Ali Hisham is an innovative writer with 10 years of experience. He began publishing his writings in print newspapers in 2010. He published his first book Naql Aam with four editions that hit the bestseller shelves, while being the youngest story writer in Egypt. Hisham is currently in the process of publishing his second book. He is also an E-blogger whose blog, www.kobbaya.com, has reached more than 200K views. In December 2011 Hisham co-founded a grassroots movement in Egypt, Thawra Ma’hash Beta’a (Revolution Without an ID), that focused on students’ rights and worked on discovering children’s talents. He was selected by Amnesty International Nederland as Egypt’s Country Representative. Hisham became a certified and experienced Arabic proofreader and worked with Social Justice Platform as an Arabic editor and proofreader for two years. He also has a great passion for marketing, and therefore worked as a copywriter for two years in the advertising industry. He is also a passionate journalist who has experience in conducting research and preparing TV shows.
Reem Khedr is a Jameel fellow pursuing an MPA with a concentration in management of development and nonprofit organizations. Reem is currently working as a program officer at Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She was a LEAD student who graduated from AUC in December 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, minoring in sociology. She was a Lazord Fellow with the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement in 2012-2013 where she worked with street children at NHASD. Reem has accumulated seven years of experience with nonprofit organizations, including the Goethe-Institut and Save the Children. In the field of cultural management, she has coordinated Access to Arts Program at Mahatat for contemporary art for 3 years, and has been part of the 2017 MENA cultural academy offered by the Goethe-Institut in Berlin. Reem is also a member of the Cultural Innovators Network, a cross-sectoral and cross-cultural network of young activists from countries north and south of the Mediterranean. She has a special interest in artistic curation, cultural management and translation. Reem would like to teach at AUC someday and is dreaming of kickstarting a cultural/artistic community center in Damietta, her hometown.