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:


Dr. Mostafa Abdel Wahab

Commandant of Military Technical College 


Dr. Fayza Aboulnaga

Advisor to the President for National Security

Former Minister of International Cooperation 


Dr. Chunli Bai

President, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

(People's Republic of China)

Dr. Nicolas Berggruen

Chairman, Berggruen Holdings

(United States)

Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau

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

Former President, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

(United States)

Dr. Charles Elachi

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

(United States)

Dr. Nabil El-Araby

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Cairo Regional Center for Commercial Arbitration

Former Secretary-General, League of Arab States


Dr. Mohamed El-Assar

Minister, Ministry of State for Military Production


Dr. Farouk El-Okdah

Former Governor, Central Bank of Egypt


Dr. Mostafa ElSayed

Regents’ Professor and Julius Brown Chair, Georgia Institute of Technology

Chairman of the Board, Zewail City of Science and Technology 


Dr. Richard R. Ernst

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


Mr. Wael Fakharany

Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Incorta


Dr. Ahmed Galal

President and Chairman of the Board of Forum Euroméditerranéen, des Instituts des Sciences Économiques (FEMISE)

Former Minister of Finance


Dr. Theodor Hänsch

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



H.E. Jamal Bin Huwaireb

CEO, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation

Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Secretary General, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award

(United Arab Emirates)

Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone

President, The American University in Cairo

(United States)

Dr. Thomas F. Rosenbaum

President, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

(United States)

Eng. Samih Sawiris

Chairman, Orascom Development Holding


Dr. Amr Shaarawi

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


Dr. 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, the Royal Institution

(United Kingdom)

Sir Magdi Yacoub

Professor, Imperial College;

Chairman, Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation


Dr. Mona Zulficar

Founding Partner and Chair of Executive Committee Zulficar and Partners






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