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Scriptwriter and Actor
One of Egypt's most sought after screenwriters, Tamer Habib is known for his great storytelling talent. His debut script was the intelligent drama Sahar El Layali, which catapulted him to A-list writer status in 2003. His writing credits include hits, such as Taymour w Shafika, Wahed Saheh and Aswar al-Qamar. Habib also wrote TV hits La Totfe' El Shams and Grand Hotel, the first Arabic series to ever be featured on Netflix. He was voted best scriptwriter in a recent audience poll by NRJ Egypt radio station and was selected as a jury member at the 2020 Revart Film Festival — Egypt's first online vertical festival that aims to introduces a modern dimension of creativity to filmmakers during the COVID-19 crisis. As an actor, Habib made several appearances in films and TV series.
Mervat Abou Oaf ’88, ’02
Professor of Practice, AUC’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Mervat Abou Oaf is a professor of practice and prior chair of AUC’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. She earned her doctoral degree from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain on the legislation of cinema industry in Egypt. Abou Oaf is an academic and professional trainer at the National Training Academy in its Executive and African Presidential Leadership Programs. She is directory board consultant to the Chamber of Cinema Industry in Egypt, a member of the Foreign Press Association and a participant in international film festivals. Abou Oaf has served in Egypt’s National Council for Women since 2006, is a member of the Women and Memory Forum, and is on the Danish database of Egyptian women experts Who Is She. She is a board member and media consultant of the AWLADNA Foundation for the disabled. Abou Oaf believes in the pivotal role soft powers play in human development and in disseminating peace and tolerance while combatting fundamentalism and prejudice. Abou Oaf was selected as a peace ambassador for arts and culture by the Egyptian Center for World Peace and Human Rights, a UN body.
AUC Integrated Marketing Communication Junior; Actor
Ahmed Dash is an integrated marketing communication junior at AUC and a famous young actor. Dash debuted his film career in 2014 with a starring role in Excuse My French, making his way into the hearts of audiences nationwide. He went on to star in Clash and Ailia. Dash gave many more noteworthy performances, appearing in films like Eshtebak, Photocopy and Casablanca as well as TV series, such as Taye'e and Ma Waraa’ Al Tabee’a.
Amel Fahmy, MA ’10
Managing Director, Tadwein Gender Research Center
Amel Fahmy is the managing director of Tadwein Gender Research Center in Egypt and the co-founder of HarassMap — a mobile and online technology non-profit that uses interactive mapping to reduce the social acceptability of sexual harassment. An expert on gender-based violence (GBV), Fahmy conducts research to understand the social factors that drive GBV in different communities. Fahmy examined and addressed various GBV issues through her work at the World Health Organization and the United Nations Population Fund. She holds a master’s degree in gender and women’s studies in the Middle East and North Africa from AUC and is currently a PhD candidate in anthropology.