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Minister Plenipotentiary Ashraf Swelam
Director General


Ashraf Swelam is the Director General of CCCPA. In that capacity, he is the President of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC) (2017-2018) and the Chairman of the Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Training Group (IDDRTG) (2017-2018). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA) (2013-to date).
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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) from 2008-2013, Ashraf was a Senior Policy Advisor to one of the leading presidential candidates (2011-12), and editor and lead author of his presidential platform. He also held senior leadership positions with 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 (2009-2011).
Ashraf is an expert on Egyptian-American relations, having served as an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-2007) and as a political officer at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington D.C. (2000-2004). In the later capacity, he was responsible for liaising with the US administration and Congress (U.S. Senate) on political, military and economic issues, including Middle East affairs, aid, trade, democracy, etc. His early assignments at MFA focused on international economic affairs and international cooperation for development.
Ashraf is a Yale World Fellow (2007), a Munich Young Leader (2012) and a visiting lecturer of Foreign Policy at the American University of Cairo (AUC). His articles appeared in Egyptian and international journals and newspapers, most notably the Financial Times (UK), the Yale Journal for International Affairs (USA), Global Policy Journal (UK), Die Zeit and Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany). He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Cairo University and an LLM in International Economic Law from Warwick University (1999).


Brigadier General (Ret.) Ehab Khedr
Senior Advisor - Peacekeeping


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 Department of Peacekeeping Operations. 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. 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 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 eight 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.

Sarah Abdelgelil
Program Officer, Peacekeeping & Women, Peace and Security


Sarah has extensive experience working on Women, Peace and Security in Africa and the Arab world. Among her notable accomplishments is the development of the first pocket guide on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping operations, designed specifically for Middle Eastern and African peacekeepers. She also coordinates and contributes technically to the implementation of trainings and capacity building activities on UNSCR 1325 and gender mainstreaming in peace processes, including by delivering training sessions on gender-sensitive mediation.
In addition to managing the Women, Peace and Security Program, she serves as the Center’s gender specialist– providing technical support to the integration of gender in the work around conflict prevention and resolution, peacemaking, peacekeeping, human trafficking, and preventing radicalization and extremism leading to terrorism. 
Sarah is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops, and meetings on Women, Peace and Security issues. She also contributed technically to the development of key Arab strategies and reports, including the League of Arab States’ Strategy on Preventing and Protecting Women from all Forms of Violence in Asylum and Internal Displacement Contexts (under review), and the ESCWA study on Women, Peace and Security: The Role of Institutions in times of Peace and War in the Arab Region. 
Prior to joining CCCPA, Sarah worked at the Arab Administrative Development Organization, an organization affiliated with the League of Arab States, where she supported the implementation of the project activities of the Development Fund. She also completed a two-months internship at the German Parliament in 2012.  

Sarah has an  MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy - University of Oxford, 2015 and a BA in Political Science (summa cum laude) from the American University in Cairo (AUC), 2011.
May Salem
Program Officer, DDR and Preventing Radicalization & Extremism


May Salem is responsible for activities related to enhancing African and Arab capacities in Preventing Radicalization and Extremism Leading to Terrorism (PRELT). Her portfolio also includes research and training projects addressing Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) in Africa.
Prior to joining CCCPA, May worked in the Mine Action sector and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) in Switzerland.

May is a graduate of Brunel University in the UK. She obtained her MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. Currently, she is pursuing an MA in International Human Rights Law from the American University in Cairo (AUC).
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 23rd Annual 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 is currently on leave (one year) to pursue her Masters Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with a focus on International Peacekeeping at St. Andrews University.  

Mohamed Amin
Administration Officer


Mohamed Amin 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
Finance Officer


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. 
Mahitab Saad
Training Associate


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.
Leena Azzam
Program Associate, Transnational Threats


Having closely worked with migrant and refugee populations as well as victims of trafficking on the ground, Leena has acquired valuable hands-on experience in the field of transnational threats. Currently serving as Transnational Threats Program Associate at CCCPA,  Leena is responsible for managing and substantially contributing to capacity building activities in the area of combating human trafficking and smuggling of migrants while ensuring the mainstreaming of a victim-centered approach throughout delivery of trainings. Among the salient issues that Leena is currently working on is the impact of organized crime on peacekeeping operations and peacebuilding processes.
Prior to joining CCCPA, Leena worked as a Resettlement Caseworker with the UN Refugee Agency IOM and as Senior Refugee Status Determination Assistant with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She also participated in the three-month US resettlement surge operation for 10,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan. She also completed a six-month internship with Minority Rights Group International. 
Leena holds a B.A. in Political Science  from the American University in Cairo (AUC), 2012, and a LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, also from the AUC, 2015.
Heba Mareay
Program Associate, Transnational Threats


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.
Ahmed Khalifa
Logistics Associate


