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Minister Plenipotentiary Ashraf Swelam
Director General


Ashraf Swelam is the Director General of CCCPA. He is a member of both the Executive Committee of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC) and the Management Committee of the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA).

Before joining the Cairo Center in 2013, he served as Lead Counsel to the Constitutional Committee that drafted the new Egyptian Constitution. On leave from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EMFA) from 2008-2013, Ashraf was a Senior Policy Advisor to one of the leading presidential candidates (2011-12). He was also the editor and lead author of the candidate’s presidential platform. In addition, he has held senior leadership positions with key business NGOs in Egypt, including Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (2012) and Director General of Egypt’s International Economic Forum (2009-11).

Ashraf's early assignments at EMFA focused on international political and economic issues, including advising the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Egyptian - American relations (2005-2007); serving as a political and economic officer at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington D.C. (2000-2004); and serving in the Economic and International Cooperation departments at the Ministry.

Ashraf holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Cairo University and an LLM in International Economic Law from Warwick University (1999). In addition, he is a Yale World Fellow (2007) and a Munich Young Leader (2012). Ashraf is a visiting lecturer of Foreign Policy at the American University of Cairo (AUC). He also writes op-eds for Egyptian and international journals and newspapers, most notably the Financial Times (UK), Global Policy Journal (UK), the Yale Journal for International Affairs (USA), Die Zeit (Germany), and Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany).
Minister Plenipotentiary Mohamed Hatem Elatawy
Deputy Director & Project Director


Mohamed Hatem (Hatem) Elatawy is an expert in security issues (particularly disarmament, conflict resolution especially over water resources, peacekeeping and peacebuilding), United States politics and Egyptian-European relations.

Hatem has been with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EMFA) for over 20 years, and since 2014, the Deputy Director and Director of Projects at CCCPA. He has served in the Egyptian missions to the United States, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and most recently to the European Office of the United Nations Organization. Prior to joining EMFA, Hatem worked in television journalism and marketing.

Hatem holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo (1991) and two Master of Arts degrees in Political Science and International Relations from the American University in Cairo (1995) and University of Durham-UK (1996). Among Hatem’s publications are “Nilopolitics: A Hydrological Regime 1870-1990”: Cairo Papers in Social Science, Vol 19 No. 1, 1997; “ICoC: Recommendations for Further Elaboration” in Awaiting Launch: Perspectives on the Draft ICOC for Outer Space Activities. Rajagoplan, Rajeswari Pillai and Daniel Porras eds. Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, 2014; and “The North African Regional Capability in a changing North Africa”. In Mandup, T. & Vreÿ, F. (eds), The African Standby Force (ASF): Beyond 2015, SunMedia: Stellenbosch (Forthcoming).

Brigadier General Ehab Khedr
Consultant - Peacekeeping & Peacebuilding


Before joining the Center in 2015, Brig. Gen. Ehab Khedr served as Chief of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) branch at the Egyptian Ministry of Defense (MOD); he was also a member of the Egyptian Strategic Reconnaissance Team and MOU NegotiationsTeam of the DPKO. He was responsible for planning & training Egyptian contingents participating in peacekeeping operations (Pre-Deployment Training) and preparing Egyptian Military observers and staff officers participating in peacekeeping operations. He joined LAWIO/MOD in 1997 and worked in the field of peacekeeping until 2014.
In 1994, Ehab served as Humanitarian Coordinating Officer in the French Mission in Rwanda (Turquoise Mission) in coordination with the African Union Commission (AUC). From 1995 to 1996 he was a Military Observer and Logistics Staff Officer in the UN Mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO). From 1999 to 2000, he served as a Senior Military Information Officer at UNHQ, UN Mission in DRC (MONUC).
In addition to his vast experience, he has attended many training courses e.g. NATO Military Observer In PSO Course, PFP Training Center, Turkey; International Humanitarian  Law & Law of Armed Conflict - Rule of Law & Legal Considerations for Military & Peacekeeping Operations Course, Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island, USA; UK Peacekeeping Seminar Exercise Blue Lion 2003, Senegal;  UN Training Assistance Team/Integrated Mission Training Cell Officers Course (IMTC), Estonia; Peacekeeping for Decision Makers Course, Newport, Rhode Island, USA; and Senior Leaders Course, 2011, Egyptian MOD.
He also participated in the final review of UN Standardized Training Modules Seminar for Specialist Military & Civilian Police Officers, 2005, Hungary.
Ehab holds a Bsc. in Electrical Engineering and a Bsc. in Military Science from the Military Technical College in Cairo (1983 – 1988). 
Iman Keira
Program Coordinator


Iman Keira is the Program Coordinator at CCCPA responsible for overseeing and coordinating CCCPA activities with the program associates, finance department and management. 

Iman joined CCCPA in 2009 and left in 2013 to work at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for a year; she returned to the center in April of 2014.  Prior to working at CCCPA, Iman worked as a Conference Service Assistant at the United Nations Environment Programme Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (UNEP – SCBD) where she worked with the team organizing the major international meetings of the organization.  Before that, she worked in the Marketing and Sales department of Thales Canada, Optronics Division for almost 8 years and was responsible for the internal and external communications of the company.  Iman is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and holds a B.A. from the Faculty of Commerce and Administration with a Major in International Business and a Minor in Finance.

