DAAD Research Ambassadors are scholars and scientists outside the scope of Greater Cairo and Alexandria 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 Alexandria and to build trusted relations with peripheral universities for joint activities, capacity building events, and to pave the way for possible partnerships with German institutions and researchers.
The DAAD Research Ambassadors are experienced and well educated academics and scientists – who spent a minimum of ten months in Germany for academic purposes. They inform students, researchers, and faculty members at their universities about study and research opportunities in Germany. Their task is not only to inform about the DAAD’s programmes, but also about other German academic organizations, institutions, and funding schemes.
Since 2016 there are a total of 13 Research Ambassadors in Egypt, covering 13 universities in both the Nile Delta and Upper Egypt, those include: Fayoum University, Sohag University, South Valley University (Qena), Mansoura University, Assiut University, Zagazig University, Minia University, Kafrelsheikh University, Menofia University, Suez Canal University (Ismailia), Tanta University, Aswan University, Benha University. At bi-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.
Read about the last workshop here (pdf, 528.95 KB).
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Lilly von Stackelberg
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Magda Mahomoud Ali Omar
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine - Assiut University- Egypt
Research Interests: Veterinary surgery, anesthesiology and diagnostic imaging
University/Research Institution in Germany: Giessen University
Magda Mahomoud Ali Omar obtained her PhD at Giessen University. Currently she is working at the Department of Surgery, Anesthesiology and Radiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Assiut University, the fourth largest University in Egypt. Her current research interests include veterinary extension, veterinary surgery, experimental surgery and diagnostic imaging.
Additionally, Magda is the DAAD Kairo Akademie contact person at Assiut University, the Egyptian representative of the Mediterranean Federation for Health and Production of Ruminants and head of the Department for Veterinary Extension and the External Communication Unit at Assiut University.
Magda’s main objective as a DAAD Research Ambassador is to encourage Egyptian students to participate in the DAAD programs and assist them in gaining the experience and opportunity she had when given the chance to stay in Germany.
If you have questions concerning research opportunities in Germany or are interested to know more about Assiut University in Upper Egypt, please feel free to contact her.
Dr. Ashraf Abdallah
Assistant professor, Civil Department / Faculty of Engineering, Aswan University, Egypt
Research Interests: Global Positioning System (GPS), Hydrographic Survey, Water management, navigation and mapping, Remote sensing
University/Research Institution in Germany: Global Positioning System (GPS), Hydrographic Survey, Water management, navigation and mapping, Remote sensing
Dr. Ashraf Abdallah currently is an assistant professor in the Engineering department of Aswan University. He recently finished his doctoral studies at the University of Stuttgart with funding from the German Egyptian Research Long-Term Scholarship (GERLS) provided by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and organized by the DAAD Cairo office. His research focuses on the use of GPS technology for the cost-effective water management of Rive Nile. He also has an interest in the research into the estimation of water vapor of Lake Nasser using satellite images. He is currently supervising two master students at Aswan university. Dr. Abdallah is in close contact with the Engineering society. He offers free lectures for Engineers to improve their abilities to connect theory with the real field life. Please feel free to contact him concerning the study of GPS, Navigation, Mapping, and satellite image processing.
Research Interests: Sustainable wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion, wastewater reuse, solid wastes management, water supply
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Hamburg University of Technology (2004-2006)
Professor Elmitwalli is currently vice-dean for community service & environmental development at Benha Faculty of Engineering. A postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation allowed him to conduct research titled “Grey water treatment in the UASB reactor” at Hamburg University of Technology between 2004 and 2006. He is interested in discovering the most sustainable and low-cost systems for wastewater, water and organic solid-wastes treatment. Therefore, Professor Elmitwalli has performed scientific research in the field of wastewater, water, organic solid-wastes treatment. His publications in international journals with ISI impact factor reflect his research activities. He has worked with researchers from different disciplines, (like chemical, physical, agricultural engineering) and different countries (like Germany, Netherland, Egypt, Portugal, China, Russia). Moreover, his scientific research was presented at various conferences of the International Water Association (IWA) in countries like Germany, Netherlands, USA, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Mexico, Brazil, China, and Turkey.
Wessam Abdel Moaty Mohamed, Dr.rer.nat.
