About Us

Patrons

Honorary President 

His Excellency The Egyptian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Nasser Kamel

Ambassador Nasser Kamel joined the Egyptian diplomatic service in 1981, where he ascended to hold different positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ headquarters in Cairo. From 1983 to 1984 he worked as a diplomatic attaché to the office of the Under-secretary for Political affairs, and as a political and economic officer in the cabinet of The Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1988 to 1990. Ambassador Kamel was the Deputy Assistant Minister for International Economic Affairs from September 1998 to September 1999 where he represented Egypt in a number of economic cooperation in Africa.

Honorary Patron and Founding Member – 
Dr. Ahmed El Mokadem

Born in Egypt in 1941 and moved to the United Kingdom in 1963. Dual nationality (Egyptian/British) for 35 years.  Educated in Egypt (BA Econ, 1961 Cairo University), and United Kingdom (Ph.D Econ, 1968 Manchester University).  More than 35 years academic consultancy and business career worldwide. Adviser to many governments in economic policy, oil and defence, including, but not limited to, the US Government,  and the United Kingdom Bank of England, Treasury and Foreign Office, and many governments of oil producing countries. Published and/or supervised many books, articles and research projects on United Kingdom monetary and fiscal policies, North Sea oil, OPEC, and the world oil market. Contributed to the early economic thinking of Margaret Thatcher in the early 1970’s. One of the founders of the British-Egyptian Society, is the current Vice-Chairman, a position he has held since the society’s inception. A member of many professional and charitable societies. Retired (February 2004) to focus on writing, lecturing, public services and social and charitable work.

Board of Trustees

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

The Rt. Hon. Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean succeeded Sir Michael Weir as Chairman of the British Egyptian Society on 21st March 2006. She has worked with the Inland Revenue Staff Federation from 1977 to 1989 and was General Secretary of the First Division Association from 1989 to 1997 until her appointment as a working peer. An active member of the House of Lords where she is highly respected, her appointments have included Minister of State for the Middle East and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords. She stepped down from the government in May 2005. She is a non-executive Director of British Airways, is member of the Egyptian British Business Council, and works with a number of other non-for-profit organisations including the International Committee of the British Red Cross.
Married with one son, she divides her time between her apartment in London, her home in Vernham Dean, Hampshire and an extensive overseas travel programme on business and other interests.
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Prof. Magdy Ishak Hanna FRCS, CCIM, FRSM Vice Chairman of the British Egyptian Society

Born in 1947 in Suez, Egypt, is an orthopedic surgeon and honorary Companion Chartered Institute of Management, and is currently the President of the Egyptian Medical Society and chairman of the Scottish-Egyptian Association. He teaches health care management to post graduates. Magdy is CEO of the Covenant Healthcare Group, which owns and operatesTransform Medical Group, the largest provider of cosmetic surgery and aesthetic medicine in Europe, the Abbey Hospitals Group, and the Churchill group of psychiatric clinics.
Magdy is married to Rita Gad el Rab, a consultant anaesthetist, and has one daughter, Lorraine, a maxillofacial surgeon.

Dr. Assem Allam Member of Board of Trustee

Assem Allam is an East Riding of Yorkshire-based, Egyptian-born businessman, owner of Allam Marine, an industrial generator manufacturer, and owner of Football League Championship side, Hull City.

Mr. Omar Massoud Treasurer and Member of Board Trustees

Omar Massoud is co-founder and director of BRIDJES, an engineering and business consultancy based in London and focused on transferring technical expertise from the UK and Europe to Egypt and the MENA region, in engineering, construction, technology and sustainable development. Omar forged his professional career in top engineering firms including Mott MacDonald, Bechtel, Vinci Group and Hill International. He built and led multi-disciplinary and multi-national project teams, to deliver multi-million US dollar design, construction and infrastructure projects in the UK, North Africa and the Middle East. Omar is a Chartered Engineer (UK) and holder of BSc (Civil Engineering), MSc (International Project Management), and MBA (Engineering Business). He published on value management, socio-environmental impact of infrastructure projects, international real estate investment and change management. Omar lives in London with his wife, Inas, and two kids; Maha and Youssef.

