Professor Salah Arafa teaches at the Physics Department, School of Sciences and Engineering of the American University in Cairo (AUC).  Before joining the University in 1968, he worked as a physics researcher at the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority beginning in 1962.  Arafa was also the Chair of the Science Department twice and served as Senator at Large in the University Senate.  In 2004, Professor Arafa was selected as a Senior Ashoka Fellow and was awarded as the Man of the Year for Environment and Development in 2009.  Since 1974, he has been involved in many Civil Society activities and is currently the Chairman and Founder of several of the leading NGOs in Egypt.  He has also served as consultant to many international organizations, including USAID, UNICEF, GTZ, EU, and UNDP.  Arafa is a member of the National Committee on Climate Change and also a member of the Research Council on Environment and Development at the Egyptian Academy for Scientific Research and Technology.  His work in the fields of renewable energies, sustainable community development, and eco-communities is recognized worldwide.