Speakers Bios

Speakers Bios

Adham Ramadan

Adham Ramadan is Professor of Chemistry, with interests in novel teaching and leaning methods and pedagogies. He is part of the university Task Force on Blended and Online Learning. He is currently the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Aliaa Bassiouny

Aliaa Bassiouny is Associate Professor of Finance and Chair of the Department of Management at AUC. She holds a BBA and an MBA both with a specialization in finance from AUC and a Masters in Research (MRes) and PhD from ESADE Business School. She specializes in the building and use of financial models for decision making and integrates such models in her course delivery. Bassiouny’s research focuses on international financial markets, investments and entrepreneurial finance practices and has been published in various international journals.

Andreas Kakarougkas

​Andreas Kakarougkas is an Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at The American University in Cairo (AUC). He is passionate about teaching and has delivered courses at all levels (introductory and graduate). Kakarougkas is interested in applying novel pedagogical approaches in order to enrich the learning experience of his students. He is currently applying a blended learning, flipped classroom format to an introductory Biology class.

Chelsea Green

Chelsea Green is an Assistant Professor of Music at AUC. She teaches Music History, Introductory Ethnomusicology, Music Theory, Music Entrepreneurship and Guitar Performance. Drawing on her experience as a professional guitar soloist and ensemble player, Green also directs Cairo Guitar Collective and the AUC Guitar Ensemble. Both ensembles consistently perform throughout Egypt. Along with teaching and performing, Green transcribes music for guitar. She recently completed a set of French art songs for guitar and voice. Her transcriptions are published and distributed by California Guitar Archives (CGA). CGA also distributes her full-length album, The Mélodies of Eric Satie and Reynaldo Hahn, performed by duo Les Copines (Risa Larson, soprano & Chelsea Green, guitars). In 2011, she published a philosophical article entitled Permission to Play: Obstacles and Open Spaces in Music-Making. The article describes how the phenomenon of play, as articulated by the philosopher Hans George Gadamer, relates to the performing arts.

Doris Jones

Doris Jones teaches in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition and she is also the Director of the Common Reading Experience at AUC. Her research and teaching interests include: archival literacy; quantitative reasoning research methods; critical pedagogy; data visualization and data analysis. Jones current research demonstrates there exists an increasing reliance on quantitative information and reasoning. Such a reliance further shows how quantitative arguments can broaden faculty and student perceptions about rhetoric, that in part, seeks to liberate quantitative reasoning from traditional mathematics education by stressing reasoning in real-world communicative contexts.

Gretchen McCullough

Gretchen McCullough is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition. She has published two books of fiction, Three Stories from Cairo and Shahrazad's Tooth.

Hala Yehia Abd El- Wahab

Hala Yehia is currently a Senior Instructor at AUC. She holds an MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language and joined AUC in 2006. Her research focus is on the elementary level regarding cultural elements in textbooks, vocabulary acquisition, use of L1 and aural fluency. Recently, she became interested in the use of technology in teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Prior to that, she received training in redesigning courses into blended format. By the end of the year 2013, she had published three books about writing; "Uktub al-'arabiya" for the advanced, intermediate, and elementary levels.

Jen Thum

Jen Thum is a PhD Candidate in Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University. In 2017-2018 she is the Center for Digital Scholarship Fellow at Brown, as well as a U.S. State Department ECA Fellow at the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE). Jen is also a Head Teaching Consultant at the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown. Jen’s dissertation is a study of ancient Egyptian rock-cut stelae from the perspective of landscape archaeology; her methods include drone photography and spatial analysis. Her outreach project, The Interactive Dissertation, aims to bring her research on these monuments to the public.

Julie Johnson Pynn

My recent research and pedagogy interests in psychology infuse creative technologies to develop impactful learning experiences for students in traditional classrooms and in community-based settings in the U.S. and East Africa. I have used gaming elements in a class where students collaborated to create design concepts for a pro-social video gaming mobile app to conserve an endangered monkey. Currently, I am working with an interdisciplinary team of AUC faculty to develop a sustainability dashboard and mobile phone app that students can use in courses with environmental themes to create a culture of sustainability at AUC.

