I was at BISC from 1982 to 1986. I
was part of ĎCheopsí when the houses were named after the three
pyramids. If I remember correctly Cheops used to wear blue on
sports day, Chephren was in red and Myceranous (is that right)
wore green. Are the houses still the same or are they now called
something else? Sports day used to be great fun and I have fond
memories of it. Mr. Blakeley was head of PE back then and it was
always a good sunny day. We used to play football against the
American school teams (CAC) in Heliopolis. During the week weíd
play with a bottle top up on the roof when the playground used
to be there! If I ever go back, Iíll be disappointed if theyíve
finished building the cathedral next door!
BISC Graduate 1994
Despite leaving BISC in 1994 to move to Jerusalem, some of my
happiest childhood memories are found in the old BISC buildings
and amongst the friends I had then. Since leaving school I, I
studied Modern History at Oxford, focusing on the late fourth
century - which sums up both my, and Oxford's, concept of
modernity. As well as doing a Masters, I was President of the
Union and now work in Westminster for a Tory MP. My e-mail
address is email@example.com. I would be delighted to get
in touch with any of those who were around during my stint at
BISC Graduate 2003
I did my IB at BISC
(2001-2003), now Iím finishing my third year of English studies at
Warsaw University (two more years to go...) and seriously thinking of
taking International Relations in the nearest possible future. In the
evenings I teach English in a Language School, which I like really much
Ė sharing what you already know with others is fun! My greatest success
is the publication of my poetry in an anthology of Polish poetry this
year in May (I hope to translate it into English some day!) .
Although the collocation of "free" and
"time" sounds quite odd to me, in my free time I like meeting my
friends, watching Tim Burtonís movies or dancing.
This year Iím starting international relations - I applied this summer
and they accepted me at the University of Warsaw. Itís going to be a
hard year doing both the English Studies and International Relations but
Iím really proud of the latter.
BISC Graduate 1996
I can't believe it's been exactly 10
years since my graduation from BISC! Upon leaving BISC in the summer of
1996, I went to McGill University in Montreal to pursue a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in Economics and a Minor in Management. I then spent two
summer internships working at Arthur Anderson. After graduating from
McGill in 2000, I moved to Chicago to join Goldman Sachs in
Institutional Equities, and have been there since. I travel to Cairo
quite frequently to see family and friends, and look forward to meeting
up with other alums in the near future. In the meantime, you can reach
All the best, Sami (I'm also curious to
see if our records in Track & Field and the other team sports still hold
been delighted to be in contact with the BISC once more and to receive
the spring newsletter with familiar names and places, sincere thanks to
Kate for all her hard work. The photographs are of me with my father
(Neil Munro) and of my brother Justin with his new baby boy with both
lads wearing the Ancient Munro tartan kilts. Jamie was born in London
in January and he is absolutely perfect! All the Munro's are doing very
well and would welcome any contact from old friends we made during our
time living in Cairo.
Graduated from BISC 2002
After leaving BISC in 2002 I went
straight on to McGill University in Montreal to study
Architecture. Lucky me, as Architecture turned out to be my true
calling, so far... About a year ago I co-founded a McGill group
called BuildAid, where we set out for The Philippines to start
up and establish a low cost housing team in one of our
affiliated NGO's over there. I will be graduating in Dec 2006,
and hope to find a job by then.
Ayoma de Alwis
BISC Graduate 1986
After leaving the BISC in 1986, I went
back to Sri Lanka to finish Junior and Senior High. To this day, my
sister, brother and I always say that the best experiences we had in
school were at the BISC. It wasn't just the environment; it was
definitely the teachers and kids too.
I came to the US in 1993 and gained a
degree in Media and Communications from Sacred Heart University in
Fairfield, CT. College was fantastic and I know I made a lot of superb
friends there that I have to this day. In 1997 I moved to California and
got a job as a Marketing Coordinator, a far cry from being a news anchor
as I had aspired to be! That job however paved the way for me to become
what I am now, a Senior Graphic Designer at a Medical education company
located in Los Angeles.
I have been married for 7 years now to a
wonderful man. His name is Shayan and we met shortly after I graduated.
