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Interview with Dr. Riham Adly – Author, Writing Instructor, Founder of “Rose’s Cairo Book Club”

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INTERVIEWERS: Juliana BatostoGabriela Neves & Mahmoud Mansi

  1. As a Dentist turning into an Author, when did you decide to switch careers? Did your previous career help you at this point?

I’ve always wanted to write since I was eleven. I still have that notebook where I scribbled my first stories. Becoming a dentist was not something I dreamed of but rather something imposed by family and society. It drained me, ate at my passion and my identity. I still practice to this day, though, I decided to go back to writing in late 2010 after passing my root canal diploma. I felt that after years of studying and becoming what I didn’t want it was time to change. I enrolled in a writing course here in Cairo, followed by another then another did so online as well. Read a lot. To write well you have to read a lot. I put my stories out there in writing platforms, received critique, some of it was harsh at first, but how else can one learn. I started reading not for pleasure but for purposes of observation. I started absorbing the concepts and the elements of writing, what is good characterization, what is plot, how to show rather than tell. By 2013 I decided it was high time to submit my stories to contests and literary magazines. My short story “The Darker Side Of The Moon” won in the MAKAN AWARD hosted by the Forgotten Writers Foundation here in Egypt, and more of my short stories and poetry were getting accepted in literary magazines. I can say that at that point I decided I wanted to pass on my experience to others and that it was finally about time I started teaching creative writing.

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Dr. Riham’s short story published in the Makan Writing Award book

  1. Do you believe anyone can be a writer? What are the qualities someone needs to be a good writer?

I believe everyone has an untold story; you become a writer when you decided to sit down, grab that pen and write. Indeed good writing requires a flare for words, a remarkable talent for starters, but talent alone is not enough. Writing is hard work, lots of research and continuous learning and what’s more important than all I mentioned is the commitment and the discipline. You have to sit yourself down every day, no matter how busy, and write, even if it was just one paragraph.

  1. How can literary agents help non-published writers? How can an aspiring writer get their attention?

To be honest this is as hard as hell. First of all, you need to have enough work published online in a literary magazine to fill that cover letter of yours in order for them to take you seriously. You need to look for those new agents building their client list. You have to research the agents and make sure they are willing to represent manuscripts in the genre you write in. You have to learn how to write a query letter to send either to literary agents or publishers. Most important of all is to have a ready, well-written and thoroughly edited manuscript. You wouldn’t want to go through all this trouble and get rejected in the end- which you will, many times. Actually, you have to be ready for multiple rejections. The road to publication requires persistence.  I have to add as well that in the past years there had been a surge of small independent presses in the U.K and the U.S that accept manuscripts directly from the authors, no agents required. Also, self-publishing via Amazon and Kindle direct publishing made publishing a less sinister process though the burden of self-market lies heavily on the shoulders of those intending to choose self-publishing over traditional publishing.

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  1. Do writers need to have a good content marketing? How much of a sale is credited to the writer himself/herself and how much to the publisher?

Of course in a world like ours where everyone can basically self-publish marketing is elemental and crucial. All authors need to market themselves now, self-published or not. The competition is fierce.

The sales issue is subject to the contract every author signs with their publisher. Percentages regarding royalties vary and there is the copyright issue as well.

  1. In your book club, how do you motivate people to keep reading? Do you notice any improvements regarding the percentage of people reading? You also post writing challenges every once in a while. Tell us about them.

I have, to be honest in this, motivating people to read is quite exhausting. When I first started the book club, I basically had to talk to all those interested one by one, push them and encourage them to read every couple of days and keep checking on people’s progress every week or so, sometimes asking them to share their favorite quotes from the book we’re reading. The beginning was hard, but after a couple of gatherings, I can say that people enjoy our discussions and the number of people showing up is constantly on the rise. Last month I had the pleasure of having Author Emily Richardson with us. We discussed her book “The Nile is a Road”. The attendees were excited to have the author of the book they were reading present in the discussion.

I try to post short and easy writing challenges in the book club’s group on Facebook every once in a while. I’ve read many delightful entries and discovered many talents. It brings forth a great deal of optimism to see creative people in the little niche of a community I created.