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, Fayoum University
Research Interests: Literacy, learning disabilities, cross cultural studies, Intelligence, Giftedness, Language learning, measurement, motivation, perfectionism
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: University of Konstanz
Wessam Mohamed is currently the executive director of the E-Center of Psychological Measurement Project (e-CPMP), being one of the competitive projects of Excellence in Higher Education Institutions. She is also the co-director of the Department for Development of Students & the Assessment System Center (DSASC). In 2005, she was awarded a full DAAD scholarship for a research visit at the University of Konstanz to finish her dissertation on the topic "Behavioral and Cortical Indices of Typical and Atypical Development of Reading and Spelling Skills in Children: Evidence from Different Orthographies".
In December 2010, she gained one of the awards for "Distinguished Publications" from Fayoum University. She received many training scholarships as Bioethics UNESCO training at Vilnius University, Lithuania, 2012; Research Ethics MERETI scholarship, Cairo, 2013 and the "Egyptian Ministry Education Staff capacity Enrichment Program (ESCEP)", 2012, Virginia Tech, USA. In addition, she is also a member of the Community & Environment Service committee through she is involved in environment–related topics as sustainable development. She also attended international projects referring to topics as Women Leadership in Higher Education.
Prof. Dr. Abdelwahab Etman
Professor of Vegetable Crops, Horticulture Department, Agricultural Faculty, Kafr El-Sheikh University
Research Interest: Physiology and Production of Vegetable Crops
University/Research Institution in Germany: Institute of Plant Nutrition, Technical University of Munich (1976-1980)
Dr. Abdelwahab is currently working as an Emeritus Professor of Vegetable Crops at the Faculty of Agriculture at Kafrelsheikh University. With the support of DAAD and Egyptian government funding, he went to Germany to study German language and carried out his dissertation (PhD) at the Institute of Plant Nutrition at the Technical University of Munich. His stay in Germany has markedly influenced his work and art of life and thinking.
Up until now, Dr. Abdelwahab has published more than 40 scientific papers and supervises many PhD and MSc Theses. He attends some conferences in Germany and many national and international conferences in Egypt, some as a member of their Organization Committees.
Between 2000 and 2016 worked as a Board Member for the Journal of Agricultural Research at Kafrelsheikh University (priorly Tanta University) and between 2006 and 2015 as a Manager of the Network Infra-Structure and Information Center at Kafelsheikh University.
Yasmeen Mohamed Taalab
Lecturer of Forensic Science and Clinical Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University
Research Interests: Epigenetics and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxic substances, Risk Assessment and Risk Management, Disaster Medicine and Drug Use Disorders Research
Universities/Research Institutions in Germany: Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Dr. Yasmeen Taalab obtained her PhD at Mansoura University, Egypt's third largest university. She was successive DAAD scholarships in 2011 and 2012, allowing her to do research on genetic polymorphisms as a common genetic pathway for comorbid addiction and cardiac diseases at the Charité in Berlin. The DAAD Fellowship was essential for her to accomplish her research, produce her key publications, and to obtain her PhD degree.
Besidesr primary research interest in addiction and its genetic-environmental background, she is currently working on risk assessment and risk management of different kinds of environmental exposure in the context of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that lead to complex phenotypes and diseases.
Among other tasks, Yasmeen functions as a Quality Professional and Deputy Director of the Mansoura Medical Simulation Center at the Faculty of Medicine. As a DAAD Research Ambassador she is highly motivated to encourage Egyptian students to participate in the DAAD programs and assist them in gaining the same experience and opportunities she had. If you have questions concerning research opportunities and sources of funding in Germany please feel free to contact her.
Nashwa Abou Seada
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 (2005, 2009-2013), German Literature Archive Marbach (2012), University of Erfurt (2014)
Dr. Nashwa Abou Seada is currently working as a German Literature Lecturer at the Department of German Studies of Menufia University, and at the MUST University in Cairo. In 2014, she completed the PhD program “Internationalisierung von Literatur und Wissenschaft” run by the University of Stuttgart and King’s College London, fully funded by the DAAD. During her stay in Germany she worked on the topic “Johann Christian Krüger: Social Criticism or Internationalization in Theatrical Practice?”, the results of which were published in 2016. Dr. Abou Seada has received various scholarships from different German institutions such as the DAAD, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the Marbacher Scholarship, as well as from the State of Baden Württemberg. Moreover she participated in different training programs abroad focusing on teaching methodology, didactics and project management organized by different German Institutions and Universities such as the University of Kaiserslautern, the University of Stuttgart, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM). She also coordinated and planned joint research projects between Egypt and Germany on the higher education level. Moreover, she is a member of the DAAD Experts Committee of the Arab Transformation Program, of the joint Mentoring Program of University of Stuttgart and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), as well as a member of the GIZ/CIM Returning Expert Program. Feel free to contact her with any questions regarding scholarships and funding opportunities in Germany.