We visited Cairo in 2002 and I showed him the outside of BISC and
reminisced about the wonderful school days I had there. :-)
BISC Graduate 1999
A big thanks to all those who were
involved with the last BISCits Sporting Event back in April; it was a
great way to get to see alumni we haven't seen in ages. It was also a
superb way to get a lot of us lazy graduates to move around a bit. Hope
to see more games in the near future!
BISC Graduate 1991
I attended BISC from 1983 to 1991. In
1991, I left BISC onto CAC, where I graduated from, but I had some of my
favourite memories and made most of my best friends at BISC. My
memories vary from PE class at the Gezira Club and Soccer tournaments at
CAC with Mr. Blakely to Art classes with Mr. Sowden. I remember the
many plays we were in and the Christmas Carols we sang. I
remember weekly school meetings in the two main upstairs halls, and
having our breaks one year on the large Astroturf and the next on the
roof. My worst memories were of taking Final Exams...they were so
hard. All these memories, plus some others that are not worth
mentioning, make me who I am today. I left Cairo in 1994 to attend
college in San Francisco Bay Area, California where I graduated with a
Bachelors of Science in Marketing from San Jose State University. I
worked and lived in California for almost eleven years, and realized
that working in High Tech was not satisfying, so I decided to tap into
my passion for cooking. I applied to Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy at
the Austin, Texas branch, and just graduated in April of 2006 Summa Cum
Laude. I am currently working as a Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in
Austin, and plan to travel with the hotel overseas, maybe back home to
Cairo. If you remember me and would like to catch up, my e-mail is
Sarah Khalid Makiya
Well it hasn't been long since Iíve left
BISC so not much to say. I graduated from Warwick University last year
and Iím currently pursuing my masters degree in Marketing and Strategy
in Warwick again. I have managed to keep in touch with most of my
friends from BISC, two of which are actually here with me! (Mo Abdallah
and Omar Ezz Al Arab) I'm always back and forth between Egypt and
England, but moving back home for good in Sept. so will be looking
forward to all the reunions...and if anyone wants to offer me a job
please give me a call!!
BISC Graduate 1994
I'm Nandini Valsan, a proud alumnus of
this wonderful institution BISC. I did my entire schooling at this cubby
hole in Cairo from 1982-1994, before proceeding to the American
University in Cairo to do my B.A in Journalism and Mass Communication. I
followed that up with a masters in Geography from the University of
Washington, Seattle, and now I have a job that happily combines these
two degrees...I am a travel writer for Stark World Publications,
Bangalore! In 2002 I returned to the country of my birth, India, to make
a new life with a wonderful officer in the Indian Army, Purushu Pillay.
We currently live in Kochi with our two year old son, Rehan Valsan
Pillay. I will be forever grateful to the education that I received at
BISC and always attribute any of my achievements to the great foundation
that I was given at this school. Now I only pray that I can give the
same kind of experience for my little son when the time comes for him to
go to school.
All my best wishes to the BISC community,
past and present. If anybody reading this remembers me, please do send
out a message. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
BISC Graduate 1998
I am currently pursuing a Masterís Degree
in International Relations at Cambridge University and then plan to
return to Berkeley California to complete my Law degree. So basically I
am travelling, working and studying; what more can one ask for?
Well... I am currently in my final year at
Swansea University studying Italian, and am due to graduate in July. As
I am on a sandwich course I had a year abroad last year and went to
Italy for a year last year and came back in September. Also I was a
candidate at the Student Union elections running to be Swansea
Universityís student international officer. The results came out on
Thursday 15th of March and to my shock I won! The link to this article
So I am now part of Swansea university's sabbatical team. I'm very happy
with this position as I now have a job lined up for next year, and it is
a good thing to put on my CV. Anyway, Iím not sure what else to say. My
final exams are coming up in May, so I have a lot of work to do. Essays
BISC Graduate 1997
I left BISC after completing my GCSE's
then went to CAC where I completed my IB Diploma, following that I spent
a semester at AUC then transferred to the George Washington University
in Washington DC, I graduated with a double Major in International
Business and Management information Systems. After graduating in 2003 I
started working at Al Ahram Beverages Company (Heineken Egypt) and am
still there now started of as an Alpha Team member, which is a
management trainee position with the CEO, then I took over the operation
for Drinkie's (the retail arm for ABC) with another colleague and most
recently I have been given the task to start up a Customer and Consumer
relations department, making me the Customer and Consumer Relations
Manager!. I got engaged last November to Lina and we're planning our
wedding for this summer
A little bit about me:
I am in the UK living in Twickenham.
