I hold a PhD in electrical engineering and have been a University staff member for about 19 years. Following my participation in the 25 January revolution, I co-founded the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms – currently the largest independent human rights group in Egypt – in 2013 and have been leading it in my capacity as Chair of the board of trustees.
I am keen to develop my knowledge on finding public policy solutions to the most pressing issues affecting Egyptians at the developmental level, including healthcare, education and poverty alleviation. I believe this is the next development step for civil society in Egypt: not just an outcry against human rights violations, but rather proactivity in offering alternatives to current developmental and human rights policies. In this respect, I would like to combine my knowledge in technology and human rights along with the skills I will develop during the MPP to develop methods of participatory policymaking by engaging citizens in formulating and choosing the most adequate solutions to their daily problems.