With grateful attachment we remember our colleagues
1948 – 2003
As the project coordinator on behalf of Mishkenot sha’anaim (Jerusalem) Anna was in charge of Israeli participation in the project Exhibition Trails Islamic Art in the Mediterranean until political developments in the region led to an interruption of this cooperation. Tragic circumstances brought about her early death in 2003.
Ghada AL YOUSEF
1972 – 2007
From 2004 until her untimely death in 2007 Ghada was the pillar of MWNF in Jordan and a central person of reference for all our colleagues in the Middle East. Her shining personality and amazing optimism, and her availability and readiness to help wherever and whenever needed, despite her serious illness and related physical limitations, leave a void that can hardly be filled.
Fathy EL SHAZLY
1943 – 2016
Ambassador Fathy El Shazly is part of the history of MWNF and without his generous support many things would have been impossible. He was with us since the beginning, when his vote for MWNF in his position as Egypt's Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs determined our first contract with the European Commission in 1998. Since 2007 he supported MWNF as a member of our Honorary Committee. In 2010 it was him who made the contact between MWNF and the League of Arab States, which culminated in December of the same year with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. He encouraged the realisation of Sharing History as a MWNF contribution after the events of the Arab Spring and, most recently, encouraged us to persevere in bringing more Arab countries on board of MWNF through the new MWNF Galleries project.
Until the last moment Ambassador Fathy El Shazly fought for his ideas of tolerance, openness and dialogue. He had the courage to speak when others kept silent and to stay up when others remained seated.
MWNF lost a pillar and a wonderful friend. Egypt lost one of its most brilliant diplomats.
In Ambassador Fathy El-Shazly's memory we will continue building MWNF as a place of hope through better understand of art and history.