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.

The Programme

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. 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.

Read about the last workshop .


For further information, please contact:

Ms. Felicitas Burmann
Email: burmanndaadcairo.org

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  • Assiut University

    • Prof. Dr. 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.

  • Aswan University

    • Michael Asaad

      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.

  • Benha University

    • TBA

  • Damietta University

    • Prof. Dr. Tarek A. Elmitwalli

  • Fayoum University

    • Dr. Asmaa Kamel Mourad

  • Kafr El-Sheikh Unversity

    • Dr. Mohamed Marzouk

  • Mansoura University

    • Dr. Sahar Abdelrahman

  • Menoufiya University

    • Michael Asaad

      Dr. Nashwa Abou Seada

      Lecturer of German Literature- Menoufiya University - Egypt

      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.

  • Minia Univeristy

    • TBA

  • Sohag University

    • Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahiem DAAD/Michael Asaad

      Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahiem

      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.

  • South Valley University

    • TBA

  • Suez Canal University

    • MIchael Asaad

      Dr. 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.


  • Zagazig University

    • Prof. Dr. Mohamed Fawzy Ramadan Hassanien