Lamya Marafi is the Founder and Managing Director of ikteshaaf. Lamya has been invited to speak in several international conferences such as the EU conference on Youth, Peace, and Security of 2018 in Brussels on the importance of creating innovative educational practices and spaces for youth in Egypt and the Arab region. She was constantly challenged and eager to work with non-profits, start-ups, and international programs that support youth in Egypt and the Arab region, as well as internationally such as Enpact, Lazord Foundation, Soliya, AIESEC, and Civic Concepts International. She is a certified trainer in civil society projects from the Center for Applied Policy Research at the University of Munich and studied Executive Coaching at the School of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo, and obtained her master’s degree in Conflict, Security, and Development from King’s College London.
Youstina joined ikteshaaf as a fellow in the second cohort. She is currently a senior student at the British Univeristy in Egypt majoring in political science. Academically, Youstina is the top student of her class. Youstina has participated in the Merit360 program in New York City, working on the UN SDGs; particularly SDG4- Quality Education. In 2017, her team’s project for the Syrian refugees in Jordan was nominated at the Hult Prize competition to the semi-final round held in Dubai. She strongly believes in the impact of small change and is passionate about civil society work.
Esraa Ahmed is an Alumni Officer for the first ikteshaaf cohort. She was working as a Project Officer at IECD (Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement) on the ‘Seeds of Hope’ project which aims to improve Egyptian youth access to labor market by strengthening the technical and vocational higher education training. She is currently working as a Project Coordinator at Tahrir Lounge.
Hassan Arafa is an Alumni Officer for the first ikteshaaf cohort. He was a volunteer in the educational program at Catholic Relief Services, which provides refugees, asylum seekers, and their families with educational grants. He was also previously the public relations and marketing assistant at Pathways- Helwan University, which is a student activity that develops soft and English language skills and training programs for students.
Mohamed Sobhy is the Alumni Officer for the second ikteshaaf cohort. He is currently working as a trainer at Oppo Egypt. Mohamed was a facilitator at Eyouth and a volunteer at Life Makers Association and Masr Ta’amal Initaitive. He graduated from Faculty of Engineering Mansoura University.
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