Mostafa El-Dessouki is the Managing Editor of the pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. A native of Alexandria, Dessouki served in the Egyptian navy, received his Bachelors degree from the University of Alexandria, and earned a Masters in comparative Islamic theology at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Dessouki’s commitment to peace communications stems from a family legacy. In 1919, his grandfather, Mohammed Kamel El-Dessouki, founded the Alexandrian newspaper Al-Ta’akhi (Brotherhood), managed by Muslim, Christian, and Jewish coeditors and devoted to promoting friendship among the three faith-based communities.
In February 2017, working with Joseph Braude, Dessouki brokered an institutional partnership between the Union of Egyptians in Europe, the largest Egyptian diaspora organization; and the Israeli Regional Initiative, an NGO that builds bridges to Arab countries with which Israel does not enjoy formal relations. The inaugural gathering in London brought together media and civic actors from Israel and seven Arab countries for the first public Egyptian forum about peace promotion since the signing of the Camp David Accords in 1979.
Dessouki is a co-founder and director of the Arab Council for Regional Integration. He is currently the Director of Arabic Communications at the Center for Peace Communications. He is a contributor to Fikra Forum