Alia El Saady is The Daily Crisp's resident plant lady. She's worked in magazines in Cairo, Rome and other places remotely too! When she's not making sure all her plants are happy and growing she's in a world of her own. And when she's not there she's probably in the kitchen curating recipes. Sometimes she's off in another continent upping her travel photography game. If she's not doing that, then she's probably doing still-life sketches of veggies in oil pastel and hanging out with her sidekick/ cat Hippie.
Amal is an entrepreneur, a wife, a mom, and a grandma. She is the queen of desserts and everything tasty but as a mom of 5 and a grandma of 4, she knows how to keep her family healthy by doing what she does best, cook them delicious healthy and fulfilling meals.
Angie is a mother, architect, artist, and all around beauty enthusiast. With 10 years of experience, an optimistic attitude and a good heart, she has embarked on developing her professional creative journey to feed her desire to experiment with design. An architect with a complex melding of different identities, the stars directed her progressive work philosophy through her natural inclination for mixing design patterns. As a designer, she finds peace in her creative role. She loves acting as a bridge between her clients and their design aspirations to bring them to reality.
A teacher by practice and a writer by nature, Carly has resided in Cairo for six years. A lover of music, dance, travel, the arts and all things promoting growth and wellbeing, she’s constantly looking to learn and for new experiences to be had. She finds satisfaction in a perfect book to lose herself in, an exceptional dinner to share with loved ones, a workout to test her limits and booking flights to a new location. She finds inspiration from those who seek to evolve and push boundaries. Carly has been educated in the United States and Egypt, but considers the earth to be the best educator; “To understand just one life you have to swallow the world.”-Salman Rushdie
A wife and a mom of 2 adorable kids, May Yacoubi is a self taught chef with a masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the AUC and a career in production. She decided to follow her lifelong dream and work in the culinary field and cook her heart off! She started her passion for food since childhood. She polished her skills through traveling which helped expand her pallet and is now producing and presenting her own TV program May's Kitchen.
Dana Sarhan is a psychotherapist specialized in couples and sex therapy across cultures. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).
The holder of a Master of Arts in Comparative and International Education from AUC, specializing in Teaching and an International Teaching certificate from the University of Kingsbridge in the UK. Dina has had ten years of teaching experience in different private & public schools around Cairo. Apart from teaching, hair has also become Dina's passion. Having faced several personal hardships, as a young girl with curly hair, in Egypt, she decided to turn her obsession into a source of pride. For over 3 years she researched and taught herself all about healthy hair and then founded her online platform "Curly Talks" to help others who face similar hardships. She hopes to raise awareness and enough knowledge, regarding curly hair, in Egypt & the Middle East, to help change people's old negative views of curly hair.
Dina Helmy graduated from the American University in Cairo with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Psychology. She has certification as a Positive Discipline Facilitator from Positive Discipline concepts by Jane Nelson, USA and has held many workshops, as well as worked in affiliation with well-known Mother and Child Magazine. A life coach and certified Associate Meta Coach from the International Society of Neuro Semantics, USA, Dina’s coaching style is compassionately challenging with areas of expertise in family, relationship and self-actualization coaching.
Donia Hilal is a certified nutritionist with a degree in Nutrition from King’s College London. Her work focuses on women’s health in the Middle East, wellness, weight loss, and optimal pre- and post-natal nutrition. Passionate about real food and evidence based nutrition advice, Donia welcomes and enjoys guiding clients throughout every stage of their journey towards a healthier, happier life.
Eid Nasser was born in Cairo and is currently studying business at the University of California, Irvine. As The Daily Crisp’s resident fitness guy, Eid enjoys playing soccer and tennis and scouting out the newest adrenaline pumping activities out there.
Fadila is a teenage girl who hooked up with other teens and began a teen blog, where teenagers get to share their thoughts, ideas, experiences, etc. Fadila believes in the importance of what's been recently termed "emotional nutrition" and is very concerned with issues of gender/sex, especially considering the internet world versus the real world she's exposed to and the confusion her entire generation suffers because of it. She's a hardcore feminist and a knowledge hound, and so more often than not, you'll find her somewhere within a pile of books reading. She's here to shed some light onto issues of importance to teenagers, ask specialized adults about them, and help others grow into (more than anything) just. human. beings.
