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Yehia Rakhawy President of the Conference

Professor of Psychiatry, Cairo University, Co-founder of group psychotherapy in Egypt.
Founder of Dar El Mokattam for Mental Health (Rakhawy) Hospital, the first milieu hospital in Egypt and the Arab world (1973).
Founder of the Association of Evolutionary Psychiatry and Group Work.
Yehia Rakhawy initiated in the early 1960s, During his time as a teaching assistant of psychiatry at Cairo University.
He introduced the theory of Biorhythmic Evolutionary Psychiatry to the fielf of psychiatry and mental health.
Taught his students how to have their own distinguished fingerprints.

Ahmed Okasha Honorary President

Professor of Psychiatry, Professor and Director of WHO Collaborating Center for Training and Research in Mental  Health, Institute of Psychiatry – Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.
Honorary President Egyptian Psychiatric Association.
Honorary President Arab Federation of Psychiatrists.
President World Psychiatric Association (WPA) (2002 – 2005), President of the Egyptian Society of Biological Psychiatry, of WFSBP.

Momtaz Abdelwahab Conference Honorary President, EPA President

President of the Egyptian Psychiatric Association, EPA.
Professor of Psychiatry, Cairo University.
Former Head of Psychiatry Department, Cairo University.
Former Chair of the Addiction Unit, Psychiatry Department.

Refaat Mahfouz Conference Vice President

Founder and former Chair of Psychiatry Department, Minia University

Introduced group psychotherapy distinguished training, practice and research at Minia University

Honorary president and co-founder of EAGT

Introduced the Four-Steps Model to the field of practice of group psychotherapy

Board member of the Association of Evolutionary Psychiatry and Group Work.

Member of EPA, AGPA, IAGP


Mona Rakhawy

 EAGT presidentProfessor of psychiatry at Cairo University,

Founder of Diwan Psychotherapy Center (2006)

Founder of the Egyptian Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes, EAGT (2010), EAGT President. Consultant Psychiatrist at Dar El Mokattam (Rakhawy) Hospital. Founder and leader of Rakhawy Training and Research Center (2017). Member of the board of directors and of the Education Committee of the International Association for Group Therapies and Group Processes (IAGP). Chair of the Biorhythmic Evolutionary Psychiatry Section at the Arab Federation of Psychiatrists


Kate Bradshaw Tauvon MA, GA Dip, TEP (Sweden)

Kate Bradshaw Tauvon MA, G.A. Dip., TEP, IAGP President.
Kate migrated from UK to Sweden 1989 – a Psychodramatist, Group analyst and Trauma Therapist who works internationally as a teacher, supervisor and mentor. She is a senior psychotherapist and supervisor working with individuals, couples and groups in her Private Practice in Stockholm. She has worked on the board of IAGP since 1998. She works for the constructive societal development in response to a growing awareness of social and political changes that undermine self-evident human rights and obstruct social and psychotherapeutic work.



Jorge Burmeister, MD, PHD, Former IAGP President (Switzerland, Spain)

Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, lecturer in Universities of Valencia, Almeria, Granada, Brazilia, Bogota, Mexico, Santiago, Zurich and Innsbruck (integrative psychotherapy). international trainer & supervisor of classic psychodrama, CBT and hypnotherapy. Past president of International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP).

Eva Fählstrom Borg, Sweden

Senior psychotherapist (individual, child, family, group and community). International supervisor and teacher of psychotherapy, psychodrama, restorative practices and social transformations. Chairing the Trauma and Disaster Intervention Team (TDIT) in the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP).

Waseem El Sisy

Professor of Urosurgery in Educational Hospitals. He holds a F.R.C.S in England and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in England. F.A.C.S. in the USA and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has outstanding cultural, medical and scientific activities, and he is well known by his excelled study and attribution in Egyptology. He was chosen in the Encyclopedia “who is who” for his scientific and intellectual achievements of his homeland Egypt. He has published books such as “Medicine in Ancient Egypt,” “A Closer Look at Love and Sex,” and “Egypt you do not know”.

