUC, Radwa Hamed was Secretary General of The Cairo International Model United Nations and chair of development in the Student Union and was named among Internet Society's 25U25. Currently, Hamed is a data infrastructure engineer at Affectiva, the global leader in artificial emotional intelligence and has been named by a 2019 Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University - one of the only two people in the region to receive this award.
Asser Yassin '04
Lights, camera, action ... for a famous actor, writer and producer Asser Yassin "action" didn't always mean a career as an actor. Getting his degree in mechanical engineering at AUC, Yassin was set to continue in this field upon graduation.
Still, it was also at his alma mater that he got his first taste of performing "My favorite moment at AUC was my first time being on stage," he explained. "The theatre gives you very prompt and direct feedback from the audience."
Yassin has played roles in the TV series Qalb Habiba (2006) and in the movies Al Waad (2008) and Rasayel El Bahr (2010) for which he won Best Actor at the Carthage Film Festival and at the Malmo Arab Film Festival. He also won best actor at Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival for his movie Aswar Al Qamar (2015). Most recently, he played the lead role in Torab El Mass (2018).
His major still plays a role in the career decisions he makes. "I have criteria for selecting my roles, which is actually based on scientific c method." he says, "Whatever you are studying will actually be very beneficial to what you choose in the end."
Abu's brainchild, Talat Dakkat, was released in 2017 and became what many describe the prototype of happiness. With more than 470 million views on Youtube, Abu has successfully positioned himself as a talented singer, composer and songwriter. Previously, Abu worked in brand management at P&G for seven years.
Ingy El Mokkaddem '97
Ingy El Mokkaddem started her career as a TV host in the program El Sellem we El Tho'aban. In 2006 she acted in the TV comedy Ahmed Itgawiz Muna. Following the show, she took part in several movie and TV production. including Layali Eugenie (2018) and Hekayat Banat (2017).
Reem Al Olaby '11 '14
During her time at AUC, Reem El Olaby, recipient of the Youssef Jameel Fellowship in Applied Sciences and Engineering at the Nadhmi Auchi Young Arab Leaders Fellowship, researched drug leads to fight Hepatitis C and Malaria in collaboration with prestigious institutions including Caltech, Stanford and Johns Hopkins universities. Her other research interest include breast cancer and the genetics of autism spectrum disorder. She is currently an assistant professor of biology and biotechnology at California Northstate University.