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AHMED SEDDIK
The Digger Who Can Figure!

Initiator, Inventor, Investor, Interpreter, Team-Builder, Guide, Historian, Humorist, Speaker, Motivational Speaker, Lecturer, Science Popularizer, Dragoman, Translator, Teacher, Trainer, Entertainer, Actor, Storyteller, Presenter, Writer, Didact, Editor, Blogger, Budding Botanist, Linguist, Wordsmith, Punster, Onomastician, Paremiologist, Reporter, Journalist, Interlocutor, Polyglot, Researcher, Classicist, Orientalist, Occidentalist, Fundraiser, Administrator, Consultant, Adventurer, Archeologist, Egyptologist, Garbologist, Explorer-in-Residence, Traveler, Travel Consultant, Poet, Tahririst, Grammarian, Lexicographer, Publicist, Political Analyst, Programmer, Voiceover Artist, Graphics Designer, Media Producer, Field Producer, Visionary, Spelunker, Collector, Curator, Literatus, Digeratus, Encyclopedist, Environmentalist, Humanist, Location Scout, Talent Scout, Campaigner, Philanthropist, Naturalist, Activist, Ekistician, Thinker, Polymath, Photographer, Raconteur, Orator, Organizer, Community Organizer, Gymnast, Athlete, Runner, Reader, Sailor, Tourist, Pedestrian, Equestrian, Cyclist, Pilot, Scholar, Tutor, Renaissance Man and Entrepreneur

www.ahmedseddik.com
www.Seddik.com
ahmed.seddik@gmail.com
Call: 917-972-9-506

Interviews Given:
Interviewed by:

Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, in the Egyptian Museum
http://abcnews.go.com/International/video/back-beginning-christiane-amanpour-moses-pharaoh-pharaoh-exodus-18086799

Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s Lead Political Anchor, about Cairo Graffiti
James Reynolds: Egypt: Graffiti tells story of political turmoil, BBC
Roshan Muhammed Salih, Chaos or reconciliation?, Press TV

BBC TV – Tessa Dunlop (www.tessadunlop.com) in Luxor
CNN – Dan Lothian: Reaction to President Obama’s Speech
Mentorn TV: An Idiot Abroad, Directed by Christian Watt
Egyptian TV: Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 3, Nile TV, OTV
The Last Millionaire, BBC
The Danish Broadcasting Corporation
Corriere della Sera Newspaper by Viviana Mazza
Youth and Sports Radio, Sailing on the Banks of Time
European Program (95.4)
Appeared in “Spell from the East” Documentary.
Daily Star – Sara O. Wali: Egyptologists debate Pharaohs’ Names
Daily Star – Nader Ramadan: Sham El-Nessim is a lot more than Coloring Eggs
Daily Star – Annelle Sheline: Gates of Glory and Facades of Fame
Al-Ahram Weekly – Amira El-Naqeeb: In the Realm of History
AUC Dimensions
AUC Caravan – Personal Biography by Arwa Ibrahim
IslamOnline, Noha Mohsen
Too Long to be True, Hala Hashim for A-U-C news
Cultural Nile TV, Culture Cafe, by Ahmed Abdelaziz
Russian 24, about theft in the National Museum during the revolution
Rai News, Antiquities Stolen
The Digger Who Can Figure by Mehri Khalil, School of the Art Institute of Chicago F Newsmagazine
The Poetic Tours Specialist by Christine Ghobrial, Egyptolution
Revolutionary Tour of Cairo on the 25th of Jan. By Aileen Alfandary, KPFA
Lyse Doucet, BBC’s chief international correspondent
NBC News, Egypt After the Revolution
Cairo’s Geology: a History of How Limestone Became Cairo, James Purtill
Amy Mowafi, Cairo Scene
Claire Sorrenson, Horytna Radio Show: Lost in Translation
Shaimaa Fayed, Reuters, about Beach Tourism
ARD, German TV
Sawy Culturewheel Documentary
ZDF Channel, Documentary: Tahrir – Der Platz der Befreiung
HBO Documentaries
New Europe Newspaper (www.neurope.eu) by Kathlyn Clore
Tales from Cairo’s Living City of the Dead by Sarah El-Rashdi
Novel Attempt to Lure Tourists to Return by by Sherif Elhelwa, The Media Line
Idris Tawfiq on Radio Cairo (95.4 FM), A Life In Question.

Produced/Translated and/or Reported for:

The New York Times
BBC World Service (Egypt and Libya)
BBC America
Financial Times
CBS Network (the Egyptian 25th Jan. Revolution)
Swedish Radio
CNN
Amanpour and Khaled Mashaal, Leader of Hamas:
http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/21/hamas-political-leader-speaks-to-amanpour/
VRT
France 2
French 24
Stampa
Espresso
The Daily Mirror
Xinhua
GEO Magazine
Danish National Radio
South of Sweden News
Göteborgs-Posten
Platts
AUC Times
Tahrir Lounge
Der Spiegel‏
KPFA Radio
CSSProject for Integrative Mediation (in Cairo, Portsaid, Sinai)
Field Producer of a film about Bob Bradley: We Must Go
Bas Uterwijk Photography
Petra Ramsauer
Future Cities: Cairo
Helsingin Sanomat Newspaper
http://www.studiojensassur.com
Global TV
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com
http://www.parismatch.com
http://www.information.dk
President Muhammed Morsy
http://www.cuatro.com/
http://danielhartleyallen.com
Painter Khaled Hafez
Photographer Eirik Bjørklund
Copper Pot Pictures
Show Time
Andrew Hosken, Reporter, The Today programme, BBC Radio 4
Ruptly TV
Tout.com
Roger Hercz
L’Opinion
VII Photo Agency

Worked with:

Michael Buchanan, BBC Correspondent
Helena Merriman, BBC Correspondent
Tim Willcox, BBC Presenter
Richard Bilton, BBC Correspondent
Tim Whewell, BBC Newsnight Correspondent
Ben Gilbert, BBC America
Terry McCarthy, CBS News Correspondent
Scott MacLeod, Time Magazine Correspondent
Andrew England, Chief Middle East Correspondent for The Financial Times
Charlotte Wiedemann, GEO Magazin
Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent
Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s lead political anchor
Thomas Loren Friedman, The New York Times Company
David Ballester Alandete, Elpais

Translated for the organizations or individuals:

Time Magazine
The American University in Cairo
Egyptian Exploration Society
Oxfam International
Seton Hall Law Program
Rosalyoussef Magazine
Cairo Times Magazine
Egypt’s Supreme Court
American Embassy
Cairo Museum
Vodafone
Global LT
El Sawy Culturewheel
Xendex Entertainment
World-Check
Jerry Leach
Ayman Nour, Egyptian Presidential Candidate
Raymond Stock
Peter Blauner, Novelist
Bill Barazzuol
Al Mawred Al Thaqafy
Algernon Brinton

