September 12, 2014, 9:00 am - June 7, 2023, 2:34 pm


The Park Hyatt Hotel
1201 24th Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20037 (Map)

MEI's 2nd annual Egypt conference drew a capacity audience on September 12, 2014, at the Park Hyatt hotel in Washington. Three expert panels covered Egypt's political reconciliation, progress toward economic reforms, and how youth are transforming themselves into the next generation of Egyptian leaders.   Former Egyptian Foreign Minister HE Nabil Fahmy and Amb. Gerald Feierstein, principal deputy to Amb. Anne Patterson, delivered keynote addresses on the state of U.S.-Egyptian relations.

Playlist: Panel and Keynote Speech Videos


Introductory remarks
Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin
President, The Middle East Institute

Panel 1 - Reforming the State, Fostering Inclusion [TRANSCRIPT]

  • Dalia Fahmy
    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Long Island University, Brooklyn
  • Mohamed Salmawy
    President, Writer's Union of Egypt, and former Undersecretary of State for Foreign Cultural Relations at the Egyptian Ministry of Culture
  • Samer Shehata
    Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Politics at the University of Oklahoma, and editor of Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change
  • Hala Shukrallah
    President, Al-Dostour Party
  • Moderated by: Michael Hanna
    Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation


Panel 2 - Unlocking Egypt's Economic Potential [TRANSCRIPT]

  • Ahmed El Alfi
    Founder and Chairman, Sawari Ventures, and founder of Nafham
  • Ahmed Galal
    Managing Director, Economic Research Forum, and former Finance Minister of Egypt
  • Wael Gamal
    Columnist, al-Shorouk newspaper
  • Hanan Abdel Meguid
    Entrepreneur and Founder of Kamelizer
  • Moderated by: Shanta Devarajan
    Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank


Keynote Address with Ambassador Gerald Feierstein [TRANSCRIPT]
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Yemen
Introduction by Wendy Chamberlin, President of The Middle East Institute

Keynote: Egypt's Foreign Policy in a Time of Crisis: A Conversation with H.E. Nabil Fahmy [TRANSCRIPT]
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt
Introduction by Paul Salem, Vice President for Policy and Research at The Middle East Institute


Panel 3 - Engaging Youth in the Future of Egypt [TRANSCRIPT]

  • Adel El-Adawy
    King's College London
  • Ibrahim El-Houdaiby
    Columnist, al-Shorouk and Ahram Online
  • Lina Attalah
    Editor-in-Chief, Mada Masr
  • Ramy Yaacoub
    Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
  • Moderated by: Paul Danahar
    BBC's Americas Bureau Chief