Working as an Human Resources Officer, just about to graduate from
university and gain my masters and HR qualifications. Got engaged at
Christmas to fiancť Michael, we are getting married in 2007. Life is
I have so many fond memories of BISC, it
was such a special place. It's amazing to have recently been in touch
with people I went to school with when I was ten and we haven't seen
each other for eighteen years!
BISC Graduate 1994
Graduated with a BA in Marketing and
French from Middlesex University in London.
Worked for 2 years at the Royal Meridien
(now Grand Hyatt Cairo).
I'm presently Catering Manager at the Four
Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. Opened the hotel in 2004 and have
been working there ever since.
BISC Graduate 2000
I left BISC in June 2000 at the end of
lower 6, I went on to study mechanical engineering at Concordia
university in Montreal, Canada. I graduated university in December 2005,
that is when I moved back to Egypt. I am currently working at Procter
and Gamble Egypt as a Process Manager at the Factory in 6th of October
BISC Graduate 2004
I couldn't forget the great times I spent
and the people I grew up with at BISC; especially that it had been my
school since childhood.
Right now I am graduating my high school
in Canfield, Ohio to attend the Ohio State University in Columbus
starting this September to study Engineering, and really excited about
the next 4 or 5 years in college.
Currently there's a huge high school art
show where I live, and luckily I had saved some of my art work from BISC
for my portfolio. My art teacher seems to be more excited about the fact
that the paintings were 'done in Egypt'. Please say Hi to Mr. Jenkinson.
Missing each person I shared a classroom
BISC Graduate 1998
Hi All! I
graduated from BISC in 1998 after having been there for 5 and a
half years and left to study Management at UMIST (Manchester
School of Business). After completing my degree I moved up to
Glasgow where I joined Ernst & Young where I have worked for the
last five years doing a variety of IT audit and security jobs.
Iíve recently left there to work for Lloyds tsb bank which may
mean a bit more travel to London and a few parties at my
In 2003 I
got married to Jennifer and have since had a little girl called
Leah. Iíve kept in touch with some of the guys from BISC, and
have managed to bump into Tim Lee at a client and Chris Johnson
at a number of bars around Scotland!
BISC Graduate 1996
I left BISC in 1996 after completing the
IB. I studied Public Health in the US and left there after obtaining a
BA in Public Health and French and a Masters in Public Health. Since
then I've been working with the United Nations. First at the World Food
Programme based in Rome and since 2002 here in Cairo with the Joint
United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Working on HIV in Egypt
is a fascinating and challenging job, but I do feel that I am using my
brains every day and actually trying to effect some kind of change. I'm
still very much into sports and just ran my first marathon (42.2K!) in
March 2006 and plan to run my next one next week (May 2006). Still best
friends with Reem Zahawi (now in NY) who left BISC a couple of years
before I did and in touch with some other friends from BISC. - Maha
Ragy El Mahdy
BISC Graduate 1994
Studied at BISC: 1982 - 1994
∑Completed study at AUC in 1998
∑M.A in Marketing Management from
University of Westminster U.K 2003
∑Managing Director of Zone
Advertising at 77 Horreya St Heliopolis. A Full service
advertising agency with experience in TV, Radio print, outdoor
∑ Clients include:
o The British University In
o Oriental Weavers
o Coldwell Banker
o La Boutique among others,
∑ Married Yasmine Khamis
(BISC Class 0f '94) on 25/09/2004
BISC Graduate 2000
I had joined BISC in 1997 in S5. I spent
three years there, from which I hold many precious memories. Ours was
the Class of 2000.