Esraa Saied
Progam Officer


Esraa Saied is responsible for activities related to “Peacekeeping” at the Center. She joined CCCPA in June 2014 and has coordinated activities for the program on DDR in Sudan, African Union and UN Senior Mission Leaders Courses as well as high level and international workshops including the 23rdAnnual Conference of the International Association of Peacekeeping Centers (IAPTC).  Esraa has also been selected by the United Nations as one of two Egyptian members of the peacekeeping mobile training unit.

Prior to joining CCCPA, Esraa worked in the BPO industry for over 4 years; she was a global training manager at AT&T (she was based in Rochester, United States and managed 4 different sites: India, Philippines, Rochester and Dubai).

Esraa holds a BA in Political Science from Cairo University. She has currently left CCCPA for one year to pursue her Masters Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with a focus on International Peacekeeping at St. Andrews University.  

Dr. Eman Selim
Logistics Director


Eman Selim is both the Logistics Director and Events Manager at CCCPA. She is responsible for bookings, ticketing and accommodation arrangements for all training sessions, workshops and conferences held by the Center. She is also responsible for the public relations with hotels and tourism agencies working with CCCPA. Before joining CCCPA she was the Marketing Manager at AGMEP (The American Group for Managing Educational Projects) for 3 years; prior to that she was the Public Relations Manager and assistant for Dr. Ebrahim Elfikky at The Canadian Training Center for Human Development - Dr. Ebrahim Elfikky Institution for 2 years. Eman also has experience in training and teaching math and worked in the design and engineering field from 1995 till 2000.

Eman holds a BSc. in Engineering, TOT certification and a Doctorate of Business Administration (Public Administration) from Cardiff City University.
Mahitab Saad
Training Officer


Mahitab joined the Center in 2012 and has since been responsible for implementing and administrating the training courses. As a part of enhancing CCCPA's internal capabilities, Mahitab is now on our roster of trainers and facilitators for Gender in Peacekeeping and State building.

During 2011 and 2012, Mahitab worked at the United Nations World Food Programme, handling logistics for crises areas. She has also worked at the Ministry of Culture in Egypt, and before that she worked in management consulting services for several entities on systems restructuring.

Mahitab holds a Bachelors in Business Administration and a diploma in Applied Accounting from the American University in Cairo.
Mohamed Amin
Office Manager


Mohamed Amin is the IT & Office Manager at CCCPA.

He has eight years of experience in office management and IT. Prior to joining CCCPA in 2008, Mohamed worked at the Diplomatic Institute as an IT specialist, and has received many certificates for his work with the African Union, the Danish Interpretation Systems (DIS), and the Pearson Peacekeeping Center among others.

Mohamed holds a higher diploma from the Institute of Technical Health (Department of Medical Equipment).
Hossam Sherif
Financial Controller


Hossam has more than 10 years of experience in development, budgeting, accounting, financial and internal control systems, and office policy & procedure manuals. Prior to joining CCCPA in 2009, he worked with many national and international NGO's and donors such as IDSC, UNDP and GFNF and was an auditor at El Masria El Frensia for Auditing and Finance. 
Hossam holds a BA in International Business from the Modern Academy in Cairo (finance minor). He is currently working towards obtaining the CMA designation. 
Sarah Mohamed


Sarah is responsible for all aspects of the Center's online presence. In addition to writing, editing, and proofreading site content, she is also responsible for copyediting and proofreading the offline content. 

From 2003-2012, Sarah was responsible for the copyediting and proofreading of all corporate finance and transaction service reports of a large audit firm. 

Sarah graduated magna cum laude from AASTMT with a Bachelor in Business Administration - Finance concentration. 

Yomna El Bakly
Program Officer


Yomna is responsible for project activties related to the Peacemaking and Peacebuilding thematic area. Her role is support and implement training activities under this thematic area, which include trainings on “Conflict Analysis & Sensitivity”, “Strategic Crisis Management” and “Conflict Resolution and Mediation”. 

Prior to joining CCCPA in 2014, Yomna interned at the Arab Organization for Human Rights, the United Nations Information Center, and V- Worx for volunteer’s systems and solutions. She was also the research assistant for a political science PhD candidate before joining CCCPA.

Yomna holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Cairo University.
Heba Mareay
Junior Researcher - Logistics Assistant


Heba's role is to research methods on how to develop and deliver internationally recognized training programs and to generate relevant research products in order to develop the capacity of the African continent to meet peace and security challenges. 
Prior to joining CCCPA in  February 2015, Heba worked at Convergys in the Customer Support Department. She also worked on a project sponsored by the Ministry of Youth aimed at introducing ideas on how to rationally consume the Nile River’s water and solutions to resolve issues related to the “Nahda Dam". 
Heba graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University in 2012.
Noura Abouelnasr
Junior Researcher


Noura's role is to research peacekeeping topics e.g. REC peackeeping missions in Africa; the relation between RECs and the African Union in peacekeeping etc. 

Prior to joining CCCPA, Noura interned at the Arab Organization for Human Rights and UN Information Center and was an assistant to Economics Professor Dr. Hassan Ebeid at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science - Cairo University. 

Noura is currently preparing her Master’s thesis in Euro Med Studies at Cairo University. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.
Nadine Mamdouh
Junior Researcher


Nadine's role is to map terrorism in Africa and document the steps taken to fight it.

Prior to joining CCCPA, Nadine worked as an assistant to Economics Professor Dr. Hassan Ebeid at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science - Cairo University. She then worked as a researcher at MAAT Organization for Human Rights.  She also interned at the Arab Organization for Human Rights and UN Information Center while studying.
She is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.   
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