Institute for Developing Across Differences

Sherifa M.B.E. Fayez | Oct 13, 20 & 27, 2021



Talented trainer and leader of Egypt’s longest-running nonprofit dedicated to intercultural learning for youth and adults, Sherifa Fayez’s work as an educator aims at lifting the veil of the pervasive reductionist perspectives on the Middle East and promoting active global citizenship as a practice in everyday settings.

Sherifa has led AFS Egypt since 2004, served on faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communications (US) as well as the Intercultural Trainer Academy (Germany), and directed initiatives throughout the Middle East, Africa and Europe with partners such as USAID and American University in Cairo.

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  • Non-formal Learning. Differences education beyond the classroom
  • Arab-world/Middle East & North Africa. Culture-specific identities
  • Practitioner Leadership. Implementing national, regional, global program
  • International Education. Student exchange and mobility

Selected Contributions

  • Global Collaboration in Crises. Chapter in Advances In Global Leadership: Volume 13. 2020. Co-authored with Burgstaller, A. et al. Osland, J. et al. editors.
  • What are the systemic levers for improved implementation? The role of teacher training in promoting socio-emotional and behavioural dimensions of learning. July 2019. Conference Panel at UNESCO 2019 Forum on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship. Hanoi, Viet Nam.
  • Deeper Insights to Better Understand the Arab & Muslim Worlds. September 2017. Webinar.
  • Communicating Across Cultures With People From the Middle East. 2015 in The Sage Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (Vol. 1, pp. 94–98). Co-authored Ismail, L.
  • Middle East: Meaning, Identity & Discovery. 2016. Workshop. Co-facilitated with Holla, J.
  • Promoting U.S.-Middle Eastern Cultural Understanding through Youth Exchange. 2010. Chapter in Innovation Through Education: Building the Knowledge Economy in the Middle East. Co-authored with Prinzing, D.
Fun Fact

Outdoors enthusiast who paraglides in Nepal and hikes in Uganda

Favorite After Hours Treat

Watermelon! I can eat a whole watermelon in just one sitting