Founding Members

The founding members and 2012 Conference Organizers were a group of Egyptian-American and Egyptian professionals from Harvard and MIT who got together as the revolution began to unfold in Egypt, and asked the simple question: What can we do to move ideas to action for a brighter Egypt? Our focus was on job creation and social impact – The NEGMA Conference, and later NEGMA, Inc., became an outgrowth of this initiative. 

Mona Mowafi - President & 1st Annual NEGMA Conference Chair

Mona holds a Doctorate in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, where she continues to work conducting research on health and development in Egypt and the Arab world, focusing on chronic diseases and urban health inequities. She also has a strong interest in civil society capacity building and transformative philanthropy to promote innovative solutions for social and economic development challenges in Egypt and the Arab world.


Nadine Farag - Secretary (2011-12) & 1st Annual NEGMA Conference Vice Chair for Program and Development

Nadine holds a Masters in Global Health and Population from the Harvard School of Public Health. She works on health policy research exploring to the role of information technology in improving the equity and transparency of the US health care system. She is interested in expanding the potential of social entrepreneurship and innovation to address health and development challenges in Egypt. 


Tarek Elmadany - 1st Annual NEGMA Conference Vice Chair for Logistics

Tarek joined the NEGMA team shortly after its initial founding but has been a critical leader on our team since they day he joined. Tarek completed his MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from Babson College in 2011 and also holds a Bachelors in Software Engineering from McGill University. An accomplished engineering professional and entrepreneur, Tarek is co-founder of and Tarek was an integral part of the organizing team for the Arab Development Initiative's first annual "Envision Arabia Conference" in Montreal in October 2011, and joined our team shortly thereafter to bring his magic to NEGMA. Tarek is too modest an individual to have written this bio or even request to be on our website, so I have taken it upon myself to write it for him (Mona Mowafi - NEGMA's very appreciate Conference Chair:). 

Rawiah Abdallah - Treasurer (2011-12)

Rawiah’s most recent job was as an Associate Consultant the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Dubai office where she advised senior business leaders and government officials on corporate and national strategies. Prior to BCG, Rawiah worked as Senior Corporate communication Executive at Raya Holding, a major IT and Telecom company in Egypt, and as Consultant in LOGIC Management Consulting in Egypt. Rawiah has served as a volunteer in many development initiatives in Cairo. She holds Bachelor of Arts with summa cum laude from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a double major in Business Administration & Journalism and Mass Communication.  She is also the recipient of the El-Mahallawy family award for the most distinguished student in community service. Rawiah is currently pursuing her MBA at Harvard Business School. 


Ahmed Mady - Head of Marketing & Treasurer (2012-13)

Ahmed is currently doing his postdoctoral fellowship in the Cardiovascular Research Center at Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital. His research is focused on stem cell applications in Heart diseases and Diabetes. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. Ahmed is a member of several medical, business and social organizations in Egypt and the United States and he sits on a number of boards, including as co-chair of the Massachusetts General Postdoctoral Association and the CEO of his family business in industry. He co-founded a non-profit organization that provides medical supplies to medically underserved communities and homeless people in Alexandria, Egypt. 


Hesham Hamoda - Head of Media and Outreach

A native of Egypt, Dr. Hamoda completed a psychiatry residency at the Harvard South Shore program followed by a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston/ Harvard Medical School. He also has a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is currently an attending psychiatrist at Children's Hospital Boston and an Instructor at the Harvard Medical School. He has over 30 publications and poster presentations and his accomplishments have been recognized through local, national and international awards.  He continues to collaborate with colleagues in the Middle East and has done consulting work for the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organization in Cairo. 

Dr. Hamoda has also been involved with non-govermental organizations and community work. He was elected as the project director of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA),  served as a Co-Chairperson of the 2010 Harvard Arab Weekend Medicine and Public Health Conference, and as the president of the Muslim Student Group and the Harvard School of Public Health. He also serves as Secretary of the NGO American Board Certified Doctors for Egypt (ABCDE). He has been featured on local radio and TV stations including NPR/WBUR, WBUZ channel 4 and NECN, in addition to Arab TV networks including MBC and Al-Hurra. 


Lamia Youssef - Head of Finalists' Relations and Online Competition & Secretary (2012-13)

Dr. Youseff holds a Doctorate degree in Computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has received her post-doctoral training at MIT working at CSAIL with Professor Anant Agarwal on research in cloud computing, operating systems and next generation exascale computing paradigm through the Angstrom Project. Dr. Youseff has also received several awards, including the international ACM-UPE'02, the AUC presidential cup'03, XHPC best paper award'06 and IPDPS best poster award'08 at the TCPP forum. In addition, she has served as a program committee member, program co-chair and organizer to several top conferences and workshops in computing systems, including SOCC, DAC and USENIX Middleware. She also has tens of technical publications and book chapters with more than 1000 non-self citations, including two major papers on cloud computing infrastructures and ontology that received more than 650 and 250 citations respectively. She holds an Erdos number of 4 and an Einstein number of 6. Dr. Youseff is currently a research software engineer in cloud computing at Google Seattle, WA office. 


Ashraf Hegazy

Ashraf Hegazy is the executive director of the Dubai Initiative at Harvard University, a program on Middle East policy issues. He earned his Master's in Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He sits on a number of boards, including as a Director of the Harvard Alumni Association and the Chairman of the International Board of Advisors of United Planet, a global peace corps. He is a member of the National Policy Council of the Arab American Institute and a co-chair of the Somerville Human Rights Commission His research interests are in adaptive leadership and negotiation frameworks in the Middle East. He speaks regularly on Middle East politics, youth movements, and transformative challenges.