Farida Abou El Dahab is a self-taught yogini based in Alexandria. She’s a Finance graduate that happened to find her passion elsewhere and decided to pursue her dream of becoming a yoga teacher. She was first introduced to yoga in 2013 after struggling with a back injury for almost a year, and it wasn’t long before she discovered the wonders of this physical, mental and spiritual practice. She strongly believes in grey areas and that life doesn't have to be black or white. She believes in finding your balance and staying true to who you are.
Farrah Aboulazm is a certified personal stylist and image consultant from London College of Fashion who is seeking to help people feel comfortable in their own skin. She’s determined to style people to boost their confidence with a look-good-feel-good connection. Everyone can use personal style as a tool for cultivating self-care and to reflect self-respect. You don’t have to be a celebrity to have a personal stylist! Farrah is available at [email protected], Facebook.com/readystylego or twitter.com/readysylego.
A British Certified Inner Wellbeing Practitioner. Her niche is about holistic healing through art and psychology. Ghada is a nonconformist, free spirit, with a passionate commitment to regaining wellness for humanity through her practice. She started writing at the age of 13, loves butterflies, collecting seashells, fairy tales, sea-salt and moonlit seas, the wonderland of essential oils, trees, loses herself to poetry, music, and art and finds in nature an empowering teacher and healer to her spirituality and inner peace. Ghada is about taking roads less traveled to create lives with abundance, faith, love, and gratitude.
Hana Elawadi is an Egyptian-Moroccan jewelry designer, raised in England and living in Dubai. She is the mother of two children, Habiba and Zein, who are the inspiration for her blog and everything around it. Her blog, Freckles N' Fro,offers to support mothers in the region on topics ranging from mother and child fashion and styling tips, to stories and experiences all moms can relate to!
An animal lover at heart, Hanaa likes to think she’s the daughter of Mother Earth, with her midnight talks with the Moon and her summer home on Pluto. A soul that believes everything has a heart . Yoga, cats, horse back riding, knitting and books for days are what fills up Hanaa’s days. She spreads self-love, sustainability, reviews and how she tries to save the planet on her blog lavender-vibes.com
Heba El Kaissy is a self-taught makeup artist possessing an eternal bond with beauty. An AUCian Graduate who has decided that life is too short not to run after her passion, Heba quit her day job at the EU to paint women’s faces for a living. Successfully attaining her Internationally Certified Makeup Artist Diploma from the London College of Makeup, Heba shares her beauty-ful world via her beauty blog and YouTube channel, The Kit-The Makeup Artist.
Jailan is a parenting coach born and raised in Egypt, and now based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. A mother of a toddler herself, Jailan’s passion is to help parents of young children bring respectful, positive parenting into their daily lives. She provides parent coaching consultations to families worldwide, in person and via Skype, as well as workshops and a monthly parent support group for parents in the Netherlands. She is a current PhD candidate in the field of Child & Family studies through Leiden University, and has completed certifications in early childhood education (from UCLA) and Positive Discipline (from Jane Nelsen & Lynn Loyd). You can connect with her on her website at www.EarlyYearsParenting.com, Facebook or email at [email protected]
Jessie Abdallah is a certified Food and Sports psychology coach, and with a diploma in the Psychology of Women from New York University. She is the founder of the MindPsycle blog, which taps into the natural side of life and dives into the mind being the key to healthy living. Her motto: “Your mind is your most powerful tool.” You can connect with Jessie on Facebook and Instagram, @mindPsycle.
Kenzy is a psychotherapist who has been working in Cairo for the past five years. She started her professional journey at a private psychiatric hospital, working mainly with individuals suffering from severe mental illnesses, and now works with children and their families with the aim of providing them with the right tools and support to foster healthy development. She believes that knowledge and understanding are essential to psychological wellness, and so dedicates much of her time to educating herself and those around her. When she is not practicing, Kenzy enjoys exploring the world around her, all things food related, and being around the people (and animals) she loves. She is available by appointment at CityClinic, Guezira Plaza, for both children and adults.
