Mrs. Nelly Corbel is the founder and manager of the University Civic Engagement unit at the Gerhart Center. Ms. Corbel has over 9 years of work experience in university student development, including six years in developing educational programs. Her background in conflict resolution and university-based civic leadership gives her a unique perspective on the current context in Egypt and the region. Her research interests have focused on citizenship and human rights education. She is currently providing leadership to a number of university-based programs including the incubation of Debate Egypt, the first Egyptian Debate championship, the Ma’an Alliance for an engaged higher education and the Lazord Academy for civic leadership, which she co-founded in 2011. The same year, she also developed a distance training platform for election monitors in cooperation with Stanford "Peace innovation lab". Mrs.