Forum Team

Mohamed ElِAgati

Director of the Arab Forum for Alternatives

Researcher & Director of the Arab Forum for Alternatives Social science researcher and Civil society expert, M. Sc. degree in Political Development from Cairo University, Faculty of Economics & Political Sciences, in 2001. El Agati has an extensive experience in the field of non-profit management, as well as researches’ teams, events, and project's coordination. He worked with diverse range of civil society organization active in development and rights from different countries. He is a sspecialist in the field of political reform in the Arab region, civil society, and social movements. Practice in Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon. Presented several papers in conferences, as well as studies in a number of books and edited scientific journals, including analysis and recommendations for public policy. (All papers and articles on the blog: (

Shimaa Elsharkawy

Researcher and project manager

Shimaa ElSharkawy: Researcher and project manager at Arab Forum for Alternatives. Had her MA of Political Science in April 2019 from Faculty of Economics and political sciences at Cairo University, her thesis is on: Literature as a source for Political thought in Egypt: City and power relations “Cairo as a model”. Had a BA in Political Science from FEPS, Cairo University in 2011. Her Research interests: urban politics, Municipalities, Public space, and social movements.

Nissaf Brahmi


Researcher at Arab Forum for Alternatives, she holds a master's degree in political sciences from Al-Manar University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences in Tunis. She has worked in several civil associations and international organizations since 2011. Before AFA, Nissaf was as a research assistant and project coordinator at the Danish Institute Against Torture in Tunisia, as part of two research projects, the first on urban violence and the second on life in Tunisian prisons.

Zainab Srour

Researcher, had her MScs.

Assistant Researcher in Arab Forum for Alternatives and Journalist. Masters student at the Faculty of Media at the Lebanese University and her thesis is on cultural discourse in the quarterly cultural press in Lebanon. She holds a BA in journalism from the Lebanese University in 2012. She has worked in a number of Lebanese newspapers and cultural magazines. Works in the field of editing and revision of books as well as language proofing, and has contributions to civil work on the issues of public right and public policy.

Shorouk El Harery

Researcher, had her MScs.

Political science researcher, MA student at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, holds a BA in political science from the same college in 2012, working on civil society issues, jihadist movements and democratic transformation, has some papers published in these fields.

Ayman Abdel Moati


Ayman Abdel Moati: He obtained his bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Information, Cairo University. He has published a number of articles and political researches in books, journals and websites. He has published collections of literary texts and a children's story. Works in the field of Editing and language proofing, and has some experience in the coordination and management of publications and websites on both technical and editorial levels.

Nisrine Al Ayoubi

Nisrine Had a bachelor's degree in law from the Arab University in Beirut. She worked as an English and Arabic teacher for four years in several schools in Lebanon. She holds trainings in administration.

Mohamed El Sayed

Financial and administrative officer

Financial and Administrative Accountant. He studied at the Lebanese University in Beirut, holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, accounting and auditing.

Omar Samir

Researcher in political science, holds a master’s degree in foreign policy and international political economy for the Egyptian revolution from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University 2018, works on issues of international political economy, foreign policy, social justice, alternative economics and international financial institutions and institutional reform, has many studies and recommendation papers published on these topics and writes Articles for some websites such as Al- Badil , Mada Masr, and Bel Ahmar.

Nadine Abdalla

Nadine Abdalla is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the department of Sociology, Anthropology and Egyptology at the American University in Cairo (AUC), a Research Associate to the Arab Forum for Alternative Studies (AFA) in Beirut and a columnist at the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm. In 2014, she got her PhD in Political Science from Sciences-Po Grenoble; and in 2006, her MA in International Relations from Sciences-Po Paris in France. Her research interests include social movements with a special focus on the labor, trade union and youth movements in the Egyptian context, State-Society relations, social and political transformation/transition in Egypt and Euro-Med relations.

Georges Fahmi

Georges Fahmi is an associate fellow at the Arab Forum for Alternatives. His research focuses on religious actors in democratic transition in the Middle East, the interplay between state and religion in Egypt and Tunisia, and religious minorities and citizenship in Egypt and Syria. Fahmi received his PhD from the European University Institute in 2013.

Mhammad Alsahbi Alkhalafawi

Mhammad Alsahbi Alkhalafawi: he is a political sciences researcher, and he is a senior education assistant at the Faculty of Legal and Economic Sciences in Jendouba. He is a researcher at the Tunisian Observatory for Democratic Transition and a participant in a number of research papers concerned in the transitional track in Tunisia. He is a specialist in studying the political parties.

Carole Kerbage

journalist and researcher

Carole Kerbage is a journalist and researcher. She has more than ten years' experience in news reporting and investigative journalism, as well as academic and human rights research in different Arab contexts. She completed two master’s degree in Labour, Social Movements and Development from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); and in Political Science from Saint-Joseph University (USJ) and Paris 1 University, Pantheon-Sorbonne.

Mona Khneisser

PhD student and fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mona Khneisser is a PhD student and fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduate with an MA in Sociology from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and has worked as an Instructor and Researcher at the Sociology Department, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy & International Affairs, and the Asfari Institute for Civil Society & Citizenship at AUB, Lebanon.  Her research interests are mainly centered on the Arab world and in the fields of social movements studies, sectarianism, and political economy.