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  1. Do you have any tips to someone who finds it hard to keep creative?

Creativity is not hard to maintain, I believe people are born with it. The discipline of staying creative and productive is what’s somewhat challenging given our fast-paced hectic lives. My advice is to keep reminding yourself of what you love and why you want to keep at it and to never quit.

  1. Do you believe local writers in Egypt are properly recognized and rewarded? If not, what should be done?

Sadly no, I don’t believe so. Presses here, most of them, are really after your money. No proper marketing is ever done, we’ve never heard of writers doing book tours across the country like in the West. No book promotions or discussions. Unless your book gets recognized by the film industry the chances of multiple editions are quite slim, publicity as well goes unattended.

What should be done? Authors really need to stick to one another, marketing campaigns those social media and public domains should be seriously considered, engaging with the public is crucial. I think book clubs are a great way to market books.

  1. How does a writer get more and more readers to their stories and still maintain his/her personality in his/her writings?

First of all, before you write, you need to know your target audience and to study the market. If what you write is not mainstream chances of having readers buying your book are quite low. You have to pick a favorable genre, hone your writing skill and of course add your touch. This touch is what makes you special.

  1. What things make you focus on your present writing? Do you have any tips for writers who often get lost in the middle?

Like I said discipline is everything. Set your writing goals and try to visualize the future, and by the future I mean the future where you are a success. Get a daily planner; organize your time and your tasks. Don’t overwhelm yourself, don’t expect to write ten chapters a day, practice piano, cook, raise the kids and stay active on social media, haha, that’s what I’ve been doing, I almost had a breakdown, you’ll experience a burnout too if you overload yourselves. Achievable everyday tasks are the key to success. Get a checklist, sticky notes, anything, just little doses of achievable work.

  1. Many people have great ideas for stories but are unable to get it down on paper. Is there any advice you can give to these people?

Take creative writing classes, learn the elements of writing. Read books on writing, read more books and observe what writers do to engage you in their plot. Joining groups on social media that are specific for writers is also an option. Critique, help, inspiration are offered in those writing groups.

I personally intend to create a closed group on Facebook exclusive to my students for them to continue sharing their work and seeking reviews or critiques from me or each other, in addition to sharing resources and open calls for submissions in literary magazines, anthologies and free to enter contest worldwide.

  1. Do you think people in the corporate environment in Egypt have a different look when they find out that one of their employees is a writer?

I think employers in the corporate world look mainly for efficiency, creativity and a person willing to work in a team. Writing is a solitary process that is, if you write, fiction or creative non-fiction.

  1. As a dentist, what do you think are the common problems dentists in Egypt face?

The price of dental materials is on the rise in astronomical rates, to provide good quality work you have to charge a lot and given the deteriorating status of our economy that is highly unlikely, besides patients tend to think that doctors in general, are out to rip them off their money. So there’s a constant lack of appreciation and trust issues. As for dentists and doctors working in public establishments well let’s not talk about that.

  1. Do you believe that a Dentist is a good storyteller? Would you tell stories to your patients?

You actually made me laugh. I believe a good storyteller could be anything he/she wants and not vice-versa. And no I don’t tell stories to patients not when fixing their teeth and staring at their tonsils, with my face halfway inside their mouths.

  1. If you are to create your own magazine, how would you select the writers? What will be the criteria? Please also tell us what kind of questions will you be asking in the interview?

I dream of starting a quality online literary magazine here in Egypt that showcases great talents. Like any literary magazine, I will announce an open call for submissions and select the best work, whether fiction, non-fiction, poetry or artwork.

But as for recruiting:

I would need a good content writer to write up rules and entries and opening of the website.

My interview questions will be:

– Content Writer:

  • Do you have enough experience in the field of content writing for blogs and websites?
  • Will you be able to market our magazine well on different social media networks other than Facebook on full time basis?
  • Is your writing simple and fluid enough to engage readers?
  • In my magazine I will start a weekly column featuring all updates in the literary scene in Egypt. Will you be able to cover up events such as festivals, poetry slams, contests, book clubs and conduct interviews on weekly basis?

