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What they said about the Executive Presidential Leadership Program

August 24 2020

Following are the most prominent statements of ministers, heads of organizations and experts who participated in the interview committees of applicants for the third batch of the EPLP program
Dr. Rasha Ragheb, Executive Director of the National Training Academy, welcomed four days a large group of ministers, heads of organizations and experts to participate in the interview committees of applicants for the third batch of the Executive Presidential Leadership Program. 15 committees were formed to interview 700 applicants who reached the final stage of the selection process. The interviews began on Saturday, August 22nd, and lasted for five days.
The following are some of the most prominent statements of members of the interview committees:
Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar Jumaa, Minister of Awqaf:
His holiness sent a message to everyone who wants to join the program not to stop at their specialization. They must be concerned with building an integrated culture and study the conditions of the Egypt, its modern history and reality. He also addressed those who were unfortunate in passing the tests to benefit from knowing the aspects in which they fell short.
Engineer Tariq Al-Mulla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources:
Engineer Tariq Al-Mulla began his speech by saying: “I was very pleased to know the details of the program, the selection process, the finalists, and the number of applicants. I saw in the committees a clear contrast between young men and women coming from different walks of life.” He also described the program as unique, as it gives these young people the opportunity to develop develop their knowledge and form a strong basis of young people qualified to lead.
Al-Mulla concluded his speech by wishing the Academy and the program success, and expressed his pride of having the Academy in Egypt. He also wished that it continues to support young people with more experiences and graduate experts in modern technology to form the future generation of Egypt.
Ambassador Nabila Makram, Minister of State for Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates’ Affairs
Ambassador Nabila Makram expressed her happiness to participate, for the second time, in the selection of applicants for the Executive Presidential Leadership Program. She was impressed by the advanced level of the youth she met from different governorates and segments. She saw that many of them are of a high degree of awareness and culture. Also she talked about the youth working at the Ministry of State for Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates’ Affairs, saying: “The ministry is still so young, it will turn five years in September. Communication with Egyptians abroad must happen through young minds that can cope with both the western and eastern mindsets, deliver information well and connect expatriates with their country. The presence of young people from the Presidential Program in the ministry is considered a strength and a great addition to it.”
Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation:
Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Ati stated that it is very important to qualify young people on all levels. They are exposed to varied experiences, which enriches their ability to make important decisions. He advised young people who want to succeed to dream, and work as hard as possible to make their dreams come true. He said: “Dreams always seem impossible, but they come true as long as you exert efforts to reach them.”
Counselor Omar Marwan Abdullah, Minister of Justice:
After his visit to the Academy, Counselor Omar Marwan said that he had a very good impression as he witnessed the admission process of youth and how they are refined in order to become leaders in the future. He sees that what is happening at the National Training Academy is objective, scientific, and at the highest level of discipline. He said: “It is very honorable to have the National Training Academy in Egypt, as it is considered the factory for preparing future civil leaders.”
Counselor Omar Marwan stated that the heads of judicial authorities believe that legal expertise it is not sufficient to qualify people. There must be other legal, educational, cultural and administrative aspects so that men of law become administratively, psychologically and scientifically qualified in the future. Also, a member of the judiciary should be able to carry out other tasks besides judicial tasks. After selecting a group of competent candidates that will manage the affairs of the judicial authorities as well as the Ministry of Justice, the training centers will prepare them in cooperation with the National Training Academy. They will become multi-faceted member of the judiciary who have leadership skills to assume any position of responsibility they hold.
He concluded by giving a piece of advice, saying: “Egyptians who find themselves capable of paying back to the community or feel distinguished in one aspect or another should join the National Training Academy, because it will refine their skills and qualify them well to be future leaders. Since the Academy has no favoritism, take initiative and have no doubt that it is only efficiency and competency that count.”
Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research:
Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar explained that the Academy, which is the embodiment of the presidential directive, is concerned with human development and works on building future leaders. He said: “This is what is expected from such international academies as the National Training Academy. They refine the talents of future leaders. The developed countries have high hopes for promising young people from an early age and work to cultivate their special talents in various fields.” He added that if we have selection processes for one hundred leaders every nine months, Egypt will have a promising future.
Dr. Enas Mostafa Abdel Dayem, Minister of Culture:
Dr. Enas stated that her participation in the interviews for the second batch of the program last year encouraged her greatly to be present this year since the quality of applicants for the Executive Presidential Leadership Program is very unique. She said: “We are supposed to be testing them, but in fact we are learning from them. I was very pleased with the positive energy in the inspirational youth models I met today.”
