The Fulbright Legacy

J. William Fulbright was born in Missouri in 1905. He was educated at the University of Arkansas and at Oxford University, where, as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned an M.A. degree.

Fulbright was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1944 and served there from 1945 through 1974. In 1949 he became a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and from 1959 to 1974 he was its chairman, the longest serving chairman of that committee in history. Fulbright became one of the most influential and best-known members of the Senate. In 1963 Walter Lippman said, “The role he plays in Washington is indispensable. There is no one else who is so powerful and also so wise?” Today he is best remembered for the legislation establishing the Fulbright Program, which passed without debate in 1946. The first participants traveled in 1948. Since then more than 310,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the program.

Of all of the joint ventures in which we might engage, Fulbright later said of the program,”the most productive is educational exchange Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can, to the humanizing of international relations.

The Mandate

The Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt was established in 1949, and is the oldest and largest Fulbright program in the Arab world. Since 1949 nearly 5,000 scholars have been American Fulbrighters in Egypt or Egyptian Fulbrighters in the United States. Now in its sixth decade of operation, the Commission pursues an unchanged mandate: to cultivate mutual understanding by nourishing mutual educational exchange. And to do it one Fulbrighter at a time, so that every Fulbrighter is better prepared to pursue what Senator J. William Fulbright called the “essence of intercultural education: empathy, the ability to see the world as others see it, and to allow for the possibility that others may see something we have failed to see….”

The Members of the Board

  • Dr. Ashraf Mahmoud Hatem
    Dr. Ashraf Mahmoud HatemSecretary-General

    Supreme Council of Universities

    • Dr. Essam Khamis Ibrahim
      Dr. Essam Khamis IbrahimDeputy Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research
      • Ms. Helen Lafave
        Ms. Helen LafaveMinister Counselor for Public Affairs

        U.S. Embassy – Cairo

        • Dr. Hossam ElMalahey
          Dr. Hossam ElMalaheyHead, Cultural Affairs and Missions Sector

          Ministry of Higher Education

          • Ms. Katie Donohoe
            Ms. Katie DonohoeDirector

            Office of Education and Training
            United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Egypt

            • Mr. Raymond R. Miller
              Mr. Raymond R. MillerFounding Partner

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              • Dr. Yasser Sakr
                Dr. Yasser SakrFormer President

                Helwan University

                Fulbright Commission in Egypt Staff


                • Dr. Maggie N. Nassif
                  Dr. Maggie N. NassifExecutive Director


                  • Ms. Ranya Rashed
                    Ms. Ranya RashedDirector of Programs
                  • Ms. Amira Ibrahim
                    Ms. Amira IbrahimSenior Program Officer
                  • Mr. Asser Hany
                    Mr. Asser HanyProgram Officer
                  • Ms. Reem El Hassan
                    Ms. Reem El HassanProgram Officer
                  • Ms. Iman Jamal
                    Ms. Iman JamalProgram Consultant
                  • Ms. Cindy Mohareb
                    Ms. Cindy MoharebProgram Assistant
                  • Mr. Raheem Mikhail
                    Mr. Raheem MikhailProgram Assistant
                  • Mina Ehab
                    Mina EhabProgram Assistant
                  • Noha Saleh
                    Noha SalehIntern


                  • Mr. Ashraf Ismail
                    Mr. Ashraf IsmailFinance Manager
                  • Mr. Mohamed Abdel Rassoul
                    Mr. Mohamed Abdel RassoulSenior Financial Officer


                  • Ms. Nermin Fikry
                    Ms. Nermin FikryAdmin Officer
                  • Khaled Selim
                    Khaled SelimIT Officer
                  • Mohamed Mahmoud
                    Mohamed MahmoudHR Officer
                  • Ms. Maria Samuel
                    Ms. Maria SamuelIntern
                  • Mr. Youssry Mahdy
                    Mr. Youssry MahdyAdmin Assistant
                  • Mr. Hisham Farid
                    Mr. Hisham FaridAdmin Assistant
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