Mervat Abou Oaf, PhD, is a professor of practice and prior chair (2011-2014) of the Journalism and Mass Communication Department (JRMC) at the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at The American University in Cairo (AUC).
She received her PhD doctoral degree from the University Autonoma of Barcelona (UAB), Spain with “Excellent” qualification, in the legislative, regulatory concentration on the Egyptian film industry.
Abou Oaf is an academic and professional educator who has taught a variety of courses in multimedia journalism and mass communication with a special emphasis in the areas of media law, regulations, and policy. She is also an expert in other theoretical and practical media disciplines including theories, ethics as well as multimedia writing and video editing and design, global media, investigative reporting, editing wire news, as well as writing feature stories, and advocacy writing are among the subject matters Abou Oaf teaches. Besides, she served as a member of the External Review Team (ERT) for the renewal of Accreditation of the Mass Communication Programs in the University of Sharjah (UoS), UAE; following the standards of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).
Professionally, Abou Oaf is directory board consultant to the “Chamber of Cinema Industry (CCI)” in Egypt in its legislative commission effective October 2016. CCI is a member of the Federation of Egyptian Industries affiliated with the Ministry of Industry among many others. Abou Oaf reports on affairs pertinent to piracy, censorship, barriers to foreign film production in Egypt, fostering Independent filmmaking, government intervention, bureaucracy and other affairs regulating the film industry in Egypt.
Abou Oaf is a member of the Foreign Press Association (FPA)-ID: 00104. She is a foreign press conferences coordinator and moderator in the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) (B1451192835), the only film festival in the Middle East that is granted international license form the FIAPF (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films; English: International Federation of Film Producers Associations). She worked in the management for the CIFF and as an English editor from 2006 to 2013. She has served as the editor-in-chief of AdLife Magazine (currently frozen).
She has been serving in the National Council for Women (NCW) in Egypt since 2006. Women empowerment, progress, emancipation, safety, and welfare are major areas of concern that Abou Oaf has been actively and consistently involved in. She is currently an active member in the NCW “International/Foreign Affairs Committee” and has represented the council locally in Africa, and internationally in several consortiums, conferences, forums and seminars as a delegate, participant and/or a guest speaker. Earlier, she chaired the media department in Cairo branch, till 2016, and participated in representing women in Egypt through the NCW and other entities in different organizations and in different occasions and was involved in several national and international conferences concerning women empowerment in the region.
Abou Oaf is a member of the Women and Memory Forum (WMF) since April 2010. WMF is an Egyptian non-profit organization established by women researchers and activists preoccupied with feminist studies and women empowerment; an independent management board manages the WMF affairs. Abou Oaf is also in the database "Who is She" of Egyptian Women Experts based on KVINFO's Danish database of female experts.
She had become a board member, executive director and media consultant of "AWLADNA” Foundation under the auspices of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah EL Sisi, with its International Forum for Arts of the Gifted since 2016, aiming at nurturing and displaying the artistic talents of the gifted nationally and internationally.
Abou Oaf has recently been appointed the peace ambassador for arts and culture by the Egyptian Center for World Peace and Human Rights, a United Nations accredited body for her contributions and active involvement in cultural and artistic affairs as an educator and practitioner, in festivals and conferences advocating for the pivotal role soft powers play in disseminating peace and tolerance while combatting fundamentalism and prejudice.
Abou Oaf is an adherent of the United Group – Attorneys-at-law, Legal Advisors (United Group), a member in several professional syndicates, commissions, federations, and committees including the Chamber of the Cinema Industry Federation (ID: 15); the Foreign Press Association FPA-ID: 00104 (Media/Magazine-UK); the Egyptian Musician Syndicate-ID: 2457. Administratively, Abou Oaf was a member of the American University Senate’s Executive Committee (EC) till August 2018, chairing the Senate Student Affairs Committee (SAC). She has also been selected as a pioneer member in the AUC steering committee of the Life Mentorship Project (LMP). Abou Oaf was elected to chair the JRMC Department, 2012-2014, served as its associate chair (2010-2011), undergraduate director (2007-2010). She was nominated for excellence in teaching and service awards at AUC several times. She has effectively mentored and advised the department’s students and carried administrative duties in registration, declaration and admissions procedures at the department. Abou Oaf participated in creating the department’s strategic plan and was involved in designing, planning, modifying, revising, updating curricula and career development among many other duties. She also dealt with student grievances, petitions, requests, and concerns. To her inspiring students and facilitating their academic and professional experience at AUC and promoting their passion for learning is her utmost objective.
Abou Oaf has been on the teaching highest students’ evaluations scale ever since she started her teaching career at AUC in 1995.