After completing the IB, I went to the
University of Cambridge to study Natural Sciences. After doing Chemistry
in my final year, I graduated in
2003 after which I returned to Karachi
(Pakistan). I immediately started teaching O Level Chemistry at the
C.A.S. School, where I had studied for 10 years. From Fatema Reza, I
became Fatema Reza Zaidi when I got married in December 2004. At
present, I am teaching Chemistry at the Karachi Grammar School.
BISC Graduate 1997
I graduated in the IB Class of
1997. What I have been up to since BISC: I started University in
South Africa in 1998. I enrolled in the Engineering faculty for
a degree in Electronic Engineering. After two years of
Engineering I changed programmes and enrolled for a B.Sc. Degree
in Computer Science. I attained it in 2003.
I have been working since 2004 in
the South African Defence Industry and at various firms,
currently at SAAB GrIDS a subsidiary of SAAB AB of Sweden. I am
a programmer but have worked in many other fields such as
Logistical Systems, Systems Engineering and Operational
Research. I am currently working as a programmer on a technology
transfer project between South Africa and Sweden.
I married my university
sweetheart, Lorinda, last year October 22. We met during
registration in our first year. We dated close to 7 years before
we finally got married after she graduated. We currently have no
We live in Centurion, which is a
suburb of the Capital Pretoria in South Africa.
BISC Graduate 2002
It has not been so long since I
was at BISC (I graduated in 2002). I am currently in my final
year studying law at Downing college, Cambridge University. I
come back to Cairo regularly during the holidays (it really is
far too cold in this country!) and so would love to pop in and
say hello if I may. My plans for the future are a year of law
school at BPP in London and then a job with a city law firm
after that (with a cheeky 8-month gap in between for R and R).
BISC Graduate 1996
I am now doing an MBA at INSEAD, I
have worked in Construction in Egypt and graduated from an
electrical engineering degree, with a masters from Umist,
Ugo Chukwukeme (Onwukeme)
BISC Graduate 1992
I attended BISC as Ugo Onwukeme,
but I recently changed my surname to Chukwukeme. I was at BISC
from 1989 to march of 1992. I remember Mr. McCormick as the
headmaster when I left.
I went back to Nigeria in 2002,
until my dad was posted out of the country in 1998 (he works
with the ministry of foreign affairs). I attended high school in
Rome, Italy, from 1998 to 2000, and in Paris from 2000 to 2002.
Then I moved to the United States during the summer of 2002 to
attend university where I'm in my final year of studying
finance...I plan on being seriously involved in investing and
business in general.
I'll be 23 this august. I'm
currently single (enjoying my young years) before itís time to
settle down and have a family of my own.
During my years at BISC I made
friends with lots of people and I had a great time! I remember
people like Habbiba Monsour (hope thats her correct last name),
Moustaffa (same class as me), Jessica Conesbee, Kimba Macore...
Hopefully the newsletter will be
able to re-unite some of us :) Thanks, Ugo Chukwukeme
BISC Graduate 2001
My name is Nirvana Zaher and I
graduated from BISC in June of 2001. I attended California State
University, Sacramento on a gymnastics scholarship starting
Spring 2002 and am scheduled to graduate this May with a
Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Physiology. I plan on
attending graduate school in the US. However, I recently decided
to take a year off and am still uncertain whether I will spend
that year here in California or with my family in Egypt. I have
been visiting old teachers at BISC (especially Miss Wellington!)
every time I fly home for the summer holidays, and it's always
so wonderful catching up with everyone and knowing
that despite the years, some
things never change... I think it's awesome that we're finally
starting up an Alumni network so that old BISCists can keep in
touch. I was honoured to be nominated for the BISC Alumni
Sportsperson of the Season in the first issue of BISC 'life'.
I'm currently training for a half
marathon that is scheduled for April 23rd, which is approaching
fast (too fast come to think of it!) in Santa Cruz, CA. At some
point throughout the rest of this year I would like to run a
My name is Jennifer Smith, and I
have an older brother called Andrew Smith.
We both went to BISC, and I stayed
there for a good eight years! I miss it sooo much.