Major General Mahmoud Shaarawi, Minister of Local Development:
Major General Shaarawi stated that this is not his first participation in the interview committees of the program, and that he sees that the aspirations of applicants are in keeping with their qualifications, and that they can gain work experience through studying at the Academy.
Dr. Yasmine Salah El-Din Fouad, Minister of Environment:
Wishing all success to the Academy, Dr. Yasmine Fouad explained that the program this year differed from the previous batch in terms of preparation, organization, procedures, tests, auditing and analysis. She added that the cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and the Academy is not only limited to the Ministry’s participation in personal interviews for this program, but also includes the integration of environmental concepts, special curricula, and environmental education in the Academy’s programs. This is because the environment is closely related to all aspects of life.
She also affirmed that one of the most important pillars of the Ministry of Environment is relying on youth, saying: “Without an enlightened and knowledgeable generation capable of linking the importance of the environment and its preservation with life, we will have an imbalance in preserving our natural resources.”
Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology:
Dr. Amr Talaat believes that training and qualifying government employees is of the utmost importance because it improves the performance of the state’s administrative apparatus and the level of efficiency of the services provided as well as the development of work systems, which makes it easier for Egyptians to get the services they need. He stated: “The Academy plays a pivotal role in developing government performance, stabilizing its mission and growing its role year after year. Thanks to those in charge of it.”
Dr. Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Youth and Sports:
Dr. Ashraf Sobhi expressed his happiness at his presence in the National Training Academy, saying: “This great organization was born big and is growing unconventionally.” He said that he sees the Academy from more than one perspective. First, from the perspective of an average citizen, he can see confident young future leaders who apply for training programs to be qualified to face challenges and to manage them scientifically. Secondly, he sees the Academy from his perspective as the Minister of Youth, through conducting EPLP3 interviews, where he saw a higher level of knowledge, confidence, and awareness compared to second batch applicants last year. He also sent a message to young people to search and develop their capabilities to serve their country, saying: “Self-development is an indirect part of the development of your country.”
Mrs. Dr. Nevin Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity:
Dr. Al-Kabbaj praised the role of the Academy in building people’s futures as well as building the nation by qualifying promising leaders. This is in line with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s directives to invest in people. She also expressed her pride in being a part of the interview committee, adding that members of the committee came from different academic and governmental backgrounds. She also talked about the preparation prior to the interview by addressing the applicant’s CVs, questions and evaluation criteria, and highlighted the good preparation of the applicants and their keenness to join the program.
Al-Kabbaj extended all thanks and appreciation to Dr. Rasha Ragheb and the staff of the Academy whom she described as having a good spirit, and concluded by saying: “The Academy must continue its march towards achieving the road map that it set for itself and for Egypt.”
Mr. Marzouq Al Qusayr, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation:
The Minister of Agriculture talked about the selection criteria in the interviews. Applicants must possess a set of skills, such as the ability to communicate, lead, solve problems, analyze data and plan in light of available data. Youth must be able to use data in making sound decisions, select sources of information, and learn how to use their persuasion skills. Youth must think creatively, since the current trend is towards digital transformation, automating services and achieving financial inclusion. He also gave a message to young people saying: “You must choose the direction that suits your abilities, skills, and desires irrespective of others.”
Counselor Alaa Al-Din Fouad Abu Al-Hassan, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs:
Counselor Alaa El-Din Fouad commented on his participation in interviews on the fourth day, saying: “Today was a busy day and a great day. We saw the great efforts exerted by the Academy, and we also saw the applicants’ keenness to win and join the program and then get a leadership position. ” He said: “The Academy is the beacon of training in Egypt, and it is run by great leaders, and great cadres. I advise young people to be keen on joining their programs, and those who are not successful can apply again, and eventually they will succeed.”
Major General Khaled Fouda, Governor of South Sinai:
General Khaled Fouda expressed his increasing happiness to visit the academy and his sense of reassurance about the future of Egypt. He praised the ministers and governors who took part of the selection process, saying that it is a very important matter, saying: “We are in the context of selecting the most appropriate cadres that will assume leadership in the future.”
Counselor Lashin Ibrahim, Head of the National Elections Authority:
Counselor Lashin explained that all the interview questions revolve around the personality of applicants. He referred to the election experience conducted by the second batch of the Executive Presidential Leadership Program to choose a name for themselves as a useful experience to push young people to fulfill their duty to vote in all upcoming elections in order to consolidate democracy in Egypt.
