Nadia Wassef

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Business Management Executive

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MA, Creative Writing, Birkbeck University, 2015 - Present. 

MA, Social Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 2000.

MA, English and Comparative Literature, American University in Cairo, 1996.

BA, English and Comparative Literature, American University in Cairo, 1990.


Business and Operations Management 

Business Strategy Development 

Cultural Affairs 

Performance Management 






Work history: 

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Al-Sharq for Bookstores, the mother company which distributes books and music and also owns and operates all Diwan Bookstore outlets, 2001-2015. 

Principle investigator, Egyptian Female Genital Mutilation Task Force, National NGO Commission on Population and Development, 1998-1999.

Conference Coordinator, International Women's Day NGO Committee, 1998-1999.

Conference Coordinator, Women and Memory Forum conference to commemorate Malak Hifni Nassef, 1998

Honorary office and memberships: 

Member, Women and Memory Forum, 1997-2000

Member, New Woman Research and Study Centre, 1998-2000

Member, Association for Middle Eastern Women's Studies, 1997-2000

Productions and works: 

 “Passionate Pursuits: Readers, Writers, and the Revival of Culture on the Nile.”  Daughters of the Nile: Egyptian Women Changing Their World.  Samia Spencer, ed., London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.

Daughters of the Niles: Photographs of Egyptian Women’s Movements, 1900-1960. Cairo: AUC press, 2001.

Investigating Masculinities and Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt. Co-authored with Abdullah Mansour. Cairo: the National NGO Centre for Population and Development, 2000.

Unfulfilled Promises: Egyptian Women's Rights. Co-authored with Neimat Guenena. Cairo: the Population Council, UNIFEM, and AFWIC, 1999.



 Forbes List of 200 Most Powerful Women in the Middle East (#60), 2014 & 2015 & 2016.

 Best Woman Entrepreneur 2013 - American Chamber of Commerce MENA Council Women Awards Program.