IMPAQT Team


Technische Universität Wien – TUW

Ardeshir Mahdavi

Professor Dr. Ardeshir Mahdavi is the Director of the Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology as well as the Head of the Institute of Architectural Sciences at TU Wien, Austria. Prior to his TU appointment, professor Mahdavi acted Full Tenured Professor of Building Physics at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Professor Mahdavi has also acted on multiple occasions as the Visiting Professor and Invited Lecturer in different academic institutes around the world. Professor Mahdavi has conducted internationally acclaimed research in the fields of Building Physics (energy and heat transfer, hygro-thermal analysis, lighting, acoustics), Building Performance Simulation, Building Controls, Building Ecology, Urban Microclimate, and Human Ecology. Professor Mahdavi has authored over 700 scientific publications and supervised 70 doctoral students. He is a frequent Keynote speaker at international conferences He is a fellow of IBPSA (International Building Performance Simulation Association) and the recipient of the IBPSA Distinguished Achievements Awards.
Ardeshir Mahdavi

Christiane Berger

Christiane Berger works as a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology, TU Wien, Austria. She completed her Master studies in Architecture at TU Wien and is currently working on her doctoral thesis. Christiane Berger teaches thermal building performance simulation and contributes to various research efforts, including the IEA-EBC Annex 79, which focuses on occupant-centric building design and operation. Her research interests are in the areas of building physics, building performance simulation, building ecology, indoor environmental quality, and performance-based design.

Contributions from:
Neda Ghiassi
Maria Ivanova

Universitat Politècnica De Catalunya – ETSAB

Carles Crosas Armengol

Carles Crosas Armengol is a PhD Architect and Lecturer (ETSA Barcelona). He has been teaching Urbanism at the Barcelona School of Architecture since 2001 and has been invited to universities in Europe, America and Asia. Former collaborator and assistant teacher to Professor Manuel de Solà-Morales, he is a researcher at the Barcelona Laboratory of Urbanism where he is coordinator and participant in various international projects dealing with ecology and metabolism, collective urban spaces and centralities, urban grid transformation and integrative teaching of architecture and urbanism. He is currently Deputy Head of the Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning –UPC and he has also been ETSAB Vice Dean for International Relations (2016-17).

Concurrently, he’s been developing professional works together with other architects and professors from a platform of urbanism and architecture since 2003 being awarded in urban project ideas competitions, drawing up urban and territorial studies and plans, designing facilities and public spaces, etc.

Cristina Pardal

Cristina Pardal completed her architecture degree at the School of Architecture of Barcelona, 1996; obtaining her PhD in 2010. She opened her own studio (1997-2004); after which she focused on collaborations with big architecture firms including Clotet-Paricio, MAP, and Octavio Mestre.

Since 2001, she teaches building construction in the undergraduate program at the School of Architecture of Barcelona and in Vallès. In 2009, she started teaching in the master program Technology in Architecture; collaborates at the Master in Lightweight Façades at UPV; and was visiting lecturer at the Master PROY3CTA -Técnicas Avanzadas de Proyectos Arquitectónicos in U.E. Madrid for three years, and at IUAV- Venize in 2015. She participated in international workshops in Santiago de Chile, Winterthur and Barcelona; and has co-authored several publications with Ignasi Paricio.

She was a senior researcher at iMat (2008-2011), Building Technology Centre, working on developing new building systems transferred to the local industry, and generating four patents.

President of the Jury during the 2017 award “Barcelona Building Construmat.” Currently, she combines academic activity with technical consultancies, development of building systems R+D projects, and the coordination of two architecture on-line platforms: http://filt3rs.net, http://facad3s.net

Contributions from:
Jordi Ros
Alberto Peñín
Pilar Garcia Almirall
Albert Albareda
Ernesto Redondo
Isidro Navarro
Eulàlia Gómez Escoda
Roger Such

Universität Kassel – KU

Peter Andreas Gotsch

Prof. Dr. Peter Andreas Gotsch is an urban researcher, planning professional and a registered architect with a strong focus on the effects of world-wide processes of dynamic urbanisation on space and society. Peter serves as a focal point for IMPAQT at the University of Kassel and leads his consultancy GLORA – Lab for Research and Design in Urban Planning and Development in Germany. Recently he was appointed Professor for Sustainable Urbanisation in the Global South at NTNU in Trondheim Norway.
Peter Andreas Gotsch

Mohamed ElGamal

MSc., lecturer and researcher at the Department for Urban Regeneration and Planning Theory, University of Kassel, Germany. ElGamal has a Double Masters' Degree MSc in Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD), University of Stuttgart, Germany, and Ain Shams University, Egypt (2012-2014). He was an assistant lecturer from 2011-2016, currently on leave, at Architecture Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt. He is an architect and urban planner, with contributions to urban planning and research projects in several countries including Egypt, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia (2012 to date). His main research interests are urban governance in Egypt, slum regeneration in the Greater Cairo Region, sustainable urban development in cities of the Global South.