Lectures Given:
1. Give a Pharaoh Five, a joint lecture with Bill Barazzuol
2. The Divine Board, Pharaoh Amasis in Art and History, with Dr. Raymond Stock
3. The Battle of Kadesh
4. The Tale of Sinuhe, a Highly Informative Performative Narrative
5. Music in Ancient Egypt, a joint lecture with Dr. Khairy ElMalt
6. Behold How Howard Uncovered Tut
7. A Night of Hieroglyphics
8. Nefertiti
9. View from a Mashrabiyya: the Architecture of History in the History of Architecture
10. Feasting with the Pharaohs, Banqueting in Antiquity, with Bill Barazzuol
11. The HelleNilotic Melting Pot
12. Freezing Time: from Imhotep to Ahmed Zewail
13. Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame
14. Alexander: a King Akin to a God
15. Eratosthenes, from Cyrene to Syene
16. Pharaohs of Pharos
17. The Roman Aroma
18. A Crum of Cruelty
19. A Taint of Atenism
20. The Art of the State in the State of the Art
21. The Hype in the Hypostyle
22. The Tale of an Ancient Egyptian Expat
23. Relief of Belief
24. When in Doubt, Hieroglyph it Out
25. Thieves from Thebes
26. Relief Beyond Belief
27. When Domes Dominate
28. From Khaemwas to Zahi Hawass
29. From Cubits to Units, a History of Measurement
30. Emulate an Amulet
31. Write Like an Egyptian & Hear it “From Pharaoh’s Lips”
32. Sobek, Biology and Myth, a joint lecture with Dr. Jeffrey Dean Miller
33. Pinpointing Punt, a joint lecture with Nadia Mottalib
34. Ramsiscape, a joint lecture with Dr. Ann Shafer
35. From Haroun Al-Rashid to the Stone of Rashid
36. Lemon, Biography of a Fruit
37. Ahmed Shawqi with Howard Carter
38. Ahmed Shawqi with Tutankhamon
39. Albert Einstein, Father of the Atomic Age
40. Powerpoint to Empower Your Point
41. Digital Grammar
42. Networking That Works
43. Ahmed Shawqi in France
44. How Gibraltar Altered History
45. “Weaving the Web”
46. Ahmed Shawqi, a Children’s Poet
47. Umm Kulthum with Hafez Ibrahim and Ahmed Shawqi
48. Ahmed Shawqi, the Bard of Wisdom
49. Ahmed Shawqi, the Egyptologist Poet
50. From Karma to Karama
51. "Naguib Mahfouz as Imhotep and Manetho, a joint lecture with Dr. Raymond Stock
52. Romance in the Land of the Pharaohs
53. Ahmed Shawqi in Philae
54. “Champollion: The Linguist and the Emperor”
55. “100 Hieroglyphs: Think Like an Egyptian”
56. Conquering the City of Grammar
57. Law in Ancient Egypt
58. Color in Ancient Egypt, a joint lecture with Dr. Gamal Lamie
59. Ancient Egyptian Fauna
60. Ancient Egyptian Flora
61. Sailing in Ancient Egypt
62. Naguib Mahfouz: Reading from the Otherworld, with Dr. Raymond Stock
63. Imhotep, a Modern Mind in an Ancient Body
64. The Story of Influenza
65. The Two Doves
66. What Is Light?
67. Reshaping the Shipwrecked Sailor
68. Making Zoser Closer to Eternity
69. From Narmer to Nasser
70. Isis and Osiris
71. A Virtual Tour to the Egyptian Museum
72. The Hieoglyphic Nature of Art
73. Ancient Egyptian Proverbs
74. Body Language in Ancient Egypt
75. Sinuhe Insinuations
76. The Art of Guiding
77. Flood, Growth, Harvest
78. The Tooth That Told the Truth
79. Date Palm: Biography of a Tree
80. Let Stone Set the Tone
81. Ancient Egyptian Religion
82. The Third Dynasty is a Charm
83. Diplomacy in Ancient Egypt
84. The Art of Translation
85. Cleanliness in Ancient Egypt
86. The Ancient Egyptian House
87. Medicine in Ancient Egypt
88. The Art of Public Speaking 
89. Etymological Stories
90. Magic in Ancient Egypt
91. Ancient Egyptian Architects
92. Dying to Live
93. The Art of Tutoring
94. Lily: Biography of a Flower
95. The Hoopoe or News from the Father of News
96. Quarrying the Quarantine
97. Health in Ancient Egypt
98. Drama Drawn from Ancient Egypt
99. Egyptian Mathematics
100. Ancient Egyptian Technology
101. Ancient Egyptian Palaces
102. Women in Ancient Egypt
103. The Queens of Ancient Egypt
104. Ancient Egypt in Film
105. The Hyksos of Evil
106. Kinship and Kingship
107. The Hype Style of the Hypostyle
108. The Plastic Bag of Antiquity
109. Sport in Ancient Egypt
110. For Whom the Sun Shines
111. The Spirit in Ancient Egypt
112. A Pause at the Paws of the Sphinx
113. Stele: Bulletin Boards of Ancient Egypt
114. The Bee in Ancient Egypt
115. Money: From Bricks to Clicks
116. Bread in Ancient Egypt
117. Friendship and Marriage in Ancient Egypt
118. Pensive Pencils
119. Zoser: From Imhotep to Lauer
120. An Abode Beyond the Boundaries of Death
121. Sound in Ancient Egypt
122. Google Your Life
123. Ahmed Shawqi: the Poet of Faith
124. The Locus of the Lost Lotus in Egyptian Art
125. The KaRaVans of Ra
126. Egypt: Magic and Tragic
127. From Sultan Barquq to King Tut
128. Saqqara Village: Passport to the Past
129. Cleanliness in Science, History and Art
130. From Bab Zewaila to Bab Zewail
131. When Nature Speaks, Art Listens
132. Don’t Worry, We Have a Quarry, to Tell the Story
133. Sounding the Sands: Archeology Techniques
134. The Fourth Dynasty: Builders with Boulders
135. An Elapse Marking a Collapse
136. Carter: Purse and Curse
137. Strokes of Genius on Ostraca
138. Camels Were Late Comers
139. Symposium on the Nile, with Barazzuol, Alshafie and Professor Leach
140. In the Museum of the Atom
141. The Story of Garbage
142. Chorus with Horus
143. The Mother in Ancient Egypt
144. Nursing the Curse
145. Knowledge: a Boon from the Baboon
146. From Adoring the Sun to a Door in the Sun
147. Mirroring Mereruka’s Meridian
148. Wheel in, Camel out
149. Petrie: Inch by Inch
150. Ancient Egyptian Games
151. From the Nave to the Cave
152. Making Fayoum Bloom
153. Restoring the Cosmic Chasm
154. The Rise of Monasticism
155. Ahmed Shawqi: from the Poet of the Prince to the Prince of Poets
156. The Egyptian Temple: from the Core Niche to the Corniche
157. Karnak: a Hub for Hubris
158. Tut: an Heir to an Era of Air
159. The Ottoman Style: More Flash for Less Cash
160. Lured by the Lucre
161. Museums: Creation and Curation
162. The Narcotic Nilotic Lotus
163. Egypt: the Dynastic Destiny
164. The Double Helix: The Inspiring Spiral
165. Wade in Wood, Hopes on Ropes
166. Ahmed Shawqi in School
167. The ABC of Electricity
168. Ibn Al-haytham: the Father of Optics
169. The Story of Numbers
170. Your Wasta to Waset
171. The Boy King Wanted His Plaything
172. How Laser Works
173. Anatomy of an Atom
174. The Trial of a Triad
175. The Library of Alexandria
176. Let the Fable Come to the Table
177. A Tale of Two Pyramids
178. Schistosomiasis and an Unparalleled Site of a Parasite, a joint lecture with Bill Barazzuol
179. Ahmed Zewail’s Voyage through Time
180. The Magic of Marriage in Ancient Egypt
181. ABC Latin
182. Paremiology in Arabic, English and Latin
183. Zewail City for Science and Technology
184. The Subject and the Predicate
185. Ahmed Shawqi: the Revolutionist Poet
186. West Meets East: the Rise of Tourism
187. The First Tick in History: the Story of Measuring Time
188. A Tale of Three Apples
189. At First I Could See Nothing
190. Story of a Bridge
191. The Story of the Compass
192. The Egyptian Revolution through Western Eyes
193. The Story of Silence
194. The Circle
195. Ficus Benghalensis
196. Water
197. The Story of Olive
198. The Desert
199. Om Kolthoum, the Many Layers of Genius
200. Sustainability in Ancient Egypt
201. Amarna Letters: Egyptian Bricks of Diplomacy
202. Is the Nile Delta Going under Water? Joint lecture with Dr. Jerry Leach
203. Calcium: the Backbone of Eternity
204. Cairo Trees
205. Thomas Alva Edison
206. The Sycamore Fig
Courses Taught:
-Introduction to Hieroglyphs
-Introduction to Guiding
Snap Presentations:
1-Labor Day
2-Mahmoud Mokhtar
3-Muhammed Ali
Lecture Series Given:
1.Egyptolgoy Series
2.Go Digital, You’ll Go Far!
3.Ahmed Shawqi
4.Ahmed Zewail Series for popularizing science
5-Mostafa Sadeq Rafei
Ahmed Seddik spoke before:
The American University in Cairo
The Egyptology Society
The Egyptology Academy
The Desert Development Center
The Sawy Culturewheel
The Seton Hall Law School – Cairo Summer Program
Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Marketplace
SOC 299: invited by Dr. Emad El-Din Aysha
South Dakota Delegation
Students from Ulsan University in Korea, invited by Dr. Cyrus Reed, Associate Provost
Performing and Visual Arts
The British International School
Course: ARIC-315: ARABIC DRAMA (invited by Dr. Birairi M)
CLASSICAL PURSUITS INC.
The House of the Poet in Al-Muez Street in the Palace City of Cairo
Famelab
Cairo Toastmasters Club
Nutty Scientists
Darb 1718
Egyptian Center for Culture & Art (Makan)
Mashrou3 Al Mareekh
Ahram Canadian University
Future University in Egypt
Al-Balsam Bookstore
Taught classes while he was still in Primary School
Acted in the following plays:
1-Howared Carter
2-The Dream Stela
3-Khufu and the Magicians
4-Harkhuf
5-The Shipwrecked Sailor
6-A Ghost Story
Media Coverage:

