Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Blog

Yesterday, at an event honoring the inaugural class of The Gabr Fellowship, US and Foreign Diplomats, members of Congress, and leading Middle East experts had a chance to hear first-hand from the Gabr Fellows about their experiences traveling to Egypt and the US. The Gabr Fellows are a group of 22 emerging leaders from across Egypt and the US. - 10 Egyptians and 12 Americans.  

New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman, Arab American Institute President James Zogby, and Daniel Shapiro, director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, participated in a panel with the Fellows to discuss and reflect on the importance of bridging the East-West divide and promoting the potential of citizen diplomacy to facilitate better understanding between the US and Middle East.

The Fellows presented six projects they have collaborated on throughout the course of the Fellowship aimed at addressing challenges facing Egypt and the US. The projects ranged from establishing microclinics in Egypt to installing large interactive TV screens in Cairo and New York. Once implemented, the projects will help to achieve the goals of the East-West Initiative as imagined by its founder, Shafik Gabr, and ensure the program's sustainability and impact well beyond the term of the Fellowship.

Last night’s program took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown. The Fellowship is sponsored by the Shafik Gabr Foundation and the American program is carried out in partnership with the Arab American Institute.

Read more about the projects.

The Fellowship is sponsored by the Shafik Gabr Foundation and the American program is carried out in partnership with the Arab American Institute.

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