Lama is a Political Scientist, historian and academic, a bibliophile, a writer, a jewelry freak and a human being. Having devoured every book that has come her way since she could read, she believes in the power of words and hopes to put hers to good use; to remain silent is to give up. She appreciates challenges, fun company, movies, the occasional trip somewhere new and a good laugh.
Lilly S. Mohsen is the author of the “Prophets To Islam” series for kids. She is a Psychologist who works as a part-time therapist, in addition to being a spiritual speaker and a contributing writer to a number of renowned Islamic and educational websites. For more about Lilly check her new blog: Lillysmohsen.com, or follow her on Twitter @Lillys.mohsen
Maha Ali is an architect by day and contributor to TDC by night. Fascinated by the expressiveness of art and literature, Maha always dreamed of becoming a writer. Sharing her unique take on exciting and unexpected topics, Maha’s found her own rhythm for expressing herself. Maha is also a community volunteer and minimalist photographer
Manal is a self-taught cook who draws inspiration from her diverse Middle Eastern background, her family of six and globally iconic chefs like Nigella Lawson, Houreyya Zannoun and Martha Stewart. She hosts cooking classes and has her own website featuring her whole range of recipes. Her food philosophy is, “When baking follow the recipe, but when cooking, follow your heart”. See what Manal’s up to in the kitchen and get in touch with her at https://homemadebymanal.wordpress.com/
May Rostom is a lifestyle and fashion journalist, and has over 500 published articles in online and offline domains, including MSN Arabia and Style.com/Arabia. May has worked at TRESemme Egypt as a fashion expert and some of the biggest fashion brands in the region. From creating, curating, and developing content to aggregating and pitching for content from several fashion and beauty outlets in the Middle East, May’s experience is multicultural and vast.
Nada is a writer, a journalist and an academic. She earned her Masters degree in Digital Journalism from the American University in Cairo and currently finishing her second MA degree in Mass Communication. Nada developed her interest in fitness and nutrition through her own personal journey of changing her own lifestyle and since then she became a wellness enthusiast. She loves fashion, travel, yoga and anything that will help her explore her own true identity and develop it more.
Although a sociologist at heart, Nadine finds her love in nutrition, her passion in Pilates and her purpose in writing. Nadine is a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and a Pilates-instructor in the making. She is also the founder of health blog, Nourished by Nadine (@nourishedbynadine) where she shares her own recipes, as well as health tips.
Nagwa Khedr graduated in 2009 from the American University in Cairo. She found her passion for working with kids while on a community service trip to work with underprivileged children in Ethiopia. Then in 2010 she worked as an early intervention specialist, working mainly with children aged 1 to 8 years old. For the past 4 years, Nagwa has been using the DIR Floor-time approach to work with children with ASD and any developmental problems. In 2017, Nagwa finished her Expert training leader certification from the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning ( ICDL) and became the only DIR Floor-time provider in Egypt. In addition, she is an ICDL faculty and a certified parent coach. Nagwa is currently a PLAY project consultant in training.
Nahed Salem lives between Egypt and the United States. She is always looking for creative outlets and jumps at any opportunity to get out from behind her laptop. She studies Business Management in Northeastern University, Massachusetts, but finds passion for good nutrition and fitness. Making her laugh or putting her up to a challenge is just one of the many ways to make her day.
Narimaan is an Art, Design and Media graduate from Richmond University, London. Although she was born and raised in the U.K., she sees herself as a true Egyptian. Narimaan has had a creative passion since a young age, which led to her enthusiasm for makeup and all things beauty. She aims to teach others about makeup, self-taught application skills and an increased confidence in finding one’s own beauty. Narimaan now has her own blog called 'Life With N', featuring beauty tutorials and lifestyle vlogs of her travels on YouTube. You can also follow her on Instagram @narimaan.farouk.
Noha Abu Sitta is a certified Health Coach for children up to 12 years of age, by the Dr. William Sears Wellness Center. She is also a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator by Dr. Jane Nelson and Dr. Lynn Lott. Noha regularly conducts parenting, health and nutrition courses covering a variety of topics. She also makes regular appearances on TV programs to dispense her expert advice. You can connect with Noha at City Clinic Gezira Plaza, Sheikh Zayed for health and parenting coaching.