Top ten: Walking tours by Susan Hack
The key to Cairo with children is the food by Raymond Beauchemin
My Five: by Condé Nast Traveler Senior Correspondent SUSAN HACK

www.polseguera.com
Ahram Weekly
Ahram Daily
Community Times

Translating
Imaging in Space and Time by Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail

How to Read the "Egyptian Book of the Dead” by Barry J. Kemp

Defending Humanity, When Force is Justified and Why by George P. Fletcher and Jens David Ohlin

Translating into English a novel by Ahmed Shawqi

Documentaries Translated:

Saved by the Sun (www.pbs.org)
Connecting Delta Cities
Six Degrees Could Change the World (National Geographic Channel)
Earth Report: State of the Planet 2009
The Eleventh Hour
The Queen of Trees (Nature)

Mathematics Events Hosted by Seddik as President of the Mathematics Society:

1. Have Mathematicians Tamed the Beast of Infinity? by Dr. Michel Hébert
2. Do infinitesimals REALLY exist? by Dr. Michel Hébert
3. Movie: ‘N’ is a Number, introduced by Dr. Michel Hébert
4. You’re Probably Wrong, Fooled by Randomness by Dr. MARK ROY WERNER
5. What Shape Could the Universe Be? by Dr. Ryan Derby-Talbot
6. Toward an Archaeology of Mathematics by Dr. Gregg R. De Young
7. Epidemic Curves From Two Geometrical Perspectives by M.E. Kahil
8. The Bayesian Controversy: Can logical thinking include personal opinion?
9. The Mathematics of Knots by Dr. Ryan Derby-Talbot
10. Graph Theory and Applications by Dr. Brian Lucena
11. “Egyptian Mathematics” by Dr. Gregg R. DeYoung

Documentaries Reviewed:

An Inconvenient Truth, Oscar® winning documentary

Games Translated:

1-Deep Space
2-4 In A Wheel
3-Kingo Kongo
4-Little Firefighter
5-KungFu Academy
6-Treasures of Montezuma
7-3Cups
8-CardOmen
9-Pyro
10-Digiwallet
11-Ticker
12-Tower defense
13-Café Spades
14-Ludo and Friends
15-BRAVEHEART – The Official Mobile Game
16-Chocolate Shop Frenzy
17-Catan – The First Island
18-Tony Hawk’s Project 8
19-Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground
20-The Witcher – Crimson Trail
21-Shifters
22-Ingenious
23-Oban Star Racers
24-Zum-zum
25-Crash Arena
26-HappyNeuron
27-Aces of the Luftwaffe
28-Felix2
29-Carnival Games 12-Pack
30-Arena of Doom
31-Zalastar
32-Guns, Wheels & Madheads 2
33-SpongeBob: Paparazzi Parade
34-Expense Tracker
35-Stone Age Vengeance
36-Penguins
37-Extreme Air Snowboarding
38-Santa’s Tower Bloxx
39-Crazy Penguin Catapult
40-Christmas Toyland
41-The Penguin Menace reloaded
42-My Model Train 2 – Winter Edition
43-Santa Claus Express
44-Ali The Penguin
45-X-Mas Puzzle
46-V-penguins
47-Smile Lines: Winter Season
48-Ski Jumping Platinum 2008
49-Alpine Challenge 2
50-Christmas Mystery
51-Pictoplay Plus
52-Comic Blast

Articles Translated:

The Plight of Egyptian Bahá’ís
Nuclear Weapons
Translation of chapters from Tārīkh al-ustādh al-Imām al-Shaykh Muhammad Abduh by Muḥammad Rashīd Riḍā
Christian Zionism and its Religious Influence in American Politics
Nano Song

Books Translated

Case Studies in Clinical Surgery
The Illustrated Guide to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings by Dr. Kent R. Weeks
Published as the Official Portal for Luxor
http://www.luxoregypt.org/arabic/Pages/default.aspx