– Editor:

  • Do you have enough experience in the editing field?
  • Does your portfolio include editing jobs on books, magazine and websites, or just one of them?
  • Will you be able to dedicate fixed hours during the week to carry on editorial service for the magazine?

– Graphic Designer:

  • I would like to have a look at previous work and layout of similar jobs.
  • The interface of the magazine’s website should be unique and attractive , will you be able to carry out that and shine?
  • Will the writers willing to submit find it easy to send off their work will you link it to a submittable form?

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  1. As a writing instructor, how do you measure the performance of your writers?

I monitor progress through the assignment I give and exercises I give in class. By the end of my 8 session course, I ask the student to critique each other’s work and to hand over a 1,000-word short story. I assess the stories handed and judge if the students have fully grasped all the writing concepts I taught.

For example how did they handle characterization? Did they describe the character through action and setting or did they rely heavily on physical appearance.

How did they handle the narrative voice? Is the voice of the narrator clear and distinctive, did they stick to one type or do the common mind hopping mistake? If they pick third person narration, did they pick third person limited voice and stick to it or did they get confused and shift back and forth to the third omniscient, and so forth.

Those are some examples of how I monitor and measure my student’s performance.

  1. What’s with the name Rose. You appear on social media as Rose Inink. Is this a sort of pen name? A camouflage perhaps?

Hardly really, it’s just a metaphor to things I love the most. Roses and Ink, here I am the rose in ink. As in the rose – representing beauty and dreams – dipped in writing ink. My friends abroad find the name easier to use and my friends here call me that all the time but my official author page on face book has my birth name on it and all work appearing in print and online is published under my birth name.

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مقابلة صحفية مع إيناس عبدالقادر – مهندسة نسيج ومتحدثة في مؤتمر تيدكس وادمدني بالسودان

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صحافة: محمود منسي

ثورة الموارد البشرية: إيناس لديك العديد من الخبرات في مجالات مختلفة، هل يمكن أن تعطينا نبذة عن نفسك وأعمالك؟

مهندسة نسيج حاصلة على درجة الماجستير في هندسة النسيج (إعادة تدوير مخلفات النسيج)، من جامعة الجزيرة بالسودان.. عملي مستقل كموظفة ذاتية في مجال التصميم والبحث العلمي.. بالإضافة إلى أنني أعمل في قسم التسويق في مصنع لأكياس القماش غير المنسوجة.. وقد أصبحت القضايا البيئية جزءًا من شغفي نتيجة لذلك قمت بتأسيس شركة ريتيكس التي تعمل في إعادة تدوير مخلفات الملابس، حيث أثر فيروس كوفيد على العالم كله.

وأنشأنا مبادرة

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و كانت نتيجة لتغيير جزء من خط الإنتاج لدينا إلى إنتاج أقنعة الوجه… وبالمزيد من التفكير في ريادة الأعمال كأداة يمكن أن تساعد الناس في تحسين حياتهم ، شاركت في تأسيس مبادرة

 (Business Master)

 لمساعدة أصحاب (الأعمال الصغيرة).. حظيت بالتحدث على منصة تيدكس ودمدني في 2019.. أعتقد أن أي شخص في هذا العالم يمكن أن يوفر تأثيرًا اجتماعيًا أو بيئيًا وأنا أفعل ما بوسعي للمساعدة في نجاح المبادرات المذكورة أعلاه.

ثورة الموارد البشرية: كيف يؤثر عملك على المجتمع والبيئة؟

أنا اعمل في مجال إعادة التدوير لمخلفات المنسوجات والأقمشة، ولهذا المجال العديد من الآثار على البيئة والمجتمع حيث نعمل علي خلق فرص عمل جديدة وتحسين مستوى الاقتصاد المحلي. ونظراً لمشاركتي في عدد من برامج تنمية وتطوير المجتمع أهمها (برنامج القيادات الشابة من الأمم المتحدة وعدد من برامج ريادة الأعمال من المجلس الثقافي البريطاني)، فأنا الآن اعمل على نقل هذه الخبرات التي اكتسبتها من تلك البرامج إلي عدد كبير من الشباب والعمل على تطوير مهاراتهم ليكونوا جيلاً مهتماً بريادة الأعمال ومشاريع تنمية البلاد.

