Dining with an AUCian
This program is designed to bring together AUC alumni from diverse career fields and provide a networking opportunity with current AUC senior and graduating senior students in a relaxed setting outside of campus while sharing a meal. This program is an opportunity for students to share their experiences at AUC and learn more about their host's journey as an alum and what happens after graduation. It also gives everyone a chance to expand their social circle by meeting new people. Make sure you check our FAQs to find out more about the program.
Chairman and CEO of Pepsico - Egypt
Mohamed Shelbaya '90 hosted 15 senior students at PepsiCo's new head office at Cairo Festival City where he spoke to them about his journey with the company until he became its CEO. Shelbaya advised students to focus on their strengths, find a mentor and build their career foundation. He told them to think of their "career path not (as) a sprint but rather a marathon where you change your strategies along the way."
Computer Scientist and Lawyer, Former Managing Director and CEO of Telecom Egypt
Twelve seniors were hosted by alumni Mohamed Elnawawy '92, '07 and his wife Randa Aboulmagd '92 at their residence in New Cairo. Since most of the students were sciences and engineering majors, the conversation steered towards topics such as telecommunications, big data, and computer engineering. Elnawawy reflected on his experience launching the first internet provider in Egypt and he told the students to "challenge the status quo constantly....and remember that pressure turns coal into diamonds."
CEO of EG Bank
Nidal Asser '95 and his wife Heba Hashem generously hosted eleven students over dinner in their garden. Asser spoke to the students about his experience investing in the New York Stock Exchange and working for Morgan Stanley, the Central Bank of Egypt and recently EG Bank. His personal advice to them was "don’t check your payslip during your first three to five years of professional life; you are in it for the learning rather than the money." Asser is a committed supporter of AUC and sponsors a merit-based scholarship for a student.
President of the AUC Alumni Council, Chairman of Electrolux Egypt
The first Dining with an AUCian event was hosted by AUC alumnus Ahmed El Bakry '87 '90 and his spouse, Randa Kamel '86. The setting offered by El Bakry was cozy and welcoming to the students. The group of students chosen for this intimate gathering was diverse and savvy. Bakry shared his pride in being a family of AUCians and how AUC shaped his whole life. He mentioned several times how grateful he is to AUC and how AUC played an instrumental role in his social and career life. Kamel and Bakry offered lunch, and the students were easily mingling together and with the hosts.
Adjunct Faculty in AUC's Department of Economics and former Minister of International Cooperation
The setting offered by Nasr to the students was close to royal yet cozy and intimate. Nasr started by greeting the students into her house. She narrated her academic journey in acquiring her bachelor's and master's in Economics from AUC then her PhD from Cairo University. The students were invited over to see her office. It was full of graduation certificates from AUC and other international institutions and appreciation notes from prominent figures. Nasr's main advice to the students was "always be persistent, never give up, and deliver because hard work always pays off no matter what."