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Dr. Wagdy Sawahel (Egypt)
Wagdy Sawahel is a molecular biotechnologist with a B.Sc. with a general grade “Excellent with honors” from faculty of science, Tanta university / Egypt in 1987, and a Ph.D. in molecular biotechnology from Leeds university / Britain in 1994. From 1996-1998, he worked as a research fellow at the United Nation International Center for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology in New Delhi / India and from 2001-2002, he was a visiting scientist at Vienna university / Austria. At present, he is a visiting professor at Ghent University in Belgium and associate research professor at the National Research Center, Cairo / Egypt. He is professionally experienced and academically qualified in most aspects of biotechnology research, education & training, awareness, bio-safety, socio-economic issues, bioethics, intellectual property rights, and bio-policy.
Sawahel is the general coordinator for science development network, the general editor for the international series of genetic engineering & biotechnology. He is also a member of many scientific societies such as New York Academy of Science / USA, Genetics & Bioethics Network / Japan and Working Group on Technology and Agrarian Development / Netherlands. In addition, he is a member of the general committee of merit & M.Sc scholarship programmes and external reviewers, Islamic Development Bank, Organization for Islamic conference ; Member of the governing body for the Technical Advisory unit for genetic engineering, National Research Center, Cairo.
Sawahel has been recognized for his scientific research at the national and international levels by obtaining the State prize for scientific encouragement in biology in 1994 and the Third World Academy of Science prize in Biology in 1998. He obtained the National Research Center prize for scientific encouragement in biology in 1998. In addition, he obtained the professional titles: “Chartered Biologist, CBiol” from the Institute of Biology / London in 1994 and “European Professional Biologist, EurProBiol” from European Communities Biologists Association / Brussel in 1996. Sawahel has published 26 books and a number of research papers, reviews, reports and articles in various areas of genetic engineering and biotechnology, political science, science and technology policy, environmental studies and economics. In the field of science awareness, he has published several articles and books in Arab newspapers and magazines. He is the author of the first Arabic encyclopedia in genetic engineering “15 books” and as a result he has obtained Dr. Ahmed Zahran prize in scientific culture from the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research & Technology in 1999.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Women research density is higher than advanced countries

While women constitute only slightly more than one-quarter of the world’s researchers, women represent 17 % of total Saudi researchers which is higher than that in Germany (12%), Japan (12%) and Korea (11%), and the same as in Luxembourg, according to a recent international report.

"This is the result of qualitative and quantitative improvements in educational, training and engagement opportunities offered to Saudi women through the establishment of more than…


Posted on April 12, 2010 at 20:00

Saudi Arabia among global & regional technological innovation spots

The leading business school in Europe has ranked Saudi Arabia at 54th place in the world, 17th in the Asian region and 5th in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, citing its high marks in the index’s investment in education, technology transfer and knowledge applications.

This was documented in the 2010 Global Innovation Index (GII) which is one of the most comprehensive international assessments of the impact of innovation on competitiveness and growth. was…


Posted on March 29, 2010 at 15:14

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At 12:49 on August 12, 2007, Luisa Massarani said…
hi wagdy, sorry for the delay in answering you, I was out of Brazil. Nice to hear from you, yes, let's keep in touch. Take care
At 6:40 on July 5, 2007, Calestous Juma said…
The Gaddafy edifice came crambling in Accra:
Now we need to take the foundation stones from the false roof and use them where they belong, buiilding the foundations of economic integration through regional efforts.

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