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Egypt: Towards a Vibrant Civil Society

When: Monday, May 23, 2011, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: MIT Campus - Building 34, Room 101 • 50 Vassar Street • Kendall Sq T • Cambridge

Join us for an engaging conversation on the role that the civil society can play in transforming Egypt post-revolution with speakers:

Wael Ghonim:
Wael is an activist, former Google Middle East Marketing Executive, and creator of the facebook page that helped spark the Egyptian revolution. Wael was a central figure in the pro-democracy movement in Egypt and was a subject of secret incarceration by Egyptian police during the revolution. He is among the TIME magazine's list of 100 most influential people of 2011 and is the 2011 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award (in the name of the people of Egypt).

Mona Mowafi:
Dr. Mowafi is a postdoctoral research fellow in Social Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health working on health inequities and the burden of chronic diseases in Egypt and the Arab world. Dr. Mowafi is also working with colleagues from the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University (HPCR) to develop a project on Social Enterprise and Transformative Philanthropy in the New Middle East. She has lived and worked in Lebanon and Egypt.


Aly El Tayeb:
Aly is a graduate of Cairo University, where he worked on a number of initiatives in the areas of university independence and elections monitoring. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering and an MBA at MIT, and is interested in utilizing technology for development.

The panel will discuss:

The role of civil society and grass roots organizing in Egypt Post-revolution
The role of the Egyptian diaspora in Egypt post-revolution
Using IT as a tool for development and social change

Brought to you by the Egyptian community at Harvard and the Egyptian club at MIT. Please spread the word!

Questions: send a message to Hesham Hamoda

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