Mr. Noel Rands Honorary Secretary and Member of Board of Trustees of the British Egyptian Society

Was the Midland Bank Group Representative, Middle East, based in Cairo from October 1980 to November 1984. During his time there he became Chairman of the British Community Associationand Chairman of Cairo Players, during which time he was shot by Lady Weir, the British Ambassador’s wife as he was being stabbed by a member of the British Council; there’s acting for you! He became Secretary of the British Egyptian Society, at the request of the then Chairman, Sir Michael Weir, on 23rd May 2003. Currently he is Treasurer of the Ramses Wissa Wassef Exhibition Trust and a Trustee of the HMS Whimbrel Trust.

Mr. Peter Mckenzie Smith Member of Board of Trustees

Consultant in international education and training, and a director of Getenergy Ltd.  Previous career involved 28 years in the British Council in various positions, including director for educational contracts, for export promotion, and for South Asia and Africa.  A member of UK Trade and Investment’s advisory committee on education and skills. From 1997 to 2003, a Director of Education for GEC and for Marconi, with responsibility for designing and implementing partnership programmes with a number of universities in the UK, the US, and Europe and for the company’s relationships with the education sector in the UK and overseas. Was seconded by Marconi to UK Trade and Investment as their first export promoter in the education and training sector.  For three years was chairman of UK Trade and Investment’s working group on education and training for Iraq, and is a trustee of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce Foundation and of the Dakhleh Trust.

Supervisory Board

Miss Anna Hodson Pressinger

Ms Claire Messenger

Mrs. Dina Soliman-Pedersen

Ms. Yasmin El Derby

Mr Youssef T. El Shaikh

Dr. Chris Naunton

Mr. John McHugo

Mr Mohamed Nasr Farid

Mr Terry Bishop

Mrs Gihad Moustafa

Mr. Ian Gray

Mrs Jennette Bradbury

Mr Wagdy Soliman

Dr Neil Spencer

Miss Mira Takla

Dr Hossam Abdalla

Dr. Claire Spencer

Honorary life members

Prof. Sir Magdi Yacoub OM FRS

Knighted for services to medicine and surgery in 1991, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub is a British-Egyptian cardiothoracic surgeon, who pioneered a number of operations to correct congenital heart conditions, and improve heart transplant surgery, and was the first BHF Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Professor Yacoub was born in Belbin, Ashraqya, Egypt and graduated from Cairo University Medical School in 1957, trained in London and held an Assistant Professorship at the University of Chicago. He is a former BHF Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery for over 20 years and Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Harefield Hospital from 1969-2001 and Royal Brompton Hospital from 1986-2001. Professor Yacoub established the largest heart and lung transplantation programme in the world where more than 2,500 transplant operations have been performed. He has also developed novel operations for a number of complex congenital heart anomalies. Sir Magdi has an active interest in global healthcare delivery with particular focus developing programmes in Egypt, The Gulf Region, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Jamaica. He is Founder and President of the Chain of Hope charity, treating children with correctable cardiac conditions from war-torn and developing countries and establishing training and research programmes in local cardiac units.

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG

Sir Sherard Louis Cowper-Coles is a British former diplomat, starting his diplomatic service in 1997. He was Third Secretary and later Second Secretary in Cairo, First Secretary in the Planning Staff of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Private Secretary to the Permanent Under-secretary of State, First Secretary in Washington, Assistant in the Security Policy Department of the FCO, Resident Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies; Head of the Hong Kong Department of the FCO and Political Counsellor in Paris. His first diplomatic mission was in Tel Aviv as the British Ambassador to Israel from 2001 to 2003. He was next appointed ambassador to Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, a post that he held until 2006. Later, He was the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2009-2010. After leaving the Foreign Office, he worked briefly for BAE Systems as international business development director. He left BAE Systems in 2013 and is now a Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and the Group Chief Executive of HSBC. His publications include: Cables from Kabul: The Inside Story of the West’s Afghanistan Campaign (2012) & Ever the Diplomat: Confessions of a Foreign Office Mandarin (2013)

