Research Ambassadors

The DAAD Research Ambassadors
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DAAD Research Ambassadors are scholars and scientists outside the scope of Greater Cairo who have conducted advanced long-term research projects in Germany and are interested in promoting research in Germany at their home universities and among their peers and students.

In the fall of 2014, the DAAD Regional Office Cairo launched the DAAD Research Ambassadors Programme in Egypt. The programme is financed by the DAAD section for International Research Marketing (K22), with funds provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Aim of the programme is to extend the DAAD’s outreach beyond Cairo and to build trusted relations with peripheral universities for joint activities, capacity building events, and to inform students and researchers in Egypt about Germany as a research destination.

The DAAD Research Ambassadors are experienced and well educated academics and scientists who spent a minimum of ten months in Germany for academic purposes. The main objective of the DAAD Research Ambassadors is being focal points between the Egyptian universities and the DAAD Regional Office Cairo, informing students, researchers and staff not only about the DAAD itself and its funding opportunities, but also about other German academic organizations and institutions, and funding schemes. They are available to advise students, fellow scholars and scientists as well as university administrators and make efforts to motivate young researchers to conduct research in Germany.

There are currently 8 Research Ambassadors active at universities in both the Nile Delta and Upper Egypt. During annual workshops, the Research Ambassadors are regularly updated and introduced to new programmes, changes, and opportunities provided by the DAAD Regional Office, the DAAD, and partner organizations.

The main responsibility of a DAAD Research Ambassador is to promote research opportunities in Germany in his/her professional community, university or organization, and discipline.

This can take the form of:

  • Contacting departmental chairs and senior administration officers to share information about study and research opportunities in Germany, including DAAD grants and other organizations’ funding programs
  • Arranging an informational meeting on campus each academic year for students in their department and/or prospective applicants to DAAD programs
  • Providing advice and support to students and researchers interested in pursuing academic activities in Germany in his/her field from any university or institution in Egypt – and potentially doing the same for German DAAD grantees currently studying in Egypt.

Please note that this is a voluntary post with no compensation available. However, DAAD will make reimbursements available upon request to cover expenses related to production of promotional materials or for refreshments at meetings or informational events.


For further information, please contact Mr. Felix Bock,

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  • Dr Marwa Schumann

    Medical Education Departement, Faculty of Medicine

    University/Research Institution in Germany: Ludwigsburg University of Education, Mannheim University

  • Prof Dr Dina Mamdouh Ibrahim Fouad

    Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science

    University/Research Institution in Germany: Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) of Mainz

  • Dr Asmaa Kamal Kamel Mourad

    Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science

    University/Research Institution in Germany: Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

  • Dr Sahar Abdelrahman

  • Dr Nashwa Mohamed Nageeb Ibrahim Abou-Saeda

    Department of German Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts

    Research Interests: German Literature and thought 1700-1890, Gender studies, Civic Education, German and Comparative Literature special Focus on the Arabic contribution and influence on German Texts in the early 18th Century, Social criticism and Internationalization in Theatrical Practice 18th Century.

    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Stuttgart, German Literature Archive Marbach, University of Erfurt, Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin)

  • Prof Mohamed Abdelraheim Elsayed Mohamed

    Egyptological Department, Faculty of Archeology

    Research Interests: Egyptology, ancient Egyptian music, culture, history and Egyptological field work

    University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Hamburg, Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin)

  • Prof Mohamed Helmi Geriesh

    Department of Geology, Faculty of Science 

    Research Interests: Hydrogeology, Hydrogeochemistry, Groundwater modeling, climate changes, Flash Flood management, Environmental pollution, and Water treatments and purification.

    University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Tübingen, University of Karlsruhe

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