Uwe Altrock

Uwe Altrock, 1965 in Memmingen/Germany, Dr.-Ing. (2002, TU Berlin), graduated from TU Berlin in 1991 (Diplom-Ingenieur Urban Planning, Diplom-Mathematiker), Professor for Urban Regeneration and Planning Theory at the University of Kassel/Germany since 2006. He is co-editor of the German Yearbook of Urban Regeneration, of Spatial Planning and Urban Development in the new EU Member States (2006), of Maturing Megacities: The Pearl River Delta in Progressive Transformation (2014), and of Windows Upon Planning History (2018). His fields of interest are: urban governance, megacities, urban regeneration, planning theory, planning history, and urban design. Besides Germany, his current research deals with urban development in China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, and the USA.

Università di Cagliari – UNICA

Ferdinando Fornara

Ferdinando Fornara, PhD, is an associate professor in social and environmental psychology at the Department of Education, Psychology, and Philosophy of the University of Cagliari (Italy). He is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Environmental Psychology (IF 2017=3.553), Associate Editor in the Environmental Psychology section of Frontiers in Psychology (IF 2017=2.089), and member of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of People-environment Studies. He is also a Board Member of the International Association of People-environment Studies (IAPS) and Member-at-large of the Board of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). He is a referee for various high-impact scientific journals and has been member of the Scientific Committee of various International Conferences in the environmental psychology domain. His research interests include perceived quality of places (urban neighbourhoods, healthcare environments, school, etc.) and psychometric tools measuring lay evaluation of design attributes.

Contributions from:
Ivan Blecic
Gianmarco Chiri
Luigi Mundula

Nile University – NU

Dina Shehayeb

Dina Shehayeb is an architect/urban designer, professor and Program Director at Nile University as well as principal of her private practice Shehayeb CONSULT. She earned her M.Sc. in Housing and Neighbourhood Design from Cairo University in 1989, and her Ph.D. from UWM at USA in 1995 focusing on Environment & Behaviour Studies in Urban Design of Streets and Public Space. Specialized in trans-disciplinary research, she works on bridging the gap between the physical environment and its socio-cultural and psychological dimensions.

Her expertise lies in users’ needs-based neighbourhood design and planning, revitalizing historic areas, participatory design, as well as development of planning and design guidelines. She has participated in multiple studies and projects with national and international institutions including IRD, GIZ, and UNESCO; served on multiple scientific committees including the UN Habitat Advisory Boards; has more than 30 publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings and books; and has taught and supervised theses nationally and internationally.

Wael Akl

Prof. Wael Akl is currently the Provost at Nile University, after being the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and later Acting Provost in 2017. He has a PhD in the field of smart materials, 2004, from the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Maryland-College Park; and has over 42 international publications (2005-2018) in the field. Akl was a Research Faculty Fellow and visiting professor at the University of Maryland (2006-2016).

He is co-founder of the Group for Advanced Research in Dynamic Systems, Ain Shams University, and founder of the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate and Mechatronics Erasmus Joint Masters programs at Nile University. He has also spearheaded efforts developing studies for the establishment of three new schools at Nile University. He is a consultant at NAQAAE and in the leading team developing Egypt’s National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

In 2009, he received the National Encouragement Prize from the Academy for Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT). In 2013, he was listed in Marquis Who’s Who for his achievements in the area of Smart Materials and Structures and Acoustic Metamaterials.

He has been the PI and Co-PI for several research and capacity building grants funded by STDF (Egypt), FP7 (EU) and TEMPUS/ERASMUS+KA2 (EU) addressing academic capacity building systems in Egypt focused on bridging the gap between academia and industry, vocational education systems, innovative techniques in STEM and Special Needs education. Akl has attracted over 300,000,000 EGP in international grants to Egypt.

Yasmine Hafez

Yasmine Hafez is an architect and researcher with nine years of experience in different integrated projects and studies varying from research and theory to practice and training.

