CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Frank E. Bartscheck II is a master’s degree candidate in Journalism and Mass Communication at The American University in Cairo (AUC). He also works as a freelance journalist with Egypt Today Magazine and The Cairo Review of Global Affairs and was previously vice president at Vapir, Inc. in San Jose, CA, USA.

Jayda Shalaan is a sophomore majoring in management of information and communication technology at The American University in Cairo (AUC). She is also an aspiring writer and animal rights activist who loves animals but hates capitalization.

Nehal Kamal El Sayed  is in her fourth year at The American University in Cairo (AUC). She is studying marketing and Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC). She’s interested in marketing and advertising and aspires to obtain a job in branding or reputation management.

Rami Boraie got his start in comedy in Cairo, Egypt and has since taken his act all around the world. From Germany to his homeland of Canada to most recently performing in New York City as part of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival. Boraie has been leaving audiences laughing at his sharp observational humor and great crowd work. He still cries at the end of “The Notebook.”

Salma Hegab is a 23-year-old Egyptian blogger. She studied multimedia journalism at The American University in Cairo (AUC) and graduated in February 2014. Hegab has been working in online media since 2010 and currently works as a PR and online media manager at Awakening UK Ltd.

Sarrah Abdelrahman is one of the first Arab video bloggers that started posting content on YouTube. Her videos featured her opinions on topics that were affecting her life, like the presence of the military in the streets, state security taping her phone conversations and police officers harassing her on the streets. Despite her conviction that the revolution, the event that inspired her to video blog,  was not triggered by Facebook, she believes in the power of voicing her own opinion with zero censorship to limitless numbers of audiences, and there is only one place for that, the Internet.

Seif Issa is a senior at The American University in Cairo (AUC) majoring in multimedia journalism.

Yasmin Shawky is in her fourth year at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She is majoring in Psychology and History and hopes to become a social worker.

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