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Kamal Helbawy, Centre for the Study of Terrorism, London, UK

bio_KamalHelbawyDr. Kamal El-Helbawy was born in the Governorate of Menoufia, Egypt in 1939 and joined the Muslim Brotherhood at the age of twelve. He served as the official spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West from 1995-1997.

Following graduation from Cairo University in 1960 and for 10 years after Helbawy worked in the field of manpower planning and training with Central Training Organization in Egypt. Dr. Helbawy studied Business administration; interpretation, political science in AUC and in Pakistan and he is specialized in strategic studies.

While lecturing at Sokoto University he participated founding the first branch of Muslim Educational Trust in Sokoto in 1971 in Nigeria. Dr. Helbawy traveled to Saudi Arabia in the early 1970s where he was among the founders of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) and became their first executive director until 1982. He served as an advisor to the Arab Bureau of Education for Gulf States (ABEGS) from 1982 – 1987. From 1988 to 1994 Dr. Helbawy was in charge of Muslim Brotherhood affairs and activities in Afghanistan    – During the same period he was based as an advisor at the Institute of Policy Studies in Islamabad – Pakistan. He served as the editor in chief of Arabic weekly – Qadaya Dowaliya – International Issues published in Pakistan from 1988-1994

After settling in the United Kingdom in 1994 Dr. Helbawy helped create the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the Muslim Association of Britain(MAB) and he became its first founding president. He continues to be among the Board of counselors of MCB. He is currently the chairman of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism (CFSOT) and an advisor to the Global Civilizations Study Centre (GCSC). He is also a founding member of the recently launched 2008 Islamic Unity Forum”IUF” which seeks to unite Muslims both Sunni and Shi’a communities.

Dr. Helbawy traveled extensively and lectured in many countries. He wrote and translated more than twenty books and many articles especially on Afghanistan; Islamic Movement and the Muslim world affairs.


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