Abdel-Tawwab Youssef

Born in 1928 in a village at the edge of the Egyptian Western desert, in Shenra near Beni Suef and the son of a schoolmaster and an illiterate mother, Abd-el-Tawwab Youssef moved to Cairo to study political science at Cairo University in 1945. In January 1950, six months after his graduation in June 1949, his father passed away. This was a challenging experience because, against the will of his uncles in the village, he moved with his mother and three younger sisters (between six and ten at the time) to live in Cairo in order to earn a living give his sisters an education (unheard of at the time). In 1956, Youssef married Notaila Rashed who won the State Award for Children Literature in 1978, was the editor-in-chief of Samir magazine for children for 45 years and bore him three children, Loubna (born in 1957 and is at present a professor of literature at Cairo University), Hesham (born in 1959 and is a diplomat and Chief of Cabinet and Spokesman of Arab League) and Esam (born in 1965 is the managing director of The Egyptian International Company for Environmental Protection (EICEP).