Named Tours

Tour of Coptic Cairo, the Babylon of Egypt, From the Nave to the Cave
Guided Tour of Saqqara Pyramids and Tombs, Let Stone Set the Tone
Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame, a Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo
Making El Fayoum Bloom, Tour of Fayoum, the Garden of Egypt
To the Capital of Memory and the Shores of Wisdom Alexandria
Shine from the Shrine: Tour of the City of the Dead (Al-Qarafa)
Political Tour of Cairo, from Evolution to Revolution
An Idyllic Tour of Gezirit el-Dahab, the Gold Island
Tour of the Treasure Laden Landscape of Luxor
Behind the Sun: Revolutionary Tour of Cairo
The City of the Dead, from Womb to Tomb
Biblical Tour of Egypt, from Isis to Jesus
Tour of Minya, the Bride of Upper Egypt
Ride with Your Guide at Giza Pyramids
Modern Medicine from Ancient Egypt
Tour of Zamalek, the Garden of Plants
Tour of the Cairo of Naguib Mahfouz
Camel Caravan from Giza to Saqqara
Mathematical Tour of Giza Pyramids
Walking Arabic Classroom
Tour of the City of Rosetta
Tour of Cairo Museum
Tour of Cairo Graffiti
Your Visa to Giza
How it is Made
How it Tastes
Imbaba

Specialized Tours

Mountains of Garbage and Mountains of Carvings, The City of the Zabbaleen
Hydrologic Tour of the Nile Delta

Tours
Led hundreds of tour groups:

Seton Hall Law Program, Faculty and Students
The American University in Cairo
Princeton University
Cambridge University
American Embassy
Time Magazine, Chief of the Middle East Bureau
Harvard University
Yale University
Cornell University
Rice University
AUC Faculty and Students
University of British Columbia
British Engineering Institutions – Egypt (BEIE)
Alexandria School of Theology (http://www.ast-eg.org/)
Dr. and Ms. William Vocke of Carnegie Endowment
Dr. George P. Fletcher of Columbia
Dr. Bernard Freaman of Seton Hall
James K. Galbraith, American Economist
James Balfour of Oxfam
Peter Blauner, Novelist (http://www.peterblauner.com/)
Dr. Jerry W. Leach
US Consul-General Roberto Powers
British Museum Curators
Sir Eldon Wylie Griffiths, former British Minister
Dr. Thomas G. Weiss, Presidential Professor of Political Science
Dr. Victor G. Vogel, Director of the Cancer Institute
Stanley F. Buchthal, an entrepreneur and producer
John Bohannon, Science Magazine Correspondent
“The City of the Dead "Informal Settlements and Development Strategies
Middle East Studies Program, the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities
Ian Davison, Managing Director of Earthmoves Ltd
Julia E. Marshall, Editor for the Oxford English Dictionary
Durham University
Rudy Wenk, Professor of Geology, University of California
University of Minnesota
Leiden University
Penguin Group
Judge Mary Davis
Dr. Richard D. Lewis, author of When Cultures Collide
University of South Alabama
San Francisco State University
University of Memphis
University of California, Berkeley
Temple University
The College of William & Mary
League of Arab States
United Nations
Helwan University
Cairo University
University of Massachusetts Boston
American International School in Egypt
Florida State University
University of Greenwich
University of Sydney
Western Michigan University
Northwestern University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Arkansas
HSBC
Egypt Air Horus Magazine
University of Toronto
London School of Economics
University of Kentucky
United World College of the Atlantic
Rolex
Syracuse University
The University of Palermo
Nalco Company
Seattle Pacific University
University of Ulster
Griffith University
Mona Almaraghi, Presenter
New York University
Progress 2
Duke University
University of Pittsburgh
German University
British University in Cairo
Zora O’Neill, Lonely Planet
German Embassy
Estonian Embassy
The Netherlands Embassy
Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)
Goldsmiths, University of London
The Spanish Embassy
Green Valley School
ARCE Fellows
Cairo Scholars
British Council
University of Maryland
University of Texas
University of Virginia
University of Michigan
American Councils for International Education
Conrad Hotel
Jim Holthouser, Hilton Worldwide Global Head
Maadi Wadi Runners
Supreme Council of Antiquities
ZIAD-HADDARA.COM
Middlebury’s Middle East Arabic Program
Arabic Overseas Flagship Program
Australian Embassy
The French University in Egypt
www.semmel.de
Modern English School Cairo
Austrian Embassy in Cairo
Embassy of the Czech Republic
John Kavulich, NIAGARA HOBBY & CRAFT MART
The European Union Delegation

Ahmed Seddik has teamed with the following distinguished scholars during his tours and lectures:

Dr. Jerry Leach, Director of American Studies Center
Dr. Tarek Swelim, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture
Dr. Raymond Stock, Naguib Mahfouz Biographer
Dr. Bernard Freamon, Director of the Law School’s Program for the Study of Law in the Middle East
Dr. Jeffrey Dean Miller, Biologist
Dr. Khairy ElMalt, Director of the Institute of Pharaonic Music
Dr. Ann Shafer, Director of the Art Program
Dr. Gamal Lamie, Professor of Visual Art at the American University
Bill Barazzuol, Vice President of the Egyptology Academy
Mahmoud El Halwagy, Chief Curator, Cairo Museum
Costanza la Mantia, PhD in Urban and Regional Planning
Dr. Bill Bosworth, the Senior Geological Advisor of Apache to give Geologic Egyptologic tours of Egypt.
Dr. Fekri Hassan, Petrie Professor of Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology
Art historian Bahia Shehab
Egyptologist Jaromir Malek (Author of The Cat in Ancient Egypt)

Ahmed Seddik has been introduced by:

Dr. Raymond Stock, Naguib Mahfouz Biographer
Dr. Bernard Freamon, Director of the Law School’s Program for the Study of Law in the Middle East
Dr. Jerry Leach, Director of the American Studies Center
Bill Barazzuol, Vice President of the Egyptology Academy
Sawy, Founder of Sawy Culturewheel and former Minister of Culture

Frequently Given Tours (FGT):

Cairo Museum
Pyramids
City of the Dead
Coptic Cairo, the Babylon of Egypt
Islamic Cairo, Gates of Glory and Facades of Fame
El-Fayoum
Karnak
Alexandria

Tutoring and Teaching
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Egypt Today Magazine
Bernard Freamon, Director of the Seton Hall Program for the Study of Law
Ann Shafer, Art Program Director at AUC
Roland Bunge, General Manager of American Express
Floridalma Franco Paiz, Guatemala’s ambassador to Egypt
George P. Fletcher. Cardozo Professor at Columbia Law School
Marc Sperling, General Manager of Mercedes Benz in Egypt
Charlotte Madsen, Director of Global Operations at Vodafone
Patrick Fitzpatrick, General Manager of Egypt Today – The Magazine of Egypt
Tutored several hundred AUC students in Arabic
Tutored a number of AUC students in English
Tutored American students for GRE exams
Tutored a few high school students
Tutored PowerPoint
Tutored Math
Tutored one of his high school teachers in Classic Arabic
Cairo American College
Teaching the Oxford Latin Course

Storytelling

Sawy Cultural Center
Hosted by Noreen Karam, director of housekeeping at Four Seasons

Research

Volunteered

in the AUC library to help make its catalogue conform with the Library of Congress. in Resala Charity Association.

