Received Sylff fellowship in 2021-2022
Academic supervisor: Noura Wahby
Current affiliation: The American University in Cairo
Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
Nationally, Youstina won fourth place at UCMAS competition in 2006. Internationally, in 2016, she was chosen to participate in Merit360 program in New York City. The program aimed at creating Action Plan 001 that tackles the UN SDGs. She focused on tackling SDG 4-Quality Education, where she worked on a project in Nepal. In 2017, she participated at the Hult Prize competition, where her team’s project was nominated to the semi-final round held in Dubai. In 2021, she was chosen to participate at the NASPAA-BATTEN competition. In 2022, her team’s policy paper won the 7th round of the Public Policy Hub competition at the AUC.
Youstina graduated as the valedictorian of her class with a dual bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the British University in Egypt (BUE) and London South Bank University (LSBU) in the UK. After graduation, she worked as a teaching assistant at the BUE for three years. As an undergraduate student, she has been very active, where she interned at various institutions including the League of Arab States and the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs and participated in extracurricular activities at Cairo University such as Model of American Congress.
Her passion in public policymaking and community development has led her to work with several institutions such as The George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP), GW-CIBER, Bishopric of Public Ecumenical and Social Service in Egypt, AMIDEAST Egypt, the Catholic Relief Services, Coptic Orphans, the Social Research Center at the AUC, Leiden University in the Netherlands, The University of Chicago, the Egyptian Parliament, and UNICEF Egypt. In Spring 2022, she was accepted at the George Washington University for a semester abroad. In addition to Sylff fellowship, She has been awarded three fellowships, notably, the New Generation of Social Scientists Fellowship by the Arab Council for the Social Sciences.