ثورة الموارد البشرية: من خلال خبرتك ومن منظورك الشخصي ما هي التحديات التي تواجه بيئة العمل بالسودان؟ ما هي مقترحاتك للتعامل مع تلك التحديات؟

إن من خلال تعاملي مع عدد من المؤسسات الحكومية والخاصة في السودان لاحظت أن معظم المشاكل التي تواجه هذه المؤسسات هي عدم الاختيار السليم للموظفين بمعنى عدم وجود الشخص المناسب في المكان المناسب، ويرجع ذلك إلى عدد من الأسباب أهمها الوساطة والمحسوبية وعدم وجود تعريفات محدده للوظائف، كما أن من التحديات التي تواجه مكان العمل عدم احترام الوقت في بعض الأحيان وعدم وجود توافق بين الموظفين في المكان الواحد.

يمكن التغلب على هذه التحديات بتوظيف الأشخاص حسب تخصصاتهم وخبراتهم في المجال المعين، وكذلك التوعية بالحفاظ على الوقت وزيادة الوعي بأهمية روح الفريق الواحد ونتائجها على العمل.

ثورة الموارد البشرية: كنتي من ضمن المتحدثات بمؤتمر تيدكس وادمدني بالسودان، ماذا كان محور موضوعك؟

في عام 2019 كنت أحد المتحدثات في مؤتمر تيدكس ودمدني، وقد كان أحد أهم أهدافي أن اصعد على مسرح تيدكس ودمدني وأشارك الجميع موضوعاً يعتبر من أهم المواضيع في السودان ولكن لا يتم التطرق إليه إلا وهو موضوع نفايات؛ الأقمشة والمنسوجات وأهمية إعادة تدويرها، تكمن أهمية هذا الموضوع في انه يؤثر بصورة مباشرة على الإنسان والمجتمع ككل والبيئة المحيطة.

وعندما يتم إعادة تدوير هذه المخلفات والاستفادة منها فإنها تنتج لنا بيئة نظيفة وصحية خالية من النفايات كما أن هذا المجال يوفر عدد كبير من فرص العمل للشباب، كما أن مثل هذه المشاريع تدعم الاقتصادي المحلي للدولة.

ثورة الموارد البشرية: ما هي النشاطات الأكثر شغفاً لكي؟

من أهم النشاطات التي أحب القيام بها هي مساعدة الآخرين في تطوير أنفسهم وتحفيزهم على ذلك سواء كان ذلك عن طريق المساعدة بالتدريب أو التوجيه والإرشاد أو التوعية أو حتى عن طريق منحهم الطاقة الإيجابية التي تمنحهم ثقة في أنفسهم.

ثورة الموارد البشرية: من وجهة نظرك الشخصية ما الذي يجعل منصة تيدكس مميزة؟

تيدكس من أهم المنصات العالمية التي يجب على الجميع أن يكونوا على دراية كاملة بها لما تقدمه من محتوى يفيد الجميع في حياتهم، خاصة أنها لا تنحصر في مجال معين بل إنها تشمل العلم والتكنولوجيا والإبداع والترفيه والكثير الكثير من المجالات التي تهم الناس وتجعل حياتهم أفضل، أنا أرى أن تيدكس هي منصة التعليم الإلكتروني الأولى في العالم.

ثورة الموارد البشرية: هل يمكن أن تقصي علينا تجربة أو موقف قد مررتي به وتعلمتي منه درساً في الحياة؟

في حياتنا اليومية نقابل عدد من الأشخاص ونخوض العديد من التجارب وبالنتيجة يؤثر كل ذلك علينا ويغير طباعنا وطريقة تفكيرنا وحكمنا على الأشياء والأشخاص، ومن أعظم التجارب التي مررت بها هي تجربة مشاركتي في مؤتمر تيدكس ودمدني حيث أنني كنت من الأشخاص الذين تنتابهم الرهبة والخوف من الجمهور ولكن وبعد الصعود على المسرح وبمرور أول دقائق شعرت بتقبل الجمهور لي واستماعهم لي بعناية كبيرة ومن بعد تلك التجربة أصبحت أكثر ثقة في نفسي وزادت مقدرتي على مواجهة الجمهور وبدأت بتدريب وتحفيز العديد من الأشخاص في عدد من المجالات وأهم ما انصح به دائماً أن يواجهه الإنسان مخاوفه ويتحدي نفسه وعندها سيندهش بالنتيجة.

