STEP Panel: Previewing the UN Climate Conference (COP27) - The Egyptian Context

Fall 2022 STEP Seminar Series
Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
October 31, 2022 - 12:00 pm CDT
- 1:00 pm
Josie Johnson Room 180, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN
Join us for a lunchtime seminar featuring a panel of Egyptian U of M and HHH graduate students and alumni, giving context and sharing insight on the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Please submit questions or topics for the panelists to address in the RSVP form.

This panel will be available in-person only, and will not be recorded. Lunch is provided for registrants.

About the Panelists:

Mohamed Mandour (Co-Moderator) is a 2nd-year Master of Human Rights student at the Humphrey School and a research assistant at the Human Rights Program (HRP) at the U of M. He is also the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), where he focuses his research on Egyptians in exile, their forms of political mobilization and organizing, and the challenges they face, among which is transnational repression.


Amany Abdelnour (Co-Moderator) is a 2nd-year Master of Development Practice student from Upper Egypt (Naga Hammadi, Qena). Amany has a background in economics and political science and work experience in research and consulting in the international development field. She has worked on eco-tourism and green finance and is interested in policy-level advocacy as well as climate justice within the communities affected the most by climate change in Egypt. Amany looks forward to exploring more ways to incorporate climate action in international development work during COP27.


Dalila Hussein is a second-year Master of Development Practice student. Dalila comes from a background in corporate analytics and program evaluation. She is interested in economic development, impact evaluation, and sustainability issues. Born and raised in Cairo, Dalila is excited to be joining UMN COP27 delegation as it takes place for the first time in Egypt where she is eager to learn about green finance, climate adaptation strategies, and green social entrepreneurship.


Ahmed Khalaf is an Egyptian MDP candidate at the Humphrey School on a Fulbright Scholarship. His last position was as a Youth Development officer at UNICEF. In this, he focused on developing inclusive strategies for youth empowerment in Egypt. He also worked on engaging Egyptian youth on climate change prior to COP27. Before joining UNICEF, Khalaf worked at Save the Children. He supported introducing new methods of integration between Egyptian and refugee youth. Khalaf holds a BSc degree in political science from Cairo University and a diploma in NGO management.


Khaled Abdellatif is an energy engineer and Master of Development Practice alumni with 7+ years of experience in the energy industry across geographies. Khaled works as a strategy & execution consultant with a focus on energy markets.


Introducing the panel and giving an overview of US-Egypt relations is Mary Curtin, PhD, diplomat-in-residence at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. As diplomat-in-residence, she teaches courses in foreign policy and diplomacy and serves as chair of the Humphrey School’s global policy area. During her 25-year Foreign Service career, she served at the US Mission to the EU in Brussels; as political counselor in Warsaw, Poland; and at missions in Tunisia, Mali, and Chile, as well as in Washington, DC. She has expertise in issues including Middle East policy; European affairs, including the EU and NATO; human rights and democratization, and non-proliferation.


About the Series

The STEP Seminar Series is an interdisciplinary platform for scholars and practitioners to discuss research and policy issues in the broad domain of science, technology, and environmental policy. The hybrid series takes place throughout the academic year at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and on Zoom, typically over lunchtime on Mondays. 

Contact Info
Questions? Contact [email protected].