Her scope of work included urban design of streets and public spaces, adaptive reuse and retrofitting, architectural programming, architecture and interior design, revitalization of historic areas, assessment of housing policies as well as development of planning and design guidelines and manuals.

She assisted in several trainings to different groups including government officials and NGOs’ members; aiming at changing mindsets towards the integrative approaches across scales for the architecture and urban design processes. In collaboration with other colleagues, she participated in several published studies and reports in addition to a policy brief, aiming at mainstreaming the people-centered and integrative approaches towards bridging the gap across different scales in architecture and urban design as well as between different stakeholders considering their socio-cultural and psychological dimensions.

Hadeer Amin

Hadeer Amin is an architect and urban researcher. She has two years’ experience in teaching architecture and urban design as well as three years in practice. She participated in several urban development projects in Egypt, which involve urban upgrading of informal and historic areas as well as adaptive re-use architecture. Her work approach is research-based design. It includes field work, urban data analysis, public interviews, urban design of public space. She is interested in utilizing theoretical knowledge in architecture and urban design practice. Her approach to on-ground design challenges involve bridging multiple disciplines to reach optimized design solutions.

Nihal Al Sabbagh

She is an architect who has a diversified experience between design practice, research and teaching. She earned her PhD in 2017 from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in the field of environmental design that evolved from her MSc degree at Cardiff University & the British University in Dubai. Since her early teaching at Abu Dhabi University, UAE, and the British University in Dubai, she published over 13 papers about pedestrian’s comfort, urban spaces and architectural education. She won the UGSRC third prize at ADU, Green Solutions for Green Organizations and established the first Sustainable Summer School 2012, at the BUiD to spread awareness about global warming and the carbon footprint.

May al-Ibrashy

May al-Ibrashy is a licensed architectural engineer with more than 25 years of field experience in conservation and heritage management in Islamic Cairo. She is currently founder and chair of the Built Environment Collective-Megawra, a twin institution consisting of Egyptian NGO and consultancy working on issues of the built environment. She coordinates Athar Lina, an initiative run by BEC-Megawra in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and Cairo Governorate that conserves the heritage of al-Khalifa in Historic Cairo and conceives of it as a driver for community development. She is also adjunct professor of architecture at the American University in Cairo.

Ehsan Abushadi

Ehsan Abushadi is a licensed architect, and the Heritage Conservation Coordinator at Built Environment Collective-Megawra where she has worked since 2016. She earned her B.Sc. in Architectural Engineering from the American University in Cairo, with minors in Anthropology and Arab & Islamic Civilizations. As an independent researcher in the fields of urbanism and architecture history, she has two forthcoming publications, and two published articles. She is also a part-time teaching assistant at the American University in Cairo.

Contributions from:
Dalia Wahdan
Mennatullah Tawfik
Sandi Boulos

Ain Shams University – ASU

Tamer Elnady

Tamer Elnady, B.Sc. (1997) and M.Sc. (2000) from Ain Shams University in Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. (2004) in Technical Acoustics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. Currently working as a Professor of Acoustics at the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University. He is the Head of ASU Sound & Vibration Laboratory at Ain Shams University, Vice Dean for Education and Student Affairs, and President of the Acoustical Society of Egypt. He has participated in more than 40 international and national research and educational projects funded by different funding agencies, in the field of education, sound and vibration and virtual reality. A member of the council of advisors for Egyptian President for Education and Scientific Research. Worked for two years at the Ministry of Education responsible for the Exploratory Centers for Science and Technology. He is an expert in Duct Acoustics, one of the developers of SIDLAB Software for the simulation of sound propagation in duct systems. Working as a consultant for several companies in Europe, USA, Egypt and Gulf in the field of Muffler Design, Noise Control, and Environmental Acoustics modelling.

Adel Elsabbagh

Dr. Adel Elsabbagh received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Ain Shams University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ain Shams University. His research interests are in Mechanical Vibrations, Wind Energy, Design of Wind Turbines, Topology Optimization, e-Laboratories, Virtual Reality.

Sherif El-Nabarawy

He obtained his BSc. Degree in Software Engineering from the Faculty of Computers and Information. He was involved in several projects in the fields of engineering and education with many Egyptian & European organizations and universities, which developed his extensive experience in variety of things from programming technical engineering applications with a wide range of technologies, to managing efficiently different software projects. He has a record of successful achievements along with his team in the VR and 3D scanning technologies, one of them was the participation in the international scanning mission “ScanPyramids” that discovered the big void corridor inside the Pyramid of Khufu, which has been acknowledged in a paper published the scientific journal “Nature”.