George Tadros

Consultant in Old Age Liaison Psychiatry, Birmingham & Solihull, Professor of Dementia and Liaison Psychiatry, Aston Medical School, Aston University, Visiting Professor of Dementia Care in Acute Hospitals, Chester University.
Professor George Tadros is interested in the utilization of new technology in mental health. He pioneered a new model of Liaison Psychiatry that is known as RAID (Rapid Assessment and Interfaced Discharge).  He established its academic infrastructure and clinical pathways, which are now implemented in 27 NHS Trusts around UK. He established the National RAID Network that has more than 600 members to spread good clinical practice in Liaison Psychiatry. His model has been recommended for the commissioning of Liaison Psychiatry and used as the benchmark for good practice by the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry. He has been very active in developing and delivering multidisciplinary teaching courses including his new course 7D that has been approved by the West Midlands Deanery.

Aline Germain-Rutherford

Aline Germain-Rutherford is the Associate Vice President of the Language Schools and Graduate programs of Middlebury College, and the Director of the French School. She is also the Vice President for Pedagogical Development for Middlebury Interactive Languages.  She received a Doctorat de Didactologie/Didactique des Langues et des Cultures at La Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III. She has taught for many years in Canada and is the former Director of the Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL) of the University of Ottawa. The author of numerous publications on faculty development, second language pedagogy, speech technology and the integration of sound pedagogy in e-learning practices, Dr. Germain-Rutherford has headed several national and international research projects, specifically on faculty development and multicultural issues in post-secondary education and online environments. She has been a visiting professor and keynote speaker in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Germain-Rutherford is also the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellow Award, a Canadian national award for excellence in teaching and leadership in Higher Education.

Conference Speakers and Group Leaders

Anne Lindhart, Denmark

Large Group Leader

Danish psychiatrist, chief physician, manager at Psychiatric Center Bispebjerg and president of the Psychiatry Foundation.

Anni Cree, Scotland


Graduated from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (UK).
She has a certificate in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts, and an MA degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (July 2001) University of N.London/London Metropolitan University (Incorporating Gestalt Therapy, Group Processes, Transactional Analysis, Object Relations Theories, Jungian Analysis, Existential Psychotherapy). She has a Diploma in Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, and she is UKCP Registered.

Aref Knoweiled, Egypt

Professor of Psychiatry, Cairo University.

Director of the Psychiatry and Addiction Treatment Hospital, Cairo University

Former Secretary-general  or the General Secretariat of Mental Health, Egypt

Member of the board of directors of the Egyptian Psychiatric Association and the Egyptian Association for Group Therapies and Group Work and the Egyptian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association

Assie Gildenhuys, South Africa

Dr Assie Gildenhuys has an ongoing and long-term teaching and research interest in the theoretical field of group analysis and the applied field of larger group constellations. Additionally, he is actively involved in community projects, applying group format training and experiential learning. Assie also has a keen interest in understanding the nature of the impact of social trauma and social transition on relations in group settings.

Research interests Median group development Social integration and median group development Social themes and transgenerational dialogue Group-analytic psychotherapy and community teaching Social transformation in the block training experience Recent publications Gildenhuys, A. A. (2010).

Over the years, Dr Gildenhuys has explored context-specific formulations regarding small and larger group settings, with the aim of establishing better informed clinical practice and research applications in this field.

Assie consults in the organizational and institutional field and is involved in the development of a distance-learning international project.

Dr Gildenhuys is presently a board member of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process (IAGP).

Azza El Bakry,Egypt 

Professor of Psychiatry

Head of the Psychiatry Department, Cairo University

Bilun Altunlu Armagan,Turkey 


Psychologist. Bilun Altunlu ARMAĞAN began her professional career as a co-therapist at a women’s shelter in the U.S. She has received various trainings on Systemic Family Therapy, Art Therapy and Gestalt Therapy and has graduated from Istanbul Psychodrama Institute as psychodramatist. In addition, Regression Therapist is an E.M.R. Trauma therapy practitioner. In recent years she has been working in the field of Energy Psychology

Catherina Mela, Greece

MD, PhD, Group analyist, neurologist, trainer, supervisor and director of the Education of Group Analysis.

Former head of educational committee of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes. Full member of the Group Analytic Society (International). Staff member of the International Summer Academy, Granada, Spain.