Karim Addas

Karim addas received a B.Sc. degree in Physics from AUC in 1996. In June 1998 he received a Masters Degree in Physics from Indiana University in Bloomington. Dr. Addas received his PhD degree in Physics from Indiana University Bloomington in 2004. Dr. Addas was a member of the complex fluids group as a postdoctoral fellow at the Rowland institute at Harvard University from Sept. 2004 to Sept. 2007. Dr. Addas joined AUC in Sept. 2007 and is currently at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure.

Kim Fox

Kim Fox is currently an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JRMC) at The American University in Cairo (AUC) in Cairo, Egypt. She primarily teaches Audio Production and Multimedia Writing. She received both her B.S. and her M.A. degrees from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Kim spent decades working in the U.S. radio industry in various positions at radio stations including as the morning host at WIZF in Cincinnati, Ohio and WBLK in Buffalo, NY. You won’t find her ranting on Twitter, but check her out there … just in case.

Magda Mostafa

Magda Mostafa is an Associate Professor of Design and Associate Chair of ARCH at AUC as well as a Design Associate at Progressive Architects. She is also currently the Co-Director of the UNESCO-UIA Education Commission and Validation Council.
Mostafa is specialized in design for children with special needs and sensory challenges; with a focus on autism. She is the author of the Autism ASPECTSS™ design guidelines, which was recently presented at the United Nations as a framework for international autism design policy. It was awarded the UIA International Research Award in 2014 and it has been presented at the world's first autism design conference, hosted by the UK's National Autistic Society as well as a well-received TEDxTalk. She designs globally and has shaped autism projects in Europe, the US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Information about her work can be found at www.autism.archi
Her most recent research is on the Juxtopolis© Pedagogy, a studio based research/design methodology. The Juxtopolis© Pedagogy's resultant work has been presented and exhibited worldwide, including at Columbia University's GSAPP; Durban, South Africa; and most recently at the 2016 Venice Biennale. It is also an integral part of AUC's Cairo in the Curriculum program. She is co-author of the book "Learning from Cairo" and her Juxtopolis Pedagogy was recently featured in Columbia University's book series on Architecture and the City "The Arab City: Architecture and Representation" edited by Amale Andraos and Nora Akawi.

Melanie Carter

Melanie Carter is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition. In addition to freshman-level rhetoric classes, she teaches Poetry Writing and a long manuscript course, Imagining the Book.

Mohie Omar

Dr. Mohie Omar is currently a Researcher at the National Water Research Center, a Consultant at the National Water Resources Plan Project, and the Head of Water Resources Committee at the Republican People's Party. Previously, Omar worked as a Project Manager, a Water Resources Planner, University Lecturer, and a Researcher in a number of institutions including; the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), UNESCO-IHE, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, EU, Modern University for Technology & Information, Ministry of Water Resources & Irrigation, and Holding Company for Water & Wastewater. Omar has his Doctor of Engineering Science in Irrigation and Hydraulics from Technische Universitaet Berlin, and his MSc in Water Resources Management from University of Lüneburg in Germany.

Mouannes Hojairi

Graduated from the American University of Beirut’s Political Science and Public Administration department in 2001. Pursued graduate studies at Columbia University’s MESAAS Department focusing on anti-colonial nationalism and history writing. Defended and deposited doctoral dissertation titled Church Historians and Maronite Communal Consciousness: Agency and Creativity in Writing the History of Mount Lebanon in 2011. Academic career thus far includes being a Visiting Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Bard College in 2009-2010 as well as the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Africana Studies at Vassar College in 2010-2013. Currently, assistant professor of Middle Eastern History at the American University in Cairo’s Department of History. Taught courses covering the history of Islam, the history of the Middle East, Arabic, Arab nationalism, and nationalist theory at all aforementioned institutions.