Assisted Dr. Bernard K. Freeman of Seton Hall
Assisted Dr. Ernest Wolf-Gazo in giving lectures on philosophy and art
Assisted Dr. Jerry W. Leach in preparation of PowerPoint on Global Warming
Assisted Dr. Chahinda Karim, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture

Introduced Dr. Zahi Hawass when he spoke at Ewart Memorial Hall on 18th April, 2007 on “Recent Discoveries in Egyptology”

Introduced Khairy El Malt of the Institute of Pharaonic Music when he spoke at
the CultureWheel in 2008 on “Ancient Egyptian Music.”

Field Experience:

-Participated in Zahi Hawass’ Tombs of the Pyramids Builders Dig

-Participated in a survey for the flora and fauna of AUC’s New Campus Site, under AUC biology professor Dr. Carey Dustin

-Participated in a botanical survey of Wadi Degla with Biologist Pamela Labib.

Speechwriting

Citizen Journalism

Introduced:

John T. Swanson (3 times),
Melinda K. Hartwig,
Raymond Stock, a plethora of times
Lisa Sabbahy,
Greg Deyoung,
Michael Hebert,
Mark Werner,
Ann Shafer,
Ernest Wolf Gazo,
Salima Ikram,
Jerry W. Leach,
Ryan Derby-Talbot,
Brian Lucena,
Richard Charles Hoath,
Sheldon Watts,
Farouk El-Baz (http://faroukelbaz.com)
William Evenhouse (www.thefolksinger.com)
Yacoub Atrash, musician
Layla Tarek Bahgat, singer

Introduced the following documentaries:

The Eloquent Peasant (Shadi Abdel Salam)
The Night of Counting the Years (Shadi Abdel Salam, 1969)

Introduced the following movie:

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Arbitration in the Sawy’s Reading Competition

Trained Tour Guides
Language Exchange
German, Italian, Russian, Latin, Arabic

Writing

-Egyptology in the Making, City Magazine (May 2011)
-Published a poem on Queen Hatshepsut in Dimensions
-Published a poem on Queen Nefertiti, broadcast on the General Program (107.4)
-Published a poetic essay on Imhotep in Youm 7, an Egyptian newspaper
-Speak Out (BARQIYYA, Volume 4, Issue 1 October 2001, The American University in Cairo)
-Marsa Alam, short story
-Kadesh, a poem
-Thoth, an essay
-Your Visa to Giza, Egyptolution
-Interviewed Dr. Hussein Madkour, vice-president for the Authority of State Suits, to produce a brief biography of his father, Dr. Muhammed AbdelFattah Sallam Madkour, a prolific author and professor of Islamic Sharia at Cairo University
-Interviewed the renowned Egyptologist Barry J. Kemp
- Interviewed Stanley F. Buchthal
-Interviewed Egyptologist Naguib Kanawati
-Interviewed Egyptologist Jaromir Malek
-The Iconic Island of Zamalek, Zamalek Magazine

Ahmed Seddik is a member of the digerati:

He maintains Arabic and English blogs:
www.Seddik.com
http://ahmedseddik.blogspot.com/
http://seddikarticles.blogspot.com/
http://translatedbyseddik.blogspot.com/
http://seddikism.blogspot.com/
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, XING, Ecademy, Plancast, Referral Key …

Book review:

Voyage through Time: Walks of Life to the Nobel Prize by Ahmed H. Zewail

Professional Memberships:

The American Research Center in Egypt
The Egypt Exploration Society
Sawy Radio Council of Advisors

Positions:

Former President of the Egyptology Society
Former President of the Mathematics Society

Awards and Accolades

Presidential Scholarship from the Scholar Ship
Outstanding Leadership Award from the American University in Cairo
Certificate of Recognition from the Sawy Culturewheel in 2012
Certificate of Recognition from the Sawy Culturewheel in 2013
Mentioned in Loney Planet

Donations:

Zewail City

Acknowledgements and Testimonials

By Dr. Raymond Stock in Dreams of Departure
http://copybard.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/super-sized-sakkara-tour-dec-16-2011/
http://mlammers.com/category/cairo/
www.tripadvisor.com
Lonely Planet

Founded:

The Sun Power Council

Sponsorships

Cairo Science Festival (http://www.cairosciencefestival.org)

Academic Institutions Visits:

Princeton University
The University of Pennsylvania
Franklin & Marshall
Caltech
Pasadena City College
Georgetown University
Columbia University
Cairo University
Helwan University
The American University in Cairo
The British University in Cairo
University of Alexandria
Future University
Cairo American College
The British International School
San Diego State University
Ain Shams University
California Flight Academy

References

Dr. Andrew Main, Emeritus Professor of Biology at AUC
Dr. John T. Swanson, Director of the Core Curriculum
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Supreme Council of Antiquities
Dr. Jerry W. Leach, Director of American Studies Center
Scott MacLeod, Middle East bureau chief for TIME Magazine
Dr. Chahinda Karim, Professor of Islamic Art at the American University in Cairo
Dr. Nicholas Hopkins, former HUSS Dean
Dr. Jeffrey Miller, formerly AUC Biology
Dr. Ralph Berenger, American University in Sharjah
Mr. Bill Barazzuol of American International School
Ms. Aryn Baker of Time Magazine’s bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan
Dr. Bernard Freamon, Director of the Law School’s Program for the Study of Law in the Middle East
Mr. John Solomon of the Government of Singapore
Mr. John Philip Lochner, Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard
Ms. Nancy Hagan
Mr. Donald Peter Lambe, English teacher for Saudi National Guard
Dr. Greg Deyoung
Dr. Thomas G. Weiss, Presidential Professor of Political Science
Dr. Raymond Stock, Naguib Mahfouz Biographer
Nigel J. Hetherington, ‎ the owner & founder of Past Preserver
Robert Lee Jones, Professor of Photography and Visual Communication
Christopher McLaverty
Michael Buchanan, BBC World Service
Helena Merriman, BBC World Service
Erin George, CBS News
Roberto Powers, US Consul-General
Dr. Humphrey Davies, Leading Translator of Arabic Literature
Tim Whewell, BBC Newsnight Correspondent
Bryan Kraemer
Alaa Ibrahim (NASA Scientist)

Seddik Domains

Seddik.com
AhmedSeddik.com
SeddikSpeak.com
CairoFixer.com
CairoGraffiti.com

Hobbies

1-Horseback Riding
2-Running
3-Rock Climbing
4-Biking
5-Sailing
6-Walking
7-Etymology

Seddik-In-Progress

The Book of Seddikisms
Book: the Art of Guiding, the Guide of All Guides
Article: Islam and the Environment, co-authored with Professor Jerry Leach
Audio Books of Ahmed Shawqi, Naguib Mahfouz and Arabic Teaching
Translating El-Sawy’s Articles
Co-translated and co-edited How the West Was Lost by Dambisa Moyo for the National Translation centre
Ahmed Seddik’s Encyclopedic English Arabic Dictionary

Languages:

Splendid command of English
Splendid command of Arabic
Latin
Ancient Egyptian

Digital Products:

Walking tour of Islamic Cairo: Gates of Glory and Facades of Fame, available through PocketGuide from the Apple Store:
http://pocketguideapp.com/en/cairo

Inventions

Seddikisms

Guidee

Tour and Learn: Arabic and English
Journey to Build Egypt

Future Plans

Building smart green clean cities
Handsome Bus Service to Link All of Egypt
Seddik Botanical Garden
Arabic Museum
Quantum Museum
Dictionary Museum
Recycling Museum
Grammar Museum

Building Educational Parks
Creating Research Institutes

Teaming up with the renowned Egyptian Architect Ahmad Hamid to give Architectural Tours of Cairo.