Dalal Amer, Egypt

Professor of Psychiatry, and chair of the Integrative Psychiatric Treatments Unit, Cairo University

Member of the board of directors  and treasurer of the Egyptian Association for Group Therapies and Group Work

Earl Hopper, UK

Earl Hopper is a psychoanalyst, group analyst, and organizational consultant in private practice. He is a supervisor and training analyst for the Institute of Group Analysis, the British Association of Psychotherapists, and the London Centre for Psychotherapy. An honorary tutor at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, and a member of the Post-Doctoral Program at Adelphi University, New York. Earl Hopper is a past President of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and a past Chairman of The Group of Independent Psychoanalysts of The British Psychoanalytical Society.

Emad Hamdi Ghoz, Egypt

Dr. Emad Hamdi is a Professor of Adult Psychiatry at Cairo University.  He has a vast experience in dealing with various mental health problems.

Dr. Emad was Chairman of the department of Psychiatry at Cairo University.  He underwent extensive research work in Paris and the National Institute of Mental Health. After working in the United Kingdom as a Consultant of Psychiatry and Senior Lecturer between 1997 and 2006, he continues to practice as a Senior Professor of Adult Psychiatry. His special expertise in medical and psychological management of mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, marital problems as well as substance dependence problems has manifested in 60 research studies published in a wide range of local and international journals.

Eman Onsy, Egypt

Chair of family and couples section of Egyptian Association for group therapies 

Chair of family and couples section of Egyptian Association for group therapies 

MA in counseling psychology _ AUC
Individual, couples & group therapist

Greg Crosby , MA, LPC, CGP (USA)

Former is a practicing therapist, trainer, teacher, and consultant. He was the clinical regional coordinator of group therapy at Kaiser Permanente in Oregon and Washington for over 25 years. Fellow in the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Greg serves on the Board of International Certified Group Psychotherapists and also on the Human Science Faculty and Art Therapy Graduate Program at Marylhurst University. Since 2004 he has served on the faculty at Portland State University in the Certificate Program of Interpersonal Neurobiology and also teaches group therapy courses in the Human Services Program.
He matches group models from a wide variety of modalities including psycho dynamic, interpersonal, social skills, CBT , DBT, psycho educational to client’s needs, educational levels and learning styles. His work has included implementing groups for private practice, early childhood programs, schools, colleges, managed care, prisons, residential treatment, community mental health and retirement centers.

Gregorio Armananzas Ros, Spain

Psychiatrist, psychodramatist, group analyst and organizational consultant. Goyo lives in Pamplona (Spain). He works in individual and group psychotherapy. He has two training programs in psychodrama and group analysis. He has written a professional book, “Toxic Relationships and two novels: “The Dream Catcher” and “Ghosts of …” (In Spanish) 

Hanan  Mazahy,Egypt

PhD in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Fellow American Board of Medical therapists

Chairing the child section at the Egyptian Association for Group Therapies and Processes (EAGT). She has been involved in community work and trainings on child protection and is a licensed child protection trainer. She won the best poster award at the 2015 conference of the International Association for group psychotherapy (IAGP).

Isil Bulut,Turkey

 Psychodramatist, psychodrama trainer, social worker. Chair of the Ethics committee of the international association for group psychotherapy and group processes, IAGP.

Istivan Szakats, Romania

President of The Guardia de noche at the Altart Foundation. Studied at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca / UAD Worked at Kolozsvar, Studied at Universitatea BABEŞ – BOLYAI . 


Ivan Urlic, MD, PHD (Croatia)

Professor of psychiatry and psychological medicine at the Medical School, University of Split, Croatia. Neuro-psychiatrist, psychoanalytic psycho-therapist and group analyst. Supervisor, training group analyst, and founder member of IGA Zagreb and IGA Bologna. Former chair person of EGATIN, and Board member of GAS. Past Secretary of International Association of Group Psychotherapy (IAGP).

Ivana Petullà,Italy


Arts studies in Taurianova (R.C.).

Training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Turin. Specialized in painting on silk and ceramic third fire.

Jaime E. Mendoza

Dr. Jaime E. Mendoza is an accomplished Associate Professor of Psychology. His clinical specialty areas are Adolescents, Couples, and Families. He is a Systems Psychologist. He was an Assistant Professor at Azusa Pacific University and the Executive Director of the University based community-counseling center, Child & Family Development Center. Dr. Mendoza has also held an Assistant Professor role at Hope International University’s Mexico Undergraduate and Graduate programs which emphasize Counseling and Leadership. In 2016 he was a visiting professor in Cuba’s mental health program. During the last 20 years, he has worked with multiple organizations (Counseling Clinic, Social Service Agency, Academia and Consulting Firm) throughout Southern California. In all cases the focus has been working and training people on counseling, supervision, leadership, grant and public speaking.  

