Dr Ghada Bassioni
Associate Professor and Head of the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Engineering
Ain Shams University, Cairo
Ghada Bassioni was born in Cairo and spent the first seven years of her life in Dortmund, Germany, while her parents (both professors) did their Ph.D.‘s. She is a graduate of the German School in Cairo and obtained her B.Sc. from the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. After her M.Sc. 2000 jointly from the Technische Universität München TUM, Munich, Germany and the Ain Shams University ASU, Cairo, Egypt she received her doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in 2004 from the Technische Universität München TUM, Munich, Germany.
She is currently an Associate Professor and the Head of the Chemistry Division at the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt and is a member of the Egyptian National Committee for Pure and Applied Chemistry, Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology. She has been appointed as an international project officer at the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF), Egyptian Ministry of Scientific Research in 2013-2015 and is a member of the Global Young Academy since 2013.
Dr. Ghada Bassioni has dealt with a big variety of topics in chemistry and chemistry related subjects during her career since after her B.Sc. in chemistry she started as an inorganic chemist in her Masters, went into organometallic chemistry for her Ph.D. and dealt with physical chemistry and interfacial science phenomena in her postdoctoral studies in the field of construction materials and petroleum chemistry. She has over 50 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and is a reviewer to a number of renowned scientific journals. She has been recognized with several national (like The State Incentive Award in 2013 in the field of chemistry), regional and international awards and has been selected as an academic visitor and a panelist at the Nobel Laureates meetings in Lindau, Germany, in 2012 and 2014, respectively. In 2013, Ghada received the Young Scientist Award at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China.
She has organized a significant number of scientific and gender related conferences and workshops in her function as the women’s representative from 2005-2007 at the Technical University Munich, as the Chair of the Women’s Initiative at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Abu Dhabi Section 2009-2011 and as a member and lead of the Women in Science working group of the Global Young Academy. She has received the LEWA Leadership Excellence for Women award runner up in 2013 and was an invited speaker within Springboard Women’s Development Project, organized by the British Council in 2013.
In 2016 she has been awarded the Fulbright fellowship as well as the L.A.B. fellowship of the three organizations: Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, the European Forum in Alpbach and the Falling Walls in Berlin.