A grand celebration was organised for the Mustafa and Ali Amin Awards for Journalism 2012. President of the Shura Council Ahmed Fahmi and Chairman of the Board of Akhbar Al-Youm Mohamed El-Hawari distributed the awards.
Winners included Hamdi Rizq, Mahmoud Reda, Yasser Rizq, Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, Reda Mahmoud and Aisha Nassar.
Veteran caricaturist Mustafa Hussein, writer Neam El-Baz, Al-Akhbar columnist Maha Abdel-Fattah, journalist Nawal Mustafa and a bevy of journalists and media figures were present.
A number of ambassadors, diplomats and high profile personalities were present, including the Turkish Ambassador to Egypt H³©seyin Avni Botsali, the Polish Ambassador to Egypt Piotr Puchta, the Greek Ambassador to Egypt Chris Lazaris and his Belgium counterpart Bruno N³©ve de Mevergnies, author and politician Laila Takla and secretary-general of the African Society in Cairo Ambassador Ahmed Haggag.
Youssri and Sabri
photos: Ayman Barayez
The Cairo Opera House Small Hall hosted a celebration honouring the memory of late gifted singer and composer Mohamed Fawzi.
The great musician and producer was born in Tanta, Egypt. The celebration featured a long discussion with veteran actress Madiha Youssri whom Fawzi discovered and later married.
The discussion was moderated by versatile artist Samir Sabri with a large number of Fawzi's admirers in attendance. Director of the Cairo Opera House Ines Abdel-Dayem said the event aimed to keep alive the memory of a great figure of Egyptian culture for a new generation.
Blankhart amid her guests
photo: Ayman Barayez
Dutch Ambassador to Egypt Susan Blankhart held a prestigious celebration at the Conrad Cairo Hotel on the occasion of Holland's National Day.
Òô¨ A large gathering at Shorouk Zamalek was held for the book signing of actor Ahmed Helmi's debut volume 28 Harf (28 Letters). The book is a compilation of Helmi's articles formerly published by Al-Dostour newspaper before the revolution.
Òôï World-renowned Egyptian novelist Alaa El-Aswani won the eighth edition of the prestigious International Literary Prize Tiziano Terzani from Italy for his book On the State of Egypt. The win was announced at a press conference attended by journalists, fans and several Egyptian and foreign TV channels.
The event was organised in collaboration with the Association Vicino/Lontano from Udine, whose president, Alessandro Verona, highlighted the prize as an example of historic ties between Italy and Egypt.
El-Aswani is largely known for his best-selling novels The Yacoubian Building and Chicago.
On The State of Egypt presents a collection of articles published in Egyptian newspapers between 2006 and 2011 -- a clear and almost prophetic analysis of the events that led to the Arab Spring.
The book, chosen by a jury headed by Angela Terzani and that included Giulio Anselmi, Toni Capuozzo, Andrea Filippi, Milena Gabanelli, Ettore Mo, Paolo Pecile, Valerio Pellizzari, Peter Popham, Paolo Rumiz and Marino Sinibaldi, captures the same fearless spirit as that which marked the life and work of Italian reporter Tiziano Terzani, who died in 2004.
Òô According to Yasser Thabet, head of output at Sky News Arabia, "Arab satellite channels, especially news channels, have played a key role in paving the way for freedom of information in the Arab region, successfully delivering quality news coverage from across the globe. We see home-grown Arab channels able to compete with Western based news outlets. Audiences are no longer dependent on getting their information from foreign sources and can instead expect local news in their own language delivered by Arab journalists who have an understanding of what makes news here."
Sky News Arabia was launched on 6 May, entering the fast-changing landscape of Middle East news reporting with a "mission to provide cutting edge, reliable news on a number of multimedia platforms". With news in the Arab world being dynamic, innovative and fast-paced Sky News Arabia tries to keep up with 12 bureaus across the region.
Two engineering students at the American University in Cairo (AUC) are the first Egyptians to be selected as Dalai Lama Fellows for the year 2012.
Bassma Taher, a construction engineering major, and Samar Sultan, a mechanical engineering major, each won $4,500 for their project Kaab Dayer, which means walking long distances. The Kaab Dayer project is to empower the underprivileged in the Cairo community by providing them with training in specialised crafts. Both students will travel to attend the Global Learning Community Institute in California from 17 to 24 June, along with other awardees, to present their project.
The initiative is a result of a partnership between AUC's John D Gerhart Centre for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement and the Dalai Lama Fellows organisation.
Taher and Sultan, who initially met at the 2010 Women to Women Conference in Boston, are expected to complete their project in three years.
Dalai Lama Fellows is a non-profit organisation based in San Francisco. The organisation cooperates with various educational institutions, including Princeton, Stanford and McGill universities.
Òô More AUC news! The university has announced the appointment of Atef El-Toukhi of Cairo, Egypt and Philip F Maritz of California to its Board of Trustees.
El-Toukhi is the chairman of Aurum Capital Management. He serves as treasurer of the board of directors at the International House, a programme centre and campus residence at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a PhD from the University of Illinois and is a graduate of AUC.
Maritz has held positions at AT&T, Morgan Stanley & Co and Spieker Properties. In 1992, he co-founded Maritz, Wolff & Co. Maritz serves on the board of Rosewood and Dolce hotels. He graduated from Princeton University in 1983 with a degree in art and archaeology and received his MBA in 1987, with an emphasis on real estate and finance, from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
AUC's trustees include Moetaz El-Alfi, chairman of the Americana Group, Dina Habib Powell, managing director and global head of corporate engagement at Goldman Sachs, and Ahmed Zewail, Nobel laureate and Linus Pauling, professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology.
Òô¨ The European Union held a conference at the headquarters of the National Institute for Standards (NIS) with the attendance of Minister of Scientific Research Nadia Zakhari and Secretary-General of the Egyptian-European Partnership Ambassador Gamaleddin Bayoumi.
Head of the NIS Adel Basyouni Shehata announced the beginning of a project that aims at getting Egyptian standards internationally confirmed and recognised, to ensure the acceptance of Egyptian products in the international market.
photo: Ayman Barayez
The Embassy of India in Cairo in cooperation with the Egypt-India Friendship Association organised a cultural event to mark Orphans Day.
The event entailed a short cultural programme of Indian and Egyptian popular dances, including by members of the Indian Cultural Centre.
Popular Egyptian actress-cum-singer Boshra attended the function as a guest of honour and performed some of her famous songs at Al-Hanager Centre in the Opera House complex while some 200 children from various orphanages participated.
At the end of the celebration, prizes and gift items were distributed by Indian Ambassador to Egypt R Swaminathan along with Boshra and Director of the Indian Culture Centre Suchitra Durai.