Dr. Farouk El-Baz played a key role in NASA's Apollo 15 mission. Dr. El-Baz also served as science advisor to the late president of Egypt, Anwar El-Sadat, and he is now on the Advisory Council of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
(PRWEB) October 08, 2014
"Dr. Farouk El-Baz is our choice to receive the Leading by Example Award because of his vision for a prosperous, tolerant, and developed Egypt, and because of his remarkable scientific achievements, " said Coptic Orphans founder and executive director Nermien Riad.
Dr. Farouk El-Baz's many scientific accomplishments include playing a key role in NASA's Apollo 15 mission. Dr. El-Baz also served as science advisor to the late president of Egypt, Anwar El-Sadat, and he is now on the Advisory Council of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
"I'm particularly proud to present the Leading by Example Award to Dr. Farouk El-Baz because he exemplifies the Egyptian diaspora's contributions to the United States and the world, yet he also embodies the deep love that people with roots in Egypt have for their cultural heritage and the motherland," Riad said.
Dr. Farouk El-Baz is currently director of the Center for Remote Sensing and research professor at the departments of Archaeology and Electrical & Computer Engineering, and associated faculty at the Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University.
Past recipients of the Leading by Example Award include prominent Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Liz Cheney. On Sept. 28, 2014, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II accepted the award in person before an audience of 500 guests at the Coptic Orphans 25th Anniversary Gala in Canada.
Coptic Orphans' 25th Anniversary Gala in the United States will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11, starting with a reception at 6:30pm followed by dinner at 7:30pm, at the Hyatt Regency at Reston Tower Center at 1800 Presidents St., Reston, Virginia. Tickets can be obtained online at http://www.copticorphans.org, by calling 202-531-0862, or by writing to Gala Director Elise Ravenscroft at eravenscroft(at)copticorphans(dot)org.
"Coptic Orphans is blessed to mark 25 years of work that have empowered 30,000 children in Egypt," Riad said. "Over 5,000 Americans have shown amazing support for the children over the years, through their prayers, volunteering, and donations, and it's time to celebrate all that we've accomplished together."
Coptic Orphans is also holding a 25th Anniversary Gala in Australia on Nov. 9, 2014 in Lilyfield, NSW. For details, please see http://www.copticorphans.org.
The Copts, Egypt's indigenous Christian community, have a faith stretching back to the first century AD. They are now a minority of Egypt's population. An estimated 1.5-2.5 million Copts now live in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and other countries.
Coptic Orphans is an award-winning international Christian development organization that unlocks the God-given potential of vulnerable children in Egypt, and so equips them to break the cycle of poverty and become change-makers in their communities. Coptic Orphans works through grassroots partners and volunteer networks to strengthen local communities for sustainable impact.
Since 1988, Coptic Orphans has touched the lives of over 30,000 children throughout Egypt. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Coptic Orphans has expanded to offices in Egypt, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. To learn more, visit http://www.copticorphans.org