Noha El Nahas, MA. is a professional psychologist who has been in the field since 2006, she started her journey in public hospitals , receiving intensive trainings in various psychological assessments, then worked as a clinical psychologist with prof Ahmed Okasha . After that she moved to the AUC counseling center to start counseling students.Then, she moved to Paris for 2 years where she worked in an organization that helps managing family problems. After coming back she spent a couple of years as a school counselor then became a senior counselor at the office of student well-being at AUC. Noha is a member in the American Psychological Association (APA) and PSI CHI (International Honor Society in Psychology) . She is also the founder and owner of Heal Counseling Center as well as an Adjunct Faculty in The Psychology Department at AUC.
Noha Serageldin is a food blogger, freelance food stylist, food photographer and writer. She grew up and lived her entire life in Cairo, Egypt before moving with her husband to Sydney, Australia in 2013 where she currently resides. Though she studied art, Noha’s true passion lies with food and everything surrounding it, compelling her to attend culinary school and pursue a career in the wonderful world of food. You can connect with Noha at mattersofthebelly.com.
Nouran Nazer is a Senior Management & Human Resources Professional, as well as a certified Self-help & Life Coach. Her academic background has served as a strong basis for her professional career, holding a bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Human Resources Management followed by Studies in Psychology, Counseling, & Coaching. Nouran started her career early enough by working across various Human Capital functions within the IT & Telecom sectors in Egypt. More than 15 years of experience helped polish her leadership, mentoring, & coaching skills in dynamic & diverse business cultures. In her capacity as a Life Coach, Nouran enables individuals achieve their full potential & discover their power basis. She also supports them increase their self-awareness, prioritize their wellness, & conquer their limiting beliefs. Her approach is a combination of Mindful-Coaching techniques capitalizing on her diverse experiences within the fields of Human Capital Management, Coaching, & Counseling. Moreover, being a certified Mindfulness Practitioner, Nouran is a strong supporter of mental and emotional well-being, driven by the strong belief that leading a healthy life starts from a healthy mind and soul
Omar is the founder of "Inspiring Egyptians". For more information and uplifting stories, head to Inspiring Egyptians on Facebook and Instagram.
Omar El Mallah, studies Criminal Psychology and Radio/Broadcasting. He is aligned with the right frequency; the most with silence, self-examination, 40's-70's music, hammocks, traveling to Southeast Asia and Latin America, writing, questioning, reading, and coconuts. He believes everything the mind offers deserves to be put to pen and paper, and everyone should know something about everything, rather than everything about something.
Omneya graduated from the American University in Cairo with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She then continued her post-graduate studies in London, where she received a MA degree in Media Management, from the University of Westminster. Omneya now lives in Cairo and works in advertising. She’s passionate about writing, food and fashion, and is also a digital media enthusiast, avid coffee drinker and professional dog walker. You can get more of Omneya's recipes through her Instagram account @ohhshecooks.
Wherever she goes, she’s probably chasing a dream of hers, riding her magical carpet of passion. Passant comes from a political science, Euro-Mediterranean background. She worked with asylum-seekers and refugees for a few years, and even wrote her thesis on child migrants. Taking her passion to the next level, she climbed onboard TDC’s platform to be able to spread her message that it’s not just about us, Humans! It’s about every living creature on Mama Earth. Speaking of messages, if there’s one message Passant would love to share with the whole world, that’d be… “Puh-leaaase, BE KIND” – (Said in a very kind tone!)
Riham Samir is a beauty consultant and a certified makeup artist in the making. She knows what's trending with the latest makeup and hair products and trends. All of her product recommendations are guaranteed tried and tested.
Sarah Hegazy is a pharmacist and a founder of Sarah's Kitchen. She is addicted to healthy food and has made it her mission to teach others how to cook healthy food in a simple and easy way. She sees food as a way to take care of the body. Find more recipes or get in touch with Sarah on Facebook (@SarahsKitchen91).
Sayeda Hotaki was born and raised in California. Sayeda’s Fit-losophy is to make a conscious effort daily to progress spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, financially, and socially. Her passion about health has shed light on her lifelong mission to empower women around the world through fitness and nutrition as a means to maintain a healthy life.
