Message from the Chairman

Welcome to our revamped website.

The British Egyptian Society, a Registered UK Charity, has existed since 1990 and was created by Ambassador Mohamed Shaker and Sir Michael Weir. The Founding Executive Committee included Dr. Ahmed El Mokadem (founding Vice Chairman), Mr. Said Bassily, Mr. Terry Bishop, Mr. Vivian Davies, Dr. Zohni Farrag, Dr. Sabri Gabriel, Dr. Ashraf Marwan, Mrs. Gihad Moustafa, Miss Anna Hodson Pressinger and Miss Mira Takla. I succeeded Sir Michael in 2006. having been a Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and have travelled extensively around the Middle East. Presently I am Chairman also of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce. Our Vice Chairman is Professor Magdy Isnak Hanna, FRCS, CCIM, MRSM who, apart from being a surgeon and entrepreneur, is a Trustee of the Sir Magdy Yacoub Heart Hospital in Aswan, Chairman of the Egyptian Medical Society in the UK and a Freeman of the City of Glasgow. The Rt. Han Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of Oxford University, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG, Sir Derek Plumbly KCMG are Honorary Life Members. Our Patron and Founder Member is Dr. Ahmed El Mokadem who is a distinguished Academic and Economist. The Society’s Secretary is Mr Noel Rands and the Treasurer is Ms. Dina Soliman-Pedersen.

The Charity is run by 6 trustees (our Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Mr. Peter Mackenzie Smith, formerly of the British Council, and Dr. Assem Allam of Allem Marine Limited who is a distinguished Industrialist and Chairman of Hull City Football Club) and a Supervisory Board of 16 members.

The Society was set up over 20 years ago to enhance the Cultural and Educational links between the United Kingdom and Egypt in the belief that it would strengthen the understanding between these two Nations.

If you are not a member of the Society please think about joining us; we would be delighted if you would like to do so. Membership forms can be downloaded from the website.


Elizabeth Symons
The Rt. Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
Chairman of the British Egyptian Society