Abanob S. Fawzy

Abanob S. Fawzy was born and raised in Cairo, in 2011 he got his bachelor’s Degree in information technology and for 4 years he specialized in 3D data , driven by passion towards technology he worked and developed 3D photo-realistic Models that were implemented in research projects to Aid for high education quality such as VirCult,Edu-must and PIP

Ehab Naguib

Ehab Naguib is a Virtual Reality Developer at CVS3, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University. For 3 years, Ehab applied knowledge of computer graphics, 3D scanning and game development in developing interactive simulations, cultural heritage preservation, and 3D content analysis. He participated in projects such as Scan Pyramids, Edu-Must, VirCult, PIP. Ehab was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. Graduated in 2016 from Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, after which he specialized in the VR track.

Nermin Shawkat

Nermin Shawkat is a game developer, has 5 years experience in game development making games for mobile and web platforms and using AR&VR technologies. she graduated from the faculty of engineering, Ain Shams University, Computer and systems department in 2013. Took a diploma in game development from Information Technology Institute in 2015.

Ghada Farouk Hassan

She is professor of Urban Design and Planning, since April 2012, Ain Shams University, head of the department of urban planning and design and member of the Higher Committee of Promoting Professors. She was former Head of the department of Architecture at Faculty of engineering, French University of Egypt, in Addition she had been General Manager of the Technical Office at the General Organization of physical planning, GOPP, Ministry of Housing Utilities and Urban Community for 6 years since 2006

Shaimaa Mohammad Kamel Mahmoud

Professor and Head of Architectural Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University.

Suez Canal University – SCU

Mahmoud Fouad

Mahmoud Fouad is an urban planner consultant, professor of Regional & Urban Planning and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Suez Canal University (SCU). He earned his M.Sc. in Architectural Engineering - Town Planning from Cairo University in 1997, and his Ph.D. from Cairo University in 2004 focusing on Patterns of Spatial Distribution of Urban Settlements. Specialized in the Egyptian urban system research, he works on the character of the Egyptian urban system, and the reactive and commutative relations within it.

His expertise lies in Urban and Regional Planning and Urban Development Strategic Plans for national governorates, cities and villages, participatory planning, as well as development of planning and design guidelines for general services. He has participated in multiple studies and projects with national and international organizations and institutions including GOPP, UN-Habitat, UNDP, and OUDA. He has more than 23 publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings; and has taught and supervised theses nationally.

Essam Badran

Essam Badran is an architect and urban designer, professor at Suez Canal University (SCU) as well as principal of his private practice 4D Architecture & Planning. He was the former dean of the Faculty of Engineering, SCU. He earned his Ph.D. under joint supervision between Ain Shams University and University of Houston, USA in 1991, focusing on urban development of recreational tourism.

He has participated in evaluating the academic educational bylaws of several universities and evaluating the research work of the applicants for professorship positions in Egyptian universities. He is a member of scientific committees and external reviewer in international, regional, and local journals in the fields of architecture, urban planning and environmental studies. He supervised more than 50 scientific theses across eight universities. He is the Engineering Consultant and Director of SCU Centre for Engineering Consultants since 2011. He is the chairman of the committee of Urban Harmony in Ismailia Governorate.

Mervat Nasr

Mervat Nasr is a Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design, Faculty of Engineering, Suez Canal University. She received her M.Sc. in Architecture Engineering from Cairo University in 1992 and Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from Cairo University Co-supervision with University of California, Berkeley in 2000. She supervises graduate research in the field of architecture and urban design, dealing with topics of smart materials in buildings, sustainable urban development, eco-tourism and the preservation of the historical area in the Suez Canal cities. Her expertise lies in sustainable development, urban heritage, the upgrading of the built environment in terms of humanities and user’s needs especially in housing projects, as well as the development of architectural education. Member of CLIMASP project, “Development of an Interdisciplinary Program on Climate Change and Sustainability Policy,” funded by the European Commission Tempus under the coordination of the UNESCO Chair ICT in Education for Sustainable Development, University of Crete, Greece, TEMPUS, 2014 – 2017.

