Nourhan Abdelghaffar

Nourhan Abdelghaffar, an architect, urban designer, and researcher, graduated from the German University in Cairo with a BS in Architecture and Urban Design before starting her MS in 2020. As a TA (2019-2022) at the German University in Cairo, she taught courses about the social aspects of the internal mobilities in Cairo’s microcities. Her MSc thesis researches the social aspects of social groups, which the government relocated in its effort to eliminate slums in the city of Cairo, mobility in particular as one factor to avoid uprooting neighborhoods. She advocates urban design that helps improve residents’ mental and physical health, believing that encouraging cycling in a city like Cairo can help improve its residents’ mental and physical health. Visiting several European cities and experiencing commuting by bike during her semester abroad in Berlin, made her wonder: “Why can’t I commute like this in Cairo?” Since then, she has felt committed to encouraging cycling and other sustainable modes of transportation in the city.