I am 17 years old (will be 18 in
April-yay!) and Iím in my final year at school (Saint Margaret's
School for Girls). I am taking an unusual number of
subjects...for us here in Scotland Advanced Highers are the
equivalent of first year University and most people just take
one or two. Instead, Iím taking 3 Advanced Highers (history,
English and French) and Iím also taking a higher (of a slightly
lower level) in Modern Studies (mostly politics). I absolutely
love it here in Scotland and, although there is a lot of work to
do, Iím going to miss being in school.
Iím a prefect in school, Kildrummy
House Captain, Debating Vice-President, a librarian and a
careers prefect- a lot of responsibility and time-management
skills required, but Iím having fun. LOL
I love drama and art...I got the
school art and design prize last year and Iím currently acting
and directing the school play. I also designed the school
prospectus! I hope stay in Aberdeen to do art and history of
art, and then travel elsewhere to do art and design. My future
ambition is to work in the world of arts- preferably in theatre
or film industry designing costumes etc....perhaps being a
BISC Graduate 2000
BISC in June 2000, right after my GCSEs. I attended AUC for a
while and then transferred to Concordia University (Montreal). I
fulfilled my requirements to graduate BA Psychology in December
2005. However, as I just finished Iím still not working as I
still cant find the job I want or see myself in. Furthermore I
am looking for a job with flexible hours as I am committed to
other things. I am attending the Modern Dance School (Cairo
Opera House) which is daily. In addition to the dance school, I
am enrolled in an Interior Design Program (Collage Studies). I
just started and itís a 16-months program with a Lasalle College
in Montreal (online program).
Osama M. Faris
BISC Graduate 1989
My years at BISC were from 1986 to
1989. Born in Brazil, and having lived the majority of my life
in Canada, BISC was not only my first exposure to a British
school, but also my first exposure to my country of ethnic
origin - Egypt.
Initially, I was confused - was I
Canadian or was I Egyptian? I didn't speak Arabic...I didn't
understand the culture. My wonderful friends in S3, quickly
straightened me out on that question. Soha Amer, Hani Radwan,
Gasser El-Mehdy, Gilan Sadek, even Seong-Hyeon Lee (a Korean
fellow who was more Egyptian than me!) - they all quickly and
efficiently showed me my wrongful ways and brought forth my "Egyptianety".
God Bless them all.
The years I spent at BISC were
phenomenal. The school was warm and the teachers were amazing.
What I gained academically was at par with what I learned in
worldly matters and affaires of humanity. Mr. Mulqueen, Mr.
Richards, Mr. Atkinson, Mr. Blakeley, Mr. Burgess all come very
quickly to mind. They were passionate, inspiring, and
knowledgeable and loved what they did. They were true teachers
of their respective subjects and mentors to our young minds.
What they taught me continues to affect my life to this day.
Moving on - I graduated with my
GCSE O Levels and said goodbye to my wonderful classmates. My
Dad was still stationed in Cairo so I decided to continue to
study for a couple of years at the University of Cairo and then
at Ain Shams. I then returned to Montreal, Quebec, my original
home - and completed my Bachelors Degree in Microbiology from
McGill University. Soon after, I obtained my Microsoft
Certified Systems Engineer designation and commenced working as
a network engineer.
In 1995, I was able to return to
Cairo on a Canadian Government project for 1 year. During this
year, I met my wife, Gihane, and we were married in August
In 1998 I opened my own network
services business, and I continue to run it to this day. In
1999 we had out first child, Yusuf and in 2000 we had our
second, Nourjehan. We are currently expecting our third in
November of 2006.
think back often and remember the other wonderful friends who
graduated with me from BISC. I wish them all well and hope to
find ways of communicating with them through this newsletter.
My last trip to Egypt was in
January of 2006. I thought of visiting the school - but I must
admit, was a little hesitant to do so - so many years have gone
by - who would I have to see? I wish to walk down the hallways
and look into the classrooms and breathe in the air of those
wonderful years spent at BISC.
