Meet the Team
Central Positions Team
Associate Provost, Sponsored Programs
Dina Adly is the associate provost of sponsored programs at The American University in Cairo (AUC). Adly is a research administrator with 28 years of experience in management and regulatory skills. She is knowledgeable in the principles governing pre-award and post-award administration on an institutional level, particularly within an academic environment. She provides specialized support to faculty to enable them to generate engaging, interdisciplinary and innovative proposals through her extensive familiarity with the policies and procedures applicable to different types of awards from a diverse sponsor base.
Sulaf Taha is responsible for managing all Tomorrow's Leaders Programs (TLP) at The American University in Cairo (AUC), providing overall technical and financial oversight and support to the Tomorrow's Leaders (TL) staff and scholars. She joined AUC in 2008 at the USAID-funded LEAD program. She held different positions, starting from student life coordinator and assistant director to associate director, through which she impacted the lives of more than 400 successful LEAD students before assuming the leadership of the Tomorrow's Leaders (TL) program in 2014. Before joining AUC, Taha had worked in human rights education for young persons for over ten years.
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Sabreen Mahmoud is the monitoring and evaluation manager at Tomorrow’s Leaders Programs (TLP). She is a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) graduate from the School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU) with a concentration in development. Earlier, she obtained her BA in economics from The American University in Cairo (AUC). Mahmoud has over nine years of experience in the development field, during which she worked on major topics such as; poverty alleviation, women’s economic empowerment, private provision of public goods, social entrepreneurship, and children protection.
Associate Director Tomorrow's Leaders Gender Scholars (TLS) program and TL Senior Gender Coordinator
Fatemah Farag is a gender expert with 22 years of professional experience, of which she dedicated the last ten years to the design, development, and implementation of a global gender equality media development program known as Women In News (WIN) in her capacity as the regional/advocacy director for the World Association of Newspapers WAN-IFRA. She created and expanded a partner network that includes influential media organizations in different countries and external donors and partners through her role. She also designed and led advocacy activities to support gender equality and co-led the development of the WIN training modules.
Senior Finance Officer, Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate, Tomorrow's Leaders Gender Scholars, Tomorrow's Leaders Programs
Mariam Dawood is a senior financial officer for Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate (TLG), Tomorrow's Leaders Gender Scholars (TLG), and Tomorrow's Leaders Programs (TLP). She has professional experience with over seven years in project management and over 12 years of experience in the development and grants management fields. Her latest position was working as a project manager at the Center of Applied Research on the Environment and Sustainability, with the aim of developing environmental research and sustainability for senior and young professionals. Dawood has strong experience working with international donors. Through her work, she managed the technical and financial aspects of multiple nongovernmental Organisation (NGO) grants for different projects involving community mobilization activities and women empowerment.
Tomorrow's Leaders Administrative Assistant
Salma Jihad is an administrative assistant at the Tomorrow's Leaders Programs (TLP). She studied Turkology at the Faculty of Al-Alsun, Ain Shams University. Jihad took on diverse professional roles that helped widen her horizons and add more to her skill set. She worked as an English instructor at Not Courses, where she had students of different ages. Then, she started a career as an administrative assistant and content writer at Cooing Real Estate, where she was best known for her Search Engine Optimization (SEO) friendly blog articles. Afterward, she became a registration specialist at the University of Canada in Egypt, assisting the students.
Academic Directors Team
Academic Director, Tomorrow's Leaders Gender Scholars and Tomorrow's Leaders Programs
Ahmed Tolba is a professor of marketing and chair of the Department of Management at The American University in Cairo (AUC). He also served as associate provost for strategic enrollment management (2015-20). He was awarded his PhD from George Washington University (GWU) in 2006; his MBA and BSc from The American University in Cairo (AUC) in 1997 and 2001, respectively. His research focuses on entrepreneurship, marketing education, social marketing, brand equity, nation branding, innovation marketing and online marketing. He published his research in leading academic journals and conferences. He is also a co-author of Egypt’s Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report. In addition, he co-authored the leading textbook Principles of Marketing: Arab World Edition with marketing gurus Philip Kotler and Gary Armstrong. His teaching experience includes over ten courses in marketing and business strategy.
Academic Director, Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate Program
Hakim Meshreki is an assistant professor of marketing at The American University in Cairo (AUC). His main research interests are related to international marketing, consumer behavior and branding, with special emphasis on country of origin research, value research and brand equity. Meshriki has extended his research interests to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial marketing and joined the GEM Egypt team in 2019. Since 1999, he has been a partner and commercial director at Mena Company for Adhesives Technology (Menatec), which is a family business. Since joining, he has contributed to the company's turnaround by defining and managing its strategic growth through key internal projects and partnerships with key international players. He was key during the negotiation, market research and evaluation phases.
Academic Director, Tomorrow's Leaders Gender Scholars
Helen Rizzo is an associate professor of sociology at The American University in Cairo (AUC). She received her PhD in sociology from Ohio State University in 2000. She has published numerous articles on public opinion, citizenship rights and the democratization process in Kuwait. Her book, Islam, Democracy and the Status of Women: The Case of Kuwait, was published in 2005 by Routledge Press. Her more recent projects include working with colleagues from anthropology and media studies on a British academy small grants funded project titled Youth Perspectives on Gender Norms and Public Sexual Violence in Cairo: Cultural and Media Perspectives, and research focusing on social movement campaigns against street sexual harassment in Egypt.