ثورة الموارد البشرية: ربما مفهوم “القيادة” يختلف من عصر إلا آخر بل أحياناً يختلف من شخص إلى آخر، ما هو مفهومك الشخصي للقيادة؟

إن نجاح مفهوم القيادة في الوضع الحالي يتعلق بصورة مباشرة بطريقة تفكير الأشخاص، والطريقة التي يشعرون بها، وتصرفهم بطريقة مسؤولة. فهي أكثر من كونها كاريزما أو شيء يمكن تعلمه بثلاث خطوات سهلة أو من خلال أحد البرنامج. حيث تتطلب القيادة القوية التطوير باستمرار. وليس بالضرورة أن يتمتع الأشخاص الأذكياء بالحكمة. ولكن بإمكانهم أن يتعلموا كيفية إيجاد سبل للتعامل مع التجارب الصعبة من خلال معرفة أنفسهم. كما أن العصر الحالي يعتمد على التفكير خارج الصندوق وإيجاد الحلول الإبداعية لجميع المشكلات التي تواجه الشخص القائد أو فريق العمل لدية.

ثورة الموارد البشرية: هل يمكن أن نتناول أحد التحديات التي قد مررت بها خلال حياتك العملية؟

في بداية هذا العام كنا نعمل على إنشاء ورشة لتصنيع الملابس الجاهزة وإعادة تدوير مخلفات المنسوجات، ولكن ومع ظهور فيروس (Covid19) توقف هذا العمل نظراً لتوقف الأسواق عن العمل ولم نتمكن من شراء كافة الاحتياجات الأساسية لبدء المشروع.

لم نتوقف عن العمل بل بدأنا بتحويل فكرة المشروع وتأسيس مبادرة تهتم بتصنيع الكمامات عن طريق الخياطين الذين توقفت أعمالهم وبذلك خلقنا لهم فرص عمل جديدة ووفرنا للجميع أهم وسيلة للوقاية من فيروس (Covid19).

ثورة الموارد البشرية: من وجهة نظرك الشخصية ما هي التهديدات التي تواجة إقتصاد السودان؟ وما هي مقترحاتك الاستراتيجية لتجنب المخاطر؟

إن الوضع الحالي في السودان غير مستقر في معظم القطاعات خاصة القطاع الاقتصادي وهذا القطاع يؤثر على جميع طبقات المجتمع باختلافها ومن أهم الاقتراحات الإستراتيجية التي يجب أن تطبق على البلاد هي أن نعمل على إصلاح المجتمع السوداني نفسه من خلال تكثيف التوعية والاهتمام بالأفراد وتوفير سبل العيش الكريم لهم، كما يجب أن يراعي أن السودان يحتوي على اختلافات كبيرة جداً بين الناس وعادة ما لا يتقبل أحد رأي الآخر أو توحيد الجهود مع بعضهم البعض لذلك فإن عمليات التوعية للأفراد والمجتمعات تخلق جيلاً أفضل ويعمل على نهضة البلاد.

ومن ثم إعادة النظر في السياسات الدولية للسودان وتحسين العلاقات الخارجية للبلاد، ومن أهم هذه الاقتراحات هي أن يُمحي أسم السودان من قائمة الدول الراعية للإرهاب.

ثورة الموارد البشرية: ما هي نصيحتك لمن يبغى التحدث بموؤتمر تيدكس؟

أنا أحب دائماً تشجيع أصدقائي أن يتابعوا كل الفيديوهات التي تطرح في منصة تيدكس، كما أشجعهم أن يكونوا حضورا لعدد من المؤتمرات وأحداث تيدكس في السودان خاصة تيدكس ودمدني، وبالفعل شجعت صديقتي حتى كانت أحد المتحدثين في المؤتمر السابق والآن أساعد ثلاثة من أصدقائي أن يكونوا متحدثين في المؤتمر القادم.

