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Esam Boraey

Adjunct Instructor of Arabic
226A Meredith Hall

Esam Boraey is a human rights activist working for freedom and democracy in the Middle East. This passion led him to play a key role in the Egyptian revolution of 2011, which helped overthrow Dictator Hosni Mubarak. Esam taught classes and studied for his Master’s degree in international relations at Cairo University. During the Mohamed Morsi presidency, Esam worked for U.S. Agency for International Development and later left the country after being sentenced in Egypt’s criminal court to two years in prison for his work for human rights and democratization in the Middle East. Esam then moved to Washington D.C. where he continued his work for human rights, working for U.S. Institute for Peace. Having worked over the years with a number of Civil Society organizations (CSOs) in both the Middle East and the U.S., fostered close professional relationships with political leaders throughout the region, and advised policy makers in the U.S. and European Union, Esam brings a nuanced perspective to an understanding of Egyptian, Middle Eastern, and Islamic affairs that takes into account the concerns of stakeholders at various levels, both in the Middle East and beyond its borders.

Esam was honored for his defense of human rights in Egypt, Middle East, and the USA with several awards, such as the Personality of the Year for fighting for human rights in the Middle East by the National Center for Human Rights. In 2013, Esam was honored as a Freedom Fighter by the secretary of transportation Ray LaHood.  He has also received many certificates of appreciation by many organizations in the Middle East and all over the world for his work.


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