Alumni Newsletter Featured

Alumni Newsletter Featured



Teachers Rebecca (Elementary School Music) and Kim Nerenhausen (Elementary School) and Julie Klimentos (Middle School Art) are leaving Cairo American College this year after more than 20 inspirational years! They have been active members in the CAC community and have made a difference in students' lives over the years in so many ways. 

To commemorate their years at CAC, we sat down to talk with them about their fondest memories since they began teaching in Egypt, what CAC has meant to them, and what their plans are in the future.

Their passion and dedication at CAC have been admired by everyone and they will be missed by us all. We wish them the very best and hope that they will continue to be part of our alumni community in the years to come.  

It is worthy to note that The Nerenhausen's former students conducted their interview to make it even more special. The students are Malaika Tiglao (Grade 12, 13 years at CAC), Cameron Leftwich (Grade 12, 13 years at CAC), Aziz Al-Korey (Grade 12, 8 years at CAC). 

Listen to the Nerenhausen's and Julie's Interview.


"Walking was the metaphor of how far you can go"
"In Africa, nobody stands alone, a community will help you"
"This journey taught me Empathy, Humanity and sharing"

Mario1UpdatedThe Alumni and Community Engagement Office would like to thank our alumna Sahar Al-Arishy '83 for arranging for our students to meet a fascinating special guest speaker, Mr. Mario Rigby on Wednesday February 7. Mario did a once-in-a-lifetime solo expedition to trek across the entire African continent from Cape Town, South Africa to Cairo, Egypt entirely by foot and paddle boat only. After traveling over 12,000 km he reached Cairo, Egypt. He came to CAC to share inspiring stories of his journey about the everyday lives of Africans. His stories highlighted the rich cultures, environments, and wildlife. As Mario spoke with our students about his journey, he inspired our students to reflect -"Walking was the metaphor of how far you can go". "In Africa, nobody stands alone, a community will help you"


According to Mario his take away from this journey was that it taught him empathy, humanity, and sharing. Our students were privileged to hear from someone first hand, who lived our CAC core values of courage, perseverance, respect, and responsibility.



Dear Alumni,

In the late 1970s, Mrs. Barbara Johnson, teacher of International Relations at CAC, began taking her class on an annual trip to the Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN). Shortly after that, in October of 1978, CAC held its first annual session for Cairo American College Model United Nations (CACMUN).

The first CACMUN conference took place in a very different world, in which decolonisation was still underway, the Arab-Israeli conflict was ongoing in the Middle East, and where Sadat’s infitah led to rapid development in Egypt. A lot has changed since then.

And here we are, forty years later, CAC continues hosting CACMUN and inviting hundreds of students from international schools to participate year after year. With CACMUN celebrating its 40th anniversary, we are given an opportunity to take a step back and celebrate the achievements of the students and teachers who contributed to this conference over the years. We have been given an opportunity to recognize those who have led CACMUN to be what it is today, a trailblazer within the realm of Model UN conferences in Egypt and the Middle East.

MUNLogoCACMUN’s 40th conference is scheduled to take place on the third weekend of October 2018 and we thought, who better to call to action than our alumni? We are currently planning exciting avenues through which CACMUN veterans can partake in the conference.

If you are interested in contributing, whether by attending the conference, sponsoring, or writing something about your experience with CACMUN, please contact the Alumni and Community Engagement Office at

 Our current student (and soon to be CAC Lifer- graduating class of 2019, as well as the Chair of this year's THIMUN that took place in the Hague) Seif Hikal will be leading next year's 40th CACMUN. To read a Scribe Paper interview with Seif about his experience at the latest THIMUN conference please click here. 


FunRun1CAC Alumni and Community participated in CAC’s National Honor Society Color Run this year and raised substantial funds for Assuit Burn Hospital victims. Runners got splashed with holi powder as they ran laps to raise money for the hospital. The event also included a battle of the bands between a CAC student band and our current teacher band- "The Baladi Dogs", warm ups and cool downs by Girls Get Strong, a dunk tank and more.


MarwanNourUpdatedOur most recent alumnus, Marwan Refaat ’18 graduated early in December and is a name that we believe we'll be hearing about in the years to come. During his time at CAC, he was an active student in performing arts, music, and other activities at CAC. However, one of his most astonishing accomplishments during his last years at CAC was an entrepreneurial breakthrough with a worthy cause, VocalEyes.

VocalEyes is a smart phone app that assists blind and visually impaired people. Using the phone’s camera a user can take a picture of things and the phone will then say what they are. Can you imagine that! At the age of 16!

