Zewail City Scientist Awarded in Global Women in STEM Conference

Prof. Nagwa El-Badri, Director of the Center of Excellence for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine (CESC) at Zewail City, was awarded the Exemplary Leader in a Management Position in STEM Field Award by the Jury of Global Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Conference. She received the award at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, in UAE.

“I am honored to have received the award from Women in STEM. It is fulfilling and inspiring to have women recognized for their efforts and achievements in the STEM fields,” Said El-Badri, “There are many talented young women enter the STEM fields, however, the glass ceilings still prevent many of them from making it to leadership and management positions,” she added.

Women in STEM Awards identify and applaud women executives in various streams of STEM businesses and vocations across the globe, who have excelled in their respective spheres, through sheer hard work, grit, and determination.

As the founding chair of biomedical sciences program, El-Badri obtained LE10 million grant from the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) to establish the CESC at Zewail City. Along her professional career, El-Badri received numerous grants totaling more than $5 million in research and was recognized for her efforts in promoting women in science.

“When I started working at Zewail City, I embarked on a wonderful journey of challenges and rewards. I worked with a distinguished group of founding members under the leadership of the late Dr. Zewail, to build this magnificent establishment.” Said El-Badri.

El-Badri and her team are working relentlessly to reach one of Zewail City’s goals to become one of the top research institutes worldwide. “This will be achieved by excellence in research and education, innovation and entrepreneurship, collaborations with national and international institutes, and close involvement in the community,” she commented.

El-Badri dedicated the award to the young women and students at Zewail City, saying; “I look forward to seeing them excel and achieve the epitome of their professional careers in science.”

WiSTEM is an annual initiative of the Meera Kaul Foundation to establish, recognize, honor, and promote the outstanding contribution women make to the scientific and technological communities that improve and evolve our society.