Ahmed Khalifa is responsible for bookings, ticketing and accommodation arrangements for all training sessions, workshops and conferences held by the Center. He is also responsible for the public relations with hotels and tourism agencies working with CCCPA. Before joining Ahmed was the Front Office Manager at Four Seasons Hotel in Cairo (First Residence). He started his career in hospitality in 2005 as a front desk agent and rapidly continued his career further, becoming Assistant Front Desk Manager in 2010. Ahmed also held the position of Chief Concierge before his move as a Front Office Manager in 2014.
Ahmed holds a Bachelor in Hotel Management from the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels management, Helwan University.
Nadine Mamdouh
Program Associate, Transnational Threats


Nadine Mamdouh'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.   
Noura Abouelnasr
Researcher, Peacekeeping


Noura Abouelnasr's role is to research peacekeeping topics e.g. peackeeping missions - namely the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH). She is also a researcher on women, peace and security topics. Noura is also responsible for handling and implementing pre-deployment trainings for Egyptian peacekeepers who will be deployed to UN peacekeeping missions.
Prior to joining CCCPA, Noura interned at the Arab Organization for Human Rights and UN Information Center. She was also an assistant to Economics Professor Dr. Hassan Ebeid at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science - Cairo University. 

Noura is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.
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. 
Alaa Mazloum
Researcher, Preventing Radicalization and Extremism


Alaa Mazloum's role is to conduct research on violent extremist groups in Africa. 
Prior to joining CCCPA, Alaa worked as a communication intern at UNODC ROMENA Office,  and a public relations specialist and soft-skills trainer at a startup in Cairo. Her experience also includes being a teaching assistant and a research assistant at the American University in Cairo (AUC). 
Alaa earned her masters degree in International Human Rights Law from the AUC, where she defended her thesis on the inter-linkage between law, discipline and psychology.  She is a MEPI TL Scholar who earned her BA in Political Studies and a minor in Communications from the American University of Beirut (2014). She was also a exchange student at the American University of Washington D.C (2012). 
Rolane Hamed
Researcher, Peacekeeping


Rolane Hamed's role is to conduct research on peacekeeping operations - namely  the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the African Union - United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). Her focus is on peace and security in the African continent, including the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). She also works on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA)  in peacekeeping operations and the relationship between peacekeeping and sustaining peace.
Prior to joining CCCPA in 2016, Rolane was a column writer of an "Egyptian Story" at the Insider Independent Student Newspaper in Egypt.

Rolane is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, 2016. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Sciences from Paris-1 Pantheon Sorbonne University.
Passeint Ahmed
Researcher, Preventing Radicalization and Extremism


Passeint Ahmed's role is to research topics relevant to preventing radicalization and extremism leading to terrorism (PRELT). She also works on implementing CCCPA's training programme titled "Building Capacities of Local Communities to Prevent Radicalization and Extremism in Africa". 
Prior to joining CCCPA in 2016, Passeint interned at the Center for Future and Strategic Studies at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and the Arab Forum for Alternatives.

Passeint holds a dual BA degree in Political Science from Cairo University and the University Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.
Hussein Shoukry
Researcher, DDR


Hussein is a researcher in the burgeoning field of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) in complex conflict situations. In that capacity, Hussein's role is to perform desk research and analysis on past and ongoing DDR programs in Africa, with the aim of exploring areas of convergence and divergence between DDR and preventing/countering violent extremism as well as building CCCPA's capacity in delivering DDR training programs to DDR practitioners and researchers in Africa and beyond. 
As a political science graduate, Hussein holds a Bachelors of Arts from the American University in Cairo (AUC). He is currently doing his Masters in Global Affairs and Public Policy with a specialization in International Security (at the AUC). 
Amina Helal
Researcher, Peacekeeping


Amina Helal is a researcher on peacekeeping, peacemaking and women, peace and security. Her main research areas include the following missions: the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) and  the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).
Despite being a graduate of Political Science, Amina started her career in marketing, public relations and event planning at the Hilton Hotels and Leo Burnett.
Amina holds a BA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo.
Sarah El Bessomy
Junior Researcher, Transnational Threats


Sarah El Bessomy's role is to research the latest trends in human trafficking, migrant smuggling and small arms and light weapons and how to combat them.
Prior to joining CCCPA, Sarah worked as a Campaigns and Communications Fellow at Fair Trials in London. She also worked as an Eligibility Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Cairo.
Sarah holds an MA in Human Rights Theory and Practice from the University of Essex, 2016 and a BA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (AUC), 2014.
Radwa Sakr
Junior Researcher


Radwa Sakr graduated with a BA in Political Science from Cairo University. As a member of the Presidential Leadership Program (2nd Batch), Radwa participated in the First World Youth Forum (WYF) in Sharm El Sheikh, November 2017; she was the leader of the translation team (concept notes) in addition to being part of the team that prepared for the sessions tackling terrorism.
Radwa is currently studying Hebrew.
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