Launching the Ahmed Seddik Scholarship for Studying Translation at AUC

Arabic Grammar Debate

Ahmed Seddik Prize for Excellence in Guiding

Authoring smart talking tours of Egypt and the Middle East for IPhones and smart phones

Producing documentaries about ancient Egypt

Launching Seddik Smart Postcards

Launching the equivalent of Discovery Channel for the Middle East

Titles:

Arabic’s Leading Ambassador to the English Speaking World
The Curator of the Lexicographic Museum
The Curator of the Museum of Words
The Wizard of Ancient Egypt
Ahmed Zewail Junior
Zahi Hawass Junior
King of Guides
King of Words

Testimonials:

I have hired Mr Seddik on two occasions – once in Egypt and once in Libya. On both occasions he was working as a translator and fixer for the BBC team. We were working in a high pressured environment, doing very long hours and I was extremely impressed with him. He has excellent English – better than any other translator I have worked with so far in the region.

He is confident in dealing with journalists and communicated with the people we interviewed in a respectful and friendly manner. He has a vast knowledge of politics and current affairs as well as the history of Egypt and the wider Middle East. This was invaluable both for interviews and in general conversation.

He is also particularly good at turning dry facts into fascinating anecdotes and was often able to entertain and educate us with interesting stories about Egypt’s history. He is obviously passionate about the country, its history and culture.

What most impressed me about Mr Seddik however is his energy and enthusiasm, even after working for extremely long hours. Many other translators I have worked with have been irritable after working for very long hours, but Mr Seddik remained alert, cheerful and hardworking no matter how many hours he had done.

He was always punctual, courteous and is good at taking the initiative when needed.

Helena Merriman
Broadcast Journalist
BBC World Service
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I am a producer for The CBS Evening News, a national nightly newsprogram in the United States. In early February, Correspondent Terry McCarthy and I were sent to Egypt to cover the events of Tahrir Square, and we hired Ahmed as our interpreter, our guide, and what we in the news business call a “fixer” – that is, someone who can arrange the interviews we need, sort through the facts we want, and generally make our lives easier in a foreign country.

Ahmed was amazing. He helped us navigate through Cairo at a very difficult time with a combination of street smarts, great attitude, and an uncanny command of the English language. I firmly believe that Ahmed’s English abilities far exceed mine. Also, there is no higher-pressure environment than television journalism, and we had Ahmed working for us about 20 hours a day for 3 weeks; he never failed to jump at the assignment and he never complained.

In Ahmed we found not only an amazing producer, but a great resource for all things Egypt. His offhand knowledge of Egyptian history, of pharaohs and antiquities, of hieroglyphics and pyramids is astounding. He can quote ancient Egyptian texts from memory. In many ways he was our tour guide and history professor on top of everything else.

Sincerely,
Erin Lyall George
Producer
The CBS Evening News
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COPPER POT PICTURES hired Ahmed Seddik to be our fixer when we traveled to Egypt in June 2012 to film WE MUST GO, our documentary about the Egyptian Football team. Though we had tried to sort out various rights and permissions prior to traveling to Egypt, it wasn’t until Ahmed came on board that we started to see results. From permissions with the various football associations to permits from the Egyptian government to our daily transportation, Ahmed arranged everything. It was unbelievable. He is a motivated and capable fixer who assured that everything was taken care of prior to our arrival. Ahmed paved the way for a smooth shoot; we didn’t have to worry about anything except doing our jobs. He met each new challenge and wrinkle to the shoot with a positive attitude and a willingness to see that our wishes were carried out. His services were invaluable. We have shot documentaries around the world and much of the success (or failure) for our projects depend on the talents of our local fixers: I am pleased to say that Ahmed is the best we’ve worked with and I look forward to a continued partnership on WE MUST GO and future Copper Pot projects shot throughout Egypt and the Middle East. My only hesitation in writing this glowing review is that I want to make sure no one else hires him when we need him!


Dave LaMattina
Producer/Director | COPPER POT PICTURES
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I am a correspondent with BBC News, based in London. I worked alongside Mr Seddik for almost 2 weeks earlier this year when I was on assignment in Egypt. During that time I found him to be an outstanding individual who would be an excellent asset to any organization. Specifically he has an acute awareness of how the media works, the demands that the modern media operates under, and the need to handle such demands with clarity, consistency and integrity. His language
skills, especially his knowledge of English, are absolutely first class and he has an ability to express himself in a manner that many native English speakers would find difficult to improve upon. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Ahmed Seddik.
Yours sincerely,
Michael Buchanan
Correspondent
BBC News
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BBC TV’s ‘Newsnight’ programme employed Ahmed Seddik as a translator,
researcher, fixer and guide for two weeks in Cairo in November 2011 and
found him to be a resourceful, highly-informed, hard-working and
invariably good-humoured colleague.

Ahmed has a vast store of knowledge about Egypt and its history, as well
as a valuable network of well-placed contacts in many walks of life. He
is a constantly engaging and informative companion and is able to work
calmly and effectively in highly pressured circumstances.

Ahmed was unfailingly cheerful and cooperative when required to work the
extremely long hours often required by TV crews. He is not only an
excellent interpreter/translator with an astonishingly rich and accurate
knowledge of English, but also a fixer with the imagination and
resourcefulness to contribute his own ideas.

Tim Whewell
Correspondent
BBC Newsnight
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TIME Magazine’s Cairo Bureau has periodically employed Mr. Ahmed Seddik for translating assignments since 2004. He has performed all his tasks with a high degree of expertise and professionalism. Mr. Seddik is also extremely well educated and informed about all aspects of Egyptian life, including politics, culture and society. In every way, he has greatly assisted TIME correspondents in their work.
I wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Seddik’s services, and would be delighted to receive any requests for further elaboration on my recommendation.

Scott MacLeod
TIME Middle East Correspondent(since 1995)
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I had the opportunity to work with Ahmed Seddik last summer in Cairo, where I was temporarily based as a correspondent for Time Magazine. Though he clearly was far too qualified for the task, he cheerfully served as my translator for a couple of stories. I found him to be a precise interpreter, providing me with excellent translations of what was said in interviews, often a rarity where the need for speed overrides the desire for colorful, exact phrasing.
He also demonstrated a willingness to work long hours, and at the last minute. If I have the opportunity to return to Cairo, I will be sure to use his translation services once again.