Jorge Burmeister, MD, PHD, Former IAGP President (Switzerland, Spain)

Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, lecturer in Universities of Valencia, Almeria, Granada, Brazilia, Bogota, Mexico, Santiago, Zurich and Innsbruck (integrative psychotherapy). international trainer & supervisor of classic psychodrama, CBT and hypnotherapy. Past president of International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP).

Júlia Adorjáni, Romania


Júlia Adorjáni has been working for the Pata-Cluj Project as a process manager since 2014. She worked for the United Nations Development Programme as an individual contractor being responsible for community interventions in Pata-Rât, the most marginalized community of Cluj-Napoca. Previously, she worked in a women’s organization as executive director and psychologist and was also involved in research at the Babes Bolyai University, focusing especially on issues such as trauma and violence. She is guest lecturer at the Social Work Department of the Sociology and Social Work Faculty of Babes Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca. She holds a B.Sc in Psychology, an MA in Mental Health and PhD in Sociology on the topic of violence against women in relation to the criminal justice system. She is certified trainer, psychotherapist and psychodrama assistant.

Lars Tauvon, Sweden

M.D., PhD. Specialized in general and child and adolescent psychiatry, step 2 in psychodynamic individual therapy. Trained in body-oriented therapy, gestalt and psychodrama. Works with psychodrama groups, individual psychotherapy and with supervision.

Magdalene Jeyarathnam, India

Magdalene Jeyarathnam, is the founder and Director of East West Center for Counselling and Training (P) Ltd

To serve as an essential resource for individuals and individuals who seek assistance with developmental concerns. We provide short-term, culturally sensitive counselling, training, consultation, and other collaborative and programmatic services.”

Magdalene is a board certified psychodramatist. She is the first Indian Psychodramatist to be trained in India. She started her training in 2009 and was certified in October 2016 by the Australia Aotearoa (New Zealand) board of psychodrama through the Psychodrama Institute of Melbourne.

Her teachers included Dr Herb Propper (USA), Sue Daniel(Australia), Dr Jorge Burmiester(Spain/ Switzerland), Saphira Linden(USA) and Donna Little(Canada). Magdalene also founded the Indian Institute of Psychodrama in 2013 in order to pave the way for others in India to be trained and certified within the Indian borders.

Maha Mobasher,Egypt

Professor of psychiatry,
Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University.

Teaching, supervising and conducing groups at the addiction psychiatry unit, Cairo University

Member of the board of directors of the Egyptian Association for Group Therapies and Group Processes

Maria Van Noort, PSYD (Netherlands)

Psyd in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and couples-therapy. Member, supervisor, teacher and training analyst for nvgp (dutch association group psychotherapy and group dynamics). Former board member, iagp. former board member of iagp and former chair of transcultural section. co chair precongress of iagp congress 2015 in rovinj.

Martine Lagacé, Canada

She Vice Dean Governance and External Relations at the Faculty of Arts, and she is an eminent professor at the department of Communication at Ottawa University, Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Member of the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM)

Member of L’Observatoire Vieillissement et Société in Montréal

Member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group in Organizational Communication (IRGOC)

Maurizio Gasseau, PHD (Italy)

Professor of dynamic psychology, university of valle d’aosta, Italy. Group psychotherapist, psychodramatist. Past chair of psychodrama section of interanational association of group psychotherapy (iagp).

Mine Görgün,Turkey

Psychologist, MA, Organizational Behavior, Psychodramatist

Mohamed Ayman,Egypt

PhD, MD Psychiatry

Assistant professor of Psychiatry, Minia faculty of Medicine

Group therapist, Official Group psychotherapy trainer

Member of EPA, EAGT and AGPA

Mohamed El Rakhawy,Egypt

A committed community leader dedicated to helping Egyptian youth to escape the dangers of addiction and extremism. As a tenured member of the academic faculty at Cairo University,  he developed curricula for courses that cover many different branches of psychology. He used his Eisenhower fellowship to add to his integrative orientation applied in his practice in therapeutic communities with patients with substance abuse disorder. He is President of the Egyptian  Association of Evolutionary Psychiatry and Group Work.

