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Sara Aly El-Sayed

Sara Aly El-Sayed

PhD Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • PhD Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability


Sara is co-founder of Nawaya a social enterprise working as a catalyst to transition small scale farmer communities in Egypt into more sustainable ones through education and research. As well as being a co-founder of Dayma a LLC responsible for outdoor Environmental Education, teaching young adults about Biomimicry and local Egyptian communities. She is a partner in a company working on low tech irrigation solutions for homes and gardens, called Clayola. She is an avid traveler and enjoys tasting foods, cooking and interacting with people through food experiences. Sara is on the board of Slow Food, an international movement that started in Italy aiming to safeguard local food cultures and traditions and does so by promoting Good, Clean and Fair food for all.

Research Assistant Experience

  • Researcher at Biomimicry Center

Spoken Languages:
Arabic (native), Italian (fluent), French (elementary)


  • MS, Biomimicry, Arizona State University, 2016
  • Certified Biomimicry Professional, Biomimicry 3.8, 2013
  • BS, Biology (chemistry minor), American University in Cairo, 2002
  • BA, Anthropology (sociology minor), American University in Cairo, 2002


External Links

Journal Articles


Pozzi, S. and S. Aly El-Sayed. 2017. Where is our Balady food?. Cairo Papers in Social Science 34(4):.



Aly El-Sayed, S. 2013. Biomimicry: Tuning into nature. Presentation at the TED Talk, (link )