Regards,
Aryn Baker,
Associate Editor,
Time Magazine Asia
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Siamo stati al Cairo per un weekend lungo, purtroppo durante i disordini di
piazza di novembre, che ci hanno impedito di visitare il museo egizio a Piazza
Tahrir. Ma anche senza il museo, il viaggio è stato straordinario. Meravigliose
le piramidi e il plateau di Giza, bellissima la visita alle moschee e alle
strade del cairo islamico, entrambi posti che abbiamo visitato con la nostra
guida Ahmed Seddik, la cui mail era indicata sulla Lonely Planet e che abbiamo
contattato dall’Italia subito prima di partire. Ahmed ha fatto una grande
differenza: è affidabile, preparato, pieno di entusiasmo, appassionato di
storia, archeologia, letteratura, geroglifici e conosce i luoghi come le sue
tasche. Alle piramidi ci ha fatto vedere tombe delle quali non avremmo mai
capito neanche la presenza, ci ha portato a vedere un panorama strepitoso da un
posto un pò più lontano ma senza turisti, e ci ha pagato addirittura lui il
ritorno con il cammello come “regalo” di benvenuto. Con lui ci siamo
avventurati in posti dove non saremmo andati da soli, abbiamo capito tanto
della storia dell’egitto e delle piramidi e anche dell’orgoglio degli egiziani
di oggi. Insomma, posti meravigliosi, clima perfetto.. speriamo che la
situazione politica si tranquillizzi presto, perchè non vediamo l’ora di
tornarci e di portarci anche i nostri figli!
Silvia Cavallo
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“You are a student of the finer point of the English language.”

Hugh Sykes, BBC, the World at One
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I have the privilege to recommend to you Ahmed Seddik as an excellent guide and efficient informant. I am fortunate both to have known Ahmed as a fellow student at the American University in Cairo and to have seen how he developed his college interests into his current profession. Although he makes guiding and lecturing his profession, Ahmed is a veritable renaissance man due to his passion for learning. He delights in learning various subjects and can claim expertise in many. Ahmed has a talent for drawing diverse connections from his numerous interests into any talk or tour. In addition to his tours, Ahmed makes good use of his talent in his frequent lectures on diverse topics at the Sawy Culture Wheel, a famous cultural center and academic forum in Zamalek, and elsewhere.
In the tours I have attended, Ahmed was lively, engaging, and spontaneous. Both the tour to the City of the Dead and Islamic Cairo were chock‐full of information, partly due to Ahmed’s vast memory for fact and stories. On his tours each monument has a story and every side street is another step back in time. The tours I attended lasted about five hours each, although he has told me they can stretch longer or take less time depending on the audience. When I took the Islamic Cairo tour, we went the full length of the Fatimid city from gate to gate in four hours. His tour of Islamic Cairo is especially nice because it takes place in the wee hours of the morning. The streets of the Khan el‐Khalili are amazingly serene at that time, which makes for a stark contrast with the market’s usual chaos. If you should take the tour make sure to see the inside of the mosque and madrasa of Barquq; Sultan Plum had an eye for beauty. On these tours, Ahmed is always thinking about ways to improve and innovate. For example, while leading us through the streets of Islamic Cairo, Ahmed thanked the street cleaners and pondered organizing them to keep the roads cleaner. Ahmed says he has never given the same tour twice. I believe it.
Ahmed’s style of guiding and touring is not like that found on any other tour. It has more artistry in it than the others. But the faint of heart beware, he is more than half a poet. Emblazoned on his business card is the Arabic palindrome malik kalim, meaning “king of words.” And certifiably, he can claim to rule his words. Ahmed is a possessor of a veritable treasury of terms and an arsenal of anecdotes. Don’t think it tedious if he recites a list of synonyms or lines of poetry. Listen attentively. It is all part of the tour.
Bryan Kraemer
PhD. in Egyptology
University of Chicago
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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

I am very pleased to recommend Mr. Ahmed Seddik of Ahmed Seddik Tours in his pursuit as an expert guide for ancient and medieval sites in Egypt. Not only does he have an outstanding knowledge of Egyptology and ancient Egyptian monuments (including ongoing excavations), he is similarly conversant in Islamic history, as shown in several tours of Islamic Cairo that we have conducted together. This is also clear in his very numerous, well-researched public lectures in Egypt on a wide range of topics within it—literary, historical and linguistic—many of which I have shared in personally. (An Arabist, my 2008 doctoral dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania, on fiction set in ancient Egypt by the late Nobel laureate in literature, Naguib Mahfouz, made broad, closely supervised use of Egyptological sources, and I have also extensively studied Islamic history, both at the University of Michigan and U-Penn.) His considerable acumen and insight extend far beyond these fields to also embrace Arabic literature, science and mathematics too. His masterful familiarity with the vast and intricate oeuvre of Ahmad Shawqi, “the Prince of Poets,” is a great achievement in itself, and could only have been attained with his extremely erudite knowledge of Arabic grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Moreover, he is highly trained in English literature, grammar and lexicography, a most rare combination with such a background in Arabic, let alone Egyptology. Indeed, Ahmed is a genuine polymath in the truest sense of the word, and has educated himself far beyond what his formal studies at the American University in Cairo have taught him. As to his character, Ahmed—a natural showman, with a distinct (and very Egyptian) love of attention—is also extremely thoughtful and helpful to others. Our experience together, in which we have shared in delivering lectures (mainly on Mahfouz)—and even co-produced and performed in short plays (e.g., on the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb)—has been an extremely rich and happy one. I’m quite sure that yours, with this uniquely gifted human being, will be as well.
Sincerely,
Raymond Stock, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Arabic and Middle East Studies
Drew University
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“Egyptology runs in his veins” Dr. Zahi Hawass, Chief Archeologist
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My aim was to take a break with a cultural and historic character. And having Egyptologist and tour guide Ahmed Seddik as my companion made my adventure unforgettable.

Amira El-Naqeeb, Travel Writer
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A former Egyptology student at the American University in Cairo, the indefatigable and eloquent Ahmed Seddik makes even the history of bilharzia seem fun. Frequently booked as a translator/fixer by foreign correspondents, the 31-year-old freelance guide is also popular with expats and Egyptian parents who love his child-friendly tours of the Pyramids by camel. In addition to walking tours in the Egyptian Museum and Islamic Cairo, Seddik also does a tour of political Cairo, revisiting scenes from the revolution in Tahrir Square
SUSAN HACK
Condé Nast Traveler Senior Correspondent
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I think many here know Ahmed Seddik. He is a brilliant Egyptologist, an accomplished translator, and a masterfully gifted tour guide who leads tours year-round throughout Egypt in both English and Arabic.

