Message from the Director

Hani Sewilam


For years Egyptians have been suffering from unsustainable development practices that, in an effort to improve the economy, have caused enormous damage to society and the environment. Egypt, like many other countries, has a growing demand for sustainable development. Only sustainable development will enable Egyptians to attain a better quality of life and meet their current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own.

Here at CARES we seek to help Egypt, Africa and the world as a whole, reach the goal of sustainability, where our human practices don’t compromise the ability of future generations to fulfill their own needs. Our aim is to mobilize real changes in the community by producing more generations who understand and are aware of the challenges lying ahead and who can develop real holistic solutions for them. We believe this will cause a multiplier effect, where those graduates of our programs will then go on to become ambassadors for sustainability by spreading their knowledge and expertise to others in their communities, thus affecting real change over time.

At CARES we try to bridge the gap between research and community work by conducting research in different fields related to sustainable development and developing interventions to solve community issues we face every day such as water scarcity, education, agriculture, energy and more. We believe that with these 3 components: Education, Research and Community Development we can steer development efforts in Egypt and the region towards achieving Sustainable Development goals. I would like to invite you all to join our team at CARES in our endeavor to reach a sustainable future for all.


Hani Sewilam

Professor and Founding Director,

Center for Applied Research on the Environment and Sustainability (CARES)

Lead Scientist, Center of Excellence for Water

Director, Graduate Program in Sustainable Development

School of Science and Engineering

The American University in Cairo