Shimaa M. Ali

Shimaa M. Ali is an Assistant Professor of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Development in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Faculty of Engineering, SCU; having graduated in 2004 from Faculty of Engineering, SCU. She obtained her MSc. in 2009 and PhD in 2014 from the Department of Architectural Engineering, Cairo University. Later in 2014, she was a visiting scholar at National Center for Smart Growth, Maryland University, USA. In 2015, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Urban and Spatial Planning Lab, UGR, Spain. She is a member at the International Society for Development and Sustainability (ISDS), and a reviewer for Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture Research, and the Spaces and Flows International Journal. Ali has worked at several national universities as a lecturer. Her current research focuses on developing and planning Egyptian future sustainable urban communities, and her research interest is urbanism, urban community development, sustainability, urban planning, urban regeneration, and land use planning.

Contributions from:
Mahmoud el Ghawaby
Mona Hamdy

Alexandria University – AU

Hebatalla F. Abouelfadl

Dr. Hebatalla F. Abouelfadl graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University in 1992, and earned a MSc in Architecture from Alexandria University in 1998. In 2002, through a channel system scholarship she earned her Ph.D. from Alexandria University in collaboration with Howard University in Washington D.C., United States and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture.

Abouelfadl has participated as a Heritage and Housing expert in implementing and adapting the Regional Urban Sector Profile Study in Egypt by the UN-Habitat and UTI partnership; and as a housing expert, has participated in preparing strategic plans for four small cities as part of the Small Cities’ Strategic Planning Project in Egypt. In 2011, for a year, she was appointed as project director at the General Organization of Physical Planning (GOPP), Ministry of Housing.

She is currently a partner at Aboulfadl-Elhadary-Elkholy Consulting Office, and the Academic Coordinator for the Double Master Program “Urban Design Revitalization of Historic City Districts”, a collaboration between Cairo University, Alexandria University and Brandenburg technical University Cottbus, Germany.

Nevin Gharib

Nevin Gharib, Alexandria, 1971, has a Ph.D. in Architectural Conservation of Historic buildings in Marin Environment, she obtained the National Scientific Degree as a Professor (2014). Currently she is a professor at the Department of Architecture, Alexandria University, where she teaches Architectural Design. She also teaches History of Architecture at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology. Since 2015, she teaches research groups of graduating students in fieldwork and research abroad (Germany, Egypt), oriented towards the study of the Revitalization of Historic Centers. She is the author of numerous articles published in books, and national and international conference proceedings. She supervised numerous Ph.D. and Master thesis in different universities throughout Egypt.

Ebtissam Mohamed Farid

She is an architect and associate Professor at Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Architecture, Alexandria University. Farid received her PhD in architecture from Alexandria University, on Mass Customization and the Future of Housing. She has masterminded and orchestrated a number of local and international multi-disciplinary workshops to explore new grounds for the practice of architecture and design through various tools and processes.

Ebtissam Farid is also a co-founder of ENCODE (www.encodestudio.net); a multidisciplinary design studio offering its clients architectural, interior and product design services that investigates various digital and physical computational tools to explore opportunities of innovative designs depending on cutting edge technologies and challenging the conventional model of design production in Egypt hoping to correlate education, profession and design industry. She was awarded the 2018 Tamayouz Excellence Award for Women in Architecture, Rising Star category and has been selected on the power list of 2019 among the 50 most influential architects from the Middle East according to the Architect ME magazine.

Housing and Building National Research Center – HBRC

Hany Badreldin Serageldin

Prof. Hany Badreldin Serageldin, Ph.D. is a Professor of Architecture and Housing at the Housing and Building National Research Center, HBRC, Egypt. He specializes in architectural design, housing policies, and architectural education. Besides his rich experience in research and teaching; he was the Founder and Former Head of the Department of Architecture (2001-2011) and the Deputy Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research Affairs (2011-2012) at the Modern Academy for Engineering and Technology, Cairo. His research and post graduate studies comprises various disciplines, collaborating with the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS); University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MA, USA; Institute of Housing Studies (IHS), Rotterdam, Netherlands; and others. He also worked as an architectural and housing expert for both the Egyptian and the Saudi governments, USAID, EU, UNHABITAT and others. Moreover, he has contributed to the awareness of architecture and housing issues through various published papers, articles, workshops, and conferences.

Sara Khalifa

Sara Khalifa is an urban studies research assistant at the Housing and Building National Research Centre in Cairo (HBRC), Egypt. She earned her BSc. Degree in Urban Development and Community Design from Cairo University, and is currently a PhD candidate at Cairo University in Urban Development and Community Design focusing on human aspects in design and urban planning. She specializes in environment and behavior studies in urban design of public spaces linked to its socio-cultural and psychological dimensions. She has participated in several projects and studies with national and international organizations. She serves on several committees such as the Code and Local Rating System Development in Egypt. On an academic level, she teaches architecture and urban design on a part-time basis at several departments of architecture.

