The man in the front row with a black and red striped tie is Dr. Hani Helal.
Helal is Egypt's Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. His name has come up a few times on El Naschie Watch as having been fooled into thinking El Naschie is a real scientist. Ambassador Ismail Khairat, the head of the Egypt State Information Service also appears to believe El Naschie is genuine.
Real Egyptian scientists like Tarek Ibrahim of Alexandria University and Sabry Abdel Motelib of Ain Shams University who was seen in Elbeet Beetak part three have done a better job of recognizing the imposter than government bureaucrats have.
Maybe the bureaucrats just don't care.
Readers may remember that El Naschie, when he had cancer surgery, decided to establish an award for cancer research.
Seventh Day ( اليوم السابع ) reports that El Naschie has chosen Children's Cancer Hospital 57357 to administer the award. At 100,000 Egyptian pounds or about $18,000 US, it's small as cancer awards and grants go; but we learn in Seventh Day that the amount El Naschie himself contributed when he announced the award was only a tenth of that -- a pittance. In Seattle, that might cover two ambulance rides. Businessmen contributed the rest.
With El Naschie, Dr. Hani Helal attended the ceremony designating Hospital 57357. Helal said the generous prize demonstrated El Naschie's loyalty to Egypt and keen awareness of the importance of scientific research. El Naschie said any rumors of differences between himself and Helal should be put to rest. El Naschie Watch was not aware of any such rumors.
The hospital's Web site has a different account, dated April 19, with further details and in good English. They don't mention the amount of the award, but we learn that it will be given annually, and it will be called the El Naschie award. Here's the whole thing:
Dr. Hani Helal, Minister for Higher Education, praises the 57357 institution and its healthcare workers
Physicist Mohamed El Naschie Grants the Hospital an Annual Prize for Best Research
The Minister partly attended a cultural event featuring the announcement of a prize granted by eminent [This is ridiculous of course, but the hospital is getting money from El Naschie, and flattery is to be expected.] Egyptian physicist, Mohamed El Naschie for best research at 57357 and a lecture by Hospital management Expert, Dr. Ossama Mossalam. Invited to speak before a fully booked Auditorium, Dr. Helal affirms that hospital 57357 has become the symbol for the start of a new era in quality healthcare and in scientific research. The minister added that he appreciates the continuous effort exerted by its healthcare workers towards its sustainability and development. For Dr. Helal, the Awarded prize by El Naschie is an expression of gratefulness and the desire of patriotic Egyptians to give back to their homeland; it also reflects their awareness of the importance of pursuing scientific research. The Minister revealed that over the past three years, published Egyptian scientific research work in international scientific periodicals has increased by 30% despite the fact that we still lack the ideal supportive environment for researchers. He also stressed the role of the Sciences & Technological Development Fund in supporting research work
Invited to address the audience, Dr. Mohamed El Naschie, reveals that he first visited the hospital just prior to its opening and that he is thankful and proud for the establishment of a medical and scientific institution of this magnitude in Egypt. He is appreciative of the fact that it was completely built and is sustained by donations from Egyptians from all walks of life, rich or poor. Moreover, he is enthusiastic to find that hospital 57357 has taken up the motto of putting knowledge into action in all its dealings and operations, highlighting the importance of scientific research which aims at improving diagnostics, treatment and the effective provision of healthcare services.
He informs us that he lately suffered from a rare form of bone marrow tumor for which he underwent a delicate and complicated surgery. He is grateful to God and to scientific medical advances for his complete recovery. Hence, his decision to institute an annual grant or prize in his name for the best Egyptian scientific research work in cancer disease. This grant would be operated and managed by Hospital 57357 and would be the seed for future concrete actions towards the promotion of scientific research in Egypt which aims at its over-all development and advancement.
Also present at the event was Dr. Alex Shalabi [front row, red tie], President of Mobinil’s Board of Directors, who stressed the importance of the concept of private public Partnership in the development of the nation, as we realize more and more that governments are in need of the support of the private sector to realize their objectives. Hospital 57357 is the perfect embodiment of this concept, he added. Dr. Shalabi pledged Mobinil’s support to the El Naschie prize and to the hospital which it is already backing on an on-going basis ever since its inception.
UPDATE: Here's still more about the award ceremony from Rosa El-Youssef (English or Arabic). Notice the kiss between El Naschie and Helal.
محمد النشائي All El Naschie All The Time محمد النشائى