Building a diverse community dedicated to enriching the lives of American and Egyptian youth

About Us

The American Egyptian Youth Network (AEYN) is a U.S.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization launched by first generation Egyptian Americans in March, 2014. With almost three quarters of Egypt’s population under the age of 35, AEYN is driven by a profound awareness that Egypt’s future is ultimately tied to the fate of its youth. In an increasingly interconnected world, AEYN recognizes the value of cross-cultural dialogue and collaboration among global youth leaders to overcome their collective challenges. In this spirit, AEYN seeks to build a vibrant intercultural community of American, Egyptian, and global youth leaders who care about Egypt’s future, empowering one another to excel and make a difference.

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What We Do

AEYN supports the advancement of Egyptian youth by:
  • Building Community
    Growing a community of intercultural youth leaders and role models who care about enriching the lives of American and Egyptian youth through local chapters in the U.S. and Egypt that foster cross-cultural exchange, networking and collaboration.
  • Online Portals
    Fostering an interactive community through online portals that connect global citizens to forums, causes and opportunities related to Egypt and the Middle East.
  • Exchange Programs
    Working with our partners to develop and manage collaborative cultural, educational and vocational exchange programs that develop the capacity of American, Egyptian and global youth leaders. 

What We've Done

  • Chapter Development
    Founded thriving chapters of caring young leaders in 3 major cities: Boston, New York, and Washington D.C.
  • Virtual Outreach
    Established an online blog and monthly newsletter to connect Americans and Egyptians to future events and analyses of issues in Egypt related to education, economy, and government
  • OneEgypt
    Cultivated an active online community centered around moderated forums, individual campaigns, and charitable and vocational opportunities
  • Ramadan Community Iftar
    Joined youth and experts on American-Egyptian issues in a festive Iftar to promote intercultural understanding
  • Discussion with Dr. El Mostafa Higazy
    Coordinated discussions with former Strategic Advisor to the President of Egypt, Dr. El Mostafa Higazy at New York University and George Washington University on youth participation, institutional reform, and U.S.-Egypt relations
  • AEYN Launch Tour
    Introduced AEYN’s mission of intercultural exchange between Americans and Egyptians as well as information on crucial challenges facing Egyptians today

Review our chapter leader guide to learn more about AEYN chapters and how you can get involved.

Chapter Guide


Meet the Team

amir2-homeAmir Abdallah


Amir is an Associate Partner and Head of Finance and Investments for MMA Global Investments LLC, a family office, and the Vice President of Operations for MMA Global Advisors, an affiliated strategic advisory firm. Amir has helped organize several programs between the U.S. and Egypt, including most recently the Egypt Economic Reform Forum. Amir founded Open Book Tours LLC in 2012 to run education exchange programs with a regional focus on the Middle East. He also serves as Treasurer of the MMA Foundation, which donates to cultural, humanitarian, and educational projects. Amir earned his MBA from George Washington University (GWU), where he received numerous awards recognizing his leadership in the community and university. Amir earned his B.S. in Finance from GWU in 2003.

Nada E. AbdallahNada E. Abdallah

Programs Director

Nada has over 5 years of experience in International Affairs and Human Rights. Upon completing her Masters in International Human Rights Law at the American University in Cairo in 2013, Nada was a part of the organizing team contracted by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for the Egypt Economic Reform Forum. Nada earned her B.A. from Hunter College at the City University of New York in 2007 with a major in Political Science. Upon completing her degree at Hunter and before pursuing her Masters, Nada worked at the United Nations in the General Assembly Affairs Branch as a Meeting Services Coordinator. Nada is a member of the Board of Directors of the MMA Foundation, a 501C3 charitable organization established in 2001 to fund charitable, educational, scientific, medical, artistic and community services. She is fluent in English and Arabic.  

magdey2-homeMagdey Abdallah


Magdey is a J.D. Candidate at Yale Law School, where he is active with the Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. He also serves as a Law Clerk for the Egyptian-American Rule of Law Association. Before entering law school, Magdey worked in the Obama administration as Deputy Chief of Staff for Housing and Community Facilities programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency, helping to design and implement rural community development policy. Prior to joining USDA, he worked as a Field Organizer and Regional Field Director for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, organizing communities to get out the vote for then-Senator Obama. Magdey earned his A.B. in Government from Harvard University.

Joe Barbiero

Joe Barbiero

Chapter Development Director

Joe is a marketing consultant based in Brooklyn, New York.  He moved to New York two years ago after teaching and studying in Turkey for a year.  Prior to teaching, he served in the Obama Administration as a confidential assistant at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and worked as an organizer on the Obama 2008 presidential campaign.  Joe earned his B.A. in Political Science from Temple University.

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