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Qisaty Project & Developing Talent in Children with Special Needs in Egypt

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Edited By: Mahmoud Mansi

Qisaty Project – founded by Mona Lamloum – was launched on 26th December 2019 to support children talents through a series of storytelling, writing and drawing workshops.

The total number of children who participated in the storytelling workshop is 60 including the most talented 20 who were selected to the story writing sessions, 16 children ranging from 6 to 14 years old got their stories selected to be drawn by 19 children with special needs.

The drawing workshops were held in 3 cities in Egypt with cooperation with 2 special needs associations; Nida Society Rehabilitation with both branches in Cairo and Luxor. 14 children, and Ashab El-Erada Association in Alexandria. 5 children.

The children have different disabilities, hearing loss, partial blindness, movement disability, learning difficulty disability, mental disability and increased electricity in the brain.

Of course such an interesting project needs proper preparation and an intellectual plan. Mona Lamloum shared some of the challenges that she and her team have faced during the project:

1-The global pandemic and the sudden lockdown.

2- The fact that most of the children with special needs suffer from many chronic diseases which lowers their immunity, in addition to the huge responsibility that lies on the team while holding the workshop during the pandemic.

3-The fear of the parents of the children with special needs participation at the drawing workshops due to the pandemic and the lack of their immunity. Which was managed to concur with the help of the project partners in drawing workshops. 

Eventually, Qisaty Project was held at exceptional circumstances and according to deadlines set up before the global Corona pandemic. However, the team did their best to get the project done within the lockdown with a quality that is aspired from the beginning, and that was done simply by teamwork, sharing a unified vision, and collaborating to find new solutions.

The result is 16 short stories in addition to 64 drawings by hands of talented children with special needs and with variable disabilities from three cities: Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor. Each drawing tells a different scene from a short story inspired from the children themselves to be published as a grand book that gathers the short stories and the drawings of all the talented young participants.

Acknowledgements:

Qisaty Sponsors:

– Amideast: Hosted the story telling, story writing workshops and the day that gathered the writers and children with special needs mixed day.

– Nahdet Misr Publishing House.

Media Sponsors:

– Marj3 Platform

– HR Revolution Middle East

– EBBY

– Arablit Quarterly

Children with special needs Associations:

– Nida Society Rehabilitation with both branches in Cairo and Luxor.

– Ashab El-Erada Association in Alexandria.

Qisaty Trainers:

– Hanan El-Taher.

– Mona Lamloum.

– Zeinab Mobark.

Designing Storytelling and writing workshop:

-Mona Lamloum

Writing workshops:

– Mona Lamloum

– Yaqoub El-Sharouni

Drawing workshop:

– Under the supervision of Shoikar Khalifa,

 – With the help of respectful team at Nida Association at Cairo and Luxor.

 – Ashab El-Erada Association at Alexandria by Sahar Zaiton with the help of Aliaa Abd-Elsalam.

Team Members:

– Rawan Said

– Ahmed Ismail

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Q&A with Sherihan Elkamash; Researcher at the Center of Strategic Studies, Bibliotheca Alexandrina & Charity Activist

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Mahmoud Mansi

“I am always trying to not lead members, but inspire them and gain their trust by encouraging my team to work on new projects. I help them make their work plan, and I provide them with some guidance and coaching to finally have a successful deliverable to help impact more people in the community.”

Sherihan Elkamash

HR Revolution Middle East Magazine: Sherihan you are multi-talented and active in building the community in several different ways, one of your main roles is working at the Center of Strategic Studies at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, can you tell us more about your role?

My main work is about making strategic researches. I also, write articles about the recent international political events. One of the main roles for me is to organize virtual discussions to discuss different economic and political subjects. I am always in contact with high profile degenerates in the political arena to make interviews with them to be published. I am also the social media specialist for the center, responsible for managing the official page by managing and posting the news, declare about the new events and conferences for the center.

