The panel of judges for Study UK Alumni Awards 2017 in Egypt comprised of prominent individuals who are actively promoting positive impact in the society through their chosen field of work.

The panel represents British Council, Foreign Commonwealth Office and one expert in each Award Category: Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial and Social Impact. 

Meet our esteemed panel of judges

Bahaa Ali El Dean

Assistant Professor of Commercial Law

Doctor Ali El Dean obtained his LL.B in 1990 (distinction) from Cairo University, LL.M from Queen Mary and Westfield College (University of London) and his PhD in 2000 from King’s College London. He is the Managing Partner of ALC- Ali El Dean, Weshahi and Partners, a leading corporate law firm. He is active in the field of legal and judicial reform in Egypt and the region, having worked on numerous reform projects with the governments, World Bank and COMESA.

Helen Winterton

HMA Deputy Ambassador

Helen’s interest in the Middle East began with a school exchange programme in Jordan. She subsequently studied the region at the University of Leeds, and King's College London. Helen joined the UK Government’s Department for International Development in 2001. She worked in Ethiopia, Iraq and as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for International Development. Helen joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2015, and moved to Cairo as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy

James Hampson

Deputy Country Director, The British Council, Egypt

James is the Deputy Country Director Egypt, the British Council’s biggest operation in MENA. Prior to arriving in Egypt he was Country Director Slovenia and Croatia. In 2010 he worked on the British Council’s Comprehensive Spending Review submission which followed two years in the CEO and Chair’s Office working with Sir Martin Davidson (as the Head of Office) and Lord Kinnock (as Private Secretary to the Chair and Deputy Head of the Office).


Ola Tanani

Corporate Communications Manager, British Council, Egypt

Ola has 10+ years of experience in the Communications for development field. Her experience varies from working with the UN World Food Programme regional bureau, UNDP, Millennium Development Goals, TVET based MSMEs in Upper Egypt and USAID’s economic growth sector. She trained and coached many organisations on branding, online marketing tools and media interview. Ola holds an MA in Marketing from Durham University and a BA in Advertising and Public Relations from Middlesex University in the UK.

Yehia El Refaiy

Study UK Marketing Manager, the British Council, Egypt, British Council, Egypt

Yehia has 10+ years of experience in international education at Egypt’s top educational institutions namely the British University in Egypt, and the American University in Cairo. Yehia is an MBA candidate at the Edinburgh Business School, he also completed various post graduate studies in International Marketing at the Ecole Supérieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées in Paris, he also studied Digital Marketing and Project Management.

Mahmoud El Sakka

Head of Investment Banking and Corporate Finance at Arab African International Bank , Judge for the Entrepreneurial category

Mahmoud has 30 years of experience in finance, investment and banking. He is member of the Top Management Committee, and the Executive Committee and the Asset Liability Management Committee at AAIB. He is also the Director at Arab African Investment Management Limited. Mahmoud chairs the Association of Graduates & Trainees from Britain in Egypt (AGTBE). He holds his Master of Arts in Banking and Finance from the University of Wales, he also holds MPA from the American University in Cairo. 


Sherif Kamel

Vice president for information management, the American University in Cairo. Judge for the Professional Achievement Category

Kamel is professor of management and founding dean of AUC School of Business. He is a board member of Education for Employment Egypt. He was chairman of the Association of Graduates and Trainees from Britain in Egypt, executive VP of AmCham Egypt and member of the World Bank Knowledge Advisory Commission. He is an Eisenhower Fellow and holds a PhD in Information Systems from London School of Economics, an MBA and a BA in Business Administration and an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture from AUC


Hania Sholkamy

Associate Research Professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC) , Judge for the Social Impact Category

Hania Sholkamy is an Egyptian anthropologist with a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. She obtained her BA and MA from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Hania has been a Research Associate at the International Population Council and was the Ioma Evans Pritchard Junior Research Fellow at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University. Her research publications are mainly in the fields of reproductive health, gender, population and qualitative methods.