General Abdel Moneim El-Terras, President of the Arab Organization for Industrialization:
General Abdel Moneim El-Terras referred to the program as one of the state’s very important projects in the field of youth qualification, saying: “Youth are the future, and the future must be well prepared by employing cadres capable of taking responsibility.” He added, “The best investment is to invest in manpower. First, second and third row cadres should carry the leadership flag. This is a matter of the utmost importance since Egypt have previously suffered lack of qualified cadres, which created a generation gap.”
General Osama Rabie, Head of the Suez Canal Authority
General Osama Rabie praised the discipline implemented in organizing the interviews process at the Academy, adding that the selection and evaluation criteria are defined with great care and accuracy, citing the applicants who had great ambition to join the program. This indicates the impact and resonance of the program and the Academy in general.
General Osama Rabie also sent a message to the Academy urging it to continue its journey, as preparing young people is not easy. He praised its role in training and qualifying youth.
Dr. Majid Negm, President of Helwan University:
Dr. Majed expressed his pride in meeting honorable examples of young people from different parts of the country saying that Egypt pays great attention to them.
Dr. Mahmoud El-Matiny, President of Ain Shams University:
Dr. Mahmoud El-Matini stated that the greatest interest in the Academy is to prepare leaders and not directors, so people with a vision are chosen and trained on human management which is an important science. He also encouraged Egyptian youth to work persistently because competition is fierce, whether at the local, regional or international level. He addressed the candidates by saying: “Always invest in self-development; the labor market is changing due to technology and global openness; this is in order to coexist with these rapid changes,” wishing them all the best.
Dr. Ayman Ashour, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research:
Dr. Ayman Ashour explained that the role played by the Academy is a very greatly needed role in society. It’s proven how effective this role is in selecting and discovering creative and talented young people who are able to take responsibility during the coming period.
He also advised Egyptian young men and women to define their goals, ambitions and capabilities, pointing to the positive aspects of the emerging corona virus situation in terms of maximizing the role of distance learning that helps build educated and conscious young people. That is presented in the current period under the directives of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
Mr. Ahmed Kojak, Deputy Minister of Finance for Financial Policy and a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Training Academy:
Professor Ahmed Kojak emphasized that the predominant characteristic of applicants is that they are young men and women who have the desire for development, public work. He also emphasized that there are two things that distinguish all academic programs in general, the first is that they provide integrated content and good scientific material. The second is that the practical aspect has the largest percentage in training. The training is not academic, but rather a process that allows trainees to meet those who implement the policies in Egypt.
Counselor Mahmoud Fawzi, General Secretary of Parliament:
Counselor Mahmoud Fawzi commented on his participation in the selection committee of the program, saying: “The Academy is an important incubator for future Egyptian leaders. I invite young men and women who see that they are able to lead to apply for this program without hesitation. They will find the right opportunity to be trained, qualified and assume leadership positions.”
Counselor Adel Emara, Vice President of the Court of Cassation:
Counselor Adel Emara emphasized that the selection criteria in the Academy are characterized by objectivity, integrity and transparency, as well as taking into account geographical locations. He also believes that the tests that applicants take, especially for the Executive Presidential Leadership Program (which include psychological, language, and personality tests) qualify them to interact with the program. He expressed his happiness to participate in the last stage of the selection process, saying: “The best elements that will serve, lead and advance the country will be selected on the administrative level.” He added that youth are the future of the nation and that nations rise up with their youth. They should develop themselves by taking more courses and acquainting themselves with all means of technological development to acquire the necessary skills.
Ambassador Alaa El-Din Youssef, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Information, Policy Planning and Crisis Management:
Ambassador Alaa El-Din expressed his happiness to be on his first visit to the Academy and to chair a high-rank professional interview committee. He said that the selection process was preceded by a number of tests before reaching the final number of candidates to join the program, He added that this is an important indicator of the scientific method and approach the Academy follows in selecting applicants, and that it is also a very important indicator of the level the applicants will reach after passing the program.
Dr. Ahmed Al-Sobky, Assistant Minister of Health and Population and Chairman of the Public Authority for Health Care:
Dr. Ahmed Al-Sobky praised the academy’s selection process, describing it as accurate, professional and scientific-based. He believes that this proves that those enrolled in the program are of the highest level of competence.
He also talked about being a graduate of the first batch of the Presidential Leadership Program, saying: “The Program and the National Training Academy are a turning point in my personal and professional life since I am now the youngest civil servant in Egypt.” He added: “It is a completely different level of training and contact with important leaders in the country.”