شادن هي خريجة إعلام قسم صحافة. تحب الكتابة بجميع أشكالها المختلفة لا سيما الكتابة الإبداعية والنقد السينمائي. أيضًا، تجد متعتها الحقيقة في التصوير -خصوصًا في الشوارع- لأنه يمكنك من التقاط تفاصيل عادية بشكل جديد. تؤمن أن الشغف هو الدافع الأساسي للاستمرار، فإذا أحببت الشئ أعطيته.
For as long as she can remember, Shereen Elbaz has always been a fitness enthusiast. Combining her passion for teaching and love for fitness, Shereen became a Pilates, UGI Fitness, Pole Fitness, and Jumping Fitness professional in 2014. She is also a licensed Zumba Fitness instructors.
Sherif is an ISSA-certified Elite Trainer who offers intense tailored personal training packages - either in your home or at a gym or venue of your choice – that are designed to help you get in the best shape of your life. Specializing in exercise therapy and sports nutrition, he also offers a range of cardio and body conditioning techniques, from strength training to boxing and TRX, a powerful and portable dynamic strength program. For more information or to discuss your fitness goals and create a tailored program, message or call Sherif at +20100 301 9296.
Tamer El Sharaky is an experienced wellness professional trained in diet, lifestyle, and wellness coaching. He graduated as a Health Coach from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NYC studying more than 150 dietary theories. A member of the IAHC (International Association of Health Coaches). His passion is to get the beauty out of life and positively affect people’s lives by guiding them as they transform to reach their life & health goals.
The Wellness Hub is a holistic space that aims to raise awareness on your overall wellbeing. They believe it is never too late to begin the journey into self-inquiry and better health. With this intention, they work collectively as a team of therapists, clinical psychologists, child therapists, life coaches, pranic healers, parenting coaches, nutritionists and homeopaths from diverse backgrounds and approaches to ensure a healthy lifestyle for our clients under one roof. Get in touch with the Wellness Hub on Facebook and Instagram (@thewellnesshub_eg).
Hey there! I’m Victoria. I always thought of my diet as "healthy" until I learned about plant based lifestyle. It opened doors to so much more variety of foods I never had the chance to enjoy. The countless benefits it provides for us and the environment. It simply is the best diet for our health and the health of our planet! My goal is to inspire people to eat healthy foods without the feeling of depravation. Why plant based? "a good diet is the most powerful weapon we have against disease and sickness" Dr. Colin Campbell, PhD The China Study
Yasmina Khalil is an interior designer with a degree in Arts and Architectural Design. After studying Interior Design in Milan for a semester, she knew this was her calling. A working mother and an artist at heart, Yasmina is passionate about designing spaces that reflect peoples' personalities. She's here to introduce us to the world of interiors and give us tips on how we can incorporate ourselves into our homes. For her, creativity is an important key to design; “Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity. But without proper preparation, I cannot see it, retain it, and use it.”-Twyla Tharp
Yasmine’s lifetime target is to gain knowledge of bits and pieces of everything. She is a firm believer that life is about the journey. So, she went all the way from studying finance to gathering information about everything she’s passionate about: like fashion design, wedding planning, jewelry design, photography, flower design, and life coaching, by taking courses in each one of them. She used to write since she was 8, started her blog one year ago (@boomingsighs ) and finally after the rollercoaster she has been through to explore and develop herself that led her to you reading her bio.
A passionate trainer, educator and motivational speaker, Yasmine is focused on developing ideas in helping people explore their potential capabilities and ultimately attain their purpose in life. She maintains strong academic credentials, supported by an MBA in International Business from ESLSCA University in France, a Training Award from the Institute of Leadership & Management in the UK, a Diploma in Family Counselling & Education and a Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, A certification in Hypnotherapy and pursuing a degree in Life Coaching, Relationship & Marriage Consultancy & Psychology. Derived from her teaching background as a University PA, Yasmine packs her trainings with rich, result-oriented content, engaging activities, humour and is known for communicating with zest and energy.
A true believer in the power of self-betterment, Zeinab is an ever-growing 21-year-old currently studying Management with Marketing at Royal Holloway University London. Her passion for sustainability, food, and all forms of creative expression is what keep her constantly on her feet, willing to learn about something new. She’s become an avid explorer always searching for ways to satisfy her curious mind.