Mohamed Taha, Egypt

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Group Therapist, Minia University Hospital, Egypt.
Co-Chair, Integrative Group Therapy Section, Egyptian Association for Group Therapies and Processes (EAGT).
Past Fellow, Center For Psychoanalytic Studies, Essex University, UK. 
International Associate, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London. 
Member, International & American Associations of Group Psychotherapy.

Noha Sabry,Egypt

Professor of psychiatry and chair of the geriatric unit, Cairo University

Vice President of the Egyptian Association for Group Therapies and Processes

Director of Geriatric Care Center Cairo University

Consultant Psychiatrist in General Practice

Vice President of Research Unit. General Secretary of Mental Health, Ministry of Health

Consultant for many NGOs programs caring for street children and recognized by UNIEF

Nabil El Kott,Egypt

PhD Medical Childhood Studies
– Two years experience working in military mental hospitals in Egypt and Saudi Arabia
– Seven years working in mental hospital with both inpatient and outpatient levels.
– Founding and managing substance abuse centers for 20 years (1997-present) 
– Founding and managing HIV counseling and testing center,Hayat, in Giza Egypt (2009-present)
– Seven years consultant  in UNDP HIV/ AIDS Program in The Arab States (HARPAS) including conducting  training workshops and research activities in middle east and African Horn countries (2005-2012)
– One year experience with UNHCER in Syria  (2011-2012)
– Two years consultant with COSV organization  (Italian organization ) working with Syrian refugees and Syrian civil activists in Lebanon and Turkey (2013-2014)
– Conducting training and supervision work with a group of psychologists and psychiatrists working with children and families living with HIV ( UNICEFF Egypt 2016)
– Main consultant trainer with psychologists and social workers working with Gender Based Violence refugee children in Egypt ( Terre Des Hmmes 2017)
– Three years weekly TV program on marriage and couple relations (2014-present)
– Experience with three TV series by acting and writing (2015,2016,2017)
– Board member in the Association of Evolutionary Psychiatric and Group Work, and the Egyptian Association of Group Therapies and Processes

Özgü Bulut,Turkey

Özgü Bulut studied percussion instruments at the Music Department of Bilkent University. He then went to Holland and at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Bulut then completed his master′s degree at the Music Department in the Institute of Social Sciences at Başkent University in 2007 and his doctoral degree at Anadolu University in 2011. He received Associate Professorship at Ondokuz Mayıs State Conservatory in 2014. Assoc. Prof. Bulut currently teaches at the State Conservatory of Ondokuz Mayıs University.

Rebecca Porteous,UK

Rebecca Porteous  gives yoga classes in Cairo to individuals and groups of women and men for seventeen years. Also, she is leading weekly Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes to adolescent girls at Banati, a residential shelter for street kids, and to adult trauma survivors since 2014. In her private practice, she combines her Trager Approach training with Yoga, to work with individuals suffering from psychological trauma and or chronic illness and pain. Rebecca is registered as a 500-hour yoga teacher with the Independent Yoga Network, a member of the British-based Association of Independent Yoga Practitioners and a licensed practitioner of the Trager Approach. Rebecca gave a presentation on Trauma-Sensitive Yoga at the last EAGT conference in 2016.

Reimer de Rooij,Netherlands

He is a Change Manager at Rainmengroup,

He was an Interim Manager, Trainer and Performance Coach for client organizations.

 Also he is a psychologist who is coaching and training in individual and group settings as well as a Advisor to leaders on behavioural change and company culture. Since 2012 till 2015 he was a Founder and Chair of the Young Professionals Section at international association for consultants and group therapists

Safa Ali Aman Al-Jameel, Sultanate of Oman

Clinical psychologist, Ministry of Defense

Tarek Molokheya,Egypt

Professor of Psychiatry. Head of the Psychiatry Department, Alexandria University.

Yousreya Amin, UK

Dr Yousreya  Amin -Selm  is a Director from Tunbridge Wells Kent. Works at Kent and Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust and is located at Tonbridge, United Kingdom.

Zoe Voyatzaki, MA (Greece)

Member of iga (athens). former chair of the european group analytic training institutions network (egatin). Clinical psychologist, group analyst and family therapist. Founding member of the institute of group analysis (athens) and of the open psychotherapy centre, athens.