Dr. Manal Kelig is one of three co- founders of Gateway to Egypt and Great Wonders of Egypt (GWE). Her business looks at ways to develop diverse sustainable tourism products and training modules in the MENA region. The GWE group is dedicated to operating only responsible travel in Egypt and the Middle East, and developing programs that foster a culture of peace between the travelers and the local populations.
Ms. Kelig also consults for many leading organizations on community development projects in Egypt and Sudan. She has recently created special volunteer programs for children above the age of 10 in order to instill a spirit of volunteerism in future generations. Two years ago, she started an initiative called Peace through Tourism, which seeks to close the cultural gaps between the East and West.
Her latest achievement was joining the Advisory Board of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and her ultimate goal is to raise awareness of the full potential of the travel industry in the Middle East to support the empowerment of the local community, and in particular women. Ms. Kelig received her B.A. in Egyptology and Tourism in 1992 from the Faculty of Tourism & Hotel Management at Helwan University of Cairo.