Sami Samir Gohar Farag
Lecturer of German Studies - German Department - Faculty of Alsun - Minia University- Egypt
Research Interests: German Studies, Modern German Literature, German as a foreign language
University/Research Institution in Germany: University of Siegen (2008-2014)
Dr. Farag is currently working as a Lecturer at the German Deptartment of Minia University. During his doctoral Studies at the University of Siegen from 2008 to 2014, supported by a KAAD fund, he finished his dissertation on the topic “Das Groteske bei Dürrenmatt am Beispiel der Komödie Romulus der Große”. His research stay provided an excellent opportunity to him for exploring the latest advancements in his fields of interest.
His research focuses on modern theater and modern German Literature.
Dr. Farag lectures at the Minia University in the fields of German Studies, Translation and German as a foreign language.
Professor of Egyptology - Egyptological Department - Sohag University - Egypt
Research Interests: Egyptology, ancient Egyptian music, culture, history and Egyptological field work
University/Research Institution in Germany: Universität Hamburg (1996-1998, 2002, 2006); FU Berlin (2013, 2015)
Professor Abdelrahiem is currently head of the department of Egyptology and the director of the German language center at Sohag University which he has established in 2012 in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Kairo. During his doctoral studies at the University of Hamburg from 1996 to 1998, supported by a DAAD fund, he studied "Harfner und Harfnerlieder im Alten Ägypten".
His research focuses on music and musicians in Ancient Egypt. His work as Egyptologists and as field director of the joint Egyptian-German mission surveying the First Intermediate Period tombs at Asyut (Asyut Project 2003-2017) crosses the disciplines of ancient Egyptian history and culture, hieroglyphics and field work in Egyptological method and theory. He has also published on many monuments from the Old Kingdom to the Late Period. Abdelrahiem continues to publish in English and in German and has lectured at most Egyptian universities. Please feel free to contact him on questions concerning the study of Egyptology, ancient Egyptian music, culture, history and field work in Egyptological methodology and theory.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology, Qena Faculty of Medicine – South Valley University (SVU)
Research Interests: Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology & Endoscopy
University/Research Institution(s) in Germany: Mainz University, Klinikum der Stadt Ludwigshafen
Mohamed Alsenbesy is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology at the Qena Faculty of Medicine, South Valley University (SVU). With the support of DAAD funding he spent two years at the academic teaching hospital in Ludwigshafen, Mainz University, to perform research for his dissertation. His research visit was not only an excellent opportunity to explore the latest advancements in his fields of interest but also to get in touch with the German culture which had a remarkable impact on his life.
He is also a member of the German Society for Gastroenterology and Metabolism (DGVS) and regularly attends conferences and workshops offered. Thus he is remaining in contact with the German colleagues and professors he worked with during his stay in Germany and is maintaining a productive exchange of knowledge and innovations with them in his area of research.
As a DAAD Research Ambassador at South Valley University (SVU) he is eager to facilitate the scientific cooperation between his university and its counterparts in Germany.
Mohamed Helmi Geriesh
Professor of Hydrogeology - Faculty of Science - Suez Canal University - Egypt
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 (1986, 1992-1994, 1999, 2007, 2013), University of Karlsruhe (2003)
Professor Geriesh is currently head of the department of Geology at the Faculty of Science of Suez Canal University. Between 1986 and 1989 he worked on the Egyptian-German Partnership Project “Assessment of Groundwater Resources in West Ismailia Region" between Suez Canal University, Egypt and Tübingen University, Germany.
Moreover, he works towards solving various environmental problems in the Suez Canal and Sinai Provinces. Among others he was involved in designing three land fill sites, in solving water logging problems, and in drilling new wells to supply Saint Katherine City with drinking water. Until 2019 Professor Geriesh advises the Ismailia Governorate concerning the strategic sustainable development plan.
Professor Geriesh attended 32 international conferences in hydrogeology and environmental geology in different countries and published 70 scientific papers and 12 project reports in the field of hydrogeology. In December 2007, he chaired the workshop "Problems of drinking water regulations in Egypt" organized by the DAAD on the occasion of the German-Egyptian Year of science and technology.