Press Release: Esam Boraey, Egyptian Political Activist


Media Contact: 
Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council

Esam Boraey, Egyptian Political Activist, presents “The Development of Democracy in Egypt”

This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council meeting takes place on February 13th at Connecticut College, New London

$20 for the General Public; Free for SECWAC members and students

Waterford, CT (February 3, 2020) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Esam Boraey is to speak on the development of democracy in Egypt at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Connecticut College’s Crozier Student Life Center at 270 Mohegan Ave Pkwy, New London, CT 06320.

Mr. Boraey will speak about the youth movements in Egypt and the similarities between the struggle for democracy in the Middle East and civil rights movement in the US.  He will map out the region and political situation, speaking to the challenges using his experience and story to highlight keys issues there.  He will also discuss his move to the US and how he continues to engage his community with the bigger community in which he now lives. 

A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the main event beginning at 6:00 p.m. The presentation is a part of the SECWAC 2019-2020 Speaker Series. For non-members, tickets ($20) may be purchased at the door; ticket cost can subsequently be applied towards a SECWAC membership.  Attendance is free for SECWAC members (and their guests). Pro-rated membership February through June 2020 is $42.50 per person; $12.50 for young professionals under 35; free for college and high school students and educators; a corporate rate of $1,000 is also available, with unlimited access for employees.

Immediately following the presentation, SECWAC meeting attendees have the option for $40 to attend a dinner with the speaker at Connecticut College. Reservations are required by Friday, February 7, at 860-912-5718 or Guests may also register and securely pay in advance for the program or dinner online at

Reporters are welcome to attend as guests of the SECWAC Board. Interested reporters should contact Paul Nugent at or 860-388-9241.


Esam Boraey is a human rights activist working for freedom and democracy in the Middle East. He began his career as an activist over 10 ago when he and a group of 6 other youth leaders gathered on the steps of Egypt’s Supreme Court, calling for justice, freedom, and democracy, in the first direct protest against the president in over six decades.  This passion led him to play a key role in the Egyptian revolution of 2011, which helped overthrow the longtime dictator, Hosni Mubarak.  Following the 2011 revolution, Esam worked with international leaders to push for a stable democracy in Egypt. During the Mohamed Morsi presidency, Esam worked for U.S. Agency for International Development and later left the country after being sentenced in Egypt’s criminal court to 2 years in prison for his work for human rights and democratization in the Middle East.  He then moved to Washington D.C., where he continued his work for human rights at the U.S. Institute for Peace.  Having worked over the years with several Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in both the Middle East and the U.S., he has fostered close professional relationships with political leaders throughout the region, and has advised policymakers in the U.S. and European Union.  

Esam received his MA from Cairo University and has taught classes at Cairo University, the American University in Cairo and Drake University.  Esam brings a nuanced perspective to an understanding of Egyptian, Middle Eastern, and Islamic affairs that takes into account the concerns of stakeholders at various levels, both in the Middle East and beyond its borders.

He has been honored for his defense of human rights in Egypt, The Middle East, and the USA with several awards, including by the National Center for Human Rights. 


SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange 8-10 Speaker Series meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings range in foreign affairs topics, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.

SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policymakers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at


CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Esam Boraey on Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6:00 p.m. at Connecticut College, New London. Free for members. $20 walk-in. More information on the program and membership at


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The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.