Participation in the Egypt Media Forum is by invitation only and will include 15-20 Egyptian and 15-20 U.S. and international experts representing a well-rounded range of expertise and perspectives. Participants will include prominent media professionals, owners, scholars, advisors, policymakers and regulators. Participants have been nominated by their peers and selected by nonpartisan Egyptian media scholars in the spirit of promoting balanced and constructive discourse on advancing Media excellence in Egypt.

Below are the confirmed attendees as of September 29. Registration for this event is closed and only those on this list will be allowed entry to forum sessions and receptions.

  • Craig Aaron, President of Free Press
  • Mahmoud Abdallah, Founder of the Egyptian American Dialogue Initiative, Managing Partner of MMA Global Investments LLC, President of MMA Global Advisors, Former Chairman and CEO of Misr Insurance Holding
  • Mohamed Abdelsalam, Director of Future Center for Advanced Research & Studies, UAE
  • Ines Abdel Dayem, Chairwoman of the National Cultural Center and Cairo Opera House
  • Heba Afify, Journalist for Mada Masr; Subject of documentary Words of Witness, Egypt
  • Tarek Atia, Founder of Egyptian Media Development Program; Founded Cairolive.com and zahma.com; Former Editor at Al-Ahram Weekly
  • Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law; President of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association
  • Yasser Abdel Aziz, Media Consultant and Trainer, Member of the National Council of Human Rights, Egypt
  • Dina Badawy, Deputy Spokesperson for Foreign Media, U.S. Department of State
  • Ziad Bahaa El-Din, Attorney-at-Law; Former Deputy Prime Minister of Egypt; Former Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt; Former Chairman of the Egyptian General Authority for Investment and Free Zones
  • Char Beales, Former President and CEO of the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing
  • Jon Clifton, Managing Director, Gallup World Poll 
  • Brian Conniff, President of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks; Former Executive Director of Broadcasting Board of Governors, overseeing Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and Radio Free Asia 
  • Khaled Dawoud, Spokesman, Constitution Party; Journalist, Al-Ahram Weekly
  • Mofid Deak, U.S. Embassy Press Attache and Official Spokesman, Egypt
  • Salah Diab, Group CEO & Co-Founder, PICO Group; Major Shareholder of Al-Masry Al-Youm
  • Hanan Elbadry, Washington Bureau Chief, Rose El-Youssef Magazine
  • Mohamed Elmenshawy, Resident Scholar at Middle East Institute, USA; Weekly Columnist at Al-Shorouk, Egypt
  • Dina Ezzat, Head of Egyptian Press Office, Embassy of Egypt
  • Fatemah Farag, Founder and CEO of Welad ElBalad Media Services; Former Chief Editor of Egypt Independent; Former Reporter with Washington Post and Al-Ahram Weekly
  • Ahmed Fathi, Foreign Affairs and Economics Correspondent, UN Headquarters 
  • Charles Firestone, Executive Director of Aspen Institute's Communications and Society Program; Former attorney at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Michael Getler, Ombdusman at Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Former Ombudsman at the Washington Post
  • Michal Goldman, Founder of Filmmakers Collaborative; Producer of "umm Kulthum, A Voice Egypt"; Currently working on "Nasser, An Egyptian Story" and "The Babar Ali Film Project"
  • Thomas Gorguissian, Reporter for Al Ahram, Washington, DC office
  • Bambang Harymurti, CEO of Tempo Magazine, Indonesia 
  • H.A. Hellyer, Non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institute; Research Associate at Harvard University; Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute in London
  • Lee Huebner, Professor at the School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University; Former Publisher and CEO at the International Herald Tribune
  • Adel Iskandar, Professor of Global Communications, Simon Fraser University
  • Patricia Kabra, Senior Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Hisham Kassem, Media Entrepreneur and Journalist; Former Publisher of Al-Masry Al-Youm; Founding Member of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
  • Sahar Khamis, Professor of Middle East Media and Communications at University of Maryland
  • Heba El Koudsy, Manager of the Washington Office, Al Sharq Al Awsat
  • Daniel Kurtzer, Lecturer and S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University; Former Ambassador to Egypt and Israel; Former Deputy Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs
  • Mirette F. Mabrouk, Deputy Director for Regional Programs, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council; Founding Publisher of Daily News Egypt
  • Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Abdel Latif El Menawy, Columnist and Multimedia Journalist; Founder of Middle East Media Center for Studies; Author of Tahrir: The Last 18 Days of Mubarak
  • Judith Miller, Author and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with The New York Times; Freelance Journalist and Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute
  • Hafez Al Mirazi, Director and Professor of Practice of Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism at The American University of Cairo
  • Ayman Mohyeldin, Middle East Foreign Correspondent, NBC News; Former Correspondent for Al Jazeera and CNN
  • Magued Osman, CEO and Director of the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera); Former Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt
  • Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University; Chief Executive of Northwest Public Radio and Television; Consultant to U.S. State Department's Center for Journalism Excellence in Karachi
  • Courtney Radsch, Advocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Brenda Repland, Program Director, American Pulse TV
  • Abdel Monem Said, Chairman of Al-Masry Al-Youm; Chairman of the Board, CEO, and Director of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo; Former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Al-Ahram Newspaper and Publishing House
  • Mohamed Salmawy, President of the Writers’ Union of Egypt; Former Editor-in-Chief, Al Masry Al Youm; Spokesperson for the Committee of 50 that wrote Egypt’s Constitution
  • Jan Schaffer, Executive Director of J-Lab, the Institute for Interactive Journalism; Entrepreneur-in-Residence at American University's School of Communication 
  • Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University; Former CNN Bureau Chief and White House Correspondent
  • Gamal El Shaer, President of the Egyptian Radio and Television Institute; Contributor to the Egyptian Initiative to Enhance and Develop Egyptian Media; Founder of Nile TV Channel
  • Heba Shamseldin, Manager of External Affairs in the Middle East and North Africa region at the World Bank
  • Samer Shehata, Professor of Middle East Studies at The University of Oklahoma
  • Hani Shukrallah, Executive Director of the Heikal Foundation for Arab Journalism; Former Chief Editor of Al-Shorouk; Founder and Former Chief Editor of Ahram Online
  • Sarah El Sirgany, Nonresident Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East; Cairo-based Journalist and TV producer contributing to regional and international networks including CNN, the New York Times, Al-Monitor and Mada Masr
  • Taoran Sun, Director of Financial Management and Global Initiatives, The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
  • Eric Trager, Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's Program on Arab Politics; Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Ben Vinson III, Dean of The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences; Former Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University
  • Silvio Waisbord, Professor of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University; Expert in Media in Latin America; Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics
  • John Waterbury, William Stewart Tod Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Emeritus at Princeton University; Former President of the American University in Beirut
  • Frank Wisner, International Affairs Advisor, Patton Boggs LLP; Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Zambia, the Philippines, and India
  • William Youmans, Professor of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University
  • Mohamed Younis, Senior Gallup Analyst for the Middle East and North Africa
  • Inas Abou Youssef, Associate Professor of Journalism, Cairo University