Marwan has conducted TV and radio interviews which have been broadcast around the world for Vocal Eyes, worked with MIT visually impaired students, presented at Dubai’s AcessAbilities Expo and the Cairo ICT Exhibition, under the auspices of the President of Egypt.

Just this year, Marwan was nominated for the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list (chosen from thousands of nominees). Forbes 30 Under 30 is the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the U.S. Now in its sixth year, the 30 Under 30 offers an annual opportunity to embrace the optimism, inventiveness, and boldness of youth. It brings 30 game changers in 20 industries all under 30 years old - 600 in total- who are challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators, and more. Their goal is nothing short of breaking the status quo and transforming the world.

As we heard Marwan’s nomination news we discovered shortly after that another CAC alumnus, Nour Ahmadein’07 had also made Forbes’ Arab 30 Under 30 List!
Back in 2014 when ride-hailing app Uber was still on the rise in Egypt, Nour Ahmadein was Uber’s first employee in Cairo and was responsible for initially launching and setting up the office. Since then, he has been a direct part of the company’s growth in the market. Today, Uber Egypt serves millions of riders and has tens of thousands of partner drivers. Ahmadein was promoted and became head of marketing and business development in 2016, and according to Forbes, he has secured many strategic partnerships for the company, including a sponsorship contract for Al Ahly football club, in addition to signing Mohamed Salah as Uber Egypt’s sports brand ambassador for 2018.
Way to go!


Elhamy1You may have noticed a beautiful mosaic in our CAC Theatre foyer. This masterpiece was a donation to CAC by Mr. Elhamy Naguib to honor his late wife and previous CAC teacher (from 1975 to 1987) Ms. Naguib. He named it “Paradise Before Sin”. Mr. Naguib is a nationally and internationally renowned artist who has travelled the world learning and teaching art and creative thinking to children and adults of all ages.
Mr. Naguib is the father of three talented CAC alumni, Silvana’00 (a current fellow at UCLA in Public Law), Camelia’93 ( An L.A.P.D. Investigator), and Wanis’96 (founder of his own marketing company).  

After Mr. Naguib earned his B.Sc. in Interior Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo, he pursued his post-graduate studies in the History of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo. He also received an AAS degree in Graphics and commercial Art from Utah Valley Community College. Influenced by the work of Chagall, Miro, Klee and the richly illustrated islamic manuscripts, Naguib’s style combines mathematical precision with a childlike spontaneity.  His work has been featured in publications and exhibitions around the world. Some of his latest endeavours have been an exhibit called “Taste of Love”, the publishing of his travel book (sketches from his travels around the world from his unique perspective), and instructing a workshop that shows the power of the right side of the brain while creating.
He likes his work to be in people’s homes. He explains that, for this reason, his work has to be “more intimate, uplifting and appealing than some of the more idealistic works that would only fit in a museum”. Most do not know how representative of a mass audience they are. Some would argue, perhaps justifiably, that the integrity of art is compromised in order to appeal to the masses. Elhamy agrees, and adds that he does like “to push people a bit” whenever he can. By pushing people, he means that he likes to convince the observer indirectly to push past normal, conventional imagery. To learn more about Mr. Naguib click


This year, Mr. Naguib generously conducted a workshop for our students during Middle School Maker Day. He taught them how to make a real xylophone out of wood in our Design and Technology lab at CAC. Each student made his or her own xylophones from scratch, using lathes and heavy duty tools, and learned about its crafting history as well as how to work together as a team.  

Each year CAC holds three Maker Days to expand on and complement the strong Design Technology culture in the Middle School. Maker education is based on the principle that students develop thinking and problem-solving skills through developing creative ideas, collaborating with other students and engaging in hands-on making experiences. On each CAC Maker Day, students are offered a wide variety of maker spaces, each of which is equipped with different materials and tools for them to bring their ideas into reality. Middle school students participate with great enthusiasm and produce a wide range of creative, interesting and useful products. After each Maker Day it is inspiring to see all the work collected together with some impressive pieces coming from all maker spaces, including leather wallets, chairs, tables, robotic devices beautiful fashion garments, delicious food, cardboard puppets, storage units, laser cut clocks, 3D printed fidget spinners and date palm furniture, to name just a few from recent sessions. Opportunities such as these remind us of the creative talent and clever thinking of our Middle School students.
This year’s workshops included opportunities in Recycled Sports, Custom Scarves, Cardboard Arcade, Top Chef,  3-person puppets, Rubbish Instrument Rock-Out, Buttons, Rockets, String Constructions, Cake Decorating, Laser Cut Designs, Toy Making.
As an incentive, top performing students were sent to this years Maker Faire Cairo to participate in activities and workshops with other schools and experts in various fields.