HR Revolution Middle East Magazine: Across your career you have worked in different careers and gained different experiences. Can you tell us what did you learn from these experiences? And how those skills are helping you at your current role?

I have been working in many fields since a young age I have acquired professional experience in many fields for the past fourteen years; working in NGOs, media, research, translation and communications. These experiences taught me to navigate in different kinds of structures (public/private/international), as well as dealing with the internal dynamics of each organization. In my previous roles, I have demonstrated exceptional ability to manage external stakeholders including senior government officials, high-profile clients, and well-regarded organizations. As a trilingual officer, I can communicate effectively in Arabic, English and French.

Working in all those fields taught me how to work in full power with a great performance, deliver my work in a high quality and always being in time and following the timetable.

HR Revolution Middle East Magazine: You also have your own charity project “El Rahmoun”. Can you tells us more about managing people in a charity structured projects?

Let me first talk about myself when I was a regular member in NGO’s and volunteer projects. I starting volunteering since I was a 13-year-old school student. During those 21 years in charity, I’ve learned many things:

-I learned how to take the initiative to start new projects to help the maximum number of people in need.

-I learned more about contributing to the community and helping solve issues.

-I learned how to deal with all categories in my society, understanding their needs and being helpful to them.

-It is not only about leadership, but I have also been a great “team member”, by coming up with new ideas, working with enthusiasm and integrity.

As a founder or a leader for “El Rahmoun” charity group – like any business structure or project – it depends on the number of volunteers whether they are many or few, based on that we put a strong administration and operations management plan.

I am always trying to not lead “El Rahmoun” members, but inspire them and gain their trust by encouraging my team to work on new projects. I help them make their work plan, and I provide them with some guidance and coaching to finally have a successful deliverable to help impact more people in the community.

There is an interesting difference between a traditional corporate structure and a charity structure. In charity the individual is the one who deicides his/her responsibilities and commitment to the charity work. I cannot obligate them to attend the events or to do their tasks. Which means that I have to be their friend so they love me and maintain a good communication with the youth, meanwhile at the same time I have to be their leader when it comes to the big decisions. And this is the most difficult part. I think after 3 years of continuous work, while our volunteering community is getting bigger… my team and I are doing it well.

HR Revolution Middle East Magazine: How do you define success your own way? And what would be your success tips for youth?

I have learned the perfect strategy to achieve success, it is balance. We all have the desire towards success but those who are working and planning for it are the ones who are reaching their goals in a steady way. We all grew up with big dreams, seeking success in life, but few of us who understood that sustaining the success is the hard part. Balance is the key, youth need to know the importance of balance in their life between their studies, hard work, community service and social life. Youth need to make balance between physical, emotional and spiritual elements, to keep the high performance in everything they do. When we maintain our balance it shortly affects our sense of security and helps us to move forward. The balance in all activities in our days helps us maintain our mental health in order to have healthy minds and lifestyles. Stress is a serious threat to Youth and one should make it a priority to keep the stress away because stress prevents success.

Balance = Success

HR Revolution Middle East Magazine: With the development of technology, virtual communication and accessibility to knowledge, do you believe that some jobs are in threat? Can some careers take another form, offer different services and still impact the community?

The whole world is turning digital. The easy access to knowledge and data is the way of living now. Well, the development of technology can never be a threat. It actually helps us and is not a threat to our existence nor to anything created or made by the human being. NEW careers have been created and much more are on their way to glow and have place due to the virtual life. Furthermore, thousands of activities and services are provided through the internet now (website- social media) which also supports entrepreneurs and organizations to easily create new projects.

The Egyptian Government is taking the same track now in most of its governmental institutions. The pandemic helped a lot. It was a red light to hurry and accelerate our path, not only organizations that are turning digital but also individuals are becoming more focused on e-learning and other daily life services and in their lifestyles. I am very optimistic; because of the development of technology, new jobs are opening and great opportunities for youth which is very advantageous, beneficious and profitable to the growth of our great Nation EGYPT and to the rest of the world.

Thank you Sherihan for this interview and for developing and inspiring the community in such a unique way!

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