Advisory Board & Partners


AGYA is supported by an Advisory Board composed of high-ranking Arab and German representatives of internationally renowned academic institutions. This Board meets at least once a year. Following a public call for membership and a highly competitive selection process, the Advisory Board is responsible for the final selection of the AGYA members. The Advisory Board members support the academy especially through strategic networking and fundraising across their regions.

German Representatives

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christoph Markschies (Co-Chair)
President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)

Prof. Dr. Gerald Haug
President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Prof. Dr. Carola Lentz
President of the Goethe-Institut

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hermann Parzinger
President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee
President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Arab Representatives

Prof. Dr. Mahmoud M. Sakr (Co-Chair)
President of the Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT), Egypt

Dr. Asmaa Al-Fadala
Director of Research and Content Development, World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Qatar Foundation

H.E. Dr. Khaled Al-Fadel
Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS)

Ziad Mikati
Head of the Beirut Office of the Mikati Foundation

Prof. Dr. Abdelhadi Soudi
Ambassador Scientist of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation Morocco

Funding and Cooperation

The academy is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and several other Arab and German partners. Individual research projects as well as AGYA Annual Conferences and Key Activities are also supported by various Arab and German institutions and organizations.