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Salah Arafa

Salah Arafa

The American University,


Professor Salah Arafa is a tenured faculty member at the Physics Department, School of Sciences and Engineering of the American University in Cairo (AUC). He joined AUC in 1968. Before joining the University, he worked as a physics researcher at the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority from 1962 till 1968. Dr. Arafa holds a BSc in Physics and Chemistry (1962), an MSc in Nuclear Physics (1966), and a PhD in Solid State Physics (1969); all from Cairo University. He was the Chair of the Science Department twice and served as senator at large in the University Senate. Professor Arafa is well known as one of the leading Social Entrepreneurs in Egypt and the Arab World. He was selected a Senior Ashoka Fellow in 2004 and was awarded as the 'Man of the Year' for Environment and Development in 2009. In 2015 he was selected a fellow professor of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development by the Stromstad Academy, Sweden. In 2016 Dr. Arafa was selected as the representative of North Africa for the African Child Forum. Since 1974, Arafa has been involved in many Civil Society activities and is today the chairman for a few of the leading NGOs in Egypt. He has also served as a consultant to many international organizations, including: US-AID, UNICEF, GTZ, EU, and UNDP. He is a member of the National Committee on Climate Change and is also a member of the Research Council on Environment and Development at the Egyptian Academy for Scientific Research and Technology.

Research Interest

Nuclear Physics