Dr. Muhammad Omran, Chairman of the Financial Supervisory Authority:
Dr. Muhammad Omran spoke about his impression on his first visit to the Academy, saying: “The beginning is very promising and what I saw in the Academy exceeded my expectations, especially what I knew about the Executive Presidential Leadership Program that qualifies cadres in various sectors to assume leadership positions. I also read about similar experiences in France and Singapore, where before assuming leadership positions, people must pass a course in management sciences. Thus, I see in the Academy a very good prospective.” He added that after a decade, we will celebrate this program, and we will see these prominent youth in many leading positions in different organizations.”
Journalist Karam Jabr, Head of the Supreme Media Council:
Journalist Karam Gabr pointed out that the program’s criteria were very transparent and clear, and that the program’s tests aimed to reveal the personality of applicants He added that leadership positions need people with special qualifications, hence the purpose of the program is to qualify youth for the future.
Dr. Mustafa Hodeib, Director of the Banking Academy:
Dr. Mustafa Hodeib emphasized the rigor and seriousness of the selection and evaluation processes for the program, and stated that the program is a new experience for Egypt that has not happened before in terms of qualifying governmental administrative staff at a high level. He also described the program as comprehensive, as it contains various pillars, protocols, and etiquette, because it targets different cadres of Egypt. He ended his speech by praising the effort exerted by the Academy and the good spirit that exists among its staff.
Dr. Muhammad Awad Taj El-Din, Adviser to the President for Health Affairs
Dr. Taj El-Din expressed his happiness with his visit to the Academy, describing it as a successful national project, and said, “Egypt is a country with many high-level cadres, and the idea of the Academy is a wonderful national idea, as it selects young people who can lead society in different stages.” After meeting with some candidates, he felt that the next stage will witness the selection of leaders with high competence and great capabilities, and said: “This makes us feel reassured about the future of this country.”
Dr. Hani Younes, Media Adviser in the Presidency of the Council of Ministers
Dr. Hany Younes highlighted the importance of his participation in the interviews to get to know the promising young people who represent the future of Egypt. He described them as having ambitions and capabilities in various sectors and ministries.
Mr. Mahmoud Muslim, Chairman of DMC Channels Network
Mr. Mahmoud Muslim praised the role played by the Academy, saying: “The most difficult investment is investing in people, especially young people, as well as investing in minds, and this is what happens here in the Academy. We cannot go to the future without aware, understanding and capable youth. In a scientific manner, and from my point of view, this program is one of the most important steps that have happened in Egypt in the last period.”
Mr. Emad El-Din Hussein, Editor-in-Chief of Al-Shorouk Newspaper:
Mr. Emad El-Din started his speech by saying, “Seeing is believing.” Commenting on his second visit to the Academy, he said that the first visit was to get acquainted with its activities and programs. He thanked the Academy and those in charge of it. He also referred to the idea of selecting the leading cadres as the biggest challenge that Egypt is facing. He said that the basis of the success of any institution depends on the existence of competent and capable models. He concluded by saying: “To be able to make a decision, move away from stereotypes, and follow your heart. Do a lot of reading in all areas, as we are in the social media world in which everything is intertwined.”
Dr. Wael Kartam, Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Training Academy
Dr. Wael Kartam thanked President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of Egypt, for establishing the Academy and realizing the dream of empowering youth. He added, “The program supports Egyptian competitiveness at its heart.”
Dr. Sherif Delawer, Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Training Academy
Dr. Sherif Delawer stated that self-discipline and hard work are the keys for young people who want to be leaders, explaining that youth are capable of leading the technology revolution in the country.
At the end of the first day, Dr. Rasha Ragheb, Executive Director of the National Training Academy, stated that the number of applicants who qualified for interviews for this batch was more than double the number of the previous batch, stressing that this indicates the resonance and impact of the program on the ground. She also said that the number of those who applied on the website is 8000 applicants, applications were completed by 5000 applicants, and the number of those who met the requirements were 2,500 applicants. Finally, 700 applicants were eligible for interviews.
It is worth mentioning that the Executive Presidential Leadership Program aims to have highly qualified cadres from governmental sectors who are able to understand and use modern techniques in policy-making, manage the decision-making process, and apply a modern style of thinking in line with the latest international models, enabling them to occupy various leadership positions. 190 trainees graduated in the first batch in January 2018, and 79 trainees graduated in the second batch. They received field training starting October 3rd for a month in all governorates. The third batch of 65 trainees began their training on November 8th and will be given theoretical training for 9 months and 3 months of field training.
About the National Training Academy:
The National Training Academy was established upon a presidential decree in August 2017 to be the beacon of development and learning in Egypt and the driving force for human development in the fields of science and knowledge at the local, regional and international levels.

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