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Mina Michel Samaan is a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Galala University. His home institution is Mansoura University, and he is a co-founder of the Egyptian Sustainable Urbanism (ESU) Lab.

Dr. Samaan obtained the degrees of B.Sc. and Msc. in Architectural Engineering from Mansoura University, Egypt, in 2008 and 2013 respectively. During his masters studies, he worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Mansoura University, and he focused in his thesis on the optimization of energy-efficient educational spaces in Egyptian universities using building performance simulation tools. He was able to master such tools through conducting two three-month research projects at the Technical University of Dresden and the Florida International University in 2011 and 2012 respectively. In addition, Mina led the team who won the first-place prize at the Taking Leave International Competition that was organized by the British University of Egypt in April 2012 addressing the challenges of urban planning across Egypt.

In November 2013, he started his doctoral studies at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, through a three-year scholarship granted by the Excellence Center for Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries (EXCEED-SWINDON), which is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He defended his PhD thesis in August 2017, tracing the process and mechanisms through which conflict and cooperation have been generated among the Nile riparian states over large-scale developmental schemes along the past one and half centuries.Mina’s Doctoral dissertation was published in a book, under the title, The Nile Development Game: Tug-of-war or Benefits for all?” with Springer Nature, New York.

From 2018 to 2021, Dr. Samaan worked as a lecturer at Mansoura University and the Egyptian PI of two DAAD-projects with TU-berlin and HCU on sustainable built-environment and smart cities respectively. Mina also obtained the medals of honor from the Egyptian Ministries of Environment and Higher Education, Mansoura University, and the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport.


  • B.Sc. and M.Sc.. in Architectural Engineering from Mansoura University, Egypt, in 2008 and 2013.