Omid Ghaemmaghami
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I went with a group to the Ramsees Wisawasef textile museum near Saqqara. Ahmed Seddik gave our group a short lecture on the meaning of “naseej” in Arabic. He spoke of theology, poetry and history. He impressed us with his knowledge of the Arabic poetic tradition. He knew scores of lines by Ahmed Shawqi. He certainly charmed me and my group. He quoted from dozens of poems that touch on the meaning of “thread” in Arabic literature. Ahmed was a wonderful guide whose love of puns, sharp wit and impressive memory were all qualities which made his lecture unforgettable.

Niko Banac
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If you are wishing to source an Egyptologist, we would have no hesitation in recommending Ahmed. Our attention was kept by Ahmed the whole day, including our twelve year old! Ahmed is extremely professional, his knowledge and stories are outstanding and entertaining.

Carolanne Reissiger
Rate Revenue Manager
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My guide for the day Ahmed Seddik is quite an original. A very slight, 30 something young Egyptologist who exudes brainy precociousness with a certain crazy charisma and a passion for alliteration and using pretentious vocabulary (though in a good humoured and fun way). He is a student and big fan of the famous Zahi Hawass – and has a personality and exuberance almost as big. He even dons a Zahi-like hat. Evidently he has been a journalist who has covered the revolution, an Egypt commentator called upon by BBC, CBS – and a translator of impressive works. Zahi II met me with three intelligent older Germans, two of whom were there from the German embassy. They were all sophisticated and bright and a pleasure to tour with.

Ahmed gave us a fabulously in-depth experience that lasted ALL DAY, 10:30 to 5 – and no-one even thought about lunch or a coffee break. We made a rare stop en route at the Unas’s valley temple, king of the 5th dynasty, strewn with interesting remains of pillars and stone and the last strip of his long causeway. Few stop there…

Laura Ranieri
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The world knows Cairo for its pyramids. But in my opinion Cairo’s biggest jewels are its Islamic buildings. Historic, or Islamic Cairo, contains one of the most important collections of Medieval Islamic architecture in the world and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. In a way it makes Cairo the Rome of the Middle East. Most of the monuments are mosques, palaces, mausolea, madrasas and private houses.

Since this neighborhood can be trick to navigate, with its winding and un-marked streets we decided to go with a guide—Ahmed Seddik—who would become our friend by the end of our stay in Cairo. His tour would take us from the Al Azhar mosque in the south to the Bab al-Futuh or northern gate of the original Fatimid walls.

The Al Azhar mosque is a quiet refuge from the traffic and horns of the busy neighborhood it sits in. We enter Al Azhar mosque through the Bab al-Muzayyin (Gate of the Barbers) where students came to have their heads shaved, between the truly giant minarets. Built in 970 at the height of the Fatimid period, it has been added on to over the years. The mosque the site of Al Azhar University, probably one of the oldest in the world, which is still in operation today. The inner courtyard is a quiet refuge from the traffic and noise outside. I find visiting mosques in the Middle East to be relaxing and enjoyable. Unlike Western churches which I can find to be sterile and austere—mosques I find to be a place for quiet reflection as well as a gathering place for the community.

We tuck into the Khan al-Khalili market, which sells all kinds of things, from tourist trinket to antiques. “How can we take your money?” ask the rather aggressive merchants. With tourism down in Egypt generally, the already pushy vendors are even keener on making a sale. We ignore them and move right to tea Fishawi’s—a coffee shop/shisha (water pipe) establishment that was frequented by Cairo’s literati, most notable Naguib Mafouz, Egypt’s late Nobel Laureate. This was Mafouz’s neighborhood which he immortalized in his books. It is still a local hangout, only there are more tourists these days.

We are lucky because it was a stormy day in Cairo. This doesn’t mean it was rainy, only that the wind was gusty and blew the dust around. Cairo, despite being on the Nile is a desert city, lest we forget. This meant that what would ordinarily be a neighborhood packed with shoppers was relatively quiet. Many shops were closed. We make our way to Sharia Muiz, or the Palace Walk (also a Mahfouz novel), which will take us between some of the great mosques and palaces of the Fatimid period, eventually delivering us to our final destination—Bab al-Futuh.

Sharia Muiz is kind of magical street. Neighborhood life bubbles all around us. Monuments rise and fall on either side of us. If you use your imagination you can picture yourself in a Mafouz novel. Ahmed tells us about the buildings, architecture and history that we are seeing on either side, but it all begins to blend together into a wonderful tapestry of sights and sounds. The evening call to prayer begins and Ahmed sits us down to listen and experience the moment. I have always found the call to prayer to be beautiful musically—Allah Akbar (god is great) called out from the muezzin—trying to convince believers to drop what they are doing and come to the mosque to pray. In Cairo I experienced some of the most beautiful calls to prayer as any other Muslim city I’ve been, and this call was particularly beautiful…

MARK T. LAMMERS
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“Micky and Mark have been the primary organizers for this trip and they found a wonderful tour guide for our time in Cairo. His name is Ahmed Seddik and he is the most delightful, smart and funny person you can imagine. He loves languages and speaks incredible English. He talked continuously without notes of any kind during our tours of the temples at Saqqara, the Pyramids and tombs in Giza, Islamic Cairo, and the City of the Dead—not just providing fascinating and encyclopedic information, both historic and modern, but peppering his monologue with puns and alliteration. The Giza tour culminated with camel rides from the pyramids to the Sphinx at sunset.”

Caroline Moore
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“Ahmed’s pedagogical skills and talents are superb. His sharp wit and warm humor, coupled with his linguistic brilliance, inspire and promote vast learning to take place in a short time. He seems to carry in his head all 18 volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary and the meaning and derivation of a vast corpus of Arabic vocabulary. His facility with language, coupled with his powerful oration while lecturing, make him a superior teacher.”

Bill Barazzuol
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“Ahmed’s expertise in Arabic in particular could be described as nothing short of masterful. He has committed to memory volumes upon volumes of the great Arabic grammarians such as Ibn Malik and his work of one thousand lines “The Alfia”. What’s more, Ahmed is able to distill these complicated rules of grammar into a clear, logical, and easily understood system of mnemonics, enabling any non-native speaker to acquire this difficult language in the shortest time possible."

John Solomon
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“Ahmed Seddik is the brightest Egyptian I have met since I came to Egypt. I have found his Egyptological knowledge prodigious.”

Professor Jerry Leach
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Ahmed Seddik worked with me as a discussant on the translation of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq’s monumental mid-nineteenth-century work al-Saq‘ala l-saq (Leg over Leg) during 2012 and 2013, a work widely considered among the most linguistically challenging of Arabic texts in view of its use of little-known words, word-play and puns, and complex grammar. I reviewed and discussed in depth with Ahmed most of the cruxes of the text and benefitted enormously from his in-put. His knowledge of Arabic grammar, verse, and the Koran is encyclopedic and his ability to untangle the contortions imposed from time to time on the language of the book by the constraints of verse and rhymed prose proved to be prodigious. Ahmed’s love of language in general and the Arabic language in particular made him the ideal partner in an enterprise of such a daunting nature. I can recommend him unreservedly to anyone involved in scholarly work involving the Arabic language arts.
Humphrey Davies
Cairo
22 November 2013

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