Nellie El Enany

An interdisciplinary, qualitative researcher, with a focus on ethnography, my research interests focus on how individuals interact in different social spheres and how they deal with instability, stigma and legitimacy. My research on identity loss and reconstruction, and identity work examines how individuals attempt to reconstruct their identities, engage in discourse to build legitimate identities and deal with stigmatised and marginalised identities. These concepts are explored in a range of settings including amongst entrepreneurs, the poor, refugees and marginalised groups. With a passion for teaching, my research also examines how students learn and are assessed, creativity in the classroom and experiential learning.

Nermeen Shehata

Nermeen Shehata is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting at AUC. She previously taught accounting courses at various institutions including Cairo University, The German University in Cairo, Misr International University, and Aston University (Birmingham, United Kingdom). Moreover, she was a visiting scholar at Georgia State University, United States. She integrates experiential learning in her courses so that students could develop their knowledge directly from professionals in the market and bridge the gap between theory and practice. Nermeen is also an active corporate governance researcher. She published her research in top-tier academic journals.

Nermine El Sissi

Nermine El Sissi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science. She received her Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Pace University, New York, NY in 2002. She received her Master of Sciences in applied mathematics from The Univesity of Texas at Dallas, in 2003, and her doctorate of philosophy degree in applied mathematics from The University of Texas at Dallas. She was a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor at Trinity Washington University from 2006 to 2009 and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas from 2009-2010. She joined The American University in Cairo in 2010.

Neveen Ahmed

Neveen Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Finance in the Management Department of the AUC School of Business. She joined AUC as full time faculty since 2011 teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in corporate, international finance, investment, and econometrics. She has earlier teaching experience in North Carolina State University teaching macroeconomics. Dr. Ahmed is a member of the Graduate Advisory Committee at the AUC. Dr. Ahmed has expertise in research that cover several issues pertaining to corporate finance and in assessing the credit worthiness and performance of SMEs. Dr. Ahmed current research work is in the field of international finance and corporate finance. Dr. Ahmed serves as students mentor in several case competitions

Omid Tofighian

Omid Tofighian’s work combines philosophy with interests in rhetoric, religion, popular culture, transnationalism, displacement and discrimination. He is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at American University in Cairo; honorary research associate for the Department of Philosophy - University of Sydney; faculty at Iran Academia; and campaign manager for Why Is My Curriculum White? - Australasia. He contributes to community arts and cultural projects and works with refugees, migrants and youth. He has published book chapters and journal articles, is author of Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues (Palgrave 2016) and translator of a new novel by Behrouz Boochani (Picador-Pan Macmillan 2018).

Wafik Lotfallah

Wafik Lotfallah is a Professor of Mathematics at AUC. After earning his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998, he taught in the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University. From 2003 to 2009 he taught at the German University in Cairo, and since 2009 he has been working at AUC. He has been spending his summers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches Mathematics and conducts research within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, in which he has an honorary position of a Visiting Professor. He has taught several fun math courses including Infinity and Beyond, Games 101, Math Problem Solving, and Mathematics of Music.

Yasmine Moataz Ahmed

Yasmine Moataz Ahmed is a Social Anthropologist with research interests in political anthropology such as, anthropology of the state, citizenship, social movements and hope. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge and is currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at AUC's Department of Anthropology.

Zeinab Amin

Amin is the Director of the Actuarial Science Program and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies of the School of Sciences and Engineering. Amin holds a PhD in Statistics, is an Associate of the American Society of Actuaries and a certified actuarial expert at the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority. Amin is the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Academic Service Award and the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award from AUC. Amin has designed and taught a variety of statistics and actuarial science courses. Amin’s current area of research includes quantitative risk assessment, reliability assessment, general statistical modelling, and Bayesian statistics.