Prof. Dr. Hosam Refai
Hosam Refai (born 1968) studied Egyptology and Tourism at Helwan, Basel and Vienna universities. He received his PhD in 1998 and worked as a Lecturer at Helwan University in Cairo. From 2001-2009 he was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Tourism, Mass-Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Bahrain. He became Professor at Helwan University in 2008 and vice-dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management in 2009 and later dean of the faculty since 2012. In 2011 he started integrating Heritage and Museum Studies as new academic disciplines at Helwan University, initiated by the joint master’s program “Heritage Conservation and Site Management” with BTU, Cottbus-Senftenberg (Germany), in which he acts as program coordinator. In 2013 he started the master’s program “Museum Studies” as a dual degree program with the University of Würzburg (Germany). In the process is further establishing a PhD program and the first academic department of Heritage and Museum Studies in Egypt at the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management.