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Nadia and Hind Wassef, founders of Diwan Bookstore. Photo from The American University in Cairo.

In Case You Missed It: The Sister Duo behind Diwan Bookstores

July 27, 2016 1 minute Read by Shannon Bradford
How two Egyptian sisters are changing the publishing industry in Cairo

While other avenues of self-expression in Egypt, the likes of journalism and media, frequently come under fire on grounds of censorship, Cairo’s book-selling industry is a robust source of social life thanks to a pair of female entrepreneurs. Sisters Nadia and Hind Wassef, graduates of the American University in Cairo, founded their combination café book store in 2002 to serve as a casual hangout that hosts up-and-coming artists, musicians, lecturers, and filmmakers, all while curating books in four languages for adults and children alike.

 Read more here:  http://www.aucegypt.edu/news/stories/alumnae-nadia-hind-wassef-share-diwan-bookstore%E2%80%99s-formula-success


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Shannon Bradford
Shannon Bradford

As an associate of Global Initiatives, Shannon Bradford aids the work of the Human Freedom Initiative and Women’s Initiative through research, implementation, and logistical support. Her areas of focus include the Women’s Initiative Fellowship, Liberty and Leadership Forum, and the First Ladies Initiative. 

Prior to joining the George W. Bush Institute in November 2015, Shannon provided communications, media, and marketing support to Amal Women’s Training Center in Marrakech, Morocco, an organization dedicated to job and life skills training for disadvantaged Moroccan women.

A native of Coppell, Texas, Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Texas A&M University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a two-time recipient of the Department of State National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship through which she spent nine months in North Africa. Shannon is a proud alumna of Ursuline Academy of Dallas. 

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