The Rt. Hon. Lord Patten of Barnes CH PC

Christopher Francis Patten was born in 1944. He was educated at St Benedict’s School, Ealing and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Modern History and was elected a Domus Exhibitioner. In 1965 he won a Coolidge Travelling Scholarship to the USA. Patten began his career in the Conservative Party, serving as member of Parliament for Bath from 1979 to 1992 and joining the cabinet. He was also a former governor and commander-in-chief of Hong Kong, and oversaw its handover to China in 1997. Patten presided over a steady rise in the living standards of Hong Kongers while encouraging a significant expansion of Hong Kong’s social welfare system. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, and Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He served as Chancellor of Newcastle University from 1999 to 2009, and was elected Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 2003. His publications include What Next? Surviving the 21st Century (2008); Not Quite the Diplomat: Home Truths About World Affairs (2005) and East and West (1998), about Asia and its relations with the rest of the world.

Sir Derek Plumbly KCMG

Sir Derek Plumbly KCMG a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1972 after completing 2 years as a teacher with Voluntary Services Overssas (VSO) in Pakistan. His 1st tour of duty in Cairo was 1977-80 when he was First Secretary Chancery. Later posts included Director of Drugs and International Crime and Coordinator, International Drugs FCO 1996 -1997. He became Director, Middle East and North Africa, FCO 1997 – 2000 and was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2000-2003. In 2003 the BES gave a reception in London on Sir Derek’s appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt. He took an active part in our 2006 Conference “50 years since Suez – from Conflict to Collaboration”and just before stepping down as Ambassador he launched the book on the conference in the British Embassy in Cairo in November 2007. After his retirement he was recalled in February 2008 to become the FCO’s Chairman, Assessment and Evaluation Commission which covered the division between North and Southern Sudan.

Dr. Moustafa Hegazy

Dr. Mostafa Hegazy, is a political strategist who, in 2013, was appointed by acting President Adly Mansour to be his political and strategic adviser. An international expert in strategic planning, Dr. Hegazy has a PhD in engineering and strategic management of crises, from the University of Southern California, where he then worked as a professor of management, strategic thinking and institutional development. He is a founding member of the Institute of Administrative Corporate Governance and a member of the Advisory Committee of the World Bank. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees in the World Conference of the Islamic Development. He founded a centre specialized in strategic thinking and companies operating in the area of governance, corporate and institutional development. His field of work includes providing strategic services for the development of entities and communities. He also had a stint teaching at the AUC’s department of politics. He gave an illumining interview on the BBC World Service’s “Hardtalk”.

H.E. Mr. Amre Moussa

H.E. Mr Amre Moussa became involved in Egypt’s foreign policy from 1958, serving as Egypt’s ambassador to the United Nations, India and Switzerland for a total of 21 years. He was Egypt’s Foreign Minister from 1991 to 2001 and then became Secretary General of the Arab League, stepping down in 2011. He has been critical of Israel’s policies towards Gaza and the West Bank and of Western Nations for not recognising the results of the 2006 Palestinian Election. Few have Mr. Moussa’s extensive knowledge of all aspects of Middle Eastern politics or are more recognizable and admired on the International stage. Since he left the Arab League he has been a candidate in the Presidential Elections, Head of the liberal Conference Party and co-founder of the National Salvation Front, Head of Egypt’s 50 man Constitution Committee and has spoken at the World Economic Forum.

The Rt. Hon. Charles Clarke

Charles Clarke, former Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Education and Skills. He was a member of parliament for 13 years, leaving the Commons in 2010. Since November 2010 he has been visiting Professor of Politics and Faith in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University and currently is a Trustee of the British University in Egypt. In 2012 Mr. Clarke was a Keynote Speaker at our Education Conference, held jointly in Cairo University and SOAS via a video link.