Board of Directors

Azza Abdel Hamid

Founder and Chairperson

Amr Shaker

Founder and Deputy Chairperson

Tawfik Roushdy

Founder and Secretary General

Mona El Shibini

Founder and Treasurer

Sherif Mansour

Founding member

Shehab El Nawawy

Founding member

Ahmed Moussa

Member

Management Team

Yosr Kotb

Technical Manager at Amaan Training Center

Assy Girah

Quality Assurance Manager at Wataneya

Yasmin El Hagry

Executive Vice President

Arafa Abdel Hafiz

Financial & Administrative Affairs Manager

Amira Ghoneim

Programs Manager at Amaan Training Center

Aya Yasser

External Relations Manager

Mona Abdel Nabi

Director of Organizational Development

Azza Abdel Hamid

Founder and Chairperson

Founded Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages in 2008, after spending over a decade at the helm of Nida Society, which she helped establish in 1997 to aid in the rehabilitation and social integration of children with sensory communication disorders. She received an award from TAKREEM in 2016 in recognition of her efforts in the humanitarian and social services field.

Mona Abdel Nabi

Director of Organizational Development

A communication specialist and certified psychologist who received her bachelor’s degree from Ain Shams University’s Faculty of Arts in 2007. Her interest in working with children with special needs grew through volunteer work and she later joined Nida Society as a rehabilitation specialist, where she spent a year and a half helping children with sensory communication disorders overcome social barriers. She then joined Wataneya’s team as a resident psychologist and received additional training at Amaan, as well as accreditation in alternative childcare from Pearson.

Aya Yasser

External Relations Manager

Holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in marketing, both from the German University in Cairo. She spent the first few years of her career working at banks and investment firms but was always passionate about working in social and community development. She made time for volunteering to various causes and initiatives, before moving on to work full time at the Educate Me foundation for five years. She joined Wataneya after learning about the real change that the organization’s work has helped bring.

Arafa Abdel Hafiz

Financial & Administrative Affairs Manager

A graduate of Cairo University’s Faculty of Commerce, he holds a diploma in administrative accounting from the American University in Cairo and is a member of the Egyptian Society of Accountants & Auditors. He learned about Wataneya Society through one of its annual reports and was impressed by how far-reaching its positive impact has been, prompting him to join the organization as a full time member of the staff.

Yasmin El Hagry

Executive Vice President

Holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the American University in Cairo, where she also minored in psychology and business administration. She developed a passion for working in alternative childcare through her involvement in the student group Volunteers in Action, which she came to lead in 2004. She continued to volunteer in child- and youth-development initiatives after graduating and until 2009, when she left her job as an advertising executive to join Wataneya Society and dedicate her full focus to supporting children outside of parental care.

Tawfik Roushdy

Founder and Secretary General

An architect and the executive director of Egyptian software engineering firm KEMET Corporation. He is also the founder of an orphanage and a member of Nida Society’s board of directors.

Mona El Shibini

Founder and Treasurer

A financial consultant who lends her services to local and international business alike. She is a board member at Nida Society, the chairperson of the CISV International Alumni Association, and a member of the CISV International Peace Fund’s board of trustees.

Sherif Mansour

Founding member

One of three founding members of Pricewaterhousecoopers Egyptian office, who also sits on the board at Nida Society for the rehabilitation of children with sensory communication disorders.

Shehab El Nawawy

Founding member

Chairperson and managing director at Giza Systems, one of the MEA region’s leading firms in specialized systems integration. He also sits on the board of trustees at the Giza Systems Education Foundation and the non-profit Educate Me, and is a board member at INJAZ Egypt.

Amr Shaker

Founder and Deputy Chairperson

Founder and executive head of six subsidiaries belonging to leading healthcare and medical solutions provider EG Medical Systems. He is also a member of Egyptian Cure Bank’s board of directors.

Yosr Kotb

Technical Manager at Amaan Training Center

Holds a Master’s degree from the American University in Cairo in teaching English to non-native speakers and has earned certifications from Cairo University in different teaching modes and strategies, such as active learning techniques, working with children at risk, and implementing the UN’s Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children. She worked as a teacher at a number of schools, universities, and NGOs, and has assisted in designing workshops and development programs for children in foster care, as well as training programs for the professionals that care for them.

Assy Girahا

Quality Assurance Manager at Wataneya

Earned a Master’s degree in mass communication from the American University in Cairo in 1984. She worked in media for over seven years and was the editor-in-chief at TeenStuff magazine before switching gears to move into community development, eventually joining the Dutch Cooperation Agency after spending some time with USAID. She joined Wataneya first as a volunteer, becoming a member of the team in 2011 and coming to play an instrumental role in helping the organization earn its international accreditation from UK awarding body Pearson.

Ahmed Moussa

Member

A legal accountant with years of experience at KPMG Hazem Hassan. He is a member of the Egyptian Society of Accountants & Auditors and the deputy head of the Small Enterprises & Community Development Association (SECDA).

Amira Ghoneim

Programs Manager at Amaan Training Center

An Infosys-certified trainer and who studied English literature at Cairo University’s Faculty of Arts. She earned additional accreditation in training through her work with the Egyptian ICT Ministry’s EDUEgypt initiative, which focused on preparing university graduates for professional life, and earned a diploma in project management from the Regional IT Institute. She has also taught at the American University in Cairo’s School of Continuing Education.