BISC Graduate 2001
Where do I start? It seems like
only yesterday that I was at BISC. Unlike most people, I spent
each of my three years of university at different schools. I
first studied at the University of Virginia's School of
Architecture, took an elective in International Business and
decided I wanted to change my major to Business. I came to AUC
for the following year to take business courses then transferred
to The George Washington University, where I graduated with a
BBA in International Business.
Once I graduated, I moved to New
York for a year and worked at the American Depositary Receipts
Division of The Bank of New York, which was one of the best
experiences of my life. I moved back to Cairo last summer and I
am currently the Investor Relations Analyst at Telecom Egypt,
which has been a great exposure so far.
Best Advice: Never Look Back,
Always Look Forward
I was at BISC from 1982 - 1987,
and my fondest school memories are of my BISC years. I would
love to get in touch with anyone who was at BISC during that
time - my email id is email@example.com
I got married in 2002 and am
currently living in Doha, Qatar with my husband Ryan. Been here
4 and a half years now, and looking forward to visiting Cairo
again someday soon. Somehow don't think there are any BISC
people here, in this tiny country, but if there are, then drop
me a line!
BISC Graduate 1995
After leaving BISC 1995, I (along with a
few others) went to UMIST in Manchester, where I read Management.
Once I graduated, I spent a year in the South of the UK, performing a
few 'temp' jobs, and one-off contracts.
I found this some-what mundane, and after
reading an article about the proposed New Years Eve celebrations in
Sydney (Australia), I decided that I had to be there. A one way
ticket to Australia (in time for the millennium celebrations), and
nearly seven years later, I am still here.
Initially, I performed a few more 'casual'
jobs, ranging from a 'removalist' to a deck hand on the 'Bounty' (of
'Mutiny on the Bounty' fame) replica - this was a job that I kept for 4
years, part-time, as it was so much fun. I also managed to get a
'permanent' job at IBM, initially working on the Sydney 2000 Olympic
Games. I am still with IBM, and now look after the Asia Pacific
program office for one of our business units.
Recently, I also got married (to an
Australian). Keighly and I were also fortunate to visit Egypt late
last year, and it was great to visit the school again, and catch-up with
a few people. It is surreal visiting places of your school-days!
BISC Graduate 1984
My name is Charles Otieno and I am an
alumnus of BISC Class of '84. How do I go about registering and getting
in touch with old friends, Maher Maksoud, Helmy Zeidy, Funmi Olukoya,
Freddy Malak, Keith Farnes, Sukarn Gajaseni, Daniel Maimbo et al. What
became of all the good old teachers, Mr Stebbing, Ms Green, Mrs Dixon,
Mrs Farnes, Mr & Mrs Casbon et al?
Am Kenyan and did my O levels at BISC in 84, Moved to UK and did A
levels 86, ACCA Accounting London UK till 1990, when I decided to back
to school, Brock University, Ontario, Canada BA (Hons) Politics,
graduated 1994, LLM International Law Hull University UK 1997, Married 2
Kids, Currently living and working in Kigali, Rwanda. Any info will be
I was really glad to receive a copy of the
newsletter; itís a great way to stay in touch with old classmates.
After graduating from BISC, I studied at AUC for 1 year then I moved to
Montreal, Canada, where I graduated from Concordia University with a
Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. I then moved back to Egypt and
worked at Abercrombie & Kent, Egypt. A year and half later I moved to
Vienna, Austria for one year. I got married in August 2003 to Nabil El-Naggar
and we now live in San Diego, California. I am currently managing a
small cafť/restaurant and we are expecting our first baby!
Am currently living in Surrey working for
the Institute of Cancer Research as a Research Officer.
McGill University, Year 1, Studying
General Management, major
Currently studying for his A Levels has
applied to take a degree of Ancient History. At present making up his
mind on which offer to take.
Will be taking her GCSE's this summer and
plans to take Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Philosophy & Ethics next
BISC Graduate 1999
After leaving BISC I moved to London to
study at King's College London. I graduated in 2002 with a B.Sc in
Business Management and am now working in the Conferences division of
The Economist in London. I am still in touch with a lot of ex-biscuits
and I think it would be a good idea to have a big reunion soon!
For any Alumni news, reunion dates or
to join the BISC Alumni Association please email us at the address