The Gabr Fellowship Commences in Egypt

The Gabr Fellowship began on June 2, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt, bringing together a diverse group of emerging leaders from Egypt and the United States.

The Gabr Fellowship, “East-West: The Art of Dialogue,” is an innovative global educational exchange for Egyptian and American early- and mid-career professionals. The initiative seeks to increase understanding and collaboration between Egyptian and American leaders in the areas of art, media, law, science and both social and business entrepreneurship.

The Egyptian program of the Gabr Fellowship is taking place from June 2-16 in Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor. The Gabr Fellows are discussing a broad range of issues with leaders in Egypt, including such luminaries as former Minister of Antiquities Dr. Zahi Hawass, actor Hussein Fahmy, former Secretary-General of the Arab League H.E Amre Moussa and Samir Radwan, former Minister of Finance.

For more information about the Egyptian program, please click here.

In April, after reviewing over 440 American and Egyptian applications, the Shafik Gabr Foundation and Humanity in Action selected 22 fellows from diverse professional fields and perspectives. They also come from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations in Egypt and the United States. A deep commitment to greater East-West dialogue and collaboration towards bridge building unifies this group of young leaders.

“As gaps in understanding between East and West open up at many levels, there is a need for significant bridge-building and new platforms for people-to-people communication,” Mr. Gabr observed. His inspiration for the initiative comes from his experience as an Egyptian whose worldview was transformed by travel and the friendships he cultivated in the United States and beyond. Moreover, he was inspired by collecting and studying the art and lives of the American and European Orientalist traveller painters of the early 19th century.

During their time in Egypt in June and the United States in October, the Gabr Fellows examine the mutual challenges and opportunities that the two very different countries share. These range from misperception and economic challenges to social entrepreneurship and innovation to the role of religion in public life.

The Gabr Fellows will also develop and implement joint action projects, which address these challenges and opportunities while promoting further East-West dialogue. These projects will expand the impact of this visionary initiative. The Gabr Fellow will present their action projects at a special event in Washington, DC in October.

Click here for more information about the initiative. The Gabr Fellowship is generously funded by the Shafik Gabr Foundation and organized by Humanity in Action.

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