Nora Osama Ahmed

Nora Osama Ahmed is an associate researcher at the Architecture and Housing Research Institute, in the Housing and Building National Research Center (HBRC), Cairo, Egypt. She graduated from the Faculty of Regional and Urban Planning (FRUP) at Cairo University. Her Master's thesis on Livable Streets Guidelines received the Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies (Master of Science) from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. As a Ph.D. candidate she focuses her postgraduate degree on creating urban livability by reorienting city design towards pedestrians, cyclists, and transport users. Her research interest focuses on the livability of cities and neighborhoods, with a particular focus on streets. She is concerned with understanding transport planning from a social sciences perspective, having addressed the issue of mobility on a human scale and the design of cities around the needs of people instead of cars through participating in international conferences and workshops as well as publishing in scientific journals and conference proceedings.

Contributions from:
Abdelrahman Abdelnaeem Mohamed
Doaa Mahmoud El-Sherif
Yehia Mohamed Hussein
Tarek Mohamed Sakr

Engineering Consultants Group – ECG

Nevine Abdelkhalek

Dr. Nevine Abdelkhalek holds a charter manager with the Charter Management Institute at the UK. She holds a PhD in Human Resources and has vast experience in the field of education and continuing education, having started her career in education through her postgraduate studies at Boston University and teaching at the Edward Devotion School in Brookline, Boston. She has worked for over 20 years with development programs provided by the Canadian Fund, USAID and the EU, providing her have with a first-hand experience with the actual needs of deprived communities in Egypt. Abdelkhalek assumed different posts in her career and is currently the Vice President of ECG - Engineering Consultants Group, as well as the Chairperson of Sustainable Development Committee at the Egyptian Businessmen Association (EBA). She is the founder of three main sustainable projects: one in Upper Egypt in the field of illiteracy, “Eliminating the Sources of Illiteracy”; and the University to Work (UTW) and School to Work (STW) Initiatives. Abdelkhalek was also the Team Leader that put together the foundation and the presidential decree of the Professional Academy for Teachers in 2008.

Sayed Abdel-Aal

Sayed Abdel-Aal is a human development professional who has experience working in many human development fields, including education, community development, human resources development, professional and organizational professional development, decentralization and governance, as well as monitoring and evaluation. Abdel-Aal originally comes from an English Language Teaching and Training background and obtained his Training Design and Management Certificate from California State University, Santa Cruz, USA.

Abdel-Aal has experience working for many organizations including the Integrated English Language Program (IELP-2), a USAID funded Program administered by Academy for Education Development (AED) and the AMIDEAST; and the Egypt Education Reform Program (ERP), a USAID funded Program administered by Academy for Education Development (AED), American Institutes for Research (AIR), AMIDEAST/Egypt, Ministry of Education in Egypt; and is currently working as the Head of Monitoring and Evaluation for Engineering Consultants Group (ECG).

He has voluntary work experience in Civic Education Programs such as Material Developer and Trainer of Trainers through the US Embassy’s Regional English Language Office (RELO); alongside community service programs through the Rotary Foundation Fellowship and Community Development Associations (CDAs).

Kamal Shawky

Eng. Kamal Shawky holds a IEng, and Member of ICE - Institutions of Civil Engineers. He holds a MSc. (2014) in Structural Engineering and has vast experience in structural engineering design and analysis for different building types. He assumed different posts in his career and is currently Project and BIM Manager - Deputy Project Manager/Technical Manager of the University to Work initiative at ECG.

He is the author of the books Revit Structure 2012 Fundamentals and Building Information Modeling. He is a Certified Professional for Autodesk Revit Program (Architecture and Structure) 2012, 2014, 2015.

He has worked in mega-projects outside Egypt such as Kingdom Tower (tallest building in the world), Air Show 2013, Dubai’s Dragon Mart Mall, Danat Al-Emarat Tower, Millennium Resort, Mecca’s Shamiyah Expansion many of these during his time at Dar al-Handasah; as well as inside Egypt such as the renovation of Cairo International Airport, Cairo festival City Madinaty, El-Rehab, and Al-Shabab Power Plant.

Shawky is the Chair of the Egypt BIM Day, Co-Founder of BIM Arabia Magazine, Leader and BIM Manager for the UTW BIM Track, and with a team is writing the First BIM Code for Egypt through BIM Arabia.