Senior Advisor to the Board of Trustees:
Major General Mohamed Elkeshky
A decorated military veteran, Major General Mohamed Elkeshky is a seasoned leader and diplomat with extensive experience in military strategy and foreign relations. He capped his venerable military career in the Egyptian Army as the Deputy Defense Minister of External Affairs. MG Elkeshky complemented his military career by completing military studies through acquiring a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University (NDU).
Throughout his career, MG Elkeshky served in several distinguished positions, most prominently as the Commander of the Artillery Military Zone, Defense Attaché to the United States and Canada, and Deputy Defense Attaché in London. His career included critical posts such as the command of a battalion during the Gulf War (1991) and his appointment as the head of the Military Attaché Association in Washington DC, which included all nations represented in the United States.
MG Elkeshky’s pivotal role in foreign relations and the military was recognized both internationally and locally. Awarded the Legion of Merit from the President of the United States (2013), MG Elkeshky is the only Egyptian foreign national ever awarded this honor. He also received the Order of the Republic award from the Egyptian government as well as many other awards.
Ambassador Fatma Galal, Director
Ambassador Galal is a former career diplomat with over 38 years of experience in international relations and global affairs, with special interest in technical cooperation and human resource development. Ambassador Galal was the Assistant Foreign Minister for Judicial Affairs as well as Secretary General for the Egyptian Fund for Technical Cooperation with Africa. She represented Egypt in numerous postings including Ambassador to Singapore, Consul General to Australia in Melbourne, and Deputy Head of Mission in London as well as numerous international conferences.
Tarek Abdelraouf, Researcher
Tarek Abdelraouf graduated with a Master of Arts in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Risk and Corporate Responsibility from Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
During his time in the United States of America, Tarek spent his undergraduate and graduate years working in different capacities with different organisations such as The International Rescue Committee, The Impact Economy Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami; he was also a board member for the United Nations Association of Miami Chapter.
Tarek’s research interests are in: The Sustainable Development Goals, Impact Economy, Education, Sustainability and Public policy, among others.
Mohamed Wasfy, Events Coordinator/Researcher
Mohamed Wasfy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the British University in Egypt.
He started his career by interning at the League of Arab States. He then volunteered as an Office Member of the Secretary General of the Arab League.
He also worked at International Club, a think tank affiliated with the Egyptian government, and interned at the United States Congress in Washington D.C., where, among other tasks, he conducted official interviews with Senators.
After graduating, he worked as a Senior Researcher at Egypt’s Economic Forum, where he was responsible for national security cases and the organisation of high-profile events.
Farah Rasmi, Non-Resident Researcher
Farah Rasmi graduated with a Master of Arts in European and Russian Affairs from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Her research focuses on European affairs as well as the impact of political violence on civilian populations, namely the study of extremism and radicalism.
Rasmi has extensive research experience and previously interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in West Africa, worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, and at the Political Capital Institute in Hungary.
Her publications include:
- “The Rise of the Canadian Far-Right” Political Capital Institute (2018-06-20)
- “Morality and Justice: Trials of the Immorally Obedient” Eurasiatique Journal (2019)