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Current Position:

PhD Lecturer at Department of Journalism, Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University

Academic Degrees

  •  2007-2013 Doctoral Degree (Dr. des.) University of Erfurt. Thesis: Framing of the Underground- and State Terrosim in Egyptian and German Print Media. Grade: Magna cum laude
  • 2002-2005 M.A. Thesis on the Image of Egypt and Egyptians in the German Print Media, Grade: Excellent with Honours.
  • 1996-2000 B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, Grade: Very Good with honours.
    Academic Career

Academic Career:

  • Since November 2012 – till present: Head researcher in the BMBF-funded project “Medienkultur in Transformation” at Orient Institut Beirut, Cairo Office.
  • February – May 2012 Local Coordinator for the project by Erich Brost Institut for International Journalism, TU Dortmund, entitled "Media Accountability in Transformation“ funded by the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).
  • October 2007-September 2011 a PhD-Scholarship Holder of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Vollpromotionsstipendium at University of Erfurt, Germany.
  • July 2005– September 2007: Senior Research and Assistant Lecturer at the Journalism Department, Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University.
  • February 2001-July 2005: Junior Research and Teaching Assistant at the Journalism of Department, Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University. Activities include teaching and assisting seminars in International communication and Public opinion, and editing the section for international affairs in the students’ newspaper.

Selected Courses, Conferences and Workshops

  • Participant at the Annual Conference of Al-Ahram Canadian University of the Faculty of Mass Communication with the paper: “The Role of the Media in the Transformation Phase in Egypt 2011-2013 and the German Democratic Republic 1989-1991: A comparative study”, 18.-20.03.2014.
  • Participant at the 18th Annual Conference of the Arab-US Association of Communication Educators, with the paper: “Social Movements’ Online Discourses in the Social Media” Tanger, Morocco 11-15.11.2013
  • Invited Speaker at the Conference on Law and Economics in times of Revolutions, at University of Hamburg entitled “Was it a Facebook Revolution?”, Hamburg, 6-9.11.2013
  • ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen Agent Forum for Media Actors, Potsdam, 10-12.12.2012
  • ifa, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen Workshop,Social Movements and Mediatization, Media Forum, Cairo, 23. – 24.11.2012
  • Europe in the Middle East –The Middle East in Europe (EUME) International Summer Academy by the Forum Transregionale Studien (Berlin), AUC Aesthetics and Politics: Counter-Narratives, New Publics, and the Role of Dissent in the Arab World, Cairo, 16 – 27.09.2012
  • Invited guest to the Conference “Realigning Power Geometries in the Arab World” organized by Volkswagen Stiftung and Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, 24-26.02.2012.
  • Conference Paper “Battleground Facebook”: Contestation Mechanisms in the Social Media in the Framing of the “Egyptian Revolution” in 2011, presented at the “Conference Islam, Citizenship and the New Media in Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Egypt”, Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, 18.-20.12.2011.
  • Conference Paper “Who is the Terrorist? Framing of Terrorism in the Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”, presented at the International Conference of the scholarly Network International and Intercultural Communication (NIIC)
    Beyond "Center" and "Periphery": (De-)Westernization in International and Intercultural Communication, Erfurt, 27-29.10.2011.
  • Invited speaker at DAAD-Summer School Islam and the West in Erfurt „Islam and the Media: Reflections on the Image of Muslims in Western Media”, DAAD-Summer School ‘Muslims in the West’, Universität Erfurt, August 2010 and August 2011.
  • Conference Paper entitled: „Framing Terrorism in the Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Assassination of Ahmed Yassin 2004 as a Case Study“, Presented at the Conference Global Media and the War on Terror, University of Westminster, London, 13.-14.09.2010.
  • Invited Speaker „Internet as Potential for freedom in the Arab World?” in collaboration with the Austrian Orient Society, Vienna, 10.-12.12.2009.
  • DAAD Alumni Workshop

    Religion Macht Politik: Die west-östlichen Klischees Säkularität und Religiosität.” Berlin, 4.-5.12.2009

  • Invited Speaker on the topic „The media representation of the terrorism in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian context“, Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, Bonn, 22.07.2009.
  • DAAD-Alumni Workshop: Democratization the Arab World from abroad? Potential and Risks of Political Change, DAAD-Alumni, Berlin, 30.11.-1.12.2007

Other Activities

  • Reviewer for the

    Journal of Middle East Media


    Global Media Journal

    , German Edition.

  • Documentation and Press coordinator for the Cairo Climate Talks (CCT) Project, in collaboration with the DAAD and GIZ in Cairo (since December 2011 till present)
  • Freelance Writer, weekly articles for the El Dustour El Asly newspaper, then El Tahrir daily newspaper (since March 2011).
  • 2005-2007: Trainer in the Programme Pathways to Higher Education in the field of communication skills for B.A. and M.A. students in collaboration with the Ford Foundation (at the Center for Advancement of Postgraduate Studies (CAPSCU), Cairo University.
  • November 2006 – September 2007: Editor and Translator at the German Information Centre (GIC) at the German Embassy in Cairo. Website:
  • August 1998: Internship at the magazine Zeitschrift für KulturAustausch (Magazine for Cultural Exchange) im Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart Germany.


Civic Engagement

  • Since January 2013 – present: Young Leadership Forum for Economic and Development Issues in Egypt.
  • Since March 2011- June 2012 contributing weekly articles to the liberal Egyptian online newspaper El Doustour, later renamed to El Tahrir newspaper.
  • Founding member und member in the Forum Muslims in Erfurt FOME: a platform for cooperation and integration for Muslims in Erfurt. (2008-2011)
  • Volunteering for the support of Iraqi Refugees in Erfurt in the Project „Engaged for Integration“, in collaboration with the Protestant Church in Erfurt. (2009-2011)