Inaugural Egyptian Alumni Forum
On February 7-8, 2014, a group of Humphrey alumni organized the inaugural Egyptian Humphrey Alumni Forum in Cairo. The event brought nearly 25 Humphrey alumni together to discuss the unprecedented challenges that the country has faced since 2011. The two-day event featured sessions on politics, economics and the role of the private sector, law and constitutional issues, education, health, media, women, and ethics and national identity. Nationally renowned experts and international scholars led panels and fostered discussion.
The Forum was an event five years in the making. In addition to administrative support from the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt, the organizing committee received funding from the Humphrey Fellowship Program, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo in order to create and implement this workshop. When asked about the outcome and future of the event, the organizer said that the group intends to pursue a mentoring initiative and that they would like to see the Forum expand in the years to come. She hopes that a Global Humphrey Forum can come to fruition in the near future.
In the picture, event signage is prominently displayed at the venue.