SEAP is a non-profit organization that operates in the Washington, DC area and Egypt. It seeks to provide a platform for Egyptian Americans from all around the country to benefit themselves, their diaspora, and the community at large. The SEAP community aims to inspire, empower, and enable Egyptian American youth by focusing on professional development, community engagement, and knowledge transfer.
Establishing a high quality network of Egyptian American professionals, SEAP is our diaspora’s first ever platform dedicated to professional development and career advancement. Our network spans from aspiring young professionals and entrepreneurs to industry leaders and innovators.
SEAP organizes networking events, workshops, conferences, and professional development programs that reflect the interests of our members. Work with peers and mentors to develop your skills and help others develop theirs in a culturally familiar and trustworthy environment.
At SEAP, you will meet people who can help you plan your next career move or surface a new business or professional opportunity. Tap into a network of subject-matter experts in different industries and professional disciplines that you can engage and collaborate with.
Our platform allows for established Egyptian American professionals to support young talent, and for aspiring young professionals to connect with prospective mentors and role models. Contributing to the professional advancement of Egyptian youth is at the core of SEAP’s vision.
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Leverage the connections developed at SEAP to advance your professional goals and contribute to our community.
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Yomna Sarhan is the Founder and President of SEAP. She is currently a Business Development Consultant for Inceptima Management Solutions, a U.S. Small Woman-Owned Business. Yomna has previously worked at several nonprofits such as the International Road Federation, the Aspen Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson Center. In addition, she has worked for the American University in Cairo and completed an internship at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Yomna has also participated in and managed several international workshops and conferences in Morocco, Jordan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, and the Netherlands. Yomna received a Bachelor's Degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a Master of Public Policy from the George Washington University.
Born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, Yehia graduated with a degree in political science and international political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. He now works as a Risk Analyst at Kroll Associates, Inc., a leading global risk consulting firm. Previously, he interned at the Project on Middle East Democracy in Washington, DC and at the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies and the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs in Cairo. Yehia’s other interests include technology, soccer, and shamelessly scoping out the best Shawerma places in town.
Nader was born in Cairo, Egypt and raised between several countries including the UAE, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from George Mason University. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). He is the Former Vice President of The Egyptian Student Union (ESU) and former President of the Coptic Club at George Mason University. Nader has nearly a decade of practical engineering experience in several organizations such as George Mason University Facilities Management, Geo-technology Associates Inc., Bowman Consulting Ltd, and Contrack Watts Inc. He is currently serves as the Assistant Quality Control Manager for the Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island Apron extension project in Washington State.
Lydia Bassaly was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2003. She graduated from Georgia State University in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Public Policy, concentrating in Nonprofit Leadership and minoring in Psychology. After graduating, she returned to Cairo and developed a community service program for older orphan girls to volunteer in their community. She also used the opportunity to film and co-produce a documentary on the various initiatives in Egypt that work to eliminate poverty, sexual harassment, and pollution. In 2017, Lydia graduated from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs with a Master's in International Affairs, concentrating in Humanitarian Policy and Human Rights. When not traveling, eating, or hiking, she enjoys reading and learning new languages.
Tarek was born in Fredericksburg, VA and raised in Cairo, Egypt. He moved to the US after high school to pursue his higher education, and a professional career thereafter. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Engineering Management from The George Washington University. He is currently a mechanical design engineer at ENSCO Rail Inc., a Northern Virginia based technology company specializing railroad track maintenance and inspection. Tarek is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is also an avid volunteer, devoting his time to coaching and fundraising for Special Olympics Virginia. Tarek joined SEAP in 2016.
Ahmed is an international business lawyer with extensive experience in cross-border transactions. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University, Washington College of Law. He also holds an and an LLM degree from his alma mater, American University. After being admitted into the Egyptian Bar Association in 2010, Ahmed began his practice in Doha, Qatar as an associate in Eversheds, LLP's Corporate and Commercial team. Ahmed currently work for Baker & McKenzie, Washington D.C. office, where he collaborates with attorneys on cross-border transactions. Ahmed also advises U.S. clients with respect to international transactions and compliance, both in the private and public sectors.
Engie is a JD Candidate at the American University Washington College of Law.
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