Tomorrows Leaders Undergraduate Team
Associate Director, Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate Program
Dina Mohsen is the associate director for Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate (TLU) Program. Her role involves critically furthering TLU’s mission and objectives, developing the program’s strategic plans and implementing relevant modules for students to become future community and business leaders. Her experience of over 15 years has been mainly in the area of development, where she was part of several projects and initiatives in capacity building, cultural exchange and entrepreneurial training. In previous positions, she worked closely with different constituencies in various capacities, aiming to empower and advance their leadership and professional potential.
Leadership Coordinator, Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate Program
Youssef Samuel is Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate (TLU) program's leadership coordinator. Samuel is a youth leadership development specialist. He worked for several esteemed organizations such as Aspire Training Solutions, Streams Organisation, The British Council and Mouvement Eucharistique des Jeunes (MEJ) Egypt. Throughout his career, he developed and monitored young clients’ leadership skills. He developed training materials and provided mentoring and coaching services in management, leadership, communication, customer service, etc. Samuel received a degree in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and is currently enrolled in a two-year diploma in CBT from the Egyptian Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Egyptian Doctors Syndicate.
Program Officer, Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate Program
Raheem Mikhail is a Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Tomorrow’s Leaders (TL) alumnus. He Studied at The American University of Beirut (AUB), where he majored in public administration and minored in political science. During his undergraduate studies, Mikhail participated in various workshops and extracurricular activities. He also joined The American University in Washington (AU) for a semester abroad, where he was exposed to the culture in the US After graduating from AUB, he came back to Egypt to start his professional journey and worked with a non-profit organization (NGO) that provides services to wheelchair users in Egypt. Afterward, he served as a program officer at the Fulbright Commission in Egypt for four years.
Assistant Coordinator, Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate Program
Nirvana Ayman is a psychology graduate from The American University in Cairo (AUC). She graduated in the spring of 2021 with the highest honors. Ayman was an active AUC member working with the Center for Student Well-Being, the Office of Residential Life, and many other students led activities. As an undergraduate, she enjoyed helping other students and enjoyed seeking challenging opportunities. Her work with her peers, volunteer experiences in the community, and passion for human development have inspired her to seek the opportunity to help students find their passion and achieve what they set their minds to. Ayman is an advocate for the well-being, development, and encouragement of every student across all disciplines.
Office Clerk, Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate Program
Ezzat Zakry graduated from the Industrial Technical Institute in 1997 in, the mechanical force sector. Zakry worked in the National Metro Project and Amun Pharmaceuticals Company. He also served in the Papal Headquarters, Abbasiya. Later, he started his journey at The American University in Cairo (AUC) with the LEAD program in 2013 and is currently with the Tomorrow’s Leaders (TL) program. He is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Cairo University.
Tomorrow's Leaders Graduate Program Team
Associate Director, Tomorrow's Leaders Graduate Program
Yasmine Ibrahim is the associate director of the Tomorrow's Leaders Graduate (TLG) program and an accomplished expert with 16 years of management experience in the field of higher education. She started her career in the education USA center services in Egypt, co-managing the Ford Foundation's International Fellowship Program (IFP). She later worked with universities, gaining long years of experience in graduate student services, outreach and recruitment, and managing several externally funded graduate fellowships for key regional and international donors and foundations, such as the Tokyo Foundation and the Nadhmi Auchi Foundation.
Yasmina Al Azazy
Program Coordinator, Tomorrow's Leaders Graduate Program
Yasmina Al Azazy is the assistant coordinator for The American University in Cairo's (AUC) Tomorrow's Leaders Graduate (TLG) program. Al Azazy formerly worked as a research and teaching assistant in the Department of Political Science. She graduated from The American University in Cairo (AUC) with a BA in political science in 2016 and an MA in political science, with a concentration in comparative politics and Middle East Studies in 2021 as part of the joint program CMEPS between AUC and Tübingen University in Germany. Her main research areas include democratization, regime change, and Middle East comparative studies.
Tomorrow's Leaders Gender Scholars Team
Program Officer, Tomorrow's Leaders Gender Scholars
Hind Al-Helou is the assistant coordinator for The American University in Cairo's (AUC) Tomorrows Leaders Undergraduate (TLU) program and senior collaborator for the IREX mentorship program. Al-Helou is the former graduate representative at the International Studies Association (ISA) Women’s Caucus and a Gerner Grant Award committee member. She graduated from AUC with a BA in communication and media studies in 2018 as a TLU scholar and with an MA in political science, with a concentration in international relations, in 2021 as an international graduate fellow. Her main areas of research include colonialism, racism, and securitization studies.
Assistant Coordinator, Tomorrow's Leaders Gender Scholars
Sherief Khalil is a highly accomplished professional with a bachelor's degree (BSc) in Human Resources and International Business from the German University in Cairo and a master's degree in education studies from Manchester Metropolitan University. With extensive knowledge of educational theories, practices, and policies, he brings a wealth of expertise to AUC, where he currently serves as the Tomorrow's Leaders Programs (TLS) assistant gender coordinator. Khalil's exceptional leadership, communication, and collaboration skills have been honed through both hands-on experience and rigorous academic training.