Supreme Advisory Board (SAB)

A supreme advisory board comprised of a distinguished group of individuals governs Zewail City of Science and Technology. The board includes four Nobel Laureates in physics, chemistry, medicine, and economics; the president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; the president of Caltech, as well as world-renowned scientists, medical doctors, engineers, economists, and entrepreneurs. Following are the names and affiliations of the founding international and national personalities involved.

The Supreme Advisory Board Members:


Mostafa Abdel Wahab

Commandant of Military Technical College 


Fayza Aboulnaga

Advisor to the President for National Security 


Abdulatif Al-Hamad

Director General/Chairman of the Board of Directors, Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development


Chunli Bai

President, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

(People's Republic of China)

Nicolas Berggruen

Chairman, Berggruen Holdings

(United States)

Günter Blobel

Nobel Laureate in Physiology; Professor, Rockefeller University

(United States)

Jean-Lou Chameau

President, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

(Saudi Arabia)

Charles Elachi

Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Vice President, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

(United States)

Nabil El-Araby

Former Secretary General, League of Arab States


Mohamed El-Assar

Minister, Ministry of State for Military Production


Farouk El-Okdah

Former Governor, Central Bank of Egypt


Mostafa ElSayed

Julius Brown Chair and Regents Professor; Director, Laser Dynamics Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology; Chairman of the Board 

(United States)

Richard R. Ernst

Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Professor, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Laboratorium für Physikalische Chemie 


Wael Fakharany

Managing Director of "CAREEM" Egypt, and Global Senior Vice President for Government Relations


Ahmed Galal

Managing Director, Economic Research Forum


Theodor Hänsch

Nobel Laureate in Physics; Director, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik


Francis J. Ricciardone

President, The American University in Cairo


Thomas F. Rosenbaum

President, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

(United States)

Samih Sawiris

Founder and Chairman, Orascom Development Holding (ODH.SW)


Amr Shaarawi

Professor of Physics and Former Provost, The American University in Cairo (AUC)


Michael Spence

Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences;

Professor and Dean Emeritus, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

(United States)

Sir John Meurig Thomas

Honorary Professor, University of Cambridge;

Former Director, Royal Institution

(United Kingdom)

Sir Magdi Yacoub

Professor, Imperial College;

Chairman, Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation

(United kingdom)

Huda Zoghbi

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Director, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital

(United States)

Mona Zulficar

Founding Partner and Chair of Executive Committee Zulficar and Partners



Government Representatives


  • Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
  • Ministry of Education and Technical Education
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation